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134 education board clerks sacked
SAS Nagar, August 3
While the services of 134 clerks employed at the Punjab State Education Board were terminated here today, three employees of the PSEB, including one deputy secretary, were suspended following a special directive of the Punjab Government issued to the PSEB.

When AG appears against his own CM
Chandigarh, August 3
Can an Advocate-General appear against the Chief Minister?
Yes, the Advocate-General of Punjab, Mr Harbhagwan Singh, has appeared for the State of Punjab against the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in the Haridwar property case.

Centre against freebies in power sector
Patiala, August 3
The Union Power Ministry is likely to ask the Punjab government to stop freebies immediately and seek assistance from the World Bank to tide over the worst ever financial crisis being faced by the Punjab State Electricity Board.

PSEB ‘not checking’ power theft
Bathinda, August 3
The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association has accused the higher authorities of not framing any concrete policy to stop power theft and improve the financial status of the board.

Truck unions collect illegal tax
Ropar, August 3
Truck unions are allegedly levying illegal tax on vehicles entering their “self-marked territories. This has become a bone of contention between the groups controlling these unions. Members of the unions in various towns of this district are levying Rs 50 to Rs 300 on vehicles entering their area.




Banking laws fail to give justice
Chandigarh, August 3
The “customer friendly” banking laws, judicial system and even bank ombudsman have failed to wipe out the tears of Ms Surjit Kaur, an illiterate villager in sixties, who has till today believed that one day she would get bank deposits with interest, deposited by her father about 55 years ago.

DSGMC ‘battle’ reaches Akal Takht
Amritsar, August 3
After losing the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections to the SHSAD, the SAD today took the “battle” to Akal Takht and sought the implementation of the directive of the then Jathedar, Akal Takht, Bhai Ranjit Singh, to give a compensation of Rs 5 crore to Mr Avtar Singh Hit, former DSGMC president, by the present committee.
Former DSGMC president Avtar Singh Hit complains to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti
Former DSGMC president Avtar Singh Hit complains to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti against the new president of the DSGMC on Saturday . — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Governor takes note of cancer deaths
Talwandi Sabo, August 3
Even as 48 (150 according to unofficial sources) persons, including children, have died due to various forms of cancer at Giana, Malkana, Jajjal and Lalleana villages, bordering Haryana, in the past 10 years, the Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today asked the district health authorities to find out the reason behind this unusual trend.

Flights to Birmingham may be resumed
Amritsar, August 3
The Central Government is likely to deliberate on the issue of restarting the Amritsar-Birmingham flights.
The issue was raised by Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman of the National Commission of Minorities, with Union Minister for Civil Aviation Syed Shahnawaz Hussain recently after the latter had returned from UK.


SAD to stage dharnas on August 9
Hoshiarpur, August 3
Former Chief Minister and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal, today announced that dharnas would be staged at all district headquarters in Punjab on August 9 in protest against, what he alleged, anti-people policies of Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government.

Badal interfering in SGPC affairs: Talwandi
Ludhiana, August 3
Former SGPC chief and Senior Vice-President of the SAD, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, today accused former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of interfering in the affairs of the SGPC and violating the Sikh maryada.


Centres to boost cop-public ties
After the turbulent decade of the eighties, the challenge is to get the police out of their vehicles and doing the beat again. This challenge assumes larger significance in view of the fact that the commonman does not generally have a pleasant impression about the existing police set-up and looks at police officers with awe and fear.

Crime on rise in Patiala zone: IG
Bathinda, August 3
Mr Anil Kaushik, Inspector-General, Punjab police, Zonal while admitting the fact yesterday that there was a jump in the incidence of crime in the Patiala zone said the police was well-equipped to deal with the situation.

Refugees fear losing shelter yet again
Amritsar, August 3
More than 100 refugee families from Lahore and West Pakistan fear they may yet again have to migrate due to a scheme mooted by the Improvement Trust.
The scheme, sanctioned by the Punjab Government in 1965, curtails the rights of more than 500 residents to “Kutcha Panditan”, a Muslim locality — which subsequently was declared avacuee property and purchased by the refugees — to renovate, reconstruct, repair and add anything to their existing houses, which are more than 80 years old.

Rajendra Hospital gasping for breath
Patiala, August 3
The Government Rajendra Hospital, which was established by former Maharaja Yadavindra Singh and is set to celebrate its golden jubilee next year, is gasping for breath with its five ambulances lying idle for want of petrol, and even basic facilities like cotton, disposal syringes and bandages not being available.

PRTC employees to launch agitation
Patiala, August 3
The workers action committee of five different trade union organisations of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation yesterday announced that it would hold gate rallies at all depots of the corporation on August 7 besides taking out a protest march to the New Moti Bagh residence of the Chief Minister on August 20 in protest against the proposed disinvestment of the corporation.

Drive to affix reflectors on small vehicles
Patiala, August 3
Deputy Commissioner Tejvir Singh yesterday launched a special drive in which reflectors were affixed on rickshaws, rehris and bicycles. The function was organised near the bus stand.

17 buses impounded
Amritsar, August 3
A number of buses have been plying on long routes on the pretext of conducting tours which cause loss worth crores to the state exchequer every month.
This was revealed after 17 buses were impounded from Amritsar in a late night swoop. The buses bore registration numbers of Himachal Pradesh, New Delhi and some other states.

52 pc deficit rainfall in Punjab
Ludhiana, August 3
Punjab continues to face drought-like conditions following the failure of monsoons this year. The state has experienced a deficit rainfall of about 52 per cent in June and July as compared with the rainfall during this period last year, according to information made available from the Agri-Meteorology Department of the Punjab Agricultural University here today.

Bungling in khadi gramudyog accounts alleged
Bathinda, August 3
Some members of the Bathinda Khadi Gramudyog Karyakarta Sangh a registered society, has approached the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for holding an independent probe into the alleged bungling by a member in the Sangh’s records and its financial dealings they have alleged that the records and financial statements of the sangh are being tampered with and a senior functionary of the sangh has been claiming fictitious bills and thereby causing losses to the state exchequer.

Union adviser not allowed to present case
Chandigarh, August 3
Mr Rajinder Shukla, legal adviser of the Punjab Systems Punjab Employees Union Mohali, today was not allowed to make a presentation before the Punjab Public Sector Disinvestment Commission. The Commission maintained that only inservice employees could appear before the commission.

Dr Kehar Singh refused bail
Ropar, August 3
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, here today rejected pre-arrest bail application of Dr Kehar Singh, Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, in a case of corruption, registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau at SAS Nagar.

Protest over book’s second edition
Chandigarh, August 3
The Editor of a book on 18th century Sikh paintings, ‘B-40 Janamsakhi Guru Baba Nanak Paintings’, first published in 1987, has in a letter to the Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, protested against various irregularities committed in the publication of the second edition of the book.

Sunder Singh’s death anniversary today
Chandigarh, August 3
The death anniversary of veteran Congress leader, Sunder Singh will be observed in Hoshiarpur on Sunday. Among the leaders scheduled to come for the remembrance will be former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Mrs Mohisina Kidwai, member, All-India Congress Committee, Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, and Mr Buta Singh, former Union Home Minister.

Advocates go on fast
Mansa, August 3
Advocates of the District Bar Association, Mansa, who are on a strike since July 21, have now started a fast in the district court complex. They are pressurising the administration to withdraw a theft case registered against Mr Dalip Singh an advocate and a senior member of the bar.

45 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Bathinda, August 3
A state-level Lok Adalat was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr B.C. Rajput, District and Sessions Judge and 45 cases involving a compensation of more than Rs 20 lakh were settled on the spot.

Muktsar girl scales Sasar Kangri
Muktsar, August 3
Sukhwinder Kaur Sukhi, a resident of this town, became the first Indian non-Army woman to achieve the distinction of scaling the 7672-metre-high Sasar Kangri mountain peak on July 14.

VB seeks arrest warrant against ex-chief of PSSSB
Kharar, August 3
The Vigilance Bureau moved an application in the court of Mr Roshal Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, today requesting that arrest warrant of Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu, former PSSSB Chairman, should be issued.


Free vegetable seeds for farmers
Patiala, August 3
The Agriculture Department, Punjab, will distribute vegetable seeds free of cost to farmers in the state. These would include vegetable seeds which could be grown in two months. A survey of the status of paddy crop will be done in the next few days.

Jobless youths for more agro units
Faridkot, August 3
A convention of unemployed youths of the region held here today underlined the need for more agro-based units to generate more jobs in Punjab. It would help contain unemployment and improve economic conditions of 80 per cent population dependent on agriculture in the state.


400 litres of kerosene seized, 1 held
Gurdaspur, August 3
The police yesterday arrested Karan Singh of Pathankot for his involvement in the sale and purchase of kerosene meant to be supplied to the general public under the public distribution system.

3 directors of mill held for committing fraud
Amritsar, August 3
The local police has arrested three directors of Sudarshan woollen Mill on charges of defrauding the bank of Punjab of Rs 1.38 crore.
According to Dr S.K. Kalia, SP (City), the culprits had adopted a novel method for committing the crime. According to a complaint lodged by Mr Gulzar Singh, Vice-President of the bank, Raj Rani, a resident of Maqbool road, had taken a loan of Rs 1.34 crore from the bank in the name of Sudarshan Woollen Mill by mortgaging her house in 1996.

Four jailed for demanding dowry
Pathankot, August 3
Ms Kiran Bala, Judicial Magistrate (Ist class), here today sentenced four persons to three years in jail and fined Rs 5,000 each for demanding dowry from Raj Rani of Gagwal village in Himachal Pradesh.

Woman booked for killing husband
Abohar, August 3
A resident of Budharwali village under Lalgarh Jattan police station was allegedly killed by his wife on his release from judicial custody on Friday night. Police sources said family members of Avtar Singh were irked at his consuming liquor almost everyday.

Gang of contract killers busted
Hoshiarpur, August 3
The police has busted a gang of contract killers. Mrs Gurpreet Deo, SSP, in a press note here today, said they had agreed to carry out a murder for Rs 4 lakh and Rs 25,000 was already given to them by Gurdip Singh, son of Kartar Singh of Mohalla Ajit Nagar, Jalandhar.

5 held for immoral trafficking
Bathinda, August 3
Five persons, including two women, were arrested today during raids on a hotel opposite the district courts under Sections 3 and 5 of the Suppression of Immoral Trafficking (Girls and Women) Act.

Rs 1,000 note lands thief in jail
Kapurthala, August 3
The failure to distinguish between a Rs 1,000 and a Rs 100 currency note landed a snatcher in jail within 24 hours.
According to District Police Chief R.N. Dhoke here yesterday, Balbir Singh had stolen a bag containing over Rs 2 lakh and a mobile phone of a businessman, Mr Iqbal Hussain, of Gujarat while he was travelling in an Amritsar-bound train yesterday.


Police Public School in Chandigarh soon
Bathinda, August 3
Mr Anil Kaushik, IGP Zonal (Patiala)-cum-Chairman, Police Public School, Bathinda, yesterday said that a branch of the school would be opened shortly at Chandigarh and a site for the same had been allotted by the Chandigarh Administration in Sector 37-C.

Vacancies may lead to college derecognition
Amritsar, August 3
At the local Government Medical College, 57 posts of Senior Professor, Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer have been lying vacant for a long time. In case of an inspection by the Medical Council of India, the college could be derecognised.

Notice to school education board
Chandigarh, August 3
Issuing notice of motion for August 7 on a petition filed against the Punjab School Education Board in SAS Nagar by a Ludhiana district resident seeking directions for rechecking his daughter’s 10 plus 2 examination papers, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the respondents to produce the answer sheets of English, maths and chemistry papers.

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