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Cong policies revengeful: Badal
Baba Bakala (Tarn Taran), August 22
On the occasion of ‘rakhar punia’, an annual fare dedicated to the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur, a triangular game of one-upmanship between political parties was witnessed here today. Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, addressing a large gathering at this historic town reiterated his commitment to get the assets of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, totalling Rs 3500 crore investigated and bring the investigation to its logical conclusion.
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a political conference Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal (2nd from right) during a political conference at Baba Bakala town on Thursday.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Badal meets Kohar in Jail
Jalandhar, August 22
Former Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal today met former state Jail Minister Ajit Singh Kohar, remanded in judicial custody till August 29 in a case of corruption in Central Jail here today.

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CM has dig at Tota Singh
Baba Bakala (Amritsar),  August 22
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh drew comparison between Akali leader and former Education Minister Tota Singh and a parrot.

Govt’s move to reduce forest cover
Ropar, August 22
In a major development that may further threaten the already scarce forest cover in Punjab, the state government in keen to remove Section 4 of the Punjab Land Conservation Act from about 1 lakh acre. The government has moved a case before the Union Government to get the said section removed from the Act.

Privatisation move: bank staff to launch stir
Patiala, August 22
The Punjab Bank Employees Association will join a countrywide campaign against the proposed privatisation of the banking industry in the nation to be launched by All India Bank Employees Association. As part of the campaign processions were taken out yesterday at all district headquarters in the state including Patiala and a state wise defaulter list (above Rs 1 crore) was handed over to the Deputy Commissioner to be forwarded to the Punjab Governor.

CM visits drought-hit areas today
Chandigarh, August 22
Facing rough weather on the drought issue, the Punjab Government has finally decided to express at least lip sympathy to affected farmers and farm hands. Informed official sources said that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today cancelled all his engagements for tomorrow to visit the drought-hit areas of Mansa, Bathinda and Muktsar districts.

Produce record of CJ officers’ shifting
Chandigarh, August 22
In less than a month after a letter was written by the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the transfer of “key officers”, a Division Bench of the court today asked the state of Punjab to be ready with the record pertaining to the shifting of two officers attached with the CJ for assistance in the PPSC scam probe.

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Sandhu gets month’s time
Kharar, August 22
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, today gave one-month time to Mr Tejinder Pal Singh Sandhu, former chairman of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board, to appear in his court. The Magistrate has fixed September 23, 2002, for his appearance in the court or the court will start proceedings under Section 82 CrPC.


Bhattal seeks action against ‘party enemies’
Sangrur, August 22
Reacting to the controversy sparked off in organising the martyrdom day of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal at a meeting of the Congress in a section of the media, the Agriculture Minister and former Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, demanded a high-level probe into the leakage of internal issues discussed by the party forum.

SAD-BJP man wins civic body poll
Moga, August 22
The SAD-BJP alliance candidate, Mr Chaman Lal, has been re-elected vice-president of the Moga Nagar Council for the second time.

SAD conference near Jaitu on Sept 18
Faridkot, August 22
The SAD will hold a political conference under its ‘lok lehar’ programme at Guru Ki Dhab, near Jaitu, in this district on September 18 to oust the Congress government in Punjab from power.


NGO workers tie rakhis on jawans’ wrists
Wagah (Amritsar), August 22
An NGO, ‘Rashtriya Raksha Sutra Bandhan Samiti’, based in Madhya Pradesh, today tied rakhis on the wrists of jawans at the Wagah border. Students of various schools and colleges tied rakhis on the wrists of hundreds of jawans of the BSF, the CRPF, the ITBP and the Punjab police deployed at the Indo-Pak border.

A student applies 'tilak' to a BSF jawan at the Indo-Pak border at Wagha on Thursday. — PTI photo
A student applies 'tilak' to a BSF jawan
Gone are the days of ‘lassi, missi roti’
Patiala, August 22
Picture the villages of Punjab and you conjure up images of ‘lassi’, ‘missi roti’ and 'gur' besides other mouth watering delicacies, all the advantage of good old rural life. Punjab today is nothing like that. The green revolution has snatched away all these things and the standard diet of Punjabis today is ‘kaddu’, “aaluian di dal’ (potato gravy) along with onions and pickles.

Police-public meeting: only cops spoke
Jalandhar, August 22
A piquant situation arose during a police-public meet held here today, when a number of participants complained that efforts were made by certain police officials to prevent them from raising their grievances during the meet.

Od community alleges discrimination
Burj (Bathinda), August 22
Uneasy calm prevails in this village even four weeks after when some members of the Od community were asked to leave the village by member of other communities. The Ods alleged that a “curfew-like” situation prevailed for them in the village, while members of other communities said only those having “criminal” character were asked to leave.

Bhaniarawala leaves village on birthday eve
Ropar, August 22
In view of reported tension between his followers and members of Sikh bodies of the Anandpur Sahib area, Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala today left his native Dhamana village for some unknown destination, a day before his birthday.

Operating theatre sealed
Patiala, August 22
The Government Rajindra Hospital authorities have been forced to seal an operating theatre after swabs taken from the floor of the theatre tested positive for tetanus pores.

Thermal plant unit shut down
Ropar, August 22
Unit I of the Ropar Thermal Plant was shut down last night due to a boiler leakage, leading to a decrease in power generation by 50 lakh units per day. Sources said how many days the unit would take for repairs would be known by tomorrow morning.


Re-boring of tubewells banned
Bathinda, August 22
Even as more than, 5,000 tubewells have become non-functional and the discharge of water from others has been reduced by over 25 per cent, farmers of Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar districts have started to re-bore and deepen their wells to save their crops.

Release second instalment of relief: farmers
Tarn Taran, August 22
The Kirti Kisan Union has asked the Panjab Government to release the second instalment of compensation for the wheat crop on land acquired by the Army for laying mines in the border belt.

Farmers under Rs 7000 cr debt
Moga, August 22
Economic condition of Punjab farmers is getting worse and they are under debt of Rs 7000 crore, state’s Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal have said. Addressing a meeting of progressive farmers here yesterday, she called upon Punjab Agricultural University experts and scientists to evolve better hybrid varieties, profitable cropping patterns which can give better returns to farmers than wheat and rice.


Marriage palaces come under scanner
Amritsar, August 22
The Local Government Principal Secretary has ordered the scrutiny of marriage palaces throughout the state to check the violation of bylaws and special guidelines following devastating fires at Dhabwali and Uphaar Cinema in Delhi.

Patwaris’ march against DC’s order today
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 22
The Revenue Patwar Union, Punjab, is up in arms against the decision of Deputy Commissioner Vikas Pratap, for suspending five patwaris yesterday. The district unit of the union at a meeting today presided over by Surinder Pal Singh resolved terming the suspension of patwaris as “wrongful and illegal”.


Mother gets life term for killing daughter
Sangrur, August 22
A local court has sentenced Shanti Devi of Sunam to rigorous imprisonment for life and a fine of Rs 10,000 on the charge of murdering her own daughter. Additional Sessions Judge Virinder Kumar gave the judgement yesterday. According to the prosecution case, Devi (73) took her mentally challenged and blind daughter to a canal, near Nilowal village, near here, in a rickshaw on July 9, 2002.

Travel agent, wife held for murder
Phagwara, August 22
The police claims to have solved the murder case of Dalbir Singh of Ramgarh village and arrested a travel agent, his wife and his partner. The police in a press note said that Dalbir Singh gave Rs 3 lakh and his passport to one Parmod Kumar alias Pammi two years ago for sending him abroad. Parmod returned his passport and became friendly with Dalbir.

Couple, 3 others booked on rape charge
Patiala, August 22
The Kotwali police has registered a case against a local couple and three others following a complaint by an Ambala-based girl that she was forcibly kept in a house here and raped by several persons.

Gang of highway robbers busted
Tarn Taran, August 22
The CIA staff busted an inter-state gang of highway robbers, murderers and vehicle thieves with the arrest of two persons. Mr Narinder Bhargav, district police chief, said the gang used to overpower drivers of loaded vehicles on the highways.

5 held for kerosene smuggling
Amritsar, August 22
The Gurdaspur police has booked five Amritsar-based persons under the Essential Commodities Act and Section 420 of the IPC and recovered 12000 litres of kerosene they had smuggled from Himachal. The smuggled commodity was to be sold under the PDS.


School downgraded: pupils’ career in peril
Jhangirana (Bathinda), August 22
The academic career of at least 61 students of plus one and plus two classes of the local government senior secondary school has been put in jeopardy after the district education authorities downgraded its level from senior secondary to high school abruptly in the middle of the session without giving any reason.

Varsity withdraws letter to UGC
Patiala, August 22
In a controversial decision the Punjabi University authorities on Tuesday withdrew a letter written to the University Grants Commission earlier asking it whether a book written by a university teacher who was made a Professor by former Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, should be treated equivalent to a PhD work.

Ramgarhia College teachers stage dharna
Phagwara, August 22
Teachers of the local Ramgarhia College today staged a dharna outside the office of the Principal in protest against the suspension of Prof P.K. Bansal, non-payment of six months salary and improper maintenance of the CPF.

Change domicile rules: medicos
Bathinda, August 22
The MBBS Doctors and Parents Forum, Bathinda, has demanded that the criteria for the award of residence certificates to students seeking admissions to various Postgraduate courses (PG) in medical colleges of Punjab should be brought on a par with the neighbouring states to benefit the local students.

Teachers to hold rally
Amritsar August 22
Dr. V.K. Sharma, Secretary PCCTU (GNDU area), has said teacher in private colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University will ‘cease work’ after the first period on August 23 and hold a massive rally at the new Districts Court complex, Jalandhar, in protest against the anti-teacher and anti-education policies of the Punjab Government.



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