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Farmers disrupt rail traffic
Demand more electricity, higher MSP
Amritsar, August 2
Hundreds of farmers under the joint banner of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee and Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta blocked the Amritsar-Jalandhar rail line at Vallah for four hours here today against not fulfilling the promises made by the state government. The blockade left thousands of passengers stranded as no train could pass from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Farmers protest against the state government and disrupt rail traffic at Vallah, near Amritsar, on Monday Farmers protest against the state government and disrupt rail traffic at Vallah, near Amritsar, on Monday.  — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Punjab seeks funds for irrigation projects
New Delhi, August 2
The Punjab Government has urged the Centre to provide additional funds to complete irrigation projects pending for years in the states.

News Analysis
Punjab agriculture must survive in nation’s interest
Chandigarh, August 2
The farmers who had gathered together at Kisan Bhavan in Chandigarh on a wet Sunday were not on an outing. They were not a captive audience brought in hired transport for any political rally. They had assembled voluntarily. They had also brought along ‘langar’.

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Harvinder SinghCaught between the devil and the deep sea
Morinda, August 2
Apprehensive eyes scan your visage for signs of compassion before Harvinder Singh — lying on a cot outside his house in Makrona village — grabs your arm, firmly. Looking deep into your eyes, he questions, “Will the Kuwaiti company send Sukhdev Singh back to India after he is released by the captors?”

Sukhdev’s kin remain on tenterhooks
Morinda, August 2
Even as the negotiations to ensure the release of three Indians along with others being held captive in Iraq resumed today, the family members of Sukhdev Singh remained on tenterhooks in Makrona Kala village, 20 km from Ropar.

SAD men accused of murder, rape
Roam free due to ‘police patronage’
Bathinda, August 2
Even as about two and half years have passed since the SAD-BJP alliance has been ousted out of power from Punjab, a section of SAD members of this district, has allegedly been indulging in some heinous crimes.

Jathedars on the warpath
Amritsar, August 2
Giani Iqbal Singh and Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedars of Patna Sahib and Akal Takht, respectively, are on the warpath again even as the former has threatened to boycott meetings of the Sikh clergy if he is not consulted on important religious issues before the pronouncement of ‘hukmnamas” (edicts).

Students with minus marks get into Thapar
Patiala, August 2
Students scoring minus marks, with the lowest being minus 50 in the 675-mark All-India Engineering Entrance Examination have been given admission to the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology here under the sports quota.


CPI accuses CM of creating fear psychosis
Bathinda, August 2
CPI leader Hardev Arshi today alleged that Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh had been creating fear psychosis among the people of the state by making a statement that if the SYL canal was completed, terrorism would resurface.


Faridkot sugar mill on the verge of closure
Faridkot, August 2
The Cooperative Sugar Mill is on the verge of closure here. The mill, which has been running in losses for the past many years, is to pay over Rs 10 crore to the farmers. Owing to delay in getting their dues this year, the farmers have decreased the area under the sugarcane crop.

12 pc area of state to be brought under forest cover
Fazilka, August 2
Mr Hans Raj Josan, Punjab minister for forests, was felicitated at a function here on Sunday by Kanwal Dhuria, former sarpanch of Mamu Jahia village. Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, MLA, Fazilka, Mr Ashok Aneja, president, Municipal Council, Jalalabad, the Rice Millers Association, Ferozepore District and the Pukka Arhtiya Association.

Defacement of public property continues
Patiala, August 2
There may be a ban on the pasting of posters on government buildings and putting up of hoardings and banners, but this does not seem to have any effect in this city where government buildings are being defaced with impunity. Hoardings and banners have also been put up along the major roads and also in markets with regularity. No attempt has been made to take action against anyone on this issue.

Posters outside the main gate of the hostel of State College of Education in Patiala.
Posters outside the main gate of the hostel of State College of Education in Patiala.

Johl agrees to continue
Chandigarh, August 2
After a one-to-one meeting with the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh today, Dr S.S. Johl has agreed to continue as the Vice-Chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board.

Celebrations for Chetak AWWA day begin
Bathinda, August 2
If a lady is aware about health, the entire family will be healthy. So, the wives of Army personnel should be aware about all aspects of health. This was stated by president of Chetak AWWA (Army Wives Welfare Association) Kiran Nandrajog, while addressing the wives of Army personnel during an inauguration programme in context with the 38th raising day of Chetak AWWA.

Classical recitation of Gurbani stressed
Patiala, August 2
Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti today lamented that ‘shabad kirtan’ was not taking place in the classical style even in the Harmandar Sahib, adding that efforts should be taken to propagate the purity of the ‘ragas’.

Preparations for 400th ‘Parkash Utsav’ begin
Patiala, August 2
The general secretary of SAD Capt Kanwaljit Singh said that the SGPC had started preparations for celebrating the 400th “Parkash Utsav” of Guru Granth Sahib and a big function would be organised on September 1 at Amritsar.

Patiala areas flooded

Bishan Nagar area of the Patiala city flooded with rain water on Monday
Bishan Nagar area of the Patiala city flooded with rain water on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Dalits to boycott ex-MLA
Gidderbaha (Muktsar), August 2
Dalits have decided to boycott Mr Raghubir Singh, former Gidderbaha MLA, allegedly for using derogatory remarks against Scheduled Caste (SC) women. Dalits at a rally here under the aegis of the Dalit Samaj Action Committee, recently led by Mr Parkash Doshi, general secretary of the Punjab Congress SC/ST cell resolved this.

Cultural function turns chaotic
Nabha, August 2
Chaos prevailed at a cultural function, Main Hoon Na, organised by the local Fire Dance Academy at the college ground on Saturday night. The police had to resort to a mild lathi charge to disperse the mob.

Statement not justified, says Grewal
Chandigarh , August 2
Mr H.S. Grewal, Conservator of Forests, in a written statement said yesterday that the statement given by the Punjab Forest Officers Association was without any basis as it wanted to protect certain officers against whom he had complained to the government.

Kirtan darbar organised
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 2
The District Cultural Society last night organised a kirtan darbar at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Amloh. It was dedicated to the 300th year of the martyrdom of younger “Sahibzadas” of Guru Gobind Singh.

3 die as jeep overturns
Amritsar, August 2
Three persons were killed when the jeep in which they were travelling overturned after hitting a roadside tree near Chohan village in the district this morning.


High Court
Lab report submitted on letter's authenticity
Chandigarh, August 2
The Punjab Government today submitted in the Punjab and Haryana High Court a report sent by the Punjab Forensic Science Laboratory.

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CMC case hearing on Aug 9
Ludhiana, August 2
The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing in the petition filed by the management of the Christian Medical College and Dental College to August 9.


Govt fails to sanction grants for jails
Amritsar, August 2
While commenting upon the deploring condition of jails in the state, Mr M.S. Birmi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary and In charge, Jails said today that the department had written a number of times to the state government for sanctioning matching grant so that the annual grants issued by the central government for jails could be utilised.

25 lakh birth certificates to be issued by Sept-end
Sangrur, August 2
Under the national campaign of issuing birth certificates to children born between 1989 and 2004, about 25 lakh birth certificates will be issued in Punjab by September-end. In the first phase, more than 24.43 lakh birth certificates had been issued.


SHO caught taking bribe
Jalandhar, August 2
Mr Satnam Singh, SHO Begowal, was today caught red-handed by the vigilance Bureau, while accepting bribe of Rs 3000 while sitting in his office. Cash amount of Rs 3.5 lakh, documents of property worth Rs 15 lakh and two cars were also recovered from his official residence.

Youth kills father
Sangrur, August 2
Angered by continual nagging, a youth killed his father in a farmhouse in Bhaini Gandooa village under Sunam Subdivision in this district today.

Contractor selling govt cement arrested
Bathinda, August 2
Kulwant Rai, a civil works contractor and supplier, who had been executing various works of the Railways, was arrested by the police for his alleged involvement in the sale of cement bags supplied to him by the government agency for executing a civil work.

Women held for fraud
Moga, August 2
The police has arrested two women for duping a person of Rs 5 lakh under the pretext of sending him abroad.


Thapar institute honours NASA winners
Patiala, August 2
Today it was the turn of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology to honour the winners of the NASA Space Settlement Design competition held in Florida, the USA, last month.

Model school only in name
Khamba (Moga), August 2
It is a Government Model Senior Secondary School but the state of neglect it is in, raises doubts over its status. The school was one of the nine announced by the Badal Government in 1978 with much fanfare but after spending lakhs of rupees the construction work was stopped due to “paucity” of funds.

Govt asked to refund hiked fee of students
Hoshiarpur, August 2
Tikshan Sud, leader of the BJP in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, condemned the Punjab Government for not refunding the enhanced amount in their fees that had charged from students during their admission in the last academic session.

Over 23,000 teachers have not been paid for 2 months
Fazilka, August 2
As many as 23,742 teachers and other staff members in nearly 13,000 primary schools of Punjab and 1,404 middle, high and senior secondary schools upgraded in May, 2001, have not been paid salaries for June and July.

Panchayat closes school
Bathinda, August 2
Residents and panchayat members of Sivian village in this district today locked the gate of Government Senior Secondary School to lodge their protest against the falling standard of education.

First session of law courses opened
Faridkot, August 2
Mr Alok Shekhar, Deputy Commissioner, today inaugurated the first session of the three-year and five-year degree courses of law at the local Baba Farid Law College.

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