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Akali leaders clash
Akali leaders pull each other’s beard at the residence of the Jathedar of Sri Kesgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib on Tuesday. Anandpur Sahib, July 1
A photography session turned into a clash among leaders of the SAD at the residence of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar here this afternoon. 

Akali leaders pull each other’s beard at the residence of the Jathedar of Sri Kesgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Poll Analysis
Akalis expanding urban foothold
Chandigarh, July 1
The results of the Municipal Committee/Nagar Panchayat polls indicate a changed nature of politics in Punjab. There has been a shift in the political paradigm that labelled political parties with stereotypes, such as calling the SAD a party of the “jathedars” and with a rural mass base. The results have shown that the SAD has come a long way in expanding its mass base in cities.

PTU approves 14 new colleges
Jalandhar, July 1
Going by the number of engineering colleges in the state, it seems the day is not far when engineers will outnumber graduates. There were 51 engineering colleges in the state till last year.The number will rise to 61 with the approval to 10 engineering colleges of Punjab Technical University (PTU). There are two other applications that are likely to get clearance. The new colleges will fill seats through CET counselling which began here today.



PSEB Introduces VDS
Another chance for farmers to regularise load
Patiala, July 1
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to give another chance to agriculture consumers to have their unauthorised load regularised and for this purpose it announced a voluntary disclosure scheme, which would be effective during this month.


‘Bhattal trying to save her skin’
Sangrur, July 1 P.S. Chandumajra
General secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and area in charge of the SAD for Lehragaga Assembly constituency Prem Singh Chandumajra said today that Congress MLA from Lehragaga Rajinder Kaur Bhattal was making a “false” hue and cry that the SAD-BJP alliance had committed excesses on Congress workers and had done injustice to them during the polling held throughout the state for the Municipal Council (MC) elections the previous day.
P.S. Chandumajra


The bus of the J&K State Transport Corporation, which was attacked by activists of Hindu organisations in Bathinda on Monday. J-K stir echo in Bathinda
Bathinda, July 1
Retaliating to the developments in Jammu and Kashmir, a number of Hindu organisations here today threatened to disrupt service of Jammu and Kashmir buses in Punjab. Terming the revocation of the transfer of forest land to the Amarnath Shrine Board as “anti-Hindu” stance, the VHP, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti and other bodies said they would support the India bandh call on July 3.
The bus of the J&K State Transport Corporation, which was attacked by activists of Hindu organisations in Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Maluka attacked, guards open fire
Bathinda, July 1
Bodyguards of SAD leader Sikendar Singh Maluka fired in the air when Congress supporters pelted stones on the victory procession of the newly elected SAD-BJP municipal councillors of Rampura that was led by him this afternoon.

New rules for Jathedars
Amritsar , July 1
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee has agreed to frame rules for jathedars and high priests, as had been recommended by Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, a day after his installation as Jathedar Akal Takht on March 29, 2000.

Kewal Krishan cremated
Hoshiarpur, July 1
The mortal remains of former speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and veteran Congress leader Kewal Krishan were consigned to the flames with full state honours at the cremation ground in Mukerian, 52 km from here, this afternoon.

Fakir Saif-ud-Din Maharaja-Moran relationship in new light
Amritsar, July 1
The Masjid-e-Tawaifan (mosque for prostitutes) in Lahore was re-named Mai Moran Masjid, two decades ago to bestow honour on Muslim nautch girl Moran, who remained in oblivion for two centuries. Fakir Saif-ud-Din, sixth generation descendant of Fakirs, who held eminent positions in the darbar of Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh, stated this here today. 

                                                  Fakir Saif-ud-Din

Tension on rise as ageing NRIs turn homewards
Ludhiana, July 1
Ageing non-resident Indian ( NRI) population which had gone abroad in search of greener pastures decades back now feels new El Dorado is here and in other cities in the Doaba region of the state where increasing land and property prices have NRIs wanting share of cake they had long forgotten.

SAD-BJP to safeguard interests of NRIs
Chandigarh, July 1
Advocate-General Hardev Singh Mattewal has assured NRIs that the state government was committed to safeguard their rights. This was stressed by Mattewal while talking to mediapersons during his recent visit to London.

Extension to chief engineer opposed
Chandigarh, July 1
At an emergency meeting of the Senior Engineers Forum, PWD (B and R), representatives of the forum opposed the state government’s move to grant extension to a chief engineer, who had otherwise attained the age of superannuation yesterday.

Dept ‘blocks’ benefit to students
Ludhiana, July 1
Funds worth Rs 29 crore meant for encouraging students of SCs and BCs, especially girls, are lying unutilised with the state SC/BC Welfare Department, thanks to the lackadaisical attitude of the Education Department, which has failed to make a list of SC/BC students.


‘Court can suo motu intervene in fraud cases’
Chandigarh, July 1
In a significant judgment, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that a court can even suo motu interfere, and “set right a fraud which has been played on the court”.


Tribune Impact
Appoint principals, colleges told
Amritsar, July 1
Taking a serious view of not appointing regular principal in Lyallpur Khalsa College in gross violation of the university calendar, Guru Nanak Dev University (GND University) has instructed all colleges affiliated with it to fill the vacant post of principal by July 31.


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