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Dera-Sikh Row
Call for bandh on July 23Members of the Gurmat Siddhant Parcharak Sant Samaj and the Damdami Taksal protest against the failure of the Central government to proceed against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Chandigarh, July 19
The Gurmat Siddhant Parcharak Sant Samaj and the Damdami Taksal has called for a bandh in Punjab and Haryana on July 23 demanding the arrest of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. 

Members of the Gurmat Siddhant Parcharak Sant Samaj and the Damdami Taksal protest against the failure of the Central government to proceed against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Bathinda calm
Vedanti offers to quit, appeals for peace

Delhi Test
PM failed Sikhs, says SGPC chief
Amritsar, July 19
Pesident of the SGPC Avtar Singh has said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has miserably failed to resolve the vexed issues pertaining to the Sikh community.

Bajwa shoots off letter to CM
Chandigarh, July 19
“In my public life I have not encountered a more cynical display of rank political opportunism than displayed by you and your party on the issue of nuclear deal,” states Partap Singh Bajwa, former Congress minister, in a letter to Pubjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Support N-deal: NRIs
Chandigarh, July 19
A delegation of NRIs and local citizens led by Dr Randhir Singh Goniana here today submitted a memorandum to SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal urging him to ask his party MPs to support the nuclear deal in Parliament on July 22.



Activists of the PPYC take a pledge at Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in Amritsar on Saturday. Make India power in N-energy: YC
Amritsar, July 19
A week-long march of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress (PPYC) to garner support for the Indo-US nuclear deal concluded at Jallianwala Bagh Memorial here today. Activists of the body took oath to create awareness on the positives of the deal.

Activists of the PPYC take a pledge at Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in Amritsar on Saturday. — A Tribune photo

Fresh appeal to SAD MPs
Chandigarh, July 19
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal, headed by Jaswant Singh Mann, today urged the SAD MPs to support the Manmohan Singh government in Parliament. Mann said Manmohan Singh was an icon for the Sikhs and by voting against him in Parliament, the SAD would be committing historic blunder.


Preneet Kaur Preneet ready to contest LS polls
Patiala, July 19
Preneet Kaur, MP from Patiala and wife of Capt Amarinder Singh, announced that she was prepared to contest from the Patiala parliamentary constituency.


Saving Kali Bein
Sewage treatment plants will be set up soon: Seechewal
Kapurthala, July 19
A day after his meeting with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal is hopeful that sewerage treatment plants (STPs) will be set up at the earliest at the four municipalities -Bholath and Begowal in Kapurthala district and Dasuya and Mukerian in Hoshiarpur district-located along the Kali Bein to stop permanently the flow of sewage into it.

Pak MP who was privy to Zia plans on Sikh separatists deadM.P. Bhandara
Amritsar, July 19
Lone Parsi parliamentarian of Pakistan M.P. Bhandara, who, in an interview with The Tribune, had said the then Pakistan President, Gen Zia-ul-Haq, had never supported “Khalistan”, died in Islamabad on Sunday.
                                                                                                               M.P. Bhandara

Efforts afoot to defuse Panthic crisis
Amritsar, July 19
The management committee of Takht Patna Sahib has taken the initiative to bring rapprochement between warring jathedars of Takht Patna Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh and Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht.

Canadian embassy refuses visas to MLAs
Chandigarh, July 19
The Canadian embassy in India has started refusing visas to MLAs to visit Canada. A few days ago, the Canadian embassy rejected the request for visa of Ajaib Singh Bhatti, a Congress MLA from Nathana.

IMA seeks arrests in vandalism against hospital
Sangrur, July 19
Several branches of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), including Sangrur, Dhuri, Barnala and Bathinda, have demanded the immediate arrest of those miscreants who were involved in the violence and damage to the property of Singla Surgical Hospital here after the death of a woman at the hospital recently.

Effort to revive 26-yr-old Dharm Yudh Morcha
Amritsar, July 19
To coincide with the Dharm Morcha launched by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) 26 years ago on July 19, 1982, that consequently culminated in the infamous Operation Bluestar, the SAD (Panch Pardhani) today resolved to observe a relay fast in front of Parliament from tomorrow.


State No. 1 in judicial infrastructure: Jain
Malerkotla, July 19
Justice Ashok Bhan, Supreme Court judge, inaugurated a newly built judicial courts complex in the presence of Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijender Jain, MP from Sangrur Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and other dignitaries here today. The total cost of the entire court complex is said to be Rs 7 crore.

Man gets justice after 10 years in jail
Chandigarh, July 19
Justice came a decade too late for Noor Aga. Booked in Amritsar on the allegations of flying into India with drugs in a grape carton from Afghanistan, Aga was jailed for 10 years and remained behind the bars with no parole or bail. Supreme Court relief came after he had completed his term.


Newly wed woman commits suicide
Nangal, July 19
A newly-wed woman committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets at Bandlheri village, near here, on Thursday. Kamya (26) was married to Manish Soni of Bandhlehri village on March 2. In his complaint to the Nangal police, her father Girdhari Lal of the Haibowal area in Ludhiana, alleged that Kamya's in-laws had been harassing her for dowry.


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