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Row over photo showing Badal ‘performing havan’
Amritsar, July 3
With the convincing victory of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal and the rout of the Shiromani Akali Dal in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections, the issues of ‘real jathedar’ and ‘real Akali Dal’ have again cropped up.

CJ wants Bhatnagar to ‘remain available’
Chandigarh, July 3
Holding it as a prerogative of the state government to post any officer anywhere, the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice A.B. Saharya, had reportedly wanted that members of the inquiry committee — Mr A.P. Bhatnagar and Mr Chandersekhar — should remain available to him till completion of their work.

Panthic meet mooted to replace Badal
Chandigarh, July 3
Elated at his faction’s impressive victory and the defeat of Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s party in the elections to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra said here today that it was a beginning of the end of Mr Badal’s political career.

Councillors threaten stir over MC chief’s election
Malerkotla, July 3
The stage is set for a showdown in the historic town after 14 councillors declared here today that they would take to the streets if the Punjab Government failed to annul the election of the municipal committee President where only councillors owing allegiance to the local MLA, Mrs Razia Sultan, were allowed to vote.

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  Letter ‘exposes’ minister’s kin
Amritsar, July 3
The issue of corruption charges against Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, PWD minister and his brother Mr Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa levelled by a liquor vendor, Mr Sanjiv Malhan, alias Babloo, who is also a Congress worker, took a new turn with Mr Malhan producing a letter allegedly written by Mr Fateh Singh Bajwa to his business employees regarding giving of vends to Babloo.

Punjab Roadways incurring Rs 3 cr loss each month
Jalandhar, July 3
Punjab Roadways is incurring a monthly loss of Rs 3 crore for its failure to purchase new buses to complete its fleet of 2,407 buses for the past five years. With a whopping Rs 96 crore per annum loss to its credit, it has topped the list of those public sector undertakings for which the state government has decided to seek private partners.

Today we bring you a little-known but poignant story of the place where once Sukhdev, a revolutionary spent his formative years.
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Akali Dal (Amritsar) to vote for Captain Sahgal
Phagwara, July 3
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) will vote for and support Captain Laxmi Sahgal in the ensuing Presidential election. Declaring this here today, SAD(A) president and Lok Sabha member Simranjit Singh Mann said his party could not support APJ Abdul Kalam as he had used his genius for the destruction of mankind. 

YC activists to gherao Parliament
Hoshiarpur, July 3
Activists of the All-India Youth Congress will gherao Parliament at the start of monsoon session on July 15 in protest against the communal and anti-youth policies of the BJP. This was stated by Mr Davinder Singh Baboo, President, Punjab Youth Congress, while talking to mediapersons here today.

NCP welcomes anti-graft drive
Mansa July 3
Mr Swaran Singh, state unit president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has ruled out the merger of his party with the Congress.

Left parties to hold joint convention
Patiala, July 3
Four Left parties of Punjab namely the Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI), the CPM (Pasha group), the CPI(ML) Liberation and the All-India Forward Bloc will hold a joint convention on July 6 in Jalandhar to oppose the recently-tabled Punjab Budget and to call upon the people to start an agitation in a phased manner.


Probe into PSSSB selections demanded
Bathinda, July 3
Many candidates who had appeared in the tests conducted by the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB) Punjab during the time when doubtful selections were made by the PPSC have urged the authorities to probe the selections made by the board.

PPSC scam: police remand for 2 teachers
Patiala, July 3
A local court today remanded two teachers, arrested by the Vigilance Department yesterday on charges of indulging in biased marking of answer sheets of examinations of the PCS (Executive) and PCS (Judicial) at the behest of suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinderpaul Singh Sidhu, in police custody for a day.

PA of school board vice-chief remanded
Kharar, July 3
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today remanded Amar Singh PA of the Vice-Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board who was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau yesterday in connection with recruitment of 134 clerks in the board, in police custody till July 8 and ordered that he should be produced in the court on that day.

Punjab told to pay Rs 1 lakh
Chandigarh, July 3
In less than eight years after a Special Police Officer, acting as a decoy customer for apprehending drug peddlers, was beaten to death, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the state of Punjab to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation to the victim’s father within six months of receiving the order’s copy.

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Truckers threaten suicide
Bikaner fire sufferers
Bathinda, July 3
A few transporters, whose trucks were hired by the Army through the district administration from this city and surrounding areas and which were destroyed in a fire that broke out near Bikaner on January 11, 2002 while carrying ammunition to various destinations, today, threatened suicide if the authorities failed to pay them compensation for the damaged vehicles.

Man cries foul in wife’s ‘murder’ case
Dhalleke (Moga), July 3
The death of a woman who was buried alive under bags of wheat stored at an open plinth at Dhalleke village on June 15 has put up a question mark on the investigations that were conducted immediately after the incident.

MC employees stage dharna
Jalandhar, July 3
Employees of the local municipal corporation (MC) today staged a dharna against the seizure of official records of the building branch by the district police authorities on Monday. The police has been investigating the case pertaining to 2,024 files, which were found missing from the official records during a raid conducted by the vigilance wing of the Local Bodies Department last month.

Forest Dept staff hold rally
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 3
Employees of the Punjab Forest Department on the call of the Punjab Non-Gazetted Forest Officers’ Union held a rally at Sirhind today, hometown of Forest Minister Dr Harbans Lal to protest against the anti-employee attitude of Swarn Singh, Forest Officer Bist Jalandhar circle.

Cong men stage dharna against police ‘inaction’
Jalandhar, July 3
Agitating residents and Congress workers of ward no. 12 sat on dharna at the Kishanpura chowk here and blocked traffic for about three hours in protest against the failure of the district police to arrest those who had attempted to murder a Congress councillor, Mr Bal Kishan Bali, at his office on July 1.

More youth take to smack
Manjit Chawla (name changed), an owner of an orchestra group in Malout town in the district, is in ruins today as he has wasted his entire money for getting a kick from smack. After about five years of taking the drug, he was motivated to get himself de-addicted by taking treatment in the Bathinda-based Red Cross De-addiction Centre.

Campaign launched against drug addiction
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 3
A campaign to free the district from the menace of fast-growing drug addiction has been launched here. A drug de-addiction centre is being set up at Fatehgarh Sahib, where expert doctors will treat drug addicts.

Mr Rakesh Goyal, Zonal Director, Narcotics Bureau of India, releases a poster against drug abuse in Fatehgarh Sahib.

Mr Rakesh Goyal, Zonal Director, Narcotics Bureau of India, releases a poster against drug abuse in Fatehgarh Sahib.

Govt going back on commitment: BKU
Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab unit of the Bharti Kisan Union ( BKU) has charged the state government with making efforts to violate its commitment made in its election manifesto to provide free power to the agriculture sector. In a memorandum submitted to the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission here today the union has asked the state government to compensate the PSEB for the free power supply.

MC demolition drive selective: residents
Jalandhar, July 3
The local municipal corporation authorities carried out a demolition drive in the Housing Board colony, which is part of the ward of the Mayor of the civic body, Mr Surinder Mahey here this evening, in which unauthorised construction of gates and encroachment on public streets were razed to ground.

Only 6 Bazigar families in Punjab
Bathinda, July 3
Once considered a highly skilled and respectable art, the tradition of Bazigari (gymnastics) is on the verge of extinction as only six families all over Punjab are pursuing this as many of their family members have now started working as farm labourers.

Pensioners’ body honours
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 3
The Punjab Police Pensioners’ Welfare Association in a function held here today honoured Mr I.S. Randhawa, SP(H), on becoming the president of the Punjab Police Service (PPS) Officers’ Association.

End fixed quota of Amarnath pilgrims: Billa
Amritsar, July 3
The All-India Hindu Shiv Sena chief, Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, has said that he would give a call to Hindus to boycott the forthcoming Assembly elections if the Jammu and Kashmir Government failed to do away with the ‘fixed quota’ of pilgrims for the Amarnath yatra.

Court orders release of Akali leader
Faridkot, July 3
A local court today ordered the release of senior Akali Dal (Badal) leader and Moga Nagar (Council) President Kuldeep Singh Gill, who was arrested in an alleged cheating case on June 13.

‘Exorcist’ snaps ties with SGPC
Amritsar, July 3
Mr Narinder Pal Singh, an Assistant Information Officer, who was found exorcising at a religious place in violation of the ‘Sikh rehat maryada’ has snapped ties with the SGPC.

Construction of underbridge sought
Mansa, July 3
Delegations of various social organisations met Mr V.K. Aggarwal, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Delhi Division, who was here today to inspect the local railway station.


Paddy sowing renders 58 tubewells dry
Chukhiara (Jalandhar), July 3
Injudicious use of subsoil water for paddy over the years has rendered all 58 tubewells dry, which in turn has made farmers shun paddy sowing and go in for nomadic style farming.


Give power connections without delay: DC
Muktsar, July 3
Farmers in the district who have applied for a power connection would not have to wait for long if the orders of the Deputy Commissioner were followed by the officials concerned in letter and spirit. He has ordered to make arrangements for giving connections to all those farmers who had deposited the required amount and completed other formalities.

Admn scanning sangat darshan grants
Patiala, July 3
The district administration has undertaken a vigorous exercise to check the utilisation of funds under the Sangat Darshan scheme. Additional Deputy Commissioners and Sub-Divisional Officers are examining each and every grant released during the programme which had been initiated by the Akali-BJP government.


Two proclaimed offenders held
Hoshiarpur, July 3
Two proclaimed offenders, Raju, alias Kalia, alias Ram Kishan, of Chalhera village under Haripur police station in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh and Kaku of Jhalhera police station in Una district in Himachal Pradesh have been arrested for committing dacoities in 1992. The information was given in a press note issued here today by the SSP, Hoshiarpur, Ms Gurpreet Deo. She said members of the gang had been living in Kangra and Una districts for the past 10 years.

5 hurt in clash over land dispute
Jalandhar, July 3
While an army jawan today committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in the Suranassi Cantonment area, five persons, including a woman, were seriously injured in a clash over a land dispute at Lamba Pind in two separate incidents.

Woman, daughter held for running flesh trade
Amritsar, July 3
The police today rescued three girls, including a minor, who had been forced into the flesh trade in the city. The busting of the racket has revealed that the government-run international hotel and three-star hotels, including Mohan International, were being used for the purpose

Pirated CDs seized, three arrested
Amritsar, July 3
The district police has seized more pirated CDs of new Hindi movies and pornographic films in two raids at two shops in the posh locality of Ranjit Avenue late last evening. Three persons have been arrested in this regard.

Vigilance arrests pharmacist, 3 quacks
Moga, July 3
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested a pharmacist from the primary health centre, (PHC) Talwandi Mallian, in the district on charges of taking a fee of Rs 500 from a local resident for giving medicine and amassing property disproportionate to known sources of income. During the raid the in charge of the health centre, Dr Harvinder Singh, was also found absent.


Move to close boys’ college opposed
Amritsar, July 3
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad today opposed the government move to close the only boys college here.


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