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CIMUSET to focus on S-E Asia
India to have science museums
Kapurthala, July 13
The Paris-based international Committee of Science and Technology Museums is all set to shift its focus towards South-East Asia to involve children of developing countries in science related activities and provide expertise and other assistance to respective governments for setting up science and technology museums in South-East Asian countries.

Custodial deaths: a blot on Punjab Police’s face
Chandigarh, July 13
The Punjab Police’s human rights record remains as bad as ever with the 120th custodial death since 1997, 15th of the year and the second of the month, being reported on Thursday at Ferozepore despite tall claims of the militancy days’ hardened uniformed men having turned ‘’people-friendly with specialised rights training.’’

“False” tubectomy cases to meet target
Malerkotla, July 13
To achieve the targets of family planning programmes or earn money in an easy way, a fraud was allegedly committed with the government as well as public by the health authorities at the local Civil Hospital in the past years, especially in 1999.

Farmers plough back cotton crop
Mansa, July 13
Farmers of Mansa, Faridkot and Moga districts have started ploughing their pest-affected cotton crop back in soil. Cotton plants had started decaying in fields which have become waterlogged due to the constant showers lashing the region for the past one month.




Amarinder vows to scrap ‘corrupt’ PPSC
Chandigarh, July 13
If the Congress is voted to power in Punjab in the coming assembly elections, it will scrap the Punjab Public Service Commission and the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board.

Malta boat tragedy: wreckage found
Hoshiarpur, July 13
The Indian Embassy in Rome has informed the headquarters of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission about the discovery of the wreckage of the Maltese boat involved in the Malta tragedy on the ocean floor off the cost of Sicily. According to the latest communication, the Italian authorities began the official search at the accident site on June 25, 2001.

Controversies dog Languages Dept
Patiala, July 13
The controversy over a missing attendance register in the translation wing of the State Languages Department here has turned murkier with the department deciding to register a police case in this regard.


Fate of overbridge project now depends on Railways 
Patiala, July 13
The fate of the proposed overbridge planned to come up at the railway crossing number 22 to tackle the problem of traffic jams due to busy markets on both sides of the crossing, now hinges on the Centre as the proposal is pending with the Railway Ministry.

Authorisation fee: Punjab IMA wants review
Chandigarh, July 13
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association has expressed concern over the high authorisation fees imposed on hospitals and nursing homes in the State by the Punjab Pollution Control Board by invoking Sub rule 3 of rule 8 of Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998.

Spurious cold drinks flood market
Bathinda, July 13
Next time you buy a bottle of cold drink of your liking please ensure its genuineness. Your casual approach in this matter may deprive you of the “taste of thunder” as spurious cold drinks have flooded the markets of this region.

Spurious cold drinks filled in branded bottles are easily available in Bathinda district without any check. 
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera
The spurious cold drinks filled in the branded bottles are easily available in Bathinda district without any check.

‘Excise officials own benami properties’
Bathinda, July 13
Mr Ashok Garg, president, Punjab Pradesh Yuva Beopar Mandal, alleged in a press note issued here yesterday that Excise and Taxation officials of the state were “looting” the traders and did not consider the traders as honest.

Councillor’s death: Cong to take up issue
Jalandhar, July 13
The Punjab Congress has set up an eight-member action committee to take up with the state government the case pertaining to the alleged murder of cantonment councillor Vijay Paplu under mysterious conditions in the local Central Jail last week. Congressmen were accusing the district police of shielding Deputy Superintendent of the jail Surinder Singh, the main accused, by not arresting him.

Samrarat Shanker performing a magic show in aid of Indian Red Cross Society, in Amritsar on Friday.
Magician Samrarat Shanker performing a show in aid of the Indian Red Cross Society in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
Villagers pulling a school van out of a pond at Gill village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road.
Villagers pulling a school van out of a pond at Gill village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road. — Photo Manjit Singh Khalsa

Open Hussainiwala border: SAD (A)
Phagwara, July 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal (A), headed by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann MP, today demanded that the opening of the Hussainiwala border be included in the agenda of the Agra summit.

Badal has gone for eye surgery: Badungar
Chandigarh, July 13
Reacting strongly to the statement made by the Leader of Opposition, Chowdhary Jagjit Singh, that the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in the garb of a patient had gone abroad to meet the terrorists, the Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, said the Congress leader should not behave like a frustrated politician.

Destitute girl battles for life
Bathinda, July 13
An unidentified teenaged girl, who was found in a very bad shape on a road by some villagers near Sangat today, has been battling for her life in the local Civil Hospital .

Old power meters to go within week
Patiala, July 13
The PSEB has decided to change all old meters within a week besides reducing charges for consumers wishing to transfer their connections from Rs 700 per kw to Rs 500 per kw.

Block-level stadium planned
Bhog ceremony of Sohi
Zirakpur, July 13
The Punjab Government will construct a block-level stadium, a road linking the Chandigarh-Ambala highway with Bartana village and a gate on the Zirakpur-Bartana road in memory of Ravinder Singh Sohi, who died following a massive heart attack on July 3.

Nominations invited for awards
Bathinda, July 13
The Gurdwara Godri Sahib Baba Farid Society will give three awards this year namely Baba Farid Award for Honesty (Judicial), Baba Farid Award for Honesty (General) and the Bhagat Puran Singh Award for Service to Humanity.

Sarhali Baba cremated
Tarn Taran, July 13
Kar Seva wale Baba Charan Singh of Sarhali and head of Dera Nawan Padao who died on Wednesday night in Mumbai was cremated today at Gurdwara Gurpuri Sahib, Sarhali, with great religious fervour. A large number of devotees, including representatives of different political, social, religious and other organisations and a large number of panches and sarpanches of gram panchayats of the area, attended the cremation.

World Sikh Council’s clarification
Chandigarh, July 13
Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, secretary-general, World Sikh Council, clarified today that the decision to set up the World Sikh University at Chamkaur Sahib was in the wake of the resolution adopted at the World Sikh Conference held in 1995.

  Vikas Singh   Vikas leaves for India Gate
Amritsar, July 13
Even as peacenik Vikas Singh today bid adieu to the holy city to resume his mission. His greatest regret is his inability to meet Gen Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan scheduled to reach India tomorrow. In a message to General Musharraf, Vikas says, “Kashmir should not be a ‘focal point of the proposed talks as pain and bitterness were linked to the issue.

Tandon distributes grants
Patiala, July 13
A grant of Rs 2 lakh was given for the construction of a bridge at Salimpur Nangal village. Another grant of Rs 1 lakh was given for school building and Rs 1 lakh for development works.

Pilgrim dies at Hemkunt Sahib
Ludhiana, July 13
Sukhdev Singh Ghuman, 49, Divisional Manager of New India Assurance Company, died at Hemkunt Sahib on Wednesday after slipping on a road.


Bhattal kin’s plea on transfer allowed
Chandigarh, July 13
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed a petition filed by former Punjab Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal’s sister, Balwinder Kaur Bhattal, challenging her transfer from Mansa to Ropar. The petitioner is working as District Public Relations Officer.

  • Order to close MLA’s history sheet
  • Notice to Punjab on appointment

Motivated by agriculture experts, the farmers of Bathinda district started growing fruit, but their marketing is proving to be difficult and cumbersome for them.
Motivated by agriculture experts, farmers of Bathinda district started growing fruit, but marketing is proving to be difficult.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

CBI books 39 rice millers
Mansa, July 13
The CBI has registered a preliminary FIR against 52 persons, including 39 rice millers of 13 rice mills and 13 top officials of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) of Bareta town in the district and has started investigation in the supplies of rice to the FCI, which was beyond rejection limit.

‘Search foreign markets for wheat export’
Patiala, July 13
Punjab Federation of Arhtiya Association Emiritus president Bal Krishan Singla has said that slashing the sale price of wheat by 30 per cent will not result in more consumption and the only solution lay in searching new foreign markets.


11 promoted to  rank of Executive Engineer
Chandigarh, July 13
The Punjab Government today ordered the promotion of 11 Subdivisional Engineers as Executive Engineers of the Punjab PWD (B and R).The order was issued by Mr Mohinder Singh, Secretary, PWD (B and R).


Corruption case against SDO, JE
Bathinda, July 13
A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against Hardidar Singh, an SDO and Labh Singh, a JE, of the PSEB, cantonment subdivision, today by the vigilance bureau.

Dismissed cop in police net
Bathinda, July 13
Balkaur Singh, who was dismissed from the Punjab Police in 1994 was arrested today for allegedly smuggling liquor into the district. Balkaur Singh who became drug addict after his dismissal from service used to buy drugs by selling liquor. Police sources said he managed to get liquor at cheap rates and sold it at a premium.

7 arrested in different cases
Bathinda, July 13
The district police has arrested seven persons for various crimes during the past 36 hours. The persons, Gurtej Singh and Tarsem Singh, were arrested for possessing poppy husk.


Decision to increase seats “retrograde”
Bathinda, July 13
The decision of the Punjab University Syndicate to grant 10 per cent additional seats in the teaching departments has snowballed into a major controversy. The syndicate decided on January 25 that 10 per cent additional seats (minimum five seats), of the sanctioned seats, in all teaching departments would be created for poor and meritorious rural students.

Nursing institute’s MD booked
Mansa, July 13
The police has registered a case under Section 406/420 of the IPC against Mr Naginder Singh Harika, managing director of Khalsa Rural Hospital and Nursing Training Institute of Nangal Kalan village in the district.

VC’s term over, still in office
Jalandhar, July 13
Even as uncertainty prevailed regarding the much-hyped extension to the Punjab Technical University Vice-Chancellor, Dr H.S. Gurm, he continued supervising counselling MBA students even a day after the expiry of his term on July 11.

ETT interviews from July 16
Nawanshahr, July 13
Mr Santokh Singh Ranu, District Education Officer (S) and Chairman, District Selection Committee, Nawanshahr and Jalandhar districts, in a press note issued here today said the interview of ETT candidates of the district would commence from July 16 at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Model Town, Jalandhar.

Scholarships for students 
Patiala, July 13
The Punjab Elementary Education Project Committee has selected 20 students for scholarships on the basis of a written test that was conducted on July 1. The committee that works under the aegis of the Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council of New Delhi, has selected 10 boys and 10 girls of sixth standard from 350 candidates who took the test. Each of these students will get Rs 150 per month as scholarship for the next three years.


Small savings agents’ training camp
Ropar, July 13
The National Savings Organisation along with the Directorate of Small Savings, Punjab, organised a one-day orientation camp for Standardised Agency System agents of small savings of the district at the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

Industrialists submit memo to PSEB
Patiala, July 13
The Small Scale Industries Association, Patiala, today urged the Punjab State Electricity Board to open a complaint centre in Focal Point to facilitate industrialists.


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