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Reliance keen to invest in Doraha gas plant
Chandigarh, July 29
While praying for rains, Punjab is pursuing several proposals to increase generation of power from its own sources. One of the proposals is setting up of 1,000 MW gas-based power generation plant at Doraha. This Rs 4,000-crore project is expected to be set up in the private sector.

Peacock poaching case: ex-SDM’s bail cancelled
Chandigarh, July 29
The poaching case involving former Pathankot SDM Puneet Goyal took a significant turn today with the Sessions Court, Hoshiarpur, cancelling his bail. The order comes exactly five months after the case came up on February 29.

Meira announces opening of 10 old-age homes in Punjab
Chandigarh, July 29
Ms Meira KumarUnveiling a "mini" social welfare package for Punjab, the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ms Meira Kumar, announced the opening of 10 old age homes which would be run by non-government organisations. The homes, sanctioned in addition to the already existing 19 homes in the state, would get a financial assistance of 90 per cent from the Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment.

New York museum to have Sikh gallery
Chandigarh, July 29
After the successful inauguration of the Sikh exhibition at Smithsonian Museum in Washington, the Sikh community in New York will soon go for a similar Sikh gallery in the National Museum of New York.

Fatehgarh Sahib



23 immigrants arrive from Teheran today
Chandigarh, July 29
The first batch of 23 of 106 Indian youths, who had taken shelter at Teheran Gurdwara after their attempt to sneak into Europe was foiled by the Turkish authorities, will arrive in New Delhi tomorrow by Mahan Air.

Prime forest land ‘usurped’ by dhaba owners
Khajurla (Kapurthala), July 29
While prime forest land, worth crores of rupees on the outskirts of Jalandhar city along the Jalandhar-Ludhiana highway, has allegedly been usurped by “well-connected” owners of two popular dhabas, the Punjab Forest Department is all set to get its land “freed” with the help of the police.

The huge concrete parking lot of two prominent dhabas at Khajurla village on the outskirts of Jalandhar city which has allegedly been set up on the land belonging to the Punjab Forest Department. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma.
The huge concrete parking lot of two prominent dhabas at Khajurla village on the outskirts of Jalandhar city which has allegedly been set up on the land belonging to the Punjab Forest Department.

Herb Dhaliwal bereaved
Phagwara, July 29
Amrit Dhaliwal, wife of former federal minister of Canada Herb Dhaliwal (Harbans Singh Dhaliwal) died in Canada today. She was in her late forties. She was suffering from cancer for the past two and half years.


Cong divided over case against former MLA
Muktsar, July 29
The ruling Congress is divided over the issue of registration of an FIR against a former Gidderbaha MLA, Mr Raghubir Singh, his son and councillor Dinesh Kumar, Gidderbaha Municipal Council president Kulwant Singh and another councillor, Mr Baldev Singh.

Separated by floods, united by destiny
Hoshiarpur, July 29
Two-and-a-half-year-old Milkha Singh of Abdulapur village in the district, who was washed away in the Beas floods in 1988, got reunited with his parents recently after 16 years. About 80 villagers including Milkha Singh, were washed away during the heavy floods in September, 1988. The parents of Milkha had took him for dead.
Milkha Singh (centre) with his family.
Milkha Singh (centre) with his family.

Recovery of 6 cr from telecom units: MLA for VB probe
Jalandhar, July 29
The five-member panel of councillors constituted by the Municipal Corporation here seven months back to probe Rs 6 crore road cutting scam is yet to start probe, but Congress MLA Raj Kumar Gupta has urged Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to hand over the case to the Vigilance Bureau.

Tandon for another tribunal on water-sharing
Sangrur, July 29
Mr Balrami Dass Tandon, a senior Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and member of BJP’s National Council, today asked the Union Government to constitute a tribunal to settle the inter-state (Punjab-Haryana) waters issues. He said this tribunal should be in place of the Eradi Tribunal, which had become “defunct” in the present scenario.

Darkness at noon in Patiala on Thursday
Darkness at noon in Patiala on Thursday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Water-table in Sangrur falls to 26 metres
Sangrur, July 29
Subsoil water table in the past 10 years in this district touched alarming level this year. Underground water now is available minimum at 10 metres and at 26 metres at the maximum. Ten years ago in 1994 minimum water-level was six metres and maximum at 15 metres.

Punjab to promote religious tourism
Ludhiana, July 29
With a view to attracting international and national tourists to religious and heritage sites in the state, the Punjab Government has decided to take concrete steps to provide proper infrastructure in this regard. This was announced by Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Tourism, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Punjab, while addressing a state-level meeting of the officers of Punjab Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) held here today.

Land scam: ADGP in Amritsar
Amritsar, July 29
The role of a former Chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board came under a scanner yet again even as Mr Lalit Bhatia, Additional Director-General of Police, (PSEB), today visited Amritsar to conduct a high-level probe into the ‘undue haste’ shown by him to get a certain prime land worth crores of rupees vacated to favour a senior local politician.

Police traces missing man
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 29
The district police has traced Mr Varinder Kumar, who had disappeared from the custody of the Bassi Pathana police last week. He was presented before reporters, councillors of Bassi Pathana and prominent citizens by the SSP. Mr Varinder Kumar narrated in detail how he escaped from police custody. He was handed over to his wife and other relatives in the presence of all.

A farmer surveys his field in a village in the Rajpura subdivision
A farmer surveys his field in a village in the Rajpura subdivision. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Two die of ‘food poisoning’
Moga, July 29
Two persons, including a 10-year-old girl died of suspected food poisoning at Mari Mustafa village here yesterday, and more than 100 were admitted to the hospital when they complained of nausea and lose motions. All were residents of Dalit locality. Sehna Patti. They had consumed ‘prasad’ at a ‘bhandara’ organised to please rain God.

Police-public meetings soon
Kapurthala, July 29
In its efforts to give a public hearing to various issues pertaining to crime in the district, the Kapurthala police has decided to launch a new programme under which regular general meetings will be held with the masses.

Christians demand restoration of quota
Jalandhar, July 29
Demanding the restoration of minority quota for admissions to various Christian colleges in Punjab, the Christian community held a protest rally here today. The members of the United Christian Institute raised slogans against the Punjab Government and burnt the effigy of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. They submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner demanding his intervention in the issue.

Eluding monsoon halts afforestation drive
Bathinda, July 29
The monsoon, which has been eluding Punjab so far and has affected kharif crops, has brought the afforestation drive in the state to a halt.

Christians protest against interference in CMC working
Kharar, July 29
Members of the Christian community and others blocked vehicular traffic on the main highway here today in protest against the interference of the Punjab Government in the working of the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

Members of the Christian community protest in Kharar on Thursday.
Members of the Christian community protest in Kharar

Sikh organisations demand action against SHO
Tarn Taran, July 29
Sikh organisations of the town have taken serious note of threatening the witnesses of a case related to a preacher of the DJJS (Noormehalias), Swami Shardanand, against whom a case is pending in the local court, by the SHO of the local city police station.

PRTC workers stage dharna
Patiala, July 29
The PRTC Worker Union today staged a dharna in front of the head office of Pepsu Road Transport Corporation here in protest against the “anti-employees” policies of the state government.

Members of the PRTC Workers Union hold a dharna in front of the PRTC headquarters in Patiala on Thursday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Members of the PRTC Workers Union hold a dharna in front of the PRTC headquarters in Patiala


Arrest warrants against ex-SDM
Hoshiarpur, July 29
Mr Balbir Singh, additional Sessions Judge, Hoshiarpur, has cancelled the bails of Puneet Goyal, former Sub-divisional Magistrate, Pathankot, his driver Makhan Singh and Mohinder Pal and has issued their arrest warrants today.

High Court
Judgment reserved in poll papers' rejection case
Chandigarh, July 29
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved its judgement on the petition filed by three senior Akali leaders challenging the decision of the Deputy Commissioners of Amritsar and Gurdaspur to reject their nominations for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections.

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Dowry death: 7-year jail for husband, in-laws
Pathankot, July 29
Mr Iqbal Singh Bajwa, Additional Sessions-cum-District Judge, in charge, Fast Track Court, Gurdaspur, has sentenced three persons, including the husband of the victim Shublata, to 7 years’ imprisonment, besides a fine of Rs 2000 each. In case of the non-payment of the fine, the sentence would be extended by six months.

Judicial custody for SMO
Muktsar, July 29
Muktsar SMO Meena Jagga was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a city court, following which she was sent to women cell of Ferozepore Central Jail.


Farmers tending to only half the paddy crop
Central team visits villages
Rajpura, July 29
For farmers of this subdivision, water has always been a problem. They either have too much of it or not at all, says Amar Singh of Mirzapur. At present the subdivision is seeing the worst-ever water shortage with around 30 per cent of the standing paddy crop having being affected.


PUDA orders recovery of 11 lakh from engineers
Use of substandard material for MIG flats

Patiala, July 29
For the more than 100 allottees of MIG flats in the Urban Estate, who had been claiming that they had been given a raw deal by the Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority (PUDA), justice had been done, with PUDA ordering the recovery of Rs 11.15 lakh from its engineers.

30 pc posts of doctor, teacher vacant
Gurdaspur July 29
Nearly 30 per cent of total posts in the education and the health departments here are vacant in the district. In the Education Department, (primary section) 1040 out of the 3838 sanctioned posts are vacant.

12 government officials found absent
Ferozepore, July 29
The Commissioner, Ferozepore division , Mr B. Sarkar, paid a surprise visit to various government offices and found 12 officials absent from duty today. Last week also, he found 14 officials absent from duty during a surprise visit to various government offices.

4 MC employees report late for duty
Kharar, July 29
Four employees of the local Municipal Council were found reporting late for duty during a surprise check conducted by the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Department of Local Government, Punjab, here today.


Son held for mother’s murder
Nawanshahr, July 29
The police has solved the murder case of Darshan Kaur of Jamitgarh village and arrested three persons, including her son Gurvinder Singh, alias Garry, for plotting the murder of his mother by hiring contract killers — Harvinder Singh, alias Sabi and Parminder Kumar, alias Pamma, both residents of Kukkeran village.

Petrol being sold illegally
Pathankot, July 29
More than 100 shops are illegally selling petrol in and around the town without permission from the authorities in connivance with the Food and Civil Supplies Department.

Junk dealer held for Pathankot explosion
Pathankot July 29
The local police has arrested the junk dealer, Masudan, in whose compound an explosive device went off yesterday, killing four rag pickers. A case under Section 304-A of the IPC has been registered against the junk dealer.

No case registered in group clash
Amritsar, July 29
No case has been registered in the group clash behind Khalsa College here in which three students of Ajnala college were injured last evening. The opposite group had reportedly opened fire in the air.

Three of family arrested in dowry case
Muktsar, July 29
Three members of a family of Guri Sangar village in Gidderbaha of Muktsar district, were arrested by the city police after a complaint by one Ms Jagjit Kaur, daughter of Mr Gurcharan Singh of Ferozepore.


100 medical college students stage dharna
Faridkot, July 29
More than 100 final year students of post graduate classes of various disciplines in Government Medical Colleges Amritsar and Faridkot staged a dharna in front of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences complex here today in protest against the indifferent attitude of the management of the varsity.

Amritsar boy attends ‘world leader summit’
Amritsar, July 29
Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, a student of Spring Dale Senior School, returned home after participating in the 2004 Future World Leader Summit held in Washington.

Students beat up bus conductor
Muktsar, July 29
Students of Sir Chand Government College allegedly beat up the conductor of a private bus, Mr Labh Singh, in front of the college at Sardargarh village on the Bathinda-Gidderbaha road today on the issue of boarding the bus.

Punjabi University sets up Gurmat
Patiala, July 29
Punjabi University has established the Gurmat Sangeet Chair for the expansion and promotion of Gurmat sangeet. The Chair has been attached to the Faculty of Art and Culture.

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