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Water, power shortage leads to protest
Jalandhar, July 11
Upset over the acute shortage of drinking water, residents of about a dozen localities today blocked the Jalandhar-Kalasanghian road, while those living in parts of the Bashirpura locality had also to come out on roads to lodge their protest against the erratic power and water supply in their area for the past two-three days.

Blame game between Customs,
Railways on theft

Amritsar, July 11
Even as the blame game between officials of the Customs Department and the Railways continues, the alleged theft of crude drugs, “shakha merjan”, imported from Pakistan has caused panic among traders.

Khalsa Diwan seeks report on hate
campaign in UK

Amritsar, July 11
The Chief Khalsa Diwan, the oldest Sikh institute, has sought a detailed report about attack on religious places belonging to minorities, especially gurdwaras, following the bomb blasts in London recently. Mr Charnjit Singh Chadha, president, CKD, has deputed its London chapter chief, Mr Rueben Singh, to send a detailed report so that the matter could be taken up at the highest level.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Red tape holds up NRI’s science promotion
Mukerian, July 11
Bureaucratic procedures and the lack of political will have proved to be a hurdle in the clearance of a Rs 40 crore science promotion project proposed by an NRI for the Mukerian area.

Mother sells new-born baby
Hoshiarpur, July 11
The poverty has compelled a mother to conspire with a midwife to get rid of her new-born child at Pandori Ladha Singh village near Kot Fatuhi of this district.

Decorated ex-soldier fights for dues
Hirdapur (Ropar District), July 11
Ex-sepoy Piara Singh is fighting a different battle now. Fifty-eight years after three bullets pierced his right arm while fighting enemy in the Uri sector just after the partition, he is struggling hard to get disability pension for life. Exhaustion in his melancholic eyes gives way to determination and will-to-succeed as the 78-year-old World-War II veteran says he now has filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against Army authorities.                                              
Piara Singh

Piara Singh


Protest against Mann’s detention
Chandigarh, July 11
Slogans were not required. Clad in black cloaks with strips of the same colour covering their lips and wrists tied in chains, supporters of the Akali Dal (Amritsar) today protested against “the arbitrary detention” of their President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann. Supporters said a similar demonstration would be held outside Parliament House.

Akali Dal (Amritsar) workers seek the release of party President Simranjit Singh Mann during a peaceful protest in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Akali Dal (Amritsar) workers seek the release of party President Simranjit Singh Mann during a peaceful protest in Chandigarh on Monday.

SAD to hold conferences of Hindus
Sangrur, July 11
Mr Parkash Chand Garg, national vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), has said, “The life of common man has become unsale in the regime of Capt Amarinder Singh as the law and order situation is deteriorating day by day.”


Pollution level high in 4 Punjab cities
Chandigarh, July 11
Going by a report on the status of air pollution in Punjab, living in four major cities in the state is dangerous. The report, “A State of Environment, 2005”, prepared by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, is based on data of the Punjab Pollution Control Board.

Tehelka papers tampered with: forensic report
Patiala, July 11
Forensic examination of documents pertaining to the Tehelka scam has established that certain portions of the additional summary of evidence recorded in the case of Brig Iqbal Singh had been doctored.

Set up fifth pay panel, says PSSF chief
Faridkot, July 11
Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, Chairman, Punjab State Services Federation, has urged upon the state Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, to set up the Fifth Pay Commission to settle all the problems, including the removal of various anomalies in the pay scales of the government employees in the state.

World Population Day observed
Phagwara, July 11
World Population Day was observed at Jyoti Model School, Preet Nagar, near here today. Dr S.P. Jagat, Civil Surgeon, Kapurthala, who was the chief guest, said the theme this year would be to “Save the girl child”.

Face of Bathinda changing
BATHINDA: Bathinda town, known as the heartland of Malwa region, which has been backward in every sphere of life, has started undergoing a change.

Three die of suffocation in well
Ferozepur, July 11
Three persons reportedly died due to asphyxiation when they went down to check fault in an electric motor installed in the well in their fields in Attari village, here last night.

Six of family hospitalised, food poisoning suspected
Phagwara, July 11
Six members of a family of Gobindpura mohalla here were today hospitalised for suspected food poisoning. They included Gian Chand, his wife Simro, son Kulwinder, daughters-in-law Jasbir Kaur, Saroj Bala and sister-in-law Kanta. Three women were in a serious condition and Simro was critical.

Villagers shocked at jawan’s death
Pathankot, July 11
Residents of Tharyal village near here have felt a shock after receiving the information of the death of jawan Parmodh Dhiman attached with 7-Dogra Regiment at Jammu and Kashmir. His father received this information from the Commanding Officer of the unit.

Indian prisoners in Pak end fast
Amritsar, July 11
As many as 64 Indian prisoners languishing in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Pakistan ended their fast today. Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, president, International Bhai Mardana Yaadgari Kirtan Darbar Society, said the jailed Indians had been on fast since July 8 in protest against the inhuman treatment method out to them.

Bus stand, low-lying areas inundated
Phagwara, July 11
The monsoon showers that lashed the town on the morning of July 5 and 6 brought some respite to residents but there was no end to their woes as water accumulated in many areas, thanks to the ill-preparedness of the local Nagar Council.

Journalists form body
Kharar, July 11
In order to safeguard the rights of the working journalists and making contribution to social work, a joint union under the banner of Kharar-Kurali-Morinda Union of Journalists was set up here yesterday.

Abolishing octroi not easy, says MC staff body
Patiala, July 11
The Punjab Nagar Palika Karamchari Mahasangh has asked the state government to disclose the alternative plan to provide compensation in lieu of the Rs 750 crore deficit that the state will be facing once octroi is abolished.

7 suspended for negligence of duty
Amritsar, July 11
The Punjab State Social Welfare Board) Chairperson, Ms Ratna placed under suspension seven staff members of different social welfare centres under the Border Area Project in the district today.

Two die of snake bite
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 11
Two persons, including an 18-year-old girl and a migrant labourer died after being bitten by a snake at Brahman Majra village in Sirhind town today.

Awards for physically challenged staff
Chandigarh, July 11
In order to encourage physically challenged employees the Punjab Government has decided to institute state awards to be given to those who show dedication.

Norway’s leader crosses over to Pakistan
Amritsar, July 11
Ms Kristin Halvorsen, leader of the Opposition in Norway’s Parliament, left for Pakistan through Wagah joint check post today.


High court
PMET: Second exam result challenged in HC
Chandigarh, July 11
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for July 18 on a petition filed by 37 candidates challenging the result of the recently held PMET-2005 re-examination.

600 Lok Adalats to be held
Chandigarh, July 11
The Punjab State Legal Services Authority will organise 200 seminars and 600 Lok Adalats during 2005-06.

Woman who slapped husband in court discharged
Chandigarh, July 11
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today discharged the woman who had slapped her estranged husband in a courtroom of the High Court on July 8.


Cotton growers’ hopes submerge, dept denies damage
Mansa, July 11
Though the Agricultural Department has been denying any damage to paddy and cotton crop following rain, reports of hundreds of acres cotton crop being destroyed are pouring in from various parts of the district.

Governor visits fish farm
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 11
The Governor of Punjab, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today visited the fish farm of Mr Parminder Singh Sidhu at Samsher Nagar village. Mediapersons were, however, not allowed to meet the Governor as they were told that he was on a personal visit.


Inside Babudom
Punjab Police officers resent government move
Chandigarh, July 11
Last week, the Punjab Government claimed to have ended a two decade old controversy by allowing long serving Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force officers to stay on in the Punjab Police on “special terms and conditions”.


Woman beaten up, tied to tree by kin
Amritsar, July 11
A woman of Gorenangal Left under Ajnala tehsil was allegedly abused and beaten up by her relatives. She was allegedly dragged, thrown into dirty water and her face smudged with cowdung before she was tied to a tree.

Dowry claims another life
Hoshiarpur, July 11
A case of dowry death was reported from Mirzapur village in Dasuya police station of Hoshiarpur district yesterday.

440 cases of liquor seized
Rajpura, July 11
The police has arrested two persons, Fateh Singh and Bhairon Singh, for smuggling 440 cases of countrymade liquor. Besides recovery of the illicit liquor, the police has also impounded a ‘tipper’ used by the suspects in transportation.

Folk singer’s son goes missing
Bathinda, July 11
Folk singer Gurminder Sidhu’s son has reportedly gone missing. The police has registered a case and has started looking for him.

Gangs of robbers busted
Batala, July 11
The Batala police has busted two gangs of robbers. Jewellery weighing 94 gm, one car, three revolvers, seven live cartridges, one toy pistol, one iron rod and 11 bottles of beer have been recovered from them. A 13-year-old girl was also recovered from them.

Prisoner dies under mysterious circumstances
Barnala, July 11
Gurpreet Singh who was undergoing imprisonment in the Barnala sub-jail for his involvement in 13 cases of crime, died under mysterious circumstances today.

Man held with fake passport
Amritsar, July 11
The immigration staff at Amritsar International Airport, Rajasansi, nabbed Harpreet Singh alias Happy, a resident of Kapurthala district for allegedly possessing fake passport.


PRSU activists, students lathi-charged
Sangrur, July 11
The police today resorted to a lathi-charge on activists of the Punjab Radical Students’ Union and students at the traffic lights chowk, here, when they staged a dharna and blocked the road.

Fee for homoeo colleges too low, say managements
Chandigarh, July 11
Crying foul over the report of the Justice G.R. Majithia Committee on fee structures in medical colleges of Punjab, the managements of homoeopathic colleges today demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the methodology adopted for fixing the fee of various institutions.

Another top PTU official in soup
Jalandhar, July 11
While Punjab Technical University is already conducting inquiries into the alleged irregularities made by two top officials in the examination branch, serious complaints pertaining to the use of unfair means in paper checking by yet another senior official from the secrecy branch of the university has come into light.

‘Jail bharo andolan’ threat by teachers
Ropar, July 11
The teachers from all over the state working in aided school will hold protest in front of the office of the DPI, Punjab, in Chandigarh on July 25 against the policy of the Punjab government to withdraw grant to aided schools and also against ban on pension, said president of the Punjab Aided School Teachers Gurcharan Singh Chahal.


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