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Cotton crop wilts for want of water
DC orders survey of affected areas
Bathinda, July 22
Farmers’ woes in this land of “white gold”, it seems, are never-ending. With inadequate water supply seriously affecting the output of paddy in this region, it is now the turn of cotton, often referred to as white gold, to be affected by the drought-like situation prevailing in southern Punjab.

Amarjeet Singh, a farmer of Kalyan Sukha village in Bathinda, shows his damaged cotton crop Amarjeet Singh, a farmer of Kalyan Sukha village in Bathinda, shows his damaged cotton crop. — Photo Kulbir Beera

BJP workers stage dharna
Cong ‘vendetta’ in guise of anti-graft drive
Gurdaspur, July 22
More than 200 BJP activists staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today in protest against the framing of false charges against the party workers by the ruling Congress party. Mr B.K. Mittal, president of the district unit of the BJP, presided. The protest call was given by the Punjab unit of the BJP.

Anandpur Sahib



HC restrains final orders against Badungar
Chandigarh, July 22
Acting on a petition filed by SGPC President Kirpal Singh Badungar against three members of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission, besides the state of Punjab and other respondents, Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained the respondents from passing final orders in the case against the petitioner.

Govt volte-face on IT institutes
Patiala, July 22
In a volte-face, the Punjab government today issued a public notice denotifying two earlier notifications wherein it had withdrawn affiliation to 12 Information Technology colleges running single-faculty institutions.

Sidhu’s plea on loose cheques rejected
Chandigarh, July 22
The Punjab and Sind Bank in its reply, acting on an application moved by the suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, today maintained in a local court that the bank could not issue loose cheques to Sidhu as his account had already been frozen by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

Decision on Dheera statement today
Patiala, July 22
District and Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal today postponed till tomorrow the announcement of the decision on whether PPSC job scam accused Randhir Singh Dheera and Prem Sagar could give their statement under Section 306, CrPC, to turn approve in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Paramjit Singh tomorrow.


Akalis keen to float new party
Chandigarh, July 22
Senior Akali leaders led by Mr Ravi Inder Singh, former Speaker, and Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi, convener of the Panthic Morcha, here today met for six hours to discuss Panthic issues.

Tandon lashes out at Congress
Chandigarh, July 22
The Punjab unit of the BJP has also launched a political attack against Amarinder Singh’s government.


‘Encroachment’ by ex-minister
PUDA fails to take action
Bathinda, July 22
While local Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) officials are trying to shift their responsibilities of initiating criminal proceeding against former minister, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, and his close kin, Mr Megh Raj in connection with the alleged encroachment of its 1800 square yards piece of land, to the Deputy Commissioner, the district administration has claimed that it had directed PUDA to register a criminal case against the former minister and other encroachers on June 28.

Bibi Kiranjot writes to Vedanti
Amritsar, July 22
In a letter to Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, General Secretary, SGPC, has expressed concern at non-revival of the religious advisory board ‘to scrutinise complaints received by Akal Takht that had resulted in the Takht being caught in a web of controversies.

Badal stands by Wahid’s wife
Phagwara, July 22
Former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal last night paid a visit to the residence of Mr Jarnail Singh Wahid, former member of the PSSSB, who was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau here on July 13 and is now in police remand.

Ex-DC’s book distorts facts, says Calcutta
Amritsar, July 22
Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, Akali leader, has alleged that certain forces were out to defame top Akali leaders under a deep-rooted conspiracy.

Review plea against Kaushal dismissed
Chandigarh, July 22
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today dismissed a review application filed by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on May 23, 2002 against an earlier order of CAT involving Punjab cadre IAS officer Mr Sarvesh Kaushal.

Dowry victim’s father alleges police inaction
Muktsar, July 22
Mr Avtar Singh, father of Kulwant Kaur who was allegedly poisoned to death by her in-law for bringing inadequate dowry at Phulewala village, has alleged that the police was not arresting her parents-in-law although a case had been registered against them.

DIG takes cops by surprise
Ferozepore, July 22
At around midnight, a man walked into a police station and lamented that while he was travelling, a person fled after snatching his bag near the railway crossing at Kot Kapura in which he had been carrying more than Rs 2 lakh cash. The clerk politely offered him a seat.

PSEB turns blind eye to ‘kundi’ complaints
Bathinda, July 22
Even as on the one hand the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities have imposed restrictions on the use of air-conditioners, some residents are using power without paying for the same.

2 labourers die while digging well
Kapurthala, July 22
Malkiat (30) and Laddu (28), daily wage labourers of Karal village, were buried alive while they were digging a well in Bhano Longa village last evening.

MES employee found dead on train
Bathinda, July 22
An employee of the MES died in the toilet of a coach of a train, possibly due to cardiac arrest. The deceased has been identified as Manohar Lal, a resident of Ambala.

Freedom fighter cremated sans state honours
Talwandi Bhai (Ferozepore), July 22
An octogenarian freedom fighter, who died last night, was cremated today without honours. The family of the freedom fighter alleged that the district administration was informed well in time about the death but no one turned up in time to pay tributes on part of the state government.

Seminar on world faiths held
Anandpur Sahib, July 22
Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Uttaranchal, today called upon the religious and spiritual leaders to work for control of population in the country which had already crossed one hundred crore.

Reduce traffic jams, urge traders
Bathinda, July 22
Traders of the city have urged the authorities that special attention should be paid to remove bottlenecks caused by buses, rehris and rickshaws near the roundabout at old bus stand. There were frequent traffic jams near the roundabout due to stopping of buses and other vehicles.


Punjab postings, transfers
Chandigarh, July 22
The following postings/transfers were ordered in Punjab today. Mr Karam Singh is now Director, Hospitality, relieving Mr Ravinder Kaushik of the additional charge. Mr Vivek Pratap is Registrar, PAU, Ludhiana, while Mr Sumer Singh Gurjar has been posted as ADC, Nawanshahr.


Two murders rock city
Amritsar, July 22
Panic gripped the city after two murders, including that of an old granthi of Anand Nagar area late yesterday.

Man shot at
Gurdaspur, July 22
Daljit Singh, a resident of Bathawali under Dinanagar police station, was injured after he was shot at by his cousins Baldev Singh and Bachittar Singh, of the same village in a fight over a disputed piece of land on Monday.

Undertrial escapes from hospital
Mansa, July 22
Naginder Singh Harika, Managing Director, Khalsa Rural Dental College and Hospital, Nangal Kalan in the district, who was arrested by the Sadar police here on May 1, 2001, following the registration of a case against him under Section 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC, has absconded from the PGI Chandigarh, where he was sent for a medical check up while in police custody.


Mann gives Rs 2 lakh for school
Moga, July 22
The SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann today donated Rs 2 lakh for the expansion of school building of Jawahar Lal Navodaya School at Lohara in Moga District at a special function organised by the Panchayat.

Adhyapak Dal rally tomorrow
Barnala, July 22
The Punjab Adhyapak Dal activists will go on fast, wear black badges and participate in a rally in front of the office of Director, Public Instructions (DPI) Schools, Punjab, at Chandigarh on July 24.

Chart-makers for hire; what next?
Patiala, July 22
It’s the end of your son’s summer vacation and you are frantic, the two charts assigned as part of the homework have yet to be completed and your son has no time to spare as he is busy with his tuitions and extra classes. Having never scored better than Bs in your drawing class, but considering the fact that your husband fared even worse, the onerous task of making charts falls on your shoulders.


‘Amend Labour Laws’
Chandigarh, July 22
The PhD Chamber of Commerce and Industry submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Labour Welfare Board on proposed changes in Labour Laws here today. The Chamber has urged the Centre to amend the Industrial Dispute Act (I.D.Act) 1947, to include a provision to allow the employer to dispense with the services of workmen who do not perform or are indisciplined.

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