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Separate SGPC
Takht chief for amicable solution
Amritsar, September 9
The first meeting of the Sikh clergy after the installation of Giani Gurbachan Singh as Jathedar, Akal Takht, hinted at steps to stop the formation of a gurdwara committee in Haryana.

The Sikh clergy at a meeting at Akal Takht secretariat in Amritsar on Tuesday.
The Sikh clergy at a meeting at Akal Takht secretariat in Amritsar on Tuesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Tarlochan has a formula
Ludhiana, September 9
Tarlochan Singh, Rajya Sabha member and former chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, is trying to help resolve the issue. He has started talks with representatives of the Haryana Sikhs and presented a formula to settle the issue.

House Panel Report
27 MLAs support Capt
Chandigarh, September 9
Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today got 27 Congress legislators to back him openly, setting the stage for turning his indictment by the Vidhan Sabha Committee into a political issue.



He may be left to fight his own battle
Chandigarh, September 9
The Punjab Pradesh Congress appears to be in no mood to fight former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s battle. Though 27 out of the 44 Congress legislators in the Vidhan Sabha have been reported to have extended unconditional support to the former Chief Minister, the party is yet to formulate a formal line of action on the issue.

Will House expel Amarinder today?
Chandigarh, September 9
“Will the Vidhan Sabha expel former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh before adjourning sine die on Wednesday afternoon?” was the subject of animated debates and discussions both in the legal and political circles here today.


Youth Congress chief to meet PM
Sangrur, September 9
The Punjab Youth Congress will ask Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi to take up the issue of alleged excesses on its activists by the SAD-BJP government with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


Time fixed for industry pleas
Chandigarh, September 9
The Punjab government has fixed a time schedule for the processing of applications received by various departments dealing with industrial development.

Tributes paid to hero of Khemkaran
Amritsar, September 9
Rich tributes were paid to Param Vir Chakra awardee, company quartermaster Hav Abdul Hamid on his 43rd martyrdom day at his memorial during a two-day grand fair, which culminated at Asal Uttar stadium in Khemkaran sector in Tarn Taran, near here, today. The function was organised by Khemkaran Brigade under the aegis of Golden Arrow Division. Wreaths were laid by chief guest Brig Vinod Kumar, Infantry Golden Arrow, Ferozepur division, followed by guard of honour carrying the saga of sacrifice and valour of the great son of the soil. A chadar was also laid at his mazaar. Two-minute silence was observed in his memory and the jawans reversed their weapons to pay tributes.

Jawans reverse weapons to pay tributes to martyr of Asal Uttar Hav Abdul Hamid during a ceremony organised at Asal Uttar in Khemkaran sector on Tuesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Govt move shocks docs on contract
Ludhiana, September 9
The decision of the government to recruit 147 regular postgraduate doctors (specialists) in rural areas across the state has dashed the hopes of MBBS doctors already working on a contract basis in villages. The SAD-BJP government had reportedly promised them during elections that their services would be regularised later on.

Poohla committed suicide: Front
Amritsar, September 9
The Majha Ex-servicemen Human Rights Front has claimed that Nihang leader Ajit Singh Poohla had committed suicide by setting himself afire as he was in depression. Col G.S. Sandhu, chairman of the front, said here today that as they were very close to solving the murder of four members of Balwinder Singh Jatana’s family, who were burnt alive in 1991 allegedly by Poohla and his men, the Nihang leader had gone in depression fearing the sentence in the case.

Col G.S. Sandhu, chairman of the Majha Ex-servicemen Human Rights Front, talks to mediapersons in Amritsar on Tuesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Malout dispute resolved
Policemen were deployed in large numbers to ensure peace and harmony in Malout on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Kulbir BeeraMalout, September 9
Though tension prevailed throughout the day, the district administration this evening resolved the dispute between Sikhs and followers of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan, which left at least 16 persons injured in the clash that took place late last evening.

Policemen were deployed in large numbers to ensure peace and harmony in Malout on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera

Scrap Amritsar trust scheme: Farmers
Amritsar, September 9
Even as the Vidhan Sabha Committee has indicted former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, local body minister Ch Jagjit Singh and the then chairman of the Amritsar Improvement Trust, Jugal Kishor Sharma, for alleged illegal exemption of land under the new Amritsar scheme from acquisition, the farmers, whose land falls under the scheme, today demanded scrapping of the entire 275-acre scheme.

Govt funds not utilised
Chandigarh, September 9
The Punjab Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission is again in a fix as Rs 1.27 crore released by the Central government for construction of new building on the land allotted to it in 1998 cannot be used as the money has been released as office money and cannot be used for construction purpose.

PM has done nothing for Amritsar: Sidhu
Chandigarh, September 9
Senior BJP leader and Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had done nothing for Amritsar, despite making promises to the contrary.

Johl convener of world Sikh body
Jalandhar, September 9
Eminent economist and former vice-chancellor Dr S.S. Johl has been appointed convenor of the International Sikh Confederation, a body of eminent Sikh scholars. The slot had become vacant following the death of Dr Kharak Singh last month.

PepsiCo workers block road
Sangrur, September 9
Protesting against the suspension of 12 employees and dismissal of one employee of the PepsiCo India factory, members and activists of the PepsiCo India Holding Workers Union (AITUC) and farmer and labour organisations blocked the Sangrur-Patiala road for more than four hours in front of the factory gate at Channo, about 40 km from here, today.


Scribe Assault
Trial court’s comments sought
Chandigarh, September 9
After a journalist expressed apprehensions of an unfair trial in an attempt- to-murder case registered on his complaint against SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and others, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked for the trial court’s comments on the issue.

High Court
Chaudhry Jagjit Singh’s arrest stayed
Chandigarh, September 9
Disposing an anticipatory bail plea filed by former minister and senior Congress leader Chaudhry Jagjit Singh, Justice K.C. Puri today stayed his arrest till he moved the trial court.


7 police officers transferred
Chandigarh, September 9
The Punjab government yesterday transferred seven police officers.


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