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Bibi Jagir Kaur fails to deposit
Rs 3 crore

Amritsar, July 21
Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC chief, who was directed by the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission to deposit Rs 3 crore from her own pocket by 4 p.m. today in a local bank, failed to meet the onerous condition.

2 more pleas filed against Jagir Kaur, others
Amritsar, July 21
Two more petitions were filed before the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission against Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC President, and others here today.

With poll drawing near, it’s time to praise party workers
Chandigarh, July 21
As the Assembly elections in Punjab draw near, the ruling Congress has started focussing on its workers. At yesterday’s function, top leaders of the Congress did not forget to make a laudatory mention of the workers and their role in the formation of the government.

Dullo satisfied with govt’s work
Jalandhar, July 21
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Shamsher Singh Dullo, has sought to indicate that he was a “no-nonsense” party chief, and would give utmost importance to the performance of the government, and would keep apprising the party high command about it regularly in the days to come.

Snag in plane leaves 268 passengers stranded
Amritsar, July 21
Inept handling of a snag by the fire fighting staff at Rajasansi International Airport proved a bitter experience for 268 passengers of Air-India’s Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight at Rajasansi International Airport here.

Shops at the Ferozepore Railway station shut down.
(28k, 56k)

Fatehgarh Sahib



Punjab needs Rs 3,000 cr for potable water, sewerage
Chandigarh, July 21
Punjab, already facing a major challenge in coping with rapid urbanisation, needs a whopping Rs 3,000 crore just to provide clean drinking water and sewerage in the urban areas.

Malta boat tragedy probe panel flays govt
Hoshiarpur, July 21
At a meeting held here today under the presidentship of Mr Balwant Singh Khera, members of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission condemned the state government for not releasing the list of 170 youths of Punjab who were killed in the tragedy on December 25, 1996.

Scam of lakhs unearthed in Weavco
Bathinda, July 21
A scandal involving lakhs in the sale of bedsheets and blankets has come to light in Weavco, a cooperative marketing concern funded jointly by the state and the Centre. The Vigilance Bureau has started a probe into the matter.

Maiden flight from Italy today
Amritsar, July 21
Air Italy will operate a weekly direct flight from Verona to Amritsar from July 22. A spokesman of Air Italy said the first flight would touch down at the Rajasansi Airport on July 22 at 7.30 am providing the first-ever connection between Italy and Punjab. — OC


Former Cong minister joins SAD
Chandigarh, July 21
A former Minister during Congress rule in Punjab between 1992 and 1997, Mr Hamir Singh Ghagga, joined the SAD along with his supporters at the residence of the SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, here today.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal (right) and Capt Kanwaljit Singh present a siropa to Mr Hamir Singh Ghagga, a former Congress minister who joined the Shiromani Akali Dal in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Capt Kanwaljit Singh present a siropa to Mr Hamir Singh Ghagga, a former Congress minister who joined the Shiromani Akali Dal in Chandigarh


One killed, 9 injured in two mishaps
Rajpura, July 21
One person was killed and nine were injured in two separate accidents involving a car, a bus and two trucks on the GT road on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur-Patiala highway in the past 24 hours.

The mangled remains of a bus after it collided head-on with a truck on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur-Patiala highway in Karala village near Banur. — Photo by J.S. Virdi

The mangled remains of a bus after it collided head-on with a truck on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur-Patiala highway in Karala village near Banur

Police made him human bomb, say parents
Muktsar, July 21
Parents of Jaswant Singh, alias Kala, today termed the police action as an injustice and said their son was not a human bomb, but the police made him one. Addressing mediapersons at Sohnewala village, Jaswant’s father Gurbinder Singh and mother Kashmir Kaur said they had some family dispute with the village sarpanch, Dayal Singh, and on June 18 Muktsar DSP Gurmit Singh asked them to send Jaswant to his office for recording statement.

Major Vinayak 10th officer-martyr from Jalandhar since Operation Vijay
Jalandhar, July 21
When Major Kapil Vinayak lost his life in Srinagar blast last morning, he was the tenth Army officer from Jalandhar who became a victim of an enemy attack, the highest number in the country, since Operation Vijay.                                              
Major Kapil Vinayak
Major Kapil Vinayak

Massive rally to support members of Kiranjit Katal Kand Virodhi Panel
Barnala, July 21
More than 7,000 protesters were stunned today when the SDM, Mr Zora Singh Thind, returned without receiving a memorandum from members of the Sangharsh Committee, Punjab.

Civil Surgeon’s office inundated
Amritsar, July 21
Work in the office of the Civil Surgeon was paralysed as it was inundated with water after the short stint of rain here this morning. The fate of the vaccine storage plant and the vaccines worth crores meant for the entire district hangs in fire as the rain and sewage water entered the building where essential vaccines of pulse polio and other diseases are stored.
A view of inundated Department of Orthopaedics, Traumatology and Arthroscopy under Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Amritsar
A view of inundated Department of Orthopaedics, Traumatology and Arthroscopy under Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

DC directs shifting of high-tension wires
Kapurthala, July 21
Taking notice of news item published in The Tribune last week, Mr Sameer Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, directed the Executive Engineer, PSEB, Kapurthala, to shift the high tension wires passing over the newly constructed grain market of Sultanpur Lodhi as soon as possible.

Do not create terrorism scare, CM tells SSPs
Chandigarh, July 21
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, hauled up police officers for creating an unnecessary scare among people by creating a hype regarding terrorist related cases, detections and recoveries, especially of so-called “human bombs”.

Plea to screen Punjab Police
Phillaur, July 21
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee general secretary Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur has demanded a thorough screening of Punjab police and said it was necessary due to arrest of Tarn Taran SHO Narang Singh, from whom a large quantity of ammunition, weapons and RDX along with material of the Khalistan Commando Force was recovered.

Sugar mill staff to protest
Patiala, July 21
Employees of sugar mills in Punjab will start a relay fast in front of the residence of the Congress President and UPA Chairperson, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, at 10 Janpath Road, New Delhi, on July 27 at 11 a.m to protest against the policies of the Punjab Government regarding sugar mills in the state.


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Kidney scam
Chandigarh, July 21
The High Court on Thursday admitted a bunch of petitions seeking reinvestigation of the infamous kidney scam. The Bench of Mr Justice J.S. Khehar and Mr Justice S.N. Aggarwal also ordered that the case would be heard within six months.


Traffic awareness week begins
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 21
The district Transport Department in collaboration with the district administration and the district police has started traffic awareness-cum-road safety week programme in the district to meet the challenges of increasing accidents.

MC serves demolition notices
Bathinda, July 21
The Bathinda Municipal Corporation has issued notices to four persons for the demolition of illegal structures that they had raised in Afimwali Gali here.


32 held for damaging power feeder
Abohar, July 21
The police has so far arrested 32 persons for allegedly damaging a feeder of the Punjab State Electricity Board on Tuesday night at Chimnewala village, sources said today.

Taini, 2 others held for robbing people
Faridkot, July 21
The police today arrested Harjinder Singh Taini, of Kotkapura along with his two aides, for planning a robbery and seized sharp-edged weapons from their possession. Police sources said Taini had nine cases registered against him under 25-30 sections of the IPC at three different police stations of the district.

SDO, clerk nabbed for graft
Jalandhar, July 21
An SDO and a clerk of the Punjab State Electricity Board have been arrested by the Jalandahar Vigilance Bureau for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Dilbagh Singh, a farmer of Kandiala village, for helping him instal of a new motor connection.

Seven booked under dowry Act
Tarn Taran, July 21
Seven persons, including four women, from two families, have been booked for seeking dowry in two different cases. The city police registered a case under Section 498A against Mr Tarlok Singh and his mother, Mrs Surinder Kaur, for seeking dowry.

3 injured in group clash
Phagwara, July 21
Three persons sustained injuries in a clash that took place here late night. According to a report, Charanjit (17) of Chukhakim village, was on his way back home at around 8 p.m. when more than 12 youths beat him up.

Bid to rape mentally challenged
Bathinda, July 20
Three youths working with a scrap dealer last night tried to rape a mentally challenged girl, but timely help from people forced them to flee. According to sources, residents of Kheta Singh Basti, these youths took the girl to a deserted place with the intention to rape her.

55-yr-old picked up by police
Ropar, July 21
The Morinda police picked up a 55-year-old Avtar Singh from the Ropar District Courts this afternoon. He was taken in a red Maruti car to Morinda by four police personnel at about 2 pm, said an eyewitness.

Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 21
The district police has busted a gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of two members of the gang and recovered three motor cycles from by them. The gang operated in the Fatehgarh Sahib and Ludhiana areas.


Neighbourhood campus boon for dropouts
Bathinda, July 21
They had lost their parents, and poverty forced them to abandon their studies midway. However, a number of such students from rural areas have now got a fresh lease of life with the opening up of neighbourhood campus of Punjabi University in Rampura Phul, as philanthropists associated with the campus have come forward to help them continue with their studies.

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