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Mafia-official nexus looting shamlat
Mohali, September 6
Government officials’ role in the division and subsequent sale of shamlat land (village common land) in Punjab has come under scanner. Shamlat land worth crores has been grabbed by the land mafia at various places in a years and the connivance of government officials in these land deals has been revealed.

Now, fraud in issuance of MC octroi receipts
Sangrur, September 6
With the writing of a letter by the local municipal council authorities to the Sangrur SSP today to get a case registered against some former octroi contractors of the council, a case of fraud has come to light. During the financial years 1998-99 and 1999-2000 some contractors had allegedly committed a fraud and caused huge financial loss to the council in connection with a case related to issuance of octroi receipts to a local firm. The receipts reportedly did not match with the carbon copies.

In penury, still not eligible for kanak-dal
Phoos Mandi (Bathinda), September 6
For a poor family of four members, who suffer from ailments and are living in hellish conditions here, there is no end to their miseries as the government has denied them the benefits of much-publicised kanak-dal scheme launched by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Beware housewives, cookware can add toxins to food
Ludhiana, September 6
Cooking in aluminium, iron, copper or teflon-coated vessels may be injurious to health as metals and inert plastic tend to leach on to the food, according to researchers in Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here.




BJP councillor elected mayor
Amritsar, September 6
Third time BJP councillor and engineer Shawet Malik was elected mayor of Amritsar Municipal Corporation here today amidst sloganeering and protests by Congress councillors. He won mayorship, leaving behind Bakshi Ram Arora and Rakesh Gill, both senior leaders of his party. Ajaybir Singh Randhawa was elected senior deputy mayor and Kashmir Singh was chosen deputy mayor.
The Congress councillors boycotted the proceedings of the election after staking claim to the mayor’s post as the single largest party.

Shawet Malik
Shawet Malik

Cong seeks apology from Sukhbir
Chandigarh, September 6
Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira today said in a statement that beating of unemployed teachers at Kapurthala yesterday was a highly condemnable act particularly when teachers had been beaten up on the day reserved to honour the teaching fraternity.


New transport policy soon
Chandigarh, September 6
The state transport department is examining ways to compensate next of kin of persons killed in accidents involving government-operated buses in Punjab. A meeting in this regard was held here today under the chairmanship of transport minister Mohan Lal. Talking to The Tribune, Master Mohan Lal said two options were being studied. The first was to provide insurance cover to all those travelling in these buses and the second to set up a corpus fund in this regard. After studying the data of previous years, it had been found that on an average 32 persons were killed every year in accidents involving these buses.

Master Mohan Lal
Master Mohan Lal

‘PMO clears Mohali airport’ 
Chandigarh, September 6
SAD working president Sukhbir Singh Badal claimed today that the Prime Minister’s office at a special meeting gave clearance to the international airport at Mohali yesterday. He claimed the Central government had agreed share 51 per cent of the cost while the state would bear 49 per cent of the cost. The existing infrastructure of the civil-cum-defence-airport at Chandigarh would be integrated into the Mohali international airport.

Badal seeks royalty on foodgrains
Chandigarh, September 6
While Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has sought royalty on food grains procured by the Food Corporation of India( FCI) for the national pool, he has favoured the passing of the Punjab Relief From Agriculture Indebtedness Bill to tackle various issues related to indebtedness in the farm sector.

Sidhu for Canadian cell in Amritsar
Amritsar, September 6
Amritsar MP Navjot Sidhu has made a case for more legalised immigration to Canada from the region. He took up the matter with a delegation of MPs from Canada at a function organised by the Overseas East India Peace Alliance here today.

Lineman electrocuted 
Rajpura, September 6
Balwinder Singh, a lineman working with the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), was today electrocuted at the Sarai Banjra feeder where he along with his assistant lineman was undertaking repair work of the high tension electric wires.

Shiva temple vandalised
Hoshiarpur, September 6
A 140-year-old Panch Mukhi Mahadev (Lord Shiva) temple, located in Misra Mohalla, was vandalised by some miscreants here this afternoon. The miscreants damaged the marble idol of Panch Mukhi Mahadev and decamped the silver 'Jlaheri' on which it was installed.

Hodson’s Horse raising day
Pathankot, September 6
To commemorate the 150th year of the raising Hodson's Horse regiment of the Indian Army a cycle expedition was held in the Mamun cantonment area, near here today.

Brigadier J.P. Singh shakes hand with members of the cycle expedition before he flagged it off at Pathankot on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Brigadier J.P. Singh shakes hand with members of the cycle expedition before he flagged it off at Pathankot

Musical plays captivate
Patiala, September 6
The National Theatre Arts Society, Patiala, presented two Punjabi musical plays “Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh”, directed by Pran Sabharwal, and “Kalakh Hanere”, directed by Rajesh Sharma, at Baradari Gardens, here on Tuesday. The actors - Shubham Arora and Nainder Singh in Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh and Rajesh Sharma and Kavita Sharma in “Kulakh Hanere” - mesmerised all.


Cops have a bad day at court
Chandigarh, September 6
If a police officer fails to appear in the courtroom despite being summoned, or infringes the provisions of law by apparently indulging in illegal confiscation of property, he is in for trouble regardless of his rank.


ASI arrested for raping Manali girl
Kharar, September 6
A Manali-based girl has accused a wireless operator with the Kharar police of raping her on August 31 late evening. Following the complaint, the Mohali police has arrested ASI Balwinder Singh and registered a case against him. Also, SHO Palwinder Singh has been sent to the Police Lines for dereliction of duty.


No to proposal for buying 44 vehicles for Education Department
Chandigarh, September 6
The Punjab finance department today rejected the proposal to buy 44 new vehicles for the School Education Department. However, the finance department has allowed the hiring of vehicles by the education department for official purposes.

Counselling for BAMS, BHMS begins
Patiala, September 6
The first phase of counselling for BAMS and BHMS commenced at Government Ayurvedic College here today.


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