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Hostages’ families appeal to PM, ultras
Purhiran (Hoshiarpur), July 23
Asserting that her son was innocent and had nothing to with any anti-Iraqi organisation, Kishan Kaur, the 65-year-old mother of Tilak Raj, one of three Indians held hostage by Iraq based outfit Black Flags, has appealed to the terrorist organisation to release her son. Kishan Kaur, mother of Tilak Raj, with her family members in Purhiran village, Hoshiarpur. Tilak Raj is one of three Indians held hostage by terrorists in Iraq.
Kishan Kaur, mother of Tilak Raj, with her family members in Purhiran village, Hoshiarpur. Tilak Raj is one of three Indians held hostage by terrorists in Iraq.

Chandok absolved of charge of honouring Tytler
Amritsar, July 23
Parlahad Singh ChandokMuch to the embarrassment of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, Shiromani Akali Dal, the Sikh clergy today absolved Mr Parlahad Singh Chandok, president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee of the charges of presenting a siropa to Mr Jagdish Tytler, former Union Minister who was accused of engineering the anti-Sikh riots in 1984.
Earlier story: Row over honouring of Tytler snowballs

Badal opposes Presidential reference to SC
Chandigarh, July 23
The Shiromani Akali Dal headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal has opposed the Presidential reference sent to the Supreme Court by the Union Government. After the Political Affairs Committee’s meeting held here today, Mr Badal said that nothing would ” come out of the reference”.

Badal to continue tie-up with BJP

Fatehgarh Sahib



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Indian prisoners’ families jubilant over news of release from Pak jails
Amritsar, July 23
The families of those victims of unscrupulous travel agents who landed in jails of Pakistan to suffer untold hardships are jubilant over the announcement of their release on the concluding day of the two-day ministerial meeting of SAARC at Islamabad.

Suspected diarrhoea claims 5 lives in one month
Amritsar, July 23
Suspected diarrhoea has claimed the lives of five persons, at Sultanwind village, about 15 km from here, in the past one month. A large number of persons, including children, are suffering from
water-borne diseases in the village. Dr H.S. Gill, Civil Surgeon, said no diarrhoea deaths had been reported in government hospitals but private hospitals were being surveyed. He said the deaths had occurred in the past over two months.

Tension prevails as BSF men stop trains
Jalandhar, July 23
Tension prevailed at the local railway station this morning as agitated jawans of Border Security Force (BSF) tried to stop many trains from leaving the station.

NRI groom’s parents held on dowry charge
Patiala, July 23
The Patiala police has arrested the parents of an NRI groom from Banga in Nawanshahr district following charges that they were in league with their son in extorting dowry and also throwing her out of the house in the USA.


SAD committee warns Majithia panel
Chandigarh, July 23
The Political Affairs Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal today warned the admission supervision committee headed by Justice G. R. Majithia (retd) that it should not enter into any unnecessary confrontation with the Sikh community over the issue of minority status to SGPC- run Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical and Dental Sciences.


Exercise to rationalise teachers fails
Patiala, July 23
A rationalisation exercise conducted last year by the Punjab Government to place science and commerce teachers where they were needed does not seem to have worked with hundreds of them still teaching in senior secondary schools with less than 10 students on their rolls in the last academic session.

PSEB’s backdated notices harass consumers
Abohar, July 23
The Consumer Movement, an NGO, has criticised Punjab State Electricity Board officials for harassing consumers on the pretext of checking power meters and for long power cuts.

Patiala residents do without cable TV
War between rival groups
Patiala, July 23
Residents of the city, who have been forced to live with piles of filth with corporation employees going on a strike since the past one fortnight, now have to do without cable television.

Patiala doctors block traffic
Corporation staff too warn of agitation
Patiala, July 23
Doctors and para-medical staff of Government Rajindra Hospital today blocked traffic on the Patiala-Sangrur road for more than an hour in protest against the transfer of six doctors, including the Principal of the Medical College and the Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

Purchase of Rs 4 cr siropas: SGPC shifts official
Amritsar July 23
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee SGPC yesterday effected minor re-shuffle of its employees. The transfer of the Purchase Officer on the eve of placing orders for ‘Siropas’ (robes of honour) for more than Rs 4 crore has led to the raising of many eye-brows in Sikh circles .

J&K students visit Golden Temple
Amritsar, July 23
Thirty students from the terrorist-affected Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir today visited the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Fort Gobindgarh under the Army’s Operation Sadbhavna here.

Students from Rajauri district visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Students from Rajauri district visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday

Sikh clergy calls for boycott of ‘Gurbani yatra’
Amritsar, July 23
The Sikh clergy today urged Sikhs to boycott the ‘Sarb Sanjhi Gurbani Yatra’ being taken out in various parts of the country by some ‘anti-Sikh’ organisations.

Disappearance from police custody
Man alive, claims police
Fatehgarh, July 23
The police today presented Upasana, a minor, and her boy friend, Ranjit Singh Rana, who had eloped recently, in the court of Mr G.S. Dhillon, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Fatehgarh Sahib. Mr Dhillon ordered to send Upasana to Nari Niketan, Jalandhar, till August 5 and Ranjit Singh Rana to the Nabha jail till August 6.

Ammonia leakage causes panic, factory closed
Phagwara, July 23
Panic prevailed in the town when an ammonia gas pipe of a ice factor suddenly started leaking today. It caused suffocation among residents, shopkeepers and customers on the Banga road causing panic.


PUDA gets tough with illegal colonisers
Jalandhar, July 23
As part of its series of stringent measures, PUDA has decided to approach the DGP, Punjab, for registration of cases against those who had carved out unauthorised residential colonies in the state.

Inside Babudom
2 IGs, 12 Inspectors to be promoted
Chandigarh, July 23
The Punjab Government has initiated the process of promoting two Inspectors- General of Police (IGPs) — J.P. Birdi and Jyoti Trehan — as Additional Directors-General of Police (ADGPs). And 12 Punjab Police Inspectors are also likely to be promoted as Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs).

Diploma engineers refuse to inspect canals
Abohar, July 23
Diploma engineers of the Irrigation Department have relinquished responsibility for inspecting and controlling canals and sub-canals in the entire region with immediate effect.


Businessman arrested in cheating case
Bathinda, July 23
A criminal case was registered against a local businessman, Mr Prem Chand, and a woman, Mrs Shimla Mittal for their alleged involvement in disposing of a piece of land by committing cheating with another local resident, Mr Devinder Kumar, who was also a share-holder in that plot.

Nursing institute director held
Gurdaspur, July 23
The Pathankot police today registered a case against the director of the RN Tagore Nursing Institute, Mr G.D. Dogra. He would be produced in the court tomorrow.

Ex-MLA booked for derogatory remarks
Gidderbaha, July 23
A criminal case was registered against Mr Raghubir Singh, former Congress MLA, his son Dinesh Kumar, Mr Kulwant Singh, MC President, and Mr Baldev Singh, councillor, for allege using derogatory remarks against Ms Reshma Devi, a scheduled Caste municipal councillor of Ward Number 14.

Man who fired at Imam dies in hospital
Malerkotla, July 23
Abdul Majid, alias Nikku, who was allegedly beaten up by some persons at the railway station on July 12, died in the Civil Hospital yesterday.

Woman poisons son
Moga, July 23
A woman poisoned her 11-year-old son at Dhaleke village, near here, yesterday. The accused was married to Balwinder Singh. Sources said Baljeet Kaur gave her son, Sukhdev Singh alias Shankar, food laced with some poisonous substance when he returned from the school.


Farid varsity-medical colleges’ row makes students suffer
Faridkot, July 23
Medical aspirants in the state may have got reprieve after the news of fee cut for various courses, but the delay in pre-medical entrance test, due to a controversy, is giving them sleepless nights.

Scientists prepare glass from fly ash
Amritsar, July 23
Guru Nanak Dev University scientists have achieved a major breakthrough in preparing glass samples containing heavy metal oxide with fly ash and found them to be an effective radiation shielding materials like bismuth and lead.



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