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Fresh schedule for admission counselling
Chandigarh, September 18
Cancelling the counselling held for admissions against management quota seats in certain private dental colleges from September 13 to 17, the Punjab Government today issued a fresh schedule of counselling for these colleges.

Govt directed to issue ad about counselling
Chandigarh, September 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Punjab Government to issue an advertisement regarding counselling to Bachelor of Dental Surgery course, along with Ayurvedic Medicine and Science course, besides Homeopathy course, on September 19.

Cong-Akali ‘bhai-bhai’ bonhomie
Chandigarh, September 18
Political bells were set jingling by the reported “conduct’’ of the members of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha committee on public sector undertakings at Patiala on September 16, where they had gone for “inspection” of the state electricity board.

VB’s anti-graft drive loses sting
Jalandhar, September 18
The much-publicised anti-corruption drive of the Vigilance Bureau has run out of steam, going by the discontinuation of surprise checking of schools and public offices.

MP takes up case of 2 detained Punjab traders
Chandigarh, September 18
Punjab Rajya Sabha member Ashwani Kumar has taken up with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh cases of two electronic dealers of Dinanagar who have been detained in Myanmar on criminal charges following a complaint by an air-hostess.

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  Bank consortium to fund Khalsa Heritage Project
Patiala, September 18
A consortium of five banks has agreed to help finance the completion of the Khalsa Heritage Project at Anandpur Sahib by giving Rs 66 crore for the purpose.

3 Pak youths killed by BSF
Amritsar, September 18
Three Pakistani youths, in their early 20s, were shot dead by BSF jawans when they intruded from the New Sundergarh post, in Ajnala sector, about 30 km from here, last evening. According to sources, when the BSF jawans challenged the intruders, they opened fire. Three intruders were shot dead on the spot. The Ajnala police has registered a case. TNS


Congress factions trade charges
Pathankot, September 18
The conflict between the Congress groups led by the Minister for Urban Development and Housing, Mr Raghunath Sahay Puri, and the Chairman of the PTDC, Mr Ashok Sharma, came to the fore today with the rival groups trading charges.

Kapurthala voters rarely re-elect leaders
Kapurthala, September 18
The electorate of the Kapurthala Assembly constituency, whose byelection is scheduled for October 13, has alternately been opting either for the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party combine or the Congress in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in the past. Voters have rarely chosen an MLA or an MP of the same party twice.

Lali will be CPI candidate from Garhshanker
Chandigarh, September 18
The Punjab CPI will put up Mr Baljit Singh Lali as candidate for the byelection in the Garhshanker Assembly constituency. This was announced here yesterday by Dr Joginder Dayal, secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPI.

Badal flays Cong govt at gurdwara fair
Matta (Faridkot), September 18
Political parties were at their best yesterday to exploit the religious platform during the annual fair at Guru ki Dhab Gurdwara. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) took the lead with top party leaders, including its chief Parkash Singh Badal, addressing the gathering.

DCC chief causes ‘ruckus’
Amritsar, September 18
Mr Inderjit Singh Baserke, District Congress Committee President (Rural), reportedly caused a ruckus in the District Education Office here yesterday.


‘Ho Rahega Kuch Na Kuch’ staged
Amritsar, September 18
Staging of the play ‘Ho Rahega Kuch Na Kuch’ on the first day of the National Theatre Festival, moved viewers. The play portrayed a sensitive relationship between a mother and a daughter. It was staged at the Urvi auditorium of BBK DAV College for Women here, last evening.

'Ludkan Baba', who has set out on a rolling journey from his ashram in Madhya Pradesh to the Indo-Pak border for promotion of international peace, in Amritsar
'Ludkan Baba', who has set out on a rolling journey from his ashram in Madhya Pradesh to the Indo-Pak border for promotion of international peace, in Amritsar on Saturday. — PTI

Durgiana Temple to have solar power station
Amritsar, September 18
Sri Durgiana Temple may become the first temple in north India to install a solar energy power station. Mr Rajesh Soni of a private firm conducted a survey for an estimate of four stations of 5 KV each to be installed on the temple premises.

Closure of operation theatres hits medicare
Bathinda, September 18
Medical services in the district have been affected adversely by the closure of operation theatres at civil hospitals in Bathinda, Talwandi Sabo and Rampura Phul in the past week.

Dramas on female foeticide staged
Faridkot, September 18
Four dramas were staged on the second day of the Sheikh Farid Punjabi Drama Festival. A large number of city as well as rural folks enjoyed the Punjabi dramas at Darbar Ganj Complex.

TB check-up camp organised
Sangrur, September 18
Quackery and lack of awareness among the masses, especially in the rural areas, are among the major causes of spreading tuberculosis (TB) and complicating other chest diseases, like asthma, pneumonia, etc. About 50 per cent patients suffering from TB and various other chest diseases consult quacks for months before coming to qualified doctors.

Man saves girl from being raped
Pathankot, September 18
An alert businessman rescued a four-year-girl from an alleged rapist last night.

Literary function in memory of Pash
Chandigarh, September 18
A literary function will be organised at Desh Bhagat Yadgar hall tomorrow in memory of Pash, eminent revolutionary Punjabi writer, who was killed by militants in March, 1988. The programme is being organised by International Pash Memorial Trust.

Release of all bulls in custody ordered
Dera Bassi, September 18
Mr Kuljit Pal Singh, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Rajpura, today granted the release of 465 bulls, stranded at Ghaggar railway station in Mubarikpur village, on “supardari”. Following the death of one bull on Friday, the actual number now is 464. The applicant has also been asked to furnish a supardari bond of Rs 5 lakh with the same amount as surety with the court.


Two-year term for telecom officers
Patiala, September 18
The CBI Special Magistrate today awarded a two-year concurrent punishment each to a Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) and a Junior Telecom Officer (JTO) of Phagwara, for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 500 each from a person who wanted to start a STD/PCO service.


Paddy procurement arrangements complete
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 18
Arrangements for the smooth purchase of paddy in all 31 purchase centres in the district have been completed, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, after presiding over a meeting of officials of purchase agencies to review the arrangements.

Deworming campaign for milch animals
Sangrur, September 18
A deworming campaign for about 25,000 milch animals in Sangrur district was launched by Milkfed here today. Mr R.K. Sharma, General Manager of the milk plant, launched the campaign at Sohi Palasour village, near Dhuri.


Demands of PWD staff accepted
Barnala, September 18
Threats of fast and protest dharnas by members of the PWD Field & Workshop Workers Union Public Health Barnala have ultimately resulted in the disbursement of the last month’s salary to the employees of the Public Health Department Barnala and acceptance of other demands of the union.


Man strangles son to death
Amritsar, September 18
In a brutal incident, Dilbagh Singh, a resident of Manjh village, strangled his one and a half-year old son Nishan Singh to death and threw his body in a canal near Daburji village here.

Patient taken away forcibly
Hoshiarpur, September 18
As many as six unidentified persons, some of whom were in police uniform and carried firearms, forcibly took away a patient, Vishal, hailing from Dagana Kalan who was admitted to surgical ward of the local Civil Hospital at about 10 a.m. yesterday.


CS to head PTU panel
Chandigarh, September 18
Following the directive of Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, the governing body of the Punjab Technical University (PTU) yesterday set up a high-level committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Jai Singh Gill to find the solution of a particular problem being faced by a large number of students of engineering degree courses in Punjab.

2 students kidnapped, beaten up by transport staff
Bathinda, September 18
Resentment prevails among students of different colleges in the region following the kidnapping of two members of the Punjab Student Union (Shaheed Randhawa) and subsequently their thrashing by some employees of a private bus transport firm in their union office yesterday.

Homoeopathy college Principal arrested
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 18
The police has arrested Alok Agnihotri, Principal of the Institute of Homoeopathy and Medical Education Research at Chunni, on the basis of complaint of a student of the college. He has been arrested under Sections 7 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

College teachers seek inquiry against Principal
Amritsar, September 18
Demanding an inquiry against their Principal, teachers of the Hindu College unit of the Punjab Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) carried out a protest march from Beri Gate to Hall Gate here today.

Punjabi University alumni meet
Patiala, September 18
The first alumni meet of Punjabi University was organised in the Senate Hall on the campus here today.

Dhawan nominated NAAC member
Chandigarh, September 18
Prof S.P. Dhawan, former Principal of Government College, Ludhiana and Deputy Director, (Higher Education), Punjab, has been nominated as member of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.


Special loan schemes for varsity staff
Patiala, September 18
The State Bank of Patiala today announced special loan schemes for Punjabi University employees, including a special concession on car loans, as a prelude to the festival season.

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