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Ravi Inder submits memo to Governor
Chandigarh, August 13
The Akali Dal headed by Mr Ravi Inder Singh today submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, about the pending demands of the state. Mr Ravi Inder Singh, who led the party’s delegation to Raj Bhavan, told mediapersons that former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had ignored the state’s demands during his five-year rule from 1997.

Thermal plant offices raided
Ropar, August 13
Police parties today raided the offices of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP) here on search of the officers accused in the employee provident fund (EPF) scam. However, no arrest could be made as they had already fled. Police sources said most of the accused officers had gone on leave.

Repeat diagnosis of PSEB official ordered
Amritsar, August 13
The Medical Superintendent, Dr H.S. Gill, today ordered re-examination of the Deputy Chief Engineer, PSEB, Mr Sukhjinderpal Singh, on the request of the Vigilance Bureau here today.

And now a parole scam in Punjab
Chandigarh, August 13
In just over a year after the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam rocked the state followed by an alleged kidney conspiracy, another scam has surfaced — this time regarding the release of convicts on parole with the help of medical officers and the jail authorities.

Students perform 'Giddha Dance' while rehearsing for the Independence Day celebration at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Amritsar Students perform 'Giddha Dance' while rehearsing for the Independence Day celebration at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Amritsar on Wednesday.

Fatehgarh Sahib



150 fall ill after consuming adulterated food at a temple feast at Muktsar in Punjab.
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Magistrate, staff booked for making bogus votes
Gurdaspur, August 13
The Batala police has booked Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM) Parneet Bhardwaj in connection with the enrolment of bogus votes at Khaira Kalan village in the Batala subdivision for the panchayat poll held on June 29 last.

Punjab may permit selective private practice by docs
Chandigarh, August 13
The Punjab Government may allow the payment of non practising allowance (NPA) to its doctors on a selective basis provided a formal recommendation to this effect is made by the eight-member high-powered committee constituted today.


Akali protest rally on August 18
Sangrur, August 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will organise a big rally on August 18 at Barnala to protest against the registration of “false” cases against Barnala MLA Malkiat Singh Keetu by the police, especially in Barnala police district.

MLA, minister lock horns
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 13
Differences between the MLA of Amloh, Mr Sadhu Singh, and the Minister for Public Health and Rural Development, Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, came to the fore during the inaugural ceremony of the new building of Panchayat Samiti office in Amloh town today.

‘Lawlessness’ in Punjab decried
Phagwara, August 13
Prof Laxami Kanta Chawla, former MLA and senior BJP leader, yesterday decried police failure to arrest those who attacked and looted BJP leader Ram Saroop Arora here on July 20.


465 ad hoc workers not paid for 2 months
Amritsar, August 13
Even as the Municipal Corporation has spent about Rs 25 lakh on the heritage building of the Town Hall, which will be inaugurated on the eve of Independence Day, the salaries of 465 ad hoc employees have not been released for the past two months.

CM to unfurl flag at Kapurthala
Kapurthala, August 13
State-level function of Independence Day will be held here in Guru Nanak stadium on August 15 according to Mr Rakesh Kumar Verma, DC here. Captain Amarinder Singh Chief Minister Punjab will unfurl the national flag and take the salute from march past.

Surveillance up for I-Day, says Siddiqui
Amritsar, August 13
Newly appointed DGP A.A. Siddiqui today said the Punjab police was vigilant to tackle any terrorist threat in the state. Talking to mediapersons at the information office of the Golden Temple here, Mr Siddiqui said the Punjab police had always been on alert to thwart the attempt of terrorists to create trouble in the state.

Ex-servicemen panel gives call to boycott I-Day
Amritsar, August 13
The Indian Ex-servicemen’s League, Punjab and Chandigarh today gave a boycott call for the Independence Day celebrations and asked all ex-servicemen and their families, Army widows, families of martyred soldiers and other ex-servicemen associations to join in the protest against the government.

Reluctant ticket buyer is ‘crorepati’
Phagwara, August 13
Thirtynine-year-old Jaspal Singh Bittu, who owns a cloth shop in the local Sarafan Bazar and is a resident of Model Town here, woke up today richer by Rs 1.5 crore.

Staff withdrawal from dispensary resented
Amritsar, August 13
The decision of the officiating Civil Surgeon (CS) to relieve majority of the staff from the government dispensary at Chheharta has been criticised by residents and villagers from surrounding areas.

Probe ordered against doctor
Bathinda, August 13
The state Health authorities have started an inquiry against a doctor, practising medicine illegally and selling medicine made by himself to the people under a particular brand name for the past many years in violation of rules and regulation of the Health Department.

Civic body demands assailants’ arrest
Phagwara, August 13
The local nagar council, at a meeting held here today, presided over by its president Malkiat Singh Ragbotra, deplored the assault on councillor Sanjiv Bugga here yesterday.

Rally by rail workers’ union
Amritsar, August 13
A protest rally and demonstration was held at the railway station by members of the Northern Railway Men’s Union here today.

Virat Bairagi Sammelan in Barnala
Chandigarh, August 13
The Bairagi Mahan Mandal has begun constituency-wise meetings in Punjab with Chavinda Devi (Majitha, Amritsar) being the starting point under the stewardship of its state president, Mr Kishan Kumar Bawa.

SDM ordered to probe food poisoning case
Muktsar, August 13
The Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Usha Sharma, has directed the SDM, Malout, to probe the food poisoning case of Makatora village.

Flight to bring freedom fighters to Amritsar
Amritsar, August 13
The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Rajiv Prashad Rudy, has arranged a special Indian Airlines chartered flight to bring freedom fighters and physically challenged children to pay homage at the Jallianwala Bagh National Martyrs Memorial on Independence Day.

Freedom fighter Leela Wanti dead
Faridkot, August 13
Veteran freedom fighter Leela Wanti, widow of freedom fighter Seth Ram Nath, died of a massive heart attack at Jaitu in the district on Monday. She was 88.

Fresh deadline to butchers
Patiala, August 13
The Municipal Corporation has issued notices to big butcheries in the city to shift their operations outside the city by August 20 while allowing them sale of frozen meat from within their premises.


2 singers may be declared proclaimed offenders
Amritsar, August 13
Seven persons, including singers Anuradha Paudwal and Narendra Chanchal, and the owners of Super Cassette Industries, Time Magnetic Industries and Tips Cassette Industries, are likely to be declared proclaimed offenders if they do not turn up on November 15 at the district courts here in connection with a case under the Copyright Act and alleged cheating filed by Brij Mohan Bhardwaj in November, 1996.

High Court
High Court tells Sessions Judge to hold inquiry
Chandigarh, August 13
Acting on a petition filed by gram panchayat members alleging illegal detention, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed Ferozepore's Sessions Judge to hold an inquiry into the matter.

  • Assistance to CBI

  • Bail plea dismissed


DC ticks off officials absent at open darbar
Faridkot, August 13
Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, today sought an explanation from senior officers of various district departments, including PSTC, telecommunication, forest and Executive Engineer Harike division for not attending the district-level open darbar held here today to resolve the problems of aggrieved people in the district.


ASI involved in bribe case surrenders
Faridkot, August 13
Punjab Police ASI Gurjant Singh Badal today surrendered before the city police in a graft case after 20 days after registration of a case against him and two others.

2 arrested for pocketing fine
Mansa, August 13
A team of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, led by Mr Vinod Kumar Chowdhary, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vigilance), Mansa, apprehended Darshan Singh, gunman, and Rajinder Singh, driver of the District Transport Officer, Mansa, Mr Mohan Lal, today under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and recovered Rs 7000 from them.

240 kg of poppy husk seized
Abohar, August 13
The sadar police has foiled an attempt to smuggle poppy husk from Rajasthan. According to official sources, a jeep (HR-24-C-9884), coming from Rajasthan, was intercepted near Kular village.

Cancer patient commits suicide
Bathinda, August 13
Inderjeet Kaur (name changed), a resident of the Goniana area, who was suffering from cancer disease for the past many years, today ended her life by jumping into a river. The deceased had been getting treatment from a hospital in Rajasthan for the past many years. But she was not aware of the disease she was suffering from.


Prof alleges threat to life from colleague
Amritsar, August 13
A tussle between two professors of Guru Nanak Dev University has intensified with a professor alleging threat to his life from the other in a complaint to the Vice-Chancellor of the university and the SSP.

College staff strike work over attack on Principal
Hoshiarpur, August 13
The staff of the local DAV College observed a strike today in protest against the attack by Mr Kamal Chaudhry, former MP and president, DAV College Managing Committee, and his supporters on Dr Janmit Singh, Principal, and other staff members of the college yesterday. The college remained closed today.

Teachers of pvt colleges observe strike
Sangrur, August 13
Teachers of private colleges in the district today observed a two-period strike in protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the Capt Amarinder Singh government towards the grievances and demands of private college teachers in Punjab.

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