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UN takes up turban issue with French govt
Amritsar, July 1
In a significant development, the United Nations has taken up the issue of banning turban by the Government of France, imposed on schoolchildren by enacting the school scarf ban law.

Stop interfering with SGPC poll,
Badal tells CM

Moga, July 1
A former Chief Minister and SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was interfering with the SGPC elections at the behest of the Congress chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi. Mr Badal said this at Badhani Kalan, 20 km from here.

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Yet another DGP retires in Punjab
Chandigarh, July 1
Two of country's seniormost bureaucrats -- Mr Nripinder Nath Khanna (IAS) and Mr Jarnail Singh Chahal (IPS) -- belonging to Punjab cadre retired yesterday. Mr Chahal belonged to the 1965 batch and was the seniormost police officer in the country.

Bureaucracy blamed for financial losses
Chandigarh, July 1
This is official. The Principal Accountant-General (Audit) records in the CAG’s revenue receipts report ending March 31, 2003, that Administrative Secretaries and heads of departments do not ensure timely action on audit inspection reports or paragraphs.




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Gurmeet implicated under Badal’s pressure: mother
Kolianwali (Muktsar), July 1
Family members of murdered Congress worker Gurbachan Singh, alias Sharda Singh, of Kolianwali village in Muktsar district have alleged that they have not only been denied justice but Gurmeet Singh has also been falsely implicated in the case for killing his father.

Villagers rejoice at Malhi’s win in Canada
Moga, July 1
Residents of Chuga Kalan village, 15 km from here, are jubilant as a son of the soil (village) Mr Gurbax Malhi has become an MP in Canada for the fourth time, a rare distinction. In the recently held elections, the first turbaned MP of Canada, Mr Malhi defeated Mr Raminder Gill, a minister in Ontario province’s government.

5 die, 3 hurt in accident
Sangrur, July 1
Five pilgrims were killed on the spot while three others were injured when their Tata Sumo, in which they were travelling, and a truck-trailer collided at Mehlan Chowk village, about 10 km from here, today. The Tata Sumo was on its way to Anandpur Sahib from Mansa while the truck-trailer was going from Sangrur side towards Patran. The deceased have been identified as Darshan Singh, a Patwari posted in Satoj Circle (near Sunam) and a resident of Mansa, his wife Ranjit Kaur, his brother Harbans Singh, his wife’s relative Shammi and an assistant driver of the vehicle Tara Singh. Gurinder Singh, Kuldip Singh, a relative of Darshan Singh’s wife, and Gursewak Singh, driver of the Tata Sumo, suffered injuries. — TNS


COMMUNITY

Police creates legal awareness park
Patiala, July 1
The Punjab police may be known for its roughshod ways, but the Patiala police is trying to make amends, with the creation of a legal awareness park in its police complex in the Baradari Gardens in the city.

Indian and Pakistani artists jointly perform the play Agnikund
Indian and Pakistani artists jointly perform the play Agnikund, in Amritsar on Wednesday. PTI

Opium shortage hits patients
Sangrur, July 1
The number of registered persons who receive opium has reduced to 17 from 39 due to the death of the patients or other reasons during the past 10 years in Sangrur district. Out of these 17 licence-holders five could not get their quota of opium for June due to its shortage. Out of these 17 patients, Dalip Singh of Gujran village gets 35 grams of opium per month, Harchand Singh of Kanoi village gets 20 grams.

Pingalwara’s land grabbed by woman
Amritsar, July 1
The All-India Pingalwara Memorial Society — a home for the destitutes – has allegedly been deprived of the property worth lakhs of rupees, bequeathed to it by heirless couple .

PCMS panel demands release of seniority list
Hoshiarpur, July 1
A deputation of the senior Punjab Medical Services Association called upon the Secretary Health-cum-Managing Director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation in Chandigarh under the Chairmanship of its president, Dr Hardev Singh, Civil Surgeon Patiala.

Closure of passport office draws flak
Amritsar, July 1
The closure of the passport office here has come in for flak from various quarters. The flow of international tourists to the city is likely to be affected, say the critics of the decision. They have decried the silence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose hometown is Amritsar, on the issue.

Engineers plan mass casual leave today
Mohali, July 1
Government engineers have decided to proceed on mass casual leave tomorrow to protest against the Vigilance Bureau’s alleged highhandedness in dealing with the engineers arrested in the bitumen scam.

Power cuts: BJP wants PSEB chief to quit
Sangrur, July 1
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Sangrur district unit today demanded the resignation of the Chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board for announced power cuts for the past several days by the PSEB. This has led to major power crisis in rural and urban areas of the state,

Jan Seva helps 12 destitutes
Bathinda, July 1
More than 12 destitutes who have been suffering from various kinds of psychological disorders were given bath by volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva, a non-governmental organisation, today to save them from the sunstroke.

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Relatives of Prisoners of War in Pakistan hopeful of their return.
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COURTS

High Court
Notice issued to Centre on Akali leaders' petitions

Chandigarh, July 1
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to the Government of India, the Punjab Government and other respondents on petitions filed by three Shiromani Akali Dal leaders.

Quash proceedings of Ropar court, Badals urge HC
Chandigarh, July 1
Former Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal, his son and Lok Sabha member Sukhbir Badal, former ministers Tota Singh and Sohan Singh Thandal today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the power of the Special Judge, Ropar, S.K. Goel in hearing the disproportionate assets cases involving them.

Police remand of ex-minister’s PA extended
Phagwara, July 1
Police remand of Sodhi Ram, a former PA of a former Punjab Minister and senior BJP leader Mr Swarna Ram, was extended today for five days. He was produced in a court here which extended the police remand.

AGRICULTURE

 
Farmers demand water, stage dharna
Amritsar, July 1
On the call of the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Punjab, hundreds of farmers today held a dharna in front of the office of the Chief Engineer Canal and Irrigation Department here. 


Farmers from border villages of Punjab sit on a dharna in Amritsar on Thursday. — PTI photo
Farmers from border villages of Punjab sit on a dharna in Amritsar on Thursday.

 

ADMINISTRATION

SHO suspended for detaining BJP leader
Jalandhar, July 1
In a case of alleged high-handedness, the SHO of Division No. 4 police station beat up the General Secretary of the Punjab unit of the BJP and senior Dalit leader, Mr Vijay Sampla, inside the police station late last night and illegally detained him for about five hours.

MC earmarks Rs 1 crore for development
Moga, July 1
The Municipal Council (MC) at a meeting here on Tuesday approved Rs 1 crore for development works in the city. It also decided to engage an advocate for the case of octroi with Nestle India.

Councillor removed
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 1
The Department of Local Government, Punjab, has removed Mr Ashok Kumar Sood, councillor and former president of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, from the membership of the council with immediate effect and debarred him from contesting the elections of the MC for a period of five years.

Show-cause notices to 3 MC officials
Amritsar, July 1
Three Municipal Corporation (MC) officials were served show-cause notices and asked to submit their replies within a week, following allegations of negligence in the performance of their duties.

New DTO takes charge
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 1
Mr Mukand Singh Sandhu took the charge of the DTO here. He was earlier the DTO, Ludhiana. He replaced Mr Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa, who was holding additional charge.

CRIME

Kharar village violence: 5 held
Kharar, July 1
Five persons were arrested today in connection with an incident of violence involving members of two communities in Sahora village, near here, yesterday. They had been booked on charges of rioting, armed with deadly weapons, voluntarily causing hurt and house trespass.

EDUCATION

NCERT fails to clarify on errors in biology books
Bathinda, July 1
If you can’t convince anyone, confuse him. The National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi, seems to have adopted this strategy while answering some queries made regarding factual mistakes made in its Biology textbook for Class XI.

PTU not to admit students to MBA: VC
Jalandhar, July 1
After running the first batch of MBA (international business) for a year, Punjab Technical University has decided not to hold any fresh admissions to the two-year specialised degree programme for the new academic session.

SGPC colleges’ staff await salaries
Chandigarh, July 1
“The days are not far when we will witness employees committing suicides like farmers”, Mr Aminderpal Singh says while describing “tough times” being faced by most employees, including teachers, in the SGPC-run colleges in Punjab.

GND varsity releases admission schedule
Amritsar, July 1
Guru Nanak Dev University today released admission schedule for B.Ed, M.Ed and PGDCA (teaching) courses in its affiliated colleges for the academic session 2004-05.

B.Ed degree holders threaten to oppose Cong
Bathinda, July 1
Members of the B.Ed Berozgar Adhiyapak Front today threatened to oppose Congress candidates in the byelections for three Assembly seats as the state government had failed to implement already accepted demands.

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