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Badal’s petrol station at Killianwali searched
Killianwali (Muktsar), July 4
The Vigilance Bureau today conducted extensive searches as at a workshop, petrol pump and a building rented to a bank, in the town belonging to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Punjab Chief Minister, and his kin in connection with a case registered against him and members of his family in a Kharar court.

Vigilance officials search the petrol pump at Killianwali village Vigilance officials search the petrol pump at Killianwali village in Muktsar on Friday.
— Photo by Kulbir Beera

Court allows videography of Badal’s house
Kharar, July 4
The court of the local Subdivisional Magistrate, Ms Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, has allowed all three applications of the Vigilance Bureau (VB) in connection with a case registered against the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, here today.

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib


Advani’s statement a BJP move to keep SAD with NDA: Bhattal
Jalandhar, July 4
Terming the statement of Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani in support of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who along with his family members has been booked for corruption, as breach of protocol, the state Agriculture Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, said today that the BJP was trying to please its alliance partner the SAD (Badal), which recently threatened to snap ties with the NDA for not putting pressure on Congress government in Punjab.

Punjab BJP memo to Governor
Campaign against SAD, BJP leaders
Chandigarh, July 4
The Punjab BJP today urged the Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, to put the democracy back on the rails in the state by cautioning Chief Minister Amarinder Singh against behaving like a dictator.

Bhora criticises NDA team’s visit
Bathinda, July 4
Mr Bhan Singh Bhora, local Member Parliament, today condemned the decision of the Centre to send a high-level NDA team to take stock of situation in connection with the charges of corruption levelled against former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family members.

Manuscript of verses by Guru Teg Bahadur stolen
Anandpur Sahib (Ropar), July 4
A granth having hand-written verses of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur, and Guru Chau Pai Sahib (holy hymns recited at the time of baptisation) written by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, have been stolen from the house of descendants of Guru Teg Bahadur located in Anandpur Sahib.

Jat leads Dalits against Jats
Hoshiarpur, July 4
Dispute between Jats and Dalits of Pandori Kajoor village could not be solved today. A tussle between Jats and Dalits started when some Jats stopped seven or eight Dalit women, including Ms Charan Kaur, Sarpanch of the village, from cutting grass (Green Fodder) from their fields on July 2, 2003.

Punjabi varsity to implement massive fee hike
Patiala, July 4
The students of professional courses in Punjabi University are going to face the brunt of the university’s decision to go in for a massive hike in fee for the courses, besides hike in the hostel as well as re-evaluation charges.


Hanspal honours sarpanches
Kharar, July 4
Mr H.S. Hanspal, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has asked the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, if the anti-corruption campaign launched by the Congress government should be continued or not.


SGPC chief may be replaced on July 10
Amritsar, July 4
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar is under pressure to quit as SGPC chief in the meeting of the SGPC executive committee, scheduled to be held at Guru Nanak Engineering College, Ludhiana on July 10 to pave the way for the change of guard.

Romana sacking: meeting next week
Amritsar, July 4
Five executive members of the ‘prabandhak’ committee, Takht Patna Sahib have served a notice to its general secretary to call a meeting of the committee within 15 days to implement the directive of the Sikh clergy (Patna Sahib) to sack Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, president of the management.

Road named after IET Bhaddal chairman
Ropar, July 4
The Punjab Government had decided to name the Ropar-Parkhali-Bhaddal road after Gurcharan Singh, chairman of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal. Gurcharan Singh was murdered allegedly at the behest of an another trustees of the college.

Will water ever flow into Malout drains?
Fazilka, July 4
About five years ago the then Badal Government had started digging the Abul Khurana and Aspal drains to save farmers of Malout and Muktsar areas from the problem of seepage. These drains are nearing completion now.

Case registered in canal scam
Chandigarh, July 4
The Punjab police today registered a case in connection with a multi-crore scam in the Upper Bari Doab Canal remodelling project.

High Court
SGPC not an industry
Chandigarh, July 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant judgement, today ruled that the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) was not an industry and its employees were not “workmen” under the Industrial Disputes Act.

Sham-e-ghazal programme
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 4
The recently formed District Cultural Society last night organised a cultural programme, sham-e-gazal, in the local Mata Gujri College auditorium. Mr Mohinder Pal, District and Sessions Judge, inaugurated the programme and Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the cultural evening.

Safai karamcharis beat up man to death
Jalandhar, July 4
Bhagat Singh, a resident of Mohalla Purani Kachehri, was killed allegedly by associates of a woman safai karamchari in the presence of his family members on June 9. The accused are reportedly roaming free and the police has registered a case under Section 304, IPC, instead of a murder case, allegedly under political pressure.

Preneet honours warehousing corpn Chairman
Patiala, July 4
Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, honoured the newly elected Chairman of the Punjab Warehousing Corporation, Mr Hardial Singh Kamboj, at Kohinoor Palace here today.

Flying club out of action
Patiala, July 4
The Patiala Aviation Club, once a premier flying institution in North India, is closed for flying since the past over two months because it cannot get a welder to fix a snag in its Pushpak aircraft, even as its main Cessna trainer aircraft’s engines are awaited since one and a half years after being sent for repairs.

Scribe’s arrest stayed
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 4
The Punjab and Haryana high Court has issued a notice of motion for August 12 to the state in suit filed by Jaswant Singh, Editor of Sirhind Fatehgarh Sahib weekly, who was booked by the district police on the complaint of Mrs Prem Lata, wife of Dr Harbans Lal, Minister for Forests, alleging trespassing, threatening and scuffling.

Three pilgrims killed, 17 hurt in mishap
Jalandhar, July 4
Three pilgrims were killed and 17 were injured when the mini bus in which they were travelling collided a roadside tree and overturned at Sarai Khas village on Jalandhar-Amritsar road near here today.

1 killed, 4 hurt in accident
Abohar, July 4
One person was killed and four were injured, two of them seriously, in a road accident here today.

29 donate bodies to counter superstitions
Bathinda, July 4
The district unit of the Taraksheel Society today claimed that as many as 29 persons had pledged to donate their bodies till now for various medical and scientific purposes and to curb the superstition.

Animal Husbandry scam: warrants issued
Kharar, July 4
Ms Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, here yesterday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for July 15 to arrest the Managing Director, Poonam Saxena, and the Director, Rakesh Kumar Saxena, of Food Processing Equipment Private Limited in connection with a scam in the Animal Husbandry Department.


PUDA allows telecom towers across Punjab
SAS Nagar, July 4
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) today decided to allow the installation of telecommunication towers within its areas across the state. PUDA has also identified six locations in Punjab for the development of new urban estates and announced the construction of a Habitat Centre at Patiala which will be the second of its kind in the country.

Vermin culture in villages soon
Ropar, July 4
The district administration had decided to start vermin culture in Suksal, Thana and Daroli villages of the Anandpur Sahib block. Deputy Commissioner Seema Jain, talking to newspersons at Nangal today, said this would help in solid waste management and provide self-employment to women of the area. Agencies were being contacted that would buy organic manure.


Gang of robbers busted, 6 held
Hoshiarpur, July 4
The district police has busted an inter-district gang of robbers with the arrest of six persons, including the kingpin of the gang, yesterday. Ms Gurpreet Deo, Senior Superintendent of Police, Hoshiarpur, in a press conference here today said as many as six unidentified persons had looted Rs 2 lakh from offices of M/s Sangam Finance Pvt. Limited and Omega Foreign Exchange Pvt. Limited situated at the Garhigate, Gaushala Bazar, here on May 29, 2003.

Raid on SITI Cable office
Jalandhar, July 4
The district police today conducted a raid on the premises of SITI Cable office here and detained four persons on the charge of violating the Copyright Act. SITI Cable was screening films without getting mandatory permission from the distributors concerned.

Missing person found murdered
Bathinda, July 4
The police has registered a case under Sections 364, 302 and 34, IPC, in connection with the murder of Babu Singh (34), a resident of Bhucho Khurd village, 15 km from here, who had been missing since June 29.

2 arrested for murder
Bathinda, July 4
The police today claimed to have solved a murder case with the arrest of two persons who were involved in the murder of Kundan Lal on June 17 at his shop in the Bhucho Mandi area of the district.

1,050 kg of poppy husk seized, 2 arrested
Jalandhar, July 4
The district police today arrested two drug smugglers and recovered 1,050 kg of poppy husk from their possession near Virk village on the Jalandhar-Ludhiana road.

8-yr-old girl abducted
Amritsar, July 4
An-eight-year-old girl was allegedly abducted by two persons here today. The police has registered a case under Sections 363 and 366, IPC.

Dacoits kill one, injure five
Patiala, July 4
Dacoits bludgeoned a man to death and injured five others after attacking them with iron rods at a farmhouse at Sanour, 5km from here, last night.

2 arrested for murder
Bathinda, July 4
The police today claimed to have solved a murder case with the arrest of two persons who were involved in the murder of Kundan Lal on June 17 at his shop in the Bhucho Mandi area of the district.

Cough syrups seized, 2 held
Bathinda, July 4
The police arrested two persons on Wednesday for carrying phials of medicinal syrups, allegedly meant to be sold as intoxicant, according to a press note.


Confusion mars CET counselling
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 4
Though the first counselling of CET-2003 being conducted by the Punjab Technical University (PTU) will conclude on July 16, the students opting for bachelor of technology (B.Tech) are confused as they are not getting proper information and guidance regarding their admission and seats available in various colleges of the state.

11 Nawanshahr teachers reinstated
Chandigarh, July 4
The Punjab School Education Department today revoked the suspension of 11 teachers, including the acting Principal of a government school in Nawanshahr district for “remaining absent from duty”.

Students protest against fee hike
Bathinda, July 4
The local unit of the coordination committee of students today organised a rally in which students of Government Rajindra College, Industrial Training Institute and activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) participated to protest against the steep fee hike.

Pbi University Heads appointed
Patiala, June 4
The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swaran Singh Boparai, has appointed Dr Gurbachan Kaur Bhatia and Dr Meenakshi Sharma as Head, Department of Economics and Education and Community Service Department, respectively.


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