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Illegal hotel under patronage of Dr Sidhu, alleges Manna
Former Congress leader Mandeep Manna (right) shows photos of Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu at a hotel constructed illegally near the Golden Temple in Amritsar. photo: Vishal kumar

Illegal hotel under patronage of Dr Sidhu, alleges Manna

Accuses Local Bodies Minister’s wife of inaugurating illegal hotel20 Jun 2018 | 1:19 AM

AMRITSAR: Mandeep Singh Manna, former Congress leader, on Tuesday accused former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu of shielding the owner of a hotel constructed illegally.

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 19

Mandeep Singh Manna, former Congress leader, on Tuesday accused former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu of shielding the owner of a hotel constructed illegally.

Showing photographs of her inaugurating the hotel on June 15, he said the land was registered on the name of Manjit Kaur as a residential building in January 2014 but a hotel came up there without getting a certificate of change of land use. He said the MC had issued notices to the owner of the building and issued demolition orders in December 2017 and also February this year.

According to manna, no action was taken due to the “patronage” of the Dr Sidhu and her husband (Local Bodies Minister) Navjot Singh Sidhu. He said MC Commissioner Sonali Giri had also written to the authorities concerned for disconnecting water, sewerage and power connection of the hotel. Besides, she also sought action from the police commissioner in February this year. He said action should be taken over illegal constructions.

Dr Sidhu refuted the charges. She said she did not inaugurate the hotel and she was there to take part in her birthday event organised by her supporters while returning from Golden Temple. She claimed that she was not aware if the hotel was illegal as it was already operational.

Meanwhile, MC Commissioner Sonali Giri said the process of sealing the hotel would be carried out soon. As far as demolition is concerned, the hotels’ association and the Punjab government are discussing a one-time settlement policy, she added.

Border farmers up in arms over delay in compensation, warn of protest

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TARN TARAN: Farmers of the border areas have warned the government of protest in case it fails to release the compensation for those having their agricultural land across the fence.

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Police accused of forging signatures

20 Jun 2018 | 1:19 AM

AMRITSAR: Family members of SAD leader Mukhjit Singh Mukha on Tuesday lodged a written compliant with Police Commissioner SS Srivastav, accusing the then DCP Parampal Singh and SHO Harinder Singh of submitting fake documents to the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) by forging their signatures.

BJP seeks FIR against Khaira

20 Jun 2018 | 1:19 AM

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AMRITSAR: The Centre’s move of having the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) in 20 languages, including English, has evoked mixed reactions from the city-based academicians.

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16-year-old raped, two booked

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Over 11K pre-primary admissions in district

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Railway overbridge almost complete

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Jhansi ki Rani Laxmi Bai remembered

Jhansi ki Rani Laxmi Bai remembered

19 Jun 2018 | 1:09 AM

AMRITSAR: To mark the martyrdom day of Rani Jhansi, the city based Rani Jhansi Society on Monday held a commemorative programme at DAV College’s hall, which was attended by MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla and former minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla.

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Vernacular languages facing threat of extinction: Prof Banipal

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19 Jun 2018 | 1:09 AM

AMRITSAR: A three-week refresher course in Punjabi language and literature was inaugurated at the UGC-Human Resource Development Centre of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU).

‘Govt will invest Rs 100 cr on school infrastructure’

19 Jun 2018 | 1:09 AM

AMRITSAR: To provide adequate infrastructure for government schools in the state, an amount of around 100 crores will be invested by the government, said Education Minister OP Soni.

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Auto-rickshaw menace continues, HC directions go up in smoke

19 Jun 2018 | 1:09 AM

AMRITSAR: Menace of auto-rickshaws continues to haunt residents on the popular and congested roads in the city. Balram Kumar Sharma, president, Punjab Sudhar Sabha said the authorities must make a norm for taxi drivers to drive their vehicles in a queue.

After three days, Aujla again inspects railway station

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19 Jun 2018 | 1:09 AM

AMRITSAR: After inspecting the railway station three days ago, MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla once again conducted a surprise check of the railway station on Monday.

Farmers seek 16-hr power supply for irrigation

Farmers seek 16-hr power supply for irrigation

19 Jun 2018 | 1:09 AM

AMRITSAR: Members of various farmer associations staged a protest in front of the office of PSPCL’s Chief Engineer here on Monday

MR vaccination drive: Health Dept fails to achieve target

19 Jun 2018 | 1:09 AM

AMRITSAR: The district Health Department has failed to achieve its target to cover 6.5 lakh children under the measles-rubella vaccination drive. Of the total children, over 5 lakh have been vaccinated for measles and rubella so far.

Seven booked for fraud

19 Jun 2018 | 1:09 AM

AMRITSAR: The police on Sunday booked seven persons for duping several residents of Rs 6 crore on the pretext of running a kitty in Chheharta.

2,500 teachers to get appointment letters

2,500 teachers to get appointment letters

19 Jun 2018 | 1:09 AM

AMRITSAR: To meet a shortage of teachers, the state government will give appointment letters to 2,500 teachers under the Master Cadre at a function in the Guru Nanak stadium on June 29. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will preside over the function and handover the letters.

AIIMS entrance examination: City student bags AIR 50

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19 Jun 2018 | 1:09 AM

AMRITSAR: City student Suryansh bagged all-India rank (AIR) 50 in the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) MBBS entrance examination, the results of which were declared on Monday.

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Showers bring double delight

18 Jun 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR:The showers late on Saturday evening brought a double delight for the residents as it, besides reducing the temperature, washed away the dust blanket that had covered the region for the last two days.

Snatchers held

18 Jun 2018 | 1:16 AM

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Excessive phone use by kids a health hazard: Experts

18 Jun 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: These days it is easy to convince children for anything just by handing a smart phone over to them.

Three robbers arrested

18 Jun 2018 | 1:23 AM

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Vendors removed from Mall road

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Recruitment of sports teachers sought

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Woman travel agent booked for fraud

18 Jun 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: The Beas police have booked a woman travel agent for fraud and human trafficking.

Transplant paddy at monsoon onset: Agri Dept

18 Jun 2018 | 1:23 AM

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Sewerage project nears completion

18 Jun 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: The MC superintending engineer inspected the sewerage project going on under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at Majitha Road.

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18 Jun 2018 | 1:23 AM

AMRITSAR: The dumping of garbage near chhabeel stalls, set up to serve cold sweetened water to people heading towards the Golden Temple, at the railway station has become irksome for people.

Man accused of forced abortion, bigamy

18 Jun 2018 | 1:23 AM

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