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Deadlock over raising of Harike task force
Chandigarh, July 31
After spending crores of rupees to clear the Harike wetlands of hyacinth and silt, the future of the internationally acknowledged ecological system is threatened as the raising of an ecological task force for its long-term management hangs fire.

Books for poor being sold openly
Pakhowal (Ludhiana), July 31
The state government’s welfare scheme of supplying free books to children belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes seems to have gone haywire with the books being sold at several bookshops in villages of this district.

Tributes paid to Shaheed Udham Singh
Chief Minister honours martyr’s kin

Sunam, July 31
A state-level function to mark the martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh was presided over by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, here today.

Mahatma’s statue lying amid trash
Phagwara, July 31
While the entire nation is paying tributes to freedom fighters on the occasion of the death anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh today what may send shockwaves among people is the fact that a desecrated headless statue of Mahatma Gandhi lying half-buried in a pile of dust and garbage in a dhobi ghat here for the past about two decades.



Students of Kaintal Junior School planting saplings around the school compound.
Students of Kaintal Junior School planting saplings around the school compound.  
— Photo Subhash Patialavi

2 boxes of explosives found along zero line
Ferozepore, July 31
Two boxes of explosives have been found dumped under the ground in Khilchi village, along the zero line here. Case under the Explosives Act was registered with the Sadar Police Station today and the explosive material has been handed over to the Army for detailed investigations.

Beopar mandal dharna on Aug 7
Abohar, July 31
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal today decided to stage a dharna at Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here on August 7 in protest against the registration of a “false case” against Mr Rakesh Dhuria and Mr Vinod Sharma, president and general secretary, respectively, of the Yuva Beopar Mandal here at the behest of government doctor under Section 170 for allegedly intervening in the functioning of the doctors during office hours three months back.

Medical waste disposal facility on anvil
Patiala, July 31
Centralised facilities will tackle the problem of disposal of medical waste in the state with the earlier proposal of encouraging hospitals and nursing homes to create medical waste disposal facilities on their premises failing to take off.

ILO team to visit Muktsar
Chandigarh, July 31
A high-level team of experts of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will visit Muktsar district for three days from August 10 to study the unemployment problem in the area and find a solution.


25 pc seats for youth: Sukhbir
Bhagta (Bathinda), July 31
The SAD will come to power after the Assembly elections in Punjab next year as it will give tickets to only those candidates who will be capable of winning even if the party has to bring some new faces to achieve this.

Withdraw resignation offer, PM urged
Chandigarh, July 31
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Prakash Singh Badal, today appealed to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to reconsider and withdraw his offer of resignation in the interest of the people, who are immensely benefiting from his seasoned, mature, principled leadership and great qualities of the head and the heart.

Cong wants longer Vidhan Sabha session
Phagwara, July 31
The over centralisation of powers in form of ‘sangat darshan’ programmes of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the collapse of law and order in the state, murder of democracy, discrimination against the opposition, lathi-charge on farmers, Akalis hobnobbing with militants manifested in return of Wasan Singh Zaffarwal and Jagjit Singh Chohan, and excesses on Dalits will be among the issues to be raised by the Congress during the monsoon session of Vidhan Sabha starting on August 21.

Dhami quits SAD (A), revives Akal Sena
Chandigarh, July 31
Mr Kanwarpal Singh Dhami today announced the revival of the Akal Sena after resigning from the vice-presidentship of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), here. Talking to newsmen, Mr Dhami, said the decision to revive the Akal Sena was to “safeguard the ‘maryada’ of Akal Takht which has been under attack from politicians.”

Mann’s son to contest from Sardulgarh
Sardulgarh (Mansa), July 31
Mr Iman Singh Mann, son of Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the SAD (Amritsar), will contest elections from the Sardulgarh Assembly constituency to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha as nominee of the SAD (A). This was unanimously decided by the district unit of the party.


Malaria, jaundice hit five villages
Joga (Mansa), July 31
Five villages adjoining Chauke village have been hit with malaria and jaundice. Most of the victims are poor and cannot afford treatment in good hospitals.

Market panel chief meets political leaders
Budhlada (Mansa), July 31
Mr Harbant Singh ‘Harta’, Chairman of the local Market Committee, today held a meeting with representatives of all political parties to discuss the problems of the town and the area for taking up the same with Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, during his scheduled ‘sangat darshan’ programme in the town.

PPCC seeks CBI probe into arms licence scandal
Fazilka, July 31
Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, former MLA, Fazilka, and secretary, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, in a statement here yesterday alleged that following the involvement of politicians in the arms licence scandal along with certain senior officers, efforts were being made to cover it up.

Seminar on untouchability
Bathinda, July 31
A seminar on discrimination on the basis of caste and untouchability was conducted here yesterday under the chairmanship of Mr R. Venkat Ratnam, Deputy Commissioner.

Involve public to improve police functioning: SSP
Patiala, July 31
Newly appointed district police chief Paramjit Singh Grewal today said the views of the public would be taken to improve the working of the police administration in the district.

Cops ‘raid’ houses of BKU(E) leaders
Bathinda, July 31
Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) alleged in a statement issued here today that the police raided their houses yesterday so as to prevent them from attending a state-level rally of the union to be held on August 1 at Maur Mandi.

Lathi charge: action sought against cops
Chandigarh, July 31
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, today released the party’s fact-finding committee’s report on the police lathi charge on farmers at Maiser Khanain Bathinda on July 24.

No fresh relief, claim transporters
Ludhiana, July 31
Private bus operators here have contested the claim of the Punjab Government regarding fresh tax relief being provided to them. Mr Fateh Singh Libra, Managing Director, Libra group of bus services said in a press note here today that the relief decision by the Punjab Cabinet had been implemented in November, 2000, and now the Cabinet had only ratified the decision.

Holes in drinking water scheme
Faridkot, July 31
Residents of Tehna village in the district have been meeting their drinking water needs from the canal in the outskirt of the village, says Mr Buta Singh, former sarpanch and Hari Singh, social worker. Balmiki Colony has still to get the water supply connection.

Stone laid for water scheme
Gurdaspur, July 31
Raja Narinder Singh, Minister for Public Health and Civil Aviation, said today at Ranger Nangal village 40 km from here, that Rs 21 crore had been sanctioned for 123 villages of this district under the rural water supply scheme. Under this scheme Rs 126 crore would be spent to provide pure drinking water in rural Punjab.

Fall in watertable alarming
Moga, July 31
The watertable in this district, famous for producing bumper crops of wheat and paddy, at present is about 150 feet to 160 feet below the ground level. This has affected the supply of drinking water.

Eight injured in clash
Malerkotla, July 31
Eight persons, including three women, were seriously injured in a clash over land dispute between two groups at Quila Rehmatgarh here today.


Remit farmers’ loans: BKU(L)
Budhlada (Mansa), July 31
“The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) will support the political party which will demand remission of loans outstanding against farmers in the forthcoming elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha”, said Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president of the union.

Punjab Govt to install solar tubewells
Patiala, July 31
The Punjab Government has decided to install tubewells that can be operated on solar energy to provide better facilities to farmers. The facility will be available at places where the water level is only 30 feet deep and will involve an expenditure of Rs 4.56 lakh out of which the farmers will have to contribute Rs 35,000.


Master plan for 24-hr power supply
Moga, July 31
The Punjab Government has prepared a plan to provide 24-hour uninterrupted power supply by the end of the current financial year. At present this facility is available to 2354 villages. Under the new scheme, new transmission lines are being laid and 25,000 tubewell connections will also be given.

Report on octroi exemption soon
Phillaur, July 31
The Punjab Government will soon decide over the octroi exemption issue after getting the report of the three-members octroi review committee headed by Mr Arunesh Shaker of Mukerian, which is expected within two or three days. This was stated by the Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, while talking to the correspondent here today. 

Admn fails to curb corrupt practices
Mansa, July 31
The district administration has failed to keep a check on the corrupt practices carried out by erring government official. A number of doctors working in government hospitals carry out private practice despite the fact they are getting allowances for not practicing at their residence. 

Vinod Khanna is FCI panel chief
Mansa, July 31
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Department of Food and Public Distribution, has constituted a state consultative committee of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for Punjab under the chairmanship of Mr Vinod Khanna, MP from Gurdaspur.


Upgraded schools sans teachers
Bathinda, July 31
The Education Department has been facing a rather difficult situation as it is not able to provide principals, lecturers and other facilities in the schools upgraded this year from high to the senior secondary level, despite the fact that admissions for the plus one and plus two classes have already been done in the schools.

UPTF wins 7 posts of teachers association
Amritsar, July 31
The United Progressive Teachers Front (UPTF), the Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) and Radical Teachers Front (RTF) alliance shared the seats of the teachers association of Guru Nanak Dev University, the elections to which were held here today.

Non-medical lecturers seek promotions
Faridkot, July 31
Resentment prevails among the non-medical lecturers of biochemistry, biophysics and physical education working in the three state government medical colleges at Amritsar, Faridkot and Patiala against the adamant attitude of the Punjab Government to accede to their long-pending demands which include revision of pay scales and promotions.

Counselling not transparent, say students
Bathinda, July 31
Even as the counselling for admission to the B.Ed course in various colleges of the state is to start from August 3, students have started expressing apprehensions the admissions to be done by Punjabi University, Patiala.


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