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Women run illicit liquor business
Contractors say business down by 20 pc
Ferozepore, July 27
At least 50 women in the border district run illicit liquor business posing a challenge to the state Excise Department and liquor contractors.
More than 20 cases have so far been registered against Banso and her two sisters of Buteanwali Basti on the Ferozepore-Zira road under the Excise Act but she has not stopped the illegal business.

Employees decide to wait for CM
Chandigarh, July 27
The representatives of 20-odd unions of employees today did not put forth any demands before three Cabinet ministers, the Chief Secretary and others as they decided to wait till the return of the Chief Minister from abroad.

Heritage board in offing
Ropar, July 27
The Punjab Government has decided to form Punjab Heritage Board, which may take over the development of various tourism and heritage projects started by the previous government.

Organic farming in the offing
Chandigarh, July 27
To the variety of crisis, neither new nor unknown, that Punjab agriculture today faces, the most plausible way out that experts recommend is—diversification, which itself involves diverse ideas and solutions.



Forced to run tubewells on diesel
The Punjab Government may be still waiting for ‘‘bad’’ news to be announced by the metrology department, to prepare their action plan to fight the drought-like situation in northern states. However, farmers in the state have already started taking measures on a war-footing to save their crops.

A tubewell being run on a diesel engine at Bhankharpur village near Dera Bassi. — Tribune photo Karam Singh

A tubewell being run on a diesel engine at Bhankharpur village near Dera Bassi.

Over 7-hr cut in Punjab cities
Patiala, July 27
The Punjab State Electricity Board today announced seven-and-a-half hour power cuts each for all major cities to meet the power demand in the state following reduction in hydro-electricity generation.

Truant monsoon boon for some
Patiala, July 27
While the people of the state are reeling due to the failure of the monsoon in keeping its date with them, thousands of refugee families settled alongside the Ghaggar river in Patiala and Sangrur districts are reaping the rewards of a floodless year by harvesting “Govinda” and other 60-day paddy crops known as “Satthi” in local parlance.


District BJP unit refuses to accept new chief
Amritsar, July 27
The district BJP unit has revolted against the decision of the state leadership to replace its President Kanwar Jagdip Singh “unconstitutionally”. At a meeting held at the residence of Mr Harish Shah, general secretary of the district BJP (rural), it was decided not to accept Mr Anil Joshi who was appointed district unit president in place of Mr Kanwar Jagdip Singh.

No plan to launch stir against CM: Badal
Samana, July 27
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, SAD (B), and former Chief Minister, Punjab, said today that the Akalis don’t have plan to launch an agitation against the anti-people policies of the Amarinder Singh’s government. He was talking to media persons at the residence of Mr Joginder Singh.


Civil Hospital sans surgeons
Fazilka, July 27
The Civil Hospital here has been functioning without a surgeon. The three surgeons of the hospital have been transferred in accordance with the Punjab Government policy.

Army board to go into truckers’ claim
Bathinda, July 27
The Western Command of the Indian Army has constituted a board to go into the issue of payment of compensation to the owners of 161 trucks, belonging to this region and damaged in the fire which broke out near sub-ammunition depot at Bikaner on January 11, 2002 while ammunition was being transported to the borders after tension built up on Indo-Pakistan Border after an attack on Parliament.

Sidhu’s plea dismissed
Chandigarh, July 27
A local court today dismissed the plea moved by the suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, to direct the Punjab and Sind Bank to issue him 10 loose cheques to fulfill his daily needs. Earlier, on July 22 the Punjab and Sind Bank had maintained before the court that the bank could not issue loose cheques to Sidhu as his account had already been frozen by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

Police remand for Mukhija case accused
Patiala, July 27
The prime accused in the murder of Congress worker Harmesh Singh Kukhija in November, 2000, Gurbaksh Singh Kukoo, was remanded in police custody till July 30 by Special CBI Magistrate Jaspinder Singh Heyer here yesterday.


2 numberdars removed, patwari sacked
Kapurthala, July 27
Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, Rakesh K. Verma, has removed Bachan Singh and Hansraj numberdars of Bhullarai and Phagwara city, respectively. The DC after an inquiry found that Bachan Singh was guilty of connivance in attesting shajra nasab in the name of fake heirs while real heirs were settled abroad.


Petrol station looted
Moga, July 27
Three car-borne miscreants allegedly looted Rs 5,200 from a petrol station situated near Gagra village in the district last-night. According to reports, they arrived at the petrol station at 9.30 p.m. and asked Narinder Kumar, salesman, to full the petrol in their car. They later threatened the salesman to hand-over cash box.

Case against orphanage for selling child
Patiala, July 27
The oldest and most famous orphanage in the city, founded by former Patiala State Dewan Rajindra Dewa, which still goes by the same name, has come under controversy with the local police registering a case against its management for selling a child to a Ludhiana-based family for Rs 50,000.

3 women held in stripping case
Amritsar, July 27
Tension has engulfed Dabourji village after an incident of stripping and beating of Paramjit Kaur, a resident of the village, last evening she was paraded all over the village and beaten in full public view allegedly for spreading rumours about “illicit” relations of a village woman.

2 women held for kidnapping child
Jalandhar, July 27
The police has arrested two women for kidnapping Ishu, a two-year-old child, from his house in the Bhargo Camp locality about four months ago and restored the child to his parents this morning.

Two-year-old Ishu, who was rescued by the police, is seen with a policewoman in Jalandhar on Saturday.
— A Tribune photo

Two-year-old Ishu, who was rescued by the police, is seen with a policewoman

Amarnath yatris assaulted
Sangrur, July 27
The Punjab Police arrested three taxi drivers and impounded their vehicles when they allegedly assaulted and injured a few Amarnath pilgrims in Malerkotla here yesterday.


Pro-VC for liaison between varsities, industries
Bathinda, July 27
A seminar was organised in the city last evening by the Bathinda Management Association on the topic ‘Techniques for Improving Organisational performance’ during a general body meeting of the association.

Painting contest for children
Patiala, July 27
Children participated in an on-the-spot painting competition organised by ICICI Bank at its Leela Bhavan branch here. Students covered themes like environment, modern banking pollution and drug abuse in the painting competition which was also attended by a social worker, Mr Mohan Lal Gupta and the Chairman, Teja Singh Kandhari School, Mr Joginder Singh Kadhari.


Programme in fashion designing
Patiala, July 27
A development programme for entrepreneurs in Fashion Designing and Garment Construction conducted by city-based Industrial Services International was inaugurated by the General Manager NABARD, Mr S.K. Sharma.

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