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BJP bandh hits urban life
Amritsar, July 3Burning tyres put up by activists of the Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena near the Hall Gate in Amritsar on Thursday.
Barring some violent incidents here, the nationwide bandh call given by the BJP and other Hindu organisation in protest against the withdrawal of the order for allotment of forestland to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board by the Jammu and Kashmir government, was almost peaceful. 

Burning tyres put up by activists of the Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena near the Hall Gate in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Medical colleges on MCI notice
Rush for quota seats in private institutes
Chandigarh, July 3
In absence of an assurance from Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Medical Education Department on the fate of three government medical colleges facing de-recognition, students have started rushing to private medical colleges to apply against management quota seats.

Airport at Mohali
Haryana’s conditional offer to fund
Chandigarh, July 3
Construction of international airport at Mohali has hit a roadblock with Haryana insisting inclusion of its urban development authority - HUDA as partner in the development of the project.



Navjot Singh Sidhu Sidhu writes to Speaker over ‘maltreatment’
Amritsar, July 3
BJP member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu , in a letter to the speaker, Lok Sabha, today sought contempt and breach of privilege proceedings against officials of the Ministry of External Affairs for protocol fiasco at the inauguration of passport office, here on June 28.


Col Amrik Singh as dist BJP chief opposed
Amritsar, July 3
Many senior BJP leaders have raised banner of revolt against the appointment of Col Amrik Singh (retd) as the district party president. Col Amrik Singh will assume office at Khanna Samark, here, tomorrow.

Key Civic Body Posts
SAD to appoint observers
Chandigarh, July 3
President of the SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal has announced that the decision regarding posts of chairman/vice-chairman of zila parishads and president of municipal committees and nagar panchayats will be taken by the party and no one will be allowed to take decision on his own.


Grieving mother of Jaspreet Singh a student of Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, who was killed near Kala Bakra, on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway on May 10. Jaspreet murder: Father seeks CBI probe
Chandigarh, July 3
Grief for the family of Jaspreet Singh, a BBA final year student of Khalsa College, Jalandhar, who was killed near Kala Bakra, on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway on May 10, this year, does not seem to end. For two months aggrieved father, Jarnail Singh, has been making efforts for justice to his son by getting his alleged “killers” arrested, but the Punjab Police has done little to nab the real accused.

Grieving mother of Jaspreet Singh a student of Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, who was killed near Kala Bakra, on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway on May 10. —Tribune Photo by Manoj Mahajan 

Health insurance scheme for members of coop societies
Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab government has approved health insurance scheme- Bhai Ghanhiya Sehat Sewa scheme ,for all members and employees of more than 20,000 cooperative societies in the state.

Flying Cats refunds fee: sacks Ludhiana centre in charge
Ludhiana, July 3
Flying Cats, the aviation institute embroiled into a controversy over the closure of the local branch, today refunded security fees to the students who had recently enrolled themselves with it. It sacked the in charge of the branch and an instructor, blaming them for making false claims to the students.

Farm research scholars’ plea
Nabha, July 3
Research scholars of agricultural universities of the northern region in a communication to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have demanded uniform policy for the recruitment of assistant professors (lecturers) in all farm universities of India. They want that the policy should be in accordance with the University Grants Commission (UGC) notification (f.1-1/2002 PS of June 14, 2006) which says all PhD candidates are eligible for teaching undergraduate and post-graduate classes and MPhil candidates for teaching undergraduate classes.

Relief to kin of deceased staff
Chandigarh, July 3
The government today amended the Compassionate Appointment Policy, giving major relief to the families of deceased government employees.

Demolition of Patiala’s Sunami Gate rejected
Patiala July 3
In what could be perceived as a big jolt to Patiala Mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli, the Punjab government has rejected the proposed demolition of historic Sunami Gate and conversion of municipal commissioner’s official residence into camp office of the mayor. The two resolutions passed by the Patiala municipal corporation’s general house on June 11 were said to be backed by the Patiala mayor. 

Power tariff hike today
Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission will announce new power tariff order for the state tomorrow. Sources said there would about 2.5 per cent increase in the tariff across the board. For domestic sector, the increase in tariff per unit will be in the range of 8 paise and for farm sector paise 11 per unit. However, burden of this increase will have to be borne by the state government.

DA instalment for govt staff soon
Chandigarh, July 3
Government employees will get DA instalment (6 per cent) soon. Sources said the proposal to give the DA instalment to the employees had been sent to the Finance Department. There will be an additional burden of Rs 240 crore on the state exchequer. The Centre had released the DA instalment early this year.


High Court
Chahal seeks anticipatory bail
Chandigarh, July 3
Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, the media adviser to Punjab’s former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, today knocked the doors of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, alleging implication in recently registered corruption case at Patiala.

Insurance company told to pay woman
Sangrur, July 3
In a case of non payment of repair charges of a car damaged in accident, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here has directed the United India Insurance Company to pay Rs 50,129 in 45 days to Seema Parbhat wife of doctor Parbhat Kumar.


At PU, train to fly high
Chandigarh, July 3
Panjab University is all set to impart lessons to girls from Punjab villages for the training of air hostesses. The university will start a air hostess-training course for students at its regional centre in Koni (district Muktsar).


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