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30,000 Punjabis still ‘stranded’ in Lebanon
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 24
As many as 30,000 Punjabis were still stranded in Lebanon, claimed one of the evacu- ees who reached his Kalsian village near the last night. Un-remunerative forming was forcing Punjabi youth to countries like Lebanon, some of whom have Mrs Bachan Kaur (second from left), mother of Joginder Singh, at Kalsian village near Ahmedgarh.
Mrs Bachan Kaur (second from left), mother of Joginder Singh, at Kalsian village near Ahmedgarh. —  Photo by Mahesh Sharma
been evacuated by the Indian Embassy in that country.

Panthic bodies flay Vedanti for ‘secret meeting’
Amritsar, July 24
The “secret meeting” between Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, and senior BJP leaders in the presence of Shiromani Akali Dal supremo Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, here yesterday has evoked strong reactions in the Sikh circles.

3 Sikh high priests appointed
Amritsar, July 24
The SGPC appointed three high priests for Harmandar Sahib today. However, their installation, scheduled for July 31, was likely to be postponed since Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, was going to England.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Vigilance Bureau indicts Mandi Board officials
Chandigarh, July 24

Certain senior officials of the Punjab Mandi Board and a senior officer of the state government has been indicted by the Vigilance Bureau in a case of allotment of shops at the new grain market in Mansa.


Cong launches mass contact programme
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 24
The Congress launched its mass contact programme in the Sirhind constituency by organising a rally at Raipur Rali village in the district today.

Badal promises free education to poor
Gurdaspur, July 24
With the elections approaching it is time for making promises, notwithstanding the fact how much exaggerated they sound. At its district-level rally for Dalits held here, the SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, besides promising free electricity, today announced that if voted to power his party would ensure free education for all poor in the state.

SAD (A) to launch reform movement
Patiala, July 24
Mr Daljit Singh Bittu, senior vice-president, SAD (Amritsar), today announced that the Gurdwara Reform Movement would be launched from Fatehgarh Sahib on August 4 by his party with the support of like-minded parties to bring the gurdwaras out of the possession of the SAD president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.


Rajpura police station gheraoed
Beating up of Dalit boy
Rajpura, July 24
Demanding action against four persons allegedly involved in the beating up of a Dalit youth belonging to Ajror village, near here, irate villagers today gheraoed the Sadar Police Station.

Shop encroaches on road!
Pathankot July 24
The local Improvement Trust authorities are in fix over allowing “construction” of a shop right on the Dalhousie road. A structure was constructed overnight to avoid public attention. After public outrage, SDM Amarjeet Paul asked the authorities to explain the status of the building.

The shop which has come up right on the road in Pathankot. Photo by Jangi

The shop which has come up right on the road in Pathankot.

Bank staff lodge protest
Chandigarh, July 24
General category employees of the Punjab State Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank have lodged a written protest against what they term wrong allocation of posts between the general category and the reserved category of employees.

Lineman electrocuted
Hoshiarpur, July 24
Lineman Harneet Singh, a son of Harjinder Singh, Dhamian Khurd, was electrocuted while he was repairing electric wires on the pole near Ghorewaha in this district on Saturday.

Girl rescued
Ropar, July 24
A 15-year-old girl slipped into the Nangal hydel canal here this morning under mysterious circumstances. A Class X student of a school in Chandigarh, she was later rescued by local residents. TNS


Work suffers as DSSO posts lie vacant
Sangrur, July 24
The Social Security Department of the Punjab Government is an important one as it provides pensions to lakhs of aged, widowed, dependent and disabled persons. But it seems that in the eyes of the state government, this department is of little value.

Raids on ration depots
Fazilka, July 24
The flying squad of the Food and Supplies Department, has suspended supply to 41 ration depots in Ferozepore district due to irregularities found in raids conducted in the past two days.


Boy on way to market kidnapped
Nangal, July 24
Amarjit Singh (15) was today kidnapped by an unidentified person in a red Maruti van from near Khawaja temple in Raj Nagar here. The boy hails from Dukli village 2 km from Nangal town. He was abducted when he along with his two younger sisters was on the way to purchase fertiliser from the market. The police registered a case of kidnapping this evening.

Doctor trying illegal abortion arrested
Patiala, July 24
Dr Anjana Bindal, who was caught while allegedly trying to perform an illegal abortion, was today arrested by the Patiala police following a trap laid by the Patiala Civil Surgeon.

Truckers’ union chief held for fraud
Ropar, July 24
The President of the Punjab Truck Operators Union, Mr Tarlochan Singh, was today arrested by the Ropar police in a case of embezzlement of Rs 10.79 lakh from the Truck Operators Cooperative Society Ropar.

Four held for beating up IGP’s brother
Ropar, July 24
A brother of the Punjab IGP and OSD to the Bhaddal IET Chairman, Surinder Singh, was beaten up by four persons following an altercation after his vehicle collided with another vehicle yesterday.

2 murders in Majitha police district
Amritsar, July 24
Tarsem Singh, a resident of Buttar Kalan falling under Majitha police district, was killed by his brother- in- law Mastan Singh of Cheema Khurd and his friend Kanwaljit Singh with a sharp- edged weapon.


B.Ed Entrance Test results out
Chandigarh, July 24
The Panjab University (PU) has declared the result of Joint B.Ed. Entrance Test-2006 conducted on July 15, 2006, for admission to the colleges of education, affiliated to the Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.


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