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SAD opens door to Hindus at grassroots
Chandigarh, July 26
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has started an operation to bring important opinion leaders of the Hindu community into the party fold. Mr Badal has made a well-planned move on this front. 

14 more bodies fished out
Truck mishap toll likely to rise
Ropar, July 26
The toll in the Kiratpur Sahib truck mishap is likely to go up, as official and unofficial lists of victims have started pouring in. Mr Baldev Singh Mann, member, PSEB, who belongs to Sangrur, has sent a list of 57 missing persons from the Dirba areas.

Lieut Gen. Shantanu Choudhary, GOC II Varsa Corps, listens to grievances of widows of Kargil martyrs on Kargil Vijay Divas in Jalandhar on Thursday.
Lieut Gen. Shantanu Choudhary, GOC II Varsa Corps, listens to grievances of widows of Kargil martyrs on Kargil Vijay Divas in Jalandhar on Thursday.
 — Photo Sandhu

Kargil victim awaits appointment
Ludhiana, July 26
While the nation celebrated Kargil Divas today, lance naik Jatinder Singh, a Kargil war victim, stared at his amputated legs and documents pertaining to the job promised to him by the state government but yet to be given.



New Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University Dr S.P. Singh addressing his first Press conference on the university campus on Thursday.
New Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University Dr S. P. Singh addressing his first Press conference on the university campus on Thursday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Research, Punjabi on new VC’s agenda
Amritsar, July 26
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to explore the international funding agencies, including the World Bank and Unesco, to carry out research work. This was disclosed by Dr S.P. Singh, new Vice-Chancellor, while addressing his first press conference, here today. He said the university would give incentives to genuine researchers so that their research could be reckoned at the global level.

Review appointments by Soch, says Dang
Amritsar, July 26
In a letter to the Governor, Punjab, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, who is also the Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Mr Satya Pal Dang, CPI leader, has requested that all decisions taken on July 20 at Chandigarh regarding the new appointments by the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr H.S. Soch, should be reviewed.


Badal govt ‘passing the buck to opponents’
Chandigarh, July 26
The spokesman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Sant Ram Singla, said today that the Badal government not only had a faulty approach to the state’s development but its methodology with regard to the development process was destructive.

Cong to give youth chance
Jalandhar, July 26
In its efforts to gear-up for the Assembly elections, the recently formed 12-member coordination committee of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has decided to give a chance to the youth in those constituencies where its candidates lost by over 15,000 votes during the last Assembly elections.

4 MPs on Congress manifesto panel
Chandigarh, July 26
To bring about cohesiveness in the top ranks of the Congress in Punjab, the party high command has accommodated a few senior leaders, including MPs, in the manifesto committee of the party.

SAD committee meets on Aug 8
Chandigarh, July 26
The secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, said today that separate meetings of the Political Affairs Committee and district jathedars of the party would be held here on August 8 to discuss important issues pertaining to the party and the coming assembly elections.

JD (S) seeks action against Cong MP
Chandigarh, July 26
Mr Harish Khanna, president of the Punjab unit of the Janata Dal ( S), has urged the Punjab Government to initiate action against Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, a senior Congress leader and member of the Lok Sabha, on the basis of a report of the Lok Pal.


Conspiracy to ‘defame former Prime Minister’
Bathinda, July 26
Mr Darshan Singh Jeeda, president of the Samajwadi Janata Party, Punjab, today alleged that former Prime Minister and party’s national president, Mr Chander Shekhar, was being defamed under a well-planned conspiracy in connection with the Bharat Yatra Kendra Trust’s land case.

Villagers living in fear of flood
Mansa, July 26
People living in villages along the embankments of the Ghaggar river in the district are under constant threat from the rising water level of the river. During the last one and-half decades they have faced the fury of floods four times. No other arrangement has been made on the Chandpura barrage except placing 45,000 sand bags. The administration claims to have made all arrangements to face the situation. 

Passport inquiry system non-functional
Jalandhar, July 26
Hundreds of passport applicants have been inconvenienced due to the non-functioning of the computerised inquiry system which was installed by the Regional Passport Office authorities here with much fanfare.

Government lax, quacks make hay
Bathinda, July 26
Even as the authorities concerned have failed to check the menace of quacks in urban and rural areas of this district, the selling of intoxicants for addiction to the people by fake doctors in this area has started acquiring alarming dimensions.

‘Sangat darshan’ programme 
Patiala, July 26
The residents of Chaura village today said water had accumulated during the monsoon around five or six villages, due to which there was danger of spreading of various diseases. They also complained of illegal closing by certain workers of the nullah.

2 drug addicts found suffering from AIDS
Gurdaspur, July 26
Two drug addicts of the district have been found suffering from AIDS according to Dr J.P. Jalota, project director of the district de-addiction centre, which is being run by the Red Cross. They were taking morphine injections and probably used the same syringe for injecting themselves repeatedly, he said.

‘Inaction’ of cops in kidnapping case flayed
Sangrur, July 26
A large number of men and women under the banner of “Sunil Agwa Action Committee” today took out a march through the town, protesting against the local police as it has allegedly failed in locating 1 year-old Dalit boy Sunil Kumar, who was kidnapped by a woman on July 19 from a temple near the main bus stand here.

Several fall ill after drinking dirty water
Amritsar, July 26
Several residents of Haripura, declared as a slum area, have fallen ill after drinking contaminated water. A visit to the area revealed that there was a probability of an epidemic due to water-borne diseases even as the district administration and the municipal corporation authorities continue to turn a blind eye to the situation. The water is stagnating in the low-lying areas.

Probe lathi charge on farmers: Tohra
New Delhi, July 26
Condemning the unprovoked lathi charge on agitating farmers in Bathinda this week, the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal President Gurcharan Singh Tohra today demanded a judicial probe into the incident. The police had initially allowed peaceful agitation by the farmers for seven days and swung into action only when Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal gave them a go-ahead after his arrival from the USA, the former SGPC chief told newspersons here.

Technocrats stage dharna
Amritsar, July 26
On a call given by the Agricultural Technocrats Action Committee, Punjab, hundreds of agricultural technocrats of various departments of the district held a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office to press for early acceptance of their demands.


Rain fails to enthuse paddy growers
Ludhiana, July 26
The more than average monsoon this year in the region over the past few days, has failed to enthuse the paddy growers. The area under paddy transplantation in the state has significantly declined as farmers have not forgotten the marketing problems faced in selling paddy during the last season. However, the apprehensions of those, who have grown paddy this year, have further increased after the good monsoon.

Panel to remove shellers’ problems
Sunam, July 26
The Punjab Government has divided the state into three regions —Patiala, Jalandhar and Ferozepore — to remove the grievances of rice shellers regarding discolouring of paddy and broken rice.


New police chiefs for 4 districts
Chandigarh, July 26
Patiala, Ludhiana, Jagraon and Mansa will have new district police chiefs as the Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of three IPS and five PPS officers. Fresh posting orders of one IPS and one PPS officer will be issued later.

Bhaini Sahib board reconstituted
Chandigarh, July 26
The Punjab Government has reconstituted the Sri Bhaini Sahib and Raiyan Development Board under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Plan to improve Bathinda drains
Bathinda, July 26
To drain out rain water from the roads of the city and to beautify it, a survey would soon be conducted by a reputed national agency. Mr Venkat Ratnam, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over a meeting of the District City Planning Committee here today, said that the survey would be conducted so that proper planning could be done in this regard.

Seven houses demolished
Patiala, July 26
The district administration today demolished seven houses which had been built on panchayat land in Theri village on the outskirts of the city. The administration swung into action in the morning using a bulldozer and a crane to demolish construction made on village land which is right next to the Urban Estate, Phase I.


Two held for minor’s rape, murder
Jalandhar, July 26
The police has solved the mystery behind the alleged suicide by a 14-year-old girl in April last year and has arrested two of the four accused this morning, Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP, stated here today that on the morning of April 4, last year body of Geeta of Anshik Impex Factory, Maqsudan was found hanging from a ceiling fan with dupatta in the servant quarters in the premises of the factory at Maqsudan, where she had been living with her parents.

Bag with cash, papers snatched
Jalandhar, July 26
Two scooter-borne persons deprived a cyclist of his bag, which contained Rs 30,000 and valuable financial documents, at the local Central Town locality this evening.

Seven arrested, stolen goods recovered
Faridkot, July 26
The district police claims to have solved 10 cases of theft with the recovery of stolen goods including scooters, bicycles, gold jewellery and coils used in electricity transformers estimated to be worth more than Rs 3 lakh.


No marksheets even after 15 days
Bathinda, July 26
The alleged negligence of the Punjab School Education Board has cost students of government schools of Nathana, Poohla, Gidder, Kalyan and Poohli villages dear as the board failed to despatch the detail marksheet. A teacher of Government Senior Secondary School, Nathana reportedly sold the computer printed marksheets at exhoribitant rates.

5 expelled from hostel for ragging
Amritsar, July 26
Five students of B.Tech., computer sciences and engineering, Guru Nanak Dev University, have been expelled from the hostel and fined Rs 10,000 each after being found guilty of ragging. The decision was taken after an inquiry conducted by Dr Bikramjit Singh Ghumman, Dean, Students Welfare.

Counselling for B.Ed. admissions from Aug 3
Patiala, July 26
The counselling for admission to B.Ed. courses in various colleges of Punjab will start on the Punjabi University campus here on August 3. Giving this information, Dr B.S. Bhatia, co-ordinator of B.Ed. entrance test, said the counselling for general category candidates would be held from August 3 to 6, while the counselling for various reserved categories would be held from August 7 to 10. The shifting of already admitted candidates from one college to the other, subject to the availability of seats, would be allowed on August 11.

ETT teachers stage dharna
Sangrur, July 26
Unemployed ETT teachers, under the banner of Unemployed Elementary Teachers’ Union, led by Mr Jagjit Singh Bhola, district president, today staged a four-hour-long dharna here in front of the residence of Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, against the Punjab Education Minister’s alleged adamant attitude towards their demand

Sodhia is GND varsity Dean
Amritsar, July 26
Mrs Manjit Kaur Sodhia was appointed Dean, College Development Council, Guru Nanak Dev University, for one year.

Select JBT teachers on merit: Kataria
Abohar, July 26
Former PPCC President Virendra Kataria has urged the Punjab Governor to ensure that the SAD-BJP government is not allowed to collect election funds on the pretext of getting teachers appointed against thousands of JBT posts, interview for which was now in progress.

Teachers’ delegation meets DEO
Bathinda, July 26
Members of the local unit of the Democratic Teachers Front met the District Education Officer, Secondary, today and urged him to fulfil their demands. Mr Darshan Maur, secretary of the union, said in a press note here today that they urged the DEO to instruct officials and employees of his office to complete all type of paper work within two weeks.

Non-teaching staff hold dharna
Patiala, July 26
The Punjabi University Employees Association (Non-Teaching) organised a dharna in front of the main gate of the University here today. Similiar dharnas were organised at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, PAU, Ludhiana, Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, and Panjab University, Chandigarh.


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