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Takht Patna Sahib, Hazoor Sahib to
defy Nanakshahi calendar

To celebrate 400th anniversary of Guru
Granth Sahib on Sept 15

Amritsar, July 24
The Nanakshahi calendar, having stamp of the Akal Takht and the SGPC today suffered a serious threat from Jathedars of Takht Patna Sahib and Takht Hazoor Sahib who had decided to celebrate 400th anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib’s installation according to traditional calendar.

Religious marches to converge at Amritsar
Chandigarh, July 24
Religious marches, which will be taken out from various parts of the country including Varanasi and Sholapur, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Parkash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib, will converge at Amritsar on Sept 1.

Parties seek more funds from 12th finance panel
Chandigarh, July 24
Various political parties of Punjab today met the Chairman of the 12th Finance Commission. They submitted representations to the Chairman seeking more funds for the state. Leaders of these parties discussed various social and economic problems being faced by the state at present and also the slowing down of its economy.

Panel urged to give special package to Punjab
Chandigarh, July 24
A deputation of Congress leaders led by the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr H.S. Hanspal, here today met the Chairman of the 12th Finance Commission.



  Patiala has never had it so good
Patiala, July 24
Citizens across the state may be sweating it out in the season of power cuts, but for the citizens of this city and even this district the present humid conditions are very much bearable. The reason - no power cut in the city and reduced cuts in the rural areas.

One dies, 3 gastro cases in hospital
Phagwara, July 24
A twenty-year-old Dalit girl Sunita Devi of street no. 15 of Santokhpura mohalla here died of suspected gastroenteritis. Three other persons of street no. 14 of this mohalla, including an old woman Lakhi, her young son Pirthi and another old woman Parkasho, were hospitalised after they had a severe bout of loose motions and vomitings.


Living constantly under the shadow of death
Along the Indo-Pakistan border, Ferozepore: Hundreds of residents belonging to villages situated along the Indo-Pakistan border north of Hussainiwala barrage pass their nights under the shadow of death as they do not know when the river may flood their homes.

Truck drivers demonstrate in support of the three Indian truck drivers, held hostage by an Iraqi militant group, in Amritsar on Saturday
Truck drivers demonstrate in support of the three Indian truck drivers, held hostage by an Iraqi militant group, in Amritsar on Saturday. — PTI

Pakhoke seeks removal of Justice Majithia
Chandigarh, July 24
Mr Alwinder Singh Pakhoke, acting President of the SGPC, has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to remove Justice G.R. Majithia from the Chairmanship of the Admission Supervisory Committee, set up by the Punjab Medical Education Department. In a representation, Mr Pakhoke has urged the Chief Minister to also disband the committee.

Power pacts should have been signed earlier: Badal
Patiala, July 24
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal today said that the Punjab Government had failed the people of the state by not signing power purchase agreements which could have bailed out the state in this moment of crisis.

Police fails to arrest accused
Malout, July 24
Baljinder Kumar, a youth of this town, has been lying on bed for the past about two months after he was allegedly beaten up by seven students of a college located at Chappianwali, near here, on May 28.

Govt still to set up more Benches, says redress panel chief
Gurdaspur July 24
The Punjab Government has not taken any step to install two more Benches in the State Consumer Redressal Commission. The Centre on the recommendation of the National Consumer Redressal Commission had directed the state government to install two more Benches in the state commission. However, till date no notification or order has been issued by the government in this regard.

Doctors boycott work for two hours
Patiala, July 24
Doctors of Government Rajindra Hospital today boycotted work for two hours in the morning but resumed duties later, claiming the State Health Secretary had asked them to give him time till Monday to resolve the issue.

Para Medical staff of Government Rajindra Hospital protest on the hospital premises in Patiala on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Para Medical staff of Government Rajindra Hospital protest on the hospital premises in Patiala on Saturday

Rotary Club to tackle stray cattle menace
Barnala, July 24
The Rotary Club here has come forward to tackle the stray cattle menace with co-operation of Mr Amit Prasad, SSP Barnala Police District. Mr Gopal Sharma, public relations officer of the Club said the club Barnala had been making on efforts to rid the town of this menace.

BSF jawans to face action
Jalandhar, July 24
The Border Security Force will take a strict disciplinary action against its 12-odd jawans who had tried to stop three trains at Jalandhar railway station yesterday.

Tight security for Shekhawat visit
Jalandhar, July 24
Tight security arrangements have been made in the city for the visit of Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice-President of India, scheduled for tomorrow. The police from Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur have been deputed at important locations in the city.

200 disabled identified for rehabilitation
Faridkot, July 24
Under the Punjab Government scheme for the rehabilitation of the disabled in collaboration with voluntary organisations in the state, the District Red Cross Society, Faridkot, and the City Club, Kotkapura, organised a mulitpurpose camp at Kotkapura, 12 km from here, yesterday to identify the handicapped in the district.


Cops to make habitual absentees face parents
Patiala, July 24
The Patiala police has hit upon a unique idea to tackle habitual absenteeism in the force — make regular absentees face their parents and peers. As far as we are concerned “Pamma” was going to duty regularly, says his mother Arno Devi (name changed). “We believed so because he would step out of the house in his uniform and come back in uniform at the end of the day”, she says.

Two cops pay for undertrial’s escape
Amritsar, July 24
The district police today suspended two constables, Arun Kumar and Tejinder Singh, for their negligence due to which an undertrial, Rajinder Singh, yesterday escaped from the court premises while being taken for hearing in a case.

Tehsildar, Reader suspended
Rampura, July 24
Mr Subash Chander Khatak, tehsildar of Rampura Phul, and his Reader Gurdas Singh were suspended by the Financial Commissioner (Revenue) Government of Punjab, Ms Gurwinder Kaur Chahal, last evening.



Seats for ANM, GNM courses reduced
Mohali, July 24
The Department of Medical Education of Research, Punjab, has reduced the number of seats for admission to the auxiliary nurse midwife and general nursing and midwifery courses in many of the institutes affiliated to the Punjab Nurses Registration Council, Mohali.

Varsity revokes suspension of two teachers
Patiala, July 24
Punjabi University has revoked the suspension of former Fine Arts department head Dr Saroj Rani and Law Department Prof Dr Gurpal Singh. Both teachers were suspended last year after challans were filed against them in criminal cases.

B.Ed admission: SC students left in the lurch
Amritsar, July 24
About 40 Scheduled Caste science students, who applied under their quota for admission to the B.Ed. course in Guru Nanak Dev University here have been left in the lurch after the university authorities refused to accept the science combination with computer as a subject.



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