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SGPC to take tough stand against Ashutosh
Chandigarh, August 26
The SGPC authorities, who have been called by the National Commission for Minorities tomorrow in connection with a petition filed by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann against the activities of a sect headed by Mahant Ashutosh, will take a tough stand against the sect before the commission.

Implement poll promises or face stir: SAD
Chandigarh, August 26
Adopting an aggressive stance against the Amarinder Singh Government , the Shiromani Akali Dal today issued an ultimatum to the state government warning it to either implement the promises made in its election manifesto by September 10 or face the demonstrations in all districts next day.

Youth Cong vs Akalis
Rallies and counter rallies planned
Chandigarh, August 26
Politics of confrontation between the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal is likely to queer the pitch in the weeks ahead.

Lokpal clears PAU VC
Chandigarh, August 26
The Punjab Lokpal has dismissed a complaint against Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, and cleared him of all allegations made by Dr Balwant Singh, Convener of the Nationalist Congress Party Kisan Cell.

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Vigilance probe against PTU ex-VC
Chandigarh, August 26
A vigilance inquiry has been initiated against Mr H.S. Guram, a former Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, who allegedly committed irregularities in preparing results, appointments, misbehaved with the female staff and got bribes at the time of admission. He remained Vice-Chancellor even at the age of 66 years, while the age for superannuation is 62.

Tubewell tariff may fetch PSEB 600 cr
Ropar, August 26
As it is certain that the supply of free power to run tubewells will go in the days to come, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is likely to earn about Rs 600 crore per annum from the tubewell connections in the state if the state Electricity Regulatory Commission allows it to impose a tariff of Re 1 per unit on the supply to the tubewells.

Row over votes of two colleges in PUTA poll
Varsity deletes college teachers’ votes from list
Patiala, August 26
The stage has been set for a conflict between rival teacher factions of Punjabi University even before the arrival of its newly appointed Vice-Chancellor, Mr S.S. Boparai, on the campus, with the United Teachers Front (UTF) claiming that its rival faction had entered into a conspiracy with the institution’s Registrar to delete the names of teachers of two institutions in Damdama Sahib and at Bathinda from the voters’ list of the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) election.

Fake encounter case: PHRC takes note
Amritsar, August 26
The hearing of an alleged false case against Karanjit Singh Laddi has been scheduled for October 30 by the Punjab Human Rights Commission.

Constable shot, SPO escapes unhurt
Jalandhar, August 26
A Punjab police Constable was shot dead while an special police officer (SPO) escaped unhurt in an attack by a group of five persons on the railway bridge near the Chugitti bypass on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road today.


BJP agitation on Sept 3: Tandon
Amritsar, August 26
Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, a former Minister for Local Bodies, has accused the Congress government of unleashing a “reign of terror” in the state by conducting a vendetta against Opposition parties.

15 file papers for civic body poll
Phagwara, August 26
Fifteen nominations were filed today for the local Nagar Council poll slated for September 8, according to SDM-cum-Returning Officer Pritam Singh. All candidates had filed their nominations as independents, he said.


‘Include Punjab MPs in Khurana panel’
Phagwara, August 26
Mr Jaskaran Singh, SAD(A) General Secretary and co-convener of the party’s Border Area Panel headed by a former MP, Mr Dhyan Singh Mand, today demanded that the 11 member Central Committee headed by Mr Madan Lal Khurana to study the border situation should be broadbased and MPs from Punjab like Mr Simranjit Singh Mann should be included in it.

SGPC poll: 60 pc rise in number of voters
Amritsar, August 26
More than 60 per cent increase has been noted in the number of voters for the SGPC elections as compared to the number of voters registered for the elections held in 1996.

Ropar brick-kilns flout fly ash order
Ropar, August 26
All brick-kilns in Ropar are violating a Union Government order. As per Section 3, Sub-section (2) of the gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests on September 14, 1999, no brick-kiln within a radius of 50 km of a coal or lignite-based thermal plant can manufacture clay bricks or tiles without mixing at least 25 per cent fly ash with soil on a weight basis.

CJI to open Lok Adalat on August 30
Hoshiarpur, August 26
Mr Justice B. N. Kripal, Chief Justice of India, will inaugurate a special Lok Adalat being organised by the Punjab Legal Services Authorities in association with bar associations of Hoshiarpur, Garhshanker and Dasuya at the Government College Complex here on August 30.

Three labourers buried alive
Jalandhar, August 26
Three labourers were buried alive when a portion of a retaining wall of a well collapsed at Sarnana village, near Rama Mandi, here this evening.

Freedom fighter’s widow feels ignored
Amritsar, August 26
Freedom fighters and their dependants who get pension under the Special Pension Scheme are feeling ignored. Ms Gurvel Kaur, now 90, is sore with the government for ignoring the supreme sacrifice that her husband Gurcharan Singh made for the country.

Police drive against anti-social elements
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 26
The district police has launched a special campaign against the anti-social elements, particularly those involved in the operation of satta and smuggling of narcotics. In a crackdown on such elements, different police parties raided various hideouts of satta operators today.

Families lose earning hands to spirit
Bathinda, August 26
“I have lost every thing as I am finding it difficult to look after my three children after the death of my husband Joginder Singh.

Only PSERC can fix tariff, say engineers
Patiala, August 26
The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association today contested the government’s right to take a decision on the revision of electricity tariff in the state at a Cabinet meeting and treat the decision of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) as recommendatory in nature.

MC acting chief beaten up
Malerkotla, August 26
Mr Kewal Jindal, acting president of the Malerkotla Municipal Council, was beaten up by certain persons near the State Bank of Patiala main branch here today.

Hooch deaths: cop suspended
Bathinda, August 26
Even as the two persons involved in the sale of spirit, Ladoo and Joginder Singh, have been arrested, the district police chief, Mr Ishwar Singh, placed Head Constable Iqbal Singh under suspension for giving two bottles of liquor to Ladoo.

Ravi Sidhu moves bail application
Patiala, August 26
Former Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Ravi Sidhu has moved a bail application in the court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge.

Be vigilant, SSP told
Amritsar, August 26
In view of the Assembly elections in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Punjab Director-General of Police, Mr M.S. Bhullar, has directed the SSP, Gurdaspur, to be extra vigilant.

Implement Dalit agenda: morcha
Phillaur, August 26
The Bahujan Samaj Morcha has urged the Congress government led by Capt Amarinder Singh to implement its Dalit agenda to protect the rights and interests of Dalits in the state.

Neighbours clash, 7 injured
Jalandhar, August 26
Seven persons were injured in a clash between two groups of neighbours at Gadhra village in Nakodar subdivision late last night.

Another cleanliness drive in Patiala
Patiala, August 26
The Patiala Municipal Corporation has decided to initiate another cleanliness campaign close on the lines of the ‘Mera Patiala Main Sawaran’, albeit this time it will be the corporation which will be conducting the cleanliness exercise.

Walk regularly to keep fit: doctor
Bathinda, August 26
The district unit of the Indian Medical Association organised a seminar last night during which speakers spoke about new methods of keeping fit.


Man held for selling fake licences
Bathinda, August 26
The police has detected fake registration of documents following the arrest of Ashok Kumar who had managed to procure official stamps of various District Transport Officers (DTOs) and used to sell fake driving licences and registration copies of vehicles.


ETT students decry education policy
Deon (Bathinda), August 26
Students of the District Institute of Elementary Training (DIET) today sat on dharna here in protest against the proposed education policy of the state government.


Sales tax advisory panels soon: CM
Chandigarh, August 26
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that to facilitate interaction between the government, traders and industrialists, district-level sales tax advisory committees would be constituted, shortly.

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