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Security at thermal plants to be beefed up
Chandigarh, July 28
The Punjab Police has recommended the beefing up of security in and around the three thermal power plants in Ropar, Bathinda and Lehra Mohabbat. All the three plants are included in the category of “restricted” establishments.

SEZ project draws mixed response
Amritsar, July 28
The state Cabinet’s approval for clearing SEZ yesterday for Amritsar has evoked a mixed response. The project had been given a go-ahead with a rider that the Centre must subsidise the cost of land.

Illegal colonies hit Urban Estate
Batala, July 28
Residents opposing the extending of basic infrastructure of Urban Estate colony to illegal colonies raised by influential persons are receiving life threats.

Police lathi-charge protesters
Ropar, July 28
The police today resorted to a mild lathi-charge to disperse a large number of villagers who had blocked traffic near Lutheri village in protest against the alleged sale of narcotics in chemist shop in villages.

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Improvement Trust members demand Chairman’s removal
Bathinda, July 28
With six Improvement Trust members today demanding the removal of the trust Chairman, Mr Jagroop Singh Gill, the tussle between Gill and Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla has intensified.

BSF to import new surveillance devices
Jalandhar, July 28
Despite the fact that relations between India and Pakistan have become cordial in the recent past, the Border Security Force does not seem to be showing laxity with regards to its security arrangements.

Experts’ group for review of cancer studies
Chandigarh, July 28
An experts’ group set up by the Punjab Government to study widely reported cases of cancer in the cotton belt of the Malwa region has decided that a joint study will be undertaken by the Oswal Institute of Cancer and Punjab Agricultural University to review studies related to the incidence of cancer and its relation, if any, to the use of pesticides.

Dera being spruced up with bathroom tiles
Sirhali (Amritsar), July 28
Unmindful of heritage value, bathroom tiles are being put on more than 800-year-old Dera, belonging to Naath Jogis, in this township, dominated by Sandhu Jats. However, the “Dhuni”, lit by Baba Bhim Naath, founder of the sect, still smolders.

Unmindful of its heritage value, bathroom tiles are being put up on the 800-year-old structure, belonging to Naath Jogis, with a view to give a modern look at Sarhali, Amritsar, on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Unmindful of its heritage value, bathroom tiles are being put up on the 800-year-old structure, belonging to Naath Jogis, with a view to give a modern look at Sarhali, Amritsar


Set up judicial panel to probe killings of Dalits: BSP
Chandigarh, July 28
The Bahujan Samaj Party has urged the Punjab Government to set up a judicial commission to probe the alleged killings of Dalits during the past three years in the state. The BSP says that it has information that 300 Dalits had been “murdered”.


Villagers complain of scam in sale of land
Salempur Musalmana (Jalandhar), July 28
The role of the Punjab Local Bodies Department, the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation and the Improvement Trust has come under a cloud as residents of this village have not only been upset over the alleged “usurping” of about 17 acres of prime village common land worth about Rs. 15 crore “forcibly” by the MC.

Fazilka residents seek opening of Indo-Pak border
Fazilka, August 28
Thousands of residents of Fazilka and surrounding areas participated in a programme demanding the opening of the Indo-Pak border in Fazilka sector on Sulemanki and opening free trade and transportation between the two countries.

Special meeting to redress grievances held
Sangrur, July 28
Presiding over a special meeting held to redress grievances, members of the District Grievances Committee and common persons, Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, Punjab, said here today that he had no solution to political complaints at this platform, so he was not ready to hear the same.

Rs 1.67 lakh realised as fine from rail passengers
Phagwara July 28
In a major drive against ticketless travelling in Ferozepore Division of the Northern Railways, a high-level railway team, headed by Mr G.P. Singh, Assistant Commercial Manager, Ferozepore Division, today realised Rs 50,000 as fine from 200 passengers here for ticketless travelling, irregular travelling and travelling by breaking norms.

Two feared drowned in canal
Abohar, July 28
Two persons were feared drowned as a motor cycle slipped into the Indira Gandhi Canal in the afternoon near Tibbi village, the police said. Sources said that Hardev Singh was taking four persons, including three women, on his motor cycle from Kariwala village to Tibbi As he lost control the motor cycle fell into the canal.


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PMET: CBSE report submitted
Chandigarh, July 28
The report of high-powered committee of experts constituted by the Central Board of Secondary Education to revaluate the 21 controversial questions that were part of the PMET 2005 examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University was submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.

Mann files plea against Amarinder
Chandigarh, July 28
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simaranjeet Singh Mann, has moved an application in a court at Anandpur Sahib, seeking contempt proceedings against the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and also the state Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk.

Lok Adalats’ schedule announced
Chandigarh, July 28
The Punjab Legal Services Authority has announced the schedule of Lok Adalats for July-September, 2005, in which 57 Lok Adalats will be organised at various places in the state. According to a PLSA spokesperson, Lok Adalats will be organised at Labour Court, Amritsar and Bathinda tomorrow.


Farmers lift dharna on SDM’s assurance
Sangrur, July 28
Activists and members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), who began their indefinite protest dharna yesterday in front of the office of the PSEB SDO at Dirba, about 25 km from here, today lifted the dharna following an assurance given by Mr Ravinder Singh, SDM, Sunam, to solve their problem.


DC orders legal action in benami registries
Bathinda, July 28
The district administration has asked the SSP to initiate legal action against Ram Krishan of Rampura Phul for getting registries done under fake names during sale and purchase of land.

DC suspends patwari for demanding bribe
Dera Bassi, May 28
The Deputy Commissioner of Patiala has placed Mr Rulda Singh, a Patwari of Bijanpur and Bhukari villages, under suspension for allegedly demanding bribe from villagers. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, after hearing villagers’ complaint at a “Lok Suvidha Camp” organised at Samgoli village near, suspended him with immediate effect.


SHO caught while taking bribe
Moga, July 28
A flying squad of Vigilance Bureau today caught the SHO of Mehna police station and his gunman while accepting bribe for reportedly letting off a drug peddler. According to sources, the Mehna police had arrested a Lohgarh resident with 200 gm opium some time back.

SHO Jasbir Singh (centre) in the custody of the Vigilance Bureau after being arrested for graft in Moga on Thursday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

SHO Jasbir Singh in the custody of the Vigilance Bureau after being arrested for graft in Moga

Most-wanted criminal held
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 28
The district police has arrested a dreaded criminal Gursewak Singh of Ladpur village for committing six murders including that of his minor niece. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for three other murders but was declared proclaimed offender by the courts.

Case registered for killing woman
Hoshiarpur, July 28
A young woman was killed by her husband and mother-in-law for more dowry at village Nangali of Hoshiarpur district yesterday. According to police sources, Bhajan Singh, of Talwandi Dadian village, father of deceased Daljit Kaur, stated in his complaint to the police that he married his daughter to Surjit Singh, son of Basakha Singh of Nangali village, about five years ago.

Woman killed by husband
Amritsar, July 28
Simarjit Kaur, a resident of Karial village, in Ajnala tehsil, was allegedly killed by her husband Hardip Singh, brother-in-law Sarabjit Singh, Kuldip Singh and Piara Singh, both nephews and two daughters Rimpi and Kanwal.

Two booked for deceiving youth
Muktsar, July 28
Two persons have been booked for duping a youth of Rs 2.5 lakh under the pretext of sending him abroad. According to sources, Amandeep Singh of Chak Shere Wala village in his complaint to the SSP stated that when he was looking for some travel agent who could send him abroad, he came in contact with Gurvinder Singh and Hari Chand of Bathinda.

Life term for three looters
Hoshiarpur, July 28
Mr P.P. Singh, Additional Sessions Judge of Fast Track Court-II, Hoshiarpur, today convicted three members of the Kale Kachhewale gang for killing Jatinder Kumar and looting the house of Vijay Kumar, a son of late Surinder Kumar, at Bajwara Kalan on the night of July 24, 2003.

Minor girl sexually abused: report
Abohar, July 28
Though final clinical report will be available after a fortnight, preliminary medical examination of a minor girl at Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here indicated that she had been sexually abused, sources said today.

Bank cashier dupes customers
Faridkot, July 28
The cashier of Punjab and Sind Bank’s extension counter at Rajindra College here is reportedly absconding after duping the bank customers of thousands of rupees. According to sources, cashier Narinder Singh used to take the amount to be deposited from customers and even issue them receipts, but didn’t deposit the same into their accounts.

2 unidentified bodies found
Bathinda, July 28
Two unidentified bodies were recovered from different parts of the district today. While a body was found in a minor, another was recovered from a road. Sources said Sahara volunteers got information about a body spotted in a minor flowing from Nathana to Goniana.


Baba Farid varsity told to reschedule counselling
Kharar, July 28
The Punjab State Commission for Schedule Castes has issued orders that Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, should change the counselling schedule as it was in contravention of the policy issued by the Welfare Department in December.

Institute building to be ready by Oct
Chandigarh, July 28
The governing body of Shaheed Beant Singh Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, met here today and announced that the building of the institution would be completed by October, enabling the commencement of classes from next year onwards.


Dairy board approves embryo transfer project
Chandigarh, July 28
The Punjab Dairy Development Board has approved the implementation of a special embryo transfer technology project at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the PDDB here today.

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