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Punjab may adopt hard options
Crucial Cabinet meeting on Wednesday
Chandigarh, July 13
A special meeting of the Punjab Council of Ministers is scheduled here for Wednesday to review the financial situation, decide on fresh tax proposals to raise revenue and relook at employees-related schemes.

Videography of Badal’s resort allowed
Kharar, July 13
Mr Ranjan Kumar Khullar, Judicial Magistrate of Kharar, today held that the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) had the right to undetake the videography and assessment of the Orbit Resorts at Gurgaon belonging to the family of Mr Parkash Singh Badal as per the court orders in this connection issued earlier.

Khalsa panchayat removes panch
Ex-communication of Kala Afghana
Amritsar, July 13
In a significant development, the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat today removed Mr Kashmir Singh as its panch for supporting the Sikh clergy which led to the ex-communication of Mr Gurbax Singh Kala Afghana, a Canada-based cop-turned-Sikh scholar. 



Vedanti for clergy meeting on Romana
Jalandhar, July 13
Even as Jathedar of Takht Sri Patna Sahib Iqbal Singh is still sticking to his decision to “excommunicate” the president of the managing committee of Takht Sri Patna Sahib, Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, from the Sikh community, Jathedar of Akal Takht Joginder Singh Vedanti has decided to convene a meeting of Sikh clergy in Amritsar in the last week of July to settle the issue once and for all.

Punjab reserves seats in colleges for achievers
Chandigarh, July 13
Realising the immense potential of the state in extra-curricular activities, Punjab has, for the first time, decided to reserve seats for students with outstanding co-curricular record, in its schools, professional as well as general colleges, affiliated to the universities in Punjab.


Deletion of votes: Cong boycotts panchayat repoll
Saran (Amritsar), July 13
The Congress, in protest against the deletion of 60 votes on the direction of the State Election Commission, today, boycotted the gram panchayat repoll here, while Ms Balbir Kaur Kang, a close relative of Mr Manjinder Singh Kang, a former Chairman, Punjab Forest Corporation, was declared winner with a thumping margin of 222 votes.

Badal has ‘authority’ to adjust Tohra men
Patiala, July 13
Senior Akali leader and former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra today said Shiromani Akali Dal President Prakash Singh Badal had been given complete authority to adjust leaders of the erstwhile Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal in the SAD.

SAD workers warn of court arrest
Tarn Taran, July 13
About 35 sarpanches and panchayat members of 100 villages have warned the Punjab Government against the arrest of party president Parkash Singh Badal and have threatened to court arrest.

Repoll in 5 villages peaceful
Ferozepore, July 13
The panchayat elections were reheld today amid tight security at the villages of Kari Kalan, Ratta Ther, Sher Mohammed, Dhingawali and Raoke-Utar in this district. According to Mr Vikas Pratap, Deputy Commissioner, the polling was peaceful.


Improvement Trust organises Lok Adalat
Bathinda, July 13
As many as 60 cases pertaining to the allotment of plots, penal interest on the instalments and default in making the payment of periodical instalments were settled in the first ever Lok Adalat of the allotters of various residential and commercial plots in the colonies developed by the Improvement Trust.


Govt staff to intensify stir
Jalandhar, July 13
Thousands of members of the Punjab Mulazam Sangarsh Committee participated in a convention held here today in protest against the alleged anti-employees policies being pursued by the Congress government in the state.

Govt asked to review tax policy
Bathinda, July 13
Mr Ashok Garg, state president of the Punjab Yuva Beopar Mandal has urged the state government to review its tax levying and collection policy as it was not suited to the existing circumstances.

Murder case: kin writes to Kalam
Amritsar, July 13
Suspecting attempts to hush up the case, a family member of Naresh Mahajan, a Bank Manager of the Oriental Bank of Commerce who was allegedly murdered by some bigwigs of the city in 1998, has written to the President, Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpai, and the Union Law Minister to intervene in the matter.

Chawla seeks probe into road construction issue
Amritsar, July 13
Ms Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, a former BJP MLA, has expressed apprehension of bungling in the construction of a road passing in front of the Durgiana Temple. This she said in a letter written to the city Mayor Mr Sunil Dutti.

NFL union opposes move on equity
Bathinda, July 13
The National Fertilisers Employees Union yesterday criticised the decision of Union Cabinet Committee on Disinvestment regarding the offloading of 51 per cent equity shares of National Fertilisers Limited.

Balle Balle fashion show a hit
Patiala, July 13
There was palpable excitement at the State Language Department grounds here last night with models taking to the cat walk at a glittering function organised by the Balle - Balle Punjabi channel and Surkhab productions.

Chamber chief
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13

Mr J. P. Sharma has been elected president of the Gobindgarh Steel Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Mandi Gobindgarh, for 2003. Mr Sharma defeated Mr Bharat Bhushan Jindal, former president of the chamber, by three votes. 

2 scooterists die in mishap
Phagwara, July 13
Two scooterists Paramjit Singh, a driver with a private transport company, and Balkar Singh, an official of the Punjab Roadways, were killed when a Tata vehicle skidded of the road hitting and falling on them near Khurampur village on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road, near here today.

Timber worth Rs one 1 lakh gutted
Moga, July 13

Timber worth more than Rs 1 lakh was reduced to ashes when a fire broke out in a saw mill at Kotkapura last evening. Seven fire tenders were pressed into service to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is still to be ascertained.

Farmer electrocuted
Tarn Taran, July 13
Balbir Singh (26), a resident of Allowal village falling under police station Verowal was killed on the spot when he came in contact with a live electric wire last night.


Girl ends life following rape bid
Abohar, July 13
Kulwinder Kaur (20) reportedly committed suicide after an alleged attempt to rape her by consuming celphos tablets at her residence near Sriganganagar yesterday. The girl had been referred to a private hospital for an ultrasound examination as she had some abdominal problem.

Man ‘throws’ pregnant wife off scooter
Patiala, July 13
A 27-year-old resident of Bindra Colony here has been accused of deliberately throwing his eight months pregnant wife off scooter while taking her to the hospital as the girl’s parents had not given him sufficient dowry.

Failing to get admission, boy commits suicide
Moga, July 13

A youth who failed to get admission due to non-availability of requisite money for seeking admission in a college allegedly strangulated himself to death at Mahlakalan village in this district, the police said today.

BSF jawan drugged, robbed by imposter
Sangrur, July 13
Mr Pitamber Sharma, a BSF jawan travelling in a Ludhiana-Hisar train, was today robbed of Rs 15,000 in an unconscious state by a person who claimed to be CRPF jawan.

Eight booked for dowry
Pathankot, July 13
Monika of Pathankot has got the Division No. 2 police to register a case against her husband and seven of her in-laws on the charge of misappropriation of dowry and subjecting her to cruelty.

Body found from water tanker
Kharar, July 13
The police has found the body of Tej Prakash, a resident of Nepal floating in a water tanker of a cold store situated on the Kharar Mohai road, near village Balongi here. The body was handed over to his relatives today after postmortem. According to the police, he was working in this cold store for the past about 5 months.

10 booked under Excise Act
Gurdaspur, July 13
The police has booked 10 persons under the Excise Act and seized 165 kg of lahan and 638 bottles of illicit liquor from their possession.


Retired teachers await pension
Fazilka, July 13
Nearly 1,000 superannuated teachers of close to 500 government aided schools in Punjab are not getting their pensions according to the revised pay scales. Of these affected teachers, 900 had filed 32 writ petitions in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard some time ago and the court had also decided the close in their favour.

Seminar on effective teaching
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
In the present scenario, when society is losing moral and cultural values, teachers have to play an important and fundamental role as the destiny of the country is being shaped in classrooms and if students are handled properly the future of the nation would be safe, said Dr D.R. Vij, a renowned scholar, while addressing a seminar on Motivation and effective teaching organised by the Rotary Club, Sirhind, here today as part of International Literacy Month being observed by the Rotary International.

Lok Morcha against fee hike
Bathinda, July 13
Mr N K Jeet, president, district unit of Lok Morcha, today said that morcha would start a campaign to generate public opinion against the hike made in tuition fee in various educational institutes by the state government.

Teachers’  workshop ends
Patiala, July 13
A three-day teachers training workshop organised to acquaint teachers with modern techniques and teaching skills at Narain Public School concluded here yesterday.


Bankers urged to promote entrepreneurship
Bathinda, July 13
The district unit of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development organised a three-day training programme on creating employment opportunities in the rural areas through enhanced credit flow to the rural non-farm sector with promotional support from NABARD.

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