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Huge leap in Punjab’s fiscal state: Singla

Chandigarh, September 12
Rejecting the allegations levelled by Akali leader Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal, Finance Minister Surinder Singla has said his party will prove with facts that the state has made unprecedented development during the past four and half year rule of the Congress.

Surinder Singla
Surinder Singla

Row over hike in MSP of paddy
Chandigarh, September 12
A fresh controversy has erupted relating to the minimum support price of paddy. A few weeks ago, the Union Government had stated that it had increased the MSP of paddy by Rs 40 per quintal, raising it to Rs 650 per quintal.

Pact with Brazil anti-farmer, says Chandumajra
Patiala, September 12
The SAD (Longowal) president, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, today accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of taking an anti-farmer step by entering into an agreement with the Brazil government to carry out cultivation of sugarcane in that country by Indian farmers.

Airport awaits opening 18 months after completion
Gurdaspur, September 12
Commercial activity at the Pathankot civil airport has failed to take off even after about 18 months of its completion. The Civil Aviation Ministry has failed to start flights from the airport much to the chagrin of locals.

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Superintendent at DEO’s office killed in mishap
Ropar, September 12
A Superintendent with the DEO (Elementary) office was killed in an accident while a driver sustained serious injuries here last night. The Superintendent, Jagtaran Singh, was on his way to fax a report about promotion quota in primary schools in the district to the DPI (Elementary) from the office of the DEO (Elementary) in the Mini-Secretariat here when he met with the mishap.

Museum plan at Chhota Ghalughara gurdwara uncertain
Gurdaspur, September 12
The museum at the historic gurdwara commemorating the Chhota Ghalughara (massacre) of Sikhs at the hands of Mughals in 1746 is in limbo. The Punjab Government had announced the construction of the museum at the gurdwara and Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Minister for PWD and Education, had announced a grant of Rs 1 crore for the construction.


Unruly crowd irks Cong leader Digvijay Singh
Amritsar, September 12
Mr Digvijay Singh, senior Congress leader and General Secretary, All India Congress Committee, faced unruly Congress crowd at local Congress Bhawan at Hall Bazar here today. He stood watching the indiscipline of the party men while senior Congress leaders were trying to pacify the workers eager to get their photographs clicked with Mr Singh.

SGPC meeting on granthis’ appointment today
Amritsar, September 12
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee president, Mr Avtar Singh, is reportedly in a dilemma over the unsavoury situation that arose after the rejection of the appointments of three granthis for the Golden Temple by the Sikh clergy, even as the crucial SGPC executive meeting is proposed to be held at Fatehgarh Sahib tomorrow.

Khalsa Raj Party ties up with anti-quota Front
Amritsar, September 12
Khalsa Raj Party headed by Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan and Anti-Reservation Front, Punjab, headed by Davinder Singh Saini has decided to contest the forthcoming assembly elections jointly. They have also decided to forge alliance with like-minded party in the coming elections.

SAD workers join Congress
Chandigarh, September 12
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today claimed that a section of workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal from Tarn Taran district joined the Congress at a ceremony at the Punjab Congress Bhawan.


Panchayat grants remain unutilised: Bir Devinder
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, former Deputy Speaker, along with officials of the district today organised open public darbars at Bir Behlan, Sarkapra and Chuni villages in the Khara constituency. He enquired about various development works and heard grievances of the people.

Police force needs revamping
Ludhiana, September 12
The Punjab police Director-General, Mr S.S. Virk, has issued a circular to all district police chiefs exhorting them to listen to the grievances of the people personally and make special efforts to bridge the distance between the police and the common man of Punjab.

Ropar to get Rs 25-cr grant for tourism promotion
Ropar, September 12
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture has agreed to provide a Rs 25-crore grant to develop Ropar district as a major tourism centre. A detailed report on the tourist spots to be raised will be submitted to the state government within a month by the district administration.

SAD(A) protests against Malegaon blasts
Malerkotla, September 12
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president, today took out a black-flag march here in protest against the bomb blasts at a mosque in Malegaon in Maharashtra. Later, a memorandum was submitted to the SDM, Ms Indu Malhotra, to be given to Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India.

Bitta seeks probe into sale of bulletproof steel
Chandigarh, September 12
Mr M.S. Bitta, Chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged sale of 38 tonnes of bulletproof steel by PESCO, a subsidiary of the Punjab Government, to a Delhi-based scrap dealer.

Protesters gherao police station
Malerkotla, September 12
Hundreds of residents of Malerkotla and nearby villages, including women, today gheraoed the local police station and the DSP’s office and blocked traffic for four hours in protest against the alleged failure of the police to arrest culprits in the murder case of Manpreet Kaur.

Dalits caution govt on reservation
Chandigarh, September 12
The Dalit Hataishi Group of Intelligencia of Punjab has decided to file a caveat in the Supreme Court praying to be heard when the Punjab government challenges the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court with regards to quashing of a 1975 notification that deals with reservation.

Homage paid to 36 Sikh Regiment soldiers
Ferozepore, September
The saga of bravery of 21 Sikh soldiers who died fighting against heavy odds, while defending the Saragarhi Post against an attack of nearly 10,000 Afridis and Pathans is one of the most daring and calculated feats of gallantry and devotion to duty one reads in the history of mankind.

Panel for implementing model on fund use
Chandigarh, September 12
The Standing Tripartite Committee today sought the implementation of the Maharashtra model to utilise funds available to Punjab under the Special Component Plan.

15 councillors demand action against EO
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
Fifteen councillors of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, cutting across party lines, have unanimously passed a resolution against the Executive Officer of the council demanding action against him for allegedly misbehaving with them.

Move to raise retirement age hailed
Chandigarh, September 12
The move to raise the retirement age of employees from 58 years to 60 years is justified, said a statement issued by the Joint Action Committee of the Planning and Statistical Personnel of Punjab today.

Employees hold rally
Patiala, September 12
Hundreds of employees, assembled under the banner of the Joint Employees Action Committee, an umbrella organisation of 16 employees unions, held a massive rally in front of the district courts, to lodge their protest against the non-implementation of their accepted demands.

Mazdoor union protest near CM’s house
Patiala, September 12
Protesters under the banner of three mazdoor organisations — Pendu Mazdoor Union, Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, Punjab and Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union- assembled near the residence of the Punjab Chief Minister to lodge their protest against the anti-labour policies of the Congress-led state government.


7 detained with fake passports
Amritsar, September 12
The police has detained seven persons with fake passports. According to the information, the immigration authorities at Rajasansi International Airport took six Punjab youths in custody who were deported by Italy. The accused are Sukhwinder Singh, Sagar Singh, Rajkumar, Jaswinder Singh, Jagmir Singh and Chaman Lal.


Students hold rallies
‘Beating up’ of student leader
Sangrur, September 12
Activists of the Punjab Radical Students Union and students of the local government Ranbir College today held a rally at the gate of the college in protest against the “beating up” of Sanjiv Mintoo, state president of the PRSU, allegedly by the employees of the Himmatpura Transport Company near Barnala yesterday.

Punish parents for not sending wards to school: club
Sangrur, September 12
The Koshish Welfare Club, Sunam, a social organisation, has asked the Union and the Punjab Governments to pass legislations to punish parents for not sending their wards to schools.

Christians flay attack on school
Amritsar, September 12
The Christians Action Committee, Amritsar, today condemned the attack on a Christian school in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The committee members said that it was not acceptable in a secular country.

Workshops on fine arts
Patiala, September 12
Two workshops on fine arts, western singing, each of five days’ duration, were simultaneously inaugurated at Government Girls College here today by Ms Sunita Dhir, Director, Youth Welfare, Punjabi University, Patiala.


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