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3,500 teachers to move
Ludhiana , August 9
At least 3,500 teachers across the state will be transferred in the current session (2008-2009) in the coming week under “rationalisation” of work force in schools. Apart from transfers to schools in cities, a large number of teachers will be moved to schools in rural areas.

DEOs asked to consult MLAs
Chandigarh, August 9
The Education Department authorities at the district level will consult SAD-BJP MLAs before ordering the transfer of a school teacher in rural areas. Instructions in this connection were given to officials concerned after a meeting of MLAs of the 20 districts.

Another professor of Amritsar medical college resigns
Derecognition threat looms large
Dr K.S. SodhiAmritsar, August 9
Even as the local Government Medical College, the premier medical institute of Northern India, has been facing an acute shortage of funds and a staff that has virtually crippled its working, Dr K.S. Sodhi, another associate professor of bio-chemistry has resigned.    
Dr K.S. Sodhi

Fresh challan against Virk illegal: Son
Mohali, August 9
Pradeep Virk, son of former DGP of Punjab S.S. Virk, today stated that the supplementary challan filed by the investigating agency in his father’s case in a local court here yesterday was not just illegal but also violative of the orders of the Supreme Court.



Malwa: Test of political sagacity of Badals, Amarinder
Chandigarh, August 9
“The General is back. Now we can take on Akali leadership that had made life miserable for our activists in the countryside”. Congress leader from the Malwa region Rampal Daipee commented on former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s return to Punjab’s political scene.

Speakers’ Conference
Kahlon unhappy with finance dept
Chandigarh, August 9
A strong protest by speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon regarding his visit to Malaysia for a conference of speakers of Commonwealth countries has created an embarrassing situation for the Punjab government.


Sakki-Kiran nullah to be tamed
Gurdaspur, August 9
Efforts made by senior officials of state irrigation and drainage department have yielded result with the central water commission (CWC) clearing the Sakki-Kiran nullah (flowing through Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts) canalisation project, which has been hanging fire for the past 20 years.

NREGA scheme for all dists
Chandigarh, August 9
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) Scheme, already been successfully implemented in Hoshiarpur district, will now be extended to all districts of Punjab and the state will focus on 100 per cent utilisation of NREGA funds.

Front appeals to J-K Muslims for peace
Pathankot, August 9
Leaders of the Rashtriya Muslim Front have urged Muslim leaders of the Kashmir not to object to the handing over the land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. A group of Muslim leaders across the country, under the banner of the Pegam Aman Yatra, reached here last evening.

Leaders of the Muslim National Front stage a dharna against a ban on their entry into J-K, on a bridge in Pathankot on Saturday. — Photo by N.P. Dhawan
Leaders of the Muslim National Front stage a dharna against a ban on their entry into J-K, on a bridge in Pathankot

Report on separate gurdwara panel in 15 days: Hooda
Ludhiana, August 9
Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda inaugurated an advanced hernia and piles surgery centre at Dewan Hospital here today. Addressing mediapersons after the function, Hooda said the committee constituted under Cabinet minister Harmohinder Singh Chaddha to look into the issue of Haryana Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee would submit its report in 15 days.

Akal Takht chief leaves for Hazur Sahib
Amritsar, August 9
Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar, Akal Takht, today left for Takht Hazur Sahib, Nanded (Maharashtra), where he will be honoured by P.S.Pasricha, president, Takht Hazur Sahib Management Committee, tomorrow ending an era of confrontation between the Sikh clergy of Punjab and outside.

Graveyard ‘encroached on’, burial delayed
Gurdaspur, August 9
The family of deceased Bashir Masih, a Christian of Devi Dass village of this district, was forced to wait for 72 hours to bury his body at the Christian graveyard, thanks to an alleged encroachment on it.

Shaheed Dhadhogal remembered
Sangrur, August 9
The 70th martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Dhadhogal, freedom fighter of the Riyasti Parja Mandal Movement, was observed in his Dhadhogal village, near Dhuri, today.

Gill is acting chief of SAD legal wing
Ludhiana, August 9
Iqbal Singh Gill has been appointed acting president of the legal wing of the SAD. An announcement in this regard was made by Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, local MP, here today.


Treatment of freedom fighters distressing: HC
Chandigarh, August 9
The Punjab and Haryana High Court says denying freedom fighters their due amounted to “disservice”, especially when the state exchequer was available to the government officers for enjoying freebies. The state of affairs, the High Court has made it clear, was distressing.


BKU wants quality education to all
Khanna, August 9
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has urged the Punjab government to ensure quality education to all students regardless of economic status. The BKU resolution at a gathering near here said the government should end discrimination in the education sector in the state.


Seed farm across fence near Ravi planned
Chandigarh, August 9
The Punjab Agriculture Department has worked on the proposal mooted by Amritsar deputy commissioner K.S. Pannu to set up a seed farm across the fence near the Ravi in the Indian territory along the Indo-Pak border.


State industry hit hard by Jammu agitation
Chandigarh, August 9
The ongoing agitation in the Jammu region has hit the Punjab industry hard. The most affected is the hosiery industry of Ludhiana that has suffered a loss of several hundred crore during the past six weeks.


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