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Indian shot in firing near Baghdad
Hoshiarpur, August 1
People are praying and the Indian Government is making efforts to get three Indians taken hostage in Iraq released, but the death of Mandeep Singh (27) of Pandori Kad village, who was killed during indiscriminate firing by Iraqi revolutionaries on a convoy of trucks at Mehmoodia near Baghdad on June 20, has gone unnoticed.
Mr Joginder Singh and Ms Surinder Kaur, parents of Mandeep Singh who was killed by Iraqi revolutionaries near Baghdad on June 20.
Mr Joginder Singh and Ms Surinder Kaur, parents of Mandeep Singh who was killed by Iraqi revolutionaries near Baghdad on June 20.

Indian drivers being forced to work in Iraq
Jalandhar, August 1
Kuwaiti transport companies are forcing even untrained Indian drivers to work in Iraq against their wishes to ensure uninterrupted supply of food items and arms and ammunition to the US army, which is fighting against Iraqi guerrillas after the ouster of Saddam Hussein from power.

Thousands of Indians “being detained” by US Army
Bhangala (Jalandhar), August 1
More than 5000 Indian drivers and other workers are not only being subjected to physical and mental torture, but are also being illegally detained by the US army in its camps and messes in Kuwait.

SYL: Farmers endorse all steps taken by Amarinder
Chandigarh, August 1
The Punjab farming community and intelligentsia today endorsed the administrative and legal steps taken within the ambit of the Constitution by the Capt. Amarinder Singh government to protect the interests of the state in the prolonged river water dispute.

Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, having a word with Mr Bhupinder Singh Mann, All-India President of the BKU, during a seminar at Chandigarh on Sunday. Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, having a word with Mr Bhupinder Singh Mann, All-India President of the BKU, during a seminar at Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari



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CM rejects Johl’s resignation
Chandigarh, August 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today rejected the resignation sent by Dr S.S, Johl, Vice-Chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board. Dr Johl had sent his resignation to the Chief Minister on July 8.

Poohla aide too held for murder
Nawanshahr, August 1
The police arrested Karnail Singh, alias Kaila, another aide of Ajit Singh Poohla accused in a murder case. The Ludhiana police also started proceedings against Ajit Singh Poohla in a case registered him against his original name “Jaswinder Singh alias Good Fighter” at Kotwali Police station in Ludhiana, in which he was declared a proclaimed offender in 1981.

Sikh religious work beyond bias: expert
Amritsar: The cultural resource and conservation initiative which has been entrusted with the task of preparing the ground work for the ‘formulation of methodology and strategy for conservating the Golden Temple’ funded by the International Ford Foundation, had started work on project here.

Vedanti’s directive to DSGMC draws flak
Amritsar, August 1
A directive issued by Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti asking Mr Parlahad Singh Chandok, President of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, to make a payment of Rs 1.10 crore to Mr Avtar Singh Hit as compensation for the school handed over to the DSGMC, has ruffled many feathers.

SAD moots body to curtail clergy
Amritsar, August 1
In a move apparently aimed at clipping the wings of Jathedar of Akal Takht, Shiromani Akali Dal yesterday mooted a proposal to constitute a religious advisory committee of Sikh intellectuals which would advise the Sikh clergy on religious matters.

Pak cobbler brings 'tilley wali jutti' for PM
Wagah (Amritsar): A thrilled Mohammed Ali Khan Mallik (73), a schoolmate and friend of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from his native village Ghah, tehsil Chakwal, crossed over via the joint check post border land route along with a 29- member delegation of members of local councils, here recently.


Acute drinking water crisis in villages: survey
Kotkapura, August 1
With the condition of waterworks becoming worse and groundwater level dipping, residents of the nearby villages are facing an acute water shortage here. The situation is even worse in Dalit localities.

Villagers getting contaminated water
Moga, August 1
Even though the administration is busy finding reasons behind the diarrhoea outbreak at Mari Mustafa village here, villagers are still consuming contaminated hand pump water.

Getting relief from meditation
Amritsar: People chronically ill, depressed and lethargic, whose ailments doctors are unable to diagnose or treat, could get relief through meditation and prayer in a certain way. This is the concept of Tapowan Ashram, a unique institution for healing the day-to-day problems and chronic physical and mental diseases through Gurbani.

Punjab biodiversity report approved
Chandigarh, August 1
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has approved a report of the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology on biodiversity. Funded by the United Nations Development Programme, all states have been directed by the ministry to prepare action plans for the conservation of biodiversity. “This will contribute to formulating the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan”, says Dr Neelima Jerath, Joint Director (Environment) of the council.

RCF to supply 32 coaches to Myanmar
Kapurthala, August 1
The Rail Coach Factory here will manufacture 32 coaches for Myanmar Railways. Purchase order in this regard came from Major General Aung Min, Minister of Rail Transportation, Union of Myanmar, during his visit to the factory here yesterday.

MCI sticks to July 31 deadline
Ludhiana, August 1
The Medical Council of India has reiterated that the last date for admission to the MBBS course was July 31 and it was statutory and mandatory. In response to a letter by Dr Ujjagar Singh Dhaliwal, Principal, Sri Guru Ramdas Institute of Medical Sciences, Amritsar, the Secretary, MCI, Lt-Col (Dr) A.R.N. Setalwad, has said: “Needless to state that there is no scope for any authority not to adhere to the time and schedule for medical admission.

Row over election of IMA president
Sangrur, August 1
The names of Dr Lal Chand Bansal and Dr Harinder Singh Ballian have been approved as president and secretary, respectively, of the local unit of the Indian Medical Association by the state unit of the IMA at its meeting held at Ludhiana on July 25.

Atwal gives 5 lakh for dental ambulance
Phagwara, August 1
Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh from the MPLAD fund for the purchase of a mobile dental ambulance. Mr Atwal was the chief guest at the installation ceremony of the Rotary Club South-East team here last night.

Pot-holed road, power cuts affect C-Pyte
Kapurthala, August 1
The lackadaisical attitude of the Punjab Government in repairing the link road from main Kapurthala-Subhanpur Road to Theh Kanlja village has created problems for the Centre of Training and Employment of Punjab Youth (C-Pyte).

Delhi-Sharjah flights
Jalandhar, August 1
Indian Airlines has decided to increase number of flights from Delhi to Sharjah and vice-versa from August 12. Mr Kamaljeet Singh, Area Marketing Manager, said that flights on the route would be increased from two to four flights a week.

Play in memory of Mehmood
Patiala, August 1
The National Theatre Arts Society dedicated the 18th Punjabi Haas Raag Rang programme, including a humorous play ‘Bhagwad Ajjukam’ to the legendary Hindi cinema comedian Mehmood here today.

Rain brings cheer
Patiala, August 1
Residents of the city heaved a sigh of relief as it rained in the afternoon today. The rain started at around 3 p.m. flooding streets in low lying areas of the city. Residents of New Bishan Nagar had organised langar before the showers to appease the “rain-god”, said president of the Mohalla Sudhar Committee Devinder Sharma. OC

Low lying area of the city flooded with rain water in Patiala on Sunday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar.
Low lying area of the city flooded with rain water in Patiala


Rain brightens crops’ prospects
Bathinda, August 1
The prospects of normal growth of paddy, cotton and other kharif crops brightened after two hours of heavy rain that lashed this region yesterday. Power cuts were also reduced by the PSEB.


PUDA Act likely to be amended
Bathinda, August 1
The Punjab Government has been contemplating to introduce a Bill in the next assembly session to make amendment in the existing PUDA Act to make it more stringent by incorporating severe punishments for those, who had been violating its provisions by setting up unauthorised colonies.

Inside Babudom
3 international sportsmen among four promoted
Chandigarh, August 1
Three international sportspersons of yesteryear -- Paramdeep Singh Teja, Charanjit Kumar and Sarwan Singh -- are among the four Deputy Superintendents promoted as Superintendents of Police in Punjab.

Road project funds diverted, contractor stops work
Jalandhar, August 1
The alleged swindling of funds meant for the Rs 1.61-crore strengthening of the Sansarpur-Jandiala road project has resulted in delay in the completion of the work, causing inconvenience to more than 80,000 residents of 20 villages.


Child sacrificed?
Phagwara, August 1
A suspected case of human sacrifice came to light near here today. The body of a two-year-old boy was found near a canal at Bhullarai village. The legs, arms and the sexual organ of the boy were chopped off. There was a hole in the head as if made by a hot iron rod.

Travel agent arrested on rape, abduction charges
Amritsar, August 1
The Sadar police has arrested Satnam Singh (55), a travel agent and resident of the Majitha Road area, who has 10 children from earlier two marriages, for allegedly abducting, raping and keeping a girl in illegal detention for a month.

Bid to loot LIC office
Jalandhar, August 1
Security officials of the Life Insurance Corporation and people present foiled an attempt to loot Rs 2 lakh in cash and revenue stamps Rs 7,000 here yesterday. Two persons running away with the cash and revenue stamps were caught even before they could move out of the building, other two members of the gang escaped.


Farid varsity PMET: result likely today
Faridkot, August 1
The Pre-Medical Entrance test conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Faridkot ended today. As many as 8,147 candidates appeared in the test at 40 sub-centres set up in five cities, Amritsar, Faridkot, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala.

Suspended Registrar says paper he taught discontinued
Patiala, August 1
The former Registrar of Punjabi University, Dr K S Sidhu, who is under suspension, alleges that the university has discontinued teaching of the paper “Area Studies-South Asia and Indian Ocean” to post graduate students since it was his area of specialisation.

Exhibition at Blossoms School
Blossoms School on Sunday organised an exhibition on its premises. Models and projects created by students in the social arts literature and Punjabi culture were displayed on the occasion. Students were seen displaying a model of Hawai island with number of volcanoes

A model on display at the annual exhibition of Blossoms School in Patiala on Sunday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
A model on display at the annual exhibition of Blossoms School in Patiala on Sunday

BSc course may get the nod
Mansa, August 1
Mr Jatinder Kumar Agra, Development Secretary, Old Student Association of Nehru Memorial College, today said that the Punjabi University authorities were likely to allow the college authorities to run bachelor degree classes in science courses, including medical and non-medical streams, from the current academic session.


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