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Sant Samaj, Taksal oppose ‘seva’ by women
Women groups enter into verbal duel

Amritsar, September 21
Tension prevailed in front of Akal Takht today when two groups of Sikh women entered in a verbal duel in front of Akal Takht on the issue of alleged gender discrimination.

Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, President, Sant Samaj, Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma, chief of Damdami Taksal, at the Golden Temple after Chetna March in Amritsar on Wednesday.
Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, President, Sant Samaj, Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma, chief of Damdami Taksal, at the Golden Temple after Chetna March in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

‘Col’, 3 others booked in emigration scam
Ludhiana, September 21
In a major mutli-crore emigration scandal, the city police last night booked four persons, including an alleged serving Colonel, who had duped about 90 persons on the pretext of a ‘dream-life’ in the UK and Israel.

Lawyer denied access to Sarbjit
Amritsar, September 21
Sarbjit, the Indian prisoner in Pakistan facing death sentence, has been denied access to his lawyer. Sarbjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur revealed to The Tribune that Rana Abdul Hameed, lawyer of Sarbjit was not allowed to meet her brother even as only a week was left for filing a review petition in Pakistan Supreme Court.




Ministers ask CM to take up Chandigarh issue with PM
Chandigarh, September 21
At a meeting of the Council of Ministers, certain ministers today urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to take up the issue of the transfer of Chandigarh with the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, during his two-day visit later this week to Punjab and Chandigarh.

UK High Commissioner calls on CM, Dullo
Chandigarh, September 21
The British High Commissioner, Sir Michael Arthur, accompanied by Mr Alex Spachis, Deputy Head of the European Union, today called on the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to explore the possibilities of educational tie-ups with the state’s universities and colleges for higher education.

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At 70, he pulls cart to earn a living
Bathinda, September 21
At an age when most people lead a cushy retired life, Mr Deewan Singh, a septuagenarian, transports goods on his hand-pulled cart on the city roads to eke out his livelihood. Talking to The Tribune here, Mr Deewan Singh said his family was well off in the pre-Partition era and his father had 10 acres of land in Mominpura, near Lahore.

Deewan Singh delivers goods in Bathinda. 
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
Deewan Singh delivers goods in Bathinda.

Mayawati gives unity call to Dalits, minorities
Ludhiana, September 21
Bahujan Samaj Party president, Ms Mayawati today called up Dalits and other religious minorities of the country to gain political power. She said, “in political power lies the master key for social and economic change of the exploited people”.

BSP President Mayawati addresses a rally in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
BSP President Mayawati addresses a rally in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Ludhiana page: Thousands gather to listen to the ‘goddess’

Mann honoured
Sangrur, September 21
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the (SAD) (Amritsar), was today honoured with “Baba-e-Quam” award by the district unit of the party for services towards the Sikh community at a function, organised his at the Gurdwara Nanakiana Sahib complex, near here. A ‘siropa’ and a memento were presented to Mr Mann on the occasion.

Options open for poll alliance: CPI
Jalandhar, September 21
The CPI is keeping all options open for aligning with any party in Punjab for the forthcoming Assembly elections.


‘Allow people to visit birthplace across border’
Amritsar, September 21
A ‘new milestone’ could be achieved in further strengthening relations between India and Pakistan if both governments consider to give special privilege to those born in either side of the Radcliff Line to visit their ancestral homes along with their families — at least once in their lifetimes.

From pillar to post to get his revolver back
Garhshankar, September 21
To get his licensed .32 bore revolver which he had deposited with a Garhshankar-based authorised arms and ammunition dealer along with nine cartridges in 1987, Mr Jarnail Singh, a resident of Asmanpur village has been running from pillar to post for the past over 15 years.

Navjot for full-fledged SEZ
Amritsar, September 21
Drumming up support for multi-product special economic zone, BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he would fight till the full-fledged SEZ as announced by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was established here.

Amritsar page: Certain agencies trying to derail SEZ project, alleges Tandon

Govt loses revenue as officials fail to auction fish in canals
Gurdaspur, September 21
The Department Of Irrigation has been suffering losses due apathy of officials. The department officials were not auctioning fish produce of various canals in the district.

Ex-minister Kapoor cremated
Bathinda, September 21
The mortal remains of former minister Surinder Kapoor were consigned to flames with full state honours here today. His son, Mr Hari Om Kapoor, lit his funeral pyre. Mr Kapoor breathed his last after prolonged illness yesterday.

The daughter of former Congress minister Surinder Kapoor wails prior to his funeral in Bathinda on Wednesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
The daughter of former Congress minister Surinder Kapoor wails prior to his funeral in Bathinda on Wednesday.

Kidney patient awaits good Samaritans
Patiala, September 21
With no public health care system in place in our country, falling ill can be a traumatic and risky for many people. More so, if the illness is life-threatening and requires immediate remedial surgery. Arranging funds and proper treatment can be a harrowing experience. If the funds are beyond one’s means then one generally prays for God’s grace or waits for a generous helping hand.

Villagers threaten stir against stone crushers
Pathankot, September 21
Heavy vehicles carrying material from stone crushers around Chaki river are damaging link roads. Besides damaging the roads, the stone crushing units are also polluting the area and affecting the ecology.

Nepalese rush alarms Doaba cops
Jalandhar, September 21
The burgeoning population of Nepalese in Doaba region of Punjab ever since King Gyanendra took over reigns in Nepal in the aftermath of a bloody clash in Nepal has virtually left the security and intelligence agencies confounded.

Stick to rules, Jalandhar DD warns producers
Jalandhar, September 21
Already in the dock for comparatively “low quality and deviation from DD norms” in airing certain privately sponsored programmes, Jalandhar Doordarshan has finally warned producers and directors of these programmes to either stick to DD guidelines on production and quality or face withdrawal of their programmes.

Irked by poor LPG supply, villagers block traffic
Rajpura, September 21
Irate over the disruptive supply of LPG, residents of Rajpura and surrounding villages blocked traffic on the busy Rajpura-Patiala highway near Bhadak petrol pump for two hours this afternoon.

Centre committed to ‘providing jobs’
Kharar, September 21
The Central Government is committed to providing jobs to unemployed youth in the country.

4 special trains for festival season
Phagwara, September 21
With less than a month to go for Durga pooja-Dasehra, the Northern Railway has geared up for the ensuing passenger rush. Special arrangements have been made for period starting September 29 to November 6, 2005.

Protest by Anganwari workers
Phagwara, September 21
A large number of anganwari workers held a demonstration and protest march here today. Ms Dharamjit Kaur, president, Punjab Anganwari Workers Union, demanded closure of pre-nursery schools, revision of helpers pay scales, restoration of allowances and provision of holidays.

Protest against PUDA
Jalandhar, September 21
To protest against the “high-handedness” issuance of show-cause notices to them on small lawns in front of their houses, a large number of residents of Urban Estate- Phase I and II, staged a massive dharna in front of the local PUDA office yesterday.

Educate women, says Kiran Bedi
Gurdaspur, September 21
The Magasasay Award winner and the senior IPS officer, Ms Kiran Bedi, yesterday presided over the installation ceremony of the inner wheel of the local Rotary Club. She installed Ms Archana Behl, wife of Mr Raman Behl, president Municipal Council, and the president of the club.


Govt committed to protecting farmers’ interests: Bajwa
Rakhra (Patiala), September 21
The kisan mela organised here by the Young Farmers Association today failed to impress as most of the chairs in the pandal put up at the venue were empty and stalls put up by various organisations could not attract people in significant number.

Farmers’ panel aiming at diversification
Ludhiana, September 21
The Punjab State Farmers Commission has intensified efforts to bring about diversification of agriculture in the state.


Council urged to roll back water rate hike
Phagwara, September 21
In a significant move, the general house of the local Block Congress Committee today asked the Nagar Council here to roll back the hike in the rates of water and sewerage.

2 police officers transferred
Chandigarh, September 21
The Punjab Government today transferred two police officers with immediate effect, an official spokesman said. Mrs Anita Puni, on return from a UN assignment at Kosovo, has been posted as SP in the Vigilance Bureau.


Patwari opens fire, 3 hurt
Moga, September 21
Three persons, including a woman, sustained serious injuries when a patwari reportedly opened indiscriminate firing at Chuhar Chak village, near here, yesterday.

MLA’s son booked for poll violence
Moga, September 21
Akali Dal MLA Sadhu Singh Rajeana’s son Jagtar Singh Rajeana and scores of Akali Dal workers have been booked in connection with the violence that marred nagar panchayat elections at Baghapurana on September 18.

Man held for breaking off son’s engagement
Ropar, September 21
The Ropar police has arrested Darshan Singh, a resident of village Amrali, for breaking off the engagement of his son with a girl of Khabda village on the objection that she was having dark complexion.

Patwari caught accepting bribe
Patiala, September 21
Shalinder Singh, a patwari posted in the Kabulpura circle of Rajpura subdivision of this district was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe from Mr Swaran Singh by a team of the Vigilance Bureau led by DSP Banarasi Dass today.


Punjabi varsity students ready for public debate
Patiala, September 21
Accepting the proposal of the Punjabi University authorities, the protesting students under the banner of the Punjabi University Students Confederation, Patiala, have agreed to a public debate regarding their demands on stopping the internal assessment in the Department of Laws and other issues.

NCC firing range inaugurated
Phagwara, September 21
Col D S Goraya, (SM) Group Commander, NCC, Jalandar group, comprising Kapurthala, Jalandar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr districts, today inaugurated a small arms firing range at the local Guru Nanak College.

Preserve cultural heritage: students
Faridkot, September 21
On the third day of Baba Farid Mela, Heritage Walk was taken out under the banner of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to sensitise school students about their cultural heritage. The SSP, Mr MF Farooqui, flagged off the Walk from Nehru Gate.


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