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PSEB may legalise power connections
Jalandhar, July 10
In an action which could possibly yield a populist effect like the much publicised sangat darshans, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party government is contemplating legalising power connections of residents of villages and other mushrooming localities falling in the periphery of Chandigarh and other areas of different cities in the state.

EC to visit Punjab today
New Delhi, July 10
Election Commissioner B.B. Tandon will leave for Chandigarh tomorrow to review the progress made by the Punjab Government on the issue of photo identity cards to electorates and the revision of electoral rolls.

A view of the dargah of Pir Baba Rode Shah lit up at night in Patiala.
A view of the dargah of Pir Baba Rode Shah lit up at night in Patiala.
— Photo by Subhash Patialvi

Plea to commit case of Panjwar’s kin to Sessions
Patiala, July 10
An application has been filed in the court of Special Magistrate, CBI to commit the case in which two police officers have been accused of causing the disappearance of Mohinder Kaur, mother of militant leader Paramjit Singh Panjwar, to the court of Sessions for trial under Sections 302 (murder), 364 and 201 of the IPC.




Youth lands in jail instead of Canada
Hoshiarpur, July 10
Youths taking the illegal route to travel abroad have some bad news. A local travel agent instead of sending one such youth to Canada, got him trapped and facilitated his arrest by the police.

Taking healthcare to villages
The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, near here, in collaboration with the Canada-India Education Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Canadian International Development Agency, has launched a unique primary healthcare project with a view to contributing towards improvement of health services in rural areas of Punjab and to improve the status of women by educating them to take up leadership.

Notices served on Patiala cinema halls
Patiala, July 10
Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir today served show cause notices on two city cinema halls for overcharging the public during the screening of superhit movies Gadar and Lagaan besides other shortcomings.

Action to be taken against excise officials
Chandigarh, July 10
“Action will be taken against the five officers whose houses were raided by the CBI a few days ago”, said a top official of the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department here today.

Accused confess to another murder
Pathankot, July 10
The case of murder of prominent financier, Balwant, who was brutally killed on the intervening night of March 20-21 allegedly by Sushil Kumar, Parmodh Kumar and Shilpa of Bharoli Kalan, village took a new turn when accused Sushil Kumar and Parmodh Kumar during the police remand confessed to another murder of a Ludhiana-based businessman, Mangal Dass Bhatia.


Vice-president of SJP unit suspended
Chandigarh, July 10
The president of the Punjab unit of the Samajwadi Janata Party (Chandra Shekhar), Mr Darshan Singh Jeeda, has suspended Mr Sukhwinder Sukhi as vice-president of the party.

Five-member BJP panel to look into councillors’ suspension
Bathinda, July 10
Even as the next Assembly elections are drawing near, the matter of bringing complete unity in the rank and file of the BJP in the district has been delayed as a five-member committee has been constituted by the party high command to decide the fate of three party municipal councillors, who have been suspended from the party allegedly for their anti-party activities.


Dang: case against Sarpanch false
Amritsar, July 10
Mr Kabul Singh, Sarpanch of Basarka Gillan Chheharta village, in a representation to the SSP has alleged a false case was registered against him at the behest of the members of the panchayat.

Disband PSGPC, says Bibi
Phagwara, July 10
Refusing to digest the creation of PSGPC, Bibi Jagir Kaur, former president, SGPC, today demanded the disbanding of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee since its constitution was illegal, unconstitutional, unprincipled and in contravention of the SGPC Act of 1925, Sikh maryada (code) and tenets.

Illegal liquor vends continue to flourish
Patiala, July 10
Despite claims by the Excise Department that it is taking action against operation of unauthorised vends by liquor contractors in the city, the running of such vends in the city as well as adjoining villages is going on unchecked.

An unauthorised liquor shop in operation on the Patiala-Rajpura road. — Photo Subhash Patialvi

An unauthorised liquor shop in operation on the Patiala-Rajpura road.

PSEB employees hold dharna despite court stay
Patiala, July 10
Despite stay orders from a local court restricting the Employees Federation of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) from holding a dharna within 100 metres of the board premisis, the federation today held a dharna opposite the board headquarters.

Proposals for facelift of Bathinda city
Bathinda, July 10
Municipal councillors urged the Deputy Commissioner, Mr R. Venkat Ratnam, to focus on the improvement of the sewerage, drinking water supply and streetlighting and ending the menace of stray animals.

Fountains cry for attention
Patiala, July 10
Colourful fountains on either sides of the Mall Road, here, which add to the beauty of the road besides being a soothing heat for the passers-by are currently serving none of their task. While, one of them is not working due to some defects, the others are simply not being switched on.

A water feature on The Mall in Patiala which is presently out of order.

A water feature on the Mall road in Patiala which is presently out of order.

They build mansions but remain homeless
Bathinda, July 10
They build big bunglows and mansions but remain homeless throughout their lives. Deprived of all basic amenities, brickkiln workers do not dare to dream of a home.

Election of sarpanches
Chandigarh, July 10
Mr C.D.Cheema, State Election Commissioner, Punjab, today said that byelections to elect 65 sarpanches and 463 panches would be held on July 29.

AG to deliver lecture in Malaysia
Chandigarh, July 10
The Punjab Advocate-General and Chairman of the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council, Mr Hardev Singh Mattewal, has been invited by the Bar Council of Malaysia to deliver a lecture on “The role of the judiciary and the role of the government in this context in democratic India” on July 17 at Kuala Lumpur, it was learnt here today.

BSF shoots two youths near border
Batala, July 10
The Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two youths who were trying to cross over to Pakistan from Indian territory near the Rour border observance post (BOP) in the Dera Baba Nanak sector in Gurdaspur district last night, the police said today.

Three killed in mishap
Patiala, July 10
Three persons were killed on the spot in an accident between a car and a truck on the Samana road here last evening.

NTAS stages patriotic play
Patiala, July 10
The production oriented 11th annual cultural workshop organised by the National Institute of Arts Society (NTAS) concluded here today. On the occasion, a musical play named ‘Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh’ was staged by students of the society at Central State Library.

Arun Vij is FFI vice-president


Announce paddy MSP: Cong
Chandigarh, July 10
The Congress today urged the Centre to announce the minimum support price of paddy immediately.


MC starts ‘awareness campaign’ today
Amritsar, July 10
As panic prevails in the walled city over the collapse of buildings, the municipal corporation is forced to call for contingency measures to take cognizance of the deteriorating conditions of buildings in this historical city.

Panic among residents of one of the ancient citieis of the country - Amritsar over the collapsing of buildings.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma 

Panic among residents of one of the ancient citieis of the country - Amritsar over the collapsing of buildings.

PSEB told to replace old power lines
Moga, July 10
Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh today directed the officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board to make proper arrangements for replacing all old electricity lines in the town with new ones to reduce the number of power breakdowns.

Councillors’ kin getting contracts: BJP leader
Bathinda, July 10
In a significant statement which could have an affect on the SAD-BJP alliance in the local municipal council, Mrs Gorinderpal Kaur Mangat, senior vice-president of the BJP and municipal councillor, today alleged that contracts of various development works had been given to certain municipal councillors in the name of their relatives and BJP councillors were being maltreated by its President, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhuller.

Computerisation drive
Chandigarh, July 10
The Punjab Soil and Water Conservation Department here today began the computerisation process to be completed in six months with field officers and circle officers being linked in the near future to make soil and water properties data available.


Held for attesting ‘fake’ marriage certificate
Jalandhar, July 10
While the Kapurthala police has arrested a Ramgarh village panchayat member for attesting “fake” marriage documents of a young couple, the parents of the girl, residents of the same village, have been running from pillar to post to know the whereabouts and fate of their daughter, who had gone missing from her home in a mysterious manner about one-and-a-half months ago.

Free phone calls racket unearthed
Bathinda, July 10
A free telephone calls scandal, involving the revenue loss of thousands of rupees, came to light here last evening. When the municipal authorities caught a PCO operator who had been tampering with an official telephone.

150 kg of poppy husk seized, peddler held
Bathinda, July 10
The district police today arrested Mohinder Singh, a resident of Kotha Guru village for allegedly smuggling poppy husk into the district. He was found in possession of five bags of poppy husk (150 kg) which were seized from his farm.


Meritorious students denied admission
Ferozepore, July 10
Neha Sood and Namrita Khosa, who scored 71 per cent and 67.4 per cent marks, in BA-II from the local Dev Samaj College for Women, respectively, seen to have become worst victims of injustice as they have been denied admission in the next class by the Principal, Ms Madhu Prashar, allegedly on the pretext that their mothers, who are serving as lecturers in the same college, are taking part in the ongoing agitation in the college against the suspension of another lecturer, Mrs Harbans Kaur.

Notice issued to Punjab Government
Chandigarh, July 10
Mr Justice V.K. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, yesterday issued notice of motion to the Punjab Government and the Senior Superintendent of Police, Amritsar, in a petition filed by Dr Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Dean and Head, Department of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Jalandhar girl second in PMET
Jalandhar, July 8
“It has been my dream to become a doctor and the credit for my selection in the PMET goes to my parents, who have inspired me towards this noble cause,” says Anureet Gill, who has bagged second position in the entrance test conducted by Baba Farid Medical University of Health Science.

School issue taken up with minister
Chak Ramsinghwala (Bathinda), July 10
While panchayat members and other residents of the village continue to sit on dharna in protest as the local high school was denied upgradation to plus two level, the district administration has taken up the matter with the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh.

VC releases book of Kirpal Singh
Patiala, July 10
The Sikh history presents experience of people from social, political, economic and cultural fields from a particular perspective.

Punjabi University results


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