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Virk refuses food, condition worsens
Mohali, September 10
Former DGP, Punjab, S.S.Virk, who has been on a virtual hunger strike ever since his arrest by the Vigilance Bureau yesterday, today said he was ready to face it all. Talking to mediapersons while leaving the Civil Hospital here this afternoon, Virk said, “Everyone knows about those who have amassed wealth and those who have links with terrorists. I am not one of them.”

  Virk’s accounts scrutinised
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Minister concerned about deteriorating education system
Nawanshahr, September 10
Expressing concern over deterioration in the education system Dr Upinderjit Kaur, education minister, said the government had begun to revamp the system.

BSF curbs force farmers to migrate
Rania (Indo-Pak border), September 10
Not able to cultivate their land across the fence, farmers living in villages near the Indo-Pak border are migrating to other parts of the country to find work. Farmers of Rania, Kakaru and Badru villages near the zero line have been forced to migrate as they have not been able to cultivate their 2,750 acres of land across the fence due to restrictions imposed by the Border Security Force (BSF).



Sukhjinder Singh Sukhi I will not surrender, but fight it: Sukhi
Jalandhar, September 10
Former militant-turned police cat Sukhjinder Singh Sukhi, alias Harjit Singh Kahlon, has said he will not surrender before the police but fight the legal battle in an attempt to bail himself out of the present crisis. Talking to The Tribune on his mobile on Monday, Sukhi denied allegations of land-grabbing and said that he would not surrender but file three different cases on Tuesday.

Sukhjinder Singh Sukhi



Youth Cong enrols new members
Sunam, September 10
Emphasising on quality membership during the Youth Congress membership drive, Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) president Vijay Inder Singla today hoped that the PYC would be able to enroll more than nine lakh members against the target of 4.40 lakh in the state. The drive is on till October 31.

Where minister’s son rules
Jasjeet Bunny is not even chairman of any board or committee. 
How can he move around giving orders?

Kharar, September 10
Jasjeet Singh Bunny, SAD youth wing in-charge of the Kharar area, virtually has the entire government machinery in tow for he has been holding sangat darshan programmes in the area, redressing the “problems” of public, in spite of the fact that he doesn’t hold any public office.


Driving on highway to become costly
Jalandhar, September 10
Driving on the national highway will soon become costly in Punjab as nine more stretches will become toll roads in the times to come.

40,000 girls await govt shagun
Bathinda, September 10
When will the Scheduled Caste girls married after November 2006 get the shagun from the state government? The authorities concerned seem to have no answer to this.

Block samiti offers sops for girls
Bassi Pathana, September 10
A meeting of block samiti was held here today under the chairmanship of Gurwinder Singh Dhillon. The Samiti passed six resolutions. Dhillon said the samiti had allowed three village panchyats, Lullon, Talania(Rural), and Abdulapur, to recruit the staff of Anganwari workers.

Eucalyptus effect on natural water bodies 
Patiala, September 10
The eucalyptus plantations carried out by the Department of Forests in the Shivalik ranges of Punjab have come under a scanner.

Kidnapped child untraced
Patiala, September 10
Even more than 48 hours after kidnapping the police has failed to find any trace of five-year-old Harprabh who was allegedly kidnapped by the killers of his grandmother on September 8.

Implement Syndicate decision: Retirees
Patiala, September 10
The retirees of Punjabi University, Patiala, between July 12, 1995, and February 22,  2000 have sought the implementation of syndicate decision that gives them another chance to opt for the pension scheme.

Ethiopia celebrates new millennium today
Patiala, September 10
Ethiopia, the only country that has 13 months in a year, will celebrate its new year tomorrow.

Minority panel reconstituted
Chandigarh, September 10
The Punjab government has reconstituted the state advisory committee on minority affairs under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Probe into petrol theft begins
Bathinda, September 10
A high-level team of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) led by commandant Rattan Chand today formally launched the inquiry into the scandal pertaining to the theft of petrol and diesel from oil tankers of goods trains at Katar Singh Wala railway station.

Power station stone laid at village
Ferozepur (Zira), September 10
The Punjab government will revive all closed sugar mills in the state for which parleys were going on with private companies for leasing them out, said Bikram Singh Majithia, minister for water supply and sanitation, information and public relations, science and technology, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Youth loses sanity to drugs, spends days chained 
Rajpura, September 10
For 60-year-old Fakir Singh, life has been a rude shock as his son lost his sanity to drugs and is now spending his days tied to chains in his own house.


85 Dalits get judicial remand
Sangrur, September 10
Eightyfive Dalits, who were arrested from Ghorrenav village (near Lehragaga) yesterday while taking out a march under the banner of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan, were today remanded in judicial custody by the Moonak SDM R.P.S. Walia till September 17. National president of the andolan Jai Singh Phillaur was also among them.

Secy summoned
A division Bench, comprising Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice M.M.S. Bedi, today directed the secretary, department of social security/social welfare and women and child development, Punjab, to appear in person before the court tomorrow over a petition seeking quashing of a termination order of an Aanganwadi worker


Farmers hold dharna 
Abohar, September 10
Farmers held a dharna and demonstration at the divisional office of the Irrigation Department in the Canal Colony complex here today to protest against the reduced supply of canal water for irrigation.Office-bearers of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, led by president Bhupinder Singh Panniwala, submitted a memorandum of demands to the authorities. 

Mandi board chief’s assurance on wheat bonus 
Chandigarh, September 10
Chairman of the Punjab mandi board Ajmer Singh Lakhowal today said he would take up the issue of the release of the remaining amount of wheat bonus with the Chief Minister.


Youth stabbed to death in clash
Pathankot, September 10
A group of Gujjars stabbed a 21-year-old boy to death, besides leaving two others critically injured, at Jammu Ghaliari village in Sujanpur, near here, this morning.

Relatives console mother of Sonu, who was stabbed to death in a clash between the Gujjars and the Baazigars at Jammu Ghaliari village near Pathankot on Monday.— ATribune photograph
Relatives console mother of Sonu, who was stabbed to death in a clash between the Gujjars and the Baazigars at Jammu Ghaliari village near Pathankot

SHO behind bars in own police stn
Gidderbaha, September 10
The lust to become rich in illegal manner has put Harbans Singh, additional SHO, behind bars of the same police station where he used to keep the criminals.

1 dies as truck hits canter
Abohar, September 10
An assistant of a canter driver was killed as a truck hit the vehicle parked on the roadside, near here, today.

Fraud Case
Punjab VB ordered to probe role of MC officials 

Chandigarh, September 10
A division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover, today asked the Punjab Vigilance Bureau to investigate the matter and take appropriate action against culprits while hearing a matter related to the municipal council, Dhariwal.

Opel Astra catches fire, driver unhurt
Kharar, September 10
The engine of an Opel Astra car (HR 30 D 0089) caught fire outside a marriage palace, near Balongi, around 8.30 pm today.


D.S.Pannu, Khalsa College registrar resigns
Amritsar, September 10
The Registrar of Khalsa College here has put in his papers following alleged differences with the principal. D.S.Pannu, registrar, has accused principal Daljit Singh of creating an environment which had made it impossible for him to carry on even though he had had been the college registrar for over five years. 



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