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Amarinder appears before Vigilance team
26 Cong MLAs defy PPPC directive, express solidarity with him
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with supporters as he goes to appear before the Vigilance Bureau in Patiala on Sunday Patiala, July 6
Thousands of Congress men here today expressed solidarity with former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh before he appeared before a Vigilance Bureau team.

Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with supporters as he goes to appear before the Vigilance Bureau in Patiala on Sunday. —Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Airport at Nanded to be functional
by Aug 15

Amritsar, July 6
The airport at Nanded (Maharashtra), city of Takht Hazur Sahib, will be functional by August 15. It is likely to be named after Guru Gobind Singh, 10th Sikh Master, as per a unanimous resolution passed by the Municipal Committee, Nanded.





Expose political pressure: Bitta
Maninderjit Singh BittaAmritsar, July 6
Former Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) spymasters should expose political pressure in the working of their departments. Maninderjit Singh Bitta, president, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, stated this here today on a recent notification by the Department of Personnel and Training to gag former spies who wrote books exposing the functioning of these organisations.

Sikh Museum to have portrait of Balkar
Vedanti, Mann lock horns over hymn
Jamarai (Tarn Taran), July 6
An unsavoury situation occurred during a gathering organised to pay tributes to Balkar Singh, who was shot dead by guards of Dera Sacha Sauda chief in Mumbai, here today when jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti and SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann entered into a verbal duel.

LBP promises jobs to youth
Sangrur, July 6
President of the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) Balwant Singh Ramoowalia held the successive governments responsible for people’s problems like increasing unemployment, rising prices, debt and exploitation of innocent youths by travel agents.

Gurdwara panel supports N-deal
Amritsar, July 6
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), headed by Parmjit Singh Sarna, today openly advocated the Indo-US nuclear deal and called upon Sikh Members of Parliament, especially those belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal, to support the move in “larger interest” of the country.


NRIs grateful to state cops
Jalandhar/Kapurthala, July 6
“After meeting you I feel there is hope for Punjab. We need good men like you and SSP sahib for India to become a great country just like Canada, if not better”. This is a letter written by Gordie Kahlon of Kahlon Farms, Abbotsford, Canada, to inspector Dalbir Singh of the newly opened NRI police station at Kapurthala.

Power cuts continue, despite good rain
Ludhiana, July 6
Although the water level in hydel reservoirs has started rising, following rains in the catchment areas, yet there is no relief from power cuts in the state. The state continues to reel under severe power restrictions.

US body helps bright, deserving Sikh students
Chandigarh, July 6
An effort to help deserving Sikh students has become a major project that aids bright and needy young persons realise dreams. The Sikh Human Development Foundation (SHDF), a US-based non-profit and non-political organisation, was started in 1999 by a few Sikh NRIs to help fellow Punjabis. Today, it has a beneficiary in almost every district of Punjab.

MLA wants Saini suspended
Chandigarh, July 6
Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira today urged Punjab Governor S. F. Rodrigues to suspend state Vigilance Inspector General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini Sumedh Singh Saini following the registration of an FIR against him by the CBI.

The bus that fell into a drain at Malerkotla on Sunday. Bus falls into drain, 40 hurt
Malerkotla, July 6
More than 40 passengers, including 22 women and children, sustained injuries when the bus in which they were travelling hit the railings of a bridge and fell into a drain on the Malerkotla-Sangrur road, allegedly while overtaking another bus here today. The bus belongs to Libra Transport Company and was on its way to Jalandhar from Patran. The injured were admitted to the local civil hospital. Three of them suffered fractures.

The bus that fell into a drain at Malerkotla on Sunday. —A Tribune photograph

Ex-servicemen hold rally
Amritsar, July 6
Ex-servicemen, led by Col P.I.S. Phulka (retd) of the SAD and Col G.S. Sandhu (retd) of the Majha Human Rights Association, today took out a rally from Jallianwala Bagh to the office of the deputy commissioner here today.

Students taken ill after eating ‘unhygienic food’
Amritsar, July 6
At least 10 students of nursing colleges of the state, who are training in the local Dr Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health, were taken ill after eating ‘unhygienic’ food provided by the mess. They were taken to private hospitals.


Agriculture Dept faces staff shortage
Patiala, July 6
Monitoring of farm activities seems to have been put on hold in the state as hundreds of positions of senior and middle-level agriculture officials in the Agriculture Department are vacant.


Spiralling feed prices hit poultry units hard
Chandigarh, July 6
The highest ever price of poultry feed and the growing debt on poultry farmers in the region have forced the closure of several poultry units across Punjab. Several poultry farmers in Amritsar, Sangrur and Ludhiana have already closed operations on account of high input costs.

State industrial boards without heads
Ludhiana, July 6
On April 15, 2008, the state government issued a notification, notifying the constitution of three industrial development boards: Punjab State Industrial Development Board, Medium Scale Industrial Development Board and Small Scale Industry Development Board. The first board is headed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while the other two are headed by the representatives of the industry.


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