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University Secrecy Dept under cloud
Answersheets go missing
Patiala, August 7
The issue of answer sheets going missing from the Punjabi University campus has put its Secrecy Department under a cloud with the university registering case in this regard with the police and going in for a change in the security setup of the department.

Indiscipline, poll on PAC agenda
Chandigarh, August 7
The meeting of the Political Affairs Committee and the district presidents of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal here tomorrow will take stock of the political situation and discuss the coming Assembly elections and the scheduled SGPC presidential poll. Another issue on their agenda is the indiscipline in the Akali fold, within the party or in the SGPC.

Romana sticks to claim on Patna Sahib
Flays Ahluwalia for challenging poll validity
Faridkot, August 7
Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, member, SGPC, and President of the Parbandhak Committee of Takht Sri Harmandir, Patna Sahib, has criticised Mr S.S. Ahluwalia, MP, for challenging the validity of the election of the new body held at Patna (Bihar) on July 21.

Punjabis’ achievements in Canada lauded
Chandigarh, August 7
The Union External Affairs Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, has appreciated the success of the Punjab diaspora in the mainstream politics of Canada. While responding to a suggestion made by Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, to invite and felicitate both Dr Gulzar Singh Cheema and Mrs Surinder Kaur who, after their election to the British Columbia Provincial Assembly, have been inducted into the Council of Ministers of the province, Mr Jaswant Singh said that “it will be a good idea if they visited India.”

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Row over Mayor’s office intensifies
Amritsar, August 7
The tussle between the local BJP and the SAD may snowball into a major controversy as Mr Lakha Singh Gumtala, senior Akali leader and Senior Deputy Mayor, municipal corporation, has threatened to stage a protest dharna on the even of Independence Day if the Commissioner of the corporation fails to give keys of the Mayor’s office to him.

Khandelwal demands more powers for states
Phillaur, August 7
BJP national General Secretary Piara Lal Khandelwal has admitted that regional parties in the country are becoming stronger and described it as a political reality.

Chained man released
Ludhiana, August 7
The Moga police today registered a case against the father and brother of Jagtar Singh, a mentally challenged man of Talwandi Malian village, who was chained to a tree for the past seven years by his family members.


MLA ‘tarnishing’ party image
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 7
In a new development the district president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Jathedar Swarn Singh Chanarthal, and other office-bearers in a press note issued here yesterday lashed out strongly against the alleged wrongdoings of the SAD MLA and his supporters and condemned his anti-party and anti-social activities which had tarnished the party image.

Cong councillors stage walkout
Allege discrimination against their wards
Bathinda, August 7
Eight municipal councillors belonging to the Congress today staged a walkout from a council meeting when its president, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar, allegedly refused to record their protest resolution concerning the discrimination being made in matters of development against the wards represented by them.

Sarpanch installed
Bathinda, August 7
Mr Buta Singh Dhillon, a resident of Naruana village in the district, took oath as Sarpanch of the village yesterday at the office of the local Block Development and Panchayat Officer. According to information, Mr Buta Singh lost by 19 votes the 1998 election for the post of Sarpanch to Mr Shamsher Singh, another resident of the village.


PUDA builds district admn complex
Chandigarh, August 7
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has started construction of the Bathinda District Administrative Complex. The complex has a covered area of 3 lakh sq ft, said the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, Dr Upinderjit Kaur.

Report on damage to buildings in a week
Sunam, August 7
The survey report regarding assessment of losses caused due to cracks in the houses and shops at the local Kailash Parbat locality here will be submitted to government within a week. The cracks appeared due to the seepage of water into the plinth of the buildings about three weeks ago during installation of a tubewell by a private company engaged by the local municipal council. The loss due to damage to the buildings is estimated at about Rs 1 crore.

Manned railway crossing sans gatekeeper
Kot Ram Dass (Jalandhar), August 7
A dysfunctional railway crossing on the Jalandhar Cantonment-Jammu track has been giving sleepless nights to residents of Kot Ram Dass, Chaugitti and Ladhewali villages for the past six months.

An unmanned railway crossing near Ladhewali village in Jalandhar district. — Photo Ruby
An unmanned railway crossing near Ladhewali village in Jalandhar district.

Engineers: end curbs on use of vehicles
Chandigarh, August 7
The Joint Action Committee of the Senior Engineers Forum and the Subdivisional Engineers Associate-ion, PWD (B and R), Punjab has urged the state government to remove restrictions on the use of official vehicles by the field staff for the inspection of various works.

Pakistani border security guards hand over Anat Kumarjee, center, an Indian citizen who illegally entered in Pakistan, to Indian border security officer.
Pakistani border security guards hand over Anat Kumarjee, center, an Indian citizen who illegally entered in Pakistan, to Indian border security officer, right, on Monday at the Wagha border post. — AP/PTI
Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, presenting a fellowship award to famous Punjabi Sufi and folk singer Hans Raj Hans in Patiala on Tuesday.
Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia,
Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, presenting a fellowship award to famous Punjabi Sufi and folk singer Hans Raj Hans in Patiala on Tuesday. — PTI

Farm labourers hold dharna
Amritsar, August 7
Member of the Punjab Agriculture Labour Union, the Punjab Agriculture Sabha and the Punjab Village Union staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner office jointly here today.

Union to gherao FCI godowns
Sangrur, August 7
Members of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union will gherao the godowns of Food Corporation of India in Punjab on September 18 to compel the government to distribute the foodgrains through the public distribution system at cheap rates among the rural weaker sections.

Badal to unfurl flag at Ferozepore
Chandigarh, August 7
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, will unfurl the National Flag at a state-level Independence Day function at Ferozepore on August 15, 

Resentment among health staff
Hoshiarpur, August 7
Mr Lal Singh Dhanaula, Mr Amar Singh and Mr Surinder Ghai, chairman, convener and co-convener, respectively, of the coordination committee of the Paramedical Health Employees Association, Punjab, and Mr Dharam Singh, president, Class IV Health Employees Union, in a joint press statement issued here today alleged that the Health Minister, Punjab, had failed to solve most of the problems of health employees.

Protest against Kishtwar killings
Phagwara, August 7
Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha today burnt the Pakistani flag and the effigy of General Pervez Musharraf in protest against Kishtwar killings by Pakistan-backed terrorists.

Protest by Bar association members
Patiala, August 7
The District Bar Association today abstained from work in protest against the implication of Harbhajan Singh Virk, advocate, in a false case. It was further resolved to get the false case withdrawn.


27 civil servants shifted
Chandigarh, August 7
The Punjab Government today ordered postings and transfers in respect of 27 IAS and PCS officers with immediate effect. Among those given new postings are Mr S.S. Brar, who becomes Secretary, Cooperation, against a vacant post, and Mr Rakesh Singh, who goes as Managing Director, Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation, in place of Mr Brar.

Civil Surgeon Dr Bawa Ram Gupta and a team of doctors conducting a raid. Red Cross medical store raided
Bathinda, August 7
A team of doctors and pharmacists led by Dr Bawa Ram Gupta, Civil Surgeon, raided the medical store run by the Red Cross on the premises of the civil hospital here today.

Civil Surgeon Dr Bawa Ram Gupta and a team of doctors conducting a raid on a Red Cross medical store in Bathinda on Tuesday. 
— Photo Kulbir Beera


Wanted in Jammu, held in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, August 7
The Jalandhar police has arrested a Jammu-based dreaded criminal and history-sheeter, who was living in the city in the garb of a labourer and was wanted by the Jammu and Kashmir police for a number of crimes ranging from murders to thefts.

Two bodies found under wheat stack
Budhlada (Mansa), August 7
Two Dalit boys, Binder Singh (10) and Jagsir Singh (11), were found burried under wheat bags in a godown of the District Food and Civil Supplies Department on the Jakhal road yesterday, according to information here today.

Teacher posing as doc enters female ward, held
Amritsar, August 7
Satnam Singh, a private school teacher from Ajnala was arrested after he entered the gynaecology ward of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital posing as a doctor on Monday night.

6 hurt as two groups clash
Phagwara, August 7
In what could well be its first kind, a face-off between Punjabis and Purbias took place here today, leading to a clash in which six persons were injured and traffic blocked on the G.T. road. The blockade was lifted only after Inder, a migrant meat supplier, tendered an apology.


Lobbying on for post of DPI
Chandigarh, August 7
Lobbying is on for the post of Director of Public Instructions (Colleges), Punjab. The post, which is currently held by Mr Gulzar Singh, will be vacated by the end of this month when he retires.

Decision on private schools’ demands
Phillaur, August 7
The Punjab School Education Board has planned to implement all decisions taken by the government on December 12 last year regarding demands of the Punjab Private Schools’ Organisation. A letter has been issued by Secretary of the Board to the organisation.

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