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Chohan attacks Badal, Cong
SAS Nagar, July 7
Khalistan proponent Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan today launched a scathing attack on the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the Congress.

BJP to demand eight seats
Chandigarh, July 7
To affirm its presence and base in each district, the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would demand from its senior alliance partner, Shiromani Akali Dal, at least one Assembly seat in each of the eight unrepresented districts of the State.

Punjab to spread Maharaja’s philosophy
New Delhi, July 7
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday said his government would make earnest efforts to propagate the philosophy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh to every corner of the world.

Two members of gang held for killing cop
Jalandhar, July 7
Two more members of a Delhi-based gang of killers have been arrested. The gang had eliminated a Delhi-based importer in 1998 for Rs 50 lakh.

50 pc medical college posts vacant
Amritsar, July 7
About 50 per cent posts of teacher in government medical colleges are lying vacant, causing an immense loss to the students. The posts could not be filled due to the new system of writing annual confidential reports, by the state government.

SHSAD promises graft-free regime
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 7
Jathedar G.S. Tohra, President, SHSAD, today virtually launched the election campaign of his party by organising a political conference at the same venue where the SAD organised its meeting which was addressed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, interestingly, the crowd at the Tohra rally was as big as that of the Badal recently.


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Top Cong leaders meet Sonia
Chandigarh, July 7
All the three senior leaders of the Congress from Punjab — Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo and Mr Balbir Singh — held separate meetings with the President of the AICC, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, this morning, according to reports reaching here.


Steps to reduce road mishaps
Bathinda, July 7
The district police to reduce the number of road accidents has initiated various projects, including launching of Highway Integrated Traffic Enforcement Cell (HITEC) at five accident-prone areas of the district, educating school children on traffic rules and safety demarcation of parking lines and inscribing the zebra crossings on the roads.

Alcometers to tackle Bacchus lovers
Patiala, July 7
Taking one for the road may not be safe any longer in the city from next Monday as the city cops have brought in two alcometers to prevent Bachhus lovers from creating mayhem in the town.

BEATING THE HEAT: The village lads adopt a unique and dangerous way of beating the heat by jumping into the Bhakra Main Line from treetop near Jatana village ( Mansa) as the mercury soars in the region.
BEATING THE HEAT: The village lads adopt a unique and dangerous way of beating the heat by jumping into the Bhakra Main Line from treetop near Jatana village ( Mansa) as the mercury soars in the region. 
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Cooperative bank election today
Bathinda, July 7
A neck and neck competition is expected between candidates of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the SHSAD for the election of directors of the Bathinda Primary Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank to be held tomorrow.

Spinning mill closed down
Bathinda, July 7
The Punjab Spinning and Weaving Mill on the Bathinda-Dabwali road has closed down as per the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued on July 5 on the petition of the mill owners.

Kill rabid dogs to avoid rabies: Ajnala
Amritsar, July 7
Rabies can be prevented only by slaughtering rabid animals, especially dog. But for this, first political, social and religious dimensions need to be tackled, said Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, while inaugurating the third national two-day conference on rabies organised by the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI) in collaboration with Government Medical College here yesterday.

Councillor’s death mourned
Chandigarh, July 7
The President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Capt Amarinder Singh, has expressed his grief and shock over the death of Mr Vijay Kumar Paplu, a Congress Councillor, in Central Jail, Jalandhar, yesterday.


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Police claims solving financier’s murder case
Pathankot, July 7
Mr Sukhdev Singh SSP at a press conference, yesterday, claimed to have solved financier Balwant’s murder case. Sushil Kumar, Parmodh Kumar and Shilpa, residents of Bharoli Kalan village, Pathankot had been arrested, he said.

Arms licences issued on fake documents
Ferozepore, July 7
The issuance of firearm licences on the basis of fake documents has cast a shadow over functioning of department involved in the process. The racket was unearthed following an inquiry ordered by the Chief Minister when it was found that 31 arm licences had been issued by the competent authorities here.

4 booked for death of jailed councillor
Jalandhar, July 7
Even as the body of cantonment councillor Vijay Kumar Paplu, who had died under mysterious circumstances in the Central Jail here last evening, was cremated today amid tension, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has demanded the resignation of the Punjab Jail Minister, Mr Ajit Singh Kohar, on moral grounds.

11 proclaimed offenders held
Kapurthala, July 7
In a special campaign launched in the district for arresting proclaimed offenders, the district police has arrested 11 of them wanted in various criminal cases, according to Ms Gurpreet Deo, district police chief.


Hardwork, grandpa’s help did it
Jalandhar, July 7
She is on cloud nine after securing the top slot in the class X examination of the Punjab School Education Board by securing 617 out of 650 marks, but what elevates her to a higher platform is that she attributes her success to her grandfather and holds him in highest esteem for what he has been doing for her for years together.

Repair of school demanded
Moga, July 7
The building of government school and dalit dharamshala at Jaimalwala village in the district are in dilapidated condition. This was stated here by a deputation of the village while talking to newspersons yesterday.

Law graduates seek re-evaluation
Amritsar, July 7
Guru Nanak Dev University LL.B graduates named Harlavleen Kaur, Maninder Kaur Chahal, Chetan Majitha and Nirmal Devi have demanded re-evaluation of the LL.M entrance test sheets.

Light goes off at PMT centre
Ludhiana, July 7
As many as 2,000 candidates appearing for the pre-medical entrance test at the Government College of Ludhiana centre faced an unprecedented situation after light went off at around 12 p.m. while they were taking the test. The light remained off for 40 minutes.

PCCTU enters second phase of stir
Phagwara, July 7
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union today completed its first phase of agitation and declared to make a common cause with other bodies for “saving” higher education.

ETT students hold rally
Bathinda, July 7
Activists of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, district unit held a rally here today to lodge their protest against the state government’s decision to consider those candidates who had B.Ed degrees for employment against the vacancies of ETT.

PAU criticised for CET cancellation
Gurdaspur, July 7
Resentment prevails among successful candidates in the Common Entrance Test (CET) held on June 26 for admission to B.Sc Agriculture (Honours) and DV.Sc and AH at Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana. The university authorities cancelled the test on the plea of mistakes in the evaluation of the answer sheets.

PAU entrance test to be held afresh
Bathinda, July 7
Strange are the ways of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana. The university is penalising students for its mistakes.

Science teachers supervise PMT
Patiala, July 7
Parents of candidates for the PMT who took the test in Mahindra College here today, protested against the posting of science teachers as invigilators.

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