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If Babbars had so much RDX, why didn’t they strike?
Chandigarh, July 8
Was it a war of succession within the organisation or the lack of motivation that prevented well-equipped and trained Babbars from striking in Punjab ?

Akali panchayat members join Congress
Qadian (Gurdaspur), July 8
The PWD Department has proposed a special scheme for improving linkage to the villages of martyrs. Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, Minister for PWD, Culture and Archives stated this here today.
Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, PWD Minister, Punjab, meets the SAD workers who joined the Congress at Balagam village on Friday.
Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, PWD Minister, Punjab, meets the SAD workers who joined the Congress at Balagam village on Friday. — Photo by Jangi

Police stations, govt offices submerged
Bathinda, July 8
Incessant rain across the Malwa region has submerged various police stations and government offices and paralysed normal life here.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Rain brings relief to farmers
Chandigarh, July 8
Moderate to heavy rainfall in the region has provided relief to farmers. After a gap of some years, the region has witnessed the arrival of a vigorous monsoon.

Get us freed, jailed Pakistanis to Pervez
Ludhiana, July 8
About 60 Pakistan citizens lodged in Amritsar Jail even after the expiry of their terms have allegedly become mental wrecks with the Pakistan government turning a deaf ear to their pitiable plight.

Release wrongly detained persons: rights forum
Chandigarh, July 8
The Punjab Rights Forum, a group of human rights bodies and associations, today demanded that wrongly detained persons be released from jails while a probe be conducted to find out how many unaccounted weapons and ammunition were lying with the Punjab Police officials.

Members of the Punjab Rights Forum on their way to present a memorandum to the Governor of Punjab regarding the violation of human rights in the state, in Chandigarh on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph
Members of the Punjab Rights Forum on their way to present a memorandum to the Governor of Punjab regarding the violation of human rights in the state, in Chandigarh on Friday.

‘Politics dominated by land mafia’
Jalandhar, July 8
Exhorting people to rise against their nearly 60-year-long “exploitation” by the two major political parties of Punjab, the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP), headed by former Union Minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, today cautioned them that over 95 per cent of Punjab’s politics had been usurped by land mafia, drug peddlers, smugglers and anti-social elements and common people were devoid of any say in any of the two political parties.

More stringent clauses added to Mann’s FIR
Amritsar, July 8
The Majitha police today added more stringent clauses in the FIR registered against Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar on the basis of his alleged “confessional speech” that he had supplied firearms to Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale during his tenure as SSP Faridkot.

High Court
Woman slaps husband in court, taken in police custody

Chandigarh, July 8
In a bizarre incident, a woman today slapped her estranged husband in a courtroom of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. At the time of the incident, the court was in session. The woman, Ms Vijay Bharti of Hoshiarpur, had filed a habeas corpus petition in the High Court, seeking the release of her minor child from the alleged illegal custody of her husband.


Activist moves NHRC against harassment by cops
Chandigarh, July 8
The wife of Mr Amrik Singh, who is fighting the cause of hundreds of persons who disappeared mysteriously after being allegedly picked up by the police during the days of terrorism in Punjab, has moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against alleged harassment by cops.

Nature and amusement park coming up
Chandigarh, July 8
Talwara in Hoshiarpur may not conjure up images of a swanky tourist locale but it may well turn into a new ‘hot spot’ of the region —courtesy a 60-acre nature and amusement park being developed by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) on the Talwara-Mukerian highway.

The unusual driftwood museum at the nature park on the Talwara-Mukerian highway.

The unusual driftwood museum at the nature park on the Talwara-Mukerian highway.

PAU experts for probe into cancer deaths
Ludhiana, July 8
The Punjab Agricultural University authorities have suggested to the state government to undertake indepth study of the causes of cancer deaths in some villages of Punjab and not to jump to the conclusion that these were caused due to the indiscriminate use of pesticides.

Set up national body for gurdwaras, says Jaswant Maan
Jalandhar, July 8
Blasting the two-nation theory propounded by certain political outfits in the country, the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal, headed by Mr Jaswant Singh Maan, has urged the Governments of India and Pakistan to undo Partition of the united India as it could bring permanent peace and prosperity to South Asia.

Kalkat to get Cabinet Minister status
Chandigarh, July 8
Dr G. S. Kalkat, who has been appointed Chairman of the Farmers Commission, Punjab, will be given the status of Cabinet Minister. He will get Rs 40,000 as salary per month. A notification regarding the terms of reference of the commission has been issued by the state government.

CPM protests against Indo-US defence pact
Amritsar, July 8
Activists of CPM protested against the signing of a 10-year defence pact with the USA, outside Hall Gate here today. They were carrying placards with slogans against the government move.

Sandhu is chief of Services Club
Amritsar, July 8
Even as the papers of Dr A.L. Adlakha were cancelled on “flimsy grounds”, Mr Sarbjit Singh Sandhu has been declared re-elected as president of the Pre-British time Services Club by the Assistant Returning Officer.


Welfare schemes transferred to panchayati bodies
Chandigarh, July 8
Some welfare schemes run by the Punjab Social Security Department have been transferred to panchayati raj institutions for implementation at the village level.

EOs asked to prepare master plans
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 8
Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, presiding over a monthly meeting of district officials today, directed Executive Officers of all municipal councils in the district to prepare master plans as well as required development projects to get adequate funds.


Seven-year-old raped, accused at large
Bathinda, July 8
A seven-year-old girl hailing from Khachra village was raped by her neighbour last evening. The accused has absconded.

ZP chairperson’s husband booked
Moga, July 8
Zila Parishad chairperson Bimal Kaur’s husband Mr Mehal Singh, his brother and another person have been booked for threatening a shopkeeper and trying to take over his plot.


MBBS students complain of improper marking
Patiala, July 8
MBBS students of the local Government Medical College have complained to the Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences against improper marking and urged him to get their MBBS (Final) Professional- Part 2 examination paper re-checked.

Board’s mistake puts student in dilemma
Patiala, July 8
The difference in the 8th standard result declared on the Internet and the detail marks card (DMC) has not only raised a question mark on the authenticity of the examination procedure of the Punjab School Education Board, but also put a question mark on the future of a student.

2-day fast by ETT teachers
Bathinda, July 8
Activists of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union will go on two-day fast in front of the residences of Cabinet ministers from tomorrow throughout the state in support of the regular appointment of 6,000 unemployed ETT teachers.

Counselling schedule for MBA/MCA
Amritsar, July 8
Counselling for all reserved categories for admission to the MBA/MCA five years integrated course being run by Guru Nanak Dev University will be held on July 13.

GND varsity results today
Amritsar, July 8
The results of the BA (Hons), English (Parts- I, II, III) and MA English (Part-II) examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University would be declared tomorrow.


Exporters assured of 4 per cent VAT
Phagwara, July 8
A delegation of exporters and industrial units led by Mr Gursharan Singh, president, Federation of Jalandhar Industrial and Traders Association, met a high-powered committee on VAT at Chandigarh today.


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