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3 Independent MLAs support Badal
Chandigarh, August 5
At least three independent MLAs today threw their weight behind the Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, joining him in the “fight against anti-people policies” of the Congress Government in Punjab.

Worried Punjab Congress leaders in Delhi
Chandigarh, August 5
The consolidation of the position of the Shiromani Akali Dal in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha appears to have added to the worries of Congress high command, which has been trying desperately to find solutions to problems of growing dissidence in its state Legislature Party.

Govt draws flak for tardy pursuit of Malta tragedy case
Ludhiana, August 5
The Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission has decried the government laxity in pursuing their case. Mr Balwant Singh Khera, chairman of the mission, said it was ironical that while the Malta Parliament paid homage to the 300 departed souls and also urged the government to salvage the wreckage of the ill-fated ship so that the remains of the Asian victims could be sent to their families but our government had merely a meagre ex-gratia payment to the families of the victims.

Dal Khalsa may replace Gajinder Singh
Gajinder SinghAmritsar, August 5
A senior leader from India may replace Gajinder Singh, (one of the most wanted Indians) as Dal Khalsa chief at its silver jubilee function, to be held at Jalandhar tomorrow. This decision is being taken to reactivate the party due to prolonged absence of its leader who has taken refuge in Pakistan since his release in 1994.

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Takht Hazoor Sahib rejects Nanakshahi calendar
Amritsar, August 5
Confrontation among the Takhts continues as Deputy Jathedar of Takht Hazoor Sahib categorically rejected the ‘Nanakshahi calendar’ which has been approved by Akal Takht.

Punjab Govt, police official told to pay Rs 2.50 lakh relief
Faridkot, August 5
Ms Sunita Kumari, Civil Judge (Senior Division), Faridkot, has directed the Punjab Government and ASI Mangal Singh, posted with SSP, Mansa district, to jointly pay a compensation of Rs 2.50 lakh to Hony Naib Subedar Gurdeep Singh and his wife Ms Ajmet Kaur, whose son Bharpoor Singh was killed by a police party, led by Mangal Singh.

Restore NPA, demand docs
Chandigarh, August 5
PCMS doctors from all over the state staged a dharna at Matka Chowk here today. They were protesting against the withdrawal of non-practising allowance for government doctors in lieu of private practice.

An empty doctors' office in Bathinda Civil Hospital, as medical specialists took leave en mass on Tuesday to protest the withdrawal of the NPA. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Demand to expel Bir Devinder
Patiala, August 5
Punjab Pradesh Congress Secretary and Punsup Director Narinder Singh Sehgal today appealed to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Punjab Pradesh Congress President H.S. Hanspal to expel Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh from the party.

SGPC colleges ordered to submit admission details
Chandigarh, August 5
The Punjab Government today warned the two SGPC-run medical and dental colleges at Amritsar to submit all relevant details on the admissions made against the management quota by noon tomorrow or face action.


Water release in Gang canal not to capacity
Fazilka, August 5
Water has not been flowing to capacity in Gang canal (Bikaner canal) to Rajasthan even after a week when the canal leased was opened by Chief Ministers of Punjab and Rajasthan after 75 per cent repair of the canal. Sources in the Canal Department disclosed that the Punjab Government had decided to release 2200 cusecs of water in the canal for Rajasthan, but 1200 cusecs of water were released.

Health staff not paid for 5 months
Sangrur, August 5
More than 2500 employees, including officers, of the Punjab Health Department, working in hospitals and rural dispensaries in the state, have not been paid salary since March 2003.

Sales tax on selected items in CSD, says govt
Chandigarh, August 5
The Punjab Government today clarified that it had levied the sales tax only on selected items in the canteen stores department which included liquor, automobiles, washing machines, television sets, computers and refrigerators only and not on general consumer items.

Rally by ex-servicemen
Gurdaspur, August 5
Ex-servicemen under the leadership of Lt Col (retd) B.S. Ghuman, president Indian Ex-Services League Gurdaspur district participated in a rally here today to protest against the increase of prices of Canteen Stores Department items in Punjab with the imposition of 50 per cent Sales Tax.

‘Jhanjhar’, ‘biscuit’ gangs active in border areas
Patiala, August 5
Punjab may have become familiar with the “Kale Kachhewale” gang and its deadly strike strategies. Now it is facing the menace of the “Jhanjhar” and “Biscuit” gangs, which are swarming the state from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. These gangs are particularly active in the border areas of the state as this gives them an opportunity of easy escape.

Youth dies of snakebite
Phagwara, August 5

Jagjit Singh alias Ladi of Jalandhar died of a snakebite at nearby Dosanjh Kalan village last evening. Ladi (28) was fond of snakes. He had come to Dosanjh to meet his friend Happy.

8 chemists rounded up
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 5
The district police rounded up more than eight chemists, including Mr Krishan Kumar, elder brother of sacked Punjab minister Dr Harbans Lal, from various areas of the district. The chemists were taken to CIA police station, Sirhind.

Protest against exim form
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 5
On the call of the Punjab Pardesh Beopar Mandal, traders of the district today observed a protest day. A large number of traders, gathered from all parts of the district by Mr Varinder Rattan, President, District Beopar Mandal, submitted a memorandum to the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Fatehgarh, in protest against the imposition of exim form.


Joint Registrar’s order stayed
Chandigarh, August 5
Admitting a petition filed by 101 members of Tarn Taran Central Co-operative Bank, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the operation of an order passed by the Joint Registrar of Co-operative Societies for Jalandhar Division amalgamating it with Amritsar Central Co-operative Bank Limited.

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One gets jail for smuggling
Ropar, August 5
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr J.S. Khushdil, has sentenced Jagtar Singh of Hira Thana village in Una district of Himachal Pradesh to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him for being convicted under the NDPS Act.

Dhillon’s remand extended


11 officers transferred
Chandigarh, August 5
The Punjab Government today transferred 11 PCS officers. While Mr G.R Bansal has been posted as Additional Secretary, Coordination, Mr V.K Ohri has been shifted as Additional Secretary, Excise and Taxation, against a vacant post. Mr Prem Chand will move to Ludhiana as SDM (East).


Man killed by in-laws
Amritsar, August 5
Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Sant Mishra colony was allegedly stabbed to death by his father in law and brother-in-law over family dispute here today. According to information available Dalbir Singh and Jaswant Singh, father-in-law and brother-in-law, respectively, stabbed Lakhwinder with kirpans when he (Lakhwinder) went to their house to take his wife Rajwinder Kaur.

Retired engineer commits suicide
Patiala, August 5
A retired Superintending Engineer committed suicide last night even as a 18-year-old woman was killed following a stove burst and a boy was knived to death. Retired SE Kuldeep Singh committed suicide after locking himself in a room at his residence in Jagdish Ashram.

Proclaimed offender arrested
Moga, August 5

The CIA police in the district yesterday arrested a proclaimed offender, Sukhdev Singh, who allegedly shot dead a man about five years ago. Sukhdev Singh shot dead Karamjit Singh Manchanda of this district on October 9, 1998, and was declared a proclaimed offender by a local court in January.

3 gangs busted
The police today claimed it had busted three gangs by arresting 14 persons from different areas in the district. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramraj Singh Umranangal, said six members of a Kale, Kachhawale gang had been arrested from the Dosanjh forest near Nabha last night.


Students challenge late fee reduction
Chandigarh, August 5
It is confirmed. So many students could not take admission in the institutes of their choice because Punjab’s Department of Medical Education and Research reduced the fee for clinical subjects in private medical colleges only after the counselling was over.

Franchisees dupe students
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 5
Franchisees of the SSI Computer Center at district headquarter town Sirhind, a reputed computer education company, has duped a large number of students of the area by suddenly closing down their establishment at Sirhind. 

Landran library in bad shape
Kharar, August 5
The 50-year-old library in the nearby Landran village has been in a dilapidated condition due to the alleged apathy of the Panchayat Samiti and the administration.

Furore in varsity over student’s death
Patiala, August 5
The death of a B.Tech III year student, Parneet Kaur Tiwana, allegedly due to the shock after receiving the news of having failed in the second semester reappear examination has caused a furore in Punjabi University with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad warning the authorities to withdraw the decision of reducing the reappear chances from two to one failing which it would start an agitation.

Principal gets custody of 2 students
Kharar, August 5
Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill, SDM, here today handed over the custody of two minor children (brother and sister) of nearby Sahorah village, who were allegedly being ill-treated and harassed by their stepmother, to the Principal of Indian Public School where they are studying.

Workshop on patent awareness
Ferozepore, August 5
The Shahid Bhagat Singh College of Engineering and Technology organised a workshop on “patent awareness and intellectual property rights”, in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology and the Patent and Design office of the Government of India, here today.Top

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