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BKU (U) accuses govt of lingering Trident issue
Sangrur, September 3
The BKU (Ugrahan) announced today that it was desperate to protest against the non-implementation of an agreement reached between the Trident Group and farmers’ unions with regard to giving 70 per cent above acquisition price to the farmers of Dhaula, Sangherra and Fatehgarh Chhanna villages (near Barnala), whose 376 acre had been acquired by the state government for the Trident Group.

Janmashtami CM greets people
Amritsar, September 3
“We should strengthen the bonds of communal harmony and universal brotherhood and defeat the nefarious designs of those forces who were out to disturb the communal harmony in the state,” said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a shobha yatra.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal pays obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal pays obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday. — PTI photo

Nawanshahr to be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh
Amritsar, September 3
Nawanshahr would be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh to mark his birth centenary. The district has produced many patriots and includes Khatkal Kalan village which has a national museum in the name of the martyr.





New collector rates to hit poor:YC chief
Bathinda, Sepember 3
Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) president Vijay Inder Singla said today by hiking collector rates of landed property across the state, the SAD-BJP government had dealt a fatal blow to the poor sections of society.

Mann accepts resignations of  office-bearers
Bassi Pathanan, September 3
Simranjit Singh Mann president, SAD(A), has accepted the resignations of all party workers and office-bearers belonging to Muktsar, Faridkot and Khanna, who had resigned in protest against the removal of Daljit Singh Bittu from the party.

Badal has played fraud on poll panel: Khera
Chandigarh, September 3
The Shiromani Akali Dal has played a fraud on the Election Commission of India by submitting to it a doctored constitution of the party to project itself as a secular party, said Balwant Singh Khera, member of the national executive of the Janata Dal (Secular).


Young Karmayogis

Children dress as Lord Krishna to participate in a shobha yatra on the eve of Janmashtami in Amritsar on Monday
Children dress as Lord Krishna to participate in a shobha yatra on the eve of Janmashtami in Amritsar on Monday. —Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Punjab Vs Others: Water wars to hot up
Chandigarh, September 3
The next two weeks will possibly set a fresh agenda on the long- standing water disputes between Punjab and its neighbouring states of Haryana and Rajasthan. Three politically important cases, including the presidential reference on the Punjab termination of agreements act, 2004, will come for hearing in the Supreme Court during this period.

SGPC chief to meet CM today
Amritsar, September 3
SGPC chief Avtar Singh will hold a close-door meeting with Chief Minister at his official residence in Chandigarh tomorrow.

200 acres flooded
Bathinda, September 3
Paddy and cotton crops on about 200 acres of Amargarh village of this district were damaged after water entered the fields due to a 55-foot breach in the Kot Bhai distributary late last night.

Lack of amenities at juvenile home
Faridkot, September 3
The observation home here for juvenile undertrials from six districts, which is also used for lodging international offenders, is woefully short of basic amenities, ideal environment and opportunities to help them to start a meaningful life.

Beating the Retreat timings changed
Amritsar, September 3
The timings of Beating the Retreat ceremony at Wagah check-post have been changed with effect from September 4. It will now commence at 6 pm onwards, instead of 6.30 pm.

Indian peacekeepers reap goodwill
Khartoum (Sudan), September 2
In the southern town of Malakal, dormant animosity between north and south Sudan can erupt into bloody violence any time. And when it does, it’s the Indian peacekeeping troops that douse the fire and ensure that the oil-rich region does not plunge into chaos.

Marches in memory of martyrs
Chandigarh, September 3
The Chief Minister today decided to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh along with Rajguru and Sukhdev by organising marches that commence from various places associated with martyrs of the state and converge at Jallianwala Bagh on September 27.

Bittu arrested again
Mullanpur, September 3
Tension over the proposed religious congregation at Sant Bhurriwala dera on September 5 grew further today when the local police arrested five leaders, including Daljit Singh Bittu, under preventive custody, accusing them of planning to disturb the religious function.

Model of Ghaggar bundh referred to institute
Chandigarh, September 3
The Punjab government has referred the model of the controversial project with regard to the construction of a kutcha bundh on either side of the Ghaggar river from Khanuri to Karail village, about 30 km, in Sangrur district to the Amritsar-based irrigation research institute.

Delhi doc starts first MRI centre in Afghanistan
Chandigarh, September 3
Former national polo player and Delhi-based doctor P.D.S. Kohli has been credited with starting Afghanistan’s first magnetic resonance imaging centre in Kabul yesterday.

Make ‘Chak De India’ tax-free
Jalandhar, September 3
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) general secretary Parminder Singh has urged the state government to exempt “Chak De India” from entertainment tax as the movie not only encourages sportsmen, but the sportsmanship depicted in it could also drive youths away from the menace of drug addiction.

Doctors claims medical feat
Amritsar, September 3
Doctors of a heart institute here today claimed saving the life of a heart patient by surgery, which they termed as ‘Amritsar operation’.The surgery was done a year ago, but the hospital waited to monitor the progress of the patient.

Act of sacrilege
Hoshiarpur, September 3
Some miscreants desecrated a holy book at Gurdwara Ravidass at Dhamian Kalan village last evening. The Bulhowal police station of this district has registered an FIR under Sections 295 and 120-B of the IPC in this connection.

Chetna march marks Baba Jiwan Singh’s birth anniversary
Amritsar, September 3
A two-day chetna march was organised by the Shaheed Baba Jiwan Singh Vidyak and Bhalai Trust in coordination with the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) to mark the birth anniversary of Sikh martyr Baba Jiwan Singh.

Rly employees for single forum
Amritsar, September 3
Railway employees having allegiance to various trade unions are trying for consensus to unite on single platform to take up issues of their colleagues forcefully with the government.

Govt teachers to protest on Teachers’ Day
Patiala, September 3
Teachers of government colleges of Punjab will observe Teachers’ Day as black day and wear black badges on September 5. The Punjab Government College Teachers Association decided this in a meeting held here today.

Functions to mark Giani Ditt Singh’s death anniversary
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 3
The Giani Ditt Singh Memorial Society has planned to commemorate the 106th death anniversary of famous Punjabi literary personality Giani Ditt Singh by holding a series of functions in the district on September 6.

Meanwhile, loo battle rages in Rajpura village
Rajpura, September 3 
The razing of Dalit toilets in Uksi Jattan village, near here, allegedly by the village panchayat has provoked unrest among the Dalits, who plan to move the court against the panchayat’s` biased' action. The Dalits say the toilets were constructed last year under the Rajiv Gandhi Public Welfare Scheme.These had now been razed on the plea that the land on which they stood was used as a common passage. Village sarpanch Nasib Singh says only three toilets had been razed as these stood on land used as common passage.
The toilets for Dalits that have been allegedly pulled down by the panchayat of Uksi Jattan village in Rajpura segment.
The toilets for Dalits that have been allegedly pulled down by the panchayat of Uksi Jattan village in Rajpura segment. —Photo by J. S. Virdi 


25 bottles of liquor seized
Patiala, September 3
A police party headed by ASI Lakhwant Singh of Kotwali police station arrested Lakhwinder Singh and seized 25 bottles of Indian made foreign liquor from his Accent car today.

6-year-old raped
Patiala, September 3
A six-year-old girl, belonging to a family from Rajasthan’s Gujjar community, was allegedly raped by an unidentified person, near Sanaur, 10 km from here, today.

Copper, nickel worth Rs 45 lakh seized
Patiala, September 3
The excise and taxation department has impounded a truck laden with copper wire and nickel plates worth Rs 45 lakh from near Kharar here today.


Teachers’ Day to be observed as ‘black day’
Govt’s ‘failure’ to streamline college education
Chandigarh, September 3
The scrapping of 157 posts of college lecturer by the Parkash Singh Badal government and its failure to streamline college education and remove the mess in the education system have made the Punjab government college teachers’ association raise the banner of protest against the state government.

Applications invited for course not offered by polytechnic
Bathinda, September 3
Two lecturers of government polytechnic here have invited applications for admission to the three- year diploma course in electrical engineering from the polytechnic premises though no such course has been started by the authorities concerned.



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