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Punjab to implement 85th Amendment
Chandigarh, July 27

In a decision of far-reaching consequences affecting lakhs of government employees in the state, the Punjab Government today decided to implement the 85th Amendment to the Constitution.

Recycling of syringes: Punjab CM seeks report
Chandigarh, July 27
Reacting to a news-item published in these columns regarding the recycling of disposable syringes in the region, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said he had asked the state Health Minister to come out with a detailed proposal regarding proper disposal of the same.

Traders hoodwink sales tax officials
Gurdaspur, July 27
While sales tax officials kept sitting outside the Pathankot railway station, traders bringing fake goods in the state have been hoodwinking them. The goods that the taxmen were hoping to inspect have been sent back to Delhi by the traders.

Ban on plastic bags in state
Chandigarh, July 27
Following the example of Himachal Pradesh, the Punjab Government today decided to ban the use of all types of plastic bags in the state.

Ropar police to seek custody of Hawara today
Ropar, July 27
The police here will seek custody of the main accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara, from a Chandigarh court tomorrow in different cases against him in the district.




Martyrs’ relatives accuse officials of demanding bribe
Chandigarh, July 27
Next of kin of several soldiers from Punjab who were killed while deployed on counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir have alleged that officials of the Sainik Welfare Department have been demanding bribes for releasing their due benefits.

Aided school staff to go on mass casual leave
Chandigarh, July 27
Rejecting the government’s clarification that it has not taken a “final” decision yet to phase out 95 per cent grant-in-aid to aided schools, the Punjab State Aided Schools Teachers and Other Employees Union today said that it would not withdraw its agitation until it was given a categoric assurance that the grant would be kept intact and all decisions, which were directly and indirectly leading to the phase-out were withdrawn.

Aided school heads condemn govt decision
Amritsar, July 27
The association of heads of privately managed recognised aided schools today condemned the state government’s decision to phase out 95 per cent grants-in-aid to these schools and also to delink the pay and allowances of their staff from that of their counterparts in government schools.

Sarpanch, SGPC member among 11 booked for murder
Bathinda, July 27
Eleven persons, including a village sarpanch and an SGPC member, have been booked for killing a man while he was on his way back from Talwandi Sabo court yesterday.

Trade facilities lacking at Wagah checkpost
Wagah, July 27
Remember the day when Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, could not bring the Arabian-bred horse, gifted by his Pakistani counterpart, through this joint checkpost?


Passport office staff get tonsured in protest

Jalandhar, July 27

To express their protest over the non-fulfilment of their demands, employees of the Regional Passport Office got their heads shaved here today.

Employees of the Regional Passport Office get their heads shaved in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Employees of the Regional Passport Office get their heads shaved in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands in Jalandhar on Wednesday.

Scheme to help cancer patients
Mohali, July 27
The Expert Group on Incurable Diseases constituted by the Punjab government has recommended the introduction of a scheme to provide financial help to poor patients of cancer and other incurable diseases through a medi-claim policy which should be subsidised up to 50 per cent by the government.

Shortage of essential items in border villages
Pathankot, July 27
Notwithstanding the tall claims of the local administration, villagers residing near Indo-Pakistan border are facing an acute shortage of essential commodities.

PUDA to construct sports complex
Mohali, July 27
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority would construct the much-awaited sports complex opposite Punjab Cricket Association stadium here.

Probe ordered into ‘torture of farmer’
Jalandhar, July 27
The functioning of the district police has come under cloud following a complaint filed by a Ludhiana-based farmer alleging illegal confinement and third-degree torture by the SHO of Lambran police station.

Seized drugs, narcotics set afire
Hoshiarpur, July 27
Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, Deputy Inspector-General of Jalandhar police range, alongwith Mr Gurmeet Singh, SP (D), Kapurthala, and Mr Harish Kumar, SP (D), Hoshiarpur, have disposed of property seized under NDPS Act in Hoshiarpur district.

Trains cancelled
Phillaur July 27
The Railways today cancelled the Amritsar-bound 2925-Up Pashchim Express, 2903-Up Golden Temple Express, and Firozepore-bound 9023-Up Mumbai-Ferozepore Janta Express, Mumbai-bound 2904-Dn Golden Temple Express, and 2138-Dn Ferozepore-Mumbai Mail due to heavy rains which damaged rail tracks at several places in Maharashtra.

Singla, Gill lock horns over housing schemes
Bathinda, July 27
Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla and Improvement Trust Chairman Jagroop Singh Gill have locked horns over the cancellation of six housing schemes in the city.

Admn report shields erring MC
Ludhiana, July 27
After struggling for seven years for justice, the fight of Rakesh Talwar, an alleged victim of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s neglect, seems to have come to a naught with the inquiry report submitted by the district administration to the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, claiming that he had not received any injury due to an open manhole.

Three mobile phone companies stealing power: MC
Patiala, July 27
The local Municipal Corporation authorities has initiated a move to launch criminal proceedings against three corporate houses engaged in mobile phone business in the town for their alleged involvement in power theft from the transmission lines which supply electricity to street lights.


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Life term to five murderers upheld
Chandigarh, July 27
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Mr Justice Pritam Pal has upheld the conviction and sentence awarded to five persons for being involved in the gruesome murder of two members of a family and their servant in 1997.

Accused turns approver
Ropar, July 27
In a new twist to two-year-old murder case of Gurcharan Singh, former chairman of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, Ropar, one of the accused in the case, Rachhpal Singh, wants to become approver in the case.


Farmers begin indefinite dharna
Sangrur, July 27
Activists and members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) under the leadership of Mr Dalbara Singh Chhajla, district finance secretary of the union, today began an indefinite protest dharna in front of the office of the PSEB SDO at Dirba, about 25 km from here.

Land given on lease for model farm
Chandigarh, July 27
The Punjab Government has decided to transfer 300 acres of the Ladhowal farm located near the Sutlej in Ludhiana district to Bharti Enterprises — a group owned by the Mittals.

Punjab plans ‘orange revolution’
Chandigarh, July 27
After the green revolution and the white revolution, Punjab is all set for an “orange revolution” now.


Executive Officer suspended
Tarn Taran, July 27
The services of Mr R.K. Khokhar, Executive Officer of the local Municipal Council, has been put under suspension by the Local Government with immediate effect.


Fake SBI Life Insurance agents dupe people
Gurdaspur, July 27
A large number of customers have been duped allegedly by fake SBI Life Insurance agents at Pathankot. Sources here said that persons posing to be State Bank of India Life Insurance agents opened their office on the Dhangu road in Pathankot in a rented shop on January 13.

Inter-state gang of dacoits busted, 3 held
Sangrur, July 27
The district police today claimed to have busted a 16-member inter-state gang of dacoits, belonging to Dheha community, by arresting three members of the gang, namely Soma (Shahbad Markanda), Nirmal (Bhadson) and Balwinder (Mandi Gobindgarh). Soma is said to be the leader of this gang.

Another ultrasound machine seized
Bathinda, July 27
Continuing its crackdown against private clinics indulging in sex determination tests, the Health Department has seized one more ultrasound machine from Maur Mandi.

Dowry death case against husband
Hoshiarpur, July 27
On a complaint of Charanjit Kaur, wife of Gian Singh, a resident of Guru Nanak Nagar, Bhogpur, the Hariana police on Monday registered a case under Section 304 B of the IPC against Balbir Kumar, his younger brother Vinodhi, sister-in-law Rajni Devi and elder brother Kuldip Kumar of Shamchaurasi for allegedly killing her daughter Balwinder Kaur for dowry.

Rape case: ex-SHO remanded in custody
Kharar, July 27
A Kharar court today remanded Amarpreet Singh, former SHO of the Nayagaon police station, in judicial custody till August 5. The Mohali police had arrested the SHO for allegedly helping the accused in a rape case registered at the police station in 2003.

1 killed in car-truck collision
Rajpura, July 27
One person died and another sustained critical injuries when a car in which they were travelling had a head-on collision with a truck on the Rajpura-Patiala road in Dhindsa village about 8 km from here, this evening.

3 held for acid attack on JE
Faridkot, July 27
Three persons have been arrested for acid attack on a junior engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board that took place near Panjgirain Kalan village last week.


Mid-day meal scheme loses steam
Bathinda, July 27
The mid-day meal scheme has come to a halt in about 60 government schools in Bathinda district. While in some schools wheat stock has finished, others are facing fund crunch.

Teachers held captive by school management
Abohar, July 27
Five woman teachers who had been recruited from Manipur to teach English were made captive for protesting against the non-payment of salary by the management of a public school at Hanumangarh.

248 participate in campus placement
Amritsar, July 27
As many as 248 students of IT courses from 20 institutions located in Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir participated in a joint campus placement conducted by L&T Infotech at Guru Nanak Dev University here today.


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