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Cancel GPAs to expose benami land deals: DGP
Chandigarh, September 4
“If the government is serious in exposing those engaged in ‘benami’ land transactions in the periphery of important towns, including Chandigarh, it should order cancellation of all general powers of attorney and direct the Revenue Department to establish ownership of land in the periphery of important towns,” says the Director-General of Punjab Police, Mr S.S. Virk.

Cong rule because of Dalits, says Dullo
Talwandi (Ludhiana), September 4
In the wake of incidents of violence reported against the Dalits in some parts of the country, Pradesh Congress Committee President Shamsher Singh Dullo today warned the party and the government against ignoring their (the Dalits’) interests.

PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo addresses a seminar at Ambedkar Bhavan in Jalandhar PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo addresses a seminar at Ambedkar Bhavan in Jalandhar on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by S.S. Chopra

Fatehgarh Sahib


  45,000 cases of atrocities on Dalits in one year, says Suraj Bhan
Jalandhar, September 4
More than 45,000 cases of atrocities against Dalits and downtrodden have been registered in India, while the actual number of such incidents could be 1 lakh during the past one year alone.

Punjab to widen 13 highways
Chandigarh, September 4
Stung by adverse public reaction on the poor condition of roads in the state, the Punjab Government has started a major up-gradation programme to widen and strengthen 13 major state highways. Work on at least two is to start immediately.

Sarabjit: sister writes to Bush, Pope
Fatehgarh Churian, September 4
Even as fate of prisoner on death row in Pakistan, Sarbjit Singh remains undecided, despite mass appeals for his clemency, his sister Dalbir Kaur wrote to US President George Bush and Pope for use up their good offices to secure release of her innocent brother.

Dalbir Kaur, sister, and Sukhpreet Kaur, wife (extreme right), of Sarabjit Singh join members of the Christian community at a candlelight vigil at Jai Rani Church, Fatehgarh Churian, near Amritsar, on Sunday for his release.— PTI photo
Dalbir Kaur, sister, and Sukhpreet Kaur, wife, of Sarabjit Singh join members of the Christian community at a candlelight vigil at Jai Rani Church, Fatehgarh Churian, near Amritsar, on Sunday for his release

Family of Indian in Pak jail jubilant over his likely release
Seelon Kalan (Ludhiana), September 4
A family in this village is on cloud nine after a news that their youngest son would be released by the Pakistan government on September 12, after spending two years in jail.

Sops announced for families of Pak jail victims

Ms Balwinder Kaur, Hardeep Singh’s mother, wipes tears while she recalls events at Seelon Kalan village on Sunday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Ms Balwinder Kaur, Hardeep Singh’s mother, wipes tears while she recalls events at Seelon Kalan village

Belgium bans turban in schools
Amritsar, September 4
After imposition of a ban by France on wearing turbans in schools, Belgium too has followed suit and banned the religious symbols of the Sikhs in their educational institutes. Agitated Belgium Sikhs of the Guru Nanak Sikh Society told The Tribune that while France enacted a law, imposing ban on religious symbols in schools, the Belgium schools had also imposed the ban.

British Heritage to support production on the Maharaja
Chandigarh, September 4
Maharaja Ranjit Singh has long captured the imagination of creative artists across Punjab. But now the inspiration is travelling far and wide. At least so it seems from the hectic efforts which Mr Tejinder Singh, a non resident Indian from London has been putting in to formalise the outline of a project that he and his team of theatre practitioners dreamt of. He is in India, specifically Punjab, these days to finalise the project that is massive both in scale and scope.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Maharaja Ranjit Singh


SGPC move on kar seva upsets Haryana SAD
Chandigarh, September 4
Resentment is brewing among leaders of the Haryana unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal over the decision of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to prevent voluntary bodies (kar seva) from raising their “deras” in the periphery of historic gurdwaras.

BSP call for bandh today
Kapurthala, September 4
The Bahujan Samaj Party (Ambedkar) called for a bandh here tomorrow in protest against the incident of looting and burning of the houses of Dalits at Gohana in Haryana.


Book ex-SSP, rights panel tells DGP
Amritsar, September 4
The Punjab Human Rights Organisation today urged the DGP, Punjab, to register a criminal case against Mr Kultar Singh, former SSP, Amritsar, who was indicted in a case in which five members of a family, belonging to the Chowk Moni area in the walled city had committed suicide, for forging documents to get himself cleared from the case.

Flare-up averted
Phagwara, September 4
Timely intervention by the police saved the situation from taking an ugly turn here last evening when a couple of devotees were prevented from paying obeisance at Mai Began Dharamshala near Mehli Gate.

Missing kid reunited with family
Bathinda, September 4
A few weeks after restoring a missing Andhra boy to his family, the district administration has, this time, helped reuniting a kid hailing from Phulewala village in Moga with his parents.

Row over auction of elephant grass
Kharar, September 4
A controversy regarding the auction of sarkanda (elephant grass) growing on village common land has erupted at Mullanpur Garibdass village, near PGI, in the Kharar subdivision.

Panel members meet riot victims
Amritsar, September 4
Even after a lapse of 21 years, the victims of anti-Sikh riots of 1984, who were uprooted from their homes, are still fighting to get justice. The anti-Sikh riots in the aftermath of assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi took everything from their life leaving them with uncertain future.

Steps to check malaria, dengue
Chandigarh, September 4
The Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, today claimed that the Health Department had enhanced surveillance on malaria and water-borne diseases like dengue.

Doctors won’t have to return ‘excess payment’
Chandigarh, September 4
The Punjab Government yesterday ordered that doctors who had withdrawn the non-Practising Allowance after the hike in their wages, would not have to refund the NPA that had been termed as “excess payment” by the Finance Department.

Meeting on credit plan held
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 4
A meeting of the District Consultative Committee and the District Review Committee convened by the State Bank of Patiala was held at Bachat Bhavan here on Friday. Mr Devinder Pal Singh Walia, Additional Deputy Commissioner, presided over the meeting.

Keeping purity of Punjabi folk tradition
Chandigarh, September 4
Since his school days, Dr Harphool has travelled a long distance as a performing artiste and folk singer. He is one of those who have maintained the purity of Punjabi folk tradition in times when many in the field to sell vulgarity in the guise Punjabi culture. Sufism has been his first love.

104th death anniversary of Giani Dit Singh
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 4
The Giani Dit Singh Memorial International Society will commemorate the 104th death anniversary of Giani Dit Singh, a Sikh scholar, preacher and social reformer of 19th century, on September 6 in Giani Dit Singh Auditorium at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib.


Farmers to hold protest
Barnala, September 4
The farmers’ Ujaara Roko Sangharsh Committee (Anti-Desertion Action Committee) of three villages, Fatehgarh Chhanna, Dhaula and Sanghera, has decided to stage an arthi phook mujahara (effigy burning protest) at Courts Chowk here on September 15.


One killed over land dispute
Hoshiarpur, September 4
Property dispute between two brothers led to the murder of one at Bassi Wazid village here on Saturday. According to police sources Ms Suman Devi found her husband Rakesh Kumar, an astrologer, dead in a room of her house at Bassi Wazid village yesterday.

Man shot at after compromise
Nangal Shama (Jalandhar), September 4
A resident of Wazir Singh Enclave was seriously injured when a member of one of the two groups, who had just reached a compromise in a case, allegedly opened fire at him from his licenced .32-bore revolver today.

2 motorcyclists killed in mishaps
Rajpura, September 4
In two separate hit-and-run cases, two motorcyclists were killed after they got hit by trucks on Rajpura- Sirhind and the Chandigarh-Rajpura highways, near here, late last night.

2 killed in road mishap
Bathinda, September 4
Two persons died after their scooter rammed into a truck parked on the roadside on the Bathinda-Malout road, here last night. The seriously injured occupants of scooter, identified as Hans Singh and Jodha Singh, both residents of village Deon of this district, were declared dead after they were shifted to local Civil Hospital.

Student crushed to death
Abohar, September 4
Vijay Pal Godara of Dhingawali village in this subdivision was crushed to death as a mini bus (PB-5-1286) collided with a truck (PB-30A-7939) at the Alamgarh bypass crossing near here on Saturday evening.


Eyewitness account of varsity official creates ripples
Amritsar, September 4
Reminiscences of verifiable incidents, authored by a Publication Officer of Guru Nanak Dev University, in which he has unmasked senior professors, has created ripples in academic circles.

CM greets teachers
Chandigarh, September 4
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today congratulated the teaching fraternity on the occasion of Teachers’ Day and urged them to make all efforts to inculcate good qualities in students.

Students honoured
Abohar, September 4
Ms Harbaksh Kaur Hayer, founder chairperson, Bhag Singh Khalsa Mahila College for Women, on today honoured students of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College here who had secured more than 70 per cent marks in Panjab University examinations held this year.

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