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54 PoWs still in Pak jails
Amritsar, August 10
Returning home is a dream for 54 Army men captured by Pakistan in 1971 war, even two prisoners of war-Lance Naik Jagsir Singh and Sapper Mohd Arif- returned to motherland after repatriation by Pakistan yesterday. The two had strayed into Pakistani territory while defining after Kargil war.

Fill seats on merit, medical colleges told
Chandigarh, August 10
The admissions supervision committee headed by Justice G.R. Majithia today made it clear to the managements of various private medical, dental, ayurvedic and homeopathy colleges that they should fill the management quota seats on the basis of the merit list announced by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Two law students suspended for
ragging girls

Chaheru (Jalandhar), August 10
In a shocking incident, “four” first-year girl students of a law college here were allegedly subjected to ragging by their seniors. Judging the seriousness of the incident, the management of the Lovely Institute of Education, of which the law college is a part, has punished two of the erring students by suspending them from the institute.

Work at a standstill on Narwana branch
Patiala, August 10
Two breaches in the Narwana branch of the Bhakra canal, which takes water to Haryana, could not be plugged for the second day today with farmers refusing to lift their dharna at Lachhru Khurd village, near Ghanaur, despite intervention by district officials as well as officers of the Drainage Department.






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Police inspector held for graft
Chandigarh, August 10
Continuing with its drive to check corruption among members of the police force, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau today caught in charge of Ropar's anti-embezzlement staff Gurmukh Singh on the allegations of accepting Rs 5,000 from an accused.

POLITICS

Bawa lauds role of Amarinder
Chandigarh, August 10
Ludhiana District Congress (urban) President Krishan Kumar Bawa today lauded the role of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in protecting the rights of the state over the use of water. ‘’He speaks from the heart and there is no dichotomy in what he feels and says’’.

COMMUNITY

Badal wants PM to visit flood-hit areas
Sangrur, August 10
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), today asked Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, to visit flood-affected areas of Punjab to assess loss of farmers due to floods.

Water sharing will “hit Punjab farmers”
Kharar, August 10
Nine lakh acres of cultivable land in Punjab will become barren if the river waters are shared with the neighbouring states.

SGPC gears up for celebrations
Amritsar, August 10
The SGPC appealed to all Indians and NRIs world over to illuminate their homes and commercial establishments on September 1 to mark the 400th installation of holy Guru Granth Sahib in Darbar Sahib here.

Transfers in SGPC raise eyebrows
Amritsar, August 10
The large-scale posting, transfer, demotion and promotions in the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee by the outgoing working president have raised eyebrows. The orders were kept “top secret” for more than a week.

President Kalam marks farmers’ letter to Chief Secy
Mohali, August 10
The President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has marked a demand letter of farmers protesting against acquisition of their land in Mohali to the Chief Secretary, Punjab, for necessary action.

Satta alleges torture
Amritsar, August 10
Under trial prisoner Satnam Singh Satta, held in high-security Central Jail here said that he was tortured by the police to give a statement against jail doctor and a policeman after his escape from a government hospital.

Old women pensioners stage dharna
Old pensioners stage a dharna against the Punjab Government for not releasing pension and against its ‘anti-people’ policies on August 10. Amritsar, August 10
A large number of old women today staged a dharna under the banner of the CPI and the Istri Sabha in protest against the non-issuance of pension and alleged harassment meted out to them in this regard.




Old pensioners stage a dharna against the Punjab Government for not releasing pension and against its ‘anti-people’ policies on August 10. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Family’s desperate efforts to get body of loved one
Hoshiarpur, August 10
Sunita, wife of late Raj Kumar, alias Kala, of Bansi Nagar mohalla here is making great-efforts to get body of her husband from Italy, where he died one and a half months ago, for last rites.

World Breast-Feeding Week celebrated
Amritsar, August 10
A seminar on breast-feeding was held to celebrate the World Breast-Feeding Week here today. The seminar was organised by the district unit of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics under the presidentship of Dr Sudesh Sharma, former professor of pediatrics, Government Medical College. About 60 paediatricians attended the seminar.

Chemist shops raided; intoxicants seized
Kharar, August 10
To check the sale and purchase of intoxicants and banned drugs in the state and book those violating the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, the Punjab Health Department has launched a special campaign.

In aid of AIDS patient
Bathinda, August 10
In a rare gesture a family of Bathinda has adopted an HIV-positive baby girl. Two-and-a-half-year-old Neena was adopted by Mr Vijay Goel, president of an NGO of the area, when her mother Chhinder Kaur died on December 11, last year.

Legal awareness camp
Patiala, August 10
A legal awareness camp was organized under the guidance of Assistant District Attorney (legal services) at bus stand, Banur, here today. The basic objective of the camp was to make people aware about free legal aid and Lok Adalats.

Bank staff hold dharna
Patiala, August 10
On a call by the All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation, bank employees today organised a rally in front of the head office of State Bank of Patiala to protest against the ‘adamant attitude’ of the bank management in not providing compassionate appointments to dependents of deceased employees.

3 buried alive in mudslide
Moga, August 10
Three labourers were buried alive when they were digging a tubewell at Dhudike village here today. While the district administration did nothing to save their lives, the residents of nearby villages carried out the rescue operation.

PSEB urged to reduce connection charges
Bathinda, August 10
A section of the farmers of Bathinda and Mansa districts yesterday urged the Chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board to reduce the charges pertaining to the power connection for agriculture as they had started paying the electricity bills now.

COURTS

HC orders new bullet-proof car, Gypsy for Tej Prakash
Chandigarh, August 10
The Punjab Government was today directed to provide a new bullet proof car as also new Maruti Gypsy with security personnel to escort the car of Mr Tej Prakash Singh, a former Punjab Transport Minister and son late Beant Singh.

Police custody for 2 in fraud case
Faridkot, August 9
Two persons have been remanded in two-day police custody by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Jagjeet Singh Chauhan for cheating people on the pretext for sending them abroad. Harbhajan Singh, another accused was absconded.

Three get life term for poisoning man
Patiala, August 10
A local court today sentenced three persons to life imprisonment on the charge of poisoning a fellow resident of Nandpur Kesho village near here in 1999. The fast-track court of Mr B.S. Sidhu took the decision. 

AGRICULTURE

Farmers allege irregularities by mandi board officials
Amritsar, August 10
Even as the district administration promised facilities to those who had shifted from old mandi to the new one, the ground situation is far from satisfactory, despite more than a month having passed. Farmers have alleged of irregularity and harassment at the hands of officers of the mandi board.

10.50 lakh hectares to be made green
Ferozepore, August 10
More than 1.75 lakh new saplings will be planted on 10.50 lakh hectares in Punjab in the current fiscal year. Disclosing this here, Mr Hans Raj Jossan, Minister of State for Forests, said at present 8 per cent of the total area of the state was under the forest cover, which would be increased to 12 per cent in the next three years. 

ADMINISTRATION

Police criticised for violating SC verdict
Muktsar, august 10
The Punjab Senior PCMS Association criticised the civil and police administration of Bathinda for registering a criminal case against three doctors of Bathinda Civil Hospital on flimsy ground.

CRIME

Missing youth: case registered
Moga, August 10
The police has registered a case of kidnapping in an incident in which a youth had gone missing from Bukkanwala village two months back. The police has also taken a person into custody for interrogation. Earlier, family members of the youth had written to the Human Rights Commission demanding a high-level probe into the matter.

Dr Samra booked in ‘doctored’ photo case
Jalandhar, August 10
The Jalandhar police today booked Dr Gurvinder Singh Samra on the basis of a complaint filed by AIG (Provisioning) Varinder Kumar. Mr Varinder Kumar has alleged that Dr Samra had intentionally tried to tarnish his image as a police officer by releasing some doctored photographs wherein he had been shown dancing with a girl at a Jalandhar hotel. He said the photos were first released in Jalandhar and later in Chandigarh.

Jail inmate tries to escape
Bathinda, August 10
An inmate of Bathinda Central Jail, Baaz Singh, tried to escape when he was being brought back from a court of some other district. However, he was rearrested within minutes as a result of active efforts of the police.

Police custody for 2 in fraud case
Faridkot, August 9
Two persons have been remanded in two-day police custody by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Jagjeet Singh Chauhan for cheating people on the pretext for sending them abroad. Harbhajan Singh, another accused was absconded.

Boy, sister die in mishap
Barnala, August 10
School-going brother and sister were killed in a road mishap today when they were run over by a truck carrying LPG cylinders. The two, who were returning home after attending their school on a bicycle, died on the spot.

Girl found loitering near bus stand
Kharar, August 10
A young girl, belonging to West Bengal, was found by the local police from near the bus stand last night. The girl, about 16 years old, was taken to the Civil Hospital for a medical examination here today. She was also presented before the SDM, Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill.

Rs 10 lakh disappears from bank
Patiala, August 10
As much as Rs 10 lakh today disappeared from the Mall Road branch of Punjab and Sind Bank in the city.

EDUCATION

Students belonging to the Punjabi University Students Confederation protest outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office in Patiala on Tuesday. PUSC members stage dharna
Patiala, August 10
On a call given by the Punjabi University Students Confederation, students of various departments of the university organised a dharna in front of office of the Vice-Chancellor to protest against the ‘anti-student’ policies of the university administration.

Students belonging to the Punjabi University Students Confederation protest outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office in Patiala on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Unemployed teachers meet Johar
Chandigarh, August 10
A deputation of the B.Ed Unemployed Teachers’ Front, Punjab, led by its president, Mr Tehal Bir Singh, met Mr Harnam Das Johar, School Education Minister, here yesterday. Teachers apprised the minister of their long-pending demands.

Samriti Lumba Samriti tops MA(I) exam
Amritsar, August 10
Samriti Lumba of Hindu College, Amritsar, topped the Guru Nanak Dev University in MA-Economics Part-I by securing 322/400 marks. The result was declared today. Poornima Mahajan of DAV College, Amritsar, stood second while Priya Mahajan, another student of Hindu College, secured the third position.

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