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Govt depts’ heads shielding tainted employees?
Chandigarh, July 3
Various departments of the Punjab Government are seemingly “protecting” their corrupt employees from facing the law. Using discretion, several government departmental heads have been saving tainted employees, who were nabbed taking bribes by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in the past two years.

Punjab had ignored Home Ministry report on militancy
Ludhiana: The Ministry of Home Affairs had warned the Punjab authorities about efforts to revive militancy in Punjab. But the state police did not take the warning seriously and no serious effort was made to nab the four accused to Beant Singh assassination case who had escaped from the Burail Jail.

3 villages submerged due to breach in rivulet
Bharatgarh (Ropar), July 3
Three villages in Bharatgarh town of Ropar district today faced flood-like situation due to breach in a seasonal rivulet here triggered by heavy rain in parts of Himachal where it originated. Villagers in front of their houses at Bal village where water entered houses due to breach in a seasonal rivulet
Villagers in front of their houses at Bal village where water entered houses due to breach in a seasonal rivulet on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph




Dubai trip: Sukhbir questions security implications
Chandigarh, July 3
The controversy surrounding the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh’s secret trip to Dubai took a new turn today with the former Union Minister, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, seeking a clarification from the Union Government on the CM’s alleged non-compliance of foreign exchange regulations and the absence of economic clearance by the Union Ministry of Finance for the trip.

SGPC destroying originality of historic gurdwaras
Bathinda, July 3
Sikhs are a minority community and not Hindus and they do not need a certificate from anybody to prove it, stated Minorities Commission Chairman Tarlochan Singh here today while replying to a query on the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s controversial remark. He was here to attend a function at Public Library.

Iranian varsities keen to collaborate with GND varsity
Amritsar, July 3
The age-old relationship between Iran and Punjab are likely to be strengthened in the coming days. This was stated by Mr Siyavash Zargar Yaghoubi, Ambassador of Iran. He said today that Iran was ready to teach Persian language to Sikh intellectuals.

Mr Siyarash Zarger Yaghoubi, Ambassador of Iran, along with embassy officials, pays obeisance at the Golden Temple on Sunday.
 — Photo by P.S. Gill

Mr Siyarash Zarger Yaghoubi, Ambassador of Iran, along with embassy officials, pays obeisance at the Golden Temple on Sunday.
What did I do to deserve this, wonders Ajaib Singh
Phillaur, July 3
Septuagenarian Ajaib Singh stands dazed at the Civil Hospital here as he sees his 15 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren lying dead in front of him.

Ajaib Singh being consoled at the Civil Hospital, Phillaur. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

CM condoles deaths of
Chachrarri victims
Ajaib Singh being consoled at the Civil Hospital, Phillaur.

Iqbal Ramoowalia ‘Khalistanis’ have been isolated in Canada: writer
Chandigarh, July 3
Canada-based Iqbal Ramoowalia is a progressive writer of Punjabi and also a political activist. Besides half a dozen books on Punjabi poetry, Iqbal has also authored a novel in English, “The Death of a Passport”.
Iqbal Ramoowalia

Now, US school’s diktat to weld ‘kirpan’ with sheath
Amritsar, July 3
Earlier, it was the ban by French authorities on wearing turban in schools, now another controversy is brewing following a directive by a school in the USA asking a baptised Sikh girl to weld her 'kirpan' with sheath or to discontinue her education.


Cong has failed on all fronts: Kanwaljit
Zirakpur, July 3
The Congress-led government has failed at every front during its rule in the state. The law and order situation has not deteriorated. Clean governance, development and employment avenues have become dreams. Moreover, peace and harmony have also been affected in the state.

Free power a publicity stunt, says Badal
Bathinda, July 3
Launching a scathing attack on the Chief Minister, Mr Amarinder Singh, SAD President Parkash Singh Badal said today the Dixie gurdwara row and the CM’s secret visit to Dubai hinted at Amarinder’s “intention to spoil the atmosphere of the state”.

SAD President Parkash Singh Badal and SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur lay the foundation stone of gurdwara hall at Kotshamir village on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

SAD President Parkash Singh Badal and SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur lay the foundation stone of gurdwara hall at Kotshamir village

SAD to enrol NRIs as members
Ferozepore, July 3
The Shiromani Akali Dal will commence its membership drive for the enrolment of Punjabis settled abroad from the next month. This was stated by Mr Zora Singh Mann, MP, while talking to media persons here after his return from the tour of the UK, the USA and other countries.

No rift among Batala councillors: Cong
Batala, July 3
City Congress Committee (I) President Kasturi Lal Seth and Mr Balwinder Singh Laddi, Chairman, Zila Parishad, Gurdaspur, defended the action of the councillors while sending Mr Subash Sekhri on a forced leave from the Presidentship of Municipal Council, Batala


Davinder Kaur AulakhHarassed by ‘minister’s men’, woman alleges police inaction
Hoshiarpur, July 3
Fearing threat to her life by “influential men” close to a Punjab minister and having been “coerced“ by them for over three years, Ms Davinder Kaur Aulakh, chairperson of the local Sri Guru Ram Dass College of Nursing, has been fighting a lonely battle to get justice, but without any success so far.

Traffic chaos in Jalandhar
MC, police look the other way
Jalandhar, July 3
Traffic chaos has virtually gripped Jalandhar in the absence of proper traffic management at almost all vital points.

Tension in town during protest against Divya Jyoti Sansthan
Moga, July 3
Tension prevailed in the city today when about 400 persons under the banner of the Gurmat Prachar Committee tried to stop disciples of Ashutosh Maharaj of the Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan (DJJS) from holding their weekly programme. The police prevented the protesters at Guru Teg Bahadur Gurdwara and foiled their plan to march towards the programme venue.
Policemen stand guard during a religious body’s protest against a ‘dera’ in Moga on Sunday.
Policemen stand guard during a religious body’s protest against a ‘dera’ in Moga on Sunday.
 — Tribune photo by Iqbal Singh

Report finds high levels of toxicity in Punjab rivers
Chandigarh, July 3
The rivers of Punjab are facing an ecological crisis as the pollution level has increased tremendously resulting in a threat to thousands of people and aquatic life.

A file photo of dead fish in the Sutlej near Nangal. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

A file photo of dead fish in the Sutlej near Nangal.

Sidhu skips father-in-law’s ‘bhog’ in Patiala
Amritsar, July 3
Member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu, who swore not to step in his hometown of Patiala if voted to power by the electorate of the holy city, held a special tribute ceremony for his deceased father-in-law, Major Shamsher Singh Grewal (retd), in the city today.

Dr Bains gets Order of British Columbia
Phagwara, July 3
Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, compiler of the first Encyclopaedia on Sikhism and producer-creator of the multimedia Sikh museum, was honoured by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Iona Campagnolo with the highest provincial award of the “Order of British Columbia 2005” at an impressive investiture ceremony in Victoria on June 29.

Trust to promote Dalits’ welfare in the offing
Faridkot, July 3
The Scheduled Caste community plans to constitute Dr Ambedkar Gyan Jyoti Trust to protect the interests of the weaker sections in this district.

Computer-assisted joint replacement surgery
Amritsar, July 3
The holy city that once was a hub of top orthopaedic surgery added another feather to its cap through the first-ever computer-assisted joint replacement surgery at Amandeep Hospital here.

Toll tax being charged from vehicles on military duty
Chandigarh, July 3
Vehicles moving under military authorisation continue to be charged toll tax when plying on certain roads and bridges. Headquarters Western Command has now taken up the matter with the Ministry of Road Transport and National Highways.

Operation theatre’s AC finds way to CS’ home
Nabha, July 3
The requirement of air-conditioner is felt more at the residence of the Civil Surgeon, Patiala, than in the operation theatre of the Civil Hospital, Nabha. Complying telephonic orders from the Civil Surgeon’s office at Patiala, the authorities at the Nabha hospital removed an air-conditioner from an operation theatre of the hospital and now it is fitted at Civil Surgeon, Dr Yashpal Singla’s residence in Patiala.

Workshop on anchoring from July 12
Amritsar, July 3
Famous Guinness world record holder in anchoring shows around the world, Mr Aftab, will hold three workshops of 15-days duration in the holy city starting from July 12.


Driving licence to dead: DC for action against DTO
Bathinda, July 3
Following a probe into complaints of issue of driving licences to dead, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Bhandari has recommended action against five employees of the District Transport office, including the then DTO and the ADTO.


A safe haven for land grabbers!
Pathankot, July 3
Pathankot has become a safe haven for land grabbers. The grabbers, allegedly having nexus with the politicians, have become so powerful that officials concerned never dare to take action against them.

Murderers’ gang busted
Batala, July 3
The Batala police achieved a major success when it busted a gang of murderers and snatchers, including a woman named Ratti, who was a proclaimed offender. The police recovered gold ornaments weighing 23 tolas, silver ornaments weighing 25 tolas and eight wrist watches.

Sarpanch hurt in clash
Hoshiarpur, July 3
The ongoing dispute between the two groups, one led by Mr Naginder Singh, sarpanch, and the other by his opponent Harjinder Singh, over the construction of a sewerage chamber before the house of the latter at Nainowal Vaid village of this district took a new turn when some persons assaulted the sarpanch with sharp-edged weapons while he was going on his motor cycle to his village after closing his shop from Adda Saran at about 6 p.m. last evening.

Bid to kidnap youth foiled
Abohar, July 3
Armed miscreants made an unsuccessful bid to kidnap a youth at Deewankhera village on the Abohar — Sriganganagar road here today.


PMET topper wants to be cardiologist
Mansa, July 3
Nishant Gupta, son of a doctor couple, has brought laurels to the city by topping not only the PMET, but also the medical entrance test for admission to private medical colleges in Karnataka.

Elementary teachers hold rally
Sangrur, July 3
Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, Punjab, today warned the Punjab Government that if it failed in issuing an advertisement with regard to regular recruitment of 6,000 unemployed elementary teachers, the members of the union would observe fast in front of the residences of the Punjab Cabinet ministers on July 9 and 10.

College team for UK festival
Tarn Taran, July 3
A nineteen- member ‘gidha’ and ‘Bhangra’ team of Sri Guru Angad Dev College , Khadoor Sahib, is leaving for the UK to take part in the International Musical Festival.


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