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Ghaggar inundates 6 Patiala villages
Wall of Quila Mubarak collapsesA hole in the roof of Qila Mubarak in Patiala.
Patiala, September 20
A 20-feet part of the wall of 250-year-old Quila Mubarak caved in around 5 am today due to two days of continuous rains in the city and surrounding areas. Meanwhile, parts of around six villages got submerged as overflowing Ghaggar waters entered these villages of Patiala district. A 20-feet long portion of the about three-feet wide wall near Lassi Khana and Ranvaas collapsed early this morning, apparently due to incessant rain.


A hole in the roof of Qila Mubarak in Patiala. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Inmates clash in Kapurthala jail
Kapurthala, September 20
In yet another clash between two groups of prisoners, at least six persons were hurt in barracks No. 1 of an overcrowded Kapurthala district jail here this afternoon.

PTU fails to start retail, insurance courses
Jalandhar, September 20
After creating much hype of introducing short-term and skill-oriented certificate courses in retail and insurance management under its distance education programme, Punjab Technical University (PTU) has decided not to launch these at least for the time-being.







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Amend rules, says medical forum
Patiala, September 20
The Forum for Welfare of Medical Institutions has underlined the need for amending the Punjab Medical Education Services (PMES)Rules and called upon Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to have an open debate on the problem of staff shortage in medical colleges and come up with a policy similar to the one adopted by Karnataka, Maharashtra and other states. 

Medical teachers protest reversion of senior residents
Amritsar, September 20
Reversion of the 39 senior residents working in medical colleges of Amritsar and Patiala to their parent cadre, PCMS, is likely to hit teaching in institutions which are on the verge of de-recognition for being short of faculty.

Children practise gatka at border village of Narli in Tarn Taran district on Saturday. Gatka catching up with rural boys
Narli (Tarn Taran), September 20
Teenagers in rural areas are showing interest in learning traditional martial art of gatka. Even boys from Hindu families have come forward to learn the art. Anand Sagar Sharma of Khalra could be seen practising the art, supporting a turban.

Children practise gatka at border village of Narli in Tarn Taran district on Saturday. A Tribune photograph



POLITICS

Gandhi family has failed state: Sukhbir
Majitha, September 20
The Gandhi family is not serious about Punjab as it has failed to fulfil aspirations of its people, said Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of the SAD, while talking to the media here today.

SAD (A) for all-party meeting on Ghaggar
Sangrur, September 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has accused successive governments in Punjab of failing to protect the state river waters during the past several decades.

Cong, BJP do not want BSP at Centre: Kashyap
Sangrur, September 20
Urging people to vote to power the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) at the Centre to check poverty, unemployment and rising prices, national general secretary of the BSP Narinder Kashyap today alleged that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) leadership might hatch a conspiracy against BSP leader Mayawati before the Lok Sabha (LS) elections.

Ramoowalia for state UPA
Sangrur, September 20
The Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) today asked the Centre to set up special courts in the country for deciding NRI matrimonial disputes within 180 days.

Blacklisted Sikh leader appointed
Amritsar, September 20
The Dal Khalsa has appointed UK-based Sikh leader Manmohan Singh vice-president of the outfit. His name figures in the blacklist prepared by the government of India due to his involvement in militant activities.



COMMUNITY


Devotees pay obeisance to the golden canopy made with 12 kg of gold for the Guru Granth Sahibís palanquin in Amritsar on Saturday. It is to be presented to Takht Hazoor Sahib to mark the 300th Gurta Gurgaddi Diwas.
Devotees pay obeisance to the golden canopy made with 12 kg of gold for the Guru Granth Sahibís palanquin in Amritsar on Saturday. It is to be presented to Takht Hazoor Sahib to mark the 300th Gurta Gurgaddi Diwas. Photo: Vishal Kumar
A farmer in Bathinda raises hands and prays that it does not rain as it will damage his cotton crop.
A farmer in Bathinda raises hands and prays that it does not rain as it will damage his cotton crop. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Noose tightened around erring govt staff
Dereliction of duty may prove to be costly 
Patiala, September 20
Dereliction of duty by government employees may prove to be costly as those who fail to perform the assigned work within time frame, will now be deemed lacking in devotion to duty.

Industries, housing depts lock horns
Chandigarh, September 20
It is an open fight, only there are no fists flying. The Department of Industries and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have locked horns over the issue of charging industry promoters in Punjab.

Withdraw duty on basmati, demand exporters
Amritsar, September 20
Facing sluggish demand in international market and heavy export duty on basmati, farmers and exporters have demanded the abolition of the duty to save the rice trade.

Pvt students can opt for semester system
Mohali, September 20
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) today clarified that under its proposed semester system, senior secondary students of all streams (barring the science group) would have the option to appear as regular or private candidates or through open school.

State farmers under Rs 25,000-cr debt
Patiala, September 20
Their widely recognised hard work and share in the Central food kitty notwithstanding, farmers of the state were still neck-deep in ever-mounting debt estimated to be more than Rs 25,000 crore.

CWC member, Bihar Guv discuss flood situation
Amritsar, September 20
Newly appointed Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and secretary, AICC, Iqbal Singh held a detailed meeting with Governor, Bihar, R.L. Bhatia, to discuss the devastating flood situation in that state here today.

The rail facility is the only one Jhawar village in Gurdaspur district can boast of. Village of freedom fighters lacks basic amenities
Jhawar (Gurdaspur), September 20
The relentless fight against the British rule by 41 residents of this village fetched independence for India, but could not change its fate as it is still devoid of basic amenities and has been carrying the stigma of being the most backward village of Gurdaspur district.

The rail facility is the only one Jhawar village in Gurdaspur district can boast of. A Tribune photograph

Majha ex-servicemenís demand
Amritsar, September 20
The Majha Ex-servicemen Human Rights Front today sought a guaranteed job for relatives of soldiers who had died during service. Col G.S. Sandhu, chairman of the front, said the governments had this facility in a majority of the states, except the Army. He said the government should provide this facility to military services also as they were given only pensionary and other benefits at the time of the death of jawans or officers.



COURTS

23 serving cops, declared POs, to face trial
Chandigarh, September 20
Twentythree Punjab police personnel ó declared proclaimed offenders in an encounter case, but still serving in different police stations ó will soon have to face trial.

 




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