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Police to crack down on human trafficking: DGP
Chandigarh, August 7
Punjab police will conduct a thorough enquiry to assess the quantum of human trafficking in general and women in particular besides identifying organised gangs involved in this illegitimate activity.

Massive hike in area under pulses
Punjab agriculture takes right direction, say experts
Chandigarh, August 7
Has Punjab agriculture started taking a turn in the right direction? Yes, say experts and progressive farmers. Despite the vigorous monsoon, the area under paddy in Punjab has come down. However, the area under basmati, one of the most soughtafter varieties of rice in the market, has gone up.

Foreign builders to invest in Punjab
SAS Nagar, August 7
The future of urban housing in Punjab is set for upswing. Come Monday and the first team of leading foreign developers will be in Punjab to promote integrated township projects in the state in collaboration with the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority.

Takht Patna Sahib to take up Romana issue
Amritsar, August 7
The management committee of Takht Patna Sahib would convene a meeting of a three-member sub-committee, headed by its general secretary, Mr M.S. Dhillon, next week to remove Mr Mohinder Singh Romana from primary membership for allegedly using “derogatory” language against Jathedar Iqbal Singh and Dasam Granth.

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Return of all Sikh books sought
Chandigarh, August 7
In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, directions were sought for the return of “all manuscripts, religious books, and other articles” allegedly removed during “Operation Bluestar” from the Sikh Reference Library at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.


The police along with a sniffer dog check luggage of passengers at the Amritsar railway station
The police along with a sniffer dog check luggage of passengers at the Amritsar railway station on Thursday. Security has been beefed up all along the border areas in the wake of Independence Day. — PTI photo

Discharge of soft-drink bottling plants to be checked
Patiala, August 7
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has decided to check the discharge from the bottling plants of the soft drink majors in the State following reports that tests conducted on various brands produced by the multinationals revealed traces of pesticides.

Divorcee’s plea on reservation rejected
Chandigarh, August 7
It is for the government to consider whether the case of a divorcee could be equated with that of a widow — a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled in a significant judgment.

Verification reports of 16 youths in Pak jails sent
Ferozepore, August 7
The External Affairs Ministry has dispatched the verification reports of 16 Punjabi youths lodged in various jails in Pakistan to the Indian High Commission there for their early release and repatriation.

Doctors hold rallies, block traffic
Chandigarh, August 7
Doctors today held public rallies and blocked road traffic at a number of places in Punjab during a state-wide protest against the decision of the Punjab Government to abolish the non-practising allowance.

Docs protest against privatisation of health services
Patiala, August 7
On a call given by the PCMS Association, Punjab, patients and doctors jointly held a protest demonstration and blocked the traffic near the Lahori Gate here today. They were protesting against the state government’s move to privatise the health services 

Voters’ ID-card drive evokes mute response
Patiala, August 7
Two voters identification drives have failed to evoke much response from voters in the city, even as the district administration is banking on music blaring rickshaws to advertise about the drive as well as persuading the municipal corporators to take interest in the programme.

Maintain streetlights, industrialists told
Patiala, August 7
After years of enduring bad roads, choked sewerage and poor lighting, the industrialists at the local Focal Point have now been asked to take over the maintenance of civic amenities of the area or face their disconnection.

Residents want ambulance service restored
Dappar (Lalru), August 7
Residents of the area and members of the Dera Bassi Industrial Association have expressed deep concern over the closure of the police first-aid post and discontinuation of the ambulance service for the last over a year. The village is located on the busy Kalka-Ambala highway.

Residents sore about  poor amenities
Patiala, August 7
Most of the residents of Urban Estate were attracted towards this locality due to its modern and well-developed amenities but they are now dismayed at the manner in which these are being maintained.

Cops beat up driver
Jalandhar, August 7
Tejinder Singh, an autorickshaw driver, was allegedly beaten up by two police constables at the General Bus Stand today when he failed to show the documents of his vehicle today.

DC holds open darbar
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 7
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 yesterday.

Rs 3.5 cr sanctioned for bridge, road
Hoshiarpur, August 7
Mr Tikshan Sud, local BJP MLA, has got Rs 3.48 crore sanctioned from the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for the construction of a bridge on a nullah at Chohal village and for the strengthening of the Hoshiarpur-Dharamsala road up to the boundary of Himachal Pradesh.

Security beefed up around Thein Dam
Ranjit Sagar Dam (Pathankot), August 7
The security in and around the Ranjit Sagar dam has been beefed up following interception by security agencies of some messages of militants to blow up the dam.

Rs 4 crore for border villages
Amritsar, August 7
The Centre has sanctioned Rs 4 crore for development projects in border villages of the district. Deputy Commissioner Raminder Singh, made this announcement while presiding over a sangat darshan programme at Gharinda here yesterday.


Four remanded in Khamano graft case
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 7
Mr G. S. Dhillon, CJM, today remanded all four accused —Tarsem Lal, Executive Officer, now posted at the MC, Morinda, Harbans Raj, Sectional Officer, Dharmpal, former president, and Rajinder Kumar, contractor, of Khamano Nagar Panchayat, — in the police custody for two days.


FCI vacating godowns to create space for paddy
Bathinda, August 7
To overcome the problem pertaining to the shortage of covered space, the Food Corporation of India authorities have pressed its field staff in Punjab into service to vacate its godowns by the end of September by despatching the foodgrain items lying there speedily so that rice of the current kharif season can be stored there.


Probe ordered into non-payment of bills
Faridkot, August 7
The Punjab government has ordered an inquiry against the District Treasury Officer, here for failure to clear contingency bills of government grants given to various departments in this district in the past financial year.


Students’ funds not deposited with varsity

Bathinda, August 7
Call it a fraud against Punjabi University, Patiala, or students of the local Rajindra Government College. The management of the college, which has collected lakhs of rupees from the students on account of examination fee for their respective classes in the past few years, neither deposited the money with the Punjabi University authorities nor returned the same to the students, who left their courses mid-session.

Students of Rajindra Government College and other colleges block traffic on the Bathinda-Mansa road on Thursday to protest the failure of the Punjab Government to redress their grievances.
Students of Rajindra Government College and other colleges block traffic on the Bathinda-Mansa road on Thursday to protest the failure of the Punjab Government to redress their grievances. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Students demand return of enhanced fee, block traffic
Bathinda, August 7
A large number of students of the local Rajindra Government College today blocked traffic for about one hour in front of the college on the Bathinda-Mansa road here to press the authorities concerned to return them the amount which had been charged from them after the tuition fee was hiked by the Punjab Government. The decision to hike the fee was withdrawn subsequently.

Second day of students’ stir
Patiala, August 7
The agitation started by students of the Computer Science and Engineering Department of Punjabi University entered the second day today with students from departments following the semester system also joining it.

Govt schools told to fix minimum targets
Jalandhar, August 7
Worried over poor results of government schools, particularly those in the rural areas, the district administration has directed all school heads to fix minimum targets before August 1.

Panel to sort out medical college woes
Faridkot, August 7
The Punjab Government has constituted a five-member district-level committee headed by Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner of Faridkot, to improve the working conditions in the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital.

NCC girls to scale Everest
Chandigarh, August 7
An expedition of NCC girls is scheduled to scale Mount Everest in 2005. As many as 100 probables are undergoing training in Uttaranchal. NCC Additional Director General, Major-Gen S.V. Thapliyal said expedition would be the first of its kind for which 16 girls would be selected from both junior and senior wings from across the country.

Teachers allege violation of rules
Bathinda, August 7
The GZS College of Engineering and Technology Teachers Association has alleged that the college authorities have been violating bylaws in the matter of appointment of heads and coordinators of different departments.

Schools, colleges caution students on soft drinks
Amritsar, August 7
Various schools and colleges in the district have pasted notices in their respective canteens to spread awareness among students about the harm of consuming soft drinks after the startling revelations made by the Centre for Science and Environment.


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