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Badal warns NDA partners on river waters issue
Chandigarh, July 13
Obviously upset over the stand taken by certain top leaders of the BJP and the NDA at the national level against the legislation passed yesterday by the Punjab Assembly to annul various river water-related agreements, the SAD leader, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said, “ for SAD nothing comes above the interests of the state.

Experts differ on Punjab’s new Act
Chandigarh, July 13
A day after the Punjab Assembly unanimously passed the Punjab Termination of Agreements Bill 2004", thereby annuling the 1981 Indira Gandhi award and subsequent agreements relating to distribution of Ravi Beas waters among Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, legal experts were divided on the fate of the Act.

Sack CM, BJP asks Governor
Jalandhar, July 13
Asserting that the induction of three Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and nine Parliamentary Secretaries is a gross violation of provisions of the Constitution, the Bhratiya Janata Party today urged the Punjab Governor to dismiss Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and restrain the Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and Parliamentary Secretaries from dealing with files of the state government.

SGPC members from Haryana seek separate gurdwara committee
Amritsar, July 13
The SGPC’s General House will have to confront a new crisis regarding the demand for enacting Haryana Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Act on the pattern of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee by amending 79-year-old Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925.

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SGPC poll: Sekhon admits govt interference
Chandigarh, July 13
The Chief Commissioner of Gurdwara Elections, Justice J.S. Sekhon, today acknowledged government interference in the recently concluded Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee polls. The Chief Commissioner also ordered repolling in two stations falling under Dera Baba Nanak constituency in Gurdaspur district.

Fill 400 posts of SDO, PSEB writes to govt
Gurdaspur July 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board has written to the Punjab Government to allow it to recruit 400 engineers against the posts of the Subdivision Officer. Besides the engineers, the PSEB is reviewing the shortage of technical staff in the Board. A committee would rationalise the number of the vacant technical posts.

Sainik School students complain of govt apathy
Kapurthala, July 13
The very aim of starting Sainik School in the district for promising wards of the economically weaker section of the state seems to have been defeated owing to the apathetic attitude of the Punjab Government.

Kohlis looking forward to Forsters’s visit
Patiala, July 13
Not only is the Forster family in agony after losing Hannah, raped and murdered in Southampton in March, 2003; so is the family of Maniderpal Singh Kohli, the accused. The family, which recently moved back to Patiala from Mohali, is looking forward to share the grief and agony of the Forsters. “My family will welcome any visit from the Forsters,” said Maninderpal’s father, 71-year-old Jagjit Singh. “Even last time, we were waiting anxiously for them when they were scheduled to visit Mohali,” he said.

Mr Jagjit Singh Kohli beside his ailing wife at Patiala on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Mr Jagjit Singh Kohli beside his ailing wife at Patiala


Dharna by BJP workers
Kapurthala, July 13
Criticising the Congress-led UPA government for inducting tainted persons in the ministry, BJP workers staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today.

March against ‘tainted’ ministers
Muktsar, July 13
The BJP carried out a march here today to protest against the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government for not removing the “tainted” ministers.


Govt intervenes in MC employees, docs’ impasse
Patiala, July 13
The Punjab Government today intervened to break the impasse between employees of the local municipal corporation and doctors of Government Rajindra Hospital with the Health Secretary visiting the city and announcing the formation of a three-member committee, which will probe charges of negligence levelled against doctors of the hospital.

Doctors and paramedical staff of Government Rajindra Hospital protest on the hospital premises on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Doctors and paramedical staff of Government Rajindra Hospital protest on the hospital premises

Panchayats to record births, deaths in villages
Abohar, July 13
The Punjab government has withdrawn orders which authorised the station house officers of rural police stations to act as sub-registrars of Births and Deaths. Now secretaries of the gram panchayats will maintain Registers and record births and deaths in villages on the reports of chowkidars.

Deficient rainfall leads to drought-like conditions
Ludhiana, July 13
Nineteen out of the 30 meteorological subdivisions in the country have received deficient rainfall during the current monsoon period. parts of north-west India, including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh have received scattered rainfall so far where the monsoons have not yet set actively, according to the Department of Agronomy and Agro-Meteorology, Punjab Agricultural University.

Ravi waters flowing to Pak due to lack of barrage’s repair
Gurdaspur July 13
Political parties’ unity on saving state’s water from going to other states is laudable but they (when ever in power) failed to check Ravi’s water flowing to Pakistan. Due to lack of repair of the Madhopur barrage used to divert Ravi water into the Upper Bari Doab UBD canal system thousands of cusecs water of has been flowing to Pakistan.

Implement oil refinery project: GSP
Bathinda, July 13
The General Samaj Party today urged the Union Government and the Punjab Government to start implementation of oil refinery project in this district as it would create job opportunities for thousands of unemployed youths of this region.

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4 cops suspended for detaining Nepalese
Amritsar, July 13
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr J.P. Birdi, has placed four policemen, including a head constable, under suspension in kidnapping, illegal detention and chaining of a Nepali national by the Amritsar police for three days.

Gurkanwal for pension lok adalats
Jalandhar, July 13
Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, Minister for Social Security and Welfare of Scheduled and Backward Classes, today said she would ensure early release of old-age and widow pensions and would undertake a tour of the state to identify more such people who deserved such pensions.

Alert security guard averts bank robbery
Hoshiarpur, July 13
Presence of mind and timely action by Mr Malkiat Singh, security guard, today foiled dacoity attempt by five or six unidentified persons at Punjab National Bank, Chautala branch, about 35 km from here, on the Garhdiwala-Tanda link road.

Monuments converted into guest houses
Pathankot, July 13
Several historical sites in the ancient city of Pathankot subdivision had been converted into guest houses. Centuries old monuments are being used for some other purposes, and some of them have been encroached by local residents.


SDO’s arrest stayed in abduction case
Patiala, July 13
A local court today granted stay on the arrest of Irrigation Department Sub-Divisional Officer Satpal Jindal till July 26 after he claimed that he had no role in the kidnapping of a 33-year-old city woman.

15-year term for smuggling poppy husk
Moga, July 13
Additional District and Sessions Judge Harjinder Pal Singh yesterday sentenced the main accused in a poppy husk smuggling case to 15 years in imprisonment, and fined him Rs 2 lakh.


Farmers block traffic
Moga, July 13
Protesting against the power and water shortage, farmers of Minia village, under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), blocked traffic for two hours on the main road in the Badhani Kalan area of the district yesterday.


Asst Director Horticulture suspended
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
The state government has suspended Mr Anoop Singh, Assistant Director, Horticulture, Fatehgarh Sahib, for dereliction of duty.


Woman, paramour held for killing husband
Malout, July 13
Rani Kaur and her paramour, Paramjit Singh, alias Vicky, were arrested by the Malout police today for killing her husband, Darshan Singh. Darshan Singh was found dead in his house on Sunday.

Husband abducts wife’s sisters
Bathinda, July 13
In a bizarre incident, Mohinder Singh, a local resident, allegedly abducted two sisters of his wife. Police sources said that a case under Sections 363, 366 and 506, IPC, had been registered against Mohinder Singh and his two other kin for their alleged involvement in the crime.

Mother, child killed in mishap
Abohar, July 13
A 30-year-old resident of Bikaner and her five-year-old daughter were killed as a bus reportedly hit their Esteem car on the Malout bypass here today. Three others, including her 10-year-old son were injured.

Two killed, three injured in road accident
Kabarwala (Malout), July 13
Two persons, including a soldier, were killed in a road accident at Kabarwala village in Malout subdivision of Muktsar district yesterday. The deceased have been identified as Army jawan Ranbir Singh of Dhilwan Mor village and driver of the the jeep, Darshan Singh.

Undertrial attacks cop
Patiala, July 13
The Kotwali police has registered a case against an undertrial who attacked a Head Constable at the local bus stand here when being taken to attend a court hearing in Karnal.

College student killed in accident
Kharar, July 13
A student of Guru Gobind Singh Engineering College, Khanpur, near here, was killed while another one was injured in an accident here today. It is learnt that Amit Sharma and Arun Malhotra, who were going on a scooter from Kharar towards their college, were hit by a vehicle from behind.


Students of Ryan International School hold placards to spread the message of environment preservation
Students of Ryan International School hold placards to spread the message of environment preservation in Amritsar on Tuesday. Photo by Rajiv Sharma

B.Ed counselling from July 17
Amritsar, July 13
Guru Nanak Dev University will hold a counselling session for admission to B.Ed course for various colleges of education at the state. These colleges are affiliated to it and to Punjabi University, Patiala, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The counselling will be held from July 17 to 28 on the university campus here.

Education board to regularise services of sacked staff
Mohali, July 13
In a significant decision, the Punjab School Education Board today decided to regularise the services of employees who had been working on an hoc or daily wage
basis and had been removed from service.

Workshop on virtual instrumentation
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
A two-day workshop on “virtual instrumentation” organised by the National Instruments Systems (India), Bangalore, and Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, began at the Electronics Department of the college today.


Truck operators rue low profit
Moga, July 13
While farmers of the region are taking to the streets due to a power crisis, the rising cost of running and maintaining vehicles and unchanged freight rates have taken a toll on transporters’ business. Between 35 and 40 per cent of trucks in the district are stranded due to declining margin of profit in the business.

Truck drivers and cleaners play cards to pass time as they have to wait for a long time to get formalities completed at Kilianwali sales tax barrier on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
Truck drivers and cleaners play cards to pass time


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