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Badal approves Rs 85-crore Ghaggar project
Chandigarh, July 1

Parkash Singh Badal Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today approved a Rs 85-crore project for the construction of embankments and widening of the Ghaggar from Khanauri to Karail in Sangrur district. Badal said the Ghaggar caused a lot of destruction in districts of Sangrur and Mansa, including various parts of Haryana.

Acute fodder shortage; 2 die
Rains wreak havoc
Residents of a border village, Talwandi Raidado, near Ajnala, about 35 km from Amritsar, cross the waterlogged fields as heavy rains lashed the village on Sunday. Ajnala (Amritsar), July 1
Heavy rains wreaked havoc in the Ajnala area, claiming lives of two teenaged boys, yesterday, throwing normal life out of gear. The excessive downpour has led to acute shortage of fodder in the area.

Residents of a border village, Talwandi Raidado, near Ajnala, about 35 km from Amritsar, cross the waterlogged fields as heavy rains lashed the village on Sunday. — PTI photo

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SGPC meeting today
Sikh bodies divided over shifting of battle to Haryana
Amritsar, July 1
The executive meeting of the SGPC to be held at Fatehgarh Sahib tomorrow will discuss the call of the Sikh clergy to hold a conclave at Ratia in Haryana on July 11 even as various Sikh organisations are divided over shifting of the battle against Dera Sacha Sauda from Punjab to Haryana.

Sikh activists chase ‘premis’; no case registered
Moga, July 1
Timely police intervention today averted a showdown between followers of Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikh activists when the dera followers were chased by the activists in cars and motorcycles.


Two SAD workers suspended
Hoshiarpur, July 1
The on-going tussle between district president SAD (B) Thakedar Suinder Singh Bhulewal Rathan and former minister from Tanda circle Balbir Singh Miani took a new turn today when the former suspended Makhan Singh Meerepur, circle president of Tanda, and Surjit Singh Jaura, both supporters of the latter, from the party for protesting and demonstrating against him with their associates before the district party office on June 27, 2006.


Moga bank: 92 employees in 48 branches
Moga, July 1
The woefully short strength of staff coupled with interference of politicians has compounded the problems of Moga Central Co-operative Bank. Out of a total of 48 branches across the district, 30 are being managed by a single person, who simultaneously dons the hats of a peon, clerk, accountant and manager.

Piles of solid waste in the Upper Bari Doab Canal on the Jalandhar-Pathankot-Jammu road near Pathankot.Upper Bari Doab Canal getting choked
Madhopur (Pathankot), July 1
Throwing norms to the winds, scores of restaurants, dhabas and owners of other business establishments, besides the Sujanpur Municipal Council, have been dumping solid waste and discharging toxic and non-toxic effluents into the Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC). The canal water is being used for irrigation purpose in hundreds of villages.

Piles of solid waste in the Upper Bari Doab Canal on the Jalandhar-Pathankot-Jammu road near Pathankot. — Tribune photo by writer

After licence, petrol station owner ‘loses’ land
Chandigarh, July 1
A Ludhiana resident faces a financial nightmare of sorts. Six months after the Supreme Court cancelled allotment of a petrol pump to Pawan Kumar Garg, he now faces the task of getting his prime land vacated from the oil company that allotted him the pump in the first place.

Health minister to meet PMHEU panel on July 5
Fazilka, July 1
Ravinder Luthra, chairman, co-ordination committee, Para Medical and Health Employees Union (PMHEU), Punjab, and Shashi Kant (Fazilka), president, Punjab State Pharmacists Association, district Ferozepur, in a joint press statement here yesterday, disclosed that Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health minister, Punjab, had invited members of the committee, PMHEU, on July 5 to the office of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation, Mohali, to discuss their long-standing demands.

Doctors demand job regularisation
Amritsar, July 1
Doctors working on contract basis under Zila Parishads in the state, held a conference under the aegis of the Rural Medical Services Association on the occasion of Doctors’ Day at the Jallianwala Bagh here today .

CM, BJP leaders pay tributes to Verma
Chandigarh, July 1
Senior SAD and BJP leaders from Punjab, including members of the Parkash Singh Badal-led cabinet, today rushed to Delhi to pay their last tributes to former Chief Minister of Delhi Sahib Singh Verma, who died in a road accident yesterday. Verma was in charge of BJP affairs in Punjab and had been appointed last month.

Cycle yatra for peace
Phillaur, July 1
Mohammad Ahmed has been on a cycle yatra since 2000, touring the country to give the message of peace and national integrity.

Traffic cops to get gloves for AIDS prevention
Hoshiarpur, July 1
On the recommendation of the Punjab State AIDS Control Society, the IG, Traffic Punjab, has instructed all SSPs in the state to provide hand gloves to all traffic police personnel as a preventive measure to avoid HIV/AIDS.


Sidhupur re-elected BKU (E) president
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 1
Pishora Singh Sidhupur of Fatehgarh Sahib was re-elected the president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) in the election that was held during the valedictory ceremony of the two-day annual delegate session that concluded on Sri Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib’s premises.


6 held for possessing illicit liquor
Gurdaspur, July 1
The district police has arrested six persons, including women, in the past 24 hours. The police has also recovered a China-made .30-bore pistol and illicit liquor in a huge quantity from two persons.

Nurmahal SHO arrested
Phillaur, July 1
Nurmahal SHO Shivdev Singh Kahlon was arrested today under Sections 306/217/342 of the IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act and Sections 3-4 of the S/C Act in connection with the deaths of Balwinder Kumar of Bahadurpur village, who was killed in police firing, and Sukhdev Singh, his wife Binder and daughter Kusum of Uppal Khalsa village in Phillaur subdivision,who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train.


Parents threaten stir
Want re-evaluation of science papers
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 1
Dismayed by the poor results of their wards, particularly in science subjects, parents of matriculate students who appeared in board examinations conduction by the Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) have decided to launch a stir if the answer sheets are not re-evaluated.

Delay in results declaration
Affiliated colleges in a fix
Amritsar, July 1
Colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University are in a fix due to the undue delay by the university authorities in declaring the results of undergraduate and post-graduate courses.

Government-run medical institutes
Faculty shortage ails forensic dept
Amritsar, July1
Students of the Department of Forensic Medicine at the Government Medical College in the state have been suffering on account of severe shortage of senior teaching faculty.

35 colleges attend meeting
Patiala, July 1
Thirty-five colleges, affiliated with the Punjabi University, participated in a meeting held by the Association of Punjab Unaided Colleges of Education, here today.


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