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Major changes in fertiliser policy on
cards: Paswan

Ram Vilas Paswan Nangal, July 26
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government would effect major changes in the fertiliser policy implemented by the NDA government. As per the fertiliser policy, in the second phase starting from April this year, the entire control over the fertiliser sector would be withdrawn.

Paswan fails to visit fertiliser plant
Admn feared row over Dalit Sena’s protest
Bathinda, July 26
The failure of the Union Fertiliser and Chemical Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, to visit the local plant of National Fertiliser Limited (NFL) has left its management poorer by thousands of rupees as a lot of money was spent by it on making arrangements in connection with his visit today.

Declare Punjab drought-hit, says SAD
Sangrur, July 26
In a resolution, adopted at a meeting of the district unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at Gurdwara Nanakiana Sahib near here today, the gathering urged the government to declare Punjab as a ‘drought-hit’ state.

Medical college seats on sale
Price Rs 14 lakh

Patiala, July 26
Seats in Punjab’s medical colleges are being offered those not interested in clearing the PMT test by persons running consultancy services in Mumbai and Delhi.

MBBS admissions: govt in a fix over MCI order
Amritsar, July 26
Even as the Medical Council of India (MCI) has directed the authorities all over the country to complete admissions to MBBS by July 31 so that academic session could be started from August 1, the Punjab Government seems to be in a quandary as it had scheduled the entrance test for 25 seats in private colleges of the state on August 1.


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Only a ‘blue revolution’ can save Punjab
Chandigarh, J uly 26
Punjab is in deep waters, not so much due to Termination of Agreements Act-2004 but due to over- exploitation of the underground water with no discernible steps on the conservation of water.

Punjab Bill on SYL challenged
Chandigarh, July 26
A public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the Punjab Termination of Agreements Bill 2004 has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Opinions page: How to solve SYL dispute

Monsoon failure casts shadow on music industry
Jalandhar, July 26
Monsoon failure in the northern region has not only affected agriculture and industry but it has also dashed the hopes of the multi-crore Punjabi music industry and a large number of Punjabi singers who are reluctant to release their cassettes on the presumption that hardly anybody, particularly people in rural areas, would be able to see promos or advertisements of their numbers on various TV channels for huge power cuts in rural as well urban areas.

Traders resent govt order on closing time
Ludhiana, July 26
Traders in Punjab feel unhappy with the government asking them to close their establishments before 6 p.m. Traders’ organisations maintained that this would hit them as in these months people come for shopping after 6 p.m only.

Ludhiana page: Traders defy government orders

Police to act tough with jail officials
Chandigarh, July 26
In an attempt to prevent the smuggling of contrabands into jails, the Prisons Department of Punjab Police has decided to identify officials who were themselves consuming drugs.

Hostages in Iraq: prayers in HP, roads blocked in Punjab
Una/Ropar, July 26
The family of Antaryami today performed ‘puja’ and people of Dehlan in Una district of Himachal Pradesh organised ‘ardas’ (prayer) for the safe return of Indian hostages held captive in Iraq by an Iraqi insurgent group, Black Flag, since July 21.

Bhattal revokes doctors’ transfers
MC staff threaten strike
Patiala, July 26
In a new twist to the municipal corporation-Government Rajindra Hospital doctors imbroglio, Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today took the decision to reverse the transfer orders of six doctors from the medical college and hospital, including the medical college Principal and the hospital’s Medical Superintendent.


Panel seeks report on Dalits’ discrimination
Muktsar, July 26
Taking a serious note of the complaint by the All-India SC, BC and ST Bhalai Ekta Manch, the National Commission for SCs and STs asked the Punjab Chief Secretary to send a detailed report regarding the alleged discrimination of dalits in the state.

Chandumajra announces office-bearers
Chandigarh, July 26
The president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal), Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, today announced the office bearers of his party.

Lambi hospital was ‘upgraded’ on board only
Badal (Muktsar), July 26
Perhaps to befool voters in the name of development in his constituency, signboard of civil hospital was put up outside a rural hospital in Badal village of Lambi constituency of SAD president Parkash Singh Badal when he was the Chief Minister in 2001 to give the impression that the rural hospital was upgraded as civil hospital.

SGPC general house meeting next month
Ludhiana, July 26
The general house of the newly elected SGPC is likely to meet in the first week of August to elect its office-bearers. According to Gurdwara Act, 1925, the general house of the SGPC will be summoned by the Deputy Commissioner. The general house has to meet within one month of its elections.

Slow implementation of health scheme resented
Chandigarh, July 26
Expressing dismay over the slow pace of implementation of the Ex-servicemen's Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), ex-servicemen settled in and around the city have also raised several other issues which pose problems to them while availing medical treatment.

Needless long wait for truck drivers at Killianwali barrier
Killianwali (Muktsar): A long queue of parked trucks may easily be seen while passing through the Delhi-Punjab National Highway number 10 at Killianwali village on the Punjab and Haryana border in Muktsar district. Actually, truck drivers and cleaners from Delhi, Haryana and other parts of the country have to wait for several hours at Killianwali sales tax barrier for getting certain formalities completed before entering Punjab.

ACs run in the SSP’s office despite ban
Patiala, July 26
While the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) took the lead in switching off all air conditioners at its headquarters here, the same could not be said of the local law-enforcers in the city — the district police.

Power unit shut due to snag
Bathinda, July 26
The power situation in Punjab further deteriorated with one of the four units of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) shutting down after a tube in its boiler leaked yesterday.

Cultural forum to organise all-India mushaira
Patiala, July 26
The Mehak Cultural Forum, in collaboration with the Sufi Foundation of India, is organising an All-India Mushaira on August 12 at the Central Library auditorium here in the city.

Protesters lock Block Samiti office
Jagraon, July 26
The arrest of BDPO of Sidhwan Bet by vigilance police for accepting bribe of Rs 2,500 has sparked protest. Member of Zila Parishad, Block Samiti and Panchayat Samiti have protested against the arrest of the said officer and alleged that he had been framed.

Pensioners protest against government
Amritsar, July 26
Even as the district administration claimed to have disbursed more than Rs 4 crore as pension to various beneficiaries, a large number of people, including old-age and widow pensioners, were still deprived of this.

ensioners hold a protest against non-disbursement of pensions, in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Pensioners hold a protest against non-disbursement of pensions, in Amritsar on Monday

Seminar on Indo-Pak peace process
Amritsar, July 26
Folklore Research Academy will organise a seminar on “Indo-Pak peace process: possibilities and challenges” at Art Gallery on July 28 here.


Kang, others want probe to be given to CBI
Chandigarh, July 26
Two petitions, seeking handing over of investigation in the July 2 incident at Kharar, in which exchange of fire between two groups of Shiromani Akali Dal supporters left two persons dead and many injured, to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or any other independent agency have been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Power cuts hit paddy crop
Sangrur, July 26
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked the government to grant Rs 15,000 compensation per acre to the farmers who had suffered loss due to shortage of power for running tubewells and insufficient canal water.


Campaign to remove encroachments soon: DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 26
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over a meeting of the District Grievances Committee held at Bachat Bhavan here today, said all complaints and problems would be sorted out within fixed time.

Punjab floats development loan
Chandigarh, July 26
The Punjab Government, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has floated Punjab State Development loan 2013 of Rs 689.02 crore.


Murder accused held
Nabha, July 26
The police today claimed to have resolved the mystery behind the disappearance of a local PSEB employee with the arrest of a scooter mechanic.

2.6 lakh looted from petrol station
Anandpur Sahib, July 26
Robbers shot at and injured Mohan Lal, an employee of a petrol station at Kiratpur Sahib and looted Rs 2.60 lakh from him today.

Varinder Kumar alive, says police
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 26
The Bassi Pathana police has got proof that Varinder Kumar, who allegedly disappeared from their custody and whose parents and children alleged that he had died in the police custody, is alive and had been visiting his relatives to take shelter.

SDO, JE caught taking bribe
Amritsar, July 26
The Vigilance sleuths today nabbed Natha Singh, SDO, Department of Communications, Majitha and Rajinder Singh, Junior Engineer of the Department, Kathunanagal, were caught accepting bribe of Rs 500 each from Kuldip Singh, a resident of Rasulpur Kalan village. Mr Dilbagh Singh Gill, SSP Vigilance, today said the accused were allegedly demanding bribe for giving report on new STD/PCO connections.

Woman kills husband
Batala, July 26
A woman, Sukhi, killed her husband Tarsem Lal (25) at her Gandhi Camp residence here last night.

Flesh trade racket busted
Nawanshahr, July 26
The police claims to have busted a gang involved in flesh trade near Gurdwara Manji Sahib. Sunita, Balwinder Kaur and her daughters Bablu and Jyoti, had been arrested under the Immoral Traffic Act, 1956.


Teachers: implement Johl panel report
Sangrur, July 26
The district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) yesterday asked the Punjab Government to implement the Johl Committee’s recommendations, relating to higher education, in letter and spirit, immediately.

CNC training centre inaugurated
Patiala, July 26
Mr P.N. Garga, member, Mechanical Railway Board, today inaugurated a computerised numerical control (CNC) machine training centre at DMW.


Industry seeks uninterrupted power supply
Patiala, July 26
Industrialists in Patiala and Mandi Gobindgarh want the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to increase power cuts if necessary, but give continuous power supply to the sector.


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