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Panel seeks report on police torture
Malerkotla, July 27
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought a report from the Home Department regarding allegations against the DSP (D) Sangrur and CIA staff of Bahadur Singh Wala (Sangrur), levelled by a local resident, Bhupinder Kumar, that his brother, Okesh Kumar, was given electric shocks in police custody.

Travel agents spread tentacles in Gurdaspur
Gurdaspur, July 27
After Doaba, unscrupulous travel agents have started spreading their tentacles in this border district. The increasing number of complaints being received against the travel agents by the police in Batala and Gurdaspur police districts here point towards the fact.

Punjab grants Rs 5 cr for drinking water
Chandigarh, July 27
As the situation in the countryside continues to deteriorate on various fronts because of the drought, the Punjab Government today set up a state-level crop management cell to monitor the emerging situation on a day-to day basis, besides ordering the release Rs 5 crore to ensure drinking water for the drought hit rural and urban areas.

Punjab accepts proposals on syllabi revision
Chandigarh, July 27
The Punjab Technical Education and Industrial Training Department has accepted the recommendations regarding revision in the syllabi of technical education and vocational training made by the high powered committee headed by Mr Sukhdev Singh, former Agriculture Commissioner of India.




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A liquor vend that is being run from the building of Cantonment Board Elementary School, Rama Mandi Chowk, in Jalandhar.Where teaching and liquor sale go side by side
Jalandhar, July 27
A liquor vend, allotted to the influential Ponty Chadha group, has been allowed to function from the building of Cantonment Board Elementary School on National Highway No. 1, thanks to the officials concerned who have turned a blind eye to the gross violation of the excise policy.

A liquor vend that is being run from the building of Cantonment Board Elementary School, Rama Mandi Chowk, in Jalandhar.

Students elude affiliated engineering colleges
Patiala, July 27
Seats in various engineering and management colleges affiliated with Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, have gone begging with most of the colleges managing to rope in students ranging from a mere single to not more than six in total.

An overloaded private mini bus going to Dakala from Patiala on Monday.
SPOT THE BUS: An overloaded private mini bus going to Dakala from Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

VB nabs 2 more officials
Chandigarh, July 27
Punjab Vigilance Bureau sleuths today nabbed two more government officials — a doctor and a school principal — on the allegations of indulging in corruption. Their arrest is a part of a concerted drive launched by the Vigilance Bureau against corrupt practices.

Radicals, moderates unite on water
Chandigarh, July 27
Radical elements and moderate political parties in Punjab are united on one issue: — no sharing of water with other states. And this issue is expected to raise tempers.

Farmer commits suicide
Rajpura, July 27
The drought-like conditions in Punjab have claimed their first victim with a farmer from this subdivision, who was faced with withering crops and towering responsibilities, ending his life by jumping in front of a goods train near the Narwana branch canal this morning.

Desilt Hansli nullah, plead residents
BATALA:
The Kasur nullah, popularly known as Hansli nullah here, has not yet been cleared of. Encroachments done by influential politicians belonging to the Congress, the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal, especially near the bridge which links the Leak Wala Tank area with Cinema Road. Moreover, grass has also eaten up part of the nullah at several places as it has not been desilted for long.

The  Amritsar Municipal Corporation building continued to illuminate on Monday, despite power saving measures taken by the Punjab Government The  Amritsar Municipal Corporation building continued to illuminate on Monday, despite power saving measures taken by the Punjab Government . — Tribune photo by Rajeev Sharma



POLITICS

Ranjit Singh not keen to get co-opted into SGPC House
Amritsar, July 27
The former Jathedar, Akal Takht, Bhai Ranjit Singh, is not keen to be co-opted in to the general House of the SGPC even as the Panthic Morcha has reportedly inclined to send towering personalities in the House through co-option.

COMMUNITY

Akal Takht Jathedar resents misuse of name
Amritsar, July 27
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, has taken serious note of the use of his name in the advertisement published by Rashtaryia Sikh Sangathan (RSS) on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib.

Electrocautery can help cancer patients, says expert
Jalandhar, July 27
For more than 80 per cent of patients suffering from lung cancer, who could not be operated upon and suffered obstruction of central airways, electrocautery can prove to be a boon for them.

‘Saathiya’ team holds roadshow
Jalandhar, July 27
As a part of a drive to promote recently launched tele-serial “Saathiya- Pyar Ka Naya Ahsaas”, the three lead stars held a roadshow at Model Town market here today.

Drug de-addiction centre to start at Patiala Saket Hospital
Chandigarh, July 27
A meeting of the Administrative Committee of the Punjab State Drug Abuse Prevention Centre was held at the Punjab Red Cross Regional Training Centre here yesterday to check the menace of drug abuse in Punjab.

Ranjit Singh award to be reconstituted
Ferozepore, July 27
The state government has decided to reconstitute Maharaja Ranjit Singh Youth Award for excellence in youth affairs and sports, according to Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, chief parliamentary secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs.

Vigyan rail exhibition in Ferozepore
Ferozepore, July 27
The vigyan rail exhibition on wheels, which arrived at Ferozepore railway station today was inaugurated here by Mr Dharam Singh, Divisional Manager, Railways.

Lions Club’s mission to control TB
Sangrur, July 27
In order to curb the menace of tuberculosis (TB), the Lions Club International District 321-F, comprising 11 districts of Punjab and Chandigarh, has launched a “Mission TB control programme”.

Shopkeepers burn effigy of CM
Sangrur, July 27
Members of the Beopar Cell of the Sunam unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and activists of the BJP today held march through the town of Sunam, 13 km from here, in protest against the state government’s order on the closure of shops at 6 pm daily and deteriorating situation of the power and water supply throughout the state.

COURTS

High Court
Punjab Termination Bill referred to another Bench
Chandigarh, July 27
The public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the Punjab Termination of Agreements Bill 2004 was today referred to another Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court as one of the judge's recused himself from the case.

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Judicial remand for institute chief
Pathankot, July 27
Mr R.K. Garg, Sub- Divisional Judicial Magistrate, yesterday remanded Dr G.D. Sharma, Director, R.M. Tagore Nursing Institute here, in judicial custody till August 8.

Kidnapping case: SDO’s bail plea rejected
Patiala, July 27
A local court today rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Irrigation Department Subdivisional Officer (SDO) Satpal Jindal who is accused of kidnapping a businessman’s wife from Patiala in May.

AGRICULTURE


Replace transformer, say farmers
Ghal Kalan (Moga), July 27
While the Punjab Government is purchasing power worth crores everyday to provide eight-hour power supply to the farming sector, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has not even bothered to replace a transformer which was burnt 45 days ago.

Electricity poles without transformer (left), and (right) a generator being used for running motors in fields.

Electricity poles without transformer, and a generator being used for running motors in fields.

ADMINISTRATION

GRP drive to check looting of passengers
Hoshiarpur, July 27
To check looting of railway passengers in trains and on railway platforms, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has started a special campaign in this connection.

59 MC employees transferred
Patiala, July 27
The Municipal Commissioner, Patiala, Mr Manvesh Singh Sidhu, today transferred 59 employees of the Municipal Corporation.

Dr Kaushtumsh Sharma, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Patiala, hearing public grievances at a police-public meeting at Dera Bassi police station on Tuesday.Police-public meetings
Dera Bassi, July 27
To curb the crime rate, the Punjab Police today organised police-public meetings at Dera Bassi, Mubarikpur and Zirakpur.

Dr Kaushtumsh Sharma, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Patiala, hearing public grievances at a police-public meeting at Dera Bassi police station on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

DC’s orders to cable operators
Patiala, July 27
The district administration has directed cable operators of the city not to resort to cutting or damaging of cable wires and property of another operator here today.

CRIME

SPO murdered
Tarn Taran, July 27
SPO Jagtar Singh, a resident of Chack Kare Khan village, who was posted at Zira in Ferozepore district, was allegedly murdered by four persons of the same village on Sunday. The police had registered a case under Sections 302, 34, IPC.

Two youths attacked in gurdwara
Jalandhar, July 27
Tension gripped the city as a group of Sikh youths brandished swords on the Bhagwan Mahavir Marg following alleged delay by the police in booking a youth, who is said to be a member of the controversial Noormahl based Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan and allegedly injured two youths inside Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Gurdwara, just before the arrival of Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti this evening.

Missing girl found with lover
Kapurthala, July 27
The CIA staff here has solved the case of a minor girl of Kala Sanghian village who had gone missing on July 11.

Perfume seller loots house owner
Bathinda, July 27
Ritu Sahaie, a seller of perfumes and body sprays, allegedly looted some expensive goods and cash from the house of Mr Gurtej Singh, located in the Bharat Nagar locality, here yesterday.

2 motor cycle thieves arrested
Bathinda, July 27
The police yesterday arrested three persons for their alleged involvement in vehicle theft and recovered two motor cycles.

Three injured in accident
Kharar, July 27
Three persons were injured in an accident when a car collided with their bicycles near Sahora village last night.

EDUCATION

Nursing students leave Pathankot hostel
Gurdaspur, July 27
All students of the Pathankot-based R.N. Tagore Nursing Institute have left the hostel. After the arrest of its director by the police, teaching was suspended in the institute. The director was only teacher in the institute running a one-man show.

Teachers, students observe strike
Batala, July 27
Teachers and students of Baring Union Christian College, Batala today went on strike to protest against the Principal, Mr Hepesh Shepherd, for his dictatorial and indifferent attitude towards the staff and the students.

Students of Deepmala Public School, Dera Bassi, enjoy swings while celebrating Teej on the school premises on Tuesday.Teej celebrated at school
Dera Bassi, July 27
Students and staff members of Deepmala Public School here today celebrated Teej with a great fervour. A cultural programme was organised by the students.

Students of Deepmala Public School, Dera Bassi, enjoy swings while celebrating Teej on the school premises on Tuesday.

BUSINESS

Beopar Mandal resents change in shop timings
Bathinda, July 27
The Bathinda Beopar Mandal has expressed its anguish over the fact that traders were not taken into confidence by the state government while taking the decision to change the time of opening and closing of business establishments from 8 am to 6 pm and urged the Deputy Commissioner to revise the timing.

Tent dealers demand withdrawal of tax
Bathinda, July 27
Mr Iqbal Singh Metro, executive member of the All-India Tent Dealers Welfare Organisation, while expressing apprehension that the service tax imposed on tent and “shamiana” would render lakhs of people jobless, urged the Prime Minister to make arrangements for withdrawing the same at the earliest.
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