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Fake recruitment in SGPC detected
Secretary’s signature forged, clerk suspended
Amritsar, August 6
A case of fake recruitment in the SGPC has been detected with the suspension of a clerk accused of forging the signature of committee’s secretary for issuing appointment letters.

Cong to set up panels at village level
Patran, August 6
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Shamsher Singh Dullo has promised to strengthen the working of the party at grass-roots level.

Governor can’t intervene in fiscal matters, says Singla
Chandigarh, August 6
While the ruling Congress will make development its main election plank in the Punjab Assembly poll due to be held in 17 months, the Governor has no powers to intervene in financial matters of the state, said Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, while speaking at a meet-the-Press programme held at the Press Club here today.

Amarinder a great leader, says Singla
Chandigarh, August 6
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, said here today that he fully agreed with the observation made by the Punjab Congress President, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, that the late Beant Singh was one of the tallest political figures who, as Chief Minister, brought peace in the state.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Protesting residents block traffic; lathi-charged
House maid’s murder
Pathankot, August 6
Residents of the kucha quarters locality continued their protest today also demanding the arrest of the persons responsible for the death of a house maid.

Residents of the Kucha Quarter locality, Pathankot, take out a protest march on Saturday demanding the immediate arrest of those responsible for the death of a house maid. — Photo by Jangi

Residents of the Kucha Quarter locality, Pathankot, take out a protest march on Saturday demanding the immediate arrest of those responsible for the death of a house maid.

Home Guard jawan shot by colleague
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 6
A Punjab Home Guard jawan on security duty at GO Mess of the police at Aam Khas Bagh shot dead his colleague by snatching this rifle last night. The Sirhind police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC.

All turbines operate at Pong, Bhakra dams
Nangal, August 6
After eight years, the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) today ran all 10 turbines of the Bhakra Dam and six turbines of the Pong Dam. This was done to get 100 per cent power generation keeping in view increase in water level in both dams, BBMB sources told The Tribune this evening.


Congress clears way for Narang’s kin in MC byelection
Abohar, August 6
In an unprecedented move the ruling Congress yesterday offered not to field any candidate if a member from the family of former BJP councillor Satish Narang contested the byelections to Ward Number 30.

CPI, CPM deviating from ideology, says Pasla
Nawanshahr, August 6
Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, secretary of the state unit of the CPM (Pasla faction), accused the present leadership of the CPI and the CPM of deviating from the path of Leftists ideology, while talking to media persons here yesterday.

SAD releases list of district (urban) office-bearers
Amritsar, August 6
Mr Bawa Singh Gumanpura, district (urban) president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, today released the list of its office-bearers and working committee members and circle presidents.

DCC chiefs to meet tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 6
Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, president Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has called a meeting of the presidents of the district Congress committees at Punjab Congress Bhavan here on August 8 at 11 a.m.


Sukhbir too was my guest: Kochhar
Wagah, August 6
The host of Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister’s controversial visit to Dubai, Mr J.S. Kochhar, yesterday claimed that he had sponsored the visit of Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, in 1995. Mr Badal stayed at his residence in Dubai.

PUDA razes waterfall to make way for shops
Amritsar, August 6
The Punjab Urban Development Authority today demolished a landscaped waterfall built by a multi-national company on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road, raising many eyebrows.

PUDA staff demolish a waterfall built by a multinational company on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road on Saturday. —  Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

PUDA staff demolish a waterfall built by a multinational company on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road on Saturday.

Seminar highlights benefits of breast feeding
Sangrur, August 6
As many as 100 persons, including pregnant women, lactating mothers and doctors, today took a pledge to promote and support exclusive breast feeding for newborns up to six months of age and continuation of breast feeding along with family foods up to two years of age at a seminar on “Recommended feeding practices for newborns and growing children”, organised by the Dhuri unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in collaboration with the Health Department at Civil Hospital at Dhuri, 13 km from here.

100-member Sikh jatha arrives from UK
Amritsar, August 6
A 100-member jatha on a pilgrimage to Sikh shrines in India under the aegis of the ‘Guru Manyo Khalsa March’ arrived here today in a chartered plane from the UK.

Students of Vivekananda Girls College get ready for the Raunaqan Teej Diyan festival in Bathinda on Sunday.
Students of Vivekananda Girls College get ready for the Raunaqan Teej Diyan festival in Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Villagers decry 18-hr power cuts
Bathinda, August 6
Residents of Bambiha and Bahadargarh Jandia villages have decided not to pay their electricity bills until uninterrupted power supply was restored to their villages. Both these villages are facing an 18-hour power cut for the past few days.

Seminar turns out to be govt function
Sujanpur, August 6
A state-level seminar organised by the Punjab’s regional chapter, Chandigarh here yesterday on ‘public-private partnership in urban development’ proved to be a “government function” on account of a thin attendance from the private sector.

MP seeks release of prisoners jailed abroad
Hoshiarpur, August 6
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP from Hoshiarpur constituency, has raised the issue of Indian Citizens who are languishing in jails of various countries, in the ongoing session of Parliament.

5 samples of FCI rice fail test
Bathinda, August 6
Following the revelation of substandard quality rice being sent by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to different states, five out of seven samples of rice collected from different godowns of the district have failed the test. Seven truckloads of rice were sent to Delhi, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh sometime back.

24-hr power supply for all villages soon
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 6
The state government was committed to the overall development of the state. The state government had provided 24-hour power supply to approximate 10,000 villages and the rest 2000 villages would be provided the uninterrupted supply within months. Then the state would become the first state in the country, where all villages of the state would enjoy 24-hour power supply, said Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, while addressing a gathering today at Kotla Fazal village, after inaugurating the 24-hour power supply in the village.

Enhance border area grant, Punjab asks Centre
Ferozepore, August 6
To boost the developmental projects in Ferozepore, Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts, the state government has requested the Union Government to enhance the grant allocated under border area development fund to Rs 50 crore instead of Rs 10.8 crore.

Sugarfed staff oppose abolition of posts
Chandigarh, August 6
Sugarfed employees said yesterday that there was a move to give voluntary retirement to 44 employees of their organisation. The posts of Additional Managing Director,the Executive Director( Commercial), Cane Adviser and Technical Adviser were expected to be abolished.

Silver jubilee performance of ‘Faasle’
Amritsar, August 6
With its silver jubilee performance at the Punjab Naat Shala here today, theplay ‘Faasle made history in Punjabi drama.

Lawyer seeks copy of instructions on patka


Hearing in Mann case on Aug 20
Phillaur, August 6
The Judicial Magistrate, Phillaur, Mrs Jaswinder Kaur, today fixed the next date of hearing as August 20 in a sedition case against Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simaranjit Singh Mann.


Boy deserts girl after marriage
Abohar, August 6
Tamanna (name changed), a resident of Sappanwali village near here, who had allegedly been deserted by Sanjeev Kumar, son of Sriram of the same village, on February 21, was deserted by the accused at the local railway station last night. The Government Railway Police noticed her sitting alone on a bench. Her questioning led to narration of her tale of woe.

Two held with fake currency worth Rs 9 lakh
Moga, August 6
The police has arrested two persons and recovered fake currency worth about Rs 9 lakh from their possession. Police sources said Samalsar SHO Ajmer Singh, Baghapurana SHO Kirpal Singh and ASI Jaswant Singh stopped a vehicle without a registration number at a check-post yesterday. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Pala Singh, a resident of Muliawali, Fazilka, and Mahil Singh, a resident of Marad Kalan, Muktsar.

3 killed as truck hits mobike
Ropar, August 6
Three persons, including two woman teachers of a private school here were killed when a truck rammed into a motorcycle near railway crossing level in the city here today. One teacher Jeevan Lata died on the spot while another teacher Neelam Sharma died later at the Civil Hospital Ropar. Her brother, Arun Sharma, who was driving the motorcycle, died at the PGI, Chandigarh.


Fee structure troubles dental college students
Patiala, August 6
The indecision about the fee structure of medical and dental institutions in the state has left second and third year students of Laxmi Bai Dental College a harassed lot.

Admission to nursing institutes allowed
Chandigarh, August 6
The Punjab Government has decided to open admission to nursing colleges. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting three days ago.


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