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Protest in Bhikhiwind
Telecast of old interview of Sarbjit Singh on PTV

Bhikhiwind, September 11
Telecast of an old interview of Sarbjit Singh on PTV-official Television channel of the government of Pakistan in which he reportedly had ‘confessed’ his involvement in the series of bomb blasts in 1990 in the country evoked strong protests at his native border village, here today. Family members of Sarabjit Singh and residents of Bhikhiwind village protest against the Pakistan government, at Bhikhiwind, Amritsar, on Sunday.
Family members of Sarabjit Singh and residents of Bhikhiwind village protest against the Pakistan government, at Bhikhiwind, Amritsar, on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Repatriation again rekindles hopes of PoWs’ families
Amritsar, September 11
Even as 500 Indian and Pakistani prisoners would be exchanged at the joint check post of Wagah, near here, tomorrow, some of the families of Prisoners of War would reach there with a hope that the repatriated prisoners might give them some clue about the PoWs.

She died waiting for daughter separated during Partition
Kot Kapura, September 11
A hundreds of Indian and Pakistani prisoners are about to be released from both sides of border tomorrow, a woman, who got separated from her daughter during the Partition breathed her last here with an unfulfilled wish of seeing her before her death.



  Former spies threaten stir
Jalandhar, September 11
A group of “Indian Spies”, who had been captured in Pakistan and had already served their terms in different jails there, has threatened to launch an agitation if their long pending demands are not accepted and if their grievances are not redressed by the government.

Three coaches of Jammu-Tawi Express catch fire
Ferozepore, September 11
Three coaches of the Jammu-Tawi Ferozepore Express caught fire in the railway yard here today, railway sources said. One of the passenger coaches was totally gutted, while two others were partially damaged in the fire.

A coach of the Jammu-Tawi Ferozepore Express which caught fire at the Ferozepore cantonment railway station on Sunday. — PTI photo

A coach of the Jammu-Tawi Ferozepore Express which caught fire at the Ferozepore cantonment railway station on Sunday.

Probe into leak of PPCC proceedings
Ludhiana, September 11
Agitated over the negative outcome of the meeting of ministers, MLAs and other party leaders he had convened in Chandigarh on September 7, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, has ordered an inquiry to find out as how the proceedings were leaked to the media.

Rate contracts for timber raise eyebrows
Gurdaspur, September 11
The recently effected rate contracts for supplying timber to government departments in Punjab have raised many an eyebrow. The Punjab Forest Development Corporation recently fixed the rates for deodar, kailwood and chir varieties of timber for the first time.

Punjab formulates Special Economic Zone policy
Mohali, September 11
The Punjab Government has formulated the Special Economic Zone Policy for the state. The formulation of the policy was one of the main hurdles being faced by the government in procuring the SEZ status for Mohali and Amritsar.

Barnala first tech-savvy police district
Barnala, September 11
Barnala has become the first tech-savvy police district of the state. Now onwards, anyone can get any information regarding status of complaints, services provided by the police or details about police officials right from the SHO to the SSP.

Like Lahore, Amritsar to have Food Street
Amritsar, September 11
Like Lahore, Amritsar will shortly have its own “world-class” Food Street, where locals, visitors and pilgrims would enjoy various delicacies of the Holy City.


Montek for quadrilateral project extension to Amritsar
Chandigarh, September 11
The Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, is in favour of the extension of golden quadrilateral project to Amritsar.

Pesticides mainly to blame for cancer deaths: report
Chandigarh, September 11
Pesticides and insecticides used by farmers are among the major causes of cancer deaths in the Malwa area of Punjab.

Rice mills face closure threat
Kapurthala, September 11
Rice mills in the state are facing threat of closure as a majority of them have not been provided with the electricity connection by the Punjab State Electricity Board on the direction of Punjab Pollution Control Board.

60 PCMS doctors to be promoted
Faridkot, September 11
The Punjab Government has decided to promote 60 PCMS doctors to senior lecturers and decided to take steps to improvise the working conditions in all the three government medical colleges at Amritsar, Faridkot and Patiala. Besides, a decision has been taken to promote the other categories of doctors from senior lecturers to professors.

Time limit for ETPs extended
Ferozepore, September 11
What can be termed as a major relief extended to parboiled rice millers of the state, Mr Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board has extended the time limit for the rice millers to upgrade effluent treatment plants of ‘saila’ rice mills from October 31 to December this year.

300 motivated to preserve environment
Chandigarh, September 11
The Samaj Bhalai Manch, a Punjab-based NGO, held a function here yesterday.

Aid sought for leprosy patients
Chandigarh, September 11
The Disabled Persons Welfare Organisation, Punjab, in a representation to the MP, Patiala, has sought financial assistance for the leprosy patients at Ghaghar Leprosy Ashram, Mubarakpur, Dera Bassi.

2 die as bus overturns
Batala September 11
A private bus carrying devotees back to Shri Hargobindpur after attending the marriage anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev overturned and fell in a drain near Udhanwal yesterday.


Farmers for adequate water in distributary
Chandigarh, September 11
Farmers of several villages of Mansa district here today urged the Chief Engineer (Canals), Punjab, to ensure adequate supply of water in the Uddat distributary there.


Fish poachers arrested
Gurdaspur, September 11
The district Fisheries Department has arrested fish poachers who were carrying out illegal fishing in the Beas and its tributary Sarri. The raid was carried out on a tip off provided by a former wildlife warden.


Varsity expels 5 more students
Patiala, September 11
The Punjabi University authorities toughened their stand against the agitating students of the Law Department as they expelled five more students and obtained a stay order from court that no student or employee could hold a demonstration or agitate within 500 metres of the university gate.

Sudhir wins rangoli contest
Abohar, September 11
Sudhir Sharma and his sister, Sunaina Sharma, won the first and the second positions respectively, in a rangoli competition during the three-day talent hunt function that concluded at the DAV College here yesterday.

State-aided school panel meets CM
Patiala, September 11
A delegation of the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Progressive Front led by Mr Upjit Singh Brar, president, Mr K.K. Sharma, chairman, and Mr Prem Sharma, secretary, met the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, recently with regard to their demands.

2 teachers selected for KVS award
Patiala, September 11
Mrs Rajwinder Kaur Sekhon and Mrs Sukhwant Kaur Kamboj of Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Patiala, have been selected by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for the KVS National Incentive Award for 2005 in the field of education.


Exempt shawls, blankets from VAT: federation
Amritsar, September 11
The recent clarification of the state government with regard to the VAT law to charge tax on shawls and blankets have literally created an unprecedented situation, where future of thousands of traders and factory owners is in jeopardy.


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