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CM faces angry sloganeering
Bathinda, August 12
Three municipal councillors belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party were reportedly humiliated when they were not allowed into a house in Model Town where a dinner was being hosted for Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal by a supporter of Science and Technology Minister Chiranji Lal Garg.

Jagroop Singh Gill and others agitated Municipal Councillors raising slogans against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Law Minister Chiranji Lal Garg at Paras Ram Nagar, Bathinda, where sangat darshan had been organised by the Chief Minister on Sunday. 
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Sangat darshan MLAs’ nightmare?
CM says he is assessing legislators’ performance
Bathinda, August 12
The ‘sangat darshan’ functions being held by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, seem to have become a headache for the ruling alliance MLAs and ministers. Mr Badal today said party ticket would be given to them (sitting MLAs and ministers) on the basis of their performance as assessed during ‘sangat darshan’.

  • B.Ed. college inaugurated

  • Liberal grants distributed

  • Farm technocrats meet Badal

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DIG serves notice on IAS officer
Patiala, August 12
A senior police official has charged former Patiala Division Commissioner and now Secretary Programme Implementation R. N. Gupta with getting Punjab Police commandos deputed for his security in contravention of government rules and “illegally and arbitrarily” cancelling the allotment of a house to an officer after he ordered withdrawal of the commandos provided to the then Commissioner.

120 bombs found from Sirhind ‘choe’
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 12
The district police has found more than 120 live bombs from a Sirhind ‘choe’ on the outskirts of Mandi Gobindgarh town near here. According to the SP, Mr Inderjit Singh Randhawa, the state police has asked Army experts to defuse the bombs at the site while the area has been cordoned off.

BSNL to provide 45,000 connections
Jalandhar, August 12
To provide better services to its subscribers and compete with private counterparts in the telecom sector, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has decided to provide 45,000 connections under the Wireless local loop technology with limited mobility and 1.10 lakh mobile connections in Punjab telecom circle by March 2002.


Morcha panel on Aug 15
Phagwara, August 12
The recently floated Panthic Morcha of radical Akalis and the Sant Samaj will announce its 11-member executive committee at the “shaheedi” conference at Isru in Ludhiana district on August 15. This was disclosed here today by Bhai Dhiyan Singh Mand and Mr Jaskaran Singh, vice-president and general secretary, respectively, of the Shiromani Akali Dal (A) headed by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann. Earlier, the announcement of the executive committee was to be made on August 16 at Amritsar.

Mann decries Disturbed Area Act in Jammu
Phagwara, August 12
Shiromani Akali Dal (A) President and Member of Parliament Simranjit Singh Mann yesterday criticised the declaring of six districts of the Jammu region as disturbed areas. It would prove counter-productive, he asserted here. Earlier only the Kashmir valley was declared disturbed under the Armed Forces (J&K) Special Powers Act, 1990, and now the Jammu region had also been brought under the purview which would further lead to the violation of human rights, continued the radical Akali stalwart.

Support to Farooq a compulsion: MP
Ferozepore, August 12
With Assembly elections in the state round the corner, the BJP Kisan Morcha today organised a rally here which attracted a significant crowd. Leaders from the state as well as the Centre participated. Launching a scorching attack on the Congress, Mr Sangpriya Gautam, MP, Rajya Sabha, and General Secretary of the BJP, claimed that the accords signed after the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan had acted like cancer and were responsible for the present scenario in Kashmir.

BJP not to be soft on terrorists
Gurdaspur, August 12
Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, President of the Punjab BJP unit has said the BJP will not compromise on the unity and integrity of the country and be ready to make sacrifice as it did during the black days of terrorism. He was here to participate in a three-day women’s morcha training camp of the party that concluded here yesterday. Eighteen out of 24 party districts in Punjab participated.

Janshakti to enrol 15,000 workers in Punjab
Hoshiarpur, August 12
The militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and its promotion by the ISI has become a political issue between India and Pakistan. This was stated by Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Telecommunication, while addressing a press conference here today. He said the stand taken by both countries was clear on the issue. To isolate terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan should oppose the same to clarify its position.

SAD infighting may intensify
Amritsar, August 12
After the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, the infighting within the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal may be intensified. This was indicated from the decision of the newly appointed president of the Jalandhar unit of SAD, Mr Partap Singh Advocate, and his supporters to meet Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, Shiromani Akali Dal.

Govt fanning corruption, says Congress leader
Abohar, August 12
Former PPCC president Virendra Kataria while talking to mediapersons here yesterday said the SAD-BJP alliance was trying to lure urbanites by giving signals that octroi was going to be abolished, but in the same breath it was inciting municipal employees to oppose the move saying it would be impossible to make up the Rs 400 crore revenue loss.

Seven aspirants stake claim for ticket
Kapurthala, August 12
As many as seven Congressmen have staked their claim for ticket from the Kapurthala Assembly seat for the coming elections to Mr K.D. Sultanpuri, central observer of All-India Congress Committee, who was here today.


3 of in-laws' family get life term
Ropar, August 12
The District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, has sentenced Gurdebo, Balasa Singh and Surjit Singh, all residents of Bamnara village of the district, to life imprisonment for murdering Baljinder Kaur.

E-filing of income tax returns by September
Patiala, August 12
The on-line filing (also known as E-filing) of income tax returns by the assessees and providing internet facilities for linking of the offices of the IT Department all over the country will be some of the major changes in the Income Tax Department.

Registration of case against cop sought
Bareta (Mansa), August 12
The local residents, led by Mr Lachman Dass Salemgariha and Mr Kulwant Rai Singla, president and vice-president, respectively, of the local municipal council, staged a dharna in front of the local police station demanding registration of a rape case against Darshan Singh (35), Head Constable, posted at the local police station, and two others allegedly involved in the gang rape of Jasbir Kaur (20), a Dalit divorcee of Kishangarh village, near here.

Pingalwara ousted staff fast continues
Amritsar, August 12
The deadlock between the Pingalwara orphanage authorities and its ousted workers on fast continues, with both sides taking an adamant stand. Both have locked horns over reinstatement of the dismissed employees.

Important SGPC files missing
Amritsar, August 12
The SGPC headquarters here is facing rough weather in view of the missing files relating to promotions, reversions and the mini bus purchase scandal. A senior political functionary of the SGPC, preferring anonymity, pointed out that the advent of Bibi Jagir Kaur as president of the SGPC heralded the era of mismanagement.

Civil hospital lacks basic facilities
Nabha, August 12
The non-functional equipment at the local Civil Hospital has created resentment among patients and their attendants. They are seen running to various private labs at the time of emergency. These labs are charging a huge amount for the tests which are done at subsidised rates in the Civil Hospital. The inadequate staff also make the functioning of the hospital miserable.

Body of youth killed in Italy brought home
Phagwara, August 12
The body of 29-year-old Deepak Nanda, who was murdered in a restaurant in Rome in Italy on July 19, was brought here yesterday and cremated. The body reached Delhi airport on Friday night and the local administration, on the direction of Deputy Commissioner Vivek Aggarwal, transported the body to Phagwara by bearing the cost of transportation.

National Youth Camp in Punjab this year
Ludhiana, August 12
To encourage Punjabi youth and mobilise them for social work, the National Youth Camp, would be organised in the state this year. This camp would help the personality development of youths in Punjab. The campers would be addressed by youth experts of international repute. This was disclosed by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, in a meeting with office-bearers of the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council held here last evening.

Balbir Bedi dead
Patiala, August 12
Prominent Punjabi writer and journalist Balbir Singh Bedi (46) died at the PGI, Chandigarh, today. He had suffered a bout of paralysis and was admitted to the PGI a few days ago. His body, which was brought here, was cremated here this evening. Mr Bedi is survived by his wife and three sons.

‘Biotech plant soon at Ageti’
Patiala, August 12
“A biotechnology plant will soon be set up at Ageti,” said Raja Narinder Singh, Public Health Minister, at a function after inaugurating a civil dispensary, a school building and a Dalit ‘dharamshala’ at Ageti village in Nabha subdivision here today. He said farmers would also be taught how to use the latest agricultural technology to improve the quality of their product.

Minister assures probe into murder
Phagwara, August 12
The Punjab Tourism Minister, Mr Swarna Ram, today assured relatives of Pardeep Singh that he would take up with the Haryana and Union Governments the issue of Pardeep’s murder in Kurukshetra district last month so that killers were traced and nabbed.

Forum demands rescheduling of train timing
Abohar, August 12
The Democratic Citizen Forum has demanded that the timing of 336 Dn Sriganganagar Bathinda train be rescheduled to give relief to students. In a letter faxed to the General Manager, Northern Railway, on Friday it said school and college students were facing inconvenience due to the closure of railway crossing on the Hanumangarh road for the arrival and departure of the passenger train at 7.35 am.

Quackery at beauty parlours must be checked: expert
Abohar, August 12
Skin therapist Indira Ahluwalia has suggested that quackery at beauty parlours be checked by fixing minimum educational qualifications as well as making training from recognised institutes compulsory for those who want to join the profession of skin therapy.


Millers not to store paddy
Kharar, August 12
The rice millers in Punjab have decided not to store the paddy purchased by government agencies in their shellers during the coming paddy season until the Punjab Government accepted their demands and solved their problems. This was announced by Mr Tarsem Saini, president, Punjab Rice Millers Association, yesterday while talking to mediapersons, during a meeting of the rice millers of the district here.


25 arrested for various offences
Bathinda, August 12
The district police has arrested 25 persons for various offences. Of these, five were arrested along with 250 gm of opium and 31 kg of poppy husk. Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, said the police was not only keeping tabs on drug peddlers, but was motivating addicts to quit drugs.

Farmer kills wife’s paramour
Mansa, August 12
Gurcharan Singh (27), a farmer of Burj Dhilwan village in the district, with the help of his aunt, Mukhtiar Kaur, allegedly killed Gurjant Singh, alias Mitha Singh (26), paramour of his wife Sukhjit Kaur (24) at Burj Dhilwan village, yesterday evening.

Petrol station looted
Phillaur, August 12
Three armed robbers allegedly looted a petrol station and injured two of its employees near Goraya in this subdivision yesterday. According to reports received here today, three armed robbers came to the local petrol station at about 11 p.m. and asked the employees to fill the petrol in their vehicle.


A dream come true for village
He had never thought even in his wildest dreams that he would be elected a Member of Parliament, but Mr Zora Singh Maan was keen to get a school established in or around his village, Suhelewala, 12 km away from here, on the Abohar-Ferozepore road.

PCCTU march to Vidhan Sabha on Aug 22
Jalandhar, August 12
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has decided to organise a march to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha during the start of the monsoon session on August 22 to protest against the indifferent attitude of the state government towards its demands.


GACL to increase flyash consumption
Ropar, August 12
The Gujrat Ambuja Cements Ltd has signed an agreement with the Punjab State Electricity Board to increase the utilisation of flyash from the Ropar thermal plant from 3.97 lakh tonnes to 8 lakh tonnes per year in the coming years. At present the GACL and the ACC cement were utilising about 60 per cent of the flyash generated by the Ropar thermal plant.

Petrol dealers justify protest
Amritsar, August 12
Petrol dealers all over the country will close their outlets to observe ‘no purchase, no sale’ of petrol and diesel from August 20 on a nationwide call to protest against the government’s “indifference” towards their demand for quality check and commission, Mr J.P. Khanna, chairman of the coordination committee of the Federation of All-India Petroleum Traders, said here today.



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