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Badal defends Jagir Kaur
Indictment by gurdwara judicial commission
Jalandhar, July 24
Asserting that the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) was with SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal today said the Bibi could not be held responsible if some persons had failed in depositing of fees of their wards to the SGPC-run institutes.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal speaks with Mr S.N. Vinayak whose son, Major Kapil Vinayak, was killed during counter- insurgency operation in Kashmir last week, at his residence in Jalandhar Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal speaks with Mr S.N. Vinayak whose son, Major Kapil Vinayak, was killed during counter- insurgency operation in Kashmir last week, at his residence in Jalandhar on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Chandumajra counters Badal on Bibi issue
Sangrur, July 24
Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal), today asked Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal not to compare the defaulters of the government financial institutions with the defaulters of the “Guru ki golak”.

Ex-minister, SGPC-run college Principal trade charges
Amritsar, July 24
A former Akali minister, Mr Maheshinder Singh Grewal, and Principal of the SGPC-run medical college, Dr U.S. Dhaliwal, today crossed swords over alleged favours doled out to certain MBBS students and ‘misappropriations’ at the time of admission.

Monsoon helps generate 600 MW at Ranjit Sagar dam
Gurdaspur, July 24
The good monsoon has helped the PSEB authorities to generate optimum power at the Ranjit Sagar dam. For the first time since its construction the PSEB authorities have been able to operate all the four turbines of the dam and generate 600 MW power.

Emotional reunion, as Indian prisoner from Pakistan meets family.
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Fatehgarh Sahib



PSEB scheme to curb losses
Patiala, July 24
Perturbed over huge transmission losses, rampant theft of electricity and damage to transformers, the Punjab State Electricity Board management has initiated steps to put an effective check on the same.

Hawara’s case: questions yet unanswered
Ropar, July 24
Even after the interrogation of the main accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara, by the Delhi and Chandigarh police, there are many questions which still remain unanswered.

Punjabi becoming popular in Canada: writer
Chandigarh, July 24
Even heard of Chinese girls toping in Punjabi language examination? Probably not. But a miracle of sorts has happened. Alice Chu and Tania Chu, both girls of Chinese bloodline, have achieved the distinction and stood first and second in Punjabi language examination in University of British Columbia in Canada.

Sadhu Binning

Sadhu Binning

Divorce cases on the rise in Punjab
Chandigarh, July 24
This is one figure that Punjabis would like to forget at the earliest. The land of fertile soil, contributing maximum foodgrains to the national pool, could well be the land of most per capita divorces also. In the last few years, courts in various districts of Punjab have witnessed a sharp rise in the number of divorce cases.


Dullo to retain PPCC team
Ludhiana, July 24
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, said today that he would retain the existing team of the PPCC and also the district level office-bearers. He said for the time being he would assess their performances.

Govt ‘wasting money’ on foreign tours
Patiala, July 24
Dr Joginder Dyal, state secretary, CPI, Punjab, on Friday alleged that Congress government had failed on all fronts as its Chief Minister, ministers and MLAs had been wasting money meant for the welfare of people on their foreign tours.

BSP chief’s ultimatum to govt
Moga, July 24
Reacting sharply to an attempt to rape case being registered against one of his party leaders, the state Bahujan Samaj Party president, Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, on Friday gave an ultimatum to the state government to initiate a thorough probe into the matter and withdraw the “false case” registered against him.

6 Dal Khalsa men implicated, says Dhami
Amritsar, July 24
The Dal Khalsa has asked the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to stop police ‘terror’ unleashed on Sikhs for their ideological leanings. In a letter to the Chief Minister, president of the dal, Mr Harcharanjit Singh Dhami, expressed his anguish that the police had cracked downed on his organisation twice in four months.

Lack of ‘political will’ delaying SEZ in Amritsar
Amritsar, July 24
The lack of will on the part of the government is responsible for delaying of establishment of Rs 1,100 crore ‘Special Economic Zone’ in the holy city. Alleging this Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, BJP MP from Amritsar, today said that the state government was showing lack of political will by not acquiring land necessary for the establishment of the SEZ.


Artistes of the Little Thespian theatre group, Kolkata, perform “Shuturmurgh”, a play written by Gyandev Agnihotri and directed by S.M. Azhar Alam at the Central State Library in Patiala
Artistes of the Little Thespian theatre group, Kolkata, perform “Shuturmurgh”, a play written by Gyandev Agnihotri and directed by S.M. Azhar Alam at the Central State Library in Patiala on Sunday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Bikaner canal work: minister recommends probe
Abohar, July 24
Mr Narpat Singh Rajvi, Industries Minister, Rajasthan, has said he will recommend Ms Vasundhra Raje Scindia, Chief Minister of the state, to order a probe into the alleged digression in remodelling of the Bikaner Gang canal. The Rajasthan Government had paid
Rs 167 crore to the Irrigation Department, Punjab, for the project in this district.

Tension over possession of Gurdwara Shahid Ganj
Amritsar, July 24
Tension gripped the city following a bid by two warring factions to take possession of Gurdwara Shahid Ganj, B Block, where a Sikh-Nirankari clash had claimed the lives of 13 persons, belonging to Akhand Kirtani Jatha and Damdami Taksal, led by Bhai Fauja Singh on April 13, 1978.

Amritsar awaits tourist park
Chandigarh, July 24
Thanks to the indecision of the Punjab Government, Amritsar awaits a modern tourism park which was expected to transform the infrastructure and encourage the influx of tourists to the historic city. The proposal has been in the pipeline for more than three years now, said sources.

Heritage Patiala artistes excel in UK
Patiala, July 24
Endowed with enthusiasm and aesthetic versatility, 43 artistes of the Heritage Patiala excelled in the 59th International Musical Eisteddfod festival held at Llangollen in Wales (UK).

Kharar to have modern press room
Kharar, July 24
Punjab Chief Parliamentary Secretary for Sports and Youth Services Welfare Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi has announced to set up a modern press room in Kharar. While the Kharar Municipal Council will provide a piece of land, the state government will provide ultra-modern requisite infrastructure like telephone, fax, computer, printer, scanner, Internet, furniture, etc, besides raising the building, on the pattern of one recently opened at Chief Minister’s Office in Chandigarh.

4,000 delegates to attend IMA conference
Barnala, July 24
Nearly 4000 delegates from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Egypt, Italy, Singapore and India will take part in the 39th Annual National Academic Conference of the Indian Medical Association ACADIMA-2005.

CDPOs lock horns with anganwadi workers
Bathinda, July 24
The issue of rotten eatables has put the CDPOs and supervisors of anganwadi centres at loggerheads with anganwadi workers. In a statement released here on Friday, the CDPOs and supervisors have made it clear that if the anganwadi workers, who “misbehave” with higher staff, were not dealt with strictly they would stop the supervision of anganwadi centres.

Govt drive to help SC youth
Chandigarh, July 24
To provide self employment to Scheduled Caste youth, the Punjab Government has launched a special campaign to provide land for shops and sites for booths in the first phase. During second phase, financial assistance will be provided to them to construct the shops.

Hike in sewerage rates flayed
Bathinda, July 24
The CPI has condemned what it termed “abnormal enhanced rates” of sewerage and water supply in the city. The CPI (City) secretary Mr J.S. Ghai, described the state government’s decision as undemocratic.


4 cotton mandis to get funds for makeover
Chandigarh, July 24
Cotton growers in the region will now have a better platform for selling their produce in the otherwise competitive market. This is possible as four more cotton mandis at Abohar, Bathinda, Gidderbaha and Kotkapura were sanctioned grants for the upgradation of infrastructure by the Technology Mission on Cotton, Union Ministry of Textiles, at a meeting held in Mumbai last week.


Animal Husbandry Dept to recruit 600 docs
Amritsar, July 24
The visit of Mr D.S. Bains, Secretary, Animal husbandry, Fish and Diary Development, here yesterday provided an opportunity to the employees of the department to vent their grievances.

Pollution board’s warning
Chandigarh, July 24
In a move to check the menace of industrial units running in residential and even commercial areas, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has asked all Punjab entrepreneurs to shift their industrial units to designated industrial areas from non-designated areas by September 30.

Municipal poll soon
Chandigarh, July 24
The State Election Commission, Punjab, has said the general elections of 26 municipal committees and nagar panchayats would be held soon after consulting the state government.


Widow kills sons to marry paramour
Bathinda, July 24
In a shocking incident, a widow has been booked for killing her two children four days after her husband’s death. She murdered her sons reportedly to get married to her paramour.

10 murdered over illicit relations in a month
Bathinda, July 24
The case of a woman killing her two children five days after her husband’s death only to marry her paramour is a bizarre one. In most of the cases husbands killed their wives. There has been a case where a son killed his mother and her paramour.

Mother poisons 3 minor sons, dies
Sangrur, July 24
Suman, a mother of three children, yesterday administered some poisonous substance to her three minor sons, Sunny, Mani and Rahul. Later, she also consumed poisonous substance with the intention to kill herself and the children in one go at Dhanaula village (near Barnala) about 30 km from here.

Class VII student gangraped
Tarn Taran, July 24
A Class VII student (13) was allegedly gangraped at Pandori Ran Singh village, 10 km from here, yesterday. A case under Sections 363, 366 and 376, IPC, has been registered by the Chabal police against five youths of the same village.

Five thieves nabbed with silver idols
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 24
The police has arrested five thieves and recovered goods and silver idols from them. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, said the Sirhind police had erected a naka at Brahman Majra, near railway crossing, and signalled to stop a three-wheeler tempo loaded with household goods.


Same marks in PMET twice!
Amritsar, July 24
In a coincidence a candidate, Suhel Pal Singh, alias Ankur, (Roll No. 425091), has secured same marks in PMET-2005 re-conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University on June 30 as he had got in the earlier exam conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

Parents allege fraud in admissions
Patiala, July 24
Parents of 64 candidates invited for admission by the Mody Institute of Technology and Science, Lakshmangarh, Rajasthan, have alleged fraud in the admission to the B. Tech programme.

Unemployed teachers protest
Patiala, July 24
On a call given by the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, various teachers unions, along with other organisations and the family members of protesting teachers, held a rally near the residence of the Chief Minister amidst the heavy cordon the police here today.

Need to check criminalisation of politics stressed
Barnala, July 24
Criminalised politics in India is even more dreadful and dangerous than Aids. Politics sans principles becomes the basis of criminalisation. The irony is that there are no statesmen, but there are only politicians in our present polity.

Vanamahotasava inaugurated at KV-I
Bathinda, July 24
To augment the green cover in the cantonment area, a Vanamahotsava was inaugurated at Kendriya Vidyalaya-I here on Friday. The Chetak Corps has launched this initiative to make Bathinda station one with a balance ecosystem and a role model for the country.


Threat to wind up small pharmaceutical units
Chandigarh, July 24
Accusing the union government of conspiring with bigger and multinational pharmaceutical companies to wipe off small scale units, as many as 7,000 pharmaceutical units, have threatened to close their units and hand over the keys to the Prime Minister next month.

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