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Minister given birthday bash
Officials, Cong leaders line up to offer gifts
Jalandhar, July 26
Scores of top bureaucrats and senior Congress leaders of the district, including the Mayor of the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation, Mr Surinder Mahey, today lined up to offer gifts to the Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, on his birthday at the bash celebrated in Milap Bhavan here this evening.

Punjab BJP leaders call on Advani
New Delhi, July 26
The Punjab BJP has accused the Congress government in the state of politically victimising its leaders. In a representation to Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, state BJP leaders said the Congress government in Punjab had created an atmosphere of terror among the people, including government servants, in the name of anti-corruption movement.

Dusty conditions stunt growth of crops
Bathinda, July 26
The absence of rainfall in this region has given rise to a new problem. Continuous dry winds over the past several days have been depositing a layer of sand on standing crops, thereby affecting their growth by restricting intake of air and sunlight.

A layer of sand, which is affecting growth of crops in this region, is seen on the leaves of a cotton plant near Bathinda on Friday. — Photo Kulbir Beera
A layer of sand

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A farmer pushes his bicycle
A farmer pushes his bicycle over his dry paddy crop in Ropar district on Friday. Pressure is expected to mount on India's central bank to cut interest rates, with economic growth in this financial year likely to be hit by the worst drought in more than a decade, economists said on Thursday. — Reuters

Non-bailable warrants against PPSC examiner
Patiala, July 26
In an important development in the PPSC recruitment scam, a local court today issued non-bailable warrants against Prof Jaspal Singh, an English teacher at Budhlada Government College, following a plea by the state Vigilance Department that he was needed with FIR number 24 in which cases have been registered against suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu and others.

Sidhu case: Punjab issued notice
Kharar, July 26
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, here today issued notice to Punjab for July 27 in an application moved by the counsel of Gurdeep Singh Manchanda who was arrested by the Vigilance on the charge of sending money belonging to Ravi Sidhu, suspended Chairman of the PPSC, abroad through hawala transactions for granting bail.

Ahluwalia case: police rapped for tacky probe
Patiala, July 26
Tacky investigation by the local police may cost the prosecution dear in the Saru Rana case in which the ousted Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, is accused of attempting to rape the Fine Arts Department student.

Langah case: notice to Punjab on counsel’s plea
Kharar, July 26
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, here today issued a notice to the state of Punjab for July 27 on an application moved by the counsel of Mr Sucha Singh Langah, former PWD Minister, for curtailing the police remand of Mr Langah, who was remanded in police custody till July 30 by the same court.

Withdraw cut in salary: PSEB staff
Jalandhar, July 26
Hundreds of members of the Employees’ Federation of the Punjab State Electricity Board took part in a rally held at Shakti Sadan here today in protest against the recent decision of the PSEB authorities to impose 25 per cent cut in their salaries.


BSF jawan keeps a vigil at a fencing gate near Wagha at the Indo-Pak border on Friday. The fencing gate for the farmers for ploughing there fields lying across the fence. — PTI

4 students get life term in murder case
Sangrur, July 26
Four students of a college were sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment by a local court which held them guilty of murdering their college fellow in 1997 at Bardwal Degree College in the district.

Docs give death, not certificate
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 26
Mr Naresh Wadhwa, husband of Veena Wadhwa, a woman who was killed during a tonsillitis surgery in Civil Hospital here, is a harassed man. The hospital has refused to issue him his wife’s death certificate and told him get it from the PGI. The PGI authorities told him to obtain it from Civil Hospital here.

Punjab staff leaders’ meeting with govt today
Chandigarh, July 26
The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation has opposed the participation of trade union leaders, who are not in government service, in tomorrow’s meeting convened by the state government to buy peace with agitating employees. The meeting was earlier to be held today.

Roof collapse: one killed, 2 hurt
Jalandhar, July 26
One person died and two were injured seriously today when roof of a building under construction collapsed in the Central Town area. The incident occurred in the afternoon, when a few labourers were working on the construction site and suddenly part of the roof collapsed, police sources said adding that the police and Fire Brigade officials reached the spot and rescued three persons from the debris and removed them to the local Civil Hospital.

Northern Rly XEn booked by CBI
Chandigarh, July 26
An Executive Engineer of Northern Railway, presently posted at New Delhi, has been booked by the CBI for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Tension prevails among truckers, traders
Dera Bassi, July 26
Tension prevails between members of the Dera Bassi Industrial Association and members of the Dera Bassi Truck Operators Union over opening of the office of the Dera Bassi Truck-Tempo Association here on Wednesday.

Rickshaw-puller returns bag with Rs 30,000
Batala, July 26
A rickshaw-puller, Jaswant Singh, son of a granthi of Mula-Sunaiya village found a bag lying at the local bus stand at 9 a.m. yesterday. He tried to search for its owner but in vain. He opened the bag and found Rs 30,000 in cash, an Army fatigue and five bottles of liquor.


Mysterious deaths of cattle: help of US experts sought
Abohar, July 26
Animal husbandry experts from the USA are now being consulted on mysterious deaths of milch cattle in some border villages in the Fazilka sector. Farmers said nearly 30 head of cattle (17 according to official sources) had perished this week after eating green fodder. Flash messages had been sent through Internet to experts seeking guidance. A team of experts from the state Animal Health Institute, Jalandhar, was visiting the affected villages to study the situation.

Poultry farmers seek power at domestic rates
Moga, July 26
The convener of the North India Poultry Farmers Association Parampal Singh Gill said here today the poultry farmers were facing problems of lack of subsidies, frequent interruptions in electricity supply, high rates of interests on loans, and lack of infrastructure for the export of poultry products.


Probe into vegetable scam stopped
Amritsar, July 26
The enquiry into the vegetable scam regarding the “incredibly low” price quotations for supplying vegetable and dry ration has been discontinued midway. But attendants of patients admitted in government mental hospital still complain of poor quality food despite a stringent check by the authorities concerned.

Inspector caught taking bribe
Ferozepore, July 26
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested an inspector of the Food and Civil Supplies Department posted here. While accepting a bribe of Rs 1000.


Woman burnt alive for dowry
Kapurthala, July 26
A newly married woman was allegedly burnt alive by her in-laws in the presence of her parents for not fulfilling the demands for dowry at Miani Bhagupurian village last evening. Mrs Sarabjit Kaur, mother of the victim, Nirmaljit Kaur, 22, who witnessed the incident also received burn injuries while trying to save her daughter from the flames.

Rice miller duped of Rs 1.2 crore
Amritsar, July 26
The police on the complaint of Ashok Sachdeva booked a Chennai resident E.S. Murli last evening for duping allegedly him of Rs 1.2 crore. According to the police, the accused E.S. Murli assured Ashok Sachdeva, a rice miller, for arranging Rs 600 crore for him.

Brother-in-law, 5 others ‘assault’ woman
Gurdaspur, July 26
Gurjit Kaur, a resident of ITI here and married nine months ago, was seriously injured after she was assaulted with sharp-edged weapons today near a fish pond by three car-borne and an equal number of scooter-borne persons.

Robbers’ gang busted
Moga, July 26
In a major breakthrough, the local police has arrested members of a gang of robbers and seized arms and ammunition from them. The members have allegedly confessed to their involvement in many incidents of robbery.


Withdraw cut in grants: PCCTU
Jalandhar, July 26
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union today demanded the withdrawal of 10 per cent cut in grants and alleged illegal pension notification issued on July 9 by the state government.

Musical chairs over theatre dept headship
Patiala, July 26
Punjabi University seems to be playing musical chairs as far as the headship of the Department of Theatre and Television is concerned. In a press note issued here today by the university, it was disclosed that the Vice-Chancellor, Dr N.S. Rattan, had ‘’appointed’’ Dr Yogesh Gambhir as Head of the Theatre and Television department for a term of three years.

Govt move on teachers resented
Bathinda, July 26
Holders of B.Ed degrees have resented the government move on the appointment of teachers in government schools. Mr Sukhdarshan Singh, president of the district unit of the Association of Unemployed B.Ed Degree holders in a press note said that with the implementation new policy the number of unemployed would increase in the state.

Assault on teachers condemned
Barnala, July 26
Prof P. K. Sharma, president of the Sangrur unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has condemned the assault on teachers of Government Ranbir College, Sangrur.

College teachers observe strike
Phagwara, July 26
Teachers of Phagwara block private colleges, including the local Guru Nanak College, Ramgarhia College, GNBL Ramgarhia College for Women, GNNB College, Narur Panshat, and SBDSM Khalsa College, Domeli, went on strike after the second period today.


Moga traders strike work
Moga, July 26
Members of the local Moga Foodgrain Traders Association, the Social Welfare Society and shopkeepers of both eastern and western grain markets today struck work and resorted to an indefinite hartal in protest against the “excesses” committed on them by certain officials of the Municipal Council.Top

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