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MC poll: Cong, SAD workers clash, 6 hurt
Akalis stage dharna
Patiala, September 18
At least six Akali workers were injured, one of them seriously, as workers of the ruling Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal clashed during the bypoll at ward No 9 of the Municipal Corporation, Patiala, today. The Congress candidate, Mr Gurdev Singh Punia, won by over 1,200 votes, defeating the Akali candidate, Mr Sandeep Singh Sandhu, who polled 1,000 votes.

Workers of the SAD and the Congress clash in front of the polling station at Dehradoon Public School in Patiala on Sunday during MC poll Workers of the SAD and the Congress clash in front of the polling station at Dehradoon Public School in Patiala on Sunday during MC poll.
— Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Political hoardings make holy city ugly
Amritsar, September 18
Despite the blanket ban by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on putting up hoardings, a large number of huge hoardings, highlighting so called achievements or promises for development, have come up in all over the city due to the alleged connivance of politicians of the ruling government and the local civic authorities.
A huge hoarding on the Amritsar-Attari road A huge hoarding on the Amritsar-Attari road.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Gold palanquin to be sent to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.
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Fatehgarh Sahib


  With eye on poll, CM enumerates govt’s achievements
Chhapar (Ludhiana), September 18
Not just ‘Bole so Nihal’ reverberated frequently at the Congress rally here today, but even tone and tenor of the speeches at the rally also had religious theme. Even Capt Amarinder Singh was addressed as Sardar Amarinder Singh and not Maharaja Amarinder Singh, as his supporters usually do.

Falling water table: farmers advised against sowing paddy
Patiala, September 18
Experts of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, gave information on various crops and fruits at the kisan mela at Rauni, near here, on Friday. Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, inaugurating the mela said there would be no secure future for farmers till 10 lakh hectares were brought under other crops other than paddy.

Industrial Facilitation Ordinance passed
Mohali, September 18
In order to streamline the process of setting up industrial projects in the state, the Punjab Government has passed the Punjab Industrial Facilitation Ordinance 2005. According to the Ordinance, industrial projects within a particular investment limit (not specified in the ordinance) would be now dealt at the level of “district committees”.

Lahore a Mecca for Indian kidney patients
Amritsar, September 18
Kidney donors from Pakistan are providing fresh lease of life to Indians suffering from renal failure! With Lahore becoming a new hub of kidney transplantation in Asia, Pakistan has become much sought-after destination for Indian patients of renal failure. Indian patients are getting an attractive package for kidney transplantation.


Top Cong, SAD leaders stay away from Gurgaddi ‘divas’ function
Khadoor Sahib (Tarn Taran), September 18
Absence of senior leaders and of ruling party and SAD was noticeable on the historic occasion of anniversary of ‘gurgaddi’ (installation of guruship) of second Sikh Guru Angad Dev at this township.


Two children buried alive as roof caves in
Rajpura, September 18
Two children of a family were buried alive when the makeshift roof of their one-room house in Focal point Colony here collapsed because of heavy rain last night. The mother of the victims and their five-year-old brother escaped with injuries.

Relatives of Gurnam Singh take things out of his one-room house in Rajpura on Sunday. — Photo by J.S. Virdi

Relatives of Gurnam Singh take things out of his one-room house in Rajpura

PSEB engineers oppose IRS man as HRD Director
Patiala, September 18
The move of the Punjab State Electricity Board management to appoint a non-engineering officer from the Indian Revenue Services against an engineer cadre post of Director, Human Resource Development, PSEB, Patiala, has been strongly condemned by the Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers’ Association, who has called it irregular and illegal.

Sukhmani Samagam concludes
Phagwara, September 18
The three-day 32nd all-India samagam of the Sukhmani Sahib Seva Societies in the country concluded here today with a nagar kirtan. Attended by about 50,000 devotees, mostly members from the 200 participating societies, the 5-km-long nagar kirtan was without any loudspeaker and without vehicles and crackers.

Baba Farid mela begins today
Faridkot, September 18
The annual Baba Sheikh Farid Aagman Purab, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in September every year, will start here tomorrow. The duration of the event has been reduced to five days this time i.e. September19-23.

Akalis harp on Nanavati findings
Chhapar (Ludhiana), September 18
Former Chief Minister and the Shiromani Akali Dal (B) president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal today said his party would not rest till the guilty of 1984 anti-Sikh riots were punished.

Daya Ram’s relatives denied entry
Amritsar, September 18
Another family claiming to be the relative of Daya Ram, who was released by the Pakistan Government recently in an unstable mental condition, reached here today from Jagdishpur village in Uttar Pradesh to identify him.

Farmer buried alive
Garhshankar, September 18
Three persons died in separate incidents in the surrounding villages during the past 24 hours. According to information, Girdhari Lal, a resident of Mansowal village, was buried alive when a building came crashing on him, last evening.


Control room set up to help cotton growers
Bathinda, September 18
Following reports of cotton growers fearing pest attack due to wet weather, the district administration on Thursday set up a control room to monitor the situation and provide information to the farmers.


Repair of water channels put on hold
Fazilka, September 18
With the cancellation of tenders worth Rs 10.45 crore on September 2 of the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation, the construction and brick lining of watercourses in the Fazilka area has run into rough weather.


Graft cases: 2 cops, peon arrested
Chandigarh, September 18
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has caught two constables of the Rajasthan Police, a driver and a peon of Housefed Punjab, in separate cases, while accepting bribes. A spokesman for the Bureau said here today that the two constables, Satpal Singh and Gurpreet Singh, alongwith a car driver Balwinder Singh were nabbed while they were accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000 in a hotel at Moga.

8 hurt in clash between two families
Kharar, September 18
At least eight persons of two families, including a mother and her two daughters, were injured in Gharuan village last night following a clash, reportedly between the two families. While four injured are shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here while the rest are admitted to the Civil Hospital, Kharar.

Two arrested with smuggled liquor
Hoshiarpur, September 18
The police intercepted a truck containing a huge stock of India-made foreign liquor at Bullanwari Chowk here last night. Mr Lok Nath Angra, SSP, said here today that ASI Charanjit signalled a truck (HR-58-1904) to stop for checking near Bullanwari Chowk last night.

Gang of car thieves busted
Batala, September 18
The local police has busted a gang of car thieves here today. During a naka-bandi on the Dera Baba Nanak road, an Alto car, driven by Harpreet Singh, a resident of Kotli Surat Mallian, was stopped by the police.


Food Industry Centre set up at PAU
Ludhiana, September 18
A Food Industry Centre has been set up at Punjab Agricultural University to develop and popularise new food products among the agro-processing units. The Food Industry Centre has been set up in collaboration with the Ohio State University of the USA. The United States Agency for International Development has granted an assistance worth $ 3 lakh for the project.

Private dental colleges ‘facing’ resource crunch
Sangrur, September 18
In the wake of non-fixation of annual fee for the students of private dental colleges of the state for the past two years, the dental colleges have been facing a financial crunch and are virtually on the verge of closure, as they have been charging provisional fee of Rs 55,000 per annum from the students from the academic year 2003-04 and 2004-05.

Dental colleges “charging hefty fee”
Ferozepore, September 18
Stringent instructions from the government regarding fee structure for admission to the private medical and dental colleges in the state, notwithstanding, private colleges are still charging much higher fee from the students then stipulated by the Department of Medical Education.

Seminar on future building design
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 18
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College today organised a seminar on “Intelligent buildings” in the computer department of the college faculty members of 17 engineering college of the state attended this seminar and participated in a panel discussion with experts.

Jasmeet wins painting competition
Patiala, September 18
Jasmeet Singh of senior model school, Punjabi University, won the on-the-spot painting competition organised by the Association of Punjab Geographers to create environment awareness among schoolchildren on the occasion of Environment Day here today.


PSEB cuts for industrial units
Phagwara, September 18
The Punjab State Electricity Board yesterday relaxed its weekly power cuts for industrial units in Phagwara subdivision, this was disclosed by a highly-placed source in the PSEB.

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