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10 Akalis have sought clemency,
says Amarinder

Nabha, August 11
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that no Congress legislator was hobnobbing with the Shiromani Akali Dal. He claimed that on the contrary 10 SAD legislators had approached him recently pleading that action should not be taken against them for alleged irregularities committed by them. The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, unveils the statue of former minister Gurdarshan Singh at Nabha on Monday
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh unveils a statue of former minister Gurdarshan Singh at Nabha on Monday.
— Photo by Subhash Patialavi

Earlier story: Cong MLAs in touch with us, claims Kanwaljit

Badal backs out of debate on corruption

Punjab lags behind Empowerment of Panchayati Raj institutions
Chandigarh, August 10
The empowerment of panchayati raj institutions in Punjab has been in suspended animation for the past several years. Though the Amarinder Government has announced several times to hand over powers to panchayats, Zila Parishads, it continues to dither. Now the empowerment of such institutions has been postponed to October 2.

Fatehgarh Sahib



No trace of 3 friends of tribal girls
Jalandhar, August 11
Even as there is no trace of three tribal girls and other tribespersons, who were brought along with three Jharkhand girls who were allegedly sold for Rs 2,000 each, the Nawanshahr police is yet to arrest the Bhin village-based father-son duo who were booked for kidnapping and raping one of three tribal girls respectively.

SGPC colleges face action on fee structure
Chandigarh, August 11
A crucial meeting of the top brass of the Punjab Medical Education Department and the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences has been called here tomorrow to take “appropriate action” against the two SGPC-run dental and medical colleges, which have been violating government instructions regarding fee structure and admission.

13 Pakistan MPs may join candlelight vigil
Amritsar, August 11
A 13-member delegation of members of parliament of Pakistan is likely to participate in the eighth annual candlelight vigil organised by the Hind-Pak Dosti Manch in collaboration with the Folklore Research Academy at Wagah joint check post on August 14.

Acquitted 4 years after death
Chandigarh, August 11
A Junior Engineer, booked by the Punjab Vigilance Department 17 years ago, got justice, but a bit too late — four years after his death. Sentenced to 18 months rigorous imprisonment in a corruption case by Sangrur’s Special Judge in 1995, the engineer has now been acquitted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Doctors object to CM’s statement
Abohar, August 11
The PCMS Association has strongly reacted to a statement given by the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, here yesterday against doctors of civil hospitals and dispensaries.

Govt opens dialogue on NPA issue
Chandigarh, August 11
The Punjab Government today made its first attempt to open a dialogue with representatives of the PCMS Association to resolve the non-practising allowance issue.

Clerks’ case kept pending
SAS Nagar, August 11
The case of 134 clerks of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), who were demanding that they be treated as regular employees of the board since the case of their removal from service had been quashed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was once again not discussed and kept pending by members of the board at a special meeting held here today.

PUDA to develop 3 more urban estates
Patiala, August 11
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has decided to develop three more urban estates at Sujanpur, Kharar and Khanna. Stating this at Nabha, near here, Housing and Urban Development Minister Raghunath Sahai Puri said today PUDA would also develop integrated townships with one slated to be developed at Sirhind in an area of 330 acres.

Cheaper loan to uplift down-trodden
Faridkot, August 11
The Punjab Government in collaboration with the Central Government has formulated a plan to generate sources of income for the Scheduled Castes and backward classes under self-employment schemes in the current year in the state. Under the plan a soft loan of Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 lakh will be advanced to the beneficiaries at 5 per cent to 6 per cent of interest.

Notice to Badal, Badungar for violation of edict
Amritsar, August 11
President of the Punjab Sikh Forum Capt Chanan Singh today served a legal notice on Shiromani Akali Dal chief and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar through his lawyer, for violating the Hukamnama of Sri Akal Takht Sahib.

Retirees protest hike in water, sewerage charges
Nangal, August 11
Retirees of Nangal today held a protest in front of the council office against hike in sewerage and water charges. About hundred retirees residing in the Shivalik Avenue colony here went to the council office and raised slogans against the Punjab Government and the local council authorities.

Four patients escape from mental asylum
Amritsar, August 11
Four mentally challenged persons escaped from a mental asylum allegedly after overpowering the warden and tying him up before locking him in a room last night. The four patients include Naresh, Avtar Singh, Kamaldeep Singh and Sukhwinder Singh.

Recast Pak gurdwara body, says Bhaur
Phagwara, August 11
Former SGPC Acting President Sukhdev Singh Bhaur today mooted the recasting of the PSGPC.


City teachers allowed to join duty
Chandigarh, August 11
The Punjab and Haryana High, Court in a significant judgement, has held that the state of Punjab was incorrect in its submission that ETT qualifications acquired by two teachers from Chandigarh were not in consonance with an advertisement issued in December 4, 2001, for filling the posts.

  • Certificate issue

Four get life term for bride burning
Moga, August 11
Four persons, including husband and mother-in-law of a young bride, were today sentenced to life imprisonment on the charge of burning to death the bride, six months after her marriage, in 1999.


Licences of two cinema houses cancelled


5 dacoits held, Banur case solved
Patiala, August 11
The local police today claimed to have arrested five members of a gang of dacoits which was responsible for the killing of an ex-serviceman at Banur recently, besides a spate of other robberies in the district as well as in Delhi and others parts of the country.

Patiala SSP P.S. Umarangal inspects arms recovered from the Pardi Gang, in Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Subhash Patialavi.
Patiala SSP P.S. Umarangal inspects arms recovered from the Pardi Gang


Villagers lock school on teachers’ transfer issue
Bathinda, August 11
Residents of Chuge Kalan village, 15 km from here, today locked the building of the Government Senior Secondary School in the village to protest against transfer of more than six teachers from here to some other school by the Education Department authorities under its rationalisation policy and thus putting the academic future of students in jeopardy.
Students raise slogans to protest the decision of transferring teachers from local government senior secondary schools to other schools
Students raise slogans to protest the decision of transferring teachers from local government senior secondary schools to other schools, at Chuge Kalan village, near Bathinda, on Monday.
— Photo by Kulbir Beera

Confusion over fee in Punjab colleges
Chandigarh, August 11
Even though the Punjab Government rolled back the revised fee structure on July 22, copies of the formal notification were not made available to government and private colleges.

College students block traffic
Mansa, August 11
Activists of the Punjab Radical Students Union, the Students Federation of India, the All India Democratic Students Organisation and the All India Students Association today blocked road traffic for four hours in front of Government Nehru Memorial Postgraduate College here in protest against the arrest of two students and the alleged highhandedness of private bus operators.

B.Tech students allege poor facilities
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 11
Students who got admission in Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in private engineering colleges are not satisfied from the facilities being provided there. Students at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, where large number of parents as well as students have turned up to get the admission, alleged that they were being fleeced by the private institutions as majority of the colleges don’t have infrastructure as promised.

NIFD opens 2-day exhibition
Bathinda, August 11
The local centre of the National Institute of Fashion Design opened its two-day annual exhibition-cum-fete, ‘The Designer’s Call’, at its campus on the Mall Road here yesterday. It is to display the works of their students. The exhibition has been divided into different sections with attractive names.


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