trip: Sukhbir questions security implications
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.
destroying originality of historic gurdwaras
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.
varsities keen to collaborate with GND varsity
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
have been isolated in Canada: writer
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
school’s diktat to weld ‘kirpan’ with sheath
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.
failed on all fronts: Kanwaljit
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.
power a publicity stunt, says Badal
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
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
enrol NRIs as members
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.
among Batala councillors: Cong
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
by ‘minister’s men’, woman alleges police inaction
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.
chaos in Jalandhar
MC, police look the other way
Traffic chaos has virtually gripped Jalandhar in the absence of proper
traffic management at almost all vital points.
in town during protest against Divya Jyoti Sansthan
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
— Tribune photo by Iqbal Singh
finds high levels of toxicity in Punjab rivers
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
skips father-in-law’s ‘bhog’ in Patiala
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.
gets Order of British Columbia
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.
promote Dalits’ welfare in the offing
The Scheduled Caste community plans to constitute Dr Ambedkar Gyan
Jyoti Trust to protect the interests of the weaker sections in this
joint replacement surgery
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.
being charged from vehicles on military duty
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.
theatre’s AC finds way to CS’ home
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.
on anchoring from July 12
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.
licence to dead: DC for action against DTO
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
haven for land grabbers!
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.
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.
hurt in clash
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.
kidnap youth foiled
Armed miscreants made an unsuccessful bid to kidnap a youth at
Deewankhera village on the Abohar — Sriganganagar road here today.
topper wants to be cardiologist
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.
teachers hold rally
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.
team for UK festival
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.