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IOC fails to get case registered
Multi-crore scam at village terminal
Jalandhar, July 23
Even as the multi-crore scam involving a senior official has rocked the Indian Oil Corporation’s Suchi village terminal near here, what has raised many an eyebrow is the IOC’s silence over the matter and its alleged failure to get a case registered against the accused, who was allegedly supplying petrol to a chosen few petrol pump owners instead of diesel by fudging the computerised oil dispensing system of the terminal.

SGPC urged to restore 'maryada’ at gurdwara
Jalandhar, July 23
The Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, has asked the Dharam Parchar Committee of the SGPC to ensure restoration of maryada at Gurdwara Ghumiara in Kartarpur by installing Guru Granth Sahib.

CM making mockery of law, says Badal
Chandigarh, July 23
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday said the Punjab Chief Minister was making a mockery of the rule of the law by pronouncing judgements on sensitive cases and issuing clean chits to his ministers involved in rampant corruption and loot of the public exchequer.

What made Irrigation Adviser quit
Chandigarh, July 23
Was it indictment by the Chief Engineer (Vigilance) of an Executive Engineer for getting works worth Rs 1.2 crore executed in just 12 days that led to a rift between Punjab Irrigation Minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar and Irrigation Adviser to the Chief Minister, Bhagat Singh Sandhu before the latter was forced to quit ?



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  Special girdawri to assess damage of crops
Muktsar, July 23
Ms Usha R. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, today ordered special girdawri to assess the loss caused to paddy, cotton and other crops in about eight villages of the district by the heavy rains, which lashed the area few days ago.

Govt employees go without pay
Chandigarh, July 23
Hundreds of government employees in Punjab have been denied salary for June and even in some cases, for May because of the non-fulfilment of technical formalities. Sources said today that employees recruited against particular plan and no-plan schemes in education, youth services and other departments not been given salary.

Dean asks pro Vice-Chancellor to apologise
Patiala, July 23
The Punjabi University Dean, Academics, Prof U.C. Singh, has accused the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, of resorting to “mischief and guile” in forwarding an order issued by a former Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.S. Ahluwalia against him to the present Vice-Chancellor.


Left parties to intensify stir
Chandigarh, July 23
Four Left parties have decided to intensify their agitation to oppose the privatisation of health, education and other social sector services in Punjab.


Ex-Principal, five others convicted
Mansa, July 23
Mr G.K. Rai, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mansa, has convicted six persons, including Maghar Singh, retired Principal of Bhikhi and Talwandi colleges and now president of the management committee of the local Khalsa High School and Jagraj Singh, secretary of the above management committee, under Sections 427/447 and 149 of the IPC and has sentenced them all to undergo rigorous imprisonment for six months under Section 427 read with Section 149 of the IPC and further RI for three months under Section 447 read with Section 149 of the IPC.

Narottam’s remand extended
Kharar, July 23
Ms Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today remanded Narottam Singh Dhillon, a close relative of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister of Punjab, in police custody till July 24.

Notice issued in Sidhu case
Chandigarh, July 23
Taking up a petition filed by Ravi Sidhu, former Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, challenging the holding of two trials out of the same first information report, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the issuance of notice to other accused regarding their stand. The case would now come up for hearing on July 30.


Councillors want civic chief to quit
Faridkot, July 23
Ten out of 14 municipal councillors of the Congress against the total strength of 21 in the local Nagar Council have demanded the resignation of Mr Gurcharan Singh, president of the council, following the arrest of his son Sarbpal Singh, alias Babbu, allegedly involved in various cases of robbery and looting.

Kite lover and Limca Book record holder Jagmohan Kanojia wishes luck to injured film star Vivek Oberoi through a kite
Kite lover and Limca Book record holder Jagmohan Kanojia wishes luck to injured film star Vivek Oberoi through a kite, with Vivek's photograph on it in a bottle, in Amritsar on Wednesday.
— PTI photo

Private nursing homes bleeding donors
Amritsar, July 23
Giving startling facts about the on-going blood scam, the report submitted by Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Amritsar, to the Project Director, Punjab State AIDS Control Society, has revealed that most of the private nursing homes have been bleeding donors in their premises without obtaining a licence from the Drug Controller, Government of India. There are about 173 nursing homes in the city.

Contractual appointments not govt policy: DGP
Ropar, July 23
The appointment of some retired police officials on contract has not been adopted as a policy by the Punjab Government. The recent one-year contract appointments of five DSPs and two SPs were an exceptional case and they have been given the contract keeping in mind their exceptional services.

Pen-down strike by govt staff
Bathinda, July 23
Members of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union (PSMSU) today observed a two-hour pen-down strike in protest against the apathetic attitude of the state government towards the implementation of their demands.

Workers go on relay fast
SAS Nagar, July 23
Members of the Punjab Recorders Workers Union went on a relay fast here today, alleging that they were facing starvation as they had not been paid their salaries for over five months.

Hospital staff stage dharna
Amritsar, July 23
Criticising the move on privatisation of the Civil Hospital built in the memory of Jallianwala Bagh martyrs, a dharna was staged by hospital doctors, employees and activists of various political parties on the hospital premises today.

Donated property misused by temple body
Amritsar, July 23
Close on the heels of reports on the misuse of donated properties, another case has come to light of a donated property, aimed at providing shelter to pilgrims, being misused as a cycle stand by the Durgiana Temple Management Committee here.


Fatehgarh Sahib to be model district, says DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
Rising above petty politics and irrespective of party affiliation, the newly elected sarpanches and panches should take keen interest in the development of their respective villages, so that the developmental projects in their villages could be completed successfully, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing gatherings at Majra Mana Singhwala, Khanian, Raipur, Ramgarh, Chaihlan and Dharmgarh villages of Amloh subdivision in the district.


One shot dead
Amritsar, July 23
The unidentified persons shot dead Sonu, a resident of Rayya, about 35 km from here, late last evening.

Prisoner escapes
Amritsar, July 23
A prisoner escaped from the police custody from Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, here this morning. The prisoner, Ravinder Singh, was admitted to the hospital as he complained of severe pain in the lower part of the body.


College gets nod for M.Tech course
Bathinda, July 23
The local Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology (GZSCET) has got the approval from the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to start the masters degree course in construction management in the civil engineering trade.

Examinee writes to VC on re-evaluation
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
Mr Ram Singh, working at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College here has challenged the evaluation of his MA (English) Part-1 paper conducted in April, 2003, by Punjabi University, Patiala.


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