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Ex-minister Kahlon booked for violence
Vila Teja (Gurdaspur), July 11
The Batala police today booked former Panchayats and Rural Development Minister Nirmaljit Singh Kahlon and his supporters for allegedly resorting to violence in Vila Teja village in Fatehgarh Churain area of the district. They have been booked under Sections 307, 382, 353, 332, 186 of the IPC, 139/49 of the Arms Act and 158 and 511 of the Sikh Gurdwara Act.

Parkash Singh Badal Simranjeet Singh
Bibi Jagir Kaur Bibi Joginder Kaur
Clock wise from top left: (1) Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal casts his vote at Badal village. (2) SAD (Amritsar) President Simranjeet Singh Mann casts his vote at Talania village. (3) Bibi Joginder Kaur, widow of late Gurcharan Singh Tohra, arrives at a polling centre at Tohra village. (4) Former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur casts her vote at Begowal village.

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I am not an RSS agent: Badal
Badal (Muktsar), July 11
Former Chief Minister of Punjab and SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal has denied the accusation of the Panthic Morcha that he is an RSS (Rashtriya Swayam sevak Sangh) agent.

Accepting Dy Speaker’s post was a mistake: Bir Devinder
Bir Devinder Singh
Mohali, July 11
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, whose resignation from the post of Punjab Deputy Speaker was accepted yesterday, said here today that he made a big mistake by accepting the post, but emphasised he was not a Congress dissident.

Ultra-modern Sikh museum in Washington
Inauguration by Tarlochan Singh on July 24
Chandigarh, July 11
“Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab”, a new high-tech museum, is all set for inauguration at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington, later this month. Mr Tarlochan Singh, MP and Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, will inaugurate it on July 24 in Washington DC.

Bureaucrats blamed for derailing power sector reforms
Ludhiana, July 11
PSEB technocrats on Thursday blamed bureaucrats for ills plaguing the board besides holding them responsible for derailing the power sector reforms time and again. Mr M S Bajwa and Mr P S Dhaliwal, president and general secretary, respectively, of the association, said the bureaucrats had failed in clearing important projects like Lehra Mohabbat Stage-II which would have been completed by the board as funds were committed by the PFC in 2002.

Farmer who produces chemical-free vegetables
Samipur (Jalandhar): A progressive young farmer of this village has not only managed to convert his menthol oil extraction plant waste into farm manure successfully but has also grown pesticide and fertiliser- free organic vegetables with it, which he plans to sell to health- conscious residents of Jalandhar city within the next two weeks.


Serving society is aim of Pingalwara children
Sangrur, July 11
Serving society is their main ambition after the completion of studies. To achieve this goal, they want to serve in a branch of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society or adopt professions like medicine and education.

A view of a busy street in Amritsar following heavy downpour on Sunday
A view of a busy street in Amritsar following heavy downpour on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Preneet forms panel to look into hospital episode
Patiala, July 11
Patiala MP Preneet Kaur today formed a four-member committee to inquire into the case of death of a Municipal Corporation employee leader in the Government Rajindra Hospital three days ago. MC employees have launched an agitation demanding that a murder case be registered against doctors who attended on the union president. The employees said they were against the setting up of any such committee that did not have any of their representatives.

Accident victims’ families get aid
Ferozepore, July 11
Political leaders, cutting across the party lines, converged on the Grain Market, Jalalabad, to attend the bhog ceremony of the 22 persons killed in a road accident, near Behak Puchharria village on the Zira-Makhu road last Sunday, while they were going to Dera Radhasoami Beas.

Project to make Hoshiarpur clean and green
Hoshiarpur, July 11
To improve the environment and make the city pollution free, the Art of Living in association with the Forest Department, Municipal Council, Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce and Industry, today started the “Clean and Green Hoshiarpur” project. Budh Ram Colony is the first one to have been adopted under this project.

Illegal water, sewerage connections to invite action
Muktsar, July 11
The state Local Bodies Department has directed all five Municipal Corporations and all 97 Municipal Committees of the state to file FIRs under Sections 269 and 277 and other relevant Sections of the IPC against those who had installed illegal water or sewerage connections.

Move to shift bus stand draws flak
Patiala, July 11
The state unit of the Nationalist Congress Party has announced that the move of the government to shift the main bus stand of the city to the Atma Ram Kumar Sabha grounds on the Patiala- Rajpura road will invite agitation.

Loopholes in Budget highlighted
Patiala, July 11
The Central Government was using a wrong word “exemption” instead of rebate being given to people whose income was less than Rs 1 lakh. This was stated by Mr Girish Ahuja, a noted author of books on direct taxes and expert in taxation matters, at a seminar held on “Analysis of the Union Budget — 2004,” here today.

Union condemns privatisation of PSEB projects
Hoshiarpur, July 11
The state committee of the Technical Services Union (Vigyanik Kender), Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), which met today under the chairmanship of Mr Dev Raj, state convener strongly condemned the move of the PSEB management for entrusting the construction of four micro hydro projects to private companies when the board had experienced engineers and workers on its rolls.


Owners of medical store get bail
Moga, July 11
The police drive against the illegal trade of intoxicating drugs received a jolt on Saturday when a local court granted the owners of Goyal Medical Stores anticipatory bail. Additional District and Sessions Judge Harjinder Pal Singh also granted bail to the shopowners’ employees. The court has asked them to deposit a bond for Rs 25,000 each.


Woman killed in mishap
Jagraon, July 11
A woman was killed and two persons were injured when the car in which they were travelling rammed into a truck from behind on the Jagraon-Ludhiana GT road, about 5 km from here.


Private institutes must focus on quality education:
Banur, July 11
Private institutions providing technical educations should rise above self-interest and provide quality education. This was stated by Dr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, after inaugurating the academic wing of Swami Vivekananda Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ramnagar, near here, today.

Members levelling baseless charges, says chairman
Malout, July 11
The chairman of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Educational Trust, Dr Pritpal Singh, told The Tribune that some of the trust members wanted to become chairman and that was why they were levelling baseless charges against him.

College faculty to stage dharna
Bathinda, July 11
Faculty of the local Government Rajindra College has decided to stage a dharna to protest against the alleged unbecoming behaviour of its Principal, Ms Gurmeet Kaur Bhattal.


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