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Kin of Akali leader held for murder
Ferozepore, July 2
The district police has arrested Gurjinder Singh in connection with the murder of Sandeep Singh of Chak Zanimar village today following a complaint made by the non-resident Indian parents of the deceased to Mr Parkash Singh Badal at Ghal Khurd village during his sangat darshan programme yesterday.

Will Punjab poll be advanced?
Chandigarh, July 2
Will the poll precede paddy procurement in Punjab? The oft-repeated answer of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance leadership that the elections will be held on schedule may not be relevant any more today in view of the changing political scenario within and outside the state.

Badal invites schoolchildren to his village
Ferozepore, July 2
The Vice-Chancellors of the universities in Punjab and Chandigarh have been instructed to ensure 10 per cent reservation of seats in various courses for meritorious students belonging to economically backward classes of society.

Students tear up papers, disrupt exam
Amritsar, July 2
An unsavoury incident took place in Guru Nanak Dev University today when some students entered the examination hall where the entrance test of masters in sports, medicine and physiotherapy were being conducted and tore up some papers.

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IG Birdi blames red tape for fake licences
Jalandhar, July 2
The police organised Traffic Literacy Camp here yesterday to which the members of the Jalandhar Rickshaw Pullers Union were also invited. Mr Vinni, president of Rickshaw Pullers Union highlighted problems faced by rickshaw wallahs at the hands of traffic policemen.

Bajwa decries Badal’s stand on radicals
Amritsar, July 2
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today accused Mr Parkash Singh Badal for adopting double standards on the ‘safe entry’ of radical Sikh leaders, including Khalistani ideologue, Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan.


BJP executive to meet on July 18
Amritsar, July 2
The BJP’s three-day national executive comprising of 175 members will hold its first ever meet in the holy city which opens here on July 18. Briefing newsmen here today, the General Secretary of the BJP, Mr O.P. Kohli announced that the BJP’s highest decision making body have decided to hold its three-day session to deliberate on the national political and economic issues.

AISSF (Gill) unit joins SAD (B) AISSF
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 2
The district unit of the All-India Sikh Students Federation (Gill) of the SHSAD, led by Mr Dilraj Singh Raja, yesterday joined the AISSF (Pir Mohamad Group) of the SAD (B), at a function in Bassi Pathana market committee. The function was organised by a former minister, Mr R.S. Cheema.


AIDS spreads among drug addicts
Bathinda, July 2
Ranjit Singh and Ajmer Singh (name changed) who bail from a village near Tapa town of Sangrur district have been fighting it hard to keep alive after they were detected HIV positive recently.

Residential care unit to come up for retarded children
Patiala, July 2
Mentally retarded children and orphans in the state will finally have a permanent home, with a residential care centre for such children being constructed at Sular village, near here.

Rights panel pulls up state for girl’s suicide
Chandigarh, July 2
All lovers who are harassed by policemen found a friend in the Punjab State Human Rights Commission today. The body issued a notice to Punjab through the Home Secretary of the state to file a reply in the case of an alleged suicide by a Nabha girl after the police had caught her with her beau.

IMA seminar on TB
The local unit of the Indian Medical Association organised a seminar on “Management of multi-drug resistant TB” here for doctors of Sangrur, Patiala, Mansa, Bathinda and Ludhiana districts. The seminar was addressed by Dr A.K. Janmeja, Head, Chest and TB Department, Government Medical College, Chandigarh.

Baba Sukhdev Singh of Nanaksar Kaleran addressing the Sikh 'sangat' at Amritsar Railway Station on Monday.Baba wants WB Govt to apologise
Amritsar, July 2
The special train — “Guru Manyo Granth” which was attacked by a mob in West Bengal today reached Amritsar with 856 devotees on board.

Baba Sukhdev Singh of Nanaksar Kaleran addressing the Sikh 'sangat' at Amritsar Railway Station on Monday.

Return of Chohan ‘threat to peace’
Pathankot, July 2
Mr Ashwani Kumar, chairman of the AICC intellectuals’ cell, addressing a rally of Congress workers, at Sujanpur, 7 km from here, said the return of ‘Khalistan’ ideologue Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan was a threat to the peace and harmony in the state.

Mill workers denied wages, hold dharna
Bathinda, July 2
Workers of the Punjab Spinning and Weaving Mills Limited today staged a dharna in front of the residence of the local MLA and Science and Technology Minister, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg. The mill workers raised slogans against the state government and the minister as they were seeking the release of their wages by the mill.

Stay on holding of rallies by BKU (E)
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), July 2
The Maur Mandi police has received a stay order on the holding of rallies, dharnas, demonstrations, raising slogans, gheraoing officials etc within a radius of 50 metres of the local police station, Civil Hospital, bus stand and grain market by BKU (E) activists till July 12.

Ropar circle to have IVRS
Ropar July 2
The BSNL authorities have decided to launch the Interactive Voice Response System services in the Ropar telecom circle.

Firm fined Rs 1 cr for stealing power
Malerkotla, July 2
The anti-power theft drive launched by the Punjab State Electricity Board yielded results when officials of the flying squad team found an induction furnace unit stealing power with the help of remote control device.

Dist out of bounds for woman running brothel
Ferozepore, July 2
The District Magistrate, Mr S.R. Ladhar, here has issued a notice to a woman resident of Zira town, who has allegedly been running a brothel in her house, banning her stay in her house and in the district.

Villages face water shortage
Moga, July 2
A large number of villages in the district have been facing an acute shortage of drinking water for the past several months. The department concerned has not bothered to repair water works installed in the villages. The villages include Gajansinghwala SU, Bhaloor, Sukhanand, Bambihabhai and others.

Pak releases Indian youth
Fazilka, July 2
Gurdip Singh, a resident of border village of Noor Mohammad, in Fazilka sector, who allegedly had been kidnapped by Pakistan Rangers on June 26 was released by the Pakistan Rangers today in the presence of BSF Commandants, Prem Mohan Dass and Harminder Pal Singh, at the Sadiqqi check-post in Fazilka sector. He was released following long parleys between the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers.


Man held for raping minor
Pathankot, July 2
A seven-year-old girl of Bungal Badhani village was allegedly raped by Jit Ram of the same village.
According to police sources, the father of the girl complained to the police that the accused, a tenant in his house, called her daughter to his room and committed the crime. When the victim raised an alarm she was rescued. 

Club chowkidar stabbed to death, Rs 2,500 looted
Amritsar, July 2
A Nepali chowkidar working for the Aga Heritage Club, located on the G.R. Sethi Marg, was stabbed to death early today. The administrator of the club, Col M.M. Nanda, told this correspondent here today that the incident happened around 3.45 a.m. and he got a call half an hour later.

2 killed for eve-teasing
Moga, July 2
An incident of eve teasing resulted in a shootout on the Kotkapura-Bathinda road near here last evening which caused the death of two persons and injured another.
According to the SSP, Mr Gurpreet Singh, the shootout took place last evening when some women complained of having been teased while returning home after watching the film ‘Gadar’.


Transparent transfer policy sought
Bathinda, July 2
Mr Jaipal Singh, president, Punjab Government College Teachers’ Association, in a press note issued here yesterday alleged that the recent transfers of the teachers were contrary to the policy of the state government.

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