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BEd Entrance
Council’s condition puts students in fix

Bathinda, July 26
A section of students belonging to Punjab have expressed apprehension over the validity of the entrance test for one-year BEd course to be conducted by Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak on August 18. This is because the MDU has pegged the eligibility at 45 per cent against 50 per cent as specified by the National Council of Teacher Education , Delhi.

Lehra Stage-II
Delay costs PSEB 2,300 cr

Patiala, July 26
The PSEB has suffered losses of Rs 2,300 crore due to delay in commissioning of 500 MW Lehra Mohabbat, stage-II, project. This includes loss of Rs 700 crore due to cost escalation, Rs 350 crore due to increase in interest rates and the remaining on account of purchasing costly power from other states.

Centre playing politics

Chandigarh, July 26
The union government led by Dr Manmohan Singh has started playing politics with the SAD-BJP government in Punjab on the issue of the Bathinda oil refinery.


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Wolverhampton-India Project
Punjab, Chandigarh schools, JCT Mills to benefit from project

Chandigarh, July 26
Punjab and Chandigarh will be major beneficiaries of the Wolverhampton-India Project launched in the House of Commons (UK) yesterday.

This criminal duo definitely not dumb!
Ludhiana, July 26
Life is highly demanding for the physically challenged, but this deaf and dumb duo has posed the biggest challenge to the railway police by their criminal exploits on trains as well as railway stations.

Mohali airport: Punjab asks AAI for funds
Proposal to expand Chandigarh, Amritsar airports
Chandigarh, July 26
The setting up of the international airport at Mohali, expansion of the Amritsar international airport with an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore and building of a domestic airport at Sahnewal  were discussed at a meeting of the senior officers of the Punjab Government with the top brass of the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation.
A view of the terminal building of the Chandigarh airport that is proposed to be upgraded.— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
A view of the terminal building of the Chandigarh airport that is proposed to be upgraded

Legal services authority to get more money
Chandigarh, July 26
In a boost to the sagging finances of the Punjab State Legal Services Authority, the principal secretary, finance, D.S. Kalia, and officiating principal secretary, home, S.C. Aggarwal, have agreed to increase the grant-in-aid to the authority from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 30 lakh per annum.



Cong may tie up with Left
Chandigarh, July 26
The Congress is likely to revive its tie-up with Left parties for the coming municipal elections in the state. Leaders participating in a coordination meeting of the Congress today gave indications that the party had decided “in-principle” to have an alliance with the CPI and the CPM.

Bitta dares Amarinder on dera chief
Amritsar, July 26
Anti-Terrorist Front chief Maninderjit Singh Bitta here today expressed surprise at the studied silence of Capt Amarinder Singh over the Dera Sacha Sauda controversy.


SGPC chief meets Jathedars
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 26
Chief of the SGPC Avtar Singh held a closed-door meeting with two jathedars at Mata Gujri College here today.


A police commando does a stunt during a demonstration on how to tackle mob organised by Punjab Police in Jalandhar
A police commando does a stunt during a demonstration on how to tackle mob organised by Punjab Police in Jalandhar on Thursday. — PTI

Drive against drugs gets VIP status

Bathinda, July 26
A drive against drugs will be formally launched by First Lady of Punjab Jean Rodrigues and Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, tomorrow at a special function to be held at Behman Diwana village of this district tomorrow.

Freedom a great feeling: Monica
Chabbewal, July 26
Waking up to freedom is a great feeling, said Monica Bedi at the start of her new life outside jail today. It was exactly after 626 days of incarceration at the Chanchalguda prison in Hyderabad that the one-time actor was waking up to the warmth of her home.

Kanwaljit meets RBI dy governor
Chandigarh, July 26
A delegation, led by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cooperation minister, met Usha Thorat, deputy governor, Reserve Bank of India, and Y.S.P. Thorat, chairman, Nabard, yesterday in Mumbai to impress upon them to provide liberal agricultural credit at cheaper rates, both short-term and long-term, to farmers in the state.

Farmers lay siege to DC office
Amritsar, July 26
On a call given by three farmer organisations, a large number of farmers today laid siege to the office of the deputy commissioner in protest against the failure of the state government to fulfil its poll promises.

Drive to check practice by quacks
Chandigarh, July 26
The last year ending March 31, 2007 Punjab registered the lowest growth of tax revenue among all states in the country.

‘Relief’ for ex-chief of temple panel
Amritsar, July 26
Former president of the Durgiana Temple Committee Surinder Arjun, who was booked by the police on July 19 on the charge of embezzling more than Rs 6 crore during his stint as president of the committee, today claimed that DGP N.S. Aulakh had given directions for a fresh inquiry into the case.

Self-employment campaign attracts women
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 26
The first-of-its-kind self-employment awareness campaign launched by the district administration proved to be a big draw among unemployed people, especially the women who turned up in huge numbers here.

Langah gets passport
Ropar, July 26
The court of special judge G.S. Saran today gave agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah his passport, allowing him to travel abroad.

Monkeys create panic at girls' college
Patiala, July 26
The monkey menace has again come to the fore in the city with the animals virtually terrorising students of Government Girls College, here.

71 villages to get deep tubewells
Ropar, July 26
All 71 villages falling in the constituency of SAD MLA Sant Ajit Singh will soon get deep tube-well connections. Ajit Singh claimed this while addressing media persons at Press Club, here today.

NGOs gear up against social evils
Patiala, July 26
In yet another endeavour to fight social evils, Usha Dhingra, civil surgeon, Patiala, sought the cooperation of NGOs during a seminar organised by the Guru Arjan Sewa Mission at Tikana Bhai Ram Kishan, Sheranwala Gate, here today.

15-yr-old girl goes missing 
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 26
Mamta Rani (15), a resident of Ward No. 11, Amloh, has reportedly been missing since May 19.



Beant Singh Assassination
Finally, the judgment day

Chandigarh, July 26
The court of additional sessions judge Ravi Kumar will deliver verdict in the Beant Singh assassination case at Burail Jail here tomorrow.

High Court
Notice to Punjab on Chahal’s plea 

Chandigarh, July 26
Justice Uma Nath Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to Punjab for August 6 on an application filed by B.I.S. Chahal from Patiala jail.

HC notice to MC executive officer
Abohar, July 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, acting on five contempt petitions filed by the Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital under sections 11 and 12 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, has issued a notice to Diwan Chand Verma, executive officer of the municipal council. The petition will come up for hearing on October 11, according to information received here today.

Bittu’s remand extended till July 28
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 26
Chief judicial magistrate Sanjay Kumar today extended police remand of senior vice- president of SAD (A) Daljit Singh Bittu till July 28.


2 women held for sexual exploitation of girl
Kot Kapura, July 26
Two women were held for exploiting sexually a teenaged girl after giving her sedation. SSP, L.K. Yadav has set up a team to probe the matter and to bring to book the persons involved in the crime. The SSP said investigation was on and the matter things would be clear once the report of inquiry was complete.

MES employee among 2 held with heroin
Amritsar, July 26
The special narcotics cell arrested two smugglers, including an MES employee, while carrying 3 kg of heroin near the Model Town area here.

82 caught without ticket
Chandigarh, July 26
Officials of the Ambala division, northern railway, today caught 82 persons travelling without ticket in various trains on the Ludhiana-Hisar section.

Man arrested for murder
Ropar, July 26
The Ropar police today arrested Jaswant Singh, a resident of Maangarh Rukali village, on charges of murdering 20-year-old Makhan Singh, also of the same village.

3 shops under PDS sealed
Faridkot, July 26
The food and civil supplies department, with the support of the district administration, conducted raids on three shops under the public distribution system and sealed them for selling products on the black market here today.


Dalit students want removal of VC
Patiala, July 26
The Punjab Scheduled Castes Welfare Association (PSCWA), held an emergency meeting in Gurbax Colony, here today.


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