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‘Killer road’ claims five lives
Manawala (Amritsar), July 29
The Amritsar-Jalandhar highway, infamous as a killer road, today took five more lives when a speeding truck coming from the wrong side hit a three-wheeler head on at 12 noon near the Amritsar branch of Delhi Public School here.
The remains of the auto-rickshaw which collided with a truck on the Amritsar-Jalandhar highway The remains of the auto-rickshaw which collided with a truck on the Amritsar- Jalandhar highway on Sunday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Beant Singh Case
Govt to work for Tara’s extradition
Rayya, July 29
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today said necessary action would be taken for extradition of Jagtar Singh Tara, who has allegedly fled to Pakistan and is wanted in the Beant Singh murder case.

The Patiala connection
Patiala, July 29
There is a strong connection of the Beant Singh assassination case with Patiala. Five of the total six accused who have been convicted for killing the former Chief Minister belong to Patiala.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Claims, counterclaims on refinery
Chandigarh, July 29
Seemingly stung by advertisements eulogising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi for getting the Bathinda refinery back on track, the SAD-BJP government today issued a carefully worded statement to show how the efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had borne fruit.

2 Lalru youths feared drowned
Lalru, July 29
Gurbeen (24) of Sardarpura Colony, and Gaurav Kaushik (25) of Prem Nagar here, are feared dead. The two were a part of a group of five on a visit to Haridwar. They were reportedly drowned while taking a dip in the Ganga at Rishikesh.

A Revolutionary’s Case Diary
Shaheed Udham Singh married US girl, had 2 sons: Scholar
Sangrur, July 29
Though Shaheed Udham Singh, who shot dead a former Lt Governor of Punjab, Sir Michael F. O’Dwyer, on March 13, 1940 in Caxton Hall, London, to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh massacre after 21 years, had two sons, but many people do not know anything about this aspect of the life of the great martyr of the nation.


Poll List
18 sitting Congress councillors ignored
Patiala, July 29
The Congress packed some major surprises in its list for the municipal corporation (MC) elections slated to be held on August 8. The list was announced late yesterday. As many as 18 sitting councillors have been denied tickets and a number of new and inexperienced faces have been fielded in their places.

SAD-BJP activists in tug of war
Abohar, July 29
The tug of war going on between SAD and BJP activists yesterday took a fresh turn when some BJP workers rallied around five persons who had been handed over to the police here last evening by some commission agents. They succeeded in getting them freed.


Atta-Dal Scheme
Cards distributed
Fazilka, July 29
Under the Badal government’s scheme to provide subsidised atta (wheat flour) and dal (pulses) to poor families, blue-coloured ration cards were distributed in the district at nearby Beganwali village by Surjit Kumar Jyani, MLA and vice- president of the state unit of the BJP.

Villages sweat it out for atta-dal
Khanpur (Kharar), July 29
Members of 306 families of Khanpur village had a tough time today sweating it out in the queue for blue cards, issued by the government to beneficiaries of atta-dal scheme. All families, converged at village dharamshala, were kept waiting for three to four hours before being informed that the distribution of cards has been cancelled.

Attack on DDPO
Bajwa for CM’s intervention
Amritsar, July 29
Former public works department minister Partap Singh Bajwa today sought intervention of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as law and order situation had worsened in the state, alleged Bajwa.

Dera Chief’s Arrest
SGPC chief seeks Haryana govt’s help
Pathankot, July 29
SGPC chief Avtar Singh has sought cooperation of the Haryana government in getting the Dera Sacha Sauda chief arrested after proper investigation. He said the dera chief would be dealt with strictly and his arrest made soon to avoid any untoward incident in the near future.

Women in narcotics trade worries police
Abohar, July 29
The police is worried over the major participation of women in the narcotics trade in the region. DSP Parampal Singh confirmed today that four women, all from the neighbouring Malout area, were yesterday arrested under the NDPS Act and four of them belonged to the same village Jhurar.

Kohli’s family claims his innocence
‘We have lost faith in Indian judiciary’
Chandigarh, July 29
“We have lost faith in Indian judiciary and the government as well. In fact, we feel ashamed to be Indians.” This is how family members of Maninder Singh Kohli, who was extradited to England on July 28, reacted today. Kohli was handed over to the British police and would be tried for the rape and murder of Hannah Foster, a British student.

Jagjit Singh Kohli, father of Maninder, at his residence at Sector 44, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Jagjit Singh Kohli, father of Maninder, at his residence at Sector 44, Chandigarh

Driver averts boy’s abduction
Tarn Taran, July 29
Four armed persons attempted to abduct an eight-year-old schoolboy of Saint Kabir Public School, Dasuwal, last evening. The boy was on way to home in the school van. However, the alert driver foiled the attempt.

JEs threaten stir
Gurdaspur, July 29
Up in arms against the state government for ignoring them for promotion, 42 junior engineers of the Irrigation Department have sought the same as per the decision of the Supreme Court. Being members of the AMIE (India) Engineers Association, Punjab, they have demanded that the government should follow the rules in promoting the department’s junior engineers (JEs) to sub-divisional engineers (SDEs).

Trade unionists take out march
Hoshiarpur, July 29
Activists of the joint action committee of national trade unions led by convener Harmuni Singh, Rajesh Thapa, president, Punjab Nirman Mazdoor Union Ganga Parshad, Mangat Ram, vice- president of the Paper Mill Workers Mazdoor Union, today held a march here against alleged corruption in the state’s Labour and Employment Department.

Rs 15.50 lakh SIM card owner goes into hiding
Ludhiana, July 29
The Rs 15.50 lakh SIM card owner, Amit Malhotra, has reportedly gone into hiding along with his family. Their residence, a mere 50 sq yard house in Haibowal, is lying locked since last evening.

Municipal councillors on holiday
Bassi Pathana, July 29
A majority of the municipal councillors of MC, Bassi Pathana, are away to the hills to enjoy the hospitality of the presidential candidate. These councillors are on the fun trip since the agenda for the election to the post of president, to be held on July 30, was issued by the deputy commissioner.


Security guard attacked, grievously injured
Lalru, July 29
Armed men attacked and grievously injured a 45-year-old resident of Roorkee village near here tonight. The victim Najar Singh is a security guard at a road construction project in Dandrala village. He was returning to his village from work when he was attacked. Najar Singh’s rifle was snatched by the assailants.

Molestation case against SGPC member
Amritsar, July 29
Ranjit Singh, a blind granthi of Bir Baba Budha Sahib gurdwara near the Jhabal area, whose wife had filed a case of molestation against Baldev Singh, a member of the SGPC and president, Dhadi jatha, today alleged he was beaten up by a brother of Baldev Singh and his accomplices last evening.

Man, son held, 10 kg heroin seized
Ludhiana, July 29
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials here arrested a man and his son and seized 10 kg heroin from them. They were taking the consignment to Chandigarh from Ferozepur. DRI officials told reporters this evening Tara Singh and Major Singh belonging to Tarn Taran were intercepted near Mullanpur.

Havildar beaten up by in-laws
Kharar, July 29
Harjinder Singh, a havildar posted at Ramgarh in Uttar Pradesh, was allegedly attacked by his in-laws in Chhapar Chidi village. Harjinder, a native of Bassi Pathana, was married in 1992. Due to some family problems, his wife returned to her parents’ home in 2002.


An ailing medical college
Faridkot, July 29
The Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital (GGSMCH) here is on the verge of de-recognition, thanks to the indifferent attitude of the successive governments in the state.

Varsity prepares for youth festival
Patiala, July 29
A meeting of the Punjabi University's Youth Welfare Executive Committee was held under the chairmanship of dean, academic affairs, Dr Sucha Singh Gill, here, yesterday.


Export zone planned near Rajpura
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 29
Punjab has sought the Centre’s nod for setting up a special export zone near Chamaru village on NH-1. Chief parliamentary secretary Raj Khurana said the state government was keen on creating a conducive atmosphere for the industry to flourish.


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