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7 dists included in food security plan
Chandigarh, July 23
Faced with a food security crisis, the union government has included seven districts of Punjab to enhance wheat production in the country. The districts are Bathinda, Ropar, Sangrur, Ferozepore, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur.

PCS Officers
Govt dithers on recruitments

Chandigarh, July 23
While the Badal government continues to be in a tizzy with regard to the recruitment of PCS (executive) and allied cadre officers, for the aspirants it has been a long wait.

3-day police remand for Bittu
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
The court of justice Naval Kumar here today sent senior vice-president of the SAD (A) Daljit Singh Bittu to a three-day police remand.
Policemen escort Daljit Singh Bittu to a local court in Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday. 
Policemen escort Daljit Singh Bittu to a local court in Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday.

Regular Vs Contractual Staff
Sabotage bid at power plant

Patiala, July 23
The northern power grid came razor close to a total collapse on July 18. The matter has the PSEB authorities here concerned.


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PSEB staff’s strike on July 26
Hoshiarpur, July 23
The Employees Joint Forum said today that the proposed strike of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employees on July 26, 2007, would be observed in the state. This was stated by Om Parkash, a leader of the forum, in a press note here. 

Attari Railway Station 
Of stray dogs, power failures, poor medical facilities...
  Attari, July 23
The increasing canine population at the Attari railway station has unleashed fear among passengers who travel between Attari (India) and Wagah (Pakistan) in the Samjhauta Express four times a week.

Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Station of Woes



Minister cancels DFO’s pact with wife’s NGO 
Says can’t ignore media reports 
Chandigarh, July 23

The Punjab forest department is red in the face. After lauding Divisional Forest Officer (DFO Ludhiana R.R. Kakkar) for his “public-spirit act of signing an MoU with his wife’s NGO for afforestation”, Punjab Forest Minister has now ordered the cancellation of the MoU under question.

City Centre Scam
VB grills ex-trustees

Ludhiana, July 23
Vigilance Bureau officials today took statements of two former trustees of the dissolved Improvement Trust seeking information about the manner in which the controversial City Centre Project was passed. The officials quizzed ex-trustees Sanjay Talwar and Surinder Bindra for nearly two hours. Another trustee Navkar Kala summoned today did not appear before the officials. Malkit Kaur, the fourth trustee, had appeared yesterday. They also questioned officials of Today Homes Infrastructure Ltd, who were accused in the scam. 

‘SGPC, Akal Takht bound to support KAC’
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
Bhai Mokham Singh, convener of the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC), today said the SGPC and Akal Takht were morally bound to support the KAC, which was seeking action against the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda for his having hurt the religious feelings of the Sikh community.

BSNL worker goes missing
Pathankot, July 23
A 44-year-old woman employee of BSNL, Pathankot, disappeared mysteriously yesterday.A resident of Jodhamal Colony, Usha Khanna, a customer-care executive, had gone to attend a function in the Mission Road locality, but did not return till late last night.
Usha Khanna
Usha Khanna

Centre sets up groundwater award
Hoshiarpur, July 23
The union ministry for water resources has instituted Bhoomijal Samvardhan Puraskar and the National Water Award for Innovative Practices of Groundwater Augmentation through Rainwater Harvesting and Artificial Recharge. According to the letter of the Regional Director Central Groundwater Board of North Western Region, Chandigarh, Sushil Gupta, these awards are for three categories namely NGOs, gram panchayats and urban local bodies.

Sunam to have Shaheed Udham Singh’s statue
Sangrur, July 23
A bronze statue of Shaheed Udham Singh will be installed soon at his native place at Sunam, about 13 km from here.

TB awareness through magic shows
Sangrur, July 23
Under the tuberculosis (TB) awareness through sources of entertainment programme of the District TB Control Society, Sangrur, a central government approved magician from Chandigarh, Ved Parkash, disseminated information on TB, AIDS and drug abuse through magic tricks at a programme at Government School at Duggan village, near here, today.

MC: Stormy scenes over cheques to contractors
Abohar, July 23
Stormy scenes were witnessed at the meeting of the municipal council here today as SAD councillor Vijay Nagpal and BJP councillor Suwarsha Narang took strong exception to the payment of Rs 20 lakh to a cooperative labour and construction society in violation of the ban imposed by the director, Local Bodies Department.

Martyrs’ Statues
SDM warns against defacing 

Abohar, July 23
The SDM, Dr N.S. Brar, said today that strict action would be taken against commercial houses, which had defaced or disgraced memorials of martyrs located in different city crossings. The offenders would be slapped notices under the Defacement of Public Property Act soon. Some of them had already been identified.

Chinks appear in Vikas Manch
Bassi Pathana, July 23
Differences have appeared among members of the Bassi Pathana Vikas Manch and it is heading towards a split. The manch was formed by eight out of the 13 councillors of the municipal council here under the leadership of Ramesh Gupta, a senior Congress leader, to oppose the working of then Congress MLA Harbans Lal and the then council president, Amita Tangri.

Chennai team visits TB hospital
Patiala, July 23
As part of external quality assessment of sputum microscopy in Punjab, a team from the National Reference Laboratory, Chennai, visited the Government TB Hospital here today.

Tree plantation drive
Bassi Pathana, July 23
The local unit of Bharat Vikas Parishad today celebrated the Van Mahotsav function and formally launched the tree plantation drive in and around the town by planting trees at Dusshera Ground, here.

Kala parishad revived
Patiala, July 23
Commissioner, Patiala division, S.K. Ahluwalia has revived the Patiala Kala Parishad.The parishad, a registered nongovernmental organisation, will function under the presidentship of Ahluwalia for propagating traditional art and culture in the region.

Gymkhana Club reverberates with music
Patiala, July 23
The monsoon cultural evening organised by the management of Rajindra Gymkhana and Mohindra Club here last night proved to be a big draw, with a large number of members along with their families turning up for the show.

Missing banker found dead
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
Pritam Singh, a clerk with the co-operative bank at Bassi Pathana, who was reportedly missing since July 20, was found dead on the Bassi-Sirhind road today under strange circumstances.

Sewing centre for needy women
Bassi Pathana, July 23
The Nishkam Kirtan Sewa Society opened a sewing centre for the needy and poor women of the area today.



High Court
Produce Chahal before HC, Judge directs Punjab

Chandigarh, July 23
Justice Uma Nath Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that B.I.S Chahal, media adviser to former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, should be produced before the court tomorrow.

Langah case
Witness turns hostile

Ropar, July 23
A prosecution witness in the disproportionate assets case against Punjab Agriculture minister Suchha singh Langah turned hostile during recording of evidence in a court here today.


Kanwaljit to ask Nabard for more funds for farmers
Chandigarh, July 23
The Punjab cooperation minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, will call on Nabard chairman and RBI deputy governor in Mumbai on July 25 to plead vital issues of raising the quantum of refinance, reduction in the rate of interest on refinance, funding of five district central cooperation banks and refinance facility for rural housing, besides financial assistance for water harvesting and women cooperatives.


MDS Fee Hike Issue
Selected students may have to forgo seats

Patiala, July 23
Students seeking admission to the Masters in Dental Surgery (MDS) course under free-category seats in private colleges are a harassed lot. Private dental colleges have refused them admission under the fee structure of Rs 1.5 lakh per annum.

Saplings planted at school
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
The Lions Club of Bassi Pathana in association with Bassi Pathana branch of the State Bank of Patiala organised a tree plantation camp on the premises of Government Elementary School, Lohari Kalan.

Library opened at Thapar varsity
Patiala, July 23
Thapar University president Gautam Thapar inaugurated Nava Nalanda Central Library on the university campus here today.



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