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Vigilance policing causes disquiet
Chandigarh, August 13
The anti-corruption initiative in Punjab has led to disquiet and restlessness. It is slowly side-stepping the established systems and procedures by ignoring civility of administration. To maintain law and order, the vigilance police is essential. But it can neither keep the conscience of a civil society nor increase effectiveness of the civil administration.

Tota Singh granted bail
Ropar, August 13
Mr Maghar Khan, District and Sessions Judge, here today granted bail to Mr Tota Singh, a former Punjab Education Minister, in a criminal and corruption case registered against him on June 14 by the Vigilance Bureau at SAS Nagar.

Bank locker of Kohar’s son sealed
Jalandhar, August 13
The Vigilance Bureau today sealed the locker of Ajit Singh Kohar’s family at a branch of United Commercial Bank at Shahkot in the district.

PSSSB member gets bail
Kharar, August 13
District and Sessions Judge Maghar Khan today granted bail to a former Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB) member Kulbir Singh Randhawa in a case of forgery, cheating, criminal conspiracy, corruption and amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau at Mohali police station on July 12.

Vigilance Bureau submits report on PPSC scam
Chandigarh, August 13
The Vigilance Bureau has submitted its report on the PPSC recruitment scam to the Punjab Government for further action, Mr A.P. Pandey, ADGP and Director of the Bureau, said in a statement today.





Charges against me vague: Amarinder
Chandigarh, August 13
Describing the allegations levelled against him as frivolous, vague and irrelevant, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today sought the dismissal of a petition challenging his election.

  • PSEB staff plea disposed of

PSIDC moves Supreme Court
Payment of compensation to PNFC workers
Ropar, August 13
Contrary to the poll promise made by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to Punjab National Fertilizers Ltd. (PNFC) workers, the PSIDC has moved the Supreme Court to deny them six months’ salary promised by the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Green hue to Punjab education
Lucknow, August 13
“Green Education” is going to be the buzzword in Punjab as it has become the first state in North India to adopt environment as part of the school curriculum. Though the project is being run on an experiment basis, but it is likely to be introduced in all government schools of the state.

Bhattal: 50 pc of paddy damaged
Ludhiana, August 13
Raising the hopes of farmers of getting the state declared drought-hit by the Centre, the Punjab Agriculture Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today said more than 50 per cent of area under paddy was affected by the prevailing dry spell and damage worth Rs 2000 crore had already been incurred by the state directly or indirectly.


Tempers run high at SAD meeting
Sangrur, August 13
The factional fight between SAD factions led by the Union Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, and the Uttaranchal Governor Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, surfaced today at Barnala during a workers’ meeting which was presided over by the former Chief Minister and SAD President Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Rinwa’s decisions creating rift
Bathinda, August 13
Even as the state BJP leadership plans to launch an offensive against the Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for its “anti-people” policies, resentment and discontent is brewing in its rank and file over some decisions taken by party president Prof Brij Lal Rinwa in the recent past.


PSEB: no move to cut generation incentive
Ropar, August 13
The PSEB will not change its generation incentive scheme for employees working in thermal plants.

Power position improves
Patiala, August 13
The power position has improved in the state due to widespread rain, in spite of the closure of Unit No. 1 of 210 MW capacity at Ropar Thermal Plant since August 7 and tripping of unit No 4 of 110 MW capacity at Bathinda Thermal Plant this morning.

Ankle-deep water outside Amritsar Mayor Sunil Datti’s residence at Chheharta after torrential rain on Monday evening.Heavy rain exposes city’s poor sewerage
Amritsar, August 13
Even as the municipal corporation is conducting a survey of buildings which are on the verge of collapsing due to the rains, the sewerage in the city is in bad shape. The corporation says lack of funds was the reason behind the poor sewerage.

Ankle-deep water outside Amritsar Mayor Sunil Datti’s residence at Chheharta after torrential rain on Monday evening.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Dalit family saved from bondage
Faridkot, August 13
Life for 33-year-old Dalit Atma Singh, a resident of Hassan Bhatti village became hell when he took an advance of Rs 17,000 from a landlord of this district. In return he agreed to work for him as farm assistant.

Fraud case against Markfed Manager
Ferozepore, August 13
The Vigilance Bureau has finally registered a case of fraud against Mr V.K. Sharma, a controversial branch Manager of Markfed, and one of his office clerks Mr Ram Lal, however, another inquiry into bogus purchase of paddy by tampering with the official records is still pending before the Vigilance Bureau, besides two other departmental inquiries on wheat shortage.

Nearly 100 disabled persons lose jobs
Patiala, August 13
The Rural Development and Panchayat Department has removed nearly 100 persons recruited to various posts in December, 2001, by the previous SAD-BJP government. The Rural Development and Panchayat Department had issued instructions last week to zila parishads and panchayat samitis to relieve those recruited under the handicapped category for the following posts — clerk, sewadar, beldar, water carrier, safai sewak, road rakha, gardener-cum-chowkidar, veterinary pharmacists and boatmen.

Security beefed up in Pathankot
Pathankot, August 13
Security has been beefed up in and around the town in connection with the Independence Day celebration on August 15. Sources said about 11 preventive arrests had been made throughout Gurdaspur district during the past few days.

Ice manufacturing units raided
Malout, August 13
The health authorities yesterday conducted raids on a number of factories manufacturing ice in the town following reports that impure water was being used to manufacture ice.


Cotton crop faces pest attack
Bathinda, August 13
Even as the cotton crop faces the season’s first attack by pests, officials of the Agricultural Department have warned that if the dry spell continues, the yield of the “white gold”, which is now in its pre-flowering stage, will further drop by about 15 per cent this year as thousands of acres standing crop may be ploughed in.

Tubewell connections for Mansa villages
Patiala, August 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to release tubewell connections on priority to farmers of villages of Mansa district which have been affected by waterlogging.


Octroi posts’ auction fetches Rs 2.04 cr
Ropar, August 13
Octroi posts here were auctioned for Rs 2,04,31,000 for the period August 16, 2002 to August 15, 2003 at the office of the Deputy Director, Local Bodies, Ludhiana, yesterday.


Kale kachhewale strike at villages
Pathankot, August 13
Members of kale kachhewale struck at three villages and decamped with valuable articles last night.

Travel agent held for fraud
Bathinda, August 13
The police during ‘sangat-police’ arrested Nirpal Singh, a resident of Sirsa district of Haryana, recently. He had been cheating innocent and unsuspecting residents of Bathinda district of their money on the promise of taking them abroad.

Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Moga, August 13
The district police has busted an inter-state gang of vehicle thieves. Senior Superintendent of Police Shiv Kumar said here today that the police has arrested one of its members Balwinder Singh of Chola Sahib in Tarn Taran against whom a case has been registered under Sections 379 and 411, IPC.

One held on charge of betting
Bathinda, August 13
The police has arrested Rajesh Kumar, alias Raju, of the local Model Town area for allegedly betting on cricket match between India and England by using his mobile and landline phones.


Teachers go on mass casual leave
Jalandhar, August 13
On a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union to observe “education bandh” teachers of non-government privately managed colleges today went on mass casual leave to protest against the anti-employees policies of the central and state governments.Top

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