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SGPC, govt heading for confrontation
Chandigarh, July 6
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal headed by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra has decided to send a delegation to Union Home Minister, L.K. Advani to urge him not to delay elections to the general house of the SGPC at the “instance” of Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

It’s brazen interference: Badal
Chandigarh, July 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal today described the Punjab Government’s order on the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission as an act of “grave political immorality and constitutional impropriety” and said it amounted to brazen interference by the Congress into the religious affairs of Sikhs.

‘Sangat darshan’ grants: raids on 60 villages
Ropar, July 6
The Punjab Government has initiated a probe into the use of the ‘sangat darshan’ grants doled out by the Badal government during the last few months of its stint in power. On directions from the Punjab Government, the local ADC (General), Mr Vikas Garg, yesterday raided 60 villages of the Kharar subdivision of the district and collected data regarding the use of the ‘sangat darshan’ grants.

Naib Tehsildar, 8 deed writers held
Chandigarh, July 6
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today released the details of money and documents seized from various tehsil offices following statewide raids by its teams yesterday.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Schools fail to pay house tax
No auction held despite notices
Amritsar, July 6
Many schools here figure among the list of defaulters who have failed to deposit their house tax (in lakhs) despite repeated reminders. Moreover, officials of the municipal corporation who issued notices of attaching and auctioning of the properties of the defaulters failed to take any action.

Today we peep into Nakodar, a small town in Punjab, which is the only centre manufacturing 35 mm cinema hall projectors.
(28k, 56k)


SAD not opposed to voting rights to Sehajdharis
Sangrur, July 6
Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Secretary-General Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said today that his party was not against giving voting rights to the Sehajdharis in the SGPC elections.


AITUC leader’s call to ‘serve public sector’
Nawanshahr, July 6
Mr Gurudass Dasgupta, general secretary, the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) addressing the two-day state conference organised by the Punjab Government Transport Workers Union (AITUC), which concluded here today, appealed the workers to unite to launch stir against “anti- worker” and “pro-capitalist ” policies of the Centre, force it to set up a “new economic system” in which rights of workers and public sector could be safeguarded for the development and welfare of the public.

Shortage of docs in medical colleges
Patiala, July 6
A severe shortage has occurred in the teaching departments of all three Government Medical Colleges in the state with a large number of senior faculty members retiring or putting in their papers to go into private practice.

PCMS docs form new association
Amritsar, July 6
Doctors of the Punjab Civil Medical Services have formed a new association to provide a platform to doctors possessing postgraduate qualifications. The association will cooperate with the new government to improve the quality of secondary healthcare in the state while pressing for the genuine demands of the doctors.

‘Cong choosy in opening corruption cases’
SAS Nagar, July 6
“The proposed visit of an NDA team to Punjab is only political in nature and does not amount to any sort of interference by the Central Government. If the working of the Congress Government is transparent, why is it fearing the visit of the NDA team to the state”.

PSEB to extend VDS up to July 15
Patiala, July 6
A delegation of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) headed by Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal held a meeting with members of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to discuss the power supply to tubewells and villages.

MC chief’s bail plea rejected
Bathinda, July 6
Mr Jaspal Singh, Additional Sessions Judge, today dismissed bail application of Bhupinder Singh Bhullar, president, Municipal Council, Bathinda, and Dr Raj Kumar Garg, municipal councillor, in connection with a criminal case registered against them for their alleged involvement in bunglings in the action of a milk booth site located in the heart of the city.

Inmates allege malpractices, fear retribution
Bathinda, July 6
Even as some of the inmates of the local Central Jail alleged that malpractices were going on in the jail, the ADGP (Jails), Mohammad Izhar Alam, showed his satisfaction regarding the functioning of the jail during his visit today.

Implement amendment: SC officers
Phagwara, July 6
A state-level conference of the PSEB SC Power Engineers and Officers Association Punjab today adopted 11 resolutions demanding the implementation of 85th constitutional amendment which had undone Supreme Court judgement to provide consequential seniority in the promoted cadres. 

Campaign to check bonded labour
Ropar, July 6
No case of bonded labour has been found in the district during a special campaign launched by the district administration. This was stated here yesterday by Ms Seema Jain, Deputy Commissioner.

Labourers cut trees
Labourers cut trees in spite of ban at the GT Road in Jalandhar on Saturday. 
— PTI Photo

NRI Sabha formed
Faridkot, July 6
On the direction of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the district administration has formed an NRI Sabha to sort out their problems.

Plan to beautify Moga town
Moga, July 6
Efforts have been initiated to beautify Moga town by developing green belts and removing encroachments from all main roads.

Notice to state in PPSC scam
Patiala, July 6
Sessions Judge, Mr S.P. Bangar, today issued notice to the state with regard to the regular bail application filed by Prof Gurpal Singh, an accused in PPSC scam.

Check revenue theft, councillors told
Chandigarh, July 6
An orientation-cum-training programme for the newly elected Mayors, Senior Deputy Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Councillors, including Women Councillors of Municipal Corporations and senior officers of the Local Government Department, Punjab, was inaugurated by Minister for Local Government Chaudhary Jagjit Singh yesterday at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID).

Ferozepore gears up for floods
Ferozepore, July 6
All flood control measures have been completed in the border district in view of the monsoon. The district administration has ensured that all sensitive areas remain safe.

Two labourers die in accident
Phagwara, July 6
Two Nepalese labourers Tapeswar Paswan (40) and Guru (20) were killed and eight others injured and hospitalised when their three-wheeler was hit from behind by a Haryana Roadways bus on the JCT railway fly-over here yesterday.

8 LIC agents cremated
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 6
Eight LIC agents who were killed in a mishap when their vehicle collided with a Haryana Roadways bus at Chhutmulpur yesterday were cremated today at their native villages.

37 HIV positive cases in Kapurthala
Phagwara, July 6
The Kapurthala Civil Surgeon, Dr S.P. Jagat, said on Thursday that there were 37 HIV positive cases in the district.

Youth Congress workers take the oath
Youth Congress workers take the oath to rid Punjab of the menace of drugs.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Registration ‘must’ for ultrasound centres
Barnala, July 6
The Punjab Government has accepted the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association’s plea that ultrasound centres instead of machines or instruments should be registered under the PNDT Act.

Steps to protect ‘heritage well’ sought
Amritsar, July 6
Giving a call for the protection of heritage buildings the Youth Welfare Organisation, Punjab, has demanded immediate steps to check the misuse of a “heritage well” established by Guru Arjun Dev on premises of Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran.


6.50 lakh looted from Kapurthala bank
Kapurthala, July 6
Three armed intruders shot dead Harbhajan Singh, gunman of the State Bank of Patiala, and decamped with cash worth Rs 6.50 lakh from the bank at Lakhan ke Padda village falling under Subhanpur police station here today.


Pbi varsity to hold BEd entrance test
Patiala, July 6
Punjabi University will conduct B.Ed. entrance test for admission to educational colleges, affiliated to Panjab, Punjabi and Guru Nanak Dev Universities on July 14. The admit cards have been dispatched to all eligible candidates.

ABVP threatens to intensify stir
Amritsar, July 6
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Vidhyarthi Struggle Samiti today threatened to intensify their agitation and go on a hunger strike if the government failed to reopen the only Government College for boys here.


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