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Mob attacks demolition squad

Amritsar, July 17
Two residents of the Dhapai Road locality here today threatened self-immolation in case the demolition squad, accompanied by a police team, acting under the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, did not return.

Residents of the Dhapai Road locality throw stones at the police and municipal corporation staff in Amritsar on Tuesday.
Residents of the Dhapai Road locality throw stones at the police and municipal corporation staff in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Cricket academy for Bathinda: Sukhbir
Chandigarh, July 17
Reflecting different moods at a meet-the-press programme at the Press Club here, Sukhbir Badal today denied reports that he was waiting to “become the Chief Minister,” said efforts were on to convince the third front on the candidature of B.S. Shekhawat, promised that urban development would be top priority and claimed that a cricket academy would be set up in Bathinda.

Two cops, scribe booked for extortion
Sangrur, July 17
The local police registered a case on the complaint of a local resident, Ajit Pal Singh, against two policemen and a journalist under Sections 7 and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Sections 384 (punishment for extortion) and 511 of the IPC.

One-time settlement scheme for ST arrears
Chandigarh, July 17
The Punjab government today announced a scheme for one-time settlement to clear sales tax arrears by trade and industry.

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Jain’s detention: CM was unaware of orders
Chandigarh, July 17
More than 24 hours after the Punjab police detained MLA from Moga Joginder Jain, it today realised the need to clarify that the action was taken at the behest of the central investigating agency.

Contempt Notice
Punjab issues modified notification
Chandigarh, July 17
The Punjab government has removed Category III and Category IV from clause 39 of the notification pertaining to admission to postgraduate degree and diploma medical programmes for the session 2007.

Boy thrashed by teacher for skipping school
Rajpura, July 17
A 14-year-old boy, Paramjit Singh, was hospitalised after his maths teacher mercilessly beat him up yesterday for having failed to attend school on Saturday.


Transport Unions
‘Follow pattern of southern states’
Bathinda, July 17
Charan Singh Lohara, president, All-India Motor Transport Congress, today urged motor transporters of the state to follow the pattern of transporters of southern states in the formation of transport unions.

Amritsar MC: Sidhu alleges billboard scam
Amritsar, July 17
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu has urged the state government to formulate an advertising and taxation policy for the municipal corporations in the state. He said this while talking to mediapersons here today as he had an inkling of a scam in the allotment of billboards sites by the Amritsar Municipal Corporation (AMC).

DFO’s MoU with wife’s NGO
Punjab govt sets new record: To allow DFOs to plant trees
Chandigarh, July 17
The issue involving divisional forest officer (DFO) R.R. Kakkar signing an MoU with the NGO chaired by his wife took an interesting turn today, with the Punjab government legalising the DFO’s action by taking a policy decision on the matter.

Abandoned child adopted
Abohar, July 17
An abandoned girl child found near the sub canal here was adopted by Yogesh Chhabra and his wife Amita of Santa Cruz, Mumbai. Sarpanch of Daulatpura, Kuldeep Singh, had on Thursday morning informed the Khuyiansarwar police and an NGO, Nar Seva Narayan Seva, about the abandoned child.

Minimum wages for safai karamcharis sought
Hoshiarpur, July 17
Despite working in squalor, a majority of safai karamcharis are not being covered under the Minimum Wages Act and are getting the lowest monthly wages in the country. This was stated by Santosh Chowdhary, chairperson, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, while taking to mediapersons here yesterday.

‘Keep off religious matters’
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 17
State president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Rajinder Bhandari today said the party had kept silent on the dera issue as it considered that the political parties should not interfere in religious matters.

Master plan for rural areas on anvil
Amritsar, July 17
Minister for rural development and panchayati raj Ranjit Singh Brahmpura while addressing the media here today said a master plan for the proper and planned development of rural areas of the state was on the anvil.

Officers were busy elsewhere, Josh clarifies
Absence during visit
Hoshiarpur, July 17
Reacting sharply to the allegation levelled against her by Santosh Chowdhary, chairperson, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, which appeared in a section of the press today, Mohinder Kaur Josh, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, refuted the charges.

Relief for BJP dist chief in suicide case
Kapurthala, July 17
In what may be termed as temporary relief to district BJP president Hira Lal Dhir, the police has decided not to arrest him, at least for the time being, for abetment to suicide in a case registered against him on July 12 on the basis of a suicide note of Sukhdev Singh of the Tarlokpura locality.

Manpreet for freezing power subsidy
Chandigarh, July 17
The power subsidy bill, which will touch Rs 2,200 crore for the current financial year, is worrying the Punjab government .

PSEB engineers question govt policy
Chandigarh, July 17
The Punjab government was today urged to take immediate steps to save the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) from financial collapse. Under the banner of the PSEB Engineers Association, a deputation of senior engineers held a lengthy meeting with the finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal here today.

PSEB worker electrocuted
Banur, July 17
A repairman (work charge) working for the Punjab State Electricity Board of electrocution here today while he was repairing a switch near Jaanfali village.

Arora takes over as MC commissioner
Patiala, July 17
S.P Arora has taken over as the new commissioner of the Municipal Corporation. He has taken over from S.K Ahluwalia, who has been given additional charge in addition to his duties as commissioner, Patiala division.

Power suspended today
Patiala, July 17
Due to repair work at the 66 Kv power grid sub-station, Lower Mall, the power supply to Desi Mehmandari, T.B. Hospital Road, Sheran Wala Gate and Tawakli Mor will been suspended from 7 am to 9 am tomorrow.


Amarinder’s bail plea hearing to continue today
Chandigarh, July 17
Retaining the probing tone and tenor of yesterday’s hearing, the two-hour-long arguments (to be continued tomorrow) on former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s bail plea today resulted in an intense debate on points of law and merit.

High Court
Notice to Punjab over Dera chief’s plea
Chandigarh, July 17
Justice L.N. Mittal today issued notice of motion to Punjab over a petition by Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh seeking quashing of the FIR registered against him by the Bathinda police.The petitioner, through his counsel S.K.Garg Narwana, submitted that the FIR was nothing but an abuse of process of law.

Flying academy gets stay
Chandigarh, July 17
The Division Bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Rajive Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday issued a notice to Punjab for September 27 on the petition by the Birmi Flying Academy, Patiala. The court also stayed the dispossession of the academy located at the Patiala Flying Club.


Grain Storage
Moga gets a first
Moga, July 17
The town has earned the honour of being the first in the country to have a state-of-the-art foodgrain storage and handling facility with the staggering capacity of 2 lakh tonnes.


Students return from Canada
Ropar, July 17
Twelve senior students of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy here were invited by the City Council of Kamloops in British Columbia, Canada, to participate in the weeklong Canada Day celebrations.


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