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Poor students surrender seats in private medical colleges
Badal relents, to review the new fee structure
Chandigarh, September 5
Facing anger from various quarters, especially the academic circles for making an unprecedented increase in the fee for private medical, dental, ayurvedic colleges in Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today agreed to review the hike.

Teachers’ Day
Protests mar functions

Bathinda, September 5
Activists of the Punjab State Recognised School Teachers and Other Employees Union held a rally in the town in protest against apathetic attitude of the government towards their problems. A teacher hurt during a lathi-charge shows his injuries in Kapurthala on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma
A teacher hurt during a lathi-charge shows his injuries in Kapurthala on Wednesday. Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

City Centre Scam
Notice issued on appointment of arbitrator

Chandigarh, September 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice to Ludhiana Improvement Trust and the state of Punjab on an application by Delhi-based Today Homes and Infrastructure Private Limited seeking directions for the appointment of an arbitrator in the Ludhiana city centre project. 

Fatehgarh Sahib




Inquiry finds scam in purchase of computers 
DGM (Systems) suspended
Patiala September 5
The inquiry conducted by additional registrar, cooperative societies, R.L. Mehta, has established scam in the purchase of computers and software for cooperative banks. The inquiry into the scam was ordered by cooperatives minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh following a news item in The Tribune on June 8. On the recommendation of the inquiry officer DGM (Systems) of the cooperative department A.K. Batta has been suspended and issued a charge sheet.

Court order has no impact on encroachments 
Gurdaspur, September 5
Taking advantage of the tussle between the Revenue Department and the Pathankot Improvement Trust over the identification of encroachments on government land, a number of illegal constructions have once again come up along the congested roads of Pathankot.

Shops, houses razed 
Amritsar, September 5
The district administration today early morning demolished century-old three shops and two houses to widen entry points to the passage leading to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial.

Bulldozers being used to pull down some shops and houses to make way for widening the entrance leading to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial. —  Photo byRajiv Sharma
Bulldozers being used to pull down some shops and houses to make way for widening the entrance leading to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial



Appointment of Mayors 
Councillors leave it to Badal

Amritsar, September 5
SAD councillors here today authorised Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal to name the senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation. The resolution was passed at a meeting of the SAD councillors.

MC chief gives in to Akali pressure, quits
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 5
Succumbing to the pressure mounted by Akali councillors, the president of the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib Municipal Council today resigned from his post.

YC chief has a dig at govt
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 5
Punjab Youth Congress president Vijay Inder Singla today claimed that the state government would most likely wrap up the kanak-dal scheme shortly as it was not in a position to carry on with the scheme given the financial constrains being faced by the state.


Wheat Import
SAD to raise it in Parliament

Jalandhar, September 5
Terming import of wheat as direct assault on Punjabi farmers, the SAD said it would raise the issue in Parliament.

Breach in distributary bundh
Hoshiarpur, September 5
More than 20-foot-wide breach took place in the guide bundh of Hajipur distributary of Shah Nehar canal near Sibo Chack village of this district last night.

Sidhu gives Rs 50 lakh for greening city
Amritsar, September 5
At a function organised in Red Cross bhawan here Navjot Singh Sidhu, BJP member of Parliament handed over cheques worth Rs 50 lakh to deputy commissioner K.S.Pannu under the ‘go green-clean’ campaign He already has given Rs 50 lakh for this.

Book: Takht seeks report
Amritsar, September 5
A meeting of Sikh clergy at Akal Takht here today took serious note of the blasphemous portions of the Hindi version of , “Sikh History” , published on behalf of the SGPC’s Dharm Parchar Committee and directed the secretary, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) to submit written report within a week.

Man missing, but cops unmoved
Ropar, September 5
The relatives of Darshan Kumar (51), who has been missing for a week, have been running from pillar to post to find him. They allege that the police is being inactive in helping them. Vijay Juneja, a relative of the missing man, said Darshan had gone missing on August 31 and a DDR pertaining to the same had been lodged in the Rupnagar city police station.
Darshan Kumar
Darshan Kumar

SC body demands Boparai’s suspension
Patiala, September 5
In an emergency meeting held here today, the Punjab Scheduled Castes’ Welfare Association (PSCWA) demanded the suspension of Punjabi University vice-chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai for overstepping powers and reinstating officiating registrar Dr B.S. Sandhu. Dr Sandhu, who is now out on bail, had been arrested in a corruption case.

150 docs take part in camp on bio-medical waste 
Patiala, September 5
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Patiala, in collaboration with the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), organised a camp for the registration and authorisation of lifting of bio-medical waste by common treatment from various hospitals in and around Patiala at the Rajindra Gymkhana Club here yesterday.


Daler Mehndi case adjourned
Patiala, September 5
A local court today adjourned the human trafficking case against Daler Mehndi till November 3.


Doaba farmers take to baby corn farming
Nakodar, September 4
The progressive farmers in the fertile Doaba belt of Punjab are shifting to Baby Corn farming, considering the crop's greater market potential. Baby corn, the tender de-husked young ear of the female inflorescence of maize plant, harvested before fertilization, is sweet in taste and crisp.


32 senior excise officials in vigilance net
They used to get Rs 15 lakh per month to help evade taxes
Patiala September 5
The Vigilance Department claims to have unearthed a nexus between officials of the Excise Department and touts in the Taxation Department. This was allegedly causing loss of crores of rupees to the government by way of the evasion of taxes at various barriers in the state. Thirtytwo senior and many junior excise officials were allegedly pocketing Rs 15 lakh per month.

Head constable booked
Sangrur, September 5
The local police has registered a case against head constable (HC) Kuldeep Singh, posted at Barnala, under Section 354, IPC, for allegedly misbehaving with a woman.

Family tiff claims life
Patiala, September 5
One person was stabbed to death when he tried to intervene in a tiff involving a husband and wife. A case has been registered at the Tripuri police station.


Govt goes pvt
Prefers more schools, colleges in private sector

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 5
Punjab minister for medical education and research Tikshan Sood here today said the government was keen on encouraging the setting up of more educational institutions in by private parties in Punjab for quality education.

Students observe strike
Sangrur, September 5
On the call given by the Punjab Students Union (PSU) and the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU), students of Government Ranbir College today observed a strike against the alleged highhandedness of the private bus operators. They raised slogans against the private transporters while holding demonstration on the college campus.

Students get tips on first-aid
Patiala, September 5
The Red Cross Society, Patiala, organised a health awareness training camp at Bhari Panecha in which 254 students from eight local schools participated.


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