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Khadoor Sahib to get thermal plant first 
Khadoor Sahib (Tarn Taran),September 18

Underlining the need for planned development, Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal said here today that detailed micro planning at the block level would be taken up for by the state government. For this, teams of officials would be sent throughout Punjab to get relevant data about the missing infrastructure.

Cong leaders absent at Khadoor Sahib mela
Tarn Taran, September 18
Leaders like former CM Amarinder Singh, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Shamsher Singh Dullo and others were conspicuous by their absence at the political conference organised on the occasion of the annual mela to commemorate the installation of Guru Angad Dev at Khadoor Sahib, 24 km from here, today.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh belonged to Narli village: Records
Narli (Tarn Taran), September 18
The revenue record, which shows some agricultural land in the name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, historical documents like “Buried alive” - an autobiography of Sardar Ajit Singh. 
The majestic haveli at the border village of Narli where Shaheed Bhagat Singh took shelter many times.— Photo by Rajiv Sharma
The majestic haveli at the border village of Narli where Shaheed Bhagat Singh took shelter many times.— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

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Sarpanch’s Suicide
Malooka never met him: SAD
Bathinda, September 18
A section of SAD leaders, including Gura Singh, former MLA, Nathana, today condemned Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, leader of Opposition, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and Congress MLAs for indulging in mudslinging over former Akali minister Sikander Singh Malooka with regard to death of Malkit Singh, sarpanch of Lehra Dhurkot village of this district.


Cong to raise atrocities issue in Vidhan Sabha
Bathinda, September 18
The alleged harassment of Congressmen at the hands of the police seems to have brought much-needed unity among the party’s rank and file, which has become a divided house after the SAD-BJP combine came to power in Punjab.

Transfer Badal case out of Punjab, says Mann
Chandigarh September 18
The leader and founder of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann has sought the transfer of case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his wife Surinder Kaur and son Sukhbir Badal, to any other court outside Punjab.


Bir: Representatives of sects hold meeting with jathedar
Talwandi Sabo, September 18
The meeting between representatives of Udassi and Nirmale sects with Balwant Singh Nandgarh, jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, held today to discuss the issue of keeping the bir of Guru Granth Sahib at various deras, remained inconclusive.

Toll bridge: Villagers block traffic
Jalandhar, September 18
Residents of Sanghowal and surrounding villages under Nakodar sub-division of this district are up in arms against toll on Sidhwan Bet bridge across Sutlej on the Jalandhar-Jagron road.

Punjab police to train pvt securitymen
Ludhiana, September 18
To improve the standard of security personnel in the private sector, the Punjab government has decided to impart physical and mental training to selected recruits at the Police Recruits Training Centre, Jahan Khelan(Hoshiarpur district), from October 15. Besides tough physical ability standards, the government will provide training to enhance and polish skills in areas like communication skills in English and computers.

Punjab slashes land conversion charges
Mohali, September 18
Relenting to vociferous protest from private colonisers, Punjab government has reduced the external development and conversion charges of land use. The charges had been exponentially increased last month but following protest the government has now revised its decision.

Buddha Nullah
‘Zero discharge of effluents impossible’
Ludhiana, September 18
The Ludhiana industry seems to be more sinned against than sinning over the discharge of effluents into Budha Nullah. The P. Ram Committee constituted by the government to monitor the cleaning of the nullah has suggested zero discharge, which the industry maintains is "practically impossible" as it is not being done even in developed countries like the USA and Japan.

Snags in BSNL prepaid landline service 
Chandigarh, September 18
The much-touted prepaid landline service of the Punjab circle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) seemed to have developed a technical snag even before its customers could avail its benefits.

Balramji Dass opposes power tariff hike
Chandigarh, September 18
Making a significant political statement, a former president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Balramji Dass Tandon, said here today that instead of putting a burden to the tune of Rs 400 crore on domestic and other ordinary and poor people by way of increasing power tariff, the Punjab Government should pay this sum to the PSEB from the state treasury.

Surya Kiran for Rajasansi air show
Amritsar, September 18
To commemorate the 60 years of Independence and the establishment of the Indian Air Force, the Surya Kiran acrobatic team will perform its first-ever show at Rajasansi Air Force station in Amritsar on September 21.

Transport Policy Today 
AC bus travel to become cheaper 

Chandigarh, September 18
In what could mark the onset of a new era, the Punjab Government will unveil a new transport policy tomorrow that will reduce the fare of air conditioned buses - private as well as government-run - to allow common man the luxury of travelling in comfort and style. 

Nagar kirtan marks ‘Babe da viah’
Sultanpur Lodhi,September 18
Thousands of devotees today participated in a procession to mark ‘Babe da Viah’ on the eve of the 519th marriage anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh Guru.

Minister gives Rs 1 lakh to club
Nabha, September 18
Cooperative minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh while talking to the mediapersons at Thuhi village, near here, today said the government was fully committed to run the sick and closed cooperative sugar mills of the state. He was the chief guest of the 32nd kabaddi tournament organised by the Youth Sports Club at the village here.

Committee detects Rs 1.20-cr fraud 
Kharar, September 18
The Kharar Market Committee has found that the Kharar Textile Mills had not paid Rs 1.20 crore to the committee as rural development fund and market fees during the period from 1995-2006. This mill is a unit of National Textile Corporation Limited.



Selecting Best Bidder
HC stresses on fair decision-making

Chandigarh September 18
 A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that while it is not always essential to give preference to the lowest bidder, fairness has to be reflected in the decision-making process. Also, "illusory injury" to a bidder is no ground for judicial review.


Medical College principal suspended
Chandigarh, September 18
In a controversial “kidney removal scam”, the Punjab Government today suspended principal of Guru Nanak Medical College, Amritsar, Jaswinder Pal Kaur Shergill and emergency duty officer Dr H.S. Grewal and ordered an inquiry into this matter. 

Governor discusses Punjabi varsity row with CM
Patiala, September 18
It seems the Punjabi University row is heading towards culmination. The Governor has spoken to the Chief Minister regarding the developments at the institution. This information was provided to the joint action committee convener Manjit Singh by Naveet Singh Kang, secretary, Governor.


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