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Amarinder may succumb to pressure: Badal
Amritsar, July 31
The Sikh high priests may find themselves in a quandary even as Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president Shiromani Akali Dal yesterday said that his party felt that Mr Parlahad Singh Chandok, president Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee had hurt the sentiments of Sikh masses by honouring Mr Jagdish Tytler, a Union Minister with a Siropa (robe of honour).

Uneasy silence in captive Sukhdev’s village
Morinda, July 31
No blockages. No angry men trying to stop vehicles from plying on a strip cutting across the lush green fields. Not even wailing women. Even politicians and their supporters are not there for gaining mileage after driving down to Makrona — Sukhdev Singh’s native village.

Sukhdev Singh’s mother, Gurpal Kaur, and father, Sher Singh, in a pensive mood at their residence in Makrona village near Morinda Sukhdev Singh’s mother, Gurpal Kaur, and father, Sher Singh, in a pensive mood at their residence in Makrona village near Morinda on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

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Decline in milk supply to plants
Chandigarh, July 31
While the Central team that visited various drought-hit areas of Punjab and Haryana to assess the loss caused to crops on Thursday returned to Delhi, there has been a substantial decline in milk supply from the countryside to various milk plants in Punjab.

PUDA urges DGP to book colonisers
Patiala, July 31
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has approached the Director-General of Police, Dr A.A. Siddiqui, to get 300 cases registered against illegal colonisers in the state.

Selfless service to Panth yet no reward
SALEEM SHEIKHAN (PATIALA): Freedom fighter and octogenarian Dewan Singh devoted his whole life for the Panth. So did his father, Jathedar Sharam Singh, who was responsible for breaking the blockade during the “Guru ka bagh” morcha in 1922 to ensure that food reached the devout during the anti-Mahant movement.

NASA winners get warm welcome
Patiala, July 31
The city today saluted its “NASA winners” at various felicitation ceremonies which saw the children astride an open jeep with scores of city children standing on the road at various points to meet and congratulate them for emerging victorious in a gruelling space design competition organised in Florida from July 16 to 19.

The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest winners wave to admirers during a public reception in Patiala on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar.
The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest winners wave to admirers during a public reception in Patiala


Shaheed Udham Singh foundation formed
Sunam (Sangrur), July 31
Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh today announced the formation of the Shaheed Udham Singh Foundation and named Mr Lal Singh, Irrigation and Power Minister, Punjab, its president.

Tributes paid to Shaheed Udham Singh
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 31
All those who sacrificed their lives for the nation are always remembered and become immortal. They are a source of inspiration for the coming generations. The communities that forget and don’t respect their martyrs cannot make progress, said Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, while paying tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh during the commemoration of his 65th martyrdom day at his memorial at Rauza Sharif here today.

One-time cash grant for awardees
Chandigarh, July 31
The Punjab Government under the leadership of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has announced a one-time cash grant for the future awardees of ` Mention-in-Despatches of Rs 2.50 lakh with effect from May 27, 2004.

Nursing home water supply found contaminated
Bathinda, July 31
In a startling revelation, the water being consumed by the staff, patients and their attendants in a private hospital located in the town was found contaminated with insects and suspended particles when a team of doctors of the local Civil Hospital conducted a surprise check this morning.

Forest officers support DFO
Jalandhar, July 31
The Punjab State Forest Officers’ Association have condemned the behaviour of Mr H.S. Grewal, Conservator of Forests, Working Plan Circle, who allegedly had threatened Patiala District Forest Officer Karamjeet Singh and his staff for providing official record to the Vigilance Department.

Heavy rain submerges Muktsar, Malout areas
Muktsar, July 31
An hour’s rain in this district today, brought some relief to farmers and residents here, but due to bad disposal system Muktsar and Malout cities turned into lake as several low-lying areas were submerged.

Union seeks action against Forest Conservator
Hoshiarpur, July 31
The Punjab State Forest Officers Association has expressed shock and outrage over Mr H.S. Grewal, Conservator of Forests, working plan circle, for threatening the Divisional Forest Officer, Patiala and his staff with dire consequences for providing the official record to the Vigilance Department as demanded by the latter.

Trash stops power generation
Gurdaspur, July 31
Reeling from power crisis the PSEB suffered anther setback when the UBDC powerhouse had to stop generation due to excess trash in the canal. Sources here said that due to rain in the upper hills a lot of trash flowed into kutcha unlined UBDC canal that led to the choking of the powerhouse.

Dalit Samaj to move SC, ST commission
Muktsar, July 31
The Dalit Samaj Action Committee, led by Mr Parkash Doshi, general secretary of the Punjab Congress SC/ST cell, today decided to approach the National SC/ST Commission demanding justice in the case related to the former Congress MLA, Mr Raghubir Singh, who had allegedly used derogatory remarks against some Dalit women.


Football coach acquitted in TADA case
Patiala, July 31
The court of Additional Judge Designate TADA today acquitted the football coach of the Punjabi University’s Physical Education department who had been listed as an accused in the killing of former Excise and Taxation Commissioner A.K. Mishra.


Advisory councils reconstituted
Chandigarh, July 31
The Punjab Government yesterday reconstituted three of its advisory councils dealing with Kandi, border and bet areas. The Chief Minister would be the chairman of all the three, says a press release.


MLA’s wife booked for fraud
Kotkapura (Faridkot), July 31
The wife of an Akali Dal MLA from Kotkapura, Mrs Amandeep Kaur, has been booked on the charge of getting a government job by producing a fake gradation certificate. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered against her on the orders of the Director, Sports. She was appointed under the sports quota.

2 more govt officials held for corruption
Chandigarh, July 31
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau yesterday caught red-handed two more government officials — an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police and an accountant with a municipal council — while demanding and accepting bribe. The ASI has also been booked under the provisions of the Excise Act after 50 bottles of liquor were allegedly recovered from his residence.

Councillor arrested
Samana, July 31
Sudarshan Kumar Mittal, Municipal Councillor, Samana has been arrested as an FIR under Sections 385, 386, 387, 389, 506 and 34 of the IPC is registered against him on the complaint of Mr Yash Pal Singla, President of the Nagar Council.


Concern over increase in universities
Amritsar, July 31
Prof Arun Nigavakar, Chairman University Grants Commission, New Delhi yesterday expressed his deep concern over the mushrooming of a number of universities which promises higher education without having infrastructure.

5 observers appointed for PMET
Faridkot, July 31
The Punjab Government has appointed five observers at its Amritsar, Faridkot, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala centres to ensure fair and free PMET being conducted by the Baba Farid University of Medical and Health Sciences, Faridkot, on August 1.

Master’s in Dental Sciences at Muktsar dental college
Chandigarh, July 31
The Desh Bhagat group of institutes is starting a Master’s in Dental Sciences at Dental College, Muktsar, and scholarships for the PMT and MET toppers. The group runs various professional and medical colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh.

PTU counselling schedule
Jalandhar, July 31
Counselling for admission to engineering colleges in the state, has been re-scheduled for the outside state by Punjab Technical University. Dr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, said that the counselling of the candidates would now be conducted in three phases.


Shopkeepers sore over changed timings
Patiala, July 31
Shopkeepers of the city here are sore over the state government’s decision of restricting shop timings from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. of commercial and business establishments except hotels, restaurants and other eating outlets.


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