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Elections will be referendum on govt’s performance: CM
Jalandhar, September 22
Giving a twist to the poll scenario, the Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, today asserted that the outcome of the byelection to the Kapurthala and Garshankar Assembly seats would be a referendum of people on the performance of the government.

Has CM violated poll code?
Jalandhar, September 22
Has the CM violated the model poll code by using the Punjab Government helicopter? The answer is in affirmative if the circumstances are taken into account and negative if the explanation of the CM is to be believed.

Sukhjinder Rana files nomination
Husband’s assets Rs 27.22 crore
Kapurthala, September 22
Is Rana Gurjit Singh’s family rolling in money? The answer may be in the affirmative if the assets of the MP’s brother and sister-in-law declared by them today during filing of their nomination papers for Kapurthala byelection are to be believed.

Ms Sukhjinder Rana, Congress candidate, flanked by Capt Amarinder Singh (right) and Mr H.S. Hanspal during the filing of nomination papers for the Kapurthala byelection on Wednesday. Ms Sukhjinder Rana, Congress candidate, flanked by Capt Amarinder Singh (right) and Mr H.S. Hanspal during the filing of nomination papers for the Kapurthala byelection on Wednesday. —  Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Jawans pay homage to the war martyrs of the 1965 Indo-Pak war
Jawans pay homage to the war martyrs of the 1965 Indo-Pak war, at the Dogra War Memorial in Amritsar on Wednesday. — PTI

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Deploy paramilitary forces in Kapurthala: SAD, BJP
Chandigarh, September 22
Apprehending large-scale rigging in the Kapurthala byelection, a joint delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party today impressed upon the Chief Election Commissioner to transfer the Returning Officer and deploy paramilitary forces in the constituency for a “free and fair election”.

Congress fields candidate from Garhshankar
Hoshiarpur, September 22

Capt Amarinder Singh said that under the prevailing conditions the Congress would definitely contest byelection from Garhshankar even if the CPM do not withdraw its candidate from the fray.

Cong candidate violates election code
Kapurthala, September 22
In the blatant violation of the election code of conduct, the official machinery was openly used by the ruling party during filing of nomination papers by Ms Sukhjinder Rana, Congress candidate for the Kapurthala byelection here today.

VIPs use official machinery in violation of rules during the filing of nominations in Kapurthala on Wednesday. VIPs use official machinery in violation of rules during the filing of nominations in Kapurthala on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph



Rauri not to withdraw, says Surjit
Hoshiarpur, September 22
CPM candidate Maha Singh Rauri has decided not to withdraw his nomination papers for the byelection from Garhshanker.

Eminent Punjabi scientist dies in USA
Chandigarh, September 22
An eminent scientist, D r Jagir Singh Randhawa, has died at the age of 81 in the USA. He was suffering from bone cancer and he passed away in that country on September 7, according to his relatives in Mohali.

Punjab Transport Tribunal lacks facilities
Chandigarh, September 22
The moment one enters the courtroom of Mr B.S. Mehandiratta, Presiding Officer, State Transport Appellate Tribunal, Punjab, one finds something amiss.

Names of 8 police officers from deputation list sent back
Chandigarh, September 22
In less than a month after a list of over two dozen Punjab Police officers was forwarded to the Central Government for deputation with it, the names of at least eight officers have been sent back.

It is Europe that fascinates Punjab MLAs
Chandigarh, September 22
Guess which countries Punjab MLAs give top priority to visit! If you say the USA and the Canada, you are wrong. It is the Europe that fascinates most Punjab MLAs. The USA and the Canada figure second on their priority list. Their third preference is Australia, Japan and New Zealand. Interestingly, among them there are no takers for visiting Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and China.

Minor girl kept nude in illegal custody
Amritsar, September 22
A minor girl was allegedly kept in illegal custody by the B-Division police station. She was allegedly kept nude for hours and was abused by policemen during her illegal custody.


No-trust motion against MC chief defeated
Moga, September 22
The no-confidence motion moved against the Municipal Council president, Mr Joginder Pal Jain, was defeated today. The dissident group needed the support of 22 members in the 31-member House, but they fell short by a single vote.

CPI nominee files papers
Chandigarh, September 22
Mr Manjit Singh Lali of the CPI today filed his nomination papers for the Garhshankar byelection.


India, Pakistan opening up, says visiting MP
Faridkot, September 22
Positive attitude, flexibility over various issues, and some bold steps hold the key to meaningful dialogue between India and Pakistan, said Rai Aziz Ullah Khan, Member Parliament, Pakistan, here today.

Ex-servicemen for setting up airport in city
Patiala, September 22
The issue of setting up an airport here has again come into focus with former soldiers of the city claiming that Patiala, not Phillaur is most suitable for establishment of such a facility in the state.

Breaking myth through entertainment
Faridkot, September 22
A boy “eating” fire, a man swallowing a sword, turning burnt piece of paper into a pigeon...

No action in land grab case despite inquiry
Amritsar, September 22
No first information report (FIR) has been registered against certain persons who tried to grab land belonging to a widow, even as more than a month has passed since the completion of inquiry, which indicted them

Punjab cops being sent to UP, Maharashtra on poll duty
Chandigarh, September 22
Punjab Police personnel are reportedly being sent to Maharastra and Uttar Pradesh for maintaining law and order situation in the two states during the elections. As many as 25 companies are being sent following demand for additional forces by the two states.

Was admn aware of ban around ammo dump?
Amritsar, September 22
The Fruit and Vegetable Merchants Union claims that the district administration was aware of the ban on construction in a 1000-metre radius around the ammunition dump spread over 120 acres .

Doctor absolved of negligence charge
Sangrur, September 22
A Board of doctors, headed by Dr H.S. Dhillon, Assistant Civil Surgeon, has exonerated Dr Karamjit Singh, an orthopaedician in the local Civil Hospital, from the charge of alleged “negligence” on his part during the operation of Pankaj Kumar Sharma (35), a migrant labourer from Begusarai district in Bihar, on September 6.

Indicted SGPC member meets Vedanti
Amritsar, September 22
Beleaguered SGPC member Baldev Singh, who was booked on the charge of molesting the wife of a visually challenged raagi, today held a closed-door meeting with Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht at the latter’s residence.

Khadi Board chief for 5th pay commission
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 22
The Punjab State Services Federation (Walia) will make all efforts to get the Fifth Pay Commission constituted. An employees’ rally will be organised in November in Patiala in which Capt Amarinder Singh will announce the constitution of the Fifth Pay Commission, said Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, newly appointed Chairman of the Punjab Khadi Board, while addressing function organised by the District Congress Committee and the Punjab State Services Federation here today.

Major tragedy averted
Pathankot September 22
The bravery and presence of mind of Mr Ravinder Singh, a teacher of the Army School, Madhopur, today saved Pathankot from a major tragedy. The incident happened in the afternoon when an oil tanker caught fire at a petrol station near the Eagle Crossing.

MP announces mass contact programme
Gurdaspur, September 22
The Rajya Sabha member from Gurdaspur, Mr Ashwani Kumar, has decided to hold a state-level mass contact programme.

Outstanding Engineer award for K.C. Verma
Chandigarh, September 22
Mr K.C. Verma, who retired as Chief Engineer from the Punjab State Electricity Board, has been honoured with the Outstanding Engineer award for 2004 by the Institution of Engineers (India), Haryana Centre.

Arhtiyas to stage dharna at SSP office
Bathinda, September 22
Commission agents in the area will stage a dharna in front of the office of district police chief on September 28 to lodge their protest against the failure of the Talwandi Sabo police to arrest those farmers against whom two criminal cases were registered in June and July, 2004.


Judicial officers shifted
Chandigarh, September 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has transferred some senior judicial officers.

Warrants against Vinod Khanna
Pathankot, September 22
Mr Raj Kumar Garg, Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, today issued bailable warrants against Mr Vinod Khanna, former Union minister and Member of Parliament, for not attending the court in a criminal case in which Mr Khanna was cited as a prosecution witness.


Low paddy prices worry farmers
Bathinda, September 22
A major section of farmers, who have unloaded their paddy produce in the grain markets and purchase centres of this and surrounding districts, today suffered a major setback after the paddy prices fell sharply following the “virtual withdrawal” of private purchasers from the markets.


PUDA demolishes showroom
Patiala, September 22
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today demolished a showroom, spread over 3,000 square feet, near the Ravi Hospital in Urban Estate even as the owners claimed the action was taken despite the fact that they were in possession of valid registries of the land.

Punjab postings
Chandigarh, September 22
The Punjab Government today posted Mr Jagpal Singh as Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs in place of Mr V.K. Singh, who has gone on study leave.


Two held under Arms Act
Pathankot, September 22
The Dhar Kalan police has arrested two persons and seized one revolver and three live cartridges each from their possession.

Farmer commits suicide
Abohar, September 22
In less than 24-hours another farmer reportedly shot himself dead in this sub-division.

Rajpura attack: girl dead
Patiala, September 22
The tragedy which struck Bansi Lal's house in ward 19 in Rajpura two days back deepened today. Bansi Lal's wife Susheela Devi, who was attacked at her house by her brother-in-law and her nephew, succumbed to her injuries at the PGI today. Bansi Lal's daughter Ranjita, succumbed to knife injuries day before yesterday.


Thousands to take part in inter-school competitions
Mohali, September 22
Thousands of school students would participate in the three-day zonal inter-school educational competitions organised by the Punjab School Education Board from September 28. The competitions would be simultaneously held in four zones across Punjab among students within three categories — primary, elementary and secondary.

Jubilation marks Senate results
Abohar, September 21
The DAV campus here will have two Principals in the Panjab University Senate, results of which were declared yesterday.

College students go on strike
Allege embezzlement by Principal
Amritsar, September 22
Students of Khalsa College went on an indefinite strike against alleged embezzlement of students’ fund by the Principal, Dr J.S. Dhillon, and his attitude towards them here today.

College teachers’ strike tomorrow
Barnala, September 22
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, has decided to give a call to strike work on September 24 after the second period in private colleges all over Punjab.


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