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Govt asked to take steps to protect Sarabjit’s kin
Chandigarh, August 25
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the Punjab Government to take adequate steps to protect the life of the sister and two daughters of alleged Indian spy Sarabjit Singh, who has been awarded death sentence by the Pakistan Supreme Court.

Delegation to visit Pak on Sarabjit mission
Ludhiana, August 25
Providing a new ray of hope in the Sarbjit Singh death sentence case, a Ludhiana-based organisation, the Vishwa Guru Ravidass Mission, which was the first to take up the case of Sarabjit Singh several years ago along with the Canada-based South Asian Human Rights Group, will send a 10-member delegation to Pakistan to file a review petition in his case with the help of Pakistan advocates.

Two models pose for a photograph during a function organised by a firm dealing in photography accessories, in Bathinda on Thursday. Two models pose for a photograph during a function organised by a firm dealing in photography accessories, in Bathinda on Thursday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera




Principal suspended on PM’s directions
Amritsar, August 25
Following intervention of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh Principal of his alma mater Hindu College here was suspended in wake of serious charges of financial irregularities and malfunctioning.

Reserve Badal’s constituency: Cong
Chandigarh, August 25
The ruling Congress in Punjab has urged the National Delimitation Commission headed by Justice Kuldip Singh to reserve the Lambi Assembly constituency, from where SAD leader Parkash Singh Badal has been elected several times, for the Scheduled Castes because it has the highest percentage of the SC population in Muktsar district.

Cane growers at loggerheads with mills
Jalandhar, August 25
Cane growers of the state are at loggerheads with 14 cooperative sugar mills of Punjab over the non-payment of their dues to the tune of Rs 30 crore for the past three years.

Teachers protest, remind govt of poll promises
Sangrur, August 25
On a call of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, thousands of teachers, serving at privately managed colleges in Punjab, today organised protest rallies and dharnas on their respective college campuses for two hours to observe “Poll manifesto reminder day”.

How PAU project fell through
LUDHIANA: A prestigious research project was lost and around Rs 20 crore went down the drain allegedly due to the personal likes and dislikes of the powers that be and professional jealously.

Rape victim gives child for adoption
Ropar, August 25
Life could not have been more cruel to a 16-year-old orphan than this. Raped by her uncle she gave birth to baby boy last month and now poverty has driven her to decide to give the custody of her child to a childless couple, as she has no means to support either the child or herself.


Cong factionalism comes to the fore again
Phagwara, August 25
The factional feud in the ruling Congress once again flared up when the local Congress MLA Joginder Singh Mann found faults with the functioning of Improvement Trust Chairman Balbir Raja Sodhi and levelled corruption charges against him.


Gymkhana catering contract kicks up row
Jalandhar, August 25
The alleged efforts of the management of the local Gymkhana Club to leave out the only government approved three-star hotel of the city and granting of catering contract to a ‘Ludhiana-based’ contractor, seems to have crash-landed, at least for the time being, as the management is learnt to have given week-long extension to the existing caterer, apparently in view of lot of dust kicked up by the controversial move.

No increase in bus fares
Chandigarh, August 25
There will be no fresh hike in the bus fares in Punjab despite the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation claiming a shortfall of Rs 30 crore due to rising diesel prices and increased wage bill, said the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, while flagging off the first batch of new buses of the PRTC today.

Docs allege loss in salary, seek CM’s intervention
Patiala, August 25
Doctors serving in the Health Department of Punjab have sought intervention of the Chief Minister, the Health Minister and the Finance Minister into the matter of fixation of salaries after the merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance.

Power cuts back in Phagwara
Phagwara, August 25
Power cuts are back here after a gap of about two weeks. Residents had to go without power for five hours yesterday. The situation in villages is worse.

Employees hold up traffic against privatisation
Patiala, August 25
An army of state government employees, including women, representing different unions and associations, today jammed traffic on Foundation Chowk, Moti Mahal Road, for hours together and held a rally to lodged their protest against the
pro-privatisation policies of the state government and to press the same to implement their already accepted demands.

Partition victims remembered
Gurdaspur, August 25
The History Society, Gurdaspur, at a function organised here today, paid homage to about 10 lakh persons killed during Partition in 1947. The president of the society, Mr Raj Kumar, said as per the official records 10 lakh persons had died during the violence that erupted as aftermath of Partition.

PSEB staff protest against board member
Bathinda, August 25
Punjab State Electricity Board member Hardayal Singh Kamboj had a tough time today when the board employees raised slogans against him during his visit to the city.

Majithia panel report sent to AG for advice
Chandigarh, August 25
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that the recommendations of the Majithia Committee regarding the new fee structure in privately run professional institutions such as medical colleges had been sent to the Advocate-General, Mr Rajinder Singh Cheema.

135 donate blood
Kharar, August 25
As many as 135 persons donated blood at a camp organised by Government Polytechnic College, Khoonimajra, in association with the local Rotary Club here today.


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Poll petition

Chandigarh, August 25
Mrs Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the High Court had dismissed the election petition filed by Ms Sheelam Sohi, defeated Congress candidate from the Banur Assembly constituency, seeking setting aside of the election of former Punjab Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh from the constituency.


Govinda variety plays havoc with subsoil water
Chandigarh, August 25
Govinda, a short-duration early-maturing variety of paddy, is causing incalculable damage to Punjab’s environment, especially the subsoil water. Already, farmers have harvested this variety and disposed it of in the market.

15 farmers injured in lathicharge
Abohar, August 25
More than 15 persons, including Mr Sohan Lal Nayak, former MLA from Raisinghnagar, were injured as the police resorted to lathicharge to disperse farmers at Gharsana, in neighbouring Sriganganagar, yesterday.


Computerisation of land records loses steam
Abohar, August 25
The computerisation of revenue record initiated on the Republic Day with much fanfare has run into rough weather.

Amarinder grants Rs 11 cr for roads
Patiala, August 25
Even as the Assembly elections are more than one and a half years away in the state, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has shelling out money for various development schemes for this erstwhile princely town represented by him in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

Computerisation of transport offices by Dec 31
Chandigarh, August 25
With a view to providing better services, all district transport offices in Punjab will be made fully computerised by December 31.


Racket involving sale of girls busted
Batala, August 25
Batala police has busted a gang of women, involved in trafficking of women. Their modus operandi was to buy young girls from other states and sell them to the aged handicapped and illiterate unmarried persons of Batala and its adjoining areas at the price ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per person.

1 killed in mishap
Kapurthala, August 25
One person was killed and four others were injured in an accident on the Nadala road at Subhanpur, near here, last night.

Driver held for murder
Bholath (Kapurthala), August 25
With the arrest of a milk tanker driver, a resident of Khassan village, the local police today claimed to have solved a murder mystery of 2001.


Sexual harassment: SFI demands panel
Patiala, August 25
The Students Federation of India has demanded that a committee comprising university officials and students should be constituted to deal with sexual harassment cases, according to the Supreme Court’s directions.

Kulwinder is Kandi educational trust chief
Ropar, August 25
Ms Kulwinder Gurcharan Singh was once again elected as the Chairperson of the Kandi Friends Educational Trust that is running Bhaddal Engineering College unanimously for the tenure from September 2005 to September 2008.

Experts blame PMET mess on paper setters
Amritsar, August 25
Even as the Guru Nanak Dev University authorities remained busy throughout the day in preparing a fresh PMET merit list to meet the 72-hour deadline fixed by the Supreme Court, the Vice-Chancellor seems to be in a tight spot in fixing responsibility of the senior teachers who were allegedly responsible for the “mess” and finalising the answer key.


Banaspati unit denies causing pollution
Chandigarh, August 25
Reacting to a news-item, “Report finds high levels of toxicity in Punjab rivers”, carried in these columns on July 4, Amrit Banaspati Company Ltd. has claimed that it was not generating “hazardous liquid effluents”.


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