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Sukhbir: SAD exploring pro-federalism group
Chandigarh, July 30
Wiser after the July 22 verdict on the trust vote, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to explore possibilities of initiating and supporting a pro-federalism alliance in an endeavour to deny a Congress-led coalition power at the Centre.

Two Pak spies jailed for 14 years
Jalandhar, July 30
In a significant decision here today, a city court sentenced two Pakistanis for 14 years for spying. Additional Sessions Judge Buaji Sansi sentenced Khuram Sehjad Ali, alias Junaid Aalam, of Riazul Musalmeen in Okara city and Mohammad Iqbal, alias Abdul Qasim, of Mohalla Dakki, Nurpur village, Islamabad, for 14 years after convicting them for spying.

Ishmeet wanted to learn swimming: Club coach
Ishmeet Singh Ludhiana, July 30
Ishmeet Singh wanted to learn swimming and had expressed a desire to a swimming instructor here a few days before he died in a pool in Maldives yesterday.

CM extends help to family
Chandigarh, July 30
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said the government had made arrangements to airlift the body of Ishmeet Singh from Delhi to Ludhiana.

38 police officers transferred
Chandigarh, July 30
In a major administrative shake-up, the government today transferred 38 police officers. The government posted V.K. Bhawra as IGP, Intelligence, against a vacant post. Mohammad Mustafa was relieved of the charge of IGP, Operations, Punjab (Chandigarh), which was given to Narinder Sharma.





Trust Vote
SAD proposed walk-out, Advani overruled it
Chandigarh, July 30
Had the BJP leadership acted on the advice of senior SAD leaders and walked out of the House shortly before voting on the confidence motion in Parliament on July 22, it would have saved itself and NDA partners from humiliation after the UPA victory.


Mohali International Airport
Govt tells Haryana to pay immediately
Chandigarh, July 30
The Punjab government today claimed there was no ambiguity in its demand to Haryana to pay up its share of Rs 230 crore out of the Rs 460 crore spent on acquiring land in Mohali for the upcoming international airport and charged Haryana of obfuscating the issue of equity to suit its purpose. Punjab officials claimed Haryana’s contention that it would only pay Rs 2.5 crore as its share of the Rs 10 crore equity of the joint venture company did not make sense.

UK minister lauds Sikhs
Amritsar, July 30
Indian community, especially Sikhs, have made quality contribution to the development and economic prosperity of the UK. The British government was considering strengthening this bond further by providing opportunities to the talented youth from India. This was stated by British minister for communities and local government Hazel Blears after she paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here today.

Britain minister for communities and local government Hazel Blears (centre) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Britain minister for communities and local government Hazel Blears (centre) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday.

Govt inherited power crisis from Cong: Sukhbir
Killianwali (Muktsar), July 30
President of the SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal said today that work on the 2,000-MW thermal power station at Talwandi Sabo would begin next month. The project would cost Rs 10,000 crore and would be commissioned within three years.

Power cuts add to woes of industry
Amritsar, July 30
The industry and trade are facing high cost of energy due to power cuts in this border district.

CM to unveil statue of martyr
Sunam (Sangrur), July 30
After a long wait, a 12.4-ft bronze statue of Shaheed Udham Singh was installed here today at a chowk near the railway over-bridge. The statue will be unveiled by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the occasion of 69th martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh tomorrow. The CM will visit this town to pay a tribute to the martyr at a state-level function to be held in the martyr’s memory.

Workers give final touches to the bronze statue of Shaheed Udham Singh at Sunam on Wednesday. — Photo by writer
Workers give final touches to the bronze statue of Shaheed Udham Singh at Sunam on Wednesday.

Medical camp plan for 30 lakh students on Aug 13,14
Chandigarh, July 30
The Health Department, Punjab, will hold camps in all 128 community health centres (CHCs) on August 13 and 14, before the Independence Day, for school students to prepare their health profile and medical examination.

Dera should talk to Sikh bodies: Govt
Chandigarh, July 30
The Punjab government feels it is not its responsibility to initiate talks with the Dera Sacha Sauda and that the dera should initiate talks with Sikh organisations in the interest of peace in Punjab. Interacting with newsmen at the state secretariat here, the Chief Minister gave this reply as an answer to a question whether the government would initiate talks with the dera. Badal said the dera did not have to talk with the government, indicating the dera would have to resolve the issue by talking to the Sant Samaj and other organisations like the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

Rs 5 lakh for kin of dera firing victim
Mehatpur (Jalandhar), July 30
The Jalandhar deputy commissioner today ordered a judicial inquiry into yesterday’s firing incident at the Budha Dass dera in Balloki village in which student Manpreet Singh was killed.

Assault charges against Sukhbir
Hand over case to CBI, demands scribe
Chandigarh, July 30
A Kotkapura-based journalist has appealed to the Supreme Court to transfer investigation in the case involving murderous assault against him in which charges have been framed against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal to the CBI besides transferring court proceedings in the case outside Punjab.

Govt doubles allowance for blind kids
Other steps also taken to upgrade institute at Jamalpur
Chandigarh, July 30
The Punjab government has decided to enhance the allowance for visually challenged children of Blind School at Jamalpur in Ludhiana district from Rs 600 to Rs 1,200 per child per month with immediate effect.

Randhawa seeks CBI probe against top cops
Amritsar, July 30
Deputy chairman of the Punjab Human Rights Organisation Kripal Singh Randhawa, in a missive to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has urged him to order a CBI inquiry against two senior officers of the Punjab police for abuse of official position.

Cops stealing power warned
Ludhiana, July 30
SSP Ludhiana R.K. Jaiswal today issued a stern warning to cops stealing power directing them to pay penalty to the board or face action. Jaiswal visited the colony and gave a dressing down to the cops. The CM reportedly has talked to the DGP and the chief engineer, PSEB, over the issue after a news appeared in The Tribune today.



High Court
Amritsar residents demand shifting of ammo dump
Chandigarh, July 30
Amritsar residents, including two legislators, have sought the shifting of strategically important Valla ammunition dump. They believe it is posing danger to people, property and ancient monuments in the holy city. The petitioners have asserted the ammunition dump is located near Valla village and is within the Municipal limits.

7 years on, cop’s appeal to be expedited
Chandigarh, July 30
The Punjab government has undertaken to do in a month what it has not done in seven years - decide a cop’s appeal against his premature retirement. Acting on “retired” head constable Kuldip Singh’s plea, a Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Justice M.M. Kumar and Justice Sabina, had on the previous date of hearing directed the state DGP to appear in person before the court. The orders were passed as the respondents were then not duly represented.


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