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Dheera prefers jail fearing rearrest
Patiala, July 11
Suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu’s alleged tout Randhir Singh Dheera continues to remain in the Central Jail here as he preferred not to furnish bail bonds in a case registered against him, fearing rearrest by the Vigilance Department. Sources said even though Dheera’s counsel went to Ropar to furnish bail bonds they were not furnished because a Vigilance team from Ludhiana had reached there.

Notice to Badal in Sidhu case
Chandigarh, July 11
Nearly three months after the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam rocked the nation four city residents today filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking directions to Punjab’s former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to show cause why the then PPSC chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu’s name was recommended for appointment as Union Public Service Commission member.

  • Notice to PAU on guidelines

  • Plea rejected with costs

  • Notice in Wakf Board case

Sidhu’s kin furnish fresh bail bonds
Ropar, July 11
Mr Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, who yesterday withdrew bail bonds of Rs 5 lakh furnished by him for the release of Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, suspended Chairman of the PPSC today again filed an application in the court of the Special Judge here for furnishing fresh bail bonds for the release of Sidhu.

PPSC recruits crestfallen, cry foul
Proposed ordinance will leave them jobless
Chandigarh, July 11
A stroke of pen after promulgation of an ordinance in the next few days may take away jobs from hundreds of professionals recruited on the recommendations of the Punjab Public Service Commission headed by Ravi Sidhu.

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"Haveli," a concept dhaba in Jalandhar, which from its menu to the music, decor and ambience reminds of yesteryear's Punjab, and awakens rich memories.
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Farmers’ agonising wait for rains
Mansa, July 11
With their crops having started to wither, farmers are in a desperate situation and are trying to save their crops by spending a lot on diesel to operate tubewells as power supply is available to them only for limited hours.

Removal of Brar, 2 others ‘violative’ of Gurdwara Act
Faridkot, July 11
Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, senior advocate Punjab and Haryana High Court and chairman of the Shiromani Akali Dal’s legal cell has questioned the removal of Mr Manmohan Singh Brar, Mr Ajwant Singh Maan and Mr Amrik Singh Randhawa president and members respectively of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission on July 5 by the Punjab government at Amritsar.

Ranjit Singh, Sarna fail to bury hatchet
Amritsar, July 11
Bhai Ranjit Singh, former Akal Takht Jathedar, has said he will not support the SAD during the formation of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee house, but at the same time he will not allow Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna to head the DSGMC.

Maluka’s bail plea rejected
Bathinda, July 11
Additional District and Sessions Judge Jaspal Singh here rejected today the blanket bail plea of former Akali Minister Sikander Singh Maluka.


Sonia urged to let CM continue as PPCC chief
Patiala, July 11
The Patiala District Congress Committee today issued a statement saying that Capt Amarinder Singh should continue as PPCC president to keep the party “effective, united and result oriented”.

District presidents of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee call on Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Thursday.

BJP to play role of model Oppn: Jaiswal
Phillaur, July 11
The BJP will support any agitation launched by the Shiromani Akali Dal against the wrong, vindictive, and anti-people policies adopted by the Congress government in Punjab.


Man dies in custody, kin allege torture
Ferozepore, July 11
A property dealer today died while he was being taken to police station by policemen led by ASI Shamsher Singh from his office in Jalalabad. According to the information, Malkit Singh son of Kartar Singh around 35 years of age and resident of Jalalabad was wanted by the police in connection with a case of theft of vehicles.

Scrutiny of yatris intensified
Abohar, July 11
Following renewed threats from militant outfits, scrutiny of pilgrims during Shri Amarnath yatra has intensified. The Jammu and Kashmir government reportedly has asked the Langar Seva Samiti enlisted for running free kitchen on the route of the yatra, to collect permission-cum-identity cards for the volunteers from Srinagar.

Kids spread message of population control
Nawanshahr, July 11
The district Education and Health Departments jointly organised a “chetna rally” to mark World Population Day in the town here today in which at least 500 students belonging to different schools took part.

World Population Day
Fatehgarh Sahib
Seminars, painting competitions and awareness rallies were organised in various towns of the district on the occasion of World Population Day. Addressing a district-level function, Mr Vikas Pratap, Deputy Commissioner, gave detailed information about the growing population in the country. He said the population of the country was 24 crore in the beginning of the 20th century, but now it was more than one billion.

Rally marks Population Day
Muktsar, July 11
A seminar and rally was organised here today for creating awareness among people on World Population Day. Mr Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Additional Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function.

Police appoints receiver for ‘felled’ trees
Sriganganagar, July 11
The Punjab police today appointed a receiver for the trees allegedly felled illegally along the Gang Canal by an influential person, official sources said here today. The police appointed the receiver under Section 145 of the CrPC on a complaint lodged by the Rajasthan police, Additional District Collector (Administration) Rajendra Mena said here.

Shopkeepers, residents hold protest rally
Abohar, July 11
Residents of Sadar Bazaar today held a protest march while shopkeepers observed a bandh in protest against the “callous” attitude of the local fire brigade during the blaze that gutted three shops on Tuesday night.

Rs 104-cr welfare plan for  Punjab cops
Chandigarh, July 11
The Punjab police would spend Rs 104 crore on modernisation as well as providing housing facilities to its staff. Against Rs 52 crore offered by the Centre, the state will add a matching grant of Rs 52 crore.


DC: sangat darshan funds misused
Kapurthala, July 11
Deputy Commissioner Rakesh K. Verma today disclosed that funds to the tune of Rs 25 lakh under the sangat darshan programme had been found to be allegedly misused in the district.

Punjab postings, transfers
Chandigarh, July 11
The following postings/transfers in Punjab were ordered today with immediate effect: Dr Manmohan Singh is Secretary, Department of Public Grievances and Pensions and also Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs. Dr Roshan Sunkaria is Director, Technical Education and Industrial Training vice Mr Surjit Singh, who goes as Deputy Director Colonisation.

Flood-control measures adequate: DC
Patiala, July 11
The Patiala Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, has directed the Drainage Department to ensure the proper functioning of the water exit system in the district, besides announcing that sandbags will be transported to flood-prone areas to tackle any eventuality.


Six held for showing porn
Amritsar, July 11
The Amritsar police on Wednesday arrested six owners of cyber cafes, including a relative of an MLA, for allowing school and college students to view pornographic sites.

Robbers loot 26,000, injure six
Hoshiarpur, July 11
In three separate incidents, as many different gangs of armed looters injured six persons at different places in the district and looted Rs 26,000 last night. A police report here today said a five-member gang of looters entered the house of Purshotam Singh Purewal in Santnagar village under the Mukerian police station and decamped with Rs 26,000 and expensive clothes.

Man murdered by neighbour
Amritsar, July 11
Kamal Kishore (45) of Gali Gandawali here, allegedly murdered by his neighbour late last night following a minor dispute over a cable connection.


PTU counselling put off yet again
Jalandhar, July 11
Hundreds of candidates and their parents faced inconvenience owing to the decision of Punjab Technical University to postpone counselling for the selection of students to various engineering colleges of the state scheduled to be held on the PTU campus here today.

Now bachelor’s degree in multimedia
Jalandhar July 11
Educated but unemployed youngsters from Punjab would now be able to venture into unconventional fields like sound recording, film production and television, thanks to the introduction of Punjab’s first four-year Bachelor’s degree course in multimedia by the local Apeejay College of Fine Arts.

Jacob lays stress on computer education
Dhuri, July 11
Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), Governor of Punjab, today inaugurated the Sant Kartar Singh Information Technology Centre at Desh Bhagat College, Bardwal, two km from here.


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