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Cops go mobile to handle road emergencies
Chandigarh, August 23
In its endeavour to cut down fatalities on roads in the state, the Punjab police has decided to introduce highway mobile patrol vehicles. This will cut down response time in removing victims to hospitals.

Christians demand quota in govt jobs
Gurdaspur, August 23
Christians of Punjab have demanded 2 per cent quota in government jobs in the state. The demand was raised at a function organised at Kotli Surat Malhi here today.

SGPC move on women as Panj Piaras
draws flak

Amritsar, August 23
Move of the SGPC to involve baptised Sikh women in the Panj Piaras (five beloved ones) and at the time of administering ‘amrit’ has evoked a strong protest from the Sant Samaj, the Damdami Taksal, and former Sikh high priests.

Gurdwara money used to pay rally expenses: Cong
Amritsar, August 23
Mr Harminder Gill, general secretary, Punjab Youth Congress, and Mr Harpinder Singh Rajan, brother of Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa and member Zila Parishad, in a press conference here today claimed to have proofs that money of Gurdwara Golak was to be used to pay the rally organised by SAD at Baba Bakala on the occasion of Rakhar Punian last week.

Who will fund state-level Teachers Day function?
Chandigarh, August 23
Where from will the money come to hold a state-level function to celebrate Teachers Day on September 5 in Ludhiana? This question has been posed by Mr Daljinder Singh, president of the Privately Managed School Managements Association, Punjab.

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An artist gives finishing touches to an idol of Lord Krishna, ahead of the Janamashtami, at the Triveni Chowk in Patiala
An artist gives finishing touches to an idol of Lord Krishna, ahead of the Janamashtami, at the Triveni Chowk in Patiala on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Meeting on energy bonus today
Chandigarh, August 23

Upset over the adverse reaction from farmers and others concerned to the announcement on energy bonus, the Punjab Government has called a meeting of various departments to discuss the issue here tomorrow.

Early repatriation of prisoners sought
Amritsar, August 23
Even as family members and human rights activists of both India and Pakistan had been vociferously demanding the repeal of the death sentence to Sarabjit Singh by the Pakistan Supreme Court, the Pakistan delegation of South Asia Free Media Association today emphasized the need to early repatriation of the prisoners languishing in various jails of both countries.

Civil Surgeon claims 7 cancer deaths in 18 yrs
Mandour (Patiala), August 23
Residents of this village, where cancer has been devouring human lives for the past many years, finally felt that they, too, are counted in the ruling set-up when an army of medical professionals reached here to know their plight after a news-item on cancer deaths appeared in The Tribune today.


Violence: Tandon wants probe to identify root cause
Chandigarh, August 23
A former Industries, Labour and Employment Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, says that a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge into the turbulence in Punjab is a welcome step as it will expose the forces and reasons behind the unfortunate bloodshed witnessed by the state for almost two decades.

Debate on terrorism a political drama: Tandon
Phagwara, August 23
A debate on terrorism is a political drama of the Congress as it wants to divert the attention of the public from corruption plaguing the party and development issues in the state.


PRTC to add 100 buses
Jalandhar, August 23
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation is all set to add 100 buses to its existing fleet of 920 transport vehicles by this year-end. At the same time, the PRTC was in the process of re-doing its Patiala and Phagwara bus stands.

Roadways workers hold rally
Patiala, August 23
The Punjab Roadways Transport Workers Union has decided to fight against the misdeeds of the authorities concerned and ban on the illegal plying of buses by private transporters.

PSEB executives discuss efficiency
Patiala, August 23
The Punjab State Electricity Board’s top brass and 40-odd management executives attended a one-day workshop which was jointly organised by the Human Resources Department and management consultants CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory, a Mumbai-based management consultancy firm.

IMA rubbishes move on MCI Act
Ludhiana, August 23
The Indian Medical Association, Punjab unit has taken exception to proposed amendments in the basic structure of the Medical Council Act, terming the move as draconian and aimed at wresting control of the autonomous body.

Vinod Khanna bereaved
Jalandhar, August 23
Actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna received a setback at family front as his brother-in-law Balwant Walia died here today. Walia, who was in his sixties and was a film financier and distributor, is said to have died a natural death.

Actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna in a pensive mood during the last rites of his brother-in-law Balwant Walia who died in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna in a pensive mood during the last rites of his brother-in-law Balwant Walia who died in Jalandhar

Patrolling made mandatory
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 23
Ms Jaspreet Talwar, District Magistrate, through an order issued under Section 144 here today made patrolling and thikri pehra mandatory at sensitive points, including at bridges over Bhakra Canal, near power transmission lines, 220kv grid stations, transformers, railway tracks, government buildings, food storage godowns, petrol stations and banks in the district.


Life term for 5 in murder case
Sangrur, August 23
Mr K.K. Garg, Sessions Judge, Sangrur, awarded life imprisonment to five persons, namely Darshan Singh of Ubhyan village (Dirba), Malwinder Singh, an ex-serviceman of Ubhyan village, Nahar Singh of Kalwanoo village in Patiala district, Labh Singh and Gulab Singh, both from Kalar Bhaini village in Patiala district, in a murder case here today.

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All accused in sex scam get bail
Chandigarh, August 23
Mr Justice S.K. Mittal on Tuesday granted bail to all the accused in the infamous Amritsar sex scam. All the accused — Jagdep Singh Arora, Subhash Chand Sharma, Bulund Iqbal Singh, Ganesh Puddar, Jaivir Kataria and Madan Lal Vij — have been presently in Patiala jail since June, 2005.


Farmers decry govt policies
Patiala, August 23
Five kisan oganisations, including the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), the All-India Kirti Kisan Sabha, the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, the Khetibari Kisan and Vikas Front and the Punjab Kisan Sabha, yesterday staged a massive dharna and held a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office to protest against the anti-farmer policies pursued by the Central and the state governments.

400 farmers court arrest
Abohar, August 23
More than 400 farmers courted arrest after concluding their six-hour protest rally at 5 pm yesterday at the new grain market, Gharsana in Sriganganagar, neighbouring Abohar.



Boy ends life
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 23
A young boy, Gurdep Singh, allegedly committed suicide by burning himself publicly in the Motia Khan area of Mandi Gobindgarh town of the district this afternoon.

Granthi commits suicide
Patiala, August 23
Gurmukh Singh, granthi of a local gurdwara, allegedly ended his life today after hanging himself from the roof of the main hall of gurdwara.

Murder case solved, 1 held
Faridkot, August 23
The Faridkot police claims to have solved a 15-year-old blind murder case with the arrest of the main alleged accused Pala Singh, a resident of Moolianwali village in Ferozepore district.

Drugging case
Kharar, August 23
The police has failed to register a case against a person who posed as a beggar and drugged a woman here on Sunday evening.


Teacher suspended for not teaching
Bathinda, August 23
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rahul Bhandari, today ordered suspension of Mrs Pushpa Garg, a teacher posted at Government Senior Secondary School, Paras Ram Nagar. The Deputy Commissioner reached the school at 8.45 am and first checked the attendance register of the schoolteachers.

Without salary for 2 months
Bathinda, August 23
Principals, teachers, clerical and class VI staff working on plan posts in government schools have been waiting for their salaries for the past about two months. Though the employees on non-plan posts have started receiving their salaries after a delay of two months, the plan posts employees are still waiting for their salaries.

Strike by colleges staff
Patiala, August 23
On a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, four non-government aided colleges of the district — Public College, Samana, PNM College, Rajpura, Khalsa College and Multani Mal Modi Degree College, Patiala — observed a “save education day” by going on a two-hour strike.

5,000 teachers hold gate rallies
Amritsar, August 23
As many as 5,000 teachers working in private aided colleges in the state along with activists of the Punjab and Chandigarh College teachers union today observed “Save Education Day” and organised gate rallies and dharnas against the non-fulfilment of their demands.

Khalsa College strike continues
Amritsar, August 23
Students who were denied admission in Khalsa College did not allow other students to enter the college today. They raised slogans against the secretary of the College Management Committee as well as its Principal.

Students meet PTU official
Ropar, August 23
More than 100 students of Bhattal Engineering College today met a senior functionary of Punjab Technical University, and urged him to change the decision of reducing their training period from six months to two months.


Discussion on Puncom sell-off on Aug 25
Chandigarh, August 23
A fresh process to disinvest Punjab Government’s stake in the Punjab Communications Limited (Puncom) is to start soon. The government intends to offload 74 per cent stake in the company. It is likely to be discussed at the meeting of the high-powered disinvestment board scheduled for August 25.

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