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Punjab indicted for creating excess IPS posts
Chandigarh, August 7
Slamming the Punjab Government, the Auditor General,Punjab, in the latest report on the functioning of the Punjab Police, said there had been excess and wrong creation of ex-cadre posts for the IPS cadre in the state. Taking a test period from April 2001 to March 2006, it said the Punjab Police had operated with an excess of 10 DGPs and a whopping 163 posts for ADGPs, IGs, DIGs and SPs spread over these  five years.

Deepak Kaul returns before deadline
Denies seizure of documents
Wagah, August 7
The expelled diplomat, Mr Deepak Kaul, a visa counsellor at the Indian High Commission, Islamabad today returned to his homeland, through Wagah Joint Check Post, a few hours before the deadline, fixed by Pakistan, here.

Deepak Kaul, visa counsellor at the Indian High Commission, who was declared persona non grata by Pakistan,talks to the media on arrival at the Wagah joint checkpost on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Deepak Kaul, visa counsellor at the Indian High Commission, who was declared persona non grata by Pakistan,talks to the media on arrival at the Wagah joint checkpost

State gets 8 more Indian Forest Service officers
Chandigarh, August 7
Taking up the much-delayed Indian Forest Service (IFS) cadre review for Punjab, the Government of India has given eight additional IFS posts to the state.

35 suffering from hepatitis-B in Bhikhiwind
Bhikhiwind, August 7
Several persons are in the grip of hepatitis B in this border belt due to alleged contaminated ground water.







Poll: NRI politicians head ‘home’
Chandigarh, August 7
Although the elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha are almost six months away, members of the Punjabi diaspora with strong affiliations with political parties here have now started heading for their ‘‘homeland’’.

CM to unfurl flag in Patiala
Chandigarh, August 7
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will unfurl the National Flag and take salute at a state-level function to be held at Patiala on the occasion of Independence Day.



Delhi Sikh body leaders blast SAD on ‘palki’ issue
Chandigarh, August 7
The senior leaders of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) — Mr Harvinder Singh Sarna, president, Mr Rajinder Singh Techno, general-secretary, and Mr S. Bhajan Singh Walia, member — today said the controversy over the ‘Golden Palki’ was being raised by leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthak) as they had no other issue to raise before the Sikh sangat.

Karat warns Centre against US diktats
Amritsar, August 7
Mr Prakash Karat, general secretary, CPM, has warned the UPA government at the Centre of losing support of Communist parties if its foreign policies are influenced by diktats of the US.


Amarinder urged to revive labour courts
Patiala, August 7
The District Bar Association, Patiala, has urged the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to make arrangements for immediately providing necessary infrastructure, staff and other basic facilities to revive the functioning of labour courts in Punjab to secure justice for thousands of workmen and industrial workers at the earliest.

Revealing love for trees 

Chandigarh, August 7
Mr D.S. Jaspal has joined a selected band of bureaucrats, who, besides holding a key position in the civil administration, continue to pursue their interest in research and academics.

One of the exhibits depicts a huge pilkhin tree in peaceful co-existence with a date palm at Gurdwara Ber Sahib in Sultanpur Lodhi. It will be on display in Delhi from tomorrow.

One of the exhibits depicts a huge pilkhin tree in peaceful co-existence with a date palm at Gurdwara Ber Sahib in Sultanpur Lodhi.

MC cancels tenders worth Rs 1.1 cr
Sangrur, August 7
A tug of war between the local municipal council administration and the elected members belonging to the majority group in the council led to the cancellation of tenders worth Rs 1.1 crore by the President of council Simrat Rana Punia today.

Awareness drive
Ropar, August 7
The district administration today launched a campaign to make people aware about going abroad through “illegal” travel agent. Giving details, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar, said that as per the information provided by the state government, it surfaced that fake travel agents were cheating innocent villagers and playing with their lives.

Recruit service providers, demands vet association
Kharar, August 7
The Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association (PSVOA) has sought a speedy recruitment of service providers in the Animal Husbandry Department in order to ensure smooth functioning.

Health camp at Arya school
Patiala, August 7
The District Red Cross Society, in association with the Blood Bank and District Blindness Control Society, organised a one-day health awareness and medical check-up camp at the Arya Senior Secondary School here today.

New cancer unit at GND Hospital
Amritsar, August 7
The state government is going to set up a cancer unit at the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here with Central assistance.

Soft drink samples seized
Hoshiarpur, August 7
Following a recent report of alleged presence of pesticides far higher than permissible limit in soft drinks, the district health authorities have seized 11 samples of various soft drinks, including Coca Cola, Pepsi, Dew, 7 Up and Limca, from various supply sources.

Police patrol inaugurated
Batala, August 7
The city has been divided into 14 beats to be patrolled by 14 motor cycle-borne cops.

Panel to probe bungling in tender allocation
Patiala, August 7
Mayor Vishnu Sharma has constituted a two-member committee to probe the allegations of bungling in tenders pertaining to allocation and execution of civil works in the town.

Shifting of IT office opposed
Pathankot, August 7
Members of the Taxation Bar Association of Pathankot opposed the shifting of Income Tax office from the city. At a press conference here today Mr Rajinder Gupta, president of the association, said the Department of Income Tax was planning to shift the Pathankot-based office to a place 12 km outside the city.



1 more held for driver’s murder
Kharar, August 7
The police today arrested one more person in connection with the alleged murder of a driver in Mundi Kharar.

Five arrested for youth’s murder
Faridkot, August 7
The police today arrested five persons involved in a robbery in Kotkapura last week.

Doctor held for graft
Bathinda, August 7
The Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a doctor posted in local Civil Hospital while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 2,500 from a woman hailing from Naruana. Vigilance DSP Rajinder Singh told that the complainant Rajinder Kaur had stated that the doctor, Kuldeep Rai, had conducted postmortem examination of her mother a couple of months back.

Sarpanch booked
Abohar, August 7
The police has booked Ms Kashmir Kaur, sarpanch, Deewankhera village, and Sher Singh for alleged forgery in the sale of agricultural land. The action has been taken on a complaint referred by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rahul Tiwari.


105 teachers found absent, 107 late
Amritsar, August 7
Pitiable standard of education in the border belt, especially near zero line, has again come to light with 105 teachers being absent, the largest ever absenteeism detected so far. Sixteen high-powered inspection teams, comprising seven DEOs, four Deputy DEOs and four Principals, conducted surprised visits to various schools in the district today.

BCI team visits Sidhwan Khurd
Chandigarh, August 7
A team of the Bar Council of India today visited the newly established Guru Hargobind Institute of Law for Women at Sidhwan Khurd, near Ludhiana, for final inspection of the infrastructure and facilities on the campus.

Implement pension scheme, demand teachers
Chandigarh, August 7
In response to a call given by Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union (PCCTU) supported by Principals' Federation and Non-Teaching Employees Union, teaching and non-teaching staff of non-government colleges of Chandigarh ceased work after second period and marched from D.A.V. College, Sector 10, here to Punjab Congress Bhawan, Sector 15, to submit a memorandum signed by teaching and non-teaching employees of Chandigarh.
College teachers marching to Punjab Bhavan in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
College teachers marching to Punjab Bhavan in Chandigarh

Youngsters should have "passion for work"
Kharar, August 7
Centre for Management Training and Research (CMTR), Kharar, inaugurated its 9th academic session of MBA program on August 7, 2006. Students of CMTR entered the premises to attend the first day the orientation programme towards their professional career.


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