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Ticket for Punjab poll on merit: Cong panel
New Delhi, July 29
Realising that any discord over the distribution of ticket could affect its chances in the Punjab Assembly poll, the Congress leadership is evolving guidelines that would help the party decide the “right” candidates for the poll.

Mumtaz Rani, alias MamtaBid to sell daughter for Rs 30,000
Jalandhar, July 29
The district administration last night ordered the shifting of a 16-year-old girl, whose parents had allegedly tried to sell her for Rs 30,000 to an Amritsar based family on the pretext of marriage to the local “nari niketan”. 

Punjab to recruit 700 doctors
Nursing homes without required staff to be closed
Amritsar, July 29
Even as 150 doctors have been dismissed from service due to dereliction of duty, as many as 350 out of a total of 700 vacancies of MBBS doctors which have been lying vacant for a long period will be filled shortly.

Punjab gets 100 cr for link roads
Gurdaspur, July 29
Mr Sucha Singh Langah, Minister for PWD B and R while talking to mediapersons at Dhariwal today, said the Punjab Government had received the first instalment of Rs 100 crore to connect gurdwaras, temples, mosques, churches and other religious places with link routes. 




AICTE notice puts students in dock
Bathinda, July 29
Punjabi University, Patiala, has given affiliation to four colleges/institutes to run Masters of Computer Application course, despite the institutes been declared unrecognised by the only statutory body of the Government of India — All-India Council of Technical Education, which approves technical courses.


Morcha slams govt policies
Sangrur, July 29
The Punjab Lok Morcha, formed in Punjab by seven political parties at its convention here today called upon all left, democratic and secular forces to fight against the “anti-people” policies of the SAD-BJP Government and to build a people’s movement to provide them an alternative of the SAD-BJP combine and the Congress as both have badly “failed” to live up to the expectations of the people.


Smack addiction on rise in Malout
Malout, July 29
Randeep Kumar (name changed) was just 20 when he entered the world of drugs. After remaining hooked to smack for more than two years, Randeep Kumar, a local resident, says he does not remember how he came across smack in this tiny town in the home-district of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

This was the scene last night when a truck and a cantar collided head on and dashed into the truck which was parked nearby.
Two trucks collided head on and dashed into a third truck (centre), which was parked nearby. The three vehicles then hit a stationary car. Two persons were injured in the accident in Bathinda on Saturday night. 
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera.

Decentralisation only way out: Sangma
Jalandhar, July 29
The General Secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party and member of the Constitution Review Committee, Mr P.A. Sangma, talking to mediapersons at the local railway station here today, said the committee which had tried to determine reasons which had led to the failure of the policies of the state and Central Governments to provide social, economic and political justice to the people for the past 54 years would be submitted by September.

Power sub-station inaugurated
Faridkot, July 29
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, Member, Rajya Sabha, inaugurated a 132-KV grid sub-station on the Deviwala road at Kotkapura today. He said it would feed 60 villages around Kotkapura town. 

‘Bandit Queen’ poised for return
Ludhiana, July 29
“ Bandit Queen” is striking back again with a vengeance. If the sentiments among film distributors is any indication, the Shekhar Kapur blockbuster is bound to make a grand return. In the north alone, the film will once again be released in 15 major cities simultaneously.

‘Over 10 m Indians suffer from AIDS’
Phagwara July 29
Dr I.S. Gilada, Secretary General, Public Health Organisation and an international authority on HIV management, today disclosed that as per conservative estimates, 10 to 12 million persons were suffering from AIDS in India even though official figures put the number at 3.86 millions.

Advance not adjusted against phone bills
Nawanshahr, July 29
Resentment prevails among telephone subscribers as BSNL has not adjusted their rent amount, deposited in advance in the recently sent telephone bills. The subscribers had deposited the rent up to July in advance two months back.

Local Govt head visits Bareta for probe
Bareta (Mansa), July 29
Mr J.B. Goyal, Director, Local Government Department, Punjab, visited this town on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that a report be submitted within four months regarding the sale of shops and plots by the local municipal council.

Hot debate likely at corporation meeting
Amritsar, July 29
The issue of deteriorating condition of sewerage provisions in the wake of monsoon showers is likely to come up in the Municipal Corporation meeting scheduled for tomorrow. 

Sex ratio declining in Ropar dist: survey
Kharar, July 29
The S.S. Memorial Educational Society, Chamkaur Sahib, Ropar district conducted a survey in 13 villages of Chamkaur Sahib block during May and June this year. The survey revealed that during the past five years the sex ratio had decreased to the lowest as a result of large scale female foeticide.

Murdered woman’s kin stage dharna
Ludhiana, July 29
Tension prevailed at Jassian village, 10 km from here, when a large number of people staged a dharna outside the house of the alleged murderer of a village woman, whose body was found near the Phillaur railway station this afternoon. 

Blood donated in martyr’s memory
Bathinda, July 29
The United Welfare Society in cooperation with the Shaheed Sandeep Singh Yadgari Committee organised a blood donation camp today at Court Road. The committee was set up in memory of Sandeep Dhillon, a city resident, who was killed in the Kargil war.

2 killed as train rams into auto
Malerkotla, July 29
Two persons were killed on the spot and one girl seriously injured when a 3 LJ passenger train, which was going to Ludhiana rammed into the autorickshaw in which they were travelling at an unmanned railway crossing, near Kup Kalan village, 8 km from here, today.

Ban sought on TV serial
Ferozepore, July 29
The International Bhai Mardana Society in a notice sent to the Director, Doordarshan, has sought a ban on the serial “Ek Noor Turiya” being presented by Sardarjit Singh Bawa on DD-I. 

Executive Officer told to call MC meeting
Malerkotla, July 29
The Principal Secretary Local Bodies, Mr Rajesh Chabbra, through a letter has issued instructions to the Executive Officer here to hold requisition meeting of municipal councillors on August 3.

3 more bodies recovered
Ropar, July 29
The bodies of three victims of the Kiratpur Sahib truck mishap were recovered today from the Sutlej. The deceased have been identified as Pargat Singh (21), Bhoot Kaur (13) and Amandeep (12) of Dirba. 

16 panchayats get cheques
Nawanshahr, July 29
Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Welfare Minister, distributed Rs 50,000 each among 16 village panchayats of the district for the renovation of Dalit dharamshalas.

3 bus passengers die in mishap
Gurdaspur, July 29
As many as 3 passengers died and 21 injured when a tourist bus (DL-IB-8043) from Jammu, carrying passengers from Nepal, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Punjab, rammed into a tree near Madhopur at 4.30 a.m. today. 


149 farmers get credit cards
Bathinda, July 29
The Faridkot-Bathinda Kshetriya Bank yesterday organised a kisan credit card distribution function at Kararwala village of the district.


Rs 235 cr spent on village development
Bathinda, July 29
The Punjab Government has spent Rs 235 crore in the past two years on the overall development of villages in the state. The money has been spent on the construction of metalled roads and pucca streets, installation of sewerage system and many other development works. 


Rs 3 lakh looted from traders
Fazilka, July 29
Four unidentified persons, two of them in police uniform, looted jewellery and cash worth about Rs 3 lakh from seven cloth merchants of the town today morning near Lalowali, village 6 km from here, on the Fazilka-Ferozepore road.


GND varsity to revive 4 Chairs
Ludhiana, July 29
Guru Nanak Dev University will revive four Chairs, including Bhagat Kabir Chair and Dr Ambedkar Chair, set up during the regime of the late Beant Singh, assassinated Chief Minister of Punjab. Disclosing this today Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, said the Chairs were set up six years ago.

PMT racket: IMA chief seeks CBI probe
Phagwara, July 29
The president of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association, Dr O.P.S. Kande, today demanded a CBI probe into backdoor entry of candidates into graduate and postgraduate medical courses through manipulation in the entrance tests conducted in the state and at the national level by the CBSE.

CM invites ETT teachers for talks
Bathinda, July 29
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, has invited leaders of the Unemployed ETT Teachers’ Union for talks at Ferozepore. The union has been holding rallies and dharnas in the home district of Mr Badal for the past many days in protest against non-fulfilment of their demands.

Teachers threaten mass leave
Patiala, July 29
Hundreds of teachers from various non-government colleges will go on mass casual leave on August 3 here to protest against the non-implementation of the Pension and Gratuity Act passed in 1999.Top

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