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SGPC meeting ends in fisticuffs

Patiala, July 25
Fracas erupted at an SGPC executive meeting held at Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib here today with members openly coming to fisticuffs. The police intervened to pacify the agitated members, many of whom lost their turbans in the melee.

Members of the SGPC task force attack a leader of Akhand Kirtani Jatha at Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib in Patiala where a meeting of SGPC executive committee was held on Tuesday.
Members of the SGPC task force attack a leader of Akhand Kirtani Jatha at Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib in Patiala where a meeting of SGPC executive committee was held on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Badal hails SC notice to CM
Nawanshahr, July 25
Claiming to have exposed corruption cases of the highest order in the present government, SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal has hailed the issuing of notices to the Punjab Government and the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in connection with a petition seeking registration of FIRs against his two ministers, a Chief Parliamentary Secretary and the PPCC president.

Foodgrains scam: 10 trucks impounded
Gurdaspur, July 25
The police today impounded 10 trucks from the Pathankot area in which FCI foodgrains were sent to Jammu and Kashmir. The drivers and owners of the trucks would now be questioned about the foodgrains they were to transport to FCI stores.



Court intervenes in minor’s rape case
FIR registered after 14 days
Chandigarh, July 25
The Punjab police have finally responded to the agony of the minor who was allegedly raped at gunpoint in Gobind Pura Papra village in Moonak on July 10. After sleeping over the matter for a fortnight, the Moonak police registered an FIR in the case yesterday but not until it had caught the attention of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Cong goes all out against drug abuse
Dullo exhorts all parties to join in anti-drug drive
Jalandhar, July 25
Grass-roots level drug de-addiction campaign of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) to be launched from August 31 at all block headquarters is likely to change the miserable life of thousands of those addicts, who wanted to shun drugs, but have failed to do so in the absence of any practical initiative and motivational approach at such a large scale so far.


SAD (B) backs truck operators
Ropar, July 25
The SAD (B) today came in support of truck operators who had been arrested by the Ropar police after they resorted to protest against Gujarat Ambuja Cement plant here in support of their demands.

SAD-BJP councillors boycott meeting
Sangrur, July 25
Along with certain independent councillors, almost all directly elected Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and BJP councillors of the urban local bodies (municipal councils and nagar panchayats) of this district today boycotted a meeting, which had been convened to elect nine members to the Sangrur District Planning Committee (DPC) from among directly elected councillors.


Peaceniks from France arrive in Amritsar
Amritsar, July 25
A three-member French team arrived here today after passing through various European and Asian countries covering a distance of 19,000 km.

Villages without potable water for 14 days
Hoshiarpur, July 25
Resentment prevails among residents of Majara Dhingrian, Chanthu Jattan and Paddi Khutti villages of Garhshankar sub division as they have not been getting potable water since July 12.

Scanty rainfall cripples state farm sector
Chandigarh, July 25
With rainfall being 33 per cent less than the normal during this monsoon season, Punjab agriculture sector is attacked on two fronts. Firstly, the cost of farms inputs is rising as farmers are using diesel-run engines to pump water and secondly the under ground water is depleting at a rate faster than usual.

Yatra had approval of Takht chief: Sangat chief
Amritsar, July 25
National president of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS) Gurcharn Singh Gill said the controversial ‘Sarb Sanjhi Gurbani Yatra’ was organised to mark quadricentennial celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib in March, 2004 after getting a ‘green signal’ from Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti Jathedar of Akal Takht.

Book on Operation Bluestar released
Chandigarh, July 25
Hardip Singh Dibdiba, a former personal assistant of Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode and a former Jatheder of Akal Takht, has written a book on the developments consequent to Operation Bluestar carried out by the Indian Army at the Golden Temple in June 1984.

Protest by MC staff
Rajpura, July 25
Employees of the municipal council (MC) today held a demonstration here today to protest against the decision of the Punjab Government to abolish octroi with effect from September 1 next.


Lawyers’ strike against forum judgement
Hoshiarpur, July 25
Members of the District Bar Association today observed a strike and demonstrated in front of the office of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum in protest against its judgement announced on July 4, 2006, in the case of Harbhajan Singh of village Khanoor versus Punjab State Electricity Board.


Senior forest officers resent postings
Chandigarh, July 25
There is resentment among a section of the state Forest Service Cadre officers of the Punjab Forest Department over the postings of certain junior officers as Divisional Forest Officers of territorial divisions, the main job of which is to conserve and promote forest cover.

Cooner given addl charge
Chandigarh, July 25
Dr P.P.S. Cooner, Director, Medical Research and Education, has been given additional charge of Director-Principal of the Punjab. Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar. Orders were issued in this regard today.


Assailants kill one, injure two
Pathankot, July 25
Three motorcycle-borne assailants killed a person and injured two others here this evening.

Reluctant pupil stages own kidnapping
Nangal, July 25
In a dramatic turn, Amarjit Singh (15), who was said to have been kidnapped by an unidentified person in a red Maruti van yesterday, returned home safely today.

Woman held for selling minor daughter
Batala July 25
The Qadian police has arrested a woman on the charge of selling off her minor daughter for Rs 25,000. The SSP, Batala, Mr L.K. Yadav, said the police had received a compliant from Mr Mohinder Singh, grandfather of 14-year-old Manpreet Kaur.

Doctor couple held for illegal abortion
Hoshiarpur, July 25
The police arrested Yog Raj of Railway Road, Adampur, Dr Rajeev Gupta and his wife Dr Harash Bala, owners of the local Gupta Nursing Home, last night under Sections 376, 212, 363 and 120 B of the IPC and Section 5 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.

Cops told to trace missing woman
Chandigarh, July 25
Acting on the recommendations of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), the Punjab Police has registered an FIR to probe the disappearance of a woman.

Mohindra College Principal attacked
Patiala, July 25
The Principal of Government Mohindra College, Mr Daljit Inder Singh Brar, was attacked with sharp-edged weapons when he was addressing students in the college this afternoon.

Quality education, research to be priority, says V-C
Amritsar, July 25
Academics, research and quality of education of international standards to the students would be given top priority. Dr. Jai Rup Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) stated this to the media here yesterday.

Vet varsity-London college collaboration
Chandigarh, July 25
The Programme Director, Distance Learning, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Dr Ayona Silva Fletcher, who visited Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University ( GADVASU), Ludhiana, has proposed a partnership involving the GADVASU and the UK Department of International Development and the British Council.

MA Pol. Sc. results
Chandigarh, July 25
Panjab University has declared the result of MA Political Science Part II and MA Political Science II semester and Gyani examinations conducted in April-May 2006.


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