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Govt gets 5-star response from hoteliers
Chandigarh, September 2
The Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) has received a good response from hoteliers across the country for setting up five-star hotels in Bathinda, Amritsar and Mohali.

3 elected to GND varsity Senate
Amritsar, September 2
The Guru Nanak Dev University Senate today elected orthopaedic surgeon Dr Hardas Singh, N.S. Rattan, a retired IAS officer, and surgeon Dr Santokh Singh as Syndics till June 30, 2009.

State set to introduce microchip
Tracking High Milk Yield Animals
Chandigarh, September 2
Punjab is set to introduce a microchip which can be tagged on its premium buffaloes and cows to ensure online record of progeny as well as ability to track high milk yield animals.

Fake currency: Dist-level panels to keep tabs
Chandigarh, September 2

A sudden spurt in smuggling of fake currency from across the international border in Punjab has got the Punjab Police and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) into a tizzy. The two agencies have decided to set up district-level committees to keep tabs on the problem.

Writer books himself for trouble
Amritsar, September 2
The Punjab government is in a fix as Kiranjot Kaur, a senior SGPC member, has sought a ban on the book of noted Punjabi writer Jaswant Singh Kanwal, “Punjabio Marna Hai Ke Jina,” for using “highly objectionable” language against Panth Rattan Master Tara Singh and the Akali Dal.


Assembly session likely to be stormy
Chandigarh, September 2
The Opposition in Punjab is getting ready for the coming monsoon session with a renewed vigour after an administrative overhaul of the party structure. After a day’s appearance by former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in the last Assembly session, both he and Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal will leave no opportunity to take on the government on the floor of the House when it meets on Thursday.


Superstar Shah Rukh Khan during the shooting of film “Rab Ne Bana De Jodi” at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday.
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan during the shooting of film “Rab Ne Bana De Jodi” at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Fireworks add dash to an illuminated Golden Temple on the occasion of Parkash Utsav of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Amritsar on Monday. Photo: Vishal Kumar


Council to provide free legal aid to Pak prisoners
Amritsar, September 2
The Global Human Rights Council (GHRC) will provide free legal aid to the Pakistani prisoners lodged in the Amritsar Central Jail and who have completed their sentence.

Punjab set to get first AC ‘sabzi mandi’
Patiala, September 2
The new state-of-the- art and Punjab’s first air-conditioned vegetable market on the outskirts of the city on the Sanaur road will have five pavements for farmers in its first phase of construction which will take off immediately after its inauguration by the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on September 17.

Farmers forge national alliance
Patiala, September 2
In an attempt to promote the common interests of the farming community, farmers’ organisations from all over the country have resolved to form a National Alliance of Farmers Associations (NAFA).

Gill for uplift of rural girls
Amritsar, September 2
Dr Manohar Singh Gill, union minister of state for sports, today urged the state government to set up hostels for rural girls so that they could excel in higher education.

Flood Relief
State didn’t submit memo to Centre, claims Kaypee
Chandigarh, September 2
Punjab Congress acting president Mohinder Singh Kaypee today claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had told a delegation led by him that the Punjab government had not submitted any memorandum to the Centre for relief for crop destruction due to floods.

Committee to look into flood causes
Ludhiana, September 2
The Punjab government has set up a five-member fact-finding committee to ascertain the causes of floods and breaches in rivers and canals in the state.

Vigilance nabs 17 corrupt officials
Chandigarh, September 2
The state Vigilance Bureau (VB), in a drive against corruption in public life, nabbed one gazetted officer and 16 non-gazetted officers (NGOs) in 16 different cases last month and was able to secure the conviction of five accused in different cases.

SGPC circular causes resentment
Amritsar, September 2
A circular issued by the SGPC, saying that its members living in other states can only recommend the names of the devotees living in Punjab for a visit to shrines in Pakistan, has raised many an eyebrow.

Probe panel finds Virk’s house locked
Chandigarh, September 2
The one-man panel, headed by Patiala SSP S.K. Asthana, who is probing the disproportionate assets case against former DGP S.S. Virk, yesterday gave Virk one week’s time to facilitate the assessment of the cost of his house in Sector 27 here.

Aided schools’ staff to take mass leave
Sangrur, September 2
To protest the non-revival of pension scheme for the staff of aided schools in the state, around 8,000 teachers and other employees of 484 government-aided schools will go on mass casual leave on September 5.


High Court
Election of MC chiefs stayed
Chandigarh, September 2
Municipal councils across Punjab, which are yet to elect presidents, will have to wait for court orders before going ahead with the election process.


Couple, girl hacked to death
Ferozpur, September 2
A couple, along with their 10-year-old daughter, were hacked to death by assailants in Dhingawali village, near Abohar, last night, the police said here today.


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