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Preach religion in SGPC-run schools, colleges : Badal
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 6
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today stressed upon the need of preaching religion in various schools and colleges being run by the SGPC.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal flanked by (left) Jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh and (right) SGPC president Avtar Singh at a national seminar on Sri Guru Granth Sahib Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal flanked by Jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh and  SGPC president Avtar Singh at a national seminar on Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Fatehgarh Sahib on Saturday.

Thousands descend on Batala for Babe da viah
Batala, September 6
This steel town of Gurdaspur district is reverberating with Gurbani and shabad kirtan on the occasion of the 521st marriage anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji (Babe da viah). 

Cops torture pregnant woman in police station
Faridkot, September 6
A pregnant woman was allegedly tortured by cops in the police station (rural) here, early this week. She was admitted to the local Civil Hospital, but her condition deteriorated and the doctors who attended on her were forced to abort her five-month old foetus to save her life.





Amarinder’s Indictment
Truth is out: Bir Devinder

Chandigarh, September 6
Even as former Chief Minister and Congress Campaign Committee chairman Amarinder Singh and his former Cabinet colleagues are in the dock after being indicted in the Amritsar Improvement Trust Land scam, party chief spokesman Bir Devinder Singh yesterday said he was happy the case had reached its logical conclusion.


Phillaur panchayat samiti fights HC
Chandigarh, September 6
The Phillaur panchayat samiti is fighting a legal battle against the Punjab and Haryana High Court all by itself for over four years now.

Punjab grants Rs 1.25 lakh 
Patiala, September 6
Describing ‘Gurmat Sangeet’ (Sikh divine music) as the most potent power for human spiritual growth, the Punjab minister for cultural affairs Hira Singh Gabria announced a grant of Rs 1.25 lakh for its development. Bagria also declared to frame a special policy for the promotion of this exclusive form of folk and classical music. He announced the same while distributing prizes to the winners of the five-day ‘Gurmat Sangeet’ competitions, organised by the Punjabi University’s department of ‘Gurmat Sangeet’ and ‘Gurmat Sangeet Chair’, here yesterday.

Did Poohla’s killers have support of militants outside jail? 
Amritsar, September 6
The recovery of a mobile phone from the Central Jail here today revealed that Navtej Singh, one of the alleged killers of Nihang Ajit Singh Poohla, had made several calls to suspicious persons since his detention (June 17).

Private co. to operate closed-circuit cameras
Kattana Sahib, September 6
Keeping in view the security of the Golden Temple, Amritsar, the SGPC has decided to hire the services of a private company which will keep vigil by installing closed-circuit cameras at sensitive points inside the premises.

Trains to stop at Sarai Rohilla 
Jalandhar, September 6
Those who are planning to board a Shatabdi or Swaran Shatabdi Express for the next eight daysmay better be warned. The trains will halt at Sarai Rohilla station, on the outskirts of the Capital, owing to the on-going track renovation work.

Muktsar bandh tomorrow 
Chandigarh, September 6
Former MP and member of the Congress Working Committee Jagmeet Singh Brar has decided to work for the “restoration of democracy” at the grassroot level.

Tribune Impact
Flood-relief process begins

Kapurthala, September 6
Facing the wrath of the Opposition and flood victims, the Punjab government today geared up its machinery to distribute relief among farmers in the flood-ravaged villages of the area.

Orissa Attacks
Christians hold protest march

Gurdaspur, September 6
Hundreds of Christians took out a march in main bazaars, lanes and bylanes of this town today to lodge a protest against the killings of their community members and burning of their religious places allegedly by Hindu fundamentalists. Members of the Christian community and their leaders, including preachers, who came from different parts of Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts, held a rally in the premises of the deputy commissioner’s office.

Religious preachers to visit state jails
Sangrur, September 6
The Punjab government has decided to send preachers of all religions to jails throughout the state to reform and inspire undertrials and prisoners and involve them in social work when they come out of prison. In reply to a question here today, state minister for jails, tourism and cultural affairs Hira Singh Gabria said the services of NGOs and other voluntary organisations would also be obtained to achieve results. He said preachers could play a vital role in reforming prisoners.

IFFDC chief dead
Chandigarh, September 6
P.S. Marwaha (60), chief executive of the Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative (IFFDC) Limited, a subsidiary of IFFCO, died yesterday in New Delhi.

Petrol station looted, 1 hurt
Sangrur, September 6 
In Bir Kalan village (near Cheema) tonight, two unidentified motorcycle-borne men looted Rs 28,000 from the petrol station and fled after injuring one person. The Sunam DSP said at about 8pm two persons, who came on a motorcycle, demanded a litre mobile oil from the employee of the station. When he was giving the same to them, one of the two men opened fire on him demanding money, but it hit another person Amrik Singh. A case has been registered. — TNS




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