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Punjab gets ready for a mini poll battle
Chandigarh, September 26
It is time yet again for another election in Punjab — a byelection in Kapurthala and Garhshankar Assembly constituencies. Just as during the parliamentary elections, when serial-campaign had vitiated the political atmosphere, politicians are back to their trade-mark rhetoric, trade barbs, raising non-issues, drumming up accusations and abuses. 

Open border, advocates Pakistani MP
Bathinda, September 26
Mr Pir Mohammad Aslam, Member Parliament (MP), Pakistan, said that border between India and Pakistan should be opened for the free flow of people and trade among both the countries to facilitate the development of cordial relations between them.

Uma wants to see Amarinder behind bars
Kapurthala, September 26
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Uma Bharti, expressing her anguish against the Punjab Chief Minister, has said she would ensure the arrest of Capt Amarinder Singh during the rule of Akali-BJP government in the state.

Calcutta asks Badal to probe mischief mongering
Amritsar, September 26
Jathedar Gurcharn Singh Tohra had merged his Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal into the Shiromani Akali Dal, led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, during his lifetime, by sinking their differences and bringing about a complete unity in the party. 




Hawala operators making crores through land deals
Jalandhar, September 26
About 50 big and small hawala operators in the Doaba region and Ludhiana are busy raking in money worth crores in a month. 

Pritam Singh KumedanWhen Kumedan speaks, Badal and Amarinder listen
Chandigarh, September 26
Neither does he run any consultancy firm, nor has he set up any institute of so-called scholars to offer readymade solutions to various issues, problems etc. He also does not hold any high-grade academic degree to flaunt. But even then he is the most sought-after man in top political and apolitical circles. What he says is taken seriously by all concerned.
                                                     Pritam Singh Kumedan

Diversification has failed, say economists
Chandigarh, September 26
Contract farming in Punjab has failed. It was introduced in February 2003, as a follow-up on the diversification plan submitted by Dr S.S. Johl in October 2002. It was launched without much thought and in a hurry. Neither the Punjab Agricultural University at Ludhiana nor the state Department of Agriculture nor even the author of the report were consulted.

Dreaded terrorist arrested
Patiala, September 26
The Patiala police today arrested a terrorist Surinder Pal Singh who it claims was an accomplice of another dreaded militant Harnek Singh Bhap of the Khalistan Liberation Force, at present in jail.


PM’s claim on turban row an eyewash, says Badungar
Phagwara, September 26
Former SGPC president and a co-opted SGPC member Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar Prof today said that nine minister PM Dr Manmohan Singh’s claim that the turban now in France was resolved was an eye wash. He made this claims in New York yesterday.

Gas network in Punjab soon
Chandigarh, September 26
The Gas Authority of India Limited has in principle agreed to extend the Hazira-Vijaipur-Jagdishpur gas distribution network passing through Panipat to various destinations in Punjab. A decision in this regard comes in the wake of a favourable feasibility study that shows there was huge demand for gas in the north-western region, particularly Punjab.

Red tape stalls panchayat’s working
Hoshiarpur, September 26
The gram panchayat of Khera Kotli, Dasuya block, has not been functioning since February, 2004, owing to the appointment of an administrator following a protest by the village sarpanch against inaction on their demand to probe irregularities committed by the outgoing panchayat and failure to remove illegal occupation from the panchayat land.

DC’s staff sees red over police ‘humiliation’
Faridkot, September 26
The Deputy Commissioner Employees Union has accused a police official of "misbehaving" with them during the last day of a function at Baba Farid Mela , following which the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar, has sought a reply from the official concerned.

Report charges MLA with stealing water
A view of the pipes being used for stealing water from Sapanwali Minor at Ratta Khera village by Congress MLA Ravinder Singh Sandhu Faridkot, September 26
Following the orders of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, a Special Secretary of high court has submitted a report after probing into the alleged water theft by former Parliamentary Secretary and Ferozepur Cantt MLA Ravinder Singh Sandhu from Sapanwali Minor.

A view of the pipes being used for stealing water from Sapanwali Minor at Ratta Khera village by Congress MLA Ravinder Singh Sandhu.

Ex-servicemen decide to form NGOs
Chandigarh, September 26
To encourage self-employment and to avoid financial losses, the Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation has initiated a policy of forming non-governmental organisations  comprising ex-servicemen, rather than offering them direct employment in different establishments.

Tired of hiding, they want to live without fear
Ludhiana, September 26
Nazim Hussain and his wife Manjeet Kaur. In spite of being protected by a court order, a Muslim youth and a Sikh girl, who chose to tie the nuptial knot as per Hindu rites in a temple, is forced to live a life in hiding because of threat to their life by their kin. Though united by the Ambala court, the couple — 23-year-old Nazim Hussain and 21-year-old Manjeet Kaur — is living scared of the relatives and society, which is yet to accept inter-religious marriage.

Nazim Hussain and his wife Manjeet Kaur. 
— Photo by Inderjit Verma

Rights panel summons SP
Pathankot, September 26
Taking suo motu notice on the news published in The Tribune on September 19, as ‘Man saves girl from being raped’ The Punjab State Human Rights Commission, has registered a case on the news item, and summoned the SP and the SHO Pathankot, along with the record of the case.

Meet the Kohinoor of Pathankot
Pathankot: Smriti Sharma has become a symbol of dance today. She looks like a dancing doll while in action. A well-known TV artist and solo dance performer, Smriti is a class VII student of the local Kendriya Vidyalaya. 

Relaxation in selection norms sought
Pathankot, September 26
The people of the Dhar Kalan area of the subdivision here have demanded relaxation in height criteria, for recruiting the BSF and the Army personnel. The demand was raised in a rally organised by the Rajya Sabha member, Mr Ashwani Kumar, in the area to know the problems of the people.

Blood shed over water drops
Moga, September 26
A 70-year-old man killed his neighbour with his gun following a dispute over a trivial matter here this morning. The old man , Jagir Singh, who shot dead Ajit Pal Singh residing in adjoining house, has been arrested.

79 devotees donate blood
Abohar, September 26
Seventynine devotees donated blood at the concluding ceremony of a 79-hour akhand bhajan organised by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Punjab, at Arorvansh Bhavan here today.


Two spies arrested
Faridkot, September 26
The police claimed to have arrested two spies from the cantonment area here. A case has been registered against them at City Kotwali police station.

Two women drugged, deprived of valuables
Phagwara, September 26
Ms Saraswati Devi (80) of Adarsh Nagar, Phagwara, and Ms Usha of Faridkot, were last night drugged in the Hardwar passenger train and deprived of their valuables, including two gold ear-rings, two rings and two bracelets. They were hospitalised in the Civil Hospital here today.


New disease attacks cotton crop
LUDHIANA: Although Punjab is expecting a bumper cotton crop this year, a new type of disease known as tobacco caterpillar has attacked it in a big way.

Record cotton output expected this year
Ludhiana, September 26
India is all set to have a record cotton production this year thanks to the weather gods. The overall cotton production will rise by 10 per cent, according to captains of the textile industry in the country.


BDS students restive over fee issue
Sunam , September 26
Resentment prevails among BDS (II) year students, especially those who have re-appear in the first year, of the local Guru Nanak Dev Dental College against the college management over the non-refunding of excess money paid by them as the fee and other charges for 2003-2004 and non-adjustment of the excess amounts in the BDS (II) year fee 2004-05.

Institute lacks basic facilities
Nabha: Boys of local Government Para-Medical Health Institute have to bear the scorching heat because the institute has been without electricity for the past two years.

Punjabi varsity abolishes late admission fee
Patiala, September 26
Punjabi University today abolished late admission fee for the regular students from the session 2004-2005. Heads of various departments have been instructed that the already paid late fee would be adjusted towards the dues of the next semester.

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