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6 per cent schools without teachers
Chandigarh, August 3
Six per cent of the schools in Punjab, picked up at random, are without teachers while 20 per cent schools have one teacher, reveals a survey conducted in all 216 primary education blocks in 17 districts of the state in May this year.

Delay in notifying fee costs them dear
Fresh counselling sought for PG medical courses
Chandigarh, August 3
How money has triumphed over merit for admission to the high-profile postgraduation (PG) medical courses in a Punjab college has come to light.

Rights panel registers case against Punjabi University VC
Patiala, August 3
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has registered a case against Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai on a complaint by students of the varsity’s Fine Arts Department that he had violated their rights by giving exemption from reappearing in the practical examinations to former student Saru Rana.

Amarinder promises job to Gurmeet's mother

Patiala, August 3
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that he did not need to say anything on Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh's demand that he should apologise to the family of the boy who was killed by a cop two days back in his capacity as Home Minister.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh consoles the family of Gurmeet Singh
Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh consoles the family of Gurmeet Singh who was killed by policemen.
— Photo Subhash Patialavi.








PCMS doctors’ plea to govt on allowance
Hoshiarpur, August 3
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association today urged the Punjab Government to abolish Non-Practising Allowance (NPA) of government doctors, as this anti-people, anti-patient and anti-doctor decision was the brainchild of the bureaucrats, who are insensitive to the needs of have-nots.

Paswan: Oppn to raise Talhan issue in House
Chandigarh, August 3
Parliament proceedings are likely to be stalled by the Opposition tomorrow on the reported vow of the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to construct a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Timber scam: PHRC to file PIL
Bathinda, August 3
The Punjab Human Rights Committee (PHRC) has decided to file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court if the authorities concerned do not register a criminal case against Punjab State Forest Development Corporation (PSFDC), who were allegedly involved in the Rs-40 lakh timber scam.

Murder accused disappears for 4 days
Chandigarh, August 3
A few hours before he was to appear before the Punjab State Human Rights Commission in a matter concerning his implication in several cases by the police, a 28-year-old resident of Amritsar has gone missing.

Enough evidence against Badals: Vigilance
Chandigarh, August 3
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau said today that it had evidence in “abundance’’ against the Badals to file a challan in court against them in the accumulation of assets disproportionate to their known sources case.

Shiv Sena activists protest Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in India.
(28k, 56k)


A loudspeaker of contention
Jalandhar, August 3
The sound system installed in the conference hall of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, has become a bone of contention between the Deputy Commissioner and the supplier, and has sparked of serious allegations by both sides.

Cops extorting money suspended
Moga, August 3
When two police men-one head constable and the other constable in uniform posted at Balkhani police post here started checking vehicles to allegedly extort money last evening they noticed a VIP vehicle with escort piloting it and they immediately boarded their without registration number vehicles and entered the nearby Munawan village.

Prisoner alleges attack in hospital
Amritsar, August 3
Confusion prevails as Jagga, a resident of Ferozepur, a prisoner in Ferozepur jail and was admitted at Guru Teg Bahadur hospital here for treatment of his backbone, was shot at in hospital premises at 2 am last night.

Mining contractors charging ‘illegal tax’
Ropar, August 3
Mining contractors in the district are charging illegal tax from stone-crusher owners, said the president of the Bharatgarh Stone Crushers Society, Mr Harjinder Singh, at a press conference here today.

Case against Khalra activist condemned
Tarn Taran, August 3
The Khalra Mission Committee and other Sikh organisations of the town have condemned the registration of rape case against Mr Kirpal Singh Randhawa, Deputy Chairman, Punjab Human Rights Organisation, and have demanded the suspension of Mr Paramraj Singh Umranangal, SSP, Patiala, for registering a “false” case.

Punjab Finance Minister S. Lal Singh pays tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh
Punjab Finance Minister S. Lal Singh pays tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh. — A Tribune photograph

Kala Afgana faces protest
Amritsar, August 3
Gurbakhash Singh Kala Afgana, excommunicated writer reportedly faced the wrath of Sikh ‘sangat’ in America. In a press release from California received on fax by Akal Takht, a copy of which was received by The Tribune here, today stated that a vocal protest was held against the writer at the Dera of Hardev Singh Shergill at Roseville in California today.

Theft-accused dies in police custody
Abohar, August 3
Dhirender, a resident of Khuiyansarwer village near here, died in police custody last night at the District Hospital, in Sri Ganganagar, 40 km from here. Sources said the police had arrested Dhirender on Saturday afternoon for theft of a motor cycle near a private hospital, the vehicle was reportedly recovered from his possession.

Govt flayed for not fulfilling promises
Bathinda, August 3
The All-India Confederation of SC/BC/ST Organisations, Punjab, today alleged that the Punjab Government had insulted the Supreme Court and Parliament by not implementing the 85th Amendment in the Constitution despite a direction being issued to it by the Supreme Court in November 2002.

Sawan Ashtami fair begins
Hoshiarpur, August 3
Annual pilgrimage for the Holy Shrine of Goddess Chhin Mastika Chintpurni on the occasion of Sawan Ashtami fair started yesterday. A virat shakti sammelan was organised at local Kanak Mandi Chowk where various Durga Sankirtan Mandals from all over Punjab recited kirtan. 

Withdraw tax on CSD items, says ex-servicemen
Amritsar, August 3
“Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is playing in the hands of bureaucrats, who wanted the withdrawal of concession on Canteen Store Department (CSD) items or provision of a similar concession,” said Brig Mohinder Singh (retd.), president of the All-India Ex-services League, at a press conference, here today.

No one to the aid of mentally challenged
Tarn Taran, August 3
Neither his parents nor any NGO has come for the rescue of this mentally challenged 13-year-old child, who lost his way and wandered into Aladinpur village, 5 km from here, about two weeks ago.


Rs 780 support price for paddy sought
Phagwara, August 3
Mr Jaskaran Singh Kahan Singhwala, General Secretary, SAD (A), today demanded Rs 780 per quintal as support price for paddy.


Three arrested for theft, fraud
Kapurthala, August 3
The police has arrested Joginder Singh and Parshad of Ajula Pahtak near the town for theft in a shop near Ajula Pahtak on July 25. The police also recovered stolen goods from them. A case under Section 457/380 of the Indian Penal Code was registered in this connection.

Fake currency racket busted
Moga, August 3
The Punjab Police today claimed to have busted a counterfeit currency notes racket with the arrest of six of the nine members of a gang operating in Moga and Ludhiana districts for the past two years.

Seven arrested for graft
Patiala, August 3
The Punjab Vigilance Department has arrested seven officials of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation for selling wheat worth Rs 1.25 crore from godowns of the Corporation and pocketing the proceeds. Cases have been registered against 37 other employees of the Corporation also.Top

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