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Ludhiana Congmen rush to Delhi
To rally support for Amarinder
Chandigarh, July 9
The first batch of Congress leaders from the Ludhiana area today left for New Delhi to lobby for Capt Amarinder Singh, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. A Ludhiana-based senior Congress leader said mainly office-bearers of certain district units had gone to Delhi.

S.S. Johl to be Pbi varsity VC?
Chandigarh, July 9
Is the Punjab Government persuading Dr Sardara Singh Johl to take up the onerous task of steering Punjabi University, Patiala, out of its present mess till it finds an academic of repute to be its next full-time Vice-Chancellor?

PTU VC’s successor: panel violative of PTU Act
Jalandhar, July 9
Term of the Punjab Technical University Vice-Chancellor Dr H.S. Gurm expires on July 11. Dr Gurm was appointed Vice-Chancellor in July 2000. His term was extended by one year by the then SAD-BJP government as the Punjab Technical University Act-1996 specified that the term of the VC should be three years.

Gurdwara judicial panel was behind Tohra’s removal
Amritsar, July 9
The Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission, which controls the functioning and operation of the gurdwara management directly, and substantially, has been responsible for the unceremonious removal of the SGPC chief and Jathedar, Akal Takht, for political reasons in the past.







Parkash Singh Badal Book 4 Cong leaders on graft charges: Badal
Chandigarh, July 9
SAD president Parkash Singh Badal today described as shocking the statement of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh criticising transferred ADGP (Intelligence) A.P. Bhatnagar for making public the truth about the disappearance of over Rs 2 crore from bank lockers and for alleging that money had changed hands “at the highest level” in the jobs-for-cash scam.

Tangri’s citadel broken
Huge cache of arms, weapons seized
Ludhiana, July 9
The police raided the alleged illegal citadel of Shiv Sena (Rashtravadi) chief Jagdish Tangri this evening and seized a huge cache of arms, including sharp edged weapons, besides demolishing illegal structures and huge iron gates erected at the two entrance points of the market.

Water levels of dams falling
Chandigarh, July 9
Lack of rain and a sharp rise in the demand for power has taken a silent toll. Two of the three main water reservoirs in the region, the Pong dam and the Ranjit Sagar dam, have almost dried up thanks to a delayed monsoon and a lack of pre-monsoon showers in the region.

Randhawa remanded till July 12
Kharar, July 9
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today remanded Kulbir Singh Randhawa, a former member of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB), who was arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau yesterday, in police remand till July 12.

Jagman’s bail plea rejected again
Ropar, July 9
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, today rejected the bail application of Jagman Singh, a right-hand man of Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, suspended PPSC Chairman. Jagman Singh is now public approver.


Kidnapped girl recovered, 2 held
Amritsar, July 9
The sensational high-level drama regarding the kidnapping of a minor, a sixth standard student, was solved with the recovery of the girl, along with the arrest of her “kidnappers”, by the Tarn Taran police.

Anti-encroachment campaign shelved
Gurdaspur, July 9
The joint anti-encroachment campaign by the traffic police and the municipal committee has been shelved. At a meeting held yesterday, SP (headquarters) R.K. Jaswal and MC executive officer Vijay Kumar Sharma blamed each other for shelving of the campaign.

65-year-old Bachan Singh, a farmer of Gidder village, near Bathinda, shows the state of his paddy field, which has dried up due to insufficient water supply. — Tribune photo

Drive against corruption: Beopar Mandal backs CM
Abohar, July 9
Mr Madan Lal Kapoor, president of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal said that a trader helping the Vigilance Department catch red-handed a gazetted officer taking bribe would be given cash reward of Rs 25000 and an appreciation letter by the mandal.

Officials of Revenue Dept strike work
Nawanshahr, July 9
The officials of the Revenue Department of the district, today observed a strike in protest against the “unjustified and humiliating raids” being conducted by the Vigilance Department. 

Abohar MC chief indicted
Abohar, July 9
Mr Babu Ram Arya, president, and Mr Harbhajan Singh, former Executive Officer, respectively, of the municipal council here have reportedly been indicted for tempering the minutes’ book of the council. An inquiry report had been submitted to the Director, Local Government, in June in this regard.

PSEB employees protest against Budget proposals
Patiala, July 9
Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and the Punjab Kirti Dal, led by Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, former MP and president of the Punjab State Services Federation, held a dharna outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner(DC) here today to protest against the state Budget proposals.

PWHC Manager arrested
Abohar, July 9
Baljit Singh Jakhar, Manager, Punjab Warehousing Corporation (PWHC) here, was arrested yesterday in connection with siphoning off wheat from the Kandhwala road godown here. He was remanded in police custody for further interrogation.

‘No’ injury marks on prisoner’s body
Faridkot, July 9
The preliminary postmortem examination report of Binder Singh, an inmate of the district jail, Bathinda, who died at the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital under mysterious circumstances in the wee hours yesterday has revealed that there were no injury marks on the body.

‘Unfair’ allotment of petrol stations
Bathinda, July 9
Mr Narinder Kumar Gupta of Rampura Phul has urged the Director of the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the allotment of petrol stations and gas agencies in the district last year.


PSEB decision on RTP schools opposed
Ropar, July 9
The Ropar Thermal Plant unit of the Employees Federation of the PSEB today opposed the proposed move of the board to hand over two schools and dispensaries of the RTP to the government.


Bid to loot petrol station, 3 held
Bathinda, July 9
A bid to loot a petrol station in Kotshamir village was foiled with the arrest of three youths Jagdev Singh, Balwant Singh and Sadhu Ram. Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP at a press conference today, said the three were arrested following a tip-off regarding their activities.

Five arrested for computer thefts
Bathinda, July 9
The district police has achieved a major breakthrough in the computer theft cases, which took place in the city, by arresting five members of a gang, who later on shifted from thefts to contract killings.

A gang which indulged in theft, dacoity, chain-snatching and "supari" killings, nabbed by the police at Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Boy helps father kill mother
Abohar, July 9
In a bizare incident, a 16-year-old boy, Ved Kumar, allegedly helped his father kill his mother. According to information received from Lalgarh Jatan police station in Sriganganagar district, the body of Bhagwanti (40) was found in a pool of blood at her residence at Kheechrianwali village this morning.

Couple sentenced for killing sow
Patiala, July 9
In an important development which is likely to further the cause of preventing cruelty to animals, a local court today sentenced a couple to three years of imprisonment each besides levelling a fine of Rs 50 each on them for killing a sow in March this year.

Fake cheque, degree racket busted
Malerkotla, July 9
The police today busted a racket of fake degrees, driving licences, passports and cheques with the arrest of two persons.

Man kills wife’s paramour, self
Fazilka, July 9
A middle-aged man reportedly committed suicide after allegedly killing his wife’s paramour at Halimwala village of the subdivision yesterday.


PTU urged to upgrade syllabi
Chandigarh, July 9
The Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association has urged Punjab Technical University (PTU) to upgradate the syllabi for various degree courses. The association has demanded that only relevant chapters of various subjects should be retained and others slashed.

Teachers seek cancellation of FIR
Ropar, July 9
Describing the manhandling of Dr Malti Batra, District Education Officer (Primary), in her office here on July 6 allegedly by leaders of the district unit of the Government Teachers’ Union, Punjab, as a “fabricated” story, the Union leaders, including Mr Sucha Singh Khatra, state general secretary of the union have demanded the cancellation of the FIR registered against them.

Panel for SCs pulls up DPI
Abohar, July 9
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes has censured the DPI (P), Punjab, for its indifferent attitude towards complaints against officers.


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