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Punjab ministry swearing-in today
Bhattal may not retain Deputy CM’s post
Chandigarh, July 6
The Punjab Governor, Justice O P Verma (Retd.), has accepted the resignations of 12 ministers that were forwarded to him by the Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh on Monday. Consequently, the re-constituted ministry will be sworn-in at Raj Bhawan here tomorrow at 11 am.

Downsizing ministry mere drama, says Badal
Hoshiarpur, July 6
Dropping 10 ministers in the process of downsizing the Punjab Council of Ministers, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has played a drama to befool the public. The Chief Minister has appointed nine Parliamentary Secretaries and one Chief Parliamentary Secretary, who, though not considered a part of the Council of Ministers, get equal perks and facilities.

Punjab refuses to compensate PSEB for revenue loss
Chandigarh, July 6
The Punjab Government has refused to compensate the Punjab State Electricity Board for the revenue loss it suffered because of the delay in the revision of power tariff. In December last year, the PSEB had submitted a petition to the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission for the revision of power tariff rates for the financial year 2004-05.



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Engineers blame govt for power shortage

Gurdaspur, July 6
Punjab is reeling under acute power shortage these days. A hue and cry is being raised against the scheduled and unscheduled cuts being imposed in urban areas. The situation is worse in the border belt, where rural areas get power for two or three hours a day.

Monsoon may help relax power cuts
Carrying lanterns, farmers protest against power cuts

Farmers protest with a symbolic lantern in front of the PSEB office in Patiala
Farmers protest with a symbolic lantern in front of the PSEB office in Patiala on Tuesday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Delhi-Lahore bus stoned Protest organised by religious groups
Phagwara, July 6
Passengers of the Delhi-Lahore bus (DL-i-PA 3711) received a rude shock when someone from among a group of protesters threw a stone breaking a window pane of the Lahore-bound bus.

A worker replaces a windowpane of the Delhi-Lahore bus at Chaugitti on the Jalandhar-Pathankot road on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

A worker replaces a windowpane of the Delhi-Lahore bus at Chaugitti on the Jalandhar-Pathankot road

CM woos metro food chain
Patiala, July 6
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh yesterday urged Metro Cash and Carry International to set up its sale distribution centres in Punjab. The company would be allowed to deal directly with farmers and trade with retailers and distributors besides businesses-like hotels, restaurants and caterers, he added.

Vedanti’s warning on ‘prejudiced’ writings
Amritsar, July 6
Taking objection to certain professors settled abroad propagating “a particular school of thought,” the Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, urged Sikhs all over the world to be cautious about such people and take appropriate academic measures to counter their activities .

Morcha fires another salvo at SAD
Ludhiana, July 6
With the election scene for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee gathering momentum, the Panthic Morcha today came out with yet another missive against the Shiromani Akali Dal for appointing a ‘non-Sikh’ to the managing trust of the Guru Ram Dass College of Medical Sciences run by the SGPC.

Principal violates HC order to favour daughter
Amritsar, July 6
After the SGPC’s working President and two former Akali ministers who have been declared defaulters for not depositing the dues of their wards , it is now the turn of the Principal of the SGPC-run Guru Ram Dass Medical College who is in the dock for allegedly allowing his daughter to continue as an MBBS student despite the verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court setting aside the admissions against seats reserved for the faculty members.

Computer developed with Gurmukhi fonts
Moga, July 6
It may well be called a revolutionary step in IT field that four former students of a Faridkot engineering college have developed the first-ever operating system in Punjabi. This is also probably the first operating system in any Indian language.


COMMUNITY

Damaged bridge an invitation to mishaps
Malout, July 6
A damaged bridge on the Lambi-Rajbaha between Sikhwala and Phatuhi Khera villages of Malout subdivision on the Lambi-Khuban road is an open invitation to accidents as the Public Works Department Buildings and Roads has failed to repair the bridge for the past two years.

Flyover adds to residents’ problems
Bathinda, July 6
Resentment prevails among residents of the trans-railway colonies as the flyover built over the railway crossing, 245-A, popularly known as “khooni fatak” has proved to be more of a bane than a boon.

Taksal Head Granthi among 4 killed in accident
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 6
Four persons, including the Head Granthi of the Damdami Taksal, were killed and two seriously injured when a Mohindra jeep in which they were travelling rammed into a parked Punjab Roadways bus on the Sirhind road near Tarkhan Majra village early this morning.

Jail inmate’s bid to end life
Jalandhar, July 6
The functioning of the local Central Jail once again came under a scanner as a jail inmate attempted to commit suicide late last night allegedly after getting pressurised due to an ongoing tussle between two groups of undertrial prisoners.

Jail officials told to tighten security
Chandigarh, July 6
Punjab’s Prisons Department is issuing instructions to jail superintendents and other officials to intensify day and night patrolling inside the jail premises, besides directing them to adopt other precautionary measures.

Archives to get new home
Rajindra Kothi to be Heritage property
Patiala, July 6
The archival record of the erstwhile princely states in Punjab is set to get a new home, with the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority deciding to spend Rs 1.8 crore on the renovation of the old Deputy Commissioner’s and Commissioner’s office in the city to make it fit for storage of the record.

Shahrukh, Preity cut short visit to Amristar
Wagah (Amritsar), July 6
Film stars Shahrukh Khan and Priety Zinta along with Rani Mukherjee today shot for Yash Chopra’s new film “Swadesh” amidst tight security on the Indo-Pak border checkpost here today. Film shooting started in the early hours. It is learnt that the Pakistan Rangers refused to open the gate on their side for shooting a border-crossing scene.

 

 

Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee arrives for the shooting of Yash Chopra's forthcoming film at Wagah on Tuesday. — PTI photo

Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee arrives for the shooting of Yash Chopra's forthcoming film at Wagah

COURTS

Section 47A of Gurdwara Act challenged
Chandigarh, July 6
The petition filed by Mr Rajinder Pal Singh Randhawa challenging the validity of Section 47A of the Sikh Gurdwara Act will come up tomorrow before a Bench headed by Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy.

AGRICULTURE

Growth of cotton crop satisfactory
Bathinda, July 6
Dr Ajmer Singh, Director, Agriculture, Punjab, today said that so far the growth of the cotton crop in the cotton belt of the state was satisfactory as it was expected that production would cross its target fixed by the department.

Channu farmers may not get relief soon
Channu (Malout), July 6
In a clear example of government apathy, over a dozen farmers of Channu village, falling in SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal’s Lambi constituency, will not be able to get relief from acute water-logging problem in their over 300 acres of land in the near future.

CRIME

15 shopkeepers held for selling drugs illegally
Gurdaspur, July 6
The district police has launched a special campaign against chemists selling psychotropic drugs illegally. In a crackdown, 28 chemists have been booked under the NDPS Act during the past two months.

Blind murder case solved
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 6
The district police claims to have solved the mystery behind the murder of Satpal Singh Kang, a financer of Bassi Pathana town, who had been missing since May 5 and his dead body with multiple injuries was recovered from Bhakra canal on May 9. After post-mortem it was established that he was murdered.

Gold ornaments stolen
Patiala, July 6
Gold worth Rs 67,000 was stolen from local Khanna Jewellers near Dharshani Gate at around 4.15 pm today. According to the information, an employee of the shop was sitting at the counter when an unidentified person entered the shop and asked him to show gold rings and chains.

Two held for murder
Phillaur, July 6
A youth, Sarabjit Rai Saboo, was allegedly kidnapped and strangled to death by five other youths of his village, Bhardwajian, in this sub-division last night. The suspects allegedly severed the head and tried to burn the body, but failed, and threw it in the Kali Bein canal.

Illicit liquor seized, 1 held
Moga, July 6
The police on Sunday arrested a person and seized 50 boxes of illicit liquor. However, two accomplices of the accused managed to give the police a slip. According to sources, the SHO of city no. 2 received a tip-off that three persons, including a woman, were looking for liquor customers at Kothe Sandhua village.

Body found in canal
Moga, July 6
A body of an unidentified person was found in a canal near Mandira village in Baghapurana on Sunday. Despite the canal having no water for the past few days, none of the villagers spotted the body.

EDUCATION

School management bows to protesters
Bathinda, July 6
The two-day protest and the continuous agitation launched by the students of the local SSD Sada Ram School, their parents and other persons against its managements decision to close the same today yielded the positive results, when the management changed its decision and opened the same for regular education.

College to start more courses
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 6
“Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, has been allowed to start courses in MBA, M.Com and PG diploma in insurance business and risk management by Punjabi University, Patiala,  from the current academic session”  This was stated by Dr Gurmohan Singh, principal of the college. 

500 students attend counselling
Dera Bassi, July 6
As many as 500 students along with their parents and guardians attended counselling held at the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, for management quota seats in various branches of engineering near here.

Students along with their parents queue up during a counselling session at Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, on Tuesday.
Students along with their parents queue up during a counselling session

Counselling for JET(UG) sciences on July 14
Amritsar, July 6
The counselling for the joint entrance test (UG) sciences, 2004, to be conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University will start on the university premises here on July 14. Dr A.K. Thukral, coordinator, said the counselling for reserved categories (all eligible and qualified candidates) will be held on July 14.
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