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I am Sonia’s soldier, says Dullo
Chandigarh, July 13
“I am Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s soldier”, said Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, newly appointed President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. “ I will implement the policies and programmes of Mrs Sonia Gandhi and the late Mr Beant Singh, who as Chief Minister laid down his life for the unity and integrity of the country”, he added.

Bhattal, others hail Dullo’s appointment

Munjal back with promotion
Chandigarh, July 13
On February 10, advocate Chander Mohan Munjal, who was then facing contempt of court proceedings in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, put in his papers from the post of Additional Advocate General, Punjab.

Boat capsize: 10 more bodies found
Ferozepore, July 13
After more than 48 hours, when the tragedy struck the border villages of Kamalwala-Mutianwala situated along the Indo-Pak border, the rescue operations are still on and 10 more bodies have been fished out of the Sutlej.

The state government has not enforced any guidelines for the unorganised boat-making industry.Boat-making industry not organised, say craftsmen
Harike (Amritsar), July 13
This small township, where two rivers, the Sutlej and the Beas converge, has been the hub of boat making for the past 40 years. It the most popular means of transport in the region, which is low-cost and convenient, especially near the Pakistan border.

The state government has not enforced any guidelines for the unorganised boat-making industry. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Hi-tech system to monitor rivers
Chandigarh, July 13
The wayward behaviour of major rivers of this region, causing sudden floods and devastation, will now be known in advance. A hi-tech system will be put in place for monitoring changes in the flow of rivers to forewarn people living along the banks or in flood-prone areas.

Education board staff make a fast buck
Jalandhar, July 13
Even as it was the last day for students of Class X and plus two to submit their forms for re-appearing in supplementary examination to be conducted by the Punjab School Education Board, it was time for the employees of the local depot to make money to the tune of thousands of rupees in connivance with owners of various book shops of the district.

Education society not affiliated with it, says CBSE
Nangal, July 13
In a setback to National Fertilizers Limited, Nangal, the CBSE Regional Officer, has made it clear that the Rose Marry Education Society, to whom the NFL has leased out its Captain Amol Kalia Fertilizer Model Senior Secondary School for 10 years, is not affiliated with the CBSE.

Mann received money from hardliners abroad: DGP
Ludhiana, July 13
Punjab DGP Sarvdeep Singh Virk today said that Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann had collected huge amounts of money from hardliners abroad recently, but there were no details on how the money was spent.

Mann trains guns on Badal

2 suspected accomplices of Hawara held
Ropar, July 13
A team of the Chandigarh Police today picked up two persons suspected to be associates of Jagtar Singh Hawara.

Dowry death: singer gets 10-yr jail term
Jalandhar, July 13
Sahib Singh, (29) a singer, has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by Mr S.K. Aggrawal, Additional Sessions Judge, who convicted him for causing the death and his wife, Jaspreet Kaur, for dowry.


PNFC fire: probe ignores many aspects
Ropar, July 13
The findings of a report into the major fire incident that broke out in 83 acres area of the Punjab National Fertilizers and Chemicals at Naya Nangal on May 24 seems to have ignored many important aspects of the incident. The SDM, Anandpur Sahib, has submitted report to the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Mr H.I.S Garewal.

Bridge across Sutlej soon
Nawanshahr, July 13
The decades-long demand for the construction of the Rahon-Machhiwara bridge across the Sutlej is going to be met, as the bridge is almost ready and is being given final touches. Capt Amarinder Singh is expected to inaugurate the bridge soon.

Raised road bane of Urban Estate
Batala, July 13
The illegal colonies coming up in the area are turning out to be a bane for Urban Estate. The recent spate of rains inundated a portion of the area. Some of the houses were under half foot water, leading to huge loss to the residents.

Landlords boycott Dalits
Bathinda, July 13
Landlords of Jangirana village have kicked off a social boycott of Dalits. The boycott came after the members of Dalit community decided that none of the labourers would work on daily wages of less than Rs 70.

SMO manhandled, doctors go on strike
Abohar, July 13
Thousand of patients, including women and children, had to return home unattended as doctors at government hospitals observed pen-down strike today to express their resentment over the manhandling of Dr G. R. Garg, Senior Medical Officer of the hundred bedded Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital, here on yesterday.

Sub-postmaster manhandled, postal services hit
Barnala, July 13
Postal services at Main Post Office, here were hit following the manhandling of Mr Bahadur Singh, Sub-Post Master of Main Post Office Barnala in his office today (Wednesday) forenoon by Mr V.P. Chhabra.

Police-public coordination must to curb drug menace, says IG
Bathinda, July 13
Coordination between the police and public is a must to check the rising drug menace among youths in the Malwa region, stated the Bathinda zone IG, Mr Rajinder Singh, while addressing a gathering at a seminar organised by the Malwa Social Welfare and Cultural Society here on Monday.

40 Muktas memorial to be ready by July 31
Moga, July 13
Deputy Commissioner Dalip Kumar today said the construction work of 40 Muktas Memorial Park costing Rs 1.91 crore would be completed by July 31.

Sewing centre inaugurated
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
Women should get vocational education to become self-reliant in the changing scenario they have to contribute a lot in the development of the country and the society, said Ms Jaspreet Kaur, Deputy Commissioner, after inaugurating a new sewing centre being started by Nehru Yuva Kendra at Sirhind today.


Cotton damaged in 20,000 hectares
Ludhiana, July 13
Cotton in more than 20,000 hectares has been damaged in Panjab due to heavy rains.


Dept’s nod to action against officials
Substandard eatables at anganwadis
Bathinda, July 13
The Social Security Department has asked the district administration to take action against the officials responsible for the supply of sub-standard eatables to various anganwadi centres in the district. The department Secretary, Mr R.L. Kalsia, has written to the Deputy Commissioner for appropriate action against the officials involved in the case.


Patwari held while accepting bribe
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
The vigilance department today nabbed a patwari while he was accepting bribe from Mr Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Wazidpur village for carrying out a mutation of land in his favour.

Poppy husk case takes new turn
Chandigarh, July 13
The case of 11 bags of poppy husk and the ensuing blame game among senior officers of the Punjab police has taken a  new turn.

Akali leader, brother booked for trespassing
Fazilka, July 13
A case has been registered against Akali leader Naresh Setia, his brother Bishamber Lal Setia, president of the Karyana Merchants Association Harbans Lal Kamra, his brother Om Parkash and their father Bhagwan Dass on the charge of trespassing.

Cases to be filed against two clinics
Bathinda, July 13
Following confession by two sisters having undergone sex determination tests Civil Surgeon, H.S. Dhillon, yesterday stated that a case would be filed in this connection.

Head constable arrested  for graft
Muktsar, July 13
A head constable posted at Sadar police station has been arrested on the charge of letting off poppy husk smugglers by accepting bribe. He has been remanded in judicial custody till July 27.

Ten injured in accident
Amritsar, July 13
An inebriated contractor driving a car injured 10 persons including women and children in Chheharta area here late last night. At least three of them were injured seriously and removed to nearby private hospitals.

2 die in accident near Chamba
Batala, July 13
Two persons belonging to Batala died in an accident near Banikhet in Chamba District of Himachal.


Councillors demand Principal’s transfer
Fatehgarh Sahib. July 13
The academic atmosphere at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bassi Pathana, is getting vitiated because of an ongoing tussle between the school Principal and the councillors of the town regarding the transfer of the school principal.

Varsity extends date for forms
Amritsar, July 13
Guru Nanak Dev University has extended the last date for the submission of application forms for admission to some vacant seats in first semester of BA (Hons) in Punjabi till July 22.


PSIDC arrears: units to get relaxations
Chandigarh, July 13
The Punjab Government is to give “relaxations” to all industrial units which have to repay arrears to the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation.


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