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Ashwani tells CM to give top priority to pensioners, poor
Chandigarh, August 12
Mr Ashwani Kumar, member of the Rajya Sabha from Punjab, has drawn the attention of the state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, towards the non-payment of pension to about 90,000 persons in Gurdaspur district.

Singla to seek state’s share in Central taxes
Bathinda, August 12
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, will raise the issue pertaining to the discrimination against the state and its farmers in different matters in the meeting of Empowered Committee of Finance Ministers to be held in Delhi on August 17.

BSF-smuggler nexus busted, 11 held
Tarn Taran, August 12
A nexus of BSF personnel and international smugglers was busted with the arrest of 11 persons, including two BSF jawans by the Tarn Taran police. The gang reportedly has close links with Parmjit Singh Panjwar, a self-styled chief of Khalistan Commando Force, whose name figured among the list of India’s 20 most wanted persons operating from Pakistan.
Budh Singh, BSF jawan, Ranjit Singh Kala, Suba Singh and Gurnam Singh Mavi, who were arrested by the Tarn Taran police (From right) Budh Singh, BSF jawan, Ranjit Singh Kala, Suba Singh and Gurnam Singh Mavi, who were arrested by the Tarn Taran police on Thursday for smuggling.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Fatehgarh Sahib



Samra confesses to doctoring pictures
Jalandhar, August 12
Confessing to having doctored the pictures of AIG Varinder Kumar, Dr Gurwinder Singh Samra said today that he had committed the crime in connivance with a Chandigarh-based photo studio owner.

Punjab police restores security cover to Bhatia
Chandigarh, August 12
Ending the controversy generated due to pruning of security initially granted to senior Congress leader-cum-Kerala Governor R. L. Bhatia and his family at Amritsar, the Punjab Police today restored the cover.

Lady teacher accuses VC of insulting her, varsity denies charge
Patiala, August 12
Punjabi University’s Human Biology Department Professor Mrs Praveen Singhal today in a representation to the National Women's Commission complained that University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai had “insulted and harassed” her during a recent meeting which was attended by members of her department and top university officials.

With MBA seats still vacant, Pbi varsity turns to govt
Patiala, August 12
Punjabi University, which conducted the Management Entrance Test for admissions to MBA and MCA courses in various institutions of the state, has requested the Punjab Government to allow it to conduct a second counselling session since more than half the seats for both the courses are yet to be filled.


Badal for special Assembly session on Chandigarh
Jalandhar, August 12
Former Chief Minister of Punjab and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal Parkash Singh Badal today demanded convening of a special assembly session to discuss transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab.


3 buried alive, kin decry govt’s apathy
Dhudike (Moga), August 12
The families of the three persons who were buried alive while boring a tubewell here are still awaiting the bodies even after 48 hours of the mishap. What has hurt them most is the slow response of the administration in this regard.

Road blockade lifted after 23 hours
Buried victims’ kin to get relief
Ajitwal (Moga), August 12
The road blockade on the Moga-Ludhiana highway put up to protest against the administration’s apathy in carrying out rescue operation at Dhudike village, where three persons were buried alive on Tuesday, was lifted after about 23 hours at 12.30 pm here today.

Badungar, Calcutta among 15 co-opted into SGPC
Amritsar, August 12
Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, who was unceremoniously removed as SGPC’s Chief Secretary and Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, a former president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee are among 15 members coopted into the SGPC at Teja Singh Sammunderi Hall , here today.

Two more govt officers in Vigilance net
Chandigarh, August 12
Continuing with its against corruption among public servants, Punjab Vigilance Bureau today caught red handed two more government officers on the allegations of demanding and accepting bribe.

Road, fields in this village still submerged
Surjan Bhaini (Moonak), August 12
Though the water in Ghaggar was touching 746.8 foot (below danger mark) at RD 460, near Khanauri, this afternoon but in Surjan Bhaini village standing crops are still under 3 to 4 feet of water.

Drinking water sources in Punjab villages near UT chlorinated
Chandigarh, August 12
Residents of Badi Perch village in Ropar finally had their share of respite when the officials concerned turned up to help them following a Tribune report highlighting the civic problems of the area.

Meeting on kandi project inconclusive
Gurdaspur August 12
No decision could be taken on the Shahpur Kandi project at the crucial meeting of the high-powered committee held yesterday. Sources here said that yesterday’s meeting was attended by the Power and Irrigation Secretary, besides representatives of the PSEB, the Irrigation Department and the PIDB.

Removal of regulator irks villagers
Jalalabad, August 12
Farmers of Ladhuwala Uttar, Kalewala and Chak Suhelewala villages are up in arms over the removal of a cross regulator installed at the eastern canal near Ladhuwala village to feed the Suhelewala minor, stated to be at a higher level than that of the canal.

Pak, Indian students to co-produce play
Wagah (Amritsar), August 12                                   
Now it is the turn of children of India and Pakistan to work for strengthening the bond of love between the two countries having strained relations for the past five decades or so.

The members of the Ajoka Children Theatre Group arrive at the joint India-Pakistan Wagha border post on Thursday. — Reuters photo

Cultural ambassador of Urdu
Patiala, August 12
Humility is the essential hallmark of all great men. It is perhaps also the cloak behind which men of learning let lie their wisdom, opening up at times to spread the pearls far and wide.

The members of the Ajoka Children Theatre Group arrive at the joint India-Pakistan Wagha border post

Special girdawri from Aug 20
Patiala, August 12
Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh yesterday announced that a special girdwari would be conducted in the district from August 20 to assess the damage to crops due to the recent flash floods.

87-year-old Zenana hospital in utter neglect
Amritsar, August 12
The 87-year-old Princess of Wales Zenana Hospital, whose foundation was laid by Lady Chelmsford, Star of India, on April 16, 1917, has become the victim of government apathy.

Death of inmate: jail, hospital staff lock horns
Moga, August 12
A jail inmate died after he fell ill here today. The deceased, Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Burj Dunna village in the district, was arrested on the theft charge only three days ago.

I-Day chief guest changed thrice
Bathinda, August 12
With Independence Day around the corner, the Punjab Government seemed to have found it difficult to choose a suitable chief guest for unfurling the national flag on the occasion in the town.


High Court
Two judges pull out of Full Bench
Chandigarh, August 12
Two Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today disassociated from a Full Bench headed by Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy, which was to hear a review petition filed by the High Court against the order passed by the two Judges.


Ex-serviceman duped of Rs 1.75 lakh
Batala, August 12
An ex-serviceman, Mr Panna Lal, of Kalian Brahmnian village has accused two persons — Baldev Singh of Laduwal village, Ludhiana and his uncle Om Parkash of Talwandi Lal Singh village — of duping him of Rs 1.75 lakh under the pretext of sending him abroad.

Man held for murder of wife
Abohar, August 12
The hoax created by a postgraduate of Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, alleging his and his wife’s kidnapping has turned out to be a brutal murder of the latter. According to Mr Madan Gopal, ASP, Raisinghnagar, the culprit, Krishan Ram, had been married to Gomti, daughter of Jetha Ram, a resident of Bhagsar, village in 1987. Both of them were minors at that time.

2 caught while taking bribe
Bathinda, August 12
Mr Jaswant Singh Cheema, Executive Engineer, Public Health (Rural Water Supply), Faridkot Division, was caught by a team of the Vigilance Bureau led by the DSP, Mr Ashutosh Kaushal, while accepting bribe from Mr Surjeet Singh Kalsi, a retired Sub-Divisional Engineer of the same department.

One arrested on rape charge
Phagwara, August 12
The police arrested one of the two accused for raping a minor schoolgirl today. The twelve-year-old girl was raped by two migrants. The medical examination of the girl was done by the police in the local civil hospital.

Man held for taking bribe in name of DSP
Bathinda, August 12
Mr Harbhajan Singh, a local resident, was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau, for allegedly taking money from Mr Nardev Singh on the name of DSP, Vigilance Bureau, Mansa, for “hushing” up a corruption case registered against the father of one of his friends.

4 kg of opium seized, two arrested
Amritsar, August 12
The Majitha police claimed to have seized four kilograms of opium in two raids conducted by the Jandiala police station. Mr Rupinder Singh Bajwa, SSP, Majitha, in a press note here, said the police arrested Ashok Kumar, a Nepali, living on the Verowal road in Majitha with two kilograms of opium. 

Gang of bogus travel agents busted
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 12
The CIA staff of the local police claims to have busted a gang of bogus travel agents with the arrest of Manoj Singh, kingpin of the gang. The gang members used to fleece Punjabi youths of lakhs of rupees by promising to send them abroad on fake documents.


PEC admission row hits students opting for Thapar
Patiala, August 12
Can the admission procedure in Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, affect students of Punjab wanting to take admission in the Thapar Institute of Information and Technology here. Yes, say hundreds of parents visiting the Thapar Institute here hoping for admission of their wards.

Bhattal's assurance to lecturers
Chandigarh, August 12
The Minister for Higher Education, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today assured a deputation of selected lecturers that their representation for issuing of appointment letters would be considered ''sympathetically'' .

Supplementary exam schedule
Patiala, August 12
Punjabi University today released the schedule of supplementary examinations of various classes to be conducted during September to December, 2004. Prof Baldev Singh, Chief Coordinator, Examinations, said BA, BSc, BCom, BCA; BPEd, DPEd, BEd, B.Pharmacy, MIL; MA, MSc, MCom; LLM, MEd, Master of Sports Coaching (parts I and II) and various diplomas had been fixed for September 29.

Vigyan Rail exhibition disappoints many
Jalandhar, August 12
It was an endless wait for over 50,000 students from government-aided and private schools of Jalandhar and adjoining areas, who came to take a round of the Vigyan Rail, scheduled to stop at the railway station for the last day today.

Students and teachers jostle with one another to get into the Vigyan Rail on the concluding day of the exhibition at Jalandhar railway station on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Students and teachers jostle with one another to get into the Vigyan Rail on the concluding day of the exhibition at Jalandhar railway station

Fresh entrance tests for Rayat College
Chandigarh, August 12
Panjab University has decided to conduct fresh entrance tests for admission to the three-year Ll.B and five-year B.A.— Ll.B (Honours) courses for the Rayat College of Law,a statement issued here said.


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