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12 missing family members still untraced
Jandiala Guru (Amritsar), July 14
Mysterious disappearance of 12 members of a family after scribbling suicide note on walls of the house has become a headache for the police.

Dullo, CM assure support to each other
Chandigarh, July 14
Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh and the new President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, today met for an hour at the official residence of, Mrs Praneet Kaur, Member of the Lok Sabha, in Lodhi Estate at Delhi. Mrs Praneet Kaur is the wife of Capt Amarinder Singh.

Dullo as PPCC chief will not be of help to Dalits: CPI
Leaders felicitate Dullo

Use of infrastructure by illegal colony resented
Gurdaspur, July 14
Illegal colonies are coming up openly in the district. So blatant is the violation of norms that at some places, illegal colonies are being built very close to improvement trust colonies.
An illegal colony coming up close to the Improvement Trust Colony in Gurdaspur
An illegal colony coming up close to the Improvement Trust Colony in Gurdaspur.
— Photo by Jangi



Release of Sikh from Lahore jail in Aug likely
Amritsar, July 14
Sarabjit Singh, a Sikh youth, who has been languishing in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore for the past 15 years under mistaken identity, is likely to be released in August this year. Advocate Rana Abdul Hameed, who is fighting his case in the Pakistan Supreme Court, gave this information on the telephone to the Sarabjit’s sister, Ms Dalbir Kaur.

SDM orders closure of Red Cross medical shop
Abohar, July 14
SDM Jaskiran Singh, assisted by SHO of the city police station, visited the 100-bedded Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here today and ordered the closure of the Red Cross medical shop till further orders. 

Mann writes to CJ on allegations by DGP
Amritsar, July 14
In response to allegations levelled by Punjab DGP S.S. Virk against Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Mann has shot a letter to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court through Sub Divisional Magistrate, Baba Bakala, fearing its repercussions on his case.


SGPC chief writes to Blair on Sikhs’ security
Amritsar July 14
The SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, yesterday wrote to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, for security of Sikhs and gurdwaras located there. Condemning the dastardly bomb blasts in London, she stated that terrorism was becoming a global menace and each country should raise its voice against it.

Punjabi music charms Denmark singer
Hoshiarpur, July 14
Charm of Punjabi music gripped Anita Lerche, a Denmark-based accomplished singer and actress, so much during her two weeks’ trekking expedition in Parvati valley of Himachal, that she has learning Punjabi, and is working overtime to give practical shape to her dream of cutting a peppy a Punjabi album.

SBP staff stages protest
Patiala, July 14
Employees of the State Bank of Patiala today hold a massive demonstration in front of local head office of State Bank of Patiala, against the alleged indifferent attitude of bank’s management towards the demands of the employees.

PSEB accepts demand about daily wagers
Ropar, July 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board has accepted the demand of the Punjab Power Employees Federation that the daily wagers working in the thermal plants, Ropar, for more than two years be given designation.

Water treatment plants for Amritsar
Amritsar, July 14
Three water treatment plants will be installed across the city to treat sewerage water, according to Prof Darbari Lal, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

Panel to preserve Golden Temple to be set up
Amritsar, July 14
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today decided to constitute a committee comprising archaeologists and experts to preserve Sri Harmander Sahib and other buildings in its vicinity.

Forward Bloc against change of name
Ropar, July 14
All-India Forward Bloc today protested change in name of the Netaji Subhash Chander Bose Sports Authority of India, North Centre, situated in Chandigarh to Chowdhary Devi Lal Sports Authority of India.

Boycott of Dalits ends
Bathinda, July 14
The social boycott of Dalits started by landlords of jangirana village came to an end after a day today. The two parties reached a compromise through a committee formed to resolve the issue.


Selection of three lecturers set aside
Chandigarh, July 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has set aside the selection of three lecturers in the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies by Punjabi University, Patiala. A selection committee had finalised the selections on October 9, 2002.

Notice issued on married couple’s plea
Chandigarh, July 14
Mr Justice Rajive Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion for September 12 on a petition filed by Ms Prabhjot Kaur and her husband, Paramjot Singh. The petitioners claim to have married against the wishes of the respondents, who are the family members of the girl.

Lawyers oppose move to amend CrPC
Ropar, July 14
Acting on a call given by the Bar Council of India, members of the local District Bar Association today observed a protest against the proposed amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code without interrupting the court work.


2 eunuchs killed at dera, murderer surrenders
Abohar, July 14
Rajpura-born eunuch Basanti Sharma, who had drawn attention of the Media on her election as councillor in 1995, was stabbed to death at her dera this morning. The attacker also killed Kali, a eunuch from Nabha.

Tiger skins, skulls found in ragpicker’s house
Jalandhar, July 14
In an unusual incident, two skins and two skulls, suspected to be of tigers, were allegedly recovered from the house of a rag-picker who was arrested by the Jalandhar police tonight. After landing in the police dragnet, the ragpicker, identified as Hans Raj (40) and a resident of Shahid Babu Labh Singh Nagar, has come out with a strange explanation that he had stumbled upon the skins and skulls about six months ago while he was picking rags and plastic bags from the local Sheikhan bazar. The recovery, according to Mr Opinderjit Singh Ghumman, SP, was made on the basis of specific information that Hans Raj was in possession of two tiger skins and skulls.

Suspected tiger skins and skulls found in a ragpicker’s house in Jalandhar on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Suspected tiger skins and skulls found in a ragpicker’s house in Jalandhar on Thursday

Passersby become victim of group clash; one killed
Barnala, July 14
One student was killed and five others were injured in a brawl of two groups near S.D. College, Barnala railway crossing, here today.

1,860 kg of poppy husk seized
Jalandhar, July 14
Securing a big catch, the Phillaur police seized 62 sacks (1860 kg) of poppy husk during a naka laid by a police party led by SHO Jaskiranjit Singh on the Sutlej bridge here today.

Market Committee official caught taking bribe
Rajpura, July 14
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau caught a secretary of the Market Committee, Rajpura, red handed while he was allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a contractor of the local vegetable market, this afternoon.

Police inaction alleged in fraud case
Gurdaspur, July 14
The police role in the alleged property fraud case in Pathankot has raised many eyebrows. Sources available here said Harbhajan Kaur, wife of Gurdev Singh, allegedly sold the property of her husband on the basis of fake power of attorney.

‘Personal assistant’ of MP arrested
Gurdaspur, July 14
The police has arrested Ranjot Singh on the charge of posing as personal assistant to the Rajya Sabha member from the area, Mr Ashwani Kumar, and preparing fake birth certificates of non-resident Indians.


Lack of facilities in schools worries Atwal
Nawanshahr, July 14
Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, expressed concern over the poor infrastructure facilities and shortage of staff in the government primary schools and stressed efforts by political and social leaders for improvement in the functioning of schools.

Unemployed teachers hold protest
Faridkot, July 14
On a call given by its state body, over 300 unemployed ETT teachers wearing black robes, chaining their bodies and carrying playcards held a protest march through the main streets of the town here today to express their resentment against the detention of their nearly 150 colleagues under false and fabricated cases in Ludhiana on July 9. The agitators raised anti-government slogans on the occasion.

Students upset over clash in dates
Patiala, July 14
The clash of the counselling dates of Panjab University (PU) Chandigarh and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, have put a question mark on the future of many medical students.


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