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3 Chief Parliamentary Secretaries take oath
Chandigarh, July 12
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today administered the oath of office and secrecy to three Congress MLAs as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and nine other Congress MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries here at simple ceremony at Punjab Bhavan.

The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, administers the oath to Chief Parliamentary Secretaries

The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, administers the oath to Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Mr Harbans Lal (left), Mr Malkiat Birmi and Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Farmers gherao PSEB office
Amritsar, July 12
Activists of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee hold protest in front of the office of the Senior Engineer, PSEB, Khandwala, Amritsar, on Monday.  Hundreds of farmers today gheraoed the Senior Engineer Office of the PSEB and Xen’s office at Khandwala here to protest against low voltage of electricity.

Activists of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee hold protest in front of the office of the Senior Engineer, PSEB, Khandwala,
Amritsar, on Monday.

SGPC poll: it is SAD all the way
Gurdaspur, July 12
It was a clean sweep for the SAD in all six SGPC seats in the district for which the elections were held yesterday. As per the results declared this evening, SAD candidates who have been declared winners include Mrs Sukhmeet Kaur from the Gurdaspur woman Reserved seat, Mr Kashmir Singh from Shri Hargobindpur, Mr Gurvinder Paul Singh from Batala, Mr Gurvinder Singh Shampur from the Kala Afgana general seat and Mr Dilbagh Singh from Pathankot.




Mr Kamal Kishore, a resident of Amritsar, who has vowed to run all the way from Amritsar to Amarnath, a distance of about 650 kilometres, starts his journey on Monday
Mr Kamal Kishore, a resident of Amritsar, who has vowed to run all the way from Amritsar to Amarnath, a distance of about 650 kilometres, starts his journey on Monday. — PTI
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Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht shows a gold medal which was presented to him by an international Sikh organisationSGPC members may have to take pledge at Akal Takht
Amritsar, July 12
Even as Akal Takht has received a number of complaints regarding the violation of the ‘religious code of conduct’ by candidates during the SGPC elections, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti is likely to direct the newly elected members of the ‘mini parliament’ of the Sikhs to take a pledge to work for the upkeep of Panthic traditions in front of Akal Takht before holding the first meeting of the General House.
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht shows a gold medal which was presented to him by an international Sikh organisation during his visit to the USA for taking a bold stand on female foeticide. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

Parkash Singh Badal It is victory of Panth: Badal
Chandigarh, July 12
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal would not have thought even in his dream that his political fortune will have a upturn so soon. After losing the Assembly elections Mr Badal faced rough times as the Vigilance Bureau probed his properties.

Editorial: Badal all the way

Badal emerges as tallest Sikh leader
Chandigarh, July 12
By returning an impressive tally of 134 of 167 seats in the just concluded Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has re-emerged as one of the tallest leaders of Punjab in general and Sikhs in particular.

SGPC college teachers denied salary
Moga, July 12
The issue of non-payment of salaries to the staff of SGPC-run educational institutions has kicked off a row. While SGPC secretary Dalmegh Singh has been claiming that salaries are being paid, employees of the institutions are saying that they had not been paid for the past seven months.

Students in a happy mood on the first day of college at Multani Mal Modi College in Patiala on Monday.
Students in a happy mood on the first day of college at Multani Mal Modi College in Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Investigations into case against DIG Randhawa completed
Chandigarh, July 12
Inspector-General of Police (Amritsar, border) J.P. Birdi has completed the probe into the registration of a case against Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Hardish Singh Randhawa. The officer was accused of being involved in a case of “illegal confinement and criminal breach of trust”.

PoW’s family awaits official help
Kot Bhai (Muktsar), July 12
No Central or state government official has bothered to visit the Kot Bhai house of Lance Naik Jagsir Singh, a prisoner of war (PoW), to show solidarity with his family members.

COMMUNITY

Imbroglio continues between MC staff, doctors
A Municipal Corporation employee holds  a placard during a protest against doctors of Rajindra Hospital on Monday.
Patiala, July 12
The imbroglio between Municipal Corporation employees and doctors of Government Rajindra Hospital continued for the fourth day today with both parties holding protest rallies. The corporation employees demanded that doctors responsible for the death of their colleague while in hospital after an acid attack be suspended. The doctors criticised the district administration and the corporation authorities saying both of them had failed to honour the promise to get garbage lifted from the front of residences of two doctors of the hospital.



A Municipal Corporation employee holds a placard during a protest against doctors of Rajindra Hospital on Monday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Summon Boparai, demands SC Morcha
Patiala, July 12
The Scheduled Caste Morcha of the BJP has alleged that the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.S. Boparai, is acting in a manner which is detrimental to the interests of Dalits and claimed that the policy of reservation in appointments for Scheduled Castes in the university has been disbanded.

Medal for Air Commodore
Jalandhar, July 12
Air Cdre Ram Rattan Bhardwaj has received Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) from the President of India.

Chemists protest against cops
Pathankot, July 12
Members of the Wholesale and Retail Chemist Association today closed their shops for four hours in protest against the alleged high-handedness and arrogant attitude of the police in implicating a chemist in a false case.

Piracy cripples Punjabi music industry
Jalandhar, July 12
The once flourishing Punjabi music industry has virtually plunged into a deep crisis. There is a steep decline in sales, roughly by 60 to 70 per cent during the past two years, mainly due to increasing piracy of music even as video compact discs (VCDs) have replaced age-old cassettes and even audio CDs.

VHP, Bajrang Dal discuss Amarnath yatra
Amritsar, July 12
A state-level meeting of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal concluded here yesterday.

Sirhind Rotary Club to the fore
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 12
Rotary Club, Sirhind, bagged 10 prizes in different competitions in the Rotary District 3090 comprising more than 80 clubs of the states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan in two different functions of the district held at Palampur (HP) and Ganganagar.

PWD employees hold rally
Patiala, July 12
On a call by the joint action committee of the PWD (B&R) a number of officials and employees organised a rally on the tenth consecutive day in front of Mini Secretariat to protest against the Vigilance action in the bitumen scam here today.

Effigies of ‘tainted’ ministers burnt

COURTS

3 get life term in murder case
Pathankot, July 12
Mr Iqbal Singh Bajwa, in charge fast-track court-cum-Additional District and Sessions Judge today sentenced three persons to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2000 each in a dowry death case.

Life term for killing daughter-in-law
Faridkot, July 12
The judge of a fast-track court, Mr Hardayal Singh, on Saturday sentenced a woman to double life imprisonment for killing her daughter-in-law and her one-year-old daughter.

Cop sentenced to life imprisonment
Patiala, July 12
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr K.C Puri, today sentenced Constable Ranjit Singh to life imprisonment with a fine of Rs 20,000 for killing on 11-year-old boy in a tea shop in front of NIS Chowk here on August 2 last year.

CRIME

Police conducts raids to arrest Kahlon
Gurdaspur, July 12
The Batala police today raided various suspected hideouts of a former Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, including his residence at Amritsar. However, till the filing of this report the raiding parties had failed to achieve any success in arresting either Mr Kahlon or his supporters.

Patwari arrested on graft charge
Amritsar, July 12
The Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a patwari, Vijay Kumar of Gurdaspur, for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from Jasbir Singh Saini of the same area.

Gang of bookies busted
Amritsar, July 12
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of bookies with the arrest of 10 persons who were caught while gambling in a private hotel here.

3 bombs found from plot
Ferozepore, July 12
Three bombs were found this evening from a plot near octroi post no. 8 in Ferozepore Cantonment when it was being filled with earth brought from Ferozepore feeder, Manasinghwala.

EDUCATION

PTU students to meet Bhattal
Jalandhar, July 12
The striking students of the BBA and BCA courses from Punjab Technical University said that they could see a ray of hope after the appointment of Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal as Minister of Technical Education.

Few get jobs at PTU placement fair
Jalandhar, July 12
The three-day job fair organised by the Punjab Technical University (PTU) that concluded here yesterday turned out to be a futile effort as only 47 out of the nearly 4,000 university passouts received appointment letters.

B.Ed aspirants suffer KU apathy
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 12
More than 500 students have suffered due to the alleged negligence on the part of Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.

Inter-school declamation competition
Patiala, July 12
Komal of local Arya  Girls Senior Secondary School, Parveen Bashisht of Shakuntla Girls Senior Secondary School and Vibha Sharma of  Model Town Girls School stood first, second and third, respectively, in  an inter-school declamation contest organised to mark World Pollution  Day yesterday.
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