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CBI finds chinks in Punjab police probe
Four booked for no crime

New Delhi, September 3
Four years in prison for committing no crime is the story of four persons, including a woman who may finally be set free, thanks to the CBI which has pointed out shoddy investigations by the Punjab Police.

Rift led to uncovering of scam in Punjab Police
Chandigarh, September 3
An apparent internal rivalry between the top brass of the Punjab Police led to the unearthing of a multi-crore scam pertaining to the purchase of wireless sets and the subsequent registration of a criminal case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against seven senior IPS officers of the Punjab cadre.

Police move to change its working style
Chandigarh, September 3
The recent letter of the Director-General of Punjab Police, Mr S.S. Virk, asking his men not to allow any political interference in their working, is not a one-off incident. Sources in the police said this was a part of the ongoing exercise to introduce behavioral-reform in the functioning of the police and change the pre-determined mindsets. The DGP has been sending such stern instructions in the past also.



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6 baratis killed, 16 injured in road accidents
Sangrur, September 3
Six members of two marriage parties were killed and 16 were injured, seven of them seriously, in two separate road accidents near Sulargharat village on the Patran-Sangrur road early this morning and near Phaguwala village on the Sunam-Bhawanigarh road last night.

Faulty management plans result in depletion of forest cover
Gurdaspur, September 3
The Department of Forest has been violating management plans for felling forests, leading to large-scale depletion of forest cover in the state. The Supreme Court, in the case titled TN Godavarman Thirumulkpad v/s Union of India and others, had ordered that felling of trees in all forests would remain suspended except in accordance with the working/management plans of state governments as approved by the Central Government.

Group clash at Ram Tirath Temple 
Amritsar, September 3
Ram Tirath, the birth place of Luv and Kush, has once again become a battleground for mahants and Balmikis who are sharply divided over the issue of repair of the damaged bundh in the holy sarovar.




Supporters of mahants and Balmikis pelt stones and attack a vehicle during a clash at Ram Tirath Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Supporters of mahants and Balmikis pelt stones and attack a vehicle during a clash at Ram Tirath Temple in Amritsar

 


COMMUNITY

Sikh bodies against appointment of three high priests
To boycott installation ceremony 
Amritsar, September 3
Various Sikh organisations, including both factions of the Damdami Taksal and a section of the Sant Samaj are up in arms against the appointment of three granthis (high priests) of Darbar Sahib even as the SGPC has decided to go ahead with their proposed installation at Akal Takht on September 12 .

Amritsar airport to be beautified
Amritsar, September 3
Teg Resorts, a local hospitality firm will beautify the area inside and outside of terminal building of Rajasansi International Airport free of cost. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has allowed the company to go ahead with the project.

EC appoints four special observers
Ferozepore, September 3
In order to ensure micro scrutiny of votes for the coming Vidhan Sabha elections in Punjab, the Election Commission of India has appointed four special observers for each division in the state who will make sure that no bogus votes are made and no genuine voter is left out of the electoral rolls.

Allegations of land grab against Delhi-based company
Amritsar, September 3
Residents of Naushehra House Street on the posh Albert Road have alleged that a Delhi based company, in connivance with civic and police officials, was trying to turn the street from a thoroughfare into a private place.

Two fledglings feel the warmth of their mother in Patiala on Sunday
Birds of a feather: Two fledglings feel the warmth of their mother in Patiala on Sunday. Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

A farmer shows his damaged crop following two days of incessant rain at Bal Kalan village, 15 km from Amritsar, on Sunday
A farmer shows his damaged crop following two days of incessant rain at Bal Kalan village, 15 km from Amritsar, on Sunday. AFP

Rs 60 lakh grant handed over to panchayat
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 3
Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, has sent a cheque of Rs 60 lakh for various development works at Bhattmajra village. He had promised to give the grant during his visit to the village along with Prince Charles few months ago. Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, on behalf of the Chief Minister today handed over the cheque of 60 lakh to the village panchyat during a function. Similarly, the Chief Minister along with Prince Charles had visited Samsher Nagar village and had promised a park and construction of road as demanded by villagers.

Funds needed for maintenance of water headworks
Ropar, September 3
Even though the Sutlej passing through the district continues to witness heavy flow, one of the oldest water headworks here in a state of utter neglect. Many gates, including flood gates that help to release extra water, are non-functional. It also lacks proper lights to enable employees to open gates during nights, if required.

Neuro surgeons discuss new techniques
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 3
Expert doctors of neuro surgery from the NINS Brain and Spine Hospital, Chandigarh, in collaboration with district unit of the National Integrated Medical Association and Mahesh Hospital, Sirhind, today organised a continued medical education programme at Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind.

Two killed, four injured in roof collapse
Sangrur, September 3
Two women were killed and four persons injured when the roof of a house collapsed at Khai village, near Lehragaga, about 40 km from here this morning. The deceased women were Mukhtiar Kaur (60) and Raj Kaur (26), while the three injured are Surjit Singh, Karamjit Kaur and Amritpal Kaur. A child also sustained injuries in the roof collapse. The injured were admitted to a hospital in Sunam.

Ajay Gupta president of Rotary Club
Patiala, September 3
Dr Ajay Gupta was installed as the president of Rotary Club (Patiala greater) for 2006-07 at a ceremony held here today. Mr S.S Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, was the chief guest while Mr. K.K.Sharma, Chairman, Improvement Trust, was the guest of honour.

 
CRIME

Charges framed against 3 in education trust dispute
Jalandhar, September 3
The 13-year-old case pertaining to the dispute over the ownership of the Ludhiana-based Guru Nanak Education Trust moved further with the framing of charges against three of the accused in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Jalandhar.

Reporter booked on kidnap charge
Patiala, September 3
A criminal case was registered against a local press photographer-cum-reporter on charges of kidnapping boy. Mr Subash Patialvi, who works for a TV Channel as a photographer, was booked under Section 365 of the IPC for allegedly kidnapping Neeraj Verma.

Foetus found near crematorium
Moga, September 3
The police recovered a foetus near crematorium at Darapur village falling under Sadar police station yesterday. It could not be ascertained whether the foetus was that of a female or a male.

EDUCATION

Sahara scholarship for NCC cadets
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 3
Four NCC cadets of Baba Zorawar Singh Baba Fateh Singh Senior Secondary School here have won the Sahara scholarship of Rs 6,000 each for their outstanding performance in NCC activities as well as in studies.


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