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Decision on docs’ allowance to stay
Patiala, August 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh today said that the Health Minister Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, had never made any statement claiming that the non-practising allowance had been withdrawn by the state bureaucracy even as he expressed his determination not to revoke the decision.

Father wants Noor to be surgeon
Wagah (Amritsar), August 1
Fatima Noor, who recovered quickly from a heart surgery, returned to her home in Pakistan here today.
Her proud father Nadeem Sajjad, a soil scientist with a multinational company in Lahore, said he wished that Noor becomes a cardiac surgeon when she grows up.

CBI officials threatened me: witness
Chandigarh, August 1
In just over two months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the Amritsar sex-scam, a witness today claimed that he was “slapped and abused” by the premier investigating agency officials for not towing their line.

Jagir Kaur faces power theft charge
Kapurthala, August 1
Mr S.S. Dhaliwal, Chief Judicial Magistrate, here yesterday ordered the framing of a charge under Section 379 of the IPC, and Sections 43 (1) and 39 (C) of the Indian Electricity Act, 1910, against Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC president, on the charge of stealing electricity.

Judicial remand for MLA till August 14
Kharar, August 1
Mrs Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today remanded Mr Jagdeep Singh Nakai, SAD MLA from Joga and former Chairman of Milkfed, in judicial remand till August 14.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Nation page: Badal victim of Cong witch-hunt: BJP
Probe into police torture of Badal kin sought

NCC activities suspended in Punjab
Chandigarh, August 1
NCC activities in several districts in Punjab have been suspended due to non-availability of funds. These include areas under the jurisdiction of Patiala NCC Group covering Bathinda, Sangrur, Patiala and Ropar districts.

Inspector held for taking bribe
Bathinda, August 1
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau yesterday arrested Mr Dasoda Singh, Inspector, (internal vigilance cell), of the Punjab Police for accepting a bribe of Rs 1500 from Mr Amarjit Singh, Head Constable, Punjab Police, to hush up an inquiry, which the former was conducting.


Cong blamed for Opposition disunity
Bathinda, August 1
Mr Amrit Pal Singh Brar, general secretary, Nationalist Congress Party, Punjab, said today that his party was not ready to compromise on the foreign-origin issue of AICC chief Sonia Gandhi.


Destroy N-weapons, say docs
Mansa August 1
A state-level meeting of the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development was held here yesterday in association with the local Indian Medical Association.
Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary of the state unit of the IDPD, said nuclear weapons and the possibility of their misuse posed a great danger to the humanity.

Drugs Act violation resented
Barnala, August 1
The Sangrur unit of the Punjab State Pharmacists’ Association is sore over the violation of the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, by chemists in Punjab.

Please smile, you are in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, August 1
“Please smile, you are in Jalandhar now”, reads a glow sign put up by the Improvement Trust in an effort to make visitors to the city smile. Huge glow signs have been installed at all entry points to the city, advising the people to smile during stay in Jalandhar.

Pro-VC was wrong to host Rinwa’s conference: CM
Patiala, August 1
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said Punjabi University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr R N Pal, should not have let the Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party President, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, hold a press conference at his campus residence.

Tangri river erodes part of bundh
Lalru, August 1
The heavy discharge of water in the Tangri washed away part of a kuccha bundh in Khelan-Malhan village, 25 km from here, putting villagers to great hardship.
Continuous rain in the wee hours today caused the flood. Subsequently, water discharge in the river increased.

Pageants for all ages on this Teej
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 1
“Punjab has a rich cultural heritage and it is our duty to preserve it. We should not stay away from our culture in the name of modernisation,” said Ms Sobha Verma, wife of the Punjab Governor, while presiding over a state-level Teej function at Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, today.

Ex-servicemen for no tax on canteen items
Bathinda, August 1
A deputation of ex-servicemen yesterday submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister, Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh through Deputy Commissioner Anurag Aggarwal seeking the withdrawal of Sales Tax on the Canteen Stores Department items of daily use at subsidised rates.

BSP seeks arrest of DSP
Amritsar, August 1
The Bahujan Samaj Party has sought the arrest of Mr Abrah Choudhry, DSP, Jammu, who was booked in connection with the death of Mohan Lal, a resident of Mahal village a few days ago. Mohan Lal died in the custody of the DSP.

Dr Rinwa bereaved
Abohar, August 1
Madan Gopal Rinwa (74), father of Dr Mohinder Rinwa, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, was cremated here this evening. Those who paid tributes included state BJP President, Prof. B. L. Rinwa, PPCC Vice-President Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, Irrigation Minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar, Parliamentary Secretary Hans Raj Josan, Municipal Council President Tulsi Ram and former BJP MLA Arjun Singh Siyag

Citizens recall Udham’s sacrifice
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 1
On his martyrdom day yesterday, Udham Singh was paid rich tributes at his memorial at Rauza Sharif here. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, in his address at the gathering, said the privileges of the Independence were due to the supreme sacrifices made by Udham Singh and others like him.

Kang plants dahlias
Chandigarh, August 1
The Punjab Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development, Sports and Youth Services, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, has emphasised on the need to undertake an afforestation drive to save the environment from further degradation.


High Court
Notice issued on Amritsar detainees
Chandigarh, August 1
Taking up a petition accusing the Jammu and Kashmir police of picking up eight residents of Mahal village in Amritsar district, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion. The case will now come up for further hearing on August 8.

9,548 cases redressed by consumer panel
Mansa, August 1
Of the 12,582 complaints filed in the State Consumer Commission, 9548 have been decided. Similarly, in the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forums, 69,437 complaints were received, of which 63,581 were decided.


Scope of three-crop rotation in Punjab
Chandigarh, July 31
Efforts are on to find sustainable alternatives to wheat and rice in Punjab. There are two alternatives: diversification from wheat and rice to say pulses and oilseeds; and contract farming.

Paddy support price rejected
Moga, August 1
The Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal) president, Mr Ajmer Singh, today rejected the minimum support price for paddy as announced by the Central Government recently.


Gill, Siddiqui assume charge
Chandigarh, August 1
Mr Jai Singh Gill and Mr A.A. Siddiqui today took over as Punjab’s Chief Secretary and Director-General of Police, respectively, an official press note said.



Mr Jai Singh Gill, Punjab Chief Secretary,  assumes charge on Friday.

Mr Jai Singh Gill, Punjab Chief Secretary,  assumes charge


7 of robbers’ gang held
Hoshiarpur, August 1
Ms Gurpreet Deo, SSP Hoshiarpur, in a press statement here today said that the district police had succeeded in busting an inter-state gang of kale kachhewale. She said during a nakabandi at Kotla Gaunspur, the CIA staff arrested 7 members of this gang including its kingpin.

Vigilance arrests Health Dept employee
Jalandhar, August 1
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested an employee of the Health Department posted at Kapurthala for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a complainant in a criminal case.

Ex-serviceman found beheaded
Amritsar, August 1
Mystery shrouds the death of Jaswinder Singh, an ex-serviceman who was found beheaded in fields in Majitha police district here late last evening.
While police officials claimed that illicit relations of the wife of the victim with a constable was the cause of the murder, Kulwinder Kaur, wife, alleged that he was murdered by his cousins over a property dispute.


Surinder KaurFirst woman president of Govt Teachers Union faction
Chandigarh, August 1
Ms Surinder Kaur, a primary schoolteacher in Government Elementary School, Kumbra, near here, on July 23 became the first woman president of a faction of the Government Teachers Union, Punjab. She was elected general secretary of the Berozgar Teachers’ Union, Kapurthala, at the beginning of her career in 1977.

Holding  classes made  mandatory for school heads
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 1
“The majority of students from poor families depend on government schools, so it becomes the duty of the heads of these schools to give personal attention to such students”, said Mr Daya Singh, DEO (S), while addressing a meeting of the heads of government schools in the district here yesterday.

Supplementary exams come into question
Chandigarh, August 1
Questions have been raised about the hurriedly conducted class XII supplementary examinations for the science and commerce groups by the Punjab School Education Board on July 20.

Admission forms dates announced
SAS Nagar, August 1
The schedule for submission of admission forms and fee for the middle standard examination of the Punjab School Education Board to be conducted in February, 2004, has been announced.


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