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PU Senate polls on Sep 21
Chandigarh, September 18
Elections to the Panjab University Senate are scheduled for September 21. Polling will take place to elect 31 members Ashok Goyal of the Senate, 15 from graduates’ constituency and eight each from the principals’ of affiliated colleges constituency and the teachers of affiliated colleges constituency in which more than 2 lakh voters are vote to elect 15 from registered graduates’ constituency.
Ashok Goyal

Women’s panel sans chairperson, members
Chandigarh, September 18
With the lone woman member of the Punjab State Women Commission completing her term today the commission has been left without any member. The commission has been without a chairperson for over a year.

Two Lashkar activists in jail keep police
on its toes

Gurdaspur, September 18
The Lashkar-e-Toiba (Let) has been making efforts to get its divisional commander Shakar Ulla Khan freed from the central jail here.

Special courts for power theft cases
Jalandhar, September 18
Special designated courts will hear power theft cases in Punjab. Sources said Punjab and Haryana High Court had cleared the proposal by the government.




Rahul Gandhi Rahul’s visit: A step to reconnect with people of state
Jalandhar, September 18
General secretary of the All-India Congress Committee Rahul Gandhi will initiate a process, which is being described as a fresh experiment in reshaping the organisational structure of a political outfit, to rebuild the Youth Congress in the state during his three-day visit next week.

SAD-BJP rift widens
Amritsar, September 18
The rift between the ruling coalition partners, the SAD and the BJP, widened further here with senior deputy mayor and junior deputy mayor of the local Municipal Corporation, both belonging to the SAD, faxed letters to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, seeking immediate cancellation of tenders for Solid Waste Management, dream project of BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu.


Unemployed ETT teachers accuse SAD of false promises
Representatives of the ETT Teachers Union, Punjab, release the compact disc in Chandigarh on Thursday, which features “false promises” made by the SAD to the union members during the Assembly elections. Use video clippings to ‘expose’ leaders
Chandigarh, September 18
Armed with video clippings, the agitating unemployed Elementary Teachers’ Training (ETT) teachers from Punjab have devised a new way to expose the “false promises” made by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) before the assembly elections, which would be shown across the state.

Representatives of the ETT Teachers Union, Punjab, release the compact disc in Chandigarh on Thursday, which features “false promises” made by the SAD to the union members during the Assembly elections. A Tribune photograph

6,000 engg seats vacant; govt blamed
Chandigarh, September 18
Proliferation of engineering and technical institutions and “faulty admission process” seem to have put paid to private institutions’ hopes in the state with 6,000 engineering and 1,000 other seats being vacant after two counselling sessions stretched over a two months.

No case pending against me: Officer
Chandigarh, September 18
Conservator of forests, Patiala, H.S. Grewal has claimed that senior officials of the Forest Department had colluded to get false cases registered against him in 2003 and that there is no case pending against him in any court of law.

Punjab School Education Board
Fee hike for class XII private students
Mohali, September 18
Breather for thousands of students to pass the annual examination of the Punjab School Education Board in two semesters has come with a pinch of salt.

Jatha crosses over to Pak
Amritsar, September 18
President of the SGPC Avtar Singh (centre) along with the members of a jatha in Amritsar on Thursday. A jatha of Sikh devotees, led by Amrik Singh Vichhoa, member of the SGPC, today crossed over to Pakistan to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib on the occasion of death anniversary of first Sikh master Guru Nanak Dev.

President of the SGPC Avtar Singh (centre) along
with the members of a jatha in Amritsar on
Thursday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Mann’s plea to CM
Sangrur, September 18
President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann yesterday accused Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of bias in favour of Patiala in development works and ignoring underdeveloped Sangrur and Barnala districts which had no medical college, dental college, university etc. Mann wanted Badal to pay attention to overall development by granting big projects to these two districts. — TNS

PepsiCo row resolved
Sangrur, September 18
Four-week old row between the PepsiCo factory, Channo (Bhawanigarh) and the PepsiCo Workers Union was resolved last night at a meeting at the SSP’s office here.

Punjab di Train set to chug in North
Chandigarh, September 18
Punjab’s super luxury train, Punjab di Train, is all set to chug into the state. Designed on the Palace on Wheels format, the train will be run by the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB).

Excise Posts
Scholars for including Punjabi paper in test
Jalandhar, September 18
A group of eminent academicians, including five former vice-chancellors and as many former chairpersons of the Punjab School Education Board, has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to direct the Excise and Taxation authorities to include general Punjabi paper in the test for the recruitment of 168 excise and taxation inspectors.

Colleges sans regular principals fined
Amritsar, September 18
Guru Nanak Dev University has slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 per month each on nine colleges for not appointing regular principals despite repeated reminders.


Fate of Ayurveda students hangs in balance
Apex court stays HC order on 3-member inspection panel
Chandigarh, September 18
The Supreme Court has stayed action on a Punjab and Haryana High Court ruling, which had appointed a three-member committee to carry out inspection of 11 Ayurvedic colleges in the state following allegations that an inspection team of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) had demanded bribe from the management of a college.

Parking in buildings
HC questions two sets of norms
Chandigarh, September 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants to know from Punjab and other respondents the rationale behind having two sets of norms for parking spaces in buildings which were located within, and outside, the municipal limits.



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