Thursday, August 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Power tariff hike enforced
Houses with more than one meter to pay extra
Ferozepore, August 7
The Punjab State Electricity Board has started charging the highest slab rate from domestic consumers residing in a house having more than one power connection.

Paddy loss: Ajit to visit Chandigarh
Ajit SinghFaridkot, August 7
Union Agriculture Minister Ajit Singh will visit Chandigarh on August 13 to discuss the loss caused to paddy with the government. This was stated by Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Punjab, talking to mediapersons at Sadiq village in this district last evening.

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Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Minister Rural Development and Panchayats and Mr H.S.Hanspal, newly appointed chief of PPCC at a press conference
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, and Mr H.S. Hanspal, newly appointed PPCC chief, at a press conference at Amritsar on Wednesday. — photo Rajiv Sharma 

Bhattal fails to turn up, villagers disappointed
Amritsar, August 7
Cancellation of the visit of Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats and Mr H.S. Hanspal, newly appointed chief of the PPCC, to the mine-infested villages of the district at the eleventh hour has disappointed the farmers.

Amarinder’s son dares Badal
Patiala, August 7
Taking up cudgels on behalf of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who is at present abroad, his son Raninder Singh today accused former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of raking controversy by accusing his father of ‘’usurping public property’’ in Hardwar in Uttar Pradesh.

“Police excesses” worry PSHRC
Chandigarh, August 7
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has come to the conclusion that ‘’police excesses’’ and ‘’interference’’ in private disputes are growing.

31 teaching posts kept in abeyance
Patiala, August 7
The rationalisation committee of Punjabi University, which was formed to look into the merit of filling teaching posts lying vacant in the varsity, has recommended that 31 posts be kept in abeyance due to the financial crisis being faced by the university.

HC: grant teacher refund with costs
Chandigarh, August 7
It is a classic case of harassment. A Gurdaspur-based school teacher, presented with a state and a national award, was compelled to deposit Rs 10,000 before her case for extension in service was considered.


Tohra backing Noormahalias: Mann
Ropar, August 7
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), said today that by “boycotting” the meeting of Sikh bodies, held under the aegis of Akal Takht on Monday, against the anti-Sikh activities of Noormahalias and Baba Bhaniarawala, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SHSAD chief, had proved that he and his party were supporting the Noormahalias.

Rift in DCC to fore
Bathinda, August 7
Even as the newly appointed president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee is yet to revamp the unit, differences among Congressmen have started surfacing in this district.


14 murders in a month rock Amritsar
Amritsar, August 7
Insecurity prevails amongst residents here following 14 murders in July. Most murders were the result of personal enmity, including three dowry deaths and four blind murders.

With villagers using canals to bathe their cattle
With villagers using canals to bathe their cattle, banks of the canals in several places have eroded. 
— photo Kulbir Beera

Local bodies to get additional powers
SAS Nagar, August 7
The Minister for Social Welfare, Punjab, Mr Santokh Singh Chaudhary, today announced that additional powers would be transferred to the local bodies to strengthen the Panchayati Raj System in the State.

TACs’ revival adds to BSNL’s woes
Ropar, August 7
Just after an year when TACs were disbanded keeping in view the corporatisation of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, political considerations have compelled the Union Ministry of Telecom to revive telecom advisory committees in the districts.

CM to unfurl flag at Patiala
Chandigarh, August 7
The state-level function to mark Independence Day (August 15) will be held at Patiala, where Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, would unfurl the National Flag and take the salute.

Popularising Guru’s portrait his mission
Patiala, August 7
For someone searching for the most life-like image of the 10th Guru of Sikhs , Guru Gobind Singh, the rare portrait of the Guru occupying the pride of place at educationist J.S. Jawanda`s house may be the answer. The painting according to him, is the most authentic portrayal of the Guru till date.

A participant being awarded a certificate at a functionNGO in aid of village girls
Patiala, August 7
For 15 village girls living in a small village near here formation of a self-help group in association with an NGO working in coordination with Nabard has changed their lives. 

A participant being awarded a certificate at a function held at Patiala on Wednesday. 
— photo Subhash Patialvi

Cattle damage canal embankments
Talwandi Sabo, August 7
Drought conditions prevailing in the region have brought a new danger to canals flowing through the southern Punjab. With village ponds drying up due to the failure of rains, local villagers are using these canals as a source of drinking water and for bathing their cattle.

Pay Rs 50,000 to farmer, dealer told
Ropar, August 7
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Popular Automobiles, Morinda, to pay Rs 35,000 to Mr Gian Singh of Shingariwala village in Kharar tehsil, the complainant, along with Rs 15,000 as compensation.

BSP activists block traffic
Phagwara, August 7
Activists of the BSP today gheraoed Satnampura police station, blocked traffic on the Phagwara-Nakodar road and held a rally to demand the arrest of those who had attacked and injured five persons of a family at Hakupura mohalla in Hadiabad on August 3.

Forward bloc seeks White Paper on economy
Ropar, August 7
The Punjab unit of the All-India Forward Bloc has urged the Punjab Government to publish a White Paper on the economic conditions of the state. It has also asked the Central government to issue a White Paper on the economic conditions of the country.

Undertrial dies of TB
Ferozepore, August 7
A 72-year-old undertrial prisoner lodged in the Central Jail here, died of tuberculosis last night. This is the sixth incident of death in the Central Jail since the beginning of this year.

Bank staff hold dharna
Patiala, August 7
On a call by the All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation, a day-long dharna was staged by central committee members of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Uttranchal before the State Bank of Patiala Head Office here today.


Nambardars dismissed
Kharar, August 7
Mrs Seeema Jain, Deputy Commission, Ropar, has dismissed two nambardars of Mauli Baidwan village of Kharar Block namely Mr Mohinder Singh and Mr Nasib Singh on a charge of not performing their duties accurately.


Brothers get life term for murder
Kapurthala, August 7
Mr Gurdev Singh Session Judge yesterday convicted Tarsem Singh and Amarjit Singh under Section 302 IPC on the charge of murdering Balwinder Singh and sentenced them to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 each.

Markfed manager held
Tarn Taran, August 7
Mr Shamsher Singh, warrant officer, located Ajaib Singh, manager of the local depot of the Markfed, today at Gurdwara Baba Sidhana, Sheron 8 km from here, for which the police was on the look-out.

ASI held for taking bribe
Patiala, August 7
The local Vigilance Bureau today arrested an ASI red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 to release a man being kept illegally by him in the Kotwali police station.

Gang of truck thieves busted
Amritsar, August 7
The Majitha police today busted a gang which was involved in murders, abductions and stealing vehicles in Punjab and adjoining states. The gang, comprising seven members, used to follow trucks, hijack them on highways at gunpoint, kidnap those in the trucks and later killed them.

Factory raided, adulterated spices seized
Bathinda, August 7
A team of police and health officials unearthed a factory producing adulterated spices here today. The team raided the factory, located in the Aawa Basti area, and seized adulterated spices and chemicals.


PSEB extends admission dates
SAS Nagar, August 7
The Punjab School Education Board has extended the last date of taking admission to 10th, 11th and 12th classes in schools and colleges for the academic year 2002-2003 from July 26 to August 19, 2002.

DC orders inquiry
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 7
Taking a serious note of the news item published in The Tribune regarding the alleged beating of an eight-year-old schoolboy by the class teacher, the Deputy Commissioner has marked an inquiry into the case.Top

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