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JBT teachers’ selection comes to halt
Jalandhar, August 5
Most members of the district-level selection committees constituted by the state government for selection of JBT teachers against 7,230 vacant posts following a Punjab and Haryana High Court directive are a confused lot about their rights in capacity of their being committee members.

Break silence on courses, parents ask Badal
Chandigarh, August 5
Worried parents have urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to break his silence with regard to the ongoing controversy about the “legality” or “ illegality” of certain information technology courses run by institutions in the state.

Her versatility puts men to shame
Rurka Kalan (Jalandhar)
She can be described as a one-woman army — principal, driver, social worker and a progressive farmer — all in one, and a source of inspiration for womenfolk of the Doaba region.

Navroop driving students to school in her bus.
Navroop driving students to school in her bus. — Photo Ruby Sandhu




BJP rally to strengthen rural base
Khanauri (Sangrur), August 5
Terming Congress President Sonia Gandhi as an “imported leader” and the Congress an “enemy” of the farmers, Mr Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav, Union Minister of State for Shipping and a national BJP leader, today called upon the Punjabis, especially the farmers, to return the SAD-BJP alliance to power in the ensuing Assembly elections in the state.

BSNL starts pre-paid cards facility
Bathinda, August 5
Mr T.S. Gambhir, District General Manager, Telecom, said here today that the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited had started the facility of India Telephone Card from here.


New DCC chief sees Cong’s return
Bathinda, August 5
Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, MLA and President, District Congress Committee (DCC), yesterday said the time had come when the commoners were fed up with the “anti-people policies” of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and had made up their minds to bring the Congress back to power in the state.

Sangat darshan turns into poll meeting
Phillaur, August 5
The sangat darshan programme of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, held at Goraya today turned into an election meeting of the Akali Dal when Mr Badal after distributing cheque grants of more than Rs 2 crore to Goraya town and 42 villages of the area, appealed to the people to support the Akali Dal-BJP alliance in next Assembly elections to be held next year.

Review economic policies: morcha
Bathinda, August 5
The Punjab Lok Morcha comprising various political parties today passed a resolution urging the President to form a committee of experts which would assess the wrong economic policies of the Central Government. The resolution was passed at a convention held at the local Teachers’ Home.
Leaders at a convention of the Punjab Lok Morcha (From left) Mr Harish Khurana, President of the Janata Dal (Secular), Punjab, Mr Jagjit singh Lyallpuri, general secretary, MCPI, Mr Kuldip Singh Wadala, president, Akali Dal (Panthic), Mr Swaran Singh, president, Nationlaist Congress Party, Punjab, Mr Darshan Singh Jeeda, president, Samajwadi Janata Party, at a convention of the Punjab Lok Morcha in Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Kangar upstages Malooka
Bhagta Bhai Ka (Bathinda), August 5
The move to stop the local Kala Sangeet Sangam from organising its first cultural function on the grain market premises by the authorities concerned allegedly under pressure from senior members of the Punjab Government seems to have become a blessing in disguise for Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar, a senior Akali Dal leader and arch-rival of the state Power Minister, Mr Sikander Singh Malooka, who was to preside over the function.


Prayers for truck mishap victims
Sangrur, August 5
Thousands of persons, including leaders of various political parties today participated in the ‘Antim Ardas’ and bhog ceremony of ‘Akhand Path’ of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, performed at Dirba village Gurdwara Sahib for the peace of 56 departed souls. These 56 persons were drowned on July 23 when the truck they were travelling in fell into the Anandpur Sahib canal at Kiratpur Sahib.

150 singers take part in DD show
Jalandhar, August 5
A three-hour variety show was organised on the Jalandhar Doordarshan premises on Saturday. At least 150 Punjabi singers, instrumentalists and dancers participated in the show which was organised to celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of DD Punjabi, DD’s round-the-clock Punjabi Channel.

Book on Bhagat Puran Singh released
Amritsar, August 5
The president of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, Dr Inderjit Kaur, today distributed saplings of different trees as “parsad” to the gathering to mark the 9th death anniversary of Bhagat Puran Singh here today. Earlier the bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib was performed in the Pingalwara premises.

Seva Dal prepares for August 20 rally
Abohar, August 4
A rally will be held at the 24 Akbar Road headquarters of the Congress Seva Dal in Delhi on August 20 on the eve of Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

Fifty saplings planted
Patiala, August 5
The Helping Hands Society, a voluntary organisation of engineers of the city, today carried out a sapling plantation drive on the Jagdish Ashram road, behind Rajindra Hospital, as well as in front of the Beant Singh Shopping complex in the Choti Baradari area of the city.

KMC to organise protest marches
Tarn Taran, August 5
The Khalra Mission Commission has planned to organise protest marches in different parts of Amritsar to demand the release of the detained Sikh youths and justice for the families of those whose members were eliminated during the period of militancy in Punjab.

Taxi operators lift dharna
Dhuri, August 5
On the third consecutive day of its agitation, the local Dasmesh Taxi Operators Union along with activists of other local unions, sat in dharna today morning for two hours in front of the police station here.

120 examined at eye camp
Bathinda, August 5
The Divine Eye Research Foundation, a city NGO organised a free eye examination camp yesterday at Kothe Amarpura village government school of the district


Drop joint custody scheme, says inspectors’ union
Patiala, August 5
The Food and Supplies Inspector Grade Union today demanded that the system of joint custody of paddy by millers and procuring staff should be done away with adding that it was not possible to have joint custody of stock kept on the premises of the millers.


Gang of thieves busted, 4 held
Bathinda, August 5
A gang of thieves operating from Ahmedabad, which had recently stolen jewellery, from M/s Hari Chand Jain Jewellers here, was busted today by the district police.

A gang of cheats involved in looting of gold ornaments and the police party which nabbed them at Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

A gang of cheats involved in looting of gold ornaments and the police party which nabbed them at Bathinda on Sunday.

Man arrested
Bathinda, August 5
Harjit Singh, a resident of the Guru Nanak Pura area of the city was arrested, illegaly selling medicines and posing as a qualified doctor.


B.Ed teachers threaten stir
Bathinda, August 5
The state government might have heaved a sigh of relief when the agitation of unemployed ETT teachers had ended a fed days ago but its joy was shortlived as now the unemployed B.Ed. teachers have threatened they will start a stir if they are not called for the interview for the posts of ETT teacher.

AFDR plea to rein in Pbi varsity VC
Patiala, August 5
The Association for Democratic Rights Punjab, has taken a serious view of the events taking place on the Punjabi University Campus, particularly the recent threats to the lives of Punjabi University Teachers Association activists and their families, that too at the hands of Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia.

Hostel warden resigns over forcible opening of common room
Patiala, August 5
On the heels of allegations made by the Punjabi University Teachers Association that some anti-social elements were allowed to stay in hostel No 6 on the varsity campus, it came to light today that the warden of the hostel had resigned following a fracas over forcible opening of the common room of the hostel by a student on August 2.

Series of fasts planned
Patiala, August 5
The General Category Welfare Federation will organise a series of fasts from August 7 to 10 in front of the office of the DPI (School), Punjab, in Chandigarh. On August 10, a rally will be held.

Need to ‘improve’ women’s education
Faridkot, August 5
Dr Amarjeet Singh Marwah, a former member of the Dental Council of Los Angeles, has underlined the need for promoting women’s education to build a stronger nation. He was speaking at a function at the local New Model K.K. Marwah Girls College today.

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