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Rain wreaks havoc in Patiala
Residents blame MC for poor drainage system
Patiala/Rajpura , August 3
Rain water today caused flooding in both Patiala and Rajpura, with water entering many households even as traffic in some localities came to a halt with streets submerged in 4 to 5 feet of water.
A tree which was uprooted following flashfloods in Rajpura.
A tree which was uprooted following flashfloods in Rajpura. 
 
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Rain spells misery in low-lying areas
Himachal: Houses declared unsafe, people shifted
Editorial: Rain struck!
Chandigarh: After rain, the deluge
Ludhiana: Passengers stranded as rain hits rail traffic

Hostages’ families hoping for ‘good news’
Morinda, August 3
Sukhdev’s native village Makrona Kala, 12 km from Morinda, has become a hub of activities after he was held hostage in Iraq. Besides a large number of villagers from all over the district, various government officials visit Sukhdev’s house every day to console his family members, a team of all national television channel along with OB vans for live telecast and media reporters have been staying there.

‘Fraud’ travel agents flourishing



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  Poohla helped police kill 7 in fake encounters, say kin

Amritsar, August 3
It was their chance meeting at Gurdwara B block here when they came to know that their near and dear ones were allegedly killed in ‘fake police encounters’ in 1993 at the behest of Ajit Singh Poohla nihang.




Family members of seven persons who were killed in police encounters in 1993 allegedly at the behest of Nihang Ajit Singh Poohla record statements with Human Rights activists in Amritsar on Tuesday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Family members of seven persons who were killed in police encounters in 1993 allegedly at the behest of Nihang Ajit Singh Poohla record statements with Human Rights activists in Amritsar on Tuesday.

Bhatti, Sidhu chargesheeted in wireless scam
Chandigarh, August 3
Punjab's Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP) D.R. Bhatti and Superintendent of Police Malwinder Singh Sidhu have reportedly been issued chargesheets by the state Home Department in the alleged multi-crore wireless scam. The ADGP is currently posted at Jalandhar.

1,124 cases of gastroenteritis in seven months
Ludhiana, August 3
As many as 1,124 cases of gastroenteritis have been reported from various parts of Ludhiana from January to July 24.

Sound fiscal policy must for growth: Gupta
Chandigarh, August 3
A sound fiscal policy has been recognised as the nucleus of any meaningful development in a state or a country. And in either case, relative economic prosperity or human development has invariably been attributed to fiscal performance.

COMMUNITY

Man approaches President to trace wife
Bathinda, August 3
Mr Parkash Singh, a resident of Maur Mandi of this district, has approached the President of India and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for making arrangements to trace his wife who along with several other passengers fell into the Alkanda river, near Gobindghat in Uttaranchal, on July 6.

Man alleges police torture, in hospital for treatment
Faridkot, August 3
Jaswant Singh of Deep Singh Wala village has been admitted to surgery ward No 3 of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College Hospital here after alleged police torture. He is frightened and alleged that the police was threatening his family.

Labourers or criminals!
Bathinda, August 3
A lot of criminals have been coming to Punjab under the garb of migrant labourers. In most cases, they go scotfree after committing a crime as their whereabouts are not known to anyone.

Conference on SYL issue at Press Club
Chandigarh, August 3
The president of the Institute of Sikh Studies, Mr Gurdev Singh, who is a keen student of Punjab’s river water issues, has made an in-depth study of the subject and has written a book, ‘’Scramble for Punjab Waters’’, which the institute has published.

Punjab Roadways to have 400 new buses
Chandigarh, August 3
In order to meet the shortfall of buses, the Punjab Transport Department has decided to add 400 new buses to the fleet of Punjab Roadways. The buses will be procured from Punbus, a government undertaking, at a cost of Rs 40 crore.

50 lakh birth certificates to be issued by September
Ferozepore, August 3
More than 50 lakh date of birth (DOB) certificates will be issued by September this year in Punjab. This was disclosed by Mr Inderjit Singh, Director Census, Punjab, while presiding over a meeting of district officials in this connection.

Official figures belie fall in water table
Ludhiana, August 3
Groundwater position in Punjab is said to be alarming but the figures supplied by the Agriculture Department on the fall in water table do not correspond with the data of the field officials.

Jalandhar boy in Limca Book of Records
Jalandhar, August 3
Breaking his own record of devising the world’s smallest drilling machine, a Jalandhar boy has made a second successful attempt in getting his name printed in the Limca Book of Records.



Jasjit Singh of Jalandhar with the world’s smallest drilling machine, after he has designed it and acclaimed his name in the Limca Book of Record. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Jasjit Singh of Jalandhar with the world’s smallest drilling machine, after he has designed it and acclaimed his name in the Limca Book of Record.

Centre calls meeting of SGPC members
Chandigarh, August 3
The Central Government has decided to call a meeting on August 12 of the newly elected members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), a Gurdwara Election Commission spokesman said here yesterday.

Jathedar urged to stop discrimination
Bathinda, August 3
Mr Gurdeep Singh, general secretary, Akali Dal (Ravi Inder Singh), today urged Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, to make efforts to stop discrimination against members of the Scheduled Caste community in a dera located in this district.

Un-defused tank shell caused blast: experts
Gurdaspur, August 3
Investigation into the death of four rag-pickers at Pathankot recently has revealed that un-defused tank shell fuse might have caused the explosion.

Improvement Trust to get back land after 18 yrs
Jalandhar, August 3
In what could be an achievement for the Improvement Trust after a long legal battle, the management of the local SGL and Dera Satnamia Trust had offered to hand over a piece of prime land in Guru Ravi Dass Nagar and worth about Rs 3-4 crore, which has been under its possession for the past about 18 years to the trust authorities.

Confusion over DA merger delays doctors’ salary
Sangrur, August 3
Doctors of the Civil Hospital here have not received salaries for July due to alleged confusion over the merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance (DA) with basic pay.

Bank staff hold demonstration
Bathinda, August 3
A large section of the employees of different branches of the State Bank of Patiala today held a demonstration in front of the local zonal office of the bank to lodge their protest against the apathetic attitude of the bank management towards their genuine demands on the call given by the All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation.

Death anniversary of Bhagat Puran Singh
Amritsar, August 3
The 12th death anniversary of Bhagat Puran Singh, founder of Pingalwara, a home of insane, aged incurable sick destitutes, started here today. A painting and drawing competition for schoolchildren was held in the Pingalwara premises as part of Bhagat Puran Singh’s death anniversary here.

 
COURTS

High Court
Fresh application filed in Kharar shootout case

Chandigarh, August 3
A fresh petition was today filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking handing over the investigation in the Kharar shootout, in which two persons were killed, to the Central Bureau of Investigation or any other independent agency.

Boy challenges admission process
Chandigarh, August 3
The High Court has issued notice to Punjab Technical University and other respondents on a petition seeking quashing of the admission process in Thapar Engineering College, Patiala.

ADMINISTRATION

Sangha is CE, West Zone
Bathinda, August 3
Mr S.S. Sangha, who was earlier working as Chief Engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), North Zone, Jalandhar, today took over as Chief Engineer, West Zone, Bathinda.

CRIME

2 killed, 4 injured in firing at Kamalpur village
Sangrur, August 3
Two persons were killed and four other injured in a firing incident at Kamalpur village, near Dirba, about 30 km from here, this afternoon. The incident took place following a quarrel between children of landlords and Dalits of the village.

Businessman’s wife found murdered
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 3
Two robbers today struck at the house of a leading businessman at Mandi Gobindgarh town and allegedly murdered his wife. They fled with cash and valuables.

5 boys, 5 teenaged girls held for immoral activities’

Amritsar, August 3
Five boys and five teenaged girls including schoolgirls were arrested on the charges of immoral activities from a sweet shop in a raid by the police here today. The police claimed some ‘illegal and immoral’ activities were going on in the Ashoka sweetshop of the Putlighar area and it raided the complex.

The youths arrested by the police in a raid on a sweetshop in Amritsar on Tuesday. The police also arrested five girls in the raid. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

The youths arrested by the police in a raid on a sweetshop in Amritsar on Tuesday. The police also arrested five girls in the raid.

60 shops selling petrol raided
Pathankot, August 3
After three days of the publication of news item which was carried in The Tribune on July 30 “Petrol being sold illegally”, the Department of Food and Supplies has swung into action and raided more than 60 shops selling petrol illegally.

Man killed by relative
Batala, August 3
An aged person was killed with sharpedged weapons allegedly by his nephew at Bal Purian village under Sadar police station last night, the police said today.

Robbers’ gang busted
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 3
The district police claims to have busted a gang of robbers and found two 315 bore pistols, live cartridges, iron rods and a bottle of chloroform from their possession. The gang members were today presented in the court of Mr D.S. Johal, ACJM, Fatehgarh Sahib, who remanded them to police custody up to August 15.

Man rounded up for committing fraud on bank
Bathinda, August 3
A man, who has allegedly committed a fraud with a bank here in June, 2004, and had been trying to commit another fraud on the basis of fake cheques of the USA-based bank, was today rounded up by the city police.

Cash, jewellery stolen from McDonalds
Doraha, August 3
Cash and jewellery were allegedly stolen from a car at a highway restaurant, near here, last evening.

EDUCATION

Lecture on Swami Vivekanand’s thoughts on education
Patiala, August 3
The local Multani Mal Modi College organised a lecture on “Swami Vivekanand’s thoughts on education” here today. A renowned scholar and president of Vivekanand Study Circle, Bathinda, Mr Makhan Lal, was the key speaker.

Jobless teachers to observe ‘Black Day’ today
Moga, August 3
The Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union has decided to observe “Black Day” on August 4. The union has also flayed lathicharge on unemployed teachers in Jalandhar who were protesting peacefully in support of their demands.

Counselling for JET on Aug 10, 11
Amritsar, August 3
The second counselling for Joint Entrance Test (JET) sciences –2004, conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University for admission to B. Pharmacy, B.Sc. (hons) school in chemistry, physics, botany, human genetics and B.Sc (industrial microbiology), would be held at Guru Nanak Bhawan auditorium on the university campus on August 10 and 11.

Johar invites youths for talks
Chandigarh, August 3
The Punjab School Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, has invited unemployed B Ed pass youths for talks. Condemning the lathi-charge on such youths at Jalandhar on Sunday, Mr Johar said that his doors were open for talks and that he was prepared to meet them at any place.

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