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Riot victims storm DC’s office
Ludhiana, September 3
A high-level team constituted by the Union Government to analyse the quantum of relief provided to the victims of the ’84 riots came face-to-face with the ground realities here today when hordes of victims claimed that the real sufferers had not received much compensation.

Riot victims protest after they were not allowed to enter the venue for a meeting of a high-level committee at the mini-secretariat in Ludhiana on Saturday. Riot victims protest after they were not allowed to enter the venue for a meeting of a high-level committee at the mini-secretariat in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Central team visits ’84 riot victims
Patiala, September 3
A high-powered team of the Union Home Ministry yesterday visited 1984 Delhi riot victims settled here and appraised themselves of the difficulties being faced by them.

Nanavati panel report incomplete: SC lawyer
Patiala, September 3
Mr Harvinder Singh Phulka of the Sikh Forum does not mince words while talking about riots and their aftermath. “Be it the 1984 riots or the Gujarat riots, these should not be treated as religion-specific.

Cops on high alert as Gohana spills over to Punjab
Chandigarh, September 3
Security agencies, including the police, have been put on high alert to prevent any spillover of the Gohana incidents in Punjab in general and Dalit-dominated areas in particular.



  Dalit families’ feud takes political hue
Nawanshahr, September 3
Sheer mishandling of a brawl case involving two Dalit families of Mirpur Jattan village by the Nawanshahr police, allegedly at the instance of a gunman of a senior Vigilance Bureau (VB) officer, has put the ruling party in a quandry.

Ahmadiyas sack architect
Amritsar, September 3
The Ahmadiya Muslims’ International Headquarters at Qadian has sacked its chief architect Abdul Rashid, who was held responsible for destroying the originality of the monuments while carrying out face-lifting. He was indicted by a London-based high-level team after an inquiry.

Cotton selling below MSP in absence of procurement agencies
Chandigarh, September 3
What has surprised all concerned is that cotton has already started arriving in various markets and is selling below the minimum support price fixed by the Union Government. Normally, cotton arrivals begin in the first week of October in the Malwa region.
Centenarian who witnessed Jallianwala Bagh massacre
Sotal (Kharar), September 3
An eyewitness to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, centenarian Kamla Walia, who returned from Canada recently, has social work uppermost in her mind and believes in universal brotherhood. Despite her old age, she reached this village to be present at the inauguration of a sewing centre for women today. She said she had earlier been associated with the Red Cross and was a Congress leader in Amritsar.

Kamla Walia



SAD (A) against extradition of Khalistani leaders
Phagwara, September 3
SAD (A) President and former MP Simranjit Singh Mann today said that his party was opposed to the demand of the Indian Government for extradition of five Khalistani leaders said to be hiding in Pakistan.

Bhindranwale’s posters back at SSF meetings
Ludhiana, September 3
It is not only at the rallies of the SAD (A) that the posters of Bhindranwale are displayed and sold, the same can now be seen at the meetings of the affiliates of the SAD (B). Probably for the first time in the post militancy era, an organisation affiliated to the SAD (B) has taken recourse to displaying Bhindranwale's posters.

Expel SGPC president, say ex-servicemen
Amritsar, September 3
Col G.S. Sandhu (retd), Chairman, Majha Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front, here yesterday demanded the expulsion of Bibi Jagir Kaur from the presidentship of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee for her dictatorial way of functioning.

Rs 84 lakh, not 40 lakh spent on dossier preparation
Amritsar, September 3
A meeting of the sub-committee was held to probe various aspects of the expenditure of Rs 40 lakh on preparation of the dossier to get approval for Golden Temple as a heritage site from Unesco, here yesterday. During the meeting, it emerged that instead of Rs 40 lakh a sum of Rs 84 lakh was spent on the project preparation.

Chief Secy stays order on NPA
Patiala, September 3
To pacify state government doctors, the Chief Secretary, Punjab, Mr Jai Singh Gill, has stayed the order issued by the state Finance Department on August 19 in connection with making recoveries of non-practice allowance.

Breakdown of tubewell leaves 5 villages without drinking water
Kharar, September 3
Hundreds of residents of five villages here have been without drinking water for the past two days following the “failing” of the tubewell at Perchh village that supplies drinking water to these villages. The seething anger among village women over water shortage took an ugly turn this evening with infighting breaking out between the woman Sarpanch of Perchh village and the rest of the panchs.

Job festival disappoints candidates
Kapurthala, September 3
Thousands of candidates who came here from neighbouring districts for placement in national and multinational computer software and information technology companies, had to return disappointed, allegedly due to lack of coordination between the management of the college and placement agency and the “mismanagement” at the College of Engineering and Management today.

Marriage with Thai girl faces hurdles
Moga, September 3
Following a plea from the Thailand Embassy, the police has taken along a local resident and his wife of Thailand origin to produce them before embassy officials.

Arhtiyas allege high-handedness by contractors
Phagwara, September 3
Verbal blows came to light once again between arhtiyas and private contractors when both sides made allegations of high-handedness against each other in the local vegetable and fruit market here today.

Sewing centre inaugurated
Sotal (Kharar), September 3
The Punjab Government was making all efforts to look after the welfare of people living below the poverty line. Many welfare schemes were being launched by the government in this regard. This was stated by Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, OSD to the Punjab Chief Minister.

Residents of Sotal village in Ropar district at the newly inaugurated sewing centre on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Residents of Sotal village in Ropar district at the newly inaugurated sewing centre on Saturday.

Trust demarcates 1,000 acres for economic zone
Amritsar, September 3
Improvement Trust here today demarcated 1,000 acres for the special economic zone (SEZ) announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 1, last year, to mark quadricentennial celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib.

Sutlej bridge to remain open round the clock
Jalalabad, September 3
The bridge across the Sutlej linking Ferozepore-Jalandhar rail and road traffic will now remain open round the clock. This was stated by Mr Zora Singh Mann, Member of Parliament, Ferozepore. The dual facility bridge was used to be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. But now the Railway Board had agreed to open the same round the clock.

17-day running record by Ropar thermal plant
Ropar, September 3
The Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, today made another record for continuously running its six units of 210 MW each round the clock for 17 days. This has been attributed to the shortage of power in Punjab.

12 students hurt as vehicle overturns
Abohar, September 3
Twelve students, including six girls, received injuries while scores of others had a providential escape as a peter engine fitted unauthorised vehicle carrying them overturned near the city canal this morning.

Houses for MC staff planned
Kharar, September 3
The local Municipal Council has decided to construct houses at Mundi Kharar for its employees which will be allotted to them at concessional rates.

Assembly panel visits refinery
Bathinda, September 3
The Insurance Committee of Punjab Vidhan Sabha today visited Guru Gobind Singh Refinery and also held a meeting with HPCL officials.

Beneficiaries deposit loan instalment
Abohar, September 3
Some unidentified persons have deposited Rs 3 lakh in loan accounts of various self-help groups during the current week at Ghallu rural branch of Punjab National Bank located on the Abohar–Fazilka road, official sources said today.


Remand of Nayagaon rape accused extended
Kharar, September 3
A local court today extended by two days the police custody of Ramkesh, alias Kesha, alias Panch, one of the five prime accused for the rape of a minor girl at Nayagaon three years ago. Ramkesh was arrested by the Special Investigation Team of the Punjab police on August 31.He was earlier remanded in police custody for three days.


Pregnant woman among 7 hurt in clash
Kharar, September 3
Seven persons, including a pregnant woman, were injured a group clash at Malakpur village, near here, today.

3 held with fake notes
Amritsar, September 3
The district police today arrested three persons and seized fake currency worth Rs 48,000 from them. One of the accused managed to escape.

Woman kills self
Phagwara, September 3
A 30-year-old woman committed suicide here this morning by sprinkling kerosene over her clothes and setting those on fire.

Intruder shot dead
Amritsar, September 3
An unidentified Pakistani national was shot dead by Border Security Force jawans while he was trying to trespass into the Indian territory late last evening.


High-level probe sought into state  award for teachers
Chandigarh, September 3
Mr Kamal Kishore, chairman of the Area Development Committee, Ropar, has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to order a high-level probe into the selection of teachers for the state award on Teacher’s Day.

Teachers to hold protest tomorrow
Ropar, September 3
The Government Teachers Union Punjab (GTUP) today decided to boycott Teachers’ Day celebrations on September 5 and instead to observe the occasion as “Shikhsha Bachao Day” to protest against vacant posts in government schools, besides other demands.

Non-teaching staff to go on leave
Barnala, September 3
Non-teaching employees of more than 150 private colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh will go on mass casual leave on the Teachers Day and organise rallies in Amritsar, Patiala and Moga.


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