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Amritsar Trust Scam
VB finds proceedings book tampered with

Capt Amarinder Singh Amritsar, September 16
After three-day scanning of the files of the Amritsar Improvement Trust scam, SP, Vigilance Bureau, Chaman Lal Sharma has found that the record pertaining to the exemption of 32 acres from a trust scheme for 188 acres had been tampered with.

India’s first 250-cr bus stand to be set up in Patiala
Badal’s largesse continues, says Amarinder has been following the ‘aish-and-cash’ policy
Patiala September 16
The Punjab Chief Minister has now given another gift to Patialvis - India’s best and ultra-modern Rs 250-crore air-conditioned bus stand. In an apparent bid to win over Patiala residents before the forthcoming Parliament polls, Badal has already announced sops worth over Rs 250 crore for Patiala.

Central agencies failed to act on inputs: BSF
Blasts in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Delhi
Gurdaspur, September 16
Had the Central internal security agencies of the country acted on the input given by the Border security Force (BSF) blasts in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi, allegedly by the Indian Mujahideen (IM) could have been averted.

SAD pushes for Patiala seat bypoll
Jalandhar, September 16
As the Punjab and Haryana High Court has not stayed the expulsion of Congress MLA Amarinder Singh from the Vidhan Sabha, the SAD has been pushing for holding the byelection to the Patiala Assembly seat, along with the Assembly elections scheduled to be held in certain states in November.



Kaypee says Cong ready for polls
Chandigarh, September 16
Presiding over a meeting of state and district office-bearers and block organisers of the Punjab Congress Seva Dal here today Mohinder Singh Kaypee, president, PPCC, said the organisation was all geared up for the coming Parliamentary elections.


Engineers of Mandi Board suspend work
Chandigarh, September 16
Suspension of 13 engineers over poor quality of construction of roads has prompted the Punjab Mandi Board Engineers Coordination Committee to launch a stir and suspend work till the state decides to follow the norms approved by the Indian Road Congress.

Amritsar to host Sikh film fest
Amritsar, September 16
To promote Sikh history and culture, the first-ever Sikh film festival will be organised at Amritsar in the beginning of next year, that is 2009, which will be dedicated to the 300th celebrations of Gurta Gurgaddi Diwas of Guru Granth Sahib.

Actor, producer, director Mangal Dhillon in Amritsar on Tuesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Actor, producer, director Mangal Dhillon in Amritsar

Govt to appoint consultant for revival of sugar mills
Chandigarh, September 16
The Punjab government was in the process of appointing a consultant to make all six cooperative sugar mills operational again. Following a protest march by sugar mill employees in the city today, Sugarfed managing director V.K. Bhalla said an advertisement to appoint a consultant had already been published and September 29 fixed.

Lok Pal: No facililties, no action
Chandigarh, September 16
Rooting out corruption may be the Punjab government’s top priority, but providing adequate facilities to the Lok Pal or even acting upon recommendations of the august body formed to bring in accountability in high places, is definitely not on its list.

Experts inspect road construction
Amritsar, September 16
Even as certain councillors have raised doubts about the quality of the ongoing road construction, the government has sent a team of technical experts, headed by technical adviser to Chief Minister B.S Dhaliwal, to inspect the work.

Bonus: No paddy for defaulting mills
Chandigarh, September 16
The Punjab government has decided not to consider for allotment in 2008-09 kharif marketing season (KMS), rice mills which have not paid bonus to farmers in the season.

Centre’s yes to video-conferencing in jails
Chandigarh, September 16
The decks have been cleared for video-conferencing in jails and courts in Punjab. Jails and justice minister Hira Singh Gabria said today that a decision to this effect had been conveyed to the state government by the Union government in a communiqué.


High Court
Arrest of Moga MLA stayed
Chandigarh, September 16
Issuing notice of motion for November 10, Justice Arvind Kumar today stayed the arrest of Moga MLA Joginder Pal Jain in an attempt to murder and rioting case. Jain, through counsel Sant Pal Singh Sidhu, had moved the high court following the dismissal of his anticipatory bail plea by the Sessions Court.



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