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Disproportionate assets case against Badals
Prosecution files amended chargesheet

Ropar, July 4
In the much famous vigilance corruption case of disproportionate assets to known sources of income against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and members of his family, pending in the court of special judge G.S. Sran here, the prosecution filed amended chargesheet today.

Commuters face harassment

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal talks to mediapersons after appearing in a court at Rupnagar on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal talks to mediapersons after appearing in a court at Rupnagar on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Hooda, Badal meet on dera issue
Chandigarh, July 4
As the Dera Sacha Sauda issue continues to be on the boil, the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana met here this morning to discuss the law and order situation in this region in this regard.

Fatehgarh Sahib


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Don’t buy dera land: Admn
Patiala, July 4
District magistrate D.S. Grewal has issued a notification warning people against buying land belonging to deras and constructing houses on it. The notification states that mahants, who are managers of various deras legally, are not authorised to sell the land belonging to these.

Armed forces posts: State to get major share
Chandigarh, July 4
Punjabis will get the lion’s share in recruitment to two lakh vacancies in the three wings of the services.

SGPC book doesn’t recognise Baba Ala Singh as Sikh misl
Amritsar, July 4
The book, “Maharaja Ranjit Singh: Life & Struggle”, published by SGPC’s Sikh History Research Board, which refuses to recognise Baba Ala Singh as a Sikh warrior, is likely to create ripples in the Sikh circles. The book, authored by Kirpal Singh, a research scholar of the SGPC, also documented that Phulkian (of Baba Ala Singh) was never a “Sikh misl” as claimed by historians.

A picture of Baba Ala Singh
A picture of Baba Ala Singh




Security forces in Salabatpura schools
Students take lessons in the open
Salabatpura, July 4
The occupation of local senior secondary school by the paramilitary forces and Punjab police, which have been deployed in and around the village following the Dera Sacha Sauda controversy, has hit studies.

Case Against Akali Minister
Protesters lay siege to police station
Mansa, July 4
Activists of the Punjab Kisan Union and various Akali outfits laid a siege to the city police station here in protest against the registration of a criminal case against former Akali minister Baldev Singh Khiala allegedly on flimsy grounds. The protesters alleged that Khiala and others had been implicated in the false criminal case allegedly at the instance of local leaders belonging to the ruling alliance.

Panel may review cases against Akalis
Moga, July 4
A district-level review committee, formed by the administration following orders of the SAD-BJP government, may review 12 cases, mostly registered against Akalis during the previous Congress regime in this district.

Virk yet to be given chargesheet
Chandigarh, July 4
Has former Punjab DGP S.S. Virk been served with a chargesheet yet?

‘No books seized from gurdwara’
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 4
Following criticism from various radical Sikh factions regarding a raid on a gurdwara in Talwara village, from where the police allegedly took into possession several religious books, the police today denied the allegation and stated that no raid had been carried out on the gurdwara premises.

Harassment under PNDT Act: Punjab DGP orders probe
Cops, NGO trouble pregnant woman, midwife
Chandigarh, July 4
In their zeal to stem the ‘sex determination’ rot, personnel of police station Balachaur and some members of the Nawanshahr-based Upkar society have invited a high-level Punjab police inquiry. Taking note of the alleged harassment of a Dalit midwife and a pregnant woman, whom the police detained and interrogated without any written complaint, the DGP Punjab has marked the inquiry to DIG, Jalandhar Range Narenderpal Singh.

Widow for CBI probe into husband’s murder
Batala, July 4
Just 18 months after the murder of her husband, a distressed woman of Basrai village alleged that the police had framed her son for the death of his own father.

Balbir Kaur with her grandchildren Kamarjit Kaur and Saravpreet Singh in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
Balbir Kaur with her grandchildren Kamarjit Kaur and Saravpreet Singh in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Sultanpur Lodhi to be religious tourism spot
Chandigarh, July 4
The Punjab government today decided to develop Sultanpur Lodhi as a major global destination for religious tourism.

Protest against proposed community centre
Hoshiarpur, July 4
Despite heavy rain, Congress municipal councillors, tied a black cloth around their necks and went to the Municipal Office from the Clock Tower to attend the meeting of the council yesterday in protest against the proposed construction of a community centre in the 61-kanal and 5-marla municipal land located at Gautam Nagar on the Hoshiarpur-Una road .

Sacking of HIV-positive man
Glaxo denies charges
Chandigarh, July 4
Refuting allegations of termination levelled against them by HIV-positive Nek Khan, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH) has stated that the company did not discriminate in its employment practices against individuals with any medical condition, including HIV/AIDS. The company said it was “considering employing Nek Khan through a contractor”, as suggested by the labour inspector at Nabha.

Power board gets Rs 778 crore
Rajpura, July 4
Punjab minister for cooperatives Capt Kanwaljit Singh stated here yesterday that the state government has set aside Rs 778 crore for the upgradation of the transmission and distribution systems of the state electricity board.

Functioning of lok adalat reviewed
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 4
To review the functioning of the permanent lok adalat in the district, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of M.L. Malhotra, a retired district and sessions judge, here today.

Govt focus shifts to rural areas
Patiala, July 4
Punjab cooperation minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh said today that the rural population had shifted to urban areas during the past five years.

Banur resident does a ‘Veeru’
Banur, July 4
A resident of Bassi Haveli village, near here, climbed an electricity tower, alleging that the police had not taken action on his complaint for the past over two months.

Surinder Singh atop a tower in Banur on Wednesday. — Photo by J.S. Virdi
Surinder Singh atop a tower in Banur on Wednesday.

300 youths attend camp
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 4
More than 80 youths today approached government departments at a camp held today to avail of self-employment schemes being offered by the government. More than 300 youths attended the camp.

Sangat darshan held
Rajpura, July 4
The district civil and police administration organised a Sangat Darshan, here on Monday.

IT form discussed
Patiala, July 4
The Patiala branch of the Northern Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India held a seminar the new income tax form, here today.

Gupta is MC acting president
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 4
Councillor of Bassi Pathana Ramesh Gupta has taken over as acting president of the Bassi Pathana municipal council.

Cases of rape, dacoity on the rise
Chandigarh, July 4
Cases of rape, dacoity, theft and kidnapping have increased in Punjab in the past few months and director- general of police N.P.S. Aulakh expressed concern at this during the first crime review meeting today.

Corpn poll around Aug 10
Chandigarh, July 4
Elections to the municipal corporations in five cities of Punjab are likely to be conducted around August 10, said official sources.



HC defers hearing on Amarinder’s bail plea
Chandigarh, July 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today adjourned the hearing on the Punjab government’s plea regarding cancellation of interim anticipatory bail to former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to July 11. Justice R.S. Randhawa directed that the copy of the SLP filed by Punjab before the apex court, seeking cancellation of interim or other reliefs given to all Ludhiana City Centre case accused by the high court, be placed before him.

Verdict reserved on Chahal’s bail plea
Patiala, July 4
The Additional District and Sessions Judge today reserved the judgment on a bail application of B.I.S. Chahal, former media adviser to Capt Amarinder Singh, for July 6 in the Mercedes Benz case.

SAD(A) leader Bittu denied bail
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 4
The court of Additional Sessions Judge here today dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of senior vice-president of the of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Daljit Singh Bittu. Bittu was booked by the police on May 31 on charges of sedition after he along with some of his associates raised provocative slogans during a protest against Dera Sacha Sauda chief.


Rain cheers Moga farmers
Moga, July 4
About 38 mm rain spelt boon for paddy and cotton crops during the past 24 hours in the district.


Cop booked for stealing money
Pathankot, July 4
Greed during a search landed a cop in police net this morning. The incident occurred at Madhopur police barrier on the Pathankot-Jammu highway when constable Bachan Singh took away Rs 12,000 in cash from a truck while searching it.


Mukandpur college under GND varsity
Amritsar, July 4
Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, has become a constituent college of Guru Nanak Dev University. An MoU in this regard was signed by Dr R.S. Bawa, registrar of the university and G.S. Shergill on behalf of the college.


Bank signs MoU with UTI Mutual Fund
Patiala, July 4
The State Bank of Patiala has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UTI Mutual Fund.


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