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HC acquits Bhullar in triple murder case
Chandigarh, July 7
In a reversal of events, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today acquitted Punjab’s Additional Director-General of Police Daljit Singh Bhullar, sentenced to life imprisonment in a 1996 triple murder case. His gunman was also acquitted of the charges framed against him.

PPSC scam: 90 pleas dismissed
Chandigarh, July 7
Finding no merit, a three-Judge Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed over 90 petitions filed by PCS officers whose services had been terminated by the state of Punjab after the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) recruitment scam came to light.

Jathedar threatens to ex-communicate Romana
Amritsar, July 7
Jathedar, Takht Patna Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh has threatened to ex-communicate Mr Mohinder Singh Romana from the Sikh Panth and Mr Romana has announced that the management of Takht Harmandar, Patna Sahib would place the former suspension for using “extra-constitutional” power.

Sacked minister’s kin lash out at CM
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 7
Family members of Dr Harbans Lal have lashed out at Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for dismissing him from the ministry without giving him a chance to prove his innocence.

Contractor’s version on forest scandal
Harbans Lal’s removal ‘right’

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  Foundation rebuts Badal’s charge
Chandigarh, July 7
The Indo-Global Education Foundation and Bikramajit Singh, Officer on Special Duty to the Punjab Chief Minister, today denied the allegation levelled by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has a share in the foundation.

Police remand of Narottam extended
Muktsar, July 7
Mr Rakesh Gupta, Judicial Magistrate, today extended the police remand of Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon, a nephew of former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, by one day. Mr Dhillon would be produced before the Judicial Magistrate, Gidderbaha, tomorrow.

6 ministers lash out at Badal
Chandigarh, July 7
Six Congress ministers, in a joint statement issued here today condemned Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s ‘sinister conspiracy’ to mobilise innocent rural masses to launch a morcha against the Punjab Government’s drive against corruption during the Badal regime.

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Cong-Akali verbal duel clouds Punjab
Chandigarh, July 7
All one hears these days is the exchange of challenges and threats between Capt Amarinder Singh and Mr Parkash Singh Badal. While the state Vigilance Bureau has adopted an aggressive posture by stepping up search of the properties owned by the Badals, the beleaguered Akalis submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor on June 30, demanding immediate dismissal of the state government.

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Badal hits back, launches counter-attack against CM
Forest Hill MD’s rebuttal

In video
Most of the gurdwaras in Pakistan have people urging for more renovation works and better upkeep.
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Dalits’ march from July 11: Paswan
Jalandhar, July 7
The Lok Janshakti Party headed by former union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, in its bid to create awareness among people about the alleged excesses committed on Dalits by the Punjab Government during the recent Talhan caste clash, has decided to hold a Dalit chetna cycle march from Jalandhar to Delhi on July 11.

4 Left parties to launch stir from July 15
Jalandhar, July 7
Four Left parties have decided to launch a statewide agitation from July 15 to 30 against the failure of state and Central Governments to settle the main issue, including the restoration of free power to the farming sector and free education to girl students.


Work on thermal plant channel given up
Ropar, July 7
The construction of the escape channel of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP) here has been hit as the contractor entrusted with the construction of initial portion of the channel has stopped the work. Highly placed sources said Sandhu Builders entrusted with constructing the channel along the stage-I and stage-II dykes at a cost of Rs 4.7 crore in 2000 had abandoned the work after dithering over it for two years.

Probe sought into illegal construction
Bathinda, July 7
The Punjab Human Rights Committee, a non-governmental organisation, has urged the AICC chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to probe the involvement of the local Congressmen who had reportedly struck a deal with a section of land mafia to get the illegal construction work at the Bhupindra flour mill regularised.

Miss India Nikita interested in films
Jalandhar, July 7
Nikita Anand, Miss India-2003, and noted artiste Bhagwant Mann regaled audience at the Monsoon Hungama Shopping Extravaganza organised by a chain of stores here today. Bhagwant Mann made children and others burst into laughter with his jokes. Nikita answered children’s questions on fashion and its scope in India.

Miss India Nikita Anand and Bhagwant Mann at a function in Jalandhar on Monday. — Photo S.S. Chopra
Miss India Nikita Anand and Bhagwant Mann at a function in Jalandhar on Monday.

Sufi Foundation has mentor in Muzaffar Ali
Chandigarh, July 7
In some months from now, the rich Sufi tradition of Punjab will be awarded its rightful place in the scheme of cultural progress of the state once the Sufi Foundation India, a voluntary organisation formed by some culturally-inclined people, including some top Punjab police officials, is launched with the objective of preserving the glorious heritage of Punjab.

Judicial courts start functioning
Jalalabad, July 7
The newly set up judicial courts commenced functioning with Mr Kuljit Pal Singh, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), assuming charge as the first judge of these courts here today.

‘Hold plebiscite on fiscal policies’
Bathinda, July 7
Challenging the statement of Capt. Amarinder Singh that by electing the Congress panchayats in a large number of villages the people had voted in favour of government's fiscal policies, the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) said to test this the Chief Minister should hold a plebiscite.

Memory man holds workshop
Bathinda, July 7
Try remembering, “45050250254001481682164...” difficult? Yes, but not for Mr Biswaroop Roy Chowdhaury, a man with a name recorded in the Limca Book of Records, for his sharp memory.

Panchayat poll on July 13
Bathinda, July 7
The State Election Commission has decided to hold polling for the post of sarpanch and panchayat members of Behman Dewana village on July 13, according to a press note issued here today by Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Bathinda, Mr Anurag Aggarwal.

Volunteers leave for Kashmir
Abohar, July 7
The first batch of volunteers of the Shri Amarnath Langar Seva Samiti left for Kashmir today to set up service camp at Pissu Top, one of the most tough hill spot.


Protest against PSEB privatisation
Jalandhar, July 7
In their novel protest against the government move to privatise the state electricity board many half-naked PSEB employees today held a demonstration near Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here today.

SSP Brar to head probe
Pathankot, July 7
The multi-crore UBDC re-modelling land scam will be investigated into by a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by Mr R.P.S. Brar, SSP, Gurdaspur.

Sarkar Commissioner, Ferozepore
Chandigarh, July 7
Mr B. Sarkar, Secretary, School Education, Punjab, has been posted as Commissioner, Ferozepore Division. He will replace Mr Dharamvir, who has been placed under suspension.


Four arrested for immoral trafficking
Amritsar, July 7
Acting on a tip-off the police raided hotel Niagra near Surta Singh road late last evening and nabbed seven persons, including hotel owner’s nephew, manager and two women.

Chennai-based firm dupes residents
Nabha, July 7
A Chennai-based firm, Mahalakshmi Home Needs, has decamped with lakhs of rupees collected from local residents after promising to supply them household goods at cheaper rates.

VB team raids 4 chemist shops
Naya Gaon (Kharar), July 7
A team of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau today raided four medical stores in Naya Gaon village here this afternoon and reportedly seized certain types of drugs. The raids were conducted after the VB received complaints that some shops in the village were selling certain restricted drugs to students of Panjab Engineering College and Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Two poppy husk dealers get jail
Patiala, July 7
A local court today awarded a 10-year imprisonment to two persons accused of dealing in poppy husk. A case against the two had been registered in June, 2001.


Cop creates terror on varsity campus
Patiala, July 7
A newly recruited Punjab Police Inspector created terror early this morning in the Punjabi University campus by firing several shots in the air in front of hostel number 6 in the varsity campus in an inebriated state.

Student bodies protest fee hike
Nabha, July 7
Various students’ bodies held a joint rally as the local Ripudaman College opened here today. They were protesting against fee hike, abolition of free education for girls, privatisation of education and withdrawing of bus pass facility from students.


Dharna by mill men
Bathinda, July 7
Employees of the three cooperative spinning mills of Bathinda, Goindwal and Abohar which have been closed by the state government today staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Agarwal, to lodge their protest against the non-payment of their salaries for the past two years.

Bank employees stage protest
Jalandhar, July 7
Employees of the local branches of different banks today held a demonstration in front of ICICI Bank here in protest against the alleged harassment of its staff members.


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