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Bhattal gone, panchayat officer
faces dismissal
Amritsar, July 15
Withdrawal of the Rural Development portfolio from Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, has paved the way for dismissal of Mr Bhagwant Singh Grewal, District Development and Panchayat Officer, who was allegedly convicted by a court.

CM allocates portfolios to Parliamentary Secretaries
Chandigarh, July 15
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today allocated portfolios to the Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and the Parliamentary Secretaries. They have been attached to various Ministers.

Ravi Inder Singh backs CM on water issue
Chandigarh, July 15
Mr Ravi Inder Singh, president of the Akali Dal , has fully supported the stand taken by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on the river waters issue.

Scrap Longowal accord also:
Sikh Core Group
Chandigarh, July 15
The Sikh Core Group today welcomed the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, and complimented the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, urging him to scrap the Rajiv-Longowal Accord, as well.

News Analysis
Is this ‘self-saving’ political act by Amarinder ?
Chandigarh, July 15
The Punjab Termination of Agreements Act-2004 is on trial by the media since Monday last. While the political reaction from the states involved is on expected lines, legal opinion is varied and so are the comments of experts.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Thank God it is all over, says Kohli’s father
Patiala, July 15
“Thank God it is all over”, said Jagjit Singh, the father of Maninderpal Singh Kohli who was arrested from Kalimpong today following a nearly two-year-long manhunt. Kohli says the arrest of his son will end the mental tension under which his family has been living ever since the rape and murder of Hannah Foster in March, 2003.

Hannah’s parents thank media, police
Chandigarh, July 15
The 17-year-old murdered British girl Hannah Foster’s parents today expressed their gratitude to the people of India, media and the police for arresting the suspect Maninder Pal Singh Kohli in Darjeeling.

Overloading of vehicles carrying schoolchildren is a common sight in the Doaba region
Overloading of vehicles carrying schoolchildren is a common sight in the Doaba region of Punjab. — A Tribune photograph

Punjab for de-caderising 11 posts of SSP
Chandigarh, July 15
The Punjab Government is reportedly sending a proposal to the Government of India for de-caderising 11 posts of Senior Superintendent of Police. If the proposal is accepted by the Union Government, Punjab Police Service officers will continue to hold the posts of SSP.

Cadre controversy: Centre had asked Punjab to remove anomaly
Chandigarh, July 15
While the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday reserved its orders on the applications filed by eight Indian Police Service officers challenging the action of the Punjab Government to post cadre officers on non-cadre posts and vice versa, it has now come to light that even the Union Government had asked Punjab to correct the anomaly.

Youths shoot driver, flee with vehicle
Amritsar, July 15
Manoj Kumar (22), a driver of timber merchant, Avtar Singh Sachdeva, was shot at by three unidentified motorcycle-borne youths in the posh locality of Basant Avenue at 9.30 a.m. here today.

Acid attack accused nabbed in Muktsar
Muktsar, July 15
A team of the Himachal police reached Muktsar district of Punjab yesterday to solve the acid attack incident. The team raided the house of Tejinder Singh of Deep Nagar with the help of the Muktsar police in the morning and arrested his son, Manpreet Singh, on the charge of throwing acid on Ishita a few days back in Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Shimla.


SAD wins Dera Baba Nanak seat
Villa Teja (Gurdaspur), July 15
The SAD candidate, Mr Amrik Singh Shahpur, has won SGPC elections from the Dera Baba Nanak SGPC constituency after the re-poll in two polling booths today. In the repolling today Panthic Morcha candidate Amrik Singh Khalilpur led by about 300 votes, he, however, could not surpass the 518 vote gained by the SAD candidates in the rest of the constituency.

SGPC results released
Chandigarh, July 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal has won 131 out of 166 seats of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s general house. The results were released by the Gurdwara Election Commission here today.


Medical-civic staff row: panel’s report today
Patiala, July 15
The three-member committee constituted by the Secretary, Health Services to inquire into the charges of negligence levelled against doctors of Government Rajindra Hospital which allegedly led to the death of a union leader on July 8, failed to submit its report today.

Municipal Corporation employees stage a dharna, demanding action against Government Rajindra Hospital doctors on Thursday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Municipal Corporation employees stage a dharna, demanding action against Government Rajindra Hospital doctors

43 gastroenteritis cases in 5 days
Faridkot, July 15
In the past five days, as many as 43 cases of gastroenteritis have been reported at the local Civil Hospital. Of these, 27 were reported in the OPD and the remaining admitted in the hospital. Everyday at least two fresh cases have been coming to light.

Employees seek increase in medical allowance
Chandigarh, July 15
The Punjab Pradesh Employees Federation yesterday demanded an increase in medical allowance, besides end of disinvestment policy and forced Voluntary Retirement Scheme.

Airport to be operational in two months
Pathankot (Gurdaspur), July 15
The local civil airport would be ready to receive domestic flights within the next two months. With the rest of construction almost complete the work of linking the Apron of the airport with the runway of the air force is being carried out.

Benefit of service restored to ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, July 15
The Punjab Government has restored the benefit of service rendered during the national emergency period by ex-servicemen re-employed in the state government. The benefit includes counting of the service period towards fixing seniority for the purpose of pay and pension.

Sainik Welfare seeks a slice of RPF cake
Chandigarh, July 15
Following the Railway Ministry's announcement that the strength of the Railway Protection Force will be raised by 40,000 personnel, the Department of Sainik Welfare, Punjab, has taken up a case with the Defence Ministry to ensure that the quota meant for ex-servicemen is not ignored.

Preserve marks of Bluestar, says Badungar
Patiala, July 15
The former president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, has appealed to Akal Takht jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti that marks of the Operation Bluestar should be preserved while doing the repair work in the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Postman loses way
Nawanshahr, July 15
Registered letters, money orders and parcels booked in June were delivered here on July 10. Following complaints the local Post Master, Mr S.M. Sharma, found some mail in the post office and got it delivered on July 10.

DC warns officials against corruption
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 15
“It is a matter of great concern that certain revenue officials are collecting bribe through women employees and bringing a bad name to the administration as well as to the government. Anyone found indulging in corrupt practices will be dealt with strictly.

Ban on sale of objectionable CD
Bathinda, July 15
Mr K. A. P. Sinha, District Magistrate, today imposed a ban on the sale and exhibition of an audio-visual CD depicting Hindu gods and goddesses in a bad taste. Mr Sinha took this step by using his powers under section 144 of CrPC when the matter was brought to his notice.

Protest against screening of ‘Girlfriend’ by BJP, RSS
Amritsar, July 15
A number of organisations, including the BJP, RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal, Youth Akali Dal, Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), Hindu Suraksha Samiti, Arya Samaj, and Akhil Bhartiya Brahman Sabha, staged a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office today to protest against the screening of the controversial film ‘girlfriend’.


High Court
Amritsar DC grilled by Bench
Chandigarh, July 15
Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Raminder Singh was today grilled by a Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court hearing petitions of three Akali leaders challenging the decision of the Deputy Commissioners of Amritsar and Gurdaspur to reject their nominations for the just-concluded Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections.

Four BSNL employees remanded
Patiala, July 15
A local CBI Special Magistrate has remanded four Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited employees to police custody till July 26 following charges that they had caused losses to the BSNL.


Prohibitory orders
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 15
The Deputy Commissioner has banned the sale of 106 drug items without doctors’ prescription. The ban will remain in force till August 31.


2 liquor smugglers arrested
Dera Bassi, July 15
Continuing its drive against liquor smugglers, the Dera Bassi police arrested two persons from separate places and seized 62 cases of country-made liquor from their possession last night.

Criminal case against cop
Bathinda, July 15
The displeasure of the wife earned by Ranjit Singh, constable, Punjab police, who allegedly got remarried while her first wife was living, has landed him in trouble.

Audit Inspector held for graft
Bathinda, July 15
Mr Gurcharan Singh, alias Ghuggi, who was working as an audit inspector in the Cooperative Department at Talwandi Sabo, was today caught red-handed by a team of Vigilance Bureau led by DSP Mr Ashutosh Kaushal while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Mr Bikkar Singh, secretary, Cooperative Society.

Woman raped
Bathinda, July 15
A married woman of Ballianwali village of this district was allegedly raped by two residents of the same village by calling her to their house on the pretext that there was a telephone call for her yesterday.


Punjab to fill vacant posts by promotions
Chandigarh, July 15
The Punjab Government would fill all the vacant posts of District Education Officer, Block Primary Education Officer and Principal in the Education Department by promotions at the earliest.

Charges framed against Ahluwalia, student leader
Patiala, July 15
A local court today framed charges against former Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia and former student leader Bhupinder Singh Cheema in a case in which they are accused of being responsible for a murderous attack on a Reader of the university in March, 2002.

Engg college for rural students
Lalru, July 15
With an objective to provide quality technical education to students belonging to rural areas, besides better placement avenues the Seth Nand Lal Bajaj Educational and Charitable Society, Chandigarh, has opened the Swami Parmanand College of Engineering and Technology at Jaulan Kalan village, about 15 km from here.

Toppers to be honoured on Aug 15: DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 15
School toppers will be honoured on August 15 and teachers on Teacher’s Day, said the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, while addressing a meeting of school heads of government, private, public and government-aided schools at Bachat Bhavan today.


Hutch to invest Rs 460 cr in Punjab circle
Patiala, July 15
Hutch is committed to invest Rs 460 crore in the Punjab circle to build the most advanced GSM network in the country and offer not merely communication but a host of other services.

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