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Amritsar fire staff ill-equipped
Quadricentennial celebrations
Amritsar, August 22
Even as preparations for quadricentennial celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib are in full swing, the city’s fire services seem ill-equipped to deal in the eventuality of a major fire breakout.

Panj Pyaras from Chandigarh participate in a function held to mark the 400th anniversary of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib

Panj Pyaras from Chandigarh participate in a function held to mark the 400th anniversary of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, in Amritsar on Saturday. — PTI

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Govt to issue show-cause notice to medical college
Refusal to admit 21 students on fee issue
Patiala, August 22
The Medical Education and Research Department has decided to get tough with Shri Guru Ram Das Medical College, Amritsar, and to issue it a show-cause notice threatening de-recognition for refusing admission to 21 students yesterday.

Cultural programmes to cement Indo-Pak ties
Amritsar, August 22
The Hind-Pak Dosti Manch along with the Folklore Research Academy and International Punjabi Culture Society Shamchurasi have decided to organise a number of cultural programmes and seminars in India and to participate in such programmes in Pakistan this year so that the movement of friendship between the two countries could be intensified.

He retrieved 3 bodies despite threat to life
Harbans Singh Moga, August 22
He worked diligently for over 72 hours to retrieve the bodies of the labourers who were buried alive while digging a bore at Dhudike village, near here, recently. He continued the rescue work despite heat, foul smell and gases emanating from the 80-foot deep pit. The hero, Harbans Singh, is a simple man who believes in doing good to others without caring for himself.

Harbans Singh

Unauthorised jeeps challenge Punjab Roadways’ monopoly
Jalalabad, August 21
The Punjab Roadways has a virtual monopoly on the Ferozepore-Fazilka route as no private operator has been given permit to ply vehicles on this route. But for the part two years a number of unauthorised jeeps and mini buses can be seen on this route.

Mobile vans to check power failure
Jalandhar, August 22
After having a nightmarish experience this summer with frequent power breakdown, sleepless nights and "no reply" on complaint numbers of the Punjab State Electricity Board, there is now some good news for the residents of this city.

Probe sought against DSP
Sangrur, August 22
A meeting of the PSEB Engineers Association, Sangrur, was held at the PSEB circle office here under the presidentship of Mr Rai Singh, regional secretary of the association, today. It demanded an inquiry against the DSP, Vigilance Bureau, Sangrur, for his alleged role in ‘falsely implicating’ the SDO, Sub-Urban, PSEB, Malerkotla, Mr Balwinder Kumar Singla, in a corruption case.

Illegal fishing continues unabated in Taakhi area
Chandigarh, August 22
Large-scale illegal fishing has been detected in various tracts along the Taakhi village area in Gurdaspur. Several cases of poaching have been reported from this area despite the blanket ban on fishing till the end of August when the breeding season ends.

Sarpanches lose punch, cry foul
Gurdaspur, August 22
Even as the Punjab Government continues to advocate empowerment of panchayats, powers of elected women and Schedule caste sarpanches are being withdrawn on flimsy grounds in this district. Administrators are being appointed in place of elected sarpanches to retain the supremacy of the bureaucracy and politicians.

Insecticides bring diseases in Harike
Harike (Amritsar), August 22
As many as 101 childless couples, 128 cases of polio and many cancer and T.B. patients have been found in the 30 villages which dot the Harike wetland. More than 90 per cent residents of these villages are suffering from various water-borne diseases.

Union threatens to gherao treasury office
Bathinda, August 22
The district unit of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union today threatened to gherao the local treasury office to lodge their protest against the non-clearance of bills pertaining to the payment of salaries, provident funds of the employees, payment of electricity and water charges, for the past 15 days.

Darbhanga-bound train cancelled
Jalandhar, August 22
The Railway authorities today cancelled Darbhanga-bound 4650 Amritsar-Darbhanga Flying Mail to regularise its schedule.

Row over computer centre resolved
Bathinda, August 22
The computer centre which was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, in his native village of Mehraj in this district about a year ago was locked by panchayat on Friday to lodge their protest against the non-payment of salaries to its watchman.

Concern over quacks running eye hospitals
Bathinda, August 22
The Punjab Ophthalmologic Society has expressed its concern over the running of eye hospitals by certain unqualified persons. A resolution to this effect was passed at a meeting of the society held here today. Around 50 eye surgeons of Punjab participated in the meeting.

Attempt to sell sub-standard milk powder alleged
Bathinda, August 22
Members of the Guru Nanak Milk Plant Employees Union, Bathinda, today alleged that they had frustrated an attempt of the state Milkfed authorities to sell sub-standard whole milk powder through its local office.

Slum-dwellers made aware of free legal aid
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 22
A camp was jointly organised by the District Legal Services Authority, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Regional Office, Ludhiana, at Government High School, Brahmin Majra. The camp was organised for slum dewellers of the village in which they were educated about the free legal service provided by the government and also about various diseases and about social evils.

IMA backs nurses’ demand
Patiala, August 22
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association and the state unit of the In-service wing of the Indian Medical Association today extended their support to the ongoing agitation of the local unit of the nursing association of the government Rajindra hospital here.

Tributes paid to Lieut Kanavdeep Singh
Amritsar, August 22
Tributes were paid to Lieut Kanavdeep Singh of the 10th Sikh Regiment on the occasion of his first death anniversary here today. Bhog of the “akhand path” organised on the occasion was held today.

2 boys drowned in Chohal dam
Hoshiarpur, August 22
Two boys, who were taking a bath in the Chohal dam area, about 12 km from here, on Hoshiarpur-Dharamsala road, drowned there last evening. Anmol Rattan (14), son of Kamal Kumar of Ajjowal village, and Manjit (12), son of Sarwan of Chohal village, had gone to Chohal dam for taking a bath alongwith their friends. 

Student’s body recovered
Gurdaspur, August 22
The dead body of Narinder Singal of Delhi, one of the two students of the Institute of Management, Gurdaspur, who drowned in Ravi yesterday, was recovered today. The sources available here said the police patrol party spotted the dead body entangled in the bridge on Madhopur-Beas-Link canal near Chottepur village. 

Hit-and-run victim dies
Phagwara, August 22
A college student, Surjit Singh, who was injured when his scooter was hit by a vehicle on the GT Road, near Kanshi Nagar, succumbed to his injuries at a Ludhiana hospital today. 

Farm worker falls unconscious
Phagwara, August 22
A migrant farm worker, Surjit Mundey, fell unconscious when he was spraying a pesticide in the fields of a nearby village today. He was hospitalised here.


Wrong person produced in court
Moga, August 22
The Ferozepore Central Jail staff surprised a local judge yesterday when they produced a jail inmate instead of a person in police remand with a similar names. Ironically, the names of both the persons’ fathers were also similar.

71 cases settled in Lok Adalat
Patiala, August 22
A quarterly Lok Adalat was organised under the guidance of the Executive Chairman of the Punjab Legal Services Authority, Justice H.S. Bedi, at the Civil Courts complex here yesterday.


Chandumajra to meet PM on MSP
Sangrur, August 22
A deputation of Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal), led by Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, president of the party, will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week to put pressure on the Central Government to hike the minimum support price of paddy to the tune of Rs 50 per quintal, in place of the announced hike of Rs 10 per quintal, for the ensuing paddy procurement season.

Illegal sale of fertilisers alleged
Abohar, August 22
Mr Bharat Shastri, state president of the youth wing of the Indian National Lok Dal, in a complaint submitted to the Director Agriculture, Punjab, on his visit here, has alleged that some persons with doubtful credentials are selling fertilisers and insecticides without a proper licence in connivance with officials of the department concerned here. 


Punjab to fill 2282 posts
Ropar, August 22
The Punjab Government has decided to fill on a contract basis 2282 posts lying vacant in the Animal Husbandry Department. Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Tourism, said on Friday the Chief Minister had constituted a committee headed by the Chief Secretary to lay down the guidelines for recruitment of 552 veterinary doctors, 813 pharmacists, 884 class IV employees and 33 specialists in various fields.


Eight booked in gangrape case
Phagwara, August 22
The police today booked eight youths in a gangrape case under Sections 363, 506, 376 of the IPC for kidnapping, criminal intimidation and rape of a woman. It was learnt today that six of the accused had been identified as Sonu, Lucky, Sabi, Pinder, Rinku and Jodhi while others remain to be identified.

Murder mystery solved
Moga, August 22
The police has solved a murder that took place about seven months ago. An unidentified body was found in Lohara village here on January 3. The victim was later identified as Darshan Singh of Dugga village in Sangrur district.

8 held for theft at MC chief’s house
Moga, August 22
The police today claimed to have cracked a theft case in which valuable belongings of Municipal Council chief Joginder Pal Jain were stolen from his servant’s quarter a few days ago. Eight persons have been arrested in this connection.


College fund row deepens
Amritsar, August 22
A controversy over the alleged ‘mismanagement’ of funds of Hindu College by its Principal deepened today with 23 lecturers and others demanding a ‘special audit’ of the funds. The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is an alumnus of the college.

Need to focus on health, primary education
Gurdaspur, August 22
Primary education in the state needs much more attention from the government. A recent study conducted by an NGO deputed by the government to assess the progress of primary education in the state has presented a dismal picture.

Seminar on women empowerment
Batala, August 22
R.R. Bawa D.A.V. College for Girls, Batala, organised a two-day U.G.C. sponsored national seminar on the theme of “Woman Empowerment”. The seminar was inaugurated yesterday in the traditional way with the lighting of lamp.

Lecture on application of worldwide web
Patiala, August 22
The local Government Mohindra College organised an extension lecture-cum-demonstration on "Concept and application of worldwide web" in the college Sabha Bhavan here today. The Head of Computer Centre, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dr R.K Sharma, delivered the lecture.

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