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Vedanti to review edict against Mann, others
Amritsar, July 8
Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, today assured representatives of various Sikh organisations to hold an emergency meeting of the clergy to review the July 2 order, directing the Sangat not to allow Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and four other office bearers of his party to address any Panthic function.
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann addresses a conclave at Amritsar Mr Simranjit Singh Mann addresses a conclave at Amritsar on Saturday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Pakistani MP urges opening of Hussaniwala border
Ferozepore, July 8
The Pakistani MP from Kasur, Chowdhary Manzoor Ahmed, has urged residents of this border town to take up the case of opening up Hussaniwala border, with the Union government and include it in the agenda for the next round of bilateral talks between the two neighbors.

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Ban on website promoting gender selection sought
Chandigarh, July 8
The fight against female foeticide has moved away from just keeping a check on the scanning machines of unscrupulous doctors. The latest challenge is through the Internet.

Favouritism in engineering college admissions alleged
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 8
Resentment prevailed among parents over favouritism alleged to have taken place during the counseling for management seats at local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College.

Sukhi offered mountaineering training in Europe
Muktsar, July 8
Sukhwinder Kaur Sukhi, the mountaineer who hogged the limelight by refusing to descend from Mount Everest after inclement weather came in the way of her dream of making it to the summit last year, may leave for Switzerland or Austria soon for a training course in mountaineering before making another attempt to scale the world’s highest peak.

In chains for 18 years
Batala, July 8
A case of a mentally deranged young man living in shackles for the past many years has come to light. At Dargabad village near here, live Mr Ajit Singh and Mrs Balbir Kaur, the unfortunate parents of Panna Singh, a life of agony and frustration.


“Inactive” BJP men urged to join Jan Shakti
Chandigarh, July 8
The newly-formed Bharatiya Jan Shakti Party of the expelled BJP leader, Ms Uma Bharati, yesterday celebrated the 106th anniversary of Dr SP Mukherjee in several districts of Punjab by launching tree plantation drives and visits to leprosy centres and hospitals.


2 more gastro deaths in Chhajli village
Sangrur, July 8
With two more deaths in the Chhajli village, near Sunam, last evening, the death toll, reportedly due to gastroenteritis, has risen to four in the past four days. As per information available, family members of the two persons, who died yesterday, claimed that they died due to vomiting and diarrhoea while the health authorities held old age as the reason for their death.

Plea to remove Health Minister
Patiala, July 8
Patients and public joined doctors under the banner of the People for Right and Just to demand immediate removal of Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, holding him fully responsible for the mess created at AIIMS, which resulted in the death of two patients.

Jhulna Mahal shakes none
Gurdaspur, July 8
The shaking arcade popularly referred to as ‘Jhulna Mahal’ here could get destroyed. The arcade is an important monument connected with the medieval history of Gurdaspur town. The town is named after Guriaji who had brought the village and named it after himself.

Lost glory of Baradari being restored
Sangrur, July 8
The lost glory of the historical Baradari and Banasar Bagh here is being restored at a cost of about Rs 40 lakh by the district administration. To look after the Banasar Bagh and the Baradari, a trust has been formed under the chairmanship of the Sangrur Deputy Commissioner.

DC asks media to be objective
Kharar, July 8
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, inaugurated the office of the Kharar unit of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists here today. While speaking on the occasion, Mr Tejveer Singh said the media had a very important role in the society and as such it should try to maintain objectivity while reporting.


Ex-minister’s son, friends get bail
Ropar, July 8
Sukhjinder Singh, son of former Punjab PWD Minister Sucha Singh Langah, and his four friends, Sukhleen Singh, Gurkirat Singh, Gursharan Singh and Amardeep Singh, were today granted bail by the district court in a case of attempt to murder registered against them following their alleged fight with police personnel in Mohali.

Bira gets judicial custody
Phillaur, July 8
The Judicial Magistrate, Phillaur, yesterday remanded Khalistan Commando Force militant Kulbir Singh Bira, who was deported from the USA on June 19, in judicial custody till July 13. Bira was produced in the court of Mr V.K. Goel.


Teacher rapes, kills girl
Phillaur, July 8
Hundreds of residents of Phillaur alongwith activists of more than a dozen social organisations held a protest march in Phillaur demanding immediate suspension of a school teacher Harbhghan Singh and stern action against all the guilty in the case of rape and death of a student Prabhjot (16) on April 8.

2500 pirated CDs seized
Abohar, July 8
The city police today seized a big haul of pirated CDs during a raid at a house on street 17 of Gaushala Road area here. Satish Malhotra, SHO, said under a special drive to check piracy, a tip off had been received.

Car thief gang busted
Hoshiarpur, July 8
The Hoshiarpur police has unearthed an inter-state car thieves gang and arrested five of its members, said R. N. Dhoke, SSP, Hoshiarpur, here today. This gang stole new luxury cars from other states and after preparing their fake documents, sold them at cheaper rates.

Undertrial booked for attempt to commit suicide
Ropar, July 8
The police today registered a case of attempt to commit suicide against the main accused of the triple murder case of Takkipur, Jagjit Singh, and a case of criminal conspiracy against his relative.


Casteism a menace, says Selja
Chandigarh, July 8
The Union Minister of State for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation, Kumari Selja, today said casteism was a menace for the country. Addressing the gathering at an international seminar on the life and teachings of Guru Ravidas here, Ms Selja said the Guru had always stood for the downtrodden and fought against the caste system.

Institute of studies a non-starter
Amritsar, July 8
The prestigious National Institute of Studies in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Guru Nanak Dev University is a non-starter. Although the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has written to the Prime Minister’s Office to expedite the case, nothing has been done in this regard.

GND varsity don to attend congress in Durban
Amritsar, July 8
Dr Ranvinder Singh Sandhu, Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of University Grants Commission Special Assistance Programme of Guru Nanak Dev University, has been invited to chair a session on ‘Slums in Developing Countries’ at the XVI World Congress of Sociology to be held in Durban (South Africa) form July 23 to 29.


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