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Dera row
Cases against Sikhs

Vedanti’s ultimatum to Haryana govt

Amritsar, July 21
Jathedar, Akal Takht, Joginder Singh Vedanti has asked the Haryana government to withdraw all fabricated cases registered against Sikhs who had been spearheading campaign against Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

End row, CPI asks govt, Vedanti
Sangrur, July 21
The Communist Party of India (CPI) today asked the Badal government to convene a meeting of all parties, religious leaders and intellectuals to build public opinion for settling Dera Sacha Sauda row amicably.

‘Stop boycott of dera followers’
Bathinda, July 21
Hardev Arshi, former MLA and senior leader of the state unit of the CPI, today said the social boycott of followers of Sirsa-based Sacha Sauda sect should be brought to an end as it had been affecting the social fabric of the society.

Vigilance Bureau under Congress was
not a holy cow

Chandigarh, July 21
Vendetta is a very convenient bogey to raise when facts are not exactly on one’s side. Crying hoarse over political animus these days, the Congress leaders seem to have forgotten the role played by the Vigilance Bureau during their regime.





Mix and Match
SAD to employ Mayawati’s formula in MC poll
Ludhiana, July 21
Taking a cue from the Mayawati brand of secular politics, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) may field Muslim, Christian and Hindu candidates in the elections to four municipal corporations in the state. The party would choose the candidates on their "winnability" factor irrespective of their religion.

Candidates submit applications to SAD leaders for the Ludhiana MC poll. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma
Candidates submit applications to SAD leaders for the Ludhiana MC poll.

Punjab Civic Elections
Sharad Pawar’s party to go it alone
Chandigarh, July 21
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has decided to go it alone in the August 8 Punjab municipal elections in a bid to make its entry in the state's civic bodies.

NCP general secretary T.P. Peethambaran Master

NCP general secretary T.P. Peethambaran Master

Invalid votes embarrass SAD-BJP
Chandigarh, July 21
The ruling SAD-BJP combine is feeling a little embarrassed to find that its valid votes in support of NDA-backed candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat were less than the combined strength of its MLAs (68) in the Punjab assembly. In the assembly, there are 49 SAD MLAs and 19 of the BJP.


People will play role in state’s development: CM
Lambi (Muktsar), July 21
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said people would be involved in all development works being carried out in the state.

Tribune Impact
DCs told to assess jail conditions
Chandigarh, July 21
Acting on The Tribune reports on the conditions prevailing in jails across the state, the Punjab State Commission for Women has directed all deputy commissioners to take stock of the situation and stem the rot.

Dera Baba Fattu Shah row: 2 held
Hoshiarpur, July 21
In a joint press conference here this afternoon, leaders of various Hindu organisations criticised the district administration for its alleged relaxed attitude towards activists of the Ambedkar Sena, who were responsible for alleged disrespect to Hindu deities at the Dera Baba Fattu Shah Bibi Sahiba temple of Sri Ramshevar Mahadev, Rahimpur.

17-year-old girl’s life hangs by thread
Amritsar, July 21
Seventeen-year-old Monney of the local Fetehgarh Churian Road is hanging between life and death.

Monney — Photo by Rajiv Sharma 


GND varsity dean lodges protest with Vedanti
Amritsar, July 21
The ongoing controversy of the Chief Khalsa Divan today took another turn when dean (colleges), Guru Nanak Dev University, Mohinder Singh Dhillon lodged a formal complaint with Jathedar, Akal Takht, against his removal as secretary, education committee, allegedly in violation of the directive issued by Akal Takht.

BJP to stop trains in protest
Ropar, July 21
The BJP unit of Ropar, under stewardship of BJP MP and former president BKP Punjab Avinash Rai Khanna, will stop trains at Bharatgarh railway station 25 kms from here tommorow.

Intach satisfied with restoration
Amritsar, July 21
INTACH has expressed satisfaction over the remodelling done at the historic Baradari at Ram Bagh gardens.

90 pc trucks ply overloaded in state
Jalandhar, July 21
Nearly 90 per cent trucks in Punjab ply overloaded on roads with the state transport authorities turning a blind eye to the growing menace.

Reserved posts
Special teams to check implementation
Chandigarh, July 21
Gulzar Singh Ranike, minister for Welfare of Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes, has issued directions to the secretary, Welfare, to form special teams to check the implementation regarding clearance of backlog in the filling of vacancies for Scheduled Castes and backward classes.

Zaffarwal suffers chest pain
Ludhiana, July 21
Khalistan ideologue Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, lodged in the Central Jail here in a case of sedition, complained of breathlessness and chest pain but could not be brought to the the Civil Hospital due to non-availability of police guards.

‘Rs 527 cr for atta-dal scheme’
Pathankot, July 21
State transport minister Mohan Lal has said the atta-dal scheme was all set to be introduced from August 15.



Poisonous gases taking toll on farmers
Ludhiana, July 21
Seven persons have died in the state in the past few days due to the emission of poisonous gases like carbon monoxide during farm operations, particularly while operating tube wells and motor pumps.

Unlicensed nurseries mushroom
Abohar, July 21
While the Department of Horticulture, during the annual citrus show in the last five years, had repeatedly pledged to take stringent action against unlicensed nurseries in the state, their mushroom growth growth has remained unchecked.


Inside Babudom
Bureaucrats to submit details of tours
Chandigarh, July 21
In what is probably the first scrutiny of expenses incurred on tours by IAS officials and their administrative performance, the ruling SAD-BJP combine in Punjab has summoned the records of the tours undertaken by officers since the new government was voted to power in the first week of March.

Monthly review of SSPs’ performance
Chandigarh, July 21
After the Punjab police came under fire for law and order problems in the state, director-general of police N.P.S. Aulakh today made it clear that the performance of all SSPs would be now scrutinised on a monthly basis.


Sons murder father
Talwandi Sabo, July 21
Two sons of Gheri Bander village of this subdivision reportedly murdered their father late last night when they could no longer tolerate the alleged harassment being done by him to family members.

Panchayat officer, deputy director attacked
Amritsar, July 21
District development and panchayat officer (DDPO), Gurdaspur, Ranbir Singh Mudhal and Jaspal Singh, deputy director, Jalandhar, were admitted to a private hospital in serious condition when they were assaulted by 15 armed men today.


School staff not paid for 7 months
Bassi Pathana, July 21
The Punjab Aided Schools Union has strongly criticised the state government for not having released funds to government-aided private schools for the last seven months.

Medical courses: Last date for fee extended
Chandigarh, July 21
The Punjab government has extended the last date for depositing of admission fee to July 26 for post-graduate degree and diploma courses in medical institutions in the state.


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