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SAD, BKU reject river water accords
Chandigarh, August 27
The most complex and sensitive issue of river waters has again started inching to the centrestage in Punjab. On the initiative of the Bharti Kisan Union headed by Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, various political parties and other organisations today evolved a counter strategy vis-a-vis Haryana in which political outfits, joined hands on the issue.

Voters’ names deleted from lists
Inquiry report indicts 2 PCS officers
Mansa, August 27
Two PCS officers, a few BDPOs, Executive Officers, gram sevaks and a number of Revenue Department officials have been found guilty of deletion of names of genuine voters from the voters’ lists during a revision carried out in 2001 and 2002 before the last Assembly elections.

Badungar for probe into fake SGPC voters
Talwandi Sabo, August 27
Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC, has accused the state government of registering fake voters for the coming SGPC poll. He added that the matter would be taken up with the Central government.

Bibi Jagir Kaur submits proof
Amritsar, August 27
Bibi Jagir Kaur, MLA and former SGPC president, here today submitted evidence to the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission in the case Harbax Singh versus Bibi Jagir Kaur relating to the alleged irregularities committed during the appointment of two persons during her tenure without fulfilling the requisite conditions and formalities under the service rules of the SGPC.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Schoolchildren join hands against terrorism
Schoolchildren join hands against terrorism in a rally organised by the Punjab Youth Congress in Amritsar on Tuesday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Coal line to thermal plants runs dry
Patiala, August 27
Even as the Punjab State Electricity Board is grappling to come to terms with the coal crisis, the coal line to the board’s thermal plants is running dry with only one rake being received at its Bathinda station today and the two other stations at Ropar and Lehra Mohabbat not receiving any coal.

Doctor poisons beloved, commits suicide
Jalandhar, August 27
A married doctor, who had allegedly poisoned his beloved, today allegedly, committed suicide by jumping in front of train near the local railway station. Dr Sukhkirat Singh, 35, a registered medical practitioner and a father of two, who was running his clinic at Dhapai village in Kapurthala district, was allegedly involved in an illicit relationship with Kulbir Kaur, 20, of the same village.

Sidhu files plea for translation of court papers
Ropar, August 27
Giving a new turn to the corruption case against him, former Chairman of the PPSC Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu has moved an application before the Special Judge, Ropar, Mr Kathuria, pleading that he did not know Punjabi.


162 file papers for council poll
Phagwara, August 27
As many as 162 candidates today filed their nomination papers for the September 8 nagar council poll in Phagwara, according to the SDM-cum returning officer, Mr Pritam Singh. Fifteen candidates had filed their nominations yesterday.

Congress leaders bury hatchet
Phagwara, August 27
Congress MLA Joginder Singh Mann and PPCC member Balvir Raja Sodhi today buried the hatchet and held a press conference to put up a show of unity for the nagar council poll slated for September 8.


PRTC to add another 100 private buses
Patiala, August 27
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation is in the process of inducting another 100 private buses in its fleet under the kilometre scheme. There are as many as 147 private buses already running on PRTC routes under the scheme already.

100 opt for J&K election duty
Ropar, August 27
Till date at least 100 employees from various government departments here have opted for poll duty in Jammu and Kashmir.
A majority of them are teachers, workers of the BBMB and the Cooperative Department. The lure of visiting the beautiful Kashmir valley is said to be the basic motivation for most of the young employees opting for poll duty in the troubled state.

Students of Government High School, Lang, clean utensils during class hours
Students of Government High School, Lang, clean utensils during class hours in the school. — Photo Subhash Patialavi

Jalandhar MC to sell surplus land
Jalandhar, August 27
In its bid to generate extra revenue for the ongoing development projects in different parts of the city, the cash-strapped local Municipal Corporation has decided to sell 55 acres of its surplus land at the Bashirpura locality to the local Improvement Trust for a sum of Rs 9.8 crore.

BSNL lucky draw for bill defaulters
Bathinda, August 27
In order to recover arrears to the tune of Rs 70.88 lakh outstanding against different customers of Bathinda and Mansa districts, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has launched a lucky draw scheme. After depositing the arrears prizes like ITC card, motor cycle or car.

Man ‘paraded naked’ by BSF jawans
Amritsar, August 27
Residents of Mahawa, a border village few kilometres from the zero line, are up in arms against certain BSF jawans.
In a complaint sent to senior BSF officials, the Centre and the state government, the residents alleged that the farmers who had their cultivated land across the border fencing were being harassed by the jawans on flimsy grounds.

Probe starts into encroachment case
Bathinda, August 27
A two-member team of the vigilance cell of the Local Bodies Department today started an inquiry into the allegations levelled by an advocate, Mr N.K. Garg, and municipal councillor Krishan Kumar Garg pertaining to the encroachment of municipal parks and waiver of house tax in selective cases by the authorities concerned without any valid reason.

BDPO held on graft charge
Fatehgarh Sahib, Aug 27
The district Vigilance Department yesterday caught Mr Vinod Kumar Gagat, Block Development Panchayat Officer, Sirhind, red-handed while accepting Rs 5,000 from Bhupinder Singh of Jallah village for making one of their panches as acting sarpanch. He has been arrested under Sections 7, 13, 2 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Rs 50,000 grant each for families of hooch tragedy victims
Bathinda, August 27
Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman, High Powered Finance Committee, Punjab, said today that the state government would give Rs 50,000 each to the families who had lost their breadwinners here on August 25 and 26 in spirit consumption case.

Undertrial didn’t collapse before me: Judge
Gurdaspur, August 27
District and Sessions Judge A.K.J. Sharma today said undertrial Janak Raj, who died in the District Jail here recently, did not collapse before his as reported earlier.
He clarified that Janak Raj had collapsed during his inspection of the District Jail on August 23 and he came to know about the incident after about 45 minutes.

Trust for martyrs’ memorial upkeep
Chandigarh, August 27
The Punjab Government today decided to set up a trust under the chairmanship of the Commissioner of Ferozepore Division for the upkeep and maintenance of martyrs memorial at Hussaniwala near Indo- Pakistan border in Ferozepore district.


Robbers’ gang busted, 5 held
Amritsar, August 27
The Gurdaspur police has busted an interstate gang of robbers with the arrest of five of its members. A scooter, two television sets, a VCP, a CD player, a gas cylinder, a stereo system, and household articles were recovered from their possession.

Probe sought into custodial death
Hoshiarpur, August 27
Sohan Lal of Dehriwall village, who was arrested by the police under Sections 420 and 120-B, IPC, on Sunday died in police custody at the Civil Hospital, Tanda yesterday.


ETT students stage dharna
Ropar, August 27
Students of the local District Institute of Education and Training, led by Mr Balwinder Singh Dhariwal, general secretary of the DIET Students Welfare Association, Punjab, and Mr Mukesh Bhandhari, President of the local DIET Students Welfare Association, today staged a dharna in front of DIET here in protest against the New Education Policy, 2002.

Student injured in clash
Ropar, August 27
Ravi Kumar, student of Government College was injured in a clash between two groups of students on the college campus over the issue of supremacy and “elections to the college students’ union” today. However, these elections have been banned b y the government.

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