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Tenure of delimitation panel extended
Centre to increase LS seats by 33 pc for women
Chandigarh, July 19
While the Union Government today announced to bring a new draft of the Women’s Reservation Bill proposing 33 per cent increase in the Lok Sabha seats, it has also extended the tenure of the Delimitation Commission of India, headed by Justice Kuldip Singh, by one year.

DGP Virk plays safe on Mann
Jalandhar, July 19
Mr S.S. Virk, Director-General of the Punjab Police, today took a virtual U-turn asserting that he had never accused the Shiromani Akali Dal (A) chief, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, of bringing money to India from his foreign-based contacts.

DGP S.S. Virk talks to mediapersons at PAP Complex in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

DGP S.S. Virk talks to mediapersons at PAP Complex in Jalandhar

Terrorists going hi-tech, infiltration bids unabated, says General
Pathankot, July 19
Frustrated at their decreased strength in the Kashmir valley, terrorist groups are making desperate and increased attempts to infiltrate. The attempts of the terrorists have, however, been effectively thwarted by the Indian Army.

Lieut-Gen Hari Prasad, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, along with parents of Late Lt. Triveni Singh after inaugurating a gate in the martyred officer’s memory in Pathankot

Lieut-Gen Hari Prasad, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, along with parents of Late Lt. Triveni Singh after inaugurating a gate in the martyred officer’s memory in Pathankot on Tuesday.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Hawara aides accept hand in attack on ashram
Ropar, July 19
Dharminder Singh, Amritpal and Sukhwinder, aides of the main accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara, were also involved in the bomb blast that took place in the ashram of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawale in Nurpurbedi a few months ago.

Listening to mentors cost Hawara dear
Chandigarh, July 19
In the first week of June this year, investigating agencies would have once again lost track of Jagtar Singh Hawara had he not paid heed to his mentors in Germany.

Curfew clamped on Gharsana
Abohar, July 19
The District Magistrate, Sriganganagar, Mr Kunji Lal Meena has clamped curfew on sub divisional town of Gharsana and the Rawla Mandi area. Mr Meena made the announcement at a hurriedly convened press conference at Gharsana this evening.

Spending to make CM inaccessible
Chandigarh, July 19
Swank settings akin to those in an office of a multinational company, teakwood doors that open only when fed with an electronic code and an obtrusive electronic-gadget based security umbrella.

17-year-old girl raped at anganwadi
Jalandhar, July 19
A 17-year-old daughter of a female worker at a aanganwadi centre in nearby Hirapur village was raped allegedly by a carpenter from the same village when the victim was working there in absence of her mother.

Haunted by past, tormented by present
Former hostages now victims of false promises, debts
Dehlan , July 19
Even after a year, Antaryami, truck driver, still shudders thinking about 42 days of his captivity when he, along with six other truckers, was taken as a hostage by Iraqi militants. Though he survived the ordeal yet he lost his passion for driving and has abstained from work since his release.

Antaryami with his father

Antaryami with his father


Better healthcare for Punjab prisoners in offing
Chandigarh, July 19
Punjab would do well to pay its prisoners better than the dismal Rs 12 a day it is now paying. It would also augur well for the state government to start caring for health, hygiene and welfare of the 15000 prisoners lodged in its 27 jails which have the capacity of just about 10,000.

Irked over ‘police inaction’, Cong, workers block GT road
Jalandhar July 19
Nearly 500 Congress workers and office-bearers, led by Maninderjit Singh Sikka, the state organiser of the Congress Sewa Dal, blocked the GT Road near local BSF chowk protesting against alleged failure of the Jalandhar police to arrest culprits, who, had attacked and injured Congress worker Charanjit Channi seriously at his BSF chowk residence, about three weeks ago.

Debt-ridden man disappears with family
Jandiala Guru (Amritsar), July 19
The disappearance of Mohinder Singh Bajaj and his family, who were caught in the vicious circle of debt trap continued to be shrouded in mystery. Finding it difficult to pay back various loans taken from unscrupulous moneylenders and from a bank, an ailing Mohinder Singh, who is in his late 70’s along with his family of two sons and grandchildren, had gone into hiding seven day’s ago without giving any clue.

Bir Devinder to skip grievances’ panel meeting
Ropar, July 19
The Kharar MLA and former Deputy Speaker, Punjab, Vidhan Sabha, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, today decided to stay away from the grievances’ committee meeting headed by the Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, to be held on July 22 at Mohali in the district.

Drain out water from villages: MLA
Muktsar, July 19
Akali Dal MLA Manpreet Singh Badal today demanded immediate draining out of water from a dozen villages in Muktsar district that have been flooded following rains. “Standing water is an invitation to an epidemic and the administration has failed to react to the emergency,” the Gidderbaha MLA said in a statement issued here.

Village Development Fund set up
Chandigarh, July 19
The Punjab Infrastructure Development Board and the state Finance Department joined hands to create a Village Development Fund of Rs 750 crore, here today. This money will be used to launch a scheme to provide civic amenities in villages.

Plots for poor SC families in villages
Chandigarh, July 19
The Punjab Government has launched a scheme to allot plots to Scheduled Castes families living below the poverty line in the rural areas. Under the scheme plots of 10 marlas (250 sq yd) will be allotted to poor Scheduled Castes families on panchayat land.

No shifting AC, says Civil Surgeon
Chandigarh, July 19
Reacting to a news-item “Operation theatre’s AC finds way to CS’ home” published in these columns on July 4, the Patiala Civil Surgeon, Dr Y.P. Singla, has clarified that no air conditioner was ever shifted from Nabha civil hospital’s mini operation theatre to his residence.

Free chest diseases check-up camp
Sangrur, July 19
A free chest diseases and TB check-up camp was today organised by the Nishkam Sewa Samiti at Sri Guru Ravidas Dharamshala at Dhuri. Dr Surinder Singla, Medical Officer-cum-In charge of the District TB Centre, Sangrur, was the key speaker at the camp.

Lions Club holds medical camp
Patiala, July 19
The Lions Club, Patiala Fort, in association with the State Bank of Patiala, organised a medical camp at Jasdev Singh Sandhu Public School, Kauli. According to the press note issued here today, as many as 250 students were examined for various dental and eye related ailments.

Blow horn, invite trouble
Phagwara, July 19
The traffic wing of the police launched its drive against pressure-horns, here, yesterday. Traffic in-charge Sucha Singh said as many as 200 pressure-horns were removed from buses outside the local bus stand. Even two-wheelers, using pressure-horns, were not spared.

Book colonisers, PUDA asks govt
Pathankot, July 19
After publication of a news item on July 6, “Hilly terrain being razed”, PUDA has swung into action and recommended to the Punjab Government to register criminal cases against the colonisers involved in carving up an illegal colony at Badhani village.

Anganwadi workers to hold protest
Bathinda, July 19
To protest against the withdrawal of work from two anganwadi workers, the Anganwadi Workers Union will stage a dharna in front of the Finance Minister Surinder Singla’s residence here on July 25.


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Member challenges wakf board dissolution
Chandigarh, July 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for July 29 on a petition filed by a Member of the now-dissolved Punjab Wakf Board. The Member, Mufti-ul-Rehman, has challenged the decision of the Punjab Government to dissolve the board, alleging that it was done only at the behest of the Chairperson, Ms Razia Sultana.


Octroi contractor, son booked on theft charge
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 19
The district police has registered a case against octroi contractor of the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib Municipal Council on a complaint of the manager of a courier company for allegedly stealing 10 mobile phones and other equipment from a packet at the octroi post.

Man booked for raping stepdaughter
Bathinda, July 19
Sonu Sharma has been booked for raping his stepdaughter here. The accused, who hails from Ludhiana, has absconded. Police sources said the father of the rape victim, Mr Ashok Kumar, had died in an accident when she was just a year old.

Mother kills 2 daughters, self
Amritsar, July 19
In a shocking incident, Amrik Kaur, wife of Gurmukh Singh Mokha of Bal village, killed her two daughters before committing suicide herself, while her son survived the fatal attempt.

No breakthrough in student murder case
Barnala, July 19
Even after five days of concerted efforts, police has failed to apprehend Gurmeet Singh, alias Kaala, main accused in July 14 clash between two groups near Railway Crossing here in which one student was killed and five others had sustained injuries.

Father runs away with son
Phagwara, July 19
The feud between a husband and his wife took an ugly turn today when the husband stormed into the house of his estranged wife living separately in her parents home, thrashed her and ran away with his 11 month-old son after snatching him from the mother.


Credibility of Baba Farid varsity dips
Bathinda: There is a question mark over the credibility of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, which has become merely a body for conducting examinations. The university had kindled a ray of hope for the educationally backward Malwa region.

Budha Dal students win NASA contest
Patiala, July 19
Students of Budha Dal Public School once again did the country proud by wining the 12th International Space Settlement Competition oganised by the Aeronautical Society of India at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Students and the Principal of Budha Dal Public School, Dr Amrit Aujla, celebrate the victory of their school team at the 12th International Space Settlement Competition organised by the Aeronautical Society of India at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Students and the Principal of Budha Dal Public School, Dr Amrit Aujla, celebrate the victory of their school team


Vegetable market lacks basic amenities
PATHANKOT: Poor sanitation coupled with the negligent and callous attitude of the authorities concerned have made life of city residents miserable. Big heaps of garbage lying in the new fruit and vegetable market developed near the railway station here exposes the poor functioning of the health and sanitation wings of the municipal council.

Mansa, Rampura Phul to have modern cotton markets
Kapurthala, July 19
The Technology Mission on Cotton, Government of India, has sanctioned projects of Modern Cotton Markets at Mansa and Rampura Phul at a cost of Rs 3.96 crore. Mr Sukhbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria, Chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, stated this here yesterday.

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