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Badal largesse for Patiala
Patiala, September 14
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today presided over a series of sangat darshan programmes at various places and announced plans for the development of the city, which till yet has been considered the fiefdom of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal presents under-15 champion of the “Boogie-woogie” show Isha Dang with a memento after a sangat darshan programme in Patiala Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal presents under-15 champion of the “Boogie- woogie” show Isha Dang with a memento after a sangat darshan programme in Patiala on Sunday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Now, ruling combine, Cong fight ads battle
Chandigarh, September 14
After a war of words, it is a war of advertisements for the SAD-BJP combine, which is repeating what it refers to as “facts” which have been revealed following the release of the Vidhan Sabha report on the Amritsar Improvement Trust land scam.

Save medical colleges, docs urge CM
Chandigarh, September 14
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association has appealed to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to save medical education in the state. Medical institutions are sick and virtually struggling to remain alive, the president of the association, Dr Hardip Singh, has said in an appeal to Badal.



PM’s state visit put off
Chandigarh, September 14
Hundreds of people protected by the police have heaved a sigh of relief with the announcement of the cancellation of the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Punjab. The Police had temporarily withdrawn the security cover of many protectees on the ground that extra force was required to secure Amritsar and Ropar for the PMs visit.

Rahul to tour state
Chandigarh, September 14
All-India Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is set to tour Punjab to give a fillip to the ongoing membership drive under a pilot project, which aims to ensure the first democratic election in the state unit of the Youth Congress.

Tribune Impact
Dept to hold test in Punjabi too
Jalandhar, September 14
Rectifying an earlier decision, the Punjab government today said the test to select excise and taxation inspectors would now be held in Punjabi. Earlier the test was to be held in English.

Two trusts, many parallels, unparalleled fraud
Chandigarh, September 14
Are Improvement Trusts virgin and rich areas that ruling parties find easy to exploit? If the amazing parallels of the Ludhiana City Centre scam and the Amritsar Improvement Trust land exemption case are any indication, these statutory local bodies.

PTU without regular VC for 3 months
Jalandhar, September 14
Punjab Technical University (PTU), with more than 50 engineering, architecture, management and other colleges of the state affiliated to it, is without a regular vice-chancellor (VC) for three months.


Expulsion of Amarinder
Criticism unmerited, says Bir Devinder
Chandigarh, September 14
Bir Devinder Singh stated yesterday that it was painful to get unmerited criticism and being levelled trouble-maker ignoring the gravity of the situation. He had raised the question of exemption of 32.10 acres in favour of a coloniser on the floor of the House by way of Starred Question No. 1540, on February 22, 2006, which was put off to February 28, 2006, as the minister could not answer the supplementaries.


Reliance offers to build rapid transport system in Amritsar
Chandigarh, September 14
Reliance Energy Limited (REL) has offered to build and operate a mass rapid transport system (MRTS) for Amritsar city. A preliminary proposal of the project has been submitted by REL to the state government.

Call to strengthen Sikhism
Chandigarh, September 14
The International Confederation of Sikhs yesterday called for a united effort from all Sikhs to strengthen Sikh religion. Noted economist Dr S.S. Johl, who was recently chosen convener, said the ICS would coordinate and guide giving dispassionate views on issues relating to Sikhism.

Rural students lag behind in technical education
Chandigarh, September 14
Rural students continue to lag behind their urban counterparts as far as taking admission in technical courses in Punjab is concerned. Even institutions created with the aim of providing education in rural as well as border areas have only a fraction of rural students.

Computer teachers block Shatabdi
Jalandhar, September 14
Computer teachers on contract staged dharna and stopped the Amritsar-bound Shatabdi train for half an hour at Jalandhar cantonment railway station today afternoon demanding regular jobs.

Principal gets threat calls
Kartarpur, September 14
While former local bodies minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh left his house at Dhaliwal village for an undisclosed place a few days ago in the wake of the registration of a fresh FIR against him and former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh by the Vigilance Bureau, the principal of Master Gurbanta Singh Memorial Janta College here has reportedly received threat calls.

A peep into culture through doors
Amritsar, September 14
The historic treaty signed between Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Lord William Bentick, the then governor-general of India that took place under a peepal tree on the banks of the Sutlej at Ropar on October 26, 1831, is still preserved on a crafted door at a private house in Zira in Ferozepur district.                                          
Dr Parmjit

Dr Parmjit

Shooting of serial ‘Kirpan’ begins
Amritsar, September 14
Bollywood baddie and character actor Raza Murad feels himself lucky to get a chance for playing the role of a “sabat surat” Sikh in teleserial “Kirpan”, the shooting of which started here today.

Bollywood actor Raza Murad shoots for teleserial “Kirpan” in Amritsar on Sunday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Bollywood actor Raza Murad shoots for teleserial “Kirpan” in Amritsar

Licencee arhtiyas to get shops in new mandis
Chandigarh, September 14
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday asked the Punjab Mandi Board to chalk out a plan for ensuring the allotment of shops to all licencee arhtiyas in the newly constructed mandis in the state, especially in Ghaga, Bhikhi, Khemkaran, Harike, Kalanour, Mallawala, Khadoor Sahib, Khalra, Rampura Phul, Ladhoke, Badhni Kalan and Mamdot mandis.

Valtoha for reviving probe against VC
Amritsar, September 14
The nomination of Virsa Singh Valtoha, an Akali MLA, as senate member of Guru Nanak Dev University for a second term has given clear indications of the state government’s approach towards vice-chancellor Jai Rup Singh .

Custodial death: Kin await promised aid
Amritsar, September 14
The family of Jagtar Singh (20), who had been found dead in the Chowk Mehta police lockup on April 24, has been running from pillar to post to get the compensation announced by the administration.

Villagers get mobile medical services
Sangrur, September 14
To provide better healthcare services under the National Rural Health Mission programme in rural areas of the district, mobile medical services were introduced in Sangrur district by the health authorities when civil surgeon Dalip Kumar flagged off an air-conditioned mobile medical vehicle for Cheema village (Sunam) from the Civil Hospital complex here on Friday.


Malta Boat Tragedy
SC allows plea of probe mission
Hoshiarpur, September 14
A Division Bench of the Supreme Court (SC), consisting of Justice C.K. Thakker and Justice D.K. Jain, accepting the plea of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission (MBTPM), has granted to address the question of law on the role of the government of India in cases like the Malta Boat Tragedy (MBT).


Poll violence Councillor, 4 others booked
Kharar, September 14
The municipal council elections here were marred by a firing incident in ward number 15 at around 6:30 am today. In his complaint to the Kharar police, Congress candidate Ratish Aggarwal’s supporter, Jitender Gupta, principal of Tagore Niketan School, alleged that while he was returning after erecting tents near the polling booth, SAD candidate Jai Bhagwan Singla’s supporter Nirmal Kumar and three unknown people started abusing him.



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