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Advani assures Badal of action
against CM

Chandigarh, July 11
Former Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal and Punjab BJP President Brij Lal Rinwa said today that the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani had assured them of action against the Amarinder Singh Government.

Captain’s functioning undemocratic,
says Badal

Zirakpur, July 11
The Congress government under Capt Amarinder Singh has been functioning in an undemocratic manner since coming to power in the state. Fed up with the Congress dictatorship, the general public wants a change in leadership and the ensuing Parliamentary elections would clear the picture.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra and other Akali leaders during a meeting in Patiala

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra and other Akali leaders during a meeting in Patiala on Friday. — Photo Subhash Patialavi



Vigilance plea rejected in Badal case
Kharar, July 11
Mrs Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today rejected the application moved by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau regarding the issuance of necessary directions for the search of premises related to the family of the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in the presence of a magistrate.

Romana to sue Patna Sahib Jathedar
Faridkot, July 11
Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, president of the Management Committee of Takht Patna Sahib, who is also a member of the SGPC will file a defamation suit against Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Patna Sahib, in a local judicial court on July 16 for declaring him (Mr Romana) tankhah or excommunicated under false charges.

Paswan held on way to Talhan, released on bail
Dhannowali (Jalandhar), July 11
The Lok Janshakti party chief, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, along with his about 80 supporters were arrested by the district police here today as they were proceeding towards Talhan village, where Section 144 was still in force. However, they were later released on bail.

Frontier Mail fire report by Aug 15
Kapurthala, July 11
The Commissioner of Railway Safety, Mr Bhupender Singh, who is inquiring into the burning of the Frontier Mail near Ludhiana will submit his final report to the Railways by August 15.

Disband NRI Sabha: Ramoowalia
Jalandhar, July 11
Criticising the NRI Sabha, Punjab, for supporting the cause of those Punjabi NRI husbands, who had harassed their wives here, the Lok Bhalai Party yesterday demanded that the NRI Sabha, Punjab should be disbanded as promised by the Congress in its poll manifesto in the Assembly elections.


Cong meetings on Punjab issues today
Chandigarh, July 11
Two meetings of the Congress manifesto implementation committee and the coordination committee of the high command to be held at New Delhi tomorrow will deliberate on matters pertaining to Punjab.

Dal (Mann) to probe Hemkunt incident
Phagwara, July 11
An 11-member committee of the SAD (A) will visit Gobind Dham (Ghagria) Uttaranchal where Sikh pilgrims going to Hemkunt Sahib were attacked. Disclosing this here this afternoon, Mr Jaskaran Singh Kahan Singhwala, General Secretary of the party, said that senior vice-president of SAD (A) and a former MP Bhai Dhian Singh Mand would lead the panel.


High Court
Punjab restrained from deporting Pak Hindus
Chandigarh, July 11
Acting on a petition filed by Pakistani Hindus now settled in Jalandhar seeking the grant of Indian citizenship, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained the state of Punjab and other respondents from deporting them to any other place.


Acute climate devastates trees
Chandigarh, July 11
Acute climatic variations, besides other factors, are devastating certain species of trees in Punjab, Haryana and other parts of this region. Experts have come to this conclusion after studying the climatic conditions in this region during the past 30 years.

‘Save nation from water bankruptcy’
Amritsar, July 11
Expressing his strong reservations and apprehensions about water resources being privatised by certain state governments and bringing water under the purview of property right, Magsaysay award winner environmentalist Rajinder Singh said that water was not a property but a natural resource of the nation and hence, could not be granted property right.

Punjab to introduce AIDS awareness
About 800 schools to be covered in 8 districts
Chandigarh, July 11
After dilly dallying on the issue of launching the HIV/AIDS awareness programme in various schools of Punjab, the state government today reached some level of consensus on the matter.

Rs 15-lakh hospital machine lying unpacked
Bathinda, July 11
The blood component separator, a machine, provided by the Punjab Health systems Corporation to the civil hospital here a year ago, is yet to start functioning as hurdles at different stages have been delaying it.

Women’s role in population control stressed
Mansa, July 11
On World Population Day today, a huge function, sponsored by the Health Department was held here in Summer Field Secondary School. Dr Ashok Kansal, Senior Medical Officer Mansa, in his address on the occasion, proposed new paradigms for an effective control of India’s rapid growth of population.

SAS Nagar to have seven new sectors
SAS Nagar, July 11
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has decided to add seven new sectors to SAS Nagar as part of the development of an urban estate here. The proposed new sectors here will be 81 and 84 to 89 as per the outline masterplan of the township.

Few takers for Mini Secretariat
Patiala, July 11
The Mini Secretariat may have been constructed keeping in mind the acute shortage of government accommodation for various offices, but many departments that have their own spacious accommodation do not want to shift to the new building.

Excise Act modified, computerisation proposed
Ferozepore, July 11
To improve the functioning of the Excise and Taxation Department and stop tax evasion, the Punjab Government has proposed to computerise the department, for which, a Rs 45 crore contract has been allotted to CMC.

Job quota in private sector opposed
Bathinda, July 11
Expressing concern over the declaration of the Congress party that reservation of jobs would be made in the private sectors, the General Samaj Party said today that such a move would divide the people in different groups and would be detrimental to the interests of the nation.

Ban on sale of drugs without prescription
Bathinda, July 11
The increasing misuse of a number of medicines, including cough syrups, by youths in the district has forced District Magistrate Anurag Aggrawal to ban the sale of 34 medicines without the prescription of qualified doctors.


House allotment scheme extended
Bathinda, July 11
With a view to enabling general public to get their work done at the earliest and at one place, the single-window system has been introduced in the local PUDA office from today.


Kapurthala MC chief booked for fraud
Kapurthala, July 11
The district police has registered a fraud case against Kapurthala Municipal Council president Sudesh Kumar Aggarwal, his brother Pran Nath Aggarwal and woman partner of Kapurthala Rice Mills on the charge of committing a fraud involving a sum of Rs 1.26 crore with the Punjab Agro Industries.

One killed in clash at wedding
Sunam, July 11
One person was killed and six others were injured, four of them seriously in a marriage palace here last night in a clash between members of a marriage party and owners and employees of the palace over the stopping performance by orchestra artistes.

Sacrilege alleged
Kharar, July 11
Tempers ran high in the nearby Madanhedi village on the Kharar-Bassi Pathana road when a mischievous element allegedly went on the rampage and committed an act of sacrilege on Guru Granth Sahib on the premises of Gurdwara Saheedan Singh today.

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