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Punjab to set up panel to vet graft cases
Chandigarh, July 2
The Punjab Government today reiterated that it would set up a one-man judicial commission with a specific task of vetting complaints of corruption before recommending these for formal investigation by the Vigilance Bureau.

Badal has gone amnesic: ministers
Chandigarh, July 2
Several Punjab ministers and MLAs in a signed statement today charged that former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had become “amnesic” and had no moral ground to comment upon the prerogative of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to shuffle officers and bureaucrats.

Vedanti writes to PM on Sehajdhari issue
Amritsar, July 2
Even as the Chief Minister, Mr Amarinder Singh, has openly opposed the move to debar sehajdharis from exercising their rights vote during the SGPC elections, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, announced that “it is the considered opinion of Akal Takht that no non-Sikh under any garb should be allowed to meddle or influence the affairs of the Sikhs”.

Bhai Ranjit Singh charges Sarna with nepotism
Amritsar, July 2
Even as the SHSAD has registered a clear majority in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections, Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar, Akal Takht, said he would ask his six candidates regarding supporting Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, president, SHSAD, Delhi unit, for presidentship.




No proposal to privatise PSEB: CM
Patiala, July 2
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, assured engineers that there was no proposal to disinvest the Punjab State Electricity Board or privatise it.

PUTA, TUF factions back Dean, Academics
Patiala, July 2
A faction of the Punjabi University Teachers Association as well as the Teachers United Front, who were behind the agitation to remove a former Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, from the University, today urged the university authorities not to take any action against the Dean, Academics, Dr U.C. Singh, on the basis of an adverse inquiry report submitted against him.

‘Exorcist’ SGPC official resigns
Amritsar, July 2
Mr Narinder Pal Singh, who was caught while exorcising at a religious place has resigned as Assistant Information Officer in protest. In his resignation letter, he alleged that he was implicated on baseless allegations.


Police, MC officials lock horns
Jalandhar, July 2
The local police and the municipal corporation authorities have locked horns over the seizure of records pertaining to hundreds of illegal buildings in the city from the civic body’s building branch by the police authorities.

Punjab Government goes soft on staff
Chandigarh, July 2
Congress legislators have made the Punjab Government review its line towards employees of the state government as well as public sector undertakings. They have clearly told the Chief Minister not to follow the dictates of bureaucrats in this connection and to take decisions after examining the matters pertaining to employees at the political level in the party.

Vinod Khanna’s dream may become reality
Gurdaspur, July 2
With his elevation as Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Bollywood star-turned-politician Vinod Khanna’s cherished desire of turning the backward Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency into California may become a reality.

Kewal Singh’s case goes to Sessions Court
Talwandi Sabo, July 2
Mr Kurnesh Kakkar, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), today committed the dowry case registered against a former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, Giani Kewal Singh, his son Baljinder Singh and another kin Joginder Kaur to the court of the Sessions Judge, Bathinda, and fixed July 16 the next date for hearing.

Bishnois committed to conservation
“Aren’t we eulogising the Bishnois a bit too much?” This is the normal response of people who do not understand the importance of conservation. A visit to a Bishnoi village in the Abohar tehsil of Ferozepore district bordering Rajasthan and Haryana clears up these doubts.

Malerkotla MCs up in arms against MLA
Chandigarh, July 2
Fourteen of the 26 municipal councillors of Malerkotla have been up in arms against Mrs Razia Sultan, MLA and her police officer husband, Mr Mohammad Mustafa, alleging “blatant misuse of official machinery” in holding election to the President of the Municipal Committee in “utter violation of the rules” , yesterday.

Army units for J&K from Rajasthan border
Ferozepore, July 2
Several infantry units of the army stationed along the International Border in Rajasthan and Punjab are slated to be sent as additional forces to Jammu and Kashmir for counter-insurgency operations.

The rare species of deerArmy rescues Pakistani deer
Amritsar, July 2
As a goodwill gesture, the Indian Army rescued a pair of deer who had crossed into the Indian territory while their mother was poached by the Pakistani security forces deployed along the border. An Army patrol party found these deer of rare species on the border in a shocked state when they were just two weeks old. 

The rare species of deer rescued by Army men.
— PTI photo

Row over kar seva at Darbar Sahib
Faridkot, June 2
The kar seva at historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Jand Sahib village, nearly 25 km from here, in this district has been hanging fire for the past about three years following a rift between the management committee and the priest of the shrine.

BABY-SITTER: A child feeds milk to a little monkey in Bathinda. 
— Photo Kulbir Beera 

New angioplasty technique introduced
Jalandhar, July 2
A new technique of angioplasty commonly known as ballooning of arteries of heart, has been introduced in Punjab for the first time. Chpher stent, found to be highly effective in prevention of artery blockage, is being used for treating patients of coronary artery diseases in America and Europe.

Bus accident victims cremated
Batala, July 2
The cremation of Paramjit Kaur (37), a teacher at G.N. Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Narowal here who was among the 14 killed in a bus accident near Joshi Math, Uttaranchal, took place at Vaironangal village near Amonangal on the Batala-Mehta road.

Morning train from Delhi sought
Muktsar, July 2
The District Consumer Welfare Council has urged the Union Railway Minister to start a new train between New Delhi and Ferozepore that will start from New Delhi in the morning.

Misrepresentation of plot record alleged
Amritsar, July 2
Mr Hardeep Singh, a resident of Majith Mandi in an affidavit has alleged that a plot khasra No 44, under town planning scheme No 46 has been misrepresented by town planning officials in official records.

Moga MC chief’s remand extended
Moga, July 2

(Senior SAD (Badal) leader and local Nagar council President Kuldeep Singh Gill was today remanded in judicial custody till July 12.


Rakesh Chandra named Deputy Principal Secy
Chandigarh, July 2
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has made another addition to the staff in his office. Mr Rakesh Chandra has been appointed Deputy Principal Secretary in the CM’s office.

Phone facility to Addl Secys withdrawn
Chandigarh, July 2
There is a resentment among senior officers as the Punjab Government has withdrawn the direct telephone facility to officers up to the rank of Additional Secretary. Mainly, PCS officers have been affected by this decision.

Survey to gauge tourist potential
Ropar, July 2
The Deputy Commissioner here, Ms Seema Jain, today surveyed the areas around Nangal, which have the potential of being developed as picnic spots. She visited various spots on the banks of Nangal Dam lake and asked the local authorities about the chances of developing these into tourist attractions. She was accompanied by SDM, Anandpur Sahib, and local tehsildars.


Man held for son-in-law’s murder
Amritsar, July 2
The district police today arrested Tara Chand, father-in-law of Raman, for allegedly murdering Raman yesterday. Tara Chand and his two sons Babla and Sona were the co-accused in the case.


Teachers resent govt decisions
Bathinda, July 2
The district unit of the Democratic Teachers Front has said that some of the decisions taken by the state government like privatisation of some departments, scrapping of some vacant posts and a ban on payment of dearness allowance were anti-employee and would have an adverse effect on working.

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