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Punjab Police fails to get custody of Hawara
Ropar, August 5
The Punjab police could not get custody of main accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara, in various cases pending against in various districts in the states.

Housemaid found murdered

Residents protest arrest of suspected killers
Pathankot, August 5

Residents of kucha quarters locality organised a dharna outside the division number 2 police station to demand the arrest of the persons responsible for the death of a housemaid.

Residents protest against the killing of a housemaid at Pathankot on Friday.
Residents protest against the killing of a housemaid at Pathankot on Friday. — Photo by Jangi

List of 11 missing Pak nationals released
Amritsar, Aug 5
The Punjab Police today released a list and photographs of 11 Pakistani nationals, all of them from Lahore, who had come to India to watch the first India-Pakistan Test match at Mohali in March this year but did not return to their country.

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Pakistan agrees to allow visits by more Sikh jathas
Wagah, August 5
The Pakistan Government has agreed in principle to allow more jathas to visit Sikh shrines in that country. This was stated by Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, President, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), who had returned from Pakistan here today.

Primary schools have teachers, no students
Bathinda, August 5
While government schools in other parts of the state are grappling with staff shortage, some primary schools in the district have teachers but no students and a few senior secondary schools have science lecturers despite having no admissions in the science stream.

Work on Lehra Mohabbat plant behind schedule
Chandigarh, August 5
Work on important sections of Stage II of the Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabbat, which is under expansion, is behind schedule. The way things are moving at the project, worth Rs 1,700 crore at present, its completion is expected to be delayed by six months.

Residents to boycott I-Day function
Phagwara, August 5
Residents of Dharamkot mohalla, led by Mr Bira Ram Valjot, municipal councillor, Ward No. 15, today staged a demonstration against the Punjab Government and local Nagar Council for lack of water supply, sewerage and drainage facilities in the locality.


SAD (A) holds protest rally
Malerkotla, August 5
Workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (A) under the leadership of Mr Jeet Singh Aloarakh, district president of the SAD(A), today took out a protest march through the town and held a rally in front of the SDM office here against the registration of sedition case against Mr Simrajjit Singh Mann and other leaders of the party.


Jaundice cases continue to pour in
Health Secretary visits Mandi Gobindgarh areas
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 5
Since the first case of jaundice was reported on June 21 in the most prosperous town of the district, Mandi Gobindgarh, there has been no control over its spread.

Baby milk making firms ‘discourage’ breast feeding
Sangrur, August 5
“Due to lack of awareness among pregnant women and lactating mothers regarding benefits of breast feeding, out of 2.50 crore newborn babies every year in India only one crore get the benefits of exclusive breast feeding though it is a must for the newborns for up to six months.

Drive to make Fatehgarh Sahib green
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 5
“Plant trees, save Fatehgarh Sahib” scheme has been launched in the district. More than two lakh saplings will be planted involving educational, religious, and social organisations in this drive, said Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secy.

Kin relieved over Afshan’s acquittal
Abohar, August 5
Thank God that Afshan Guru has been acquitted by the Supreme Court,” This was the reaction of the woman who opened the door at Afshan’s parental house herein Azeemgarh locality this afternoon, when she was told about the judgement on Parliament attack case.

Bajaj tells officers to check evasion of stamp duty
Faridkot, August 5
Mrs Rupan Deol Bajaj, Financial Commissioner (Revenue), Punjab, has asked senior district officers to check theft of stamp duty and mutation fee during registration of deeds in the state. There were complaints and reports about it which needed to the looked into. The menace was impeding development of the state, she said.

Measures afoot to check encroachments
Malikpur (Gurdaspur) August 5
The Punjab Government will hold the district administration responsible for any kind of encroachments on public land. A decision to this effect has been taken on the request of the Punjab Urban Development Authority.

One man, five posts
Amritsar, August 4
One man holding five posts! This is true in case of Dr J.S. Dalal who is holding five posts which are stationed at a distance of about 250 km between Chandigarh and the holy city.

Man eats broken glass in police custody
Ludhiana, August 5
A man broke and ate glasses of his spectacles in police custody in an alleged suicide attempt after being allegedly tortured and questioned regarding the recent murder of another goldsmith in the city.

Sardar Anjum, Shahryar to regale audience
Patiala, August 5
The Mehak Cultural Forum, Patiala, in collaboration with the Sufi Foundation India will organise an All-India Mushiara at the Central State Library auditorium here tomorrow at 7 p.m to commemorate the Independence Day.

Villagers’ relay fast from Aug 16
Barnala, August 5
The Ujaara Roko Sangharosh Committee (Anti-Desertion Action Committee) of three villages — Fatehgarh Chhanna, Dhaula and Sanghera — has decided to start relay fast in front of the Barnala SDM’s office from August, 16 to protest against the Punjab Government’s move to acquire more than 350 acres of Fatehgarh Chhanna, Dhaula and Sanghera villages for units of the Trident Group of Industries — Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation.

Ludhiana doctor to chair Asia Pacific Congress
Chandigarh, August 5
Dr Kuldip Singh, Professor of Surgery, DMC, Ludhiana, and pioneer laparoscopic surgeon, has been invited to chair the plenary session of the Seventh Asia Pacific Congress of Endoscopic Surgery organised by the Endoscopic Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA) to be held in Hong Kong from August 17 to 19.

Club function
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 5
Social organisations play an important role in development of the society and nation. The government alone cannot achieve much without the co-operation of social organisations.

Ropar thermal plant sans head
Ropar, August 5
One of the most important power projects of Punjab, Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, has been functioning without any head for the past five days.

4000 saplings to be planted
Bathinda, August 5
Bathinda features in a selected group of districts where under a Central government saplings would be planted on 900 acres of land, stated Deputy Commissioner Rahul Bhandari while addressing a gathering at PUDA’s Vanamahotsava here today.

Anganwadi workers to hold protest rallies
Bathinda, August 5
Intensifying their stir on the issue of rotten eatables’ scam, the Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union has announced that they would hold protest rallies in the city on August 15.


Akali MPs’ plea dismissed
Chandigarh, August 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed the petition filed by eight Akali MPs from Punjab seeking quashing of the report of the Justice B.S. Nehra Commission of Inquiry into the Punjab Intranet Scam.

PMET scam accused granted bail
Chandigarh, August 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted bail to Dr Vinod Khanna, who had been accused of procuring the question paper of PMET-2005, conducted by Baba Farid University, Faridkot, for Rs 50,000 for his son. Dr Khanna is in custody since June 13.

Two awarded life term
Sangrur, August 5
A local court has sentenced two persons, who were facing murder charges, to life imprisonment and fined Rs 10,000 to each of them and absolved their four accomplices in the case.


Rs 5 lakh grant for paraplegic centre
Chandigarh, August 5
The Punjab Government has approved a grant-in-aid of Rs 5 lakh to the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Mohali, for the year 2005-06.


Travel agent held, wife booked
Kapurthala, August 5
The Bholath police has arrested Niranjan Singh, a travel agent a resident of Narngpur Village and booked his wife Sukhi and Gurmeet Kaur, a resident of Begowal for duping three persons of Rs 19.5 lakh.

Rs 4.70 lakh stolen from scooter
Jalandhar, August 5
Two unidentified youngsters tore apart the cover of dickey of a parked scooter of an employee of a local steel factory from near Nari Niketan, allegedly removed a bag containing Rs 4.70 lakh from it and fled on their scooter after accomplishing their task.

BSF jawan shoots at colleague
Amritsar, August 5
A Border Security Force Jawan of 123 battalion today shot at his companion posted at an outpost of gate number 113 falling in Daoke village in the Atari sector here.

Four killed in car-bus collision
Patiala, August 5
Four persons, all residents of Patran, died when the car in which they were travelling, rammed into a PRTC bus coming from the opposite direction, 8 km from Samana.


Teachers on mass leave on Aug 10
Moga (Punjab), August 5
Some 10,000 teachers of 484 government-aided schools have decided to go on “mass casual leave” on Wednesday on the issues of pension scheme revival, merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance and the phasing out of grant-in-aid.


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