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PSEB gears up to charge farmers
Patiala, August 24
Even as the Punjab Electricity Regulatory Commission is in the process of finalising the new tariff structure of the Punjab State Electricity Board, imposition of tariff on the farming sector seems to be a certainty with the board having started the process of levy charges from this month itself.

CM apprehensive of rabi season
Says power, water situation grim
Bathinda, August 24
Is Punjab heading towards drought in the rabi crop season? Going by the reports given by officials of the Irrigation and drainage Department and Punjab State Electricity Board to the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, yesterday, it could be a district possibility.

Punjab on a precipice
Captain completes 6 months in hot seat
HE picture of Punjab six months after the change of the political guard remains blurred. It depicts a beleaguered state, sans direction, with fiscal health in a shambles, the socio-economic sector weak and politicians and bureaucrats subverted good governance.

CAG report indicts Husbandry Dept
Chandigarh, August 24
The disappointing performance of the Punjab Animal Husbandry Department in the implementation of Plan schemes from 1996 to 2000-01 has been highlighted by the CAG in its latest report.

Police cancels rice diversion case
Bathinda, August 24
The criminal case registered by the Bathinda police into an alleged scam running into crores of rupees involving the diversion of export earmarked rice to the local markets through an alleged nexus among exporters, rice mill owners transporters and employees of Food Corporation of India was today cancelled by the crime branch of the Punjab police.

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PTDC staff threaten stir
Ropar, August 24
Apprehending disinvestment in the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation by the Punjab Government, its employees have threatened to launch an agitation. At a meeting of the Punjab Tourism Karamchari Dal, held today, the employees alleged that the government was trying to disinvest the PTDC without taking them into confidence.


BSP indecisive: 4 return ticket
Phagwara, August 24
While party state president Mohan Singh Phallianwala on Friday declared here that the BSP would go it alone and announced the first list of seven candidates for Phagwara, another meeting of the party presided over by its state chairman Thekedar Harbhajan Singh Sarinh here yesterday left it to local leadership to have seat adjustment with other parties to defeat the Congress.

3rd phase of stir on Sept 3: Rinwa
Chandigarh, August 24
The Punjab unit of the BJP, which held a meeting of its office-bearers here today under the Chairmanship of its President, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, decided to launch the third phase of the party agitation against the Capt Amarinder Singh's government in the state.

Civic poll: BJP names 15 nominees
Phillaur, August 24
The Punjab BJP President, Prof Brij Lal Rinwa, has announced the list of BJP candidates for 15 wards of the local nagar council for which the elections will be held on September 8. Mr Rinwa while announced the list, said the BJP would support the Akali Dal (Badal) and Bahujan Samaj Party candidates in 12 wards of the nagar council.


60 palledars hurt in group clash
Samana, August 24
As many as 60 persons were injured, six of them seriously, when two palledar unions clashed with each other at the Punjab Warehouse Corporation godown here today. According to sources, members of the Punjab Palledar Union were loading foodgrain into trucks when they were attacked by members of the FCI Palledar Union. Following this there was a melee with members of both groups clashing with one another. Sharp-edged weapons were also used in the clash.

Multinational companies have succeeded in winning over the Police Department
Multinational companies have succeeded in winning over the Police Department to promote their products. A big hording put up by a soft drink company on the historical building, which now houses offices of SPs , DSPs and the Municipal Corporation. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Gurdwara panel chief refutes charges
Faridkot, August 24
The crisis has deepened between the management committee of Gurdwara Sarkari Dharamshala Khalsa Diwan and members of the Sarb Rog Mission Gurmat Ragi Granthi Sabha and Bhrampura Trust. According to reports, the situation worsened on August 21 with the debarring of entry to members of the three bodies in the gurdwara by the management committee.

New home for senior citizens
The district Red Cross Society in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has constructed a new complex for the senior citizens’ behind Baba Farid Sabhyacharak Kendra on the Faridkot- Kotkapura road here to provide homely facilities free of cost. Those who were not availing of such concessions or were not being after by their wards properly are eligible to live there.

Villagers sore over poor telecom services
Jalandhar, August 24
Despite the tall claims of the telecom authorities with regard to providing better services to its subscribers particularly in the rural areas, the residents of Udhowal, Bir Baloki, and adjoining villages in Mehatpur subdivision are running from pillar to post to get their complaints redressed for the past about two months.

Communist leader Joga dead
Chandigarh, August 24
Paying tributes to veteran Communist leader Jangir Singh Joga ( 94), who passed away at Mansa this afternoon, CPI leader Dr Joginder Daya said that "he was a great freedom fighter, farmers' leader and top activist of the Parja Mandal movement in this part of the country".

Editor gets 20-yr RI for murder
Bathinda, August 24
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Jaspal Singh, today sentenced Mohan Lal Nagpal, editor of a Hindi daily published from here, to 20 years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 in a murder case.

In jail despite remittance
Bathinda, August 24
Jagroop Singh was awarded six months’ imprisonment by a local court. He was supposed to come out of the local Central Jail after the Punjab Government remitted his prison sentence by a year, on the eve of Independence Day. However, he failed to secure freedom. Reason — he failed to deposit Rs 1,000 as fine which was imposed on him by the judicial officer while pronouncing the judgement.

NRIs to help set up Mata Gujri memorial
Ropar, August 24
With financial assistance from NRIs, the Punjab Kashyap Rajput Sabha will set up a Mata Gujri memorial at Anandpur Sahib. The sabha will construct an old-age home, a hospital and other welfare institutions there.

Art of Living guru Ravi Shankar to visit state
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 24
Founder of The International Art Of Living Foundation Ravi Shankar would visit the state from September 6 to 10. He would be accorded a state-level reception at the Shambhu border and would be taken to Mandi Gobindgarh in a colorful procession.

2 labourers die of asphyxiation
Jalandhar, August 24
Two migrant labourers were suffocated to death after inhaling poisonous gases in an underground tank of a factory at the industrial focal point here today.


Range officer suspended
Mansa, August 24
Mr Jagan Nath Sharma, Range officer, in charge of the Budhlada Range of Forest Department, has been placed under suspension by the Conservator of Forest, Patiala for embezzlement of lakhs of rupees and has been issued a show-cause notice as to why he should not be dismissed from service.

CRPF workshop on human rights
Bathinda, August 24
Mr S.C. Prashrar, Commandant, 96 Battalion of the CRPF, today urged jawans not to violate human rights. Addressing jawans and officials of the CRPF after inaugurating a three-day workshop on human rights, he said everyone had got the right to live with dignity.

Mr R. C. Parashar, Commandant, 96 Battalion of the CRPF, during a workshop on human rights at Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera
Mr R. C. Parashar, Commandant, 96 Battalion of the CRPF, during a workshop on human rights


1 kg opium found from SHO’s house
Lambi (Muktsar), August 24
In a bizarre incident, a team of the Vigilance Bureau today found 1 kg of opium and Rs 1,01,300 in cash from the bedroom of Nazar Singh, Station House Officer of the local police station, when it raided his quarters situated within the police station late last evening.

Peace panel chief’s wife assaulted
Phagwara, August 24
Mrs Kalawati Sharma, septuagenarian wife of Dr Des Raj Sharma, Chairman of the local All-Party Peace Committee, was today assaulted and injured with sharpedged weapons inside the kitchen at her home on the local Phagwara-Banga road and was hospitalised here in a critical condition. She was given over a dozen stitches, mostly on her head. Personal enmity is said to be the cause behind murderous assault on Mrs Sharma.

34 Bangladeshis arrested for illegal entry
Gurdaspur, August 24
34 Bangladesh nationals have been arrested for illegally entering India through the Kolkata border allegedly with the help of Bangladesh Rifles Force. According to Mr Varinder Kumar, district police chief, these Bangladesh nationals had given money to Bangladesh Rifles Force to allow them to cross over to the Indian border. The arrested include 20 men, eight women and six children.

Judge’s orders tampered with, three held
Pathankot, August 24
A case was registered today against four persons, including a Tehsildar, for tampering with the interlocutory orders of the Additional district Judge, Gurdaspur, regarding the execution of a sale deed.


Farid varsity yet to have building
Faridkot, August 24
Even as the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences has been bringing more and more medical, dental and other paramedical institutes under its domain, it is yet to have its own building though its foundation stone was laid in 1997.

DCI rule blocks students’ promotion
Bathinda, August 24
A section of students of dental colleges of the state has alleged that a “redundant” rule formulated by the Dental Council of India and implemented by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, has been blocking their promotion to the next higher class if they were to reappear in two subjects. The rule causes financial loss to them, while the managements of private colleges mint money, the students said.

Boparai’s appointment criticised
Amritsar, August 24
The Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association today flayed the appointment of Mr S.S. Boparai, a bureaucrat, as Vice-Chancellor of the Punjabi University, Patiala.

Cancellation of membership of sabha ‘illegal’
Bathinda, August 24
The ruling group of the SSD Sabha, a registered body, which manages some of the reputed educational institutes of the city, suffered a big jolt when a local court ordered that the deletion of the names of a section of its members from its members list was illegal.

‘Secular course’ to be introduced in schools
Faridkot, August 24
The Punjab Government plans to introduce a secular course along with other subjects at all levels in government schools from the next academic year to promote nationalism and check communalism.


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