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PM calls for another Green Revolution
Ludhiana, September 23
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today asserted the need for a second Green Revolution in the country. For this, he said, Punjab could provide the lead once again. He said the people of Punjab took pride in their contribution towards every facet of Indian life.

Tubewell corpn scam to fore
Garhshankar, September 23
A scam in the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation in which a huge amount was allegedly being swindled has come to fore. The tubewell corporation had recently ordered the commissioning of eight deep tubewells in the ‘beet’ area of Garhshankar, Hoshiarpur district.

A rotary machine being used for sinking a tubewell in Mahendwani village in place of percussion machine. A rotary machine being used for sinking a tubewell in Mahendwani village in place of percussion machine. — Photo by writer

Multi-crore land scam given quiet burial
Pathankot, September 23
Multi-crore fake-payment scam, of Karoli village here being investigated by the CBI has been given quiet burial.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Mann seeks probe into encounter
Gurdaspur, September 23
The president of the SAD (A), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, has demanded a judicial inquiry into the Pathankot encounter in which the police killed two alleged kidnappers yesterday.

Undo injustice to Punjab, says Kumedan
Chandigarh, September 23
Mr Pritam Singh Kumedan, who has been a member of all official committees which presented Punjab’s case before various commissions since 1966 to settle the issue of the transfer of Chandigarh and Punjabi-speaking areas, today urged the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to undo the injustice done to Punjab by declaring Chandigarh a Union Territory.

Encroachers do not spare even power towers
Pathankot, September 23
Land belonging to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has been encroached upon in the area. These encroachments are posing a threat to the residents of the area.

Industrialists seek removal of slums
Phagwara, September 23
To say that Industrial Area here is a picture of neglect would be no exaggeration. Thanks to Phagwara Nagar Council apathy, it is increasingly looking like a slum.

Dhindsa opposes Centre’s bid to stall UT’s transfer
Chandigarh, September 23
The SAD has taken serious note of what it describes as a “subtle move of the Union Government to develop Chandigarh as a state with the objective of denying its transfer to Punjab”.

Students burn effigies of Boparai
Submit charter of demands to CM
Patiala, September 23
Student protests in Punjabi University, Patiala, spread to other towns as students burnt effigies of the university Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swaran Singh Boparai, at about 75 places in the state.

Heavy rain causes loss of Rs 3 cr
Bathinda, September 23
A spell of heavy shower yesterday wreaked havoc in the city as it led to a loss of about Rs 3 crore, of which the local Cloth Market alone suffered a damage of about Rs 2 crore.

Ex-MC chief shot at
Abohar, September 23
Mr Mahesh Periwal, former president of the Sriganganagar Municipal Council, was shot at by some persons who had fixed up an appointment with him impersonating as newsmen on Thursday night.


SAD forms poll manifesto committee
Sangrur, September 23
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has constituted a seven-member poll manifesto committee for the preparation of a draft of the manifesto for the ensuing Assembly elections. This committee has been constituted under the presidentship of Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former Punjab Finance Minister.


Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai gives the Baba Farid Award for Honesty to Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal’s father Inderjit Tejpal in Faridkot on Friday. Farid Aagman Purab ends
Faridkot, September 23
Baba Sheikh Farid Aagman Purab concluded here today with a nagar kirtan in which thousands of devotees participated.


Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai gives the Baba Farid Award for Honesty to Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal’s father Inderjit Tejpal in Faridkot on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Villagers, NRIs pool money to improve sanitary conditions
Dhilwan (Kapurthala), September 23
Without waiting for assistance from state government, residents and NRIs from this village have set an example for other villages by investing more than Rs 60 lakh for improving the sanitary conditions in the village and providing sports facilities to its youth.

Angrej Singh shows his passport as his brother, Beant Singh, looks on, at Malooka village in Bathinda on Friday. Greener pastures turn barren
Bathinda, September 23
Cashing in on the lure for greener pastures among Punjabi youths and alleged police inaction, cunning travel agents across the state have become audacious enough to promise them jobs and desert them in foreign lands to die.

Angrej Singh shows his passport as his brother, Beant Singh, looks on, at Malooka village in Bathinda on Friday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

‘Maryada’ issue may further split Panth
Amritsar, September 23
The Sikh Panth is heading towards yet another division, now over the issue of ‘maryada’, with a section of the Sant Samaj and certain Sikh organisations resorting to confrontational path against the SGPC and Akal Takht .

Bairagis seek Baba Banda Bahadur chair
Sangrur, September 23
The All-India Bairagi Mahan Mandal on Tuesday urged the Punjab Government to set up a chair in the name of Baba Banda Bahadur in a university of the state.

Protest against flesh trade
Pathankot, September 23
of Budhinagar village today protested against the prostitution racket allegedly going in their area in connivance with the local police.

PSEB staff stage dharna against privatisation
Patiala, September 23
Thousands of activists of the PSEB Employees Struggle Committee today stage a dharna in front of the head office of the PSEB here to lodge their protest against the board’s move to hand over the generation and distribution of power into private hands.

Parashar is Brahmin Sabha president
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 23
Residents of Mandi Gobindgarh and members of the Brahmin Sabha today accorded a warm reception to Mr Devi Dayal Parashar on his being elected the president of Shri Brahmin Sabha, Punjab, unanimously.

BKU protest to disrupt traffic
Bathinda, September 23
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Ekta will disrupt road and rail traffic across the state between 1and 3 pm on September 29 in protest of government’s ‘anti-people’ policies.


Five get life term for murder
Barnala, September 23
The local court of Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Fatehdeep Singh, has awarded life imprisonment to five persons, including two women, in a murder case.

High Court
Costs imposed
Chandigarh, September 23
The High Court on Friday imposed costs of Rs 50,000 on the Punjab government for illegally and wrongfully denying admission to a student in the MD course at Government Medical College, Patiala.

Nayagaon rape case: ex-SHO gets bail


Use of solar operated tubewells increasing
Chandigarh, September 23
Nothwithstanding the free power announcement by the government for farmers, demand for solar-operated tubewells in the state continues to rise. This is mainly due to the fact that the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has a long list of pending applications for power connections for tubewells.


3 held with tanker of adulterated oil
Bathinda, September 23
The district police today allegedly recovered about 12,000 litres of adulterated oil from four chambers of a truck tanker and arrested three occupants of the tanker.

Man killed by brother
Hoshiarpur, September 23
property dispute between two brothers led to the murder of one of them at Mohalla Tibba Sahib here today.

Impersonators arrested
Kapurthala, September 23
The police has arrested two persons from a Jalandhar hotel in case of cheating people impersonating as the officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and seized incriminating documents from them, including an identity card issued by the ministry and embassy papers, related to the people of the area living abroad.

One booked for youth’s death
Tarn Taran, September 23
Jagdev Singh Randhawa, alias Sukhdev Singh Randhawa, allegedly responsible for the death of a youth has been booked under Section 302 of the IPC by the city police.

Supari killing traced
Jalandhar, September 23
The Jalandhar police has solved the mystery of the murder of a youth.

ETO attacked
Malerkotla, September 23
The local Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO), Mr R.K. Sharma, was attacked by the manager of a magic show company here today. The ETO had gone to the site of the magic show to check the permission for running the show by the company. — OC

6 hurt in clash at engineering college
Ropar, September 23
Six students of the Engineering College, Bhaddal, sustained injuries in a clash between two groups of students on the campus of the college this morning.


PTU gets AICTE nod to start pharmacology course
Jalandhar, September 23
The Punjab Technical University (PTU) has got approval from the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for starting post-graduation in pharmacology in one of its affiliated colleges from this session.

Bungling in selection of docs alleged
Amritsar, September 23
The PCMS Association today criticised the reported bungling in the selection of Senior Residents for government medical colleges at Amritsar and Patiala.

DAV College gets A+ grade
Amritsar, September 23
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore yesterday accredited DAV college with the highest A+ grade.

Society on ICT education to be constituted
Chandigarh, September 23
For removing constraints and empowering the institutions to take initiatives for imparting information and communication technology ( ICT) education in colleges, an umbrella society is being constituted at the state level under the chairpersonship of the Deputy Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

Students hold protest
Kharar, September 23
Students of the Government Polytechnic, Khoonimajra, continued their protest here today against the failure of the government to provide adequate facilities at the institute.


Sunam traders begin non-cooperation move against SDM
Sangrur, September 23
At a meeting of the Sunam Beopar Mandal held under the chairmanship of Mr Rajesh Aggarwal, president of the mandal at Sunam today, it was decided that traders and businessmen would boycott all functions in which the Sunam SDM, Mr Ravinder Singh, participates, till he is transferred from Sunam.

Biotech ventures discussed
Chandigarh, September 23
A Canadian delegation yesterday met Indian industrialists keen on ventures in the sphere of biotechnology.

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