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Now controversy on “miri, piri”
Debate unnecessary, say Sikh scholars
Amritsar, July 27
The latest issue of “Gurmat Parkash”, published by the SGPC has kicked off a fresh controversy on the significant subject of “miri, piri” in the Sikh circle. In the issue there are three articles in which the concept of “miri, piri” has been written as “piri, miri”. 

No letter on kin of militants: Badal
Gurdaspur, July 27
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, today expressed ignorance about any secret letter sent by the Chief Secretary to the Deputy Commissioner seeking detailed information regarding kin of terrorists for providing relief. Talking to newspersons after a sangat darshan, he said relief “is provided only on the directions of the Supreme Court and the Punjab and Haryana High Court.”

Kangar expelled from SAD
Bathinda, July 27
The sharp differences in the district unit of SAD came to the fore when the party’s district president and state Power Minister, Mr Sikander Singh Malooka, expelled Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar, a senior party leader and close associate of Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, for six years from the party after cancelling his primary membership allegedly for his anti-party activities.

For them hawkers play vital role
Baupur Jadid (Kapurthala), July 27
With no government-owned or private shop, residents of nearly 10 villages on this island in the middle of the Beas, are totally dependent on a few “pheriwallahs” (hawkers) who virtually form a lifeline for inhabitants of the island which they visit twice a week using two boats maintained by residents on the river banks for ferrying the mainland.




SHSAD to highlight “corrupt” deeds
Jalandhar, July 27
The President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today declared that his party would highlight the “corrupt” deeds of SAD-BJP ministers, including the chief minister, and the issue of “rampant” corruption in government departments during the forthcoming Assembly elections.

CPM for joint front for Assembly poll
Chandigarh, July 27
The CPM is trying to bring about unity among the secular, democratic and leftist forces in Punjab to contest assembly elections as a joint front. This was told to the party activists by Prof Balwant Singh, secretary of the state unit of the CPM, at a meeting of the State Committee of the party held here today.

Punjab Youth Cong meeting held
Chandigarh, July 27
A meeting of the general body of the Punjab unit of the Indian Youth Congress was held here today. Mr Krishan Vir Mena, observer, was present at the meeting.


Seven more bodies fished out of Sutlej
Ropar, July 27
Seven more bodies of the Kiratpur Sahib truck mishap victims were fished out today from the Sutlej near Kiratpur Sahib and Ropar, taking the total number of the bodies recovered to 41.

Baba ‘flouts’ Sikh maryada
Jalandhar, July 27
Violation of Sikh traditions and “maryada” by a self-styled “Chakarvarti Baba”, who held path of “Dasam Granth” and organised a hawan simultaneously besides sacrificing goats to celebrate his birthday during his samagam has created ripples among people of the area near Malsian town of this district.

Jail warden suspended for negligence
Jalandhar, July 27
Even as the condition of an inmate of the local Central Jail, who had consumed sleeping pills to satisfy his urge for drugs during the hearing of a case in the premises of district courts yesterday, was stated to be out of danger, the local Central Jail authorities have suspended its warden, Mr Masat Ram, for negligence in checking the inflow of drugs into the jail complex.

Raw drugs lying unused in ayurvedic dispensary
Patiala, July 27
Raw drugs have been lying unused in the Government Ayurvedic Pharmacy and Store here, the only institution which prepares and supplies drugs to ayurvedic dispensaries and hospitals in the state, since the past six to seven years. While some of the drugs have outlived their utility, those which can be used are also being allowed to go waste due to non-functioning of the pharmacy.

2 killed, 2 hurt as tanker hits jeep
Bathinda, July 27
Two persons were killed and as many injured in an accident today on the Bathinda-Dabwali road, near Sangat Mandi, about 29 km from here. 

This is of what remains of the ill-fated jeep that met with an accident.
This is of what remains of the ill-fated jeep that met with an accident at the Bathinda-Dabwali road, near Sangat Mandi, about 20 km from here, on Friday. 
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Collapsing under weight of splendour
Durbar Hall in the Quila Mubarak complex which was built by Phulkian rulers of Patiala and has now been turned into a museum, is literally being ‘weighed’ down by history. Durbar Hall is a splendid edifice built in European style and has a large hall without any supporting pillar.

Panel for registration of six ultrasound centres
Sangrur, July 27
The District Advisory Committee for the implementation of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act at its first meeting here yesterday recommended the registration of six ultrasound centres.

INTUC members hold dharna
Ropar, July 27
Members of the district council of INTUC, here today held a dharna outside the local secretariat to press for their demands. While addressing the dharna, Mr Bhupesh Sharma, secretary, PPCC, alleged that the liberalisation and privatisation policies of the government were increasing unemployment in the country. 

Fast by 70 jailed BKU(E) activists
Bathinda, July 27
About 70 activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), who have been lodged in the local Central Jail for the past many days after they were arrested by the police in order to curtail their agitation, went on a fast today.

Residents serve legal notice on MC
Patiala, July 27
Residents of various colonies in the city have served a legal notice on the Municipal Commissioner, Mr K.S.Kang, for not doing anything constructive about the rubbish being thrown on a piece of land owned by the corporation on the Patiala-Sanaur road.

Live show to mark DD Punjabi anniversary
Jalandhar, July 27
The Prasar Bharati authorities will celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of DD Punjabi, Doordarshan’s first Punjabi satellite channel, by hosting a two-hour tradition and value-based live cultural show depicting all aspects of the rich cultural heritage of the state on August 4.

Lure of lottery growing in Mansa
Mansa, July 27
The district is fast turning into a gambling and betting hub. Men, women and even school-going kids buy lottery tickets in routine from several shops which have mushroomed in different parts of the towns.

NFL employees stage dharna
Bathinda, July 27
Employees of the local unit of the National Fertilizers Limited staged a dharna and raised slogans in protest against the move of the Union Government to disinvest stake in the NFL.

Bank poll stayed
Ropar, July 27
The Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mr Malwai, has stayed the elections for the managing body of Ropar Central Cooperative bank till the next date of hearing fixed for August 14.


Govt speeds up voters’ card process
Chandigarh, July 27
The Punjab Government has speeded up the process of issuing photo Identity cards to enlisted voters in the areas which were not covered earlier. There are instructions of the Chief Election Commission of India that no one be allowed to cast the vote in the ensuing Assembly elections in the state without an Identity card.

‘Withdraw orders on 20 JEs’
Chandigarh, July 27
The Diploma Engineers Association, Punjab Irrigation Department, has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to cancel the orders pertaining to current duty charge given to 20 junior engineers as subdivisional engineers.

Punjab DGP leaves for UK
Chandigarh, July 27
The Punjab Director-General of Police, Mr Sarabjit Singh, has left for the UK on an invitation from the South Yorkshire police. Invitation was extended to the DGP for discussions on plans for future cooperation and interaction between the police forces of Punjab and South Yorkshire.

Sugar quota for August increased
Phillaur, July 27
The Punjab Government has increased the ration quota of sugar for August. Stating this, the Punjab Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, said here yesterday that this step had been taken in view of the forthcoming Raksha Bandhan, Independence Day and Janmashtami celebrations.

Use of LPG in vehicles to be checked
Bathinda, July 27
Mr Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Additional Deputy Commissioner, said here today that the use of the LPG cylinders in vehicles would be checked and the transport authorities had been directed to follow the orders.

Beautification drive begins
Bathinda, July 27
The local Municipal Council in association with various schools of the city has started the beautification drive under which saplings of trees would be planted at various places in the city.


4 held for smuggling poppy, liquor
Bathinda, July 27
The district police has arrested four persons for allegedly smuggling narcotics and recovered 45 kg of poppy husk and 9 litres of liquor. Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, said in a press note issued here today that Mahinder Singh of the Mehraj police station area was arrested from Guru Kul road for allegedly smuggling poppy husk. 


Review Sodhia’s appointment, says union
Amritsar, July 27
The Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union and several educationists have questioned the appointment of Mrs Manjit Kaur Sodhia as Dean, College, without any interview.

Teachers hail HC order on pension scheme
Garhshankar, July 27
Pro K.B.S. Sodhi, President, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, Prof P.S. Bansal, President, PCCTU unit of Hoshiarpur, Dr Harcharan Singh, General Secretary, and Prof V.K. Vij, former president, in a joint statement issued here today, hailed the judgement of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, directing the Punjab Government to implement the pension and gratuity scheme within three months and report back to the court by November 10.

Counselling dates of colleges clash
Hoshiarpur, July 27
Resentment prevails among students, who are seeking admission to various engineering college of Punjab, against the authorities of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, for refixing the date for first counselling on August 7. 

Discrimination in interviews: PUTA
Patiala, July 27
The Punjabi University Teachers Association today alleged that interviews for promotion under the Career Advancement Scheme were being held on factional grounds and teachers who had openly supported PUTA in its struggle for teachers’ cause were being victimised either by not promoting them or postponing their interviews.

Shun path of stir, says Tota Singh
Chandigarh, July 27
The Education Minister, Punjab, Mr Tota Singh, has appealed to the candidates trained to impart elementary education to shun the path of agitation and come forward for amicable solution of their problem.

Computer centre inaugurated
Patiala, July 27
Jacob Computer Centre, constructed at a cost of Rs 11 lakh, was inaugurated by the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd,) at Punjab Public School, Nabha, near here, today.Top

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