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Govt to push deadline for unbundling of PSEB
Chandigarh, September 15
The Punjab government is trying to buy time to push the deadline for unbundling of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) beyond October 31, the date given for breaking up of the Board by the power ministry. The government is also working to prepare a final report to be submitted to the power ministry as its road map for unbundling will lay down whether the government wants to separate only the transmission wing from the present Board and retain distribution and generation as one unit or create three separate units.

Chhapar: Less a mela, more a political platform
Chhapar (Ludhiana), September 15
Bearing no resemblance to the age-old mela of rustic flamboyance, thousands of party workers thronged the Chhapar mela site here in support of political parties who managed the stage. It was a prelude to the forthcoming parliamentary elections here today.
CM Parkash Singh Badal addresses a gathering. CM Parkash Singh Badal addresses a gathering. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma



50% seats unfilled, state BEd colleges ‘unviable’
Amritsar, September 15
With more than 50 per cent seats in B Ed colleges in the state remaining vacant in the current session, it may make these institutions unviable.

Govt out to appease Malwa
Bonanza for Bathinda mills in run-up to LS polls
Chandigarh, September 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is slowly preparing for Lok Sabha elections. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is out to appease people of Malwa where the SAD lost to the Congress in the last Assembly elections. In a “please-all” move, that will cost the state exchequer Rs 25 crore tax, has been waived for cotton ginning mills.

RTI web page delinked from national portal
Chandigarh, September 15
The Punjab government specific RTI web page is not being displayed in the links to the national RTI portal for nearly one month now, inconveniencing people who want to access information online.

Lunch hours, evenings are chosen for terror strikes
Chandigarh, September 15
Lunch hours and evenings are the times the terror groups behind blasts in New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mumbai and other cities have chosen for strike.


Revert to Sikh agenda, Dal Khalsa to SAD
Amritsar, September 15
The Dal Khalsa has appealed to the SAD to revert to the Sikh agenda as the BJP was doing by deciding to contest the Lok Sabha elections on the Hindutva agenda.

SAD (A) drive to preserve heritage
Amritsar, September 15
President of the SAD (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann has said his party will launch a campaign to preserve the rich heritage of the region, allegedly being vandalised at the behest of the ruling party.

LJP to contest all LS seats
Sangrur, September 15
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state and enrol 500 workers from each district for the coming elections.


Patialvis know what I have done for them, says Amarinder
Chandigarh, September 15
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s attempt to take the battle against his bete noire Capt Amarinder Singh to the latter’s home-town, Patiala, by bestowing it with a largesse of Rs 250 crore yesterday, has met with a statement from Amarinder accusing Badal of trying to “bribe” people of the town.

Activists of the Anti-Terrorist Front Punjab burn an effigy of the ISI in protest against the Delhi blasts in Amritsar on Monday. Protest against Delhi blasts
Amritsar, September 15
Members of the Anti-Terrorist Front Punjab (ATFP) here today burnt the effigy of the ISI in protest against the serial blasts in New Delhi on Saturday.

Activists of the Anti-Terrorist Front Punjab burn an effigy of the ISI in protest against the Delhi blasts in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Terror Threat
Police leaving nothing to chance
Gurdaspur, September 15
In the wake of the reports that members of Indian Mujahideen, a terrorist organisation, may strike in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, the police has been put on alert in border areas of Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Ferozepur and Tarn Taran districts. Every input, which the border police authorities receive, is being acted upon swiftly.

Packaged meal for schoolchildren
Tarn Taran, September 15
The state government has launched packed mid-day meal scheme for schoolchildren through centralised kitchen, but most of the students in this border district had to return sans meals on the very first day here today. The scheme was launched by Dr Upinderjit Kaur education minister at a function in government elementary school, Bugga village here.

More labour schools on the anvil
Ludhiana, September 15
In a significant decision that will affect lakhs of child labourers working under hazardous conditions in Punjab, the ministry of labour and employment has decided to increase the number of labour schools in the state.

Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan expenditure to be probed
Chandigarh, September 15
The Punjab government has engaged an auditor to look into the expenditure in six years on the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan.

Minister honours retd teachers
Pathankot, September 15
Several retired teachers of government senior secondary schools were honoured at a function organised by the Old Students Association here today. Master Mohan Lal, transport minister, Punjab, was the chief guest while Gurmeet Singh, district education officer, Gurdaspur, presided over the function.

Positive response to FIRs through special counters
Kapurthala, September 15
In what may be termed as a positive response to the scheme of trouble-free registration of FIRs, three cases have been registered at two different police stations of the district.

X-ray centres violating safety norms: Panel
Amritsar, September 15
A high-level committee of Government Medical College (GMC) has finally submitted its report revealing that the X-ray centres in the city do not comply with the safety layout and instructions of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).

National Highway No. 15 turns killer
Tarn Taran, September 15
National Highway No. 15 in the border region has virtually become a death-trap for travellers. It accounts for more than 600 deaths and thousands of injured in the past five years. This is a cause of alarm for the residents of the adjoining villages.

Himesh has copied my song: Kally
Punjabi singer Kulwinder Kally addresses the media in Jalandhar on Monday. Jalandhar, September 15
With the allegation of copying a song from a Punjabi album, Hindi movie “Karz”, in which singer Himesh Reshammiya is lead actor, has embroiled into a controversy. Punjabi folk singer Kulwinder Kally, a resident of Jalandhar, alleged today that Himesh and lyricist Sameer had copied his song “Soniye je tere naal daga main kamawn, rab kare main mar janwan…”, which he recorded with T-Series for video album “Shaam Wali Gaddi” about four years ago.

Punjabi singer Kulwinder Kally addresses the media in Jalandhar on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Rs 1,000 cr for potable water, sewerage
Sangrur, September 15
The Punjab government has earmarked funds amounting to Rs 1,000 crore for the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) to make available potable water and sewerage facilities throughout the state.

BJP morcha for Rs 1,620 paddy MSP
Sangrur, September 15
The district unit of the Kisan Morcha of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today rejected Rs 850 per quintal minimum support price (MSP) for paddy and demanded Rs 1,620 per quintal MSP in the light of hike in the prices of diesel, seeds, fertilisers and other inputs. The morcha also asked the Centre to link the prices of crops with the price index.

Boy attempts suicide in lockup
Nabha, September 15
The police has registered a case of attempt to suicide against a 13-year-old boy, who was booked, along with two others, on a complaint of a local businessman.


Corruption Case
Ex-DGP Virk appears in court
Mohali, September 15
Former Punjab DGP, S.S. Virk, today appeared in the court of special judge here in connection with a case of corruption registered against him by the the Punjab Vigilance.



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