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Badal for live telecast of session
Debate on militancy, Nanavati report
Kanjhla (Sangrur), September 8
Leader of the opposition in Punjab Assembly and president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Parkash Singh Badal today asked Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, to convene a special session of the Punjab Assembly for a live telecast debate on militancy in Punjab and the report of Nanavati Commission. He said the SAD was ready to participate in the debate.

Level of dissatisfaction high among Cong MLAs
Chandigarh, September 8
To the subtle and systematic campaign launched to win the “hearts and minds” of the party’s rank and file, the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, has got a response which, perhaps, he had himself not expected.

CM, Dullo meet to discuss party issues
Chandigarh, September 8
Within hours of the public slamming of the Punjab Government by party MLAs, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee chief, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, reportedly held a meeting here today to discuss the issues of the party and government raised during yesterday's controversial meeting.

PSEB seeks advance payment for free power
Patiala, September 8
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has asked the Punjab Government to make arrangements for making advance payment to the board in lieu of power which it has started giving to the farmers free of cost from September 1, 2005 to keep the board’s cash flow intact.

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SC for bail to convicts in jail for long period
Chandigarh, September 8
The Supreme Court of India has observed that the courts, particularly those dealing with bail cases, must keep in mind the guidelines laid down by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the Dharampal versus the State of Punjab case.

CMC to fill MBBS seats from own merit lists
Ludhiana, September 8
Consequent upon the failure of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences to hold counselling for admission to undergraduate courses of the MBBS, BDS and nursing due to delay in the announcement of the PMET and the matter having gone to the Supreme Court, the Christian Medical College here has decided to fill the remaining 25 percent seats in these courses from out of all India merit lists, drawn on the basis of its own medical entrance examination.

Doctor caught taking bribe
Patiala, September 8
The lust for money has landed an assistant professor-cum-surgeon of local Rajindra Government Hospital, Dr Harjit Singh Lamba, into the Vigilance Bureau net. He was caught redhanded while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 for doing an eye operation.

Chandigarh blast: red alert in Punjab
Chandigarh, September 8
Within hours of a bomb blast at the inter-state bus terminus in Sector 17 here, the Punjab police sealed the state border with Jammu and Kashmir and started checking all vehicles besides issuing a red-alert across the state.


Potable water for Bhakra residents
Bhakra (Nangal), September 8
Finally after 50 years, people of Bhakra village, who were displaced during the construction of Bhakra Dam, will get potable water through a permanent water supply scheme. The project, costing Rs 25 lakh, is being funded by the Bhakra Beas Management Board and is scheduled to be completed by September 15.
Work in progress on a water supply scheme for Bhakra village in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh.
Work in progress on a water supply scheme for Bhakra village in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. — A Tribune photograph 

Work on stage II of Kandi canal to start
Hoshiarpur, September 8
To bring overall socio-economic uplift of the Kandi area, the Kandi Area Development Administration wing of the Punjab Agriculture Department is likely to start constructing Rajiv Gandhi Kandi Canal in the third week of this month.

Awareness can check spread of AIDS: Neil
Amritsar, September 8
Dr Neil Abell, Associate Professor at the Florida State University (USA) laid stress on the self-disclosure that could help in preventing of HIV/AIDS menace. This is the only message that can help to control its spread. He further said social workers, NGOs and NSS volunteers could create awareness and educate masses. He delivered a lecture on “HIV/AIDS stigma: awareness, acceptance and action in health care and social services” at Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

‘Gas leakage’ from fertiliser plant hits cotton, paddy crop
Bathinda, September 8
Cotton and paddy crops in hundreds of acres surrounding National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has been hit by alleged gas leak from the plant. However, the NFL denied gas leak from the plant.

Shopping mall scam report gets ‘quiet burial’
Pathankot, September 8
The report filed by the Assistant Commissioner, Gurdaspur, pertaining to large-scale irregularities in the allotment of multi-crore Dr Shyma Prasad Mukherjee shopping complex on Dhangu Road, constructed by the Pathankot Improvement Trust, has been given a “quiet burial”.

LBP seeks action against travel agents
Moga, September 8
The Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) today stated that if the Punjab Government didn’t initiate any action against deceiving travel agents of the state before September 16 it would launch an agitation on the issue.

Spread of dengue fever feared
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 8
Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, today held a meeting of all the district heads to review the progress made by various government departments.

Paucity of funds hits health scheme
Gurdaspur, September 8
The ex-servicemen contributory health scheme has run into rough. Due to the paucity of funds members of the scheme are not getting free medicine as promised in the scheme.

Wagah checkpost to undergo renovation
Wagah, September 8
Keeping in view the numerous problems being faced by tourists, the Central Government, under the Border Area Development Programme, has sanctioned Rs 50 lakh for the development of international Wagah joint checkpost here.

Orations for Patiala doctors
Patiala, September 8
Dr Harbir Kaur Rao and Dr Rajinder Singh Gupta, Professors of Medicine at Government Medical College, Patiala, have been awarded major orations by the Geriatrics Society of India at its 24th Annual National Conference on Geriatrics and Gerontology held in Pondicherry recently.

Oldman to get pension after two years
Ropar, September 8
A-78-year old Bachan Singh of Kiratpur Sahib town has been struggling for the past more than two years to get old age pension. He was getting pension under social security scheme till May 2003 as per the Deputy Commissioner order, but thereafter he did not received his pension following a technical mistake committed by the department concerned.

Woman tests HIV positive
Abohar, September 8
Another AIDS patient was identified today in rural area. Sources at the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital said she was admitted on Monday. The young married woman today tested HIV positive.


Punjland Beverages, Herbertsons to pay relief
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 8
Mr Gurdev Singh, president, District Consumer Forum, in a judgement, delivered today has accepted the complaint of Harmesh Singh, resident of Marwa village in the district, against Punjland Beverages Ltd, manufacturer of Bagpiper Club Soda, and Herbertsons Ltd. The forum announced a compensation of Rs 25,000 for causing mental agony and harassment and also awarded Rs 2000 and Rs 500 for as costs for the complaint.

HC order on nursing institutes ‘not being implemented’
Chandigarh, September 8
The petitioner on whose PIL the Punjab and Haryana High Court recently ordered that nursing institutes which do not have the requisite infrastructure will not make admissions for the 2005-06 academic session, has alleged that in spite of the High Court order, certain nursing institutes were continuing to make admissions.

Medicine dealer’s bail plea dismissed
Chandigarh, September 8
A local court has dismissed the anticipatory bail of a Ludhiana-based medicine dealer, Mr Manoj Jindal, who was accused of forging certain documents to avail of sales tax benefits.


Farmers forced to unload cotton in open as truckers occupy sheds
Bathinda, September 8
While the arrival of cotton has started picking up, the market committee has not taken any action to remove trucks parked under the sheds of the local grain market, forcing cotton growers to dump their cotton produce under the sun.

Farm experts review cotton project
Barnala, September 8
Representatives of Sir Rattan Tata Trust, Mumbai, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and Punjab Agriculture Department yesterday visited Rureke Kalan, and Dhoorkot village to monitor the integrated pest management cotton project.

Session on farm labourers today
Jalandhar, September 8
Speedy decline of the farm sector because of disinterest of the state governments and pitiable lot of farm labourers are likely to come up for discussion during the three-day national delegate session of the All-India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha to be organised at the local Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall from September 9 to 11.


Sarpanch arrested
Ropar, September 8
The Ropar police today arrested Sarpanch of Sukhgarh village Gurmeet Singh, for taking Rs 75,000 for settling a murder case. The police had arrested Swaran Singh on the charge of murdering Kuda Singh on August 25.

Fake journalist held
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 8
The district police has arrested a fake journalist at Mandi Gobindgarh town of the district who was allegedly fleecing the people in the name of broadcasting their news on an electronic news channel.


Admissions on despite UGC notification
Gurdaspur, September 8
The off campus study centres of certain deemed universities are duping students. In a notification issued by the UGC on his website, Mr V.K. Jaswal, Under Secretary, has said the commission has not approved the study centres of any deemed university.

Principal Charanjit Kaur Cheema of Government Multipurpose School for Girls, Model Town, Patiala, honours the authors of ‘Computer Education’
Principal Charanjit Kaur Cheema of Government Multipurpose School for Girls, Model Town, Patiala, honours the authors of ‘Computer Education’, (from left) Kulwinder Singh, Tarun Aggarwal and Rohit Sachdeva, on Wednesday. The book covers Punjab School Education Board syllabus for elementary computer education.

Law students boycott classes
Patiala, September 8
The on-going agitation of the students of the Law Department of Punjabi University took a new turn today when they boycotted the classes to lodge their protest against the high-handedness of the authorities concerned and non-acceptance of their demands by them.

Bifurcation of PAU flayed
Gurdaspur, September 8
Pandit Mohan Lal SD College for Women Gurdaspur, got a financial help of Rs 3 lakh from unexpected quarters. The authorities of the college were surprised to receive the grant from the MP Local Area Development Fund of the Rajya Sabha member and the former Chief Election Commissioner, Mr M.S. Gill, as they had never asked for it.

Govt schools to be named after Jallianwala martyrs
Chandigarh, September 8
Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Parliamentary Secretary, said today that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had approved his proposal to name government schools in various parts of the state after the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh.


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