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Youth Akali leader held with heroin
Gurdaspur/Amritsar, July 25
The anti-drug campaign launched by the SGPC and the ruling SAD suffered yet another jolt with the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seizing 5 kg heroin worth Rs 5 crore in the international market from Rajinder Singh, a senior Youth Akali Dal leader, and his paternal uncle Sukhchain Singh in the border belt of Dera Baba Nanak late last evening.

Workers’ Welfare
State to implement Acts soon
Chandigarh, July 25
After hanging fire for a decade, two central government Acts for the welfare of the construction workers are all set to be implemented by the Punjab government now.

Denial of Visa
SGPC to take up surname issue with Canada
Patiala, July 25
The SGPC will take up the matter of denial of visa by the Canadian government to those having Singh or Kaur as surnames with the Indian and Canadian governments. Talking to The Tribune, president of the SGPC Avtar Singh said here today that the Singh and Kaur surnames suggested Sikh identity across the world.





Govt land sold illegally
Patiala, July 25
The old building of Sanskrit College, Nabha, has been sold despite the fact that in government revenue records the land, worth lakhs, belongs to the Punjab government. Sources said the land was sold after the college was shifted to Patiala and merged with the Institute of Oriental and Indian Languages here.

The land of old Sanskrit College in Nabha.—A Tribune photograph

The land of old Sanskrit College in Nabha.

State-wide protest against attack on panchayat officer
Chandigarh, July 25
The brutal attack on district development and panchayat officer (DDPO) Gurdaspur Ranbir Singh Mudal while he was on official duty on July 21 today sparked off major agitations across Punjab.
Members of the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Officers and Employees Union on protest outside the Chandigarh headquarters of the department in Sector 17 on Wednesday.—Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Members of the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Officers and Employees Union on protest outside the Chandigarh headquarters of the department in Sector 17 on Wednesday.



‘Arrest dera chief for peace’
Thikriwala (Barnala), July 25
The head of Damdami Taksal, Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa, and a former Jathedar of the Akal Takht, Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode, both members of the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) formed to run a campaign against the “anti-Sikh panth” activities of Dera Sacha Sauda, today warned the central, Punjab and Haryana governments that if they failed to arrest dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh immediately, peace in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan might be affected.

Fake travel agents active in Hoshiarpur
Hoshiarpur, July 25
Three cases of cheating by travel agents were reported in the district on Monday evening.

RBI may make Shylocks show restraint
Chandigarh, July 25
The recommendation of a panel of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to regulate the business of private moneylenders has provided an opportunity to Punjab to come out with a policy framework in this regard. This comes as a welcome step as the state has seen a large number of farmer suicides in the recent years.

Fake Encounters
Trouble in store for erring cops
Chandigarh, July 25
The fresh investigations into fake encounters that began soon after three militants resurfaced long after the police claimed to have eliminated them is now threatening to snowball into a major issue of concern for the Punjab Police.

Contractors accuse Nabha MC of bias
Nabha, July 25
Contractors of the local municipal council, including Karan Vir and Vijay Kumar, have alleged irregularities in the allotment of tenders for various development works.

Udham Singh’s ‘Heer’ in for a makeover
Jalandhar, July 25
Love folklore “Heer”, made immortal by Waris Shah, was the most prized possession of martyr Udham Singh. So dear was the book to Udham Singh that he wanted to take it with him to take oath during his trail after murdering Gen Michael O'Dwyer to avenge the Jallianwala  Bagh massacre.

Library in charge Chiranji Lal shows “Heer”, a book belonging to martyr Udham Singh and bearing his signatures on its top left corner. —Photo by S.S. Chopra

Library in charge Chiranji Lal shows “Heer”, a book belonging to martyr Udham Singh and bearing his signatures on its top left corner.

Punitive push-ups not okay with top cops
Chandigarh, July 25
The top brass of the Punjab Police has taken a serious view of the incident in which Bathinda SSP Naunihal Singh publicly punished a constable and asked him the do push-ups as punishment.

Health Dept gets the magical wand
Abohar, July 25
Recognising the futility of speeches made by medical officers, the Health Department has now come up with a unique way to capture the attention of the audience to get the message across. A magician has been hired on a contract to help spread awareness about the menace of female foeticide, drug abuse and AIDS by performing at health centres and schools.

Book questions RAW functioning
Amritsar, July 25
Former RAW official Rabinder Singh, suspected of being a CIA mole who disappeared after coming under the scanner, is now living in New York. He belongs to this border district and took part in Operation Bluestar as a commissioned officer in the Army.

Kiran Bedi’s merit ignored, says husband
Amritsar, July 25
The non-appointment of India’s first woman IPS officer, Kiran Bedi, to the post of Delhi commissioner has upset her Amritsar-based husband Brij Bedi, who is crying hoarse against the decision of a two-year junior having superseded her.

Quota sours medicos’ PG dreams
Faridkot, July 25
Medical students aspiring to join postgraduate courses are angry over the new 50 per cent institutional quota. They alleged that the 50 per cent institutional quota in open seats would “kill” their dream of pursuing higher education.

Body seeks action against jatha
Amritsar, July 25
The Shahbaz Khalsa, a Sikh organisation, has demanded that Akal Takht should take action against the general secretary of the Akhand Kirtan Jatha for conducting a marriage ceremony (anand karaj) in a hotel in Alabana City of the USA.

Man commits suicide
Kharar, July 25
Kulwinder Singh (36), a resident of ward No. 7, was found hanging from the ceiling of his house last night. He was living with his wife and blind grandfather. His other relatives live abroad. The couple were married seven years ago and did not have a child.

MC Poll
Disparity in vote distribution
Patiala, July 25
Disparity in the distribution of votes in various wards of the Patiala municipal corporation for the forthcoming municipal corporation elections has left officials red-faced.

BJP announces 13 names
Patiala, July 25
The BJP committee headed by state party president cleared the names of 13 candidates for the municipal corporation elections scheduled to be held on August 8 here.

Cong dharna against govt
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 25
The district Congress committee today staged a dharna outside the deputy commissioner’s officer to register their protest against the state government.

Installation of electricity pole
PSEB, police accused of coercion
Kharar, July 25
A farmer from Fatehpur Theri village today accused officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and the Gharuan police post of using force against his family while installing an electricity pole in front of his house.

Residents rue insanitary  conditions
Bassi Pathana, July 25
Resentment prevails among residents over contaminated water supply and poor sanitation in the town. People have complained to the higher authorities in this regard on several occasions but to no avail.

Rural doctors seek regular jobs
Patiala, July 25
Doctors working under zila parishads in the rural areas of the state have joined hands against the verdict of the state government of June 28.

Ropar to be eco-tourism centre: FM
Ropar, July 25
Ropar will soon be developed as an eco-tourism centre. Keeping this in view, the district administration has been directed to prepare a list of all old buildings of heritage importance.


Clean bed, paper for Chahal
Patiala, July 25
The chief judicial magistrate allowed B.I.S. Chahal B-class facilities in jail today.

Court allows Langah to go abroad
Ropar, July 25
The court of special judge G.S. Saran has allowed agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah to visit Canada for attending a function.


Employees observe strike
Development officer assault case: 2 held
Batala, July 25
Three days after district development project officer (DDPO) of Gurdaspur, Ranbir Singh Mudhal, was thrashed mercilessly by about six unidentified persons near Dera Baba Nanak, the police today arrested two persons for their involvement in the case.

Spurious fertiliser factory raided
Sangrur, July 25
DSP Special Branch Gurdeep Singh and Sunam’s CIA incharge Ashok Mohan today unearthed a factory manufacturing spurious fertiliser at Mangwal village, near here. The police team arrested the factory owner and seized bags of the spurious material from there.

Molestation Charge
Case against dera chief Shankaranand
Talwandi Khurd, July 25
The Mullanpur police has booked Swami Shankaranand, head of a dera by the same name in this village, for allegedly molesting a woman, besides beating her up along with her brother in the dera complex this morning.

Education dept official held
Ludhiana, July 25
A superintendent in the District Education Office (DEO) here was allegedly manipulating transfers and postings in the name of Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.


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