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SAD (A) activists lathi-charged; six hurt
Sangrur, September 19
The Dirba police at 11 pm last night lathi-charged protesters who had blocked the national highway at Dirba, 25 km from here. Six persons were injured and a couple of vehicles were damaged partly.

Editorial: A convincing win

Broken dams, roads tell tales about Kandi project
Baloli, Samlah (Ropar), September 19
Over a year after its completion, the World Bank-aided Integrated Watershed Development Project (IWDP) for the progress of the Kandi area has come under a scanner with broken dams, roads and a few patches of fodder crop pointing to misutilisation of funds.

A villager trudges on a damaged footpath in Baloli village. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
A villager trudges on a damaged footpath in Baloli village.

Class IV staff to say no to officers’ private works
Patiala, September 19
The practice of government Class IV employees working at the houses of their bosses, doing their private work, has been in vogue for decades. They do more of the bosses’ work than the government’s, who is their paymaster.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Pakistan identifies 42 more prisoners
Amritsar, September 19
Even as a high level team of the officials of the Pakistan’s Embassy and the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, arrived here for providing counsellor access to as many as 42 Pakistani prisoners , one Mukhtar Ahmad, who was caught on the charges of espionage, was once again denied this facility.

Another sister’s plea for ‘another Sarbjeet’

Biotech institute: Amarinder, Canadian team to meet PM
Chandigarh, September 19
A team of biotechnology experts from Canada and the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will meet the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, during his visit to this city on September 24 to discuss the setting up of the National Institute of Biotechnology in Punjab.

India to have futuristic air-to-air missile
Jalandhar, September 19
Striving hard to meet technological challenges for developing multi-purpose warheads, India will soon come up with its first indigenous, state-of-the-art high range, air-to-air missile.

Dr V.K. Saraswat, distinguished scientist of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and Director of the Research Centre Imarat, delivers a lecture on PTU Technology Day in Jalandhar on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Dr V.K. Saraswat, distinguished scientist of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and Director of the Research Centre Imarat, delivers a lecture on PTU Technology Day in Jalandhar on Monday.

Chandigarh issue: BJP bid to put Congress in a spot
Ludhiana, September 19
The controversial issue of Chandigarh has again been brought to the fore by the visit of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee. The interesting part of the visit is that the chairperson of this committee, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, herself chose to advocate the cause of a separate Assembly for the Union Territory.


Baba Farid Mela begins

Tarun Tejpal to get award for honesty
Faridkot, September 19
The 20th Baba Sheikh Farid Agman Purab today began with a path of Sukhmani Sahib at Gurdwara Chilla Baba Farid here. Deputy Commissioner Alok Shekhar and gurdwara committee chief Inderjit Singh Khalsa were among those present.

Gurdwara Godri Sahib Baba Farid Society chief Inderjit Singh Khalsa at the inauguration of a state-level painting workshop in Faridkot on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Gurdwara Godri Sahib Baba Farid Society chief Inderjit Singh Khalsa at the inauguration of a state-level painting workshop in Faridkot on Monday.

Train rams into autorickshaw, one killed
Level crossing was unmanned

Rajpura, September 19
Early morning fog claimed the life of an autorickshaw driver at an unmanned level crossing in Badoli village, 9 km from here today. The Ambala-Bathinda inter-city train rammed into the autorickshaw with such force that it threw the vehicle to a distance of about 40 feet.

Launch cleanliness drive in Mohali, says Johar
Ropar, September 19
The Education Minister and Chairman of the District Grievances Committee, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, today directed senior police officials of the district to strictly implement traffic rules and regulation on the National Highway-21 passing through the district, keeping in view increase in the traffic.

IAF’s Suryakiran leaves children spellbound
Bathinda, September 19
Bidar-based Suryakiran Aerobatics team of Indian Air Force today enthralled spectators with dazzling air show at Bhisiana Air Force Station, near here.

Suryakiran team presents a breathtaking formation at Bhisiana Air Force Station near Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
Suryakiran team presents a breathtaking formation at Bhisiana Air Force Station near Bathinda on Monday.

Anganwari workers block traffic
Kharar, September 19
Traffic was blocked by anganwari workers near the bus stand in protest against the failure of the government to fulfil their demands.

Entering Limca book with a dog on bike
Phagwara, September 19
Kulwinder Singh of the nearby Babeli Babbran Di village will get an entry in the Limca Book of Records in its next year’s edition for having an interesting stray dog Harry that sits on the pillion of his motor cycle without any seat belt, support or harness even when Kulwinder speeds the mobike up to over 90 km per hour.

Zirakpur residents’ problems discussed
Zirakpur, September 19
Problems of the residents of the town and the possible solutions were discussed at a meeting of the area Congress Committee here today. At least 450 workers attended  the meeting.

Villagers to protest against SDM
Bathinda, September 19
A number of social organisation’s will protest against the alleged misbehaviour of the SDM of Rampura Phul with a watchman posted at the tehsil.

Hepatitis B check-up camp held
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 19
As the allopathic treatment is becoming costly day by day we must shift to homoeopathy, which is effective as well as economical and has no side effects,” said Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Hepatitis B homoeopathic camp at Dr Castro Homoeopathic Hospital, Chuni, organised by the Lions Club at Sirhind today.

Couple found HIV positive
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 19
During a test, a young couple was found to be HIV positive at Mahesh Hospital, Sirhind today. Dr Mahesh, Director of the hospital has informed the Civil Surgeon in this regard.

Six injured in road mishap
Sangrur, September 19
About six persons were injured when a mini-bus bound for Dhindsa village overturned near Sangtiwala village in Sunam area today when the driver applied brakes after seeing some cattle on the road.


Contempt notice to college president
Phagwara, September 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued contempt notice to the President and Principal of Ramgarhia Council and Ramgarhia Educational Institution, Satnampura, Phagwara, for its failure to pay petitioners as per the High Court directions.


20 officers made observers for Bihar poll
Chandigarh, September 19
The Punjab Government has named 20 IAS officers to be central observers in Bihar during the coming Assembly elections in that state.


Police clueless in bank robbery case
Tanda (Hoshiarpur), September 19
Even after 12 days of the alleged robbery at the State Bank of Patiala, Alampur branch, in which robbers shot dead the manager and decamped with about Rs 2.40 lakh in daylight on Tuesday, the district police has failed to make any headway.


6 ITIs to be made schools of excellence
Jalandhar, September 19
To upgrade the knowhow of semi-skilled labour, the Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Punjab, will convert six industrial training institutes (ITIs) in different parts of the state, into schools of excellence.

Students suffer due to shortage of teachers
Amritsar, September 19
An acute shortage of teaching staff in the government run dental college has put the future of postgraduate students in a quandary. The college has only 11 teachers out of the total posts of 44, which is affecting the studies of graduate and postgraduate students.

Foreign varsities woo Punjab students
Chandigarh, September 19
Tighter immigration controls in the Western world notwithstanding, many enterprising youngsters in North India in general and Punjab in particular have found a way to greener pastures abroad through education.

Agitating students invited to debate
Patiala, September 19
In the ongoing saga of protests by some student unions against the Punjabi University authorities, the university management has decided to invite them to a public debate in the presence of the media and other eminent personalities. Issuing the invitation for an open debate, the Dean, Students Welfare, Dr B.S. Sandhu, said if the student bodies were ready to debate the issues publicly, they should approach him.

‘No move to stop grants to schools’
Ropar, September 19
“There is no move to stop grants to the aided schools in Punjab. The state government had not issued any order in this regard,” clarified the Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, while talking to media persons here today.

NAAC team visits Bikram college
Patiala, September 19
A team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council visited the Government Bikram College of Commerce here on September 17 and 18. Prof Nanchariah, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Sahib Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, Prof D.K. Maheshwari, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Gurukul Kangri University, Hardwar, and Dr S.N. Singh, retired Principal, G.S. College of Commerce and Economics, were part of the team.

Reader invited to deliver lectures in USA
Patiala, September 19
Dr Jagbir Singh, Reader, Department of Zoology, Punjabi University, has been sponsored by the Society of Vector Ecology (USA) to deliver a plenary lecture at the 4th International Congress at Nevada from October 2 to 7.

TAFE to open campus in Mohali
Chandigarh, September 19
A delegation led by Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, has signed an agreement with TAFE (Technical and Further Education) of New South Wales, Australia.


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