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CM defends revamp of gurdwara judicial panel
Ludhiana, July 8
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that he regarded Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra and Mr Parkash Singh Badal on a par as far as political differences were concerned. “In fact, Mr Tohra is my (political) enemy number one...as I have a lot of ideological differences with him,” the Chief Minister clarified at a press conference here.

Counsel can meet Pritpal 4 times a day

Court notice against Langah

Langah declared PO

PAU denies seizure of documents
Ludhiana, July 8
Punjab Agricultural University here has denied a press report that the local and state Vigilance officers along with some government officials from Chandigarh visited the university and seized certain documents on July 5, 2002.

Closure of 2 IT institutes: decision on July 11
Patiala, July 8
A decision on the fate of the two Information Technology institutes in private sector opened during the tenure of former Vice-Chancellor Punjabi University, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia here, and at the varsity’s Regional Centre at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district will be taken on July 11 with Acting Vice-Chancellor N S Rattan intervening following uncertainty over the holding of a meeting by a select Committee appointed by him on the issue.



Migrant families from Pakistan have been coming to India regularly over the past 50 years, looking to rebuild and start life afresh.
(28k, 56k)
Today we bring you a story of a humble cloth-tailor, Pawan Kailey, who for his extraordinary designing and stitching feats, is on his way to a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
(28k, 56k)

PSEB releases 10,000 power connections
Patiala, July 8
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to release 10,000 new agricultural power connections during the current financial year against all test reports pending for more than 10 years.

4-laning of Jalandhar-Amritsar NH sought
New Delhi, July 8
Mr Ashwani Kumar, a Congress MP from Punjab, has urged Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to expedite the four-laning of the national highway between Jalandhar and Amritsar.

Jail inmate dies under mysterious circumstances
Faridkot, July 8
An inmate of Bathinda district jail died under mysterious circumstances at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital here today. He has been identified as Binder Singh (35), a resident of Jhunir village in Bathinda district.

State HQ of Lashkar busted
Batala, July 8
The police today claimed to have busted “the state headquarters’’ of the Lashkar-e-Toiba with the arrest of Noor Mohammed who has settled here.
The arrest was made following the interrogation of Abdul Mohammed who was arrested a few days ago by the Ludhiana police.


IMA assured of probe before booking docs
Bathinda, July 8
Dr R.C. Garg, state president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), has said before the registration of a criminal case against a private doctor regarding the death of a patient due to alleged negligence of the doctor, the authorities would hold a thorough enquiry.

Eroded bundhs guard Patiala
Patiala, July 8
News of rain always scares Patialvis and this time, too, the district administration is ill-prepared to combat floods originating upstream Badi Nadi. The bundh on the river has still not been strengthened and the Mirzapur headwork has still no batten placed in it.

A farmer with his bullock cart moves along the Indo-Pak border fence
A farmer with his bullock cart moves along the Indo-Pak border fence near Amritsar on Monday. He has agricultural land beyond the fence. — PTI photo

70 eucalyptus trees felled to widen road
Jalandhar, July 8
The city has lost one of its few green belts with the felling of about 70 eucalyptus trees along the BSF chowk and Khalsa College level-crossing.
The city is already bereft of green patches.

SGPC member’s plea on passport
Notice issued for July 15
Chandigarh, July 8
Taking up a petition filed by SGPC member Hardeep Singh seeking directions to the Union of India and other respondents for the issuance of passport to him, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for July 15.

Common Cause issues notice to Chief Secretary
Chandigarh, July 8
Common Cause Forum — a social organisation which had filed two petitions in the PPSC recruitment scam — has issued a notice to Punjab Chief Secretary and the Home Secretary seeking information pertaining to the alleged scandal.

Judicial posting
Chandigarh, July 8
Jalandhar’s District and Sessions Judge M.M. Aggarwal is likely to be appointed as Punjab’s Legal Remembrancer. The post fell vacant after the elevation of Mr Justice S.S. Grewal as a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Remand of PA to board’s vice-chief extended
Kharar, July 8
Mr Roshan Lal Chauhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today extended till July 13, the police remand of Amar Singh, PA to the vice-chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, who was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau on July 2 in connection with the recruitment of 134 clerks.

Cooperative bank staff hold rally
Patiala, July 8
On a call given by the Cooperative Bank Employees Federation, Punjab, employees of the Patiala Central Cooperative Bank held a demonstration in protest against “anti-employee” proposals in the state budget and the reported directive of the government regarding pay scales and allowances of public sector units.

Protest rally by bank staff
Bathinda, July 8
Employees of Bathinda Central Cooperative Bank held a rally today to express their resentment against the decision of the state government to bring them on a par with the state government employees. Claiming that they were not the employees of the state government, they shouted slogans against authorities concerned.

PSEB staff puts off strike
Patiala, July 8
Following a meeting between the Punjab State Electricity Board management and the PSEB Employees Struggle Committee, Employees Federation and Punjab Raj Bijli Mazdoor Sangh yesterday, the employees unions have postponed their strike call for July 9.

Now, disabled by lack of grant
Jodhpur Ramana (Bathinda), July 8
Despite her physical handicap and limited means, she has appeared in the B.A. (II), exams conducted by Punjabi University, Patiala. She writes using her toes. Now she finds it extremely difficult to continue her studies. Kamaljit Kaur (23) who was born in a Scheduled Caste family, was incapacitated by polio which stuck her at the age of five. The disease affected her arms.


9 IAS, 31 PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, July 8
In yet another administrative reshuffle, the Punjab Government tonight ordered transfer and fresh posting of nine IAS and 31 PCS officers. Those transferred and given fresh posting are:

Wildlife to be separate Department
Chandigarh, July 8
There will no merger of the Wildlife Department into the Forest Department in Punjab. This was stated here today by Mr S.K. Sinha, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister. The Wildlife Department is with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


Bank Manager, others booked for fraud
Bathinda, July 8
A criminal case has been registered against Bhadur Singh Chahal, Manager of the State Bank of Patiala, Ralla branch in Mansa district, patwaris Nirmal Singh and Jagjit Singh, Sharif Mohammad, Major Singh, Nambardar, and Niranjan Singh and Gurbaksh Singh for their alleged involvement in taking a loan from the bank against the documents of a peace of land which did not belong to them and was transferred in the name of Niranjan Singh by forging revenue records.

Six arrested for stealing vehicles
Jalandhar, July 8
The district police has arrested eight persons and recovered stolen vehicles and other valuable goods from their possession. Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, SSP, said here today following a tip off yesterday, a special police party laid a naka at the railway crossing, near Mota Singh Nagar locality, and intercepted a car.

Two murdered in Moga district
Moga, July 8
Two persons including a woman, were murdered in two incidents in Moga last night.
A report said Tirlok Singh Bedi a partner of Rattan Cinema, was allegedly murdered with sharp-edged weapons. The assistants also took away gold ornaments and currency notes from his room.

Charges against youth Akali leader
Moga, July 8
Charges were framed against youth wing leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Nadharak Singh Brar, by a local court today in a case pertaining to the theft of some question papers of Panjab University, Chandigarh, committed by the accused 12 years ago.


Engg institute at Sangrur
Chandigarh, July 8
To give mpetus to technical education in the backward Malwa region of Punjab and to enable students of the area to get hi-tech education in the field of engineering and technology, Bhai Gurdas Group of Technical institutions has set up the Institute of Engineering and Technology at Sangrur affiliated to Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.


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