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Akali MLAs to refuse luxury vehicles
Chandigarh, August 3
SAD today came down heavily against the Punjab Government’s move to buy expensive luxury vehicles for MLAs and declared that if the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, went ahead with the proposed move in this direction, the Akali legislators would refuse to accept the new vehicles.

Dairy board helpless on milk adulteration
Mohali, August 3
Even as the Punjab Dairy Development Board is busy these days checking household milk for adulteration and coming up with shocking results, board officials feel helpless as they cannot take any substantial action against unscrupulous household milk suppliers.

Mega project which can change face of Punjab
Bathinda, August 3
From its foundation ceremony in 1998 to the HPCL’s threat to shift it to Rajasthan in 2004, the prestigious Rs 16,000 crore Guru Gobind Singh Refinery Project, Bathinda, has witnessed many ups and downs before the recent announcement of its re-launch in the coming days.

Refinery’s re-launch on Aug 12
Bathinda, August 3
The work on the Rs 16,000-crore Guru Gobind Singh Refinery would restart on August 12 in the presence of Union Petroleum Minister, Manishankar Aiyar and Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh here.
The main gate of Bathinda oil refinery awaits reopening.
The main gate of Bathinda oil refinery awaits reopening. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Jilted jawan shoots at fiancee, kills self
Tarn Taran, August 3
Disturbed over his broken engagement an Army jawan today shot at and injured his fiancé by barging into the nursing school hostel here and later committed suicide by shooting himself from point blank range with a 5.56 INSAS rifle.

Death to girl’s rapist-killer upheld
Chandigarh, August 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the death sentence awarded to a Mansa resident for having raped and murdered a seven-year-old girl.

It is not man alone who enjoys a dip in water. Monkeys too take a leaf out of man’s book at times. The snap shows a simian enjoying a swim in the Deer Park at Patiala on Wednesday.
BEATING HEAT & HUMIDITY: It is not man alone who enjoys a dip in water. Monkeys too take a leaf out of man’s book at times. The snap shows a simian enjoying a swim in the Deer Park at Patiala on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

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  Surprise checking of government offices by DC
24 employees found absent
Sangrur, August 3

In a surprise check of government offices by Sangrur Deputy Commissioner, Husan Lal, at Bhawanigarh town, 22 km from here, this morning, the Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Naib Tehsildar, Assistant Treasury Officer, Executive Officer of the Municipal Council along with 20 employees of their respective offices were found absent from duty.


Jagmeet Brar falls out of favour, key men sacked
Faridkot, August 3
A senior Congress leader and former Member of Parliament from Faridkot, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, suffered a jolt yesterday when the Punjab Government removed one of his close relatives, associate and member, PPCC, Mr Surjit Singh Dhillon, along with his other colleagues from the coveted posts of chairmanship, vice-chairmanship and membership of the Market Committee, Sadiq 15 km from here, without assigning any reason.

Landlords control SGPC: Dullo
Phagwara, August 3
PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo said today that SGPC had been under the control of landlords in the state and they did not honour the martyrs instead had praise for terrorists.


Kapurthala science city to be completed in two years
Chandigarh, August 3
The Punjab Government’s ambitious project — Pushpa Gujral Science City (PGSC) at Kapurthala — is slated for completion in two years. Some parts of the Science City were opened to the public since March 20 this year, and there has been a good response, especially from the student fraternity to the interactive, informative, educative and entertaining displays at the place.

Mid-day meals at anganwaris to be more nutritious
Chandigarh, August 3
The Punjab Government has prohibited the supply of “mini-meals” from outside to anganwaris, following reports that sub-standard stuff was being distributed in these institutes. Now, the nutritious meal at the anganwaris will be supplied by its own organisations like the FCI, Milkfed and Sugarfed.

Celebrating the rains: Girls dressed in all their finery perform the giddha at the Teej festival in Amritsar on Wednesday.
Celebrating the rains: Girls dressed in all their finery perform the giddha at the Teej festival in Amritsar on Wednesday. — AFP
Students of Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa Girls College celebrate the “Tiya Teej Diya” festival in Bathinda on Wednesday.
Students of Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa Girls College celebrate the “Tiya Teej Diya” festival in Bathinda on Wednesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Dullo for lifting ban on buying land in HP
Amritsar, August 3
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, has said he will seek the intervention of the Central Government to bring uniformity of rules in different states, paving the way for lifting ban on the purchase of agricultural land in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and J&K by the outsiders.

Police dubbed innocent as robbers: parents
Muktsar, August 3
Close on the heels of facing the charge of dubbing an innocent man a human bomb, parents of some of the robbers arrested last week today accused the police of falsely implicating their sons.

Auction of prime land fetches Rs 78.50 crore
Amritsar, August 3
Today everyone was surprised when a piece of prime commercial land, measuring 10,000 square yards, fetched Rs 78.50 crore during an auction, conducted by the local municipal corporation, thereby creating a history of sorts in the land price in the region. The huge amount will help the municipal corporation, which is in the red, to undertake developmental activities

PNB cashier surrenders
Hoshiarpur, August 3
Krishan Kumar, cashier of Punjab National Bank, Binjon, who was booked by the Mahilpur police on a complaint of the manager of the branch on the charge of misappropriating money from various accounts of customers, surrendered before the police, according to Mr Chand Singh, Senior Regional Manager of Punjab National Bank, here today.

PPS officers decry Home Dept’s statement on seniority
Amritsar, August 3
The Punjab Police Service Welfare Association today termed the statement by the state Home Department regarding PPS officers’ seniority against facts and misleading.

DC denies move to revive shooting range
Bathinda, August 3
While some shooting enthusiasts are reportedly making a bid to revive shooting range near Deer Park here, the People For Animals (PFA) has come out against it stating that it would disturb the ecological balance of the area. However, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rahul Bhandari, has denied any plan to revive shooting range.

Former BSF jawan seeks cash assistance
Chandigarh, August 3
A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, who had been decorated for showing exemplary courage during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking directions to the respondents, including the Punjab Government, to give monthly financial grant given in such cases.

Mill workers hold protest
Kharar, August 3
Workers of the Kharar Textile Mill staged a protest outside the factory here today in support of their demands.

Plan to preserve Ram Tirath Temple
Amritsar, August 3
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) will evolve a plan to preserve the ancient Ram Tirath Temple.

Ranu elected to Central Council of Homoeopathy
Ludhiana, August 3
Dr Paramjit Singh Ranu was elected for the lone seat from Punjab to the Central Council of Homoeopathy. The council is under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The result of the election was declared in the office of the Directorate of Medical Education and Research, Punjab, by Dr A.S. Thind, returning officer.

Protest against water shortage
Phagwara, August 3
Upset over an acute shortage of drinking water, residents of Thathiaran Mohalla, near Sandoora Mandir Chowk, yesterday protested against the erratic water supply in the area for the past three months.

Taxi owner goes missing
Phagwara, August 3
A taxi owner of Mohalla Rampura, Phagwara, has been missing since July 21 at New Delhi. A son of NRI Chain Singh Dhaliwal, Mr Gurdarshan Singh, owned a taxi, Scorpio, and a driver plied it at Amrit Tour and Travels at Asif Ali Road, New Delhi.

DC warns nursing homes
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 3
Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, today called a meeting of owners of ultrasound centres and nursing homes in the district and warned them against sex determination tests.

BJP activists meet MC Commissioner
Jalandhar, August 3
After giving a hearing to the residents’ complaints pertaining to civic problems for the last few days, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists held a meeting with the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, demanding quick action by its employees.


Langah’s plea dismissed
Ropar, August 3
The Special Court Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K. Goel, today dismissed an application moved by former PWD Minister Sucha Singh Langah for dropping of corruption charges against him. He had moved the application in a case of possessing assets beyond known sources of income registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.


2,600 kg confiscated desi ghee found to be adulterated
Gurdaspur, August 3
The 2,600 kg Nova desi ghee confiscated by the Department of Food and Civil Supplies from M/s J.B. Manga Ram and Sons, a Pathankot-based wholesale dealer, has been found to be adulterated. Even the ghee samples have been found to be unfit for human consumption.

6-year-old boy kidnapped; police clueless
Abohar, August 3
A six-year-old son of a physically handicapped STD/PCO operator was abducted for ransom from Vinoba Basti, Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, late last night.

Gang of mobile phone thieves busted, three held
Batala, August 3
The District Police Chief of Batala, Dr Jatindra Kumar Jain, told mediapersons here today that the local CIA staff led by Sub-Inspector Harjinder Singh arrested three persons, Amrik Singh, Deepak and Saravjit Kaur and recovered 18 mobile phones, one inverter, one STD meter, seven ATM cards, six wrist watches and some women’s purses.

Inter-state gang of truck thieves busted
Phagwara, August 3
The Phagwara city police today busted an inter-state gang of truck-lifters by arresting two brothers and recovering from them three trucks stolen by the duo from New Delhi.A few forged documents were also recovered from them.

Looter arrested, Rs 1 lakh recovered
Jalandhar, August 3
The district police has nabbed a driver of a businessman who had allegedly absconded with Rs 1.3 lakhs.


Project on Guru Granth Sahib okayed
Patiala, August 3
Punjabi University, Patiala, has approved a project named `Recitation of selected shabads from Guru Granth Sahib in English’ with the aim of linking the new generation with Gurbani around the world. The project has been assigned to the Gurmat Sangeet Department of the university.

Quiz contests on August 22
Patiala, August 3
The Languages Department, Punjab, will conduct quiz competitions on children’s literature on August 22 at 10 a.m. at all district headquarters of the department and Punjabi Cell, Mini Secretariat, Sector 9, Chandigarh, according to information given by the Deputy Director (Publicity).

Stone laid for girls hostel
Abohar, August 3
Mr H.R. Gandhar, Director (Schools), DAV Managing Committee, New Delhi, laid the foundation of a hostel for girls at DAV College here yesterday. Mr Gandhar, who had served as a lecturer in the college for more than two decades and as Principal for 13 years also, was received by the Principal, Dr B.C. Josan, members of the teaching and non-teaching staff and senior students.

Notify Majithia panel report, say parents
Chandigarh, August 3
The parents of students doing professional courses in various private medical, dental, nursing, homoeopathic and ayurvedic colleges yesterday urged the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, to get the recommendations of the Majithia Committee notified at the earliest.

Varsity gets grant
Patiala, August 3
The Punjab Government released a grant of Rs 5.72 crore to Punjabi yesterday. The release of the grant was due for the past two years.


Railways to invite tenders in Ferozepore division
Phagwara, August 3
The Railway authorities have decided to invite fresh tenders from the vendors at the railway platforms in the Ferozepore Railway Division as most of the vendors have not paid their dues, as per sources.


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