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30 SGPC employees removed
Amritsar, July 22
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today removed 30 employees, including Giani Bhagwan Singh, Head Granthi, Akal Takht, as per directions of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission. 

British couple didn’t have valid car papers
Wagah , July 22
The Commissioner, Customs, Mr Ramesh Bhattacharya, today gave a clean chit to his men posted at the joint checkpost here saying there was no lapse on the part of officials manning the post. 

Security has been tightened at the Wagah joint check-post following the fleeing of the British couple Security has been tightened at the Wagah joint check-post following the fleeing of the British couple.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma 

Scam in purchases for Ganguwal powerhouse?
Ropar, July 22
Can two or more firms located at different places have the same phone number? If records of the Saharanpur-based firms supplying various materials to the Ganguwal powerhouse of the PSEB, located in the district, are to be believed, this seems to be the case.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Ravi Sidhu had licence to keep liquor
Chandigarh, July 22
The Vigilance Department, Punjab today suffered a major set back in a case under the Excise Act registered by it against former Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission Ravi Sidhu in Chandigarh.

Heavy rain damages cotton, paddy
Farmers live in tents as houses collapse
Cotton crop damaged by stagnating rain water in village Midhu KheraMidhu Khera (Muktsar), July 22
The heavy rain, which lashed this region three days ago, have left behind a trail of destruction as hundreds of houses collapsed and cotton, paddy and other crops, including vegetables, in thousands of acres have been badly affected in this and other villages, including Fatta Kera, Bhullarawala and Bhitiwala, of the district.
Cotton crop damaged by stagnating rain water in village Midhu Khera. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Record paddy milling by Markfed
Chandigarh, July 22
Mr S.S.Channy, Managing Director, Markfed, today described as outstanding the performance of Markfed in procurement, storage and custom milling of paddy stocks during kharif marketing season 2002-2003.


Councillor appointed PPCC secy
Phagwara, July 21

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president H S Hanspal has appointed party’s Councillor Kusum Sharma organisational secretary of the party.

Cong leaders seek action against Rinwa
Chandigarh, July 22
Senior Congress leaders and MLAs today sought action against the President of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, and Mr Harjit Singh Grewal, BJP leader, for questioning the patriotism of a senior Punjab-based IPS officer, Mr Mohammad Mustafa.

SAD invites Akali factions to join
Bathinda, July 22
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, said here today that with the unity between the SAD and the SHSAD, a formidable challenge could be posed to the Congress government in the state. 


Give 7-day notice to Markfed chief before arrest
Chandigarh, July 22
Taking up a petition filed by Markfed Chairman Jagdish Singh Walia seeking the grant of anticipatory bail, Mr Justice Nirmal Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the issuance of seven-day notice in case the petitioner was sought to be arrested by the police.

Two Wimpy employees freed on bail
Ropar, July 22
Two employees of Wimpy’s International, Harjinder Singh and Rajinder Singh, were released on bail today by special judge S.K. Goel.


Ferozepore is nobody’s baby
Ferozepore, which was perhaps the biggest district of the erstwhile composite Punjab after Kangra, has always been at the receiving end of the step-motherly treatment meted out to it by the successive state governments.

55 cr okayed for galliara project
Amritsar, July 22
The galliara project, which had been hanging fire for the past few years, will be completed within 18 months. This information was given by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raminder Singh, today. He said the Union Home Ministry had cleared Rs 55 crore in principle to complete the fourth and fifth phase of the project.

Members of the Democratic Teachers Front, Punjab, protest in support of their demands, in Sector 17, Chandigarh
Members of the Democratic Teachers Front, Punjab, protest in support of their demands, in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. 
— A Tribune photograph

US team impressed by community policing
Kapurthala, July 22
A two-member US team comprising Miss Chitra Bhanu, a coordinator from Vers Institute of Justice in New York, and Miss Shusmita Dasgupta, Head of a non-government organisation ‘Manvi’ in the USA, yesterday visited the Community Policing Resource Centre here.

Kids may be deprived of  another playground
Patiala, July 22
Children of the city, who were deprived of a play ground in the Sheranwala Gate area in the city in 1992 with the State Languages Department being built on it, are likely to be deprived of the only large play ground on the Rajpura road with the government firm on establishing a modern bus-stand on the play ground of the Atma Ram Sabha Society.

Rs 9.87 cr for development, welfare
Sangrur, July 22
A sum of Rs 9.87 crore was released for development projects and welfare schemes in the district by the District Planning and Development Board, presided over by Mr Avtar Henry, Food and Supply Minister, Punjab-cum-Chairman, of the board, here yesterday. 

Foot-and-mouth disease breaks out
Gurdaspur, July 22
An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, a viral infection, has been reported in Boore Nangal, Jalian and Aadwali villages. According to the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandary, more than 12 animals had died due to the disease.

Rally against police ‘discrimination’
Jalandhar, July 22
Residents of the town and workers of the Pendu Mazdoor Union, Punjab, participated in a protest rally and staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today to protest against the “discriminatory” approach of the district police while dealing with two cases pertaining to Gakhlan and Bhiku Nangal villages.

Doctors oppose privatisation move
Patiala, July 22

The PCMS Association has decided to launch an agitation against the state government move to privatise the health services by leasing out 150 government hospitals to the private sector and by forcing private practice on government doctors by withdrawing the non-practising allowance.

Govt decried for taxing CSD items
Jalandhar, July 22

The ex-servicemen cell of the Punjab BJP yesterday criticised the state government for deciding to impose tax on items sold through CSD canteens.

Road mishap toll rises to nine
Hoshiarpur, July 22
Amarnath pilgrim Sharda of Delhi, who was injured in the road mishap involving a jeep and a bus near Emma Mangat yesterday, succumbed to her injuries at the DMCH Ludhiana last night. 

DC seeks report on water scheme
Pathankot, July 22
The Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, Mr KAP Sinha, has directed the Executive Engineer, Punjab Public Health Department, to give a detailed report on the alleged failure of a Rs 60 lakh Nabard-funded water scheme put in operation at Doong village of Dhar Kalan block.

Vigilance sends questionnaire to Harbans Lal
Chandigarh, July 22
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has sent a questionnaire to Mr Harbans Lal, who was recently removed from the Council of Ministers by Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Pollution control board guidelines on Internet
Ropar, July 22
Mr K.P.S. Rana, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board, said here today that efforts would be made to improve the image of the board. Due to poor public relations of officers and the ignorance of the people regarding the board guidelines, he said, the image of the organisation had been adversely affected.

Some doctors may get NPA
Patiala, July 22
Government doctors teaching basic subjects having no scope of using the knowledge for private practice might be given non-practising allowance (NPA) by the state government.

Teej function on August 1
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 22
A state-level function to mark the Teej festival will be organised at Aam Khas Bagh in Sirhind on August 1. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, said Mrs Sobha Verma, the wife of the Punjab Governor, would preside over the function. 

Two schoolboys drowned in pond
Phagwara, July 22
Two schoolboys were drowned in a pond, Kaulanwala Talab, this afternoon. They have been identified as Mohit of Central Town and Naresh of the Bhagatpura mohalla. Both were students of Class VIII in Arya High School. 


Computer parts stolen from Army Cantt
Jalandhar, July 22
Some computer parts have been allegedly stolen from the Q Branch of the Eleventh Corps of the Army here. Though no senior official of the Army or police could be contacted, police sources maintained that some computer parts were stolen from the Q Branch headquarters on Sunday and an FIR was registered by the Army authorities with the Jalandhar Cantonment police station on Monday.

Marriage palace owner booked
Patiala, July 22
The local police today registered a case against the owner of Khoobsurat Marriage Palace, Rakesh Tandon, and others on the basis of a complaint submitted to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, by a 40-year-old woman at a function held here yesterday.

Robbers’ gang busted
Moga, July 22

The Punjab police today busted a gang of robbers, allegedly responsible for a number of robberies, including looting of petrol stations, by arresting three of its members.

Poppy husk worth 6 lakh seized
Bathinda, July 22
Two parties of the district police have seized poppy husk worth about Rs 6 lakh and arrested five persons allegedly involved in the smuggling of the same in two cases.


Training school staff go without salaries
Bathinda, July 22
A section of employees of Multi-Purpose Health Worker (female) Training School, here, are facing financial crisis as the state government has not paid them salaries since February.

College students lathicharged
Malerkotla, July 22
The police today lathicharged students of the local Government College who were protesting against the sharp hike in the college fee. Six students were also arrested on the charge of locking the college gate and manhandling four teachers of the college.

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