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SAD releases manifesto for SGPC poll
Promises to set up Sikh educational secretariat
Ludhiana, July 2
The SAD President and former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has alleged that the Congress-ruled government in Punjab has failed to live up to the commitments made by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to ensure a free and fair SGPC poll.

SAD leaders release the party’s manifesto for the SGPC poll in Ludhiana on Friday SAD leaders release the party’s manifesto for the SGPC poll in Ludhiana on Friday.
— PTI photo

International call racket busted
Jalandhar, July 2
Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) has unearthed a multi-crore international call racket operating in different parts of the city by misusing the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) for automatic switching of international calls received through Internet leased lines with the confiscation of equipment of two illegal telephone exchanges here.

Mr Raj Pal Singh Sandhu, SP, along with VSNL officials, raids an illegal telephone exchange involved in a multi-crore international call racket in Jalandhar Mr Raj Pal Singh Sandhu, SP, along with VSNL officials, raids an illegal telephone exchange involved in a multi-crore international call racket in Jalandhar on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

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7 former improvement trust officials charge-sheeted
Pathankot, July 2
The Department of Local Government has charge-sheeted seven officials of the Pathankot Improvement Trust, including a former Administrator and IAS officer. The other officers include two former executive officers and other junior officials, including draftsmen and the trust engineer.

CM to take up bypass project issue with Pranab
Patiala, July 2
The southern bypass project, which was conceived in 1985 by the Army to smoothen traffic on the Chandi Mandir — Bathinda section but was lying unimplemented despite acquisition of the land, may get a fresh lease of life with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, willing to approach the Defence Minister on the issue.

Villagers ransack grid; 2 PSEB employees assaulted
Moga, July 2
Angry over the unscheduled power cuts, residents of Mari Mustafa village ransacked the 66 kv grid and also assaulted two Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employees in the village on Wednesday night.

Engineers’ arrest motivated, say PWD staff
Patiala, July 2
Employees of the Public Works Department (Building and Roads) today organised a dharna and blocked the road in front of the Mini-Secretariat alleging that engineers of its department had been arrested by the state vigilance bureau as part of a conspiracy aimed at tarnishing the image of certain senior ministers prior to the reconstitution of the state Cabinet.

Embezzlement of Rs 28.65 lakh detected
Hoshiarpur, July 2
An audit team of the office of Accountant General Punjab recently detected embezzlement of Rs 28.65 lakh in the Kandi Watershed Drainage Division here.

Now direct flight to Los Angeles from Amritsar
Jalandhar, July 2
Air travellers from Punjab will now have direct connection to Los Angeles from Amritsar over Frankfurt by Air India flights on every Friday. An Air India spokesperson said here today with the availability of this option to the travellers with effect from July one, now Los Angeles and other en route destinations-bound passengers were not required to go Mumbai or Delhi to catch the flight.


SAD(A) divided over backing Malout candidate
Moga, July 2
Launching a scathing attack on the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the SAD(A) President and Panthic Morcha leader, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, said today that Mr Badal and other Akali leaders, who were involved in various criminal and corruption cases, had criminalised the Akali politics.

Badal a Central Govt agent, says Chandumajra
Sangrur, July 2
Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, the President of the SAD (Longowal) and senior leader of the Panthic Morcha, today accused Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the President of the SAD, of inviting Central Government’s direct intervention in the SGPC elections.


Residents threaten to sue cable company
Patiala, July 2
Residents of Model Town and Passi Road had a harrowing time yesterday when Patiala Today cable company officials failed to telecast the Euro Cup football match between Greece and Czechoslovakia.

Badungar opposes degree to Sonia
Patiala, July 2
Former SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop Punjabi University from awarding a D Litt degree to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

1,900 acres for airport at Phillaur
Jalandhar, July 2
The Punjab Government has decided to provide 1,900 acres for setting up Greenfield airport at Phillaur.

Booklet on traffic safety released
Patiala, July 2
A booklet on traffic safety entitled “Sarak Surakhiya — Jiwan Rakhia”, complied and edited by Mr Harcharan Singh Arora, was released by the Managing Director of the State Bank of Patiala, Mr A.K. Das, at the concluding function of the Rotary Club’s diamond jubilee year held at the Academy of Sikh Religion and Culture here yesterday.

Ahluwalia to attend interfaith conclave
Chandigarh, July 2
Sikhism will be represented by a two-man delegation at the International Interfaith Conclave to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from July 7 to 13.

Baba Poohla, panel hold parallel melas
Poohla (Tarn Taran), July 2
Amid tight security, parallel “Shaheedi Mela” functions organised in memory of Bhai Taru Singh held by controversial Nihang chief Baba Ajit Singh Poohla and the Poohla Eviction Committee,(PEC) passed off peacefully.

Roadways workers hold rallies
Moga, July 2
In response to a call by the joint action committee of the Punjab Roadways Emoloyees Union, the employees throughout the state yesterday held protest rallies against alleged anti-employee attitude of the authorities.

Work on memorial gates to start soon
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 2
The construction work on all four memorial gates, whose foundation stone was laid by the Chief Minister during the Shaheedi Jor Mela last year, will start soon.

Flood-relief training camp concludes
Mohali, July 2
The district administration organised a four-day camp to provide training regarding flood relief and rescue operations to the officials of the Revenue and Rural Development Departments.

Police warns medical store owners
Moga, July 2
The Moga police has warned the owners of the Goyal Medical Stores that if they did not return till tomorrow morning the locks of their shops would be broken open.


High Court
Notices issued on Badal’s plea against Judge
Chandigarh, July 2
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to the respondents on petitions filed by former Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal and others seeking the quashing of the proceedings before the Special Judge, Ropar, under the Prevention of Corruption Act.


AME of Kharar MC suspended
Kharar, July 2
An Assistant Municipal Engineer (AME) of the Municipal Council here has been suspended on the orders of the Director, Local Government, Punjab.


Two shot dead by relatives
Amritsar, July 2
Two persons were shot dead while three, including two women of the same family, sustained injuries when they were attacked by their close relatives at Chatiwind village, near here, today.

Varsity clerk in fake degree racket
Amritsar, July 2
The name of a clerk of Bundelkhand University has figured in the fake degree racket which was busted by the Majitha police on June 23 in which four persons were arrested, including the owner of private Shivalik Public School here.


Varsity placement cell helps students
Patiala, July 2
To facilitate placement of students of professional and job-oriented courses, Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai had established a placement cell in the university last year.

Pakhoke in a fix over default in fee payment
Amritsar, July 2
Even as acting SGPC President, Mr Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke, announced to defy the orders of ‘admission committee’ and admits students to the SGPC run Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences and Research on July 21, he was once again in a fix over the alleged default in payment of fees for his ward in the same institute.

Bar Council team visits Farid law college today
Faridkot, July 2
A two-member team comprising Mr V.K. Bhardwaj and Mr J.S. Dalal from the Bar Council of India New Delhi will visit here tomorrow to give approval to Baba Farid Law College managed by Baba Farid and Godri Sahib Gurdwara Management Committee here. Punjabi University Patiala and State Government had already granted affiliation and no-objection certificate, respectively, in this regard.

Teachers stage dharna
Muktsar, July 2
Members of the Democratic Teachers’ Front staged a dharna in front of the office of the Muktsar Block Primary Education Officer (BPEO) Malkiat Singh today.

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