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Heart patients being ‘used’ as guniea pigs?
Unauthorised stents find their way to north India
Jalandhar, August 1
Heart patients, going in for interaventional treatment, are at the risk of being used as guinea pigs a large quantities of unauthorised and unapproved drug eluting stents, imported by obscure companies and manufactured by the non-Federation of Drug and Administration approved small facilities of China, the Netherlands, Israel, Korea and France, are allegedly being pushed into north-India market by about 15-20 obscure companies based in different parts of the country.

Kin of youths lodged in jails write to Musharraf
Moga, August 1
Disillusioned with the state and Central governments, family members of about 60 Punjabi youths today shot off a missive to the Pakistan President, General Pervez Musharraf, seeking release of their sons, brothers, and husbands from Pakistani jails.
Relatives of Punjabi youths lodged in Pakistani jails show their photographs in Moga on Monday.
Relatives of Punjabi youths lodged in Pakistani jails show their photographs in Moga on Monday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Delay in unit renovation costs PSEB Rs 50 lakh daily
Gurdaspur August 1
The eight months delay in the renovation of the unit number 2 of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, Bathinda, has started raising hackles in the PSEB. The PSEB is losing 26.5 lakh units or more than Rs 50 lakh daily due to this.

Bhakra records highest water level
in 7 years

Nangal, August 1
The water level in the Bhakra Dam rose to 1,652 feet today. It is said to be the highest in the past seven years. Only 28 feet has been left to reach the maximum storage capacity. The inflow of water was 64,870 cusecs while the outflow was 37,955 cusecs today.

Police assures security to Hoshiarpur
social worker

Chandigarh, August 1
On the directions of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, the Punjab Police has assured security to Ms Davinder Kaur Aulakh, a social worker running a
state-of-the-art nursing college in Hoshiarpur. 

Three girls make the most of one umbrella during heavy rain at Patiala on Monday.
JOY OF SHARING: Three girls make the most of one umbrella during heavy rain at Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Fatehgarh Sahib


Head Constable on duty crushed to death
Rajpura, August 1
A Punjab Police Head Constable, Mr Avtar Singh, was crushed to death by a truck on the busy Chandigarh-Zirakpur-Patiala highway in Jansua village near here, late last night.

Cases of whiskey that were damaged when a truck, transporting the cases to the CSD Canteen at Jalandhar, overturned at Gagan Chowk, Rajpura. It was speeding away after crushing to death a police personnel at Rajpura on Sunday night. —  Photo by JS Virdi
Cases of whiskey that were damaged when a truck, transporting the cases to the CSD Canteen at Jalandhar, overturned at Gagan Chowk, Rajpura

Married off to older woman, youth seeks justice
Phagwara, August 1
A 22-year-old youth has knocked the doors of judiciary to get rid of his wife who is 13 years older to him and was married off to him by concealing her age and tampering with her date of birth certificate of matriculation.


Mega industrial complex in doldrums
Goindwal, August 1
India’s first Industrial Nucleus Complex (INC), that was established 25 years ago with investment worth over Rs 1000 crore is in doldrums with more than 90 per cent units already closed down due to the apathy of authorities concerned.

SGPC unlikely to present ‘siropa’ to Dullo
Amritsar, August 1
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is unlikely to present “sriopa” (robe of honour) to Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, during his proposed visit to Harmander Sahib here tomorrow .

SGPC seeks ban on postage stamp on Guru Granth Sahib
Amritsar, August 1
Lodging strong protest over the flawed design of the proposed postage stamp got prepared by the Central Government to commemorate the 400th year of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today sought an immediate ban on its release.

IMA-Unicef health project to start by October
Barnala, August 1
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association will translate into actuality the “Aao Gaon Chalen” (a joint venture of IMA and Unicef) project by adopting 100 villages all over the state by October this year.

Residents protest over death of undertrial
Kapurthala, August 1
Residents of mohalla Shergarh staged a dharna and blocked traffic on Sultanpur Lodhi road in front of the local civil hospital today in protest against the mysterious death of Rajinder Pal (38), an undertrial at Kapurthala jail yesterday evening.

Exotic fish threaten native species
Chandigarh, August 1
Exotic fish species are threatening the existence of native species in Punjab. Many native species, including the rohu, the mrigal, the catla, the black rohu and the mahseer, have been declining alarmingly in the Harike, Kanjli and Ropar wetlands, says a field guide prepared by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology.
The mahseer, also known as the “Tiger of Indian rivers”, is a carnivorous fish found in the Harike and Ropar wetlands.
The mahseer, also known as the “Tiger of Indian rivers”, is a carnivorous fish found in the Harike and Ropar wetlands.

Kisan, mazdoor mahapanchayat passes off peacefully
Abohar, August 1
The Kisan Mazdoor Beopari Sangharsh Samiti had to shift the venue of mahapanchayat from Gharsana Township to 6DD village as the district administration at Sriganganagar, neighbouring Abohar, virtually sealed all roads leading to the town. The conference passed off peacefully.

Maj Vinayak’s last rites performed
Jalandhar, August 1
Major Kapil Vinayak became a victim of enemy’s attack in a blast in Srinagar last week, but none of the five ministers hailing from the district made it to the last rites that were performed at Geeta Mandir here today.

A child pays tributes to Major Kapil Vinayak during the past rites’ ceremony performed at Geeta Mandir in Jalandhar on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
A child pays tributes to Major Kapil Vinayak during the past rites’ ceremony performed at Geeta Mandir in Jalandhar on Monday.

Gopi Chand BhatiaDurgiana Temple president dead
Amritsar, August 1
Mr Gopi Chand Bhatia (85), president of the Durgiana Temple, died after a brief illness here today. He is survived by one son and four daughters. He remained president of the Durgiana Temple for 34 years. He worked diligently for its uplift and improvement. He was also associated with the Sewa Samiti, Amritsar, Andh Vidyalaya and several other social organisations.

Doomra declines post
Fazilka, August 1
Mr Prithvi Raj Doomra, President, Block Congress Committee, who on Sunday, was nominated vice-chairman of Jalalabad Market Committee, 32 km from here refused the post as he wanted to be chairman of the market committee.

Power crisis aggravates
Ropar, August 1
The power crisis in Punjab further aggravated today as its demand increased to 1,450 lakh units while the supply from all sources is about 1,300 lakh units.

Anganwadi workers go on fast
Bathinda, August 1
The Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union today launched fast in front of Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla’s residence here in favour of its demands.


Relief granted
Chandigarh, August 1
In a major relief to hundreds of employees of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation, the High Court has ordered that they will get arrears of revised pay-scales from November 3, 1989, to October 31, 1998.


Ministerial comforts: Punjab outdoes Haryana in cars
Chandigarh, August 1
Ministers of the Punjab Government will now travel in comfort. The government has reportedly decided to buy Toyota Camry cars, each costing about Rs 17 lakh, for the Ministers, sources confirmed here tonight. The change of cars for Ministers will cost the government about Rs 2.5 crore.


Three booked for poppy husk smuggling
Blind murder case solved
Bathinda, August 1
Three persons, including a woman have been booked for their involvement in smuggling of poppy husk.

Boy escapes from juvenile jail
Faridkot, August 1
A Bangladeshi boy today escaped from the local juvenile jail here. The absconder, 15-year-old Mohammad Munir, was lodged in the jail in March after he was caught illegally crossing over to Pakistan at Wagah Border.

Complainant turns out to be accused
Jalandhar, August 1
Vinod Nishad, a complainant in a murder case has turned out to be the alleged perpetrator.

Married woman elopes with paramour
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 1
Mr Balwant Singh of Mulanpur village has got a case registered against his wife Kulwant Kaur, who had fled with her alleged paramour Sohan Singh of Sohavi village, along with Rs 2.5 lakh withdrawn from a joint account and gold jewellery.

Accused booked in acid attack case
Amritsar, August 1
While the acid attack victim’s condition continues to be serious, the B-Division police station has booked the accused persons for attempt to murder case.

Man murdered
Kurali, August 1
Ranit Kumar, a guard of Mohali-based Parmar Construction Company, was found murdered at company’s godown located in Ban Majra village, about 5 km from Ropar, this morning.

Patwari injured by miscreants
Phagwara, August 1
Some unidentified armed miscreants attacked a patwari and injured him seriously at Mohalla Gobindpura here late last night.

Woman held for ‘poisoning’ husband, in-laws
Phillaur, August 1
A married woman, Sukhwinder Kaur, allegedly mixed poison in the meal of the whole family of her in-laws at Aujla village in Phillaur subdivision last night as they were against her illegal relationship with a youth Sukha.

Women foil kidnap bid
Phagwara, August 1
Two women were injured and robbed of their two golden chains after they resisted and foiled the bid to kidnap their boy at nearby Nangal Khera village this afternoon.

Cop killed in road mishap
Bathinda, August 1
A person was killed when the car he was driving collided with a bus near Karamgarh Chhatra village this morning.


How many teachers are needed in govt primary schools?
Chandigarh, August 1
The Punjab Government is now engaged in a great mathematical exercise to find out exactly how many teachers it needs to recruit to make functional all government primary and middle schools, which are also called elementary schools under the latest national educational policy.

Nod to private varsity gets mixed response
Jalandhar, August 1
Recent approval by the Punjab Cabinet for the opening of the first private university in the state to the Lovely group has drawn mixed response from political leaders and educational circles.

ETT course: govt scraps notification
Chandigarh, August 1
In a major decision, the Punjab Government today informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it had decided to scrap the notice dated April 17, 2005, issued by the Director, SCERT regarding admission for diploma course in elementary teachers training.


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