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It is no work, all pay for 449 cops
Chandigarh, August 11
In an amazing incident, the top brass of the Punjab Police has detected that 449 policemen are virtually on a “paid holiday”. They have been willfully abstaining from duty for the past several months and some of these “missing cops” have not reported for work for the past couple of years!

Farmer-arhtiya row growing, govt urged
to act

Chandigarh, August 11
Trouble is brewing again in Punjab’s various towns, especially in the Gurdaspur belt, over the issue of bonus on wheat which was announced by the Union Government during last Rabi season.

11 kids faint during I-Day rehearsals
Bathinda, August 11
Eleven schoolchildren, including five girls, today fainted during rehearsals for the Independence Day function at the local sports stadium here, as they were made to practice under sun sans proper arrangement of drinking water and refreshment.

Decks cleared for Godrej agro-venture
Chandigarh, August 11
After the Reliance and the Bharti group jumped into the agri-business in Punjab, the Godrej group, which is already into the processing of vegetables and fruits, today entered the Punjab market with a contract- farming project associated with more than 10,000 farmers.

Woman alleges assault by daughter’s in-laws
Amritsar, August 11
A former journalist, Ms Jiwan Jyoti, alleged that she was abused and assaulted by in- laws of her daughter in the court complex.

Tarn Taran


Doc caught doing private practice
Bathinda, August 11
The Civil Surgeon has recommended appropriate action against a doctor after reportedly finding her doing private practice at her husband’s clinic during office hours here yesterday.

SAD to issue ‘white paper’ on govt
Bhawanigarh (Sangrur), August 11
Holding Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister, responsible for “rampant corruption” and acts of terrorism in the state, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), yesterday announced that after coming to power the SAD-BJP alliance would order a high-level inquiry into the “corruption” by the Congress men, including ministers, and the excesses being committed by the police and the civil administration against the common people.

34 B.Ed colleges not allowed to admit students
Chandigarh, August 11
As many as 34 colleges offering Bachelors in Education in Punjab have not been allowed to admit students for this session, pending affiliation from universities. Candidates seeking admissions to these colleges now have at least 3000 seats less than what had earlier been expected.


Lalpura joins Congress
Chandigarh, August 11
The veteran Akali leader and former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (SGPC) chief, Mr Prem Singh Lalpura, announced his decision to join the Congress here today.


‘70 pc city residents consume adulterated milk’
Jalandhar, August 11
Six to seven lakh residents of Jalandhar city, which has a population of about 10 lakh, have been drinking either adulterated milk or getting milk with low nutrients like proteins, minerals and carbohydrates due to ‘over confidence’ in ‘friendly’ milkmen.

Civil Surgeon raises doubts about PGI report
Ropar, August 11
While admitting that 164 cases of gastroenteritis have been reported from Tiba village so far, the Civil Surgeon, Ropar, has raised doubts about the PGI report, confirming that 40-year-old Sohan Singh from the same village has Cholera. In a detailed report sent to the Health Secretary, Punjab, today, he expressed the need to review the PGI test report.

Letter with RSS fake, says Akal Takht chief
Amritsar, August 11
Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti today claimed that the letter in the possession of the national president of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS), giving ‘clean chit’ to the organisation on the letterhead of Takht was ‘fake’.

Left parties protest against price rise
Amritsar, August 11
The joint front of the Left parties, including CPI, CPM Punjab, CPI (ML) Liberation, Forward Block and RSP, today held a rally here to protest against the Central and the state governments for their failure to control the rising prices of the essential commodities.

30 students hurt as bus falls into ditch
Bathinda, August 11
As many as 30 students of Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) and some teachers were injured when a school bus carrying them overturned at Thamaya Chowk here today.

Dharna against school principal
Hoshiarpur, August 11
Activists of the SAD (1920), led by Mr Varinder Singh Bains, staged a dharna and blocked vehicular traffic in front of Mount Carmel Senior Secondary School at Kakon on the Hoshiarpur-Dasuya road from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. today to express their resentment against the Principal of the school for instructing Sikh students to remove their turbans while coming to the school.


SAD (A) moves SGJC against SGPC
Amritsar, August 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today filed a petition in Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission here against members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for huge financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore.


3 travel agents booked
Tarn Taran, August 11
On the complaint of Mr Prabhdayal Singh (25), resident of Johal Raju Singh village,10 km from here, the city police registered a case under Sections 342, 323, 506 and 420 of the IPC against three fake travel agents today.

Man held after 17 years
Samana, August 11
Surjeet Singh, a resident of Asmanpur village of Samana subdivision of Patiala district, had been playing hide and seek with the police authorities and was evading his arrest for the past 17 years after he committed a crime connected with the Excise Act in 1989.


Aided college teachers strike work
Sangrur, August 11
Teachers, working in the government-aided (privately managed) colleges of Sangrur, Patiala, Bathinda, Ropar, Mansa and Fatehgarh Sahib districts today stayed away from their classes after second period and submitted memorandums to the Deputy Commissioners in their respective districts to forward them to Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister.

Kalam to meet VCs on Aug 17
Chandigarh, August 11
The President, Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, will hold a meeting with Vice-Chancellors of the universities in Punjab, in Jalandhar, on August 17.


Sales tax staff to check railway goods too
Gurdaspur, August 11
The days of traders bringing fake and illegal goods through railways are numbered. The railways ministry has decided to allow the sales tax authorities to seize their goods at the railway stations and their parcel houses to check the evasion of sales tax.


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