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20 ‘got jobs’ on fake degrees
Ropar July 20
The inquiry into the fake degree racket, has started yielding results with about 20 cases in which candidates used fake degrees to get recruitment against the ETT posts, being confirmed by various universities.

Punjab appoints another Adviser
Chandigarh, July 20
The Punjab Government has appointed Mr Bhagat Singh Sandhu, a former Chief Engineer, Irrigation, as Adviser to the government in the Irrigation Department. He will be attached to the Chief Minister.

Revival of industry priority: Amarinder
Jalandhar, July 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, yesterday said his government had decided to accord top priority to revamping of the existing ailing education system, ensuring computerisation of land records within two years and generating more funds, primarily by reviving the sick industry and by ensuring speedy diversification of agriculture in the state.

SAD seeks CM’s explanation
Chandigarh, July 20
The SAD has asked the Punjab Chief Minister to explain why his bureaucracy and police are being allowed to humiliate elected representatives of the people, including even those belonging to the ruling party.

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Punjab bureaucrats more corrupt: Dayal
Chandigarh, July 20
Announcing the decisions taken at a meeting of the executive committee of the party, the Secretary of the Punjab CPI, Dr Joginder Dayal, said yesterday that the party would organise a rally at Jalandhar on July 31 to oppose the anti-poor, anti-farmer and anti-employee policies of the Amarinder government.

BBMB seeks Centre’s nod for new ventures
Ropar, July 20
The Bhakra Beas Management Board has approached the Government of India to allow it to install new power projects on canals under its control. The BBMB was forced to take this decision after the Punjab Government, one of the major partners in BBMB, opposed the idea of organisation, to venture into new generation projects on the canals.

Warrants issued against 9 cops
Patiala, July 20
The CBI special court here today issued non-bailable warrants against nine Punjab police personnel alleged to be involved in a fake encounter, killing three special police officers in Amritsar in 1993.


Chohan’s party to contest SGPC poll
Chandigarh, July 20
A Khalistan ideologue, Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, said yesterday that his Khalsa Raj Party would contest the SGPC elections. Addressing a press conference, he said that it was necessary to do so to overhaul the SGPC and various other Panthic institutions reeking with corruption.

New PPCC chief soon: Chaudhary
Phagwara, July 20
Congress MP and Co-Chairperson of the AICC Relief Committee Santosh Chaudhary said here today that the decision to appoint new PPCC President would be taken soon. Former Punjab Minister and local MLA, Joginder Singh Mann, and MLA from Sham Chaurasi, Ram Lubhaya, were present on the occasion.

SAD to hold anti-Cong rallies
Bathinda, July 20
After lying low for over four months, the SAD leadership has decided to hold statewide rallies to highlight the failures of Congress government ahead of the civic elections.


A ray of hope for disabled
Chandigarh, July 20
When Dr Harinder Pal Singh, Homoeopathic Medical Officer at Sidhwan Bet, sought his transfer close to Ludhiana, little did he expect that he would be posted still away to Saidpur in Kapurthala. He had sought-transfer, as a disabled person unable to board a bus.

Now, liquor langar to please rain god
Bathinda, July 20
Even as prayers of desperate farmers have not been answered, they have now started organising langars (community kitchen) of liquor to please the rain god. Farmers have been performing yajnas and the ritual of “guddi phookna”.

Record of suspended employee sought
Chandigarh, July 20
Taking up a petition filed by a Chief Engineer against a former Civil Aviation Minister and other respondents, challenging the orders placing him under suspension, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed that the record pertaining to the case, including the report submitted by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, be produced in the court on August 16.

Fund shortage delays new bus stand
The Rs 4.85-crore model bus stand project here has abruptly come to a halt for want of funds. The project, started by the previous SAD-BJP Government, has been in dire need of about Rs 1 crore for completion.

Efforts on to ‘distort’ Sikh history
Chandigarh, July 20
The founder-Secretary General of the World Sikh Council, Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, said today that continuous efforts were being made to “pervert and distort” sikh history for the past some years.

Residents reel under water scarcity
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
Residents of the district headquarters, Sirhind, are facing drinking water scarcity these days. The people could be seen lined up in queues at the hand pumps to get just one bucket of water.

Betting accused plead innocence
Abohar, July 20
Two persons who were arrested for cricket betting last Saturday night from different localities in this town have addressed press conferences here separately to plead innocence.

2 PSSSB ex-members get police remand
Kharar, July 20
Mrs Preeti Sahni, Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, here today remanded Virsa Singh Baltoha, former member of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board, in police custody till July 23. He was arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Department in connection with an FIR registered at SAS Nagar on July 12.

Hearing on Dheera, Sagar’s plea adjourned
Patiala, July 20
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr S.N. Aggarwal, today adjourned the hearing for July 22 on an application submitted by Randhir Singh Dheera and Prem Sagar, alleged touts of suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, to record their statements as approvers.

Hearing on Kehar Singh’s bail plea adjourned
Ropar, July 20
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, Ropar, today fixed August 3 as the next date of hearing on the anticipatory bail application of Dr Kehar Singh, Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, SAS Nagar, in a criminal and corruption case registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau.

JCM controversy
Chandigarh, July 20
A controversy has erupted in the government employees circles regarding the existence of the Joint Consultative Machinery, the important meeting of the which has been called by the Punjab Government on July 26, to sort out various issues with employees’ organisations regarding their demands.

Selection of gram sevaks: role of money alleged
Bathinda, July 20
Mr Narinder Kumar Gupta of Rampura Phul has urged the Punjab Vigilance Bureau for an inquiry into the selection of Gram sevaks by the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board in 1998 alleging that the said selection was not fair.


Jewel thief held in Mansa
Mansa, July 20
A police team headed by Mr Harcharan Singh Grewal, SHO, has a busted a four-member gang engaged in defrauding people, with the arrest of Balwinder Singh, a resident of Raman Mandi in Bathinda.

One killed in road accident
Jalandhar, July 20
One person was killed and eight others were injured in a road accident at Tallan village under Sadar police station today. According to police sources, the accident occurred when a tractor-trolley carrying 13 labourers turned turtle.


DRDA courses in Kapurthala
Chandigarh, July 20
The scheme for providing quality computer education in villages and small towns in Punjab under the aegis of the District Rural Development Agency in association with the Punjab Technical University seems all set to catch on with the launch of the scheme in Kapurthala district from this academic session.

AICTE nod must for GND varsity courses?
Amritsar, July 20
The recent B.Tech courses started by Guru Nanak Dev University in computer engineering and electronics on its regional campus at Jalandhar reportedly do not have the mandatory approval of the All-India Council of Technical Education.

SGPC move on syllabi decried
Amritsar, July 20
Even as representatives of various missionary colleges have agreed in principle to bring uniformity in the syllabi framed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, has said a board should be constituted to ensure that no “anti-Panthic” chapter was propagated by them.

Principal refutes lecturer’s charges
Amritsar, July 20
Dr M.S. Dhillon, Principal, Khalsa College, here today refuted allegations and insinuation of Prof Baljinder Singh, a lecturer of the same college.

Teachers oppose decision on medium
Ropar, July 20
Teachers working in government schools in the state, will oppose recent decisions of the Punjab Government on enhanced educational qualifications for various posts of teacher and English medium for science and mathematics subjects from class VI.

LLB entrance test result awaited
Bathinda, July 20
Candidates who appeared in entrance test for admission to LLB course I yesterday alleged that the result of the test had not been declared although it was scheduled to be declared on July 14.


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