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Law and Order Situation
Cong stages walkout
Chandigarh, September 10
The Congress today staged a walkout from the Punjab Assembly against the law and order situation in the state as well as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s “casual attitude” while replying to issues raised by its members.

Congress leaders to fight it out
Chandigarh, September 10
Senior leaders of the Congress, both at the state and national level, have declared to fight the “unfortunate case of vendetta politics” both on legal and political fronts. The leaders maintain that it is beyond the scope of the Assembly to take up cases pertaining to previous Houses of the legislature.

I didn’t nail Capt: Ex-Trust chief
Amritsar, September 10
The former chairperson of the Amritsar Improvement Trust, Ratna, has strongly refuted the allegations of nailing former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in the 32-acre exemption case.

Rural candidates face uphill task
Excise Dept to hold test for inspectors in English medium
Jalandhar, September 10
Even though the Badal government went all out to enforce the use of Punjabi as official language in all public and official dealings by passing a Bill in this regard in the state Assembly today, for its Department of Excise and Taxation this language appears to have no importance.



Medical Mess in Punjab
Once foodgrain sheds, now medical college
Faridkot, September 10
Many people in Punjab do not know that for 30 years the Government Medical College here has been running from sheds used for storing grain. In fact, Parkash Singh Badal as Chief Minister in 1978 took over the college building from a private educational trust. The trust had started the college in 1973 running it from sheds used as godowns by the Food Corporation of India.


Sukhbir: SAD has nothing to do with Capt’s indictment
Goniana (Bathinda), September 10
“The Amritsar Improvement Trust land scam is just the tip of the iceberg in the long list of scams that former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has been involved in. With the passage of time, all other scams, too, will be unearthed from which Amarinder will not be able to extricate himself,” Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of the ruling SAD, said here today.
SAD chief Sukhbir Badal speaks to media persons in Goniana SAD chief Sukhbir Badal speaks to media persons in Goniana (Left); Sukhbir Badal with the Mayor and senior district officials in Bathinda on Wednesday. — Tribune photos by Malkiat Singh/
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Sukhbir Badal with the Mayor and senior district officials in Bathinda on Wednesday.

SAD rubbishes Amarinder’s claim
Chandigarh, September 10
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today described the reaction of former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh as “midsummer mumblings of a man faced with certain political oblivion”. “By speaking so arrogantly about the decision of the House and the judgement of the committee, Capt Amarinder Singh has further compounded his problems and his reactions to the media after the decision of the House amounts to fresh breach of privilege,” SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia said in a statement.


‘Ishmeet got threatening SMS a few days before death’
Ishmeet’s father Gurpinder Singh in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Ludhiana, September 10
Nearly a month and a half after Star Voice of India Ishmeet Singh allegedly got drowned in a pool in the Maldives, his parents today claimed that he had received a threatening SMS on his mobile phone a few days before the incident. Claiming that Ishmeet was murdered, the family said they saw the message only after scanning his phone a few days ago. It was received a week before his death.

Ishmeet’s father Gurpinder Singh in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Language Bills passed
Chandigarh, September 10
The Punjab Assembly today unanimously passed the Punjab Official Languages’ (Amendment) Bill-2008 making use of Punjabi mandatory in all official functioning.

BAMS Docs Recruitment
Exam delay a problem for candidates
Ludhiana, September 10
Inordinate delay in conducting written examination for the recruitment of BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) doctors across the state has caused inconvenience to candidates. The candidates had come from far-off districts, including Ferozepur, Amritsar, Faridkot, Muktsar and Bathinda.

University professors in dock
High-level inquiry for claiming wrong TA/DA
Amritsar, September 10
Guru Nanak Dev University has ordered a high-level probe against two senior professors who had allegedly claimed wrong TA/ DA bills after inspections and appointments in two Delhi-based institutes.

Two GND varsity directors resign
Amritsar, September 10
In a surprise move, director, Public Relations (PR) R.P. Sobti and director, Press and Publications, Jagjit Singh Walia resigned from their respective posts at Guru Nanak Dev (GND) University here today.

9/11 Hate Crime
7 years on, wounds still fresh
The bungalow of late Balbir Singh Sodhi lies vacant in his ancestral Passiewal village near Bholath. Passiewal (Bholath), September 10
Seven years after the curse of September 11 attacks fell on the Sodhi family in the US, they are yet to overcome the nightmares of hate crime that took away two of their family members. Though the Whites and the Sikhs now jointly light candles and observe the ceremonial day on September 11 every year, memories of those terrifying days still haunt them. One of the victims of hate crime was Balbir Singh Sodhi (49), resident of Passiewal village near Bholath. He was gunned down in Mesa, Arizona, at a gas station by a man who later confessed killing Balbir because he was “dark-skinned, bearded and wore a turban”.
The bungalow of late Balbir Singh Sodhi lies vacant in his ancestral Passiewal village near Bholath. (Inset) File photo of Balbir Singh Sodhi — Photo by S.S. Chopra

PepsiCo Row
SAD(A) to mediate
Sangrur, September 10
The SAD (Amritsar) will mediate to end conflict between the PepsiCo India management and the PepsiCo India Holding Workers Union (AITUC) at Channo village (near Bhawanigarh).

Immolation bid by ‘absentee’ MC employee, family members
Patiala, September 10
Perturbed over “continuous harassment” by one of his seniors, an “absentee” Patiala Municipal Corporation (MC) employee made a bid to immolate himself, along with his family members, in front of the MC office here this morning. The attempt was foiled by vigilant MC officials, who came to the rescue of the kerosene-drenched family. MC officials went into a tizzy when they saw Ravi Kumar, a sewerman, rushing towards the front gate of the MC building along with his wife, two minor sons and two daughters.

Ravi Kumar, a worker of the Municipal Corporation, Patiala, with his wife, two daughters and two sons in Patiala on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
Ravi Kumar, a worker of the Municipal Corporation, Patiala, with his wife, two daughters and two sons in Patiala on Wednesday.

Funds for green education
Mohali, September 10
Punjab has become the first state in the country to get monitory assistance from the union ministry of environment and forest to promote environment education in schools.


High Court
Order on 3 working days advance notice to Chahal modified
Chandigarh, September 10
Justice S.D. Anand of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed state of Punjab’s petition for recalling and modifying an earlier order directing it to give three working days advance notice to former chief minister’s ex-media adviser B.I.S. Chahal. The notice was to be handed over, if he wanted in any case to be registered against him.



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