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Subsidy to PSEB to continue
Way paved for tariff revision
Chandigarh, August 29
While sending its reply to the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, the state government today reportedly committed to continue the current level of subsidy that is in the range of Rs 1,000 crore to the PSEB.

Drought impact on paddy “marginal”
Chandigarh, August 29
The high-decibel hullabaloo over drought in Punjab notwithstanding, its impact on the overall paddy production in the state this year is likely to be marginal.

Police guards Ashutosh dera
Amritsar, August 29
After the fire incident in the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan building, the police has been deployed at the local branch of the Sansthan here today. 

Police has been deployed at Amritsar

‘Ban sect head’s activities’

The police has been deployed at the Amritsar branch of the Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

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Baba Dhanwant held on rape charge

Gurdaspur, August 29
Baba Dhanwant Singh, Chairman of the Noor Vishav Roohani Charitable Sansthan, has been arrested from his residence here by the Hoshiarpur police on a charge of raping a minor girl at his dera about a year ago.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Ex-servicemen approach Kalam on pension
Amritsar, August 29
Disheartened over the attitude of successive governments in implementing a Supreme Court decision regarding pensions to BSF personnel, their association has now taken up the matter with the President of India, Dr Abdul Kalam.

Probe into corruption charges against BDPO
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 29
A fact-finding team of the State BDPOs’ Association deputed by the president of the association today visited BDPO office Sirhind, to verify the facts whether the charges levelled by the BDPO Sirhind that the money had been forcibly put in his pocket by officials of the vigilance department, whereas the department claimed that he was caught red-handed while accepting Rs 5,000 from Bhupinder Singh of Jallah village for making one of their panches as acting Sarpanch of the village.

Dr Uttam Singh DhaliwalBattling ‘bhang’, his aim
Chandigarh, August 29
Can prohibitory orders under Section 144, Cr PC, be promulgated to check the wild growth of ‘bhang’ and its subsequent misuse by drug traffickers ? “Bhang”, though a psychotropic plant, does not come under the purview of the NDPS Act.


SAD meeting tomorrow
Jalandhar, August 29
In its bid to ensure huge gatherings during the proposed dharnas at all district headquarters on September 11 in protest against the alleged repressive policies of the Congress government, the SAD has convened an emergency meeting of the party’s senior leaders at Kalgidhar Nivas in Chandigarh on August 31.


MC cuts 349 water connections
Amritsar, August 29
Owing to a severe fund crunch, the municipal corporation here has disconnected 349 water connections as the owners of these were found defaulting on the payment of water bills.

Exploitation of girls to be checked
Hoshiarpur, August 29
To check exploitation of girls by Punjabis from overseas on the pretext of marrying them and later dumping them back home, a joint conference of Punjab and British Police would be organised at Punjab Police Academy Phillaur. 

Case registered in hair cut incident
Patiala, August 29
Even though the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering College authorities here have denied that any incident of any Sikh boy’s hair being cut during a ragging incident in the college on August 19, the Civil Lines police today registered a case in the matter.

Corpses float in water channels
Bathinda, August 29
More than 24 unclaimed and unidentified bodies have been fished out from various canals and water bodies of the region in the current year and the reason behind the death of most of these could not be ascertained.

Young Dula Ram waits for customers for his idol of Lord Krishna
Young Dula Ram waits for customers for his idol of Lord Krishna on the eve of Janamashtmi in Ludhiana on Thursday. 
— Tribune photo Pardeep Tewari

Malerkotla councillors allege police excesses
Chandigarh, August 29
The happenings in the Malerkotla Municipal Committee meeting on August 26 found an echo here today when seven councillors narrated the sequence of events and ‘’indicted’’ Congress MLA Razia Sultan and her DIG husband (Ludhiana police range) M. Mustafa for creating an atmosphere of ‘’fear-psychosis’’ in the town there.

Langah’s remand extended
Ropar, August 29
Mr A.S. Kathuria, special Judge, today extended the judicial remand of Mr Sucha Singh Langah, a former Punjab PWD Minister, till September 13 in a criminal and corruption case registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau, SAS Nagar.

Remand of Kohar’s PS extended
Jalandhar, August 29
The Chief Judicial Magistrate Mr A.S. Grewal, today extended the judicial remand of Jarnail Singh, a Personal Secretary to a former Punjab Jail Minister and an Akali MLA Mr Ajit Singh Kohar, for a period of 14 days.

Doctors boycott scribes for ‘biased’ news
Muktsar, August 29
Doctors of the town belonging to the Indian Medical Association have socially boycotted two local scribes for publishing a news item about the death of a woman patient.

CM greets people on Janmashtami eve
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has extended his greetings to people on the occasion of Janmashtami.

Give me my dues, says man in briefs
Samana, August 29
Mr Vijay Kumar, a local contractor, held a dharna today on the premises of the Municipal Office here wearing only underwear. He was awarded construction work by the Municipal Committee. Though he had started the construction work, no payment has been released to him so far.

PWD employees up in arms
Chandigarh, August 29
Employees of the Public Works Department (Buildings and Roads) are up in arms against the state government’s decision to wind up 61 subdivisions and declare about 1,200 employees as surplus.


ADOs stage dharna against govt move
Faridkot, August 29
More than 150 Agriculture and Horticulture Development Officers of Moga Faridkot staged a dharna here yesterday in protest against the proposal of Punjab Government to terminate the services of those 147 ADOs and HDOs who were recruited by the PPSC under the chairmanship of Mr Ravinder Pal Sidhu in 2000.

BKU (E) for uniformity in loan waiver
Bathinda, August 29
The State BKU (Ekta general secretary, Mr Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, in a statement issued here today said the Union and state government were setting up various commissions and committees to look into the problems of debt trapped industrialists but nothing was being done for farmers.


Action against spirit licensees ordered
Bathinda, August 29
At least four licensee of spirit have been found violating the rules regardings the storage and selling of spirit by different teams of the Excise Department which conducted a comprehensive checking of their premises following the recent death of six persons due to consumption of spirit.

ETOs among 15 found absent
Muktsar, August 29
At least 15 employees of the offices of the District Food and Supply Control and the Excise and Taxation were found absent when the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Usha R. Sharma, along with Mr A.S. Bhatti, Additional Deputy Commissioner, conducted a surprise check here today. There are a total of 38 employees in both the offices.


Mother booked for boy’s murder
Amritsar, August 29
A mother, her “paramour” and the maternal uncle were booked in the murder case of Harwinder Singh today.

Brawl costs scrap dealer his life
Jalandhar, August 29
In a bizarre incident, a scrap dealer was shot dead while three others were seriously injured in an attack by five persons in the Surnassi cantonment area, 1 km from Maqsoodan police station, on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road today.

Staffer defrauds post office of Rs 11 lakh
Ropar, August 29
The postal authorities here have detected an “embezzlement” of Rs 11 lakh by a Sub-Postmaster at a branch in Nuhon Colony, near Ghanauli village, about 10 km from here. The Sub-Postmaster, Raj Kumar Gupta, absconded on August 19 when the fraud was detected.

Car used in bank robbery found
Hoshiarpur, August 29
A Tata Estate car used by dacoits for robbing a branch of the Oriental Bank of Commerce at Bakapur Guru yesterday, was found abandoned at Lasara village, near Phillaur, last night.

Punjab Monitor Editor held
Amritsar, August 29
Editor of “Punjab Monitor” a quarterly magazine, was arrested today morning on the basis of an article titled “the realities of Hindu Gods and their embodiments” in published Punjabi.

Theft at medical college hostel
Amritsar, August 29
Even though all entry and exit points of Government Medical College have been closed and guards have been deployed, seven persons entered a girl’s hostel and decamped with cash, mobile phones and watches, among other things, at about 4 a.m.


No takers for B. Pharma courses
Ropar, August 29
Even after the second counselling only 50 per cent of the total seats have been filled in pharmacy colleges of the state. Institutes imparting instructions in pharmacy courses which have mushroomed across the state over the past few years not getting any government grant and may face threat to their existence.

DIET students oppose policy, hold dharnas
Ferozepore, August 29
Students of the District Institute of Education and Training, who gathered here from Bathinda, Moga, Muktsar, Faridkot and Ferozepore districts, staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in protest against the new education policy of the state government.

Pupil pays for school mistake
Bathinda, August 29
Poonam Khangwal’s academic career is at stake due to the fault of a school which bungled her matriculation result while issuing her a character certificate.

5 students injured in group clash
Patiala, August 29
Five students of the local Mohindra College were injured in a group clash outside the institution yesterday shortly after the Principal recognised one student group as representative of students of college.


Drycleaners oppose service tax
Bathinda, August 29
Drycleaners of the city have urged the President not to pass the Bill regarding imposition of 5 per cent tax on their earnings. In a letter to the President, Mr Tejinder Mehra, general secratary of the association of drycleaners said the imposition of tax was unjustified as they did not earn much.

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