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Who will foot bill of delegation’s Australian tour?
Chandigarh, September 16
Who will foot the bill of the two-week-long tour to Australia of the Deputy Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, the Minister of State for Technical Education and Industrial Training, Mr Rakesh Pandey, the Officer on Special Duty with Mrs Bhattal, Mr G.K. Singh, the Director, Technical Education, Mr Narinderjit Singh, and the Director-General of Pushpa Gujral Science City, Mr R.S. Khandpur? This question is being asked in Punjab Government circles.

Development works 2 days before elections?
Goraya (Jalandhar), September 16

In its bid to woo the voters, the ruling Congress party is blatantly violating the modal code of conduct by initiating development works in a majority of the 13 wards just two days ahead of Nagar Panchayat polls being held in Goraya.

Sewerage pipes placed prominently alongside GT Road in Ward No 1 of Goraya just two days ahead of Nagar Panchayat elections Sewerage pipes placed prominently alongside GT Road in Ward No 1 of Goraya just two days ahead of Nagar Panchayat elections.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

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Function leads to traffic chaos
Pathankot, September 16
Traffic chaos prevailed in Pathankot today as some people erected tents on the Dalhousie road. The road is the lifeline of Pathankot as almost the entire traffic passes over it to go to various parts of the city.

LPG crisis grips Bathinda
Bathinda, September 16
Grappling with an acute LPG crisis for the past 10-15 days, people in the city are forced to purchase an LPG cylinder on black and are paying up to Rs 425 for it. Some are even forced to buy kerosene in the absence of a proper LPG supply.

Upgrade customs clearance facility at Wagah: Punjab
Chandigarh, September 16
The Punjab Government, which is eager to see the smooth movement of goods by truck through Wagah to Pakistan, has urged the Union Government to upgrade various facilities on the border.

PoK delegation wants pre-1947 status for J&K
Wagah, September 16
Senior leader from the Pak occupied Kashmir, Mr Munir Hussain Chaudhry , Supreme Head of the All J&K Muslim Conference , who led an eight-member delegation from Pakistan yesterday, made a dramatic statement to unite both the ‘’separated’’ Kashmirs and sought the pre-Partition status for permanent peace in the valley.

‘Militancy fuelling divorces, drug abuse in valley’
Pathankot September 16
Prolonged militancy has forced negative social changes in the Kashmir valley. The immigrants from rural areas of the valley are the worst-hit.

Pbi varsity expels two SFI members
Patiala, September 16
Continuing with the ongoing protests, students of the Departments of Political Science, Economics and Computer Science of Punjabi University, Patiala, burnt effigies of the university authorities besides raising slogans against the management on the call of the Punjabi University Students Confederation.


Fix date for taking up Nehra report, SAD asks Speaker
Chandigarh, September 16
The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and 13 MLAs of his party have written to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Speaker of the state assembly, Dr Kewal Krishan, to fix the date and time for discussing the findings of the Nehra Commission in the Assembly.


Bibi furnishes bank guarantee for Rs 10 lakh
Patiala, September 16
The SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, today furnished a bank guarantee of Rs 10 lakh in the court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Bhupinder Singh, here to complete the formalities for the visit to the USA as directed by Mr Justice S.K. Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday.

SIT acting in strange manner, says Punjab AG
Chandigarh, September 16
Punjab Advocate-General Rajinder Singh Cheema today termed as strange the action of the Special Investigating Team probing the Naya Gaon rape case in keeping government functionaries, including the DGP and him, away from the progress in the case.

Villagers up in arms against online lottery stalls
Pathankot, September 16
The residents of Hariyal village here are up in arms against the online lottery stalls opened in their village. The villagers today staged a dharna outside the local police station and demanded permanent closure of the lottery stalls.

159 selected for training at Army centre
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 16
Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, today inaugurated a special medical checkup-cum-training camp organised by the District Administration at Mullepur village in Sirhind block under the C-pite scheme of the state Government.

Fitness camp for Army hopefuls
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 16
A medical checkup-cum-physical fitness camp for youths interested in joining the Indian Army, belonging to three blocks of Bassi Pathana, Khera and Khamano, was organised by the district administration yesterday at ITI grounds, Bassi Pathana.

Mangal Dhillon to show ‘Khalsa’ in villages
Actor and producer Mangal Dhillon addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Friday Bathinda, September 16
Actor and producer Mangal Dhillon today unveiled his plan to hold shows of “Khalsa”, one of his films depicting history of the Sikh religion, in villages across the state. Addressing a press conference here today, he said people of the rural Punjab didn’t know much about the Sikh religion due to various reasons.

Actor and producer Mangal Dhillon addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Friday.
— A Tribune Photograph

Protest by Lok Bhalai Party for release of Veerpal Kaur
Moga, September 16
Lok Bhalai Party activists today protested demanding steps for the release of Veerpal Kaur, a girl hailing from Dhurkot Kalan village and who reportedly has been trapped by a travel agent in Singapore, outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today.

Anganwari workers stage protest
Sangrur, September 16
A large number of female anganwari workers and helpers of this district under the banner of “Anganwari Workers and Helpers Coordination Committee Punjab” yesterday blocked the traffic at traffic lights chowk, near bus stand here, for half an hour.

Sukhmani society samagam begins
Phagwara, September 16
The 32nd three-day All-India religious samagam of Sukhmani Sahib Seva societies began here today. It is the first ever such national samagam hosted by Sri Sukhmani Sahib Seva Society, Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi, Chaura Khuh.

Yogi installed at dera
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 16
The managing committee of Dera Baba Mangal Nath Mandir Committee today installed a new ‘nath’ Yogi Krishan Nath, on the historic seat of the dera.

Loans worth Rs 183 cr given
Ropar, September 16
During the first quarter so far the disbursement of loans in the agriculture sector was Rs 120 crore against the fixed target of Rs 103 crore.


Nayagaon rape accused remanded in custody
Kharar, September 16
Satnam Singh, an alleged associate of the accused in the Nayagaon rape case, was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a Kharar court today. The Special Investigation Team of the Punjab police, probing into the rape of a minor girl at Nayagaon three years ago, had arrested Satnam Singh on September 13.


Ban on liquor sale
Ropar, September 16
Keeping in view the general elections of Municipal Council of ward-1 and ward-7 of the Kurali and ward –13 of Anandpur Sahib to be held on September 18, the District Magistrate, Ropar, Mr H.I.S Garewal, has imposed ban on sale of liquor in these areas on September 17 and September 18 between 5 and 7 pm.


Foul play suspected in woman’s death
Kharar, September 16
A middle-aged woman died under mysterious circumstances here today. While the in-laws of Supinder Kaur (40), claimed that she died a natural death, family members of the deceased suspected some foul play.

Unaccounted wealth of Rs 4 cr unearthed
Amritsar, September 16
Sleuths of the Income Tax Department unearthed unaccounted wealth of over Rs 4 crore during a raid on the hotelier’s premises on Albert Road here.

Blast in ashram: challan filed
Anandpur Sahib, September 16
The Ropar police has filed a challan against seven persons for allegedly blasting a bomb in the ashram of Baba Piara Singh Bhanirewala under the Explosive and Criminal Conspiracy Act. The challan was filed in the court of the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Anandpur Sahib, Mr R.K Kaundal.

Gang of vehicle thieves busted, 1 held
Phagwara, September 16
The Phagwara police headed by DSP Navjot Singh Mahal claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of vehicle-lifters and arrested Kulwant Singh of Amritsar, while the other four members of the gang were at large.

Two cops booked on assault charge
Muktsar, September 16
Two policemen have been booked for allegedly creating nuisance at a petrol pump and thrashing its attendants at Lambi on Monday night.


Baba Farid varsity keeps students on tenterhooks
Patiala, September 16
Fate of about 40 BDS third-year students of the Government Dental College, Patiala, hangs in balance as the Baba Farid University of Health Services, Faridkot, has failed to pass a final order on the issue of supplementary examinations despite a court order to do so.

CMC told not to obstruct admissions
Chandigarh, September 16
The Punjab Government today took to task Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, and its affiliates, Christian Dental College and Christian Nursing College, for refusing to accept the admission forms of students under the quota for government seats.

GND varsity to start Edusat course
Amritsar, September 16
Guru Nanak Dev University will be the first in the country to impart e-education through Edusat Networking. The Indian Space Research Organisation has already granted permission for the establishment of Edusat Network on the university campus.

College authorities seek security
Amritsar, September 16
Khalsa College authorities have urged the Deputy Commissioner and the SSP to make adequate security arrangements at the institute to stall any untoward incident in the college due to the prevailing situation in the college.

Riat students on strike
Ropar, September 16
Students of B.Tech of all branches in Riat Engineering College today went on strike against the decision of the Principal stopping the hockey match yesterday here.


Food joints at petrol stations planned
Patiala, September 16
The Executive Director, Bharat Petroleum, Mr S. Krishnamurti, has said the oil companies have nothing to do with the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products. It was the decision of the Central Government based on the increase in oil prices in the international market, he added.

PSIEC staff protest against retrenchment move
Chandigarh, September 16
Employees of the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation and other nearby offices of the PSIEC, held a gate rally in front of Udyog Bhavan, Sector 17, on a call by the PSIEC Staff Association.

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