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BJP MLA attacked
Points finger at Cong
Amritsar, August 2
Local BJP MLA Anil Joshi’s motorcade was attacked by Dalit activists while he was returning after addressing an election rally in the Marji mohalla area on the Chamrang Road of the city here last evening.

Purchase of Fertilisers
Restriction on coop societies goes
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 2
Putting to rest the speculations about the future of agricultural cooperative societies in the state, cooperatives minister Kanwaljit Singh said today that no restrictions had been imposed on the societies and these were free to buy agricultural inputs from anywhere they intended to.

MBBS: Chaos at counselling
Amritsar, August 2
Counselling for the MBBS seats in government and private colleges of the state by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences began amid chaos here today as three medical institutes of the state boycotted counselling demanding increase in the fee structure.

Rural development comes to standstill
Chandigarh, August 2
The Badal government is facing a tough time as works related to rural development have come to a standstill for the past 10 days because of an agitation by officials of the rural development department in protest against the “murderous” attack on a district development and panchayat officer of Gurdaspur district.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Up in Arms
They won against terror but lost to dept
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 2
Punjab Police personnel, who had dared to join the force when terrorism was at its peak 17 years ago, have to virtually beg for promotions, while officials much junior to them have since attained higher posts. All appeals made before the parent department and other constitutional bodies have proved futile so far.


MC Poll
Youth Cong to guard polling booths
Patiala, August 2
The Punjab youth Congress will deploy its workers at polling booths across the state to thwart efforts of the ruling SAD/BJP alliance to use force in municipal corporation elections. State president of the Youth Congress Vijay Inder Singla told this to a press conference here today.

BJP expels 5 rebels
Amritsar, August 2
Peeved about five workers ,who had filed nominations to fight against official BJP candidates in the Municipal Corporation elections the state party headquarters has expelled them.


Commuters make their way along a waterlogged street during a heavy downpour of monsoon in Amritsar
Commuters make their way along a waterlogged street during a heavy downpour of monsoon in Amritsar on Thursday. — AFP

Officials to meet today
Bathinda, August 2
Officials of the department of rural development and panchayat will hold a meeting at Chandigarh tomorrow to declare the next course of their state-level agitation.

Atta-Dal Scheme
Beneficiaries get blue cards
Bassi Pathana, August 2
The state government is committed to fulfil its promise of providing atta at the rate of Rs 4 per kg and dal at Rs 20 per kg.

Sarpanches protest poor power supply
Bassi Pathana, August 2
Hundreds of sarpanches and panches belonging to Behrampur, Dhundha, Lohari Kalan, Bhuchi, Jarkhela Kalan villages and other villages of the Bassi Pathana sub-division held a dharna in front of the office of the SDO (rural) of the Bassi Pathana PSEB.

Lakhowal wants debt of farmers waived
Barnala, August 2
To highlight problems faced by farmers the Bharti Kisan Union(Lakhowal) will organise a rally on September 12 in Delhi. This was revealed here by Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Punjab Mandi Board cum state president, Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal).

‘Personal attack on Sumedh Saini sacrilege’
Chandigarh, August 2
Governments are known to defend their favourite officers at every platform available. But the manner in which the Punjab government’s pleader has eulogised the Director, Vigilance Bureau, Sumedh Singh Saini, is unparalleled.

MLA Jain shifted to hospital
Faridkot, August 2
Joginder Pal Jain, Congress MLA from Moga Assembly constituency, arrested at a local prison for his alleged involvement in a hawala racket, was shifted to a private hospital in Chandigarh.

Retain paramilitary forces: Mohindra
Chandigarh, August 2
Congress leader and MLA from Samana Brahm Mohindra has shot off a letter to the Prime Minister saying the situation in Punjab is “very sensitive” and asked for retaining the paramilitary forces in the state and installing video cameras at all polling stations.

Dwarf, but not in spirit                              
Patiala, August 2
He wants to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records by getting elected as the shortest man to get elected to the Patiala MC. The returning officer had to offer him a chair so he could stand while filing the nomination papers. Jagtar Singh, popularly known as Tari, is a 3-foot dwarf and has decided to fight the forthcoming elections as an Independent from Ward No. 18.

He got burns, not wages
Abohar, August 2
Neetu, a resident of Arya Nagar, who got burn injuries in a gas cylinder blast in a soap factory at Ramdev Nagri here on March 23 has been running from pillar to post to get compensation from his employer. In a complaint submitted at the weekly lok darbar to SDM N.S. Brar here today, Neetu claimed that he had been employed when he was 12 in violation of the Child Labour Act for Rs 1,200 per month.

Jagtar Singh
Jagtar Singh

Tributes paid to Udham Singh
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 2
Rich tributes were paid to Shaheed Udham Singh at a function organised to commemorate his 68th martyrdom day at Rauza Sharif here on Tuesday. The function was organised by the district administration in which people from different walks of life participated.

Online pension for ex-servicemen
Tibri (Gurdaspur), August 2
To make things easy for ex-servicemen in getting pensions, the Ministry of Defence has decided to go online. Instead of lining up in queues and waiting for their turn, the beneficiaries would now get pensions and other benefits credited to their bank accounts.

1 killed, 20 injured as tempo overturns
Ropar, August 2
One person was killed and 20 injured as a Tata tempo overturned near Ajampur village on the Ropar-Nurpur Bedi road, this morning. Around 50 to 60 persons, mainly migrant labourers working in Ludhiana industries, were aboard the tempo.


Police remand for 4 scam accused
Hoshiarpur, August 2
Former managing director of Punjab Tubewell Corporation T. L. Bangay, former SDO of Kandi Watershed Drainage Division, Hoshiarpur, Chander Mohan Chawla, JEs of Kandi watershed division Randhir Singh and Tirath Singh, who were arrested by the Vigilance last evening in a scam of multi-lakhs rupees.

High Court
Raninder’s plea adjourned
Chandigarh, August 2
The hearing on the plea of Raninder Singh and Raminder Singh, son and kin of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, respectively, was adjourned to August 21.


12 hurt in clash
Phillaur, August 2
Two groups clashed first at the police station and later at the civil hospital here yesterday over eve-teasing of a girl. More than 12 persons from both groups suffered injuries. They were admitted to hospitals in Phillaur and Jalandhar.


GND varsity bans admissions under NRI quota
Amritsar, August 2
Guru Nanak Dev University today banned admissions under NRI quota, eight days after the issuance of a notification by the Punjab government. The state government had issued the notification, a day after the publication of a news item in The Tribune, “Varsity flouts norms to admit staff’s ward”.

International award for professor
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 2
Professor J. S. Oberoi of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College has been selected for the 'International Educator of the Year Award' 2007 by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.


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