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2-day remand for Sandhu
Patiala, August 7
Registrar of Punjabi University, Patiala, B.S. Sandhu, who was arrested on graft charges yesterday by the Vigilance Bureau was today remanded in police custody for two days.

Registrar of Punjabi University Baldev Singh Sandhu comes out after being produced in a court in Patiala on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Registrar of Punjabi University Baldev Singh Sandhu comes out after being produced in a court in Patiala

Violent Side of Students
2 groups of youths clash, 4 hurt
Muktsar, August 7
Two groups of youths, including students of the local Government College, today clashed on the college campus over the candidature for the post of president of the students’ body. Swords, lathis and other weapons were freely used in the clash.

Another kills classmate
Hoshiarpur, August 7
A student of BA III of the local Government College died after her classmate stabbed her on the college premises this morning.



Declared dead by Army, located in Pak jail
Rajpura, August 7
Mohinder Singh, a 1971 war veteran, whose son went missing during an Army operation and was later declared dead, is running from pillar to post seeking government help in bringing his son back home, whom he has located in one of the jails in Pakistan.

13 FCI men chargesheeted
Faridkot, August 7
The FCI has issued a memorandum containing serious charges against 13 of its local employees for pilferage of rice from an assignment sent to Nalgonda.

Vigilance puts Amarinder in a spot
Chandigarh, August 7
Two superintendents of police of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau have been assigned a special task to “investigate contradictions in the income details, bank transactions and lavish lifestyle of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his family.”



Dullo accuses CM of police misuse 
Chandigarh, August 7
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Shamsher Singh Dullo has termed the elections to municipal corporations a mockery of democracy by the Badal government by using the police and official machinery to coerce Congress candidates in Ludhiana and Patiala to quit the contest. Dullo accused Parkash Singh Badal of misusing government authority and machinery in the elections.

Cong MLA holds protest
Faridkot, August 7
Congress MLA from Kotkapura Ripjit Singh Brar held a protest and went on fast against the SAD-BJP government for allegedly showing partiality while issuing blue cards to people belonging to economically weaker sections.

Drop ‘Akali’ word from SAD, CM told
Hoshiarpur, August 7
Member of the national executive committee Balwant Singh Khera and chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the state unit of the Janata Dal (S) Raj Kumar Niddar in a statement here yesterday suggested to Chief Minister and president of the SAD Parkash Singh Badal to drop the word “Akali” from the name of his party and rename it the Shiromani Janata Dal because the dictionary meaning of Akali was "Nihang" or a baptised Sikh.

MC poll: 1,300 in fray
Chandigarh, August 7
Fate of more than 1,300 candidates contesting the municipal corportion elections in Patiala, Ludhiana, Janaldhar and Amritsar cities will be decided tomorrow. A large number of Independent candidates are also in the fray. Though Bathinda also has a municipal corporation, election is not being held there.

MC Poll
Fear psychosis hits Cong camp

Patiala, August 7
Fear psychosis has gripped Congress candidates just hours before voting for municipal corporation elections. Most of the party candidate today felt demoralised due to the alleged coercion by the district and the police administration.


A SAD Day 
SHO transferred after protest

Amritsar, August 7
District police chief (rural) Iqbal Singh today transferred Mehta SHO Jagatpreet Singh following a dharna by the ruling party leaders in front of the police station, Chowk Mehta.

Vigilance on trap spree, hardly any new cases
Chandigarh, August 7
How many cases the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has registered in the past four months? Though the Bureau has been in the news ever since the SAD-BJP government assumed office in March, it has not registered many cases. The number, which has not even reached double figure, does not include trap cases its sleuths laid against the “corrupt technocrats, policemen, revenue officials and other government employees”.

A cop in service of ailing cattle

Abohar, August 7
We can find humane face of the Punjab police in head constable Surinder Singh, at present posted at the office of the DSP here.Surinder, a teetotaller, recently found a stray calf with an injured leg outside the Abohar Club. He took it to his office complex and called a veterinary surgeon for its treatment.

Surinder Singh takes care of an injured calf at the DSP office complex in Abohar. — A Tribune photograph

Surinder Singh takes care of an injured calf at the DSP office complex in Abohar.

Spurious desi ghee sale goes unchecked
Nabha, August 7
Despite the sale of spurious desi ghee going on here for the past three months, the police and health authorities are yet to take action.According to sources, dozens of brands of spurious ghee are available here. The sale of these is largely confined to rural areas.

SAD(A) memo to President on dera chief
Amritsar, August 7
The SAD (A) today submitted a memorandum to the President of India through the deputy commissioner of Amritsar, demanding arrest of Dera Sacha Sauda chief.Baldev Singh Sirsa, senior vice-president of the SAD(A), in his communiqué to the President has warned that if the government failed to arrest the dera chief there can be more violence in the state and other parts of the country.

Anganwari workers block traffic
Kharar, August 7
Activists of the Anganwari Mulazim Union blocked traffic on the Kharar road for around half an hour demanding regularisation this afternoon.Around 100 anganwari workers first held a protest at the Kharar judicial complex and then moved towards the main road.

IT raid on jeweller's shop
Kharar, August 7
Income tax officials from Patiala raided three establishments of city jeweller Pradeep Jain, here today.Three IT employees raided Jain's shop on Uppar Street, his residence on Jain Street and another house of his in Sector 37, Chandigarh.

Atta-Dal Scam
Over 100 bags of wheat found missing

Banur, August 7
The vigilance bureau team counting and weighing sacks of wheat at Markfed’s godown here today found over 100 bags missing from the total stock stored for the atta-dal scheme. The team found more underweight bags on the fourth day of counting today.

Braveheart: Girl catches thief; honoured
Mohali/Kharar, August 7
Rajni Chauhan, a resident of Sector 29, Chandigarh, reminded one of “Rajni”, the protagonist in a popular TV series of the 1990s.A braveheart, this young employee of Tata Sky here, nabbed a scooter-borne youth who had snatched her purse last evening when she was returning from her office.Rajni was driving home from her office in Industrial Area on her scooter around 6.45 pm when two scooter-borne youths rode close to her.

Rajni Chauhan, a resident of Sector 29, Chandigarh, being awarded a commendation certificate by Mohali SSP Ranbir Singh Khattra.

Rajni Chauhan, a resident of Sector 29, Chandigarh, being awarded a commendation certificate by Mohali SSP Ranbir Singh Khattra.

2 youths on bike die in accident
Kharar, August 7
Two youths were killed in a road mishap at the Kharar-Kurali road near Daun village this afternoon. Eyewitnesses said the youths on a bike were talking on the cell phone when their vehicle collided with a car ahead. The collision threw them on the road. A Haryana Roadways bus (HR 01 N 5929) ran over both, killing them instantly.

Alam new akademi secy
Malerkotla, August 7
The Punjab government today removed the secretary of the Punjab Urdu Akademi.In an order issued today by Anjali Bhawra, secretary, Higher Education and Language Department, Mehmood Alam, senior Urdu lecturer, Government College, Malerkotla, has been appointed as a temporary secretary of the akademi with immediate effect. He will replace Mohammad Rafi, a lecturer of the same college. 



Jailbreak Case
For now, Hawara not to be taken out of jail

Chandigarh, August 7
The Burail Jail authorities today expressed their inability to allow convict Jagtar Singh Hawara to attend the jailbreak trial at the district courts here. According to the jail manual, Hawara, who has been awarded death sentence, is not allowed to move out of the jail premises.

Bar association strikes work 
Faridkot, August 7
Members of the Amritsar Bar Association alleged that a lawyer, Baldev Singh Gill, and his two relatives were being framed by the local police in a case of road rage involving policemen.

Cop’s petition on Chouhan

Justice Ranjit Singh today issued a notice to Punjab and others over a petition by Jaswant Singh, a policeman, seeking action against those responsible for eulogising late Jagjit Singh Chouhan, Khalistan ideologue, in the Punjab Assembly and paying homage to him.


Stamp vendor’s books seized
Sangrur, August 7
Following complaints, of corruption in the tehsil office at Dhuri, Ropar additional deputy commissioner B. Purushartha, on the orders of the financial commissioner (revenue) Punjab, today raided the Dhuri tehsil office and took in possession some registers of the Dhuri stamp vendors after finding discrepancies in the same.


Influence of Tantrik
Man throws 2 daughters off roof, one dies

Abohar, August 7
A resident of Alamgarh village, near here, threw both his daughters from the roof of his house on Monday last. While one of them died on the spot, the other was battling for life in a private hospital at Sriganganagar. Residents of the locality made the disclosure today.

Boy rescued, 3 arrested
Muktsar, August 7
The local police achieved a major success today when it managed to rescue a boy, who was kidnapped on August 3, from the clutches of his kidnappers.

3 held for extortion bid
Kharar, August 7
Taking advantage of radical groups having become active after the verdict in the Beant Singh assassination case, four city youths made threat calls to a local businessman, demanding Rs 20 lakh.The Kharar police has arrested three of them but the fourth, the mastermind, is at large.

Three members of a gang who were held for making threat calls to a businessman. — A Tribune photograph

Three members of a gang who were held for making threat calls to a businessman.


Dental students highlight fee anomaly
Amritsar, August 7
Taking notice of reports of anomaly in the fee being charged from BDS students of the SGPC-run Guru Ramdas Dental College, SGPC president Avtar Singh has called a meeting of the college authorities on August 10.

PMET counselling to be resheduled

Chandigarh, August 7
The Punjab government has decided to reschedule the counselling of the pre-medical entrance test (PMET) and the postgraduate entrance test (PGET-2007) which was postponed on August 3 in view of non-participation by private medical institutions.


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