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Canal level normal, says Irrigation Dept
Chandigarh, July 16
The failure of the southwest monsoon to break over north India even after 17 days of its scheduled arrival notwithstanding, all canals in Punjab are running at a near-normal level, say senior functionaries of the Irrigation Department.

PSEB move may plunge roads into darkness
ACs in govt offices may be banned
Bathinda, July 16
After having resorted to various measures the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities have started contemplating switching off streetlights in urban areas and to imposing a ban on the use of air conditioners in the state government offices and in bungalows of its employees if the power situation did not improve.

Farmers divert Ghaggar to save crops
Chhat Bir (Patiala), July 16
As a last ditch resort — compounded by the erratic power supply — farmers of more than 60 villages in this area have constructed an earthen bundh to divert the water of the Ghaggar, near Shtabgarh village, to save their dying crops. This has been resented by the farmers living downstream and the stage is set for a violent confrontation in the coming days.




Dry spell plays havoc: minister
Hoshiarpur, July 16
On account of the continuous dry spell and a late monsoon this year, the entire kandi belt of Hoshiarpur district is facing drought like conditions. Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab, said here yesterday that the Kandi Canal had become dry.

PPSC ignored merit: charge sheet
Patiala, July 16
The state Vigilance Department has accused a PPSC member of playing a dubious role in the interview of candidates for the PCS (Executive) and Allied Services examination of 1998 by giving the same marks as awarded by the suspended Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu to “tainted” candidates.

Badal for judicial intervention
Disappearance of Rs 2 cr
Chandigarh, July 16
SAD President, Parkash Singh Badal today sought judicial intervention to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of Rs 2 crore in the jobs-for cash scam. In a statement here Mr Badal said the sensational disclosures made by former ADGP (Intelligence), A. P. Bhatnagar that he was prevented from getting at the truth about the missing cash showed that the government was going out of its way to hide the truth.

Officers’ body to oppose PRTC closure
Patiala, July 16
The Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation Officers Association has decided to protest against the report of the State Disinvestment Committee recommending closure of the corporation claiming that the commission had factually erred in reporting data besides portarying the performance of the corporation in a manner which led to “wrong conclusions”.

Punjab slow in filling top slots
Chandigarh, July 16
The Punjab Government is rather slow in filling important slots. Take the case of the Agriculture Department. While farmers are battling hard to save their crops in absence of rain, the Department of Agriculture has been headless for the past two weeks.

Baba Bhaniarawala out on bail
Ropar, July 16
Controversial Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala was released on bail by the Nurpur Bedi police last night. He was arrested yesterday under Section 188 of the IPC for violating the order of the District Magistrate here.

SGJC case for Division Bench
Chandigarh, July 16
Taking up Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee’s petition seeking the quashing of a notification whereby the previously constituted Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission was ordered to be restored, a Full Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that the case would be heard by a Division Bench on July 18.

  • Proceedings dropped
  • Baba contests order to leave

Badungar moves application against SGJC
Amritsar, July 16
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC chief, in an application has stated that the present Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission cannot be recognised since a case challenging it is pending with the high court.

Missing paddy: SGPC member arrested
Ferozepore, July 16
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested an SGPC member for the alleged embezzlement in paddy belonging to the Punjab Warehousing Corporation. A Vigilance team arrested Mr Tirlochan Singh, SGPC member and owner of a rice mill, from his residence at Mamdot and presented him in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate who remanded him in police custody till tomorrow.


Director delaying action in sodomy case?
Amritsar, July 16
Despite the instructions of the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, the Director-cum-Medical Superintendent of mental hospital here has failed to take any action against Kaso Ram, who was indicted for allegedly sodomising a mentally-challenged patient.

CM’s assurance on relief for artistes’ kin
Patiala, July 16
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has expressed sympathies and has assured of immediate attention for providing relief/compensation to the kin of three young artistes who died in a road accident with theatre director Harpal Tiwana near Dera Gopipur, HP, recently.

Many carnage victims were from Abohar
Abohar, July 16
Many of those massacred by militants in the Qasimnagar-Rajiv Nagar locality in Jammu on Saturday night originally belonged to the Sansi community of Abohar. None of the families residing in a locality near Old Fazilka Road cooked food yesterday after they learnt about the tragedy in which their near and dear ones were killed through a telephonic call on Sunday night.

Mann seeks probe into Pannu’s death
Amritsar, July 16
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Akali Dal (A) who is also a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, has sought a high-level probe into the death of Balbir Singh Pannu, senior vice-president, SGPC in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh in 2000 under mysterious circumstances.

Loomba held on flimsy grounds: BJP
Chandigarh, July 16
A meeting of office-bearers of the Punjab BJP took cognizance of the framing of false cases against Akali-BJP leaders by the Congress Government, which has created an atmosphere of terror.


Use water, nutrients judiciously: ICAR
Moga, July 16
There is a need to recognise the importance of efficient management of plant nutrients and water resources for sustainable agriculture, Assistant Director-General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Gurbachan Singh has said.


2 GNDTP employees suspended
Bathinda, July 16
Karamjit Singh, senior assistant, and Babu Singh, technician, grade-1, of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, have been placed under suspension for their alleged involvement in a fraud with another employee, Mr Avtar Singh Lubana. They had fraudulently secured a loan from a Patiala-based bank by submitting documents of property, owned by Mr Lubana, as security.

Technical staff threaten protest
Bathinda, July 16
Resentment prevails among members of the Technical Services Union of the Punjab State Electricity Board against the non-implementation of a decision taken during a meeting of union representatives and the PSEB authorities in June last year.

SDMs to work as sub-registrars
Ropar, July 16
The Ropar Deputy Commissioner-cum-Registrar, Mrs Seema Jain, has appointed the SDMs of Kharar, Ropar, Anandpur Sahib and SAS Nagar subdivisions as sub-registrars for doing the registration work in the registration offices of their respective sub-divisions as all sub-registrars (tehsildars/naib tehsildars) of the district, on the call of the Revenue Officers Association, are on a pen-down strike since July 6.


1 killed, robbers strike at deras
Jalandhar, July 16
One person was beaten to death in a clash over the sale of wooden stock at Khaira Majha village near here last night. According to the police, the victim Sawaran Singh along with his nephew Harvinderpal Singh went to the fields of Amrik Singh of Khaira Majha village near here on Monday to clinch a deal involving the sale of wooden stock.

Undertrial escapes
Ludhiana, July 16
An undertrial, Antarpal Singh, escaped from the District Courts here today while he was being produced in the court in connection with charges of liquor smuggling. His disappearance came to light late this evening when muster roll call was taken in the jail.


Teachers decry voters’ list duty, 7 schools closed
Fazilka, July 16
Seven schools have been closed as their teachers have been deputed in connection with amendments in the voters’ list. A large number of teachers in the state have been assigned the duty. As a result of this, the teaching and administrative work in most schools would suffer.

Students threaten stir
Patiala, July 16
Various student bodies of Punjabi University, after a meeting held on the campus here today, issued an ultimatum to the university authorities to accede to their demands within one week failing which the students would be forced to resort to agitation.

Staff of private colleges to launch stir
Barnala, July 16
The Private Colleges Non-Teaching Employees Union, Punjab and Chandigarh, has announced its agitation programme and will stage a state-level rally on September 14 in Patiala to express its resentment against the “indifferent” attitude of the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Government towards them.


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