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Gurmatta Withdrawal
Nandgarh, Samaj lodge protest with Vedanti

Amritsar, July 11

Even as Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Damdami Taksal chief Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa and senior Panthic leaders held a closed-door meeting with Jathedar of Akal Takht Joginder Singh Vedanti over withdrawing “Gurmatta” for holding a Sikh conclave at Ratia in Haryana, the Sant Samaj has convened a meeting at Damdama Sahib on July 19 to discuss the next course of action in the dera controversy.

HC rejects Chahal’s plea on CBI probe
No to seven-day advance arrest notice
Chandigarh, July 11
Rejecting BIS Chahal’s plea for handing over the investigations of a case against him to the CBI, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that the high-profile media adviser to Punjab’s former CM Amarinder Singh has not been able to establish a strong case for the issuance of seven-day advance notice to him before his arrest in any case.

Wings of police heads clipped
Chandigarh, July 11
Wide-ranging powers of various important wings of the Punjab police have been curtailed or “streamlined” after the SAD-BJP combine was voted to power.

Fatehgarh Sahib


State in resource mobilisation jam
Chandigarh, July 11
A well-intentioned proposal mooted in his first budget speech by finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal that employees, especially senior officers, should contribute voluntarily some money--- Rs 400 to Rs 1,000 yearly--- for the premium to be paid for providing free health insurance cover to all below-the-poverty line families, has not made the desired headway. The response to the proposal has been cold from a vast section of the employees.



JD (S) flays remarks on Sukhbir
Hoshiarpur, July 11
The Janata Dal (S) has condemned the recent statement of chief of Damdami Taksal Harnam Singh asking acting president of the SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal to get himself baptised if he wanted to continue to lead the Sikh community in general and the Panthic party in particular.

No political vendetta: Badal
New Delhi, July 11
Rejecting allegations of the Congress about political vendetta against its activists, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today that the state government had not filed cases against members of the opposition.


Case against Akali leaders sought
Dera follower cremated
Bathinda, July 11
Dera Sacha Sauda follower Sham Sunder Bansal, who died after setting himself afire to lodge his protest against the alleged harassment of followers of the sect by Akali leaders, was cremated at the local cremation ground amid tight security.

Dayal urges dera chief to settle issue
Chandigarh, July 11
Dr Joginder Dayal, member of the national executive of the CPI, here today urged the chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda to reciprocate in a positive manner to the decision taken by Giani Joginder Singh, Jathedar of Akal Takht, with regard to the cancellation of the Sikh convention at Ratia.

House of dera member torched
Bhagta Bhai Ka (Bathinda), July 11
The house of Dera Sacha Sauda follower Rajinder Pal was set on fire by miscreants here late last night. At the time of the incident all members of the family were sleeping on the roof.

SGPC warns staff against corruption
Amritsar, July 11
Strict action will be taken against those SGPC employees who are found indulging in corruption in any of the gurdwaras under its control.

BSNL staff strike work
Bathinda, July 11
Members of the Sanchar Nigam Executives Association, Bathinda SSA, comprising Bathinda and Mansa districts, today went on strike on a call by the joint forum of BSNL employees in protest against the adamant attitude of the Ministry of Telecommunication and the BSNL management for not issuing a purchase order for 45.5 million third generation mobile equipment.
BSNL employees hold a dharna in Jalandhar on Wednesday.
BSNL employees hold a dharna in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

4 gunmen of Dimpa allege torture in police remand
Amritsar, July 1
The four gunmen of former Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa at present in judicial custody in connection with the murder of an Akali worker on the eve of Beas Assembly elections, were allegedly tortured by the police during police remand.

IMA to petition Prez for ban
Bathinda, July 11
More than one million people die due to tobacco-related diseases in India every year and one-third of the total number of cases of tuberculosis pertain to smokers.

Cantt board workers hold protest
Amritsar, July 11
Members of the Cantonment Board Employees Union today held a protest against the Army authorities for its failure to provide any compensation to the victims of a bomb blast in the Army dump area last month. Four employees were injured, including two seriously, in the blast and one of the seriously injured had later succumbed to his injuries.

Students join weed eradication programme
Abohar, July 11
Hundreds of school students from various villages have joined the weed eradication campaign launched by the Agriculture Department to battle the mealy-bug menace. Meanwhile, after an on-the-spot survey by the Punjab Agricultural University, agro-scientists have recommended spraying of chloroperiphos, propenophos, acephate, quinalphos, sevin and thiodicarp on the affected plants.
Students join the weed eradication campaign to fight the mealy-bug menace in Abohar area.
Students join the weed eradication campaign to fight the mealy-bug menace in Abohar area.—Photo by Raj Sadosh

Drive to seize assets of drugs smugglers
Hoshiarpur, July 11
The district police has started a special campaign for confiscating the ill-gotten wealth of narcotics smugglers.

Stress on curbing population growth
Rajpura, July 11
A state-level seminar on World Population Day was organised at Holy Angels School here today. The seminar was presided over by Patiala deputy commissioner P.S. Grewal.

Computer literate cops honoured
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 11
Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences organised a prize distribution function to honour the police personnel who cleared a one-month computer training course hosted by the college.

Makkar to head college panel
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 11
In order to bring about more efficiency in the working of Mata Gujri College, the SGPC has constituted a management committee to oversee the affairs of the college. The committee would be headed by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar.

1dead as jeep rams into truck
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 11
One person was killed and four others seriously injured when a jeep rammed into a truck on National Highway No. 1, near Sadhugarh village, this afternoon.

Anganwari workers hold protest
Rajpura, July 11
The local unit of the Anganwari Workers’ Union held a protest in support of their demands here yesterday.

Mann mourns Shekhar’s death
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) yesterday mourned the death of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar.


SLP on interim bail to Amarinder in SC
HC directs Punjab to clarify

Chandigarh, July 11
Was there an attempt by the state of Punjab to mislead the Supreme Court in the special leave petition (SLP) filed by it against the orders granting interim bail to former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh? The Punjab and Haryana High Court will get an answer to the question on Monday when the investigation officer in the case files an affidavit.

Notice of motion on landlords’ plea
Chandigarh, July 11
A Division Bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Justice M.M Kumar and Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal, yesterday issued notice of motion for August 20 on a petition filed by landlords, who had let out their property to the tenants.The petitioners had challenged the validity of the provisions of section 65 (90a) of the finance Act 1994, where under service tax at the rate of 12.36 per cent has been levied with effect from June 1, 2007, on the rentals of such immovable property received by the landlords from the tenants.The Amritsar-based petitioner, R S Builder has challenged the constitutional validity on ground of Parliament power in imposing such tax.— TNS


Ashwani Kumar Dr Ashwani appointed Ayush director
Patiala, July 11
Fulfilling a long-pending demand of teachers of ayurvedic colleges, the government has designated Principal of the local Government Ayurvedic College Ashwani Kumar as director, Ayush, Punjab. Now, the ayurvedic colleges will no longer be under the director, Research and Medical Education (DRME), who is appointed from among senior allopathic doctors of medical colleges.

Licences for 5,651 wood-based units
Chandigarh, July 11 
The Punjab government has succeeded in getting the approval of the central empowered committee to issue licences to 5,651 wood-based industries in the state. 


Blackmailers’ gang busted, 1 arrested
Muktsar, July 11
With the arrest of one person, the city police has busted a gang involved in blackmailing residents of this district by employing a unique modus operandi.


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