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Give Rs 10,000 per acre to drought-hit: SAD
Ropar, August 5
Describing the registration of corruption cases as an act of revenge against leaders and former ministers of the SAD as a wrong precedent set up by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today asked Capt Amarinder Singh to set up an inquiry commission for probing corruption cases, as promised by the Congress in its election manifesto, rather than getting “false” cases registered against Akalis by the Punjab Vigilance Department.

Govt serious about stopping free power
Faridkot, August 5
More than four lakh hectares of paddy crop out of total 24.46 lakh hectares has been damaged due to failure of monsoon in Punjab in the current season. Besides this the farmers have ploughed 1300 hectares so far of paddy due to failure of monsoon. Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Revenue Minister, Punjab, stated this at a press conference here today.

Surcharge likely on power bills
Jalandhar, August 5
In its bid to generate extra revenue to cope with the grim financial situation, the Punjab State Electricity Board has proposed to impose 10 per cent surcharge on those domestic and commercial consumers whose bimonthly bills exceeded Rs 2,000.

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Hardwar case: A-G snubs Badal
Verify facts, says Harbhagwan
Chandigarh, August 5
The Advocate-General of Punjab, Mr Harbhagwan Singh, today snubbed SAD chief and Leader of the Opposition, Parkash Singh Badal, suggesting him that before bringing the constitutional institutions and the law fraternity into dispute, responsible people like him should verify the facts.

A shot of a skit 'Eh Hai Khalsa' put up at the premises of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Trust, Amritsar, to mark the tenth death anniversary of its founder, Bhagat Puran Singh, on Monday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Osama hiding in Pakistan: Afghan police
Cops undergo training at Phillaur academy
Phillaur, August 5
Corroborating claims of Indian Intelligence agencies, the Afghan police also has ‘reliable’ information that Osama bin Laden is alive and hiding somewhere in Pakistan. This statement, which upholds India’s stance that Pakistan is a terrorist state, was made by the five-member delegation of the Afghan police that has arrived at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, for a week-long training programme. The academy was specially chosen by the Indian Government for imparting training to Afghanistan policemen.

Three-tier inspection system for schools soon
Chandigarh, August 5
Punjab is set to introduce a three-tier inspection system to check absenteeism and the falling standard of education in government schools. The qualifications of teachers for primary and secondary schools will also be revised.

Produce CJ’s letter, HC tells Punjab
Chandigarh, August 5
In less than a week after a letter written by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice appeared in The Tribune on the transfer of “key officers” posted with the intelligence wing, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked counsel for the state of Punjab to produce its copy.

Hearing in Sidhu case on Aug 8
Ropar, August 5
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, here today fixed August 8 as the next date of hearing for supplying copies of the documents relating to challan to Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, suspended PPSC chairman.

Warrants against ex-chief of PSSSB
Kharar, August 5
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today issued non-bailable warrants against Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu, former Chairman of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board for August 14.


Tohra predicts SHSAD win in SGPC poll
Rajpura, August 5
Sarab Hind Shiromani Akali Dal President Gurcharan Singh Tohra said today that his group would defeat the Shiromani Akali Dal led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal in the forthcoming SGPC elections and emerge as the real Akali Dal.


Home Secy pulled up in Kaunke case
Chandigarh, August 5
Coming down heavily on Punjab’s Home Secretary for demonstrating disrespect for court proceedings in the Kaunke disappearance case, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today observed that no purpose was being served by acting upon undertakings given by government counsel as there was a deliberate effort on the part of the officials to flout court directions.

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Scholars warned against distorting Sikh history
Jalandhar, August 5
Some Sikh missionary colleges and their writings have come under fire from certain “Panthic” organisations and a number of intellectuals. The organisations have asserted that the missionary writers had no right to twist Sikh history and that both the “Dasam Granth” and Sri Guru Granth Sahib were sacred sources of inspiration for the Sikhs.

Hospital again in eye of storm
Relatives claim patient died due to lack of oxygen
Patiala, August 5
The local Rajindra Hospital is again in the eye of storm with relatives of a 30-year-old woman, admitted to the hospital yesterday, claiming that she had died because of lack of oxygen cylinders in the hospital.

21-year wait for health centre
Chandigarh, August 5
Rattewal village, near Balachaur, in Nawanshahr district has been clamouring for a primary health centre for the past 21 years. A cluster of 10 to 15 villages in the vicinity of Rattewal village have negligible medical facilities and people have to rush to Balachaur in the case of an emergency.

Minister faces protest
Jalandhar, August 5
A few activists of the Rashtriya Sanjha Morcha, were detained by the police near Nakodar Chowk here today. They were raising slogans against Punjab Minister for Local Bodies and Labour, Choudhary Jagjit Singh who was unveiling life-size statue of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar at the Chowk.

Truckers gherao police station
Dera Bassi, August 5
Irate members of four transport unions today gheraoed the local police station in protest against the high-handedness of the police authorities for its alleged continuous process of implicating truckers in false cases.

Notice to CM on asset declaration
Chandigarh, August 5
A local court today issued a notice to the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee through its President, Mr H.S. Hanspal, and Punjab Congress MLAs through CM, Punjab (defendants), acting on a civil suit filed by the propaganda secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Ropar district, Mr Gurmeet Singh Matharu.

Alert train driver, guard avert tragedy
Phillaur, August 5
An alert driver, Jawant Singh and guard Bhola Parshad averted a tragedy here today when an engine of the Lohian-bound 3LL diesel multiple unit train suddenly caught fire between Phillaur and Bilga, 1.5 km away from the railway station here today. Railway sources, while confirming the mishap said as soon as the driver and guard of the train noticed the fire, they stopped the train at the nearest tubewell.

Stamp vending licence: unfair selections alleged
Mansa, August 5
The outgoing Badal government had raised the limit of stamp vendors from Rs 1,000 to Rs 50,000, which made as many as 125 persons apply for licence in this district for vending stamps. However, without holding any interview, the district authorities reportedly selected four persons for the grant of licences. Those rejected, have expressed their resentment over the manner in which the selection process was held.

Old-age pensioners to be screened
Amritsar, August 5
Following the Rs 23-crore pension scam in the social Security, Child and Women Development Department, a statewide screening of old-age and destitute pensioners has been ordered by the ministry concerned. Meanwhile, the state government has decided to earmark Rs 204 crore to ensure regular supply of pension to all concerned.

‘Make drinking water available’
Kharar, August 5
Mr Birdevinder Singh, MLA, Kharar, has asked the local administration to make arrangements for the supply of drinking water to the residents of Mundi Kharar village, which falls under the Kharar Municipal Committee.


Coop fertilisers cost more than in market
Bathinda, August 5
The DAP fertiliser is available in the market for Rs 430 plus sales tax per bag of 50 kg. The cooperative societies sell the same for Rs 451 plus sales tax. The societies have been selling urea at the rate of Rs 241.50 plus sales tax per bag, while the same is available for Rs 235 plus tax in the market.


Grant for water may lapse
Muktsar, August 5
The district administration has been fighting to save the grant of Rs 11 crore, given by the Centre for providing safe drinking water in rural areas. The grant is likely to lapse on account of its underutilisation by the authorities concerned in the past more than two years and the failure of panchayats concerned to contribute their share of 10 per cent of the cost of the project.


Man kills 2 after rape bid
Hoshiarpur, August 5
After failing in a rape attempt, a man of Sujon village in the district allegedly murdered the girl who resisted the heinous act as also her grandmother who tried to thwart the attempt, the police said today.

Cinema owner arrested
Amritsar, August 5
The city police last night arrested Dalbir Singh, managing partner of Gagan cinema, with regard to a case pertaining to bounced cheques.


Education Dept to spell out criteria for lecturer’s job
Chandigarh, August 5
The Punjab Education Department will write to the PPSC about the criteria to be adopted for the selection of lecturers and other posts in the department falling under the commission’s purview, Mr Khushal Behal, Education Minister said here today. “We are going to change the entire procedure for the selection of teachers to make it more just and impartial”, said Mr Behal.


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