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eleven years on, emotions run high
Relatives not allowed to meet convicts
Members of Khalsa Action Committee who came to Burail jail in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, July 27
The relatives of those involved in the Beant Singh assassination were not permitted to meet those convicted at Burail Jail, today.

Members of Khalsa Action Committee who came to Burail jail in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photograph by Manoj Mahajan

Total Recall

For police, the nightmare is over
Chandigarh, July 27
The assassin- ation of Chief Minister Beant Singh yards away from his seat of administration and outside the fortified Civil Secretariat building was a case that the Punjab police may not want to remember for too long.

Security staff stand guard at the gate of Burail Jail moments before the judgment in the Beant Singh assassination case at Chandigarh on Friday.
Security staff stand guard at the gate of Burail Jail moments before the judgment in the Beant Singh assassination case at Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan






Balwinder Singh Whistleblower Balwinder fears for life
Chandigarh, July 27
Balwinder Singh, the whistleblower and a prime witness in the Beant Singh Assassination case, faces threat to life. Even as the Chandigarh Police claimed tight security in the city on the judgement day, security personnel attached to Balwinder and his family were reportedly found in an inebriated condition.

Overjoyed parents of Navjot Singh, Tarlok Singh Chabbra and Santosh Kaur. For Navjot, innocence came at a heavy price
Chandigarh, July 27
The Special CBI Court today acquitted Navjot Singh in the high-profile Beant Singh assassination case today as the prosecution during the trial failed to produce sufficient evidence of his involvement in the crime.

Overjoyed parents of Navjot Singh, Tarlok Singh Chabbra and Santosh Kaur

Beant Case Verdict
Security, did you say?
Chandigarh, July 27 Though the cops had sounded high alert in the wake of the pronouncement of the verdict in the Beant Singh assassination case at Burail Jail today, the Chandigarh Police appeared rather lax about it.

Reasons for delay

FIR against defence lawyer?
Chandigarh, July 27
Arvind Thakur, one of the defence lawyers in the Beant Singh assassination case, today alleged that the jail administration was proposing to take action against him and another lawyer, A.S. Chahal, for bringing an unauthorised person inside Burail Jail premises.

Timeline: August 31, 1995-July 27, 2007

Schoolchildren wade through a water-logged street in Amritsar on Friday.
Schoolchildren wade through a water-logged street in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI

State to give 44 acres more to Rajasansi
Airport upgradation to be completed by March
Amritsar, July 27
The upgradation of the Rajasansi Airport, aimed at making it truly “international” would be completed by March 31, 2008, with the Punjab government willing to give 44 acres of additional land, required for immediate expansion work, to the Airport Authority of India (AAI).

16,670 school teachers to be appointed
Chandigarh, July 27
The Badal government today gave the green light to the education department to recruit 16,670 teachers in government schools. The teachers will be recruited through department committees.


SAD announces names of Patiala MC candidates
Patiala, July 27
After days of hectic discussions, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) high command finally announced a list of 24 candidates for the Patiala Municipal Corporation elections, at Chandigarh. The meeting to announce the list was chaired by SAD acting president Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Ludhiana MC poll: SAD announces candidates
Ludhiana, July 27
Ending days of suspense, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) announced the tickets for the Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana elections late last night at Chandigarh.

Cong councillors being denied NOCs
Patiala, July 27
With the municipal corporation elections at hand, several Congress municipal councillors are alleging that the Patiala administration has been denying them no objection certificates.


Bitumen Scam
Minister hints at loopholes in probe
Patiala, July 27
The Vigilance Bureau has left loopholes in the bitumen scam inquiry. This let officials and other influential persons involved in the scam go scot-free. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, PWD and B&R minister, gave this information while taking to The Tribune here today.

SOS Village girl to tie knot
Rajpura, July 27
SOS Village inmate Nisha (right), who is to marry on Sunday, shares a light moment with a friend at the village in Rajpura on Friday. In 1996, the Government of Punjab donated 13.6 acres of land for setting up of SOS Children's Village at Rajpura for children who had lost their parents in the decade-long violence in the state. About 11 years later, the village is solemnising the marriage of its eldest girl, Nisha, who had come here soon after its inception.

SOS Village inmate Nisha (right), who is to marry on Sunday, shares a light moment with a friend at the village in Rajpura on Friday. — Tribune photo by J.S. Virdi

NIT develops mechanism to prevent bird flu
Jalandhar, July 27
Hundreds of labourers engaged in cleaning bird droppings in cages in poultry farms can be saved from the deadly avian or bird flu with the new cleaning apparatus invented at the Dr B.R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology here. The mechanism has been invented by Kuldeep Singh Nagla from the robotics lab of the Deemed University. Controller, Patent Office, New Delhi, has passed the invention and the patent is in order to grant.

Drug addicts should be given unconditional love: Jean
Bathinda, July 27
The wife of Governor, Punjab, Jean Rodrigues today said love was the best tool to bring those who are hooked to drugs back into the mainstream of society. After formally inaugurating the Drive Against Drugs launched by the police, by lighting the ceremonial lamp, she said addicts should be given unconditional love. She added that all sections of society, including citizens, non-government organisations and other social organisations, should be involved in the war launched against drugs.

DDPO case hots up
Gurdaspur, July 27
Various unions of the Revenue Department have given a call to assemble on the premises of the veterinary hospital in Batala tomorrow if the police failed to arrest the remaining assailants of Ranbir Singh Mudhal, DDPO, Gurdaspur, who was thrashed by certain villagers.

MC chief’s resignation accepted
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 27
The Punjab local bodies department accepted the resignation of Bassi Pathana municipal council chief Amita Tangri, who had put in her papers on health grounds. Ramesh Gupta has taken over as acting president of the council.

Atta-dal scheme to cover 13.57 lakh families

Chandigarh, July 27
The Punjab government has identified 13.57 lakh families as beneficiaries under the atta-dal scheme to be launched from August 15.

Workers demand wages
Pathankot, July 27
Daily-wage workers of the Punjab Forest Department, Gurdaspur, today staged a dharna in front of the office of the divisional forest officer (DFO) for not getting wages for the past over six months.

Project on child health
Patiala, July 27
Chairman-cum-executive director of the Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies (North), Punjab, P.H. Vaishnav inaugurated a project of reproductive and child health, Government of India, a Fatehpur village, recently.

Monica keen on returning to films
Chabbewal, July 27
Bollywood starlet Monica Bedi said though some politicians had approached her during her stay at Chanchalguda prison in Hyderabad to join their respective political parties, she had no intention to join politics. Moreover, no member of her family was ever in politics.

Bathinda SSP in PSHRC loop
Chandigarh, July 27
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) yesterday took notice of media reports according to which the SSP, Bathinda, had asked a cop to do push-ups in full public view at the mini-secretariat on Monday.

Teej festival from Aug 11
Patiala, July 27
A meeting of the Patiala Kala Parishad was held under the chairmanship of S.K. Ahluwalia, president of the Patiala Kala Parishad-cum-divisional commissioner, Patiala division, here on Thursday. Giving details, Ahluwalia said a two-day teej festival would be celebrated on August 11 and 12 at Baradari Garden.

School auto overturns, nine injured
Kharar, July 27
Nine persons, including staff and students of Saint Ezra International School in Khanpur, were injured when a school autorickshaw collided with a tractor-trailer this afternoon.

Scribes flay Jalandhar incident
Chandigarh, July 27
The Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ) today condemned beating up of journalists at Jalandhar by the CRPF personnel.


What a relief!
Border no bar for tubewell connections
Patiala, July 27
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to give major relief to farmers on the Indo-Pak international border. They will be issued tube well connections for irrigating their lands located beyond the border fencing.

SAD to corner Centre on farmers’ issues
Sangrur, July 27
In the ensuing monsoon session of Parliament the SAD will raise the issue regarding keeping Punjab under the disturbed area category even after return of normalcy. The SAD will put pressure on the Central government to withdraw the notification vide which it had declared Punjab a disturbed area.


Head constable suspended for harassing couple
Kharar, July 27
Head constable Gurnam Singh of the Baloungi police post was suspended today for misbehaving with a married couple.

Ghuman nominated to advisory body
Patiala, July 27
The Punjab Government has nominated noted economist Dr Ranjit Singh Ghuman, professor in the department of economics, as member of the State Advisory Committee of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission.


Medical Colleges
Sud hints at reasonable fee hike
Jalandhar, July 27
The decision to hike fees of medical colleges in the state has perturbed parents. Commenting on reports in a section of the press, minister for medical education and research Tikshan Sud denied that there was a proposal to hike fees of medical colleges by 200 or 400 per cent.

Seminar on SSA held
Sangrur, July 27
The Koshish Welfare Club, Sunam, today organised a seminar on the Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) at the Government Primary School (Sachkhand) at Sunam. President of the club Rakesh Aggarwal presided over the seminar while retired executive engineer of the PWD,B&R, Joginder Singh Chandhar was the chief guest.


Cable War
Politics takes over network; police mum
Patiala, July 27
Politics has taken over the cable network business in the district. A particular cable network is being favoured by the local police and administration.


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