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Rs 1,000 crore Central grant for border roads sought
Chandigarh, July 9
While the Punjab Government has sought additional funds to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore from the Government of India for the development and maintenance of strategically important roads in the border districts of Ferozepore, Amritsar and Gurdaspur, very little is being done for roads elsewhere in the state.

PM to lay stone of institute on Guru
Granth Sahib

Amritsar, July 9
The first governing body meeting of the National Institute of Studies in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the foundation of which is scheduled to be laid by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, here today unanimously decided to request the Ministry of Human Resources and Development and the UGC to enhance the budget of the Institute.

Unemployed teachers gherao govt teacher taking tuitions
Sujanpur (Gurdaspur), July 9
Unemployed qualified teachers today launched an agitation against government teachers taking private tuition. They gheraoed a house in temporary MES quarters where a local government teacher was taking tuitions.

Members of the Unemployed ETT Union hold a protest rally outside the residence of Mr Avtar Henry, Food and Civil Supplies Minister, in Jalandhar Members of the Unemployed ETT Union hold a protest rally outside the residence of Mr Avtar Henry, Food and Civil Supplies Minister, in Jalandhar on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib



Ghaggar threat persists; govt silent on Samra’s whereabouts
Chandigarh, July 9
The Ghaggar is still flowing near the danger mark at Khanuri, on the boundary of Sangrur district, but the water level in the Tangri and the Markanda in the Patiala region dropped markedly this afternoon.

Gangsters keeping exporters away from African countries
Jalandhar, July 9
Unchecked organised crime, proliferation of gangs of criminals and lack of security in almost all African countries has made it difficult for exporters and business houses of Punjab to carry on their business with such countries mainly for the fear of loosing money.

INTACH takes Qila Mubarak case to British Indians
Chandigarh, July 9
Despite terror attacks in London, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)’s much awaited “Patiala evening” is on at the Nehru Cultural Centre on July 11. Conceived in association with the Punjab Government, the event aims at evincing the interest of British Indians, especially Punjabis, in cultural preservation back home.

1 held for harbouring Hawara
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 9
The district police claims to have arrested a man for harbouring of Jagtar Singh Hawara. After escape from the Burail jail, Hawara along with Paramjit Singh Bheora, Jagtar Singh Tara and Devi Singh reportedly stayed at the residence of this man for four days.


BJP leader questions foreign trips of MLAs
Amritsar, July 9
State BJP vice-president Laxmi Kanta Chawla today criticised the state government for sanctioning foreign trips of MLAs and other political leaders at a time when the state was reeling under financial crunch.

11 SAD workers join Congress
Phagwara, July 9
Eleven SAD activists of Sunnra Rajputan village joined the Congress at a meeting held in the presence of the local MLA and Punjab Agro Foods Limited Chairman, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, at his residence here today.


Village in shock over jawan’s death
(Kurali )Ropar, July 9
Villagers of Bhagomajra, the native village of Naib Subedar Avtar Singh, was in a state of shock after news that he had died while fighting with terrorists near Poonch district reached here.

Army adopts three handicapped children
Ferozepore, July 9
The Sehjra Brigade of the Army has adopted three handicapped children belonging to villages situated along the Indo-Pakistan border with a promise to providing them free education and other facilities till Class XII.


Handicapped children with tricycles that were presented to them by the Army near Hussainiwala on Saturday. — Photo by Anirudh Gupta

Handicapped children with tricycles that were presented to them by the Army near Hussainiwala
Were 35 cows being sent to UP for slaughter?
Rajpura, July 9
Activists of certain Hindu organisations, along with the local police seized 35 cows, including milch cattle and calves, here late last night. The animals were allegedly being transported to Uttar Pradesh and other states for slaughtering by three transporters in two separate canters from Khanna Mandi when the activists stopped the vehicles at the Gagan Chowk, here and seized the animals.

Decision upsets octroi staff
Patiala, July 9
While the decision of he state government to abolish octroi duty could bring smiles on the faces of the businessmen and could prove to be a boon for them, it may well turn out to be a bane for the nearly 6,000 octroi staff of various MC across the state.

PSHRC members sulking
Chandigarh, July 9
Some members of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission are sulking. After getting a rap on their knuckles from the Punjab and Haryana High Court for transgressing their powers and passing orders that they were not competent to, these members have started adopting a confrontationist attitude.

District library in a state of neglect
Ropar, July 9
The basic purpose of setting up a district library in Ropar city has lost its meaning due to lack of service available there. The library was in a state of neglect and drew only a few members. It lacks up-to-date books and other literature, complaints the members of the library.

Governor inaugurates park
Abohar, July 9
Mr Bal Ram Jakhar, Governor, Madhya Pradesh, today inaugurated Jaycee Park developed by a Chandigarh-based industrialist, Mr Jagdish Chander Nagpal, and his brother, Mr Krishan Nagpal, in the memory of their father Shankar Dass Nagpal on the Abohar–Malout road here.

Madhya Pradesh Governor Bal Ram Jakhar visits the house of Municipal Council president Tulsi Ram located in a slum area in Abohar on Saturday. — Photo by Raj Sadosh
Madhya Pradesh Governor Bal Ram Jakhar visits the house of Municipal Council president Tulsi Ram located in a slum area in Abohar

Workshop on phulkari craft
Patiala, July 9
A workshop relating to phulkari craft, being organised by the Patiala Handcraft Handlom Workshop Cooperative Society, was inaugurated at the Rajala village, near here today. The project is aimed at developing the enterpreneurship among rural women in an attempt to make them self-employed.

Goyal inspects Civil Hospital
Kharar, July 9
Dr G.L. Goyal, Director, Health Services, Punjab, inspected the local Civil Hospital here today. According to information available, Dr Goyal checked the attendance of the staff and the working of the hospital.


Punjab farmers’ renewed interest in Bt cotton
Ludhiana: A record level of productivity of cotton in Punjab during the last crop season coupled with the availability of much publicised Bt cotton created overwhelming curiosity among cultivators in Punjab.


Clash in Civil Hospital leaves one dead
Bathinda, July 9
Panic gripped the local Civil Hospital late last night with two groups engaging in a violent clash in the emergency ward of the hospital. A person was shot dead and three others, including a woman, were injured.

A policeman stands outside the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, after a violent clash in its emergency ward on Friday night. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

A policeman stands outside the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, after a violent clash in its emergency ward on Friday night

ASI ‘forcibly’ takes Rs 26,000 from chemist; suspended
Amritsar, July 9
A large number of chemists along with other shopkeepers today protested against Assistant Sub-Inspector Surinder Pal Singh, posted at the Kotwali police station, for allegedly forcibly taking out money from the locker of a chemist shop at Katra Sher Singh inside the walled city here.

Bodies of woman, daughters found from Sidhwan canal
Patiala/Ludhiana, July 9
Three badly-decomposed bodies of a middle-aged woman and her two teenaged daughters, who had been reported to be missing for two weeks, were retrieved from inside a car in Sidhwan Canal today morning.

Fake passport: 5 booked
Kapurthala, July 9
The District police has booked five persons, including a former ASI of Dhilwan police station, for allegedly getting a fake passport made for a resident. Ravinderjit, a resident of Raipur Arayian of Dhilwan, had reportedly gone to Canada in 2001 on the basis of a fake passport.

NRI booked for assaulting wife
Hoshiarpur, July 9
Surjit Singh, an NRI of Kaire village, allegedly assaulted his second wife Rajwinder Kaur with an axe at his house yesterday. She was taken to the Civil Hospital Dasuya from where she was referred to the DMC Ludhiana.

School bus driver crushed to death
Nawanshahr, July 9
While a big tragedy was averted as schoolchildren were taken out safely from a school bus that tilted into a field, the driver, Bahar Ali of Mehandpur village, was killed on the spot, near Hiyatpur Rurki village yesterday.

Petrol station looted
Gurdaspur, July 9
Robbers today struck at Wala filling station, situated on the Kalanor-Batala road, and took away Rs 50,000 at gun point. According to sources four persons in a red Esteem car came to the petrol pump at about 3 p.m.


NRI scientist inaugurates student centre
Hoshiarpur, July 9
Renowned NRI scientist Dr Krishan Kant Joshi, president, UES, Dayton, USA, inaugurated the Student Centre at Swami Permanand Mahavidyalaya, Mukerian, yesterday.

Students facing admission problems
Bathinda, July 9
A section of students seeking admission to B.Sc (part-I) at the local Government Rajindra College are a disappointed lot as they have not been admitted by the authorities concerned as they had dropped a year or two after their 10 plus two.

Medical institute admission test on July 13
Amritsar, July 9
Entrance examination for MBBS and BDS courses for candidates belonging to the Sikh community would be held on July 13 at Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical and Dental Sciences and Research at Vallah.

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