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NHRC notice to IG, Prisons, in branding case
Chandigarh, July 14
In less than a fortnight after an undertrial in Amritsar's Central Jail accused prison officials of branding him, the National Human Rights Commission today issued notice to Punjab's Inspector General of Prisons after taking suo motu cognizance of reports carried in different newspapers.

SAD hardens stand on river waters
Amritsar, July 14
The issue regarding adjudication of inter-state river waters and construction of the remaining portion of the SYL took a serious turn today, when Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal declared that his party would launch an agitation if a single drop of water was released to adjoining states through the SYL.

Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal along with newly elected Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee members at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal along with newly elected Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee members at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday.  — Photo by Rajiv Sharma




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Punjab loath to handing over SYL records
Chandigarh, July 14
“Having passed the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act and apprised the Union Government about the changed situation, the onus now rests on the Union Government how it proposes to handle the situation in the light of June 4 order of the Supreme Court with regard to the construction of the SYL canal”, said a top functionary of the Punjab Government today.

Rajasthan biggest loser in river waters row
Chandigarh, July 14
Punjab’s annulment of the agreement over sharing of river waters has far-reaching consequences than are assumed. The controversial Satluj-Yamuna Link canal is not the only one to be adversely affected by the move.

PAU experts design Nutrition Garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Chandigarh, July 14
Experts from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have earned the state a pride of place by successfully designing the Nutrition Garden at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.



(Left to right): PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr K.S. Aulakh, Director, Extension, PAU, Dr A.S. Sandhu, and Dr Satish Narula are all ears as President APJ Abdul Kalam makes a point about the Nutrition Garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr K.S. Aulakh, Director, Extension, PAU, Dr A.S. Sandhu, and Dr Satish Narula are all ears as President APJ Abdul Kalam makes a point about the Nutrition Garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Former ASI facing trial escapes
Amritsar, July 14
A former assistant sub-inspector of police Harvinder Singh, facing trial in cases of smuggling of narcotics, gold and illegal arms etc in Tarn Taran and Amritsar police districts escaped from court premises last evening. He was being taken to a court here, when he gave the slip to the policemen escorting him.

Vedanti may appeal to Sikhs to help trace Hannah’s killer
Chandigarh, July 14
Expressing his sympathy with the parents of slain British teenage girl Hannah Foster, the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, may issue an appeal to the Sikh community to help trace her suspected killer Maninder Pal Singh Kohli.

Trevor and Hillary Foster display "lookout posters" of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, the suspected killer of their daughter, Hannah, during a Press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma
Trevor and Hillary Foster display "lookout posters" of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, the suspected killer of their daughter, Hannah, during a Press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

IPS-PPS row: High Court reserves judgement
Chandigarh, July 14
The Punjab Government today informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it was considering shifting 17 Punjab Police Service holding cadre posts, including district police chiefs, meant for Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

DSPs' selections: Punjab changes counsel, order reserved
Chandigarh, July 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved the judgment in the application filed by Mr Jaskaran Singh Brar, a petitioner in the ongoing case, regarding irregularities in the selection of Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) by the Punjab Government recently.

14-year-old girl crushed to death by Army vehicle
The bicycle of Rekha lying behind the Army tank trailer, which crushed her to death on the Rajpura road in Patiala on Wednesday.Patiala, July 14
Military movement on the Patiala-Bathinda section today claimed another victim when a Fourteen-year-old girl was crushed to death when one of the rear wheels of a military tank trailer crushed her while she was returning home from school on a bicycle near Rajpura road here today. Though the Army authorities had mooted a proposal in 1985 to construct a bypass road from the outskirts of the city, which would connect further, with the Sangrur road, the project was still to come up.

The bicycle of Rekha lying behind the Army tank trailer, which crushed her to death on the Rajpura road in Patiala on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar.

POLITICS

SGPC poll: Panthic Morcha wins Kharar seat
Kharar, July 14
Mr Bhajan Singh Shergill of the Panthic Morcha has won the Kharar (general) SGPC seat defeating the SAD candidate in the elections held on July 11. The result was declared today by the Returning Officer-cum-SDM, Mr Sukhvinder Singh Gill, after the recounting of votes was done at Government Polytechnic, Khoonimajra, here.

COMMUNITY

PSEB engineer in VB net
Chandigarh, July 14
Continuing with its drive against corruption, Punjab Vigilance Bureau sleuths today caught another government official on the allegations of demanding a bribe. Acting on a complaint, the sleuths this time nabbed a junior engineer working with Punjab State Electricity Board.

PSEB to set up 3 substations
Amritsar, July 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will construct three substations in the city to improve power supply. Sanction has been granted to construct 66 KV substations near the Golden Temple, at court road and in the Islamabad area. Another 66 KV substation had been commissioned at Rajasansi and a 132 KV substation at Sakatri Bagh would become operational shortly.

Patiala on brink of epidemic
Impasse continues, garbage piles up
Patiala, July 14
Patiala city seems to be on the brink of an epidemic with garbage accumulating in the city following a strike by safai karamcharis of the municipal corporation who are demanding action against doctors of Government Rajindra Hospital for what they describe as negligence leading to the death of an employee leader six days ago.

Sikh body’s plea to Armitage
Patiala, July 14
The Sikh Nation Organisation has appealed to the US Deputy Secretary of State, Mr Richard Armitage to take measures to check hate crimes against Sikhs in the USA.

VHP, Sena men invited to watch ‘Girlfriend’
Amritsar, July 14
The managing directors of Suraj, Chanda and Tara theatres today invited representatives of radical Hindu organisations, including the Vishva Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal and the Shiv Sena and the media to see the controversial movie “Girlfriend”.

PWD employees hold rally
Patiala, July 14
On the 14th consecutive day, the Punjab PWD (B & R) Employees Co-ordination Committee organised a rally in front of the Mini Secretariat in protest against the registration of vigilance cases against 27 PWD engineers here today.

Two bodies recovered
Bathinda, July 14
Two bodies were fished out from two distributaries by volunteers of the Sahara Jansewa, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) today.

AGRICULTURE

Kisan Union lays siege to PSEB office
Moga, July 14
Protesting against the power shortage in the agricultural sector, members of the Kirti Kisan Union today gheraoed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Executive Engineer’s office here. The gherao that started at around 12 noon continued till 2 pm. The union members sat in front of the Executive Engineer’s office. Policemen were deployed to avoid any untoward incident.

Farmers block traffic
Fazilka, July 14
Hundreds of farmers of the area today staged a dharna and blocked the traffic at Malout Chowk in protest against the organised theft of canal water and non-release of water in main distributory of the eastern canal.

ADMINISTRATION

VB probing illegal construction in Punjab: Pandey
Jalandhar, July 14
Putting the conviction rate of cases being dealt with by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau at around 60 per cent, Mr A.P. Pandey, Chief Director, Punjab Vigilance Bureau, today said stress was being laid on improvement in the quality of investigation and achievement of a higher conviction rate.

Loudspeakers banned at night
Jalandhar, July 14
The District Magistrate, Mr Ashok Gupta, under the powers vested in him under Section 144, has banned the use of loudspeakers, orchestra and DJ system from 10 pm to 6 am with immediate effect.

CRIME

3 held on murder charge
Phagwara, July 14
The police has solved a blind murder case. The murder was made to look like an accident. Three persons, Ajay Kumar, alias Rahul of New Delhi, second husband of Harjit Kaur, alias Ashu, and her parents, Sarwan Singh and Swaran Kaur, belonging to Domeli village, were today arrested and booked under Sections 302, 201, 348, 148 and 149 of the IPC on charges of murder, causing disappearance of evidence, wrongful confinement, and rioting.

DTO arrested accepting bribe
Moga, July 14
A Vigilance Bureau team arrested the District Transport Officer, Mr S.S. Sidhu, while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 this evening.

5 booked under child marriage Act
Hoshiarpur, July 14
The Sadar police today registered a case under Sections 5 and 6 of the Child Marriage Restrained Act, 1929, against Harjit Singh and his wife, Palvinder Kaur of Ramu Thiara village, Jasbir Singh, his wife, Harjinder Kaur, and son, Karamjit Singh, of Dade Fateh Singh today.

Husband, in-laws booked
Dera Bassi, July 14
The local police booked Sanjay Tayal, his father Mohan Lal, mother Santosh, brother-in-law R.K. Gupta, and sister-in-law Anjali of the local Adarsh Nagar Colony in a dowry case here today.

EDUCATION

Schoolteachers continue strike on funds’ diversion
Rampura, July 14
Even as teachers of the local Bhartiya Model School, being run by Bhartiya Educational Society, observed a strike for the second consecutive day today to protest against the diversion of funds from the salary account by the management, members of the management alleged that vested interests were trying to disturb the atmosphere of the school to close it down.

NCP alleges harassment by principal
Bathinda, July 14
Mr Amritpal Singh Sidhu, general secretary, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Punjab, today urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to make arrangements to check harassment of students allegedly by the Principal of the local Rajindra College, Mrs Gurmeet Kaur Bhattal.

PTU can’t grade colleges: Registrar
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 14
“Accreditation by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is respected by universities all over the country and Punjab Technical University (PTU) could not grade its affiliated colleges on its own,” said Dr M.S. Grewal, PTU Registrar, while answering a question regarding the grading of engineering colleges of the state.

Seats in training institutes to be increased
Chandigarh, July 13
At a meeting of top and middle-rung officers of the Education Department, the Minister for School Education, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, today announced that the seats in the district institutes of elementary training would be enhanced to 3400 from the existing 1700.

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