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Head Granthi of Golden Temple sacked
Vedanti may lose additional charge
Amritsar, July 18
 Giani Mohan Singh
In a surprise move, the SGPC today sacked Giani Mohan Singh, additional Head Granthi of the Golden Temple. Earlier, Giani Mohan Singh had served as Head Granthi of Darbar Sahib for a long period, however, after his retirement, he was appointed as additional Head Granthi by the then SGPC chief, Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, on February 1.

Badal warns govt on Pranab’s remarks
Ludhiana, July 18
Taking a serious note of the “disturbing” statement of Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee on the decision of the Punjab Assembly on abrogating all river water accords after 1981, SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal has warned that his party will not allow the state government to retract on the stand taken by all elected representatives under pressure from the Congress high command or the Centre.

News Analysis
Punjab Cong scripts new episode
Chandigarh, July 18
The Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, has re-constituted the working committee and reshuffled the AICC general secretaries. In this political musical chairs scenario, Ms Mohsina Kidwai has been replaced by Mr Pranab Mukherjee as in charge of Punjab affairs.

Party post not a surprise for Manish Tiwari
Chandigarh, July 17
Manish TiwariFor Mr Manish Tewari, his appointment as Secretary, All-India Congress Committee, yesterday, did not come as a surprise. After he lost the last Lok Sabha elections from Ludhiana, he was expecting an active role in the organisational and party affairs.




Mayawati can kill Kanshi, says brother
Jalandhar, July 18
In a dramatic turn of events, family members of Mr Kanshi Ram today alleged that the founder president of the BSP could be eliminated at the behest of BSP President and former UP Chief Minister Mayawati in case he (Kanshi) would not have been freed from her custody.

Manmohan, Musharraf invited for candlelight vigil
Amritsar, July 18
Veteran journalist and a votary of cementing the ties between India and Pakistan Kuldeep Nayyar said he had written to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and President Gen Pervez Musharraf to come to celebrate together the Independence day of both the countries on August 14 at Wagah joint check post.

Back from UK, impressed
Raja Sansi (Amritsar), July 18
It was like a dream come true for a group of 19 students of the Guru Hargobind Sahib Academy, a charitable trust at Jagraon (Ludhiana), which returned today after a two-week journey to the UK, sponsored by Mr Gurmail Singh Malhi, a London-based NRI. Excited after an eventful first-ever trip to the UK, Arshdeep Kaur (14) said, “We were impressed by their education system."
Students of the Guru Hargobind Sahib Academy at the Raja Sansi airport after a two-week visit to the UK on Saturday.
Students of the Guru Hargobind Sahib Academy at the Raja Sansi airport after a two-week visit to the UK on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma


Sewage disposal poses threat to IAF planes
Gurdaspur, July 18
Sewage of the Municipal Council, Pathankot is posing a threat to the flights of Air Force planes. The sewage entering the Air Force station besides spreading foul smell is also attracting birds that hamper the flights.

City faces worst power cuts
Bathinda, July 18
Residents here have been facing not only the unscheduled power cuts but also have been suffering from air and noise pollution caused by hundreds of electric generators being used by commercial establishments and other organisations. The threat to their lives is also due to emission of flue gases and fly ash from chimneys of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant.

PSEB staff to protest against trifurcation
Patiala, July 18
The PSEB Engineers’ Association has decided to launch a protest against the state government’s decision to dismantle the Punjab State Electricity Board.

PSEB to bear cost of JE’s treatment
Patiala, July 18
The Punjab State Electricity Board will bear the entire cost of the medical treatment being given to the Junior Engineer who was attacked by a tubewell owner with firearms near Ferozepore. This was stated in an official press note issued here today.

Caste-based quota opposed
Bathinda, July 18
Mr Harbans Singh Sidhu, district president of the General Categories Welfare Federation, said yesterday that if the government introduced caste-based reservations in private sector, the federation would launch a countrywide stir in association with like-minded organisations.

Check plying of private buses, urges union
Moga, July 18
Members of the Punjab Government Transport Workers’ Union has alleged that a large number of private buses, belonging to MLAs and ministers, were plying in the state causing huge losses to Punjab Roadways.

Masjid action panel chief comes to Valmikis’ support
Amritsar, July 18
Mr Mohammed Azam Khan, Chairman of the Babri Masjid Action Committee, today arrived here for a few hours before returning to Delhi, to attend a function to launch Eklavya Sena under the Adi Dharm Samaj in support of the demand to hand over the controversial Ram Tirath shrine to Valmikis.

Mohammad Azam Khan (right), chairman of the Babri Masjid Committee and Minister for Water Supply and Employment in Uttar Pradesh, with Mr Darshan Rattan Ravan, president of the Adi Dharam Samaj, in Amritsar on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Mohammad Azam Khan (right), chairman of the Babri Masjid Committee and Minister for Water Supply and Employment in Uttar Pradesh, with Mr Darshan Rattan Ravan, president of the Adi Dharam Samaj

Rail coach factory rolls out 25 postal vans
Kapurthala, July 18
The Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala has rolled out 25 postal vans to enable the Department of Post and Telegraph to transport a large quantity of mail at a time.


Cold storage owners convicted
Hoshiarpur, July 18
Mr Joga Singh, President, District Consumer Forum, Hoshiarpur, has convicted Sohan Singh Gill, Mohinder Singh Bath and Jaswinder Singh, all partners of Kisan Ice Factory and Cold Storage Shamchaurasi under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act and has sentenced them to undergo imprisonment for one year and to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 in each execution application for not complying with the order of the forum within the stipulated time.


Farmers stage dharna
Moga, July 18
Irked over unscheduled power cuts and “false” cases being registered against them, farmers from various villages staged a five-hour dharna at Chadik village yesterday. The administration had deployed a police force to avoid any untoward incident.


Bahl denies effecting 200 transfers
Gurdaspur, July 18
Former Punjab Education Minister Khushal Bahl today denied news reports in a section of the media that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had cancelled 200 transfers effected by him during his tenure as minister.

Cops attached to Police Lines
Kotkapura (Faridkot), July 18
Following the “kidnapping” of a Ferozepore police station “munshi”, SP (H) Vijay Sharma has attached ASI Sukhdev Singh and Head Constable Amarjeet Singh to Police Lines and ordered an inquiry into the incident by the SP (D).


Doctor booked in blood transfusion case
Bathinda, July 18
A criminal case has been registered against Dr Indu Bhushan Aggarwal, in charge, blood bank, local Civil Hospital, and two other functionaries for their alleged involvement in transfusing blood of wrong group to a road accident victim on July 5 which allegedly led to her death a few days ago.

9 held for running illegal medical camps
Amritsar, July 18
Nine persons, including three women, were caught by the Civil Surgeon for allegedly running illegal medical camps for administering hepatitis-B injections in two separate raids conducted here today.

Five held for ‘damaging’ 66-kv grid building
Sangrur, July 18
The Sunam police has arrested five persons, Baljit Singh Chhajili, Kuldip Sharma Ratolan, Jasbir Singh Ratolan, Nirbhey Singh Chathe Nanhera and Bikar Singh Chathe Nanhera, in connection with allegedly making an attack on the 66-kv grid of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) at Chhajli village, near Sunam, last night and damaging the property of the grid along with a large number of other persons, belonged to different villages.

One more arrested in murder case
Jalandhar, July 18
To solve the murder case of a landlord of Wadala Colony, here the Jalandhar police yesterday arrested Vinod Kumar, alias, Titu, a resident of Tarewal village in Ferozepore. Vinod is a relative of the tenant and main accused, Kashmiri Lal, alias, Roshi, who is suspected to be involved in the murder of Bishambar, the landlord.

Head Constable held for graft
Bathinda, July 18
Laxman Singh, Head Constable, posted at Golewala police post in Faridkot district, was caught red-handed while taking a bribe of Rs 300 from Mr Makhan Singh, a resident of Kabarwala village of the same district for registering a report regarding the loss of his driving licence and registration certificate of his scooter.

Boy beaten up, hospitalised
Ludhiana, July 18
An employee of the Christian Medical College and Hospital has alleged that his minor son was tied and beaten up by a man living in the neighbourhood in the residential apartments of the CMCH.


College prospectus ‘misleading’
Amritsar, July 18
Khalsa College here is alleged to be ‘misleading’ the students of physiotherapy department. It has published the names of four persons on the staff of the physiotherapy department in its prospectus, out of which half of them are from other departments in the college.


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