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Hanspal to bridge govt-public gap
Jalandhar, August 4
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Mr H.S. Hanspal, said today that he would work to bridge the gap between the government and the people. Mr Hanspal, who was addressing his first press conference in Jalandhar after taking over as the PPCC chief said “I would try my best to go closer to people and tell them what the government intends to do.

Badal: panel on Hardwar case blatantly
mala fide
Chandigarh August 4
Keeping up pressure on the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today alleged that the constitution of a panel by the Chief Minister comprising Advocate-General and all his kin to defend the state against himself (Capt Amarinder Singh) in the Hardwar property case “is blatantly mala fide and requires direct intervention by the judicial authority at the highest level to stop this ugly joke from being played on the people of Punjab”.

Officials impeding recovery of paddy: millers
Bathinda, August 4
Accusing officials of state procurement agencies of impeding the recovery of paddy from rice millers lieu of paddy diverted by them in 1994-95 through arbitration, the rice millers today urged the Punjab government to implement Cabinet decision of the previous SAD-BJP government on the withdrawal of criminal cases registered against such defaulters.

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Panels to tour areas hit by drought
Ferozepore, August 4
Four committees set-up at divisional levels by the Punjab Government will visit the worst affected areas in all districts from tomorrow onwards to assess the drought situation. Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar, Irrigation Minister, said this last evening while presiding over a meeting of the senior officials and MLAs of Muktsar, Moga and Ferozepore districts.

Punjab to demand 300 lakh units of power
Dera Bassi, August 4
To meet power crisis and uninterrupted supply for irrigation in the state, the Punjab Government will demand 300 lakh units of electricity from the national power grid. Presently the state was drawing 1000 lakh units against its total requirement of 1260 lakh units.

Councillor’s nephew stabbed to death
Murder linked to drug menace
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 4
One person was stabbed to death and another received grave wounds in a clash between two groups in Sirhind’s Brahman Majra late yesterday. The stabbed youth, Pawan Kumar,18, and his friend, Rajinder ‘Jindri’, 19, had been moved to Civil Hospital in a serious condition. Pawan was the nephew of Mr Balbir Singh Balli, municipal councillor from Brahman Majra.

Khalsa panchayat to confront Ashutosh followers
Ludhiana, August 4
Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht and the Khalsa Panchayat have separately resolved to physically counter Noormahalia sect chief Ashutosh and his followers if the ‘government’ allowed him to hold sammelans in the state which denigrated the Sikh gurus, Guru Granth Sahib and Sikhism.”

Survey on labourers in Punjab soon
Chandigarh, August 4
Punjab’s Employment and Labour Department plans to conduct a fresh survey of labourers, both children and bonded, in the state to assess their conditions especially after drought in several states and drought-like conditions in Punjab.

Complaints pile up at PHRC
Chandigarh, August 4
There are at least 800 “unallotted’’ complaints in the Punjab Human Rights Commission, which is facing a shortage of members. While Justice J S Sekhon quit on April 12 (shortly before his term was to end on May 4) to join as Chief Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections, the PHRC Chairman, Justice V.K. Khanna and another member, Mr T.S. Cheema, completed their terms on July 15.


Mofar wants Bhunder to clarify stand
Mansa, August 4
Senior Congress leader and former MLA Ajit Inder Singh Mofar today while claiming that he had no personal enmity with Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, general secretary, SAD, said Mr Bhunder should reply to the allegations of corruption levelled against him.


Revenue record tampered with?
Bathinda, August 4
Even as revenue officials of the local tehsil office have been “committing repeated mistakes” in the maintenance of the revenue record, three affected persons — Mr Mohan Lal Garg, former chairman, Improvement Trust, Bathinda, Mr Ashok Bharti and Mr Parkash Chand (both advocates) — have been running from pillar to post to get justice for the past many weeks but in vain.

First animal shelter resurrected
Pashupalika, India’s first police-run animal shelter, is being resurrected, thanks to efforts by the Punjab Police and animal lovers. The round-the-clock animal shelter, opened in July last year by the Jalandhar police owing to efforts by then SSP Gaurav Yadav, had brought laurels to the Jalandhar police and had enabled it to break its image of a “danda-wielding” police force.

Teenager’s adventures land her in Kupwara
From a small town of Ladhuka in this border district of Ferozepore to Kupwara in Kashmir, the story of Monica (name changed) a teenager girl, has all ingredients of a real Bollywood flick, complete with twists and turns. She left home in search of greener pastures as she did not like a mundane life. She did not want to continue her studies in the small backward place as desired by her parents.

NUJ flays 26 pc FDI in print media
Ludhiana, August 4
The National Union of Journalists has criticised the Union Government’s decision to allow 26 per cent foreign direct investment in Indian print media. Shyam Khosla, a senior journalist and national president of the NUJ, said this step would pose danger to the national unity and integrity. Khosla was speaking at the inaugural function of the two-day workshop ‘ Techniques of Reporting’ organised by the Punjab unit of the NUJ in association with the PAU Communication Centre at Punjab Agricultural University here today.

50 pc more Uttaranchal power for PSEB from today
Patiala, August 4
The Uttaranchal State Electricity Board authorities will provide 15 lakh units of power from tomorrow on a daily basis to the Punjab state power board. It is significant as the Uttaranchal and J&K State Electricity Boards, had discontinued supply of power to the PSEB due to failure of monsoon in their respective regions.

Teej at Pingalwara
Amritsar, August 4
It was a rare feast to the eyes to see sick, disabled, deaf and dumb, physically and mentally handicapped inmates of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society singing on swings, spinning ‘charkha’ and doing embroidery as a part of the ‘Teej festival’ to mark the tenth death anniversary of the society founder, Bhagat Puran Singh.
Inmates of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society make traditional 'nalas'
Inmates of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society make traditional 'nalas' as part of the 10th anniversary of its founder Bhagat Puran Singh in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

DMCH-employees deadlock ends
Ludhiana, August 4
The 45-day-old deadlock between the management and employees of Dayanand Medical College Hospital here was resolved during the course of a series of meetings between the management, leaders of various political parties and striking employees convened by the district administration here today.

Punjab MLA in ICU after road mishap
Chandigarh August 4
Punjab Congress MLA Rana Gurjit Singh received multiple fractures in a road accident near Dehra Dun on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. He is in the ICU at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi.

Engineers plan stir fearing sack
Chandigarh, August 4
Subdivisional engineers of Punjab posted in various departments, including the PWD, Public Health, Irrigation and Panchayati Raj, have decided to hold rallies in all districts of the state to protest against the government’s decision to dispense with the services of those engineers who were recruited by the Punjab Public Service Commission under the chairmanship of Ravi Sidhu.

Mann demands refugee status for J&K Sikhs
Phagwara, August 4
Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann has demanded a refugee status for 30,000 Kashmiri Sikhs, who have been living as “state-less” people in Jammu and Kashmir since 1947.

45 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Bathinda, August 4
A state-level Lok Adalat was held here yesterday 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.

Professor denies links with ultras
Amritsar, August 4
Mr Baljinder Singh, a senior Professor of Khalsa College, has refuted the allegations levelled by Dr M.S. Dhillon, Principal, that he (Prof Baljinder Singh) had links with terrorists.


Police budget touches Rs 1000 cr
Ludhiana, August 4
Punjab Police is in for another top-level reshuffle as Mr A. A. Sidiqqui joins as Officer on Special Duty on his return from Manipur where he was Director-General of Manipur Police for nearly two years. He is likely to get DGP’s rank as he headed the police in Manipur and had been promised that rank.


Murders on rise due to family disputes
Bathinda, August 4
Nachhattar Singh and his two sons, Gurlal Singh and Balraj Singh, were murdered allegedly by his third son, Sukhraj Singh, at Duhowala village of Muktsar in July as he suspected that one of his younger brothers had illicit relations with his wife.

Youth bares torture
Amritsar, August 4
Vishal Sharma (34), a resident of Cheel Mandi here, was allegedly beaten up and tortured while under “illegal detention” by Mr Davinder Singh, SHO, Kotwali and three other policemen in the suicide case of Meenu Sharma in which he was not even an accused.

5 held for immoral trafficking
Bathinda, August 4
Five persons, including two women, were arrested yesterday during raids on a hotel opposite the district courts under Sections 3 and 5 of the Suppression of Immoral Trafficking (Girls and Women) Act. Police sources said the raids were carried out on a tip-off and two women and two men were found in rooms of the hotel.



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