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Parliamentary forum to visit dry-spell areas today
Budhlada (Mansa), August 2
Even as farmers continue ploughing paddy fields in various pockets of Bathinda and Mansa districts, Governor, Punjab, Lieut General JFR Jacob (retd) and members of Parliamentary Farmers Forum will tour affected areas of this district tomorrow.

Cops stay put in 30 canal rest houses
Amritsar, August 2
At least 30 rest houses of the Irrigation Department which were occupied by the Punjab police, Central Reserve Police Force or the PAP during militancy, are still under the unauthorised possession of the security forces. Some of the rest houses are occupied by even the Army and the Border Security Force.

MLA meetings or recreational visits?
Ropar, August 2
The Government is taking austerity measures to improve the financial health of the state. Cuts are being imposed on pay and perks of employees and development works have almost come to a standstill. However, these measures seem to apply only to common man. Ruling party MLAs are going on free trips along with their kin and friends, courtesy Assembly committees, putting burden on the government exchequer.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Malout firing: Sikh bodies meet on Aug 5
Amritsar, August 2
Taking a serious view of the Malout firing, the Sikh high priests today with the support of the SGPC, decided to call a meeting of the representatives of various Akali factions, Nihang sects, Singh Sabhas and other Panthic organisations at Teja Singh Samundari Hall here on August 5.

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti (centre) and Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Manjit Singh (left) discuss the Malout firing incident in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti and Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Manjit Singh

Tubectomy death: docs, staff found guilty
Bathinda, August 2
A magisterial probe conducted by the Additional Deputy Magistrate, Mr G.K. Singh into the reasons which led to the death of a 24-year-old Rani, few hours after her tubectomy operation at the Civil Hospital, Raman Mandi, on July 3, has held the Civil Hospital authorities responsible for the same.

Judicial remand for Langah
Kharar, August 2
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, here today remanded Sucha Singh Langah, former PWD Minister, Punjab, in judicial custody till August 16 today and ordered that he should be produced in the special court, Ropar, on that day.

Amarinder should resign: Badal
Chandigarh, August 2
Questioning the moral right of the present Punjab Government to continue in the office in the wake of Chief Justice’s letter, the SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal said today that the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Mr Justice Arun B. Saharya’s, observations that investigations into the recruitment scandal were seriously hampered by the government’s decision to transfer the intelligence top brass was a damning indictment of Capt Amarinder Singh’s government.

NRI students owe lakhs to SGPC institute
Amritsar, August 2
The SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences and Research has issued notices to eight MBBS students for 2000-2001 and 2001-2002. These students were admitted under the NRI quota. The notice directs them to deposit their dues failing which they would not be allowed to attend classes.


MC chief resigns
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 2
The no-confidence motion move against the acting president of the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib Municipal council was amicably settled with the timely intervention by the Forest Minister Dr Harbans Lal, yesterday. The minister during his visit to the town yesterday got the resignation of the acting president a day prior to the no-confidence motion and assured the opposing councilors that he would get it passed at the earliest. The senior Congress leaders of the area played a vital role in sorting out the matter.


Magistrate’s order on summons quashed
Chandigarh, August 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant judgement, has ruled that an accused in a complaint case can appear before the trial magistrate and show that the proceedings against him are liable to be dropped.

  • Summons to PPSC scam accused
  • PTU told to consider request
A Sikh sewadar cleans the holy pool
A Sikh sewadar cleans the holy pool that surrounds the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. The temple, which dates back to the late 16th century, is the main shrine for Sikhs worldwide. — Reuters 

Protest against power Bill from Aug 9
Ropar, August 2
With a view to opposing the Electricity Bill 2001 power engineers throughout the country are going to observe a “mass awakening fortnight” from August 9 to August 24. This Bill has been listed for discussion in the current session of Parliament. The Bill seeks to repeal the Indian Electricity Act, 1910, Electricity Supply Act, 1948, and the Electricity Regulatory Commission Act, 1998.

Case against Coop MD: staff to go on strike
Ludhiana, August 2
The Punjab State Cooperative Employees Union has decided to observe a strike on August 5 and August 6 in protest against the registration of a case against a Managing Director of Cooperative Societies, Punjab, by the Vigilance Bureau recently.

HC orders SSPs to find newly weds
Chandigarh, August 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Senior Superintendents of Chandigarh and Hoshiarpur police to ensure the recovery of a couple allegedly taken away from the High Court premises by the girl’s father.

2 pc plot quota for police awardees
Chandigarh, August 2
The Punjab Government has decided to reserve 2 per cent plots and houses in the urban estates of PUDA for Punjab Police gallantary awardees and also allow the free bus travel facility to police personnel by abolishing the concessional travel facility.

DD staff’s dharna hits production
Jalandhar, August 2
Production work in Doordarshan Kendra here today had to be stopped as the employees held a dharna in front of the kendra to protest against the transfer of All India Radio and Doordarshan employees to the Prasar Bharati Corporation without obtaining their consent.

Employees of Jalandhar Doordharshan Kendra hold a rally in front of DD Kendra, Jalandhar, on Friday. — Photo Inder Mohan
Employees of Jalandhar Doordharshan Kendra hold a rally

BKU: dispute with transporters settled
Bathinda, August 2
Mr Surjit Singh, block president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), Maur Mandi, in a statement issued here today claimed that the dispute with the transporters regarding the bus fare on the Bhatinda-Maur route had been resolved.

SSP: complaint of remarriage fake
Bathinda, August 2
Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, yesterday said a complaint lodged by Manjeet Kaur a resident of the district, that her husband had remarried was found to be fake as she had failed to provide any documentary proof.

ASI begins probe into illegal constructions
Bathinda, August 2
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has started an inquiry into the unauthorised constructions around the 1800-year-old Bathinda fort. A high-powered team led by Deputy Director (Surveys) along with a cameraman visited the fort today.

Shiv bhakats, popularly known as janghams, in their traditional dress
Shiv bhakats, popularly known as janghams, in their traditional dress on their way to Amarnath yatra from Patiala on Friday. 

Train crushes 9 buffaloes to death
Chaugitti (Jalandhar), August 2
As many as nine buffaloes were crushed to death when a speeding DMU train trampled the animals on the Jalandhar-Pathankot section here this morning. The incident resulted in the suspension of rail traffic for about 45 minutes, which caused inconvenience to commuters.

Probe ordered into girl’s stay in SGPC serai
Amritsar, August 2
A girl who had run away from her house in Jammu was taken away by her parents in presence of the Jammu police. A police constable, got her a room booked in the SGPC serai under a “fictitious name”.


Show-cause notice to Khalsa College
Amritsar, August 2
The inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the contributory provident fund of the teachers of Khalsa College took a new turn after the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner issued a show-cause notice and summons asking for the appearance by August 6 of assessees, witnesses, production of employees records of the college from August 1982 failing which legal proceedings would be initiated against them.

Siddiqui is OSD, Law and Order
Chandigarh, August 2
Dr A. A. Siddiqui, on return from an inter-state deputation, will be the Officer on Special Duty, Law and Order, a spokesman of the Punjab Government announced here tonight.


Rapists booked after fortnight
Hoshiarpur, August 2
It took almost 14 days for the police in this district to register a case of gang rape of an unmarried girl, who later committed suicide. The Garhshankar police yesterday registered a case under Sections 306 and 376 of the IPC and arrested three of the six rapists. The other three are still at large.

Sewerage board MD booked for graft
Kharar, August 2
The Vigilance Bureau registered a case against a former Managing Director of Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board under the Prevention of Corruption Act yesterday.


Teachers’ dharna against DEO
Ropar, August 2
Members of the district unit of the Government Teachers Union, Punjab, led by district president, Mr Sucha Singh Khatra, sat on a dharna near the mini-secretariat here this afternoon to protest against the District Education Officer (Primary), Ropar. They were demanding her removal from the post of DEO (Primary), and registration of a case against her for allegedly “damaging” articles in her office.

Trust awards for meritorious students
Ropar, August 2
The local Mahajan Education Trust has announced Awards of Excellence for four meritorious students of the CBSE-affiliated schools of the district on the basis of their performance in the plus two examination conducted by one CBSE in March 2002.

Govt ‘demoralising’ unemployed youth
Bathinda, August 2
Activists of the district unit of the Unemployed Teachers Front, Punjab, have alleged that the dictatorial attitude of the ministers of the state government, especially the Education Minister, Mr Khushal Behl, has demoralised unemployed youth.

Order to finish work on DIET hostel
Ferozepore, August 2
The Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepore, Mr D.K. Tiwari, has asked the authorities concerned to complete work on the hostel for boys and girls of the District Institute of Educational Training by August 15. The work has been pending for the past 10 years.Top

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