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Wheat scam worth 1.3 cr unearthed
Mansa, August 13
A scam pertaining to diversion of wheat procured by the district Food and Supply Department to open markets by its officials from its stores came to light today after two officials of the department were arrested by sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau.

Congress rebels begin regrouping
Chandigarh, August 13
Political rumblings in the ruling Congress have become noticeable in Punjab. Dissidents, who waged a prolonged battle a few months ago against the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, have started regrouping.

Man gets 3-year jail for turning hostile in corruption case
Chandigarh, August 13
You would have dismissed it as just another story fit for a soap opera. A youngster bags a reward of Rs 5,000 for turning in a corrupt government officer. He later goes back on his statement before the court of law, saving the officer in the process.

Girl students rehearse “giddha” in preparation for the Independence Day celebrations at Guru Nanak Stadium in Amritsar on Friday. Girl students rehearse “giddha” in preparation for the Independence Day celebrations at Guru Nanak Stadium in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma




Varsity publication panel chief resigns
Books on Guru Granth Sahib
Amritsar August 13
After a reported stormy meeting of the Publication Committee of Guru Nanak Dev University yesterday following opposition to proposal of “hurriedly” publishing set of 11 books which are be released by President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on September 1, here during celebrations to mark the 400th year of installation of the Guru Granth Sahib, chairman of the committee Dr Raghbir Singh reportedly resigned in protest today.

Compensation to Hit: Takht summons Kaka
Amritsar, August 13
Jathedar, Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, summoned Mr Jasbir Singh Kaka a former member of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee for raising “ifs and buts” on the directives issued by it (Akal Takht) on August 20.

Police confiscates hard discs in Samra case
Jalandhar, August 13
The Jalandhar police has confiscated five hard discs of a Chandigarh-based photo lab where the face of an IPS officer was allegedly superimposed on the body of a Jalandhar resident to show the former as dancing with a female dancer in a photo clicked in a Jalandhar hotel in 1994.


Cong men resent officials’ postings
Bathinda, August 13
Disappointment is writ large on the faces of a large section of Congress workers of the district as they are feeling let down over the fact that a large section of officials, who have been posted in this district now, are those, who were posted on the same posts during the previous SAD-BJP combine government and had reportedly ‘misbehaved’ with them.

Civil engineers should ‘man’ construction sites
Amritsar, August 13
The Association of Practising Civil Engineers today sought the deployment of technical staff in every construction project. In a press statement issued here, Mr P. S. Sandhu, president of the association, said certain construction projects were not being supervised by civil engineers.

Inquiry finds flaws in scheme implementation
Patti (Amritsar), August 13
A high-level inquiry has found many chinks in the implementation of the Centrally-sponsored Integrated Development Scheme for Medium and Small Towns. A grant of Rs 51 lakh was released through the District Planning Board to the municipal committee here for constructing a modern bus stand and a shopping complex.

Defence equipment on display
Hoshiarpur, August 13
Brig A.M. Sharma, Sub-Area Commander, Jalandhar, inaugurated an exhibition of major equipment of the Indian defence forces at Army Ground here today. The defence forces exhibited their might for the first time in Hoshiarpur.

Dal Khalsa to hold public meeting on Aug 20
Jalandhar, August 13
To highlight alleged misdeeds of the Punjab leadership on the river water issue, the Dal Khalsa has decided to convene a public meeting at Ludhiana on August 20. The Sikh body declared it has chosen the day as all major Akali parties would be observing the death anniversary of Harchand Singh Longowal the same day.

Road named after Beant Singh
Chandigarh, August 13
The Punjab Government today decided to name Doraha-Kotli road after the late Mr Beant Singh, the slain Chief Minister, whose ninth death anniversary falls on August 31.

Residents block traffic
Malerkotla, August 13
Residents blocked traffic for three hours on the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road at Saroud Chowk here today. They were protesting against the accumulation of sewage in front of the Saroud Chowk mosque for the past couple of months.

Accidents on rise in city
Bathinda, August 13
Two children of a local businessman were crushed to death by an overloaded tractor-trailer near SSD Girls College in the heart of the town. The father was seriously injured when the tractor-trailer hit their scooter on August 7.

3 minor girls drowned
Kapurthala, August 13
Kali Bain, known for its sacred reasons, turned fiery as it took the lives of three minor girls who accidentally fell into it and drowned this evening. The incident took place at Boot village in Subhanpur subdivision when the three girls, who had come to its banks to pluck guavas, fell into it.

Kharar MC creates no-overtaking zone on national highway
Maximum speed limit 45 kmph
Kharar, August 13
The local Municipal Council has unanimously cleared a proposal to create a no-overtaking zone on that stretch of the National Highway which falls under the municipal limits at its meeting held here today.

Funds for purchase of emergency equipment
Chandigarh, August 13
The Minister for Higher Education, Medical Education and Technical Education, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today said that principals of medical colleges had been authorised to spend up to Rs 1 lakh on the purchase of emergency equipment for providing better medicare to patients in the hospitals attached with the state government colleges.

MC gives Rs 2 lakh for operation theatre
Amritsar August 13
The Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr K.S. Kang sanctioned Rs 2 lakh for the operation theatre in the pre-partition founded Princess of Wales Zenana Hospital here today.

Economically sound states must: Singla
Chandigarh, August 13
''With a view to achieving the targeted 8-10% growth, the country needs economically healthy states," declared Mr Surinder Singla, Punjab Finance and Planning Minister, here today.

Mushaira focuses on Partition pain
Patiala, August 13
An Indo-Pak mushaira, Jashan-e-Azadi, which attracted acclaimed poets from both sides of the border, concluded on a vibrant note at the Central Library hall last night.

Bodies of 3 labourers recovered
Moga, August 13
Bodies of three labourers who were buried alive while digging a bore hole at Dhudike village on Tuesday were recovered 72 hours after the incident. Rescue workers had to dig a pit of 60 feet 70 feet to retrieve the bodies. A crane of bigger capacity was used for the task.


High Court
Badals' plea on Ropar Judge: High Court reserves order

Chandigarh, August 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved its judgement on the petitions moved by former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir Badal, former ministers Tota Singh and Sohan Singh Hundal challenging the power of Special Judge, Ropar, S.K. Goel in hearing the disproportionate assets cases involving them.

3 smugglers sentenced to 12-yr RI
Bathinda, August 13
Mr Raj Shekhar Attri, Additional Sessions Judge, today sentenced three narcotics smugglers to 12 years of rigorous imprisonment along with Rs 2 lakh each as fine while holding them guilty of indulging in the smuggling of poppy husk.


Registration powers of Tehsildar withdrawn
Barnala, August 13
Mr Husan Lal, Deputy Commissioner-cum- Registrar, has ordered that the registration powers of Mr Ajaib Singh Godara, Tehsildar-cum- Sub-Registrar, Barnala be withdrawn till further orders.


11-year-old Dalit girl raped
Sangrur, August 13
An 11-year-old Dalit girl, who belongs to Uppli village, near here, was allegedly raped early this morning by her 30-year-old neighbour who is also a Dalit and taxi driver.

Councillor’s son in police net
Kapurthala, August 13
The district police seized 1.5 kg of opium from the son of a municipal councillor while he was on his way back to the city from Dadupur village here today.

Bid to replace FCI’s quality rice
Jalalabad, August 13
A flying squad of the FCI here has foiled an attempt to replace a truckload of quality rice with substandard rice during loading of a railway rake of rice.


Punjabi varsity to have AIDS information centre
Chandigarh, August 13
The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs has selected Punjabi University for setting up a zonal level AIDS-HIV Information and Counselling Centre under the chairmanship of Mr S.S. Boparai, Vice Chancellor of the university. Official intimation has been sent to the University in this connection.

Research scholar levels bribery charge on guide
Approval of PhD dissertation
Patiala, August 13
After a case involving allegations of harassment filed by a girl student last year against her PhD guide, another case surfaced today with a PhD student levelling charges of corruption against her guide, saying the latter had demanded money from her through a middle man to approve her dissertation.

Protest by jobless teachers on Aug 15
Moga, August 13
Intensifying their stir against the contractual appointment of teachers, the Unemployed ETT Teachers Union has decided that jobless teachers will take out a protest march in seven major cities of the state on Independence Day in this regard.

Admission date  extended
Patiala, August 13
Punjabi University has extended the date of admission to affiliated colleges of Punjabi University for the session 2004-05 up to August 31.


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