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Amarinder exonerates ministers under cloud
Patiala, July 21
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today defended his Cabinet colleagues Mr Ramesh Dutt and Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar who are facing flak for alleged irregularities, by claiming that both of them were “fine ministers” and had done nothing wrong.

Tohra’s appointment as SGPC chief may be delayed
Amritsar, July 21
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee has convened another emergency meeting of its executive committee on July 24 at Fatehgarh Sahib Gurdwara to nominate Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra in the executive body in place of Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur.

Narottam in police remand till July 23
Kharar, July 21
Ms Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate, here today remanded Narottam Singh Dhillon, a close relative of former Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal in police custody till July 23.

Punjab DGP reverses own orders on promotions
Chandigarh, July 21
Reversing his own orders, the Punjab Director-General of Police, Mr M.S Bhullar, has ordered the demotion of 40-odd police officials promoted recently in violation of the rules.

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib



19 more join Punjab law officers’ jumbo team
Chandigarh, July 21
The administrative and financial constraints, besides the poor fiscal condition of the state, notwithstanding, the Department of Home, Affairs and Justice ordered 19 new appointments to the existing 93-member jumbo-sized law officers’ team in the office of the Punjab Advocate-General here today.

Cops ignored complaint of rape, woman tells CM
Patiala, July 21
A 40-year-old woman who seemed to have been a battered about one eye today created a stir in the first khula darbar function of the Chief Minister held in the city. She claimed that she had been kidnapped and raped by several persons four days back and that the local police had not taken any action in the matter.

Judicial remand for British couple

Amritsar, July 21
A local court today remanded a British couple in judicial custody till August 4, 2003 under the Foreigners Act. A case was registered at Gharinda police station near the joint check post, Wagah.

The British couple being produced at a court in Amritsar on Monday. — PTI photo

The British couple being produced at a court


New Akali outfit no threat: Bibi
Phagwara, July 21
Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC President and Akali MLA, today said the new Akali outfit floated by Mr Ravi Inder Singh would not have any impact on SAD headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal.


Court summons ex-minister in betting case
Ropar, July 21
In a unique case filed in the court of the Civil Judge, Ropar, Mr A.S. Grewal, Mr Surjit Singh, alias Shery, a resident of Ropar, has moved court to recover a bet amount from former state Minister for Education, Mr Tara Singh Ladal.

High Court
Former SSP Pherurai gets bail
Chandigarh, July 21
Former Senior Superintendent of Police Gurcharan Singh Pherurai was today granted bail by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He was accused of giving Rs 2.8 crore to Punjab Public Service Commission’s former Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu for getting his son selected as a Deputy Superintendent of Police.


First phase of Khalsa complex to be completed by 2004
Anandpur Sahib, July 21
The Punjab Government has decided to complete the first phase of the Khalsa heritage complex by September 2004. The phase will be opened for the public to coincide with the tercentenary of the martyrdom of Sahibzada Ajit Singh and Jhujhar Singh next year.

Rs 60-lakh water scheme fails
Pathankot, July 21
A Rs 60-lakh NABARD-funded water supply scheme at Dhoong village has put a question mark over the functioning of the Punjab Public Health Department as the scheme has proved to be a non-starter.

A rickshaw-puller, carrying schoolchildren, wades through rainwater
A rickshaw-puller, carrying schoolchildren, wades through rainwater in Jalandhar on Monday. — Photo S.S. Chopra

Ludhiana leads in slum concentration
SAS Nagar, July 21
It might come as a surprise to many that every seventh urbanite in Punjab is a slum dweller. Ludhiana, the most urbanised city in Punjab, is leading the state in slum concentration and by 2031, there will be an equal number of people living in Punjab’s cities and villages.

Power theft may be made criminal offence
Patiala, July 21
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said the state government was contemplating to invoke Section 153 of the Central Electricity Act, 2003, making power theft a criminal offence as an anti-theft measure to check the whopping loss to the board on this account.

Bogus pensioners: action against officials demanded
Jalandhar, July 21
While hailing a recent decision of the state government to overpower panchayats and zila parishads to supervise the functioning of several government departments, the chairman of different zila parishads of the state today demanded strict action against the erring officials of the Welfare Department for facilitating around 1.2 lakh ineligible pensioners to draw pensions during the SAD-BJP regime.

State in financial crisis, says CS
Amritsar, July 21
Punjab Chief Secretary Rajan Kashyap today installed new Rotary team of one of the oldest clubs of the country. Mr Kashyap said that recent hike in taxes would fetch Rs 360 crore to tide over difficult financial situation of the state.

Found ammunition imported scrap, says Army
Ferozepore, July 21
The Army authorities here have stated that the ammunition which was recovered from a sewerage channel called “Sukhbar Nullah” near the Church Road area in the Ferozepore Cantonment was discarded imported scrap.

Kali Devi temple fountains non-functional
Patiala, July 21
This picture reflects the sorry state of affairs of the recently constructed fountains in the Kali Devi temple complex which is situated along the Mall road in the city. The management simply refuses to wake up to the issue which in any case is getting from bad to worse with every passing day.

Dalits denied basic facilities, says Kesri
Moga, July 21
Member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Narain Dutt Kesri, who visited Muktsar town, has expressed concern over the alleged failure of the Nagar Council to provide basic amenities to the Dalits of the town.


Marginal increase in cotton area: association
Bathinda, July 21
The fresh appraisal carried out by the Northern India Cotton Association Limited about the area brought under cotton crop in the current season in the North, comprising Punjab, Haryana and the Sriganganagar circle of Rajasthan, has indicated that there will be a marginal increase in the crop area as compared to the last year.


Tough steps to discipline patwaris, kanungos
SAS Nagar, July 21
The Deputy Speaker and Kharar MLA, Mr Birdevinder Singh, today announced tough measures to curb the activities of indisciplined patwaris and kanungos and improve their services to the public.


Inter-state gang of cheats busted
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 21
The district police claims to have busted an inter-state gang of cheats and robbers, arresting Kabul Singh, a resident of Mandofal village in the district, and Jarnail Singh, a resident of Nandpur Kesho in Patiala.

School management booked for roof collapse
Malout (Muktsar), July 21
The local police has registered a case against some members of the management of a private school located in Ekta Nagar for negligence in maintaining the building of school as about 10 Dalit students were injured when the roof of one of its rooms collapsed on July 17.

IG’s ex-security officer held
Amritsar, July 21
The police here arrested Gurdyal Ram a police inspector, (He used to wear the uniform of DSP), the then personal security officer of the Inspector General (Border Range), who was declared proclaimed offender in the kidney sale scam, when he was coming from Jalandhar to Amritsar yesterday evening. Involvement of Gurdyal Ram in the kidney sale racket was proved on the basis of the print-out of his mobile bills, procured by the Special Investigation Team.
A file photo of Gurdyal Ram
A file photo of Gurdyal Ram who is receiving a memento from Cabinet Minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Woman, daughter booked
Bathinda, July 21
A case under Sections 447, 427, 511 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at the city police station against Pritam Kaur and her daughter, Shawinder Kaur, for damaging a shop located near the old bus stand.

Husband, wife kill man
Mehma Sarja (Bathinda), July 21
Gora Singh, a resident of this village,15 km from Bathinda town, was allegedly killed today by Balbir Singh and his wife Jagdeep Kaur with the help of others. Police sources said Gora Singh was murdered with a curd churner this morning when he had gone to the couple’s house.


Education officers told to maintain diary
Faridkot, July 21
Mr B. Sarkar, Commissioner, Faridkot division, here today directed all District Education Officers of Faridkot, Bathinda and Mansa to maintain a diary in every school to ensure the proper working of the schools.

Tandon flays govt on fee hike
Chandigarh, July 21
Senior BJP leader Balramji Dass Tandon has condemned the state government for making higher education expensive, thereby leading to a decline in the number of admissions to various colleges in the state this year.

Patiala boy meets Nobel Laureates
Patiala, July 21
A local boy, Angel Rajan Singh, a student of Government Medical College, has done the city proud by representing the country at the 53rd meeting of Nobel Laureates and students in Lindau, Germany.


Pathankot gears up for litchee export
Pathankot, July 21
The Pathankot Cooperative Fruit and Vegetable Producers and Marketing Society has drawn out an ambitious plan to produce one lakh quintals of litchee to meet the demand in the international market.

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