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Punjab to pay salary through banks
Employees oppose order
Chandigarh, August 19
All employees of the Punjab Government will be paid salary through banks from September 1. At present only senior officers were given salary through banks.
An order to disburse the salary through banks, which has been kept in abeyance for the past 12 years, was implemented today by the state Finance Department.

CM assures of positive action
Move to tax CSD items in Punjab
Chandigarh, August 19
Senior Army officers from the Western Command, Chandi Mandir, as well as officials of the Department of Sainik Welfare, Punjab, have held several meetings with top Punjab Government functionaries to persuade them to reconsider the decision to impose sales tax on some items sold through CSD canteens.

Case against Bhattal
Governor moved on choice of prosecutor
Bathinda, August 19
Mr Balwant Singh Dhillon, President, District Amature Boxing Association, Bathinda, on whose complaint a corruption case has been registered against Rural Development Minister, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, yesterday urged the Punjab Governor, not to give sanction to the state government to appoint Mr R.K. Anand as special public prosecutor for the case.

20 lakh unemployed youth in Punjab
Chandigarh, August 19
“There are over 20 lakh unemployed youth in Punjab. The new industrial policy and diversification of agriculture aim at generating employment opportunities, but due to long gestation period of industrial projects and new fruit varieties yet to succeed in the state, we would require certain time period to create adequate job opportunities.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Bending ASI rules for Ranjit Singh panorama
Amritsar, August 19
In gross violation of the declaration by the Archaeological Survey of India for the preservation of historic towns, cities and areas on November 11, 1997, digging for the Rs 5 crore panorama in Ram Bagh, built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been going on, on a war footing, by getting the protected area de-notified.

Son-in-law step closer to Tohra’s chair
Patiala, August 19
From an Assistant (Grade One) in the Food Corporation of India to a first-time legislator and minister in the last SAD-BJP government, Mr Harmail Singh Tohra now stands poised to become the heir apparant of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Ayurvedic college president booked
Lecturer removed on fake papers
Muktsar, August 19
A criminal case has been registered against Dr Amarjeet Singh Pasricha and Dr Naresh Pruthi, president and general secretary, respectively, of the local Mai Bhago Ayurvedic College for their alleged involvement in the removal of a lecturer of the college by preparing fake documents.


Heavy security for Longowal’s death anniversary
Sangrur, August 19
The police has made elaborate security arrangements for two functions, being organised by the state government and the SAD, in connection with the death anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal at Longowal village tomorrow.

Admn lines up vehicles for political function
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 19
The district administrative complex here was packed with buses and trucks today. These vehicles had been impounded from the offices of various truck and bus operators’ unions in the district for handing these over to BDPOs for taking people to a state-level function being held to commemorate the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi at Patiala tomorrow.

Police clueless in fraud case
Jalandhar, August 19
Even after 72 hours of registration of a case against an NRI woman and her accomplices for allegedly duping customers of crores of rupees on the pretext of issuing special discount cards to avail discounts on bills from commercial establishments and hotels situated across the country, the police is still clueless.

30 bodies seek action against cinema owners
Bathinda, August 19
The controversy over cancellation of licences of two cinema houses by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, on the charge of screening porn films took a new turn today when nearly 30 social, commercial, industrial, religious and labour organisations threatened to launch an agitation if the district administration showed leniency to the cinema house owners in this case.

Violations on forest land dot Ambala-Shimla highway
Chandigarh, August 19
The Punjab Forest Department has come under fire for ignoring violations on forest land along the Ambala-Shimla National Highway in the Patiala district. Taking a serious view of the violations by well-connected persons, the Centre has asked the Secretary Forests, Punjab, to enquire into the whole matter.

Forest Land along the Ambala-Shimla national highway has been metalled by the owner of a marriage palace in Zirakpur.
— Tribune photo Pawan Sharma

Forest Land along the Ambala-Shimla national highway has been metalled by the owner of a marriage palace in Zirakpur

Japan bank complains of fund misappropriation
Ropar, August 19
Corruption in the Forest Department of Punjab has attracted the attention of the Japan Bank of International Cooperation, which has written a strongly worded letter to the Financial Commissioner, Forests, Punjab, Mr P. Ram, regarding the alleged misappropriation of funds provided by the bank by former minister Harbans Lal and senior functionaries of the department.

Salute to a super cop
The death of Bhagwan Singh Danewalia, former chief of the Punjab Police, on August 15 has removed from the scene a multi-faceted personality, highly respected in official and social circles. He was a super cop in the true sense. Danewalia played the game of life with full zest and vigour.

CM to launch public health scheme
Jalandhar, August 19
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will formally launch the Rs 500 crore Rajiv Gandhi village public health welfare scheme at Patiala on Wednesday.
The government was planning to construct free latrines at the residences of 10 lakh identified families belonging to the Dalit and other weaker sections of society under the scheme.

Rajiv Gandhi remembered
Faridkot, August 19
The state unit of the women’s cell of the Congress organised a function to celebrate the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi here today. A large number of people, besides party workers attended it.

Vigilance not to take up ex-VC’s case
Patiala, August 19
Punjabi University’s request to get a Vigilance inquiry conducted into the manner in which its former Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia gave permission to information technology institutions to operate on the varsity campus here and its Regional Centre at Damdama Sahib has come to naught with the Vigilance Department maintaining that a case had already been registered in this regard by the Patiala police.

Commission for fresh probe into suicide case
Moga, August 19
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed DIG Police, Ferozepore Range, Mr Hardish Singh, to hold a fresh inquiry into the suicide case of Akali leader and former sarpanch of Baghapurana, Gurdyal Singh.

Traffic blocked against NFL disinvestment
Nangal, August 19
Continuing their protest against the disinvestment of National Fertilizers Limited , residents of Nangal blocked traffic on Nangal Dam bridge last night. About 200 activists of the NFL Bachao Samiti sat on a dharna on the bridge at about 8 pm disrupting traffic on the Una-Chandigarh highway for about 15 minutes.

Trade unions back Tamil Nadu staff
Amritsar, August 19
Trade unions of industrial workers, bank, telecom, railway and postal employees as well as the Punjab State Electricity Board, the Municipal Corporation, public and private transport, and the FCI have expressed solidarity with government employees of Tamil Nadu on the question of strikes.



Bhakra water to flow in Patiala taps
Patiala, August 19
Repeated boring of more tubewells in the city which are still failing to take care of its water needs is likely to end soon, with the Municipal Corporation deciding to make use of water from the Bhakra Canal flowing nearby to meet this demand.

DC stays award of council contracts
Nangal, August 19
The Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, has stayed the award of contracts of the Nangal Municipal Council for cutting congress grass. The contracts worth about Rs 5.40 lakh were to be opened and allotted today. However, the Deputy Commissioner stayed the proceedings.

PUDA to target unauthorised colonies
Patiala, August 19
In a development which will target sellers as well as buyers of plots in unauthorised colonies in the city, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has moved complaints for the registration of cases against two colonisers as well as people who had purchased plots in the respective colonies.


Cash, jewellery worth Rs 40,000 looted
Jalandhar, August 19
At least 16 armed robbers struck at the house of two farmers at Jaitewall and Badlana villages, and decamped with cash and jewellery worth about Rs 40,000 in the wee hours today.

Gang of criminals busted, 3 held
Bathinda, August 19
The police has busted a gang of criminals with the arrest of three of its members. They were planning to facilitate the escape of one of their accomplices from police custody.

Cop stabbed
Amritsar, August 19
Intervention by two constables in the settlement of a dispute between a rickshaw-puller and his passenger, led to the stabbing of a constable by the passenger. Constable Kulwant Singh has been admitted to the Civil Hospital and the accused has been arrested.

Spurious soft drink units raided, three booked
Malout, August 19
Markets of towns and villages in the region have been flooded with spurious soft drinks for the past many years though the authorities have been raiding the premises where these are being manufactured.


Protest march by students
Bathinda, August 19
Hundreds of students of the local Government Rajindra College, ITI, Regional Centre, Government Poly- technic College and other educational institutions today took out a protest march here against the “anti-student” policies of the Punjab Government.

Region’s first private law college
Jalandhar, August 19
Lovely Institute of Law, region’s first private law college, was formally opened here today.
According to Mr Ashok Mittal, director of the institute, it is affiliated with Guru Nanak Dev University with an intake of 80 students each for LLB five-year integrated course after class XII and LLB three-year degree course after graduation.

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