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Withdraw bus fare hike, demands SAD
Chandigarh, July 30
While the Punjab Government has issued a notification increasing the bus fares by 4 paise per km with immediate effect, the Shiromani Akali Dal today urged it to reverse the decision. The bus fare for ordinary buses earlier was 42 paise per km. It has now gone up to 46 paise per km.

Punjab’s slide started after Emergency
Ludhiana, July 30
With only one-and-a-half year left for the polls in Punjab, political parties are girding their loins for the impending struggle to seize power. Punjab today presents a tragic story. A review of the scene reveals that the slide started after the Emergency.

Bihar Chief Secy Kang takes leave on SPs’ transfers
Chandigarh, July 30
“Transfer of Superintendents of Police without the knowledge of the Chief Secretary is a serious issue,” says Mr Gurminder Singh Kang, Chief Secretary of Bihar, maintaining that newspaper reports about the transfer of several SPs prompted him to take the decision of proceeding on long protest leave yesterday.

Cotton may be white gold for farmers this year
Chandigarh, July 30
The cotton crop can virtually prove to be white gold for farmers of Punjab, Haryana and the Ganganagar belt of Rajasthan this year. Reports from Gujarat and Maharashtra, two major cotton-growing states, indicate that this crop has suffered a substantial setback there.
The cotton crop in bloom near Bathinda The cotton crop in bloom near Bathinda.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Bira

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Potable water eludes most SCs in 3 dists: study
Chandigarh, July 30
Potable drinking water still eludes a majority of the population of the Scheduled Castes and backward classes in Ropar, Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur districts. The fact has come to light during a study of the rural drinking water supply schemes conducted in the three districts by the Centre for Research and Industrial Development.

Students of Punjabi University perform during a cultural programme at the national conference of the Indian Public Administration Association in Patiala
Students of Punjabi University perform during a cultural programme at the national conference of the Indian Public Administration Association in Patiala on Saturday: — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Secretary seeks report on disposal of syringes
Chandigarh, July 30
The role of staff employed by agents entrusted with the task of carrying medical waste from hospitals in Punjab to the dumping grounds in the state has come under a scanner in the recycling-of-syringes case.

Suspected militant denies hand in attack on migrants
Kapurthala, July 30
The Kapurthala police today got the custody of two alleged terrorists on production warrant from Gurdaspur Jail for interrogating them regarding an attack on migrant labourers on June 5, 2001, at Razapur village.


SAD legislators boycott meeting
Faridkot, July 30
None of the Shiromani Akali Dal MLA of all the three Assembly constituencies, Faridkot, Kot Kapura and Punjgrain, falling in the district attended the District Grievances Committee meeting held here yesterday.


Villagers thrash ‘inebriated’ cops
Bathinda, July 30
Residents of Phus Mandi village today thrashed two “inebriated” policemen for beating up a Dalit woman of the village. Both of them have been suspension. According to sources, both policemen reached the home of Nirmal Singh, resident of Phus Mandi, with their friend Ramesh Kumar this morning.

The two policemen who were thrashed by Phus Mandi village residents being taken to Bathinda on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

The two policemen who were thrashed by Phus Mandi village residents being taken to Bathinda

Bheora’s father unaware of son’s arrest
Ropar, July 30
Family members of Paramjit Singh Bheora, one of the accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, who has escaped from Burail Jail, expressed ignorance about the arrest of Bheora and his whereabouts.

Recovering loans through dharnas
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 30
Though the staff and managers of the Fatehgarh Sahib Central Co-operative Bank and its branches at Bassi Pathana, Sirhind and Mandi Gobindgarh have developed a novel method for recovering loans from defaulters, by staging dharnas, the defaulters have alleged that banks have adopted a pick and choose policy.

No salary for two months
Hoshiarpur, July 30
Resentment prevails among the employees of the Irrigation Department for the non-receipt of salaries for June and July. A meeting was organised in this connection at Kandi Canal Circle here yesterday.

3 killed as jeep overturns
Bathinda, July 30
Three persons were killed and four others, including a woman, were injured when a jeep overturned near Bhucho Mandi last night. According to sources, the accident occurred when the jeep carrying seven persons was on its way from Bhucho to Nathana.


Zaffarwal acquitted in sedition case
Amritsar, July 30
A local court has acquitted former terrorist and erstwhile Khalistan Commando Force chief Wasan Singh Zaffarwal in a 16-year-old sedition case for want of substantial evidence.

Tehelka: Prime witness retracts statement
Patiala, July 30
Prime prosecution witness in the general court martial trying Brig Iqbal Singh in the Tehelka case today retracted a statement supposed to have been made by him in the summary of evidence earlier.


11 robbers held, 25 pistols seized
Muktsar, July 30
The police has busted a gang of robbers involved in a large number of criminal activities not only in different parts of the state but also in neighbouring states. The police arrested 11 members of the gang and seized huge cache of arms, including 25 pistols, besides cash and jewellery, from them.

Woman dies after abortion, doctor booked
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 30
The district police on the complaint of the Civil Surgeon has registered a case under the MTP Act against the owner of a private hospital at Chuni Kalan after a woman who underwent an abortion at the hospital died.

Sons kill father over land tiff
Amritsar, July 30
Three brothers killed their father and a brother following a tiff over a land dispute at Kot Mohammadpura in the Tarn Taran region of Amritsar district today.

Kabbadi player, 6 others held for planning dacoity
Ropar, July 30
Unemployment and lure for easy money made the 25-year-old Karnail Singh, a Kabbadi player who had represented the state at the national and international levels and had done graduation with 63 per cent marks, to join hand with criminals.

PNB cashier booked for fraud
Hoshiarpur, July 29
On the complaint of Mr Naresh Kumar Sharma, Branch Manager, Punjab National Bank, Binjon, the Mahilpur police has booked the cashier of the branch, Mr Krishan Kumar, on the charge of misappropriating money.

Four cops booked on PSHRC orders
Moga, July 30
Following the directions of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, four policemen, including an SHO, have been booked for reportedly picking up a youth and torturing him.

Man booked for cheating wife
Hoshiarpur, July 30
On the complaint of Babita Patial, a local resident, the Police yesterday booked her husband, Dr Chaman Lal of Kot Ise Khan, Moga district, for cheating her in the name of marriage.

Constable held for graft
Kapurthala, July 30
The Vigilance Bureau arrested a head constable, Jarnail Singh, posted at Kotwali police station on charges of accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 here today. According to information, Jeet Kaur, a resident of Boota village, near here, had caught on the charges of possessing liquor in huge quantity a few days back.

Six hurt in clash over meat
Jalandhar, July 30
Six persons were injured in a group clash over the sharing of goat meat here today. Some residents of the old vegetable market purchased a goat and got it slaughtered at a meat shop near Dolphin hotel.

Shopkeeper, customer shot at
Moga, July 30
A shopkeeper and his customer were shot at by two youths in broad daylight here today. Both of them were seriously injured. According to sources, two motor cycle-borne youths came to Mahendra Book Depot at about 1 pm and asked for a recharge coupon of a mobile phone company.

Bus driver attacked, robbed
Phagwara, July 30
Nearly 12 armed assailants last night broke windowpanes of a private mini bus near Jagpalpur village and robbed the conductor of his cellphone and handbag containing Rs 2,500.


Plea for change in teacher’s role
Hoshiarpur, July 30
A workshop for teachers was organised by Woodlands Overseas School, Dasuya Road, here today which was conducted by Dr Romila Soni, Teacher Educator, NCERT, New Delhi. A votary of stress-free education among children, Dr Soni has authored many books which emphasise on pre-school and primary education.

Forum accuses Boparai of nepotism
Patiala, July 30
Accusing Mr S.S. Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, of acting in an “arbitrary and despotic style”, the Forum for Educational Action and Reform has asked the Chancellor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), to cancel Mr Boparai’s extension before it came into effect from August 28.

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