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DSP’s post in Punjab for Rs 70 lakh: Jagmeet Brar

Show of unity by Punjab Congress leaders at a rally in Rayya (Amritsar), attended by Mr Moti Lal Vohra, Mrs Ambika Soni, Capt Amarinder Singh, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar and Mr R. L. Bhatia, on Saturday. — Photo by Rajeev Sharma

Rayya (Amritsar), July 21
The Punjab Congress displayed strength and unity at a massive rally in the rural belt of the border region. The first ever meeting attended by AICC treasurer Moti Lal Vora, general secretary Mrs Ambika Soni along with other high command leaders today gave call to the people of the Majha region to oust the corrupt Punjab government led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal and bring the Congress back to power.

Punjab signs MoU with Israeli company
Chandigarh, July 21
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who received a tumultuous welcome from his Cabinet colleagues, party workers and others at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport on his return from the USA last night, had finalised signing of an MoU with an Israeli company and also finalisation of programmes related to the holding of anniversaries of both Ch. Devi Lal and Sant Harchand Singh Longowal as the first major items on his hectic agenda today.

The Punjab Chief Minister Mr Prakash Singh Badal and Mrs Surinder Kaur Badal given warm welcome by the ministers of the Punjab Cabinet and other leaders Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Mrs Surinder Kaur Badal being welcomed by Punjab ministers and other leaders at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, on Saturday. Mr Badal arrived after his treatment in the USA.




PTU course not recognised: UGC
Chandigarh, July 21
The University Grants Commission Chairman, Dr Hari Gautam, in an interview with TNS stated here today that the UGC had not recognised any distance education course of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.

Another 15-foot breach in Ghaggar 
Fields flooded in Patiala
Sangrur, July 21
A 15-foot breach today occurred in the Ghaggar between Makror and Mandvi villages in the Khanauri area, leading to the spread of more water in the fields of these villages and some other nearby villages.

Steps to check Sutlej threat
Ferozepore, July 21
The district administration is gearing up to face any situation as the Sutlej water level has started assuming alarming proportions. All vulnerable points along the Dhussi bandh have been strengthened and replenished with stone boulders covered by iron wire mesh. An amount of Rs 1 crore has already been spent on the flood protection works undertaken by the department.

Cong candidates’ papers cancelled
Dharna held in front of BDPO’s office
Bathinda, July 21
Hundreds of Congress activists led by Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, MLA and president of the District Congress Committee, today staged a dharna in front of the office of the local Block Development and Panchayat Officer in protest against the cancellation of the nomination papers of Ms Neeraj Rani and Ms Sunita Rani for the election of the Sarpanch of Gill Patti village.

Congress activists led by Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, MLA and DCC president, stage a protest in front of the office of the BDPO, Bathinda, on Saturday against the cancellation of the nomination papers of Congress candidates for the election of the Sarpanch of Gill Patti village. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Man ‘thrashed’ by minister’s son
Ferozepore, July 21
A person was allegedly thrashed by a son of a senior Cabinet minister of Punjab and his security guards in front of the office of the Secretary, Regional Transport Authority, here.

ISI used Zaffarwal, Chohan: IGP
Hoshiarpur, July 21
The Punjab Government has approached the Centre for bringing back former terrorists who escaped to foreign countries to avoid arrest during the days of terrorism in the state. This was stated by Mr J.P. Virdi, IGP (Jalandhar zone), while talking to mediapersons here yesterday. He said about 10 such former terrorists were presently residing in the USA, the UK and Canada.


Badal calls Amarinder a ‘rank opportunist’
Chandigarh, July 21
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today described the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, to be “rank opportunist who has no background of serving either Punjab or the country”.

Akali workers stage dharna
Tarn Taran, July 21
Hundreds of Akali workers and residents of Naushehra Pannuan village on Friday staged a dharna in front of the office of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer in protest against the shifting of the returning officer for the election of Sarpanch of the gram panchayat of Naushehra Pannuan. The workers on dharna disrupted traffic for more than five hours on the GT Road. The workers were also addressed by Mr Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Minister for Cooperation, Punjab.


Docs on ways to kill female foeticide
Patiala, July 21
The Punjab PCMS Association has demanded a ban on all second-trimester abortions except those that are approved by a board of three doctors. The body says that the ban will put a check on female foeticide that continues due to loopholes in certain provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.

Dy Adviser threatens to stop grant
Bathinda, July 21
Mr R.N. Deshpandey, Deputy Adviser, Union Government, Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water and Sanitation Mission, today threatened to stop the grant of the district under this scheme when he was told that the name of the scheme had been changed by the authorities by Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, MLA and President, District Congress Committee.

Govt owes Rs 250 cr to pensioners
Ahmedgarh, July 21
The Punjab Government may have to pay an extra amount of Rs 250 crore to about 50,000 former employees, who retired on or after January 1, 1996, on account of less payments made while calculating their commuted pension.

Pension for Punjabi Suba activists
Chandigarh, July 21
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that the state government had decided to give pension to those who participated in the Punjabi Suba morcha, Sisganj morcha, Emergency morcha and Dharam Yudh morcha and went to jail in this connection.

Civil airport plan drawn up
This town, situated in the extreme north of Punjab, figures prominently on the tourist map of India. Set amidst the scenic beauty of nature, Pathankot has its importance to the travellers being the gateway to the state of Jammu & Kashmir and to a number of hill stations like Dalhousie and Chamba in Himachal Pradesh. Pathankot is also famous for Shahpur Kandi Fort — a relic of history amidst the picturesque setting on the banks of the Ravi.

Company told to pay compensation
Nabha, July 21
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Patiala, has directed Xerox Modicorp Limited to pay Rs 5000 as compensation and Rs 1500 as costs to complainant, Mr Alok Kumar, owner of an STD/PCO here.

Election for sarpanch postponed
Tarn Taran, July 21
The Election Commission, Punjab, has postponed the election for the Sarpanch of Naushehra Pannua village for which on Friday, on the last day of filing nomination papers, an unruly mob misbehaved with the newly appointed Returning Officer, Mr Mohinder Singh, District Development and Panchayat Officer.

PSEB engineers threaten strike
Bathinda, July 21
Members of the PSEB Engineers Association have threatened to go on strike from July 27 if bribe cases registered against Mr Hardidar Singh, SDO (cantonment) and Mr Labh Singh, JE, were not withdrawn.


Officials’ absence irks minister
Bathinda, July 21
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr R. Venkatratnam, has been directed by the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, to lodge a complaint against those telecom officials who were absent from the meeting of the District Grievances Committee, today afternoon.


9-yr-old kidnapped by father recovered
Phagwara, July 21
A nine-year-old Jatinder Singh, alias Jyoti, who was kidnapped by his father Bikar Singh from outside school of Thakarki village on July 19, was recovered yesterday from Churpur village and Bikar Singh and his accomplice Sukhbir Lal were arrested under Sections 363/34 of the IPC.

3 cars stolen from Patiala region
Patiala, July 21
Three cars and a stereo and a spare tyre of another car were stolen last night here. As per information available, one car (DNZ-3701) was stolen from the Bagichi Het Ram area.


Fewer Punjabi teachers in schools, colleges
Fazilka, July 21
A large number of posts of teachers and lecturers in Punjabi in government schools are lying vacant despite Punjabi being a state language and a compulsory subject at all levels upto BA III. Out of the nine senior secondary schools of the subdivision, those at Ladhuka, Chimnewala, Kheowali Dhab and Karnikhera do not have lecturers in Punjabi for the past about five years.

Govt polytechnic interviews
Kharar, July 21
Hundreds of students from all over Punjab are appearing in interviews for admission to various diploma courses passed on Joint Entrance Test-2001 to the affiliated institutions of Punjab and Chandigarh at Government polytechnic, Khuni Majra about 2 km from here on Kharar-Landran Road. The interviews, which started from July 17, will continue till August, 2.

ETT students burn the effigy of Mr Tota Singh, Punjab Education Minister at Bathinda, on Saturday.
ETT students burn the effigy of Mr Tota Singh, Punjab Education Minister, at Bathinda, on Saturday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

ETT teachers burn Tota Singh’s effigy
Bathinda, July 21
Members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union today threatened they would gherao Punjab ministers at their respective residences if their demands were not fulfilled in a few days.

Minister inaugurates upgraded school
Bathinda, July 21
Mr Tota Singh, Education Minister, Punjab, inaugurated the upgraded school of Behman Jassa Singh village today. The school was upgraded from primary to middle level by the minister who also announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the school.


Punjab traders resentful
Chandigarh, July 21
The heartburn in the industry and trade in Punjab continues because of various reasons. But the most significant is the promises made by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. The CM had been given a long list of demands of the industry and trade and the problems faced by both these sectors by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial undertakings headed by a Ludhiana based industrialist, Mr Inderjit Singh on May 15.

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