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Power crisis deepens
Ropar, July 26
The power cuts in Punjab today increased to more than four hours while the demand for power in the state rose to about 1,400 lakh units. The power supply from all sources has been 1,300 lakh units, said the PSEB sources.

SGJC proposes, High Court disposes
Another order of judicial panel grounded
Amritsar, July 26
The Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC), which is a full partner in the management of gurdwaras, has again proved toothless after the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the removal of Bibi Jagir Kaur as SGPC President by the SGJC on July 19 due to technical reasons.

Evolve innovative means, says Montek
Jalandhar, July 26

Stressing on the need to evolve innovative means to tackle major social problems like growing population, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, has advocated effective and active participation of people to check them.

Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, releases the book “A Billion is Enough”, authored by Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Ashok Gupta in Jalandhar on Tuesday.
Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, releases the book “A Billion is Enough”, authored by Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Ashok Gupta in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

5 galleries to come up at Science City soon
Kapurthala, July 26
Construction of five new galleries to be set up in the second phase of Pushpa Gujral Science City at a cost of Rs 23 crore is likely to begin in a week’s time.




Editorial: Punjab at No 5

Dullo against privatisation of education, health
Chandigarh, July 26
Taking a clear stand, the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, said here today that he was against the privatisation of education, the health sector and profit-making public sector undertakings.


Sarna gives oust-Badal call
Chandigarh, July 26
The President of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, has urged various Panthic and Akali organisations to unite to get rid of the leadership of Mr Parkash Singh Badal.


Baby given up for dead, kept in storeroom
Patiala, July 26
Doctor’s negligence almost cost Gudiya her life. She was given up for dead but after 16 days Gudiya has shown a remarkable ability to survive.

Moga Truck Union splits over misuse of funds
Moga, July 26
Mired in controversies for the past few years, the Moga Truck Union has finally split following differences between two Congress leaders.

Lathicharge on workers flayed
Patiala, July 26
The Municipal Workers Union (MWU) criticised the lathicharge on the employees of Honda company and demanded a high-level probe at a meeting here today.

Youth Cong holds Vanamahotasava function
Nawanshahr, July 26
Mr Parkash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, while addressing a function organised in connection with the celebration of Vanamahotasava by the district unit of Youth Congress, here today, exhorted the Youth Congress workers to launch an awareness drive against the menace of environment pollution, drug addiction and other social evils.

Yol to have 9 Corps headquarters
Gurdaspur, July 26
Pathankot has once again lost the battle for army command. Higher authorities of the Army have decided to locate the headquarters of the newly raised command 9 Corps at Yol near Dharamshala in Himachal.

Depositing power bills to be easier
Patiala, July 26
If you have ever deposited an electricity bill you might be aware of the harassment one has to face by standing in a serpentine queue in the scorching heat of summer. However, the good news is that problem is likely to be solved soon by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities.

PSEB asks police to book BKU leaders
Amritsar, July 26
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today requested the Station House Officer, Majitha Police Station to file cases against leaders of the Bhartia Kisan Union and others.

2,345 power connections
Ropar, July 26
Under the mass contact programme during the paddy season, total 2,345 temporary connections of power have been given in the Ropar circle.

Special teams to check violation of PNDT Act
Phagwara, July 26
To check the evil of female foeticide leading to the skewed sex ratio in Punjab, the government has formed five teams to conduct surprise raids at ultra sound centres indulging in sex determination tests in violation of the PNDT Act.

Bima yojana to cover adults below poverty line
Chandigarh, July 26
The Punjab Government today announced that all adults living below the poverty line, both in the rural and urban areas, will be covered under the Janshri Bima Yojana.


Bail for Mann, but with conditions
Chandigarh, July 26
Mr Justice A.K. Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted bail to Akali leader Simranjit Singh Mann in the sedition case registered against him by the Amritsar police.

Cop in police custody, charged with kidnapping rape victim
Mohali, July 26
A Kharar court today remanded a former SHO of the Nayagaon police station in police custody for a day. The Mohali police had arrested the SHO Amarpreet Singh yesterday for allegedly helping the accused in a rape case registered at the police station in 2003.

Khalra case: Additional Sessions Judge summoned
Patiala, July 26
The Additional District Sessions Judge, Mr Bhupinder Singh, has summoned the Additional Sessions Judge of Faridkot, Mr Ravinder Singh, during the hearing in the ongoing Khalra murder case here yesterday.


180 challaned for traffic offences
Phagwara, July 26
In its week-long drive, the traffic wing of the local police issued 180 challans to offenders under various categories and impounded two motor cycles.

ASI suspended for dereliction of duty
Muktsar, July 26
An ASI has been suspended for dereliction of duty and some unidentified men have been booked for reportedly misbehaving with a doctor at the Civil Hospital a couple of days back.


Imposter caught at Regional Passport Office
Jalandhar, July 26
Mr Amarjit Singh, Regional Passport Officer (RPO), today caught hold of an imposter, Harjinder Singh, a resident of Barnala village of Gurdaspur, who allegedly tried to coerce his staff while claiming that he was an ASI of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

2 PCR cops held for bribe
Phagwara, July 26
A police team headed by SHO Lakhwinder Singh Mall caught two police control room (PCR) constables while accepting bribe from a mini-truck owner here last night.

Four of family booked for murder
Bathinda, July 26
Four persons of a family including a woman and some unidentified persons have been booked for killing a man and injuring three others over a land dispute.

3 members of inter-state gang of robbers held
Abohar, July 26
Three residents of Mumbeki and Lalowali villages on the Abohar-Ferozepore road have been arrested at Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, by the special task force, official sources said today.

One held for making fake currency
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 26
The district police claimed to have busted a gang involved in making fake Indian currency notes and selling it to other petty agents by arresting the kingpin of the gang.


DC dons teacher’s cap during surprise checks

Bathinda, July 26
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rahul Bhandari, today turned into a teacher and taught students during surprise checks in government schools and hospitals of the district.

DC Rahul Bhandari and ADC Gurkirat Kirpal Singh during a surprise check of a government school at Gulabgarh village in Bathinda district on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

DC Rahul Bhandari and ADC Gurkirat Kirpal Singh during a surprise check of a government school at Gulabgarh village in Bathinda district on Tuesday.

Lack of centralised  counselling irks MD, MS aspirants
Ludhiana, July 26
Hundreds of candidates seeking admission to postgraduate medical courses of MD and MS in the designated institutions throughout the country are a harassed lot, thanks to the lack of centralised counselling and the persistent indifference on the part of the body entrusted with conducting combined entrance test and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Probe into wheat siphoning off case ordered
Jalandhar, July 26
A day after three persons, including two canteen contractors and a watchman of Government Elementary School, Bhargo Camp, were arrested on charges of siphoning off five sacks of wheat meant for distribution among schoolchildren, the District Education Officer (Elementary), Mr Kulbir Saini, marked the inquiry into the alleged scandal here today.

Nursing students hold protest
Amritsar, July 26
Nursing students of B.Sc.III have started a protest here today for the refund of Rs 15,000 charged for transportation and other facilities during the first year as the college had failed to provide the same.

Campus placement from today
Amritsar, July 26
Guru Nanak Dev University would hold a two-day joint placement on behalf of L&T Infotech Limited for about 400 students of IT courses of 20 institutions located in Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir from tomorrow.


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