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DFO told to provide information under Act
Hoshiarpur, August 23
The state Information Commission has directed DFO, Hoshiarpur-cum-public Information Officer Hoshiarpur RR Kakkar to supply the information sought by former wildlife warden Gunraj Singh Saini.

State a poor 29th in implementing schemes
Chandigarh, August 23
The Union Ministry on Programme Implementation has said Punjab has been placed at a low 29th rank — second from the bottom— among all states in India as far as the implementation of some programmes for the rural areas, the poor and the Scheduled Castes is concerned.

95 villages identified for sanitation project
Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab Government with the assistance of the World Bank would implement a water supply and environmental sanitation project in 6,500 villages across Punjab at a cost of Rs 1,819 crore.

Cong infighting comes to the fore in bank election
Gurdaspur, August 23
The infighting in the Congress has come to the fore on the issue of election to the post of chairman of Gurdaspur Central Cooperative Bank.



Kidnapped lambardar abandoned on roadside
Pathankot August 23

Mr Prabhat Singh lambardar of Sarna village was kidnapped by some unidentified persons, kept in illegal confinement for two days before he was left near Damtal today. Mr Prabhat Singh told reporters that on August 21 morning he left his house for tehsil office for routine work. Some persons stopped a vehicle and offered him lift to the tehsil office.

Lambardar Prabhat Singh in Civil Hospital at Pathankot on Wednesday. — Photo by Jangi

Lambardar Prabhat Singh in Civil Hospital at Pathankot on Wednesday.

Talwandi Sabo faces govt apathy
Bathinda, August 23
Even as the state government has announced various development projects for Talwandi Sabo in the wake of the tercentenary celebrations of the compilation of Guru Granth Sahib on August 28-30, the township presents a picture of neglect.

No ban on colas in state: CM
Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that there would be no ban on the sale of Coca Cola and other soft drinks in the state. He said that the controversy regarding the presence of pesticides in soft drinks had been kicked off three or four times earlier also.


Reliance project on track: CM
Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was not speaking on the issue of the forcible cutting of hair of a Sikh student in Jaipur as the SAD was supporting the BJP which was the party in power in Rajasthan.

SAD seeks probe into CM’s Dubai visit
Chandigarh, August 23
The Shiromani Akali Dal today asked the Union Ministry of Finance to initiate a probe into the recent visit of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to Dubai.


Relief Act sought for debt-ridden farmers
Amritsar, August 23
The recent decision of the state government to declare a one-time package of Rs 211 crore will not help solve the problem of agricultural indebtedness, which has become very serious in the light of farmers’ suicides.

MLA-councillors row: MLA refutes charges
Nabha, August 23
Local MLA and Punjab Infotech Chairman Kaka Randip Singh yesterday refuted the charges that Municipal Council President Pawan Kumar Garg was denied entry in the council building on Monday at his behest.

Mann seeks speedy trial in female foeticide cases
Patiala, August 23
Coming out strongly against the menace of female foeticide, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has said a special court should be set up for the speedy trial of those who indulge in foeticide.

Measures to check female foeticide
Ferozepore, August 23
To check female foeticide, the district administration has started preparing lists of all women pregnant for three to five months. DC Dr Arvinder Singh, said ward-wise monitoring officers have been deputed in every sub-division of the district, to keep track of pregnant women and an eye on ultra-sound centres in their areas.

Municipal staff oppose abolition of octroi
Patiala, August 23
The union of municipal employees, who jammed traffic on the local mall road for hours and brunt the effigies of the Punjab Government to lodge their protests against its proposed move to abolish octroi declared that if the state government did not drop the plan, they would stop providing essential services to the people.

Medicos protest against reservation
Amritsar, August 23
The anti-reservationists today took to the streets once again to revive the agitation after the Union Cabinet gave the green signal to 27 per cent reservation to the OBCs in professional colleges throughout the country from the next academic session.

AWWA week celebrations conclude
Bathinda, August 23
A seminar on “women awareness and empowerment” was organised on the concluding day of the week-long celebrations to commemorate the inception of the AWWA at the military station here today.

MC removes encroachment years after court’s verdict
Bathinda, August 23
The Municipal Corporation yesterday finally got removed encroachment on a prime land worth crores on upmarket Mall Road of the city.

Medical service providers rue working conditions
Sangrur, August 23
Newly appointed medical service providers (doctors) seem to be a “frustrated” lot in the absence of regular supply of medicines to their dispensaries, poor working conditions in the dispensaries, and non- fulfillment of their demands and promises, reportedly made by Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla to them early this month.

Raje’s assurance to SGPC chief
Amritsar, August 23
Ms Vasundhra Raje, Chief Minister, Rajasthan, has suspended the SHO of the police station concerned in yesterday's Jaipur incident and assured the SGPC president, Mr Avtar Singh, that action would be taken against the culprits in this regard.

56 water samples fail test
Ferozepore, August 23
Out of 256 water samples collected by the Health Department from various places in this town, 56 samples were not found of the desired standards, revealed Dr Arvinder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, at a meeting of district officials here today.

Rally for employment
Amritsar, August 23
As many as six organisations of youth held a protest march in order to express their grievances against the Congress government here yesterday.

Boiler blast toll increases
Amritsar, August 23
Vinay Mehta, who was injured in the boiler blast in a textile-finishing factory in the Verka area on August 20, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital here today.

Exhibition on political events
Patiala, August 23
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University inaugurated an exhibition by Gurjind Sandhu here today.


Farmers not to be charged more than 18 pc interest
Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab Commission Agent Association has agreed to charge a maximum of 18 per cent rate of interest from farmers, a statement of the Punjab Government said today.


Two Markfed officials suspended
Chandigarh, August 23
Two officials of Markfed, Mr Charanjit Singh and Mr Laxmi Narayan, have been suspended, said a press note issued today by Mr G.S. Grewal, Managing Director.

Grant released for five MCs
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 23
The state government has released Rs 393.60 lakh for five Municipal Councils of the district.


Punjab Govt revives education journal
Chandigarh August 23
The Punjab Government has revived a 30-year-old journal of higher education. The journal 'Punjab Education' was started by the Department of Higher Education in the early 1970s but went out of print after a few years. The Directorate of Public Instructions (DPI), Colleges, is now reviving the journal re-naming it as 'Education Punjab'

Punjabi journalists from Canada attend seminar
Patiala, August 23
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, organised a seminar on “‘Punjabi journalism abroad” here today.


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