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Talhan Dalits feel betrayed
Talhan (Jalandhar), July 28
Dalit residents of this village are aghast over the delay in inclusion of one of two Dalit nominees, Mr Amarjit, in the Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurdwara Management Committee as a regular member on account of his inability to attain the ‘Sikh saroop’.

NPA withdrawal may spur exodus from PCMS
Chandigarh, July 28
Growing resentment over the withdrawal of the non-practising allowance may lead to an exodus from the Pujab Civil Medical Service as senior members of the service, especially those in the last five years of their service careers, are seriously contemplating to quit before the 25 per cent slash in their salaries is notified.

Crucial SGPC meeting from Aug 5
Amritsar, July 28
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SGPC chief, has convened a two-day meeting of the executive body and the Dharm Prachar Committee from August 5 at Teja Singh Sammunderi Hall here. His close confidant, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, is likely to be appointed as Chief Secretary at the meeting.

Oust Cong, Badal’s call to Punjabis
Faridkot, July 28
The Shiromani Akali Dal has given a clarion call to Punjabis to join hands for voting out the Congress in the forthcoming General Election in Punjab.

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Paddy support price unchanged
Chandigarh, July 28
The Union Government will shortly announce the minimum support price of paddy for the current year, according to sources. Sources said the farmers would get the same price as last year plus drought relief, with the only difference that the drought relief had been merged into last year’s support price.
Farmers protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office

Farmers protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Amritsar on Monday. 
— Photo Sawinder Singh


BJP appoints poll officers
Tarn Taran, July 28
Mr Anil Sareen, secretary, state unit of the BJP in his capacity as returning officer, Amritsar (Rural) district for the organisational elections for the party in the district has nominated 13 assistant returning officers.

Left parties’ dharna against Punjab government
Barnala, July 28
Activists of four Left parties — CPI(M), MCPI, CPI(ML) Liberation and All-India Forward Block — staged a protest here today against the Punjab Government’s failure to honour its poll promises.


Pepsu roadways suspends manager
Patiala, July 28
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation today suspended its Bathinda depot General Manager following charges of corruption levelled against him by the state Vigilance Bureau.

Mill Managing Director suspended
Gurdaspur, July 28
Mr T.R. Sarangal, Managing Director, Sugarfed, Punjab, has placed Mr Kulwant Singh Saggu, Managing Director, sugar mill Paniar, 5 km from here, and Mr Bhawra, sales officer, under suspension for committing various irregularities.

Wadala tried to grab mandir, says sarpanch
Jalandhar, July 28
Members of Ghumiara village panchayat today accused the SAD (Democratic) president, Mr Kuldeep Singh Wadala, of creating a rift between the Hindu and the Sikh communities by trying to grab “Sati Mata Asthan” situated at the outskirts of the village in the name of a gurdwara.

Heroes of 10 Dogra remembered
Soldiers pay homage to martyrs of the 1971 war with PakistanDera Baba Nanak, July 28
 Major-General Ashok Samantaray today laid wreaths at Dera Baba Nanak war memorial in memory of the Indian soldiers who attained martyrdom in 1971 war. The memorial was constructed by 10 Dogra regiment after the success of operation ‘Akal’ undertaken by valiant soldiers of the brigade under the command of the then Brig K. Gaurishankar.

Soldiers pay homage to martyrs of the 1971 war with Pakistan at the Dera Baba Nanak war memorial on Monday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

CPI workers protest ‘anti-people’ policies
Chandigarh, July 28
In protest against the visit of a World Bank team, which held talks with the top brass of the Punjab Government here today and “anti-people” policies of the state government, a large number of CPI activists from all over Punjab, held a dharna and a rally at Matka Chowk here today.

Excise raids on transporters’ premises
Bathinda, July 28
Raids were conducted on the premises of various transport companies in the state by teams of the Excise and Taxation Department today to intensify the campaign against tax evaders after Head Constable Amarjit Singh was killed by the driver of a truck owned by Patiala Carrier near Sardulgarh in Mansa district on July 26.

Four-yr-old boy electrocuted
Jalandhar, July 28
A child was today electrocuted at his residence in the Ali Mohalla area here when he came into contact with a desert cooler, police sources said.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra on his way to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra (R) on his way to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple after being elected as the 38th President of SGPC, in Amritsar on Sunday. —  PTI 

Bodies still untraceable in drowning case
Nangal, July 28
The bodies of four of the five persons of Talwara village, near Nangal, who had drowned in the Sutlej yesterday, could not be recovered till the filing of the report.

MP seeks funds for sarovar
Kharar, July 28
Mr Shamsher Singh Dullon, MP of the Ropar Lok Sabha constituency, has requested the Punjab Government to provide monetary help for the ongoing development works at the historic Maharaja Ajj Sarovar which is associated with Lord Ram.

Fortis free health camp in Amritsar
Chandigarh, July 28
A free health camp has been initiated at the newly launched Fortis Multi-Speciality Hospital in Amritsar. 

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Romana removed in violation of Takht edict
Amritsar, July 28
The Gurdwara Management Committee of Takht Patna Sahib has removed Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, president of the committee. Earlier, Sikh clergy of Takht Patna Sahib had declared Mr Romana ‘tankhaiya‘ (guilty of religious misconduct) for using derogatory language against Takht jathedars and ‘Dasam Granth’.

50 physically challenged to get tricycles
Bathinda, July 28
About 211 physically challenged persons were examined by ortho surgeon Dr Ujagar Singh at a free medical camp organised at Government School, Gumanti Kalan, in Phul tehsil, by the Helping Hand Educational Society, Bathinda, and the Bathinda Rural Youth Clubs Association, Bhagta Bhai Ka block today.

Tricycles, sewing machines given
Patiala, July 28
The Patiala Social Welfare Society has given 10 tricycles, 14 sewing machines and notebooks to the needy with the help of the District Red Cross and the State Bank of Patiala.

Police gets 6 motor cycles
Mansa, July 28
Mr Bhagirath Lal Danewalia, president, local Municipal Council, on Saturday presented six motor cycles to the police for patrol duty.

‘Change social set-up to contain crime’
Faridkot, July 28
Shashi, a student of class X of MRSD School, underlined the need for change in social structure for containing the crime in society.


Notice issued in corruption case
Chandigarh, July 28
Acting on a petition filed by Punjab’s former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s officer on special duty Hardeep Singh seeking the grant of bail in an alleged corruption case, Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for August 7.


6 Bangladeshis arrested
Along the zero line (Ferozepore), July 28
Alert troops of the 14 Batallion of the BSF nabbed six Bangladeshi nationals while they were attempting to cross over to the Pakistani side of the international border near Chowki Jagdish along the zero line last night.

382 fake cassettes seized
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 28

The district has nabbed a cheat who used to prepare fake audio and CD. The police has also recovered 382 fake cassettes from his possession.

Youth attacked with knife
Bathinda, July 28
Aashik Ali, alias Pappu, a local youth, was seriously injured when he was attacked with a knife by a group of youths this evening near a bridge of the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal.


200 centres of technical varsity to be interconnected
Jalandhar, July 28
To streamline its Distance Education Programme further, the Punjab Technical University here has decided to inter-connect its more than 200 learning centres in the country and to issue “smart cards” to 15,000 students enrolled for various courses under the programme.

Pro-VC accused of politicising differences with VC
Patiala, July 28
The Punjabi University authorities yesterday accused the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, of using a personal function to launch an attack on Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai by taking the help of a political party.

Parents resent fee hike move by medical college
Faridkot, July 28
A large number of parents of students who had arrived to appear for a two-day PMT counselling, conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, here yesterday, held a peaceful demonstration against the Punjab Government for its failure to check the alleged violation of rules by the management of the DMC institution, Ludhiana, in admissions to the MBBS course.

Move to privatise ITIs flayed
Bathinda, July 28
Members of the Government Polytechnic Employees Association, Bathinda, while condemning the state government’s decision to hand over the government-run polytechnic colleges and industrial training institutes to private sector, today sported black badges to lodge their protest against the decision.

Education institutes’ staff to strike work
Sangrur, July 28
The Punjab DIET Staff Welfare Association will launch a statewide agitation from August 1 to protest against the non-payment of salary for four months to more than 400 employees, including Principals, senior lecturers, lecturers, and Class III and Class IV employees, working in various District Institutes of Education and Training in the state.

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