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Amarinder, Dullo seek package for farmers
Ludhiana, September 27
Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Shamsher Singh Dullo today urged Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to announce financial package to bail out small and marginal farmers from indebtedness.

CM failed to get package for farmers: Badal
Chandigarh, September 27
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today blamed the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for not being able to secure a package for farmers or for the development of industry in the border areas from the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, during his visit to the state.

Lalu announces AC train with less fare
Ludhiana, September 27
Union Minister for Railways Lalu Prasad Yadav today announced an air-condition train from Amritsar to Sarsa in Bihar for commoners, especially migrant labourers, so that they could travel in AC comfort at a fare as less as Rs 600.

A moment of celebration as new train rolls out
Chandigarh, September 27
Lush green fields welcomed the train, which chugged on the first rail link connecting Punjab with its capital Chandigarh today since its inception on November 1 1966. Enthusiastic faces dotted the landscape, waving at the new train all through the 44.35-km rail track to Morinda, which was covered in about an hour.






Akalis continue stir against City Centre scam
Ludhiana, September 27
Continuing with their tirade against the government over the alleged multicrore scam in connection with the Ludhiana City Centre, the SAD today staged a demonstration in front of the project. The function was presided over by the party general secretary, Capt Kanwaljit Singh.

SAD general secretary Capt Kanwaljit Singh addresses a rally in front of the Ludhiana City Centre on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

SAD general secretary Capt Kanwaljit Singh addresses a rally in front of the Ludhiana City Centre

Varsity system to be strengthened: PM
Chandigarh, September 27
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today urged the strengthening of the university system in the country, adding that greater investment from all sources would be made for its expansion. Dr Manmohan Singh was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of the country’s third Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Mohali today.

Only pep talk, no package

Chandigarh, September 27
Contrary to the expectations of the Punjab Government and Opposition parties, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, who showered liberal praise on Punjabis, did not announce any package for the state today. In a way, the Prime Minister has left the state high and dry.

Panel may be set up to fix land price
Chandigarh, September 27
There is a proposal to set up an empowered committee of senior Ministers to determine the value of the land to be acquired for public purposes in Punjab. Sources said the proposal in this connection had been discussed in the light of the recent conclave of the Congress Chief Ministers.



Sidhu accused of violating protocol
6 BJP leaders injured in lathicharge
Amritsar, September 27
High drama was enacted at the railway station here when Congress and BJP leaders tried to take political mileage at the time of the flagging off of the Amritsar-Hardwar Janshatabdi Express, resulting in a lathicharge that left six BJP leaders injured.

A policeman wields a lathi on BJP workers at the railway station in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Rajiv Sharma

A policeman wields a lathi on BJP workers at the railway station in Amritsar

SAD’s alliance with BJP under strain
Nanakiana Sahib (Sangrur), September 27
SAD-BJP alliance for Punjab Assembly elections seems to be on the verge of a breaking point as secretary-general of the SAD Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today viewed that allies between the SAD and the BJP over seat sharing had reached stalemate following the statements, given in the past few days by the BJP leaders, including Mr Harjit Singh Grewal, national BJP secretary, and Mr Vijay Sampla, Punjab BJP secretary, that the BJP would contest at least 23 seats as the SAD-BJP alliance partner in the Assembly elections.

Nabha MC President resigns
Nabha, September 27
The tussle between the President of the Municipal Council, Nabha, Mr Pawan Garg, and councillors ended with the resignation of the former here today.


Boy acquired polio virus in UP
Hoshiarpur, September 27
Following the detection of polio in two-year-old Jatinder Kumar, son of migrant labourer Babu Ram of Dana Mandi area of Dasuya town of Hoshiarpur district, Dr Yangchan Dolma, Surveillance Medical Officer of the World Health Organisation along with Dr V.K. Goyal, state immunisation officer, and Dr Kamaljit Kaur, Civil Surgeon, visited Dasuya today to take stock of the situation.

Doctors’ transfers to be reviewed, claims association
Chandigarh, September 27
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association today claimed that Health Minister Surinder Singla had assured it that the recent transfer of doctors would be reviewed.

Legal services meeting
Patiala, September 27
A meeting of the District Legal Services Authority was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Inderjit Singh Walia, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, this afternoon.

Veterinary pharmacists block traffic
Sangrur, September 27
Members of the district unit of the Veterinary Pharmacists Union, wore black gowns today and blocked traffic on the Sangrur-Mehlan road from 5 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. in protest against the lathi-charge on veterinary pharmacists in Chandigarh.

Polytechnic staff block traffic
Amritsar, September 27
Members of the Punjab Polytechnic Staff Association blocked traffic for half an hour outside Circuit House here today. They were protesting against the decision of the state government to hand over the management of polytechnics to the societies.

Increase age of retirement, say engineers
Chandigarh, September 27
The Punjab Irrigation Engineers (Class 1) Association has urged the state government to enhance the retirement age of the engineers from 58 to 60 years on the pattern of Central Government services. The demand was made at a meeting of the general body of the association here.

Theft case solved in 4 hours
Abohar, September 27
The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Arpit Shukla, claimed this evening that the miscreant responsible for the theft committed late last night at Ghubaya village on the Abohar-Ferozepore road was arrested in less than four hours.

New airport director takes over
Amritsar, September 27
Mr Arun Talwar joined as director of Rajasansi International Airport in place of Mr V.S. Mulekar, its first director, who retired after putting in seven years of service on July 31.



Punjab wins battle on cotton front
Chandigarh, September 27
Punjab today won a major battle on the cotton front. The National Textile Commission has upgraded certain varieties of cotton and enhanced their minimum support price to Rs 1,890 per quintal.


DSP transferred in IRS officer thrashing case
Amritsar, September 27
The Director-General of Police today transferred Mr Rajinder Pal, DSP (Detective), to the PAP, 80 Battalion, Jalandhar, following complaints of thrashing a 1988 batch IRS officer, Mr Ravi Sarangal, Additional Commissioner, Income Tax, here on September 20.


Firm MD held for duping people of crores
Muktsar, September 27
The police has arrested the managing director (MD) of a private firm that duped people of crores by luring them into becoming its members with the promise of precious gifts. National Group MD Sanjeev Kumar was today produced in a court which remanded him to the police custody till September 30.

Varsity clerk held taking bribe
Patiala, September 27
Satinder Mann, a clerk in the examination branch, Punjabi University, was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe from those students facing proceedings under unfair means cases (UMC).

Grandmother booked for abduction
Amritsar, September 27
The Rambagh police has booked Bachan Kaur, a resident of Nive Pind, for kidnapping her own grandson, Karan (4), who had been living with her mother, Rimpy, since the death of his father, Rawail Singh, about one year ago.

Student injured in clash
Amritsar, September 27
One student of medical college was injured in a clash that took place on the premises of Guru Ramdass Medical College yesterday. The injured has been identified as Pavneet Singh.


ITI students oppose privatisation move
Sangrur, September 27
Employees and students from Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) of Dhuri, Sangrur, Sunam and Barnala, led by Mr Harwinder Kumar Bhardwaj, state secretary of the ITI Employees Union, Punjab, yesterday took out a protest march against the state government’s decision to hand over the ITIs to registered societies.

Religion, world peace discussed
Batala, September 27
Dr Peter Steinacker, president, Protestant Church of Germany, speaking as the principal resource person at an international conference on contribution of different faiths and communities for world peace organised by the Christian Institute for Religious Studies here yesterday, contended that peace could be realised only by integrating the rule of law with the notion of fair distribution of commodities.

Govt schools to be closed on last Saturday
Chandigarh, September 27
Bowing to the demand of thousands of school teachers, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has given sanction to close all government schools in the state on the last Saturday of every month. The first such closed day falls on September 30.

US varsity mulls course on Sikhism
Patiala, September 27
The Concordia University, Wisconsin, USA, is contemplating a course on Sikhism and its tenets to make the people aware of the Sikh identity.



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