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Bhandari re-elected BJP president
Chandigarh, September 19
Rajinder Bhandari was today formally elected unopposed as president of the Punjab unit of the BJP for a three-year term. Earlier, he had been appointed as the party chief in April. Thirteen members to the BJP's national executive were also elected unopposed against 13 seats from the state after the 14th nominee transport minister Mohan Lal withdrew his candidature, central election observer Pyare Lal Khandelwal told reporters here this afternoon.

Rajinder Bhandari
Rajinder Bhandari

Relief for colonisers
Mohali, September 19
In what has brought relief to small and medium colonisers the Punjab government today notified the reduction of external development charges, licence fee and minimum area requirements for setting up of residential colonies.

Tarn Taran


SGPC to remove distortions from Sikh history
Chandigarh, September 19
The SGPC is on a course of removing what it describes as " distortion of facts" from the Sikh history authored at the behest of rulers of the time beginning from the 15th century.

Master Mohan Lal in spot
Ex-councillor kept in illegal custody
Pathankot, September 19
A former municipal councillor was kept in illegal detention for the whole night at Sadar police station here allegedly at the behest of Punjab transport minister Master Mohan Lal Sharma.

Badals’ assets case
Newspaper alleges misuse of power

Chandigarh, September 19
Managing editor of a Jalandhar-based daily newspaper ‘Aj Di Awaaz’ has filed an application in the Punjab and Haryana High Court to bring some facts to the Court’s notice as an ‘intervener’ in the petition tilted ‘State of Punjab vs Parkash Singh Badal’.

Grant to College
VB quizzes Ch Jagjit Singh
Ludhiana, September 19
The Vigilance Bureau today questioned former local bodies minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh on the Rs 57.70 lakh grant given to a Kartarpur-based Master Gurbanta Singh Memorial Janta College for various projects by the last government.

Police Transfers
Mansa SSP shifted
Chandigarh, September 19
The Punjab Government yesterday shifted the SSP, Mansa, Ram Singh. The SSP, Bathinda, Naunihal Singh, has been given the additional charge of SSP, Mansa, till a new appointment is made. Ram Singh goes as commandant, 27th Battalion, Punjab Armed Police, Jalandhar.


Shaheed Bhagat Singh centenary celebrations
Bonding through pigeons
Narli (Tarn Taran), September 19
Pigeons will be used as messengers of peace and love between India and Pakistan to mark the centenary celebrations of the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh from his native village here next week. The pigeons with their feathers grubby with Urdu stamps and couplets used to bring cheer to Indian villages like Narli in Tarn Taran on the zero line and Dauke in Amritsar, surrounded on three sides by Pakistan. Rings with specific designs were used as identity tags.

Baba Harbans Singh (95), the oldest pigeon fancier of Punjab, with a Pakistani pigeon at Narli village in Tarn Taran. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Baba Harbans Singh (95), the oldest pigeon fancier of Punjab, with a Pakistani pigeon at Narli village in Tarn Taran

Ram Setu
Mobilising support through SMS
Amritsar, September 19
The Sangh Parivar has found a techno-savvy way of mobilising support on the Ram Setu issue by sending out SMSs and e-mails. The job has been entrusted to activists of the Dharam Jagran Samanvay Vibhag, who claim to have sent out more than 10,000 SMSs in Amritsar in the past 24 hours.

Mill workers block road before Sukhbir’s visit
Faridkot, September 19
Members of the Seasonal Permanent Workers Union (SPWU) and Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Faridkot Sugar Mill blocked the Faridkot-Kotkapura road in protest against the visit of Sukhbir Singh Badal, acting president,SAD, here today.

Stones for 3 power units laid
Moga, September 19
Sukhbir Singh Badal, acting president, Shiromani Akali Dal, laid foundation stones for three more power grid stations in Rode, Gholian Khurd and Sukhanand villages of the district today.

Panel exempts captive power plants
Chandigarh, September 19
With a view to encouraging industrialists to install their own captive power plants or cogeneration power plants to reduce power demand burden on the PSEB, the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission has exempted such plants from payment of parallel operation charges.

Pension to be routed through banks
Chandigarh, September 19
Saddled with a large number of complaints regarding misuse of authority by sarpanches in the distribution of pension to beneficiaries, the Punjab government has decided to pay the same through banks.

BSNL officers shifted after theft probe
Ludhiana, September 19
Two senior officers, S.K. Nigam, general manager, and S C Badal, deputy general manager, of BSNL at Ludhiana have been transferred following an enquiry into the theft cases of telephone cables.

Supdt blames it on dept politics
Amritsar, September 19
Terming sexual harassment charges levelled by a woman clerk as baseless, Satnam Singh, superintendent, TB sanatorium, who had been indicted by the inquiry committee, today claimed that he was a victim of department politics.

Sanitation committees formed
Bassi Pathana, September 19
To keep the city clean and pollution-free the Municipal Council here has formed Mohalla Sudhar Committees in every ward of the town. Giving details Sunita Malhotra, president of the council, who initiated the cleanliness campaign, said these committees have been formed to keep a strict vigil on the working of safai karamcharis.

Administrative complex for Mohali soon
Kharar, September 19
Mohali district will soon get an administrative complex of its own. Kharar SAD (youth) wing in charge Jasjit Singh Bunny, addressing a gathering at Sangat Darshan here today, said in the absence of an administrative complex, various offices were scattered all over the city.

Jasjit Singh Bunny talks to a man at Sangat Darshan. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Jasjit Singh Bunny talks to a man at Sangat Darshan

No move to dismiss Virk: Badal
Chandigarh, September 19
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said there was no move to dismiss arrested DGP SS Virk. However, he said it was yet to be seen if diaries supposedly recovered from Virk’s briefcase were admissible in court as evidence.

Dhawan for action against Virk
Chandigarh, September 19
Former union civil aviation minister Harmohan Dhawan and now a leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party, today said he would write to BSP chief Mayawati to demand action against arrested DGP SS Virk for the alleged political observations made by him.

CITU protest against N-deal
Sangrur, September 19
Protesting against the Indian nuclear deal with the USA, a large number of activists of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, led by state secretary Dev Raj Verma, today took out a march through the main bazaar here. 


Saini case: HC raps police for lethargy
Chandigarh, September 19
The ghosts of Sumedh Saini blast case have come to haunt the Chandigarh Police with the High Court showing no mercy in rapping it for “not doing anything worthwhile” to ensure the presence of proclaimed offenders.


Farmers not getting their due: Minister
Patiala, September 19
Punjab agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah asserted that in spite of the fact that the Punjabi farmers worked hard they were not getting proper worth of their produce in the market due to low prices of wheat and paddy fixed by the Centre.


Police bust gang of horse thieves
Rajpura, September 19
The Rajpura police here claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of horse thieves and recovered 14 horses worth Rs 20 lakh. According to DSP Bhupinder Singh one Binanni Amin of Amloh sub-division had filed a complaint with the local police that seven horses belonging to him had been stolen from Madanpur village in the Rajpura segment.


Dance fest begins at Thapar varsity
Patiala, September 19
The Commissioner of Patiala Division, S.K. Ahluwalia, inaugurated a dance and arts festival jointly organised by ‘Friends of Life Citizen Council for Common Cause’ and the State Bank of Patiala at the Thapar College Auditorium, here today.


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