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Calendar issue likely on agenda
SGPC meeting today

Amritsar, July 8

A meeting of the Sikh clergy, scheduled to be held at the Akal Takht secretariat tomorrow is likely to discuss burning issues, including the controversial Nanakshahi calendar. The Dharm Parchar Committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee had recently urged the Sikh high priests to take a final decision on the calendar before the publication of the SGPC annual diary.

SAD for no-war pact with Pak: Dhindsa
Sangrur, July 8
The Shiromani Akali Dal supports the idea of a “no-war pact” between India and Pakistan. Besides, it also desires the plying of a bus between Amritsar and Lahore on the Delhi-Lahore bus service pattern.

Rules manipulated for job to VIP kin
Ludhiana, July 8
In yet another case of nepotism, the Punjab Government has appointed the daughter-in-law of a minister as Medical Officer in the Punjab Health Services in the handicapped category. 

Resource crunch hits refinery work
Phulokhari (Bathinda), July 8
Even as Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited has started evaluating the possibility of tapping the market to partially fund its proposed nine million tonne Punjab refinery project being set up here, construction work on the 18-km long road connecting the project site with the national highway has come to a halt due to an acute shortage of funds with the Punjab Government.






Ashk is Shehanshah-e-Ghazal
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal conferred the Shehanshah-e-Ghazal award on Parveen Kumar Ashk for his contributions to Urdu poetry and ghazal. This was the second award given to him by the Punjab Government in two months.

Women cops for border
Ferozepore, July 8
The Punjab Government has mooted a proposal to deploy women constables at various gates along the zero line of the Indo-Pak border to frisk women who go beyond the cobra fencing to work in their fields. According to information, there are many farmers having land holdings across the cobra fencing along the zero line of the international border.

Vikas visits Golden Temple 
Our Correspondent
Amritsar, July 8
Peacenik Vikas Singh who has witnessed several civil wars around the world first came to the city in 1984 when militancy in Punjab was at its peak. Today he finds much solace in the peaceful atmosphere here after 17 years. Vikas paid obeisance at the Golden Temple and the Jalianwala Bagh martyrs memorial here today. He had come to the city earlier as a boxing champion representing his university. Today he wrote in the Darbar Sahib visitors book. All religions propogate peace, hence it is deeply satisfying to experience peaceful conditions here.
Vikas Singh pays obeisance at the Golden Temple on Sunday.

Vikas Singh pays obeisance at the Golden Temple on Sunday.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma



Cong man wants more security for Sonia
Bathinda, July 8
Mr Tehal Singh Sandhu, member of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, today demanded that the Central Government should beef up the security of the AICC President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, as the threat to her life had increased after the return of Khalistan ideologue, Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, to India.

Chohan playing into Oppn hands: Mittal
Ropar, July 8
Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, Khalistan proponent, is playing in the hands of Opposition parties in their attempt at maligning the ruling alliance in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.


Rural women relieved of chullah
Bathinda, July 8
Now housewives of the rural areas can no more sing the song “gas cylinder le de ve, dhuan ne akhan galiyan (bring me a gas cylinder as smoke has “damaged my eyes”) as gas cylinder are available on their doorsteps.

Historic lake begs resurrection
Patiala, July 8
Even while the government claims it wants to create tourist facilities in the city, nothing is being done to restore the glory of the ‘’lake’’ which is sans water now situated behind the National Institute of Sports. Having a radius of nearly 1.5 km, the lake is situated in a scenic spot surrounded by a natural forest. There is an island in the lake on which a wonderful colonial structure named ‘’thanda burj ‘’ has been constructed.
A part of the lake with “thanda burj” on an island in the background.
A part of the lake with “thanda burj” on an island in the background. 
— Photo Subhash Patialvi

Airport security not adequate: minister
Rajasansi (Amritsar), July 8
“Security at Rajasansi international airport needs improvement, Mr Chaman Lal Gupta, Minister for Civil Aviation, said while installing a model of Durgiana Temple at the airport here today.

FM urges ex-servicemen to remain united
Chandigarh, July 8
The Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh today elicited support of the ex-servicemen in the state. Addressing the gathering at a convention organised by the state chapter of the Indian Ex-Services League here today, the Finance Minister said the ex-servicemen and the Shrimoni Akali Dal (SAD) should support each other for mutual benefit.

Where doctors treat patients at doorstep
Mansa, July 8
The Bhal Behlo government hospital as Phapre Bhalke village in this district has been creating awareness among villagers about how to prevent various diseases. A team of doctors led by Dr Nishan Singh, Medical Officer of the hospital, went from door to door for 25 days to conduct a survey which concluded today about various diseases.

Land-grabbers may become owners
Gurdaspur, July 8
Panchayat lands under private possession are likely to be transferred to lessees in possession of the land. Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, said about 12,000 acres of panchayat land in the state had been encroached upon by individuals.

Plot for Rs 6000 to each SC family
Ferozepore, July 8
The dream of more than 300 families belonging to Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and other poor sections of society living in slum areas of Fazilka town of this district of acquiring a house has at last, come true.

Rly platform for elderly sought
Bathinda, July 8
Mr Sadhu Ram Kushla, General Secretary, Public Grievances Association, said in a press note issued here today that the association had demanded more facilities for railway passengers, commuting from this junction.

SAD men sweep bank poll
Bathinda, July 8
The SAD swept the elections to the board of directors of Bathinda Cooperative Primary Agricultural Development Bank held today by winning all six seats. The SAD candidates won the Jhumbe, Mehma Sarja and Bandi seats unopposed.

Plan to eradicate rabies by 2020
Amritsar, July 8
The deadly disease of rabies has assumed an alarming proportion as more than 90 per cent cases of the world are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

56000 acres reclaimed
Gurdaspur, July 8
As much as 56000 acres waterlogged area in the Kahnuwan bet area from Pandori to Kot Mohammed Khan has been reclaimed for cultivation by the Drainage Department. Mr Kulbir Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, yesterday said that 65 drains had been identified in the area, which join the main Kahnuwan Swamp drain. The total length of drains in the area measures 200 km.

Two doctors booked
Phillaur, July 8
The Phillaur police has registered a case under Sections 304-A, IPC, against two doctors, Dr Karnail Singh and Mr Sukhdev Singh, of Apra village for negligence while treating a villager, Paramjit Singh, who later died at DMC, Ludhiana, on May 15.

Police action against Walia decried
Amritsar, July 8
An emergency meeting of the district unit of the Akali Dal (Walia group) was held here yesterday. The Civil Lines police was criticised for registering a case against its president, Mr Pardeep Singh Walia, allegedly without holding an inquiry.

Little TV buffs can suffer from epilepsy
Amritsar, July 8
Excessive television viewing can cause epilepsy among children. Neurologist Ashok Uppal told this to newsmen here on his return from London after attending a world congress of neurology. 

‘Cancelled’ note in circulation again?
Bathinda, July 8
“Cancelled” currency notes have been found in circulation again. Mr Jaswinder Singh, an employee of the GNDIP showing a currency note to The Tribune, said he had got the same in his pay packet.

Irregular water supply: villagers seek CM’s help
Moga, July 8
Residents of a number of villages in this district in a communication to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today sought his intervention in getting them regular supply of drinking water. 


BKU for action against farm input firm
Moga, July 8
Members of the Punjab unit of the Bhartiya Kisan Union in separate communications to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the Agriculture Minister, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, and the Director, Agriculture, Punjab, yesterday sought their intervention into a case of sale of substandard and spurious zirm (zinc), fertilizers, insecticides and agricultural medicines by Pawan Kumar, the proprietor of messers Mehar Chand Kanshiram of Moga.


Stone of rural water supply scheme laid
Patiala, July 8
The upper level of water in about 120 villages in Patiala, Ropar and Fatehgarh districts which is unsafe for drinking purposes is being made hygienic with the help of NABARD in collaboration with the Public Health Department, Punjab at an expense of Rs 21.58 crore.

‘Private parties not to get octroi posts’
Rajpura, July 8
The Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Mr Balramji Das Tandon said yesterday that octroi posts would not be given on a contract basis to private persons this year. Talking to mediapersons, while distributing cheques to farmers to compensate for loss suffered by them in the last paddy season, Mr Tandon said the step was being taken keeping the interest of people in mind.


Notice on meeting with VC ‘illegal’
Patiala, July 8
The Punjabi University Teachers Association faction led by Prof B.S. Khaira has termed a notice circulated by Mr Manjit Singh, president of another faction of PUTA, regarding the holding of a meeting of newly appointed teachers under the career advancement scheme with the Vice-Chancellor on July 9 as illegal.

PMET results within 10 hrs
Chandigarh, July 8
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences achieved a rare distinction by posting on its website ( the results of the PMET within 10 hours of the completion of the examination conducted simultaneously in six districts of Punjab yesterday.

DRDA to set up 27 computer centres
Bathinda, July 8
Rural youths in the district will no longer have to go to cities to learn computers as these will be available at their doorstemp, thanks to the new policy of the District Rural Development Authority under which it will set up computer training institutes in villages. 

Concessions for poor students
Amritsar, July 8
Guru Nanak Dev University here has offered incentives to the poor students for pursuing their higher education in its affiliated colleges.

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