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Cotton belt turns into cancer belt
200 deaths in Gidderbaha segment
Gidderbaha, July 18
Though Jajal and Gayana villages of Bathinda have mostly hogged the limelight when it came to cancer deaths, a much bigger disaster seems to have gone unnoticed.

Agitation turns violent in Sriganganagar
12 cops, 45 farmers hurt in clashes
Abohar, July 18
The police fired several rounds of tear gas shells and resorted to indiscriminate lathicharge at several places in Sriganganagar district, neighboring Abohar, today as miscreants reportedly pelted country made bombs on the law and order enforcing machinery, sources said.

Rotten eatables: anganwadi in charges punished
Bathinda, July 18
The state government has punished two anganwadi in charges for speaking the truth regarding the supply of rotten eatables to their centres.

Live grenades found at railway station

Pathankot, July 18
The recovery of two live hand grenades from the Pathankot railway station today spread panic in the area. The hand grenades were first spotted by a sweeper in a drain near the window of the accounts clerk. The sweeper raised alarm and railway employees who had collected there to receive payments ran helter skelter.

Army experts puts bags around the live grenades recovered from a drain at Pathankot railway station on Monday. 
—  Photo by Jangi

Army experts puts bags around the live grenades recovered from a drain at Pathankot railway station on Monday.





Pak friend keeps promise; gives DC glimpse of ancestral haveli
Amritsar, July 18

A major portion of an old haveli at Lalliany village (Kasur district in Pakistan), belonging to the ancestors of Mr Kirandip Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar, has been found to be intact.

Partly damaged ancestral haveli of DC Amritsar where Maharani Jinda and the British had signed a treaty.

Partly damaged ancestral haveli of DC Amritsar where Maharani Jinda and the British had signed a treaty.

India withdraws dossier on Golden Temple
Amritsar, July 18
The Government of India has officially withdrawn the nomination of Harmandir Sahib proposed to be taken up for consideration at the 29th session of the World Heritage Committee.

Setting up of jail reform commission proposed
Chandigarh, July 18
Overcrowding, poor resources, inadequate infrastructure, condemned vehicles, lack of a modern security infrastructure and poor training of the staff have been the bane of the Jails Department in Punjab.

3 BKI men held for sheltering Hawara
Ropar, July 18
In a major breakthrough, the Ropar CIA staff today arrested three Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) members who had allegedly given shelter to the main accused of the Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara, after his escape from Burail Jail, from different places of the district with RDX and detonator.

IHRO to plead Hawara’s wife case before NHRC
Jalandhar, July 18
The International Human Rights Organisation, headed by Mr D.S. Gill, said today that his organisation would approach the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to seek respite for Balwinder Kaur, wife of the Babbar Khalsa International chief, Jagtar Singh Hawara, who, was allegedly maltreated during the police custody.


SAD (A) notice to Badal
Ludhiana, July 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has served a legal notice on SAD Chief Parkash Singh Badal either to submit proof of allegation of reviving terrorism levelled against party chief Simranjit Singh Mann or tender an apology within 15 days.

Explain ‘favours’, SAD asks CM
Chandigarh, July 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal today asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to explain reports that the Punjab Government showered multi-crore favours on two industrialists, including a MP belonging to the ruling party.


Traffic volunteers coerce drivers
Jalandhar, July 18
Instead of facilitating the smooth flow of traffic at the busy BMC chowk, students of a local school, who were deployed there as traffic volunteers to assist traffic police officials added to the confusion and even used coercive language with certain vehicle drivers, pedestrians and other road users.

India, Pak forum to end polio
Amritsar July 18
A joint Indo -Pakistan forum for the total eradication of polio from this region has been unanimously agreed and a finer shape would be given to it, shortly.

Amritsar airport terminal building to become operational by August
Amritsar, July 17
The much-delayed work on Amritsar's Rajasansi International Airport terminal building, which had remained stalled for a considerable period of time and generated some controversy due to it's redesigning , has finally been given a go-ahead by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. It is likely to become operational next month.

Construction work on Rajasansi International Airport, Amritsar, on war footing. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Construction work on Rajasansi International Airport, Amritsar, on war footing.

Ancient temple in a state of neglect
KASEL (AMRITSAR): The ancient temple, believed to be visited by Mata Kaushalya, mother of Lord Rama, in a village, near Pakistan border, is a place of archaeological ruins.

Power supply to nursing hostel cut
Gurdaspur July 18
The A&M nursing students at the Gurdaspur Civil Hospital are without power. The reason is non-payment of power bills due to which the PSEB authorities have disconnected the power connection to the A&M nursing hostel being run in the hospital.

No memorial to brave son of Punjab
Faridkot: Successive governments in Punjab have been ignoring the sacrifice of one of the highest gallantry award winners in Faridkot district who laid down his life during police action against the forces of Hyderabad State over five decades ago.

Octroi abolition poses problems
Chandigarh, July 18
From where will the Punjab Government arrange Rs 750 crore to compensate 124 municipal bodies if octroi is abolished? This question is being debated by the Local Bodies and Excise and Taxation Departments.

In search of plane crash victims’ bodies
FEROZEPORE: Notwithstanding the inclement weather and difficult terrain, the Golden Arrow Division of the Army has launched a search for the mortal remains of 102 passengers who were aboard an IAF aircraft which crashed in Lahaul and Spiti more than three decades ago.

Army jawan alleges illegal dismissal
Chandigarh, July 18
An Army jawan has alleged that rather than being treated for psychiatric problems, the Army resorted to illegal and forcible means to discharge him from service.

Development eludes district headquarters
Ropar, July 18
Even after getting district headquarters status years ago, the Ropar city is still considered to be backward in terms of development. Neither the local Municipal Council (MC) has enough funds nor the district administration has so far given importance to the city as regards ensuring progress. Moreover, the political will is also lacking.

Sanskrit scholar assails Punjab Govt on literary award
Chandigarh, July 18
Strange though it may seem, it is a known fact that one of the just announced Sahit Shiromani Awards — 2005 has been conferred on a scholar who has not authored a single book in Sanskrit, though credited with over a dozen works in Hindi.

SAD (A) seeks relief for flood-hit farmers
Patiala, July 18
The Kisan Wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (A) at a meeting held here today, urged the Punjab Government to fully compensate the framers whose crops had been damaged in the recent floods.

Promote Punjabi culture, says MC chief
Patiala, July 18
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, has asked affluent people to support theatre organisations for promoting Punjabi theatre, language and literature in the region.Mr Ahluwalia, while inaugurating the play “Takey Ser Bhaji Takey Ser Kahaja”, directed by Pran Sabharwal, lauded the director’s efforts to promote Punjabi culture through the medium of powerful plays.

Brothers die after inhaling poisonous gas
Phagwara, July 18
Two brothers died after inhaling poisonous gas at Ranipur village, near here, today.

Residents hold protest against Civil Surgeon
Jalandhar, July 18
Irked over spreading of diarrhoea in Bastis area of Jalandhar and alleged failure of the Health Department to control the malady, hundreds of residents of Basti Danishmandan and other adjoining localities staged protest against the Civil Surgeon, Dr Y. C. Markana, and blocked traffic in front of the local Civil Hospital today.

BJP protest against poor amenities
Kharar, July 18
Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BYJM) here staged a protest against the Municipal Council its “failure” to provide basic civic amenities to Kharar residents.

Office bearers
Samrala, July 18
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Adhiapak Committee, Block Samrala II, here today. President — Tarlochan Singh; vice-president — Bhagat Singh; secretary — Nirmal Chander; finance secretary — Shingara Singh and Dharminder Singh press secretary. —OC

SGPC wants PM to increase jatha members
Amritsar, July 18
Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC President, in a communication to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, sought permission for a special jatha of 3,000 Sikhs on the occasion of martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev in June next year .

Five students hurt as van overturns
Phagwara, July 18
Five students of Shishu Public School of Hadiabad, were injured when the driver of the school van lost control over the vehicle and it overturned near Hardaspur village near here today.

Mini bus operators put off rally plan
Chandigarh, July 18
The Punjab Mini Bus Operators Association has postponed its proposed rally to be held in Chandigarh on July 20 following an assurance from the State Transport Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, that its demands would be considered sympathetically.

All-India mushaira on August 6
Patiala, July 18
The Mehak Cultural Forum, in collaboration with the Suffi Foundation India, will organise an all-India mushaira on August 6 at Central Public Library Auditorium.


ASI, HC sent to police lines
Phagwara, July 18
Following reports of illegal detention and torture of a teenaged youth, Kapil Saini, of Gobindpura Mohalla, ASI Mohan Singh and Head Constable Ram Nath, posted in the local Satnampura police post, were today sent to the Kapurthala Police Lines.


Industry inspector held for bribe
Sangrur, July 18
A Vigilance team, led by Mr Banarasi Dass, DSP, today caught red-handed Surjit Ram, Inspector, Industries, Sangrur, when he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500 from Mr Ranjit Singh, a resident of Longowal village. He was arrested from his office here.

Missing family: police about to crack case
Amritsar, July 18
The Majitha police today claimed that they were close to solving the case of the missing family from Jandiala Guru 17 km from here, the police sources said that it had definite clues that the family had fled to avoid moneylenders from whom they had taken huge amount as advance.

2 cheating cases
Hoshiarpur, July 18
Two separate cases of cheating by four travel agents, including two women, were reported at Sadar and Dasuya police stations in this district yesterday.

Youth kills sister
Bathinda, July 18
A youth reportedly killed his sister over illicit relations at Talwandi Sabo last night. The accused threw his sister’s body into a canal.

Man kills wife
Muktsar, July 18
A man today shot his wife and her paramour dead over their illicit relations at nearby Charewan village.


Baba Farid University grapples to come to terms with scam
Bathinda, July 18
A university means a high-level educational institution in which students study for degrees and academic research is done, says the lexicon.

Students await BEd counselling
Bathinda, July 18
Students, who appeared for the joint B.Ed entrance test, are feeling jittery as the Panjab University (PU) authorities have failed to announce the counselling date for admissions to B.Ed even two weeks after the declaration of result.

Flying training for NCC cadets from July 21
Patiala, July 18
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) authorities have decided to start training of flying for its cadets, which was closed for the past three years, in the aviation complex again.

GND varsity second counselling on July 22
Amritsar, July 18
The second counselling for admission to vacant seats available in B-pharmacy, B.Sc. (industrial microbiology) and B.Sc. (hons. school) in chemistry, physics, human genetics and botany courses of Guru Nanak Dev University on the basis of the merit of Joint Entrance Test (Undergraduate) sciences will be conducted on July 22.


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