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Sales tax hike on petrol to be opposed
SAS Nagar, July 18
Petrol station owners in Punjab today decided to launch a formal protest against the decision of the government to increase sales tax on petrol by 5 per cent.

Punjab IAS, PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, July 18
The Punjab Government tonight reshuffled 22 IAS and PCS officers with immediate effect, according to an official press note issued here. Mr S.S. Puri is now Special Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs and also Special Secretary, Co-ordination. 

Badungar, Jagir Kaur brief Badal on
Tohra’s role
Amritsar, July 18
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra is likely to be elected as the next SGPC chief on July 23. A secret meeting between Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC chief and Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar was held for more than an hour in the sub-office of the Shiromani Committee at Chandigarh today raised many eye-brows in Sikh circles.

Call SGPC House to elect Tohra: Mann
Simranjit Singh MannSangrur, July 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today demanded conveneing of a meeting of the general House of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee for the election of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra as the SGPC President instead of his election at a meeting of the executive committee of the SGPC.

Fatehgarh Sahib



NDA govt spineless, says Hanspal
Phagwara, July 18
PPCC President H.S. Hanspal today dubbed the BJP- led NDA government spineless and expressed apprehension that under it the country might disintegrate like the Soviet Union.

Gobind Sagar yet to attain optimum water level
Chandigarh, July 18
A vigorous start to the south-west monsoon notwithstanding, major reservoirs, including Gobind Sagar (Bhakra) and Pong dam are still far below their optimum levels. The water level in Bhakra stood at 1610.28 ft yesterday, 20.35 ft higher than what it was on this day last year.

Executive Engineer held for graft
Nangal, July 18
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today raided the Nangal Municipal Council office and arrested the executive engineer Sukhdev Singh while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000. The Vigilance Bureau laid a trap on the complaint of contractor Jagjit Singh Jaggi.

Ammunition found dumped in sewer
Ferozepore, July 18
A huge quantity of ammunition was today found dumped in a sewer near the Church Road area in Ferozepore Cantonment. Ammunition experts who inspected the cache said it could be either some kind of mortar shells or cartridges of some gun without the attachment required for propulsion.


Akali, BJP councillors boycott meeting
Kapurthala, July 18
Five Opposition members in the local municipal council belonging to the SAD and the BJP today boycotted the meeting of the council held today in protest against the way the president of the council, was handling matters. They said no probe had been ordered into various scandals that had been brought to the notice of the House at a meeting held on June 27.

Amarinder hails Centre’s decision
Chandigarh, July 18
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today welcomed the decision of the Centre to pay the difference between the state advised price (SAP) and the statutory minimum price (SMP) to the cane growers of Haryana, Uttaranchal and UP.


PCS officer’s reversion set aside

Chandigarh,  July 18
A Division Bench of the high court on Friday directed the setting aside of an order reverting PCS officer B.S. Jatana from the post of additional registrar to joint registrar in the Department of Co-operation.

  • Patiala SSP summoned

  • PCS (Executive) results challenged

  • Notice on petition against ex-minister

Lawyers seek dist HQ status
Fazilka, July 18
An indefinite relay dharna by members of the Bar Association, Fazilka, entered its 11th day today. A batch of five lawyers and representatives of traders, political and social organisations of the town had been joining the dharna daily in the court complex.


Govt betrayed us, say Dalits
Jalandhar, July 18
Failure of the district administration to implement Talhan peace formula arrived between Jats and Dalits with the help of civil and police officials, on June 14 and delay in the completion of magisterial inquiry into the killing of a Dalit youth in police firing at Buta Mandi on June 5 has disenchanted the Dalit community, which felt betrayed by the Congress government.

Nanded to have Banda Bahadur memorial
Chandigarh, July 18
A meeting of the management committee of Gurdwara Hazur Sahib at Nanded will be convened soon to elect its Chairman, Maharashtra Chief Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde assured Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, in Mumbai today.

Ravi Inder asks Badal to quit
Chandigarh, July 18
A former Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, today demanded the resignation of Mr Parkash Singh Badal from the presidentship of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for allegedly accepting money from and providing patronage to Dr P.K. Sareen, the prime accused in the infamous kidney scam.

Badal case: order on Vigilance plea reserved
Kharar, July 18
A local court today reserved orders for tomorrow on an application moved by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, seeking a 15-day extension in the warrants returnable till July 20 already issued by a court here to search 14 properties owned by the family of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Heaviest rain in 15 yrs, says DC
Bathinda, July 18
A heavy rain lashed the city this morning, causing a flood-like situation as a number of areas were cut from the remaining parts after these came under waist-deep water.

Rain washes away MC’s claims
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 18
The first rain has exposed the tall claims of the Municipal Council of Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib. The town has been converted into a lake and most of the localities are submerged under knee-deep water. Adding to the chaos are over flooded sewer pipes.

CBI begins probe into assault on ex-MC chief
Malerkotla, July 18
The CBI today started investigations into the case regarding the beating up of Mr Kewal Jindal, the then acting president of the Municipal Council, during elections of the council chief. Mr Jindal had been assaulted while coming out of the MC office last year.

Protest rally by PWD staff
Patiala, July 18
Employees of the Punjab PWD and the B&R Department today organised a rally in front of their office in protest against the decision of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to shift the office of the Chief Engineer to the newly constructed Mini Secretariat building.

DGP gives clean chit to IG
Chandigarh, July 18
Punjab Police chief M.S. Bhullar today gave a clean chit to Mr Mohd Mustafa, IG, who faced several charges from the BJP that he had got about 10,000 Muslims from Bihar, UP, besides Bangladesh and Pakistan, settled in the border district of Ferozepore during his tenures there.

Suspend executive officers, says poll commissioner
Ropar, July 18
The state Election Commissioner has recommended the suspension of the executive officer of the Nangal Municipal Council, Mr A.L. Bansal, for dereliction in duty during the recently concluded panchayat elections.

NRIs’ stir against Punjab Govt today
Chandigarh, July 18
Prominent businessmen, councillors, community leaders, representatives of overseas cells of both the Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP and others will assemble at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Southall in England tomorrow to protest against the “illegal and unjust actions of the Punjab Government under the garb of its fight against corruption”, says Mr Kanwal Sidhu, Chairman of Wimpy International.

Probe into Dalit woman’s claims
Mansa, July 18
Mr Raj Kamal Chowdhary, Deputy Commissioner, has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the allegations of a Dalit woman, Manjit Kaur, of Dalel Singhwala village. She had accused three Jat farmers of outraging her modesty.

Doctors resent allowance withdrawal
Sangrur, July 18
The local unit of the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association at its meeting held here today under the presidentship of Dr P.S. Sibia, president of the unit, while condemning the abolition of non-practising allowance (NPA) for doctors by the Punjab Government, urged the Chief Minister to withdraw the decision immediately as NPA had been part of the basic pay of the doctors for the past 20 years.

Call for consumer rights awareness
Mansa, July 18
Out of 12,582 complaints filed in the State Consumer Commission, Punjab, 9,548 have been disposed of. In the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forums of the state, 69,437 complaints were filed, out of which, 63,581 have been disposed of, Mr Justice H.S. Brar, president of the State Consumer Commission, said this during his first visit to the district in his address to district officials and members of the Bar Association here today.

Chandumajra’s plea to Haryana on Ghaggar
Chandigarh, July 18
A senior leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, said today it was unfortunate that the Haryana Government had linked the channelising of Ghaggar river with the SYL canal issue. 


Admn gears up to tackle floods
Dera Bassi, June 18
The local administration claims to have made elaborate arrangements to tackle floods that wreak havoc in some villages of this subdivision every year.

ETO shifted over trader’s  complaint
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 18
The campaign against corruption launched by the Chief Minister got a boost in the district when on the complaint of a trader alleging corruption charges against the Excise and Taxation Officer, Fatehgarh Sahib the Punjab Government ordered his immediate transfer to Excise and Taxation Commissioner’s office at Patiala.


One kg of smack seized, 1 held
Jalandhar, July 18
The district police has arrested one person and seized 1 kg of smack from him. According to the police, following a tip-off, they set up a naka near Sudama Vihar colony and intercepted a person coming on his scooter.

Five held on charge of peddling drugs
Amritsar, July 18
Five persons were arrested today on the charges of peddling drugs and snatching chains. The district police chief, Mr Kultar Singh, told newsmen here that there had been a major crackdown on drug addicts and chain-snatchers. 

One attacked for ‘complaining’ against cop
Ferozepore, July 18
A complainant Ashu Sharma, who got the Cantonment SHO trapped in the Vigilance net, was attacked and severely thrashed by some persons who had earlier lodged a criminal complaint against him.

Two Inspectors arrested
Mansa, July 18
The Budhlada police has arrested Jangir Singh and Mukhtiar Singh, Food and Supplies Inspectors, in a case registered under Sections 406, 467, 468 and 471, IPC, against partners of a rice mill.

Gang busted, 4 arrested
Patiala, July 18
The district police has busted a gang of dacoits and seized pistols and guns from them. Four of the gang members have been arrested.


Teachers told to develop cultural values
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 18
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 the 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 Wednesday on “Motivation and Effective Teaching” being organised by Rotary Club, Sirhind, in the background of International Literacy Month being observed by Rotary International.

Effigies of Sonia, CM burnt

Jalandhar, July 18
Hundreds of members of the All-India Students Federation today burnt effigies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in protest against the decision of the state government to increase hike in college fees without thinking about the future of the students.

SFI activists burn the effigy of Chief Mister Amrinder Singh to protest the state government's announcement to hike fees in government colleges, in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI photo

SFI activists burn the effigy of Chief Mister Amrinder Singh to protest the state government announcement to hike fees in government colleges

SAD’s stir threat on Baba Farid varsity
Faridkot, July 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has threatened an agitation if the Punjab Government shifted Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, to another place. 

Health team finds college in mess
Amritsar, July 18
Food poisoning yesterday among several students staying in the hostel of Government College for Women here has exposed laxity on part of the Health Department and the college authorities.

Shortlisting of PA’s son sparks row in Pbi varsity
Patiala, July 18
Punjabi University, which had asked candidates with B. Tech qualification in electronics and computer engineering with M. Tech computer engineering as a preferable qualification, for appointing lecturers at its Guru Kashi campus in Talwandi Sabo, has shortlisted the son of the personal assistant to the Registrar for the post despite the fact that he has done his B.Tech in food technology.


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