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Vedanti behind bid to grab gurdwara: Dhumma
Amritsar, July 25
Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma, Jathedar, Damdami Taksal, Chowk Mehta, in a press conference here today alleged that the attempt to take forcible possession of Gurdwara Shahid Ganj, was done at the behest of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht.

Dullo to give fortnightly report on party, govt
Chandigarh, July 25
Performance and “winnability” will be the two overriding factors while determining the nomination of party candidates in the Assembly elections due to be held in 16 months’ time in Punjab.
    Shamsher Singh Dullo

Bibi moves HC against SGJC order
Chandigarh, July 25
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Bibi Jagir Kaur today filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the July 19 judgement of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission, removing her from the membership of the SGPC.

FIR registered in Rajwinder’s case
Chandigarh, July 25
Taking suo-motu congnizance of a Tribune report on the plight of 14-year-old Rajwinder of Mukerian, who was allegedly sold off and then forcibly married to a 32-year-old Bhan Singh, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission today marked an inquiry to the Deputy Commissioner of Hoshiarpur.




Railway parcel house has 30 tonnes of goods
Taxmen’s vigil outside railway station
Gurdaspur, July 25
Taxmen maintained vigil outside the Pathankot railway station for the third day today with none of the traders coming to collect their goods. About 30 tonnes of goods are lying in the parcel house of the railway station.

Wagah opened to Indo-Pak trade after gap of 50 yrs
Amritsar, July 25
Gates of the Wagah Joint Check Post were thrown open for Indo-Pakistan trade after a long gap of five decades even as the first ever consignment of garlic was exported to Pakistan by a trader here through the land route.


SAD to question Capt’s Dubai visit in Parliament
Hoshiarpur, July 25
The Shiromani Akali Dal will raise the issue of recent visits of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to Dubai without taking prior permission from the Union Ministry and to Dixcy Gurdwara in Canada in the coming session of Parliament.

Dhami for probe into financial matters of SGPC
Hoshiarpur, July 25
Mr Harcharanjit Singh Dhami, working president, of the Dal Khalsa, in a press statement issued here today said the recent decision of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission against the SGPC President was just a tip of the iceberg of the amount of corruption which was rampant in the management of Sikh institutions.


AIDS victim’s HIV+ widow deserted by in-laws
Gurdaspur, July 25
The life of Amarjit Kaur (name changed), a resident of a village in the Kalanaur area of the district, has become hell. She has contracted HIV from her husband who is now dead. To add to it, her in-laws have beaten and thrown her out of the house.

Self-help groups found to be fake
Legal action recommended
Bathinda, July 25
The district administration has recommended legal action against Teja Singh of Kalajhrani village and his aides for forming fake self-help groups to avail themselves of loan and subsidy.

Nagar panel rejects compromise formula
Phagwara, July 25
The Nagar Sudhar Sangharsh Committee,Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Tibbi,Wards No 9 and 26,this evening rejected compromise formula discussed earlier in the tripartite talks held by local SDM Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal with the representatives of the committee, Nagar Council authorities and councillors of the two wards.

Anganwadi workers protest outside Singla’s home
Bathinda, July 25
Activists of the Anganwadi Workers Union today protested outside the residence of Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla here demanding immediate reinstatement of two anganwadi workers whose work was withdrawn following rotten eatables scam in anganwadis.

Anganwadi workers protest outside Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla’s residence in favour of their demands in Bathinda on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Anganwadi workers protest outside Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla’s residence in favour of their demands in Bathinda

BJP against shifting of bus stand
Patiala, July 25
The city unit of the BJP today while condemning the move of authorities concerned to shift the local bus stand from its present location to the Patiala-Rajpura road said it would cause inconvenience to the residents apart from causing a huge loss to those, who were running their shops in the surrounding areas.


HC dismisses Punjab CM brother’s petition
Chandigarh, July 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed the petition filed by the brother of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. The petitioner, Mr Malwinder Singh, had challenged the April, 2004 order of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal by which it refused to hear the application filed by the petitioner.

Police remand for Hawara’s accomplices
Moga, July 25
The Moga police today produced two accomplices of Babbar Khalsa International chief Jagtar Singh Hawara in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Arunvir Vashisht in connection with a shootout case.

Helpers of ‘rapists’ in judicial custody
Kharar, July 25
A Kharar court today remanded two persons for helping alleged rapists in 14 days of judicial remand after turning down a petition filed by the Mohali police to extend their police remand.


Decision to renew firearms licences
Ferozepore, July 25
Despite that the ongoing CBI inquiry into the arms licence scandal which rocked this border district few years ago is still far from complete, the state government has decided to renew all those 27,188 firearms licences which are under the CBI scanner.

Good response to ‘Suvidha camp’
Nawanshahr, July 25
The district administration with a view to providing hassle-free services to people organised a ‘Lok Suvidha Camp’ at Kathgarh village, about 35 km, from here, on Saturday.


Rs 4.5 lakh looted from PSEB office
Bathinda, July 25
Armed robbers today struck at the Punjab State Electricity Board office on the Bhaagu road and took away about Rs 4.5 lakh cash and cheques worth about Rs 70,000 from the board’s cashiers in broad daylight.

Police officials talk to a boy who was playing nearby at the time of robbery in the PSEB office in Bathinda on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Police officials talk to a boy who was playing nearby at the time of robbery in the PSEB office in Bathinda

Sons murder father
Patiala, July 25
Hari Singh of Hardaspur village in the district, was murdered by his two sons for allegedly making repeated attempts to outrage the modesty of his daughters-in-law.

3 Bangladeshis held near border
Tarn Taran, July 25
Three Bangladeshi nationals were nabbed by the Border Security Force from Khemkaran sector on Saturday when they were trying to cross over to Pakistan from the Indian side.

13 arrested for gambling
Phagwara, July 25
The city and sadar police yesterday arrested 13 persons for gambling and recovered Rs 14,000 from them, according to DSP Navjot Singh.

Two gangs of vehicle lifters busted
Batala, July 25
The Batala Police has succeeded in busting two gangs of thieves and recovered two Maruti cars, 13 scooters, one gas kit, one TV and two mobile phones.

Four held in dowry case
Abohar, July 25
Four local residents, including two women, were taken into custody by the police in connection with a dowry case yesterday. Sources said the action was taken by the in charge of the Women Cell investigating a complaint registered at city police station, Sirsa on July 21.


Agitating teachers march to Matka Chowk
Chandigarh, July 25
Hundreds of teachers and other employees here today marched to Matka Chowk from the main bus stand under the banner of the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union to urge the Punjab Government to withdraw the directions given to the Education Department to phase out 95 per cent grant- in- aid to their schools.
Members of the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union hold a demonstration in Chandigarh
Members of the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union hold a demonstration in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

B. Pharmacy students being made to pay extra fee
Patiala, July 25
The confusion between the local Government Polytechnic College for Women and Punjab Technical University authorities over tuition fee is causing harassment to students of B.Pharmacy.


Abolish octroi, urge industrialists
Patiala, July 25
The Small-Scale Industries Association, Patiala, has urged the state government to abolish octroi by dubbing and create facilities so that the industry grew in the state. At a meeting held here today speakers said though the octroi had outlived its utility certain vested interests were advocating for its continuation.

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