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New industrial policy to focus on employment: Kalia
Chandigarh, September 20 |
The new Punjab industrial policy to be unveiled in December will mainly focus on generation of employment opportunities.
An industrialist makes a point at the zonal conference of the Indian Entrepreneurship Movement in Chandigarh An industrialist makes a point at the zonal conference of the Indian Entrepreneurship Movement in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

The “manji” established by Guru Amar Das at Narli village in Tarn Taran Established by Guru Amar Das, ‘manji’ still intact
Narli (Tarn Taran), September 20
More than four-and-half-century old “manji”(one of the 22 dioceses) established by Guru Amar Das is still intact at Gurdwara Manji Sahib.
The “manji” established by Guru Amar Das at Narli village in Tarn Taran district. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma



Students participate in a anti-drugs and tobacco march taken out by the Khalsa Action Committee in Amritsar
Students participate in a anti-drugs and tobacco march taken out by the Khalsa Action Committee in Amritsar on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

‘Cops took 80 lakh to drop case’
Cheques were given in presence of Virk

Jalandhar, September 20
Tejpal Singh, sarpanch of Jalowal village in Kapurthala, has alleged that a former militant-turned police cat, Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, alias Harjit Singh Kahlon, and cat-turned police inspector Gurmeet Singh Pink had threatened to eliminate him in a fake encounter in September 2005.

Permission for land use change in ‘30 days’
Mohali, September 20
The department of housing and urban development, Punjab, would be the competent authority for granting all permissions regarding establishment of residential colonies in the state. Besides, with the implementation of the new policy, it would be possible to finalise cases pertaining to change in land use in 30 days.

Plan to save Sidhwan Canal going Budha Nallah way
Ludhiana, September 20
At last Punjab government has woken up to save Sidhwan canal passing through Ludhiana city from becoming another Budha Nallah .



Bhattal opposes hike in power tariff
Chandigarh, September 20
Opposing hike in power tariff, leader of the opposition in the Assembly, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today said people of the state would have to bear the brunt of fiscal mismanagement of the state government.


Valtoha block sans amenities
Amritsar, September 20
The Valtoha block of Tarn Taran district, near the Indo-Pakistan international border, lacks basic facilities of health, drinking water and education. The literacy rate is low (41 per cent)and there is no infrastructure for communication, irrigation, banking and transportation. Also it has 865 females per 1,000 males and in some villages of the block it is as low as 660.

Panel formed for unbundling PSEB
Chandigarh, September 20
A high-powered committee has been set up to deal with the issues related to the unbundling of the PSEB. The committee would be, sources said, headed by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Its other members are finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon and industries minister Manoranjan Kalia.

AC bus travel cheaper
Chandigarh, September 20
The Punjab Cabinet yesterday gave its clearance to the Adarsh School Scheme and also to the new transport  policy to make travel by AC buses cheaper and allow city bus services. However, the Cabinet deferred the formation of an independent society to run affairs of the public relations department.

7 power employees sacked
Patiala, September 20
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today dismissed seven technical staff members from service for beating up two senior officials of the board last week.

Tubewell corpn to be renamed

Chandigarh, September 20
The Government would restructure the Punjab state tubewell corporation (PSTC) and will now be known as the Punjab water resources and management development corporation (PWRMDC) to make its objectives more broad- based.

Tariff Hike
Consumer forum rebukes PSEB

Mohali, September 20
The Consumer Protection and Grievances Redressal Forum has rebuked the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for hiking power tariff.

Increase ‘not good’ for industry

SGPC employee attempts suicide
Amritsar, September 20
Dharm Singh (32),a class IV employee of the SGPC , today attempted suicide by consuming some poisonous substance following humiliation by a senior functionary of Darbar Sahib , here today.

March against drug abuse
Amritsar, September 20
The Khalsa Action Committee took out an anti-drugs and tobacco march from Gurdwara Shaheedan to the Hall Gate to spread awareness about the menace. Pamphlets suggesting ways to tackle drugs abuse, especially in schools and colleges, were distributed.

Govt declares holiday today
Chandigarh, September 20
The Punjab Government has declared holiday on September 21 on the birth anniversary of Baba Sri Chand, elder son of Guru Nanak Dev.


Panchayat Secys’ Appointment
HC stays Lok Pal proceedings
Chandigarh, September 20
In a significant order, a Division Bench, comprising Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice M.M.S Bedi, today stayed the proceedings initiated by Punjab Lok Pal into the alleged irregularities in the selection and appointment of 909 panchayat secretaries. Also, notice of motion for October 11 was issued to chief secretary, Punjab.

Udham Singh memorials: Notice to Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib DCs 
Chandigarh, September 20
A PIL filed by Advocate H.C. Arora has highlighted the fact that the memorials of martyr Udham Singh at his birthplace Sunam in district Sangrur and at Fatehgarh Sahib are locked for most part of the year. These memorials are opened on the birth anniversary and martyrdom day of Udham Singh and on Republic Day and Independence Day.


Govt preparing blueprint on agriculture package
Killianwali (Muktsar), September 20
The Punjab government has started preparing a blueprint for a special agriculture package to be sought from the central government.

Kisan mela gets under way
Patiala, September 20
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Dr M. S. Kang inaugurated a kisan mela at Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Rauni today.


Handcuffing of undertrials
Inspector, SI suspended

Sangrur, September 20
Taking serious note of handcuffing of 74 undertrails by the police while taking them to Moonak today for producing them under Section 188 of the IPC in the court, the district police authorities today ordered the suspension of reserve inspector Nahar Singh and sub-inspector Surjit Singh, besides ordering disciplinary action against 30 policemen, who had handcuffed the activists of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan (DDVA) today.

2 killed as car collides with truck
Abohar, September 20
Two residents of Kapurthala were killed and three others sustained injuries as their Indica car collided

Two sisters raped by 7
Gidderbaha, September 20
Two sisters were allegedly raped by seven persons in a house here during the night of September 18.


15 pc hike in enrolment at engineering colleges
Dera Bassi, September 20
The Punjab Technical University (PTU) has reported a 15 per cent increase in the number of students who have joined engineering colleges in the state.

GND varsity offices closed today
Amritsar, September 20
All administrative branches and non-teaching departments of Guru Nanak Dev University will remain closed tomorrow in connection with the birthday of Baba Sri Chand. This has been stated in a notification issued here today by the registrar.


Property auction stayed
Abohar, September 20
The local bodies department today stayed the auction of immovable property by the local municipal council. The auction was scheduled for today and the department pasted a notice to this effect in the municipal council complex.

Bank employees protest merger move
Patiala, September 20
On a call given by the State Sector Bank Employees’ Association, employees of various banks staged a day-long dharna to protest the State Bank of India’s decision to merge these banks, today.



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