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Patna Sahib Jathedar to skip meeting
Amritsar, August 4
Jathedar Takht Patna Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh, is unlikely to attend the crucial meeting of the Sikh clergy scheduled to be held at Akal Takht secretariat here tomorrow. His absence from the meeting is likely to strain the relations between Jathedar Iqbal Singh and Sikh high priests of Punjab.

Amarinder’s stand on refinery draws flak
Bathinda, August 4
The Bathinda refinery project was Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s “commitment” to the people of Punjab. The refinery was crucial for Punjab and the Congress government pursuing the case with the Centre.

SAD legislators to court arrest on Sept 5
Chandigarh, August 4
All 41 Shiromani Akali Dal legislators in the Punjab Assembly, including former Chief Minister and party President Parkash Singh Badal, will court arrest here on September 5 in protest against the “murder of democracy and the collapse of law and order” during the Amarinder Government’s regime in the state.

Sikh forum files plea against Tohra
Amritsar, August 4
The Punjab Sikh Forum today filed a petition against the SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, in the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission alleging that he had misused his position to offer seats to his favourites in the SGPC-run Guru Ram Dass Institute of Dental Sciences and Medical College here.

PRTC suspends General Manager
Patiala, August 4
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation has suspended its General Manager (Enforcement), Mr Harbans Singh Bhatti, and two other officials besides suspending a Service Engineer on a charge of dereliction of duty. Mr Bhatti is the second General Manager who has been suspended in the past fortnight.

Ex-servicemen join hands
Chandigarh, August 4
Several ex-servicemen’s associations in the city today joined hands with the Indian Ex-Services League to oppose the Punjab Government’s recent decision to impose sales tax on items sold through CSD Canteens.

Om Praksh Dogra, a security guard of a hotel in Amritsar, who has become popular for his 14.5 inch moustaches
Om Praksh Dogra, a security guard of a hotel in Amritsar, who has become popular for his 14.5 inch moustaches, is seen on duty outside the hotel on Monday. — PTI




Promise of raising memorial to pilot not fulfilled
Ludhiana, August 4
In a desperate bid to remind the authorities concerned about the unfulfilled promise of raising a memorial to a MiG crash victim pilot at Birdhano village in Patiala district, the Hyderabad-based parents of the pilot have furnished proof in the form of video CDs of the promises made by politicians and bureaucrats to President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the Punjab Government, the village sarpanch and the Air Force authorities at Halwara here.


Debate sought on poll promises
Sangrur, August 4
Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, former Punjab Minister and senior BJP leader, has urged Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to initiate a national debate to make provision in the constitution for initiating steps against those political parties which make false promises during elections but do not fulfil these after coming into power.


Rs 101 cr for rural uplift
Ferozepore, August 4
The anti-corruption drive of the Congress government in Punjab has restored people’s confidence in the government. This was stated by Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, MLA, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Punjab, after the inauguration of an industrial unit here today.

Rs 2.76 crore released for development
Faridkot, August 4
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education and Language Department, Punjab, released a grant of Rs 2.76 crore from total budget of Rs 6.8 crore earmarked for this district for development and welfare schemes at a District Planning Board meeting here today.

Leaf from history
Patiala was Ala’s patti (land)
HOUGH historians have tried to trace the origin of the name Patiala in Rig Vedic literature, the city as it is known today was founded in the year 1757 and got its name from its founder Ala Singh (Patti Ala meaning Ala’s land) who had the guile enough to plunder Ahmad Shah Durrani as well as succeed in getting the title of “Raja” from him.

India to hold talks only on PoK, says Vinod Khanna
Gurdaspur, August 4
Mr Vinod Khanna, Union Minister of State for External Affairs, said that Pakistan is not serious to settle its bilateral issues with India inspite of the fact that Indian Prime Minister invited Pakistan to the negotiation table.

State brick-kilns wear cleaner look
Chandigarh, August 4
Punjab has become the first state in the country to introduce “cleaner production” technology in over 2,000 brick-kilns out of total 2,500 kilns in the state. The project has been implemented by the Punjab State Council For Science and Technology in collaboration with the Punjab State Pollution Control Board and Asia Development Bank.

Miller defrauds FCI of lakhs
Bathinda, August 4
A scam pertaining to the payment of lakhs of rupees to a rice mill owner of this district by the Food Corporation of India has come to light. He was paid in lieu of rice delivered after milling paddy on the basis of fake receipts (weighment sheets) allegedly prepared by the mill owner in connivance with certain officials of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation.

100 cops sent to parent department
Patiala, August 4
At least 100 cops of the Punjab police posted in the Punjab State Electricity Board on deputation have been sent back to their parent department by the Board’s vigilance department.

Move to set up SDM complex: MLA
Kharar, August 4
The buildings housing the offices of the SDM, the Tehsildar and the Government Treasury here will be demolished and new SDM complex having all kinds of facilities will be constructed here soon. This will be a model complex and it will have enough space for all government offices of the subdivision.

Retirees to suffer financial losses
Chandigarh, August 4
As the Punjab Government has enforced a new formula for the commutation of pension with effect from July 31, the financial losses to the employees concerned will range from Rs 50,000 to over Rs 2 lakh.

Dalits besiege DC’s office
Jalandhar, August 4
Hundreds of Dalits and Bahujan Samaj Party workers today besieged the Deputy Commissioner’s office here to protest against the move of Poandara village panchayat in Phillaur to construct a water reservoir at the common land presently being used by Dalits for storing farm waste.

Sikh bodies to abide by Akal Takht verdict
Jalandhar, August 4
The 21-member Joint Action Committee of Sikh religious and political organisations today announced to abide by the final verdict of the Akal Takht over the status of the disputed Sati Mata Asthan at Ghumiara village in Kartarpur.

SGPC may withdraw title from Gurtej
Amritsar, August 4
The SGPC is likely to withdraw the title of ‘Prof of Sikhism given to Mr Gurtej Singh, a former IAS officer, for supporting the Canada-based cop-turned-Sikh scholar, Mr Gurbax Singh Kala Afghana, who was excommunicated from the Sikh Panth.

NTAS organises Haas Raag Rang
Patiala, August 4
In the first Sunday monthly Punjabi Haas Raag Rang, programme organised by the National Theatre Arts Society, Patiala, in collaboration with Hotel Flyover Classic, Patiala, Prof I.C. Nanda’s Punjabi Play ‘Ehe Doomne’ got immense response from the public here.

Hillock razing threat to ecology
The trend of levelling small hillocks in the district is threatening the ecology of the area. Some colonisers allegedly in connivance with the authorities concerned are razing hillocks, especially those located on the roadside for commercial interests.

2 cyclists from Nepal on peace mission
Jalandhar, August 4
With the message of peace, good will and harmony, for which whole world has shown concerns, two cyclists from Nepal were on the roads of India and has arrived in the city here today on way to Pakistan.

Nepali youths Prem Prasad and Arjun Sharma Bhattarai, who have travelled through south-east Asia, including Hong Kong and China, arrive at Jalandhar on Monday as part of their expedition with a mission to raise funds for destitute women and children of Nepal.

Nepali youths Prem Prasad and Arjun Sharma Bhattarai, who have travelled through south-east Asia, including Hong Kong and China, arrive at Jalandhar

NFL workers stop Himachal Express
Ropar, August 4
Members of the NFL Bachao Samiti led by the president of the officers association of the NFL, Dr K.R. Arya, yesterday stopped the Himachal Express at Naya Nangal station in protest against the privatisation of the company.

Coin removed from stomach without surgery
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 4
A team of doctors led by Dr Sandeep Dhawan of Mahesh Hospital, Sirhind, today non surgically removed a coin from the stomach of a 6-year-old boy by adopting a rare procedure.


Court direction to police on former minister’s plea
Kharar, August 4
A court here today directed Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, former Punjab Minister and Akali leader to approach the S.P. Vigilance Amritsar to comply with the orders passed by Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan the then Judicial Magistrate here on December 18, 2002 regarding the release of weapons which were taken from the house of the applicant at Amritsar at the time of search of his house.

Hearing in corruption case on September 9
Mansa, August 4
Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Sardulgarh MLA, today appeared in the court of Special Judge Mansa G.K. Rai in connection with a corruption case registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau. The court fixed September 9 as the next date of hearing in the case.

High Court
Provisional permission
Chandigarh, August 4
If allegations in a petition filed before the high court are to be believed, a student’s claim for admission to B.Ed course was rejected as her father’s name, instead of husband’s name, was mentioned in the residence certificate.



Wife's paramour beaten to death
Abohar, August 4
Three persons have been booked by the city police under Sections 302 and 34 for beating Dharmender Singh (24) to death of Saturday. Sources said Dharmender Singh, son of Teja Singh, had come here from Silvali village in Tibbi subdivision of Rajasthan to run a shop with an investment of Rs 10,000 but he failed in the business.

Keepa acquitted in murder case
Patiala, August 4
Terrorist Kuldeep Singh Keepa has been acquitted in the last case pending against him by a designated TADA court holding proceedings in the maximum security Nabha jail, 20 km from here.

Police remand in fake currency racket
Moga, August 4
The six persons, who were arrested by the police yesterday for manufacturing fake currency notes, were today remanded in police custody by the Chief Judicial Magistrate here till August 11.

Woman accuses son of theft
Patiala, August 4
A woman today lodged a complaint of theft with the police against her son claiming that he had stolen Rs 1 lakh and gold ornaments from her house.
According to the FIR registered in the Civil Lines police station, Ms Mala Mittal, a resident of New Lal Bagh Colony, claimed that her son Girish had started living with his paternal aunt in Barnala after her husband’s death.


SBI honours toppers
Nakodar, August 4
At an impressive function held at KRM DAV College here yesterday, the State Bank of India honoured students who had topped in the Guru Nanak Dev University in BA-I, BSc-I and BSc-II examinations and in the Punjab School Education Board exams.

President to visit farm varsity
Moga, August 4
President Dr Abdul Kalam will visit Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana on September 4 to inaugurate Kisan Mela. The President would also inaugurate the building of Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute.

Civil service papers to be printed on day of test
Patiala, August 4
The Punjab Public Service Commission has decided to get the papers for the re-examination scheduled to begin from September 20 printed on the day of the various papers are scheduled to be held.

Protest by wards of defence personnel
Amritsar, August 4
Wards of Defence and paramilitary forces held protest outside the main gate of the university campus here today demanding transparency in the Punjab B.Ed counselling.

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