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Firing incident: MLA’s brother targets officials
Amritsar, August 8
After reaching a compromise with his opponent, Mr Harpinder Singh Gill (Rajan), a younger brother of the Congress MLA from Beas, who was booked for opening fire on a former sarpanch under the influence of liquor now has targeted senior officials of the district.

Poll body to start voter education programme
Chandigarh, August 8
The Election Commission of India plans to start a voter education programme so that not exercising one's right to franchise is no longer considered a fashion, particularly among the so-called literate section of the electorate.

Dr S.Y. Quraishi
Dr S.Y. Quraishi

Mukerian project work halts
Contractor abandons construction
Hoshiarpur August 8
Work at the 18 MW Mukerian hydro power project (stage II) of the PSEB is again in a limbo. The contractor entrusted with the job of constructing the power house at the site has abandoned the job.

Sarna offers to get palki case probed by judge
Chandigarh, August 8
Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, former president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, today offered to get the entire golden palki (palanquin) case inquired by a Judge maintaining that all actions taken by the DSGMC “Were transparent and without any blemish”.

Fatehgarh Sahib

Taksal calls for Sikh unity
Bathinda, August 8
The Damdami Taksal passed seven resolutions on the occasion of its tercentenary celebration which concluded at Talwandi Sabo yesterday. Raising the issue of a separate Sikh state, the Taksal resolved to continue its “struggle for freedom”.

Despite flak, state govt promotes top cops
Chandigarh, August 8
Despite facing flak from all sides for having a top heavy administration in the Punjab Police, the Punjab Government today promoted four IPS officers from the rank of the DIG to IG. Another 11 SSP-rank officers have been given “selection grade”.

State IPS officers under-represented at Centre
Chandigarh, August 8
Punjab cadre IPS officers are not ready to go to the Central Government on deputation citing flimsy reasons. Informed sources said the state government authorities got response from only one officer while 25 others cited various reasons to stay on in Punjab.


Cholera threat looms large over Ropar
1 patient referred to PGI
Tiba (Ropar), August 8
Cholera cases were reported at Tiba village in Nurpur Bedi subdivision today. While two patients — Roshan Lal (35) and Jasbir (4) — were referred to the PGI, two admitted to the Ropar Civil Hospital. So far, 80 persons suffering from gastroenteritis got treatment in the Civil Hospital and various private hospitals in Ropar.

State mulls hike in minimum wages
Chandigarh, August 8
The Punjab Government is contemplating to raise the minimum wage of unskilled workers to Rs 3,500 per month. A meeting of the Punjab State Minimum Wage Advisory Board was held yesterday in this regard under the chairmanship of Chowdhary Jagjit Singh, Labour and Employment Minister.

CBI probe sought into allotment of civil works
Patiala, August 8
Mr Surjeet Singh Kohli, former minister, today demanded that state government should make arrangements for launching a probe by CBI into the alleged bunglings in the allotment of civil works by the local Municipal Corporation authorities through fake tendering process.

UK police team visits Punjab Police Academy
Phillaur, August 8
The British Police is convinced of the efficacy of the working and the strategy adopted by the Punjab Police to combat terrorism. This was stated by West Midlands Police Authority Bhagan Devsi while talking to The Tribune during his visit to the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, this afternoon.

Three killed in wall collapse
Abohar, August 8
Two women and a child died as the kutcha wall collapsed in a village early thus morning, sources said. According to information, Karamjit Kaur (25) had come to her parental house along with her 10-month-old son Karandeep at Ratnewala village in the neighbouring Sriganganagar area.

Enhance retirement age, say PSS officers
Chandigarh, August 8
The Punjab Secretariat Service Officers Association today welcomed the move of the state government to enhance the retirement age of state government officials from 58 years to 60 years.

All-India Mushiara in Patiala on August 12
Patiala, August 8
The Mehak Cultural Forum in collaboration with Sufi Foundation of India will organise an All-India Mushiara at the Central State Library here on August 12. The Mushiara, which is an annual affair, will be presided over by Dr Girija Vyas, Chairperson, National Commission for Women, while the guests of honour will be Mr Izhar Alam, Chief Director (Vigilance), Punjab, and Mr Rakesh Kumar Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala.


"Intelligent devices" for decision making
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 8
"Intelligent devices will take over human beings as for as decision making is concerned and will act as the best alternative to human brains. But this technology can never dominate the human intelligence because this artificial intelligence is the outcome of human intelligence."

Teachers’ selection irks ZP chief
Sangrur, August 8
In spite of tussle between Chairman of Sangrur Zila Parishad Sham Singh Makror and ADC (Development)-cum- Chief Executive Officer of the Sangrur ZP Harnek Singh, a list of 260 B.Ed. candidates selected teachers against ETT posts vacant in the district was released at 5-05 pm here today.

Dharna by unemployed BEd teachers
Hoshiarpur, August 8
Members of the Unemployed BEd Teachers Front, led by Mr Surjit Raja, staged dharna in front of the Zila Parishad office here today to express their resentment against the authorities of the parishad for not making their appointments against the 351 posts of ETT teachers.


Punjab Govt slammed for not using project funds
Chandigarh, August 8
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, has shot off a communiqué to the Punjab Government for not responding to them regarding a grant that had been sanctioned to the government in 2001 but remains unutilised till date.

Petition against Reliance soon
Chandigarh, August 8
The employees association of the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation has decided to file a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the allotment of land owned by the PSIEC to Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Retail Limited.


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