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‘Tainted’ ministers, MLAs may not get ticket
Amritsar, July 20
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today hinted at denying party tickets to ‘tainted’ ministers or MLAs on the recommendations of the committee constituted by the party.

Mr K.S. Kang, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Amritsar, shows a model of @@the Rs 173-crore elevated road to the Golden Temple to Chief Minister @@Capt Amarinder Singh in Amritsar on Thursday. Mr K.S. Kang, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Amritsar, shows a model of the Rs 173-crore elevated road to the Golden Temple to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in Amritsar on Thursday. —  Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma 

Labourers protest police torture
Pathankot, July 20
Migrant labourers of Pathankot today staged a dharna outside the SP office here today in protest against the alleged maltreatment at the hands the police.

80 truck operators taken into custody
Ropar, July 20
Tension prevailed when the police arrested more than 80 truck operators, including the president of the Punjab Truck Operators Union, Mr Tarlochan Singh, here today.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran


A farmer from Tappakhera village laments at the devastation of his cotton crop on Thursday. Crops on thousands of acres submerged
Lambi (Muktsar), July 20
It’s been over a week since it rained heavily here, but thousands of acres of cotton and paddy crop is still submerged in Adhnia, Maniawala, Deonkhera, Kuttiawali and nearby villages as farmers lament government apathy in draining out water from their fields.

A farmer from Tappakhera village laments at the devastation of his cotton crop on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

VB powers: Alam keeps Chief Secy’s order in abeyance
Chandigarh, July 20
The issue of allocation of powers to the Punjab Vigilance Bureau is getting tied up in knots. The Chief Director, Vigilance, Mr Mohd Izhar Alam, has shot off a letter to the state government stating that he had discussed the matter with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who, in turn, has given an assurance that all powers of the bureau will remain intact.

Dr Kuldip Singh with President of the Royal College of Surgeona Bernard Ribiero on being conferred the Fellowship ed eundem, in England. Rare FRCS honour for Ludhiana doctor
Chandigarh, July 20
Dr Kuldip Singh, Professor of Surgery at Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, has become the first doctor from the region to be conferred Fellowship ed eundem by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), England.

Dr Kuldip Singh (right) with President of the Royal College of Surgeona Bernard Ribiero on being conferred the Fellowship ed eundem, in England.

80 students punished for not wearing uniform
Tarn Taran, July 20
Eighty students of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Public School here managed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) were given corporal punishment by a teacher for not wearing school uniform.

Patiala blind murder case solved
Patiala, July 20
With the arrest of Jasbir Singh, a resident of Rajpura town, the district police authorities have managed to solve the mystery of blind murder of another resident Kuldeep Kaur, which took place on the intervening night of June 20 and June 21 in her house located in Gobind Colony of Rajpura town.

Punjabi actor’s son booked for killing black buck
Abohar, July 20
A son of Punjabi film star Guggu Gill and his four accomplices are booked for hunting a black buck near the wildlife sanctuary area here, official sources said this evening.


Calcutta forms joint front
Amritsar, July 20
Various Panthic groups, including SAD (A) and the Damdami Taksal, opposed to Parkash Singh Badal, today formed a joint front under the leadership of former Akali Minister Manjit Singh Calcutta.

Planning committees for districts soon
Sangrur, July 20
In the light of the 74th Constitutional Amendment,1992, and the Punjab District Planning Committees Act - 2005, the Punjab Government has ordered all Deputy Commissioners to hold elections for members from among directly elected members of the Zila Parishads and the Urban Local Bodies from their respective districts for the constitution of District Planning Committees (DPCs).

Govt failed on job front: Badal
Hoshiarpur, July 20
Frustration is prevailing among the educated youths, in Punjab due to unemployment. Capt Amarinder Singh’s government has failed miserably in providing job opportunities to them.

Mann warns Badal
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president SAD(A), has strongly resented the move of SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar by which he has written to all the gurdwaras being run by the SGPC in and outside the state to send at least 20 armed men to guard the proceedings at Akal Takht on July 21.

Filing of papers for MC poll ends
Mohali, July 20
The filing of nominations for the Municipal Council elections scheduled to be held on July 30 ended with 61 prospective candidates filing their papers here today. With this the total number of nominations has reached 175.

Cong wins 3 seats in dist planning committee poll
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
In the elections held for the three seats of the district planning committees, to be chosen by the councillors belonging to all five municipal councils of the district, the Congress candidates won all three seats, while the lone SAD (B) candidate lost the elections.


CM orders construction of road
Hoshiarpur, July 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has ordered construction of a metalled road between Kot Patial and Nangal Jarial on the Punjab-Himachal border. The 5-km stretch of the road falling in Punjab has been causing inconvenience to motorists.

Kargil martyrs’ kin await petrol stations
Jalandhar, July 20
To quicken the pace of allotment of oil product agencies to wives and next of kin of Kargil martyrs the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Commission has pulled up state governments, including Punjab, and has sought the intervention of chief ministers for removal of bottle-necks.

Assn to hold protest against erratic power
Abohar, July 20
Upset over the erratic electricity supply, the Durgiana Market Association today decided to organise a protest march and hold a demonstration at the subdivisional office of the PSEB here on July 24.

Govt urged to reject Bajaj panel recommendations
Chandigarh, July 20
The Punjab Non-gazetted Employees Organisation has urged the state government to reject the recommendations made by the Bajaj Committee with regard to the various demands of employees.

Pashchatap divas today, SGPC task force put on alert
Amritsar, July 20
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s (SGPC) task force has been put on a high alert in view of the Pashchatap (repentance) divas to be held at Akal Takht here tomorrow.

Panel on biomedical waste disposal
Patiala, July 20
The Patiala branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has formed a two-member committee to oversee the disposal of biomedical waste following the directions of the Punjab Pollution Control Board.

Promotional scales sought
Patiala, July 20
The Punjab State Karamchari Dal has condemned the state government for not implementing the demands of government employees.


Bar takes serious view of cop-lawyer nexus
Moga, July 20
Taking note of the allegations levelled against a city lawyer of connivance with some policemen for procuring work, the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council will ask the lawyer to send his comments on the accusations.

Life term for murder
Moga, July 20
Mohinder Singh of Burj Dunna village, falling under Badhan Kalan police station, was sentenced for life today for murdering Balwinder Singh of the same village in 2004. Additional Sessions Judge B.S. Sandhu sentenced him to life imprisonment after finding him guilty for the murder, after hearing arguments of both the prosecution and defence counsel.

JIT Chairman’s sentence order set aside
Chandigarh, July 20
The State Commission today set aside the April 4 order of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Jalandhar, by which the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) Chairman, Mr Tejinder Singh Bittu, had been awarded three months’ imprisonment for “non-compliance” of the Forum orders.


White paper sought
Sangrur, July 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) today asked the Punjab Government to issue a white paper before August 20 on the loans taken by farmers from nationalised banks, cooperative banks and arhtiyas.

SAD for waiver of farmers’ loans
Patiala, July 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) demanded that the Congress government should waive all loans of farmers. If the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh failed to it the SAD decided to move a resolution in the Vidhan Sabha to expose him.


31 SMOs promoted
Chandigarh, July 20
The Punjab Government today ordered the promotion of 31 Senior Medical Officers (SMO) as Deputy Directors.

CM asks panel to consider promotion of 5 ADGPs
Chandigarh, July 20
The Punjab Chief Minister has asked his officials to immediately convene a meeting of the departmental promotion committee to consider the promotion of five Additional Director-Generals of Police (ADGPs) and elevate them as DGPs, well placed sources in the government confirmed today.


Thieves injure cop, flee
Pathankot, July 20
Thieves injured Constable Harmesh Kumar who tried to stop them from committing a theft in Jodha Mal Colony here today. The SSP, Gurdaspur, Mr Paramraj Singh Umranangal, told newsmen that Harmesh Kumar, along with another constable, was on patrol duty.

Money withdrawn from ATM fraudulently
Hoshiarpur, July 20
A case of fraudulently withdrawing a huge amount from an ATM of the local branch of the SBI by some person was reported last evening.


Prof Nirbhai Singh made ICPR member
Patiala, July 20
Prof Nirbhai Singh, who retired as head of the department of Philosophy, Punjabi University, has been nominated as member of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, Government of India.

BEd teachers taken into custody
Amritsar, July 20
A number of unemployed B.Ed teachers were taken in custody when they tried to protest against the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who was here to inaugurate a number of development projects today.


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