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Channelise Ghaggar, say flood victims
Alampur (Patiala) , August 4
They suffer every year. Some years more, some years less. They have been doing so since Independence when they migrated to Indian Punjab to start a new life. They want the Ghaggar to be channelised to prevent flash floods which destroy their crops and sometimes their houses as well. This has not come about despite umpteen promises made by both by the Akalis and the Congress.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh surveys the breach site of the SYL Canal that led to flooding of vast areas near Rajpura in Patiala district on Wednesday Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh surveys the breach site of the SYL Canal that led to flooding of vast areas near Rajpura in Patiala district on Wednesday. —  Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Rain water enters factories
Patiala, August 4
Factories situated near the Shambhu checkpoint on the outskirts of Rajpura town have suffered extensive losses as the rainwater entered the premises situated in a low lying area.

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Is Punjab to be blamed for Ambala’s flooding?
Has Ambala been inundated because of the use of the controversial SYL canal as a drain by Punjab? “Yes”, say officers of the Haryana Irrigation Department. They allege that the Punjab authorities deliberately made cuts in the Narwana branch of the Bhakra system and the SYL canal in their territory so that the flood waters from that state could be drained out to Haryana.




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SC ruling may go against Punjab: Mann
Jalandhar, August 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, said today that the Congress and the SAD (Badal) would be responsible if the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Presidential Reference on the river water-sharing issue went against Punjab.

Nature's fury blends with its beauty as the sun set is reflected in all its glory in the receding flood waters near Rajpura Nature's fury blends with its beauty as the sun set is reflected in all its glory in the receding flood waters near Rajpura on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar.

Amritsar set for worldwide connectivity
Chandigarh, August 4
Raja Sansi International Airport of Amritsar is all set for worldwide connectivity. From September 1, Singapore International Airlines has decided to introduce thrice-a-week direct Amritsar-Singapore flight, thus opening avenues for air connectivity of this airport with South-East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Coast of the USA and Canada.

Plans for handicapped gathering dust
Chandigarh, August 4
This is the story as much of handicapped persons as of a 'handicapped' government. In Punjab there was no social security or safety net but only high-sounding legislative instrument, The Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, effective since October, 1998.

  • Survey and institutions for handicapped

  • Thresher victims and industrial workers

IFS officer levels corruption charges against seniors
Chandigarh, August 4
A senior Indian Forest Service officer, Mr Harsh Kumar, presently posted as Conservator of Forests, Hoshiarpur, has levelled very serious charges of corruption against two of his seniors -Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Punjab, AS Dogra and Chief Conservator of Forests (Hills) H.S. Gujral.

NRI Sabha gives 2 lakh each to kin of hostages
Jalandhar, August 4
The families of three Indians, who were taken hostage by militants in Iraq, today expressed satisfaction over the ongoing efforts by the Indian Government for the safe and early release of the captives.

Punjabi becomes first Asian Sheriff in UK
Jalandhar, August 4
It is yet another proud moment for Jalandhar as Mr Harjit Singh Gill of Dakoha village, near cantonment has become the first Asian of the UK to get appointed as the Sheriff of Gloucester city.

French Sikh seeks PM’s support on turban issue
Amritsar, August 4
“Being a Sikh, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the Chief Minister, Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh should understand, the “insult” and problems faced by Sikhs without turban in France”, said Mr Gurdev Singh, an executive member of Gurdwara Singh Sabha in France, during a press conference here today.

COMMUNITY

BJP ends strike over power cuts
Hoshiarpur, August 4
With the withdrawal of power cuts by the Punjab State Electricity Board and restoration of the normal timings of government offices and shops by the Punjab Government, the district unit of the BJP, Hoshiarpur, ended its 28-day-long fast today, organised to protest against the power cuts.

New industrial units won’t need PUDA licence
Mohali, August 4
The Housing and Urban Development Department, Punjab, has exempted new industrial estates from the process of obtaining colony licence from the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority.

Husbands complain against wives regularly: study
Patiala, August 4
Husbands seem to be at the receiving end, with a study of cases referred to the city helpline revealing that husbands regularly complain against their wives. However, unlike their wives, husbands do not go public and also don’t want a case registered against their “better half”.

‘Boost industry to generate more jobs’
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 4
If we want to generate more employment opportunities and save our economy, we have to boost the industry of the state. More than 86 per cent land of the state is under agriculture. But, in the present scenario, the agriculture sector is not in a position to generate employment opportunities and revive economy.

Dalits cremated amidst heavy security
Sangrur, August 4
The bodies of Gurjant Singh and Harminder Singh, members of the Dalit community, who were shot dead allegedly by a group of landlords at Kamalpur village, near Dirba, yesterday, were cremated today.

COURTS

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Club affidavit
Chandigarh, August 4
The owner of Forest Hill Country Club and Resort, Karoran, on Tuesday filed an affidavit in the High Court, stating therein that the Resort was being made a scapegoat in an ongoing tussle between officers of the Punjab Government, particularly Indian Forest Service officers.

ADMINISTRATION

Inside Babudom
15 police inspectors promoted
Chandigarh, August 4
The Punjab Government has reportedly cleared the names of J.P. Birdi and Jyoti Trehan for promotion as Additional Directors-General of Police from the post of Inspectors-General of Police. The government has also promoted 15 police inspectors as Deputy Superintendents of Police.

CRIME

Child specialist caught taking bribe
Bathinda, August 4
Dr Baldev Raj Arora, child specialist, Civil Hospital, Ferozepore, was caught red-handed by a team of Vigilance Bureau led by DSP Raminder Singh while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 from an attendant of a patient, Man Singh, a resident of Gulami Wala village in Ferozepore district.

2 held for poor construction of market
Gurdaspur, August 4
A vigilance team from Amritsar today arrested the president of the Daulatpur-based labour society, Bharat Bhushan, along with an employee of the Dhariwal Municipal council in the case of poor construction of the Langah market. Sources said the accused had been arrested for the alleged irregularities in the construction of the Langah market in Dhariwal.

EDUCATION


Rally by unemployed teachers
Moga, August 4
Protesting against the contractual appointment of teachers by the Punjab Government and a lathi-charge on unemployed teachers in Jalandhar, the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union organised a rally at Nehru Park here today.


Unemployed teachers hold a protest rally in Moga on Wednesday.
Unemployed teachers hold a protest rally in Moga on Wednesday.

Nursing students raise slogans against Principal
Jalandhar, August 4
Over 130 students of Guru Nanak Nursing Institute, most of them hostellers, raised slogans against the college Director and Principal, and gave a memorandum to the ADC, Mr Mahinder Singh Kainth here today.

Nursing students threaten to move court
Pathankot, August 4
The future of all 35 girl students of R.N. Tagore Hospital and Nursing Training Institute located at Dibber-Ghrat near here, is at stake after the management has closed the institute, following the arrest of its director Dr G.D. Sharma.

647 report for MCA counselling
Patiala, August 4
Nearly 528 candidates reported for the state-level counselling for admission to the MCA course for 2004-05 being conducted by affiliated colleges of the three universities of Punjab — Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar. The counselling, which continued for a week, concluded yesterday.

BUSINESS

Compensation for traders sought
Sangrur, August 4
The Punjab Government should grant adequate compensation to traders for the losses incurred by them during the past 11 days due to the closure of their shops and other commercial establishments at 6 pm daily, instead of 8 pm in the wake of power crisis in the state.
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