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Tohra elected to SGPC executive
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 24
The executive committee of the SGPC cleared the decks for making Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra the next SGPC President as he was unanimously elected as an executive member in place of Sukhdev Singh Bhaur here today. Mr Tohra was accompanied by his son-in-law Harmel Singh Tohra and a large number of supporters.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra shares a point with Mr Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra shares a point with Mr Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke (R), acting President of the SGPC after the executive committee meeting held at Fatehgarh Sahib on Thursday. Mr Pritam Singh Salomajra is on the left. — Photo Surinder Bhardwaj

Vigilance raids Sukhbir property in Delhi
New Delhi, July 24
A property owned by Sukhbir Singh Badal, son of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, in the heart of the Capital was raided by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau this evening.

Date for admissions extended
Fee rollback applicable to varsities too
Chandigarh, July 24
While extending the date for admission in government and private colleges till August 8, the Punjab Government said today that the decision regarding the rollback of fees would also be applicable to the universities.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Report on EPF scam submitted
Ropar, July 24
The long-pending police inquiry into the EPF scam in the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, is heading towards conclusion with crime wing officials submitting their inquiry report to the DGP. Highly placed sources in the crime branch told this correspondent that the report had indicted many officers of the thermal plant, besides labour contractors.


Wadala rules out merger with new Akali Dal
Jalandhar, July 24
Ruling out any move of merging his party with newly formed “Akali Dal” headed by former Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Ravi Inder Singh, the president of SAD (Democratic) Kuldeep Singh Wadala yesterday hinted at joining ranks with the former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal provided he was acquitted in corruption cases registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau.

PPCC district chiefs appointed
Chandigarh, July 24
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr H.S. Hanspal, has appointed the following as district presidents. This was stated by party’s Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Cell Chairman, Mr Pritpal Singh Bishanpura today.


Notice of motion on Thandal’s plea
Chandigarh, July 24
Taking up a petition by MLA Sohan Singh Thandal seeking the grant of regular bail in a corruption case, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the state for August 14.

  • Bail petitions dismissed

Fresh summons to Bibi Jagir Kaur
Chandigarh, July 24
A local court today issued fresh summons against former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur on a defamation case filed against her by Kulbir Kaur Dhami, Director, Gur Ashra Trust, SAS Nagar. The Judicial court of the Magistrate (First Class) has issued summons against Bibi Jagir Kaur for November 4. Meanwhile, Jaspal Singh Dhillon was today granted bail in the case.

Improvement Trust told to pay compensation
Ropar, July 24
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed the local Improvement Trust to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 to complainant Hargovind Singh, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Ropar.

Kidney scam suspect gets judicial remand
Amritsar, July 24
Gurdial Ram, a former security officer of former IG (Border Range) Rajan Gupta, was today sent to 14-day judicial remand by the court of Ms Ranjit Kaur, Judicial Magistrate (Class I), here. He would now be presented in the court on August 7.


Army claims recovery of 2-cr lost in Punwire deal
Chandigarh, July 24
The Army has filed a claim with the official liquidator of SAS Nagar-based Punjab Wireless Systems Limited (Punwire) to recover about Rs 2 crore which it lost due to its failure to ensure that the now defunct company furnished bank guarantees when it was contracted to supply communication equipment.

Schism in zila parishad hits development
Faridkot, July 24
Rift between 10 members of the zila parishad and two chairmen of the Faridkot and Kotkapura Block Samiti in the Congress has marred the entire development in the rural areas in the district. During the past over four months no development project has come on the map.

Widows form panel to fight govt apathy
Chandigarh, July 24
Widows of deceased government employees of Punjab and Chandigarh are up in arms against the government for not giving them or their wards jobs on compassionate grounds. These women, who lost their husbands while they were in service, have been running from pillar to post for jobs, but to no avail. A letter of the Punjab Government issued on May 13, 2002 said all such posts, which fell vacant upon the death of an employee, were to be abolished. This has spelled doom for the affected families.

SSP asked to probe ‘false’ criminal case
Bathinda, July 24
Some persons, against whom, a criminal case had been registered at the city police station for allegedly making an attempt on July 6 to forcibly evict a tenant from a shop owned by them, have urged the district police chief to get the case investigated from a senior police official to establish the truth. They have alleged that a false criminal case had been registered against them.

Ex-servicemen to get tubewell connections on priority: PSEB
Patiala, July 24
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to provide ex-servicemen and their dependents with tubewell connections on a priority basis. Besides, a serviceman, in his last year of service, may also apply through his Commanding Officer to the PSEB for a tubewell connection on a priority basis on production of a certificate from the Commanding Officer to the effect that the applicant is due for retirement from the Defence services within one year.

Slum-dwellers milking PSEB dry
SAS Nagar, July 24
The Punjab State Electricity Board, SAS Nagar circle is losing Rs 1.5 lakh per month due to the theft of power by slum-dwellers. Power theft is rampant in the state with a large chunk of revenue being lost due to thefts in the industrial sector followed by pilferage in the commercial and domestic sectors.

Errors in certificates leave them jobless
Bathinda, July 24
Mr Gurwinder Singh’s joy had known no bounds when he had completed the two-year course in electronics trade from the Industrial Training Institute, Jaitu, in Faridkot district in 1996. Seven years after he completed the two-year course he is a disappointed man due to the apathetic attitude of the Department of Industrial Training, Government of Punjab. Despite his qualification he is without a job.

CRPF SI cremated with honours
Gurdaspur, July 24
Mr Wasakha Singh Sub inspector 121 CRPF Battalion who died fighting Nexalites near Ranchi in Jharkhand State was given state funeral today in his native Munan Khurd village under the Purana Shalla police station in this district.

Privatisation move condemned
Patiala, July 24
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation Workers and Employees Union has condemned the Punjab Government’s reported move to privatise several government-owned ventures, including the PRTC and the Punjab State Electricity Board.


4 more law officers appointed
Chandigarh, July 24
In less than 72 hours after the Punjab Government’s Department of Home Affairs and Justice released a list of 19 advocates appointed as law officers, two more Deputy Advocate-Generals and an equal number of Assistant Advocate-Generals were today added to the team.

Mandi board DGM retired compulsorily
Rajpura, July 24
Punjab Mandi Board Chairman Sant Ram Singla said today the board had compulsorily retired a Deputy Geneal Manager because he was charged with taking bribe during the Akali-BJP government.


Woman burnt to death over property
Bathinda, July 24
Ms Bindar Kaur of Jhandu Ke village in this district, was allegedly brunt to death by her brother-in-law Dhute Singh, his wife Birpal Kaur and two others — Mr Maggar Singh and Mr Kaka Singh last evening as the husband of deceased had property dispute with Dhute Singh.

Dacoits kill one, injure three of family
Hoshiarpur, July 24
Parkash Ram died on the spot while his daughter-in-law Bimla Devi (40), grandson Jasbir Singh (15) and granddaughter Paramjit Kaur (20) were seriously injured when some unidentified persons assaulted them with sharp-edged weapons while they were sleeping in their house at Ghumiala village near Mahilpur last night. They looted the house and escaped.

Station Superintendent held for bribery
Mansa, July 24
A Punjab Vigilance Bureau team headed by Mr Vinod Kumar Chowdhary, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vigilance) Mansa today caught Mr Yogendra Partap Singh, Station Superintendent of Northern Railway posted at Mansa while he was accepting Rs 1000 bribe from Mr Ajay Kumar, salesman cum vendor at the local railway platform.


Cancel FIR, demand students
Malerkotla, July 24
Students of the local government college staged a dharna outside the SDM’s office demanding cancellation of the FIR against eight students leaders — Kuldeep Singh Gosal, Harjinder Singh Chohan, Prince, Amandeep Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Gurjant Singh and Gurmukh Singh Mann — registered by the local police.

Varsity makes examinees buy answer sheets
Amritsar, July 24
Practical examinations by the physiology and bio-chemistry Department of Government Medical College here, are reported to being taken on ordinary sheets, as proper answer sheets have not been issued by Baba Farid Medical University, Faridkot.

Protest by students
Bathinda, July 24
Members of the Students Coordination Committee today organised a protest in front of Government Rajindra College here today to press the authorities concerned to implement the state government decision rolling back tuition fee hike immediately.

Students Coordinate Committee members hold a protest in front of the Government Rajindra College in Bathinda on Thursday.
— Photo Kulbir Beera
Students Coordinate Committee members hold a protest in front of the Government Rajindra College

Demonstration by students, staff of polytechnic college
Bathinda, July 24
Hundreds of students and teachers of Government Polytechnic College here today held a demonstration at Bibi Wala chowk and gate rally in front of the college in protest against the state government decision handing over polytechnic colleges and ITIs to private hands.

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