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No move to advance Lok Sabha
poll: Badal

Phagwara, July 8
There is no talk regarding the holding of the Lok Sabha elections before due date. Addressing a press conference in the premises of local Wahid-Sandhars Sugars Limited here, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD president, reacted to the observation of Mrs Sonia Gandhi, AICC President. She had said this at Vichar Manthan Shivir in Shimla yesterday.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal addresses a rally at Jalandhar on Tuesday. — PTI photo

Narottam’s remand extended
Gidderbaha, July 8
Mr A.S. Virk, Judicial Magistrate, today remanded Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon, nephew of the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in judicial custody till July 14. Mr Dhillon, who was remanded in police custody for one day yesterday by the Judicial Magistrate, Muktsar, Mr Rakesh Gupta, was produced before the Judicial Magistrate, Gidderbaha, today.

VB ‘unearths scam’ in Local Bodies Dept
Chandigarh, July 8
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau claims to have unearthed a recruitment scam in the Punjab Local Government Department during the tenure of the Badal government. Mr Balram Ji Dass Tandon was, then, the Local Government Minister.

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Punjab moots computer education in schools
Chandigarh, July 8
Having failed earlier to introduce computer education in 5,000 schools of the state, the Punjab Government has now decided to re-launch the scheme in 200 government schools under a centrally sponsored project.

News analysis
Piquant situation over fee hike decision
Chandigarh, July 8
The decision of the Punjab government to enhance the fees in government and private college from the 2003-04 academic session has created a piquant situation.

Table: Comparison of the notified Tuition Fee of the three Universities with Punjab Govt. and U.T. Administration for the session 2003-04

Students boycott admissions
Malerkotla, July 8
Members of the Punjab Students Union held a rally at the local government college here today to protest against the fee hike. All students boycotted the admissions which started from today.

SC/ST panel delegates to arrive today 
Jalandhar, July 8
In its bid to assess the situation arising out of spurt in alleged atrocities on Dalits in Punjab, a high-powered team of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes will visit the state tomorrow.

High Court
Pak Hindus seek citizenship
Chandigarh, July 8
Acting on a petition filed by Pakistani Hindus now settled in Jalandhar seeking the grant of Indian citizenship, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion to the Union of India and the state of Punjab.

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Ravi in spate, 60 villages threatened
Pathankot, July 8
More than 60 villages in Narot Mehra have been threatened by floods as the Ravi has been flowing above the danger level following heavy rains. The villages of Bamial, Narot, Bhawalpur are among those threatened by floods.


MiG crash: failure of landing gear suspected
Ferozepore, July 8
A major tragedy was averted by sheer providence yesterday when the MiG-23BN combat aircraft, which took off from the Halwara air force station, crashed into paddy fields near Mahianwala Kalan village barely at a stone’s throw from a cooperative mill and a private school.

Trees felled illegally in NFL colony
Nangal (Ropar), July 8
With the sacking of the Punjab Forest Minister, another case of reckless felling of trees has come to the fore here. The NFL had recently allowed the felling of 297 trees from its colony.

MLA Kangar’s arrest stayed till July 21
Bathinda, July 8
Mr Karnail Singh, Additional Sessions Judge, today stayed the arrest of Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar, an independent MLA of Rampura Phul till July 21 after he moved an application for anticipatory bail as his name figured in the FIR registered in connection with a criminal case against a trader Mr Mohinder Pal at police station, Rampura in the second week of June 2003.

6 months’ jail for New Mandi Township official
Ferozepore, July 8
The local District Consumer and Disputes Redressal Forum has sentenced the Administrator, New Mandi Township, Punjab, based in Sector 22, Chandigarh to imprisonment of six months and imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 for non-compliance of the order of the forum of December 10, 2001.

687 acres given to farmers
Fazilka, July 8
In the last phase of handing over the demined fields to farmers about 687 acres were handed over to farmers by Brig R.C. Malik in a programme arranged by Army in the border village of Mumbeki, 10 km from here today.

Traders suffer as ETO, ST advocate lock horns
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 8
The tussle between a senior advocate of the Sales Tax Department and the local Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) has affected the working of the local excise office, besides causing great inconvenience to traders. Lawyers’ and traders’ organisations have now become involved in the tussle.

Road caves in after just one month
Ropar July 8
The road laid along the newly constructed bridge on the Sirsa river, near here, has peeled off in just one month. The construction of the road was completed just a month ago by a Chandigarh-based firm at a cost of about Rs 3.5 crore.

ICICI Bank told to return car
Amritsar, July 8
The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed ICICI Bank here to return a car, allegedly taken into possession by the bank “forcibly”. This is for the first time that a court has directed the bank to return a car taken into possession by it.

‘Enforce PNDT Act effectively’
Sangrur, July 8
The District Advisory Committee (DAC) for the implementation of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act 1994 at a meeting here today recommended to the district authorities to implement the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act 1971 properly to get the PNDT Act implemented, effectively.

MC fails to check encroachment on parks
Bathinda, July 8
This city — known as the heart land of the Malwa region — has got various titles during the rule of different governments of Punjab. First, it was called “Sharjah” of Punjab. Then it was named the “Textile City” of Punjab. Again it was given a new name as the “Future City” of Punjab.

DGP inaugurates traffic institute
Phillaur, July 8
Punjab Director-General of Police Mahal Singh Bhullar inaugurated the Punjab Police Traffic Management Institute at the Punjab Police Academy, here today. The academy Director, Dr G.S. Aujla, and the IG, Traffic, Mr R.C. Parshad, were present on the occasion.

Muslim youth embraces Hinduism
Amritsar, July 8
A Muslim youth of Turkey adopted Hindu religion as per Hindu rituals here today. Unsal Ozenen (25), a national of Turkey adopted Hindu religion in the presence of Hindu leaders including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal and the Arya Samaj. He changed his name to Shankar Natrajan Arya.

Unsal Ozenen, a Turkish Muslim, who adopted the Hindu religion in Amritsar on Tuesday.  — photo Rajiv Sharma

4 killed in mishap

Bank manager’s kin move NHRC

Lawyers hold dharna


19 cops get local rank of Inspector
Ludhiana, July 8
Almost two years after the Punjab and Haryana High Court reverted several ORP rank police officers in the state, the state Police Department has in a controversial order promoted 19 policemen to the ‘special’ local rank of an Inspector.


Suicide: Akali leader’s kin booked
Moga, July 8
The case of alleged suicide by senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Gurdyal Singh on Sunday last today took a new turn after the Punjab Police booked five family members of the leader, including his two sons and wife, for harassing the old man.

One murdered, 2 hurt in quarrel
Patiala, July 8
One person was murdered and two others were injured in a quarrel between neighbours in the Gobind Nagar locality of the city on the Sirhind road today.

4 booked for duping people
Nabha, July 8
The local police has registered an FIR under Sections 406 and 420, CrPC, against four proprietors of the Mahalakshmi Home Needs, who allegedly decamped with lakhs of rupees collected from local residents on the promise of supplying them household goods at cheaper rates.

52 booked for forging sale deeds
Pathankot, July 8
The Narot Jaimal Singh police, here has booked 52 persons for executing fake sale deeds pertaining to the land belonging to the Khiala village panchayat.

6 booked for threatening tenant
Bathinda, July 8
The police yesterday registered a case under various sections of the IPC against six persons for allegedly threatening Mr Hari Parsad, a tenant of a shop in the Sadar Bazaar area of the city, and damaging the roof of the shop last evening.

Four arrested in murder case
Hoshiarpur, July 8
The police has arrested Balkishan Sharma, his sons Rakesh Kumar, alias Vicky, and Navdeep Sharma residents of Ward No 1, Mahilpur and Amandeep a resident of Uchi Bassi, Dasuya, in the Ram Tirath Kaur murder case.


Engineering college likely to get autonomy
Bathinda, July 8
The local Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology is likely to get an autonomy within a month or so as the task force of Punjab Technical University (PTU) has recommended the same to the Board of Governors headed by the Punjab Technical Education Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee.

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