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Charge sheet filed against Sidhu
Vigilance submits 45 tampered answer sheets
Patiala, July 12
The Vigilance Department today filed a charge sheet against suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu and his three alleged touts, two examiners and former Secretary Pritpal Singh in the Sessions Court here besides submitting 45 answer sheets of nine PCS (Judicial) candidates, including that of Amol Gill, daughter of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Amarbir Singh Gill.

‘Proof’ of graft against high priests
by July 21
Amritsar, July 12
In a significant development the Sikh clergy today accepted the principled stand “of the members of the Khalsa Panchayat, who insisted that they would submit concrete proof” of corruption against the high priests to the SGPC chief by July 21.

Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht and other Sikh High Priests while holding a crucial meeting at Akal Takht Secretariat on Friday at Amritsar. — Photo Rajiv Sharma .




Bhaniarawala banned from entering Ropar
Ropar, July 12
The local District Magistrate, Mrs Seema Jain, has imposed a complete ban on the entry of controversial Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala into the district till September 12. The order will be implemented three days after the information is conveyed to the Baba. However, the Baba has been allowed to enter the district only to appear in the courts in different cases registered against him.

Sehajdharis see plot in SGPC move
Ludhiana, July 12
“The attempt to deprive Sehajdhari Sikhs of voting in the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee election is a deep-rooted conspiracy to drive a wedge between the already fragmented minority community besides denying representation to more than 80 per cent of the Sikhs in the world,” claims Dr Paramjeet Singh Ranu, national president of the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation.

SGPC member found guilty of drug smuggling
Amritsar, July 12
The two-member inquiry committee constituted by the SGPC has found Sadhu Singh Raagi, an SGPC member, guilty of his involvement in the smuggling of narcotics. A petition for his disqualification as an SGPC member would be filed before the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission. He was elected from the Bhadaur constituency.
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar , President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, while addressing a meeting of the executive body on Friday at Amritsar. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Desperate farmers begin ploughing paddy
Power shortage, late monsoon add to woes
Gidder (Bathinda), July 12
A section of farmers of this region have resorted to ploughing standing paddy crop as it had started drying up due to an acute shortage of canal water and absence of rains.

A farmer of Gidder village in the Nathana area of Bathinda district ploughing in the paddy crop which started drying up due to lack of water for irrigation. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Centre okays Punjab move on rice procurement
Chandigarh, July 12
The Union Government has concurred with the Punjab proposal for rice procurement in the Central pool as it will effect a saving of about Rs 200 crore. The Punjab Government has urged the Union Government to lift rice directly for export from the mills.

Five migrants allege rape
Chaheru (Kapurthala), July 12
Have the Chaheru police’s pressure tactics led to the suppression of a gory story of simultaneous rape of five migrant women by a nine-member armed gang of robbers? Yes seems to be the answer if the nightmarish account of the July 6 night incident by the women and their husbands is to be believed.

Punjab's musical tradition may have slipped into obscurity over the centuries, but it has been revived at a special museum in Chandigarh housing rare folk instruments.
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5 MLAs pledge issue-based support to Capt
Chandigarh, July 12
Five independent MLAs said today that they would extend “ issue-based “ support to the Amarinder Singh Government. These MLAs — Mr Sucha Singh Chhottepur (Dhariwal), Mr Jeet Mohinder Singh (Talwandi Sabo), Mr Sukhdarshan Singh Marar (Muktsar), and Mr Harmit Singh Sandhu (Tarn Taran) — met Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh before pledging issue-based support.

Three ex-MLAs to join SHSAD
Amritsar, July 12
At least three former Akali Dal (Badal) MLAs, including Mr Ajay Paul Singh and Mr Ujagar Singh Rangreta, a former Acting President of the SGPC will join the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal in the presence of its President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.


Scared of Cong man, family ‘shifts’ to hospital
Bathinda, July 12
Navin Kumar who was beaten up on Wednesday at Gidderbaha by a Congress leader of the same town is under treatment in a local hospital. Members of his family and other kin, including women and children, have ‘shifted’ to the hospital fearing a threat to life. They have alleged that the politician got some of them implicated in a false case. They thus locked their homes at Gidderbaha and came here.

No water, dead fish — that’s Rajindra Tank for you
Patiala, July 12
Scooterists speed up their vehicles while pedestrians walk as fast as they can while crossing the mini lake, also known as the Rajindra tank along the Mall Road in the city nowadays as the stench is unbearable owing to hundreds of carcasses of fish lying around the receding waters of the lake.

Dead fish lying besides the receding waters of the Rajindra Tank in Patiala. — Photo Subhash Patialvi

Water scarcity hits dam generation
Patiala, July 12
Hydro power generation in the Ranjit Sagar dam touched a new low of only 27 lakh units today as only one of the three generation machines is working due to the declining water level in the dam because of the dwindling flow of water in the Ravi.

PM may replace Sonia as trust chief
Amritsar, July 12
In a significant development, the NDA government is planning to appoint Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee as Chairman of the Jallianwala Bagh Trust whose present Chairperson is Mrs Sonia Gandhi. This was announced by Mr Vinod Khanna, Union Minister for Tourism, here today.

Sister seeks justice for brother
Bathinda, July 12
Ms Kulwant Kaur, a US citizen, has been running from pillar to post to secure justice for her brother Dilbhajan Singh, who she alleged, had been implicated in a false rape case on the complaint of a former employee working in an automobile agency being run by her brother allegedly to extract undue benefits.

Dharna hits court work
Sunam July 12
Work at the local civil courts was partially affected today as document writes, stamp paper vendors, typists and draftsmen owing allegiance to the Court Complex Worker Union staged a dharna in a protest against the registration of cases against 13 of their colleagues at various places in Punjab.

4 killed as trailer falls into khud
Gurdaspur, July 12
Four persons, including three migrant labourers from Bihar, were killed when the tractor-trailer in which they were travelling lost control and fell into a roadside ‘khud’ near Kilpur village in the district last night.


Irrigation cess to be reimposed
Chandigarh, July 12
The Punjab Government has decided to reimpose irrigation cess, which was withdrawn by the previous Akali-BJP Government in 1997. The other major decision taken was to give ''free'' electricity to tubewells. The regulatory authority is processing the case for introducing user charges for power supply to the agriculture sector.


Cabinet okays tax proposals
Chandigarh, July 12
The Punjab Council of Ministers today approved amendments to the General Sales Tax Act, 1948, to effect the levy of an entry tax on yarn, paper and scrap of iron and steel; tax on “dhabas” with an annual turnover of Rs 5 lakh; abolition of surcharge on automobiles; and the introduction of Exim forms.

Punjab postings, transfers
Chandigarh, July 12
The Punjab Government today ordered the following postings and transfers. Mr Kulbir Singh Kang, Member, Administration, PSEB, Patiala, will also be Executive Director, BACKFINCO.

Powers delegated
Moga, July 12
The Deputy Commissioner Mr G. Romesh Kumar, today delegated powers of sub-registrars to SDM, in all subdivisional towns in Moga, Baghapurana and Nihalsinghwala in the district with effect from today.

Jail escape: 3 cops suspended
Sangat (Bathinda), July 12
Even as two accused Ram Niwas and Subhas involved in smuggling of narcotics, who were arrested by the police, escaped from the cell of the local police station after breaking its iron bars and removing the bricks, the district police authorities placed three police officials, — Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Kaur Singh, Head Constable Gurjant Singh and Constable Kulwinder Singh — under suspension for their negligence.

Patrol along canals intensified: MLA
Fazilka, July 12
Mr Hans Raj Josan, MLA and former Punjab Cabinet minister, after a tour of border villages of the Jalalabad Assembly segment falling in this subdivision, said farmers whose land had been used to lay mines, shall soon be paid the second instalment of Rs 6,000 per acre as compensation.


Rape charge: case registered against ETO
Faridkot, July 12
The Faridkot police today registered a case against Jaspal Singh Randhawa, Excise and Taxation Officer, Faridkot, on the charge of sexually assaulting a Fazilka girl.


Ten IT institutes face closure
Patiala, July 12
A recent notice of Punjabi University seeking to disaffiliate all single-faculty professional colleges on the basis of a state government decision may threaten the careers of hundreds of students who have already taken admission in these colleges. The notice is likely to sound the death knell for as many as 10 Information Technology institutes which had earlier been given affiliation by the university after due inspection.

Advocate General to decide closure of Punjabi University IT institutes
Patiala, July 12
The much awaited Punjabi University high-level committee constituted to find a way to close Information Technology institutes on the campus here and at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district saw members flying at each other before finally deciding to ask the Punjab Advocate General to study the matter and make a cancellation draft.

PTI faces removal
Selection on basis of unrecognised certificates
Mansa, July 12
In an interesting case, the State Education Department has initiated the process of removal of Mr Baldev Singh, Physical Training Instructor (PTI), Khiwa Dyaluwala (Mansa) village, who got himself selected on the basis of certificates not recognised by the Punjab Government.

Romila Dubey is officiating PTU VC
Chandigarh, July 12
Mrs Romila Dubey, Principal Secretary, Technical Education, has been given additional charge of the post of Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, it was officially stated here today.


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