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Police teams sent to arrest escaped convicts ADGP begins probe
Ferozepore, August 23
Even as the state jail authorities have started an inquiry into the incident pertaining to the escape of three convicts from the local Central Jail in wee hours yesterday, the district police authorities have despatched three teams to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to which the escapees belonged.

Seven jail officials suspended in jailbreak case
Chandigarh, August 23
In less than 48 hours after three convicts escaped from the Ferozepore jail, Punjab's Prisons Department today placed seven jail officials under suspension with immediate effect.

Editorial: Another jailbreak

Badal visits venue of quadricentennial celebrations
Amritsar, August 23
Even as the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee was still awaiting the official nod from Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Prime Minister’s Office on their participation in the quadri-centennial celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, the SAD supremo, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said he was hopeful that Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Dr Manmohan Singh would attend the concluding function on September 1.




Topper in block declared failed
Mass tampering of result sheets
Gurdaspur, August 23
Shami Kumar is a poor Scheduled Caste student of a government school in Jammu Kaliari village, near Pathankot. His parents labour in the fields to provide for his education. However, they received a shock when they learnt their son had failed in the class V board examinations in 2002-2003.

Panel suggests setting up DRCs to check financial loss
Chandigarh, August 23
The Committee on Civil Service Reforms has recommended the constitution of a dispute redressal machinery for government servants both at the Centre and in the states.

Punjab to release water in Narwana branch on Aug 26
Chandigarh, August 23
Though the prevailing inclement weather has obstructed the repair of breaches in the Narwana branch of the Bhakra Mainline Canal in Patiala district, the Punjab Irrigation Department authorities concerned have assured their counterparts in Haryana to release water in the canal on August 26.

Minister’s kin gets possession of ‘sealed’ house
Amritsar, August 23
The ‘sealed’ residence of a conman who absconded after duping residents of Amritsar of over Rs 60 crore has been opened in alleged connivance with senior officials of the district administration.

The house of Kulwant Singh Nagi, who absconded after duping people of over Rs 60 crore. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
The house of Kulwant Singh Nagi, who absconded after duping people of over Rs 60 crore.

Bathinda refinery project will be completed: Singla
Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab Government is re-negotiating the financial package which it had promised to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited for setting up an oil refinery of 9 million tonnes per annum capacity at Phulo-Khari village, near Bathinda, three years ago.


Rachpal is BSP nominee for Garhshankar
Jalandhar, August 23
Mr Rachpal Singh, a former patwari, has been chosen as its candidate by the Bahujan Samaj Party for the Garhshankar Assembly seat, which, would go through byelection shortly along with Ajnala and Kapurthala shortly.


Endless wait for justice
Amargarh Kaler (Ludhiana), August 23
How can a person hope for justice in this country when orders of various courts, including that of the Supreme Court, are not implemented even more than a decade after they were issued?

Seminar on distortions in history
Patiala, August 23
The Bharatiya Itihaas Sankalan Samiti organised a seminar on the topic “Distortions in Indian history” at the State Language department here recently. The former professor and Head of the Department of History in Kurukshetra University, Dr Satish Chander Mittal, was the main speaker.

Members of the Punjab Nursing Association hold a protest in support of their demands at Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala on Monday.
Members of the Punjab Nursing Association hold a protest in support of their demands at Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Lahore Addl AG for exchange of law officers
Wagah (Amritsar), August 23
There is a need for amendment in laws in Pakistan and India in the view of the changed socio-economic scenario and increased cyber crime. The exchange of delegations and regular interaction between law officers of the two countries could help in this direction.

Babaji returns with cash for hospital
Nawanshahr, August 23
Dr Budh Singh Dhahan, a renowned social worker, affectionately called Baba ji , founder president of the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Education Trust, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr), returned from a three-month-long-fund-raising tour of Canada on Saturday.

6 units identified hazardous
Ropar, August 23
The Ropar administration today identified six industrial units — National Fertilisers Limited, Guru Gobind Singh Thermal Plant, Punjab Alkalis and Chemicals Limited, Philips India Limited, Ajay Electrical Lamps and Neon Chemicals Private Limited — in the district as a major accident hazard zone.

MLA for CBI probe into ‘tardy’ development
Kharar, August 23
The Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, has demanded a CBI inquiry to find out why no activity in connection with various development works had started in the Kharar constituency. The foundation stones of some of the projects had been laid by the Punjab Chief Minister several months ago.

Book in-laws of deceased: villagers
Ropar, August 23
Family members of Baljinder Kaur who died yesterday under mysterious circumstances along with a large number of villagers from Mianapur village fall under the Kurali subdivision, today held a protest in front of the office of the SSP here demanding registration of a case of murder against the deceased’s in-laws.

Rights panel orders probe into torture case
Patiala, August 23
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Director-General of Police of the Commission to inquire into the alleged violation of human rights of Mr Sudershan Mittal, a Municipal Councillor of Samana, who has charged police officials with torturing him.

Palledars gherao FCI office
Bathinda, August 23
Hundreds of palledar belonging to the FCI and the Punjab Food Agencies Palledar Union today gheraoed the district manager of the Food Corporation of India and his office to lodge their protest against the non-payment of their wages by the contractors.


CJM orders probe in ‘forgery’ case
Sangrur, August 23
In a case of an alleged act of forgery (change of an application with another application under the same receipt number and date) by a man, running a finance company, in connivance with the police officials, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Sangrur, has directed the SSP, Sangrur, to get the matter investigated through the officer not below the rank of SP.

Peacock poaching: wardens level serious allegations
Chandigarh, August 23
The two wardens of the Punjab Wildlife Department, who are eye-witness to the alleged shooting of rare birds by some persons, including the then Pathankot Sub-Divisional Magistrate Puneet Goel, today leveled serious allegations against the officer during hearing in the matter.


Man kills grandfather over land dispute
Patiala, August 23
A grandson murdered his grand-father last night by shooting him when the latter was sleeping in their house in Bhatehri Khurd near here. According to police sources, there was friction between 70-year-old Thakur Singh and his son Kulwant Singh as the former refused to sign his land in the latter’s favour.


Objections to Punjabi University appointments
Patiala, August 23
Punjabi University’s Deputy Controller of Local Audit has raised objections to the appointment of a few persons, including a professor, and remuneration being given to senior teachers for non-teaching responsibilities held by them.

Few takers for private law colleges
Patiala, August 23
Private colleges of law with fancy infrastructure and air-conditioned classrooms in the state, have taken a beating from the two universities and their regional centres as far as admissions to both BA, LLB (five year) and LLB (three year) courses are concerned.

Teacher alleges molestation
Gurdaspur, August 23
A teacher of Little Flower Convent School here, Ms Rani Yohannan, has levelled a charge of molestation against Father Ruby, administrator of the school.


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