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Badal’s wife ordered to appear in court
Ropar, September 24
The Special Court Judge, Mr S.K. Goel, today directed Ms Surinder Kaur Badal, the wife of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, to appear personally in his court on September 28, in the case of disproportionate assets registered against her and others, including Parkash Singh Badal, her son Sukhbir Badal and three others, by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

I have full faith in judiciary: Bibi
Amritsar, September 24
Bibi Jagir Kaur She seems to have learnt a lot from her past mistakes. After taking into hand the reigns of the SGPC for the third time, she is in no hurry to touch the ticklish issues like allowing baptised women to perform sewa in the Golden Temple or forcing Giani Puran Singh, head Granthi who was sacked as Jathedar during her previous tenure to attend the meetings of Sikh clergy.

Uma ridicules Left’s ‘double standards’
Ludhiana, September 24
Senior BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms Uma Bharti, today ridiculed the Left leadership for its double standards.

Tribune Impact
Cong may find itself in spot
EC seeks report on poll code violation
Chandigarh, September 24
The ruling Congress is heading for trouble. The Election Commission of India has taken note of a news report appearing in these columns that brought to the fore the violation of the election code by ruling party members during the filing of nomination papers by Congress candidate Sukhjinder Rana.




News Analysis
Congress miscalculation is Akalis’ gain

Chandigarh, September 24
A major part of the credit for the re-election of Bibi Jagir Kaur as President of the SGPC — Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee — on Thursday must be apportioned to the Congress.

Head of Dept, Reader exchange blows at board meeting
Amritsar, September 24
The Head of the Department of Business Management & Commerce of Guru Nanak Dev University and a Reader of the department exchanged blows in the board of control meeting here today.

Govt to pay more than MSP for clean paddy
Chandigarh, September 24
Punjab Government has decided to pay 1.5 per cent over the minimum support price (MSP) to farmers and co-operative societies bringing and selling clean and dry paddy at Markfed mills and mandis designated by it.

Libya-returned youth robbed, tortured by co-worker
Moga, September 24
Antaryami, Tilakraj, and Sukhdev suffered at the hands of foreigners. But Gurpreet Singh of Tallewala village in Sangrur district, who was working as a truck driver in Libya, was allegedly robbed and tortured by his own Indian co-worker.


VIP cards ‘sold’ at Baba Farid Mela
Faridkot, September 24
While people exhibited enthusiasm in the nine-day Baba Farid Mela, government officials apparently cashed in on the opportunity with a case of VIP invitation cards being sold by them coming to light.

Minister ‘misleading’ media on Electricity Act: forum
Patiala, September 24
A joint forum of PSEB Employees has alleged that State Finance Minister Surinder Singla has been wrongly interpreting the Electricity Act 2003 to the media to legitimise unbundling of state electricity boards whereas the Act specifically provides for continuing of State Electricity Boards as a company working under integrated mode. Thus it is misleading to propagate that the Act mandates the separation of generation, transmission and distribution functions, the forum claims.

Pak MP visits ancestral village
Sarawan Bodla (Muktsar), September 24
A section of women of this and its surrounding villages offer prayers in the names of Bodla Pirs (saints of Bodla) whenever their near and dear ones go out for various works connected with agriculture or other jobs.

Roshani Begum case: arrest of guilty sought
Dera Bassi, September 24
The Muslim Welfare and Roza Committee, Dera Bassi, and members of Muslim community have demanded arrest of five persons who allegedly assaulted Mrs Roshani Begum and constructed a brick-wall at the door of her house in Haripur Hinduan village on September 12.

Dharna in support of SHO facing rape charge
Amritsar, September 24
A large number of residents of Balarwal village in Ajnala Tehsil, member of the nagar panchayats and councillors today held a dharna in favour of the Station House Officer (SHO) of Ajnala police station who was charged by a minor girl with rape at main chowk of Ajnala, about 25 km from here.

Lions Club installation ceremony
Bathinda, September 24
The installation of cabinet of District Governor (321 F), Mr Jaswant Rai Garg, will be held at hotel Sappel on September 26. Mr A.P Singh, International Director, of Lions Club, will be the chief guest on the occasion.

Bank staff hold demonstration
Patiala, September 24
On the call of All India Oriental Bank Officers Association (AIBOA) and the All India Oriental Bank Employees Association (AIOBEA), more than 400 bank employees of Oriental Bank of Commerce held a demonstration in front of Regional Office, Chotti Baradari, here against the merger of private sector Global Trust Bank with the premier Public sector Bank Oriental Bank of Commerce.

Woman handed over to in-laws
Kharar, September 24
A resident of Mundi Kharar, near here, who had received blunt injuries in her abdomen after she was allegedly beaten up by some woman of the locality on September 15, was handed over to her in-laws.


SDM submits report on acid throwing case
Sangrur, September 24
After six months of wait, Mr Iqbal Singh and his wife Manjit Kaur, residents of Ubnawal village, near here are likely to get justice in connection with the acid throwing incident that took place on March 10.

High Court
Bail granted
Chandigarh, September 24
Mr Justice A.K. Goel of the High Court on Friday granted regular bail to Gidderbaha Akali MLA Manpreet Singh Badal in a corruption case.


Inside Babudom
Punjab Government prunes police posts
Chandigarh, September 24
The Punjab Police has reportedly decided to reduce the number of Additional Director-Generals of Police (ADGPs) and Inspectors-General of Police (IGP) by half.

MC to get tough on commercial licence
Patiala, September 24
Unable to persuade owners of commercial establishments to apply for licences despite various deadlines and extensions, the corporation has decided to get tough with defaulters. Five teams have been constituted to conduct checks on business establishments from Monday and levy a five time penalty on those who do not have the required licences.


CTU GM booked for conductor’s death
Dera Bassi, September 24
The Dera Bassi police has booked the General Manager (GM) of Chandigarh Transport Under Taking (CTU) Surinder Kumar Dhaiya and his relative for forcing a conductor Nachhatar Singh of the CTU to commit suicide.

Land mafia gets huts demolished
Pathankot, September 24
The land mafia here with the help of their henchmen allegedly got demolished some huts constructed by dwellers yesterday. They not only damaged jhuggis there but also threatened the occupants with dire consequences. The dwellers in their self-defence pelted them with stones before they fled.

3 quacks arrested
Bathinda, September 24
As many as three quacks were arrested at different places in this district when four medical teams of the district health authorities accompanied by senior civil and police officials under the supervision of the Civil Surgeon, Dr Yashpal Singla, raided their premises late last night.

7 injured in group clash
Phagwara, September 24
Seven persons, including a former Block Youth Congress president Surinderjit Singh Sagri, were injured in a group clash on the premises of the City Club late last night.

One booked for paddy misappropriation
Moga, September 24
A case of misappropriation of paddy worth about Rs 56 lakh has come to light at the local warehouse.


Private college teachers stay away from classes
Demand release of grant-in-aid
Sangrur, September 24
A large number of college teachers working in private colleges of this district today stayed away from their classes after the second period to express their resentment against the Punjab Finance Department’s inordinate delay in clearing two bills worth Rs 33 crore pertaining to the grant-in-aid for the private colleges of Punjab.

Conference on electronic circuits
Patiala, September 24
A national conference on Electronic Circuits and Communication Systems (ECCS 2004) was inaugurated by Dr K.K. Aggarwal, Vice-Chancellor, Indraprastha University, at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology here yesterday.


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