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Women face lathis to fight drug peddlers
Four chemist shops sealed
Lutheri (Ropar), August 4
Lutheri, an obscure village in Ropar district, 7 km from Morinda, could well provide a model for protest against growing drug addiction in Punjab. Though there have been sporadic protests against liquor shops in Punjab villages, this seems to be the first ever organised protest against synthetic drugs retailed through chemist shops.

BJP MP decries CM on special economic zone
Amritsar, August 4
Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, today lashed out at the Chief Minister of Punjab for trying to scuttle the special economic zone at Amritsar by coming up with excuses of land prices. Addressing reporters here today, Mr Sidhu recounted the calling-attention motion given by him in the Lok Sabha yesterday seeking specific answers on the setting up of SEZ at Amritsar and also give brief account of the reply provided by Union Commerce Minister Kamal Nath.

Plan to demolish 11 old jails in Punjab
Chandigarh, August 4
As against the capacity of 10,000 prisoners, jails in Punjab are housing more than 15000, rendering the concept of comprehensive rehabilitation futile. No wonder the aspect of congestion in jails hogs major discussion space in the latest Report on Prison Reforms in Punjab, submitted to the state government recently.

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Parents allege negligence in 3-yr-old’s death
Residents protest against doctor
Amritsar, August 4
A three-year-old girl, Muskan, lost her life allegedly due to the negligence of a doctor of a private hospital located in the Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar area on the Sultanwind road here.

Krishna Devi breaks into tears as she relates the story of her son’s addiction at Roorhki Heeran village in Ropar district. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Krishna Devi breaks into tears as she relates the story of her son’s addiction at Roorhki Heeran village in Ropar district

Couple held for teacher’s murder
Patiala, August 4
The police has arrested newly weds, Navdeep Kaur and her husband Dharamvir Singh of Rajomajra, Sangrur, for the murder of her 60-year-old teacher Shiv Charan Das of Urban Estate, Phase 3, Patiala, today. The murder took place on the night of July 20.


PPCC to publicise achievements of Amarinder govt
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 4
The Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee would publish a booklet highlighting achievements of the state government in three years of its rule, as well as giving programmes to be initiated by the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government. The government will implement all promises made in the election manifesto, most of which had been fulfilled and remaining would be implemented soon, said Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, Punjab Congress chief at Dera Hansali today.

Shamsher Singh Dullo
Shamsher Singh Dullo


Phagwara reels under power shortage
Phagwara, August 4
Power cuts are back here after a gap of about two weeks. Residents had to bear a power failure for six hours across the town on Wednesday. The situation in several villages is rather worse. People were more affected due to the increase in humidity.

Surprise checkings at places of public dealing
Jalandhar, August 4
The working and the atmosphere at cinema halls, government offices, government schools and video parlours will be under scrutiny as the Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Gupta, and two Additional Deputy Commissioners will be conducting surprise checking on a weekly basis at these places of public dealing and movement.

Farmers of various organisations attend a convention at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall in Jalandhar
Farmers of various organisations attend a convention at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall in Jalandhar on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Drive on rainwater management
Kharar, August 4
A mass awareness programme on “Rainwater management for groundwater recharge” was organised by the Central Ground Water Board at Government Polytechnic, Khoonimajra, here today.

Experts: protect environment
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 4
A two-day national conference on energy, environment, ecosystem and sustainable development was organised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Bhagat Puran Singh’s death anniversary observed
Amritsar, August 4
Renowned environmentalist and leader of the Chipku movement Sundar Lal Bahuguna today warned that the excessive use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides were causing immense damage not only to the environment but also affecting the health of the people of the country.

Arjun is chief of Durgiana panel
Amritsar, August 4
Mr Surinder Arjun was today unanimously nominated president of the Durgiana Temple Committee till the holding of elections. The executive committee of the Durgiana Temple passed a resolution to this effect.

Sikh clergy to meet at Hazoor Sahib once a year
Amritsar, August 4
In a significant development, Sikh high priests have decided in principle to meet at Takht Hazoor Sahib once a year. Jathedars of Hazoor Sahib and Patna Sahib have differed with Akal Takht on many Panthic issues.

Panel to review working of local bodies
Chandigarh, August 4
The Third Punjab Finance Commission constituted under the Punjab Finance Commission for Panchayats and Municipalities Act, 1994, will review and suggest ways to improve the working of the local bodies.


Details sought on Sansi community
Chandigarh, August 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Punjab Government what steps it was taking to check involvement of members of the Sansi community in criminal activity.

Doaba College to pay Rs 50,000 as relief to student
Jalandhar, August 4
The District Consumer Redressal Forum has directed the management of Doaba College to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to a local student who had alleged that the college authorities had given a wrong advertisement inviting students for admission in a course.

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Assistant AG quits
Chandigarh, August 4
Mr Mohinder Singh Joshi, Assistant Advocate-General, Punjab, has resigned from his post. In his letter addressed to the Punjab Home Secretary, Mr Joshi has said that since he has a standing of over 22 years as a lawyer, he deserved to be appointed as Additional Advocate General.

Dal Khalsa gen secy, two others released
Amritsar, August 4
Dal Khalsa general secretary, Mr Kanwarpal Singh along with two other activists, were released from the Central Jail here yesterday after they were granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday.

Consumer forum moved against soda-making unit
Pathankot, August 4
A local resident has filed a petition in the Consumer Redressal Forum, Gurdaspur, against a local dealer and the Ludhiana-based manufacturer of ‘Club Bisleri Soda’. The resident has complained that he had found a ‘fly’ in a bottle of soda.


Reduce farm costs, Aulakh urges farmers
Moga, August 4
Punjab’s farmers were burdened with a huge debt of Rs 20,000 crore and if they didn’t increase their income by reducing agricultural costs and ensuring judicious use of water resources they would be ruined, warned Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, while addressing a seminar on crop diversification here today.


Jalandhar SSP directed to present challan
Chandigarh, August 4
The Additional Director General of Police (Crime), Punjab, has directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Jalandhar, to present challan against Kartar Singh, NRI, who has been booked in two separate cases by the police.


Six held for cheating
Phagwara, August 4
Six persons, including a baba claiming to have occult powers were nabbed today by the police here for duping Piara Singh of nearby Khera village of Rs 2 lakh. Those arrested include Avtar Singh, alias Baba, Bakshish Singh, Balbir Singh, Husan Lal, Ravinder Singh, alias Mangi, of Mao Sahib village and Pala Ram, alias Ghungri of Khera village.

Man crushed to death in road mishap
Abohar , August 4
Subhash Abrol, a commission agent and farmer of Panjawa village, was crushed to death by a Tata Sumo vehicle this morning. Family sources said Abrol (45) left for his village at 5.45 a.m. from his residence here near the Kothi Faiz locality on the Sriganganagar road by motor cycle.

One held for attempt to murder Cong leader
Kapurthala, August 4
The police yesterday arrested Rajesh Sharma, a resident of Moti Bagh in an attempt to murder Mr Ashok Malhotra, a senior Congress leader and ex-councillor. Mr Malhotra was attacked by three unidentified persons with sharp-edged weapons and was seriously injured when he was opening his shop near the local Civil Hospital on Tuesday.

Youth assaulted, injured
Phagwara, August 4
A youth, Harish Sethi, nephew of Mr S.P. Sethi, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Fine Switchgears and an NGO stalwart, was today assaulted by about a half dozen youths. They also injured and robbed him of Rs 52,000, a gold chain and a wrist watch.


Application date for NRI seats extended
Amritsar, August 4
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to accept applications for NRI quota in different courses, including M. Phil till August 10. Dr Gurnam Singh, Dean, Academic Affairs, said application on plain paper should be submitted directly to the Head of the department concerned till August 10.

Training course for radiographers
Chandigarh, August 4
Government Medical Colleges in Amritsar and Patiala have introduced a two-year radiographer’s training course. While the college in Patiala will have 11 seats, the one in Amritsar will have 15. Five seats in each college are reserved for Scheduled Castes candidates.

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