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Badal alleges irregularities in voters’ list
Kapurthala, September 21
Alleging large-scale irregularities in the enrolment of as many as 11,464 bogus voters for the Kapurthala Assembly segment during the revision of electoral rolls, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today approached the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), seeking transfer of the Deputy Commissioner, SSP and the returning officer for their alleged involvement in the bogus vote scandal.

SAD President Parkash Singh Badal addresses a public rally in support of party candidate Raghbir Singh (centre) at Brindpur village, Kapurthala, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Plastic bunting being used in campaign

BJP, SAD elated over Uma Bharti’s visit
Chandigarh, September 21
Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Uma Bharti’s presence in Punjab barely three weeks before the by elections may just make a difference in the final results.

Vajpayee, Badal to address ‘Tiranga rally’

Fatehgarh Sahib



SGPC, Baba Budha Dal at loggerheads over gurdwara

Kotkapura, September 21
Tension prevailed at the historic Gurdwara Patshahi Dasvi yesterday when a 10-member committee of the SGPC reached here to take control of it. A large number of nihangs belonging to the Baba Budha Dal armed with sharpedged weapons gathered at the gurdwara, forcing the SGPC team to return empty-handed.

Ranjit Sagar water level falls
Power problem may worsen
Pathankot September 21
In spite of the fact that the Centre has come forward to help Punjab and decided to provide 150 MW of power from the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station, the power problem may worsen in the state as generation capacity of the Ranjit Sagar Dam (RSD), near here, has started to fall.

Duped by travel agent twice
Raikot, September 21
The first reaction of persons, be it the victims, police, journalists or residents of this town to the sensational Kulbir Dhillon human trafficking case is a hearty laugh at the manner in which the travel agent duped 60 persons by promising them lucrative jobs in Japan but abandoning them in rocky mountains in Leh.

Kulbir Dhillon and his wife Navjot Jyoti; and Baldev Singh who was allegedly duped by them. Kulbir Dhillon and his wife Navjot Jyoti; and (right) Baldev Singh who was allegedly duped by them.
— A Tribune photograph

QuarkCity may open window to job opportunities in Punjab
Mohali, September 21

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today not only laid the foundation of an integrated township but also lighted a lamp of hope for Punjab. The project promising world-class technology, when completed in three years is expected to open window to economic opportunities, enterprise, and to the presence of well-known companies like Dell, Shapoorji Pallonji group of companies and Quark Inc to the township.

Chairman QuarkCity India, Fred Ebrahimi, and Executive Director, Mr P.S Sehgal, at Quark Media House at Mohali.

Chairman QuarkCity India, Fred Ebrahimi, and Executive Director, Mr P.S Sehgal, at Quark Media House at Mohali.

Govt to honour MoU with Malaysian firm: CM
Mohali, September 21
The Chief Minister, Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, today inaugurated ‘Quark City’ in Mohali. The clod-breaking ceremony took place in the evening at the Quark City site in Phase VIII A, Industrial Area, here.

Bizarre murder
Father, son die of rat poison after killing relative

Patiala, September 21
A 58-year-old man, accompanied by his son, attacked his sister-in-law and her daughter, resulting in the death of the latter last evening at Rajpura, near here. The attack by the father-son duo created a sensation in the town as both of them made the attack after consuming celphos tablets. While the father died last night, the son died this morning.

A cultural extravaganza of 2 Punjabs on the cards
Chandigarh, September 21
For the past 57 years the Punjabis of Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab have witnessed several inglorious chapters being added to the history of this subcontinent.


Cong MP’s ‘secret visit’ surprises local leaders
Amritsar, September 21
The ‘secret visit’ of Mr Eduardo Faleiro , a senior Congress MP from Goa, to the city and holding in camera meetings with local intellectuals at their houses has come as a surprise for the local party leadership here today.

Derecognise SAD, says Khera
Hoshiarpur, September 21
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission and member of the National Executive Committee of the Janata Dal (S), has urged the Election Commission of India to cancel the registration of the Shiromani Akali Dal and remove it from the list of recognised registered political parties for Punjab.


Heritage Walk in Faridkot
Faridkot, September 21
A large number of school children today participated in Heritage Walk, which took them to a guided tour of the historical monuments in the city. Mr P.P. Gupta, DIG, BSF, flagged off the march that began from the historic Nehru Gate and culminated at Quilla Mubarak.

Pitchers smashed against council’s apathy
Phagwara, September 21
Much to the chagrin of the ruling party here today, Congress Councillor-cum-PPCC organising secretary Kusum Sharma led a “ghara bhann” (pitcher-breaking) march here today.

Punjabis must change mindset for development :Verma
Chandigarh, September 21
Just when the government should be concerned more about important, yet less developed socio-economic areas in Punjab, its bureaucracy was more concerned whether there should be a red light atop their vehicles or not.

CM tells SGPC to set up centre of classical music
Chandigarh, September 21
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today called upon the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Sikh clergy to establish an institution of excellence in classical music to enable the ragis and preachers to perform Gurbani kirtan based on the original ragas as enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib with maryada.

Vedanti calls meeting on molestation issue
Amritsar, September 21
In a significant development, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti has called a meeting of Sikh clergy on October 4 to discuss the charges of molestation against Baldev Singh, an SGPC member.

Minister assures 24-hr power supply in rural areas
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 21
The Punjab Government spent Rs 1450 crore for regular eight-hour power supply to the agriculture sector during the paddy season and only Rs 300 crore had been collected from the farmers through bills by the Punjab State Electricity Board.

PSEB union lambasts Finance Minister for privatisation
Abohar, September 21
Blasting the Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh for the privatisation of boards and corporations in the state.

Haryana-based sabha allowed to visit Pak
Amritsar, September 21
In yet another instance of improving Indo-Pak relations the Pakistan Government gave permission to Haryana-based Baba Bhuman Shah Seva Sabha to visit Pakistan for the first time after Independence. The jatha led by Mahant Baba Brahm Dass and Baba Dayal Dass Gumani-Walley, will comprise nine members.


High Court
Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi impleaded as party
Chandigarh, September 21
A Bench comprising Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Mr Justice J.S. Narang of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today impleaded Mr Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, as party in an ongoing writ filed by a suspended sarpanch.


21 nabbed for assault on patient
Hoshiarpur, September, 21
Panic gripped the local Civil Hospital today when a mob of about 50 persons armed with lathis, rods and leather belts swooped on the hospital and assaulted one of the patients.

Cop arrested for posing as DSP’s gunman
Jalandhar, September 21
Nemesis came for constable Avtaar Singh after six years after he had got arrested a Kapurthala DTO, with whom he was a gunman, for allegedly “taking” Rs 4,000 as bribe from him in lieu of giving the last pay certificate (LPC) to him. Constable Avtaar Singh was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau here today for allegedly posing as a gunman of a Jalandhar-based DSP of the bureau.

Man murders wife, arrested
Moga, September 21
A man allegedly murdered his wife, Sarita, at their Gali No. 10 residence on the Zira road here today.

3 of family killed in mishap
Ropar, September 21
Three members of a family were crushed to death by a truck near Nurpurbedi this evening.

Book stall raided
Patiala, September 21
The police here today raided a book stall at the bus stand in the city on Tuesday. A few stall owners were found displaying and selling pornographic material.


DEO post vacant, teaching hit
Mansa, September 21
Teaching in a number of government-run elementary schools in the district has been adversely affected as the authorities concerned have failed to post any district education officer (DEO) after the post fell vacant about 34 days ago.

VC motivates people to sponsor rural students
Bathinda, September 21
Mr S.S. Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, while expressing concern over the widening gap in the matter pertaining to the availability of education opportunities to rural and urban students, said that Punjabi University had started making efforts to bridge the gap.

Students gherao mini buses
Bathinda, September 21
A large section of activists of the Punjab Students Union (Shaheed Randhawa) and members of the BKU (Ekta) today gheraoed a number of mini-buses at the Sivian village in the district for whole of the day to lodge their protest against the thrashing of two students by a section of mini-bus operators a few days ago.

CSI opens student chapter at BBSBE College
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 21
The Computer Society of India (CSI) today opened a student chapter at the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering (BBSBE) College. With this chapter BBSBE College has become the only college in Punjab Technical University (PTU) having four student chapters of leading national professional bodies.

6 students to take part in yoga championship
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 21
Students of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, won the Punjab Technical University Inter-College Yoga Championship.

PCMS appeals for extending date of registration
Patiala, September 21
The PCMS Association Punjab has appealed to the Punjab Medical Council to extend the last date for the registration of additional qualifications and updating of medical register, by one month as a number of doctors were yet to submit the forms due to communication gap here today.


Netone facility launched
Patiala, September 21
The BSNL subscribers can now use Internet on a dial up connection without having to buy a package for the said purpose, as BSNL launched the Netone facility in the city here on Tuesday. The facility was inaugurated by the chief GMT, Punjab Circle, Chandigarh, Mr G.S. Bhatia. Mr Bhatia said it could not be misused as the CLI of the phone connection is tallied against its username.


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