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New townships planned near Ludhiana
Ludhiana, July 19
The Punjab Government is planning to develop new townships near Doraha on the Ludhiana-Delhi road, Goraya on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar road and Mullanpur on the Ludhiana-Ferozepore road to check the pressure of growing population on Ludhiana town. 

PUDA over-staffed: employees
Chandigarh, July 19
Contrary to the new buzzword of the Punjab Government to downsize its departments, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority is “over-staffing” itself.

GND university Syndics to meet in Chandigarh
Amritsar, July 19
For the first time the venue of the Syndicate meeting of Guru Nanak Dev University has been shifted to Chandigarh. The meeting will be held at Punjab Bhavan in the noon tomorrow.

‘Ghaggar problem due to political apathy’
Sangrur, July 19
The Ghaggar problem in the Punjab areas is the result of negligence of the Punjab Drainage Department and politicians in the past several years.

A 60-foot breach in a bank of the Ghaggar near Gulard village in Samana subdivision has caused flooding in the area, forcing villagers to move their belongings to dry areas.
A 60-foot breach in a bank of the Ghaggar near Gulard village in Samana subdivision has caused flooding in the area, forcing villagers to move their belongings to dry areas. — Photo Purshottam Kaushik




Note on Sikh issues sent to Musharraf
Jalandhar, July 19
The National Commission for Minorities Vice-President, Mr Tarlochan Singh, who handed over a charter of Sikh demands to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in Delhi on July 14, has sent a detailed note pertaining to Sikh issues to him through the Indian Ambassador in Islamabad.

12 from Balloh die of cancer
Mansa, July 19
More than 12 residents of Balloh village of the Joga Vidhan Sabha constituency of the district, have died of cancer, while some more are still struggling for life. Most of the villagers suffering from this dreaded disease are from the poor strata of society and they are forced to get treatment at the hands of quacks, as they cannot afford to get treatment in good hospitals.


CPI to contest 25 seats in Punjab
Sangrur, July 19
The Punjab unit of the Communist Party of India will contest 25 seats in the ensuing Assembly elections in the state.

Punjab Shiv Sena to contest 30 seats
Faridkot, July 19
The Shiv Sena will contest the forthcoming Assembly elections from 30 constituencies in Punjab. Most of the candidates will be fielded in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Gurdaspur, Ferozepore and Fatehgarh Sahib districts.


Villagers at nature’s mercy
Ropar, July 19
The lack of funds for flood control measures in the district has left many villages at the mercy of nature.
Reliable sources said on condition of anonymity that consistent monsoons had weakened many bundhs and banks of the seasonal rivers and the Sutlej to such an extent that even medium floods could wash them off. However, the local authorities did not have any funds to carry out the repair works.

Mahajan case given to CBI
Amritsar, July 19
On the direction of Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court the Naresh Mahajan murder case has been handed over to the CBI. The police has been clueless of the murder for two and half years.

Fake arms’ licences: 6 suspended
Ferozepore, July 19
Mr S.R. Ladhar, Deputy Commissioner today suspended six licence and passport clerks for their alleged involvement in the issue of licences of fire arms on fake documents.

Bungling of Bar funds: Dang seeks probe
Amritsar, July 19
In a letter to Mr H.S. Mattewal, Chairman, of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Mr Satya Pal Dang, a veteran CPI leader, has sought his attention to the alleged misappropriating of funds given by the Bar Council.

PSGPC to observe Guru’s death anniversary
Ferozepore, July 19
For the first time in Pakistan, the PSGPC will observe the death anniversary of Guru Nanak at Kartarpur Sahib. According to Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, the International Bhai Mardana Society will send a group of 150 pilgrims to Pakistan to mark the occasion.

Sikh clergy discusses ticklish issues
Amritsar, July 19
The Sikh clergy met here this morning to discuss certain ticklish issues.
According to insiders, the much-publicised issue of Gurdwara Talwara (Hoshiarpur) was discussed. A granthi of the shrine was sacked on allegations of theft. The matter was brought up before Akal Takht. The Sikh clergy referred it to the Deputy Commissioner.

Clash averted in Dhuri MC
Dhuri, July 19
With the intervention of the police, a clash between the supporters of president of the local Municipal Council, Mr Bhim Sain Jindal, and rival group of the Municipal Councillors today was averted near Kranti chowk here when rivals were burning an effigy of the president of the Council near the city police station.

Standoff between police, lawyers ends
Jalandhar, July 19
The two-day standoff between the district police and district Bar Association over the registration of a case for an alleged assault on a senior lawyer on Tuesday was resolved today with the registration of a case in this regard.


Coop societies’ urea price irks farmers
Bathinda, July 19
Various kisan unions have alleged that the cooperative societies working under Markfed were selling agriculture input items at higher than market rates.
Mr Gurjant Singh (name changed) a farmer of Nathana village while talking The Tribune here yesterday alleged that while a 50 kg urea bag costs about Rs 200 to 205 in the open market the Markfed societies were selling it at Rs 216.


MC chief issued show-cause notice
Mansa, July 19
Mr Rajesh Chabra, Chief Secretary, Local Bodies, Punjab has issued a show-cause notice to Mr Pawan Kumar Mattiwala, President Municipal Council, Mansa, asking him why he should not be removed from office for allegedly misusing his powers. He has been asked to submit his reply within 21 days to the charge sheet served with the notice.

Anti-graft drive to be launched
Pathankot, July 19
The flying squad of the Anti-Corruption Board will launch a drive in Gurdaspur district to weed out corruption from government departments.


Woman kidnaps baby
Sangrur, July 19
A one-year-old Dalit boy was today allegedly kidnapped by an unidentified woman from a temple near the main bus stand here.

Former principal arrested
Bathinda, July 19
Ms Devinder Kaur Mann, former Principal of the local Guru Nanak College for Girls, has been arrested by the police in connection with the fraud she committed along with other staff members and management.


PTU’s distance courses not approved?
Chandigarh, July 19
In what is being seen as a dilution of standards of education, the Punjab Technical University is on a spree to admit students to certain courses without the approval of the regulatory authorities of the country.

GND varsity to club winter, autumn break
Amritsar, July 19
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to club autumn and winter break to increase teaching days in the academic year as recommended by the University Grants Commission.

Row over setting up of IT institute
Patiala, July 19
The establishment of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information Technology on the Punjabi University campus in collaboration with a private body today came under a cloud with 22 teachers of the varsity’s Academic Council claiming that the Syndicate had given approval for setting up of the institute without following the Act, statutes and ordinances of the university and demanded an independent probe into the entire affair by a specialised agency.

ETT students hold protest rally
Bathinda, July 19
Members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union yesterday held a rally in the city and blocked traffic near the bus stand to press the authorities to accept their demands.

ETT teachers block traffic
Sangrur, July 19
A large number of members of the district unit of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, led by Mr Devi Dayal and Mr Jagjit Singh Bhola, presidents of the Malwa zone and the district unit, respectively, of the union, blocked traffic for one-and-a-half hours yesterday at Mahavir Chowk near the Civil Hospital here in support of their demands.

Dalit Sena supports agitation
Bathinda, July 19
Mr Jugraj Singh, president of the Goniana unit of Dalit Sena, has urged the state government to accept the demands of the ETT students.

Khalsa College students clash, Principal hurt
Amritsar, July 19
Tension grips 110-year-old Khalsa College here this morning, when some outsiders clashed with students of the college and in the melee, the Principal, Dr M.S. Dhillon, also received minor injuries.

Bathinda boy third in CBSE PMT
Bathinda, July 19
Mr Lakhbir Singh Kang resident of Bhuchoo Mandi has stood third in the PMT conducted by the CBSE.


DCC chief flays move to close down mills
Abohar, July 19
The district Congress president, Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, has condemned the decision to close down the Abohar Cooperative Spinning Mills.

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