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Badal raises Sikh issues with PM
130-cr released for irrigation, drainage works
New Delhi, July 22
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal today urged the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to the Sikh issues in future talks with Pakistan. Mr Badal made a courtesy call on the Prime Minister at his residence, praised him for his endeavour to promote peace and harmony through confidence-building measures between the neighbours divided by Radcliff Line.

Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal meets Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal meets Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in New Delhi on Sunday.

Punjab ‘on brink of disaster, courtesy Badal’
Chandigarh, July 22
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had brought the state to the brink of disaster affecting the livelihood of every citizen.

GND varsity to have new VC
Chandigarh, July 22
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, is all set to get a new Vice-Chancellor soon as any further extension to the present incumbent, Dr Harbhajan Singh Soch, who is due to retire tomorrow at the end of his extended term, has been ruled out.

Ghaggar may go on wreaking havoc
Patiala, July 22
The Ghaggar is likely to continue to wreak havoc on the people of Patiala and Sangrur districts, with the Punjab Government expressing its helplessness to find a permanent solution to the problem of flash floods occurring due to excess water flowing in the river during the monsoon.

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15 lakh released for bundh repair
Ropar, July 22
The Punjab Government has released Rs 15 lakh for emergency flood control measures in the district. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr G.S. Grewal, in a press note issued here today said with these funds, the authorities would be able to repair damaged bundhs and embankments on Siswan, Budki, Debetwali and Sutlej rivers.

SP’s gunman hurt, BKU blamed
Farmers allege lathi charge
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), July 22
Kishan Singh, gunman of the SP (Headquarters), Mr Harbaz Singh, was injured when BKU (Ekta) activists, who were approaching Maisarkhana, allegedly pelted their police Gypsy with stones.

Act to be amended to boost eye donation
Patiala, July 22
The Union Ministry for Health is bringing out an amendment in the Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994, to encourage eye donations. This was stated by Dr J.S. Saini, President of the Eye Bank Association of India (EBAI), while addressing a gathering of north Indian ophthalmologists to mark the eye donation fortnight beginning on August 25.


Cong not to project CM beforehand
Jalandhar, July 22
The Congress will not project any leader as the future Punjab Chief Minister in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. This was stated by Mr Moti Lal Vora, treasurer of the All-India Congress Committee and senior Congress leader, who was here to attend the bhog ceremony of Congress councillor Vijay Kumar Papplu, who died in the local Central Jail on July 6.

Khaira making inroads into Bibi’s turf
Kapurthala, July 22
Farmers of the Bholath assembly constituency today organised a junction to honour Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Secretary, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, and president of the Punjab State Progressive Farmers Association, at Nadala village, 15 km from here.

Ultras not Cong agents: Goyal
Sangrur, July 22
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has asked the state unit of the BJP to clear its view on the arrival of militants in Punjab from abroad in the recent past. Mr Brij Lal Goyal, Vice-President of the PPCC, said the people of Punjab wanted that the BJP should clarify its stand on the issue.

Beopar mandal to contest poll
Bathinda, July 22
In a significant move, the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal declared here today that it would be contesting the state Assembly elections from at least 25 seats. Mr Madan Lal Kapoor, President of the mandal, said while talking to this correspondent here this evening that the mandal would field candidates for the coming elections without the support of any political party as the traders had been cheated by almost all parties.

Badal betrayed masses: Lok Morcha
Malerkotla, July 22
The Lok Morcha, Punjab, held a political convention here today to organise the masses into a movement against the “misdeeds, profligacy and bad governance” of the SAD-BJP combine.

JD leader joins BJP
Mansa, July 22
Mr Jagpal Singh Chahal, Vice-President of the Punjab unit of the Janta Dal, who unsuccessfully contested elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha from the Mansa constituency, along with more than 100 workers of the Janata Dal joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) at a simple function held at Chetan Singh Sarvhitkari Senior Secondary Vidya Mandir here today.

Shergill flays govt for not holding poll
Chandigarh, July 22
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Legal Cell chairman, Mr Shamsher Singh Shergill accused the SAD-BJP government of destroying the democratic institution in the state.


Concern over female foeticide
Fatehgarh Sahib
Though most of the social and religious organisations of the state and even the Supreme Court of India have expressed concern over the menace of female foeticide, yet a public awareness campaign and mass movement in the state has to be launched if we want to control this inhuman act, said Mr R.L. Kalsia, Director, Child and Women Development, while addressing a state-level seminar here on “Female foeticide and its implications”, organised by the district administration.

Row over booth construction near library
Jalandhar, July 22
Countless readers and residents of the city are sore and surprised over the district administration’s “nod” to some taxi operators to construct five booths for setting up stands on prime government land in front of the District Library here.

Work on airport from July 27
Jalandhar, July 22
Work for upgrading the Amritsar airport to international standard would be launched on July 27, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr Chaman Lal Gupta, has said. “The Rs 150 crore project for the Raja Sansi airport in Amritsar will be completed in two phases”, Mr Gupta said at Udhampur yesterday.

Traffic Police officials check for drunken driving  on the Mall, Patiala.
Traffic police officials check for drunken driving  on the Mall, Patiala. — Photo Subhash Patialvi

7 woman cops hurt in mishap
Phagwara, July 22
Six women constables of the Punjab Police and ASI Palwinder Kaur sustained injuries when their Phillaur-bound autorickshaw rammed into a truck whose driver was forced to suddenly apply brakes to save itself from another vehicle coming in the opposite direction near Phillaur last evening, police sources said.

Accidents claim two lives
Moga, July 22
Two persons were killed and two others seriously injured in different accidents around Moga during the past 24 hours.

Ex-MLA held, bailed out
Bathinda, July 22
Mr Baldev Singh Ballamgarh, former MLA, Malout, was arrested and bailed out in a criminal case registered against him and others in a city police station yesterday on charges of trespassing.

Lakhbir Lakha performs at a jagran organised by the Shri Durga Jagran Mandal in Bathinda on Saturday night.
Lakhbir Lakha performs at a jagran organised by the Shri Durga Jagran Mandal in Bathinda on Saturday night. 
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera.
Lakha draws crowds at jagran
Bathinda, July 22
Thousands of devotees were spellbound by the performance of Lakhbir Lakha here last night at a jagran organised by the Shri Durga Jagran Mandal. The jagran was organised at Government Girls Senior Secondary School. The city was decorated with lights, banners, posters and welcome gates. The jagran was organised by the mandli with money collected from the charity and funds donated by residents of the city.

Phone facility at Gobind Dham
Chandigarh, July 22
A satellite telephone facility has been provided at Gobind Dham, en route to Hemkunt Sahib, a popular pilgrimage shrine. The calls will be charged at the rate of a normal STD PCO telephone.

Detained migrants released
Jalandhar, July 22
Two of the three Kashmiri migrants who were detained since Friday by the local CIA staff to verify their alleged links with a Kashmiri militant, were today released by the police. Police officials identified the released Kashmiris as Ghulam Nabi Rath and Bashir Ahmed. The third identified as Mansoor Ahmed was still under detention with the CIA staff, the officials said.

Minister opens dharamshala
Patiala, July 22
More than 2700 km of link roads have been laid in villages during the past four years to facilitate transit and help in the development of villages while only 700 km of road was laid during the reign of Congress.

Dharna held against police excesses
Nathana (Bathinda), July 22
Workers of the CPI and the Congress yesterday held a dharna in front of the local police station to protest against the alleged atrocities of the police against the Sarpanch of Gidder village.


Israeli way to preserve fodder
Amritsar, July 22
Feed and fodder development experts of the Animal Husbandry Department are popularising an Israeli technique for the preservation of green fodder by making silage. Dr Hazara Singh Cheema and Dr Anup Kumar, are experimenting on the technique at the farm of Gurmeet Singh, Thatta, Paramjit Singh, Sukhwinder Singh Rana and Iqbal Singh Gill all from the Bikhiwind area. By using the technique the farmers can preserve surplus green fodder by making silage. The fodder used for making this is cut at an optimum level.

Chaffed fodder being manual pressed for making silage to preserve fodder in lean period at Bhikhiwind in Amritsar on Sunday.
Chaffed fodder being manually pressed for making silage to preserve for the lean period, at Bhikhiwind in Amritsar on Sunday.  — Photo Rajiv Sharma


22 PCS officers shifted

Defacing of walls may attract action
Patiala, July 22
A strict action would be taken against those advertisers who put up posters on the walls of government buildings and spoil the beauty of the city. This was stated by Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, during a meeting held to discuss matters regarding the Independence Day celebrations to be held at Yadavindra Stadium here. Mr Bir said cases should be registered against such advertisers so that legal action could be taken against them.


Cough syrups being smuggled
Bathinda, July 22
In an unusual trend cough syrups have started flowing to this part of Punjab from Haryana. The cough syrups are being supplied to the drug addicts of the city at their doorstep after fetching the same from the chemist shops located in various towns of Haryana.

Bid to loot farmhouse
Phillaur, July 22
About six armed robbers entered the farmhouse of Ratinderjit Singh and made an unsuccessful attempt of robbery at Kherra village near here today. The police, while confirming the incident, told the correspondent that the robbers after tying up the servant to a tree entered the farmhouse.

Six injured in group clash
Kapurthala, July 22
Six persons were injured in a group clash at Bhulana village under sadar police station last night. Sharp weapons, rifle and lathies were used in the clash. The injured have been admitted to the local civil hospital where the condition of four of them is stated to be serious.

7.5 kg of opium seized, 1 held
Barnala, July 22
Ajaib Singh Kaleka, SSP, said here today that an opium dealer hailing from Khuddian of Rajasthan was apprehended and 7.5 kg of opium worth Rs 1.5 lakh was seized from his possession.


Minister’s remark draws flak
Patiala, July 22
The statement of Higher Education Minister Master Mohan Lal that the Punjabi University Pro Vice-Chancellor post was likely to go to a BJP man has stirred a hornet’s nest amongst academicians in the city who are unanimous in their view in condemning the move.

ETT teachers’ interview
Nawanshahr, July 22
Mr Santosh Singh Ranu, District Education Officer-cum-Chairman of the District Selection Committee (ETT teachers), in a press note here today said candidates, who had not got letters for the ongoing interview for the selection of ETT teachers at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Model Town, Jalandhar, since July 16, could appear for the interview on July 27 at the same venue.

ETT candidates gherao minister’s houses
Ropar, July 22
ETT candidates today gheraoed the residence of the state Minister for Education, Mr Tara Singh Ladal, in protest against the ongoing recruitment of B.Ed. candidates against their posts.

Garg’s house gheraoed
Bathinda, July 22
After burning yesterday the effigy of Mr Tota Singh, Minister for Education, Punjab, members of the unemployed Elementary Teachers Union here today gheraoed the residence of Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister for Science and Technology, Punjab, as part of their intensified stir to get their demands fulfilled. The union had decided yesterday that if their demands were not fulfilled, they would gherao Punjab ministers at their residence.

 Members of the Unemployed ETT  Union, gheraoed the residence of Punjab Science and technology Minister Mr Chiranji Lal Garg. Members of the Unemployed ETT  Union gheraoed the residence of Punjab Science and Technology Minister Chiranji Lal Garg, protesting against the non-fulfilment of their demands, at Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Teachers showing poor results to lose increments
Bathinda, July 22
Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh said the grade increments of the teachers of government schools showing less than 25 per cent results would be stopped. Mr Tota Singh who was here in connection with the meeting of the District Grievances Committee said while talking to mediapersons that the state government, to improve education and quality of services of the government teachers, had decided that the teachers showing more than 70 per cent results would be felicitated. The District Education Officers had been directed to forward lists of the teachers giving details of the results produced by them.

Where individual bed is a luxury
Patiala, July 22
It may sound bizarre but it is true. Eight girls are sharing one room in Government College for Girls. That is not all. It helps to be in the science stream as in that case four to five girls get one room. Those in the arts stream have to wait to gain seniority with the passage of years. New entrants are doomed to a miserable existence in cramped quarters.


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