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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

Patiala

ECI bypoll announcement catches parties off-guard

With none of the major parties of the region prepared for an election, the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) announcement of Patiala byelection has caught them off-guard.

AAP appoints Naresh Walia as district president

Attempting to strengthen the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at the grassroots level, member Naresh Walia, was appointed as the district in charge of the outfit, on Saturday.

Woman among four booked for helping PO escape

Four members of a family were arrested for giving shelter to a proclaimed offender (PO) accused of burning a woman alive in Bhadson village near Patiala four years ago. However, the PO is absconding.

Waive Rs 35,000 cr loan on farmer, says Mandi Board chairman

Punjab Mandi Board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal urged the central government to waive farmer's loan of Rs 35,000 crore, at the swearing-in of Sirhind market committee chairman Inderjit Singh Sandhu on Friday.

City lawyers protest chamber-sharing

Members of the District Bar Association Patiala protested against the Punjab government's decisions regarding their chambers, on Friday.

Touts, agents dominate Suwidha Centre

The district Suwidha Centre appears to be dominated by touts as residents claim harassment at the hands of these middlemen and agents who charge anywhere between Rs 10-2500 to avail of services.

Nurse accuses Mansa de-addiction centre superviser of misbehaviour

A nurse of the Khyala de-addiction centre here has accused newly-appointed superviser of the centre Harpal Singh Sran of misbehaving with her. The victim has filed a complaint with the deputy commissioner of Mansa alleging that, on Wednesday night, after attending to patients, the doctor, who was under the influence of alcohol, started passing some weird comments against her."

Scanty rain raises fears of paddy crop damage

Although many parts of the city experienced slight showers on Thursday, concerns of the region's farmers about deficient monsoon in villages are deepening as they fear their newly sown paddy crop may be irreparably damaged.

DTF supports demands of college teachers

The Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) at the Punjabi University extended their support to the ongoing protests by college teachers criticising the "adamant and lackadaisical attitude of the Punjab government" in ignoring higher education in the state.

BPL families cheated in land scam

Members of families falling under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category complained that they were duped by persons under the pretext of arranging free lands from the Punjab government.

Class-8 student beaten up by vice principal; hospitalised

 A Class-8 student was admitted to the Dhuri civil hospital on Tuesday night after he was allegedly beaten up by the vice principal (VP) of the school he was studying in.

Delay in monsoon upsets budget in households?

The delay in the monsoon this year, apart from affecting farmers, has also upset household budgets in the region with vegetable prices shooting up and in some cases, even doubling.

Power crisis because of reliance on private plants, blame engineers

Amidst political and public onslaught on Punjab’s power crisis, engineers of the PSPCL alleged that the current situation was a result of the management’s total reliance on private thermal plants.

Badal should recognise HSGPC, says SAD (A) president

Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar president Simranjit Singh Mann voiced support for the formation of a separate Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in Haryana, on Tuesday.

Congress member Preneet Kaur raps Badal govt over power woes

Lashing out at the SAD-BJP government for the power shortage in the state, former minister of state for external affairs and member of Indian National Congress (INC) Preneet Kaur on Tuesday asked the regime to clarify its position on the present situation.
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