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Judgement reserved in SAD MPs’ case
Chandigarh, July 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved its judgement on the issue of maintainability of the petition filed by Shiromani Akali Dal MPs led by former Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, seeking a probe by Central Government agencies into the alleged Punjab Intranet scam.

Infected wheat used in Mid-day Meal Scheme
Bathinda, July 16
Just when the dust was settling down on the issue of rotten eatables at anganwadis, an incident at Jassi Po Wali village has raised a question mark over the quality of wheat being supplied to some schools of the district under the Mid-day Meal scheme. A doctor extracts a foreign item from the throat of Indu Kaur at Civil Hospital, Bathinda, on Saturday.
A doctor extracts a foreign item from the throat of Indu Kaur at Civil Hospital, Bathinda, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

UK law firm to contest turban case
Chandigarh, July 16
Dr M.S. Rahi, an advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, said here today that a Bristol-based firm of lawyers had been engaged to contest the turban case in the European Court of Human Right at Strasbourg (France).




Tehelka witness alleges receiving threats
Patiala, July 16
Prime witness in the Tehelka scam, Mr Mathews Samuel, today added a new twist to the case by claiming that he had been approached and even threatened by certain senior army officers to depose in favour of the accused.

Three Hawara accomplices held
Khanna, July 16
The Fatehgarh Sahib police has arrested three alleged accomplices of Jagtar Singh Hawara, who had allegedly planned to kill former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal.


Govt shuts eyes to erosion by Beas
Dhilwan (Kapurthala), July 16
Residents of a number of villages situated on the banks of the Beas are up in arms against the state government as no efforts have been made to save their land from erosion due to change in the course of the river.

A view of the Beas, near Dhilwan, where the distance between the river and the Dhussi bundh has been reduced to 20 feet. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

A view of the Beas, near Dhilwan, where the distance between the river and the Dhussi bundh has been reduced to 20 feet.

Harike beset with problems
Harike, July 16
A visitor entering the Harike aviary sanctuary these days may not find a single bird, fish or any other peculiar animal but will certainly be able to watch plenty of grazing animals, pigs, tall grass and vast patches of water hyacinth floating on the dirty waters stretching up to 86 sq km of this North India’s largest wetland.

Hyacinth floats in Harike waters, posing risk to the biodiversity of the wetland. — A Tribune photograph
Hyacinth floats in Harike waters, posing risk to the biodiversity of the wetland.

No sulking in PSHRC, says secretary
Chandigarh, July 16
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has refuted a news-item published in The Tribune headlined ‘PSHRC members sulking’ on July 10.

Wall demolition leads to tension
Abohar, July 16
SDM Jaskiran Singh and DSP Narinderpal Singh were expected to send their reports to the DC and the SSP, Ferozepore, on Sunday through special messengers regarding the role of the Executive Officer (EO) and Sanitary Inspectors of the local Municipal Council in the demolition of boundary wall of privately owned Shyam Vihar Colony last evening, which could have led to communal riots, sources said.

Suspected gastro cases in Basti area
Jalandhar, July 16
Gastroenteritis has reportedly gripped some localities in the Basti area due to the alleged supply of contaminated drinking water, even as, the health authorities vehemently denied this and said not even a single case of gastroenteritis had been reported from any part of the city so far.

Dalit alleges police torture
Sangrur, July 16
A case of alleged torture of a Dalit youth, Surjit Singh of Kotdoona village, near Dhanaula, by the police came to light when he was admitted to the local Civil Hospital today.

Passengers escape unhurt in mishap
Phagwara, July 16
The passengers of the 2926 Dn Amritsar- Bandra Paschim Express (Delux) had a providential escape today when the train had a mishap with a truck at the Mehtan village level crossing on the outskirts of Phagwara on the Jalandhar-Phagwara railway track.

Raising day celebrations conclude
Abohar, July 16
The 35th raising day celebrations of the Sudershan Chakra Division concluded here today with a dare-devil motor cycle performance by the Army Signal Corps.

5 days on, no trace of two boat tragedy victims
Ferozepore, July 16
Even though five days have passed, the bodies of the two persons, including a woman, who were among 12 persons swallowed by the Sutlej on the evening of July 11 in one of worst-ever boat tragedies in the district, have still not been traced.

Ban orders imposed
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 16
To ensure the safety of life and property of the residents of the district, Ms Jaspreet Talwar, District Magistrate, through an order issued under Section 144 here has made it mandatory for all landlords to give the lists of their tenents to the nearest police station. In another order, the District Magistrate has banned the open sale of 106 medicines without the prescription of Registered Medical Practitioner so that the menace of drug abuse could be controlled.

Martyrs memorial parks to be set up
Pathankot, July 16
Mr Vinod Khanna, local MP, today announced that a park would be set up in the memory of martyrs in each constituency of Gurdaspur. A grant of Rs 15 lakh for each park would be given from the MP's local area development fund.

Vigil stepped up at Madhopur barrier
Pathankot, July 16
After the arrest of five terrorists in the Mendhar area of Poonch district in connection with the recent attack on the Ram Janmabhoomi complex in Ayodhya, checking of vehicles has been stepped up at the “entry point” of Jammu and Kashmir in Madhopur, near here.

Parivar youth burn Salman’s effigy
Phagwara, July16
Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), led by its district president Avtar Singh Mand, today burnt the effigy of Salman Khan at Gol Chowk on the G.T. Road and blocked vehicular traffic.

MLAs’ Australia visit delayed
Chandigarh, July 16
The visit of a group of legislators of Punjab to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong has been delayed because of the unavailability of air reservations.


Farmers protest against hike in petrol price
Amritsar, July 16
A large number of farmers belonging to various organisations, including Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Bhartiya Kisan Union, Punjab Kisan Sabha and All-India Kirti Kisan Sabha yesterday protested against the hike in petrol, diesel and electricity charges outside the SDM office here.


Nine Punjab IPS officers promoted
Chandigarh, July 16
The Punjab Government has cleared the promotion of nine IPS officers in the state. The promotions were pending for more than two months as the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) could not meet due to one reason or the other.

Gateman suspended
Phagwara July 16
The Railways authorities have suspended gateman Sateyi Lal and ordered a departmental inquiry into the Paschim Express mishap.


Murder comes to light after three years
Sangrur, July 16
The Lehra police has arrested two alleged killers of Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Haryau village, who was murdered about three years ago. One of the alleged killers is deceased’s step-brother Bhola Singh. He was arrested yesterday. Two other persons, including the wife of Bhola Singh, allegedly involved in the murder, are still at large.

11 injured in clash
Rajpura, July 16
Eleven persons, including four members of a family, were injured in a clash between two groups of residents of Dhakansu Majra village, near here, late last night.

Rs 71 lakh scam in Irrigation Dept
Chandigarh, July 16
A Rs 71 lakh scam has been unearthed in the Majitha division of the Punjab Irrigation department. It relates to the Upper Bari Doab Canal which supplies water to the Majha region.

Robbers’ gang busted; goods recovered
Nawanshahr, July 16
Mr Arun Pal Singh, SSP, in a press note issued her yesterday, claimed that a gang of robbers had been busted with the arrest of six of its members, including women.

Two booked for assault on Sub-Postmaster
Barnala, July 16
The Barnala police has booked two persons, Ved Prakash Chhabbra and Parmod Kumar, for allegedly manhandling the Sub-Postmaster at the main post office here recently.

2 women beaten up in gurdwara
Amritsar, July 16
Mr Surjit Singh, personal assistant of Dr Ratan Singh Ajnala, MP, today alleged that two women, who along with their children had gone to a local gurdwara in Ajnala, were beaten up by a manager and security persons of the gurdwara.

RMP killed in road mishap
Abohar, July 16
A Registered Medical Practitioner was crushed to death when an unidentified vehicle hit the scooter he was driving on Thursday.

Patwari held on graft charge
Gurdaspur, July 16
The local vigilance officials caught Prabod Kumar, a patwari posted at Kauntapur village, on the charge of accepting bribe. A trap was laid on complaint by Mr Chand, a resident of the village.

Senior manager of Markfed held
Kapurthala, July 16
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested a senior manager of Markfed, Chandigarh, on the charges of amassing wealth more than his known sources of income. According to sources, vigilance bureau officials from Kapurthala and Jalandhar arrested Mr S.P.S. Garewal from his residence in Ludhiana yesterday night.


BDS students to gherao VC’s office
Amritsar, July 16
The BDS students, who are desperately trying to get their case resolved regarding unusually high number of supplementaries, have blamed the Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University, Faridkot of not taking any action on the recommendations of a committee specially constituted for looking into the issue, despite a lapse of five days.

Compartment cases denied admissions
Amritsar, July 16
Students having compartment or re-appear cases in plus two (arts group) have been denied admissions to BA (Part I) by various universities of Punjab.

PMET counselling to ‘hit’ interests of SC candidates
Kharar, July 16
The Dr Ambedkar Bhalai Manch here has demanded proper implementation of the reservation policy during the PMET counselling for admission to the MBBS and BDS courses which begins on July 20.

5 students for young leaders’ meet
Ropar, July 16
Five students of the district have been given a chance to represent India on the international arena.


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