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Farmers in agitational mood
Agriculture Minister stays aloof
Chandigarh, August 24
The Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) and five other leftist organisations are gearing up for ‘’Kisan panchayat’’ at Patiala tomorrow. The process of district-level panchayats has begun and these organisations also plan to hold a sit-in at Chandigarh from September 1.

Rights body for action against 11 docs 
Patiala, August 24
The Punjab Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR) today condemned the statement issued by 11 doctors working in clinical departments of the local Government Rajindra Hospital here.

Principal Secretary stalls order on cinema
Bathinda, August 24
Mr S.K. Sinha, Principal Secretary, Department of Home Affairs and Justice, Punjab, today stopped the implementation of an order of the District Magistrate, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, issued on August 8, in which he had cancelled the licence of Ajaib Cinema for screening x-rated movies and pasting obscene posters in the city.

PWD lodges complaint against Nangal MC
Nangal (Ropar), August 24
Following alleged scandals in the multi-crore-budget, Nangal Municipal Council, the local PWD authorities have lodged a police complaint against the council authorities.

New bridge collapses
Fazilka, August 24
A one-month-old bridge constructed at cost of Rs 30 lakh on defence drain between border villages of Churiwala Chisti and Khanpur, 10 km from here, collapsed yesterday when a loaded truck crossed over it.



Ex-minister points at Advani’s foreign origin
Abohar, August 24
Former Union Minister and senior AICC member Chand Ram has said that the NDA had come to power with the promise of eradicating hunger and corruption under the leadership of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee but the promise had been a dream. 

Teachers not paid salaries for two months
Gurdaspur, August 24
Nearly 3000 teachers of the district here not received salary for June and July. Salary of these posts are paid partly by the Centre and partly by the government of Punjab. The sources said that the Centre had paid its share in time but the Punjab government always took more time to release the salary.


Demand to withdraw support to civic chief
Hoshiarpur, August 24
Mr Sat Pal Sareen, former President Municipal Council and Mr Vijay Aggarwal, President District unit of the BJP Hoshiarpur urged BJP and SAD leaders to withdraw the support from Mr Ajay Mohan Babbi, President of Municipal Council here, following his condemnation of BJP leaders on the occasion of dedication ceremony of bridge over Beas at Naushehra Pattan by Mr Vinod Khanna, Union State Minister for External Affairs on August 20, 2003.


Probe likely into VIP treatment to undertrial
Amritsar, August 24
An inquiry is likely to be held into the VIP treatment given to the District TB Officer, Dr Mitterpal Devgan, who was arrested by the police yesterday. He was arrested by the police for allegedly tampering with government records to eliminate evidence of doing two government jobs simultaneously. It was alleged that he had tampered with the records in connivance with employees of the Health Department.

The Jalandhar Division Commissioner's 150-year-old residence which was declared as a heritage monument by the Punjab government in 2001
The Jalandhar Division Commissioner's 150-year-old residence which was declared as a heritage monument by the Punjab government in 2001. Efforts are on to trace its original builder. — Photo S.S Chopra.

Punjab Rattan Award for Punjab Today chief
Patiala, August 24
The Punjab Writers Forum today presented the Punjab Rattan Award to Punjab Today channel Chairman J.K. Jain at a function organised at the Central Library here.

Tohra men get key SGPC posts
Amritsar, August 24
The Tohra group yesterday took away, major portfolios from the previous Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee functionaries. According to orders passed by the SGPC Chief Secretary, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, gets the charge of the Dharma Parchar Committee, general administration, trust and complete administration of Darbar Sahib.

SP (City) to probe fake admission case
Amritsar, August 24
The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mr Kultar Singh has transferred the investigation of the fake admission case, in which Rakesh Sharma was fraudulently admitted to Guru Nanak Dev University in MCA, to Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh SP (City-I).

Board to monitor subsoil water
Ropar, August 24
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided to monitor quality of underground water in industrial districts of the state. Checks would be conducted every six months in various areas surrounding industrial belts to monitor effect of effluents on the ground water. 

Couple pleads son’s innocence
Faridkot, August 24
The parents of Dr Harnrain Singh of Kot Kapura, former director of Vision Webmart Limited, Ludhiana, in judicial custody for misappropriating funds of the company, have charged the police with registering a case under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC on flimsy grounds in connivance with the complainant, Mr Hardip Singh Kainth, another director of the company, on August 14.

Tributes paid to ex-MLA’s nephew
Dhuri (Sangrur), August 24
Amid a large gathering at the bhog ceremony of Bhalinder Singh (33), a nephew of former Dhuri MLA Dhanwant Singh and a local arhtiya, here today, SAD and the Congress leaders paid tributes to the deceased. They also demanded stern action against the alleged “killers” of Bhalinder Singh. 

2 bodies fished out of distributary
Bathinda, August 24
Two bodies were fished out of the Kotbhai distributary near Jaitu in Faridkot district today.

Army expedition flagged off
Jalandhar, August 24
Brigade Commander of Jalandhar brigade yesterday flagged off “Parbat Chetna”, a trekking expedition of Dogra battalion from a cantonment area near here.

AWWA celebrates Raising Day
Ferozepore, August 24
The Ferozepore chapter of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) held a week-long celebrations to mark the 37th Raising Day. The celebrations culminated at the Mamdot Hall with a cultural programme organised by the AWWA.

Missing girl restored to parents
Phagwara, August 24
A minor girl, missing since July 24 from Jalandhar, was traced by the local police from Tibbi here last night and restored to her parents, it was learnt here today.

MP for front on SYL canal
Gurdaspur, August 24
Mr Ashwani Kumar a Rajya Sabha member said here today that all political parties in the state should form a front to impress upon the Centre to protect Punjab’s interests regarding the SYL canal. 

Ensure adequate canal water, CM urged
Chandigarh, August 24
Residents of several villages in Mansa district have urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to direct the Irrigation Department to ensure adequate supply of water in the Uddat Sedewala water channel.


Illegal construction despite inquiry
Amritsar, August 24
The lanter of a building in the Basant Avenue area here was constructed yesterday and today even as the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Municipal Corporation was conducting an inquiry into the construction. The residential building was reportedly being converted into a commercial establishment by constructing a number of shops and a hall.


Three held for couple’s murder
Tarn Taran, August 24
The police has claimed to have solved the blind murder case of an old NRI couple, at Jamarai village.

Businessman robbed
Hoshiarpur, August 24
Four persons robbed a Delhi-based businessman of a car and Rs 2,200 near Tanda town on the Jalandhar-Pathankot road in this district late last night.

Held for selling spurious diesel
Moga, August 24
The CIA police raided a general store of Bahona village last evening and arrested its owner for selling spurious diesel.

Two proclaimed offenders held
Moga, August 24
The district police has arrested two proclaimed offenders (POs) against whom more than half a dozen criminal cases, including looting of petrol stations, were registered.


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