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Dept to deal with unemployment soon, says Badal
Kalma Mor (Nurpur Bedi), September 8
The state government will soon set up an employment department to deal with the problem of unemployment. The department will initially conduct a detailed survey in the state, categorise them as per their specialisation and skill centres will be set up at block level to update skills of unemployed and place them in jobs.

Free power subsidy to be Rs 2,548 cr
Chandigarh, September 8
For the past two days, the Punjab government has been holding meetings to respond to a letter written to it by the state electricity regulatory commission to provide Rs 2,548 crore during the current fiscal year to it if the government wants to continue free power to the farm sector and poor sections of society.

Kaka all set for second innings
Amritsar, September 8
Bollywood superstar of yesteryear Rajesh Khanna, also known as Kaka, here today paid obeisance at the Golden Temple to seek blessings for his “second innings” in the film industry with the release of his forthcoming film “Kash…Mere Hote.”
Actress Sneha Ullal arrives to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna comes out of the Golden Temple
Actress Sneha Ullal arrives to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday. — AFP Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna comes out of the Golden Temple after seeking blessings. — Photo byRajiv Sharma

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib


Officers of the BSF are welcomed by Pakistan Rangers at the Wagah check post near Amritsar
Officers of the BSF are welcomed by Pakistan Rangers at the Wagah check post near Amritsar on Saturday. Officers of the two forces will hold meetings in Lahore to maintain peace on the border. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Polio drops must for Haj pilgrims
Malerkotla, September 8
The local administration here has failed to inform the general public regarding the recent decision of the Saudi Arabia government regarding polio immunisation for their visa clearance. According to information, the Saudi Arabia government has made it mandatory for Haj pilgrims to undergo polio immunisation to get their visas cleared for Haj. Although the letter has been sent by the local administration to senior medical officers of the Civil Hospital to ensure that all Hajis were given polio drops, no advertisement has been published to make the general public aware regarding this.



BJP workers pour out heart to Sood
Bathinda, September 8
A large number of BJP workers today vent their ire before forest minister and senior BJP leader Tikshan Sood who was here to attend a Vana Mahotsava function organised at Tungwali village. The workers included office-bearers of the district unit of the party.

Mann to approach EC
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 8
The SAD (Mann) today decided to approach the Election Commission to formally rename the party as the SAD (A). This decision was taken during a meeting attended by all office-bearers and members of the party.


10 pc seats for rural students in law varsity
For treating female foeticide as murder

Patiala, September 8
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today termed female foeticide equivalent to murder. He called upon the judiciary and lawyers to ask the National Law Commission to recommend amendment to provisions of the Indian Panel Code (IPC) to equate female foeticide with murder.

Radiotherapy unit proposed

Chandigarh, September 8
Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, Faridkot, has submitted a proposal to the union government for setting up an oncology wing and radiotherapy unit at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, an area where the number of cancer patients is very high.

They went with green dreams, but returned dejected
Ludhiana, September 8
At least 70 Indian workers, who returned from Kuwait to Ludhiana, have accused their employer of fraud and harassment. All of them were employed with the Sahar Al-Raola trading company through agents in New Delhi and Chandigarh.

Khalsa Heritage Project
Govt yet to select agency for designing exhibit gallery

Anandpur Sahib, September 8
As the stipulated period (December) for completing the Anandpur Sahib Khalsa Heritage Project is nearing, the state government is yet to decide the agency that will design an exhibit gallery and museum of this coveted project.

Dhindsa gives Rs 30 lakh to 25 panchayats
Sandaur (Malerkotla), September 8
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP from Sangrur Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa will in the Lok Sabha seek Rs 1,400 minimum support price (MSP) of wheat.

Villagers reject MLA’s offer
Abohar, September 8
Farmers today turned down a mediation offer from former BJP MLA Ram Kumar Goyal and insisted on solving the problem arisen over the sharing of canal water in “their own way”. Warring factions of farmers continued the dharna near the “jhaal” of Jandwala Hanuvanta village, near the inter-state border, in this subdivision. Earlier, senior subdivisional administrative and police officials had tried to intervene.

Women prisoners in pitiable condition
Gurdaspur, September 8
Scores of women are living pitiable lives in different jails of the state and a majority of them are behind bars even after their punishment period is over. There are many families in jails and their children are deprived of education and other facilities in the absence of their parents, disclosed Amarjit Kaur Bhullar, member, Punjab Women Commission, Chandigarh, who visited the Gurdaspur jail here on Thursday.

Pack of six adds Panther punch to Chhatbir 
Banur, September 8
Kinnar could have done without this journey. At his growling best, the 10-year-old panther, one of the six new possessions of the MC Chhatbir Zoological Park, is not making any bones about his uneasiness.


Drugs godown raided
Bathinda, September 8
A joint team of officials from the state drug control authority and Health Department has raided a drugs godown located on the Bhatti road here and seized a huge quantity of medicines.


IT conference concludes 
Rupnagar, September 8
The two days second national conference on information and emerging technologies concluded at the IET, Bhaddal campus, on Saturday.


Lakhowal seeks Rs 900 MSP for paddy
Sangrur, September 8
While demanding Rs 900 per quintal as the minimum support price (MSP) of the paddy, Punjab Mandi Board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said today that the state government had already written to the centre regarding the enhancement in the MSP of paddy. He said he had sought time from the Union agriculture minister in this regard.


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