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Clear-cut policy awaited
Absenteeism, poor results in schools
Chandigarh, August 6
The Punjab Government is yet to come out with a clear-cut policy on checking absenteeism in rural and border schools, poor results and a high dropouts rate.

Rights panel intervenes in murder case
Chandigarh, August 6
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has intervened suo motu in the infamous Patiala case in which two drunken cops of Punjab police shot dead an 11-year-old boy on August 1 and has held that “there is a prima facie gross violation of human rights when a human soul has been lost at the hands of the protectors of the law for a petty cause”.

Jagjit Chauhan for early SGPC poll
Serves notices on Centre, Punjab
Chandigarh, August 6
Khalistan ideologue Jagjit Singh Chauhan today served legal notices on the Central and Punjab Governments for holding elections to the SGPC, which completed its five-year term in 2001.

8 lakh sehajdharis on draft of SGPC poll rolls
Chandigarh, August 6
Eight lakh “sehajdhari Sikhs” figure on the draft of the revised electoral rolls prepared by the Gurdwara Election Commission, a Union Government organisations, to conduct Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) general elections.

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Gajinder re-elected Dal Khalsa chief
Jalandhar, August 6
The Dal Khalsa, a radical organisation which was allegedly involved in the hijacking of an Indian plane to Lahore, in protest against the arrest of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in 1981, today elected Mr Harcharanjit Singh Dhami as its working president in the absence of Mr Gajinder Singh, who has been given a two-year extension as president.

Schoolboy fires at teenaged girl, attempts suicide
Abohar, August 6
A schoolboy made an attempt on the life of a teenaged girl of the same village, then tired to commit suicide today.


New Akali Dal draws up constitution
Nangal, August 6
Leaders of the new Akali Dal formed recently under the presidentship of Mr Ravi Inder Singh today chalked out the programme and constitution of the party after being served ‘amrit’ (baptised) in Gurdwara Gurplah Sahib, near here.

VHP to distribute ‘sankalp sootras’
Phagwara, August 6
The Vishwa Hindu Parishd (VHP) will distribute two crore “sankalp sootras” at functions to be held across the country during this and the next month. This was stated here this evening at a press conference by the VHP’s national secretary, Mr Vinayak Rao Desh Pandey, after a state-lavel meeting of the parishad.


SDM threatened, seeks security
Jalandhar, August 6
The Garshankar SDM, Mr Nirbhai Singh, has demanded security after allegedly being “threatened” by an advocate and head of the Bar Council of Garshankar.

Ex gratia to bereaved family raised
Patiala, August 6
The Punjab Government has decided to raise the ex gratia relief being given to the family of the young boy who was shot dead by a cop in the city recently to Rs 1 lakh from Rs 50,000 announced earlier.

Baba fails to revive snakebite victim
Phagwara, August 6
In this age of science and technology, some people are still sunk in superstitions. Family members of a youth, Jagjit Singh, alias Ladi, who died of a snakebite at the nearby Dosanjhkalan village on Monday, requisitioned the services of an “ojha” and self-styled ‘wonder baba’ (chamatkari baba) in the hope of getting the dead Ladi resurrected here last night.

Panchayat, gurdwara panel lock horns 
Tarn Taran, August 6
The gurdwara committee of Bhagwanpura village and the gram panchayat have locked horns over the taking over of the gurdwara land by the village panchayat.

Gurdwara panel invites objections
Chandigarh, August 6
The Gurdwara Election Commission, a Union Government organisation, yesterday issued a programme seeking claims and objections in respect of the revised draft of electoral rolls prepared to conduct the SGPC elections.

Gate rally by coop bank employees
Chandigarh, August 6
Thousands of employees of the Punjab State Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank are on the warpath for the past over four months against the state government’s decision to cut down their salaries.

Candlelight vigil at Wagah on Aug 14
Jalandhar, August 6
Continuing with its peace initiative, the Hind Pak Dosti Manch will observe candlelight vigil at Wagah on the Indo-Pak border on August 14. An eight-member Pakistan MPs’ delegation will also participate in the function to boost the track II peace diplomacy.

Restore powers, says Trust chief
Bathinda, August 6
Mr Jagroop Singh Gill, Chairman, Improvement Trust, Bathinda, has urged the chairmen of other improvement trusts of the state to come on a common platform to work out a strategy to get back those powers which were given to the chairmen under the Punjab Town Improvement Trust Act 1922 but were withdrawn by the local bodies department.

Vigilance Dept arrests 4 civic officials
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 6
In a major crackdown on civic officials, the District Vigilance Department has arrested Tarsem Lal, Executive Officer, now posted at Morinda Municipal Corporation, Harbans Raj, sectional officer, Dharmpal, former president and Rajinder Kumar contractor, Nagar Panchayat, Khamano, in an alleged corruption case.

Structures demolished to widen road
Bathinda, August 6
The Municipal Corporation authorities today pulled down about 10 commercial and residential structures on the Santpura road to make its width as sanctioned in the town planning scheme of that area.

Municipal Corporation workers demolish permanent structures on the Santpura road  in Bathinda on Wednesday.
— Photo Kulbir Beera
Municipal Corporation workers demolish permanent structures on the Santpura road in Bathinda

MLA for police reform committee
SAS Nagar, August 6
The Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, today demanded the constitution of a police reforms committee by the government to improve the standard of recruitment of the police.

Murder case solved
Bathinda, August 6
The Nathana police of this district has claimed to have solved the mystery of the murder of Bhola Singh, resident of Nathpura village, who was killed while he was sleeping at his farm on July 31.


Higher compensation may deter other dowry seekers
Chandigarh, August 6
Compensation in dowry death cases should be “sufficient to deter other dowry seekers from exploiting the position they found themselves in with regard to the bride’s family,” a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled in a significant judgement.

High Court
Govt directed to give arrears in 6 months
Chandigarh, August 6
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed a petition filed by 1121 serving and retired technicians alleging that the state of Punjab had created a class among the same category of employees by not granting pay scale given to the petitioners in another case.

Sagar deposes against Sidhu
Patiala, August 6
The District and Sessions Judge today recorded the chief statement of Prem Sagar, who is accused of acting as a tout for former Pubjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu. He accused the former Chairman of not recruiting anyone without taking bribe money.


DC holds open darbars
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 6
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, held open darbars in six villages — Kotla Bajwara, Mandofal, Manupur, Ramgarh Sania, Balahra, Khera and Hansali — of Khera block in the district today.

Stone laid for Siswan-Baddi road project
Kharar, August 6
The Punjab Government has decided to build an inter-state road from Siswan to Baddi in Himachal Pradesh under the State Activity Programme in Ropar District. The 6-km-long road in Punjab area would be built at the cost of Rs 6.5 crore.


Chemists arrested for selling illegal drugs
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 6
Launching a campaign recently against the sale of illegal drugs in the district, the district police has claimed to have made the biggest ever haul of such drugs being sold in the district by recovering 84,070 tablets, 51,356 capsules and 900 injections worth lakhs of rupees during raids on various chemists’ shops. 

Blue film racket busted, 1 held
Jalandhar, August 6
The district police claims to have busted a fake VCD distribution racket with the arrest of one person and seizure of 2,014 fake VCDs, including 155 blue films, from the latter’s Model Town shop here this afternoon.

2 undertrials escape
Patiala, August 6
Two undertrials escaped from the court complex here today. They were brought from the central jail for the hearing of cases registered against them. According to police sources, the undertrials have been identified as Satnam Singh and Naresh Chander. While Satnam was facing a dowry case, Naresh was accused of attempt to murder.

VCD case: one held for giving bribe
Ludhiana, August 6
The sensational VCD exposure case in which nearly 12 cops were shown taking bribe from two alleged ‘satta’ operators in the city took a new turn today when the police booked them for giving bribe.


Students stage dharna
Patiala, August 6
Punjabi University students took out a protest march and staged a dharna in front of the office of the Controller (Examination) demanding the rollback of the new criteria of reappearing in supplementary examinations.

Baba Farid varsity board to be revamped
Faridkot, August 6
The Punjab Government plans to reconstitute the 14-member board of management of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot shortly.


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