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Punjab border petrol pumps to go dry from August 1
SAS Nagar, July 25
Petrol pumps along the interstate boundary of Punjab will go dry from August 1 in protest against the increase in sales tax on petrol by 5 per cent. This decision was taken jointly by the petrol pump owners associations of Ropar, Patiala, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib and Bathinda districts today. 

Health Director says no to Vigilance orders
Chandigarh, July 25
Dr D.P.S. Sandhu, Director, Health Services, Punjab, has refused to implement the orders of the Vigilance Bureau to withdraw the reinstatement orders of two officials of the Punjab Nursing Council, who were placed under suspension following their arrest in a question paper leakage case.

PPSC selections held up
Patiala, July 25
The Punjab Public Service Commissioner (PPSC) today said the selection process for the posts of lecturers and medical teachers, besides veterinary officers and employment officers had been held up due to non-receipt of relevant documents from the state government.

MPs, MLAs’ plots cancelled
Chandigarh, July 25
Quashing the allotment of residential plots in Khanna in Ludhiana district to Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, besides non-resident Indians under the discretionary quota “with effect from January 31, 1989”, a three-Judge Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today held that the same were illegal and void. The text of the judgement was not yet available.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Woman lifts extortion idea from TV; nabbed
Demands Rs 7 lakh from ex-Sarpanch
Patiala, July 25
Inspired by a crime serial on television, a 42-year-old village woman tried to extort Rs 7 lakh from her neighbour who had recently sold off his land in the village and shifted to the New Officers Colony area in the city.

Jasbir Kaur, who had demanded Rs 7 lakh from a fellow villager, at the SSP office in Patiala on Friday. — Photo Subhash Patialavi.
Jasbir Kaur, who had demanded Rs 7 lakh from a fellow villager, at the SSP office

Poor results lead to action against teachers
Ropar July 25
The district education authorities have recommended departmental action against teachers of those schools which have got very low pass percentage in the board examinations, this year. Most of the schools in their category are located near SAS Nagar and Chandigarh.

One minister, 2 names
Chandigarh, July 25
The Punjab Minister of State, Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, said yesterday, “I am one person with two names. The other is Harmesh Dutt Sharma. At times to complete legal formalities, I interchange using either of the two names. How does this matter when no one has ever challenged this? Moreover, the name of my father, Anant Ram, remains the same.”


Youth Cong holds protest march
Amritsar, July 25
The Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress today held a protest march against terrorist attacks at Katra and Akhnoor. Youth Congress workers also burnt the flag of Pakistan. Starting from Congress Bhavan, the march culminated at the Hall gate.

Armed Youth Congress activists protest the recent killings of Vaishno Devi pilgrims in Katra and increased militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir, in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI photo
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Armed Youth Congress activists protest the recent killings of Vaishno Devi pilgrims

Statements in Harpreet case recorded
Patiala, July 25
The hearing in the murder case of Harpreet Kaur, daughter of former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Bibi Jagir Kaur, was today adjourned till tomorrow by the additional Sessions Judge, Mr S.P. Bangar.

Jagman given bail

Chandigarh, July 25
Taking up a petition filed by approver in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam Jagman Singh, a Division Bench of the high court today directed the grant of bail to him. Detailed orders were not yet available.


Villagers block traffic over diversion of rain water
Adhnia (Muktsar), July 25
Hundreds of residents of the village today blocked the traffic on the Fazilka-Delhi national highway for about four hours to protest against the decision of district administration to divert the stagnating rain water from the fields towards their village.

Residents of village Adhnia in Muktsar district, who jammed traffic on Fazilka-Delhi national Highway, raise slogans against the district administration on Friday.
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Residents of village Adhnia in Muktsar district, who jammed traffic on Fazilka-Delhi national Highway, raise slogans against the district administration
Stop children from participating in parades, PHRC urges CM
Bathinda, July 25
The Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC), has urged Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to stop district heads from forcing schoolchildren to participate in Independence Day and Republic Day parades.

Nagar council area work on despite probe
Nangal, (Ropar) July 25
Work without opening the tenders is continuing in the Nangal Municipal Council despite the Vigilance arresting the executive engineer by laying a trap and the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, ordering the SDM, Anandpur Sahib, to inquire into the issue.

Daughter lodges complaint against mother
Amritsar, July 25
In a rare incident a daughter lodged a complaint against her mother for allegedly kidnapping her and forcing her to marry against her wishes here today.

Complaint filed in Malta boat tragedy case
Hoshiarpur, July 25
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, yesterday filed a complaint with the Indira Gandhi International Airport police station in New Delhi regarding the human trafficking of persons by political leaders for consideration.

Youth urged to serve the needy
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 25
“The present man has become materialistic and joined the rat race creating more problems for himself. He has no time for society, family and self. The present man is not as much disturbed by his problems as he is disturbed by the happiness of others,” said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, in his keynote address at the seminar ‘Problems of the present man’ organised by the District Cultural Society here today.

Badal for relief to rain-hit farmers
Muktsar, July 25
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday said that the state government should pay adequate compensation to those, whose houses, paddy, cotton and other crops had been damaged due to rain in 10 villages of Lambi subdivision of this district.

Mazdoor sangh organises rally
Patiala, July 25
Members of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) today organised rallies in Patiala, Samana, Nabha and Rajpura to protest against the state government’s decision to privatise the public sector.

Protest against withdrawal of NPA
Bathinda, July 25
Members of the Senior PCMS Association and PCMS Association of Bathinda yesterday, raised slogans against the state government in protest against its decision of withdrawing the Non-Practice allowance (NPA) being given to doctors them.


Farmers to be trained in pest control
Bathinda, July 25
Sixteen villages under Talwandi subdivision of this district have been included in the Integrated Pest Management (IPM), for cotton crop, launched by Central Integrated Pest Management Centre, Jalandhar.


Excise Dept attaches cinema
Faridkot, July 25
Under its campaign to collect arrears of different types of taxes in the district, the Excise and Taxation Department has attached Gurmail cinema of Kot Kapura after its owners failed to pay the entertainment tax amounting to nearly Rs 30 lakh.


Dacoits kill boy, injure nine
Hoshiarpur, July 25
About 12 armed dacoits struck at nearby Bajwara Kalan village, killing a teenaged school boy and injuring nine members of his family, shortly after midnight.

4 held for robbery
Hoshiarpur, July 25
The police here arrested 4 persons for robbery at Rara crossing near Tanda last evening. Ms Gurpreet Deo, SSP, said that the Tanda police arrested Lakhwinder Singh alias Manna of Jaida, Sohan Alias Langha of Sorkhan, Kamaljit alias Kambu and Romesh alias Meshi, both of Nadali.

Youth killed in mishap
Phagwara, July 25
Lalit Kumar (21) of the local Bhagatpura mohalla, died after falling from a train near the level crossing in Santokhpura locality here this evening.


Punjabi Dept Head seeks action against Pal
Patiala, July 25
Dr Amritpal Kaur, Head, Punjabi Literary Studies Department, Punjabi University, today urged the Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, to take action against the Pro Vice- Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, claiming that he was spoiling the academic atmosphere on the campus.

Students threaten stir on Nisha case
Patiala, July 25
The Students Federation of India (SFI) and the Sikh Students Federation of India (SSFI) today in a joint statement said they would launch a struggle on August 10 if the government did not take definite action in the Nisha Bhati sexual harassment case.

DEO promises to bring back pupils to govt schools
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 25
The preference for public schools is a challenge for government schools and the staff should be prepared to bring back students to government schools by providing quality education.

Varsity extends date of admission
Amritsar, July 25
Guru Nanak Dev University has extended the last date without late fee for admission to various courses in its affiliated colleges till August 11, 2003.


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