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Populist steps may land Punjab in debt trap again
Chandigarh, August 4
Punjab is again likely to get into a debt trap if politically correct, bold, hard and harsh decisions are not taken to bridge the gap between income and expenditure. Continuing populist measures, over a period of time, have had a cascading effect on the financial situation and will make things more difficult for the next political regime.

Romana’s allegations ‘full of falsehood’
Chandigarh, August 4
Mr S.S. Ahluwalia, MP, has described the allegations made by Mr Mohinder Singh Romana against him as “full of falsehood, distortions, fabrications, malicious, misleading and disgraceful” maintaining that he was “ ready to face a probe by any authority of proven honesty and dignity but not by any member of the Akali party”.

Varsity-AICTE war of words hots up
Patiala, August 4
The war of words between the north-west regional office of the All-India Council for Technical Education and Punjabi University heightened yesterday with the AICTE telling the university Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar not to proceed against the provisions of the Central Act on the issue of approval needed from the body for any technical course in the country, saying that their insistence to wrongly interpret the Act was being viewed seriously.

VC keeping anti-socials in hostel: PUTA
Move to ‘terrorise’ teachers

Patiala, August 4
The Punjabi University Teachers Association today claimed the Vice-Chancellor, in a calculated move, was trying to “malign and terrorise” the elected body and appealed to the Chancellor and the Chief Minister to intervene.

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Badal distributes cheques
Kiratpur Sahib truck tragedy
Dirba (Sangrur), August 4
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, here this afternoon visited those bereaved families whose members were drowned on July 23 when the truck in which they were travelling fell into the Anandpur Sahib canal at Kiratpur Sahib. In this tragedy, 57 pilgrims were drowned. Most pilgrims belonged to this village.

Probe indicts cop in treasure case
Ludhiana, August 4
The claims of a youth of Ghungrana village of illegal confinement by the Dehlon police and the alleged role played by the police in the infamous Ghungrana treasure case have been upheld as a high-level inquiry by the Jagraon police has found that most of the charges levelled by him against the Dehlon police are true.


Neelima Sharma of Nishant, a theatre group of New Delhi, performs during a short play
Neelima Sharma of Nishant, a theatre group of New Delhi, performs during a short play at St Xaviers Secondary School on the theme “Rights of the Girl Child” at Bathinda on Saturday. 
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Seminar on girl child held
Bathinda, August 4
A seminar on “Rights of the Girl Child” was held here today at St Xaviers Secondary School, in which a large number of students of various public schools participated. Justice Kuldip Singh, a former judge of the Supreme Court, was the chief guest on the occasion. He said it was very unfortunate that even after more than 50 years of Independence, some people thought of the girl child as a burden. Appreciating the views of the participants, Justice Kuldip Singh said the workshop presented the true face of the girl child.

Site for martyrs’ statue kicks up row
Bathinda, August 4
The installation of the statue in the city of jawan Sandeep Singh of 20 Sikh Regiment who laid down his life while fighting Pakistani enemies during the Kargil war two years ago has created a controversy as some persons are trying to change the official site selected for the purpose.

The site which has generated a controversy. — Photo KB
The site which has generated a controversy.

Taxi operators allege harassment by cops
Dhuri, August 4
Members of the local Dasmesh Taxi Operators Union have been observing a strike and staging a dharna here since yesterday at the railway station taxi stand in protest against the harassment meted out by the Dhuri police in challaning their parked vehicles on lame excuses.

House owners told to give tenants’ details
Moga, August 4
The Moga District Magistrate, Mr Kanwalbir Singh Sidhu, in a notification issued today directed house owners to give details about their tenants to the police in their respective areas. The notification has been issued reportedly due to the increasing incidents of robberies, dacoities and thefts in the area.

Sikh jatha to leave for Pakistan
Moga, August 4
For the first time since Independence, the Pakistan Government has allowed 150 Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Sialkot district related to Guru Nanak, Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, president of the International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society said on Thursday.

Chawla, others tie rakhis to soldiers
Amritsar, August 4
The Rakhi festival was celebrated at the fort of Gobindgarh and Wagah border, under the leadership of the BJP MLA, Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla. “The Rakhi festival is symbolic of the love between brothers and sisters besides having religious and spiritual importance.

Plea to remove tax barriers
Pathankot, August 4
Resentment prevails among businessmen, transporters and residents of the area over toll tax and other barriers around the town set up by the Punjab, Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir governments.

Badal’s claim on roads false: Cong
Hoshiarpur, August 4
Mr Sunder Sham Arora, PPCC, member from Hoshiarpur, said in a press note here today though that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was claiming that national and state highways and link roads in state were being repaired, the condition of the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road was still pitiable.

Party holds dharna
Patiala August 4
The Lok Jana Shakti Party on Saturday staged a dharna in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner here . A press note stated that similar dharnas were observed at all the district headquarters in the country. Addressing the dharna, Mr Amar Singh Mehmi, president, demanded that students below 14 years of age should be provided educational opportunities apart from free uniform, food and books for those who were below the poverty line.


Farmers complain of irregular power
Moga, August 4
Former President of Punjab unit of the Bhartiya Kisan Union Kuldip Singh Sandhu said here today that frequent fluctuations in the power supply in various villages in Moga district had caused considerable damage to electronic goods during the past few days.


Municipal Committee to introduce meter system
Kharar, August 4
The local municipal committee has decided to introduce meter system for the supply of water, which will come into effect from September 15. This step has been taken to stop the misuse of water as till now, water was being supplied at flat rate system.


IG holds probe into looting of wine shop
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 4
The IG, Patiala zone, today conducted a detailed inquiry on the direction of the Chief Minister into the alleged looting of a wine shop and kidnapping of satta agent by Mr Balwant Singh Sahpur, MLA, and his supporters. The inquiry continued for hours and the SP (City) who had been entrusted with the inquiry earlier by DIG, Patiala range, also accompanied the IG. The inquiry was conducted at the Mulepur police station. Both parties to the dispute, and the affected families, wine contractors and police officials recorded their statements with the IG.

Worker found dead in mill
Muktsar, August 4
Aklesh Kumar of Uttar Pradesh, who was working as a label contractor in a synthetic mill was found dead under mysterious circumstances on the premises of the mill on August 1. Police sources said Aklesh Kumar, who was living with his three brothers, was found hanging from the hook of a ceiling fan in the store-room of the mill.

Woman found murdered
Kapurthala, August 4
Mrs Thakri (80), a resident of Arjun Nagar, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her house today. She was staying with her granddaughter Paramjit Kaur (12) in the house. Her son had gone to the USA.

Father-in-law murdered
Samana, August 4
Lachhman Singh murdered his father-in-law, Hardyal Singh of Amamgarh mohalla, here today with a sickle. Hardyal Singh owned about 10 acres of land and his only daughter was married to Lachhman Singh.

630 kg poppy husk, 14 kg opium seized
Malout, August 4
The campaign launched by the police against narcotics has started yielding results as in the past three months, large recoveries of narcotics have been made. Sources said in the past three months, the police seized 14 kg of opium, more than 630 kg of poppy husk and about 20 gm of smack.

Gang busted
Ropar, August 4
The local police has busted a gang of dhaba operators and truck drivers who were allegedly involved in the illegal sale of chemicals. Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, SSP, said truck drivers carrying chemicals from the Nangal-based chemical plants of NFL and the PACL used to stop at these dhabas.

Undertrial escapes from hospital
Gurdaspur, August 4
An undertrial, identified as Ajit Ram, gave a slip to policemen guarding him at the Civil Hospital where he had been admitted on July 28 after he complained of stomach troubles.


HC summons record of MBBS quota seat
Chandigarh, August 4
Allowing a student to participate provisionally in counselling for MBBS course in Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Science and Research at Amritsar in the category reserved for the wards of persons who had participated in Dharm Yudh Morcha, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the respondents to produce the relevant record on August 20.

IGNOU introduces short-term courses
Jalandhar, August 4
To commemorate the ongoing year of women empowerment and create awareness about health and environment among the people, particularly women, the Indira Gandhi National Open University has introduced a number of new distance education short-term courses.

Manuscript conservation
Amritsar, August 4
Experts who participated in the five-day workshop on ‘‘preventive conservation of paper manuscripts and library materials’’ were of the view that lamination being acidic was not good to conserve paper material. They stressed on encapsulation and window-cut mount techniques for single-sheet documents.


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