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6 killed in Banur accident
40 workers of a catering company were 
returning from a wedding
Their bus driver was drunk and speeding 
at 100 km per hour

Chandigarh, September 21
Six persons were killed and 36 injured, two of them critically, in a head-on collision between a tipper and a mini-bus on the Patiala- Zirakpur highway today. The bus, carrying at least 40 employees of a catering company, was coming from Patiala. The tipper coming from Zirakpur was carrying construction material. The accident took place at 5 am when bus driver Mangu Ram, reportedly in a drunken state and driving at over 100 km an hour, rammed into the tipper.
The mangled remains of the bus that met with an accident on the Banur-Zirkapur road Some of the injured at GMCH in Sector 32, Chandigarh.
The mangled remains of the bus that met with an accident on the Banur-Zirkapur road on Friday. Some of the injured at GMCH in Sector 32, Chandigarh. — Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan

Fatehgarh Sahib


No rail link; threat to sanctuary
Thermal plant at Seeto Gunno a distant dream

Abohar, September 21
The fate of the proposed thermal plant in the subdivision may hang in balance. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his parliamentarian son Sukhbir Singh Badal have announced that one of the next four power projects will be located in Abohar subdivision. A team of experts have carried surveys and finally recommended that the thermal plant should be set up at Seeto Gunno village. The Chief Minister, accordingly, revealed the location during a public gathering at Khadoor Sahib near Taran Taran on Wednesday.

CM: I am aware of all developments
Ludhiana, September 21
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said his not interfering into the day-to-day functioning of various departments, including the Vigilance Bureau, did not mean that he was unaware about the developments taking place in his state.

Basking in Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s glory
Khatkar Kalan, September 21
Khatkar Kalan, the name synonymous with Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Nawanshahr district, is today basking in the glory of the martyr’s name.The village is one of the modern villages of Punjab. The government has spent crores to develop it for its historical importance.

The grid interactive solar photovoltaic power plant at Khatkar Kalan village, near Nawanshahr. — Photo by writer
The grid interactive solar photovoltaic power plant at Khatkar Kalan village



Tandon seeks meeting on power tariff hike
Chandigarh, September 21
Former president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Balramji Dass Tandon, here today urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to call a meeting of alliance partners (SAD-BJP) to discuss power tariff hike before its implementation by the PSEB.


Surya Kiran shines at Rajasansi
Rajasansi, September 21
The Surya Kiran acrobatic team of the IAF today gave a scintillating performance to the thunderous applause of spectators at the forward base of the Air Force station here today. Breathtaking manoeuvers by nine flaming orange and white machines kept the audience on the edge of their seats during the 30-minute show.

The Surya Kiran team during the air show at the Air Force station in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
The Surya Kiran team during the air show at the Air Force station in Amritsar

Jatha of 75 cross over to Pakistan
Amritsar, September 21
A jatha of 75 devotees reached Pakistan to take part in the “jyoti jyoti smaon divas” to be organised at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, Narowal district, from the Attari International Railway Station here today .

Mistaken identity or fake encounter?
Amritsar, September 21
In what could be yet another case of mistaken identity or a planned fake encounter, the sister of a victim here today claimed that the actual “militant” the police claimed to have killed was still alive.

Doctor claims ancient cure for asthma works
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 21
A local doctor claims to have revived the ancient therapy to cure asthma completely. Dr Anil Garg, who is working in the state ayurvedic department, says he has revived the ancient therapy through which he has so far treated a large number of patients.

Rs 3 lakh grant for sports centre
Jalandhar, September 21
The government will spend more money on showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the state besides constructing a new building to house its Archaeology Department.

Relief sought for Jalbhe ‘victims’
Chandigarh, September 21
The Global Human Rights Council, through its chairman Arvind Thakur, filed a PIL petition in the high court today seeking compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to victims of alleged police brutality unleashed at Jalbhe village in Jalandhar district.

A clarification


Notice to Punjab on Amarinder’s plea 
Chandigarh, September 21
Justice Ranjit Singh today issued notice to Punjab for September 27 on a petition filed by the former chief minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, wherein he has sought the court’s permission to go to the UK and Dubai.


Farmers sell paddy above MSP
Khanna, September 21
With private traders paying as much as Rs 740 per quintal for the paddy, farmers here seem to be in a rush to sell their produce before procurement by government agencies starts on October 1.


‘Admin drive selective’
Bathinda, September 21
The district administration seems to be following different set of rules in its drive launched against encroachments here a few days ago.


3-yr-old bears brunt of teacher’s wrath
Bathinda, September 21
Three-year-old child Tanish landed in the local Civil Hospital after his arm got fractured when his teacher allegedly beat him up yesterday.

Cop killed in encounter
Punjab Police head constable Ranjit Singh was killed and two constables Bhupinder Singh and Arvinder Singh were seriously injured when two drug peddlers whom the police party was chasing opened fire at them.


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