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SGPC’s U-turn; reinstates granthi on Badal’s intervention
 Giani Mohan Singh Amritsar, July 20
In a surprising volte-face, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) today reinstated Giani Mohan Singh as additional Head Granthi, Golden Temple, after two days of his unceremonious sacking.

Officials prepare for finance panel’s visit tomorrow
State may seek adequate share in Central taxes

Chandigarh, July 20
There is a flurry of activity in Punjab over the proposed visit of the Twelfth Finance Commission to the state on July 22.

Does Eradi Tribunal have any relevance today?
Chandigarh, July 20
Will the visit of the Eradi Tribunal to Punjab and Haryana serve any purpose in view of the latest developments with regard to river waters in this region? This question has assumed significance, especially after the abrogation of all water related agreements by the Punjab Assembly by passing an Act.

Panthic Morcha pats Amarinder on SYL canal issue

Amarinder summoned in defamation case
Chandigarh, July 20
On a complaint of a senior leader of the SAD, a local court today summoned the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in a defamation case.



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2,000 tonnes of garbage piles up in Patiala
Patiala, July 20
From being the city of gardens to the city of garbage, Patiala has earned a new epithet with more than 2,000 tonnes of garbage lying on its streets and diarrhoea cases on the rise.

State to have hazardous waste treatment facility
No action against doctor as Bhattal in Delhi

A man walks along the road near Dhiru ke Majri, where garbage has been dumped. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar. 
A man walks along the road near Dhiru ke Majri, where garbage has been dumped

Core panel fails to arrive at consensus on Punwire
Chandigarh, July 20
The Punjab Government-appointed core committee on revival of Punjab Wireless Systems Limited (Punwire) today failed to arrive at a consensus regarding the future plans, if any, to bring the failed company back on its feet.

NHRO’s list on false encounters ‘vindicates’ Khalra
Amritsar July 20
Mr Bahal Singh lost his 25-year-old graduate, married son Nishan Singh a resident of Ranian village under the Lopoke police station. He was pursuing his studies in Khalsa College at the time.

TRIBUNE IMPACT
Government sacks convicted DDPO
Amritsar, July 20
The state government today dismissed Mr Bhagwan Singh Garewal, District Development and Panchayats Officer (DDPO), following his conviction under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

POLITICS

Differences in state CPI over defeat
Chandigarh, July 20
Differences have cropped up in the Punjab unit of the CPI over the party's defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in Bathinda parliamentary constituency. Informed sources said today that a section of the party had blamed the party leadership of the state unit for the defeat.

Chandumajra set to revive SAD (Longowal)
Ludhiana, July 20
The SAD (Longowal) will give due honour and representation to all Akali leaders and workers who made tremendous sacrifices for the party but have been sidelined by the Badals, said Prem Singh Chandumajra, a former MP, who has taken it upon himself to revive the once defunct unit.

COMMUNITY

Dharnas, demonstration against police, corruption
Abohar, July 20
More than 12 organisations organised dharnas and demonstrations to protest against police failure and alleged corrupt practices in the area today.

Ranjitgarh project may be revived
Chandigarh, July 20
The Punjab Government is examining the possibility to revive the Ranjitgarh project. Informed sources said yesterday that the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, had taken up the matter with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. Mr Singla had also asked the authorities concerned to provide him the project report.

Brick-kiln owners oppose notification
Sangrur, July 20
Hundreds of brick-kiln owners in the state are up in arms against the notification of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi, which forces them to mix at least 25 per cent of ash (fly ash, bottom ash or pond ash) with soil on a weight-to-weight basis for the manufacture of clay bricks and tiles.

Minister reviews performance of hospitals
Chandigarh, July 20
Need to revamp the work culture in health institutions, curb absenteeism and encourage masses to avail the health facilities being provided by the institutes run by the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) at Mohali - these were some of the suggestions that surfaced during a meeting attended this morning by Punjab’s Health and Family Welfare Minister R.C. Dogra.

Dalit Sena’s protest against dera today
Bathinda, July 20
Activists of the Dalit Sena will hold a rally in protest against the discrimination being meted out to members of the Scheduled Caste community by a religious dera of the area tomorrow. The district police authorities have taken measures to prevent the situation from taking an ugly turn.

Artistes return after 50 performances in UK
Amritsar, July 20
A Punjabi theatre group of the local BBK DAV College for Women has won accolades across England. The Principal of the college, Ms J. Kackaria, addressing a press conference said the college in association with the Kent county council of England had started a cultural exchange programme between students of both the countries encouraging folk and performing arts.

Students of BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar, who were part of the group which gave 50 theatre performances in England, at the college on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Students of BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar, who were part of the group which gave 50 theatre performances in England, at the college on Tuesday.

Octogenarians come to blows
Kharar, July 20
A scuffle took place between octogenarian heads of the management of two Arya educational institutions in which the clothes of both were torn here today.

In India to study art
Wagah (Amritsar), July 20
A 21-member group of the painting and design faculty of the National College of Arts, Lahore, arrived here today on a 15-day tour of India. The leader of the delegation and professor of art, Ms Shahnaz Mahli, told mediapersons that they were excited over the visit to India.

Students of the National College of Arts, Lahore, arrive on a 15-day visit to India at Wagah on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Students of the National College of Arts, Lahore, arrive on a 15-day visit to India at Wagah on Tuesday.

10-year-old girl electrocuted
Tarn Taran, July 20
Pawni Joshi (10), daughter of Mr Anil Joshi, former president of the Amritsar (Rural) BJP, was electrocuted here today.

COURTS

A unique case on right to information
Chandigarh, July 20
A unique case relating to right to information came up before a Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.

GND varsity coach convicted
Amritsar, July 20
The court of the Civil Judge here today convicted Guru Nanak Dev University volleyball coach Bhupinder Pal Kaur for one-year probation with a fine of Rs 5,000 and Rs 1,000 as cost of litigation under Section 500, IPC.

AGRICULTURE

Centre to lift Punjab levy sugar by Sept 2005
Gurdaspur, July 20
The Union Government has decided to lift Rs 430 crore levy sugar from cooperative mills of the state by September 2005. Arrears of sugarcane supplied to mills would be paid to the farmers by the Punjab government when the Centre lifts the levy sugar.

ADMINISTRATION

Inside Babudom
Reshuffle in Punjab Police in offing
Chandigarh, July 20
Brewing discontent among officers over their postings and an unsavoury controversy between IPS and non-IPS officers may be the key decisive factors as and when the Punjab Government orders a reshuffle in the Police Department.

DC conducts surprise check
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
To ensure punctuality in the offices of the district, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, today conducted a surprise check at the SDM office, Tehsildar office, Municipal Council office and certain schools in Bassi Pathana town and surrounding areas.

CRIME


3 Nihangs held with cache of arms,
opium

Amritsar, July 20
The police has arrested three Nihangs belonging to a dera in the vicinity of Akali Phula Singh Burj with a huge cache of arms and ammunition and opium. The police had been following them for the past two days on a tip-off. Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, DIG (Border Range), told a press conference here today that the seized ammunition included two carbines, a double-barrel gun, two rifles, a revolver, a pistol, four .12-bore rifles, three air guns, a country-made pistol, 360 rounds of cartridges and fake arms licences, besides 2.5 kg of opium.

A policeman shows a cache of arms seized from a ‘dera’ of Nihangs in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

A policeman shows a cache of arms seized from a ‘dera’ of Nihangs in Amritsar on Tuesday.

Cash, gold worth Rs 2.5 lakh stolen
Bathinda, July 20
About 32 tolas of gold, Rs 60,000 and other valuables totaling more than Rs 2.5 lakh were stolen from house in Jivi Nagar here late last night, while the owners of the same were sleeping.

SMO, 2 others booked on embezzlement charge
Hoshiarpur July, 20
On a recommendation by the District Magistrate Hoshiarpur, Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, the Civil Surgeon, Dr Y.C. Markan, has got registered a case under Sections 409, 120-B, IPC, with Sadar Police Station against Dr A.C. Sud, Senior Medical Officer, Mr Kishan Dutt, Senior Assistant and Mrs Hardev Kaur, clerk at Primary Health Centre, Harta Badla, for fraudulently withdrawing double salary amounting to Rs 2,95,917 during 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 from the treasury office.

Shiv Sena, Youth Cong leaders held for gambling 
Nangal, July 20
In a major crackdown on the gambling network, the Ropar police in a raid arrested 19 persons from NFL Guest House at about 1 a.m. today.

2 cops booked for attempt to kill
Bathinda, July 20
A criminal case was today registered against Head Constable Amarjit Singh, Punjab Police (PP), posted in Mansa district and another policemen identified as Manjit Singh for their alleged involvement in making an attempt to kill Paramjit Kaur, a local resident and widow of a brother of the accused Amarjit Singh, yesterday.

Attempt of theft at LIC office
Malout (Muktsar), July 20
Unidentified thieves made an attempt to steal over Rs 5 lakh kept in the strong room of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) situated near the bus stand, Malout, last night. However, the thieves could not break open the strong room.

EDUCATION

Pre-nursery classes in elementary schools
Chandigarh, July 20
Punjab proposes to start pre-nursery classes in government elementary schools to attract students. The proposal, if found feasible, would be implemented from the next academic session.

Students hold dharna against counselling fee
Patiala, July 20
Students of Punjabi University today organised a dharna on the campus in protest against the university’s decision to charge counselling fee of Rs 10,000, for MBA and MCA and Rs 2,500 for L.L.B.

GND varsity bans ragging
Amritsar, July 20
Guru Nanak Dev University banned ragging on its all campuses located at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur. Stating this, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh, said that these steps had been taken keeping in view the guidelines given by the Supreme Court. Debarring from institution or fine up to Rs 25,000 would be imposed on erring students. — OC

AIDS education programme to be launched in schools
Hoshiarpur, July 20
The Punjab State AIDS Control Society yesterday organised a workshop here on sensitisation of Principals and Headmasters, about AIDS education programme in schools. Principals and Headmasters of Government Senior Secondary Schools of Garhshanker and Hoshiarpur blocks participated.

BUSINESS

LMA invites nominations for awards
Ludhiana, July 20
In order to develop entrepreneurship and promote and develop scientific management education in the region by effective exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas, the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) has invited nominations for its annual awards.

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