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Amarinder visits Chahal in jail
Pledges support to him
Patiala, July 18
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today stood by his beleaguered close aide and former media adviser B.I.S. Chahal. He became the first person among the prominent Congress leaders from the state to go and meet Chahal at the Patiala Central Jail today.
Former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh leaves the Central Jail where he had come to meet his former media adviser B.I.S. Chahal in Patiala on Wednesday.
Former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh leaves the Central Jail where he had come to meet his former media adviser B.I.S. Chahal in Patiala on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

HC reserves order on  Amarinder’s bail plea
Mattewal goes full steam against bail to former CM
Chandigarh, July 18
The wait is not over yet. Justice Ranjit Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved order on the bail plea of former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh after three days of marathon hearings marked by an extensive debate on the contours of anticipatory bail.

Bureau to quiz ex-CM again
Chandigarh, July 18
The Punjab vigilance bureau will again question former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who is facing a case of corruption. It is likely that the questioning will be carried out tomorrow in Chandigarh.



High Court
Contempt case against Chahal: Next hearing on Oct 31
Chandigarh, July 18
The full Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain, Justice Rajive Bhalla and Justice Surya Kant, today adjourned the hearing on contempt case against B.I.S. Chahal, media advisor to former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, to October 31.

MLA Jain gets 2-day parole
Moga, July 18
The Department of Revenue’s central economic wing, under the Ministry of Finance, has granted two-day parole to Congress MLA from the Moga Assembly constituency Joginder Pal Jain for casting his vote in the Presidential elections starting tomorrow.

Jain refuses to talk about arrest
Chandigarh, July 18
Congress MLA from Moga Joginder Pal Jain, who has been released from the judicial lock-up for two days to enable him to cast his vote in the presidential election tomorrow, was so scared of the Punjab police that he refused to speak to mediapersons.

Corporate houses to set up 300 schools
Chandigarh, July 18
Big corporate houses are ready to set up about 300 schools in Punjab. A meeting in this connection will be held on July 30 in Delhi, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today.



Congress MLAs lash out at Shekhawat
Chandigarh, July 18
Punjab Congress MLAs have strongly protested against soliciting of their vote by Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, who is NDA-backed candidate in the presidential election.


Ram Bagh Bardari razed
Amritsar, July 18
Heritage lovers of the holy city were shocked to see the only existing Baradari (canopy) in the historical Rambagh, constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, demolished by the Archaeological Survey of India without taking the local administration and NGOs into confidence.

A view of the demolished Baradari at Ram Bagh, summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
A view of the demolished Baradari at Ram Bagh, summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in Amritsar on Wednesday.

Sale of Tourist Complexes
Cong deal cost state Rs 450 cr: Gabria
Jalandhar, July 18
The alleged shady sale of 10 tourist complexes by the previous Congress regime has come under a scanner with allegations that the state exchequer lost more than Rs 450 crore on this account.

Atta-dal scheme to cover 30 pc population
Dhuri (Sangrur), July 18
The atta-dal scheme, to be launched by the SAD-BJP government from August 15, will cover about 30 per cent population of the state. The scheme will provide financial benefits, to the tune of about Rs 700 crore per annum, to the poor people of the state.

Sidhu plays Samaritan to blind couple
Waan Tara Singh (Valtoha), July 18
For Yakub and Harbans Kaur, a destitute, old and blind couple of this border belt, it was a new lease of life when they received a cheque of Rs 2 lakh and a cow for their sustenance today from BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Religious act draws flak
Amritsar, July 18
The participation of BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu in a“rudra yagya”, organised by a religious organisation in view of the start of the “sawan” on Monday, has received flak from various Sikh organisations.

Schoolboy thrashed: PSHRC takes note
Chandigarh, July 18
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission(PSHRC) today took notice of a Tribune report titled ‘Boy thrashed by teacher for skipping school’ and sought a report from the education department.

Ghadar movement records digitised
Jalandhar, July 18
Numerous records related to the Ghadar movement have been preserved digitally. Newspapers, documents, personal accounts and dairies of ‘Ghadari babas’ like Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna have been put on CDs and DVDs.

Prayer held for Bansal
Bathinda, July 18
A naam charcha (special prayer) was held according to the norms of Dera Sacha Sauda by its followers at the bhog ceremony of a follower, Sham Sunder Bansal, at his house in Paras Ram Nagar here today.

Sweeper union submits list of demands to CM
Bathinda, July 18
The Municipal Corporation Sweepers Union has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that services of all part-time and daily-wage sweepers in the local Municipal Corporation be regularised.

‘Animal traffickers active’
Hoshiarpur, July 18
Animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi has alleged that police personnel of certain provinces are getting bribe as high as Rs 2 crore from animal traffickers every month.

Two bikers die in mishap
Bassi Pathana, July 18
Two motorcyclists died on the spot this evening near Badali Ala Singh town in Bassi subdivision as their motorcycle got out of control at a curve and hit the tree.

Workshop for rural industrialisation
Patiala, July 18
With an objective to create significant number of employment in the rural areas through enhanced credit flow to non-farm sector projects, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has started a programme of rural industrialisation in Patiala.

PSEB condemns attack on official
Patiala, July 18
The Council of Junior Engineers, PSEB, condemned the attack on Madan Singh, AAE, by a farmer of Patto village under Banur operation subdivision, during anti-theft drive by the PSEB department.

Bassi Pathana to get a facelift
Bassi Pathana, July 18
The Punjab government has assured to give a new look to Bassi Pathana and a master plan is being prepared in this regard.

130 paintings on display at art institute
Patiala, July 18
The third crafts exhibition was organised at the Arts and Crafts Teachers Training Institute here today in which 130 paintings were put on display.



SC stays order in murder case
Abohar, July 18
The Supreme Court has granted interim stay on a special leave petition filed by president of the block Congress committee, Khuyiansarwar, Balbir Singh Danewalia challenging orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court passed on April 28, 2007, in CRLM No. 33291/20. A copy of the orders was presented before SPH Rajinder Singh Gill here this afternoon by a relation of Danewalia during investigation.

Notice to Punjab on religious processions
Chandigarh, July 18
A division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover, today issued notice of motion to Punjab over a PIL seeking prohibition and ban on the misuse of freedom of religion in a way which causes inconvenience to the public.


Dera followers attacked
Ludhiana, July 18
Tension gripped the city today when a group of about 50 Sikh youths attacked the house of a Dera Sacha Sauda follower at Lohara village. The group prevented the dera followers from holding ‘naam charcha’. They beat up the “premis”, including women, and ransacked the house of a premi, Mukhtiar Singh, where the followers had met.


Project to improve cotton fabric quality
Bathinda, July 18
The local Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology has launched a project to find out the causes of shrinkage and other defects in cotton fabric and subsequently solution to these. The project has been titled “Prediction of shrinkage and spirality of cotton knitted fabric and its control with special emphasis for small-scale manufacturers”.

93 get certificates from British Council
Banur, July 18
The British council today awarded Business English Certificates (BEC-Preliminary) to 93 students of Swami Vivekanand College of Engineering and Technology.


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