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Four youths allege duping by Canway Immigration
Ludhiana, August 7
The lure of greener pastures has once again deprived four youths and their families of whatever limited resources they had here to pull along. The victims belonging to different parts of the state have charged a Chandigarh-based immigration consultancy in Sector-44 of duping them of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Punjab law panel favours death penalty for ‘common’ murderers
Chandigarh, August 7
Even as legal luminaries in India and abroad are debating the issue of scrapping capital punishment from the statute, the Punjab State Law Commission has reportedly urged the Centre to bring about an amendment in the law for awarding death sentence to even "common" murderers.

Punjab: Chautala “spreads lies” about Narwana canal breaches
Chandigarh, August 7
Launching a counter political attack on the Haryana Chief Minister, Om Parkash Chautala, the Punjab Government said today that Mr Chautala was not only spreading lies with regard to the breaches in the Narwana branch but also as Chief Minister he had opposed the taming of the Ghaggar river that played a havoc by flooding various parts of Punjab and Haryana.

Where flood is not bad news
Chandumajra seeks relief for farmers
Ghaggar floods 11000 acres of 9 villages




High time Punjab has a disaster management cell
Chandigarh, August 7
Mid-way the assessment of the drought situation in Punjab by a Central team, came the deluge caused by flash floods in the Ghaggar, leaving behind an indelible trail of death and destruction in some parts of the state, diverting the attention of the government. The grim situation had made the civil administration send an SOS to the Army and the Indian Air Force.

Keep unbundling of PSEB on hold, Surjeet tells Capt
Chandigarh, August 7
Obviously to block the process initiated by Punjab Government to “ unbundle” the Punjab State Electricity Board, the General Secretary of the CPM and pivotal player to run the Central Government, Mr Harkishan Singh Surjeet Singh, has asked the Punjab Government to retain the PSEB in its existing form for at least two more years.

DGP for PPS officers heading six police dists
Jalandhar, August 7
The Punjab Government will again approach the Central Government for conversion of six cadre-based posts of SSPs in as many police districts as non-cadre posts.

Farmers beat peacock to death
Chandigarh, August 7
Indiscriminate killing of the national bird continues unabated in Punjab, with yet another case surfacing in Doraha today. In a bizarre incident that occurred in Jaragari village in Doraha Forest Rang, three farmers beat a peacock to death, using batons for the ruthless attack.

Race for education board chief’s post hots up
Mohali, August 7
The race is on for the post of the Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board here. The term of the current Chairman, Dr Kehar Singh, ends on August 8 but with a weekend in between, yesterday was effectively his last working day in the Board.


Kin to receive PoWs at Wagah
Kot Bhai (Muktsar), August 7
The widowed mother and five-year-old daughter, along with the other kin of Lance Naik Jagsir Singh will leave the village tomorrow to receive him at the Wagah checkpost on August 9 after the Army authorities confirmed his return from Pakistan.

Man beaten up, moves PSHRC, high court
Bathinda, August 7
Mr Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Bhucho Kalan village, who along with his mother were allegedly beaten up mercilessly by five persons on July 11, 2004, has approached the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the state police authorities for directing the police official concerned to arrest the accused.

One feared dead, 50 hurt in mishap
Ludhiana, August 7
One person was feared killed and 50 others were injured when a truck carrying devotees from Kiratpur Sahib hit two trees in a ditch after colliding with another truck coming from Ludhiana, near Chak Sarwan Nath village, on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway tonight.

CPM, KMU support Kamalpur Dalits
Sangrur, August 7
Members of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union and the CPM today marched from the office of the CPM to the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police here, demanding arrest of remaining accused in the firing incident at Kamalpur village on August 3, in which two Dalits were shot dead, and compensation for the families of deceased Dalits and injured persons.

Delegation to submit memo to PM
Chandigarh, August 7
The Vishva Bhai Mardana Yaadgari Kirtan Darbar Society president, Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, yesterday said that a memorandum on 70-odd detained Punjabi youths in Pakistan jails would be submitted to the Prime Minister in New Delhi on August 9.

IMA welcomes SC ruling on doctors
Patiala, August 7
The state wing of the Indian Medical Association has welcomed the judgement of the Supreme Court in the case of Dr Suresh Gupta, a plastic surgeon of Delhi, stating that doctors will not be blamed for patients’ death.

Punjab Medicos elated over SC verdict
Sangrur, August 7
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association today hailed the decision of the Supreme Court that a doctor cannot be held liable for criminal negligence due to the death of a under-treatment patient owing to an error of judgement or an accident.

Bhai Jasbir Singh operated upon
Three injured in accident
6 hurt as seed sellers, farmers clash
$ 1,000 donated to Pingalwara


282 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Nursing institute chief granted bail
Sarpanch, 4 others in police custody till August 9


Committee to lay guidelines for filling stations
Mohali, August 7
With a view to securing uniform guidelines for the location of new petrol pumps and filling stations in the state, the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, has constituted a high-level multi-disciplinary committee headed by the Chief Town Planner to propose a comprehensive policy in this regard.


Woman, child murdered by rickshaw-puller
Bathinda, August 7
Raj Rani, who was living in a trans-railway colony here, and her two-year-old daughter, were killed allegedly by a rickshaw-puller, identified as Jagga Singh, who had an illicit relation with the deceased.

10 wounded in ‘deorhi’ row
Amritsar, August 7
As many as 10 persons were reportedly injured and about 40 persons were rounded up in a dispute over the construction of an upper portion of a “deorhi” (verandah) of Sadhu Ram Sarai in the Putlighar area here today. The accused also allegedly fired five or seven gunshots in air which was followed by stoning and throwing of glass bottles which continued for half an hour.

Killing of two Dalits: 6 more arrested
Sangrur, August 7
The police here today arrested six more persons—Mandeep Singh, Sandeep Singh, Jatinder Singh and Yadwinder Singh, all from Kamalpur village, Bikramjit Singh from Samana, and Gurbhej Singh from Sular Gharat village,— for firing on Dalit locality by a group of landlords at Kamalpur village, near Dirba, on August 3. Two Dalits were killed and 15 were injured in the firing.

Two children crushed to death
Bathinda, August 7
Two children aged seven and two and -a-half years were crushed to death while their father, Krishan Lal, a leading businessman of the city, suffered multiple injuries when an overloaded tractor-trailer hit their scooter near SSD Girls College here late this evening.

6 of family hurt


Management quota seats: DMC extends date
Patiala, August 7
Punjab Medical Education and Research Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal yesterday told a deputation of PMET students and parents that the last date for applying for management quota seats had been extended to August 16 by Dayanand Medical College.

Atwal honours bright students
Phagwara, August 7
The Bharat Vikas Parishad here, held a function to felicitate meritorious schoolstudents here last night. Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, was the Chief Guest. He presented students with mementoes and certificates.

Awareness rally by school kids


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