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Small farmers may get free power from Aug 15
Bathinda, July 1
Punjab Power Minister Lal Singh today hinted that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, may announce free power for small farmers on August 15. He stated this while laying the foundation stone of a power grid at Baliawali village here.

Punjab Power Minister Lal Singh lays the foundation stone of a power grid at Baliawali village in Bathinda on Friday. Punjab Power Minister Lal Singh lays the foundation stone of a power grid at Baliawali village in Bathinda on Friday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

No deadline to abolish octroi
Rs 800 crore for water supply, sewerage
Sangrur, July 1
The Punjab Government has not fixed any time frame yet to abolish octroi in the state because it could not be abolished without finding its alternative as the government earns Rs 750 crore per annum from it.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Patiala achieves Rs 2,927-cr target in credit plan
Patiala, July 1
The achievement of Patiala district has been the highest in the state in the District Credit Plan for the year 2004-05. This was disclosed in the quarterly review meeting of the District Credit Committee, Patiala, held under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh.

Amarinder reviews status of NCR projects
Patiala, July 1
A meeting of the Patiala Urban Town Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) was held under the chairman of the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh here today in which the status of the two major NCR Planning Board projects pertaining to the water supply, sewerage augmentation project and integrated township at Baran were reviewed.

Notes of dissent sent to Bibi Jagir Kaur
Amritsar, July 1
The functioning of the SGPC today came under a scanner following alleged ‘tampering’ of the proceedings of the executive meetings.

Fire destroys 16 illegal structures near PUDA colony
Pathankot, July 1
Fire ravaged 16 illegal shops built by encroachers outside the PUDA colony on the Pathankot bypass today.

Not a smooth ride for ‘Sikh’ students
Jalandhar, July 1
If you consider yourself a Sikh and thought getting admission to the two engineering colleges run by the SGPC was a cake walk, you may be wrong. The authorities of the religious body have become all-time strict regarding compliance of the norms laid down in Sikhism.


Badal seeks probe into CM’s Dubai visit
Chandigarh, July 1
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress President Sonia Gandhi to come clean on the mystery and the motives behind Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s ‘hush-hush’ visit to Dubai.

BJP seeks CM’s resignation
Chandigarh, July 1
The recent reported visit of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to Dubai has once again exposed the irresponsible behaviour of the head of the state and also his liaison with people having dubious links.

Clean sweep by SAD (B) nominees
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 1
Ruling Congress suffered a big jolt in the district as SAD(Badal) candidates won all six seats of the Primary Agricultural Development Bank in the elections held today by defeating Congress candidates by big margins on every seat.

Former MP assails Punjab govt
Ropar, July 1
Mr Kamal Chowdhary, former Member Parliament, who have recently joined the Nationalist Congress Party, today criticised the Punjab Government alleging that the state government had failed at every front so far.


Compensation for Gulf war victims
Chandigarh, July 1
A detailed report is being prepared on Punjab residents who lost their lives during the 1991 Gulf war. This is to properly compensate their dependants.

Batala MC chief goes on forced leave
Batala, July 1
The infighting among the majority group of the Congress Municipal Councillors of Batala which led to a revolt in the group has forced the president of the MC Mr Subash Sekhri, to go on forced leave for two months by the dissident group led by Mr Pawan Kumar Pamma, whose wife is an elected councillor.

Police claim on ‘human bomb’ rebutted
Amritsar, July 1
The fact-finding committee of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today claimed that the suspect Babbar Khalsa human bomb, Satnam Singh, who belongs to Ghariali village in this district, never stayed in Gurdwara Majnu Tilla as claimed by the Crime Branch of New Delhi.

Apartment sale: SDM to settle disputes
Mohali, July 1
The Punjab Apartment Ownership Act, 1995 allows property owners in the state to sell their real estate on a floor-wise basis is a secondary benefit. The basic premise of the Act is to regularise ownership rights of those buying apartments.

Gurmeet Kaur along with her husband Shingara Singh await Chief Minister’s ruling on her transfer. Challenged by transfers
Chandigarh, July 1
Mrs Gurmeet Kaur can’t board a bus because her right side has been paralysed by polio. She was posted as District Employment Officer at Patiala. She has been transferred to Fatehgarh Sahib. Last year, she was transferred from Patiala to Fatehgarh Sahib and then to Ludhiana in a period of 10 days. However, on the intervention of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, her transfer was cancelled.

Gurmeet Kaur along with her husband Shingara Singh await Chief Minister’s ruling on her transfer.

Minting money in name of servants
Bathinda, July 1
Have you ever seen a millionaire working as a cook in somebody’s house or delivering LPG cylinders to people? All this is happening in Bathinda, courtesy land mafia that has innovated a smart way of tax evasion.

Water released in canal under reconstruction
Abohar, July 1
The irrigation authorities in the district gave another rude shock to their counterparts in Rajasthan today by releasing water in the Gang canal, which was being reconstructed at a cost of Rs 472 crore, sources said.

Usha R. Sharma
Usha R. Sharma

Once a talented actor, now a poet-bureaucrat
Chandigarh, July 1
Poetry can lurk in corridors of power and nestle in piles of files. Given half a chance it will take wing. Such has been the case with Usha R. Sharma, a Special Secretary with the Punjab Government.

Residents discuss issues with PUDA official
Patiala, July 1
Representatives of the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) of Urban State (Phase III) here today met Mr Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Additional Chief Administrator of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), to acquaint him about the problems being faced by the residents of the area.

Tehsildars to clear mutation cases
Chandigarh, July 1
Tehsildars in Punjab will now personally visit villages for early and on-the-spot disposal of pending mutation cases. This will be to asses the exact position where cases of division of land are pending.

PSEB staff panel
Patiala, July 1
Mr Kulwinder Singh Dhillon has been elected president of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Employees Co-operative Society at an election held here today.

Service Club poll on July 10
Amritsar, July 1
The annual elections of Service Club, which had not been held since 1994, would now be conducted on July 10. The nominations for the elections would be filed on July 4.


Suspended DGP Malik moves CAT
Chandigarh, July 1
A former Director General of Police (DGP)/OSD(Rules), Haryana, Mr M.S. Malik, who was recently placed under suspension, today moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) alleging that he had been made a victim of political vendetta by the ruling Congress government in the state.

High Court
Reversion of police officials upheld
Chandigarh, July 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed a bunch of petitions challenging the reversion of hundreds of police officials who were promoted from the rank of constable. They were promoted under Rule 13.82 of the Punjab Police Rules and under the Sports quota.


New MD of sewerage board
Patiala, July 1
Mr H.G. Arora has been appointed as Managing Director of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB).


Murdered man’s remains found after 10 yrs
Tarn Taran, July 1
In a sensational case, skeletal remains of an allegedly murdered man were recovered from the open area of his house at Sheron village, 8 km from here, after 10 years.

Terrorist held with arms
Patiala, July 1
The anti-terrorist operation launched by the district police achieved a major success when one of its teams managed to arrest a terrorist, identified as Gurbaz Singh, and recovered three AK-47 rifles and one general purpose machinegun with drum magazine from him in the Rajpura area today.

Dismissed cop terrorising family!
Amritsar, July 1
A dismissed police constable is virtually terrorising a family of a village in Ajnala tehsil. But what is worse is the reluctance of the police in taking action against him due to alleged political patronage, alleged Narinder Singh of Bhure Gill village in Ajnala at a press conference here today.

Father held for raping daughter
Kapurthala, July 1
In a bizarre incident, the district police arrested a father for allegedly raping his minor daughter at his house in Santpura Colony here.

In-laws booked in dowry death case
Hoshiarpur, July 1
A case of burning to death of a young wife by her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law for more dowry in Sadhowal village was reported to the Garhshankar police yesterday.


Report sought on PMET racket
Jalandhar, July 1
Following report of the PMET racket being run in the city in the columns of The Tribune, the Department of Medical Education and Research, Punjab, has demanded that the police should launch an immediate crackdown on such unscrupulous elements and take exemplary action against them.

Evaluation of PMET papers starts
Amritsar, July 1
The evaluation of the Punjab Medical Entrance Test (PMET)-2005 started in morning in the presence of two senior state government officials besides the Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh and the Registrar, Dr R.S. Bawa, on the Guru Nanak Dev University campus.

Entrance test for law on July 3
Amritsar, July 1
Arrangements have been made to hold the state-level entrance test for admission to law courses in Punjab on July 3.

Hotel management institute to start diploma courses
Gurdaspur, July 1
The Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition here will start short-term diploma courses for local students. The institute is being run under the aegis of the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology.

Nursing school’s demand for extra fee hurts parents
Amritsar, July 1
In a letter to the Registrar, Punjab Nurses Training Council (PNTC), Mohali, parents of students of Guru Teg Bahadur Nursing School have alleged that unjustified extra fee is being demanded by the institute from its students.

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