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Badal, Amarinder in court
SAD chief’s defamation suit against CM
Chandigarh, July 29
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appeared in a court here today in a defamation case against him by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Parkash Singh Badal.

SAD to move motion over MSP
Nankiana Sahib (Sangrur), July 29
Terming the increase of Rs 10 in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy as a “cruel joke” with farmers by the Union Government, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, secretary -general of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and an MP from Sangrur, said today the SAD would move a call attention motion in the Lok Sabha on July 31 against the meagre hike in the MSP of paddy.

Sangat has clarified its position to
Takht: head

Chandigarh, July 29
The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat said here today that it had clarified its position on various issues to the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, and a five-member committee set up by the Jathedar a long time ago.



MLA’s brother booked for opening fire
Rajasansi (Amritsar), July 29

The Amritsar police today booked Mr Harpinder Singh Gill, alias Rajan, younger brother of Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa , an MLA from Beas and Chairman of the Sewerage Board , Punjab, and Mr Harmanbir Singh Gill , S.P. (D), Tarn Taran, on charges of opening fire on Balkar Singh, a former sarpanch of Ball village, in an alleged inebriated condition, near here late last evening.
Family members of Balkar Singh show bullet marks which hit the rear window of his Maruti car when a brother of an MLA allegedly opened fire in an inebriated state in Rajasansi on Friday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Family members of Balkar Singh show bullet marks which hit the rear window of his Maruti car when a brother of an MLA allegedly opened fire in an inebriated state in Rajasansi on Friday.

Ex-DSP gets death for gunman’s murder
Ludhiana, July 29
A fast-track court here today awarded death sentence to a former DSP of the Punjab Police, Sher Singh of Khanna, in connection with the killing of his gunman, Kuldip Singh, by firing a shot from an AK-47 rifle, on August 16, 1999. Sher Singh was in a drunken state at that time.


Jalota in SAD working committee
Patiala, July 29
Former president of the Patiala Municipal Committee Sohan Lal Jalota, who recently left the Congress and joined the SAD, was inducted into the 51-member working committee of the SAD.


‘Woman’ cop shifted for ‘sex change’
Amritsar, July 29
A “woman” constable was immediately shifted from the women cell of high-security Central Jail following serious charges that she had allegedly underwent “plastic surgery” to change her sex to become a male.

Renal patient cries for help
Ropar, July 29
She had never imagined that one day all her near and dear ones would turn their back on her when she really needed their help.

Bhog of ultras: Mann justifies; Bitta flays cops
Chandigarh, July 29
The leader of the Shiromani Aklai Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today justified the holding of the bhog ceremonies of slain militants while a former Union Minister, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, blamed the Punjab Police for showing laxity in controlling the situation and allowing former militants a free run.

Vanamahotsava celebrated
Patiala, July 29
The Rotary Club (Patiala Greater), under the presidentship of Dr Ajay Gupta celebrated vanamahotsava and also started a ‘Green Patiala’ by planting saplings and medicinal plants in PUDA park in Urban Estate, Phase -II, here today.

Teej celebrated
Patiala, July 29
Staff and students of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Public School, Tripuri, celebrated Teej with much fanfare at the school’s premises here today. A student, Shiveti Gupta, was selected as the Teej queen.


4 hurt in jail clash
Amritsar, July 29
Four undertrials in high- security Central Jail were injured when two groups clashed here today. The injured were admitted to Civil Hospital.

3 of family booked
Tarn Taran, July 29
Three members of a family, all residents of Walipur village, 6 km from here, have been booked by the Verowal police.


Dharna at Govt Mohindra College
Patiala, July 29
The Joint Action Committee of Government Mohindra College staged a dharna for two periods on the college campus here today. Representatives of the Old Students Association (OSA) of the college also joined the protest.


Tax evasion detected
Malerkotla , July 29
The local Excise and Taxation Department has detected tax evasion involving lakhs of rupees.


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