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Twin power crises hit Punjab

Chandigarh, July 4
In Punjab there is a crisis of power, both political and electricity. The former is entirely man-made, while the latter is largely nature-induced. Those into political power play and are intent on retaining power , have plugged-in at New Delhi.



Power crises in Punjab have cracked mother earth, affecting the paddy crop. —  Photo by Pradeep Tewari
Power crises in Punjab have cracked mother earth, affecting the paddy crop.



Punjab farmers demand more sops for farm sector.
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Incomplete Shahpur Kandi dam costs Punjab
Rs 1,000 cr a year
Gurdaspur, July 4
The state is reeling from power shortage. Power cuts of 8 hours to 10 hours are being imposed in urban areas. The situation in rural areas is worse with people getting power for just two to three hours.

SAD to support govt on SYL issue: Badal
Faridkot, July 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal will support the Punjab Government on both administrative and legal grounds to fight battle in the Supreme Court to stop the construction of the SYL canal in the state, said Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister and president of the SAD, while talking to mediapersons at Golewala village, 15 km from here today.




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Honour SC verdict on SYL, pleads Tarlochan Singh

Kiranbir Singh KangKang’s wife seeks lodging of FIR against SHO
Mohali, July 4
Even as the Ropar police arrested two close relatives of absconding Akali leader, Kiranbir Singh Kang, his wife, Neena Kang today demanded the lodging of an FIR against the SHO who had ‘illegaly’ raided their house on July 2 midnight. The police tortured the servants by giving them electric shocks, smashed the windows, ransacked the house and took away their Lancer car, alleged Neena Kang.

Kharar incident: police ‘acting’ under pressure
Cops seek arms details from Akalis

SGPC poll to impact state politics
Ludhiana: Since 1956 Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections have always had a bearing on politics in Punjab. The last SGPC elections were held in October 1996 after 14 years. From 1925 to 1947, the elections were held every five years. But after 1947, these have never been held on time.

SGPC poll: Badal wants rebels expelled

Bhai Ranjit Singh seeks account of Rs 100 cr
Mohali, July 4
Former Akal Takht Jathedar and Panthic Morcha leader Bhai Ranjit Singh has said the bloody violence in Kharar has proved that the SAD could resort to any means to grab power in the SGPC.

Amritsar lad secures 2nd position in AIIMS
Amritsar, July 4
“It was unbelievable and I least expected to be selected for the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences. I did not trust my friends at AIIMS who first told me about my achievement”, said Sajan Jiv Singh Nagpal who made this city, his parents and family proud of him by securing the second rank in the AIIMS entrance examination for MBBS.

Sajan Jiv Singh Nagpal, who has secured the second rank in the AIIMS entrance examination for MBBS, with his family members at his house in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Sajan Jiv Singh Nagpal, who has secured the second rank in the AIIMS entrance examination for MBBS, with his family members at his house in Amritsar

From the early childhood, they studied together to accomplish a common task of becoming a doctor to serve the humanity at grassroot level. Finally their dream came true when they cleared the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences entrance examination with good ranking as a first step towards their goal.

Ribhav Pasricha (left) and Harkeerat Singh, who have secured ninth and seventh rank, respectively, in the AIIMS entrance test in Jalandhar on Sunday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra
Ribhav Pasricha and Harkeerat Singh, who have secured ninth and seventh rank, respectively, in the AIIMS entrance test in Jalandhar


Earlier story: Result unexpected, says AIIMS test topper

Face-blackening incident: victim receives threat of murder
Kuttianwali (Muktsar), July 4
Accused Gurcharan Singh, alias Gheru, husband of the village Sarpanch, Ms Narinder Kaur, is allegedly putting pressure on the victim, Jangir Singh, to withdraw his complaint and reach a compromise regarding blackening of his face and parading him in the village after putting a ‘garland’ of shoes around his neck.


Jangir Singh (extreme left), who was paraded in Kuttianwali village in Muktsar district after his face was blackened, in the house of Lakhwinder Singh (centre).
Jangir Singh, who was paraded in Kuttianwali village in Muktsar district after his face was blackened, in the house of Lakhwinder Singh


POLITICS

BSP workers back expelled leaders
Nawanshahr, July 4
Hundreds of BSP workers from the district participated in a workers’ meeting at Swarnkar Bhavan here today to express solidarity with the expelled BSP leaders, Mr Satnam Kainth, former MP, Mr Shingara Ram Sahungra, former MLA, and Mr Devi Dass Nahar.

Mittal condemns Governors’ removal
Phillaur, July 4
Former Punjab Food and Supplies Minister and senior BJP leader, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, today condemned the decision of the Union Government to remove a few Governors, and described the decision as politically motivated, undemocratic and unconstitutional.

COMMUNITY

Unique training programme for women sarpanches
Patiala, July 4
Paramjit Kaur, a panch of the Janheri panchayat, always wanted to come forward and express her views on various village issues. However, the restraint of the village society held her back. But today she is unfettered after she came to the city to make herself aware of her rights and learn how to use them too.

Virsa Vihar fails to take off due to paucity of funds
Kapurthala, July 4
Virsa Vihar, a prestigious centre for promotion of Punjabi culture and heritage, seems to have become a non-starter project in this district due to the failure of the state government to release a grant of Rs 40 lakh.

‘Laughter best therapy to check heart attacks’
Jalandhar, July 4
While holding the excessive stress in daily life as a major cause for increase in incidence of heart attacks among Indians, Dr Achintya Moulick, chairman, Cardiovascular Sciences of Fortis Heart and Multi Specialty Hospital, today maintained that “laughter” was the best available therapy to avoid heart attacks.

200 dental surgeons attend certificate course
Moga, July 4
The Indian Dental Association, Moga unit, organised one-day state-level certificate course here today. Over 200 dental surgeons of Punjab and adjoining states participated in the advanced training on “Complete dentures and crown and bridge preparation”.

Bachchans, Ambanis visit Golden Temple
Amritsar, July 4
Newly elected Rajya Sabha members Jaya Bachchan and Anil Ambani accompanied by their families and a few top industrialists paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here today.

Bollywood actress and member of the Rajya Sabha Jaya Bachchan (centre), along with Mr Anil Ambani, MP (left), his wife, Tina (second from right), and Abhishek Bachchan, comes out of the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. — PTI photo
Bollywood actress and member of the Rajya Sabha Jaya Bachchan, along with Mr Anil Ambani, MP, his wife, Tina, and Abhishek Bachchan, comes out of the Golden Temple in Amritsar

Saini Mahasabha threatens stir against MC
Pathankot, July 4
Mr Pritam Singh Saini, the newly elected president of the Saini Mahasabha, has said that the Saini community will launch a statewide agitation against the local Municipal Council if the council authorities did not shun their activities to grab a portion of the 21 marla land meant for the construction of the building for the sabha.

ADMINISTRATION

Jail superintendent, doctor suspended
Jalandhar, July 4
Even as the District Magistrate Mr Ashok Gupta, has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged inscribing of an objectionable word on the back of a local Central Jail inmate on Friday night, the Inspector-General of Police (Prisons), Mr S.K.Dutta, today suspended Deputy Superintendent of jail Satpal Singh and jail doctor Chander Parkash till the completion of the magisterial probe.

Refresher course for munshis begins
Patiala, July 4
A refresher course aimed at improving the working of munshis who write FIRs began here yesterday. The refresher course, the first one of its kind was organised on the initiative of Zonal Inspector-General of Police, Rajinder Singh.

ESI to notify private docs, says director
Amritsar, July 4
Dr K.K. Sharma, Director, ESI, said today that a new scheme regarding persons insured with ESI was in the pipeline. The scheme would help such people avail services of a private doctor notified by the ESI. Dr Sharma was here for a seminar on assisted reproduction and genetics organised by Dr Gaurav Arora and Dr Radhika Behl.

Raid on medical store
Moga, July 4
Continuing investigations after detecting an illegal drug manufacturing unit and raiding medical stores, the police yesterday carried out search operation in Goyal Medical Stores and its branch.

CRIME

Woman killed by in-laws
Jethuke (Bathinda), July 4
Karamjit Kaur, mother of two daughters, was killed today allegedly by her husband, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law. The body was dumped in a bore latrine in their house in this village. They then raised a hue and cry that she had run away with a paramour.

School property damaged
Amritsar, July 4
A portion of Government High School, Karampura, which was under construction, was allegedly damaged by anti-social elements yesterday. There were holidays in the school till July 4 and only non-teaching staff were present at the time of incident.

EDUCATION

Stress on having positive attitude
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 4
A training programme was organised for secretaries and field officers of the Cooperatives Department by Kribhco at Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, here today.

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