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Wordy duel between AICTE, Punjabi University
Bathinda, August 2
A war of words seems to have started between Punjabi University, Patiala, and the All-India Council of Technical Education. Punjabi University issued a notice about the Master of Computer Applications course against which the AICTE had issued a notice in leading newspapers on July 29 stating that some of the colleges/institutes affiliated with Punjabi University were not approved by the council for MCA courses, thus putting a question mark on the credibility of the institutes and the university.

Pilot identifies hijackers
Patiala, August 2
The hijackers of Airbus C-814 which was hijacked from Kathmandu to Kandahar in December, 1999, were identified through their photographs by then Airbus pilot Capt Devi Sharma in the special designated court under the anti-hijacking law here today.

Abducted turn out to be blackmailers
Jalandhar, August 2
The district police has solved the mystery behind the alleged abduction of a son and daughter-in-law of a Superintendent of Police from the local bus stand on July 30 with the arrest of five persons.

Release parakeets, Maneka asks Badal
New Delhi, August 2
Animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi has written to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal questioning his government’s reported decision to release 1000 parakeets and pigeons on the occasion of the forthcoming National Games.




Plan to build DAC hanging fire
Gurdaspur, August 2
The plan to build the district administrative complex on the premises of the office of the District Animal Husbandry Department appears to have been shelved for the time being. So much so that half of the building having the office of the Animal Husbandry Department was got vacated and hoardings regarding the site for the complex were put up on the premises of the department.

MLA to move HC against bias
Bathinda, August 2
Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, MLA from Talwandi Sabo, today said he would approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the discrimination being meted out to the area represented by him in the Vidhan Sabha by the Punjab Government in the allocation of funds under various heads for development purposes.


Dewater houses, orders DC
Mansa, August 2
Ms Raji P. Shrivastava Deputy Commissioner, yesterday directed the District Development and Panchayat Officer for dewatering of the houses located in Nangal Kalan village of the district, so that people could return to their houses. This was stated by him while presiding over the monthly meeting of the local district officers. Due to the rains, the water-level of all the rivers has gone up.

Hearing in arms licences case on Aug 6
Fazilka, August 2
Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has fixed August 6, 2001, for hearing the public interest litigation petition into the fake arms licence scam of Ferozepore district filed by Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, former MLA, Fazilka and Hans Raj Josan, a former minister, Punjab, on August 1, 2001. The petitioners had demanded a CBI probe into fake arms licence scam alleging that about 15,000 out of 30,000 arms licences issued by office of the District Magistrate, Ferozepore, from 1997 to 2001 were fake.

IMA hails move on medical waste fee
Phagwara, August 2
Dr O.P.S. Kande, President, Punjab unit of Indian Medical Association, and Dr Raman Aggarwal, Chairman, Medical Action Committee-cum-Legal Cell, IMA, Punjab, yesterday hailed the government’s decision to reduce the authorisation fee payable to the Punjab Pollution Control Board for treating bio-medical-waste. The government should now also provide services, facilities commensurate with the fee to be charged from different categories of hospitals, nursing homes. The hospital staff should be trained for the segregation of the bio-medical waste, the association demanded.

Patiala can draw tourists
This city has suffered a loss of position twice in the post-independence era. It lost its grandeur with the end of the princely order. Then it was made the capital of PEPSU, a position which it lost when PEPSU was merged with Punjab. From the capital city of a state it was reduced to the status of a divisional headquarters. 

 Sheesh Mahal, Patiala
Sheesh Mahal, Patiala. —Photo Subhash Patialvi

Farmers seek abolition of octroi
Sangrur, August 2
Leaders of the Punjab unit of the BJP Kisan Morcha have demanded the abolition of octroi in the state as there is resentment among the urban voters over the non-abolition of octroi.

Inquiry against Imam ordered
Jalandhar, August 2
The district police has ordered an inquiry into allegations levelled against the Imam of Nasir Dargah, Mr Abdul Rashid Peerzada, that he has been harbouring Kashmiri militants.

SGPC panel to look into promotions
Amritsar, August 2
The SGPC chief, Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, today constituted a three-member committee to lock into the grievances of its employees who had expressed resentment over “demotions, reversions and promotions” during the past over year.

The All-India Pingalwara Society took out a unique awareness rally on cycles and tongas
The All-India Pingalwara Society took out a unique awareness rally on cycles and tongas, sending a message to save fuel, in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Pingalwara Society holds rally  Amritsar, August 2
On the ninth death anniversary of Bhagat Puran Singh, the founder of the All-India Pingalwara Society, an environment awareness rally was held in the main bazar of the city.

Two killed in house collapse
Amritsar, August 2
A middle-aged woman identified as Bhagwan Devi and her relative Sangeeta (11) were killed and two others injured when a house collapsed in the Putligarh locality of the city today evening.

Mandeep Kaur wins Miss Punjaban title
Bathinda, August 2
Mandeep Kaur, a local resident, was elected as Miss Punjaban for her excellent performance in the traditional dress competition held as a part of the 12-day Teej celebrations which concluded here on Tuesday.


302 farmers given credit cards
Bathinda, August 2
The Faridkot Bathinda Kshatriya Gramin Bank today held a kisan credit card distribution camp at Gidderbaha in Muktsar district in which 302 farmers were given the cards.

Compensation for paddy losses
Patiala, August 2
A sum of Rs 700 per acre would be given as compensation for those fields where the paddy has been destroyed, but can be grown again. An amount of Rs 1,000 per acre would be given for those fields where paddy cannot be grown again.

CPI condemns lathi charge
Bathinda, August 2
Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura, MP, condemned the lathi charge on farmers of Maisarkhana village by the police on July 24. Mr Bhaura was addressing a gathering in the village today.

CM: free power, water to farmers to cost 400 cr
Bathinda, August 2
The state Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has said the state will have to bear an expenditure of Rs 400 crore to give free electricity and water to farmers of the state.


Shortage of NSCs to end soon
Sangrur, August 2
The National Savings Certificates and Kisan Vikas Patras, which are in short supply in Punjab, will be made available in post offices in about 10 days. Giving this information here yesterday, Mr Sher Singh Sidhu, Director, Small Savings, Punjab, said to bring the NSCs and KVPs from Nasik, a truck was being sent in a week by the Small Savings Department in coordination with the postal authorities.

Ravneet Kaur, Kain swap posts
Chandigarh, August 2
The Punjab Government today ordered the following transfers and postings. Ms Ravneet Kaur, Chairperson, Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training, swaps positions with Mr Vijay Kain, Principal Secretary, Department of Defence Services Welfare.

Compulsory retirement for FCI officer
Mansa, August 2
Having found 10 per cent shortage in the stocks of paddy procured during the tenure of Mr Gurcharan Singh, Assistant Grade-II of the Food Corporation of India at Budhlada in the district, Mr H.L. Parshad, Senior Regional Manager, FCI has ordered his compulsory retirement.


13 arrested under NDPS Act
Bathinda, August 2
Under the campaign launched against the menace of narcotics the police has arrested 13 persons allegedly involved in smuggling and has seized 1 kg of opium and 30 kg of poppy husk from different places in the district.

Militant arrested from Maharashtra
Majitha, August 2
The Majitha police today arrested Kanwarjit Singh, a terrorist, from district Vardha in Maharashtra who along with his gang was allegedly planning to commit crime and destroy public property on the directions of the ISI.


Bungling in PTU counselling alleged
Bathinda, August 2
Many students who attended the second counselling for admission to the first year of engineering degree courses being conducted by Punjab Technical University at Jalandhar on Tuesday, have alleged large-scale bungling by the university authorities.

Management college earns wrath of students
Patiala, August 2
A local college has earned the wrath of students after taking affiliation from two universities, with students boycotting classes and demanding that it should be affiliated to Punjabi University only. Students of Sri Guru Harkrishan College of Management and Technology today held a demonstration demanding that the college remained affiliated to Punjabi University only and did not take affiliation of Punjab Technical University also.

PUTA chief’s son refused admission
Patiala, August 2
The Punjabi University Teachers Association today claimed that the Vice-Chancellor had denied admission to PUTA President B.S. Khaira’s son in Master of Computer Application and threatened Dr Khaira with physical liquidation.


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