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Vigilance drops raid at Badal’s official residence
Chandigarh, July 29
The official residence of Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal in Sector 2 was left untouched as the extended deadline for the Punjab Vigilance Bureau to complete the search and assessment of all 13 properties belonging to or used by the Badals ended today.

Khalra case key witness held for rape
Patiala, July 29
The police here has arrested human rights activist Kirpal Singh Randhawa, prime witness in the case of disappearance of Amritsar-based activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, on the charge of raping a 28-year-old woman.

Tohra against political vendetta
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 29
The government should not adopt the path of confrontation, repression and vendetta to finish its political opponents rather it should work for the welfare of every section of the society.

Raghbir SinghUpset SGPC official goes on leave in protest
Amritsar, July 29
Agitated over the “attitude” of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief, Mr Raghbir Singh, SGPC Additional Secretary proceeded on leave in protest today.

Raghbir Singh, additional secretary-cum-PA to the SGPC chief, who proceeded on leave in protest after he was shifted to the Dharam Parchar Committee on Tuesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

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Bureaucrats misled govt, say PCMS doctors 
Ludhiana, July 29
Responding to the call given by the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association, doctors of the district observed a dharna led by state unit President, Dr Hardeep Singh ,at Civil Surgeon’s Office here.

Hanspal justifies step on doctors’ allowance
SAS Nagar, July 29
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President, Mr H.S. Hanspal, tonight justified the decision of the government on the withdrawal of the non-practising allowance (NPA) of doctors. He said earlier they were getting the allowance but were including in private practice secretly. And now they could do it openly.

Couple seek quashing of FIR
Chandigarh, July 29
You would have dismissed it as just another script fit for a soap opera. A Muslim boy falls in love with an Arya Samajist girl. The two even tie the knot. But a social worker, unhappy with the match, misuses some documents to file a complaint before the Human Rights Commission alleging marriage with a minor.

Varsity don charged with sexual harassment
Amritsar, July 29
The Department of Physical Education, Guru Nanak Dev University, once again has come under a cloud due to a tussle between Department’s head Dr Daljinder Singh Kahlon and Ms Anita Tamarkar, a lecturer.


Anti-corruption drive to defame Akalis: Badal
Tarn Taran, July 29
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief and the former Chief Minister, Punjab, has called the anti-corruption drive of the Punjab Government an act to defame the SAD and to take advantage of this fact in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. He said all cases registered against him, his family members and other Akali leaders were false.

SAD alleges messing up of economy
Patiala, July 29
The Shiromani Akali Dal today accused the Congress government of mismanaging the economy of the state claiming that agriculture and industry — mainstay of the economy — were showing negative growth. Even sales tax and excise collections had fallen.

Mann flays Badal for writing letters
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 29
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann , President of the SAD (A), has criticised the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal , for writing letters to the MPs.

Cong has failed Punjab: CPI
Chandigarh, July 29
In a review of the performance of the Congress Government the Punjab state council of the CPI today pronounced that the state had abdicated its basic responsibility of providing social and economic services to the people.


Akal Takht calls meeting on Romana’s removal
Amritsar, July 29
Taking exception to the removal of Mr Mohinder Singh Romana as president, Gurdwara Management Committee Takht Patna Sahib in violation of Akal Takht directive, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti has convened an emergency meeting here on August 5.

Sub-Inspector beaten up by DSP, SHO
Tarn Taran, July 29
Ms Balwinder Kaur, wife of Mr Jasbir Singh, a Sub-Inspector posted at Goindwal police station, in letter to the Chairman, Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), has sought legal action against the DSP and the SHO who allegedly beat up her husband.

Attack on priest; SHO sent to police lines
Hoshiarpur, July 29
Sita Ram, a priest and five others — Devinder Singh, Bhajan Singh, Devinder Singh, Mohinder Singh and Balbir Singh— were seriously injured when a group of about 40 persons led by Chatter Bhuj, a former priest of the village temple, assaulted them at Baba Dhian Dass temple at Binjon village near Kot Fathui ( Mahilpur ) yesterday. The injured were admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

Streetlights missing due to admn’s ‘indifference’
Ferozepore, July 29
More than a dozen sodium vapour lamps, which were installed along the G.T. Road from octroi post number 7 to the Faridkot Road chowk during 2000 are reportedly missing, allegedly due to lack of concern on part of the district authorities.

Board members take oath
Chandigarh, July 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed members of the Punjab State Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSSB).

CM meets Gehlot, Jakhar today
Abohar, July 29
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh are expected to discuss some important issues of common interest during their visit to Ferozepore tomorrow. They will be joined meeting by Mr Balram Jakhar, former Lok Sabha Speaker and chairman of the farmers and labour wing of the AICC.

Manjit Kaur, who has no money for kidney transplant, with her children.Widow with damaged kidney appeals for help
Patiala, July 29
A poor widow and nowhere to go, 40-year-old Manjit Kaur has now appealed to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to come to her aid. Manjit, who has a damaged kidney, claims she has no money for the dialysis treatment and for the subsequent kidney transplant, if she is ever to live a full life again.

Manjit Kaur, who has no money for kidney transplant, with her children.

Disowned old man’s body lies unclaimed
Abohar, July 29
The body of an old man remained unclaimed for more than six hours at the checkpost of the market committee here today. Ants had started damaging the body by the time the police arrived.

Woman hit by train, dies
Bathinda, July 29
An unidentified woman died after she was hit by a train on the Bathinda-Ferozepore rail section late last night. She was immediately taken to the local Civil Hospital by volunteers of Sahara Jan Sewa, where she was declared brought dead by doctors.


High Court
Order stayed
Chandigarh, July 29
In a petition filed before the high court, Private Secretary to Punjabi University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor Pankaj Jain today alleged that he was being victimised.

Police remand for MLA
Kharar, July 29
Mrs Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate, today remanded Mr Jagdeep Singh Nakai, SAD MLA from Joga and former Chairman of Milkfed, who was arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau yesterday, in police remand till July 31.


Pesticides exempted from sales tax
Chandigarh, July 29
The Punjab Council of Ministers today exempted pesticides from sales tax. An official statement said that the Council of Ministers, which met today, approved the reduction of sales tax on pesticides from existing 4 per cent to nil.


BJP leader hurt in robbery
Phagwara, July 29
BJP leader and former Vice-President, Nagar Council, Phagwara, Ram Saroop Arora was seriously injured after he was attacked by robbers at his Model Town residence in the wee hours today.

3 undertrials escape, cops suspended
Ferozepore, July 29
Three undertrials lodged in the Central Jail here in different cases of theft, escaped after breaking bars of the judicial bashikhana, the room where the prisoners are kept during the court hearings.


Students’ union demands action against cop
Barnala, July 29
Condemning the thrashing up of students of R.S.D. College, Ferozepore City, by Mr Satnam Singh, SHO, City Police Station, Ferozepore, the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU) today demanded the dismissal of the SHO and the registration of a case against him for violation of human rights.

Varsity teachers seek action against Pro-VC
Patiala, July 29
The Teachers United Front (TUF) of Punjabi University today appealed to the varsity Chancellor and Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), to take action against the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, for “holding a political meeting and press conference of BJP state president Brij Pal Rinwa” at his official residence.

Non-teaching staff reinstated
Chandigarh, July 29
The Department of School Education, Punjab, has reinstated members of the non-teaching staff of Government Senior Secondary School, Rattewal, Nawanshahr, who had been suspended along with the teaching staff for the alleged “absence from duty” on a day when the school was closed.Top

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