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Talwandi refuses to recognise new PSGPC chief
Amritsar, July 15
In a categorical statement, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, SGPC, has refused to give recognition to Maj Gen Niazi who has replaced Lieut-Gen Javed Nasir, a former ISI chief as President of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.

Power demand up despite good rain
Chandigarh, July 15
A heavy to vigorous south-west monsoon notwithstanding, there has been a continuous gradual increase in both the availability and the demand for power in Punjab for the past four days.

PUDA plans 8- storeyed complex
Chandigarh, July 15
The Housing and Urban Development Minister, Dr Upinder Kaur, will lay the foundation stone of PUDA Bhavan, incorporating the headquarters of PUDA as well as its zonal offices of SAS Nagar, on July 17.

No decision yet on next GND University VC
Amritsar, July 15
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, seems to be indecisive on the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University even as the extension of Dr Harbhajan Singh Soch will expire on July 22.

Suspended ASI promoted
Patiala, July 15
In a stunning development, the Patiala district police chief Harpreet Singh Sidhu has given a plum posting to a lady Assistant Sub-Inspector even though she has been suspended by the Patiala Range Deputy Inspector-General of Police Sanjeev Gupta for terrorising a disabled woman along with a Station House Officer of the city after being accused of specific corruption charges.




1.33 cr allocated for 3 railway stations
Amritsar, July 15
The five-member Railway Convention Parliament Committee today announced that the railway station here would be beautified and made into a model station.

400 villagers suffer from hepatitis-B
Bathinda, July 15
Chauke village in this district has been hit by hepatitis-B due to the absence of a regular doctor, the villagers are forced to go to quacks. Sometimes it even costs them their lives.


Cong, SAD woo Morinda voters with money
Karora (Kharar), July 15
A virtual campaign for the Morinda Assembly constituency has picked up with the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the main Opposition, the Congress, distributing funds for development of villages in the area in an apparent bid to win over voters for the Punjab Assembly elections due early next year.

Magnet therapy for alleviating pain
Bathinda, July 15
Magnetic therapy camp held in the city came as a new hope for the residents of the city suffering from joint pain and were fed up with going from one doctor to another and taking pain killers. So when Maharashtra Gramin Arogya Vikas Bahu—Udeshiya Sanstha of Nagpur held a camp of magnetic therapy, it attracted large number of people.

Patients receive treatment at a magnetic therapy camp held in Bathinda city.
Patients receive treatment at a magnetic therapy camp held in Bathinda city.
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Residents sore at streetlight maintenance
Patiala, July 15
A string of recent developments, including development of the Baradari Gardens, may have lit up Patiala, but as far as the Municipal Corporation is concerned, lighting up the city by ensuing efficient streetlight is apparently not on top of its agenda.

Probe ordered into land deal case
Faridkot, July 15
Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, has ordered an inquiry into a land deal dispute involving Mr Mantar Singh Brar, Shiromani Akali Dal MLA from Kotkapura, and Mr Lakhwinder Singh Randhawa, a resident of Ramgarh village in Jaitu tehsil in the district.

500 disabled to get jobs: DC
Phagwara, July 15
Five hundred physically challenged persons would be identified for employment opportunities, Mr Vivek Aggarwal, DC, said. He was addressing the inaugural function of a camp for giving artificial limbs free of cost to the disabled here today. The camp was organised by the district Red Cross Society and the Bharat Vikas Parishad, Phagwara.

Shift Dimple to mental hospital, urges Dang
Amritsar, July 15
The veteran social worker, Mr Satya Pal Dang, today sought immediate intervention of the police to get Mrs Dimple Goyal proper psychiatric treatment and protect her children’s right to their property. Mr Dang in a press note issued here today felt that it was the primary duty of the police to get Dimple admitted to a mental hospital so that she could be cured.

Capt. Amarinder Singh President, PPCC, blessing a newly wedded couple at Bathinda on Sunday at the marriage ceremony of 51 poor girls organised by the Jai durga Bhajan Mandal, of the city.
Capt. Amarinder Singh President, PPCC, blessing a newly wedded couple at Bathinda on Sunday at the marriage ceremony of 51 poor girls organised by the Jai durga Bhajan Mandal, of the city. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Power cut schedule
Patiala, July 15
Total energy availability is 1000 lakh units while the restricted energy demand is 1030 lakh units.
According to an official press note, the power cut schedule for the Urban Industrial mixed feeders for July 16 will be as follows: cut for Khanna, Muktsar, Ferozepur, Jalandhar and Patiala will be from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 3 pm to 4.30 pm.

Rs 1 lakh award for Dr Samra, associates
Chandigarh, July 15
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has announced the Vasantrao Naik Award of Rs 1 lakh for Dr J.S.Samra, Deputy Director, Natural Resources Management, ICAR, New Delhi, and his associates for their work on rain-water management in various parts of the country.

Staff shortage hits bank working
Sangrur, July 15
About 100 posts of clerk are lying vacant in various branches of Sangrur Central Cooperative Bank in this district. Due to this, the bank is not in a position to open special helpline counters for its customers.


First woman SHO in Punjab
Chandigarh, July 15
The Patiala police has earned a rare distinction by appointing a woman officer as a full-fledged Station House Officer of a police station.
Assistant Sub-Inspector Bindu Bala became the first woman SHO in Punjab after she was given charge of the Ghagga police station in Samana by the Patiala SSP, Mr H.S. Sidhu.


Land-grab bid: 35 booked, 3 held
Kapurthala, July 15
The police has registered a case against 35 persons of whom three have been arrested on the charge of intimidating Jasbir Singh of Sheikhupur village near the town after trespassing into the house and confining Jasbir Singh and his family members illegally in a room, giving threats to them to vacate the land belonging to Ajit Singh Aujala a resident of Jaitwali village in Jalandhar and later got three persons admitted in local civil hospital with sharp edged weapon injuries which were found later by the board of doctors as self-inflicted.

Two highway robbers held
Gurdaspur, July 15
The police yesterday arrested two highway robbers — Sukhpal Singh, resident of Kutbi Nangal, and Daljit Singh, a resident of Kotla Chahal, while five of their accomplices — Amraj Singh, Happy, Daljit Singh, Kuljit Singh and Hira Singh — managed to escape in the cover of darkness.

6 booked for murder bid
Tarn Taran, July 15
Six persons, all residents of Johal Raju Singh village, have been booked under the Arms Act and under Section 307 of the IPC for firing on Mr Devinder Singh of the same village by the local city police station. The accused have been identified as Darbara Singh, Gurmej Singh, sons of Ajaib Singh, Sona, Gurdev Singh, Manjinder Singh sons of Darbara Singh and Dial Singh son of Gurmej Singh.

Man, wife held for smuggling opium
Bathinda, July 15
Surjit Singh and his wife Sukhpreet Kaur, residents of Bir Bholuwala village in Faridkot district have been arrested for allegedly smuggling opium.
Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, in a press note issued here today said both the accused were arrested at the bridge of a distributary between Mehma Sarja and Lakhi Jungle villages as they were found to be in possession of 3 kg of opium.


PTU to open centres abroad
Ludhiana, July 15
Punjab Technical University will open its centres in various developing countries to train Indians settled in these countries as well as the natives under different courses launched by the university under its programme of distant education. To begin with the university will open its centres in the middle east and African countries next month.

Students suffer as varsity changes decision
Bathinda, July 15
The counselling for admission to various courses of Punjab Technical University was held here today at the Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology where a large number of students and franchisees of the District Rural Development Agency alleged that a private computer centre owner was harassing them.

School name issue unresolved
Chak Ram Singh Wala (Bathinda), July 15
A meeting of four panchayats called by the district administration to resolve the ongoing dispute over the issue of naming the high school of Chak Ram Singh Wala village ended without producing any results on Friday.

RASA’s call to unaided affiliated school
Mansa, July 15
Mr Jagdish Rai Sharma, state president of the Recognised and Affiliated Schools Association, gave a call to all unaided affiliated and recognised schools of the state to unite and join RASA. He was addressing a meeting of more than 500 representatives of recognised and affiliated schools of the district in the premises of local Summer Field Public High School here today.

Assurance to college staff on pension
Gurdaspur, July 15
The Punjab Government is committed to implement the demands of the employees of government- aided private colleges at the earliest. It has the Chief Minister's approval also.

Punjabi University B.Ed results
Patiala, July 15
Punjabi University today declared the results of the B.Ed entrance test conducted on July 1, in which 42,574 candidates appeared at 176 examination centres spread over 11 cities all over Punjab.

Interview for primary teachers from July 20
Hoshiarpur, July 15
Interviews for the selection of ETT/JBT/BA, B.Ed teachers for primary schools will start on July 20 at Government Senior Secondary School, Railway Mandi, Hoshiarpur.

One-year extension for VC Guram
Ludhiana, July 15
Dr H.S. Guram, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University has been granted one-year extension in his tenure, according to Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister for Technical Education, Punjab.

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