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Vedanti advises restraint to writers
Amritsar, July 20
The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, took a major initiative to advise writers and religious commentators to show total restraint while writing against any religion. 

Rail officials speed up land acquisition
Chandigarh, July 20
The proposed Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail line has put an additional burden on the Railways in helping the Punjab Government speedily acquire land for the project courtesy the state’s improper procedures in this regard.

CISF to man Rajasansi security
Amritsar, July 20
The Central Industrial Security Force is likely to replace Punjab Police personnel on airport duty by August. This was indicated by the three-member team that surveyed a high level security appraisal of CISF personnel to be deployed at the Rajasansi airport replacing the Punjab Police.

Application fee — Govt way to amass money
Bathinda, July 20
Adding insult to injury, the state government has started filling its coffers through job advertisements. The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had announced the lifting of a ban on filling of vacancies a few months ago. Various departments have been placing advertisements for the same in papers, inviting applications from unemployed youth with demand drafts of varying sums.




One post of Pro-VC to go to ‘BJP man’
Patiala, July 20
The Punjab Government is likely to fill the posts of Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, within a week with one of the vacancies going to a Bharatiya Janata Party man.


PPCC rally at Rayya today
Amritsar, July 20
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has planned a meticulous election campaign for the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. The Chairman of the Punjab Election Campaign Committee, Mr R.L. Bhatia, while addressing newspersons here today said the PPCC would formally open their poll campaign with a massive rally at Rayya, near here, tomorrow.

Badal encouraging terrorists: Amarinder
Chandigarh, July 20
If voted to power, the Congress would set up a judicial commission to probe the charges of corruption levelled against the Badal government and family members of Akali and BJP ministers.
Punjab Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh.
Punjab Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh announcing the party decision to bring out a charge sheet against the Akali Dal-BJP alliance government in Punjab, at a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday. 
— PTI photo

Acting president of SAD (Mann) dead
Ludhiana, July 20
Prof Sukhjinder Singh (48), acting president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), died at Mohandai Oswal Hospital here on Thursday. He was suffering from leukemia. Prof Sukhjinder Singh had been a sports teacher at a college at Bhiwanigarh in Sangrur and left his job after joining the Akali Dal headed by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann.


Hospital needs care
Services in the Civil Hospital here are non-functional. Medical officers of the hospital have generated the feeling among patients that they would get proper treatment only if they visit them at their houses. These doctors do private practice, though they are paid non practising allowance regularly.

DC appeals to BKU (E) to end stir
Bathinda, July 20
Traffic remained disrupted on the Bathinda-Mansa road for the fifth day today due to the dharna of the activists of the BKU (E) near Maiser Khana village in protest against the inaction of the authorities concerned into the suicide of Mithu Singh, a farmer of Sandoha village.

Beopar Mandal chief, secy get interim bail
Abohar, July 20
The Sessions Judge, Ferozepore, has issued an interim direction that: Mr Rakesh Dhuria and Mr Vinod Sharma, President and Secretary, respectively, of the Yuva Beopar Mandal, Abohar, be released on interim bail in case of their arrest in the case registered against them under Section 170 of the Indian Panel Code.

Quadruplets born to 22-year-old
Tarn Tarn
Mrs Manpreet Kaur (22), wife of Mr Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of the town, has given birth to quardruplets (all male) at the local Sahib Nursing Home. The babies were born by a caesarean section after 37 weeks of pregnancy on July 14.


Admn plans on paddy procurement
Patiala, July 20
About 13.25 lakh tonnes of paddy is expected to be procured this year from the district mandis and plans for its procurement are being undertaken by the administration so that farmers do not face any problem regarding the sale of paddy in market.


MC’s directive on NOC from Fire Department
Amritsar, July 20
The Municipal Corporation has issued directions to commercial establishments in the city to obtain no objection certificates from the Fire Department. The NOC will be made mandatory before any completion certificate is issued to commercial establishments. 

Registration of outside employees
Patiala, July 20
Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, today directed the industrialists and house owners to take complete information about the workers and employees coming from outer regions and submit the same along with their recent photographs to the nearby police stations.


Three held for killing boy
Amritsar, July 20
Close on the heels of abduction of an 11-year-old boy and his merciless killing Wednesday at Rajasansi Airport, a mother and son were found murdered in their house yesterday. The case of abduction and killing of 11-year-old boy, Sahil, son of a fireman at Rajasansi Airport, was solved with the arrest of all three accused. 

Five held for robbery bid
Abohar, July 20
The city police arrested five armed persons during Operation Night Dominance from near the local graveyard. They were allegedly planning to commit a robbery



Dharna by college teachers
Bathinda, July 20
Members of the local unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union today sat on a dharna in front of the office of the Principal of the local DAV College to protest against the indifferent attitude of the state government regarding their demands. 

College students get degrees
Patiala, July 20
Master Mohan Lal, Higher Education Minister of Punjab, awarded degrees to students at the convocation ceremony of Government Mahendra College here today.
Students in a happy mood.
Students in a happy mood after receiving degrees at Mahendra College, Patiala, on Friday.

Varsity counselling from Aug 8
Faridkot, July 20
The counselling of the candidates for admission to MBBS, BDS, ayurvedic, homoeopathy, physiotherapy and nursing courses will be conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences from August 8 to August 14 at the local Baba Farid Sabhayacharak Kendra on the Faridkot-Kotkapura road.

Campus rally by college teachers
Nawanshahr, July 20
Teachers of the local R.K. Arya College, on a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union have been observing stay-in-strike and organising campus rallies in the college for the past four days.

Pvt college teachers hold protest
Amritsar, July 20
On a call given by the PCCTU, teachers of private colleges of Amritsar held a rally on the DAV College campus today in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands.

Principal denies he was hurt
Amritsar, July 20
Dr M.S. Dhillon (Principal) Khalsa College here today issued an clarification that he had intervened to prevent some antisocial elements from trying to disturb peace in the campus. 

Uniforms, books distributed
Patiala, July 20
As many as 97 needy students were given uniforms and books by Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, on behalf of the Red Cross Society here today. Mr Bir said that the availability of proper study material was a must to ensure uplift of students, especially those who wanted to explore the field of knowledge.
Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir distributing dresses and books to needy students in red Cross Bhawan at Patiala on Friday.
Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir distributing dresses and books to needy students at Red Cross Bhavan in Patiala on Friday. — Photo by Subash Patialvi.


Book rice mill for fraud: DC
Faridkot, July 20
Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, here has directed the police to register an FIR against Ms Surinder Kumar Kulbir Inder Singh Rice industries, Sadiq Road, for committing a fraud of Rs 85 lakh with the Punjab Government in the custom milling of paddy in 1999-2000.Top

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