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Punjab seeks Rs 2 crore from Haryana for plugging breaches
Chandigarh, August 6
While, Mr D.P. Jindal, assumed the charge of the new Chief Engineer (drainage), Irrigation Department, Punjab, today replacing, Mr M.S. Sobti, who is said to be on leave, the Punjab Government has asked the Haryana Government to provide Rs 2 crore as tentative amount to prepare for starting the work to plug the breaches of the Narwana branch of the Bhakra mainline canal.

Breaches in flood protection system
Chandigarh, August 6
What has gone wrong with the flood protection system that even failed to withstand the first heavy rain in Punjab early this week? Were funds not allocated this year to take and strengthen flood- protection measures before the beginning of the rainy season? These are the questions that required to be answered by the authorities concerned.

30 villages still marooned in Patiala
Patiala, August 6
Breaches in the Ghaggar river in Samana subdivision have resulted in flood waters entering some villages even as around 30 villages in the district remained marooned even today.

Villagers prepare for jawan’s homecoming
Kot Bhai (Muktsar), August 6
The kutcha house of Lance Naik Jagsir Singh in this village has been humming with activities and residents have started making preparations to celebrate his likely return on August 9 after about five years, which he spent in a jail in Pakistan after he was taken into custody by Pakistan Rangers during the Kargil conflict.

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Kalam to attend Guru Granth Sahib celebrations
Amritsar, August 6
The President of India, Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam, will be among the VVIPs who will participate in the 400th anniversary celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib, beginning on September 1 per the Nanakshahi calendar.

The SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, chairs a meeting regarding the 400th anniversary celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI photo
The SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, chairs a meeting regarding the 400th anniversary celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib in Amritsar on Friday.

Inside Babudom
Lal, Gupta promoted DGPs
Chandigarh, August 6
Additional Directors-General of Police (ADGPs) P. Lal and R.K. Gupta were today promoted as Directors-General of Police (DGPs) by the Punjab Government.


SAD (A) demands facilities for state
Bathinda, August 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann today demanded that Punjab should be given the same facilities which had been extended to those states which were also being ruled by the Congress governments.


Govt can fish out revenue from lake
Pathankot, August 6
The state government is losing revenue of about Rs 1 crore per annum to poachers or illegal fish contractors by not allowing fishing in the Ranjit Sagar lake. Though the Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, has banned fishing in the lake, sources said it was difficult to stop fishing or boating in the lake.

Kumar is lying, say Dogra, Gujral
Chandigarh, August 6
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests A.S. Dogra and Chief Conservator of Forests H.S. Gujral have strongly denied allegations levelled by their colleague, Conservator of Forests Harsh Kumar.

Kidnapped man’s wife moves PSHRC
Sangrur, August 6
In a representation sent to the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) two days ago, Ms Avtar Kaur, a resident of Saron village, near here, urged its Chairman to initiate proceedings for getting a case registered against five policemen of the police station of Balianwali village in Bathinda district for “abducting” her husband, Santokh Singh, on July 4, 1991, from his clinic at Mandi Kalan village in Bathinda district. Santokh Singh is still untraceable.

Head constable in soup over missing file
Gurdaspur, August 6
The police has booked a head constable, Lakhwinder Singh, posted at Kalanaur police station, for allegedly stealing a file pertaining to him. The accused had wrongly verified the character of a person in his capacity of a munshi of the police station. Later, the person got recruited in the Punjab police on the basis of that certificate.

Villagers pitch in to lay water pipe
Budh Singhwala (Moga), August 6
Despite losing wages they are working so that their families get safe drinking water. Outbreak of diarrhoea in neighbouring Mari Mustafa village has prompted residents of Dalit locality on the Rajeana Road here to themselves lay pipeline to waterworks to provide drinking water to 250 houses.

Cow pens’ safety discussed
Barnala, August 6
Following the August 3 roof collapse tragedy in Sanghera cow pen which resulted in the death of 82 cows and a buffalo calf, the Barnala civil administration has now woken up from its slumber holding parleys over devising ways and means to avert such mishaps in future.

First doctor couple to get B.C. Roy award
Patiala, August 6
Dr Radha Rani Mittal and Dr R.L. Mittal, both senior doctors, who have held senior positions in the local Government Medical College and also in the Research and Medical Education Department, have got the unique distinction of being the first couple in the region to be awarded the Medical Council of India’s Dr BC Roy National Award.

Dr B.C. Roy National Award winners Dr R.L. Mittal and Dr Radha Rani Mittal have the unique distinction of being the fist couple to win the award. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Dr B.C. Roy National Award winners Dr R.L. Mittal and Dr Radha Rani Mittal have the unique distinction of being the fist couple to win the award.

Under attack for talking straight
Chandigarh, August 6
A former Secretary, Forests, Mr P. Ram, was under persistent attack at the meeting of the Punjab Council of Ministers here on Thursday, it is learnt.

SGPC urged to take over gurdwaras under Phoola
Amritsar, August 6
Col G.S. Sandhu, Chairman, Majha Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front, and president, Poohla Eviction Committee, today urged the Jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to take over the historic and other gurdwaras which are in illegal possession of Ajit Singh Poohla, self-styled Nihang chief of the Taruna Dal here.

Make arrangements for pensions: Majdoor Sabha
Bathinda, August 6
The Punjab Khet Majdoor Sabha, Bathinda district, today urged the state government to make arrangements for giving pensions to elderly, to restart the “shagun” scheme and payment of unemployment allowance.

Pak delegation arrives for polio summit
Amritsar, August 6
A 35-member Pakistan delegation of the Rotary Club arrived here via the joint check post (JCP) at Wagah today.

Martyr cremated
Pathankot, August 6
Subhash Kumar, CRPF jawan, who lost his life combating Pakistan-backed intruders in Srinagar, was consigned to the flames at his native village, Tharial, in Pathankot subdivision today.


Beant Singh’s son seeks Z category security
Chandigarh, August 6
Mr Tej Prakash Singh, former Punjab Transport Minister and son of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, who was assassinated some years ago, has filed an application in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking Z category security in the light of the escape of three main accused in the assassination case from the high security Burail Jail.


Farmers prefer Bt cotton
Bathinda, August 6
After having faced repeated failures of cotton crops during the past decade except last year despite sowing the recommended varieties by the state Agriculture Department, a large section of the farmers of the cotton belt of Punjab have taken to other varieties with the hope that their fields would bloom with white gold.

Farmers stage dharna, seek relief
Moga, August 6
The Kirti Kisan Union staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today, demanding compensation for drought-hit farmers and free power and water supply to them.


One held in murder case
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 6
The district police has claimed to have solved the case of murder of Suman Rani of Shastri Nagar, Mandi Gobindgarh, with the arrest of Raj Kumar, neighbour of Suman Rani, whereas the two contract killers engaged by Raj Kumar are at large. The police has registered a case under Section 460 of the IPC and presented Raj Kumar in the court of Mr S.S. Panesar at Amloh, who has remanded him in police custody for one day.

One held for printing fake currency
Patiala, August 6
The police arrested a person who was allegedly involved in printing of fake currency here today.


ETT teachers spit fire over contract jobs
Moga, August 6
Enraged over the appointment of teachers on contract by the Punjab Government, the ETT Teachers Union today blocked traffic and burnt the effigy of the state government here.

Patiala boy second in PMET
Patiala, August 6
Hemkiran Singh, a local boy, has made the city proud by securing the second rank in the Punjab PMET examination conducted earlier this year.

Hemkiran Singh, who secured second rank in the Punjab PMET examination conducted earlier this year, with his parents in Patiala on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Hemkiran Singh, who secured second rank in the Punjab PMET examination conducted earlier this year, with his parents in Patiala on Friday.

Unemployed teachers hold protest rally
Sangrur, August 6
A large number of members of the district unit of the unemployed Elementary Teachers Union (UETU) along with activists of the district unit of DIET Students Welfare Association, today took out a protest march and burnt the effigy of the Punjab Government at the traffic chowk in protest against the contractual appointment of teachers by the government. They also demanded the withdrawal of false cases registered against student leaders at Jalandhar.

Graduate classes allowed
Mansa, August 6
Punjabi University, Patiala, has fulfilled the long-standing demand of the people of this region by giving approval to the local Nehru Memorial Government College to start graduate classes in medical and non-medical streams from the current academic session.


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