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Package for farmers soon: CM
Tours drought-hit areas in Muktsar, Mansa, Bathinda
Harkishanpura (Bathinda), August 23
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said a relief package, including the deferment of loan recovery would be announced shortly for the drought-affected farmers.

CM orders probe into Amarjit Kaur case
Patiala, August 23
The dowry case registered against senior Congress leader and former MP Amarjit Kaur has taken a new twist with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh asking the Patiala police to hold an inquiry into the case even as Mrs Amarjit Kaur said a senior officer should be associated with the inquiry.

Pbi varsity teachers feel betrayed
Appointment of new Vice-Chancellor
Patiala, August 23
Punjabi University teachers today felt betrayed following the appointment of a bureaucrat as Vice-Chancellor of the university in the form of Mr S.S. Boparai despite continuous promises by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, that an eminent academician would be appointed to the post.

We are open to inquiry: axed ETOs
Chandigarh, August 23
Ms Anjuli Janjua is a gold medallist in MA (psychology). After clearing her UGC, she became a lecturer at KMV, Jalandhar. When opportunity knocked at her door, she appeared for the PCS examination and got into the allied service, as Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO), in 1998.


Fatehgarh Sahib


  Dang seeks probe into plot allotments
Amritsar, August 23
Mr Satya Pal Dang, senior Communist Party leader (CPI), has written to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to get investigated the alleged misuse of discretionary powers by former Punjab Governor who allotted prime land to his friends and relatives in Chandigarh and nearby allegedly for pecuniary gains.

Romila offers to quit as acting VC of PTU
Jalandhar, August 23
The Principal Secretary, Technical Education, and acting Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University (PTU), Ms Romila Dubey, today expressed her willingness to quit the additional charge as VC at the earliest.


Split in SAD youth wing
Chandigarh, August 23
A split in the SAD youth wing took place today as a group of youth activists led by Mr Balwinder Singh Nabha announced a parallel 11-member committee of the organisation.

Tohra demands third front
SAS Nagar, August 23
The SHSAD wants a third front to be formed in Punjab as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress. But the problem at present is that the parties which are having a base in the state are not giving full cooperation in this regard.

Bains’ suspension ‘political vendetta’


PUDA panel to regularise unauthorised colonies
Chandigarh, August 23
The Congress Government in Punjab, has constituted a committee to suggest ways to regularise unauthorised colonies.

Border village boys enjoy a dip in a pond
Border village boys enjoy a dip in a pond, which collected water after torrential rain on Friday. —  Photo Rajiv Sharma

PSEB does away with extra restrictions
Patiala, August 23
The PSEB today removed extra peak load restrictions on category one consumers, including industrial consumers, who had been forced to observe extra peak load restrictions of nine hours during the night.

Book Akalis, says Malta mission
Phagwara, August 23
The Malta Tragedy Probe Mission, an NGO working for providing justice to victims of the boat tragedy which took place on December 25, 1996, in the Malta-Sicily Channel, resulting in the death of 300 persons, including 170 Indians, today demanded that the then Akali ministers and office-bearers of the SAD, should be booked for human trafficking as they were allegedly guilty of what has now come to be known as the Kabootar kands (pigeon scandal).

Bhaniara followers celebrate his birthday
Ropar, August 23
More than 300 followers of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara last night and early morning today reached the residence of Baba at village Dhamana (near Nurpur Bedi) to celebrate his birthday, though the Baba was not present in the village as he had left the place yesterday when the police persuaded him to do so in view of the tension due to his presence on the eve of his birthday in the area.

IFC credentials suspect, says Kanwaljit
Phagwara, August 23
Former Punjab Finance Minister and SAD General Secretary Kanwaljit Singh said here today that the International Financial Consortium (IFC), which had offered Punjab Government $ 1 billion in soft loans and grants for rural development during Capt Amarinder Singh’s US tour early this month, did not exist on the Centre’s list of international funding bodies.

Sikh high priests’ meeting today
Amritsar, August 23
The “secret meeting” reportedly arranged on behalf of Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar Kesgarh Sahib with leaders of the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat and the Sikh clergy in Jalandhar, who had levelled serious charges of corruption against the Sikh clergy, is likely to figure in the meeting of Sikh high priests, scheduled to be held at Akal Takht tomorrow.

3 nominated to Punjab Arts Council
Chandigarh, August 23
After a gap of five months, the Punjab Government today took the first step towards the reconstitution of Punjab Arts Council, which was dissolved on March 22 this year. As per the constitution of the Punjab Arts Council, the Punjab Chief Minister today nominated three experts from the fields of literature, theatre, and art to spearhead the process of the Council’s reconstitution.

Sewage overflows on Batala roads
Batala, August 23
Residents of the city have been facing a lot of inconvenience due to choked sewerage.

MC chief accused of favouritism
Bathinda, August 23
Mr Mohan Lal Garg, municipal councillor, today alleged that the president of the municipal council had not taken his “dissenting notes” into consideration during the meeting of the House today.

Clarification on jobs to next of kin
Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab Government today clarified that there was no ban on providing jobs to the dependents of those killed during terrorism riots.

Suspension of patwaris hailed
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 23
The decision regarding suspension of five patwaris by the Deputy Commissioner yesterday due to dereliction from duty has been hailed by various panches, sarpanches people and leaders of various political parties and criticised the threat of the Revenue Patwar Union to stall the work if they were not reinstated.

‘Govt to increase forest cover’
Nawanshahr, August 23
Mr Harbans Lal, Minister for Forests and Food and Civil Supplies, has said the state government has drawn up a comprehensive plan to mobilise public support for converting the afforestation drive into a mass movement to ensure ecological balance and tackle calamities like drought and flood.

Prayers for Sikhs killed in ‘fake encounters’
Amritsar, August 23
The Khalra Mission Commission will organise Ardas at Akal Takht on September 6 for 25,000 Sikhs killed in ‘fake encounters’ by the police and whose bodies were cremated en masse as unidentified.

Kitu’s bail plea hearing adjourned
Moga, August 23
The hearing on the bail plea of SAD MLA Malkiat Singh Kitu, who was arrested in an excise case following the alleged seizure of 184 cartons of whisky, was today adjourned till August 31 by Judicial Magistrate Tarsem Mangla.

War widows air grievances
Bathinda, August 23
War widows of the city and Mansa district, who assembled at the annual ‘Veer Naris’ meet at Chetak Corps here today, were promised by the Chetak Army Wives Welfare Association (CAWWA) that their problems regarding monetary benefits would be solved.

NOC must for marriage palaces by October 1
Amritsar, August 23
All marriage palaces, banquet halls and hotels have to obtain no-objection certificates (NoCs) from the District Magistrate by October 1.

Plea to strengthen theatre movement
Patiala, August 23
Noted electrical engineer and Member Operation, Punjab State Electricity Board, Mr SK Anand, who is also known as a theatre patron and connoisseur of arts, stressed the need for a common platform for patronising genuine theatre groups irrespective of their identity and belonging.

Rape case: SSP orders inquiry
Patiala, August 23
The Patiala district police chief, Mr Paramraj Singh Umarnangal, today directed the SSP (City) to conduct an internal probe into the case of Ambala girl, who had claimed that she has been raped by several persons in the city in June. The girl had made a compliant in this regard before the Kotwali police.

Seven hurt as neighbours clash
Jalandhar, August 23
Seven persons, including two women, were injured in a clash between two groups of neighbours over teasing of a school girl at Singha village near here today. The injured were admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

Undertrial dies in jail
Gurdaspur, August 23
An undertrial prisoner died in the Central Jail here today under mysterious circumstances, official sources said. Janak Raj was facing trial on the charge of killing his wife.

Cong workers block traffic
Jalandhar, August 23
Residents of Bilga village and Congress workers today blocked traffic on the Jalandhar-Ludhiana road near Rama Mandi Chowk for about two hours in protest against the failure of the police to book those who attacked a local Congress leader three days ago.


Disease hits basmati crop
Tarn Taran, August 23
A mysterious disease has hit the basmati crop in the Khadoor Sahib area.


Only 50 opt for J&K poll duty
Amritsar, August 23
Only 50 employees have agreed to go to Jammu and Kashmir on poll duty. The other employees have opposed the move of the state government to put them on duty against their wish.

Punjab transfers 2 IAS officers
Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab Government today transferred two IAS officers, two PCS officers and gave additional charges to three IAS officers.


Man stabs father to death
Ludhiana, August 23
A 29-year man reportedly stabbed his father to death in the Ramnagar area of the city late this evening.

In-laws booked on charge of killing newlywed
Amritsar, August 23
The police today booked four members of a family for allegedly killing a newlywed girl by pushing her from the first floor of the house.


GND varsity to introduce essays on AIDS in syllabi
Amritsar, August 23
To create awareness among the students about environment pollution, AIDS, and foeticide, Guru Nanak Dev University had introduced special essays of eminent scholars in syllabi of English and Punjabi of BA-I.

College teachers hold rally
Jalandhar, August 23
On a call given by the PCCTU, hundreds of teachers of private colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University ceased work after the first period and participated in a rally in protest against the policies of the government today.

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