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Punjab MLAs make beeline for AICC office
New Delhi, July 1
With the Congress high command having given green signal to the expansion of Cabinet in Punjab, aspiring MLAs have begun making rounds of the AICC office here. The modalities of the expansion will be worked out when the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, comes to the Capital. 

Punjab defers one-man judicial panel
Chandigarh, July 1
In a significant shift in its pronounced policy, the Punjab Government has decided to defer setting up of one-man judicial commission to look into all acts of omission and commission of the previous SAD-BJP government and has instead opted for setting up special courts for speedy trial of vigilance cases.

Govt reneges on pay parity issue
Chandigarh, July 1
Backtracking from its earlier decision to enforce parity between pay scales of employees of public sector undertakings with that of government employees, the Punjab Government today authorised the PSEB authorities to use its discretion on the implementation of the order.




SGPC member caught smuggling opium into jail
Bathinda, July 1
Mr Sadhu Singh Ragi, Member, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) and former chairman, Market Committee, Bhadur (Sangrur), was caught red-handed by the local central jail authorities while trying to smuggle opium into the jail today.

Package afoot to revive units in border districts
Amritsar, July 1
Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Minister of State for Industry, Punjab, said here that Industry in three border districts would be revived and added that Chief Minister Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh had given an assurance to this effect.

Sidhu’s police remand extended
Patiala, July 1
A court here today extended police remand of suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu till July 4 as Sidhu’s counsel filed a fresh petition challenging the remand order given on June 27.

Minister promises dues to employees
SAS Nagar, July 1
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, said here today that the government was sympathetic to the financial demands of its employees but sought their cooperation as the state’s fiscal health was bad and it was necessary to tighten the belt.


Elevation of Advani flayed
Chandigarh, July 1
Mr Sirmanjit Singh Mann, MP, president of the SAD (Amritsar), has criticised the elevation of Mr L.K. Advani as Deputy Prime Minister.


Govt victimising Bhanoki: SAD
Phagwara, July 1
Activists of the SAD-BJP and the BSP today staged a demonstration outside the local Sadar police station and took out a protest march. They also held a rally in the courts complex and presented a memorandum, addressed to the Governor, to SDM Zora Singh against the registration of cases against Akali leader Baldev Singh Bhanoki, sarpanch Bhanoki village and Block Samiti member from Bhanoki zone, under Sections 364, 452 and 506, IPC and 25, 27 and 54/59 of the Arms Act.

Probe finds irregularities by ex-minister
Jalandhar, July 1
The inquiry report regarding the alleged irregularities committed in appointments by former Local Bodies Minister and senior and senior BJP leader, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon during SAD-BJP rule in the state would be submitted to the Punjab Chief Minister next week.

Buses ply illegally, ADGP seeks report
Amritsar, July 1
A number of buses have been plying illegally on different routes all over the state by using the numbers of three-wheelers or two-wheelers causing huge loss to the state exchequer by evading road and passenger taxes etc.

Beant case: 2 record statements
Chandigarh, July 1
Statement of two witnesses, Inspector P.K Sharma of the CBI and Rajmohan was today recorded in the Beant Singh assassination trial before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla, in a special court in the Model Burail Jail.

Kanjla’s petition dismissed
Chandigarh, July 1
Punjab MLA-cum-former Cabinet Minister Gobind Singh Kanjla’s petition, seeking the grant of anticipatory bail “in case a first information report was registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau under the Prevention of Corruption Act”, was today dismissed as withdrawn by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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SGPC-run medical institute approved by MCI: Principal
Amritsar, July 1
The Director-Principal of the SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Dr Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal, has clarified that the institute is approved by the Medical Council of India.

Complainant turns accused
Bathinda, July 1
In an interesting case, the district police authorities have decided to launch criminal proceedings against Suba Singh, a resident of Mansa Kalan village when he was found accused of committing fraud during an inquiry conducted into the complaint lodged by him (Suba Singh) to Chief Minister and DGP, Punjab police, in connection with the snatching of his tractor by DSP, Talwandi Sabo, Mr Ashutosh.

Spinning mill staff threaten ‘do-or-die’ protest
Bathinda, July 1
The employees and labourers of the local spinning mill have urged the government to make arrangement for the payment of salary due to them for the past eight months. They have threaten that if no action was taken in this regard till July 6, they would launch a ‘do or die’ agitation.

Bathinda unprepared for monsoon
Bathinda, July 1
Even though the monsoon is expected any time in the city, the authorities concerned has failed to make arrangements for the speedy drainage of rain water so far. No desilting of the underground sewerage has been done and no new pipes to increase its capacity have been laid to face the situation.

A Bathinda road after the rain. — File photo Kulbir Beera

A Bathinda road after the rain.

Villagers block traffic, demand regular power
Jalandhar, July 1
Hundreds of residents of Lalian Khurd, Rampur and adjoining villages today blocked traffic on the Jalandhar-Nakodar road near Badshahpur village for three hours to protest against the failure of the Punjab State Electricity Board to restore power supply for the past 10 days.

Shifting of Intelligence officers flayed
Bathinda, July 1
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, Member of Parliament and President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) yesterday said that shifting of a section of officials of state intelligence including ADGP, A.P. Bhatnagar, had dealt a setback to the ongoing anti-corruption campaign launched by the Congress government in Punjab.

Probe into use of ‘sangat darshan’ funds begins
Moga, July 1
The district administration has started a probe into the utilisation of funds distributed by former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Three committees headed by subdivisional magistrates of Moga, Baghapurana and Nihalsinghwala, respectively, have been constituted for this purpose.

Mystery over property dealer’s death
Amritsar, July 1
Confusion prevails over the death of Raman Kumar (30), resident of Shivala colony, at 9.30 a.m. here today. While the in-laws of the deceased said he committed suicide, Raman’s mother Prem Kumari alleged that his in-laws had murdered him.

Invitation for talks accepted
Chandigarh, July 1
The Confederation of Employees of the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department has accepted the invitation of the Excise and Taxation Commissioner for talks at Patiala on July 3 to sort out various problems, including the “prevalence of suffocating work atmosphere in the department”.

Delhi-Ferozepore Shatabdi sought
Bathinda, July 1
The local Railway Passengers Association has urged the Railway Minister to start the promised New Delhi-Ferozepore and New Delhi -Sriganganagar Shatabdi trains so that residents of the area are benefited.

Sacked MC worker not paid dues
Bathinda, July 1
Mr Surjit Singh, of the Jogi Nagar area of the city has been running from pillar to post to get his salary for four-and- a-half months released and secure the job back while the local municipal council authorities are not paying any heed to his requests.

CM mourns Sikh pilgrims’ death
Chandigarh, July 1
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Transport Minister Tej Parkash Singh, Public Works Minister Partap Singh Bajwa and Minister of State for Tourism Ashwani Sekhri have expressed grief over the death of 13 Sikh pilgrims in a bus accident in Chamoli district yesterday.


Unpopular trades in ITIs to be phased out
Chandigarh, July 1
The Punjab Government has decided to phase out 127 units of 25 unpopular and obsolete trades in all the state-run ITIs. The new courses would be introduced from the forthcoming session.

‘Miscreants’ lock school premises
Tarn Taran, July 1
Students of the local government primary school and women teachers and representatives of different political parties had to stage a dharna to get the school premises unlocked. Some miscreants locked the school today on the first day when the school reopened after the summer break.

Pvt college teachers hold rallies
Moga, July 1
In response to a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, private college teachers throughout the state today wore black badges and organised rallies in their respective colleges affiliated to various universities of the state to protest against the “negative policies” of the state government.

Guru Nanak varsity appointments
Amritsar, July 1
Prof. B.R. Batra today took over as head of Guru Ramdas School of Planning, Prof M.P. Mahajan of Applied Chemistry Department, Dr Renu Bhardwaj of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Prof Gurupdesh Singh at English Department and Dr Gajendra Singh of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Guru Nanak Dev University for a period of three years while Dr H.K. Mangat took over as head of Zoology Department for a period up to September 25.


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