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Christians seek share in power
Ludhiana, July 22
Christians in Punjab have demanded their share in political power in the state. Addre- ssing a rally here today, the leaders of the community asserted that the Christians could tilt the balance in at least 28 Assembly segments in the state.
PCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo and the Moderate of Church of North India, Bishop Joel V. Mal, at a Christian rally in Ludhiana on Saturday.
PCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo and the Moderate of Church of North India, Bishop Joel V. Mal, at a Christian rally in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Uma’s party keen on alliance with SAD
Chandigarh, July 22
The arrival of Uma Bharti’s Bharatiya Janshakti Party in Punjab has put the state unit of the BJP, the erstwhile party of the “Sadhvi”, in a quandary.

Official ‘denied’ benefits in pension
Chandigarh, July 22
Mr Sukhminder Singh Bains, who retired as Assistant Labour Commissioner, Punjab, is a dejected man because the state government has denied him the benefits of an ex-serviceman in his pension.

Man alleges police torture; SSP orders inquiry
Moga, July 22
On Friday night, certain policemen posted at the Kot Isse Khan thana in this district allegedly not only beat up Karaj Singh of Masita village but also gave him electric shocks.



Inter-state gang of vehicle-lifters busted, 13 cars recovered
Bathinda, July 22
The police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of vehicle-lifters and recovered 13 cars and a bike from the possession of four of its arrested members. Addressing a press conference here, Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, said the police had received a tip-off that a gang of vehicle-lifters was duping people of their hard-earned money by selling them vehicles stolen from various parts of Punjab as well as its neighbouring states.
Members of a gang of vehicle-lifters in police custody in Bathinda on Saturday. Vehicles recovered from them are also seen in the picture.
Members of a gang of vehicle-lifters in police custody in Bathinda on Saturday. Vehicles recovered from them are also seen in the picture. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

No grant for aided schools, staff sans salaries
Chandigarh, July 22
For the past seven months, the Punjab Government has not released the 95 per cent grant to government-aided private schools and has thus denied salaries to the teaching and non-teaching staff. There are nearly 9,000 teachers and other employees in about 480 such schools.


Raninder lashes out at Akalis
Bathinda, July 22
Lashing out at Akalis for turning a blind eye to public issues when in power, the Congress general-secretary, Mr Raninder Singh, today urged people to foil the bid of “Ali Baba and his gang” to return to power and vote for the Congress for peace and prosperity in Punjab.

Senior ministers lambast Badal
Chandigarh, July 22
Taking an exception to the statement of SAD President Parkash Singh Badal on the “Tainted Congress ministers” which appeared in various newspapers today, the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, the Public Works Minister, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, and all other senior ministers described Mr Badal as a “fountain head of corruption”.

Pandemonium at BJP meeting
Hoshiarpur, July 22
Factionalism in the Punjab BJP came to the fore when supporters of Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP and BJP chief Punjab, did not allow Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, a senior leader of the Punjab unit of the BJP, to complete his speech at a meeting of the state executive of the party at Garhshankar, 40 km. from here yesterday.

Congress councillor joins SAD
Patiala, July 22
The ruling Congress suffered a jolt when a former President of the erstwhile Patiala Municipal Committee and sitting Congress municipal councillor, Mr Sohan Lal Jalota, joined the Shiromani Akali Dal in the presence of SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and other senior Akali leaders.


Gastroenteritis hits Nakodar, 4 dead
Phillaur July 22
A woman, Chand Rani, died in Nakodar due to gastroenteritis today, taking the toll to four, while more than 200 persons were affected by the disease .

J&K Govt stand discriminatory: Ahmadiyyas
Gurdaspur July 22
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of India has alleged discrimination by the Jammu and Kashmir Government. They have alleged that while in India the Ahmadiyyas are considered part of the Muslim community, the Jammu and Kashmir Government was treating them as non-Muslims.


Warrants against truckers’ leader
Ropar, July 22
The Ropar police today procured production warrants against Mr Magar Singh, president of a faction of the Ropar Truck Operators Union, in a case of embezzlement of Rs 10.79 lakh from the Ropar Cooperative Truck Operator Goods Carrier Transport Society.


Ultrasound centre sealed, doc booked
Nawanshahr, July 22
As part of the ongoing massive drive against female foeticide, The district administration in collaboration with the district-level NGO UPKAR conducted a sting operation at a private hospital at Banga town today and sealed an ultrasound scan centre and initiated action against the doctor for allegedly accepting Rs 8000/- for conducting an MTP.

Murder case cracked, 3 held
Faridkot, July 22
The Faridkot police today claimed to have cracked a blind murder case, in which a schoolboy was murdered, with the arrest of three persons.

Man shoots father-in-law
Amritsar, July 22
Sukhbir Singh, a resident of Kashmir Avenue here, was shot dead by his son-in-law Davinder Singh of Mall Mandi here today when he had gone there to resolve differences between his daughter and son-in-law.

NRI among 3 killed in mishap
Amritsar, July 22
An NRI, Harpal Singh, died along with two of his relatives in a mishap when their Tata Sumo (HR-01-E-1123) collided head on with a tanker (PB-11-AD-9313), coming from the wrong side in the wee hours of today.

35 kg opium found
Pathankot July 22
The local police found 35 kg opium in a truck in wee hours today .

Another murder in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, July 22
The city residents continue to be proved as sitting ducks for criminals as a 65-year-old woman was murdered and her house robbed late this evening in block-C of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.


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