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Badal holds akhand path
Amritsar, July 14
As directed by Akal Takht, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal, today held an akhand path at Dewan Hall, here today.

Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal performs ardas at Manji Sahib Dewan Hall in the Golden Temple complex Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal performs ardas at Manji Sahib Dewan Hall in the Golden Temple complex on Monday.

Dr Chohan supports CM’s anti-graft drive
Jalandhar, July 14
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s “anti-corruption” drive has got support from Khalistani idealogue Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan. He said that irrespective of his political affiliations he was firm of the view that “every Punjabi should extend support to the ongoing ‘anti-corruption drive.”

Justice Bains takes Badal to task
Chandigarh, July 14
The Punjab Human Rights Organisation, the Khalsa Panchayat and certain other Sikh organisations said today that former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal playing mischief by branding the campaign against corruption launched by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as “anti-Sikh and anti-panth”.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Probe charges against CM, pleads Dayal
Chandigarh, July 14
The CPI said today that the charges of corruption and swindling of crores of rupees levelled by senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP against Capt Amarinder Singh, should be probed.

Former minister’s statement recorded
Chandigarh, July 14
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has begun an inquiry into what has been described as the “Mirzapur forest scandal” by the state government. The “scandal” had led to the sacking of the Punjab Forest Minister, Mr Harbans Lal.

Panches’ swearing-in to cost lakhs
Bathinda, July 14
Though the Congress Government has been making repeated claims that its coffers are empty yet it has decided to spend lakhs of rupees on the functions pertaining to mass swearing-in ceremony of sarpanches and panchayat members to be held at Jalandhar, Bathinda and Patiala on July 17.

Lifetime fellowship for Amrita Pritam
Patiala, July 14
Punjabi University has conferred life fellowship on Amrita Pritam, Kuldeep Nayyar and Prof J.S. Grewal for their achievements in development of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat.

Kanjli Lake to go into private hands
Kapurthala, July 14
The management of some parts of the Kanjli wetland is all set to go into private hands, as the administration has decided that a private party can better preserve Doaba’s major tourist spot.

No more funds for govt buildings’ maintenance, says Punjab Govt
Chandigarh, July 14
The Punjab Government has banned expenditure on the maintenance and renovation of houses of ministers and bureaucrats, including the official residence of the Chief Minister.


Tussle over DYC chief’s post intensifies
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 14
The office of the president, District Youth Congress here, has become a bone of contention between the state Youth Congress and the Indian Youth Congress. Both bodies have locked horns over the appointment of the district president.


Pen-down strike by ministerial staff on July 23
Sangrur, July 14
On the call of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union, the ministerial staff, working in the offices of government, semi-government organisations, boards and corporations in the state, will observe a two-hour-long pen-down strike from 9 am on July 23.

High Court
Implication case victim gets relief
Chandigarh, July 14
Directing the registration of a case against “persons responsible” for false implication of a Moga resident in a drug trafficking case, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the payment of Rs 5 lakh compensation to the victim.

  • Hardeep Singh seeks bail

Hearing on Narottam’s bail plea postponed
Faridkot, July 14
Hearing on bail plea of Narottam Singh Dhillon, a cousin of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was today postponed to July 16 by a local court as the judge was away on leave.

Lawyers’ dharna continues

Insurance firm told to pay Rs 93,000
Ropar, July 14
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed the New India Insurance Company to pay compensation to Parvinder Singh, a resident of Kalal Majra village near Ropar.

NCM Chairman calls meeting on Hemkunt Sahib clash
Amritsar, July 14
To sort out the matter arising out of an incident of clash between locals of Hemkunt Sahib and Sikh pilgrims visiting there, Mr Tirlochan Singh, Chairman, National Commission of Minorities (NCM), has called a meeting on July 17.

Gateman prevents rail mishap
Subhanpur (Kapurthala), July 14
Following a minor fire on the diesel engine of the Nanded-bound Sachkhand Express, the train had to be halted near here early today.

156 cr to upgrade medical institute at Jalandhar
Nawanshahr, July 14
The Medical Education Minister, Chaudhary Santokh Singh, while addressing a newly elected sarpanches and panches of Aur Block falling under the district and the Phillaur Assembly segment represented by him, said the Congress government was keen to implement the 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendment with a view to strengthen the Panchayati Raj System in the state.

Nagar Council’s special meeting put off
Phagwara, July 14
Special meeting of the local Nagar Council was adjourned before it was to start. Nine councillors belonging to the Opposition the SAD, the BJP and the BSP with their supporters raised slogans against the adjournment.

The police tries to prevent CPM workers from staging a dharna in AmritsarCPM men protest against police ‘inaction’
Amritsar, July 14
The protesting CPM workers were pushed back by the police as they tried stage a protest were pushed back by the police as they tried to stage a protest dharna in front of the office of Mr Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, Superintendent of Police (city-I), here today.

The police tries to prevent CPM workers from staging a dharna in Amritsar on Monday.
— PTI photo

National Flag burnt on funeral pyre
Moga, July 14
There is resentment among residents over the burning of the National Flag along with the body of a man belonging to Takhtupura village, near here, yesterday.

Exposure to chemicals ‘affects’ learning ability
Amritsar, July 14
Dr P.K Seth, Chief Executive Officer, Biotechnology Park and former Director, Industrial Technology Research Centre, Lucknow, while speaking on ‘effect of environmental chemicals on developing brains’, said children got maximum exposure to environmental pollutants and their toxic effects.

PSEB drive on energy conservation
Patiala, July 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has started a special campaign for the conservation of energy in addition to the board’s efforts which are already on to curb the menace of theft of power.


Factory owner found murdered
Amritsar, July 14
Mahinder Singh (65), a resident of East Mohan Nagar and owner of Punjab Plastic Factory, was found murdered at his factory here today. He was killed by sharp-edged weapons.

Coop bank official arrested
Patiala, July 14
The Vigilance Department has registered a case against the Manager and Secretary of the Gajewas Central Cooperative Bank in Samana sub-division for accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from a person to release a Rs 50,000 loan.

Inspector held on bribe charge
Ferozepore, July 14
Punjab police Inspector Amarjit Singh was today caught red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5000 from an accused inside Ferozepore cantonment police station.

3 killed in road mishap
Kapurthala, July 14
Three persons, including a woman and a child, were killed and a 11 persons were injured in an accident which took place near Gadana village on the GT road, 15 km from here , last evening.

3 youths killed in mishap
Ropar, July 14
Three scooter borne youths — Jagtar Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Charanjit Singh — all residents of Burma village near Samrala were killed in an accident with a truck last night.

2 held; chains, car recovered
Phagwara, July 14
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of chain-snatchers by arresting two men and recovering three gold chains and a car stolen from Sammipur village under the Lambra police station.


Teachers’ front seeks adjustment in postings
Bathinda, July 14
The Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) today urged the authorities concerned to carry out the adjustment in posting of those teachers of this district who had been “wrongly” transferred by the district education authorities in violation of the rationalisation policy.

PCCTU for MLAs on college bodies
Sangrur, July 14
Expressing concern over the alleged “negative” and “indifferent attitude” of many managing committees of government-aided private colleges towards the private college teachers, the district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has urged the state government to make a provision to include the MP and MLA of the area concerned and the Deputy Commissioner as ex-officio members in the managing committees of government-aided private colleges to streamline the functioning and provide better management to the colleges.


Relay fast by fertiliser factory staff
Ropar, July 14
Workers of the National Fertilisers today started relay fast at Nangal to protest against the proposed disinvestment of the company. Today two workers Avtar Dewedi and Amarjit Singh sat on fast.

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