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Defiance a challenge to Akal Takht’s supremacy: Dhindsa
Phagwara, July 25
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa
The new SGPC team must address the issue of defiance to the Akal Takht supremacy by the jathedars of Takht Sri Patna Sahib and Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib on the Nanakshahi calendar issue. This was stated here today by SAD General Secretary, Leader of Akali Dal Parliamentary Party in the Lok Sabha and a former Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

Denial of minority status to SGPC colleges
takes new turn

Chandigarh, July 25
The last word is still to be heard on the future status of the two Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)-run medical colleges in Punjab. The sudden volte-face by Dr K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, one of the three members constituting the majority view in the judgement, which ruled in favour of withdrawal of minority status, has started a fresh controversy on the issue.

Vedanti to release Thai translation of Guru Granth Sahib
Giani Joginder Singh VedantiAmritsar, July 25
The Thai translation of Guru Granth Sahib and brief history of Sikhism will be released on August 15 in Bangkok by Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht. The ceremony will be part of ‘Guru Maanyo Granth’ function to be held there from August 13.




Talks only solution to inter-state disputes, says Venod Sharma
Venod Sharma
Chandigarh, July 25
In an upbeat mood after his appointment as special invitee to the Congress Working Committee of the All-Indian Congress Committee, local Congress leader, Venod Sharma, who was in the city yesterday, said table talks were the only solution to inter-state disputes of the region.

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Capt Amarinder Singh
Captain builds case for farmers
Chandigarh, July 25
Many problems beset Punjab agriculture. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, presented these to the 12th Finance Commission on July 22. These problems have contributed to low and slow growth of economy, particularly in the 1990s. The Green Revolution of the mid-60s brought prosperity to the state.

Punjab wins sympathy of Finance Commission
Chandigarh, July 25
Punjab has succeeded in winning “sympathy’’ of the 12th Finance Commission, given the cogent and convincing presentation the state made on its financial needs on Thursday.

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Punjab Police applies two sets of rules
Chandigarh, July 25
Already caught in a plethora of controversies, the Home Department has put the Punjab Police in a piquant situation. In the infamous wireless scam, the Home Department has ordered the suspension of Mr Malvinder Singh Sidhu, Superintendent of Police, while action is yet to be initiated against the then head of the wireless section, Mr D.R. Bhatti, Additional Director-General of Police.

Deputy Speaker to attend Ottawa conference
Phagwara, July 25
The Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, today disclosed he or the Lok Sabha Speaker, Mr Som Nath Chatterjee, would attend the 10-day conference of the presiding officers, to be organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in Ottawa in September.

Pak built bunkers with Indian cement, says J&K Dy CM
Jalandhar, July 25
Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma revealed that Indian cement and iron was used for the construction of bunkers by enemy troops on Kargil heights.


Take care of the poor: Shekhawat
Jalandhar, July 25
Terming the 26 per cent below poverty line population of the country as fifth pillar of democracy, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice-President of India, stressed to strengthen democracy by taking care of this segment of people and solving their problems on priority.

Notice issued to IG (Prisons)
Chandigarh, July 25
Taking note of a news report - Inhuman conditions for juvenile offenders - published in The Tribune recently, the National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to the Inspector General of Prisons, Punjab.

Condition  of jails deplorable, says minister
Amritsar, July 25

Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Minister for Prisons, admitted here today that condition of jails in the state was deplorable.
He said was due to paucity of funds.

A peacock enjoys the change in weather at Deer Park in Patiala on Sunday.
A peacock enjoys the change in weather at Deer Park in Patiala on Sunday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Burning dolls’ prayer to rain god
Bathinda, July 25
Even as the monsoon has been playing truant so far, a large section of farmers and women of Bathinda and Mansa districts have started holding prayers to please the rain god as paddy and cotton crop have started wilting. Not only farmers and women folk, but businessmen and a large section of urbanites have too joined the prayers.

No diarrhoea case in Sultanwind
Amritsar, July 25
The district administration claimed that no diarrhoea case was found in Sultanwind village. The Excise and Taxation Minister, Mr Sardool Singh Bandala, visited the village along with officials of the district administration and the Head Department today.

Malout resident killed during Amarnath Yatra
Malout, July 25
A Malout resident was killed and three others were injured as their car fell into a deep gorge at Ramgarh while returning to the base camp at Jammu after paying their obeisance at the Amarnath cave.

Revoke transfer orders of doctors, demands IMA
Patiala, July 25
To discuss in detail the agitation by doctors of the local Rajindra Hospital a meeting of the state council of the Indian Medical Association was held here today.

Authority urged to stop communal activity
Bathinda, July 25
Villagers of Bhucho Kalan have urged the civil and police authorities to check outsiders from delivering explosive speeches and holding religious rallies.


Sexual harassment case against principal
Amritsar, July 25
A case of sexual harassment has been reported from Kendriya Vidyalya (I), Amritsar cantonment, against the principal. The English teacher of the school in her complaints to the Chairman of the school, the General Officer Commanding, the Assistant Commissioner, Jammu KV Sangathan, the Commissioner, KV in Delhi, the National Human Rights Commission and the Human Resource Development Ministry alleged “sexual harassment” by the Principal Mr A.K. Upadhyay.

Woman kills husband with paramour’s help
Moga, July 25
The police has solved the case in which a woman belonging to Kot Ise Khan killed her husband in alleged connivance with her lover. According to police sources, the father of the victim said his son, Darshan Lal, was working with the Railways and residing at Kot Ise Khan.

ASI caught taking bribe, booked
Chandigarh, July 25
Continuing with its drive against corruption, Punjab Vigilance Bureau sleuths today caught another public servant on the allegations of accepting a bribe. Acting on a complaint, the sleuths nabbed ASI Sukhwinder Singh who had allegedly demanded Rs 20,000 from the son of suspect in a drug-trafficking case and another person for not implicating them in the matter.

ASI suspended for beating up employees
Phagwara, July 25
ASI Tirlochan Singh had been suspended and sent to Kapurthala Police Lines Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police following reports of beating up of four employees of a petrol station here on July 23 by the ASI and his juniors.

No arrest in hand severing case
Kapurthala, July 25
The Kapurthala police is yet to make any headway in the shocking incident in which a group of young boys had chopped off both hands of a 22-year-old youth in a clash at Pandori village of Bhulath subdivision, on July 5.

Bathinda emerging as centre for fake CDs
Bathinda, July 25
Beware while buying an audio musical compact disc (CD). A casual approach while buying a musical CD on your part can cause you financial loss and loss to your music system as fake CDs have flooded the markets of urban and rural areas of the district.

Gang of criminals busted, 1 held
Amritsar, July 25
The Majitha Police yesterday arrested Ajmer Singh, a member of a gang involved in several crimes committed in the area. However, Jagtar Singh Kala, Harjot Singh Jota, Ranjit Singh Rana and Kamaljit Singh Lada, other members of the gang are still on the run.

Minor girl abducted
Bathinda, July 25
Paramjit Kaur, a minor girl from Kaur Singh Wala village, was allegedly abducted by Kaur Singh and Talwinder Singh, both residents of Bada Bhai Ka village of Faridkot district. The police said the accused used a motor cycle. Both the victim and her mother, Ms Amarjit Kaur, were working as labourers in the village.


Dental institute dares govt on fee structure
Faridkot, July 25
The management committee of the local Dashmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences has dared the Punjab Government to change the fee structure for students who have already got admission in the four-year BDS courses last year in state colleges as recommended by the fee fixation and admission supervision committees.

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