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All properties open to scrutiny: Badal family
Chandigarh, July 3
The Badal family today said its all properties were open to the media scrutiny. Mr Bubby Badal, a close relative of former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said the Badal family had nothing to hide and anybody from the public could come to check the prosperities.

SAD not to seek help from Centre
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Vigilance to grill Sukhbir soon
Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau may question Sukhbir Singh Badal in the June 24 case registered against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, members of his family and others for possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Troops to Iraq: Paswan to move motion
Ropar, July 3
Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, former Union Minister and President of the Lok Janshakti Party, will move a privilege motion against the NDA government in the next session. The motion will be moved against the proposal of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to create a consensus for sending troops to Iraq.

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Progress reports sought from states
Empowerment of panchayats
Chandigarh, July 3
As most state governments are dilly -dallying in empowering panchayati raj institutions, the Union Government has directed them to submit in writing as to what they have done so far on this front.

Women sarpanches to work for better village life
Chandigarh, July 3
Women in rural Punjab have secured more than their rightful 33 per cent share in the grassroot democratic institution of gram panchayats by heading more than 4,200 of the 12,446 panchayats.

Ballot papers found in toilets, re-poll sought
Malout, July 3
A number of residents of Janda Walla village complained to the state Election Commission today that they had found some ballot papers from the toilets of the building where polling for panchayat elections had been held.

Pro VC-Registrar rift widens
Patiala, July 3
The Punjabi University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, has taken the university Registrar to task for writing a letter to him asking him to give the letter of permission whereby he had become a member of various academic bodies in the country.


Voter lists for SGPC poll ready
Amritsar, July 3
The voter lists of all 17 constituencies of the SGPC have been prepared under the Sikh Gurdwara Board Election Rules, 1959. The preparation of the lists indicate that the general election of the SGPC could be held by the end of this year.


PSEB staff burn govt’s effigy
Bathinda, July 3
Members of the Technical Services Union of Punjab State Electricity Board today burnt an effigy of Punjab Government in the city for dismantling the board.

Buta Mandi firing
Cops fail to meet inquiry officer
Jalandhar, July 3
Punjab Police officials, who had been asked to join the ongoing inquiry into Buta Mandi firing case wherein a Dalit youth Vijay Kumar was allegedly killed in police firing on June 5, today failed to appear before the inquiry officer here despite clear instructions issued to them in this regard.

Bhog ceremony of Bir burning performed 
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 3
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC, while talking to The Tribune here today said the SGPC had succeeded in persuading the Centre to restart the work of the beautification of Darbar Sahib by initiating immediate work on the fourth and fifth phases of the “Galiara scheme”. 

Without power for 3 nights
Bathinda, July 3
A technical snag in a unit of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant on Monday has led to power cuts at night in some trans-railway colonies here. The residents of these areas have been put on rationed power supply and some areas have got no power supply for the last three nights.

Punjab markets flooded with spurious ghee
Bathinda, July 3
Beware! The ‘desi ghee’ in your food may be spurious. This spurious ‘desi ghee’ manufactured in Rajasthan has flooded the markets in Punjab. The unearthing of a spurious ghee factory at Sriganganagar in Rajasthan yesterday has established that the manufacturing and sale of spurious desi ghee has been going on for a long time.

Congress leader’s grouse against cops
Bathinda, July 3
Mrs Paramjit Kaur Peerjada, Director, Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation, and a Congress leader, has warned the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Congress high command that the party would face an uphill task in the elections if officials in the police, particularly at the lower level, were not “disciplined”.

Rape of Dalit flayed
Hoshiarpur, July 3
Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, president, Bahujan Samaj Morcha has condemned the alleged rape of a Dalit woman of Hussainpur village by two youths of the same village on June 29, 2003. He demanded immediate arrest of both the accused.

Vocational camps go without funds
Theh Kanjala (Kapurthala), July 3
Having enabled over 30,000 youth attain self-employment after a vocational and occupational training and planting over 70,000 saplings, the flagship camp of the Centre for Training and Employment of Punjab Youth has to virtually take goods on credit following the failure of the state government to release funds.

Sarna ready to quit as DSGMC chief
Amritsar, July 3
Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna has announced that he will step down as president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee if Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra asks him to.

Jathedar not to appear before Takht
Amritsar, July 3
Even as Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Patna Sahib, has clarified that he will not attend the meeting of Akal Takht, scheduled for July 10 here, a meeting of the management committee of the Gurdwara Patna Sahib has been called to discuss the directive of Sikh high priests who had sought the removal of Mr Mohinder Singh Romana as president of the committee.

Former VC granted bail
Chandigarh, July 3
Issuing notice of motion on a petition filed by Punjabi University’s former Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Mr Justice Virender Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed his arrest.

10,000 saplings for police stations
Sunam, July 3
The Sangrur police with the support of the district administration and the Forest Department organised a function at Longowal village, 16 km from here, to celebrate Vanmahotsava Day.

New IMA body installed
Hoshiarpur, July 3
In the annual state council meeting held at Amritsar on Tuesday, Dr Kuldip Singh of Hoshiarpur was installed as president of the Indian Medical Association, Punjab, for 2003-2004.

Freedom fighter alleges police inaction
Amritsar, July 3
Alleging police inaction, an old freedom fighter and NRI has threatened to go on a hunger strike in front of the SSP’s office if the police failed to take action, against a former Akali leader who forcibly tried to grab his property.

BJP leader among 4 killed in mishaps
Sangrur, July 3

Punjab BJP executive committee member Balkishan Hero was among four persons killed in separate road mishaps in this district since yesterday. Police sources said that BJP leader was killed while his jeep driver was seriously injured when his vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a truck near Mastuana Sahib on Sangrur-Barnala road last night. 


MC to lay sewer pipes
Amritsar, July 3
Mr K.S. Kang, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, has laid stress on laying of sewer pipes in areas deprived of the facility. He said the holy city would be equipped with solar streetlights to save the expenditure on power.

PUDA cuts interest rate
SAS nagar, July 3
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has decided to reduce the rate of interest from 15 per cent to 12 per cent being charged from allottees on half-yearly/yearly instalments.

Kamboj installed as PHSC chief
Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today installed Lt Col. C.D. Singh Kamboj, as the Chairman of the Punjab Health Systems Corporations at his residence here.


Man murdered by 'friends'
Bathinda, July 3
Rachhpal Singh (28), a resident of Ludhiana district, was allegedly murdered by his friends in the wee hours in the city today. As per information, Rachhpal Singh, a native of Talwandi Raikot village in Ludhiana district, was murdered with sharp-edged weapons at his rented house in the local Civil Lines area, allegedly by his friends who were his guests last night.

Court orders probe in cheating case
Ludhiana, July 3
An 80-year-old resident of Jassowal, Jagir Singh, heaved a sigh of relief when a local court ordered the S.H.O., Dehlon, to conduct an enquiry into the allegations of cheating and misappropriating Rs 3.50 lakh by the son and daughter-in-law of the complainant and to submit the report on July 19.

Bogus ration cards detected
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 3
Taking a serious note of making bogus votes, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, has written to the SSP to register a case against four residents of Talwara village allegedly for casting their votes by presenting bogus ration cards.

ASI booked on murder charge
Mansa, July 3
The Bhikhi police has registered a case against ASI Darshan Singh, head constable Balwant Singh and three persons, including a woman, under sections 302 and 34, IPC, in connection with the murder of Gurtej Singh of Gurne Kalan village of the district.


12,000 teachers may be recruited
Patiala, July 3
Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh today said that the government was proposing to give panchayats the power to recruit 12,000 teachers on contract basis in the state.

New engineering college approved
Chandigarh, July 3
The All-India Council for Technical Education has approved an engineering and an architecture college at Abhipur, in Ropar, near Chandigarh.


Operators resent taxes on minibuses
Bathinda, July 3
Resentment prevails among minibus operators due to the increase in taxes on minibuses. Mr Baltej Singh, president, of the district unit of the Minibus Operators Union, said in a press note issued here today that the imposition of new taxes was uncalled for. He said that the minibuses were running into losses.

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