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Interest on farmers’ loans may be waived
Jalandhar, August 8
The Punjab Government has decided to defer the recovery of loans taken by farmers from cooperative institutions for two years in view of the drought-like situation in the state. Stating this at a press conference here today, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Punjab Agriculture Minister, said the decision had been taken to provide relief to the farmers.

Govt to seek higher paddy price
Chandigarh, August 8
The Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices is reported to favour the same price as last year — Rs 530 per quintal for common and Rs 560 per quintal for grade A variety of paddy in 2002-03.

2 thermal plant units shut: power crisis worsens
Ropar, August 8
With the closure of two units (210 mw each) of the Ropar Thermal Plant (RTP), the power crisis deepened further in the state today. The unit I of the plant was shut down yesterday by authorities after a boiler leaked while unit VI of the plant was shut down this morning due to a leakage in main steam pipe.

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LeT militant held in Mukerian
Hoshiarpur, August 8
The police has arrested a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant from Mukerian, who was wanted for his involvement in several acts of crime including two bomb blasts carried out in the district and also for his links with another LeT militant who is already in custody a senior police officer said today.

DD Jalandhar to woo sponsors
Jalandhar, August 8
In its bid to earn more revenue in this age of stiff competition, the Jalandhar Doordarshan authorities have decided to adopt a new strategy, involving soliciting of private sponsorships for a few of its existing technically sound programmes of immense archival value, and for a host of other fresh programmes, depicting different aspects of Punjabi culture and music.

Foreign scholars interact on Punjab
Chandigarh, August 8
There is something in the “blood and life” of the land of five rivers to attract researchers from various parts of the world to come here to study the life, customs and traditions.

Unions oppose en masse removal
‘Tainted’ PSSSB, school board selections
Chandigarh, August 8
Various employee unions have come out in the support of clerks and other non-gazetted employees who have either been removed or are to be removed because their appointments have become “suspect” following investigations made by the Vigilance Bureau.

Varsity rescinds decision on IT institutes
Patiala, August 8
Shortly after the State government withdrew the notification disaffiliating from the Punjabi University various Information Technology Institutes offering professional courses the University now has withdrawn the decision by which it had closed two inhouse IT Institutes on the campus here and at Damdama Sahib. The Institutes were started by former Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia.

Sidhu given copy of challan
Ropar, August 8
The court of the Special Judge here today supplied copies of challan to Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, suspended PPSC Chairman, and Shamsher Singh alleged tout of Sidhu.


Kairon to attend SAD dharna today
Amritsar, August 8
In a significant development Mr Surinder Singh Kairon, a former Congress MP and a close relative of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has decided to join the district-wise dharna being staged by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in front of district courts tomorrow.


538-cr water scheme for villages ‘botched up’
Bathinda, August 8
Though the Central Government announced a Rs 538 crore grant this week to augment water supply in the rural areas due to the dry spell, the accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme, launched to supply drinking water to villages, has drawn flak for failing to meet objectives.

15 lakh earmarked for potable water supply
Jalandhar, August 8
The Punjab Health Minister, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, said today that the Punjab Government had earmarked Rs 15 lakh for the augmentation of the drinking water supply system in the district in view of the increasing power cuts.

DCs told to provide adequate potable water
Patiala, August 8
The Punjab Government has directed Deputy Commissioners of five districts to ensure adequate supply of drinking water in their respective areas, if need be, by requisitioning the services of government or even private tankers.

Student’s death to be probed
Bathinda, August 8
A 12-year-old girl, Jagpreet Kaur, student of the local Summer Hill Convent School, died yesterday after taking part in the rehearsal for a parade to be held on August 15 at the local stadium. It is being alleged that she along with other students were made to sit in the scorching sun for several hours.

Traders give call for bandh
Row with excise officials snowballs
Amritsar, August 8
Even as shopkeepers in Wahyian Wala Bazaar closed their shops for the second consecutive day today and gave a call for an Amritsar bandh on Monday in protest against the alleged manhandling of a businessman, the Excise and Taxation Department claimed that it had detected tax evasion worth crores by businessmen during the two-day raids.
Shopkeepers of Wahian Wala Bazaar, Amritsar, play cards as bandh was observed in protest against the alleged manhandling of a shopkeeper by a raiding excise and taxation party. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
Enough cylinders in hospital, says Sekhon
Patiala, August 8
Government Rajindra Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr A S Sekhon has claimed that there are sufficient oxygen cylinders in the hospital to cater to any eventuality.
Earlier stories:
Rajendra Hospital gasping for breath
Hospital again in eye of storm: Relatives claim patient died due to lack of oxygen

Scope of panel on Ashutosh ‘limited’
Chandigarh, August 8
While hailing the recommendations made by the committee set up by the Punjab Government to inquire into the activities of the Divia Jyoti Jagran Sansthan headed by Ashutosh, the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat today said the scope of the inquiry was very limited.


Employees’ panels to hold rally at Pathankot
Faridkot, August 8
The Punjab and Chandigarh Employees Joint Action Committee and the Employees Action Committee, Punjab, will jointly hold rally at Pathankot on August 19 in protest against the Punjab Government’s anti-employees proposals finalised in this year’s Budget. They will also stage district level dharna on August 13.

Bureau asks SSP to produce SHO
Patiala, August 8
The Patiala Vigilance Bureau today requested the local Senior Superintendent of Police to produce Kotwali Station House Officer Didar Singh, who is accused keeping a person in illegal custody and demanding Rs 1 lakh to free him, before the department within 24 hours.

68 corporation staffers transferred
Amritsar, August 8
As many as 68 employees of various departments of the corporation were today transferred by the Mayor, Mr Sunil Datti.

2 policemen suspended for misbehaviour
Ferozepore, August 8
The Senior Superintendent of Police, Ferozepore district, has suspended an Assistant Sub-Inspector and a Head Constable posted at the cantonment police station on charges of “misbehaving with the public” and not reacting immediately to a complaint brought to their notice by two local advocates.


One dead, 5 hurt in group clash
Gurdaspur, August 8
Sukhjinder Singh was killed and Jatinder Singh, Manjit Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Karnail Singh, and Daljit Singh all resident of Dhariwal Khichian were injured in a group clash here on Tuesday night.

Drunk, soldier kills 2 jawans
Gurdaspur, August 8
A drunk Army soldier shot dead two Army jawans and wounded five others when he opened fire in a fit of rage at Sadawali post in Dera Baba Nanak sector this evening.

Gang of vehicle lifters busted, 1 held
Patiala, August 8
The local police today claimed it had busted a gang of vehicle lifters by nabbing one person - Charanjit Singh, alias Channi, and recovered two motor cycles and one scooter from him.


AIFUCTO to hold march to Parliament
Phagwara, August 8
Teachers, workers and students will organise a march to Parliament on August 13 in protest against the “anti-education and anti-national” policies of the Centre and state governments, according to Dr V.K. Tewari, national secretary, All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations (AIFUCTO) here today.


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