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Badal targets Capt’s home turf
To hold sangat darshan programmes in Patiala today
Patiala, September 13
Under an apparently well-planned strategy to push the already beleaguered former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh further to the wall, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has hurriedly chalked out holding of a string of sangat darshan programmes in the former’s home constituency here tomorrow.

Poor response to admission in ayurvedic colleges
Chandigarh, September 13
Late counselling and confusion over the status of various ayurvedic colleges in Punjab has resulted in the 12 institutions drawing a virtual blank during the past three days of counselling. With only a day of counselling left, out of the 620 seats available, only 22 admissions have taken place. While Government Ayurvedic College, Patiala, has admitted 16 students, Laxmi Narayan Ayurvedic College, Amritsar, three and Urmila Devi Ayurvedic College, Hoshiarpur, one. The other nine colleges have drawn a blank.

Heroin in devotional material
Publisher’s son, employee released
Amritsar, September 13
Even as the owner of Canada’s Payal Video Company, Inderjit Singh has denied having ordered devotional material seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) from which 4.8 kg heroin was recovered, yet Harbhajan Singh, director, Chattar Singh Jeewan Singh confirmed that his firm had been sending him such material for a long time.



Timely police action could have saved Seona
Amritsar, September 13
Had the Amritsar police arrested radical Sikh leaders involved in an attack on Akali leader Darbara Singh Seona, his wife, former SGPC member, their daughters and guests near the SGPC complex here on May 25, his killing could have been averted. Seona was shot dead by three youths in front of his house in Patiala yesterday.

A file photo of Darbara Singh Seona and his daughters after an attack on them by Sikh radicals in Amritsar in May.
A file photo of Darbara Singh Seona and his daughters after an attack on them by Sikh radicals in Amritsar in May.

Plot to kill dera chief; 3 arrested
Jalandhar, September 13
The police today arrested two accomplices of Harjant Singh, alias DC, a former terrorist, who had been arrested on September 4, and seized weapons, including two mousers with magazines and bullets.


Amritsar: Of PM’s visit and unfinished agenda
Amritsar, September 13
Residents of the city will once again accord a warm welcome to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 18, but there will be questions as well on his inability to implement the ambitious projects declared by him during his maiden visit to the city in September, 2004.

No plan to join politics, says Harsimrat Badal
Ludhiana, September 13
Putting an end to all speculation about her joining politics, Harsimrat Kaur Badal said here today that she had no intention of doing so. She said it was the tag of Badal, which forced political watchers to think like that. The Badal daughter-in-law was in the city to preside over Mela Dhiyan Da, a women’s festival, organised by the Cultural Department, Punjab, at Ramgarhia Girls College. Harsimrat said this was not a political visit.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, along with students of Ramgarhia College, Ludhiana, in the city on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Bhambi
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, along with students of Ramgarhia College, Ludhiana, in the city on Saturday.

PepsiCo staff to intensify stir
Sangrur, September 13
An action committee of several workers and farmers’ organisations, formed to get 12 suspended and one dismissed employee of PepsiCo India Holding Plant at Channo reinstated, today warned the district administration that if it failed to solve the problem of workers of the PepsiCo factory by September 19, direct action would be taken against it.

Judicial officers express concern over ‘fake’ CDs
Administrative judge asks them to exercise caution
Chandigarh, September 13
Morphed CDs have apparently become a matter of concern for the judicial officers. It seems the judicial officers are apprehensive that some unscrupulous elements are preparing bogus CDs to “fix them up”.

Amarinder’s property should be attached: Chandumajra
Patiala, September 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) general secretary and former MP Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra demanded to attach the personal properties of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, including his Moti Mahal, in order to recover Rs 360 crore amassed through corrupt means.

Resignation of Khalsa college principal sought
Amritsar, September 13
Radical Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa has demanded the resignation of the principal of B.Ed Khalsa College, Dr Jaswinder Singh Dhillon, for allegedly “misleading and befooling” the public to cover up for the error of actor Shah Rukh Khan, who had reportedly indulged in smoking on the college premises.

Panel to find VC for Baba Farid varsity
Chandigarh, September 13
The Punjab government yesterday constituted a search committee for the appointment of new vice-chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, as the term of present incumbent Dr Ravinder Singh is ending on October 23.


ASI fires into air, booked
Pathankot, September 13
Makhan Singh, assistant sub inspector (ASI), Punjab Police, fired a shot into the air in front of the police station division No. 2 here to frighten head constable Parmod Kumar with whom he had picked up a quarrel last night.



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