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Badal does not approve of ‘cats’
Chandigarh, September 12
Attacking operating of “cats”, militants-turned-police informers, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said he did not approve of whatever violated the law and the Constitution. However, he remained silent when asked whether he would order a probe against police officers, other than the former Punjab DGP SS Virk, who tackled militancy by operating “cats.”

Finally, a witness who assessed Badal’s property 
Ropar, September 12
After more than 20 witnesses turned hostile in the past three months, a retired SDO from the Public Works Department (PWD) became the first witness to maintain his statement and accept that he assessed the Badal’s property in Pallanpur village, near Kharar. Deposing before the court of special judge G.S. Saran here today, retired SDO Surjeet Lal said he had assessed a hatchery in Pallanpur that belongs to Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal.

Govt defies orders on BOT bridges 
Asks PIDB to carry out feasibility study
Ropar, September 11
Contrary to its claims of not constructing any bridge in the state on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, the Punjab government has now asked the Punjab Industrial Development Board (PIDB) to initiate a feasibility study of building a Sarai Ke Pattan bridge on these lines.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Govt move on Ram Setu
Rail, road traffic blocked

Jalandhar, September 12
Rail and road traffic remained disrupted for three hours in the morning in different parts of the district on a call given by the VHP and the BJP. The call was given in protest against the Sethusamudram project of the Central government.

Activists of Sri Rameshwar Ram Setu Raksha Munch block the Amritsar-Delhi track near Adda Hoshiarpur in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Activists of Sri Rameshwar Ram Setu Raksha Munch block the Amritsar-Delhi track near Adda Hoshiarpur in Jalandhar

Handwritten note of Virk shows murky world of politics
Chandigarh, September 12
If a handwritten two-page note, allegedly seized by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau from arrested DGP SS Virk’s briefcase, is to be read carefully, it reveals the murky underbelly of Indian politics and how the police is used for inputs by political masters.

Pvt service sector to be regulated 
Chandigarh, September 12
Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh yesterday said he would ask the authorities in the Punjab infrastructure development board and the PWD ( buildings and roads) to constitute the Punjab infrastructure regulatory authority ( PIRA) to hear the complaints and grievances of people with regard to toll.



VHP activists, cops clash
Rajpura: Members of various Hindu outfits held a protest here today by blocking the rail and road traffic for an hour to voice their concern against the move to destroy Ram Setu that connects Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka's Talaimannar, to complete the Sethu. The protesters blocked the railway traffic near the local railway station and raised slogans in support of their claims. Later, they blocked the traffic on the National Highway no1.

Mayorship row
Badal’s bid to placate Rakhra

Patiala, September 12
Chief Minister and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal today held a meeting with Akali leader Surjit Singh Rakhra here.

Mann seeks clarification from Khalsa panel
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann has sought a clarification from the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) regarding its stand on the arrest of former DGP S.S. Virk. In a statement here today, Mann stated that since Paramjit Singh Sarna, who is associated with the KAC, had come out openly in support of Virk, the other leaders of the KAC should also make their stand clear.


PWD (B&R) to introduce online monitoring

Chandigarh, September 12
Parminder Singh Dhindsa, PWD (B&R) Minister, today issued instructions for introducing centralised online monitoring of works of all contractors executing building and roads projects of the department.

Good Timing
Rain ‘rescues’ ASI from cellphone trouble

Chandigarh, September 12
There are excuses and then there are extraordinary excuses. And no one can beat the Punjab police in the art of cooking up the latter. While an ill-timed buzzing of cellphone in court had landed an assistant sub-inspector in the contempt loop, a truly ingenious reply today helped him wriggle out of ringing mess.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birthplace in Pak crumbling
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 12
The contribution of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in the freedom struggle seems to have been left within India only, with Pakistan not preserving buildings and articles connected with his birth and childhood. A local group, during a recent visit to Pakistan, was pained to notice the pathetic condition of the room where Bhagat Singh was born, his classroom and other structures connected with his childhood.
The dilapidated wall of the primary school at Banga village in Pakistan where Shaheed Bhagat Singh studied.
The dilapidated wall of the primary school at Banga village in Pakistan where Shaheed Bhagat Singh studied. — A Tribune photograph

Saragarhi martyrs’ kin honoured
Ferozepur, September 12
The saga of bravery of 21 Sikh soldiers who died fighting against heavy odds while defending the Saragarhi Post against an attack of nearly 10,000 Afridis and Pathans is one of the most daring, stated commissioner of Ferozepur division B.S. Sudan.

Pandey to quit if VB proves charges
Chandigarh, September 12
The DGP, PSEB, AP Pandey, today added a new twist to the events following the alleged recovery of documents from arrested DGP SS Virk by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau. Pandey challenged that he would resign from service if even a shred of evidence was produced that he had met the person who was being labelled as the benami owner of the supposed 125-acre farm near Khirzabad.

She lost everything to aids
Hoshiarpur, September 12
The Sri Ram Charit Manas Prachar Mandal has come forward to provide social, emotional as well as financial assistance to an innocent eight-year-old girl who has developed carbuncles and furuncles on her head and all over the body.

Light, sound to jazz up Jallianwala Bagh
Amritsar, September 12
Finally, the central government has agreed to install son-et lumiere (light and sound) on the pattern of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, before April 13 to mark the 90th anniversary of the tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh.

Transmitters to improve DD
Chandigarh, September 12
With a view to countering “impact” of Pakistan TV and radio in border areas, the Union Government will install high-powered transmitters ( HPTs) near the border at Amritsar to improve coverage of Doordarshan and All India Radio in that area and also some parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

GAIL ready to link state with grid
Chandigarh, September 12
Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) yesterday agreed to link Punjab with the national gas grid by extending the gas carrying pipeline from Dadri to Sangrur and further to Naya Nangal and other places.

Patrol cops get training in lifesaving
Patiala, September 12
The local Red Cross Society under the guidance of senior superintendent of police S.K. Asthana organised a one-day training programme for policemen and NGOs in saving lives during highway patrol at the Police Lines, here today.


HC seeks files of consumer forum appointments
Chandigarh, September 12
A division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover today sought the production of files relating to the Punjab government’s rejection of recommendations made by the selection committee regarding appointments to the posts of president and members of various district consumer disputes redressal forums.


35 farmers get land auction notice
Rajpura, September 12
Despite assurances given by Punjab co-operatives minister that no state agency would be allowed to auction the land of farmers under debt, the co-operative department has issued auction notice to about 35 villagers in Rajpura.


List of cases against Sukhi released 
Jalandhar, September 12
Vigilance Bureau (VB) has released a list of the past and present criminal cases filed against him in an attempt to justify its and state government’s action.

10 booked for parading woman naked
Amritsar, September 12
Close on the heels of a widow being stripped naked and tied to a tree in Ramdiwali Hinduan village, another case of stripping and parading a woman of Chak Dogra village has come to light.

Youths snatch mobile, cash
Kharar, September 12
Two youths snatched a mobile phone and cash from a man near Gulmohar Complex here today.


Sangrur to have varsity
Chandigarh, September 12
The Punjab Government today approved in principle a proposal to set up a university for management courses at Gurney Kalan in Sangrur district.

Teachers say no to survey duty
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
The government teachers who were to conduct surveys to identify beneficiaries of the Atta-Dal scheme, yesterday refused to co-operate with the officials. They said the state government had excluded them from doing non-educational tasks.

Quiz contest at Mata Gujri College
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
The postgraduate department of commerce won the inter-departmental quiz contest organised by the commerce association at Mata Gujri College (MGC) here. Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, principal of the college, inaugurated the function.


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