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Punjab to seek 400-cr package
Agriculture Ministers’ meeting on drought today
Chandigarh, July 23
Punjab, one of the worst drought-hit states, will ask the Union Government to pay it Rs 400 crore immediately to help farmers and urban settlements tide over the crisis.

Special police teams to check canal water theft
Bathinda, July 23
The Punjab police will soon establish special teams and police posts to keep a check on the theft of canal water, which is assuming alarming proportions in the absence of rains in the region.

It is not a river but a waterlogged road It is not a river but a waterlogged road of Jalandhar, after the first rain of monsoon on Tuesday morning. With water at knee-level, a milk vendor tries to cross the road. — PTI

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SYL exercise in futility: Capt
New Delhi, July 23
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today termed the construction of the SYL canal as an exercise in futility and maintained that Haryana already had more than its share of waters from various rivers.

PSEB threat to cut supply to MC tubewells
Amritsar, July 23
The municipal corporation and the Punjab State Electricity Board are on a collision course as the latter has served a notice on the former that it will disconnect seven tubewells, which supply drinking water to more than 1.5 lakh residents for non-payment of arrears to the tune of Rs 2.48 crore.

Power crisis boosts generators’ sale in Doaba
Wariana (Jalandhar), July 23
Facing acute power crisis and a drought-like situation, farmers of the Doaba region have started testing their ingenuity by connecting their usually power driven submersible pumps to high power diesel generators sets and by putting sullage of village ponds to use for irrigation of their paddy fields.

Bottle-guzzling Punjab
Chandigarh, July 23
Punjab every year empties 12 crore bottles of “desi sharab’’ (Punjab Medium Liquor — PML), four crore bottles of IMFL and two crore bottles of beer. No wonder, the revenue collection graph under the Excise Act goes up each year. It is expected to cross Rs 1,440 crore in the current year, against Rs 1,350 crore in 2001-02.

CM’s property: Badal for impartial advocates
Jalandhar, July 23
The SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today demanded that a panel of impartial advocates should be deputed instead of the Advocate-General of Punjab, Mr Harbhagwan Singh, to defend the ongoing civil suit in a Hardwar court over property owned by Capt Amarinder Singh.

From (L to R): Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, former minister Ajit Singh Kohar and former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur during an Akali Dal meeting in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — PTI photo
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, former minister Ajit Singh Kohar and former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur during an Akali Dal meeting


BJP rally against Cong ‘misrule’
Ferozepore, July 23
BJP activists held rally in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in protest against the vindictive attitude of the Congress government towards it party cadre in the state. Mr Harjit Singh Grewal, All-India, Vice-President, BJP, Kisan Morcha, who led the rally asserted that the Congress government was harassing BJP workers and implicating them in false cases under garb of the anti-corruption drive.

SAD (A) not to vote for Cong, BJP in VP poll
Phagwara, July 23
In case no third front emerged then SAD (A) will abstain from voting in the August 12 vice-presidential elections. This was stated by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, SAD (A) last night.


‘Contaminated’ water scares slum dwellers
Jalandhar, July 23
Even as residents of the local Gandhi Camp and adjoining localities are up in arms against the local Municipal Corporation for the supply of “contaminated” drinking water in the area, the health department has taken a serious note of the allegations levelled by them.

65 slum areas flooded in Amritsar
Amritsar, July 23
Yesterday’s torrential rain has exposed the precarious condition of the sewerage system in and around the city with most of the slum areas getting inundated with knee-deep water.

Meeting of Sikh clergy today
Amritsar, July 23
Amid serious allegations of corruption, levelled by the Shiromani Khalsa panchayat, a crucial meeting of Sikh head priests will be held at Akal Takht tomorrow. 

Uphold dignity of Akal Takht: Sikh bodies
Amritsar, July 23
Five Sikh bodies today condemned leaders of the Khalsa Panchayat for levelling graft charges and indulging in mudslinging against the institution of Jathedar of Akal Takht. 

Chohan to head jatha to Takht
Hoshiarpur, July 23
A jatha of five Akali Dal leaders, including 103-year-old Jagir Singh, will go to Amritsar on August 1 for delivering a letter on behalf of the Sikh masses to Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, asking him to summon Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the SAD, and Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, SHSAD, for awarding them punishment for not keeping their promise of getting the Anandpur Sahib Resolution implemented.

Langah to surrender soon: Badal
Gurdaspur, July 23
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, SAD and Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Legislative Assembly has said Mr Sucha Singh Langah, former PWD Minister will surrender to the Vigilance Bureau or in the court in near future. 

Lokpal to the rescue of SC applicant
Chandigarh, July 23
Mr Sucha Singh Dhaliwal, a Scheduled Caste boy with a brilliant academic record, can at last hope for a job in the Punjab Education Department. Justice D.V. Sehgal, Lokpal, Punjab, has not only provided justice to him but also asked the authorities concerned to take to task those who bungled in case of Mr Sucha Singh.

Bank employees hold rally
Bathinda, July 23
As part of an ongoing agitation, of the employees of Bathinda Central Cooperative Bank today held a rally in the city to protest against the policies of the government putting curbs on salaries and other allowances given to them. T

Dismantling of bridges affects 40 villages
Pathankot, July 23
The dismantling of pantoon and stringer bridges over the Ravi and Ujh in Narot Jaimal Singh and the Bamial area of the subdivision has caused a lot of inconvenience to the residents of these areas. The residents of about 40 villages living across these rivers are resentful against the PWD Department and local leaders.

Money played role in transfers: Pasla
Jalandhar, July 23
The secretary of the state CPM, Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, today alleged that money had played a role in transfers and postings ordered in various government departments recently.

Nepalese workers hold silent march
Phagwara, July 23
Migrant Nepali workers, including women, today held a silent march here in protest against police inaction to arrest the culprits who had raped and robbed five migrant women on the night of July 6 in the Mazdoor Colony, near Chaheru bridge.


Farmers resent 4.4 pc sales tax
Amritsar, July 23
Punjab farmers and small scale manufacturers of zinc sulphate fertilisers have been up in arms against the recent decision of the Punjab Government to impose a 4.4 per cent sales tax on the main chemical nutrient. 


Panels to monitor power, water supply
Moga, July 23
The district administration has constituted subdivisional-level committees to be headed by the SDM to monitor the availability of power and water to the agricultural sector in the district. Control rooms have also been set up where farmers can report their complaints regarding the breakdown of power and water supply.


CM to launch sikhya abhiyan today
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
The Punjab Government is going to introduce a new educational scheme, “Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan,” under which education will be made compulsory for all children falling in the 6-14 age group, said Mr Sadhu Singh Randhawa, Director, Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan, while talking to reporters here today. He said Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, would formally launch the scheme on July 24 by organising a function at Patiala.

Behl’s remarks invite educationists’ ire
Amritsar, July 23
Minister for Education Khushal Behl’s recent utterances on making Ph.D mandatory for teachers of plus II classes is being termed as “outrageous” by educationists. BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla said a Ph.D was not mandatory for a principal, college lecturer or District Education Officer.

Principal goes scot-free
Bathinda, July 23
Even two months after the District Education Officer’s recommendation, no action has been taken against the Principal of a government school at Bhuchu Kalan village for her alleged negligence and inaction in an incident in which a Class VIII student’s feet got burnt. The victim, Gurbinder, had been asked by a sweeper to collect waste paper and throw them in a pit.

Varsity claims good response to admissions
Patiala, July 23
Contrary to the presumption that Punjabi University may not be able to attract a good number of students for the current teaching year thanks to the negative publicity garnered by it during Vice-Chancellor Ahluwalia’s tenure, the response to admissions as claimed by the university is rather good and in certain departments even better than the response last year.


NABARD holds bank officials’ meet
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
A number of schemes have been formulated by NABARD for promotion of rural non-farm sector (RNFS) in the district. An orientation meet for the officers of commercial banks, Malwa Gramin Bank, Fatehgarh Sahib, Central Cooperative Bank, PADBs, DIC, KVIB, KVIC, DRDA, etc covering the district was organised by the AGM, District Development, NABARD here today with a view to create awareness and familiarisation with the field-level functionaries of NABARD’s various schemes under non-farm sector.

Cable operators hike charges
Bathinda, July 23
The Cable Operators Association has decided to charge Rs 250 per connection throughout the state to give cable connection. Mr Sunny Gill, president of the Punjab Cable TV Network Association, while addressing a meeting of cable operators here this afternoon, said as they had to pay heavily to the owners of pay TV channels, there was no option other than to increase the rates of cable connections.Top

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