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CM promises better education for poor
Guru-Ki-Dhab (Faridkot) September 17
While Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal claimed that he would change the face of the state within four years, his son and MP from Faridkot Sukhbir Badal said he would reach out to people to redress their problems.

SGPC not to send jatha to Pak
Amritsar, September 17
Peeved at the dilly-dallying tactics of the Pakistan government in granting visas, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has finally decided not to send a jatha of 500 pilgrims to mark death anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, which was proposed to cross over to Pakistan this week.

Rebuilding Heritage
Rs 60 cr for Gobindgarh, Ahluwalia Forts
Amritsar, September 17
The Central government has earmarked Rs 50 crore for the preservation and restoration of Gobindgarh Fort, built in 1760, and Rs 10 crore for conservation of the 250-year-old Ahluwalia Fort, near the Golden Temple.
The main gate of Ahluwalia Fort; the keeler gate of Gobindgarh Fort
The main gate of Ahluwalia Fort; (R) the keeler gate of Gobindgarh Fort. —Photos by Rajiv Sharma 

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran


No need for POTA, says Badal
Bathinda, September 17
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today that there was no need to make laws like POTA to deal with terrorism as the existing laws were sufficient. Badal said this when he was asked to comment on the statement given by former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani that to fight terrorism laws like POTA should be made.

Virk not to get briefcase
Mohali, September 17
A local court today declined an application moved by former DGP S.S.Virk to hand over the briefcase and documents that were taken from him at the time of his arrest by the vigilance bureau.Virk had moved an application that the briefcase that the vigilance bureau had taken away from him and other documents were needed to prepare a defence. The bureau had pointed out before the court that the documents were needed for investigations.—TNS



A Patriotic Step

A BSF jawan and a Pakistani Ranger march in perfect drill during the Beating the Retreat ceremony at the Attari checkpost. The timing of the ceremony has been changed in view of the shortening of days
A BSF jawan and a Pakistani Ranger march in perfect drill during the Beating the Retreat ceremony at the Attari checkpost. The timing of the ceremony has been changed in view of the shortening of days. —Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Work on 28 canals to start by year-end: Sukhbir
Thiraj (Moga), September 17
Sukhbir Badal, acting president, SAD, announced that the work for the construction of 28 canals would begin by year-end.

Wetlands for tourist spots to be identified
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 17
The state’s Tourism Department has initiated a survey to identify wetlands for developing these into tourist destinations.

‘Amritsar waste mgt plant on BOT system’
Amritsar, September 17
Amritsar will be the first city in Punjab to have its own state-of-the-art integrated solid waste management technology plant to be set up at a cost of Rs 70 crore to make the city clean by January 1.

Bassi-Delhi bus service resumed
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 17
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has resumed the bus service on the Bassi-Delhi road following instructions issued by Punjab transport minister Master Mohan Lal.

SAD (A) takes action for scuffle in gurdwara
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 17 
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has initiated action against party workers who reportedly had a scuffle in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib in one of the gurdwaras in Canada.

Sarpanch commits suicide
SAD man booked
Lehra Dhurkot (Bathinda), September 17
Malkit Singh, sarpanch of Lehra Dhurkot village of this district and a Congressman, committed suicide late last night.

Dalit Andolan chief released from jail
Sangrur, September 17
National president of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan (DDVA) Jai Singh Phillaur was released from the district jail here this evening. He was in the jail along with 84 activists of the DDVA, who were arrested along with him on September 9 by the police from Ghorrenav village (near Lehragaga) under Sections 107 and 151 of the Cr.P.C. and 188 of the IPC.

Basmati development board mooted
Amritsar, September 17
To boost cultivation of traditional basmati rice, the mainstay of this border belt, stake holders have urged the government to set up basmati development board to bring more areas under its cultivation.

Merger of SBP, associate banks opposed
Chandigarh, September 17
Employees of the State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and five other associate banks have strongly opposed their merger with the State Bank of India (SBI).

Sugar mill workers threaten agitation
Tarn Taran, September 17
Workers of co-operative sugar mills of the state have decided to go on agitation against the state government for not re-starting the closed sugar mills as per the commitment given to employees during the election period.

7 injured in minor scuffle
Kharar, September 17
Seven people were injured in a minor scuffle in Bangla Basti, Mundi Kharar area, last night. The two groups entered into a clash over a minor issue that landed one of them at the PGIMER, Chandigarh, with serious injuries. The Kharar police registered a cross case against both parties.

PSEB employees register protest
Patiala, September 17
Hundreds of employees congregated in front of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) head office under the banner of Punjab State Committee, All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), here today.

Lord Vishvakarma remembered
Bassi Pathana, September 17
The Jai Baba Vishvakarma Sabha celebrated the birth anniversary of Lord Vishvakarma at Aggarwal Dharmshala, here, today. Minister for jails and tourism Hira Singh Gabria was the chief guest, while former minister Randhir Singh Cheema presided over the function.


Insurance co. fined Rs 1 lakh 
Sangrur, September 17
The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited, Chandigarh, to pay Rs 1 lakh to Nazar Singh, a resident of Bhattiwal Kalan village and nominee and nephew of Mohinder Singh who died after suffering an electric shock.

Thandal Case
Two witnesses depose
Rupnagar, September 17
Two witnesses deposed before the court of special judge G.S. Saran in a corruption case against SAD minister Sohan Singh Thandal, presently Mahalpur MLA.

CBI told to return documents to petitioner 
Chandigarh, September 17 
The High Court today gave directions to the CBI to hand over documents of petitioner Jagjit Singh regarding the allotment of house in SAS Nagar to PUDA. The petitioner said he was booked in a case of bank dacoity and TADA in 1987, which also involved his brother Baba Dalip Singh. The probe was conducted by the CBI and the petitioner was discharged. 


Paddy procurement from Oct 1
Chandigarh, September 17
Though paddy has started arriving in some of the grain markets in Ferozepur, Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts, its procurement by government agencies will begin on October 1. At present, paddy, which is fetching a price above Rs 700 per quintal, is being purchased by private traders.


Mittal to visit Bathinda refinery
Chandigarh, September 17
The Punjab Government has pinned all its hopes on a visit of steel baron Lakshmi Mittal who is expected to visit the Bathinda oil refinery in the first week of next month. Earlier, Mittal was scheduled to visit Bathinda on September 26. But now his visit has been postponed by a few days.


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