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Profligacy despite financial crisis
Chandigarh, August 14
Everyday Punjab needs Rs 15 crore to pay salaries, Rs 10 crore to repay interest and Rs 5 crore to meet petrol and other government office expenses. Against this daily expenditure of Rs 30 crore, the revenue collected is Rs 22 crore. This mismatch between revenue and expenditure means an annual shortfall of nearly Rs 2,900 crore, which is met by borrowings.

Police told to inquire into sale of girls
Chandigarh, August 14
Taking serious note of the sale of girls in some parts of Punjab, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Senior Superintendents of Police, Hoshiarpur, and Nawanshahr, to probe the matter and send the report to it. The PSHRC has directed the SSPs to complete the inquiry at the earliest, preferably within a month.

Recruitment of cops by ex-DGP being reviewed
Chandigarh, August 14
The Punjab police has started reviewing recruitments made by former Director-General of Police M.S. Bhullar. According to official sources, Mr Bhullar had ordered direct recruitment of several constables in violation of the ban on recruitments in Punjab.

Badal asks CM to quit following indictment
Chandigarh, August 14
The Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and the Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to step down on moral grounds after a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court virtually indicted him and his government in the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission case.

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Principal charges MP with issuing threat
Patiala, August 14
The local Government Physical Education College Principal has complained to the state Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, that Tarn Taran Lok Sabha MP Tarlochan Singh Toor has threatened her with dire consequences in case she does not issue a character certificate of his son, who recently passed out of the college.

22-member police team for Liverpool conference
Chandigarh, August 14
A record number of 22 officers, including the Director-General, three Additional Director-Generals and seven district chiefs, from Punjab will form a part of a 40-odd-member contingent of Indian police officers for the Indo-UK police conference at Liverpool (England) from August 30 to September 6. Never before has such a big contingent from any state gone abroad for such a meeting.

Call for probe against Punjab Recorders MD
SAS Nagar, August 14
The MLA, Kharar, and Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, today recommended a vigilance probe into the allegations of administrative and financial irregularities by Mr Virinder Singh, MD, Punjab Recorders, here.


Dal (Amritsar) men protest against Kangar
Bathinda, August 14
A large number of activists of the Akali Dal (Amritsar) today held a demonstration in the lanes and bylanes of Kangar, native village of the Independent MLA of Rampura Phul, Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar, to protest against the "betrayal" by Mr Kangar of the people of his Assembly segment by joining the Shiromani Akali Dal recently.

Minister hits back at Amloh MLA
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 14
The tussle between the Congress MLA from Amloh, Mr Sadhu Singh, and Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Minister for Public Health and Panchayats further deepened as the minister in a press release issued today, has alleged that the MLA under a well planned deep-rooted conspiracy tried to sabotage the inaugural function of the new BDPO building held yesterday at Amloh.

CPM to hold protest march against govt policies
Ropar, August 14
The state unit of the CPM has decided to hold a march from Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar to Chandigarh in protest against the economic and foreign policies of the NDA government.


27 chosen for awards
Ropar, August 14
The district administration has selected 27 persons and government officials for conferring honour on the Independence Day celebration tomorrow for their distinguished service.

PSGPC chief expected at border
Amritsar, August 14
Mr Sham Singh, co-chairman, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, and Ms J. Tresler, adviser to the Minority Commission, Pakistan are expected to arrive at the Hussainiwala border (on the Pakistan side) on Friday.

A deer park only panthers can save
Patiala, August 14
The fate of the local Deer Park hangs in balance with the Punjab government neither shifting it outside the Moti Bagh wildlife sanctuary as envisaged by it nor upgrading it to the status of a mini zoo as decided earlier.

Community police centre starts
Bathinda, August 14
The Bathinda police has started a community police resource centre as per the guidelines issued by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Director-General of Police, Mr A.A. Siddiqui.

Poor maintenance of streetlights irks residents
Patiala, August 14
Residents of various localities here are sore over the poor maintenance of streetlights in their areas. They allege that the Municipal Corporation is not bothered about ensuring the proper functioning of streetlights in the city.

Ministerial staff union plans stir
Sangrur, August 14
The Punjab State Ministerial Services Union has chalked-out an agitation in protest against the “anti-employee” policies of the state government and non-implementation of the already accepted demands of the ministerial staff by the state government.

Pepsu corporation asks govt to hike bus fare
Patiala, August 14
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation has urged the Punjab Government to hike its fare by 6 paise keeping in view the introduction of the special road tax and the earlier hike in diesel rates.

Unpaid health workers hold dharna
Patiala, August 14
The employees for enforcing the Family Welfare and Revamping Schemes of the Health Department, who have been working without salaries for the past nine months, today held a demonstration in front of the office of the Civil Surgeon to demand the immediate release of their pays.

Sainiks protest against illegal liquor kiosks
Pathankot, August 14
Shiv Sena activists took out a rally here today against the illegal liquor kiosks operating in the city.

SGPC announces Sankrant tomorrow
Amritsar, August 14
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has announced that Sankrant will be observed on August 16, according to the Nanakshahi calendar.

Rs 20 stood between him and Rs 1.5 cr
Phagwara, August 14
Luck had knocked on his door but it was just Rs 20 which stood between him and the Rs 1.5 crore lottery prize.


Insurance company, bank to pay for deficiency in service
Pathankot, August 14
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Gurdaspur, has directed National Insurance Company Limited and Punjab National Bank, here, to make the payment of Rs 19,500 along with interest and costs incurred by the complainant, Ms Rajesh Kumari, a local resident, on the account of deficiency in service.

Bail in kidney transplant case
Chandigarh, August 14
Dr P.K. Sareen, an accused in the alleged kidney transplant conspiracy case, was granted bail by Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the Punjab and Haryana High Court here today.

Declare Bhamra PO, Vigilance asks court
Kharar, August 14
The Vigilance Bureau, Punjab has moved an application in the court of Mrs Baljinder Kaur Bhatia with a request to declare Mr Hardeep Singh Bhamra, OSD to the former Chief Minister of Punjab, as proclaimed offender. The court has fixed August 16 as date of hearing to decide about this.

3 Wimpy employees released on bail
Ropar, August 14
Three Wimpy employees Yash Dhawan, R.K. Gupta and Suresh Kulshreshtha were released on bail today by the Special Judge here against a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh and a surety of Rs 1 lakh each due to the failure of the Vigilance to produce the challan within the stipulated time.

MLA Nakai denied bail
Ropar, August 14
The Special Judge, Ropar, today rejected the bail application of Mr Jagdeep Nakai, MLA, Joga, in Bathinda and former Chairman of Milkfed.


Release tubewell connections, power board told
Moga, August 14
The District Consumer Redressal Forum, on a complaint filed by farmers of Manuke and Dagru has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to release tubewell connections to them within three months. It has also directed the PSEB to pay interest on their deposits, besides a compensation of Rs 500 each to every petitioner.


Surprise checks  by DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 14
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner during a surprise checking of the district Administrative Complex last night found chowkidar Gurdial Singh of the Deputy Commissioner office in a drunken state.


Escaped undertrials arrested in Malout
Malout (Muktsar), August 14
Two undertrials from the Ferozepore Central Jail, who escaped on the intervening night of August 9 and August 10, have been arrested by the local police while they were going to Rajasthan on a car stolen by them from Ferozepore city.

2,250 kg of poppy husk seized
Jalandhar, August 14
The Punjab Police today seized 2,250 kg of poppy husk from a truck on the G.T. Road near Goraya.

Two hurt in clash over parking fee
Kharar, August 14
Two persons were seriously hurt following a dispute over parking fee outside Civil Hospital here this afternoon.


Fee of two M.Sc courses reduced
Patiala, August 14
Punjabi University today announced reduction in the fee structure of M.Sc. courses in biotechnology and microbial food technology courses even as it said the recently enhanced fee of other professional courses would not be reduced.

Institutes abroad to get affiliation
Jalandhar, August 14
The Punjab School Education Board has decided to give affiliation to educational institutions abroad for diploma and certificate courses in the fields of yoga, martial art (gatka), Gurmat Sangeet, history and culture.

Attack on Principal flayed
Hoshiarpur, August 14
Fourteen members of the DAV College Managing Committee here have condemned the attack on Dr Janmit Singh, Principal, DAV College, allegedly by Mr Kamal Chaudhry, a former MP and former president of the managing committee of the college along with his supporters on the college premises on August 12.

Students break Coke, Pepsi bottles
Ropar, August 13
Students of Netaji Model School here led by Mr V.P. Saini, general secretary, All-India Forward Bloc, today held a procession against Coke and Pepsi companies.


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