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SGPC poll: Badal seeks Kalam's intervention
Chandigarh, July 8
In less than 24 hours after problems being faced by the Gurdwara Election Commission due to apparent hostile attitude of the Congress Governments in Punjab and at the Centre were published in these columns, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today sought the President of India's intervention.

District police mobilised for SGPC elections
Many SGPC candidates violate
‘religious code’: survey
Ex-servicemen to back SAD

Move to nominate PSGPC panel members opposed
Amritsar, July 8
Even as the Government of Pakistan is contemplating to form a common committee for Sikh shrines, in various Islamic countries, including Bangladesh and Afghanistan, a section of Peshawari Sikhs have opposed the move to nominate an 11-member committee for the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee instead of proper elections.

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PCS officers get Additional Secretary designation
Chandigarh, July 8
The Punjab Government has cleared the name of five PCS officers -- four of the 1989 batch and one of the 1990 batch -- for designating them as Additional Secretaries provided they have a posting in the Civil Secretariat here.

7 Punjab cadre IPS officers move court
Chandigarh, July 8
Seven Punjab cadre Indian Police Service officers have moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the injustice being meted out to them by the Punjab Government by posting them on insignificant non-cadre posts in violation of rules.

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Govt in dilemma over police officers’ posting against cadre posts
Chandigarh, July 8
The Punjab Government is in a dilemma with regard to resolving the issue of posting police officers- IPS and PPS- against cadre and non-cadre posts. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the state government to consider the issue regarding " posting of non- cadre officers against the cadre posts or of the IPS officers against the ex-cadre\non- cadre posts on or before June 30".

Gagandeep3 children detained illegally by police
Raikot (Ludhiana), July 8
In a shocking case of police highhandedness, three minors, including two girls, of this town were allegedly kidnapped, detained illegally and molested by cops in Chheharta police station, Amritsar, on July 5 and 6 in connection with an alleged dowry case against their maternal uncle.

Budget is balanced, says Amarinder
Chandigarh, July 8
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today hailed the maiden Budget of the United Progressive Alliance government and described it as a balanced, progressive and target-oriented Budget.

MC union leader dies after acid attack
Patiala, July 8
In a gruesome incident, the president of the Municipal Corporation’ s Technical Employees Union was killed when two motorcycle-borne persons threw acid at him while he was riding pillion on a scooter near the Pheelkhana School today morning.


Rain chokes sewers, roads inundated
Moga, July 8
Even a drizzle water-logs the city colonies, commercial areas, and entrance of the Municipal Council get water-logged when it rains in the city. Residents of localities like Dashmesh Nagar, Arjun Dev Nagar and New Town had tough time a few days back when after light showers the roads in front of their houses were inundated and water started flowing into houses.

Training camp for panches, sarpanches
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 8
The District Rural Development Department organised a week-long training camp for the newly-elected panches and sarpanches of the district to educate them about their rights and duties under new Panchyati Raj System Act and to apprise them of ways to control the six departments, whose control has been given to them. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the camp at Bachat Bhavan today.

Railway station sans basic facilities
Hoshiarpur, July 8
Instead of providing basic facilities for passengers, the Railway authorities have withdrawn many existing ones at the Railway station, here daily used by more than 2000 passengers. Causing inconvenience to travellers.

Rally held against power cuts
Hoshiarpur, July 8
Hundreds of local residents, representatives of religious and social organisations along with workers of the BJP and the Youth Wing of the SAD, including women staged a dharna and held a rally in front of the Town Hall here today in protest against the deteriorating supply of electricity and imposition of intermittent undeclared power cuts for hours together daily by the PSEB.

Banks ‘harassing’ pensioners
Amritsar, July 8
Punjab pensioners are facing harassment from various branches of scheduled banks as the government has ordered to get their pensions from banks instead of treasury offices. This was revealed by Mr Avtar Singh Afat, president of Punjab State Pensioners and Senior Citizens Welfare Association, in a press note issued here today.

Murder case solved within 48 hours
Hoshiarpur, July 8
The district police has solved the blind murder case of Husan Lal of Malikpur Bodal village and arrested the murderer within 48 hours of occurrence of the crime. Mr Lok Nath Angra, SSP, told media persons that Lalit Kumar of Jharkhand, a farm labourer, was arrested under Section 302, IPC.

2 kids fall into chimney, burnt alive
Moga, July 8
Two children were burnt alive when they fell into the chimney of a
brick-kiln on the Baghapurana-Rode link road here last evening. Both of them were children of a brick-kiln employee, Shiv Kumar of Rae Bareli. Fire tenders reached the spot and the bodies of both children were taken out.


HC demands police version in drug seizure case
Moga, July 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Moga police to present its version of the case of seizing intoxicating drugs in a large quantity from some medical shops and sealing the shops on July 13.


Fake bank draft case turns out to be havala deal
Phagwara, July 8
The fake bank draft case involving Sodhi Ram, former PA of a former Punjab minister and BJP leader, Chaudhary Swarna Ram, has allegedly turned out to be a case of a huge havala operation having international dimensions. The police has written to Interpol to secure the repatriation of Mr Sodhi Ram’s UK-based contacts, Tarsem Lal and Major Singh.

PSEB officials attacked by defaulter
Patiala, July 8
The police has registered a case of intimidation and attempt to set government property on fire against Sukhvinder Singh Kikki and his accomplices after they threatened and attacked PSEB officials who had reached Sukhvinder’s house in Francewala village to remove his electricity connection. The accused had unpaid arrears amounting to Rs 42,000 against his connection.

Fake DTO booked
Moga, July 8
The police has registered a case against the miscreants who had followed a truck loaded with ghee on June 23 and after introducing one of them as the “district transport officers” (DTOs) thrashed the truck driver and looted Rs 10,000 from him.


Officials fail to pacify agitators
Abohar, July 8
Senior civil and police officials rushed to Dutaranwali village in this subdivision yesterday as tension mounted due to the agitation of residents over the reopening of the school.

Marks in elective subjects to count for admission
Patiala, July 8
Punjabi University, which is already under fire for its earlier proposal to reduce marks of both English and Punjabi at the graduate level, has now decided that the marks in the two subjects will not be counted while determining merit of students aspiring to take admission in MA and Msc courses.

Abhiyan funds to be probed: DC
Gurdaspur, July 8
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Harjit Singh, has ordered an inquiry into the alleged misuse of the Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan funds in the district. He has issued a notice to the acting District Education Officer (DEO) Primary, Gurdaspur, Ms Manjit Kaur, to furnish the records regarding the usage of the Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan funds.

64 JCOs trained in vocational courses
Jalandhar, July 8
Third convocation of the Vajra Vocational Training Institute, affiliated with the Punjab Technical University, was held at Vajra Sainik Institute, in cantonment, here yesterday.

Concessions in admission for Kashmiri students
Amritsar, July 8
Guru Nanak Dev University has approved certain concessions to Kashmiri migrant students in admission during new academic session according to guidelines of the Department of Secondary and Higher Education, Government of India.


46 units shut for laxity on waste management
Patiala, July 8
The Punjab Pollution Control Board, in a submission to the Central Pollution Control Board yesterday in Delhi, disclosed that 46 units had been closed in the state for defaulting on hazardous waste management and that it was processing the case of 204 new units which had been recently identified.

2 trades reopened at centre
Kheowali (Lambi), July 8
The Muktsar district administration and the PSIEC have chalked out a scheme to revive three closed trades at the Multi-Trade Integrated Training-cum-Production Centre at Kheowali village of Lambi subtehsil in Malout subdivision of Muktsar district.

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