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Water issue raised in Rajasthan HC, Punjab unperturbed
Chandigarh, July 21
The first legal challenge to the Punjab Termination of Agreements Bill 2004, which annuls the 1981 Indira Gandhi award and subsequent agreements relating to distribution of Ravi-Beas waters among Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, has been mounted.

PPCC not briefed on waters Act: Hanspal
Jalandhar, July 21
While admitting that state government did not take Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee into confidence before presenting the Punjab Termination of Agreements Bill in the Punjab Assembly, State Congress Chief Mr H.S. Hanspal today justified the assembly’s decision on the bill saying the action was constitutional.

PPCC president H.S Hanspal adjusts his turban during a Press conference in Jalandhar on Wednesday PPCC president H.S Hanspal adjusts his turban during a Press conference in Jalandhar on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Protest by transport workers
Amritsar, July 21
Hundreds of members of various transport unions held a protest march from Patakha Market to the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today against the High Court’s decision to debar more than 15-year-old vehicles.

Private transport workers protest against the Punjab and Haryana High Court order Private transport workers protest against the Punjab and Haryana High Court order that disallows buses which are more than 15 years old to operate, in Amritsar on Wednesday.
— PTI photo

Fatehgarh Sahib



In the absence of Lok Pal, VB pro-active
Chandigarh, July 21
While Punjab has not had a Lok Pal in place since December, 2002, the state’s Vigilance Bureau has been pro-active having initiated investigation into 13,000 complaints in the past 18 months.

Iqbal Singh to attend meeting
Amritsar, July 21
Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti and Jathedar of Takht Patna Sahib Giani Iqbal Singh are heading towards reconciliation as the latter has decided to attend the meeting of the Sikh clergy, proposed to be held on July 23 at the Akal Takht secretariat.

Bhattal got me suspended, alleges BDPO
Chandigarh, July 21
The High Court has issued notice to the State of Punjab and other respondents, including Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, on a petition filed by Mr Paramjit Singh, Block Development and Panchayat Officer.

Ashwani Kumar lauds Budget proposals
Chandigarh, July 21
Claiming that it was not possible for any Finance Minister to satisfy everyone, Rajya Sabha MP Ashwani Kumar on Monday said in his speech on Budget that the Finance Minister had taken some necessary hard decisions.

50 pc officers holding cadre posts may be shifted
Chandigarh, July 21
Fifty per cent of Punjab Police Service officers holding cadre posts are likely to be shifted soon. A decision to this effect has reportedly been taken by the Punjab Government in an attempt to resolve the row between the cadre and non-cadre officers.

No more arrests in bitumen scam
Chandigarh, July 21
In less than a month after the Punjab Vigilance Bureau busted the bitumen scam on the basis of a news story carried in these columns, the authorities have decided not to arrest more engineers in the case — at least for the time being.

Ex-Babbar Khalsa militant arrested
Was elected panch despite being history sheeter
Batala, July 21
The Batala police achieved a major breakthrough when it arrested a Babbar Khalsa militant who was wanted in a number of terrorist incidents. Kashmir Singh, a resident of Nurpur village in Gurdaspur district, was leading a normal life as a member of his village panchayat before being arrested today.

Moga village mourns youth’s death in Canada
Talwandi Malihan (Moga), July 21
A pall of gloom descended here when the villagers came to know about the murder of Hardeep Singh, 20-year-old son of an NRI hailing from the village, in Vancouver, Canada. Hardeep was killed when some car-borne youths followed him on his way back home at 2 am on Sunday and fired indiscriminately at him.

Bleaching powder ‘killed’ fish
Gurdaspur, July 21
The mixing of bleaching powder in the Sarri rivulet, tributary of the Beas, seemed to have killed fish near Nanowal village in the district a few days ago. Officials of the Fisheries Department here seemed to have reached the conclusion after preliminary investigation.


Disgruntled elements maligning CPI: Samber
Chandigarh, July 21
The Punjab unit of the CPI today said that certain " disgruntled" elements in the office of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, were trying to spread " disinformation" with regard to the internal affairs of the CPI in Punjab.


Garbage crisis
Patiala MC officials talk to union leaders
Doctors threaten to paralyse health system
Patiala, July 21
Hectic negotiations were conducted with Municipal Corporation union leaders today to end their fortnight long strike following which both the city Mayor and the Corporation Commissioner expressed the hope that the strike would come to an end tomorrow.

Garbage case: 6 doctors transferred
Chandigarh, July 21
Bowing to pressure by Patiala Municipal Corporation Employees, the Punjab Government today transferred six doctors, including the Principal, Ms Kiranjeet Kaur, and Medical Superintendent of Government Medical College, Patiala, Kulbir Kaur.

Shopkeeper alleges manhandling, authorities deny
Sangrur, July 21
Mr Mangat Rai Bansal, a shopkeeper here, today alleged that Mr Makhan Sharma and Mr K.S. Brar, president and executive officer, respectively, of the Municipal Council ‘abused’ and ‘slapped’ him in the presence of Mr Zora Singh Thind, SDM, Barnala, at the residence of the SDM yesterday due to his personal enmity.

Two SGPC-run institutions denied minority status
Chandigarh, July 21
Two institutions run by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, and Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Amritsar, have been denied the status of minority institutions.

DC orders locking of CDPO office
Faridkot, July 21
Taking serious note of the Kot Kapura CDPO’s absence in a meeting of various departments, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Hussan Lal, has ordered locking of the CDPO office at Kot Kapura.

Chemists seek withdrawal of false cases
Hoshiarpur, July 21
A deputation of the Punjab Chemists Association led by its president, Mr Surjit Mehta and Dr Dharambir Kapur, chief advisor, met Mr A.A. Saddiqui, DGP on Monday. It was pointed out that the police was empowered under the NDPS Act 1985, to search any suspected premises of chemists to check the sale and manufacture of spurious drugs and intoxicants in the state.

BKU plans march against drugs trade
Moga, July 21
The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Punjab, has decided to organise awareness march on July 26 to “expose” the chemists indulging in illegal trade of intoxicating drugs. The union would also meet the Deputy Commissioner and demand immediate check on the sale of drugs and punishment for those selling them.

Faridkot ‘sans’ DC, SSP
Faridkot, July 21
The district is without the Deputy Commissioner and police chief these days. Mr Kulshinder Singh, SSP, has gone on leave for about two weeks since July 13. Mr Hussen Lal, Deputy Commissioner, has relinquished his charge yesterday following his transfer to Sangrur on the same post.

Women cops take to active policing
Patiala, July 21
For the first time ever, women will play a more active role at the city police stations. They have been given the power to not only write FIRs, but also assist in police investigations.

Panchayat Secys to register births, deaths
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 21
Punjab has taken a lead in the country by distributing more than two million birth certificates within a short span of about a month- and-a-half under the national campaign to issue the birth certificates.

DC launches plantation drive
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 21
To control the menace of pollution as well as to make the district green, a sapling plantation drive has been launched by the Rural Development Department through the Zila Parishad. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the drive by planting a sapling near the SYL Canal in the district today.

Challan filed against Ahluwalia
Patiala, July 21
The Sadar police today filed a supplementary challan in a local court against a former Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, and former student leader Mr Balwinder Singh Cheema, who are accused of being responsible for a murderous attack on a Reader of the institution.


High Court
Govt decides to chargesheet two senior police officers
Chandigarh, July 21
The Punjab Government has decided to chargesheet two senior police officers, former Additional Director general of Police (Computers and Wireless) D.R. Bhatti and former Superintendent of Police (Telecommunications) Malwinder Singh Sidhu for their alleged involvement in the police wireless purchase scam.

Demolition of lawyers’ chambers condemned
Talwandi Sabo, July 21
The members of the Bar Association, Talwandi Sabo, today passed a resolution condemning the demolition of the chambers of local lawyers, Mr Kuldeep Singh and Mr Jasvir Singh, by the local civil administration.


SDE, 2 JEs suspended
Breached seniority list while giving power connections
Bathinda, July 21
The Punjab State Electricity Board authorities have placed a Sub-Divisional Engineer and two Junior Engineers posted in this district under suspension for their alleged involvement in breaching the seniority list of applicants, who had applied for power connections for their tubewell motors.


2 impersonators held
Bathinda, July 21
The police today arrested Parampreet Singh and Ravinder Singh, both local residents, for their alleged involvement in cheating a cloth merchant by impersonating as Station House Officer, Punjab Police, and gunman, respectively.

Two kidnappings in 3 days
Tarn Taran, July 21
The police has registered a case of kidnapping against four persons, including a girl. Two days ago another case was registered by the city police when a school girl was kidnapped by three persons.


Educational institutions violating traffic rules with impunity
Jalandhar: It may sound strange but it is a fact that almost all educational institutions of the Doaba region of Punjab are allegedly violating traffic rules and 1998 traffic guidelines of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, concerning the vehicles owned and operated by educational institutions for transportation of students.

Punjab DIETs to be linked with NCERT via satellite
Bathinda, July 21
The State Council of Educational Research and Training has initiated a move to link all 17 district institutes of education and training with the National Council of Educational Research and Training and Indira Gandhi National Open University through satellite.

NASA contest winners to be honoured on I Day
They did the country proud, say parents
Patiala, July 21
“The children have cried over the phone, flung their jackets in the air when their team’s name was announced for the top prize and are also proud of receiving the support of Pierre Jean Harrison, the husband of Kalpana Chawla.’’ This is the reaction of the parents of the children who won a NASA-sponsored aerospace modelling contest held in Florida.

New govt school begins to totter
Staff on deputation being called back
Kharar, July 21
The recently set up Government Model Senior Secondary School here has been added as a mere number in the Punjab Education Department’s list of institutions, lacking not only the required staff strength but also proper facilities.

Seminar on sapling plantation
Faridkot, July 21
Under the centrally sponsored National Green Cores Programme, the district Education Department in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology organised a district-level seminar at the local MGM Senior Secondary School today on making pollution-free environment by planting more and more saplings in the educational institutions and its surrounding areas in Faridkot district.

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