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India not to sign NPT: Pranab
Chandigarh, July 20
India will not sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty as it is "discriminatory and flawed," says the Union Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee. He was talking to reporters after the new chief of the Punjab Congress, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, took over, here today.

3 Hawara accomplices held from Nurpur Bedi
Anandpur Sahib, July 20

Three more aides of main accused of the Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara, were today arrested from Nurpur Bedi town of the district for providing shelter to Hawara and also for hatching a conspiracy with him. Aides of Hawara being taken to the court in Anandpur Sahib on Wednesday
Aides of Hawara being taken to the court in Anandpur Sahib on Wednesday.

1 held with RDX, human bomb belt
Muktsar, July 20
Continuing with its crackdown following the arrest of BKI chief Jagtar Singh Hawara, the police has arrested Jaswant Singh of Sohnewala village with RDX, a belt used for making human bomb, a six-volt battery, 145 cartridges of AK 47 and a magazine.

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib


  Khalsa Dal to defend Hawara in court
Chandigarh, July 20
The Shiromani Khalsa Dal, headed by Mr Daljit Singh Bittu, will defend Jagtar Singh Hawara and his accomplices in various courts.

Disqualification of Bibi: hearing today
Amritsar, July 20
A day after the disqualification of Bibi Jagir Kaur as SGPC chief for five years by the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission, employees of the Shiromani Committee today spent the day discussing the outcome of the order today.


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Canadian helpline goes off air
Chandigarh, July 20
One-and-a-half years of phenomenal success. Five hundred grievances of Canadian Punjabis redressed. Today, it’s a snapped connection. The helpline that served Punjabis hundreds of miles away from their homes lies defunct.

2 brothers face teachers’ ire
Allegedly beaten up because of mother’s profession
Bathinda, July 20
A teacher of the local Arya Model School reportedly thrashed a couple of students yesterday only because their mother was a dancer.

Akash and Tarun show injury marks after they were reportedly beaten up by their teachers at Arya Model School in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Akash and Tarun show injury marks after they were reportedly beaten up by their teachers at Arya Model School in Bathinda


SAD to raise Dubai issue in Parliament
Amritsar, July 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to raise in Parliament, the issue of the ‘secret visit’ of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh to Dubai. The SAD would also seek a high-level probe into the ‘hush hush’ visit.

Assets to be declared on AICC nod: CM
Chandigarh, July 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that he along with his Congress colleagues in the state would declare their assets when the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) asked for details. The AICC had not yet sought details, he clarified.

150 Taksal members join Ram Singh group
Amritsar, July 20
Nearly 150 activists of the Damdami Taksal headed by Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma yesterday joined the parallel Taksal headed by Baba Ram Singh.


No relaxation in curfew
Abohar, July 20
No relaxation in the curfew was given today at Gharsana, Rawla and Anoopgarh by the district authorities of Sriganganagar, neighbouring Abohar. The District Magistrate, Mr Kunji Lal Meena, decided to clamp a curfew on Anoopgarh located close to the Indo-Pak border with effect from 11 last night as the Kisan Mazdoor Beopari Sangharsh Samiti resolved to shift the venue of its protest rally from Gharsana to Anoopgarh following clashes with the police during the “chakka jam” agitation.

Post-mortem in presence of Magistrate
Jalandhar, July 20
Ruckus created by relatives and family members of a Kapurthala-based registered medical practioner (RMP) in front of Oxford Hospital late on Monday night after the death of the RMP under mysterious circumstances in the hospital during his treatment, took a new turn yesterday as the post-mortem examination of the body of the victim was today conducted by a three-member board of doctors in the presence of an Executive Magistrate.

3 Indian cyclists on world tour
Amritsar, July 20
Three Indians from the Society for Cancer in Oral Cavity Prevention through Education currently on a world tour on bicycles reached here yesterday.

Child dies of gastroenteritis, SMO denies
Phagwara, July 20
A one-and-half-year old girl, Deevanshi, today died of suspected gastroenteritis in the local Ratanpura mohalla. It was reported that the child started vomitting last night and was taken to a private hospital. She again vomitted today and could not be saved. Deevanshi was daughter of Kailash.

A mega centre for kids on the anvil
Mohali, July 20
A unique proposal for the setting up of a state-of-the-art children activity mega centre at Mohali has been forwarded by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to the Secretary, Housing and Urban Development for implementation.

Abandoned baby boy’s mother identified
Rajpura, July 20
Ten days after a baby boy was found abandoned along a causeway on a road linking Madanpur Chalehri village with the GT Road, the Rajpura police today identified an unmarried minor girl of Chalehi village as the mother of the infant.

Bank employees hold protest
Jalandhar, July 20
Protesting against any attempt of privatisation of banks, their mergers, disinvestment of their capital, the United Forum of Bank Unions held a massive demonstration in front of Dena Bank here today.

Son restored to mother
Phagwara, July 20
The police has arrested Neeraj Sharma and recovered from him his 11-month-old son Shivaye which he had kidnapped and restored the child to his mother, Madhu.

Red Cross Society to celebrate Teej
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
The district Red Cross Society would organise teej festival on August 8 at Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, said Mrs Jaspreet Talwar Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairperson District Red Cross Society. She was presiding over a meeting of officials in this regard.

SBP staff stage dharna
Patiala, July 20
More than 2,000 employees of the State Bank of Patiala staged a dharna in front of the head office of the bank here today.


Now hire tractor from coop society
Bathinda, July 20
Small and debt-ridden farmers of Malwa who couldn’t afford to buy a tractor would soon have one to plough their fields.


Water board’s warning to MC on pact
Abohar, July 20
The Punjab State Water Supply and Sewerage Board has warned the Municipal Council here against violating the agreement on maintenance of drinking water supply and sewerage disposal, sources said.

Lower stamp duty for women
Chandigarh, July 20
In a bid to encourage property transactions in favour of women, the Punjab Government has reduced stamp duty by 1 per cent on conveyance deeds or sale deeds of immovable property executed in their favour.

Ropar MC okays water, sewerage project
Ropar, July 20
The Ropar Municipal Council, at a general house meeting, today passed a project worth Rs 3 crore to provide water supply and sewerage system the city residents. The Municipal Council has to pay 20 per cent out of the total cost of the project while rest of the funds for the project would be given by the Punjab Government.

Ban orders
Ropar, July 20
The District Magistrate, Ropar, Mr H.I.S Garewal, today banned the assembly of five or more persons in periphery of the district secretariat. As per the order, without permission, no agitation or dharna by any organisation or institution would be allowed in the restricted areas.


Doctor held on molestation charge
Bathinda, July 20
A doctor has been arrested on the charge of molesting a woman who had come for treatment at his clinic in Talwandi Sabo today.

2 held for trucker’s murder
Kharar, July 20
The Kharar police today arrested two persons Hushan Lal and Gurdeep Singh, both residents of Fatehpur Machhiwara, on charges of murdering a truck driver in Kharar early this year.

Two die in assault cases
Hoshiarpur, July 20
Two cases of murder were reported at Tanda and Hariana police stations in Hoshiarpur district yesterday.

Man injures relatives
Rajpura, July 20
Two members of a Dhanksu Kalan-based family were allegedly attacked by their relative about 3 km from here this morning. The victims have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, with serious injuries.


Students scale house to reach school
Abohar, July 20
Students of a primary school at Balluana village, 7 km from here on the Abohar-Malout road, have been scaling a house adjacent to their institution for past 15 days to continue studies as the road leading to school has been submerged in water.

SDM ‘raids’ school
Kharar, July 20
The SDM Kharar today “raided” a private school building near the Civil Hospital here while he was on his way to the office after attending a blood donation camp.


Abolition of octroi: traders feel betrayed
Sangrur, July 20
Announcements, being made by the Punjab Chief Minister and other ministers, regarding the abolition of octroi in the state soon, seem to be a “lollipop”, being offered to traders of the state as on the one hand the Chief Minister and the ministers have been making statements, regarding the abolition of octroi, while on the other hand the Municipal Councils (MCs) in the state are issuing auction notices in newspapers for the collection of octroi on contract to private contractors.

Punjab to set up Investment Commission
Chandigarh, July 20
The Punjab Government has decided to set up a Punjab Investment Commission to boost investments in the state. A high-level meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was held here yesterday to attract investments to create a self-sustaining economy.

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