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Cong to hold rallies in Punjab
New Delhi, July 6
The Congress today decided to bolster its election campaign in Punjab by holding rallies in various zones of the state.
The coordination committee of the Congress on Punjab, which met here today to augment party’s preparations for the Assembly elections, decided that these rallies, would be attended by all senior leaders of the state.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Finance Minister Kanwaljit Singh, Excise and Taxation Minister Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon with Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha at his office in North Block on Friday to discuss the major projects of the state.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Finance Minister Kanwaljit Singh, Excise and Taxation Minister Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon with Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha at his office in North Block on Friday to discuss the major projects of the state.

DSP exam: PPSC accused of irregularities
Patiala, July 6
The Punjab Competitive Examination Organisation today claimed that the Punjab Public Service Commission had committed gross irregularities in the conduct of the examination for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police held recently.

Sikh body to concentrate on human problems
Chandigarh, July 6
Putting the past behind it, the World Sikh Council has decided to concentrate on neglected areas of human problems, including healthcare, unemployment, drug addiction, eco-friendly environment, non-violent society, restoration of ethical values and to promote the grandeur and splendour that the order of Khalsa stands for.




Bhaura condemns TN Governor’s recall
Bathinda, July 6
Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura, MP, said the decision of the Central Government to recall the Governor of Tamil Nadu was condemnable as it was politically motivated. Talking to The Tribune here today, he said the police in Tamil Nadu did its duty by arresting Mr M. Karunanidhi, former Chief Minister, who was allegedly involved in a scam of Rs 12 crore.

Textbook Board’s books lying unsold
Patiala, July 6
The Punjab Government’s attempt to revive the Punjab State University Textbook Board may well be rendered futile with the various departments not showing any inclination to buy books worth crores of rupees lying in various stores of the board, even though they have been provided with money to do so.

Punjabi elected minister in British Columbia
Gurdaspur, July 6
Dr Gulzar Singh Cheema has done his native village Bariar, opposite the Beant College of Engineering and Technology near here, proud by being inducted as the Minister of State for Mental Health in to the ministry of British Columbia in Canada. He was elected member legislative assembly from “The Riding of Surrey” Pandrama Ridge in May and became a minister on June 5.

CBI crackdown on excise officials
Chandigarh, July 6
The Central Bureau of Investigation today cracked down on several top officials of the Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab. Simultaneous raids were conducted at 13 places in various cities of Punjab and in the city.

Punjab police owes Rs 2 crore to BSNL
Chandigarh, July 6
The Punjab police faces the danger of being left high and dry in case it is unable to contact its offices if it does not clear its Rs 2 crore dues to the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited.


BJP to prepare blueprint for poll
Bathinda, July 6
The BJP state executive passed a resolution stating that the members of the party would highlight the achievements of the SAD-BJP government and prepare a blueprint for the coming assembly elections in the state at its meeting, which concluded here today.

Cong seeks debate between Amarinder, CM
Chandigarh July 6
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today threw a challenge to the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for an open debate with its chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, on the achievements of the previous Congress government and the present Akali government.

BJP is farmer friendly: minister
Budhlada, July 6
Mr Hukumandeo Naryan Yadav, Union Shipping Minister, while inaugurating the BJP’s campaign here today for the forthcoming Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections, said farmers could get adequate prices for their produce if they succeeded in capturing power at the Centre. He lashed out at the Congress party saying that it had failed to find a leader belonging to the soil of the country.


Vikas eye witness to historic events
Vikas Singh globe-trotter repairs his unique cycle at the Wagah border before leaving for Delhi on Friday.Wagah, July 6
Vikas Singh (36), a globe-trotter, has been an eyewitness to many historic incidents, including the breaking-up of the USSR, civil wars and natural calamities. He was in Afghanistan when the Taliban had bombed statues of the Buddha, unmindful of criticism by the rest of the world.

Vikas Singh globe-trotter repairs his unique cycle at the Wagah border before leaving for Delhi on Friday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Plea to reopen Hussainiwala border
Ferozepore, July 6
The much-awaited rendezvous between Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistani President Gen Pervej Musharraf has once again provided a moment of hope not only for the residents of this border town but also for the people across the fence. They have been persistently clamouring for the reopening of the Indo-Pak border through this sector.

100 villagers down with malaria
Sangrur, July 6
More than 100 persons including children, are suffering from malaria at Kohrian village, near Dirba, and other nearby villages, about 40 km from here. Poor sanitation has led to the spread of disease coupled with poor healthcare of the villagers.

IA hijack case: plea for records rejected
Patiala, July 6
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr S. N. Aggarwal, today rejected the application of the accused in the Indian Airlines hijack case, seeking a record of negotiations which had taken place between the Indian Government and the hijackers before the plane was released by the hijackers at Kandhar.

Youth Congress seeks action against Chohan
Chandigarh, July 6
A deputation of the Punjab Youth Congress Committee led by its president, Mr Devinder Singh Babbu, has submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Punjab, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), for onward transmission to the President of India for “seeking his intervention and directing the government at the Centre to take immediate action against Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan for his recent utterances”.

Darbar Hall declared unsafe
Kapurthala, July 6
The district administration has locked horns with officers of the Post and Telegraph Department (P and T) over the vacation of Darbar Hall in occupation of the department.

Potholes dot highway
Jalandhar, July 6
The state government may not tire blowing its trumpet about the “improvement” brought by it in the state of roads, but the poor condition of the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway, which is the arterial road for the disturbed Jammu and Kashmir valley, deflates this claim.

Who killed cop’s brother?
Bathinda, July 6
Mr Gora Singh, a head constable in the Government Railway Police posted at Faridkot, has been running from pillar to post for many months to get the alleged murderers of his brother arrested.

Militants’ fear hounds BJP workers
Bathinda, July 6
Even as the state leadership of the BJP has been accusing the Congress of creating fear psychosis among the people by raising the issue of the return of Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan and Wassan Singh Zaffarwal to Punjab, the BJP rank and file feels threatened under the present circumstances.

Saini blames rival for fine imposition
Jalandhar, July 6
The imposition of a fine of Rs 39,720 on former Congress minister Jai Kishan Saini for using more power than the sanctioned load of 5 KW by the Punjab State Electricity Board here has taken a new turn with Mr Saini blaming the Punjab Medical Education Minister, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, for using board officials to settle political scores with him.

Four dead as road caves in
Phagwara, July 6
Four workers, mostly migrants, were killed when they were buried under the debris while digging a sewerage line today. One worker miraculously survived after remaining under the debris for over one-and-a-half hours. Those dead have been identified as Verma Shah, Rajinder, Kedar, Sital and the survivor as Pappu.

Labourers protest youth’s torture
Amritsar, July 6
An many as 1,500 members of the Pendu Mazdoor Union, Punjab, today took out a protest march against the alleged torture on Mohinder Masih, Dalit, at Ajnala here today.

Private vehicles ply as taxis
Mansa, July 6
Hundreds of private cars, jeeps, vans and other vehicles are plying illegally on hire basis in the district. In fact, thousands of such vehicles are plying throughout the state resulting in staggering losses, running into crores of rupees, to the state exchequer.

Withdraw notice, say ayurvedic doctors
Bathinda, July 6
A delegation of members of the Rashriya Ayurvedic Parishad (India) led by its vice-president Dr Suman Sharma, met the president of the state BJP, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, here today and urged him to persuade the government to withdraw its notification by which percentage of marks for admission to the BAMS course in the state had been reduced from 50 per cent to 40 per cent.

Bank men want release of colleagues
Patiala, July 6
The employees and officers of the State Bank of Patiala staged a dharna in front of the Tripuri Saidan branch of the bank today. They were protesting against the arrests of two officers of the bank that were made two days ago on the charges of graft.

Hoteliers resent police action
Patiala, July 6
The Patiala Hotel and Restaurant Association has condemned the checking of hotels and restaurants of the city by the district police and officials of the Excise Department.

Grant for residential centre
Patiala, July 6
The upcoming Sadhu Basant Residential Care Centre, which has been constructed for the elderly mentally retarded people, received Rs 5 lakh from HelpAge India as the first instalment for the construction of the building.


New Commissioner for Ferozepore division
Chandigarh, July 6
The Punjab Government ordered the following postings and transfers today:
Mr Dharam Vir will be the new Commissioner of Ferozepore division and also hold additional charge of Commissioner, Faridkot division, in place of Mr Jaspal Singh; Mr D.P. Reddy has been appointed Commissioner, Patiala division; Mr Satish Chandra becomes the new Commissioner of Jalandhar division to relieve Mrs Geetika Kalha of the additional charge; and Mr B. Vikram has been appointed Director, Technical Education and Industrial Training, relieving Mr Nirmal Singh Kalsi of the additional charge.


Govt to stop grant to erring colleges
Bathinda, July 6
In a significant move, the Punjab Government has decided to stop the grant of those private-aided colleges which do not submit real provident fund accounts of their employees within 15 days from July 4 to the DPI (Colleges) for working out the pension and gratuity of the employees from January 1, 1986.

Notice on plea against VC
Chandigarh, July 6
On a petition seeking the registration of an FIR against the Vice-Chancellor of the Guru Nanak Dev University. Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notice of motion for July 11 to the respondent. The notice was accepted by the Deputy Advocate General on the court’s asking.

PCCTU stir on July 10
Chandigarh, July 6
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union will strike work after the third period in their colleges on July 10 to protest against the suspension of Prof Harbans Kaur of Dev Samaj College, Ferozepore.

Personality development camp
Abohar, July 6
A seven-day personality development camp for girls was held at DAV Edwardganj Senior Secondary School, Malout, 30 km from Abohar. The message at the conclusion of the camp was that daughters-in-law should give due respect to their in-laws who, in turn, should treat them like their daughters.


Union leaders threaten closure of mills
Amritsar, July 6
The textile manufacturing units here are allegedly being threatened by trade unions. The Textile Manufacturers Association yesterday expressed dismay over the administration’s “inaction”. The President of the association, Mr O.P. Mehra, said here that certain trade union leaders were not allowing the clearance of seven containers of Swadeshi Korea Textile Mills.

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