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Back from Pak after 10 years
Ram Prakash was arrested by the Pak authorities on the charge of espionageIndian national Ram Prakash (right), who was released from a Pakistani jail, is hugged by his son at the Wagah check-post in Amritsar
Amritsar, July 7
Indian national Ram Prakash, who was freed last week after spending 10 years in Pakistan’s jails for ‘spying’, reached here through the Attari-Wagah check-post today. He was handed over to the BSF by the Sutlej Rangers of Pakistan.

Indian national Ram Prakash (right), who was released from a Pakistani jail, is hugged by his son at the Wagah check-post in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rupinderjit Singh

Vigilance Probe
Amarinder’s position strengthening in PPCC
MLAs from Bhattal’s camp also backing him
Chandigarh, July 7
Like the lease of life given to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal following his arrest for possessing assets disproportionate to his income during the last regime, the state Vigilance crackdown on former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has also helped him politically with more and more legislators, including some known supporters of Pradesh Congress president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, gravitating towards him.

Capt hits out at Vigilance team
Patiala, July 7
Hitting back at the Vigilance Bureau (VB) for its “misleading campaign” against him, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has asserted that he had no intention of concealing anything. He, however, refused to divulge any details pertaining to the FIR No. 5 registered against him at Ludhiana.



Makes a plea to visit Dubai
Ludhiana, July 7
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, an accused in the alleged multi-crore City Centre scam, today sought permission from a local court to visit Dubai for registration of a property bought by him. In an application to Sessions Judge M.S. Virdi, the former CM has sought permission to visit Dubai from July 10.


State to float Rs 500-cr loan
Chandigarh, July 7
The Punjab government in line with the Reserve Bank of India has proposed to float a state loan of Rs 500 crore to raise part of the barrowings through the auction system.

Missing Banker
Police clueless, shifts onus to Chandigarh cops
Pathankot, July 7
Family members of ‘kidnapped’ bank manager Samir Gupta, a local resident, are in a state of shock as the police has failed to make any headway in the case.

Advocates seek suspension of Saini
Chandigarh, July 7
If government’s approach in dealing with the case of Punjab IGP Sumedh Singh Saini is any indication, it seems that the guidelines for taking action against erring IPS officials vary from person to person.

Molestation Charge
GCM for Maj-Gen’s trial assembles, adjourned
Chandigarh, July 7
The general court martial (GCM) convened to try a Major-General for allegedly molesting a woman officer assembled at Bathinda today, but could not hold meaningful proceedings as the accused could not be presented before the court.

‘MCI satisfied’, way cleared for admissions to medical colleges
Chandigarh, July 7
With the state government today claiming that the Medical Council of India (MCI), which had put on notice till July 19 the three colleges at Faridkot, Patiala and Amritsar for deficiencies, was satisfied with the compliance report sent by the state, the way for admission to medical colleges seems to have been cleared.

Teachers of aided schools sans salary
Chandigarh, July 7
Resentment prevails among 8,000 teachers and other employees of 484 aided schools of Punjab at not getting salary since February, 2008, due to the non-release of grant by the Punjab government. This is despite the Punjab Finance Department having sanctioned more than Rs 105 crore for this purpose.

Need to take notice of public ‘humiliation’ of Takht chief
Amritsar, July 7
Sikh bodies like the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and various Akali factions need to take notice of public humiliation of jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, in Jamrai (Tarn Taran) village yesterday.

Congress captures Dinanagar samiti
Dinanagar (Gurdaspur), July 7
The Congress has captured the local Block Samiti today with its members winning posts of chairman and vice-chairman. Sardari Lal has been elected chairman and Surinder Kaur vice-chairperson. Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa, who was appointed observer for the election by the state unit of the party, said out of 16 seats of the samiti, the Congress had won nine segments while the remaining six went to the SAD-BJP alliance. — TNS

Panel reviews state Plan
Chandigarh, July 7
A team of the Planning Commission led by Prof V.L. Chopra undertook the annual review of the performance of Punjab's state plan for the year 2007-08 here today.

Police sits on dowry case against babu
Muktsar, July 7
The police is yet to take action in the case, which was registered against a Karanataka cadre IAS officer hailing from Hoshiarpur by his wife and her parents on the charges of cruelty, dowry demand and attempt to outrage her modesty.

Farmers protest against PSEB
Amritsar, July 7
A large number of farmers, led by Jamhoori Kisan Sabha (JKS), Punjab, and the Board Area Sangharash Committee (BASC) today protested against the state government and gheraoed the office of the chief engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, in protest against long power cuts and their wrong policies.


Publication of ‘false news’
HC issues notices to 5 newspapers
Chandigarh, July 7
After a judicial officer reacted to the publication of “false news” against him, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to the editors, publishers and reporters of the Times of India, Jagbani, Rozana Spokesman, Punjab Kesari and Daily Ajit.

Spell out criterion for security: HC to Punjab
Chandigarh, July 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants Punjab to spell out the criterion adopted by it to provide security to the threatened.

Khangura seeks directions for quashing notifications
Chandigarh, July 7
Raising vital questions of law, Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Khangura has asked should deputy commissioners be assigned the crucial task of hearing election petitions as they are also the district election officers for polls to local bodies.


Pvt medical colleges warn Badal against fee cut
Sangrur, July 7
The Punjab Private Unaided Self-FinancedMedical/Dental/ Ayurvedic College Association has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal not to reduce the tuition fee for the management category seats in medical/dental colleges during 2008-09 as even the existing fee is not sufficient to run these colleges according to the norms of the Medical Council of India.

Sidhu for rollback in fee hike


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