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Dera-Sikh Clash
State police seals border with Haryana
Salabatpura/Bathinda, July 18Protesting Sikhs force shopkeepers to pull down shutters in Bathinda
With the death of a person in the Dera-Sikh clash at Dabwali today, the heat of the controversy between the two could also be felt in Bathinda and Muktsar districts of Punjab, bordering Dabwali in Sirsa district of Haryana.

Protesting Sikhs force shopkeepers to pull down shutters in Bathinda on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera 

Badal flays Dabwali incident
Chandigarh, July 18
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today condemned the clash between Dera Sacha Sauda followers and members of the local Satkar Sabha in Dabwali (Haryana), which resulted in the death of one person.

Rita Bawa Murder
Ex-gatekeeper prime suspect: Cops
Ludhiana, July 18
It was a group of seven persons led by an ex-gatekeeper of Kundan Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar, who carried out the sensational principal Rita Bawa quadruple murder case, Ludhiana SSP R.K. Jaiswal, who is conducting a special investigation in the case, claimed here today.

Take possession of forfeited properties of smugglers: Centre
Amritsar, July 18
The Central government has taken a serious view for having failed to forfeit the property of notorious smugglers of Punjab for the past two decades by the state government.



Payment of Subsidy
PSERC petitioned to proceed against chief secy
Chandigarh, July 18
A petition has been filed before the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) requesting it direct the Punjab government to pay the balance subsidy due to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in 15 days besides, action against the state’s chief secretary for non- compliance with the commitment given to the commission on the issue.


Delhi Test
SAD issues party whip to its MPs
Chandigarh, July 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has issued a whip to all its MPs in the Lok Sabha to vote against the UPA government on July 22.

Support PM: Ravi Inder
Sangrur, July 18
President of the Akali Dal 1920 Ravi Inder Singh has written a letter to all eight MPs of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), including Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who is also the secretary-general of the SAD, to support Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Lok Sabha on the issue of nuclear deal by giving up narrow political interests in the larger interests of the state.

Sukhbir to lead anti-Cong rallies 
Inflation to be main issue
Patiala, July 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) is gearing itself up to expose the ‘anti-people and anti-Punjab’ face of the UPA and the Congress by organising a number of state-level rallies of farmers, traders, industrialists, minorities, employees and backward classes in August.


Doaba Region
Govt ill prepared to deal with monsoonA dragline of the Drainage Department cleans the heavily silted East Bein, near Nakodar, on Friday.
Jalandhar, July 18
The ill preparedness of the government to deal with monsoon in the Doaba region can be gauged from the fact that tenders have yet to be called for reinforcing the existing flood protection embankments on the Sutlej and the Beas, besides desilting/cleaning several choes and nullahs in the region.

A dragline of the Drainage Department cleans the heavily silted East Bein, near Nakodar, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Kumar

Ravi-Beas Link-II Feasibility
Centre asks water panel to submit report
Chandigarh, July 18
The Union government has asked the Central Water Commission (CWC) to submit a report after studying all aspects on  whether the Ravi-Beas Link-II is feasible.

Teachers not paid salary
Amritsar, July 18
Unable to cope without being paid salaries, thousands of teachers employed with government-aided privately managed schools have planned to hold a demonstration against the government on July 22.

Maintenance allowance hiked
Amritsar, July 18
The state government has decided to double the maintenance allowance of terrorist victim families from Rs 2,500 to 5,000 with effect from April 2008.


Muktsar SSP in the dock
Chandigarh, July 18
Muktsar SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill is in the dock for staying away from the contempt of court proceedings, despite allegedly having knowledge about it. Following his failure to appear before the court in a contempt of court matter, Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the issuance of bailable warrants against him for securing his presence in the court on September 4. Muktsar’s Chief Judicial Magistrate and Ferozepore’s IGP have been asked to ensure the compliance of the orders.


British Council to train 25 ‘master trainers’
Patiala, July 18
To arrest the widening gap in the quality of education offered by government and public schools in respect of the English language and to empower students with a set of practical English language skills, the British Council (BC) is all set to pick up and train as many as, 25 ‘master trainers’ from across Punjab.


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