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Vedanti is Badal’s puppet: Ranjit Singh
Ranjit Singh Amritsar, September 19
The arrest of SGPC member Baldev Singh on charges of molestation is likely to take centerstage in the first general house meeting of the SGPC to be held for electing the committee’s president and other office bearers, by the rival faction on September 23.

Badal for CBI probe into case against SGPC member
Bathinda, September 19
Former Chief Minister and president, SAD, Parkash Singh Badal while expressing doubts over the role of the Punjab Police in the registration of a criminal case against Mr Baldev Singh, SGPC member, demanded a CBI probe into the same.

SGPC chief’s election takes curious turn
Ludhiana, September 19
This time the election of the SGPC president and other office-bearers has taken a curious turn. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, Shiromani Akali Dal, which has overwhelming majority in the general house of the SGPC remains the sole arbiter. 

The beauty of Punjab as told by Prof Gupta
Chandigarh, September 19
Do you know the vital statistics of Punjab? Would you like to see its statistical outline to get first-hand feel of its curves and contours? Would you be interested in its physiognomy or physiology? 




Punjab Education Dept hires non-state firm for recruitments
Chandigarh, September 19
A controversy has broken out regarding the recruitment of computer teachers and computer faculty as the Punjab Education Department has engaged a Delhi-based non- Punjab Government agency for the purpose.

How will Punjab revive the education system?
Chandigarh, September 19
It is a bitter fact that the government school education system has almost collapsed in Punjab, especially in its rural areas. Can it be revived? If not, then some other way should be found to ensure quality education to all schoolgoing students in the state. A debate on these questions has started in the Council of Ministers as well as in the administrative machinery.

News Analysis
Row over appointment of law officers unresolved
Chandigarh, September 19
Even with the best of intentions, the Punjab Government, so far, has failed to resolve the controversy surrounding the appointment of law officers to defend the state in the High Court here and the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

Making marriages electronically transparent
Tejinder Saini and Tript Pannu. Chandigarh, September 19
An overseas cable network has taken upon itself the onerous responsibility of making marriages of non-resident Indians transparent electronically. To begin with, the Canada-based channel will act as a bridge between families of both the bride and the bridegroom. "We will try to bring them closer by shooting episodes on the prospective candidates and their families.

Tejinder Saini and Tript Pannu. 
— A Tribune photograph

“Pethas” made of limestone mixture
Patiala, September 19
White “pethas” are being made after dipping pumpkin in a tank containing limestone mixture. These are made in the open, adjoining a “ganda nulllah” by workers dressed in their underclothes. This is the state of one of the “petha”-making units of the city which were raided by a team of the Health Department on Thursday.


Agitation against govt after byelections, says Badal
Bathinda, September 19
Mr Parkash Singh Badal today declared that an agitation would be launched against the misrule of the state government immediately after the Assembly byelections were over.


Take economic progress to downtrodden, says Governor
Ludhiana, September 19
Governor O.P. Verma while stressing on equality in totality today underlined the need for bringing in social and economic parity in the country and taking the economic progress to the downtrodden of society.

Generate more power, PSEB told
Patiala, September 19
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha Standing Committee on Public Sector Undertakings on Friday reviewed the functioning of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and Mr Ashwani Sekhri, chairman of the committee, said that the board should take immediate short-term measures to bridge the gap between demand and supply as none of the planned generation projects of the board would fructify before 2007.

SGPC to sue Tehelka for ridiculing Sikh symbols
Amritsar, September 19
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) is contemplating to sue editor and publishers of Tehelka weekly magazine for ridiculing five K’s – the living symbols of Sikh Panth.

Tension at dera between two communities
Bathinda, September 19
The district police authorities remained on tenterhooks for almost the whole day preventing members of the Dalit Sena and followers of Dera Roomiwala from clashing. The situation became tense when members of the Dalit community insisted on entering the dera, while its followers prevented them from doing so.

Dalits divided over discrimination charge
Bathinda, September 19
A division has surfaced in the Scheduled Caste community of this region over the issue pertaining to alleged discrimination against community members at an important religious dera situated near Bhucho town of this district.

BSF to meet Rangers next month
Jalandhar, September 19
Smuggling of narcotics across the border is topmost on the agenda for the forthcoming flag meeting of the Border Security Force and its Pakistani counterpart at Chandigarh from October 11 to 14.

Bhai Kanhaiya chetna march begins
Phagwara, September 19
The Bhai Kanhaiya Chetna March today began from the Bhai Kanhaiya Seva and Simran Kendar, Phagwara, for Anandpur Sahib where it would stay tonight. It was organised by Sant Anoop Singhji Una Sahibwale, head of the kendar, and the sangat of this area to commemorate the Bakshish Divas to celebrate the tercentenary of the historical event of Guru Gobind Singh handing over balm and bandage to Bhai Kanhaiyaji in the battle of 1704 at Anandpur Sahib for the wounded soldiers.

Ex-Services League welcomes edict
Ludhiana, September 19
The Indian Ex-Services League Punjab and Chandigarh has welcomed the edict of Akal Takht forbidding the Sikh community’s support to the RSS. In a signed statement, the president of the league, Lieut- Col Chanan Singh Dhillon, has said that the RSS was indulging in activity that undermined Sikh philosophy.

Poignancy of child abuse comes alive
Amritsar, September 19
The poignancy of child abuse came alive in “Dharam Puttra”, a play staged on the second day of the National Theatre Festival held at in Urvi auditorium, BBK DAV College, in collaboration with the Manch-Rangmanch last evening.

Manipur issue highlighted at convention
Sangrur, September 19
The local unit of the Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR) organised a convention on “Armed Forces Special Powers Act —1958 and Democratic Rights” here today. Mr Jagat Thodam from Manipur was the key speaker.

Patwaris to protest against VB move
Moga, September 19
Members of the Revenue Patwar Union have decided to stage a protest against the Vigilance Bureau on September 22 for registering a "false" case against the patwari of Gholia Khurd, Harcharan Pal Singh.

Dhuria heads federation
Ferozepore, September 19
In the annual convention of the Punjab Subordinate Service Federation held here today, the following office-bearers were elected for three years: president —Mr Pritam Singh Dhuria; general secretary — Mr Balbir Singh Kathgarh; finance secretary — Ms Jaswant Kaur Kairo; senior vice-presidents — Mr Mohinder Singh Dhaliwal, Mr Ram Krishan Dhunkia and Mr Rakesh Sharma; vice-presidents — Mr Parmod Monga, Mr Nodha Ram, Mr Pavitar Singh, Mr Pardeep Dhawan, Mr Sukhdev Singh, Ms Parminder Kaur, Mr Rampal, and Mr Bohar Singh; organising secretary — Mr K.S. Lehri; and press secretary — Mr Roshan Singh Sandhu.

Jalandhar-Amritsar road’s 4-laning to begin soon
Patiala, September 19
Punjab PWD Minister Partap Singh Bajwa on Friday said that the four-laning of the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway would start soon with the National Highway Authority completing the procedure for the execution of tenders for the same.

Punjabi music album released
Jalandhar, September 19
“Creation of quality music is possible even within the ambit and limits of Punjabi culture”, says Sukhnain, a Punjabi pop and folk singer. Addressing a press conference here yesterday, at the formal release of his album ‘Lachhi’ Sukhnain, said, “Punjabis all over the world have started discarding the unnecessary clamour, which, is being dished out in the name of Punjabi music. 

Conference on endoscopic surgery in New York
Chandigarh, September 19
Gall bladder with stones having pus, infections , liver with cirrhosis and pancreatitis now can be operated upon safely laparoscopically with a low conversion rate to open surgery, says Dr Kuldip Singh, a Ludhiana-based pioneer in laparoscopic surgery and president-elect of the Indian Association of Endoscopic Surgery.

Ludkan Baba’s roll stops at Wagah
Baba Mohan Das, also known as Ludkan Baba, offers prayer after completion of his yatra Wagah, September 18
Baba Mohan Das, also known as Ludkan Baba (rolling saint), today urged the Pakistan President, Gen Parvez Musharraf, to grant him permission to visit Nankana Sahib in Pakistan so that he could complete his yatra.

Baba Mohan Das, also known as Ludkan Baba, offers prayer after completion of his yatra at the Wagah joint check-post on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Malwa Gramin Bank to computerise its branches
Sangrur, September 19
All 41 branches of Malwa Gramin Bank (MGB), spread over three districts i.e. Sangrur, Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib, will be computerised by the end of February 2005. At present, no branch of the MGB, a sponsored bank of State Bank of Patiala (SBoP), is computerised.

Security beefed up in Batala
Batala, September 19
The police has made elaborate security arrangements to check any untoward incident during the celebrations of the marriage anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev that falls on September 21. The occasion is popularly known as “Babe Da Viah”.

Patiala chapter of rights panel opened
Patiala, September 19
The local chapter of the All-India Human Rights Association was inaugurated by the SSP, Mr A.S Rai, at a simple ceremony organised at the State Languages Department auditorium here today. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rai appealed to the citizens to cooperate with the police in curbing the crime. He also emphasised on the growing need of community policing.

Showroom gutted
Amritsar, September 19
A devastating fire broke out in the Sanyo showroom located on the first floor, in the Hall Bazaar area in the heart of the city here today.


Crops in 59,000 acres destroyed in floods, says report
Patiala, September 19
As per the special girdawari which was conducted from August 20 to September 5 in the district to assess the damage suffered by farmers owing to floods inundating the area on August 1 and 2, standing crops in 58,234 acres were reportedly affected in Patiala district.

Farmers asked to cultivate Hyola mustard
Malerkotla, September 19
A seminar to encourage the cultivation of Hyola mustard seed was organised by the Solvent Exractors Association, Punjab, in collaboration with the Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation in the local grain market here on Thursday.


Man booked for fraud
Moga, September 19
A person has been booked for duping a Jalalabad East resident of Rs 3 lakh under the pretext of sending him abroad.


Drama festival, painting workshop conclude
Faridkot, September 19
Two major events, the Sheikh Farid Punjabi Drama Festival and a state-level painting workshop, organised as part of Baba Farid Mela came to an end yesterday. The Major Ajaib Singh Memorial College for Women, Jeuanwala, won the first prize in the drama festival for ‘Sirjna’.

Punjabi varsity expels 3 students
Patiala, September 19
An inquiry committee constituted by Punjabi University’s Vice-Chancellor to probe an incident of violence in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Hall on September 2 has expelled three students from the varsity and banned their entry in the campus.

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