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OYT scheme leaves farmers disappointed
Chandigarh, July 5
“Where should I now go? Who should I approach? Will I ever have a tube well connection, for which have spent Rs 1.50 lakh under the OYT scheme (own your transformer)?” Sukhdev Singh, a resident of a village near Hargobindpur, asks these questions repeatedly.

NRI brides-in-waiting stretch social fabric
Jalandhar, July 5
While the plight of abandoned NRI brides in Punjab is known, NRI brides-in-waiting to reach foreign shores have their problems in the Doaba region of the state.

Govt gears up to comply with MCI norms
Chandigarh, July 5
The state government has told the Medical Council of India (MCI) that it will shortly fill all vacant posts in the three medical colleges of the state and comply with all other mandatory provisions before the admissions for the next academic session.

Mattewal urges NRIs to invest in state
Chandigarh, July 5
Asian Connections, Toronto-based media group, has honoured H.S. Mattewal, Advocate-General, Punjab,
for providing free legal consultancy to NRIs in live
radio programme.


SAD (A), Dal Khalsa seek ban on BJP
Kanwarpal Singh Bittu (right), along with senior leaders of the Dal Khalsa, addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Saturday.Amritsar, July 5
The SAD (Amritsar) and the Dal Khalsa today sought a ban on the BJP for giving communal colour to the revocation of the land-transfer order to the Amarnath Shrine Board.

Kanwarpal Singh Bittu (right), along with senior leaders of the Dal Khalsa, addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph



Poll Rigging
CPI to issue White Paper
Sangrur, July 5
The Communist Party of India (CPI) is collecting evidence of the alleged rigging, booth-capturing, “misuse” of civil and police machinery and violence by the ruling SAD-BJP combine in the recent civic body polls in the state to publish a White Paper to tell people how democracy was “murdered” in those elections.

N-deal: SAD to convene meeting
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 5
The SAD has decided to convene a meeting before coming out with its stand on the proposed nuclear deal with the US.



Officials of the Agriculture Department at the launch of a mechanical paddy transplantation machine in Amritsar recently. Mechanised transplantation to overcome labour blues
Ajnala (Amritsar), July 5
The Agriculture Department, showing serious concern over declining water table, has come out with a mechanical device to transplant paddy seedlings for better yield.

Officials of the Agriculture Department at the launch of a mechanical paddy transplantation machine in Amritsar recently. — A Tribune photograph

Bridge caves in
Amritsar, July 5
The 125-year-old bridge on Upper Bari Doab Canal, connecting Sultanwind village and Amritsar, today caved in, leaving a big hole in the middle of it. Heavy traffic had been diverted to the bridge in view of some construction on the elevated road on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road.

Tribune photo by Vishal Kumar

SAD backs ex-servicemen
Amritsar, July 5
The ex-servicemen wing of the SAD today recommended to the Central government to accept the long-pending demand of ex-servicemen for the compliance of one-rank-one-pension scheme.

One held for death due to stray bullet
Amritsar, July 5
With the arrest of Rohit Bhatia of Bhatia Gun House, the district police today claimed to have solved the murder case of 10-year-old Arunima who was shot dead by a stray bullet when she was playing on the terrace of her house on June 28 evening.

Babas for green drive
Amritsar, July 5
The district administration has decided to persuade babas and religious leaders for planting the of trees at public and private places of the city, founded by fourth Sikh Master, Guru Ram Dass.

Rights panel asks Centre to explain delay in deportation
Chandigarh, July 5
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the union home secretary to explain if there is any legal impediment in recommending the case of a detainee, Muhammad Usman Sheikh, who is a Pakistani national, for deportation.

Rain lowers demand for power
Patiala, July 5
Pre-monsoon downpour across the state has brought respite to the common man from summer heat and the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has registered considerable decrease in demand for power.

Mock drills in flood rescue operations
Gurdaspur, July 5
The district administration, along with the Army and the police, carried out mock drills in three places.

7 civil hospitals to have Unani, ayurvedic wings
Hoshiarpur, July 5
To promote ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine in Punjab, wings of the Indian system of medicine will be opened in civil hospitals at Amritsar, Sangrur, Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Bathinda in two months under a Central scheme.

EC begins preparations for LS polls
Ludhiana, July 5
The Election Commission (EC) has now started its preparations for the next Lok Sabha elections.


PU stand leaves students in lurch
Refuses to recognise M.Phil through distant education
Bathinda, July 5
Thousands of students, who have done M.Phil through distant education, have been left in the lurch following the refusal of Panjab University, Chandigarh, to recognise their degrees. Most of these students did their M.Phil from Annamalai, Algappa, Periyar, Vinayak Mission and Madurai Kamraj universities in the South.

PMET: Three more cases of impersonation
Amritsar, July 5
Strict vigilance and alert staff of the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences and Research have managed to detect three more cases of impersonation, including of a girl, after cross-checking photographs of suspected cases through videography.


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