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Capt not aware of ground realities: CM
Amarkot (Tarn Taran), July 22

Denying vendetta politics by the government, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said here today that former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was shedding crocodile tears for Congress workers.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal redresses the grievances of villagers at a sangat darshan programme at Valtoha in Tarn Taran Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal redresses the grievances of villagers at a sangat darshan programme at Valtoha in Tarn Taran on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

SAD leaders caught smuggling opium
Bathinda, July 22
Senior vice-president of the SAD from Faridkot district Sadhu Singh was arrested today while he, along with three persons, was smuggling 4 kg of opium.After the Bathinda police arrested Sadhu Singh, a section of leaders of the ruling SAD descended on the town to manage his escape from the criminal case.

Deepa’s film on ‘Komagata Maru’ set in motion

Jalandhar, July 22
Families of passengers of “Komagata Maru”, a Japanese liner which set sail from Hong Kong to Vancouver in 1914 carrying 376 freedom fighters from Punjab, are recalling whatever they can about their forefathers and their chivalrous act, treated as a mutiny by the British empire.
                                      Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran






‘Congress creating tension’
Sangrur, July 22
Congress leadership, especially former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, has been creating an atmosphere of confrontation and tension in the state for petty political gains. It should avoid levelling allegations in the larger interests of the state.


Fake Encounters
Teams to visit MP, UP to gather evidence

Chandigarh, July 22
The panel set-up by the Punjab Police to go into allegations of fake encounters by policemen during militancy in the state, has decided to send teams to Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to gather evidence regarding claims made by victims' families.

Sedition Case
SAD (A) man Bittu held 

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 22
The district police today arrested Daljit Singh Bittu, senior vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), who was wanted in a sedition case registered on May 31 against him and his associates for raising provoking slogans during a protest held against the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda in the district.

Restoration of power connections
Govt policy biased: Labourers

Bathinda, July 22
Resentment prevails among farm labourers of the Malwa region over the “arbitrary” approach of the state government in restoring power connections of the labourers who defaulted on bill payments.

Dal Khalsa complains against Sidhu 
Amritsar, July 22
The Dal Khalsa yesterday lodged a formal petition with the jathedar, Akal Takht, urging him to take action against cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu, BJP MP, who attended a Rudra Mahayagya here in violation of the maryada (Sikh tradition).

Kidnap Case
Son smells a rat in fresh probe

Amritsar, July 22
The Amritsar police (rural) has failed to arrest the culprits involved in the kidnapping of an aged woman in the border village of Mehalwala even though two months have lapsed since the incident took place.

Demand for Sikh personal law
Amritsar, July 22
In a petition to the President of India, Manjit Singh Randhawa, convener, Culture and Heritage Conservation Initiative, has urged to send a message to Parliament under Article 86 of the Constitution to consider the enactment of a Sikh personal law and Vatican-like status for Amritsar, which have become essential to effectively defend the distinct Sikh identity.

Harassed by father-in-law, man moves rights body
Chandigarh, July 22
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the SSP, Hoshiarpur, to file a report after conducting an inquiry following a complaint filed by a Hoshiarpur resident, Varinder Singh. 

Patiala Bypass Expressway 
Villagers oppose construction
Chandigarh, July 22
Opposing the construction of the Patiala southern bypass as an expressway, villagers affected by the construction have approached the Punjab Chief Minister to take up a case with the Central government to change its basic design.

Teej celebrated at Badal’s residence Chandigarh, July 22
Surinder Kaur, wife of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday celebrated Teej, to welcome the month of Saawan, - at her house here.The official residence of the Chief Minister in Sector 2 here reverberated with traditional Punjabi celebrations as Jean Rodrigues, wife of Punjab Governor and Sneh Chautala, wife of the former Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala, joined in the celebrations.



Jean Rodrigues (in front) and Surinder Kaur Badal enjoy a swing ride during Teej celebrations at the Chief Minister’s residence in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Jean Rodrigues (in front) and Surinder Kaur Badal enjoy a swing ride during Teej celebrations at the Chief Minister’s residence in Chandigarh

Development officer thrashed
Batala, July 22
A district development project officer (DDPO)of Gurdaspur, Ranbir Singh Mudhal, was thrashed up by unidentified persons near Dera Baba Nanak yesterday.

Two hurt in roof collapse
 Kharar, July 22
Two persons were injured when a roof collapsed in Dashmesh market, Balongi, here today.The incident took place around 11 am when labourers were working on a lintel at the market.As the lintel collapsed, two persons were injured, including a labourer, Brahmdutt.The construction site belongs to Dr Gurnam Singh, the sarpanch of Balongi colony.

A view of roof collapse at Dashmesh market at Balongi on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

A view of roof collapse at Dashmesh market at Balongi

Unhealthy Scenario 
One post, two occupants
Patiala, July 22
Two senior health officials are in the thick of controversy over their claims to the post of director research and medical education (DRME) in the Government Medical College here.

BJP dharna
Ropar, July 22
The local unit of the BJP held a dharna at the Bharatgarh railway station in protest against the Bhakra Beas Management Board and railway officials for not opening unmanned level crossing for general public.

Villagers stop work on dam
Banur, July 22
Residents of over 25 villages today stopped the construction work of a dam on the Ghaggar, near Chhat Bir, here today.

Aid for kin of home guard
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 22
The family members of Jatinder Singh, a jawan of Punjab Home Guard, who had died recently following some health problems, were today provided with a financial assistance of Rs 29,500 and Rs 31,000 by the Punjab Home Guard Department and the Punjab police, respectively.

Artistes meet Yograj Sedha
Patiala, July 22
“Choose the highest ideal and live your life up to that”, said Yograj Sedha, a theatre and film personality at a “Roobru programme” organised by the National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, at Sahit Sadan, Department of Language Punjab, here yesterday.



Lok Adalat
758 cases disposed of

Patiala, July 22
A lok adalat was organised in the district court complex under the chairmanship of Inderjit Singh, district and session judge and chairman of the District Legal Services Authority.


‘Need for Green Revolution II’
Gurdaspur, July 22
Agriculture in the state has reached saturation point and there is a need to launch a second phase of Green Revolution by setting up food processing units and exporting agricultural produce at a large scale.


One killed in car crash
Kharar, July 22
Anil Kumar, alias Jolly, a resident of Kharar, was killed in a car accident last night.

Dubious travel agent held
Barnala, July 22
The local police has arrested an NRI travel agent from the New Delhi airport. The travel agent has allegedly duped many of crores on the pretext of sending them abroad.

112 gm smack seized
Patiala, July 22
As part of its ongoing anti-social drive, the Patiala police seized 112 grams of smack, here today.


Varsity flouts norms to admit staff’s ward
Amritsar, July 22
Guru Nanak Dev University has allegedly overlooked rules for NRI admissions in B.Tech (computer science) for the second consecutive year with a view to accommodating the ward of a senior official of the university who had secured low marks in the Combined Entrance Test (CET) conducted by Punjab Technical University (PTU).

Kolkata varsity moot court champion
Patiala, July 22
West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata, won the Commonwealth Moot Court Competition that concluded at the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), here today.

Proposed fee hike
MBBS aspirants in a quandary

Patiala, July 22
Parents of a large number of MBBS aspirants have accused the state government of indulging in double standard by proposing a sudden hike in fee of MBBS and BDS courses.

Nod to new courses in Punjabi varsity
Patiala, July 22
A meeting of the academic council of Punjabi University was held recently under the chairmanship of academic affairs Sucha Singh Gill. The council approved the starting of various courses at the university and its neighbourhood from current academic session.


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