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Darbar Sahib manager, two secretaries shifted
Panthic bodies oppose Akal Takht directive against Mann
Amritsar, July 3
A day after the unprecedented clash in the Golden Temple complex, the SGPC President, Mr Avtar Singh, today ordered the transfers of the Manager of Darbar Sahib and two secretaries along with ‘strict warning’ that would be filed in their service books, squarely blaming for the ‘sordid incident’.

Mann blames SGPC chief, Badal for hooliganism at Akal Takht
Ferozepore, July 3
Accusing the Sikh priests of acting in a partisan manner, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, SAD (Amritsar), stated he was being made a scapegoat under a well-thought out conspiracy hatched by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Avtar Singh, SGPC chief and a few others to humiliate him.

Sikh bodies decry Manji Sahib Diwan Hall incident
Amritsar, July 3
Various Sikh organisations and intellectuals today condemned yesterday’s ‘unfortunate’ incident in Manji Sahib Diwan Hall (Golden Temple) in which the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann and Shiromani Committee activists clashed and indulged in hooliganism.
Activists of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) burn an effigy of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann in Amritsar on Monday.
Activists of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) burn an effigy of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran


Paper leak: officials of 2 varsities trade charges
Chandigarh, July 3
Panjab University would be declaring results of the Punjab PMET examination within this week. This was decided at a joint meeting of PU Vice-Chancellor Prof K N Pathak and Baba Farid University VC Dr Ravinder Singh held here today.

Duggri villagers lock yet another school
Ropar, July 3
In a span of three days villagers today locked another government school in Duggri village, about 10 km from here because of its poor result of Class VIII and X.


Badal promises to waive farmers’ loans
Chandigarh, July 3
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today declared that his party would completely waive farmers' loans in Punjab if it was voted to power in the coming Assembly poll.

SAD-BJP dharna before DC’s office tomorrow
Abohar, July 3
BJP president Rajnath Singh and SAD (B) chief Parkash Singh Badal will lead a dharna outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner at Ferozepore on July 5. State BJP president Avinash Rai Khanna and other senior leaders will also join them.


Illegal sawmills throw norms to winds
Hoshiarpur, July 3
Closure notices issued by the Department of Forest notwithstanding, illegal sawmills continue to operate in the district with impunity. These mills operate from the Mukerian-Talwara road, near Talwara and in grave violation of the norms, most of these fall within 10 km of the protected forest area.

An illegal sawmill being run within the prohibited 10-km radius of forest land, near Talwara.
— Photo by Jangi
An illegal sawmill being run within the prohibited 10-km radius of forest land, near Talwara.

Jatha complains of poor lodging
Bathinda, July 3
Over 1,000 devotees today reached Takht Sri Damdama Sahib through a special train that would take them to the pilgrimage of all five takhts of Sikhs. However, much to their chagrin they didn’t find lodging and board arrangement at the takht up to the mark.

Rs 63.18 cr for development
Amritsar, July 3
The Punjab Government released Rs 63.18 crore for comprehensive development of the holy city here today.

INTUC to stage dharnas on July 5
Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab unit of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), the labour wing of the ruling Congress, will stage dharnas at all district headquarters on July 5 in protest against the state government's "indifferent" attitude towards its demands.

SGPC honours Kuldeep Nayyar
Amritsar, July 3
Veteran journalist Kuldeep Nayyar was among 10 persons honoured by the SGPC here yesterday.


Farmers gherao DC office, block rail traffic
Sangrur, July 3
Tension gripped the railway-level crossing area, near the local Police Line on Sangrur-Barnala road, as hundreds of activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) led by Mr Joginder Singh Ugrahan, state president of the union, blocked vehicular and rail traffic for about two hours by staging a dharna in support of their demands here this afternoon.

Farmers gherao DC’s office
Tarn Taran, July 3
Hundreds of activists of the Kisan Sangharash Committee and the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) gheraoed the office of the Deputy commissioner for hours together today as a results of which the normal functioning remained paralysed.


Probe ordered into milk plant losses
Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab Cooperation Minister, Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, has ordered an inquiry into the alleged fraud in the Mohali Milk Plant. The inquiry has been marked to the Additional Secretary, Cooperation.


4-yr-old sodomised, strangulated
Ropar, July 3
A four-year-old boy of Dashmesh Nagar was allegedly first sodomised and then strangulated to death here. The body of the boy, Aditya Dhanraj (Bilu), was recovered from a sewerage gutter near his house this evening.

Farm labourer dies under mysterious circumstances
Patiala, July 3
Nachhattar Singh, a farm labourer of Sher Majra village of this district, died under mysterious circumstances late last evening at the local Rajindra hospital where he was admitted on July 1.

Rs 1 lakh stolen from car
Hoshiarpur, July 3
Miscreants stole a bag containing Rs 1 lakh from a car (PB-54D-7700) at Mukerian today.

Family assaults police team, four booked
Tarn Taran, July 3
A police team headed by a Sub-Inspector was assaulted by members of a family at Pandori Sidhwan village last evening. A case under Sections 307, 332, 355, 186, 225 and 224, IPC, has been registered against the family. Besides Charanjit Singh, head of the family, the other accused were Baljit Kaur, his wife, and two of his sons, Jaskaran Singh and Ranjodh Singh.


Girls in a happy mood as Multani Mal Modi College reopened after summer vacations in Patiala on Monday.
Girls in a happy mood as Multani Mal Modi College reopened after summer vacations in Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Few takers for Rajiv Gandhi law varsity
Jalandhar centre for test cancelled
Patiala, July 3
Having Failed to have got enough applications for admission into first year of the five-year law course of the newly set up Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, the authorities concerned have reduced the number of its centres set up for taking entrance test from four to three.

School staff sore over non-payment of salaries
Batala, July 3
Resentment prevails among the teaching and non-teaching staff of the privately managed government aided schools in the state due to the non-payment of salaries since January 2006.

Sanskrit scholarships for 33 students
Patiala, July 3
In an attempt to improve the standard of Sanskrit language among college students, the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (deemed university), New Delhi, has awarded the post-matric sanskrit annual scholarships of Rs 1,750 to 33 students of the local Government Mohindra college.

175 ETT teachers join duty
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 3
All 175 ETT teachers, who were given appointment letters on Saturday by the ADC (D), joined their duties at 107 primary schools of the district. These teachers have been posted on regular basis and they will be employees of the Zila Parishad not of the government.

‘Implement pension gratuity scheme’
Amritsar, July 3
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has demanded that the government should implement the pension gratuity scheme of December 18, 1996.

PU results
Chandigarh, July 3
Panjab University has declared the results of BA III (hons), MA-I (geography), MA I and II (ancient Indian history culture and archaeology) examinations conducted in April/May 2006. The result gazettes will be available in the university enquiry office on July 4 from 11 a.m. on all working days except of the BA III (hons) result, which will be available on the university website:

248 GND varsity students get placement
Amritsar, July 3
As many as 248 students of Guru Nanak Dev University were offered jobs through campus placements by seven multinational IT companies.


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