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Dera follower sets herself afire, dies
First woman follower to commit suicide
Puhli (Bathinda), September 7
Paramjit Kaur (20), a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda, today died after she set herself on fire under mysterious circumstances in her house located in this village.

Panjwar dera chief, Satkar activists clash; 6 hurt
Amritsar, September 7
Six persons, including an alleged a chief of a dera situated at Panjwar village in Tarn Taran, were seriously injured following an exchange of fire between dera followers and activists of the Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee (GGSSC) near Jhabal.

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Sale of Shamlat
Commissioner orders probe
Mohali, September 7
The Financial Commissioner (Revenue), Punjab, has ordered an inquiry into the reported division and sale of shamlat land at a few places in the state in connivance with officials of the revenue and the panchayat departments.

Mohali Airport
Singla lauds PM, Sukhbir’s role
Chandigarh, September 7
Former Punjab finance minister Surinder Singla today said Mohali was all set to become a global city.

VAT: Mentha growers seek waiver
Chandigarh, September 7
Representatives of 20,000 mentha (pudina) growing farmers yesterday failed to secure any concrete assurance from the Punjab government authorities on their demand for the waiving of VAT on mentha oil.

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Statue of Rani Channamma Rani Channamma: The rebel of 1824
Amritsar, September 7
Some historical facts painstakingly collected by B.S. Rattan, a retired commissioner of the Income Tax Department, about Rani Channamma of Kittur might give a new twist to the Indian history. It was under Rani Channamma that the torch of liberty was lit up 33 years before the revolt of 1857.

            Statue of Rani Channamma. — Tribune photograph

No one to take care of Wasti Ram’s shrine
Lahore, September 7
The shrine of Wasti Ram, a spiritual guru of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, which was demolished in 1992 by a Muslim mob, still lies unattended outside the Lahore Fort.


Students from African nations attracted to Ludhiana.


No reception for latecomer Sukhbir
Kanjhla (Sangrur), September 7
Former Sherpur MLA Gobind Singh Kanjhl while interacting with mediapersons at his Manav Kalyan Kendra here today could not stop himself from expressing resentment against the dignitaries who failed to turn up for attending the death anniversary of his wife Mukhtiar Kaur Kanjhla at the local Gurdwara Jhirra Sahib.

Relief for wife, mother of Kanwaljit
Sangrur, September 7
Sukhbir Badal today handed over Rs 5.50 lakh each to the wife Parminder Kaur and mother Malkeet Kaur of Kanwaljit Singh (who died in firing near Dera Sacha Sauda at Sunam) at the residence of the deceased at Baguana Basti, near the Police Lines here at the “antim ardas” of Kanwaljit Singh, on behalf of the SAD.

Girls perform a classical dance during a cultural programme on the college campus.
Girls perform a classical dance during a cultural programme on the college campus. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Fight against female foeticide
Give information, I’ll pay fee: Chawla
Jalandhar, September 7
Taking up cudgels against female foeticide and leading by example, health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla declared today that she would pay the fees of any student who provided information about such incidents in their neighbourhood. She was in Shahkot to deliver the keynote address on the occasion of a seminar on drug de-addiction organised by the administration and students of St Manu’s Convent.

Wants guilty doc booked
Amritsar, September 7
Health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla and Akali MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha have crossed swords over the question of registration of a case against Khehra Nursing Home, Valtoha, whose doctor was found “guilty” of allegedly aborting female foetuses during a surprise raid about two months ago.

Repeal Land Preservation Act: Ex-forest secretary
Says govt impeding Naya Gaon’s development
Chandigarh, September 7
Even as the forest department is raising a hue and cry over the need to retain the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), none other than a former forest secretary has sought repealing of the Act to check its “misuse” by interested parties.

Students stage play ‘Hamare Hain Kaun’ written and directed by Balwant Thakur and organised by the Patiala Kala Parishad at the Government College for Girls auditorium in Patiala on Friday.
Students stage play ‘Hamare Hain Kaun’ written and directed by Balwant Thakur and organised by the Patiala Kala Parishad at the Government College for Girls auditorium in Patiala on Friday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Forest policy soon: Sood
Ferozepur, September 7
The state government will soon formulate its own forest policy for which a high-level committee, under the additional principal chief conservator of forests, has been constituted whose recommendations were expected soon, minister for medical education research and forests Tikshan Sood said this while talking to mediapersons here today.

Kerosene scam busted
Chandigarh, September 7
S.P. Singh, director, food, and his team claim to have busted a kerosene scam in the border areas of Punjab following two-day raids in Amritsar.

Villagers block traffic over ‘murder’
Residents of Tharial village block the Pathankot-Jammu highway at Madhopur village on Friday.Pathankot, September 7
Irate over the alleged murder of Raghubir Sharma (22) residents of Tharial village blocked the Pathankot-Jammu highway on the Ravi bridge at Madhopur, near here, today. They staged a dharna on the Ravi bridge, thus disrupting the vehicular traffic for over two hours.

Residents of Tharial village block the Pathankot-Jammu highway at Madhopur village on Friday. — Tribune photo by Bharat Bhushan Dogra

Villagers jam traffic
Bathinda, September 7
Hundreds of residents of Jeeda, Khemuana and Jandawala villages of this district jammed vehicular traffic on the Bathinda-Kotkapura main road today for about two hours to lodge their protest against the move of state government to include their villages in the neighbouring Faridkot district.

Youth Congress flays lathi charge on teachers
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 7
The Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress has condemned the lathi charge on teachers who were holding protests in support of their demands on Teachers’ Day.

‘Kaajal’ manhandled
Banur, September 7
Famous television star Chahat Khanna who plays the lead role in TV serial “Kaajal” was pushed around by a group of hooligans at Mauli village here today. The star is here for shooting.



Excise scam: Remand of touts extended
Patiala, September 7
The Civil Court (Junior Division) today extended the police remand of Sanjeev Kumar and Nalini Chopra, the two alleged touts working in connivance with the excise department, till tomorrow. The two were nabbed after the Vigilance Bureau unearthed a nexus between them and a few senior officials of the excise department.

High Court
Notice to Punjab on Ranbaxy plea
Chandigarh, September 7
A division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover, today issued notice of motion to Punjab, Ropar Improvement Trust and principal secretary, local bodies, on a petition by Ranbaxy Laboratories limited.

Balwinder Singh ASI sent to judicial custody
Kharar, September 7
A wireless operator with the Kharar police, ASI Balwinder Singh, who was arrested for raping a Manali-based girl, has been sent on 14 days of judicial remand. The court of judicial magistrate Mewa Singh sent him to judicial custody today.

                                                                         Balwinder Singh


New chiefs of grievance panels
Chandigarh, September 7
The Punjab government today notified the names of chairmen of district grievances redressal committees by repealing the earlier notification. According to the new notification, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the chairman of district grievances redressal committee of Ludhiana.


State tops NCERT talent exam
Amritsar, September 7
Punjab students dominate the NCERT’s national talent search examination held recently, the result of which was declared today.


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