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Sukhbir’s house video-filmed
Chandigarh, July 6
A cameraman of the state Vigilance Bureau video-films Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal’s houseThe Punjab Vigilance Bureau said today that it would summon Rajya Sabha member Sukhbir Singh Badal soon and serve a questionnaire on him to get his version about the money spent on the renovation of the Sector 9 house.
A cameraman of the state Vigilance Bureau video-films Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal’s house in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Sunday. 
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Capt has benami property in Ropar: Badal
Amritsar, July 6
Setting all speculations to rest, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) today declared that in spite of pressure from party workers, the SAD wouldn’t part company with the BJP as the poll alliance of both parties was ‘permanent’.

Punjab CM not to meet Advani
Chandigarh, July 6
I have no plans to meet the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, tomorrow or in near future,” says Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, setting at rest speculations in a section of the media that the latter may call on the former in the union Capital on Monday.

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Ravi Inder asks govt to arrest Badal
Former Punjab Assembly Speaker Ravi Inder Singh Bathinda, July 6
Former Punjab Assembly Speaker, Ravi Inder Singh today alleged that the Punjab Government was going slow while dealing with corruption charges against Mr Parkash Singh Badal and demanded immediate arrest of him.

Former Punjab Assembly Speaker Ravi Inder Singh (centre) speaks to mediapersons; also seen are Bhai Jasbeer Singh Rode (right) and Baldev Singh Khiala, both senior leaders of the Panthak Morcha, at Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera

Teachers’ body demands probe into transfers
Bathinda, July 6
The Democratic Teachers Front, Bathinda district unit, has demanded an inquiry into the transfers of government schools teachers under the rationalisation policy by the District Education Officer, Secondary, recently.


Act against corrupt Congressmen: NCP
Patiala, July 6
The Punjab Nationalist Congress Party President, Mr Swaran Singh, today said the anti-corruption drive launched by the Congress government in the state should not be limited to Akali leaders only and should encompass the “corrupt” ministers of the Beant Singh government also.

Lok Bhalai Party to start awareness drive
Jalandhar, July 6
The Lok Bhalai Party will launch an awareness campaign to restore peoples’ faith in country’s political system, which is fast losing creditability among the electorate for failure of the politicians to redress latter’s grievances as being promised from time to time.


MC fails to check encroachments
Fazilka, July 6
The Executive Officer of the local Municipal Council appears to be helpless in checking the encroachments on the municipal land by the District Red Cross Society which is undertaking the construction of 26 shops outside P.W.D. Rest House on the busy court road.

District status for Tarn Taran sought
Tarn Taran, July 6
Residents of this police district today sought special treatment for eradication of poverty, unemployment and the menace of drugs which had assumed alarming proportions in the border belt. They criticised authorities concerned for ignoring this historical city and its border villages.

Badungar denies change of guard
Amritsar, July 6
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, today described the speculative reports about any possible change of guard in the Shiromani committee as ‘baseless’.

Bhaur for new ways to propagate Sikhism
Phagwara, July 6
Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, a former acting SGPC president and an Akali stalwart, today underlined the need for new methods for propagation of Sikhism to usher in a renaissance in the Sikh religion and to bring back those who had got weaned away from the faith. 

Roof collapse2 hurt as roof of house falls
Bathinda, July 6
Manpreet, a teenaged girl, and her mother Gurmeet Kaur, were injured late last night when the roof of the room in their house collapsed while they were watching television. The house is situated near Bathinda Fort. Both were admitted to private hospital. The old house needed repairs and the roof was constructed with wooden planks.

The house of which the roof collapsed following heavy rain in Bathinda on Sunday. 
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Hazardous waste a threat to Ropar
Nangal, July 6
Ropar district that is amongst the greenest areas in Punjab also has the highest amount of hazardous waste in the state. As much as 5360 ton hazardous waste, containing harmful chemicals and heavy metals is produced and dumped annually in the district in an unsafe manner, posing a serious threat to the public health.

Mayor inaugurates sewerage scheme
Patiala, July 6
Mayor Vishnu Sharma today inaugurated a Rs 3-crore sewerage and water supply scheme in Ward No. 39 which is expected to provide both facilities to people of outer colonies in the city.

Rotary Club installation ceremony held
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 6
Social organisations, particularly the Rotary family, have a great role to play in serving society as people are losing faith in politicians, said Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, during the installation ceremony of Rotary Club, Sirhind, here last night. Mr Bhupinder Singh Jaggi, president of the club, and his team were installed for the 2003-2004 session.


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Cops booked for beating Cong man
Bathinda, July 6
An Assistant Sub-Inspector and two other police personnel were booked today for allegedly beating up Mr Happy Sidhu, a Congress leader and close confidant of Mr Surinder Singla, local MLA and Chairman, High-Powered Finance Committee, Punjab, in Kotwali police station on June 29.

Poppy husk seized
Moga, July 6
The police in a raid recovered 16 quintals of poppy husk kept at a place near Munawan village yesterday while the alleged smugglers escaped, said Senior Superintendent of Police Anita Punj here yesterday. She said that Kotisekhan police party went to Munawan village and recovered 42 bags (16 quintals) of poppy husk in a raid yesterday.

SAD leader Gurdyal commits suicide
Moga, July 6

Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader Gurdyal Singh allegedly committed suicide today by shooting himself with his revolver, the police said. Gurdyal Singh, 75, a former sarpanch of Baghapurana, was suffering from cancer, according to his granddaughter Navdeep Kaur.

4 booked for forging letters to get jobs
Amritsar, July 6
On the complaint of Mr Sukhdev Singh Chhina, Security Officer, Guru Nanak Dev University, the district police today booked four persons on the charge of cheating for allegedly attempting to get jobs as data operators in Pro-Vice-Chancellor’s office. 

Pakistani intruder shot dead
Amritsar, July 6
An unidentified Pakistani intruder was shot dead by the BSF while he was trying to cross over to the Indian side late last evening. The Gharinda police has registered a case on the statement of Mr Harbajan Singh, Company Commander of 19 Bn.


Banda Bahadur college to start M.Tech course
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 6
As per the decision of the BoG of Punjab Technical University in which it was decided to start M.Tech courses in its regional centers being established in the affiliated colleges from the session 2003-04, the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College has been chosen as one of the regional centres.

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Punjabi favoured at primary level
Sukhdev Singh studies attitudes towards the languages
ANY people develop ambivalent language attitudes under cultural, pragmatic and socio-economic pressures. Such is the linguistic situation in Punjab: Punjabi is the state language, Hindi is the national language and English is presented as the link language as also the language of science and technology.

Samana school gets back science stream
Patiala, July 6
Two months after the start of the rationalisation scheme in Punjab under which class XII science and commerce groups were reallocated to schools, where students opted for these streams, the Education Department has reversed its decision of shifting a class XII group of a school in Samana town, near here, which had scant admissions to the science stream for seven years in a row.

Supplementary examination
SAS Nagar, July 6
The Punjab School Education Board will be conducting the Class XII supplementary examinations for compartment candidates in the science and commerce groups on July 20. 


District Beopar Mandal meets DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 6
The tenders allotted by the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, have been given on very less rates, saving the MC Rs 10 lakh, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, said while addressing a tenders’ meeting at Sirhind today.

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