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Reliance welcome sans freebies: Chief secy
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab government said today that Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) was welcome to invest in various sectors but no freebies would be offered to it.

Recruitment: UPSC response awaited
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab government is still awaiting a response from the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) with regard to the recruitment of officers for the PCS and allied cadres.

Sandhu gets bail; to resume duty
Patiala, August 29
Registrar of Punjabi University here B.S. Sandhu, who was caught by the Punjab Vigilance for accepting Rs 1 lakh bribe from the chairman of a private B Ed college, was today freed on bail. He was released after 20 days in police and judicial remand against a bail bond of Rs 50,000.

                                                               B.S. Sandhu
B.S. Sandhu

Power Cuts
Ratra overrules secy
Patiala, August 29
Despite the secretary power’s communication, chairman of the PSEB Y.S. Ratra has said no to power cuts for the time being in the state. After the communication of the secretary, Power, advocating less power purchase from other states and imposition of ‘tolerable’ power cuts in the state, officials of the board sought clarification on the matter from the board chairman today.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Rebel BJP councillors to quit SAD
Jalandhar, August 29
All those rebel BJP councillors who had registered victories the recent civic body elections and had joined the SAD will have to quit the party.

Gurdwara Row
Sarna in Pak, to meet evacuee board chief
Wagah, August 29
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Parmjit Singh Sarna today reached Pakistan to meet Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board (PETPB) chairman Zulfiqar Ali Khan and Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) president Bishan Singh in Lahore on the controversy of Gurdwara Shaheed Bhai Taru Singh.

’84 riots: Govt sticks to old norms
3,000 victims again left in the lurch
Ludhiana, August 29
As many as 3,000 riot victims of 1984 have been left in lurch with the government sticking to the previous norms with regard to providing them compensation.


Fifty SAD(A) office-bearers quit
Faridkot, August 29
Nearly 50 office-bearers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), including national general,secretaries youth and women’s wings, resigned their offices here today. However, they announced to continue to work as ordinary workers of the party.

Baba Bakala function
SAD, BJP leaders stayed away as protest
Amritsar, August 29
The absence of senior leaders and MLAs of the SAD during the political conference at Baba Bakala on the occasion of Rakhar Punia yesterday has raised many a eyebrow among party circles here.

Youth Cong launches membership drive
Patiala, August 29
The Congress lost the Uttar Pradesh and Punjab Assembly elections due to weak organisational structure of the party. President of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Ashok Tanwar stated this while talking to newspersons here today. He was here to launch a membership drive for the IYC.


 Petrol Station
10 pc space can be used for commercial purposes
Mohali, August 29
GMADA has allowed the use of 10 per cent area of a petrol station site for commercial purposes. Allottees would have to, however, pay extra lease amount for this.

Builders seek review of policy
Chandigarh, August 29
Private builders and developers today urged the Punjab government to review its latest policy regarding the size of residential and commercial projects that they can develop besides reviewing the hike in charges for external development, conversion and the license fee. This comes a few days after the government notified the new policy with a hope to rope in more investments in the state.

CM: Land deals to be reviewed
Jagraon, August 29
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today that land deals struck under the previous government’s policy to offer land to Reliance Industries were being reviewed with the sole purpose of rationalising the process. At the same time he sought to clarify that his government was not against investments by big corporate houses, but only wanted a rational and uniform policy in that connection.

Hooda’s effigy burnt
Amritsar, August 29
Activists of the Bhartiya Valmik Dharam Samaj today burnt an effigy of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in protest against the alleged killing of Dalits in Gohana.

Activists of the Bhartiya Valmik Dharam Samaj protest against the killing of Dalits in Gohana, in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Activists of the Bhartiya Valmik Dharam Samaj protest against the killing of Dalits in Gohana, in Amritsar on Wednesday.

Sort out Sikh issues, SGPC to PM
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 29
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has sought intervention by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in sorting out the issues being faced by the Sikh community at international level.

Teacher thrashes student
Nabha, August 29
A student of one of the most prestigious educational institutes of the state, Punjab Public School, was beaten up mercilessly by house master here on Sunday.

‘Management responsible for technical snags’
Rupnagar, August 29
The employees of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP), under flagship of PSEB Employees Federation, has held the management responsible for repeated technical snags at the plant that incurs loss worth lakhs of rupees.

Move to import cows from Pak
Amritsar, August 29
The Central government has been thinking to import Red Sindhi and Sahiwal breed of cows to India, on reciprocal basis from Pakistan to improve breeds here and increase milk yield.

Punjab Round-up
Govt to give job letters to 400 health workers
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab Government would give appointment letters to 440 candidates selected by the department of health and family welfare. Minister of health Lakshmi Kanta Chawla stated this during a ‘sahyog’ camp organised in the BJP’s office at Chandigarh.

Inside Babudom
Govt in a spot on new police dists
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab government faces a piquant situation. Three months after it created two new police districts and posted non-IPS officers as SSPs there, the Home Department has been asked by the high court to send its comments on why the new districts were created in the first place.

DCs told to ensure transparency
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab government has directed all deputy commissioners to ensure transparency while recruiting aganwari workers and helpers. They have been told not to deviate from the guidelines issued by the government. About 1,500 aganwari workers and helpers are to be recruited in the state.

Auction of quarries to be video recorded
Chandigarh, August 29
Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh, who presided over a meeting of senior officers with regard to the auctioning of sand and gravel quarries in certain districts here today, has directed the officers concerned to video record the proceedings of all such auctions.

ENT doctors’ forum constituted
Patiala, August 29
Meeting of ENT surgeons of Patiala region was held here on Monday in which ENT surgeons from Sangrur, Ropar and Fatehgarh Sahib also participated. In this meeting, the doctors constituted a body named as Patiala ENT Forum.

Chemists’ Association oppose police interference
Patiala, August 29
The Punjab Chemists Association in its urgent meeting opposed the interference of the police in spite of the assurance given by the chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal.

Reliance subscribers resent poor signal
Bassi Pathana, August 29
The reliance mobile subscribers in and around Bassi Pathana have alleged that reliance network is very weak and subscribers have to face great difficulty. Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli told that though the company has installed towers in the town but even then the location seems to be incorrect for Bassi Pathana.

Man stabs wife, son; consumes poison
Nabha, August 29
A man, in an inebriated state, nearly killed his minor son and wife here last night.

Mata Jagir Kaur Bhattal dead
Chandigarh, August 29
Mata Jagir Kaur Bhattal (90), widow of freedom fighter Hardit Singh Bhattal passed away at Bhattlan village near Dhanula today.

Alert sounded
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab police has sounded an alert in the state in view of the death anniversary of former Chief Minister Beant Singh falling on August 31.



Beant case convicts file appeal before HC
Question human bomb theory
Chandigarh, August 29
The four convicts in the Beant Singh assassination case- Jagtar Singh Hawara, Lakhwinder Singh, Shamsher Singh and Gurmit Singh- today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the quashing of trial court’s order leading to their conviction.

Violation of accident policy rules
Insurance company told to pay Rs 2.50 lakh
Sangrur, August 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here has directed the National Insurance Company, Sangrur, to pay Rs 2.50 lakh to Avtar Singh of Banbhaura village in Malerkotla tehsil of this district.


2 journalists arrested
Ferozepur, August 29
The police has booked two journalists from Jalalabad under Sections 384/34 of the IPC for allegedly blackmailing a patwari.


From Colleges
Van Mahotsav celebrated
Patiala, August 29
Government Mahindra College, in collaboration with the Red Cross Society, the NCC and the NSS organised “Van Mahotsav Day” on the premises of the college, here on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner of Patiala D.S. Grewal, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the function by planting a sapling in the college campus. Principal of the college Dr Grewal also released “Mohindra”, the college magazine, on the occasion.

City teacher bags National Award
Patiala, August 29
Sukhwant Kaur, primary teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1, Patiala, has been selected for the National Award 2006, the principal of the school, S.K. Sharma informed, here today.


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