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Cornered, government orders probe into City Centre scam
Ludhiana trust chairman, nominated members removed

Chandigarh, September 14
Obviously on the backfoot over the City Centre project scam, worth several hundred crores, the Punjab Government today swung into action for crisis management.

Council of Ministers clears draft Bills
Chandigarh, September 14
The Punjab Council of Ministers at its meeting held here under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today gave approval to the draft Bill for legislation to provide reservation to members of the Scheduled Castes and backward classes in state services.

Badal plays farmers’ messiah in Vidhan Sabha
Chandigarh, September 14
The Leader of Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today did not let go an opportunity to champion the cause of farmers by referring to those indebted farmers who ended their lives or those who died as a part of ongoing farmers’ struggle during obituary references in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha today.

SAD MLAs move privilege motion
Tampering of proceedings alleged
Chandigarh, September 14
While the current session of the Punjab Assembly has been extended by one day, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has moved a privilege motion as well as an adjournment motion on the issues related to the Local Bodies and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh.

Tarn Taran


Govt develops cold feet on indebtedness Bill
Chandigarh, September 14
While the tussle between various farmers’ organisations and commission agents on the debt issue has started taking a vicious turn in various towns of the state, the Punjab Government appears to have started dragging its feet on finding a permanent solution to this problem.

Recovery of loans from ex-ministers’ pensions
Chandigarh, September 14
The Punjab Council of Ministers today approved the recovery of loan money from certain former Ministers by deducting the money from their pension in instalments. There are as many as eight former Ministers who have not returned the loan which they had secured to either buy cars or to build houses from the state government.

Punjabi murdered in USA
Saintpur (Kapurthala), September 14
A pall of groom descended on Saintpur village under the Bholath subdivision yesterday after the news of the demise of a local person in the United States of America reached here.

Students develop model to check drunken driving
Chandigarh, September 14
If these lads have their way, drunken drivers — who are the main cause of road accidents across the globe - would be pinned down to their stationary vehicles till alcohol levels in their blood drop within drivable limits.


Copter pilot ignored warning signs: SSP
Gurdaspur, September 14
The controversy over, who was at fault in the helicopter crash of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is refusing to die down.

The dust rising from the spot where the helicopter was landed before the crash at Bahadurpur Rajoa village in the Sri Hargobindpur area of Gurdaspur. — Photo by Jangi
The dust rising from the spot where the helicopter was landed before the crash at Bahadurpur Rajoa village in the Sri Hargobindpur area of Gurdaspur.

Dal Khalsa to meet over Akal Takht Jathedar’s powers
Jalandhar, September 14
Virtually challenging the authority of the Jathedar of Akal Takht and the SGPC, the Dal Khalsa has observed that there was an urgent need to build consensus among Sikhs regarding appointment, removal and working sphere of the Jathedar of Akal Takht.

Dutch environmental experts to visit Punjab
Chandigarh, September 14
A team of environmental experts from Holland will visit Punjab from September 18 to sensitise the public, especially students, about solid waste management. The week-long visit is part of the awareness campaign launched by the Lions Club International, district 321-F.

PSEB employees hold rally
Patiala, September 14
Hundreds of members of the Punjab State Electricity Board Employees Federation held a demonstration in front of the PSEB head office to protest against the implementation of the Electricity Act 2003 here today.


Talks on with Centre over paddy bonus merger
Chandigarh, September 14
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has said that the state government was taking up the matter regarding the merger of the bonus of Rs 40 per quintal on paddy into the existing minimum support price of Rs 610 with the Central Government.


Press photographers shot at; five arrested
Amritsar, September 14
Two groups of press photographers clashed at Dharam Singh Market, near the Golden Temple and Kotwali police station, which led to firing, resulting in injuries to two photo journalists, Avdesh Kumar Lali and Om Parkash, of two Hindi dailies published from Jalandhar late last evening.

5 nabbed for illegal sale of crops
Barnala, September 14
The Market Committee has nabbed five arhtiyas for illegally dealing in cotton and wheat. The accused are Pawan Kumar, Devinder Kumar, Bhola Ram, Manohar Lal and Pawan Kumar.

5 booked on abduction charge
Tarn Taran, September 14
Five persons, including two women, have been booked by the Goindwal police for allegedly abducting a college girl. A case under Sections 363 and 366-A IPC, has been registered.

St Paul’s church vandalised
Amritsar, September 14
Unidentified elements last night vandalised the St Paul’s church near the Circuit House.

Cop held for forging document
Hoshiarpur, September 14
The district police has arrested Head Constable Sewa Singh posted at Garhdiwala police station and RMP doctor Lakhwinder Singh alias Lakha, a son of Piara Singh of Khurdan.


Dr Gurjeet Singh Dr Gurjeet Singh youngest VC of law university
Amritsar, September 14
Dr Gurjeet Singh (46), Professor, Department of Law, GND University, was appointed as first Vice-Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, today. He has been appointed to the post for five years.

Dr Gurjeet Singh                              

Students block traffic
Sangrur, September 14
Activists of the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU) and students of the Akal Degree College, Mastuana Sahib, today blocked the Sangrur-Barnala road in protest for 10 minutes in front of the main gate of the college at Mastuana Sahib, 5 km from here, against the ‘’beating up” of Sanjiv Mintoo, state president of the PRSU, allegedly by the employees of the Himmatpura Bus Transport Company near Barnala some days ago.

Varsity centre gets Rs 36 lakh grant
Patiala, September 14
The Advanced Centre for Technical Development of Punjabi Language at the Punjabi University here has received a shot in the arm.


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