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Flood-hit Bihar workers return to their second home
A flood-affected family from Madhepura in Bihar arrives at Ludhiana railway stationLudhiana, August 30
Trying to find some hope at a place that had become a second home to them, labourers continue to arrive in this industrial town after floods hit Bihar.

A flood-affected family from Madhepura in Bihar arrives at Ludhiana railway station on Saturday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Gurdwara worker kills himself; 2 of staff booked
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 30
An employee of Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib reportedly committed suicide by consuming poison after alleged torture by the storekeeper and langar in charge of the gurdwara. Both langar in charge Kulwant Singh and storekeeper Joga Singh have been booked on the charge of abetment to suicide.


Badal dares Bhattal to debate
Chandigarh, August 30
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today dared Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal to a debate on flood relief in the coming session of the Vidhan Sabha beginning September 4.



NGO to conduct Youth Cong polls
Chandigarh, August 30
The state Youth Congress is set to become the first outfit of the party along with the National Students Union of India, Uttarakhand, to be democratically elected through an NGO comprising former officers of the Election Commission.

Badal for 100 pc efficient lighting
Chandigarh, August 30
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here has directed the Punjab Energy Development Authority (PEDA) and the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to initiate a joint campaign to achieve 100 per cent efficient lighting in the domestic sector by the end of March, 2009.


Poohla’s follower attacked in jail 
Amritsar, August 30
Only two days after deadly attack on Nihang chief Ajit Singh Poohla, an undertrial attacked his (Poohla’s) follower in the same high security Central Jail this morning.

Kaypee for probe
Chandigarh, August 30
Acting president of the PPCC Mohinder Singh Kaypee has demanded a judicial probe into the killing of controversial Nihang leader Ajit Singh Poohla.

No regrets, say killers
Amritsar, August 30
The killers of controversial Nihang chief Ajit Singh Poohla, who appeared before a court here today, said they did not have any regrets for killing the Nihang leader because of his “misdeeds” and “misadventures”.

Girls are God’s blessing for Bir Raoke village
Bir Raoke (Moga), August 30
Children of Bir Raoke village in Moga district attend a function at the village school This nondescript village in Nihalsinghwala sub-division of Moga district has shown the way to rest of the country by improving sex ratio in the past few years. Turning the tide over high number of male births in the 20th century, the village now has a ratio of 107 females born for every 100 males.

Children of Bir Raoke village in Moga district attend a function at the village school on Saturday. Photo by writer

Docs want recruitment process expedited
Chandigarh, August 30
Doctors are unhappy about the slow recruitment of physicians, overburdening of staff in health institutions and inconvenience to patients.

Nodal authority on complaints against medical institutions
Chandigarh, August 30
The government has constituted a three-member nodal authority comprising Justice Amarbir Singh Gill (retd), Dr R.P. Bambah, former vice-chancellor of Panjab University, and Dr K.K. Talwar, director, PGI, Chandigarh, for entertaining complaints regarding violations of the provisions of the Punjab Private Health Sciences Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Fee and Making of Reservation) Act, 2006, or any direction or notification issued there under.


Land Row
HC tells DC to take action

Anandpur Sahib, August 30
Responding to a civil writ petition filed by residents of Dehni village pertaining to shamlat land of village, Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court have directed the deputy commissioner, Ropar, to submit report on action taken on the BDPO’s report against JE Naresh Kumar. In case no decision has been taken by the deputy commissioner, then he should do the needful within two weeks, the court says.


Yashpal for complete autonomy to varsities
Amritsar, August 30
Professor Yashpal, chairman, UGC-AICTE Review Committe, addresses a meeting held at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar Professor Yashpal, an eminent scientist of international repute, has sought complete autonomy for universities in the country to allow them a free hand to design their own courses, besides restructuring the rules and regulations to encourage an independent thought process among the faculty and students. The universities should be totally liberated from government control to devise their own academic road map, he said.

Professor Yashpal, chairman, UGC-AICTE Review Committe, addresses a meeting held at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo: Vishal Kumar


Markfed ties up with global leader on crop productivity
Chandigarh, August 30
Markfed yesterday tied up with global leader in crop-protection chemicals Syngenta to launch a productivity enhancement campaign in five districts of Punjab.

‘State should focus on agro-based industry’
Sangrur, August 30
The Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum (SASWF) organised a seminar on “Need of industrialisation in Punjab” at the Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) here last evening. Dr Bikram Singh Virk, commerce department, Government College, Kapurthala, was the key speaker. Addressing the seminar, Virk emphasised on the setting up of a large number of agro-based industrial units like food and vegetable processing, horticulture processing, ethanol and bio-fuels, textile and garments in Punjab.


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