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Congress tries to bridge Amarinder-Bhattal gulf
Ludhiana, August 10
The Congress High Command has started making serious efforts to bring about rapprochement between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Minister for Agriculture.

Cong MLAs in touch with us, claims Kanwaljit
Jalandhar, August 10
Former Finance Minister and general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today claimed that the Congress government’s days were numbered and it may fall anytime under its own weight.

Dissidence in Cong denied
Ludhiana, August 10
Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Political Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today criticised former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his alleged attempts to destablise the Congress government in the state. He alleged that Mr Badal was trying to destablise the government in the state, but he had “miserably” failed.

Akali Dal revives Anandpur Sahib resolution
Amritsar, August 10
The Anandpur Sahib resolution was revived by the newly formed Akali Dal, led by Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi, at a meeting of its working committee held here today.

CM firm on decision on doctors’ allowance
Fazilka, August 10
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, today paid tributes to Madan Gopal Rinwa, father of Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, MLA, Fazilka and Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab.

Tourism centres on routes of Sikh Gurus
Chandigarh, August 10
The Union Government has agreed to create centres of tourism on routes taken by Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh in the country.



  Depression drives ASI to suicide
Ropar, August 10
Depression and addiction to alcohol claimed yet another life in the police force as Kuldeep Singh, an ASI, posted as reader to the Supervisor District Communication (SDC), Ropar, committed suicide at about 1.30 am at his residence in Ropar police lines today.


BSP to go it alone
Phagwara, August 10
The Bahujan Samaj has ruled out any electoral alliance with other parties in Punjab and will field candidates in all the 13 constituencies in the coming Lok Sabha elections.


Fast-track courts for riot cases mooted

Jalandhar, August 10
The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has advocated the setting up of Fast-Track courts for the speedy trial of communal riots cases.

The Chairman of National Commission for Minorities Mr Tarlochan Singh inaugurates O.T. Complex at SGL charitable hospital in Jalandhar on Sunday. Chairman of the hospital Baba Kashmira Singh also seen in the picture. — Photo S.S.Chopra

Nurses seek govt nod for private practice
Chandigarh, August 10
“We can provide better and affordable basic healthcare services to people at their door steps provided we are allowed private practice on the lines of government doctors and veterinarians,” demand nurses working in government healthcare centres and hospitals.

Symposium on glaucoma
Bathinda, August 10
The Bathinda Ophthalmological Society organised a symposium on glaucoma and the latest trends in its diagnosis, medical and surgical management here today. Delegates from Bathinda, Muktsar, Barnala, Ganganagar, Jalandhar and Faridkot took part in the symposium.

Prof JC Dass, Guru Nanak Eye Centre, Delhi addressing the media persons at a symposium on ‘Glaucoma’, organised by Bathinda Ophthalmological Society on Sunday at Bathinda. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Camp on detection of fake stamp papers
Ferozepore, August 10
The district administration, in collaboration with the Indian Security Press, Ministry of Finance, organised a training camp for revenue and treasury officials of the division to educate them regarding the identification of fake and genuine stamp papers.

Sardar Anjum laps all praise at mushaira
Patiala, August 10
Sardar Anjum, who has recently been declared poet of the Millennium, was here last night to attend a mushaira organised by Mehak Cultural Forum at the Tagore Theatre complex.

Poignant scenes at bhog ceremony
Patiala, August 10
Poignant scenes were seen at the ‘’bhog’’ of 14-year-old Gurmeet who was shot dead by a drunken cop in the city. The mother of the victim was inconsolable.

Mandi Board Chairman Sant Ram Singla presents a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the mother of a boy, who was killed by a policeman recently, at a function on Sunday. Photo: Subhash Patialvi
Mandi Board Chairman Sant Ram Singla presents a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the mother of a boy, who was killed by a policeman recently

Shop roof collapses
Bathinda, August 10
Due to heavy rain for about four hours in Rampura Phul, about 30 km from here, this morning rainwater entered a large number of shops in different areas in the town, damaging articles and commodities lying there.

Farmer killed in mine blast
Fazilka, August 10
A report of a farmer being killed in mine blast while cultivating his fields in the border village of Pakka Chisti, 10 km from here, has been received.

3 unnatural deaths reported
Bathinda, August 10
Three persons died unnatural deaths in different pockets of this district in the past 24 hours.


Mayor flays decision
Patiala, August 10
The decision of the Local Bodies Department to extend the time period for clearing the resolutions of the municipal corporations and municipal committees of the state has come under flak from city Mayor Vishu Sharma who has claimed that the decision would result in slowing down of various development works in the city.


SI found strangled to death
Patiala, August 10
Gurdeep Singh, a Punjab Police Sub-Inspector (SI), who was posted at the New Officers Colony chowki, was found strangled to death at his residence in Urban Estate in here today.


Termination of 7 teachers decried
Amritsar, August 10
The Executive Committee of the Khalsa College Teachers union at a meeting here yesterday condemned the termination of services of seven teachers on probation. The union felt that this ‘drastic’ decision of the management of the college would affect academic affairs.

Teachers to observe protest day
Phagwara, August 10
Teachers’ Day on September 5 will be observed as protest day by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) to express resentment against the non-acceptance and non-implementation of its demands, including the maintenance of 95 per cent grant, pension-cum-gratuity scheme, parity to DPEs and librarians with teachers etc.

Protest march by teachers
Bathinda, August 10
Members of the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union today took out a protest march in the city against the decision of the state government to withdraw the pension facility.

Professional course fee not to be reduced
Patiala, August 10
Punjabi University yesterday effected a reduction in the fee for general courses hiking 15 per cent fee vis a vis old fee rates, it maintained the fee structure of professional courses which had been increased for this academic session.

College Principal asks DPI to intervene
Hoshiarpur, August 10
Dr Janmit Singh, Principal, DAV College have, has requested to the DPI College Punjab to intervene in the constitution of DAV College Managing Committee Hoshiarpur to run affairs of DAV College and save the institution.


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