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PoWs’ kin return disappointed

Wagah, September 12
Despite the festivity that marked the exchange of 587 Indian and Pakistani prisoners at the joint check post here, the family members of many prisoners of war today returned home disappointed.

Wish to shop for fiancee landed him in jail
Wagah, September 12
The wish to shop for fiancée in India, before the marriage, landed Mohammad Babbar Sayyad in the Indian jail. However, his would-be bride waited for all the 15 years and refused to marry another boy.

Dalbir Kaur refused entry at Wagah
Amritsar, September 12
The Border Security Force today didn’t allow Ms Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh, awaiting death sentence in Pakistan, to even enter the Wagha joint checkpost. She had gone there to tie “rakhis” to Indian prisoners who were released by the Pakistan Government today.

Rain triggers fear  of pest attack
Bathinda, September 12
Following a heavy rain a couple of days back another shower today has set the alarm bells ringing for the cotton growers of the region. While agricultural experts were satisfied with the last shower, today’s rain has got them worried.
A view of a cotton field after rain lashed Bathinda on Monday.
A view of a cotton field after rain lashed Bathinda on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

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Rain worries farmers
Chandigarh, September 12
Moderate to heavy rain in the past 24 hours has caused concern among farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

6 Punjab cops go missing in USA
Chandigarh, September 12
Six men of the Punjab police, all sportsmen, have gone missing in the USA where they had gone to the participate in a sports event. They have chosen to stay back in the USA while absenting themselves from duties here, police officials said here.

Finishing touches being given  to Sanjivini
Chandigarh, September 12
The Punjab Cooperation Department has started giving final touches to Sanjivini, a healthcare scheme for farmers.

First-ever Punjabi soap on Jalandhar DD
Chandigarh, September 12
With the small screen coming of age in India, producers have started targeting the regional viewer. Hitherto, Hindi soaps dominated televisions, but regional programmes are fast carving out their own niche.


Throw Cong out of power, SAD’s call to people
Patiala, September 12
At the Shiromani Akali Dal’s ‘Insaaf’ rally demanding punishment to the guilty of 1984 anti-Sikh violence, here today, SAD (B) president Parkash Singh Badal gave a call to people to throw Congress government of Punjab out of power and demanded that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh be jailed for his “misrule”.
People use different modes of transport to reach to the ‘insaaf’ rally held by SAD (B) at Patiala on Monday.
People use different modes of transport to reach to the ‘insaaf’ rally held by SAD (B) at Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar


“Saragarhi Day” observed
Ferozepore, September 12
The Punjab Government has embarked upon several schemes for the welfare of jawans, ex-servicemen and their families, under which special grants are being offered to all those valiant soldiers who have shown exemplary courage for the defence of their motherland.

No threat of overflow at Bhakra
Nangal, September 12
After the threat of an overflow of water from the Bhakra dam, things have turned out to be just normal. With just eight days left for the completion of the filling period for the dam, the water level on today was recorded at 1673.52 feet, which is still 6.48 feet below its maximum storage capacity.

Unemployed to get Rs 35 crore in loans for dairy ventures
Kharar, September 12
Loans worth Rs 35 crore will be given by the government to unemployed youth for starting dairy and dairy-related ventures. This was stated by Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister, Punjab here today. He said the loan amount had been increased by Rs 5 crore this year.

Govt misleading ’84 riot victims: panel
Bathinda, September 12
The 1984 Sikh Rehabilitation Action Committee Punjab (Bathinda Zone) has accused the state government of misleading riot-affected people “like the previous governments in the state”.

Revise charges, rice millers ask government
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
The State Rice Millers Association has decided to continue to boycott the purchase, milling and storage of government purchased paddy till their demands are not accepted. A decision in this regard was taken at the executive body meeting of the association held here yesterday.

Lok Adhikar Morcha formed
Amritsar, September 12
A new organisation, Lok Adhikar Morcha, was formed which would act as a watchdog and create awareness among the people about their rights and social evils like drug addiction, criminalisation of politics, AIDS, foeticides, etc. Mr Daniel B.Das, coordinator, Socio-Economic Development Programme, said here today.

Adult education camp in slum area
Sangrur, September 12
The Sunam Rotary Club today started a 15-day adult education camp in a slum area, near Olympic Stadium, at Sunam, 13 km from here. About 200 adult illiterate persons attended the camp.

Protest against petrol price hike
Ropar, September 12
The district unit of the BJP today held a protest rally against hike in petrol and diesel prices. The rally began in front of the Municipal Council office and ended at the Mini Secretariat. A former Municipal Commissioner, Mr Inder Sain, accompanied by BJP workers, later submitted a memorandum against hike in petrol and diesel prices to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Surjit Singh Saini, for Prime Minister.

125 donate blood
Bathinda, September 12
The United Welfare Society last evening organised its annual blood donation camp in which 125 persons donated blood. A function was also held to mark the occasion, in which about 600 blood donors were felicitated.

Badals bereaved
Chandigarh, September 12
Mr Gurpreet Singh (50), younger brother of Mrs Surinder Kaur, wife of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the SAD, died at the PGI here today. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. — TNS


High Court
CBI probe ordered into police encounter
Chandigarh, September 12
Just over 15 years after a Kapurthala resident was allegedly killed in a fake encounter, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered a probe into the matter by the Central Bureau of Investigation.


Farmers plan demonstration
Chandigarh, September 12
Expressing resentment against the alleged apathetic and callous attitude of the Punjab Government towards their demands, five farmers’ organisations today announced the staging of a demonstration in front of Punjab Raj Bhavan here on September 26.

SAD to mobilise support for farmers’ cause
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
The SAD would give a call to all political parties of the state to unite and fight for the cause of farmers, said general secretary of the party Balwinder Singh Bhunder while talking to mediapersons here today.

Rakhra Kisan Mela on Sept 21
Patiala, September 12
The Punjab Young Farmers’ Association will organise a state-level kisan mela at Rakhra, 15 km from here, on September 21. The theme of the festival is “Support prices of crops should be linked with cost of production”.


Complainant in graft case against SI booked for fraud
Moga, September 12
The case, in which the Vigilance Bureau had arrested Sub Inspector Mohan Lal of the Economic Offences (EO) wing allegedly for accepting bribe, has taken a new turn with the complainant getting embroiled in a fraud.

Truck cleaner crushed to death
Rajpura, September 12
A speeding tipper claimed a life in front of an octroi post on the Patiala-Rajpura highway early this morning. It was followed by another accident in which a Chandigarh-bound car collided with the same tipper, leaving four members of a family seriously injured.

The Santro car that was damaged after it collided with a tipper parked on the Patiala-Rajpura highway on Monday morning. — Photo by J.S. Virdi

The Santro car that was damaged after it collided with a tipper parked on the Patiala-Rajpura highway on Monday morning.


Students defy court orders, hold rally
Patiala, September 12
Despite stay orders procured by the Punjabi University management, students under the banner of the Punjabi University Students Confederation held a protest rally in front of the main library. The university had put up a notice that no demonstration would be allowed on the campus or 500 yards from the main gate.

Disparity in fee of medical colleges apprehended
Faridkot, September 12
While the counselling for admissions to the state’s medical and dental colleges continued here today, the parents of candidates remained worried about the disparity in fee structures of medical colleges and the university.

Students collect Rs 1.88 lakh for SOS village
Sangrur, September 12
Students of the local General Gurnam Singh Public School have collected Rs 1,88,911 recently for the Rajpura unit of the SOS Children’s Villages of India.

Girls’ hostel inaugurated
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
General Secretary of SAD Balwinder Singh Bhunder today inaugurated Bibi Bhaniji girls’ hostel, constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crore, at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College here.

Violation of admission norms: students want probe
Amritsar, September 12
The Students Welfare Association of Khalsa College on Sunday sought an in-depth probe into alleged sale of seats ignoring merit.

Lecture on Balwant Gargi
Bathinda, September 12
Mr Bal Anand, IFS (retd), on Saturday delivered the ‘Inaugural Balwant Gargi Memorial Lecture’ at Government Rajindra College here.


Brick-kiln owners to meet Amarinder
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
The State Brick-Kiln Owner’s Association today decided not to resume the production of bricks if their demands were not met by the government.

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