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SGPC to ask Centre to amend Act
Modification in definition of Sikh voter
Amritsar, July 30
In a significant development, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has resolved to send the resolution passed by its general house on changing of the definition of Sikh voter (in its modified form) to the Centre for amending the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925.

Removing unemployment top priority: Badal
Faridkot, July 30
The Punjab Government has drawn up a comprehensive plan to check unemployment in the state. Under the scheme small-scale industrial and agro-based units will be set up at village-level and youths would be advanced loans on easy interests for these.

Illegal mining in Chakki river belt
Pathankot, July 30
Illegal mining is going on in the Chakki river belt here at more than 10 points on both banks. All efforts by the administration and the Mining Department to check it have failed.

A view of cracks that have developed at a house in the Kailash Parbat locality of Sunam.
A view of cracks that have developed at a house in the Kailash Parbat locality of Sunam.

Cracks develop in houses, shops
Negligence of municipal council alleged
Sunam, July 30
Big cracks have developed in at least 10 houses and two shops in the Kailash Parvat mohalla here in the past few days. Roots and floors of the affected buildings have also suffered damages, leading to a loss of about Rs 1 crore.




JBT teachers’ selection panel under fire
Jalandhar, July 30
The functioning of the District Departmental Selection Committee formed by the Punjab Government to select JBT teachers has come under a cloud with several candidates belonging to Nawanshahr district alleging that the two representatives of Guru Nanak Dev University in the committee were harassing them on one pretext or the other.

Badal assures jobs for elementary trained teachers
Chandigarh, July 30
The 41-day-long relay fast by unemployed elementary trained teachers of (Punjab) ended here today. The agitation came to an end as Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal gave an assurance of jobs to 400 elementary trained teachers here today.

Sukhbir’s statement causes flutter
Chandigarh, July 30
Mr Sukhbir Badal’s statement that 25 per cent of the party ticket will be given to youth by the Shiromani Akali Dal in the coming Punjab Assembly elections has ruffled many a feather in the party.


Cong leaders join SAD
Ferozepore, July 30
The Shiromani Akali Dal today got a shot in the arm when several Congress leaders led by the block president, Mr Vijay Gupta, who was a member of the Congress for the past 35 years along with several Congressmen switched, joined the SAD in presence of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at the residence of the Irrigation Minister, Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon here today.

Panchayat poll results
Sirsa, July 30
The byelections to the posts of sarpanch in two villages and panches in nine villages were held peacefully in the district today.

8 sarpanches, panches elected unopposed
Bathinda, July 30
Results of the panchayat byelections were announced here late yesterday evening. Out of the total 14 seats of panches and sarpanches, as many as eight were elected unopposed.

SAD sweeps panchayat poll
Gurdaspur, July 30
The SAD got a boost when it swept the panchayat elections, held in about 12 villages, yesterday.


Overhanging powerline threat to life
Bathinda, July 30
Residents of Bhatti road, Aggarwal Colony, Mohalla Parjapat, Shiv Colony, Suraj Colony, Kanhaiya Colony, Ajit road etc of the city do not allow their children to play on the rooftops of their houses fearing that they may get in electric shock from the high tension electric wires passing above their houses.

The high tension electric wires running over the rooftops at Kanhaiya Nagar in Bathinda pose danger to the lives of the residents. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera
The high tension electric wires running over the rooftops at Kanhaiya Nagar in Bathinda pose danger to the lives of the residents.

E-governance seminar on Aug 10
Chandigarh, July 30
To identify, understand in depth and address various issues related to e-governance, the Punjab IAS Officers Association has decided to organise a one-day seminar in Chandigarh on August 10, Mr Sarvesh Kaushal, chairman of the seminar committee, announced here today.

Ultimatum on kidnapped boy
Sangrur, July 30
The “Sunil Agwa Action Committee”, along with other organisations, has given an ultimatum to the police to find the kidnapped one-year-old Dalit boy, Sunil Kumar, by August 5.

Tohra, Badal groups clash
Ludhiana, July 30
The confrontation between Mr Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, sitting legislator from Dakha who owes allegiance to Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, and the vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia, has spilled out onto the streets. Yesterday the two groups confronted each other head-on.

College girls performing gidha during the Teej festival at Bathinda on Sunday night.
College girls performing gidha during the Teej festival at Bathinda on Sunday night. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab listening to the problems of the members of panchayat of a village during sangat darshan programme at Faridkot on Monday.
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, listening to problems of panchayat members of a village during a 'sangat darshan' programme at Faridkot on Monday.  — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Alcometers stop bacchus lovers in their tracks
Patiala, July 30
Bachus lovers driving late night on the roads of the city yesterday had a narrow escape as most of them were let off after being subjected to the newly introduced alcometer test. However, those driving rashly after imbibing too much liquor were challaned.

Cycle track left unfinished
The cycle track being constructed along Lower Mall was intended to ease the movement of traffic in the area. However, the project has been left halfway since the Army authorities who had undertaken the task have stopped the work.

Aids distributed to physically challenged
Patiala, July 30
Mr Gurnam Singh Mehra, Commandant, inaugurated the identification-cum-evaluation camp organised by the District Red Cross Disability Rehabilitation Centre held at Senior Secondary School, Bahadurgarh, here today.

Rs 1 crore for development of Nihalsinghwala
Moga, July 30
The Punjab Government has handed over Rs 1 crore to the local district administration for the development of Nihalsinghwala town in the district and more funds would be provided if the need arises. This was stated by the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, at the opening ceremony of two schools at Badhani Kalan village in the district, in a plus two and a primary school.

Punjab police union’s general secy resigns
Jalandhar, July 30
Perturbed over the failure of the state government to accept the demands of Punjab police officers, general secretary of the PPS Welfare Association, Punjab, Mr Amarjit Singh, has resigned from the post owing moral responsibility for not getting their demands accepted during his tenure.

Punjab Govt anti-Dalit, says SC Federation
Jalandhar, July 30
The Scheduled Castes and Backward Class Employees Federation, Punjab has demanded that the state government should withdraw its orders regarding abolition of the roaster system pertaining to reservation in promotions for Scheduled Caste and Backward Class employees.

I-Day function at Ferozepore
Ferozepore, July 30
The state-level Independence Day function will be held here for which preparations have been initiated. 

Freedom fighter cremated
Moga, July 30
Mr Jarnail Singh, a freedom fighter, who was associated with the INA, died at Chheda village near Salsar, in the district yesterday. He was 85.

Shopping complex plan invites protest
Malerkotla, July 30
Hundreds of residents of the Sirhandi Gate area raised slogans against the Chairman of the Improvement Trust and the Punjab Government here today in protest against the proposed shopping complex scheme of the trust at Sajida Park in Talab Bazar.

Two cops suspended
Sangrur, July 30
Bhawanigarh shopkeepers today observed a bandh while a large number of residents accompanied by leaders of various political parties took out a march, demanding the suspension of an ASI and a munshi of Bhawanigarh police station in a case in which an accused in a rape case escaped from police custody on July 27. Later, the accused was arrested by the police.


Bains takes over as Director, Agriculture
Chandigarh, July 30
Dr S.S. Bains has taken over as Director of Agriculture, Punjab. He assumed charge on July 27 on a regular basis.


Robbers plotting to kill NRI held
Nawanshahr, July 30
The police has busted a gang of robbers by arresting Joti, alias Raju, Balwinder Ram, alias Babba, Ravinder, alias Preetu, Surjit, alias Thellu, Bahadur Singh, Sanjiv Kumar, Baljinder Singh and Chaman Lal. The gang was involved in a number of robberies in the Banga area in the district. This was stated in a press note issued by Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, here today.


ETT Union to end fast
Ferozepore, July 30
The Elementary Trained Teachers Union today decided to end their fast, after the Chief Minister assured the delegation, which called upon him here yesterday, that the government would take every necessary step to provide jobs to all ETT teachers, who had applied for the posts of primary teacher.

Varsity ignores AICTE notice
Patiala, July 30
Punjabi University today cocked a snook at the All-India Council for Technical Education which has accused it of granting illegal affiliation to various institutions for grant of Master of Computer Application degree and offering MCA degree through the distance education programme, by urging the institutions concerned to disregard the AICTE notice and complete the admission process.

Workshop on conservation of manuscripts
Amritsar, July 30
Modern techniques like CD, microfilming and video cassettes should be adopted for the preservation and conservation of rare manuscripts, books, documents, photographs and other library materials.

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