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Dullo gives Bathinda (Urban) charge to Amarinder’s son
Chandigarh, July 1
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committees president, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, today gave the charge of party affairs of various districts to recently appointed new vice-presidents and general secretaries of the PPCC.

BSP to go it alone in Punjab
Jalandhar, July 1
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said here today that the party would contest Assembly elections in Punjab on its own and it would have no alliance with any party.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati displays a booklet on reservation in Jalandhar Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati displays a booklet on reservation in Jalandhar on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Amarinder rules out early Assembly poll
Jalandhar, July 1
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today ruled out the possibility of early Assembly elections and said the poll would be held as scheduled in February next.

Campaign to get district status for Fazilka
Fazilka, July 1
The Zila Banao Sangharsh Samiti has launched a campaign to demand district status for Fazilka subdivision during a programme held at Shaheedon Ki Samadh Sabha at the border village, Asafwala, here, today.



Mr Joginder Singla, newly appointed treasurer of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), with PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo
Mr Joginder Singla, newly appointed treasurer of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), with PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo.

Senior BJP leader joins Congress
Abohar, July 1
Prem Kalra, a senior leader of the BJP, and president of the Nasha Virodhi Samiti, today joined the Congress. Working for the BJP for years together, he had unsuccessfully contested the last municipal election on the party ticket.

Mann sounds poll bugle
Mansa, July 1
The SAD (Amritsar) President, Mr Simranjeet Singh Mann, today said his party was geared up for the Assembly elections in the state and it could enter into an alliance with any party except the SAD-BJP and the Congress.

Ex-jathedar to appear before Akal Takht
Amritsar, July 1
Prof Darshan Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht, today offered to appear before Sikh clergy on certain conditions. He, however, decided to utilise this occasion to produce “sensational documentary proofs”, including audio recordings of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti that would “put both the Sikh clergy and Akali leadership in a fix”.                                          Prof Darshan Singh

Prof Darshan Singh

“Only 3 travel on Amritsar-Nankana bus on an average”
Chandigarh, July 1
Only three passengers on an average travel during each trip of the Amritsar- Nankana Sahib bus and only 14 passengers travel in the bus from Amritsar to Lahore. Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, Member of Parliament from this constituency, said various impediments were responsible for the lukewarm response from people.

Special Report
Strict law needed to deal with NRI marriages
Chandigarh, July 1
On June 21, the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women talked of the need for enacting a comprehensive legislation within the framework of Indian laws to tackle the problems related to NRI marriages.

World Bank to fund road project: Amarinder
Nawanshahr, July 1
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said a World Bank team had been apprised of the project of 1,100 km of roads in the state, for which it would give $ 325 million. He was addressing mediapersons after inaugurating a suvidha centre and a suvidha snacks counter, set up at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore, at the Deputy Commissioner office complex here.

Irate over poor result, villagers lock school
(Saheri) Ropar, July 1
In the second such incident in the district reportedly due to the poor result of Class VIII, villagers and members of the panchayat today locked Middle School, Saheri, near Morinda, about 18 km from here, as a mark of protest.


Quota no solution for uplift of SCs, BCs: federation
Sangrur, July 1
Reservation is not a solution for the uplift of the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Backward Classes (BCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs), as with caste-based reservation, the economically weak SCs, BCs and OBCs can not reach the desired goal.

BJP alleges false cases against party leaders
Pathankot, July 1
Local members of the BJP today threatened to launch an agitation alleging fabricated cases against its leaders. A former minister of the BJP, Mr Mohan Lal, at a press conference held here today, alleged that the party sarpanches were being harassed on the behest of local Congress leaders.

Mr Mohan Lal, a former BJP minister, along with Ms Nita Pathania, sarpanch of Donera village, show copies of an FIR registered against the latter, at a press conference in Pathankot on Saturday.
Mr Mohan Lal, a former BJP minister, along with Ms Nita Pathania, sarpanch of Donera village, show copies of an FIR registered against the latter, at a press conference in Pathankot

15 doctors found absent from duty
Sangrur, July 1
Out of a total of 20 doctors, about 15 doctors, were found absent from duty at about 8.10 am yesterday when a Vigilance team of the Punjab Health Department raided the local civil hospital.

Sold for Rs 800, Budhia is  now child prodigy
Patiala, July 1
Like Hollywood actor Jackie Chan, young Budhia Singh too was sold by his mother. Only the rates varied. Jackie Chan’s mother got $ 50 while Budhia was sold for just Rs 800.

Pak releases 20 fishermen
Amritsar, July 1
The Pakistan Government today released 20 fishermen at the Wagah joint check post here. They belonging to Gujarat and had inadvertently crossed to the Pakistani side due to a thunderstorm in sea.

Badal mourns Walia’s death
Chandigarh, July 1
The SAD president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and other former Akali ministers have expressed grief over the death of party’s senior leader Jagdish Singh Walia, former Chairman of Markfed from Batala.

Builder-official nexus alleged
Amritsar, July 1
The Majha Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front has alleged that revenue officials along with policemen and builders are cheating the residents by forcing them to sell their property at throwaway prices.


Lover kills woman
Patiala, July 1
A young woman, Geeta, was done to death with sharp-edged weapons, allegedly by her paramour in the Aman Nagar locality of this city yesterday. Geeta, who was admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital, died today and a case under Section 302, IPC, was registered this evening.


Tribune Impact
Acting Principal shifted for harassing martyr’s widow
Baghelewala (Moga), July 1
Taking serious note of the last week decision of the Baghelewala panchayat to lock Shaheed Zora Singh Government Senior Secondary School located in the village in protest, the state Education Department has transferred its acting Principal Ravindra Shukla with immediate effect.

Animated website by Pathankot boy
Gurdaspur, July 1
Don’t get surprised if you receive e-mails with moving text next time on your PC. Mayank Mahajan, a resident of Pathankot and 1st year student of Computer Science and Engineering of Guru Nanak Dev University, has made it possible. He has designed a website using six computer languages through which one can send moving message. While talking to The Tribune, Mayank said he had named his e-mail service as earthworm animated messaging service.

Mayank Mahajan
Mayank Mahajan

All set for PMET today
Chandigarh, July 1
Fortyone examination centres have been set up in Chandigarh to conduct the Punjab Medical Entrance Test tomorrow by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.


IT park planned at Banur
Rajpura, July 1
Dr IT Planets Limited, a name to reckon with in the field of information technology and IT-enabled services, is all set to convert Banur into an IT hub of the region. With a view to provide world-class IT education and research, the company will set up “Dr IT Planets Research and Technology Park” at Ramnagar (Banur) on the Chandigarh-Patiala highway.


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