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Spurious seed, fertilisers, pesticides flood markets
Claims kisan leader

Bathinda, August 25
Mr Satnam Singh Bheru, president, kisan wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today alleged that markets of Punjab had been flooded with spurious seeds, fertilisers and pesticides and their sale was going on with the patronage of officials.

Mr Satnam Singh Bheru, president, kisan wing, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Monday.
Mr Satnam Singh Bheru, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) kisan wing, addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Monday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

HC raps police for not registering murder case
Chandigarh, August 25
The police simply registered an abetment to suicide case against a mother after her son’s death even though the daughter-in-law had alleged that she was administered poison.

Excommunicate Lal Singh, says Sukhbir Badal
Sukhbir BadalBathinda, August 25
The former Union Minister and General Secretary, SAD (Badal), Mr Sukhbir Badal, today accused successive Congress governments at the Centre and in the state of hurting the religious sentiments of Sikhs.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Rs 26 cr Domoria overbridge still a distant dream

Jalandhar, August 25
The much-publicised Rs 26 crore Domoria Railway Overbridge, which was envisaged about five years back with the objective of ensuring a smooth and unobstructed flow of traffic around the year, is likely to remain a distant dream for residents of the city because of prolonged bureaucratic wranglings and for delay in issuance of requisite funds.

The old Domoria bridge is still a source of inconvenience to residents of Jalandhar and this is visible from the plight of this rickshawpuller. — Photo S.S. Chopra.

The old Domoria bridge is still a source of inconvenience to residents of Jalandhar and this is visible from the plight of this rickshawpuller.

Rs 7.44 cr for development of Fatehgarh Sahib
To be made model district
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 25
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Minister for Rural Development and Chairperson of the District Planning Board, while presiding over the very first meeting of the board here today, ordered the suspension of Mr Santosh Singh, Executive Engineer (XEN), Construction Division No.2, SAS Nagar, taking a serious note of the issues raised by the Deputy Commissioner regarding raising the level of the newly constructed Bassi road in spite of public opposition.

Punjab to recruit doctors on contract
Patiala, August 25
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said today that emergency staff, including doctors and medical teachers would be recruited on contract in the State to fill these vacancies.


Bahujan morcha to hold state-level rally
Faridkot, August 25
The Bahujan Samaj Morcha (BSM) will hold a state level rally at Phagwara on September 24 to review the social, economic and other problems of the Dalits and other weaker sections of the society in Punjab.

Bridge row: BJP for judicial probe
Chandigarh, August 25
The Punjab BJP leadership has demanded a judicial inquiry into the police “excessess” at the Naushehra Pattan bridge’s inauguration on August 20. It has also decided to hold a rally at Gurdaspur on September 2 when MP and Union Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Vinod Khanna and state BJP President Brij Lal Rinwa will court arrest there.

BJP’s front organisations clash, 5 hurt
Kapurthala, August 25
Five workers of the Bajrang Dal and the Shiv Sena were injured in a clash here last night. The injured have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital and have been identified as Mr Naresh Pandit, vice-president of the Punjab Bajrang Dal, and his brother Hardip and nephew Gaurav of the Bajrang Dal. The other injured — Mr Mangal Das and Mr Deepak — belong to the Shiv Sena.


Encroachments galore in Muktsar
Muktsar, August 25
The city has been facing problems on account of apathetic attitude of the authorities towards its development.

Women of the Marwari Panchayati Society lead a "Kalash Yatra" in Amritsar on Monday to observe the marriage anniversary of Rani Sati Dadi Zhun Zhun Wali. — PTI photo

Ministerial staff begin stir
Sangrur, August 25
On a call of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union, the ministerial staff today started a state-level agitation by wearing black badges against the alleged “anti-employee” policies of the government and in favour of their demands.

Eye donors decry PGI’s ‘lukewarm’ response
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 25
Resentment prevails among residents of the district, who had filled forms with the PGI, Chandigarh, to donate their eyes after death. According to the them, the response of officials concerned is lukewarm. Though the PGI is organising fortnight-long programme to motivate the people to donate their eyes after death, it does not have proper facilities and manpower to collect the eyes of donors, they allege.

Attempt to grab MC land
Bhucho Mandi, August 25
Even as a local shopkeeper made an attempt to encroach upon a piece of land belonging to the local municipal council by demolishing the corridor of its shopping complex late last night, the authorities concerned failed to move so far to check the same.

Dhanaks seek SC, ST status
Bathinda, August 25
Members of the Dhanak community of Punjab have urged the state government to give them the status of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe or put them in the reservation category as done by the Haryana Government.

Khatri Sabha wants quota on economic criterion
Abohar, August 25
The Khatri Sabha has opposed caste-based reservations in admissions, employment and promotions. In a resolution adopted unanimously at the first “parivar milan samagam” here yesterday, the sabha said it was not opposed to reservation for Dalits, but it should be on the economic criterion.

Stone of mandi yard laid at Makhu
Ferozepore, August 25
Former MP and Chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board Sant Ram Singla has disclosed that the board will spend Rs 228 crore on the repair and maintenance of 5,137 km-long link roads which were constructed up to 1994-95.


Appointment of minister’s son stayed
Chandigarh, August 25
Admitting a petition seeking the quashing of a letter recruiting a Punjab minister’s son as an inspector, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the appointment.

  • Bail sought in cheating case


Rajindra Hospital to get Rs 2.75 cr
Patiala, August 25
The Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital, one of the oldest referral institutes in the state, currently in the dumps due to the non-functioning of life-saving machines and with practically no supply of medicines, is in for a bonanza with the state government agreeing to provide Rs 2.75 crore for improvement in infrastructure.

Money released for terminal dues
Chandigarh, August 25
The Punjab Government has finally released Rs 59.51 crore to clear pension and other dues like gratuity etc of about 2,500 employees, who retired from government-aided schools.


Caught taking bribe from student
Jalandhar, August 25
The Vigilance Bureau today caught an employee of the DAV Institute of Physiotherapy here while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 7,500 from a student for altering the result of final year exams in his favour.

3 held for murder
Amritsar, August 25
Three persons have been arrested for the murder of a 19-year-old rickshaw-puller Raju. The arrested include Alais Masih, alias Hero of Guru Nanak Nagar, and two other rickshaw-pullers from the Navi Abaadi area, Ajay Singh, alias Tout and Hisal Masih, Alias Goldy.

4 held for harassment
Jalandhar, August 25
The district police has arrested four persons, including two women, on the charge of harassing a woman for bringing less dowry. According to the police, Jagroop Kaur, in her complaint alleged that she was being harassed by her husband and other family members for bringing inadequate dowry.


Row over B.Ed admissions
Amritsar, August 25
The ongoing tussle over counselling for B.Ed. admissions has snowballed into major controversy between Guru Nanak Dev University and union territory of Chandigarh even as the process (admission) was completed today. The controversy had already delayed the commencement of current academic session by three weeks.

School board to revive interest in rural games
Chandigarh, August 25
In a significant move targeted at reviving the waning interest of schoolchildren in rural and folk games of the state, the Punjab School Education Board has effected major changes in the structure and content of its educational competition scheme.

National unity camp for youth begins
Faridkot, August 25
Nearly 200 students of various universities and colleges from 16 states have laid stress on holding national integration camps on a regular basis for the youth. The students are here to take part in a week-long national integration camp sponsored by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports that began at Government Brijindra College today.


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