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PSEB tops in purchase of costly power
Chandigarh, July 2
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is getting pushed in the red to meet needs of non-paying consumers and earning the dubious distinction of topping the country in the purchase of costly power.

Bhattal for President’s rule in state
Patiala, July 2
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal here today demanded the imposition of President’s rule in Punjab, saying that the law and order machinery in the state had collapsed.
PPCC president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, party spokesman Bir Devinder Singh (extreme right) and party general secretary Lal Singh with injured Congress worker in Patiala PPCC president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, party spokesman Bir Devinder Singh (extreme right) and party general secretary Lal Singh with injured Congress worker in Patiala on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

‘Disappearance’ of MC Candidate’s Husband
Cong workers gherao DSP’s office

Amritsar, July 2
The disappearance of Jaswant Singh Mosha (52), husband of Manjit Kaur, Congress candidate for Jandiala Guru Municipal Committee, who lost election to the Shiromani Akali Dal-supported Independent candidate by only two votes, on June 30 election day, is shrouded in mystery.
Congress workers gherao the office of the DSP, Jandiala Guru Congress workers gherao the office of the DSP, Jandiala Guru, on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph



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Many offer to fund education of poor man’s bright son
Amritsar, July 2
Philanthropists, BJP MP, Guru Nanak Dev University educational institutions and common people have responded to help rickshawpuller’s son Om Parkash for higher professional education here today.

Truckers-minister meeting a fiasco
Chandigarh, July 2
Representatives of agitating truckers today said they had gone to meet union surface transport minister T.R. Balu regarding their demands this morning, but the minister dismissed their pleas saying he had nothing to do with the demands.


Sardulgarh MC Poll
Cong MLAs condemn rigging, booth-capturing
Chandigarh, July 2
Congress MLAs Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Mangat Rai Bansal, Makhan Singh, Ajaib Singh Bhatti and Sher Singh Gagowal have condemned alleged incidents of high-handedness and booth-capturing in municipal elections at Sardulgarh on June 30.

Sunam MC Poll
Silent march held
Sangrur, July 2
In a protest against the reported rigging in the Municipal Council (MC) elections, allegedly by supporters of the ruling party and alleged excesses done to Congress candidates and workers on the polling day, a large number of Congress workers, led by Rajinder Deepa, today took out a silent march.


Badal reviews development projects
Chandigarh, July 2
Decks have been cleared for a major modernisation and infrastructure make over of Anandpur Sahib and Talwandi Sabo at a cost of Rs 200 crore. The makeover would be a part of the Guru-Gaddi anniversary programmes.

No function to mark Akal Takht’s foundation day
Amritsar, July 2
Eyebrows were raised even as no function was held to mark the foundation day of Akal Takht, the supreme temporal authority of the Sikhs, here today. Though jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti arrived here from long foreign tour today, yet he failed to address the Sikh masses on the occasion.

No separate line to check water stagnation yet
Chandigarh, July 2
Despite the assurance of the deputy commissioner to develop a separate line to prevent the swelling of water bodies during rainy season in Basti Guzan area in Jalandhar district, no action has been taken by the concerned authorities.

Kesgarh Sahib jathedar to probe Akalis’ unruly conduct
Anandpur Sahib, July 2
Sri Kesgarh Sahib jathedar Giani Tarlochan Singh will conduct an inquiry into the unruly scenes witnessed here yesterday. Giani Tarlochan Singh told The Tribune that he would conduct a probe. “We will look at the larger picture tracing out people responsible for the mess. No one will be spared,” he said.

A labourer carries saplings at a paddy field in a village in Punjab
A labourer carries saplings at a paddy field in a village in Punjab on Wednesday. — Reuters

‘Farmers being punished by Centre’
Chandigarh, July 2
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has lodged a protest to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for what it described as “ditching” of farmers of the state on loan waiver and other issues.

Export of Non-basmati Rice
Mann asks PM to challenge SC order
Chandigarh, July 2
SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to challenge the Supreme Court’s decision with regard to the ban on export of non-basmati rice before the full Bench of the apex court. He said best lawyers should be fielded in the Supreme Court to protect the interest of farmers.

Anganwari workers, helpers a ‘discontented lot’
Sangrur, July 2
Expressing concern over the “indifferent attitude” of the state government towards the long-standing demands of anganwari workers and helpers, state president of the Anganwari Mulazam Union, Punjab, Usha Rani yesterday asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to announce enhancement in the monthly honorarium of anganwari workers and helpers on the pattern of Uttarakhand without any further delay.

Amritsar gets state’s first trauma centre
Amritsar, July 2
Concerned at rising incidents of misbehaviour with doctors and other staff of government hospitals, Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health minister, has said action will be taken against the guilty.

Legislator refutes mother’s charge
Chandigarh, July 2
The Congress legislator from Nabha, Randeep Singh, has refuted allegations made against him by his mother and sister alleging that he was trying to dispose them of their property.

Rs 24 lakh for memorial
Chandigarh, July 2
The State of Punjab has released Rs 24 lakh for completing the construction of half built memorial for martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha in his native Sarabha village in Ludhiana district.


High Court
Woman seeks Rs 10 lakh for child’s upbringing
Chandigarh, July 2
A Dera Bassi resident has approached the high court for directions to the Union government and the State of Punjab for Rs 10 lakh for enabling her to bring up a child, conceived even though she had undergone surgical bilateral tubectomy for family planning in a state-run hospital.


Suicide case: 7 accused still free
Sangrur, July 2
As the Khanauri police has not arrested the persons allegedly responsible for the death of Ajit Pal Singh of Thaska village (near Khanauri) who died on June 18 in a Ludhiana hospital after consuming poison, Daljit Singh, a relative of the deceased, has urged the Sangrur SSP to arrest the accused persons (named in the FIR), including deceased’s wife Ratinder Kaur, alias Ritu, and her maternal aunt Baljit Kaur.


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