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Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s descendent honoured in Pakistan

Amritsar, July 5
It is perhaps for the first time that a descendant of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was honored in Pakistan. Mr Beant Singh Sandhawalia (78), who went to Pakistan after 49 years, was bestowed this rare honour during a pilgrimage by a Sikh jatha to Pakistan on the 165th death anniversary of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh that concluded a few days ago.

Mr Beant Singh Sandhawalia being honoured by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee's president, Mr Sham Singh
Mr Beant Singh Sandhawalia (right) being honoured by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee's president, Mr Sham Singh, as the descendent of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at the 165th death anniversary of the Maharaja.

SGPC poll a ‘dharam yudh’, says Baba Bedi
Ludhiana, July 5
Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, president of the Gurmat Sidhant Parcharak Sant Samaj and chief patron of the Panthic Morcha, said here today that the SGPC elections were a “dharam yudh” to cleanse the gurdwaras of maladministration and restore the “maryada” of the Sikh religion.

Dal Khalsa, SAD workers clash, 8 hurt
Panthic Morcha Cong proxy, says Badal
Coop society’s chief axed



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EARLIER STORIES

  Colleges making money by attesting certificates
Jalandhar, July 5
With hundreds of students making a beeline for college admission these days, it is boom time for the authorities of colleges here.

Pingalwara adopts three insane, abandoned women
Sangrur, July 5
Three weeks ago, three mentally-challenged women, one of them pregnant, had no house and none to look after, but now the Pingalwara branch of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, Amritsar, here is their home and Pingalwara workers their caretakers.

NRI arrested for forgery
Jalandhar, July 5
The district police has arrested an NRI for allegedly forging the birth certificate of a minor girl to secure a marriage certificate. According to the police, the arrested person was identified as Sukhdev Singh of Basti Danishmanda Colony. A case under Sections 420, 465, 467 and 120-B, IPC, has been registered.


COMMUNITY

City residents jostle for a bucket of water
Bathinda, July 5
Place is Maulvian mohalla of the old city and time 2 p.m. on a day of this month. Sweat drops from one’s forehead vanish even before falling on ground. Lanes and bylanes of the city which otherwise remain crowded with stray animals have none of these.

PSEB manages to get little relief
Patiala, July 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has managed to get 120 mw of power from other states even though demand continues to outstrip availability forcing the board to continue with regulatory measures. The industry will continue to face a two-day weekly off even as cuts have been enforced on both rural and urban consumers.

VRS nightmare: families await dues
Gurdaspur, July 5
Life for Tilak Raj, who was employed in Punjab Tourism Development Corporation as waiter in the (PTDC) complex at Pathankot was smooth till October last year. Fearing disinvestment in the department he along with 350 other employees of the PTDC sought Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) proposed by the department. The department accepted the VRS applications of all employees.

“Jantak Sahulata” released
Amritsar, July 5
For the convenience and awareness of the people on the working and dealing of various government departments, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raminder Singh, today released a book, “Jantak Sahulata”.

People harassed, confused over new bus stand
Holy city facing severe traffic chaos
Amritsar, July 5
The people visiting holy city are harassed and a confused lot today, even as two new temporary bus stands, one at mall mandi and another at Jahajgarh, were set up for their convenience as a new bus stand is under construction.

Kalam keen on restoring Sultanpur Lodhi’s glory
Sultanpur Lodhi, July 5
Neglected for many decades, Sultanpur Lodhi, the historic town where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have received enlightenment, has caught the attention of President APJ Abdul Kalam. He is taking keen interest in the town’s restoration.

Reverse car driver’s life goes ‘reverse’
Bathinda, July 5
The undying desire to get his name registered in the Guinness Book of World Record and to spread the message of peace and friendship between India and Pakistan by ‘driving the car in reverse’ seems to have put the life of Mr Harpreet Pappu, a local resident and his family, in ‘reverse gear’.

PRTC Chairman honoured
Patiala, July 5
From a humble beginning as member of the Budhladha Panchayat Samiti, to be given the honour of carrying the "Jwahar Jyoti" from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari and also Tashkant to being President of the Punjab Youth Congress besides holding other responsibilities, it has been an eventful 50 years in public life for Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) Chairman Ved Prakash Gupta.

Dharna by wood traders
Hoshiarpur, July 5
Wood traders staged a dharna and blocked vehicular traffic for about four hours from 8 a.m. at Prabhat Chowk in protest against the alleged beating up of 70-year-old Sikander Nath Khanna, a wood commission agent, by municipal council octroi contractor, Mr Satish Kumar Billa, his son, Amit, and his employees, in front of his shop on the Tanda road here this morning. Mr Sikander Nath was wounded and admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

Lions Club adopts health projects
Sangrur, July 5
The Lions Club has drawn up a plan for the current financial year to get itself actively involved in curbing the heinous act of female foeticide, besides creating awareness about health among the people, by organising seminars, debates and essay competitions.

Protest against action in bitumen scam
Patiala, July 5
On a call given by the Joint Action Committee of PWD (B&R) employees, various associations organised a rally in front of the PWD office here today in protest against the Vigilance action in the bitumen scam.

CM mourns Savitri Devi’s death
Chandigarh, July 5
Capt Amarinder Singh, today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Ms Savitri Devi, wife of the Late Comrade Ram Kishan, former Chief Minister, who passed away late last night at New Delhi, after a brief illness. She was 86. She is survived by two sons and two daughters.

Bollywood stars descend on city
Amritsar, July 5
Yash Chopra film unit arrived in the holy city amidst tight security here today. The 35-member team includes Shahrukh Khan, Priety Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, along with Mr Aditya Chopra and Payal Chopra Sona. As many as 21 rooms of a city hotel are booked for the stars and others. More than 40 police personnel had been deputed at the hotel.


Bollywood actress Preity Zinta accepts bouquets from her fans at a hotel in Amritsar on Monday.
— PTI photo
Bollywood actress Preity Zinta accepts bouquets from her fans at a hotel in Amritsar

Councillors oppose water bill surcharge
Sangrur, July 5
Municipal councillors Jatinder Kalra and Amarjit Singh Titoo have opposed the proposal of the council with regard to the imposition of 25 per cent surcharge on water bills.

Tarlochan’s election to RS hailed
Ludhiana, July 5
Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor, a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University and president, Master Tara Singh Institute of Sikh Studies in Contemporary Politics has welcomed the election of Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, to the Rajya Sabha.

Peace ambassador
Phagwara, July 5
Jaiprabh Kaur of Phagwara has been selected as a peace ambassador for the 16th Asian Pacific children’s convention being held at Fukuoka in Japan from July 10 to 28. She is a daughter of Mr Mukhinder Singh, Past National President (PNP), Indian Jaycees, and Mrs Paramjit Kaur. The Phagwara City Jaycees feted Jaiprabh Kaur at a function here.

Society presents Punjabi play
Patiala, July 5
The National Theatre Arts Society presented a Punjabi play, “Bhagwad Ajjukam”, at Baradari Garden here today. The play, along with items of music and dance was presented at the conclusion of the 15th annual one-month youth theatre workshop.

COURTS

HIGH COURT
Notice issued in public interest petition

Chandigarh, July 5
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion on a public interest litigation seeking directions that a Section of the Sikh Gurdwara Act depriving right to vote to those within the age group of 18 to 21 years be declared ultra vires.

AGRICULTURE

Interest rate on crop loans cut
Chandigarh, July 5
The Punjab State Cooperative Bank has reduced the rate of interest on short-term crop loans to 11 per cent from existing 12 per cent effective July 1. This 1 per cent lowering of the interest rate would accrue a benefit of Rs 45 crore, per annum and will benefit seven lakh farmers.

ADMINISTRATION

DC bans digging of wells
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 5
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, has imposed ban on the digging of wells without the prior permission. This ban would continue till August 31. It is worth mentioning that more than five labourers have died in different incidents in the district, while digging wells.

CRIME

Man killed, jewellery taken away
Abohar, July 5
A resident of Sappanwali village, on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road, was killed by four persons who also looted his house last night.

Grandmother, kin booked for rape
Amritsar, July 5
A girl was allegedly kidnapped and raped by her cousin here on June 26. But a case was registered only today when she along with her sister was freed from illegal detention. No arrest has been made.

Petrol station looted
Bathinda, July 5
Three motorcycle-borne youths with muffled faces allegedly looted cash from a petrol station located on the Bhucho-Nathana road, 25 km from here, today on gunpoint.

2 shopkeepers beaten up
Dera Bassi, July 5
Armed sons of Pawan Mahindru, president Dera Bassi Mubarikpur Truck Operators Union, along with their accomplices attacked two shopkeepers in the main market, this evening.

EDUCATION

B.Ed entrance test results declared
Amritsar, July 5
Heminder Kaur of Bathinda topped in the science group and Amritsar girl Amandeep Kaur took the lead in arts in the Punjab B.Ed entrance test conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University on June 26.

Admission to graduate courses starts
Bathinda, July 5
With admissions for various graduate courses starting from today, a large number of students thronged colleges after a spell of vacation to seek admission. Long queues were seen in almost all colleges of Bathinda, including Government Rajindra College, MG DAV College, SSD Girls College and Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa Girls College, in front of counters for enquiries.


Students seeking admission submit forms at Government Rajindra College, Bathinda on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
Students seeking admission submit forms at Government Rajindra College, Bathinda


BUSINESS

Bank Branch computerised
Kharar, July 5
The Shivalik Kshetriya Gramin Bank has earned a profit of Rs 10 crore during 2003-04 which is the highest so far.

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