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35 posts of law officer questioned
Chandigarh, August 28
Taking a tough stand, the Punjab Finance Department has asked to the Law Department authorities to justify the requirement of 35 additional posts of law officer in the office of the Advocate-General (AG).

Portion of Noormahalias’ dera found burnt
Amritsar, August 28
A portion of the local branch of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) was found burnt in the wee hours here today. Nobody has claimed responsibility of the incident. But hand written leaflets were found from the site.

A view of the torched portion A view of the torched portion of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan, Amritsar. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Acting MC chief alleges assault by MLA’s men
Ludhiana, August 28
A “murderous assault” by men of a sitting MLA and her IPS husband” on the vice-president and acting Municipal Council chief Kewal Krishan Jindal, who is recuperating in Christian Medical College here has been alleged. He was attacked and “left for dead” by armed assailants on Monday outside the council hall in Malerkotla while the police in strength there did not act.

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Over 16000 metric tonnes of scrap from the debris of the World Trade Centre towers of New York find their way to a scrap yard in Punjab.

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ADGP to probe murder of Akali leader, 5 others
Chandigarh, August 28
Entrusting the investigation of a case — pertaining to the murder of Akali leader Gurdial Singh and five other activists — to Punjab’s Additional Director-General of Police (Crime), Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the probe should be completed within two months.

Villagers without power for 14 days
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 28
Residents of Rampur Nobad village near the Sadugarh railway station have been without power since August 14. The power failure has also caused drinking water scarcity in the village. A few farmers who have their own generators are providing drinking water to other resident of the village.

Sikh boy cuts hair, blames it on ragging
Patiala, August 28
In an inquiry conducted by the local Punjab Aircraft Maintenance College has revealed that a Sikh boy had falsely accused a senior of having got his hair cut forcibly following a ragging session as he was afraid to face his father’s wrath.

Tubectomy death: SMO, another doctor indicted
Bathinda, August 28
“Poor arrangements in the civil hospital, Raman Mandi and negligence of the doctors on duty have deprived three children of their mother. It is not a small crime,” says the magisterial probe conducted by ADC, G.K. Singh into the tubectomy death, which took place on July 4, 2002.

Give Sinha case to CBI: Badal
Chandigarh, August 28
SAD headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal today demanded that the recruitment scandal involving Mr Sanjit Sinha, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, be handed over to the CBI for an independent and impartial probe.


Congress workers stage a dharnaCong activists hold protest
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 28
The factionalism in the Congress came to the fore during a dharna organised by the DCC in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office here today as the Forests Minister, Dr Harbans Lal, and activists owing allegiance to him abstained from the dharna.

Congress workers stage a dharna in front of District Complex, Fatehgarh Sahib, on Wednesday.

Hanspal favours consensual approach
Ludhiana, August 28
The newly-appointed President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, (PPCC), Mr H.S. Hanspal, today said he would adopt a consensual approach to strengthen the party in the state by taking everyone along with him. He said this while talking to TNS here after addressing a demonstration organised by the District Congress Committee against the NDA government at the Centre.


Relief for drought-hit
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 28
All loans credited to the farmers affected by the prevailing drought would be converted in to mid-term loans for three years and no extra interest would be charged from them.

Kohar’s judicial remand extended
Jalandhar, August 28
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr A.S. Grewal, today extended judicial remand of former Minister for Jails and SAD MLA Ajit Singh Kohar, who was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, for 14 days.

DSP’s arrest further stayed
Ropar, August 28
Mr Maghar Khan, Sessions Judge, here today further stayed the arrest of Parampal Singh, DSP, Morinda, till September 11 on an anticipatory bail application filed by the DSP on August 16 apprehending his arrest under Sections 420, 467, and 471, IPC and 13 (1) 88 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Prevention of nuisance or crime by cops
Khanna, August 28
Rashwinder Singh, a resident of Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar here was taking an Ice-cream at the Lalheri Road railway crossing on Monday evening. Constable Karam Singh accosted him.

Confusion marks half-day holiday
Bathinda, August 28
Confusion marked the half-day holiday in government offices today as a word spread around that the state government had not announced the same.

Rajwant waits for PoW brother
Ludhiana, August 28
When Flight Lieutenant Gurdev Singh, 27, led a unit of Indian Air Force planes to attack Pakistani radars on December 5, 1971, he was hailed as a national hero.

PSEB reduces peak load restrictions
Patiala, August 28
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today reduced peak load restrictions on Category II, III and IV industrial consumers even as no coal was received at its Lehra Mohabbat and Bathinda thermal stations. However, the coal supply is expected to pick up with some payments being made to various coal companies.

Probe ordered into foeticide
Kapurthala, August 28
Mr Rakesh K. Verma, District Magistrate, yesterday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the abortion of girl foetus, allegedly by a government doctor of a local dispensary at his private clinic.

Move on Beant Singh’s anniversary flayed
Phagwara, August 28
The move of the Punjab Government to celebrate the death anniversary of Beant Singh, a former Chief Minister, at state-level was a retrograde step.

Mann’s UK, US tour from today
New Delhi, August 28
SAD (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann is all set to proceed on a month’s tour of Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Britain and the USA to address Sikhs, meet political heads of foreign offices and counterparts in consultative committees.

MC meeting to clear 40-cr projects
Jalandhar, August 28
The local Municipal Corporation has finally decided to convene a meeting of the House on September 4 to approve development projects involving an amount of about Rs 40 crore.

‘Sand lessees charging heavy royalty’
Ropar, August 28
The national secretary of the All-India Forward Bloc, Mr V.P. Saini, today asked Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to take action against lessees of “khuds” (sources of sand and rubble) whose employees were allegedly cheating the public in the name of royalty by charging exorbitant rates.

5 lakh to be spent on roads : DC
Ropar, August 28
Ms Seema Jain, Deputy Commissioner, has announced that the district administration will provide Rs 5 lakh for the repair of roads and Rs 2 lakh for the repair of streetlights in the local Giani Zail Singh Nagar.


MC removes encroachments
Jalandhar, August 28
The local municipal corporation authorities carried out a demolition drive in Gandi Camp and Ram Nagar, which is part of the assembly segment represented by the Punjab Industries Minister, Mr Avtar Henry, here this afternoon, in which unauthorised constructions, including gates and toilets on streets, were razed to the ground.


Dacoits kill guard, loot 3.6 lakh from bank
Hoshiarpur, August 28
Dacoits looted a branch of the Oriental Bank of Commerce of Rs 3,60,810, killed its security guard and injured two staff members at Bakapur Guru village near Garhshanker, 47 km from here, today.

Robbers strike at rice mill
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 28
A gang of robbers last night struck at the Zimidara rice mill situated on the GT road and took away two truck-loads of wheat from the sheller. Wheat of PUNSUP agency was stored in the rice mill.

Computer institute ‘dupes’ 35 students
Amritsar, August 28
As many as 35 students have been allegedly duped by a computer institute which has reportedly issued them fake certificates and decamped with the money.

1 held for selling spurious fertiliser
Gurdaspur, August 28
The Punjab police has arrested the owner of a factory which was producing spurious zinc sulphate and selling it through retail outlets to farmers. Disclosing this here today, SSP Varinder Kumar said Braham Kumar, owner of S. K. Industry in Khanpur village under the Shahpur Kandi police station, was arrested on the complaint of the District Agricultural Officer, Mr G. S. Sidhu.

Man held with fake passport
Amritsar, August 28
An Indian national, who flew to the city from London by a Turkmenistan flight last night, was arrested on the charge of travelling on a forged passport.


Students gherao police station
Students and residents gherao Jhunir police stationMansa, August 28
Students and residents of Jhunir town of this district today gheraoed Jhunir police station for about four hours in protest against the alleged high-handedness of the police.

Students and residents gherao Jhunir police station on Wednesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera


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