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India can be superpower if GDP is consistent: Kalam
Jalandhar, August 17
The President, Dr A. P. J Abdul Kalam, has predicted that India could be a superpower if the GDP increases from existing 8 to 10 percent and if it manages to keep its consistency at 10 per cent for at least another 10 years.

SI dies during Presidentís visit
Sanghol, August 17
Ajmer Singh (56), a Sub-Inspector with the Punjab Police, died while on duty in this village today. He was at the site in connection with the visit of the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to the village.

Gang circulating fake currency notes busted
Sangrur, August 17
A team of CIA Staff of Bahadur Singh Wala (Sangrur) arrested Suresh Kumar, resident of Samana and member of a gang circulating fake currency notes.

Change in criteria to select lecturers on anvil
Chandigarh, August 17
The Directorate of Public Instructions, Punjab, has moved a proposal recommending major changes in the criteria for the selection of college lecturers.

Boat capsizes in Ropar; 1 dead
Bunga Sahib (Ropar), August 17
Ashiyan (13) of Nalagarh was drowned when an overloaded boat ferrying pilgrims capsized in the Sutlej at Sarana Pattan, near here, this morning.



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Sarbjitís sister consumes poison
Amritsar, August 17
Having failed to get her brother Sarbjit Singh released from Kot Lakhpat Rai Jail, Lahore, where he has been awaiting implementation of death sentence, Dalbir Kaur consumed some poisonous substance at Bhikhiwind, about 40 km from here, today.



COMMUNITY

Akali leaders in touch with BSP on poll tie-up
Chandigarh, August 17
Certain senior leaders of Akali factions have opened lines of communication with the top leadership of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for forming an alliance to jointly contest the elections to the Punjab Assembly due to be held in five months from now.

Ropar power plant units operational again
Ropar, August 17
All six units of the super thermal plant here that were shut yesterday after a snag surfaced in the 220KV line between Ropar and Kohara, became operational today. With the functioning of these units of 210 MW capacity each, the state is once again getting 300 lakh units of power per day.

Sarna seeks ban on RSS-produced film
Chandigarh, August 17
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi), Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, has urged the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Union Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil, and the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mr P.R. Dasmunsi, to immediately ban the documentary film on Guru Golwalker produced by the RSS in which Sikhs were described as a part of the Hindu religion.

JE beating: staff seek arrest of accused
Pathankot, August 17
Employees of the Pathankot Municipal Council today met the Deputy Commissioner of Gurdaspur, Mr Vivek Pratap Singh, to demand arrest of former councillor Jang Bahadur Bedi. The Deputy Commissioner was on a visit to Pathankot today.

 
COURTS

High Court
ETT teachersí selection
The high court on Thursday issued notice to the Punjab Government and others on a petition seeking setting aside of the selection and appointment of some elementary teachers training teachers in Patiala district.

Defamation suit against ex-SSP, ASI
Amritsar, August 17
Prabhjot Singh, a resident of Ajnala, has filed a defamation suit against a former SSP of Majitha and the then ASI, besides his in-laws, for intentionally maligning him by registering a false case of rape against him about eight years ago. The local court had acquitted him of all the charges after a prolonged legal battle.

CRIME

Body found; police suspects murder
Bathinda, August 17
The body of a man reportedly involved in some criminal activities was recovered from bushes adjoining the railway bridge here today.

Villagerís body found in fields
Batala, August 17
A man was killed by some unidentified persons with sharpedged weapons and the body was found in the fields of Thethar Ke village falling under Dera Baba Nanak police station in Batala police district.

EDUCATION

No encroachment, says college management
Chandigarh, August 17
The management of IITT College of Engineering, Pojewal, Nawanshahr, has claimed that their institute is neither aware nor concerned with the reasons and circumstances leading to the transfer of a DFO. Besides this, the institute has not encroached upon even ďan inch of forest or government landĒ.

School celebrates I-Day
Patiala, August 17
Scholar Fields Public School celebrated the 60th Independence Day on the schoolís premises here on Tuesday.

Professor joins editorial panel
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 17
Prof Andrew Chambers, Professor Emeritus, Cass Business School, London, has joined the editorial advisory board of the Punjab Journal of Business Studies, a bi-annual journal published by Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

DEOs asked to inspect schools
Chandigarh, August 17
The Punjab School Education Minister, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, today directed all the District Education Officers ( DEOs) to regularly visit the schools in their respective districts and submit their weekly reports to their Director Public Instructions( DPI) concerned. He was presiding over a high -level meeting of the officers of the Education Department.

Teachers burn Singlaís effigy
Patiala, August 17
The Computer Teachers Union (Contractual), Punjab, burnt the effigy of the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, at the local bus stand here yesterday and said if their demands were not met, the Congress would have to taste defeat in the Assembly elections.

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