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Campaigning ends for SGPC poll
Chandigarh, July 9
Forty-eight hours before the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee polls, the campaigning for 170-member general house came to an end at 5 pm today in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, besides the union territory of Chandigarh. Door-to-door campaigning is expected to continue till the election day.

Assembly meeting on SYL on July 12
Chandigarh, July 9
Mystery with regard to the one-day special session of the Punjab Assembly called for July 12 by the Speaker, Dr Kewal Krishan, continues to deepen. The session has been convened on the request of the Punjab Council of Ministers. Sources said today the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat had got a letter from the state government that it wanted to discuss the “SYL canal issue” during the session. However, nature of the business to be transacted in the House has not been stated in the letter.

Improvement Trust woos Central departments
Jalandhar, July 9
The Improvement Trust has started wooing central government departments and other organisations like banks to open their offices in the two premier residential colonies, Guru Gobind Singh Avenue and Surya Enclave, developed by it on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway.

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Somnath pays obeisance at Golden Temple
Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee pays obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar Amritsar, July 9
Mr Somnath Chatterjee, Lok Sabha Speaker, commended Punjabis for their tremendous progress after Independence. He was here on his two-day visit to the holy city. He paid obeisance at Golden Temple and added that Punjabis had contributed greatly in the freedom struggle of the country.

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee pays obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Ashwani Kumar’s ‘action plan’ for welfare of farmers
Chandigarh, July 9
Moved by a story on suicides by farmers in southern Punjab published in The Tribune, Member of Parliament-cum-Senior Supreme Court advocate Ashwani Kumar has taken up the matter with state Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Among other steps required to curb the spate of suicides by farmers in the state, he has suggested the setting up of a committee under the Chief Secretary’s chairmanship.


Cong councillors’ walkout against MC chief
Phagwara, July 9
A piquant situation arose a the monthly general body meeting of the municipal Council, Phagwara, today when Congress councillors staged a walkout against their own party’s council president, Mr Malkiat Singh Ragbotra, in protest against his alleged autocratic working style and the stifled development of the town. However, Mr Ragbotra outrightly denied the allegations.

CPI to hold dharna in front of House
Bathinda, July 9
The state unit of the CPI has decided to stage a dharna in front of Parliament during its current session to lodge its protest against the apathetic attitude of the state government towards the plight of farmers, who have been reeling under heavy debt and committing suicide.


Border areas without drinking water
Gurdaspur, July 9
In an act of mismanagement and lack of planning the Punjab Government is keeping the people of the border areas without drinking water. The generators installed at the rural water supply schemes of the Public Health Department have been without diesel for the past seven years.

Waters expert tells Punjab to challenge Section 78
Chandigarh, July 9
The river waters expert, Mr P.S. Kumedan, today urged the Punjab Government to challenge Section 78 of the Punjab Reorganisation Act in the Supreme Court because under this section Punjab was denied “ sovereignty” over its own waters.

Panel formed to upgrade Attari railway station
 Amritsar, July 9
Mr R.R. Jaruhar, General Manager, Northern Railway, speaks at a press conference at a railway workshop in Amritsar A joint action committee comprising immigration and customs officials has been constituted to introduce new facilities at the Attari railway station, said Mr R.R. Jaruhar, General Manager, Northern Railway, here today. He said some of the suggestions, including fencing around Attari railway station, bigger waiting rooms and use of entire platform had come to committee which were under consideration.

Mr R.R. Jaruhar, General Manager, Northern Railway, speaks at a press conference at a railway workshop in Amritsar on Friday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Councillors boycott MC meeting
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 9
A meeting called to elect senior vice-president and junior vice-president of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, today at council office was postponed as no municipal councilor, besides Dr Harbans Lal, MLA turned up to at the meeting.

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’84 riots probe panel issues notices to Rao, 3 others
New Delhi, July 9
The Justice G. T. Nanavati Commission, probing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, today issued notices to former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao, former Delhi Lt Governor P. G. Gavai and two former top city police officers, seeking their replies to a complaint that they had “deliberately” not taken the required steps to save the people.

MC staff block traffic
Patiala, July 9
Employees of the local Municipal Corporation today abstained from work and marched in procession to the Government Rajindra Hospital from the corporation head office in protest against the alleged negligence in treatment of its Technical Services Employee president Harjit Singh after he was doused with acid by two assailants yesterday.

Hanspal seeks concessions for Punjab industry
Chandigarh, July 9
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, has in a letter written to the Members of Parliament asked them to request the Finance Minister to provide special concessions and package for the industry and trade in Punjab on the pattern of concessions offered earlier to the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh.

Anniversary celebrations with blood donation
Pathankot, July 9
The 403 Light Air Defence Regiment, a newly raised unit of the Air Defence Artillery, started its first anniversary celebration by organising a blood donation, here today. Brig V.K.Saxena, Commander of the formation, inaugurated the camp. About 250 Officers, soldiers and their family members donated blood at the camp. 

Army recruitment rally from July 18
Jalandhar, July 9
The Army will organise a recruitment rally in Gurdaspur between July 18 and 25 for soldier general duty and soldier technical, soldier clerk and nursing assistants. While candidates from Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts only can participate in the rally for soldier general duty recruitment, the rally for recruitment as soldier technical, soldier clerk and nursing assistants shall be open for candidates of all districts of Punjab, a defence spokesman said here today.

Unethical practices by labs alleged
Sangrur, July 9
The Sangrur Medical Technologists Association has decided that all members of the association will work according to the code of conduct in running a clinical laboratory. Any member violating rules and regulations will invite action.

Dalit women stage dharna
Abohar, July 9
A large number of Dalits, mostly women, staged a dharna at the old city police station today to express resentment over the increasing number of incidents of rape in the community, especially in the Arya Nagar locality here.


DSPs’ selection: fresh advice given to govt
Chandigarh, July 9
The counsel for Punjab Government in the ongoing case concerning the alleged irregularities in the selection of Deputy Superintendents of Police today told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that he has given a fresh advice to the government in the matter.

  • Hearing adjourned

  • Hearing inconclusive


Tension follows woman’s murder
Sangrur, July 9
Tension gripped Lehragaga town, about 40 km from here, today following the murder of a married woman, Hem Lata, allegedly by her in-laws at Lehragaga yesterday. The in-laws cremated the body in a hurry at the Lehragaga cremation ground and fled. They are still at large.

SP to hold inquiry into illegal detention
Amritsar, July 9
Mr Kultar Singh, SSP, has entrusted the inquiry in the alleged kidnapping and illegal detention of three minor children belonging to Raikot (Ludhiana) by the Amritsar police to the SP city-I, Mr Harmanbir Singh Gill.

Blind murder case solved
Hoshiarpur, July 9
The district police, Hoshiarpur has succeeded in solving the blind murder case of Jarnail Singh, sevadar of Gurdwara Tahli Sahib of Rara village who was killed in the gurdwara on the night of June 26.

Patwari held for taking bribe
Kharar, July 9
A local court today remanded a patwari in judicial custody till July 12 after his arrest by vigilance officials yesterday on the charge of accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000, from a farmer for providing documents needed for getting a loan.


CM gives Rs 4.5 lakh to students to go to NASA
Patiala, July 9
Students of the city who are aiming for the moon after being selected for the Space Settlement Design competition organised by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at NASA’s facility in Florida are set to realise their dreams with the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh releasing Rs 4.50 lakh from his discretionary fund to facilitate their travel.

Engineering college gets accreditation
Ludhiana, July 9
Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College has received the approval of accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation of India. The board is associated with the All India Council for Technical Education.

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