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SAD to cash in on ‘Cong failures’
To hold rallies to mobilise public opinion
Bathinda, July 21
After lying low for more than four months, the rank and file of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has decided to cash in on the discontentment and resentment, which has been growing in every section of society particularly among farmers, employees and traders, allegedly due to the failure of the Congress government in fiscal management.

SAD to counter witch-hunt: Badal
Alamgir (Ludhiana), July 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal will not take things lying down and “aggressively” counter the “terror campaign” unleashed against its workers by the Congress regime and in this context mobilisation drives are underway across the state, asserts SAD chief Prakash Singh Badal.

Bhattal promises relief for farmers
Harkishanpura (Bathinda), July 21
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, while addressing a gathering at the villages today, said the state government would exploit every possible measure to offer relief to the villagers and added that there was no need to “sell” themselves.

Punjab Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal listens to the problems at  Harikishanpura village in Bathinda on Sunday. Punjab Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal listens to the problems at  Harikishanpura village in Bathinda on Sunday. — Photo Kulbir Beera




‘Fault’ in canal system to be probed
Gurdaspur MLA complains to Chief Minister
Amritsar, July 21
The Upper Bari Doab Canal, one of the oldest canal systems in India, is in the web of a controversy. The authorities concerned have laid one crore empty cement bags filled with earth along slopes and embankments, contrary to the technical requirements which costs the state exchequer about Rs 3.50 crore.

Sand bags (filled with earth) laid along the banks of the UBDC canal system stand damaged at several places. The Irrigation Department spent crores against the recommendations of experts on the bags. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
Sand bags (filled with earth) laid along the banks of the UBDC canal system stand damaged at several places.

Will Punjab notify purchase tax on milk?
Chandigarh, July 21
There is delay in the issue of a notification on the levy of 4 per cent purchase tax on milk in Punjab because the Departments of Excise and Taxation and Animal Husbandry have locked horns.

Govt to restructure college fee, hostel rent
Gurdaspur, July 21
Fee structure and rent of hostel accommodation in colleges in the state will be restructured and streamlined to make education less dependent on the state government.


SHSAD: Badal, CM ‘framing’ Tohra
Jalandhar, July 21

General Secretary of the SHSAD Prem Singh Chandumajra today alleged that there was secret political understanding between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.


Probe reveals misuse of sangat darshan funds
Ropar, July 21
The inquiry conducted into the usage of sangat darshan grants in Kharar subdivision here has brought to fore many cases of the misuse and misappropriation of funds by youth clubs and other voluntary organisations.

Resource crunch delays Shahpur project
Gurdaspur, July 21
The construction of Shahpur Kandi Dam Project which was planned in 1972 and was expected to generate 168 MW of power simultaneously with Ranjit Sagar Dam has not started due to financial crunch being faced by the Punjab Government.

Truckers sore over govt indifference
Dera bassi, July 21
Scores of truckers and members of different truck unions of Patiala district today staged a dharna here against the Punjab Government for adopting an indifferent attitude towards various truck unions operating in the state.

DG of ASI visits Ropar museum
Ropar, July 21
Mrs Kasturi Gupta Menon, IAS, Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India, yesterday visited the local archaeological museum and saw articles, displayed in show-cases. She showed her interest in the articles, found during excavation from two villages, namely Kotla Nihang and Barra, situated near here.

Land grab case: accused roaming free
Amritsar, July 21
Even the police registered a case against nine persons in a land grab incident about two months back, the main accused are roaming free and allegedly issuing threats to the complainant, Mr Rajwant Singh.


Oilseed farmers a harassed lot
Any hasty step on crop diversification, especially oilseed production, in Punjab without taking the global markets in perspective could prove counter-productive and the state government should get a commitment from the Centre for a minimum support price, guaranteed procurement, building of a buffer stock, shortening the chain of supply between the farmer, oil extraction industry and the consumer, imposing a 300 per cent duty on dumping of international edible oils, besides integrating oilseed production with producing fodder for dairy animals.

BKU(E) activists stage dharna
Bathinda, July 21
A handful of BKU (Ekta) activists today started a 18-hour-long dharna in front of the PSEB office at Bhucho Mandi, 20 km from here, in protest against the erratic power supply for various farm operations and “anti-farmer policies” of the Punjab Government.


‘Satta queen’ arrested
Abohar, July 21
The city police, continuing its campaign against gambling, today raided three places in the town and arrested Mrs Devaki Rani Aggarwal, known as the “satta queen”, and a couple heading the “satta” trade in the subdivision.

Yet another job racket busted, one held
Gurdaspur, July 21
The police has busted a job racket by arresting the gang leader, who used to cheat people by promising them jobs in Russia and Malaysia in lieu of money.
Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, said here today that Charan Singh of Fateh Nangal under Dhariwal police station was arrested under Section 420, IPC.

Burglars break into shops, steal Rs 25,000
Barnala, July 21
There has been a spate of thefts and burglaries in Dhanaula town, 10 km from here.
According to reports burglars broke into as many as five shops on the night of July 19 in various parts of the town creating panic among the shopkeepers and the local residents.

Parents allege dowry death, in-laws held
Barnala, July 21
Alleging foul play in the death of Poonam Rani, Mr Janak Raj Aggarwal, father of the dowry victim and a local resident, wants that the death of Poonam Rani, who was married to Ashish of Rampura Phul, about two-and-a-half years ago must be probed.

Undertrial commits suicide in jail
Ferozepore, July 21
An undertrial lodged in the Central Jail here hanged himself to death yesterday evening. According to information, Rajiv Kumar (25) who was arrested last month under the NDPS Act for being in possession of illicit liquor, committed suicide by hanging himself in the jail.


College president ‘harassing’ staffer
Tarn Taran, July 21
A clerk of a rural college has alleged that the president of the college managing committee, who is also the head of a sect, tried to molest her.

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