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MC staff dump garbage outside doctors’ houses
Allege negligence behind union leader’s death
Patiala, July 10
Municipal corporation employees and doctors of Government Rajindra Hospital seem to be headed for a showdown with the former today throwing trolley-full of garbage in front of the houses of doctors who had treated a corporation employee union leader who had fallen victim to an acid attack.

Garbage thrown outside the residence of a doctor by employees of the Municipal Garbage thrown outside the residence of a doctor by employees of the Municipal
Corporation in Patiala on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

SGPC poll: border with Haryana, Rajasthan sealed
Muktsar, July 10
The Punjab Police has sealed its border with Haryana and Rajasthan in order to avoid any untoward incident in view of the SGPC polling tomorrow. As many as four special nakas have been laid down in the border belt in Muktsar district adjoining Haryana and Rajasthan to prevent the anti-social and unwanted elements from entering the state.

Govt exposed on poll security issue
Chandigarh, July 10
It is a classic case of manipulation. The Punjab Government continued to sit comfortably for over 45 days on Gurdwara Election Commission's plea for deployment of central forces in the state to finally blame paucity of time for its inaction.



Fatehgarh Sahib




Gill, Bitta on terrorists’ hit list
Amritsar, July 10
Certain VIPs, including Mr K.P.S. Gill, a former Director-General of Police Punjab and Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, president, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, are on the hit list of absconding terrorists — Jagtar Singh Hawara, Jagtar Singh Tara and Paramjit Singh Bheora, who escaped from high security Burail jail on the night of January 21.

Akali leader, son, daughter found murdered
Nawanshahr, July 10
Akali leader Dr Harbhajan Singh(48), his daughter Gagandeep Kaur(23) and son Rupinder Singh(19) were found allegedly murdered with sharp-edged weapons at their residence at Barnala Kalan village near here today afternoon. Blood stains could be seen in the lobby, bedrooms, kitchen situated at first floor of house and bedsheets were soaked with blood.

CAT sets aside AG (A&E) Welfare Officer's selection
Chandigarh, July 10
The Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has quashed the selection and appointment of Mr Pawan Kumar as Welfare Officer in the Office of Accountant General (A&E), Punjab.

Chatterjee for streamlining House proceedings
Amritsar, July 10
Lok Sabha Speaker and senior CPM leader Somnath Chatterjee said he was working at a plan through consensus with all political parties for the smooth functioning of Parliament without frequent adjournments.

Mr Somnath Chatterjee, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, presents a degree to a student of Khalsa College, Amritsar, during the 98th annual convocation of the college on Saturday. — Tribune photo: Rajiv Sharma
Mr Somnath Chatterjee, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, presents a degree to a student of Khalsa College, Amritsar


Bir Devinder quits as Deputy Speaker
Chandigarh, July 10
The Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Dr Kewal Krishan, has accepted the resignation of Mr Bir Devinder Singh as Deputy Speaker.

Fearing Oppn, Sonia gave up PM’s post: Sushma
Pathankot, July 10
Former Union Health Minister Sushma continues her smear campaign against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders.


Trans-railway residents block rail traffic

Bathinda, July 10
Hundreds of residents of trans-railway colonies today blocked rail traffic near the Paras Ram Nagar locality for about two hours and pelted stones on passengers to protest against the closing of level crossing 245-A, which linked the town with the thickly populated area across the railway station.

Residents of trans-railway colonies block rail track near Bathinda railway station on Saturday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Residents of trans-railway colonies block rail track near Bathinda railway station on Saturday.

Hospital emergency sans medicines, equipment
Patiala, July 10
An Emergency wing in name only. This sums up the story of the facility in the Government Rajindra Hospital attached to the local Medical College. The department has neither medicines nor equipment and is usually without the requisite staff also.

Package for Punjab border belt sought
New Delhi, July 10
Punjab Congress Vice-President MMS Cheema has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to give a package to the border districts of Punjab.

No funds allotted for flood control
Sangrur, July 10
Despite the Sangrur Drainage Construction Division sending a requisition, demanding Rs 1.37 crore for flood control works, to the Punjab Irrigation authorities through the Chief Engineer, Drainage, in the first week of May this year, no funds have yet been released to the division by the state government so far.

Trust funds ‘embezzled’
Malout, July 10
Following the detection of alleged misappropriation of funds of the Guru Teg Bahadur Educational Trust and nepotism in the appointment of staff at educational institutions, including several schools and colleges run by it in Malout subdivision of Muktsar district, its Chairman, Dr Pritpal Singh, may soon be removed, it is learnt.

Finance corpn chief gives certificates
Chandigarh, July 10
Mr G.P.S Sahi, Chairman, Punjab Financial Corporation, awarded certificates to the participants of various state-level financial institutions at a valedictory function held at the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration here yesterday. Various institutions who participated in the special training programme included SIDCO, the HPFC, the HFC, the HSIDC, the RFC and the PFC.

SAD (Delhi) ‘disowns’ Chandok
Amritsar, July 10
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) , led by Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna has said that it had disowned Mr Prahalad Singh Chandok , president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) who had honoured Mr Jagdish Tytler, a Union Minister in Delhi with a ‘Siropa’ (robe of honour) and a sword at a function at Delhi. 

Villagers lay siege to police station
Jalandhar July 10
Residents of Khurla Kingra village yesterday gheraoed the Police Division No. 7 here for their alleged failure to take action against the accused, who misbehaved with two sisters of the village on July 7.

Goods worth lakhs gutted
Kharar, July 10
Goods worth lakhs were destroyed in a fire that broke out in a shopkeeper’s store here today. At least four persons, who had got trapped in the building, were rescued by residents.


Badal case hearing adjourned
Ropar, July 10
A local court today adjourned hearing of the disproportionate assets case against Shiromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir Singh Badal and others till July 24, when it was expected to consider framing of charges.


Dharna by BKU activists
Faridkot, July 10
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) (Lakhowal) yesterday organised dharna in front of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) SE’s office here.


Salesman shot at in loot bid
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 10
Two motorcycle-borne miscreants shot as a salesman of a wine shop and injured him seriously, when they failed in their attempt to loot cash from him last night.

Murder accused surrenders
Sangrur, July 10
Vinot Kumar, husband of murdered woman Hem Lata from Lehragaga, today surrendered in a court here. He was one of the 11 accused booked. Hem Lata was allegedly murdered by her-in-laws in the house on July 8 last. 

828 kg of poppy husk seized
Amritsar, July 10
Customs officials today claimed to have seized 828 kg of poppy husk worth Rs 50,000 at a naka at the Bhikhiwind-Harike Road at the Patti Mor crossing. However, the accused managed to escape under the cover of darkness.


Stenography course for SC/BC youths
Patiala, July 10
The Punjab Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes Welfare Department will start a free course in Punjabi stenography for the unemployed graduate SC\BC youths whose age is 30 or below.

PTU students’ strike enters 10th day
Jalandhar, July 10
 As many as 30 students of Punjab Technical University (PTU) took part in the ongoing hunger strike that entered the tenth day today. A member of the students’ union, who had fallen ill yesterday during the strike, had to be admitted to the Civil Hospital.


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