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Amarinder writes to Badal
Wants Akalis to back PM on N-deal
Chandigarh, July 15
Despite recent verbal duels over politics of vendetta, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wants Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal to show statesmanship on the July 22 motion of confidence in the Lok Sabha as he and his party did in passing the rivers waters agreements annulment Act some years ago.

Delhi Test
SAD core panel endorses Badal
Chandigarh, July 15
In order to stave off criticism for voting against a Sikh Prime Minister, the Core Committee of the SAD today took to the offensive to paint the Congress as an anti-Sikh party.

Parents contest 5-yr fee for 4-yr MBBS course
Chandigarh, July 15
Parents of wards aspiring for admission to MBBS in Punjab’s private medical colleges have objected to charging of fee for five years when the course is of four-and-a-half years. Counselling for admission in medical colleges of the state began today at Patiala.


Fee hike leaves medical students in lurch
Chandigarh, July 15
Parents of the students of the medical and dental colleges today said Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had left them in the lurch by doing nothing to reduce the fee structure of the general management quota students who form 35 per cent of the total seats in private medical colleges in the state.

SAD ‘Terror’
Chawla meets Bhandari, DGP
Amritsar, July 15
Health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla today met state BJP president Rajinder Bhandari and DGP N.P.S. Aulakh to complain to them against a police official of Ajnala who allegedly intimidated BJP supporters during the recently held panchayat and nagar council elections.

Punjabis love to wear identity on sleeve
Chandigarh, July 15
The title of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film “Singh is Kinng” sure underlines one trait of Punjabis - they love to flaunt their identity. From having names for restaurants like Punjabi By Nature to wearing T-shirts that proclaim “Pure Punjabi”, these men and women who trace their roots to the northern state of Punjab do it in many ways.


SAD puts 2 on notice
Sangrur, July 15
On a complaint of the BJP that some leaders of the SAD had opposed its candidates in the recently held elections to the Sangrur Municipal Council, the latter has issued show-cause notices to its two leaders.


Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways Vasudev Acharya (left), along with other members, inspects Amritsar railway station on Tuesday. Central panel for AC platforms at Amritsar station
Amritsar, July 15
The inspection of the local railway station by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways turned out to be a brief affair. Within 10 minutes, the committee members inspected the railway station and left for Ludhiana by the Amritsar-Jai Nagar Express train.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways Vasudev Acharya (left), along with other members, inspects Amritsar railway station on Tuesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

CM blames Capt for power cuts
Patiala, July 15
Holding former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh responsible for burden of toll on people of state, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said his government was not in favour of toll on “ordinary roads” of the state.

Badal ‘architect’ of modern Punjab?
Chandigarh, July 15
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal wants to to be remembered as architect of modern Punjab.

Porters pacified, trade resumes across border
Amritsar, July 15
After the alleged politically motivated two-day strike by porters at the Attari international check post, trade across the border resumed today.

Father puts conditions for accepting daughter’s marriage
Chandigarh, July 15 Jagnandan Singh has put a strange condition before his daughter Satveer Kaur and her husband Sukhpal Singh, who had eloped and got married. Agreeing to accept the marriage before the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), Jagnandan said his only condition was that the couple would not settle in their native village Lambi, near Muktsar, as the marriage had humiliated his family.

6 pc more DA for govt staff, pensioners
Chandigarh, July 15
The Punjab government today raised dearness allowance (DA) payable to state government employees and pensioners from the existing 41 pc to 47 pc of basic pay plus dearness pay from Jan-’08. An official spokesman said the whole amount on account of enhanced DA due for the period from Jan 1, ’08, to July 31, ’08, would be credited to the General PF accounts of the employees. From Aug 1, ’08, the enhanced DA would be paid in cash.

Chickenpox: Don’t delay
Chandigarh, July 15
In the wake of recent abrupt increase in the cases of chickenpox, measles, viral infection (fever) in Punjab and Haryana after the onset of the monsoon, Dr S.P.S. Sohal, director, Health Services, Punjab, stated that people should not panic and rush to quacks or magic healers.

Temple razed again
Malerkotla, July 15
The 100-year-old temple of Sheetla Mata, which was demolished by the local administration on July 12 and reconstructed by devotees the next day, was once again demolished by the administration today.


High Court
Currency racket: Probe held in ‘unscientific way’
Chandigarh, July 15
In its report before the Punjab and Haryana High Court into the resiling of witnesses in the fake currency racket, the Punjab police has assessed that there was a cloud of suspicion over the veracity of seizure of fake currency. The probe committee has also indicted a DSP for “conducting the investigation in a negligent way,” instead of holding the probe “in a fair and scientific manner” keeping in view the seriousness of the matter.


Appointment of teachers after HC order: Minister
Gurdaspur, July 15
The government has decided to issue appointment letters to newly selected schoolteachers on getting the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

RIMC entrance test on Dec 1, 2
Chandigarh, July 15
The entrance examination for admission to the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun, for the July 2009 term will be conducted here at Lala Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15. Only boys are eligible to apply for the admission.


2 killed, 25 injured in bus-truck collision
The Indane gas agency truck which collided with a bus on the Malerkotla-Nabha road on Tuesday. Malerkotla, July 15
Two persons were killed and more than 25 were injured, 10 of them seriously, when a PRTC bus and an Indane gas agency truck met collided on the Malerkotla-Nabha road at Amargarh village, about 15 km from here, today. Injured persons were admitted to the Civil Hospital here and at Amargarh, while others were referred to Rajendra Hospital, Patiala, by hospital authorities.

The Indane gas agency truck which collided with a bus on the Malerkotla-Nabha road on Tuesday. Photo by writer


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