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Probe all ‘cats’, why only mine: Virk
Chandigarh, September 11
S.S. Virk Arrested DGP S.S. Virk today opened his heart out on the issue of “cats”, militant-turned informers, while challenging the Punjab government to “show guts” and probe the other police officers who adopted similar means. Indirectly, he named a few informers and went on to explain the alleged land deals, the timing of his arrest and the behaviour of the arresting party.

Virk’s condition softens Vigilance?
Chandigarh, September 11
Did medical condition of former Punjab DGP S.S. Virk change aggressive posture of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in the past 24 hours? The PGI has decided in case Virk requires surgery or intervention for the cancer of the urinary tract, he will be referred to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai where Virk was operated upon a couple of years ago by Dr Murli Kamat. Kamat still works there.



Vigilance to wait till Virk’s discharge
Chandigarh, September 11
Who is TRR? This abbreviation, probably used to refer to a businessman, figures prominently in diaries and handwritten documents recovered from the briefcase of DGP Sarabdeep Singh Virk.

Badals’ Orbit widens with big takeovers
Bid to have monopoly over passenger transport
Ludhiana, September 11
Apparently, in a bid to have absolute control over the passenger transport in the state, Orbit Transporters Private Limited and Dabwali Transport Private Limited, owned by the ruling family of Punjab are making takeovers of different transport companies all over the state.

Court notice to Badals on Punjab plea
Chandigarh, September 11
Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for September 19 to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his wife Surinder Kaur Badal, son Sukhbir Singh Badal and seven others who are accused in a case registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act by the Vigilance Bureau.

BSF delegation returns from Pakistan
Rangers’ assurance on three POWs
Attari, September 11
Pakistani Rangers have assured Border Security Force officials to locate three BSF prisoners of wars suspected to be in Pakistan jails since 1971 Indo-Pak war.


Ajit Pal Singh Kohli Kohli nominated Patiala mayor
Patiala, September 11
Though the Constitution has been amended to empower the local governments, it seems to be just in papers. The election to the post of mayor of the Patiala Municipal Corporation is an illustration to the fact.

Ajit Pal Singh Kohli  


PSEB acts tough to recover pending bills
Abohar, September 11
More than 1.25 lakh residents of this subdivisional town, considered most prosperous in the district, will be deprived of basic amenities including drinking water, health services and streetlights from today onwards.

Promoting ayurved, unani systems through herbal garden
Hoshiarpur, September 11
Herbal medicine is perhaps the oldest form of treating any illness known to mankind. Excessive reliance on allopathy, however, has kept people from using herbal medicines. Fortunately, herbal gardens have now been set up to grow rare medicinal plants and there are experts on hand to provide knowledge about them to the people. Just two miles from Hoshiarpur district lies Satial, a forest range in the Shivaliks. The climatic conditions here are favourable for the growth of medicinal plants and the state Forest Department has cashed in on this to establish a herbal garden on more than an acre.

Girls being denied medical care in Punjab: Study
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 11
The state government has been successful in checking female foeticide through stringent measures taken recently, but the undying obsession amongst parents to have a baby boy has set a new trend of denying proper vaccination to a girl child, leading to a high mortality rate among girls.

The police resorts to lathicharge on protesters at Sangrur on Tuesday. Protesters, cops hurt in clash
Sangrur, September 11
In a lathicharge on protesters by the police and stone-pelting on the police by the protesters near the district administrative complex (DC office) here today, several persons were injured. While the protesters claimed that four or five of them, including young Harpal Singh, had sustained injuries in the lathicharge, the police claimed that three policemen had received injuries due to stone-pelting by the protesters.

The police resorts to lathicharge on protesters at Sangrur on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Eucalyptus plantations affecting natural water bodies
Patiala, September 11
The eucalyptus plantations carried out by the Department of Forests in the Shivalik ranges of Punjab have come under a scanner. The plantations that had been made under a Japan-aided bank project in already water-scarce areas of the Shivaliks are adversely affecting water in natural bodies if the study conducted by the Central Soil and Water Conservation Research Institute, Dehra Dun, is believed.

Go-ahead for Banur sewerage line
Banur, September 11
Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh and the Banur MLA met the Banur Municipal Council members, here today. It was unanimously decided that the work of providing sewerage facility in the township should begin immediately.

SGPC man suspended
Amritsar, September 11
A flying squad, headed by senior SGPC member, Jaswinder Singh today nabbed an employee of Dharm Parchar Committee of the Shiromani Committee red handed for selling the sets of “panj kakkas” (five Ks), meant for distribution among the devotees at the time of baptism ceremony.

Board set up to tackle unemployment
Hoshiarpur, September 11
To provide job opportunities to those in the age group of 18-40 years, the state government has recently established the Punjab Youth Employment Generation and Training Board in this connection.


High Court
Relief to Hindu migrants from Pak
Chandigarh, September 11
In a major relief to a host of Hindu migrants from Pakistan, who came to India in 1994 and are residing in Rajpura, the Division Bench comprising Justices Uma Nath Singh and Rajive Bhalla today asked the ministry of external affairs and other respondents not to deport them from the country till their citizenship applications were considered and disposed of by the Union Government.

Jail for SDM’s steno
Ropar, September 11
Gurmukh Singh, a steno posted at SDM Kharar’s office in 2001, has been sentenced to one and half years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1,000 in a corruption case.


Squall hits cotton, paddy in Bathinda
Bathinda, September 11
Standing paddy and cotton crops in about 800 acres of area of this district suffered damages after a squall hit this region late last night.


SAD leader booked for fraud
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 11
The district police have booked district general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal Kashmira Singh and two of his relatives on charge of committing a fraud.

BJP leader’s kin attacked
Bathinda, September 11
Darshna Devi, a widow and kin of Mohit Gupta, a senior BJP leader of this district, was today allegedly attacked by Baldev Singh, while she along with her son was coming out of a court here after appearing in it in connection with a case.


An Abhiyan for Sarv Shiksha
Phalah Pind (Ajnala), September 11
In Punjab’s rural areas, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is contributing in improving capabilities in children via community-owned quality education. In a response to a demand for quality basic education, the SSA was started by the government.

Teachers stage dharna
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 11
Teachers of Mata Gujri College staged a dharna to protest the non-fulfilment of their demands, here today. Prof Dalbara Singh Sohi, president of the MGC unit of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union said the teachers struck work for four periods and raised slogans in support of their demands relating to pension and gratuity, withdrawal of the ban on fresh recruitments against covered posts, HRA for rural colleges, restoration of 95 pc grant-in-aid, etc.


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