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Badal demands special session of Vidhan Sabha
Bathinda, August 8
The former Chief Minister and President of the SAD, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today demanded that a special session of the Vidhan Sabha should be called to discuss the economic condition, law and order situation, atrocities being committed on political opponents and restlessness among all sections of society of the state government.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, SAD, addresses mediapersons at Bathinda on Friday SAD President Parkash Singh Badal addresses mediapersons at Bathinda on Friday.

Cong leaders’ plea to Vedanti on Akal Takht
Faridkot, August 8
Several senior Congress leaders have appealed to Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht and other priests to stop politicisation of Akal Takht.

SGPC dental college returns fees of students
Amritsar, August 8
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)-run Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Dental Sciences and Research here today forcibly returned the fees of more than 20 students after having admitted them yesterday under the free quota merit seats allocated by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

Govt warns college

Fatehgarh Sahib



Cop accused of murder reinstated, promoted
Director-General of Police to review case
Chandigarh, August 8
A policeman facing trial for the murder of a Ludhiana youth has not only been reinstated but also given two promotions and a prized posting. The beneficiary of this largesse is Gurmeet Singh, alias Pinky, who after being charged with the murder of 17-year-old Avtar Singh at Ludhiana on January 7, 2001, was reverted to his substantive rank of Head Constable.

Roads: Punjab seeks private sector help
Chandigarh, August 8
The Punjab Government today called upon private entrepreneurs to help it affect reforms in the road network, Mr Partep Singh Bajwa, PWD (B and R) Minister, said at the inaugural session of “Financing infrastructure development through public-private partnerships” at the CII here today.

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Punjab may replace octroi

New Delhi, August 8
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh today indicated that the state would impose local area development tax in place of octroi. Addressing newspersons here today, he said the octroi was reimposed in the state following the High Court directive.

PCMS doctors hold rallies
Chandigarh, August 8
Members of the Punjab Civil Medical Service ( PCMS) Association today observed a pen-down strike for two hours from 10 am and held public awareness rallies at various district and sub-divisional hospitals in protest against the abolition of the non-practising allowance (NPA). 


Report on synthetic milk sale sought
Chandigarh, August 8
The current countrywide uproar over the presence of insecticides and pesticides in popular brands of soft drinks and milk has invited the attention of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) which has asked the Punjab health authorities to report to the commission within a week what steps have been taken by the health authorities to combat the menace.

Quality of Milkfed milk being checked
Patiala, August 8
The State government organised random tests in the state to check quality of milk received by Milkfed and private milk factories.

PSEB engineer held on bribe charge
Amritsar, August 8
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested a Deputy Chief Engineer, Mr Sukhjinder Pal, of the Punjab State Electricity Board for accepting Rs 15,000 in cash from a suspended SDO, Mr Paramjit Sharma.

PSEB Deputy Chief Engineer Sukhjinder Pal, nabbed by the Vigilance Bureau for accepting a bribe from a suspended SDO, in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Sirhind Canal bridge in bad shape
Ropar, August 8
The century-old bridge constructed over the Sirhind Canal in the district is in a pathetic condition due to the government’s apathy. However, most of the traffic of the town passes through the bridge.

Maintain streetlights, industrialists told
Patiala, August 8
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.

MPs cross over to Pak today
Amritsar, August 8
Indian parliamentarian peaceniks will cross over to Pakistan tomorrow to strengthen track-II diplomacy between the two nations.

Fruit sellers using chemicals to be checked
Hoshiarpur, August 8
The Punjab Government has issued instructions to all Civil Surgeons in the state to check those wholesale fruit sellers of their respective districts who inject calcium carbide in various fruits to increase their size for more profits and take strict action against them.

Immolation plan by 5 youths
Handiya (Barnala), August 8
Five youths of this village have decided to immolate themselves on August 15 at the place where the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will unfurl the National Flag. The decision has been taken to press the state government to dissolve the local municipal council and to convert it into a Panchayat body.

Enough water released for Rajasthan: Rinwa
Abohar, August 8
Mohinder Rinwa, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, has refuted allegations that the state had not released sufficient quantity of canal water to Rajasthan for irrigation and was, instead, allowing surplus water to flow to Pakistan.


Departmental action ordered against DSP
Chandigarh, August 8
Taking a serious view of the fact that a false affidavit had been filed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in an alleged illegal detention case, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed departmental action against him.

Four remanded in Khamano graft case
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 8
Mr G.S.Dhillon, CJM, yesterday 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.

Chowhan files recovery suit against Badal
Chandigarh, August 8
The former Deputy Director of the Information and Public Relation Department, Punjab, Mr Jagdip Singh Chowhan, has filed recovery suit against former Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and other 15 persons, including senior IAS officers, Public Relation Officers, claiming damages of Rs 2.0143 crore. The court has issued a notice to Mr Badal and other officials in the case to file reply in the case for November 12.


SDM indicts Nangal MC authorities
Nangal, August 8
The SDM of Anandpur Sahib, Mr Bhupinder Singh, in the interim inquiry report submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, regarding the work done without opening the tenders in the Nangal Municipal Council has indicted the council authorities.


Couple held for selling mortgaged property
Jalandhar, August 8
The Economic Offence Wing (EWO) of the district police on Wednesday arrested a couple on the allegations of selling one of the four properties, which had been mortgaged with the Bank of India to obtain a loan of Rs 80 lakh for the enhancement of their business activities.

“Pardi” gang busted, 2 arrested
Patiala, August 8
After the “Bawaria”, the “Jhanjhar” and “Biscuit” gang, a gang comprising “Pardis” of Karnataka, known to be ruthless killers, has been busted by the district police. The gang was involved in a number of dacoities in areas adjoining Chandigarh as well as in several districts of Punjab.


Board set for major syllabus changes
SAS Nagar, August 8
The Punjab School Education Board is set to bring about major changes in the subject curriculum it offers to students across the state.

Retired teachers to gherao ministers today
Faridkot, August 8
More than 13,000 retired teachers of the government-aided and other private schools will gherao ministers tomorrow in their respective areas in protest against the failure of the Punjab Government to give them pension and other benefits for the past about seven years.

From Colleges
MCA students await result
Patiala, August 8
The final year students of MCA doing the course from various colleges affiliated to Punjabi University are unable to apply for jobs as the university has still not declared the result.

Students burn posters of Sachin, Kareena
Jalandhar, August 8
Students and members of the ABVP today burnt posters of star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood icons Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor, who have been main advertisement campaigners for promoting these brands, as a mark of protest against drinking and selling of these soft drinks.

Varsity bans sale of Coke, Pepsi
Amritsar, August 8
Guru Nanak Dev University, through a notification, has banned the sale of Coca Cola and Pepsi on the university campus and in all its hostel canteens from today.


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