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Cong to make N-deal main poll issue
Doors open for Left after elections: Ashwani Kumar
Gurdaspur, July 9
The Congress will contest the next Lok Sabha elections by making the signing of the nuclear deal with the USA the main issue.

Be ready for LS poll, Badal tells partymen
Says SAD may hold talks with anyone to defeat Congress
Fatehgarh (Sangrur), July 9
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today gave a call to the Akali workers and leaders to be ready for the Lok Sabha elections, which may be held soon. He appealed to the workers and leaders not to oppose each other within the party, “as it was a big evil that could hit the party’s victory chances in the elections”.

PSEB resorts to power cuts
Funds crunch limits options
Chandigarh, July 9
Starved of funds to purchase adequate power to meet the demand in the state, the PSEB authorities have started imposing heavy power cuts, varying from 6 to 8 hours daily.


SAD sought opinion of ex-PM

Chandigarh, July 9
It is not only the Samajwadi Party (SP) which consulted experts on the nuclear deal. Even the Shiromani Akali Dal ( SAD) leadership has sought opinion of experts on it .






Residents seek opening of road around Hira Mahal
Nabha, July 9
Residents of the Hira Mahal locality are up in arms against a local businessman Om Jindal, brother of BJP leader Madan Jindal. Om has purchased the famous Hira Mahal from Maharaja Hanumant Singh. He has closed the way around it so that residents of the locality have difficulty in reaching the town.

53 students down with gastroenteritis
Barnala, July 9
As many as 53 students suffered from gastroenteritis after consuming ratanjot plants standing on school premises of government high school Rooreke Kalan here today. The students who had fruit of the plants in the noon, started vomiting in their homes.

Review NRI Sikhs’ blacklist, state to Centre
Chandigarh, July 9
The Punjab government has requested the Centre to review the ‘blacklist’ of non-resident Sikhs (NRIs) and those sans criminal record and they be allowed access to homeland.

Thermal plant siphons ash into wetland
Workers clean the contaminated drain in Ropar Chak Dher (Ropar), July 9
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Power Plant is draining its ash and toxic waste into the international Ropar wetland. The siphon drain from Ghanauli runs over to Chak Dher village, carrying ash and empties it into the Sutlej, affecting the wetland.

Workers clean the contaminated drain in Ropar. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

New deputy commissioners
Chandigarh, July 9
The state government today transferred Khushi Ram, special secretary, Revenue, and survey commissioner of Wakfs, as DC, Tarn Taran, relieving K.S Pannu of this additional charge.

2 SGPC men killed in road mishap
Amritsar, July 9
Two SGPC employees were killed and 10 hurt in a road accident while returning to Banga today after observing the Shaheedi Divas of Bhai Mani Singh at Manji Sahib Dewan Hall here.

Sukhbir Badal’s Birthday
Akali leaders celebrate, cut cakes

Ludhiana, July 9
A number of senior Akali leaders, to celebrate the 47th birthday of Sukhbir Singh Badal, president, SAD, cut cake on his behalf.


Reliance can be placed on testimony of ‘relation witnesses’
Chandigarh, July 9
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that reliance can be placed on the testimony of “relation witnesses”, unless they prove “unreliable” or have made an attempt to introduce false evidence to fix the accused.

Petition on Amarinder’s election
HC issues notice 
Chandigarh, July 9
The 2007 election of Punjab’s former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, for the second consecutive term from Patiala Town constituency of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, has come under the judicial scanner. Justice Rajive Bhalla’s order, pronounced in an open court today, cleared the last hurdle in the hearing of the election petition filed by a voter, Sukhbeer Singh, in April last year.


Thesis writers available for a price !
Amritsar, July 9
Ghost writers, for writing doctoral theses for Ph.D degree, are available for a price! A “researcher” can realise his dream of prefix “doctor” with his name for a consideration.. Research, “Punjabi Khoj Sandharbh,” of Dr Dharam Singh, head, Department of School of Punjabi, Guru Nanak Dev University, which is yet to be released has revealed it. Dr Dharam Singh said when Ph.D was made mandatory for the post of principal, many aspirants approached ghost writers. “To retain their posts, many principals got theses written on ‘co-operative’ (many authors for one thesis) basis. Thereafter, such principals never contributed even single article”.

Tribune Impact
DEO inspects rice for mid-day meal scheme 

Tarn Taran, July 9
The district administration and the Education Department have taken notice of the poor quality rice supplied to students of Government Elementary School at Usman village.


Forum to revive sick industrial units fails to take off
Bathinda, July 9
The forum set up by the Punjab government to revive the sick small-scale industries (SSIs) has not yet taken off.


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