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Five more Punjabis return via Pak
In custody for not carrying passports
Five Punjab boys arrested at Atari railway station.
Five Punjab youths, arrested at Atari railway station, while talking with media persons at Atari police station on Saturday. 
— photo by Rajiv Sharma
Attari (Amritsar), August 25
Intelligence agencies are interrogating the five Punjabi youths who reached here yesterday by Samjhauta Express without passports. They are still in the custody of the government railway police.

Grants being ‘misused’ to woo voters
Bathinda, August 25
With the state Assembly elections round the corner, MLAs and ministers of the ruling parties have started wooing voters by issuing cheques to them under the garb of various grants allegedly by violating norms of the Urban Development Scheme and Projects.

Don’t return awards, DGP urges cops
Phillaur, August 25
The Director-General of Police Punjab, Mr Sarbjit Singh, said today that the cops facing cases of human rights abuse should not insist on returning the bravery awards received. 

Appoint doctor as Director, research: medical teachers
Patiala, August 25
The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association has demanded that a doctor be appointed as the Director of Medical Education and Research. Stating this during a meeting held here today, Dr B.S. Sohal, general secretary of the association, said, “only a professional can understand the intricacies and problems of the department and find remedies for these.




PTU slams doors on SC students?
Jalandhar, August 25
Has Punjab Technical University slammed its doors on Scheduled Caste students? It seems to be the case, going by the plight of several aspirants who have allegedly been denied reservation benefits by the PTU authorities under one pretext or the other during the counselling last week. Their pleas to the Chancellor of the university and Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), have failed to yield any result.

Attempt to inject water instead of vaccine
Bathinda, August 25
The District Health Authorities foiled an attempt by a member of paramedical staff and another person to administer distilled water injections in place of hepatitis B vaccine to residents of Chauke village at an immunisation camp held yesterday.

Bihari youth promised jobs, being sold
Ferozepore, August 25
A racket pertaining to the bringing of girls and boys from Bihar and Jharkhand to Punjab on the pretext of employment but instead selling them sexually exploiting them came to light yesterday following revelations by two women.


Badal sets poll ball rolling
Bathinda, August 25
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today set rolling the ball for Assembly elections of the state when he asked his party workers to get ready for the elections. Mr Badal was in the city for ‘sangat darshan’ programme to be held tomorrow at a village in the district. 


Hospital conditions irk Health Secretary
Sangrur, August 25
Mr P.K. Verma, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, yesterday inspected the local civil hospital and took a serious note of the insanitary conditions in the surgical ward of the hospital. Mr Verma was on a visit to the hospital as part of routine inspection of health centres and hospitals of the district.

No vehicular access to Maharaja’s palace
Amritsar, August 25
Even as the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh undergoes a facelift to mark the 200th coronation year of the Maharaja, the former summer palace turned into museum since 1977 provides no vehicular access to the historical building as both the roads leading to the palace have been barricaded by the municipal corporation here. 

Indicted but not prosecuted
Ropar, August 25
If one belongs to the ruling party in Punjab, he can easily evade prosecution even if the vigilance inquiry indicts him. This seems to be true in the case of the Ropar Municipal Council where the Vigilance Bureau officials conducted a raid in May.

Rail overbridge soon: minister
Phagwara, August 25
The Punjab Tourism Minister, Mr Swarna Ram, today told a press conference that the much-awaited overbridge on the local Satnampura railway crossing had been cleared by the Union Government and the Railway Ministry and would be constructed at a cost of Rs 16 crore.

1,600 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Rajpura, August 25
A “Lok Adalat” was held here at the Patel National Memorial College today. Justice H.S. Bedi, Punjab and Haryana High Court presided over the adalat. At least 2,500 cases were taken by 26 Benches. Justice Bedi said till now 1925 lok adalats had been organised in which approximately 1.09 lakh cases had been solved. 

Crush subversive forces: Dhindsa
Sangatpura (Sunam), August 25
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Secretary-General of the SAD, today called upon Punjabis to crush forces which wanted to create disturbance in the state by exploiting the sentiments of people.

3 die as car hits impounded truck
Gurdaspur, August 25
Three persons died and one injured when a Maruti car (PB02-7586) in which they were travelling collided with a truck parked on the road near Babri, 3 km from here, yesterday. The truck had been impounded following its collision with a car yesterday. An executive engineer and a clerk had died in the mishap. 


Plan to murder beloved, paramour foiled, 3 held
Bathinda, August 25
Even as the residents of the city are yet to forget the Bollywood style incident in which a youth had shown himself as murdered to elope with his paramour, another incident surfaced recently in which a person purchased weapons illegally to eliminate a former paramour of his beloved. However, he was arrested before he could carry out his plan.

Maid held for threat letters to employer
Bathinda, August 25
The district police has solved a case involving a domestic help who used to post letters allegedly threatening her employer. It is learnt that she borrowed the idea from a TV serial “Khoj”. Police sources said the maid, Lakshmi; who hails from Bagloo (Nepal), was employed with Mr Charanjit Singh, a local resident. She allegedly used to post threatening letters to her employer.

Stolen goods worth 85 lakh recovered
Jaito, August 25
In a major breakthrough, the police today claimed to have arrested a group of six international thieves and succeeded in recovering stolen goods worth Rs 85 lakh from their possession. This group used to prepare bogus documents and defrauded banks, Faridkot police chief Gurpreet Singh Gill said.

Four travel agents booked
Phagwara, August 25
The police has booked four travel agents — Ashok Kumar, Mukesh Kumar of Kurukshetra and Shashi and Inder Kumar Goel of Sangrur under Sections 420, 406, 506 and 34-B, IPC, and Immigration Act, 1983, for defrauding Davinder Kumar of Rawalpindi village of about Rs 4 lakh with a promise to send him to New Zealand.


Student pays for school education board’s error
Amritsar, August 25
A glaring error made by the Punjab School Education Board is costing Bansi Lal, a class VIII student, and his mother dear. Bansi Lal 12, said the board declared him fail on the basis that he did not appear in Hindi and Punjabi examinations. He claimed that he appeared in all examinations.

Principal suspended
Gurdaspur, August 25
Mrs Manjit Kaur Ghuman, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, Gurdaspur, has been placed under suspension and Mrs Amarjit Samra, Deputy District Education office (Secondary), has been posted in her place.

Probe VC’s role in PUTA  poll: TUF
Patiala, August 25
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, is openly opposing the candidates of the Teachers United Front and is campaigning in favour of the United Teachers Federation candidates, a faction of the PUTA, led by its president Dr Bhupinder Singh Khaira, has alleged.

Protesting lecturers restrained
Ferozepore, August 25
The local court has restrained the protesting lecturers of the women college here from holding demonstrations, dharnas on the college premises and within a radius of 500 metres and also from interfering and creating obstructions in the entry and exit of college personnel, visitors and students to the college.

College inaugurated
Patiala, August 25
The Mizoram Governor, Mr Amolak Ratan Kohli, inaugurated Satguru Rural Education Institute Management and Technology College at Chotti Baradari here today. Mr Kohli said the nation was known in the world primarily because of its achievements in nuclear, space technology and computer fields.Top

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