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Cabinet clears Innova vehicles for MLAs
Chandigarh, July 16
A minister said the state Cabinet today cleared purchase of Innova vehicles for MLAs. The PSEB has been facing problem of funds to buy power and imposing cuts ranging from 6 to 8 hours.

Free Power to Farm Sector
Govt fails to pay subsidy to PSEB
Chandigarh, July 16
The Punjab government has failed to comply with the directive of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) to pay subsidy on account of free power to agricultural pump sets in instalments in advance at the beginning of each quarter.

Delhi Test
Advani to host dinner to NDA MPs on July 20
Chandigarh, July 16
The BJP leadership, that has stepped up efforts to dislodge Dr Manmohan Singh’s government, has started dinner diplomacy.

N-deal: Malti Thapar writes to Badal
Moga, July 16
General secretary of the PPCC and former minister Malti Thapar has appealed to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to extend his party’s support to the Manmohan Singh government on the nuclear deal.

Raikot easy ‘target’ for travel agentsFLIGHT TO MISERY
Ludhiana, July 16
Gullible youths of Raikot town are falling easy prey to cheating by travel agents who promise them a comfortable life abroad. Every year, one or another Delhi-based agent hobnobs with an influential person of Raikot and dupes youths.




Ravi Inder asks Akalis to support ManmohanPresident of the SAD 1920 Ravi Inder Singh addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Wednesday.
Amritsar, July 16
President of the SAD 1920 Ravi Inder Singh has urged SAD (Badal) MPs to rise above personal and political interests to support Prime Minister on the nuclear deal keeping in view the larger national interest.

President of the SAD 1920 Ravi Inder Singh addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

‘Hold akhand paths for PM’

Cong accuses SAD of double standards
Gurdaspur, July 16
Senior Congress leaders of the Majha region have condemned the SAD for the alleged double standards on the vote of confidence by the Manmohan Singh government on July 22.

Sud asks EC to derecognise Congress
Chandigarh, July 16
Senior BJP leader and Punjab's medical education minister Tikshan Sud today urged the Election Commission to derecognise the Congress for invoking religion to secure votes for the forthcoming trust vote in Parliament.


Numbers Game for Sarpanch
Panches protest Badals’ punchesPanches of Channu village and their supporters protest the alleged interference of the Badal family in the election of the sarpanch at the village on Wednesday.
Channu (Muktsar), July 16
The elections for the post of sarpanch in the home district of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has become so prestigious that his family is reportedly striving to get their favourite persons elected as sarpanch.

Panches of Channu village and their supporters protest the alleged interference of the Badal family in the election of the sarpanch at the village on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

BJP alleges admn bias in Ajnala

Mattewal’s kin elected

Cops ‘manhandle’ woman panch
Sukhowal (Gurdaspur), July 16
Residents of Sukhowal village of this district today blocked the Batala-Sri Hargobindpur highway for about two hours to lodge their protest against the alleged manhandling of a woman panchayat member belonging to the SC community by the Ghoman police here.

MC chief: Consensus eludes SAD, BJP
Sangrur, July 16
The SAD and the BJP could not reach consensus vis-a-vis the post of MC president due to sharp differences among leaders of both parties. In the 21-member MC, the SAD has seven members, the BJP four and the Congress nine. One seat has been won by an independent candidate.

Punjab to introduce Bill  on doctors’ assault
Patiala, July 16
To check the rising incidences of assault on doctors and ransacking of hospitals by unruly mobs in Punjab, the state government is going to introduce a bill in the next Assembly session.

Residents protest poor sewerage
Sangrur, July 16
Residents of Punia Colony on the Haripura road here have been leading a miserable life due to the accumulation of dirty water, leaking from some manholes caused by the choking of sewer lines in front of their houses for the past many days.

Compassionate appointments
Chandigarh, July 16
The Punjab government today issued instructions to all heads of departments, divisional commissioners, DCs and SDMs to clear all pending cases of compassionate appointments within two months.

PSEB conducts raids
Patiala, July 16
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has come out with various measures to check revenue loss by conducting a large number of raids across the state.


Probe against Ludhiana DC begins
Ludhiana, July 16
On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Lachhman Singh today began probe against deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjjar. The DC, citing health problems, had not appeared before the high court in a contempt petition against him.

High Court
Preneet, son cry vendetta, apply for bail
Chandigarh, July 16
Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s wife Preneet Kaur and their son Raninder Singh today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the grant of anticipatory bail in the recently registered corruption case against them. Impleading Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal as a party in the matter, the petitioners contended the FIR was the offshoot of political vendetta.

Contempt proceedings filed against Amritsar border range cops
Amritsar, July 16
A city resident Prem Sagar has filed contempt proceedings in the court of Additional Civil Judge (Sr Division) against IG, Border Range, SP City-I, SHO Vijay Nagar and SI for violating the decree passed by the high court in favour of the petitioner.


Pvt medical colleges ask CM to withdraw fee cut
Sangrur, July 16
The Punjab Private Unaided Medical and Dental College Association today urged the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to withdraw his decision regarding 16.74 per cent reduction in the tuition fee of special management category seats in medical and dental colleges in the session 2008-09.

Student alleges tampering with marks
Gurdaspur, July16
Minu Sharma, a resident of this district, has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to launch a probe into the functioning of the Punjab School Education Board as a section of its employees had been causing harm to students by tampering with marks scored by them in the matriculation examination.


3 held with heroin on Pak tip-off
Amritsar, July 16
The arrest of a Pakistani national by the Pakistan Customs with 10 kg heroin alerted Indian officials who consequently nabbed three Indians, including two Delhi-based Indian women with 6.50 kg heroin who alighted from the Samjhauta Express at Attari railway station last evening.

Man kills daughter with sword for honour
Tarkhan Wala (Bathinda), July 16
In an alleged case of honour killing, a man killed his 28-year-old unmarried daughter at Takhanwala village in the district today morning.


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