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CM’s remark messes up farmers’ case: Badal
Parkash Singh BadalChandigarh, July 31
SAD chief Mr Parkash Singh Badal today charged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh with ruining the case of farmers for compensation from the Centre by saying the state was not yet drought-hit.

Power crisis in state may worsen
Less water to be released from dams
Ropar, July 31
With less release of water from Bhakra and Pong dams from tomorrow, the power situation in Punjab will further worsen, leading to additional power cuts. According to PSEB sources, the BBMB has decided to release 21,000 cusecs from Bhakra Dam from tomorrow against 32,000 cusecs.

Punjab should have own population, health policies
Chandigarh, July 31
The draft state development report recommends that Punjab should frame own policies on population, health and education.

Conspiracy hatched to frame me: Bhunder
Chandigarh, July 31
Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, a former minister and General Secretary of the SAD, said here today that a conspiracy had been hatched to implicate him in false cases. Some of his political opponents had procured affidavits against him for this purpose, he added.








Transfer Principal, insist students
Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti to hold inquiry
Sandhuan (Ropar), July 31
While all 35 students of the local Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, who fled on the intervening night of July 28 and July 29 from the school’s hostel due to alleged “ill treatment” by the school authorities, are demanding the transfer of the principal, the Chandigarh-based regional office of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has decided to conduct a departmental inquiry before taking any action against the principal or the students.

HC pulls up DEO on appointments
Chandigarh, July 31
Strange but true. Candidates lower on the merit were appointed as JBT teachers in the state of Punjab after ignoring deserving cases.

Minister’s stand stalls PTU probe
Chandigarh, July 31
A vigilance inquiry ordered by the Punjab government into the affairs of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, has run into trouble. A note written by the Director, Outreach Programme, PTU, and forwarded to Secretary, Technical Education, has claimed that the inquiry instituted by the state government is not valid because the university is an autonomous body.


Badal trying to ‘shield’ Akali leaders
Muktsar, July 31
Mr Gurdas Girdhar, member, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) yesterday alleged that former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in order to “shield” the Akali leaders, who had been exposed by the Vigilance Bureau, was making meaningless statements.

CPI holds protest rally
Bathinda, July 31
The Communist Party of India (CPI) held a rally in the city to protest against the policies of the government. The party passed a resolution and demanded that tax levied on pesticides, fertilisers and diesel should be withdrawn. 

CPI for all-party meeting
Jalandhar, July 31
While criticising the Congress government for its alleged failure to project the case of Punjab farmers, who were like facing hardships due to prevailing drought like situation in the state, during the recently concluded meeting of Agriculture Ministers at Delhi, the state unit of Communist Party of India (CPI) today demanded that Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh should convene an all-party meeting to outline proper strategy to discuss the current drought-like situation in the state.


Professionals hold rally
Chandigarh, July 31
Under the banner of the Coordination Committee of the Professional Services Association, Punjab, hundreds of professionals from various departments of the state government held a rally here yesterday in protest against the government’s move to declare 41 batches selected during the tenure of suspended PPSC Chairman, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, as “tainted”. They urged the government not to take any hasty step and review its decision pertaining the issuance of an ordinance to remove the “tainted” professionals.

Details sought on Langah’s ‘fake’ passport
Chandigarh, July 31
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has asked the Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh, to supply complete details of the “fake” passport pertaining to ex-minister Sucha Singh Langah so that the purpose of his foreign visits and overseas suspicious contacts be ascertained.

Former Punjab PWD Minister Sucha Singh Langah being produced at a Kharar court on Tuesday. — PTI photo

Former Punjab PWD Minister Sucha Singh Langah being produced at a Kharar court

Strike by PSEB staff on Aug 13
Ropar, July 31
Employees of the PSEB will observe a strike on August 13 to demand the withdrawal of a circular related to 25 per cent deduction in the salaries of employees of Classes- I, II and III, and 10 per cent deduction in the salaries of Class- IV employees. The circular was issued by the PSEB on July 22 with a view to improving the financial health of the board.

5 die as train, tractor collide
Abohar, July 31
Three women and two children were killed and two others injured, including the driver of the tractor-trailer, when they were hit by a passenger train at an unmanned railway crossing near Kerakhera village on the Abohar-Bathinda section today.


46 police officers shuffled
Chandigarh, July 31
The Punjab Home Department today ordered the posting and transfer of 46 police officers. Among those shifted are two district police chiefs. Mr Shiv Kumar is new SSP, Moga, while Mr Major Singh is SSP, Muktsar.

Order on transport of animals
Kapurthala, July 31
District Magistrate Rakesh Kumar today directed the transporters and the railway authorities not to transport animals, particularly cattle, purchased at animal fairs without obtaining a no-objection certificate from the Animal Welfare Board of India or the Centre in the district. He said the non-compliance of these orders would be dealt with in accordance with the law.


Dara Singh’s son- in-law booked for fraud
Phagwara, July 31
The police here tonight registered a case against travel agent Sunny Gill, a noted wrestler and son-in-law of reputed wrestler-cum-film star Dara Singh, for duping 60 persons of Rs 1.90 crore for sending them abroad.

Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Amritsar, July 31
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves and a four-member gang of robbers. Three persons have been arrested in this regard.


School fee hike to hit poor: Dang
Amritsar, July 31
Mr Sat Pal Dang, veteran CPI leader, alleged the Education Minister, Mr Khushal Behl, had not been briefed about the existing conditions in government schools which could be gathered from the latter’s statement regarding a hike in school fees.

MBBS entrance test for Sikhs on Aug 4
Amritsar, July 31
A medical entrance test for admission of candidates of Sikh community to MBBS and BDS courses at Sri Guru Ramdas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (GDR) will be held on August 4 at the campus of the institute.


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