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CM to seek cut in central taxes on petrol, diesel
Chandigarh, July 4
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who will be leaving for Delhi tomorrow to attend a meeting of the Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states, will urge the Union Government to cut excise and customs duty on petroleum products to bring down the prices of petrol and diesel.

Congress’s mass contact programme from July 15
Amritsar, July 4
With an eye on Assembly elections the Congress will start mass contact programme by organising a ‘rath yatra’ to 117 constituencies of the state from July 15 under the leadership of Mr Janardhan Dwivedi, in charge, Punjab affairs.
PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo (first from right) waves to party workers in Amritsar PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo (first from right) waves to party workers in Amritsar on Tuesday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

No ticket to tainted leaders: Dullo
Amritsar, July 4
Star campaigners of the Congress during Punjab Assembly elections will be Ms Sonia Gandhi, Mr Rahul Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh, President, Indian National Congress, her MP son and Prime Minister, respectively.





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Uma’s party to contest 15 seats in state
Chandigarh, July 4

With a promise to stem the rot in the political system, the newly-floated Bharatiya Janashakti Party of Uma Bharti today announced it would contest the February 2007 Punjab Assembly elections, fielding candidates in at least 15 of the 117 assembly constituencies.



Mr Vishwanath, organising secretary in charge of the northern region of the Bharatiya Janshakti Party, addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Tuesday. The state convener, Mr Pawan Valecha, is also seen. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Mr Vishwanath, organising secretary in charge of the northern region of the Bharatiya Janshakti Party, addresses a press conference in Chandigarh

Juvenile held for sodomy, murder of 4-year-old
Ropar, July 4
With the arrest of a 17-year-old juvenile, the police today claimed to have solved the brutal murder case of a four-year-old boy of Dashmesh Nagar who was strangulated to death after being sodomised.

NRI offers scholarships to Punjabi students
Chandigarh, July 4
This NRI comes back time and again to lend a helping hand to the needy that in the future may grow up to be the pride of Punjab. A small help at a time when it is most needed - as students without financial resources, has led to over 500 students from Punjab and other North Indian states grow into forces that will work for the improvement of society. The Sikh Human Development Foundation, Washington's scholarships have kindled many lives, including those of 127 students who have received scholarships during the 2005-6 academic year.

Dr Rajwant Singh
Dr Rajwant Singh





POLITICS

Badal raps PM for ignoring his home state
Jalandhar, July 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has rapped the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, for “ignoring” his home state Punjab and extending relief packages to other states like Maharashtra.

COMMUNITY

‘Dharam yudh morcha’ planned against SAD
Amritsar, July 4
The Sikh conclave held at Gurdwara Toot Sahib here today decided to launch “dharm yudh morcha” against the Shiromani Akali Dal even as it had tendered unconditional and unilateral apology for the clash held at Gurdwara Manji Sahib to mark quadricentennial celebrations of Akal Takht on July 2.

SGPC blamed for Golden Temple clash
Mohali, July 4
The SGPC is responsible for the clash that took place at a function organised in connection with the quadricentennial celebrations of the foundation of Akal Takht inside the Golden Temple complex on Sunday.

Commandos rushed to Ludhiana to check crime wave
Ludhiana, July 4
With the murder of a couple in the morning at Civil Lines and a daylight robbery in Jujhar Nagar today, the city seems to be sizzling more with the series of crimes than the hot weather.

Defence points finger at senior officers in GCM
Chandigarh, July 4
An ongoing General Court Martial of two army men at Ferozepore for reported loss of weapons and ammunition has generated a fresh controversy, with the defence alleging that the accused have been implicated to cover up alleged misdeeds of certain senior officers.

Panel chief flays leaders for exploiting BCs
Hoshiarpur, July 4
Mr Kehar Singh, President of Backward Classes Sangarsh Committee Punjab, in a press conference here today strongly criticised leaders of various political parties for exploiting Backward Classes (BC), but did not provide any benefit to them.

Bank employees decry transfer policy
Patiala, July 4
Employees of the State Bank of Patiala held a day-long dharna in front of the bank’s head office to protest against the management’s decision of implementing the policy of redeployment disregarding the 8th bipartite settlement.

Mazdoor Union gheraoes DC’s office
Amritsar, July 4
On a call of the Pendu Mazdoor Union, a large number of labourers, women and children today protested against the police inaction in the sensational case of beating up of a nine-month pregnant woman which had resulted in the killing of her child.

Badal’s convoy jumps lights
Jalandhar, July 4
The cavalcade of the SAD supremo jumped traffic lights at Guru Nanak Mission Chowk here at 9.20 p.m. His gun-totting SPG commandos jumped the red light and sped off towards Nakodar Chowk.

Mavi’s case sent back to CMO
Chandigarh, July 4
The Personnel Department, according to sources, has reservations with regard to give employment to Mr Nachhattar Singh Mavi, Secretary of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, on contract till further orders.

 
ADMINISTRATION

Arora appointed BBMB member
Chandigarh, July 4
The Government of India has appointed Anil Arora as Member Irrigation, Bhakra Beas Management Board. Besides the Chairman, there are two full-time members of the board — one to oversee irrigation related matters and the other for the electricity generation matters.

CRIME

Lovers commit suicide
Amritsar, July 4
A couple today committed suicide by jumping in front of a train near Jora Phatak here. They took the extreme step allegedly after the parents of the boy objected to their relationship and refused to solemnise their marriage.

Rs 2.27 lakh looted in two incidents
Amritsar, July 4
Two unidentified motorcyclist snatched Rs 1.27 lakh from Inderjit Singh, an employee of Pinjrapole Gaushala, while he was going to deposit the money in a bank. Inderjit Singh in his complaint stated that he was going to deposit the money in Allahabad Bank near Chowk Fuhara, near Golden Temple, here.

EDUCATION

School-heads in a fix over DEO’s letter
Sangrur, July 4
‘‘Send about 200 students along with some teachers from your school to see a play, ‘Neon Jarr’ to be staged at 7.30 pm on July 6 at War Heroes Stadium, Sangrur. In case, any school fails to send the students, disciplinary proceedings will be initiated against the Head of the school concerned.’’

Thapar institute gets new director
Patiala, July 4
Prof Abhijit Mukherjee, a renowned civil engineer, has taken over as the new Director of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology. Prof Mukherjee, before taking up this assignment, was working as a Professor in the Civil Engineering Department in the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

Quark adopts three schools
Kahnuwan (Gurdaspur) July 4
The Quark today adopted three rural schools in the Kahnuwan area. Chairman and CEO of the Quark City F. Fred Ebrahimi visited the area today with PWD Minister Pratap Singh Bajwa, who represents the constituency, and made an announcement in this regard.

DAV managing panel election
Hoshiarpur, July 4
On the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Deputy Commissioner conducted the election of the DAV College Managing Committee here yesterday. Mr Pritam Singh, SDM, who was the returning officer, said 39 of the 45 members of the committee participated in the election.

Counselling dates for JET
Amritsar, July 4
Guru Nanak Dev University will organise counselling for admission to B.Sc. (Hons School) in chemistry, physics, botany, human genetics and B.Sc. industrial microbiology on July 6 and 7 at Guru Nanak Bhawan Auditorium of the university here.

Student union threatens agitation
Patiala, July 4
The Punjab Student Union today held out a threat of an agitation if the alleged anti-student steps taken by the Punjabi University authorities were not taken back by it.

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