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Badal to reactivate SAD
Gets ready for counter-offensive
Chandigarh, July 15
The SAD headed by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who is engaged in an intense political fight with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on the one hand with former SGPC chief. G.S. Tohra on the other has decided to reactivate the party to start an agitation against various policies of the state government.

CM: Badal’s cowardice fuelled terrorism
Chandigarh, July 15
Neither “Operation Bluestar” would have taken place nor terrorism grown roots in the state had Mr Parkash Singh Badal not succumbed on every occasion and showed cowardice, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh reacted today when asked about his comments on the excerpts from “Black Thunder” an eyewitness account of militancy in Punjab, being published in The Tribune.

Takht chief urged to take action
Use of money, liquor in DSGMC poll
Amritsar, July 15
“Despite clear directives of Jathedar Akal Takht, liquor and money was distributed freely during the recently concluded Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections.”

Govt in spot over MDS, MD/MS results
Faridkot, July 15
The result announced by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences here today of doctors under the PCMS quota for admission to postgraduate courses in various government medical and dental colleges had added another dimension to the move of the Punjab government regarding the termination of the services of the doctors who were chosen by PPSC chairman Ravi Sidhu in 1998-1999.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Power crisis likely to worsen
Patiala, July 15
Power crisis in the state is likely to deepen with the Ministry of Power increasing the unallocated quota of Delhi from 25 per cent to 35 per cent while simultaneously reducing the unallocated quota of central sector generating stations of Punjab from 15 per cent to 10 per cent during night and from 12.5 per cent to 10 per cent during day.

Mann flays move on BBMB doctors
Ropar, July 15
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Akali Dal (Amritsar), has condemned the decision of the Punjab Government to withdraw doctors working in the Bhakra Beas Management Board hospitals.

Ravi Sidhu’s kin proclaimed offenders
Kharar, July 15
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, today declared three family members of Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, former PPSC Chairman, proclaimed offenders and ordered that the SSP Ropar, should include their names in the list of proclaimed offenders.



7 waste treatment plants planned
Jalandhar, July 15
The Punjab chapter of the Indian Medical Association will tie-up with private companies for the setting up of seven biomedical waste treatment plants in different parts of the state.

Families of 39 slain MLAs honoured
Chandigarh, July 15
As many as 39 families of legislators, who were killed by terrorists, were honoured at a function held in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha here this afternoon. The function was a part of the on-going golden jubilee celebrations of the State Assembly.

CM visits Major Gupta’s family
Patiala, July 15
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today visited the ancestral house of Maj Yogesh Gupta who was killed fighting terrorists in J&K and paid condolences to the bereaved family here.

Govt to lay stress on development
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 15
After launching the anti-corruption drive in the state, the state government is going to initiate development projects all over the state and a comprehensive plan has been finalised in this regard, said Mr Vishnu Sharma, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Patiala, while addressing a function here today.

Cyber cafes woo back clients via porn films; kids ‘oblige’
Patiala, July 15
With the craze for online chatting and the Internet somewhat diminished in the last year or so, the eighty odd cyber cafes owners in the city which wore a deserted look till recently have hit upon a rather bold way to attract back the customers.

25 buses cross Wagah for Afghanistan
Wagah (Amritsar), July 15
The second convoy of 25 buses gifted by the Indian Government rolled into Pakistan for its journey to Afghanistan amid tight security here today. Earlier this year the same number of buses were sent to Afghanistan in an effort to extend help to the beleagured country. The convoy was thoroughly checked with mirrored metal detectors before being allowed to proceed further.

Buses gifted by India roll on towards Afghanistan via Pakistan at the Wagah check post (Amritsar) on July 15.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Revenue officials to reveal VB men’s assets
Jalandhar, July 15
Decrying last week’s Vigilance raids, the Punjab Revenue Officers Union and the Punjab Patwar Union has decided to make a list of the “benami” and other properties owned by some top Vigilance Bureau officials.

Cylinder blast razes 15 shops; 2 workers hurt
Patiala, July 15
Two persons received severe burns and about 15 shops were reduced to ashes in a gas-cylinder blast in a tea shop here today. Sources said the cylinder at Meeting Point in Royal Complex at Sheranwala Gate had leaked overnight.


Canal tail-end farmers left with trickle
Bathinda, July 15
The flow of water in canals and conduits at the tail-end of the feeder system has reduced to a trickle, depriving farmers dependent on the state’s canal network for irrigating their fields. At a time when a good flow of water is required to cultivate paddy, the conduits are running dry.

A farmer of a Bathinda village shows the low level of water at the tail-end of a rajwaha on Monday.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

A farmer of a Bathinda village shows the low level of water at the tail end of a rajwaha on Monday.

Govt to boost dairy farming
Kharar, July 15
The Punjab Government would soon implement a new policy to encourage dairy farming in the state, said Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fishries Minister, in Kurali today after inagurating a month-long camp under the Self Employment Scheme.

Agitated farmers lock in sugar mill’s MD
Patiala, July 15
In a dramatic move, agitated farmers affiliated to the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) locked up the Managing Director of the Rakhra Cooperative Sugar Mill near here in his residence today evening.

PSEB ordered to pay Rs 10,000
Moga, July 15
The Muktsar District Consumers Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation for delay in granting a tubewell connection to a resident of Lambi village.


SMO detects fraud by nurse
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 15
Dr Amarjit Singh, SMO, ESI Hospital, Sirhind has claimed that an employee of the hospital committed a fraud by allegedly tampering with her date of birth record in service book, just to continue in service for two more years.

Kapurthala dist to have digital land records
Kapurthala, July 15
Digitalised copies of land records will be available for people in the district from next week. The land records of Fattu Dhinga Kanungoi village of the district are already available on the Internet as a pilot project.

Govt puts stop to all payments
Ropar, July 15
Punjab seems to be passing through a financial crisis, as for the first time during the regime of the Amarinder Singh government, the state Finance Department, through a telephonic order to the treasuries, today stopped all types of payments, including GPF, TA, medical, gratuity and leave encashment etc.

Punjab employees to form united front
Chandigarh, July 15
On the initiative of Punjab Ministerial Services Union, six federations of Punjab Government Employees and Punjab Civil Secretariat Staff Association have decided to form a united platform of employees to fight for the reversal of 'anti-worker decisions' taken by the Congress government in the state.


MES employee shot dead
Amritsar, July 15
An employee of Military Engineering Services was allegedly shot dead by his four colleagues here last evening. The cause of the sordid incident is said to be a dispute within the employees’ union.

Robbers strike in 3 villages, 1 dead
Jalandhar, July 15
A gang of armed robbers yesterday struck at three different villages of the district and murdered one villager, besides injuring three others.
The gang first struck at the residence of Shingara Singh of Kotli village near here and attacked his family members, including Shingara Singh, Balbir Kaur and Ananat Kaur, before fleeing with looted household valuables.

100 bottles of illicit liquor seized in raid
Ferozepore, July 15
To check the sale of illicit liquor the Excise and Taxation Department yesterday seized 100 bottles of liquor. According to Mr H.S. Bedi, Excise and Taxation Officer, of Ferozepore, a raid was conducted at the house of Dara Singh early at his native village of Kada Borha falling under Khal Khurd police station.

Rs 2,500 looted from dera
Bathinda, July 15
At least five persons with muffled faces allegedly looted thousands of rupees from Bangali da Dera located near Maur Mandi town late last night by threatening its occupants, including the mahant of the dera.


Self-study took them to the top
The feeling that these three classmates — Jarnail Singh, Ranjit Kaur and Jagpinder Singh — belonging to semi-literate lower middle class families — have achieved a remarkable feat and done this sleepy town proud is yet to sink in. While Jarnail and Ranjit topped the statewide plus two board examinations of the Punjab School Education Board, Jagpinder Singh was declared fifth.

Romila Dube to visit PTU today
Chandigarh, July 15
The Punjab Government plans to initiate a series of measures to nurse the ailing Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, back to health.
Ms Romila Dube, Principal Secretary, Technical Education, Punjab, who has now taken over as the Vice-Chancellor of the university till further orders, will visit to the university tomorrow to interact with the members the staff and faculty and apprise herself first-hand of the situation there.

Students of de-affiliated colleges threaten stir
Bathinda, July 15
Even as the single-faculty IT colleges de-affiliated by Punjabi University have taken the legal course against the decision, students of these colleges have decided to launch an agitation if the affiliation was not restored.

34 students of Navodaya Vidyalaya go missing
Ferozepore, July 15
Thirtyfour students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, 7 km from Zira, were reportedly missing since last night. According to information, all students were hostellers and most of them were of Class X. Although the exact reason behind the incident has not been ascertained, some reports suggest that the students were perturbed over the improper living conditions of the hostel.

State to have more primary schools
Patiala, July 15
The Punjab Government will be building primary schools to impart education to children between 6 to 14 years of age in a cluster of villages having at least 45 to 50 houses.

DEO finds opium, cash in office
Ropar, July 15
Dr Malti Batra, District Education Officer (Primary), Ropar, today allegedly found nearly 7 grams of opium and Rs 2,000 cash in two drawers of her office table here.
Talking to newspersons in her office today, she said she found opium and cash from the drawers when she opened them while performing her duty in the office.

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