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British couple booked; blames Customs officials
Gharinda (Amritsar), July 20
The Muslim couple (British nationals), who had crossed over to India from Pakistan, today said that they had the ‘worst ever’ experience of the life due to the fault of the officials of Customs and Immigration posted at the Wagah joint check post.

Irrigation Adviser to Amarinder resigns
Chandigarh, July 20
The nine-month-old tussle between the Punjab Irrigation Minister, Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar and the Chief Minister’s Irrigation Adviser, Mr Bhagat Singh Sandhu, today culminated in the resignation of Mr Sandhu.

Litigations over police promotions worry government 
Chandigarh, July 20
The Home Department of the Punjab Government is worried over the spate of litigations which are likely to follow due to large-scale, allegedly arbitrary promotions of hundreds of police officials by the outgoing Director-General of Police, Mr M.S. Bhullar.

Fee hike: students move to HP colleges
Ropar, July 20
The hike in the college fee effected by the Punjab Government has forced students residing in the border areas of the state to colleges located in the neighbouring Himachal Pradesh. 

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Many takers for old-age home
Sangrur, July 20
After the publication of a news feature “old-age home starts functioning” in The Tribune on June 13, the authorities of the local Pingalwara, a branch of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, Amritsar, have received letters and telephone calls from elderly persons, including couples, from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, requesting for a room in the “Birdh Ghar” (old-age home) so that they could spend their remaining life in a peaceful atmosphere.

Sacked minister alleges victimisation
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
Dr Harbans Lal, sacked minister, talking to The Tribune here today said he had been made a scapegoat by the bureaucracy as Mr P. Ram, who had recently joined as Principal Secretary, Forest, had concealed facts and not given “true” information to the Chief Minister.


Rift in Sangrur SAD unit
Dhuri, July 20
Though Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, member, Rajya Sabha have forged unity but factionalism among Barnala supporters and Dhindsa loyalists of the SAD in the Sangrur district continues.

Shiv Sena vice-chief quits
Hoshiarpur, July 20
Mr Vikram Kumar, vice-president of the Shiv Sena Punjab (Bal Thackeray), has resigned from the party’s post in protest against refusal to probe serious allegations levelled by some persons against Swami Pushpinder Sharma, President of the state unit.


Indo-Pak candlelight vigil likely
Mr Kuldip Nayar, veteran journalist and Rajya Sabha member (second from left), with Mr Satnam Manek to chalk out the “joint Indo-Pak” programme Amritsar, July 20
Efforts are afoot to hold a “joint Indo-Pak candlelight vigil” programme on the eve of Independence Day at the Wagah border this time. A possibility of a joint function, that could give a boost to neighbourly relations and Indo-Pak peace in the region, was expressed by Mr Kuldip Nayar, veteran journalist and Rajya Sabha Member.

Mr Kuldip Nayar, veteran journalist and Rajya Sabha member (second from left), with Mr Satnam Manek to chalk out the “joint Indo-Pak” programme and candlelight vigil on Independence Day eve at Wagah in Amritsar on Sunday. — photo Rajiv Sharma

SC quota posts lying vacant: Singla
Bathinda, July 20
Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman of the High Powered Finance Committee, Punjab, today said education was the best tool for the social upliftment of the downtroddon sections of the society.

Qila Ahluwalia in bad shape
Qila Ahluwalia, near the Golden Temple, which was auctioned in the beginning of the 20th century by the British Government, has emerged as a big shopping complex as nobody bothered to preserve this historical building belonging to great Sikh warrior Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia.

IG told to probe charge against ADC
Ludhiana, July 20
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has ordered an inquiry into a case against Mr Anurag Aggarwal, former Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana and Mr Rahul Bhandari, Additional Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana, to be conducted by the IG (Litigation) Punjab, in which they have been alleged to have got false FIR registered against Mrs Asha Bhateja and her husband Pradeep Bhateja.

A farmer going back to his home
A farmer going back to his home after completing his daily routine as the sun sets on Saturday evening. — PTI 

‘Lekhak Milni’ calls for introspection 
Patiala, July 20
Punjabi Tribune’s “Lekhak Milni” today saw readers urging top brass of the newspaper to go in for introspection, recruit correspondents with commitment and ensure publication of more quality articles and translation of famous works of other languages in the newspaper.

An apology for veterinary hospital
Batala, July 20
The building housing the veterinary hospital here is dilapidated. It was declared unsafe by the Punjab Government in 1989. The hospital is built over five kanals. The cattle shed of the hospital is being used as a scooter stand though it has collapsed. At present there is no cattle shed in this hospital.

Withdrawal of NPA decried
Chandigarh, July 20
The PCMS Association, Punjab, has condemned the decision to abolish the non-practising allowance and allow private practice by doctors. In a joint statement issued here today, Dr D.S Gill and Dr M.S Randhawa, President and Patron respectively, of the association described the decision as a “reward to the corrupt and punishment to the honest”.

Mann campaigns for human rights
Phagwara, July 20
During his over one-month tour of Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, Italy and Austria, Lok Sabha Member and SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann has met parliamentarians and other opinion makers of these countries to apprise them of human right abuses taking place in India of minorities, including Sikhs, Muslims, Christians and Dalits. 

Scam-indicted officials on foreign visits
Gurdaspur, July 20
The investigation into the Upper Bari-Doab Canal scam, involving 36 officials, has been hampered as seven top officials including Chief Engineer, Superintending Engineer and several executive engineers, have left for foreign countries. Interestingly, all these officials have gone abroad on a regular visa, and after getting leave from the government even as they were indicted by the Bhagat Singh Committee.

BSNL subscribers wait for bills
Chandigarh, July 20
In this era of cut throat competition among mobile companies, the public sector telecom giant, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, has not been able to send bills of mobile phone service to its more than 2.20 lakh customers in the Punjab Telecom circle for the past two months thus putting on hold revenue collection of about Rs 14 crore.

Of phones, inflated bills and faults
Gurdaspur, July 20
The telephone exchange here is in a mess. There are complaints of inflated bills which are of delivered late and of faults not rectified. Official sources say the exchange has 13000 connections and of these bills of 5000 connections are issued either late or not issued at all.

6 of marriage party hurt
Hoshiarpur, July 20
Six members of a marriage party including a boy of 14 were injured when the Tata Sumo (DL-4C-D-3113) they were travelling by overturned near Jian Chabewal, 12 km from here, on the Hoshiarpur - Chandigarh road at 10.30 a.m. today.

Scribes seek EO’s transfer
Phagwara, July 20
Journalists here yesterday demanded the transfer of the Municipal executive officer allegedly for making a false complaint against a journalist. 

Medical camp held
Muktsar, July 20

As many as 170 patients were examined at a medical check-up camp organised by Adesh Hospital and Research Centre in association with Unite States Vitamins, here on Sunday. 


HC judge’s visit
Sangrur, July 20
Mr Justice Vinay Mittal, a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Inspecting Judge for Sangrur, yesterday visited the District Courts here. 


Booked for minor’s rape
Amritsar, July 20
A 17-year-old girl of Fatahpur village under the Sadar police station alleged that she was abducted and raped by a married man of the same village. She, in her complaint, alleged that Bittu kidnapped her on July 11 when she was on way to a shop. 

Six from Doaba held in Kiev
Phagwara, July 20
Six persons of Doaba region were arrested in the Ukrainian capital Kiev for allegedly travelling on forged documents, according to an information at the Regional Passport Office, Jalandhar.

Three held for murder
Bathinda, July 20
The district police has solved a murder case, which took place on June 29 near Bhucho Kalan village. In a press note issued here today, Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, said Babu Singh, a resident of Bhucho Khurd village, was reported missing on June 29. His body was recovered from the cantonment area on July 2. 

PRTC bus runs over three
Sangrur, July 20
Three persons, including two children, were reportedly killed on the spot near the Dhuri railway level crossing here last evening when a PRTC bus hit them. Shankar Lal (35), Pappu (12) and his sister Rano (10) were the victims.

2 die in mishap
Pathankot, July 20
Two persons were killed when the truck they were travelling in collided with a tree near Kotli village under Sadar police station here, on Sunday morning. The victims have been identified as Harjinder (driver) and Surinder (owner) of the truck (PB-06-2210).

Rickshaw-puller stabbed to death
Amritsar, July 20
Raj Kumar, alias Raja (19), a rickshaw-puller and resident of Bharat Nagar on the Batala road, was allegedly stabbed to death by his sister’s husband and brothers here today. Raj Kumar was going for work when he was attacked.


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