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Punjab CM seeks revised price for paddy
Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today urged the Union Government to declare the minimum support price for paddy (common) and paddy (grade-A) for 2003-2004 on the basis of the cost data provided by the state government to enable farmers to get a “remunerative price”.

Hanspal calls it year of development
Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr H.S. Hanspal, today said a lot had been done on the implementation of the fiscal reforms aimed at economic development, yet the government needed to do much more.

Tribal girls: NGO team visits Nawanshahr
Chandigarh, August 23
Perturbed over reports about trafficking in women from tribal belts, the Jharkhand Government has sought the assistance of a Faridabad-based NGO, Shanti Vahini.

Lal Singh may be summoned to Takht
Bathinda, Aug 23
The Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, said today that Finance Minister Lal Singh would be summoned to Akal Takht and excommunicated from the Sikh Panth if he did not seek a public apology for comparing the Nehru-Gandhi family with Guru Gobind Singh at a recent function at Patiala.



Missing woman cricketer’s mother demands action
Faridkot, August 23
Mrs Naseeb Kaur, a widow and mother of Mandeep Kaur Virk (19) of Faridkot has blamed Mr Ravi Sharma in charge Lynex Club Jalandhar for cheating her daughter and taking her to England for playing cricket and arranging a job for her there.

Police unable to solve industrialist’s murder case
Ludhiana, August 23
The Moga police has not been able to solve the case of the murder of an industrialist of Kot Kapura, whose mutilated and charred body was recovered by the police from a field near the Moga bypass on December 10 last.


Rift between Cong leaders come to the fore
Kapurthala, August 23
The differences between Mrs Santosh Choudhry, MP from Phillaur, and Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira, member, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, came to the fore when a majority of the Congress sarpanches and panches criticised Mrs Choudhry openly for ignoring Mr Khaira in the Bholath Assembly constituency.

Cong workers to campaign for Rajasthan Assembly poll
Bathinda, August 23
Even as the dates for the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, due by November this year, have been announced by the Election Commission of India, the Congress high command has started mobilising the party workers of Punjab for campaigning for party candidates in these elections.


UN peacekeeping contingents to have 30 per cent women
Amritsar, August 23
All UN peacekeeping contingents will have 30 per cent women personnel in future assignments, Dr Kiran Bedi, Adviser to the UN Secretary-General in civil police divisions of the peacekeeping force, said.

Good monsoon checks water table fall
Sunam, August 23
What should warm the hearts of ground water experts is the development that this year water table has not further dropped in the countryside in Punjab and Haryana, thanks to the moderate to good rainfall all over the region.

Multi-speciality medical camps in Rajpura
Rajpura, August 23
For the poorest of the poor, this day brought a great deal of comfort. Converging on a highway hospital in Rajpura (Patiala) were over 700 persons to seek free-of-cost medical treatment for multiple ailments during the first-ever multi-speciality medical camp organised in this part of the Punjab.

Probe into police excesses ordered
Pathankot, August 23
On the complaint of Ms Jeevan Sharma of Patel Nagar here, regarding police excesses against her. The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has ordered a probe against SHO police station division No. 1 and others.

Set skewed sex ratio right, says Bhai Manjit
Chandigarh, August 23
“It is by involving Panchayati Raj institutions, religious and social organisations, teachers and lawyers that efforts should be made to arouse the conscience of the people to fight the growing malaise of female foeticide,” said Bhai Manjit Singh, former Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh at Anandpur Sahib, who was instrumental in getting Akal Takht, to issue a hukamnama (diktat) against the malady.

Baba’s men stopped from attending celebrations
Dhamana (Ropar), August 23
The police bundles Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara’s followers The police today stopped thousands of followers of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara from attending his birth anniversary celebrations. Though there was no official ban, the police set up barricades on all routes leading to the dera of the baba located at Dhamana village, 20 km from here, following threats from Sikh organisations.

The police bundles Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara’s followers into trucks at Dhamana village on Saturday.

Harassment to Akali leader’s kin: probe ordered
Amritsar, August 23
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission directed Senior Superintendent of Police Tarn Taran to ensure that no harassment was caused to the children and family members including women folk of an Akali leader Mr Gurvinder Singh.

Impostors swindle video parlours
Nangal (Ropar), August 23
A group of persons posing as T-series officials allegedly in connivance with some cops duped owners of many video parlours in the area. Sources said that the said persons along with some cops visited various video parlours in villages around Nangal in the past few days calling their business illegal. They threatened to take action against the owners of the video parlours under the Copyright Act.

Govt doctors for private practice
Patiala, August 23
After remaining silent for nearly one month, doctors in government service who want to forsake non practising allowance in favour of private practice have started raising their voice to be allowed this option.

Nod to set up 2 grid stations in Kharar
Kharar, August 23
The Punjab State Electricity Board has given sanction to set up two new grid stations in the Kharar area to improve power supply. The board has given the nod to set up a 220 kv grid station at Jhanjheri village and a 66 kv station at Gharuan village.

Powermen reject agreement with board
Jalandhar, August 23
The Technical Services Union today rejected the July 7 agreement between the PSEB Employees Union and the power board management.

Rinwa demands CBI probe against IG
Jalandhar, August 23
Punjab BJP chief Brij Lal Rinwa today demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the allegations against Inspector-General of Police Mohammad Mustaffa for his alleged involvement in the settling down of Muslims in border areas during his tenure at Ferozepore.

Milk shortage in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, August 23
Residents of the city have been facing a shortage of milk for the past one week as a result of reduced supply from the local Verka milk plant.

Dharna by pharmacists
Sangrur, August 23
Pharmacists, led by Mr Amrit Garg, president of the district unit of the Punjab State Pharmacists Association, staged a dharna before the Civil Surgeon’s office here yesterday in protest against the move to have over 155 government hospitals to private parties and control of rural health institutions to the panchayats, and in support of their demands.

20 water treatment plants for Punjab
Mansa, August 23
Twenty water treatment plants will be set up in Punjab with the help of a US company. Six water treatment plants will be installed in this district as the underground water is unfit for consumption. 

DC opens sapling plantation drive
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 23
All municipal councils of the district have been directed to implement the new scheme launched by the Chief Minister to make the state green. Under the scheme the municipal councils and corporations will spend 1per cent of their budget on sapling plantation, said Mr S.K.Ahluwalia, while presiding over different functions organised today as part of the drive launched in the district.

17 labourers hurt in wall collapse
Malerkotla, August 23
Seventeen labourers were injured when a 22 feet high wall of an under construction sheller collapsed on the Nabha road here yesterday. The injured were admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

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Noormahalias case: challan flayed
Tarn Taran, August 23
A few Sikh organisations of the town, in a memorandum presented to the local SDM, which is addressed to the Chief Minister, Punjab, have decried the presentation of the challan in the court in a case against Swami Shardanand, a preacher of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan popularly known as the Noormahalias, without the permission of the government or the District Magistrate.

Amritsar sex scandal accused granted bail
Patiala, August 23
A special CBI court today granted bail to the three accused in the Amritsar sex scandal case after the prosecution failed to present the challan within the stipulated 90-day period.

Health Officer gets judicial remand
Mansa, August 23
Dr Prem Nath Rajput, District Health Officer, who was caught by officials of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Thursday while accepting Rs 3000 as bribe from milkman, was produced here again today in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Harsh Mehta.

Inspector’s remand extended
Kharar, August 23
Mr Ranjan Khuller, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today further extended the police remand of a Punjab Police Inspector, Narinder Singh Rana till August 25. He was arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Wednesday. 

115 cases settled in Lok Adalat
Bathinda, August 23
As many as 115 cases were settled in a district-level Lok Adalat held here today. Mr H.S. Dhaliwal, secretary of the District Legal Services Authority, in a press note said 282 cases were taken up in six Lok Adalats presided over by Mr Lakhbir Singh, District and Sessions Judge, Mr Karnail Singh and Mr D.S. Malwai, Additional District Judges, Mr Rajiv Malhotra, Chief Judicial Magistrate, and Mrs Manjot Kaur, Civil Judge (Junior Division).


Commissioner unhappy over civic amenities
Abohar, August 23
Mr B. Sarcar, Commissioner Ferozepore Division, yesterday had a round of the town in the morning. He visited Main Post Office, Nehru Stadium, Telephone Exchange and Abohar Club, Government and Model High School. He found cows and pigs rotting food from the stinking garbage. Mr Sarcar found that the dump had not been cleared for many weeks.

Development Board formed
Kapurthala, August 23
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Verma, in a press note said for the development in and around Kapurthala, the Government had constituted the Kapurthala Development Board, headed by Rana Gurjit Singh, MLA, Kapurthala.


Dist TB officer held, charged with drawing 2 salaries
Amritsar, August 23
The Civil Lines police has arrested the District TB Officer, Dr Mittal Pal Devgan, for allegedly drawing two salaries and tampering with the service book in connivance with certain employees of the Health Department.

Ex-councillor’s kin booked for fraud
Abohar, August 23
The police has registered a case against a relative of a former BJP councillor in connection with a land deal fraud. Orders for registering an FIR were issued by the SSP (Ferozepore) after consulting the ADA (Legal) on the preliminary investigation report submitted by the SHO.

Sessions Judge’s kin dies in mishap
Sangrur, August 23
Ms Manjit Kaur (40), wife of Mr Kirpal Singh, a relative of Sangrur District and Sessions Judge Jagroop Singh, was killed and four others, including Mr Kirpal Singh, were injured in an accident near Bhawanigarh on the Sangrur-Patiala road yesterday afternoon. Mr Kirpal Singh is a brother-in-law (wife’s brother) of Mr Jagroop Singh.

Court official held for graft
Anandpur Sahib (Ropar), August 23
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau arrested the judgement writer Dilbagh Singh of a court here at 4 pm yesterday. He was arrested by SP Vigilance Ludhiana range Naunihal Singh on the complaint of Somnath of Shivalik Avenue colony in Nangal.

Surveyor robbed of car
Phagwara, August 23
Some car-borne armed persons took away an Indica car belonging to a surveyor, Mr Om Mehta, near Bahua village, near here. The police has registered a case. The surveyor was returning from Himachal Pradesh in his new Indica car when he was intercepted near Bahua.

2 held for illegal confinement of migrant
Kharar, August 23
The local police has arrested two shopkeepers — Darshan Singh and Mohinder Singh — on the charge of wrongful confinement of a migrant servant Raju for 20 days and has registered a case against them under Sections 342 and 506, IPC.


1,865 government schools without heads
Fazilka, August 23
How pathetic is the condition of government schools in Punjab can be assessed from the large number of posts of head lying vacant in the secondary and high schools of the state. According to the figures, out of 1,304 senior secondary schools of Punjab, 1,015, constituting 78 per cent are without regular principals.

M.Tech classes begin at PTU regional centre
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 23
Postgraduate classes started today at the regional centre of Punjab Technical University, set up at the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College. Dr R.C. Chauhan, Director, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, inaugurated the Master of Technology courses in electronics and communication and in machine design.

Creation of post of DG, Schools, decried
Malerkotla, August 23
Mr Joginder Singh Aulakh, president, of the Gazetted Educational School Services Association, Punjab, in a press note here yesterday decried the Punjab government’s decision to create the post of Director-General (Schools) while restructuring the school education from four level to two level and upgrading the Directorate of Primary Education to elementary education.

ABUP drive to ‘save’ education
Jalandhar, August 23
While criticising the proposed move to include education under the purview of General Agreement on Trade in Services during the coming ministry-level talks in Mexico, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has decided to launch a nationwide “save education, increase employment” campaign from August 25 to 31.

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