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Sirsa Incident
Takht blames Haryana govt

Amritsar, July 24
Akal Takht here has blamed the Haryana government for the incident in Sirsa district wherein Sikh youth protesting peacefully were fired at by “premis” of the Dera Sacha Sauda at Malewala village today.

Calcutta says SGPC, SAD responsible
Amritsar, July 24
Member of the SGPC Manjit Singh Calcutta has held the Haryana government, SAPS and the SAD responsible for a clash at a village of Sirsa in which many Sikhs were injured.

Peace panel members meet CM 
Chandigarh, July 24
A deputation of the Sirsa-based peace committee met Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today. Among the members were Vir Bhan and Jagdish Chander. The deputation urged Badal to resolve the ongoing tussle between various Sikh organisations and Dera Sacha Sauda. 

4 persons took money from govt officers to get jobs done
The magic line was ‘I am Sukhbir’s PA’ 
Patiala, July 24
“I am Sukhbir Badal’s officer on special duty (OSD) calling”. These were the words uttered by certain persons on telephone that had many high-ranking officers in many government departments on their toes.
Two of the persons, who used to pose as Sukhbir Badal’s OSD, in police custody at the Police Lines in Patiala on Tuesday.
Two of the persons, who used to pose as Sukhbir Badal’s OSD, in police custody at the Police Lines in Patiala on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph








Master plan for canals in a month
Faridkot, July 24
Janmeja Singh Sekhon, irrigation minister, said the blueprint for upgrading of canals in the state to provide 20 per cent more water for irrigation would be out after a month.

One held with arms used during terrorism
Moga, July 24
The district police has claimed to have recovered arms,including a rifle of the Police Department, used in the militancy period from a brother of a deceased terrorist here today.Davinder Singh Garcha, SSP, said Bhagwant Singh, alias Mahant, of Sangatpura village, was arrested during a naka with a .303 rifle. Subsequently, a police party raided his house and found a 12-bore countrymade and foreignmade rifles with 60 live rounds.



BJP not No. 2 in govt
Jalandhar, July 24
Asserting that the BJP is not No. 2 in Punjab as far as running the government in the state is concerned, state BJP chief Rajinder Bhandari has said the issue of allocation of post of Deputy Chief Minister to the BJP is still alive.Professor Bhandari, talking to mediapersons here today, said the delay in the implementation of the atta-dal scheme in the state would not affect BJP’s prospects in the coming civic body poll.                             
Rajinder Bhandari

Rajinder Bhandari

Light scam comes into light
Hoshiarpur, July 24
Recently elected president of the MC Brij Mohan Batra has found irregularities in the purchase of sodium-light sets for street lighting during the tenure of previous body.

Health institute for Mohali 
Chandigarh, July 24
The Punjab government today asserted that it is fully committed to start the State Public Health Institute (SPHI) at Mohali to provide need-based training and research programmes for improvement in the public health sector in the state.

Undertrial, convict die in jail
Sangrur, July 24
An undertrial prisoner and a convict died reportedly of different diseases in the district jail here today. Sangrur deputy commissioner S.R. Ladhar asked local SDM Mohan Lal to look into the causes of the death of the two prisoners.

Clear cases of anti-Sikh riot victims: CM

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today ordered the clearance of all cases pertaining to the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh violence by August 31. He said all pending cases be settled to the satisfaction of the affected persons .



Langah case: Another witness turns hostile
Ropar, July 24
Yet another prosecution witness turned hostile today in the case of disproportionate assets case against agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah in the court of special judge G. S. Saran here today.

HC orders Chahal’s examination by AIIMS experts
Chandigarh, July 24
B.I.S Chahal today had to wait day-long as his production before the high court was held up due to lawyers’ stir. But when he was produced, he broke down before Justice Uma Nath Singh alleging torture and untold suffering.


Migrants spoil the show for farmers
  Moga, July 24
The ambitious Apni Kisan Mandi scheme aimed at helping farmers with small landholdings to directly sell their vegetables in markets has become less attractive to them, thanks to scant vigilance and lack of dynamic and progressive ideas at the higher level. As per norms,Rs 5 is charged from every farmer for selling their vegetables in the local grain markets daily. The scheme was implemented in 1988 by the then Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala.


          Apni Kisan Mandi

Coop societies face bleak future
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 24
A large number of agricultural co-operative societies in the state face a bleak future following a recent decision of the government making it mandatory for the societies to buy fertilisers from Markfed.


DCs told to redress NRIs’ grievances
Chandigarh, July 24
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked all deputy commissioners to pay personal attention to the grievances and problems referred to them by NRIs direct , the NRI sabha or the department of NRI affairs.

Board told to take anti-pollution steps
Chandigarh, July 24
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today ordered the formulation of a comprehensive policy to check pollution of river waters in the state.

Sandhu is special principal secy to CM
Chandigarh, July 24
The Punjab government today ordered fresh postings and transfers. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, who has come on deputation from Uttaranchal, has been posted as special principal secretary to the Chief Minister. He will also be the MD of the PIDB and director-cum-secretary, Shahpur Kandi project.


Cop kills himself, colleague booked
Bathinda, July 24
Head constable of the Punjab Police Joginder Singh, who was posted at the city police station, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison due to harassment at the hands of another cop. A case was registered against head constable Buta Singh, who is a munshi at the same police station, after a suicide note was found near the body of Joginder. 

Couple kills adopted son
Moga, July 23
Charanvir Singh (34) of Chathi Bhai village in Baghapurana sub-division was poisoned to death allegedly by his parents and wife near here today.

One held with arms used during terrorism
Moga, July 24
The district police has claimed to have recovered arms,including a rifle of the Police Department, used in the militancy period from a brother of a deceased terrorist here today.

Man gets 5-yr RI
Ropar, July 24
District and session judge Rekha Mittal awarded five years rigorous imprisonment and Rs 2,000 fine to one Babu Ram, a resident of village Sohana, here today.


Sukhchain tops BEd entrance
Patiala, July 24
Sukhchain Singh of Nabha stood first in the state-level B.Ed. entrance test-2007 conducted by Punjabi University, Patiala. He secured 189.25 marks out of 250.


Badal to meet Mittal today 
Mega projects get nod

Chandigarh, July 24
While Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will fly to Delhi tomorrow to meet steel magnate Laxmi Mittal in connection with the Bathinda oil refinery project, the state government has cleared almost all housing and manufacturing mega projects, the approvals of which with regard to the change of land use (CLU) were withdrawn by the Punjab housing and urban development department.


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