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Bonanza for kin of militants?
Rehabilitation Secy ignorant of circular
Amritsar, July 14
In an apparent bid to woo radicals, the overzealous state government is contemplating to give bonanza to families of terrorists, who were responsible for a decade-long violence which claimed thousands of lives.

Sikhs’ sufferings blamed on leadership
Chandigarh, July 14
Return of normalcy to Punjab, notwithstanding, books on the history of this border state in general and its turbulent years in particular, continue to hit the stands regularly.

Drugstore runs without licence
Bathinda, July 14
The District Red Cross Society has been running a drugstore in the premises of local Civil Hospital without any valid licence from the state Drug Control Authority for the past more than one year.

A drugstore on the premises of the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, is being run without a licence for the past more than one year. A drugstore on the premises of the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, is being run without a licence for the past more than one year. — Photo Kulbir Beera

General alert on Indo-Pak border
Hoshiarpur, July 14
Mr A.S. Aulakh, Inspector-General of Punjab Frontier of the BSF has said the Indo-Pak border in the state is completely sealed and there has been no incident of infiltration of any smuggler or Pakistani spy.



  SGPC unlikely to recognise new PSGPC chief
Amritsar, July 14
The SGPC is unlikely to recognise the newly appointed chief of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC). On the eve of his departure for the summit, Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf, today replaced the former ISI chief and president of the PSGPC, Lieut-General Javed Nazir, by General Niazi.


Mittal flays Cong leader’s statement
Sangrur, July 14
Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Food and Supplies Minister, Punjab, today lashed out at Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, by saying that the Congress had not learnt a lesson from the militancy era and had lost its balance to achieve power. 

Terrorism Cong baby: Dalam
Chandigarh, July 14
The Punjab Information and Public Relations Minister, Mr Natha Singh Dalam, has taken strong exception to the allegations levelled against the state Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, by certain Congress leaders by blowing up the issue of Khalistan ideologue, Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan.


Industrial area cries for attention
Malerkotla falls in the industrial belt of Sangrur district and has more than 2,500 medium and small-scale units. Even as the number of units in the local industrial estate has been increasing, the facilities provided in it remain inadequate.

Darbar Hall to be heritage building
Kapurthala, July 14
The Punjab Government has intervened in the controversy going on between the district administration and officials of the Post and Telegraph Department over vacating a local Darbar Hall.

K.K. JindalHarassed even after retirement
Mansa, July 14
Mr K.K. Jindal, who served the Education Department for more than three decades, has been fighting tooth and nail to get justice as the authorities concerned allegedly harassed him throughout his career and continued to do so after his retirement.

Hospitals sans doctors, drugs
Moga, July 14
The absence of doctors and non-availability of life saving drugs at hospitals and dispensaries in some villages of the district for a long time have caused inconvenience to patients.

Charge sheet quashed
Chandigarh, July 14
The Central Administrative Tribunal, Chandigarh Bench, comprising the vice-chairman, Mr Justice G.C. Garg, and member M.P. Singh allowed the original application filed by Mr G.S. Sandhu, Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Amritsar, seeking quashing of the chare sheet served upon the applicant for major penalty and consequently ordered the respondents to consider the case of the applicant for promotion to the post of Commissioner of Income Tax.

Hoshiarpur martyrs’ families get aid
Hoshiarpur, July 14
Brig Kuldip Singh Kahlon (retd), Director, Sainik Welfare, Punjab, visited the houses of Army martyrs in the district yesterday and gave cheques for Rs 5 lakh each to the families of three martyrs.

Stay sought on holding of ‘jagrans’
Bathinda, July 14
Mr Rajesh Kumar Sharma, a local resident has moved an application in the court of the Civil Judge (Senior Division) for getting a stay order on holding of “jagrans” on July 17 and July 21.

Station lacks civic amenities
Pathankot, July 14
The Chakki Bank railway station here which was constructed in the 70s only as a goods unloading station has become a main station as 12 superfast trains halt there. The station does not have toilets, drinking water and waiting rooms. It has a notional compound wall without fencing.

‘Free probe into suspension case needed’
Patiala, July 14
Language Department Additional Director R.S. Gill today said only a free and fair inquiry could bring out the facts behind the suspension of department translation wing research assistant Bhagwant Singh.

NGO’s efforts avert tragedy
Bathinda, July 14
A tragedy which could have resulted in electrocution of many persons was averted by the efforts of the volunteers of the Dost Welfare Society, an NGO of the city, on Thursday.

Lightning kills one
Poohla (Bathinda), July 14
Jasvir Singh of this village was killed yesterday when lightning struck him while he was working in the fields.

Three killed in mishaps
Kapurthala, July 14
Three persons were killed while another was seriously injured in two road accidents during the past 24 hours in the district.

Rain hits life in Phagwara
Phagwara, July 14
Rain water entered shops and houses in Gurunanak Market, Subhash Nagar, Gaushala Road, Shivpuri, Ratanpura, Banga Post Office Road and other low-laying areas.


1540 purchase centres for paddy
Sangrur, July 14
The Punjab Government has finalised arrangements for procuring 125 lakh tonne of paddy against the expected arrival of 115 lakh tonne. As many as 1540 purchase centres have been notified in the state for procuring paddy this season.


IT range set up in Jalandhar
Hoshiarpur, July 14
To speed up departmental work, an income tax range has been set up in the city which will start functioning soon. This was stated by Ms S.K. Aulakh, Income Tax Commissioner, Jalandhar, while taking to mediapersons at the BSF Subsidiary Training Centre at Kharkan, 12 km from here today.

Plans to boost development
Bathinda, July 14
Mr R. Venkatratnam, Deputy Commissioner has said that many projects have been prepared to boost the development of the district.

Rs 8 cr released for Faridkot
Faridkot, July 14
The Punjab Government has released a grant of Rs 8 crore for various development schemes during the current financial year for this district. This was stated by Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, here today. 

PSEB office hours reverted
Chandigarh, July 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board, Patiala, has reverted the office timing to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the demand of its employees.


Psychotropic drugs seized, one arrested
Ropar, July 14
The Morinda police seized prescription drugs during a routine naka yesterday. A team of police officials intercepted a Maruti 800 car (PIM-6688), on the Samrala-Sirhind chowk, and seized 500 injections of morphine, 100 tablets of phenytal-50 and 30 tablets of phenytal-30, all psychotropic drugs.

Father, sons get life sentence
Pathankot, July 14
Mr Kewal Krishan, Additional Sessions Judge, Gurdaspur while sentencing a father and his two sons to life term in a murder case on July 11, observed that the prosecution had succeeded in its case beyond any reasonable doubt.

25 kg opium seized, 2 held
Patiala, July 14
The Samana police today seized 25 kg of opium from two smugglers near the bus stand of Ghiora village here today.


Education office sans building, staff
Fazilka, July 14
Faridkot which has given two chief ministers to Punjab and also education ministers has a neglected education system. The office of the Circle Education Officer with its headquarters at Faridkot is virtually being run on borrowed staff.

School to be named after Brig Shergill
Barnala, July 14
Mr Tota Singh, Minister for Secondary Education, Punjab, unveiled the stone marking the inauguration ceremony of the upgradation of Government High School at Daangarh village, about 15 km from here. He dedicated it to the memory of late Brig Balwinder Singh Shergill of the same village (he died fighting militants in Kupwara sector of Kashmir in August, 2000) at a function held at the school yesterday.

Conflicting reports on B.Ed. result
Patiala, July 14
Punjabi University today gave conflicting reports regarding the declaration of B.Ed. entrance result. While the public relations declared the result to be available for sale on July 15 whereas the Joint Controller (Examination) said the certification of the scores obtained by students will be available on July 18. 

Tandon stresses on computer education
Patiala, July 14
Mr Balramji Das Tandon, Local Government, Labour and Employment Minister, inaugurated a blood donation camp organised by Gram Panchayat and Youth Welfare Society at Bhadak village, near Rajpur, here today.


Not by selling books alone
Patiala, July 14
Once relying completely on books and magazines to keep the cash registers ringing, booksellers of the city have now gone in for cards, gifts, perfumes and stationery even as the reading habit has nosedived among the new generation.


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