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Dr Chohan’s bail plea again dismissed
Chandigarh, June 27
London-based “self-styled President of Khalistan” Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan’s anticipatory bail plea was dismissed again by the Punjab and Haryana High Court — this time as withdrawn — following controversy over an affidavit signed by the petitioner’s counsel.

  • Plea on DSPs’ test rejected

Chohan mustered support for Bhindranwale
Amritsar, June 27
The Khalistan ideologue, Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, who landed in India after remaining in a 21-year self-imposed exile in England, was the first person who had mustered support for Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale from Pakistan.

Crucial day for Giani Kewal Singh
Bathinda, June 27
The concluding function of the “path bodh” programme to be held tomorrow at Talwandi Sabo may prove crucial for Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, as the demand for his resignation is likely to be put before Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi President, SGPC.

Cong-ruled states getting raw deal: Jogi
Patiala, June 27
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi today accused the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre of discriminating against Congress-ruled state governments and said the Chief Ministers of all 11 Congress governments would collectively raise the issue with the Centre shortly.

Cong must not forge alliance: Khursheed
Patiala, June 27
Senior Congress leader and party planning and policies department chairman Salman Khursheed today said the party should fight the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on its own steam and not forge an alliance with any party.



An illicit liquor distillation unit which was seized by officials of the Police and Excise Departments during a special operation in the Mand area in Jalandhar district.
An illicit liquor distillation unit which was seized by officials of the Police and Excise Departments during a special operation in the Mand area in Jalandhar district. — Tribune photo

Making illicit liquor family business 
Making cheap illicit liquor and selling it is no crime for them but a flourishing family business for generations. The marshy Mand area falling in Kapurthala, Jalandhar and Ferozepore districts along the Beas and the Sutlej has been providing them a safe haven for running their operations and making new innovations to keep themselves away from the eyes of the police officials.

Bishanpura flooding: Punjab writes to UT
Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab Government today wrote to the Chandigarh Administration drawing attention towards the flooding of the Bishanpura village due to open radial gates of the spillway regulator of the Sukhna lake on June 25.


BJP’s executive to meet in Amritsar from July 18
Chandigarh, June 27
Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, President of the Punjab unit of the BJP, said today that an important meeting of the national executive committee of the BJP would be held at Amritsar from July 18 to July 20. He said that the central leadership of the party had accepted the request of the state unit in this connection.

Gurtek Lok Bhalai candidate from Faridkot
Faridkot, June 27
Mr Gurtek Singh Sidhu, member of the Lok Bhalai Party, will contest the forthcoming Assembly elections from this Assembly constituency. This was announced by Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, MP and president of the party, while addressing a conference organised by the district unit of the party at the old grain market here yesterday.

Ramoowalia rules out pact with third front
Mansa, June 27
Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, MP and president of the Lok Bhalai Party, gave a call to Hindus to come forward and take active part in politics. He said although there was a large number of intellectuals among the Hindus, their number was small in politics. He was addressing a rally organised here today.


BBMB leave encashment issue gathers heat
Ropar, June 27
All worker unions of the Bhakra Beas Management Board have formed a joint front to carry out a struggle against the stoppage of their leave encashment. They have written to the Chairman of the BBMB against the stoppage of leave encashment and have threatened to carry out an agitation if it was not restored.

Water shortage plagues residents
Muktsar, June 27
Residents of the district are facing acute shortage of water in some localities. They are also complaining of overflowing sewerage. The National Consumer Awareness Group has urged Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Secretary and Minister, Public Health and Deputy Commissioner to make arrangements for the supply of adequate clean water. They also demanded the sewerage system be made more efficient.

Faulty “phataks” drive citizens crazy
Patiala, June 27
Malfunctioning of most of the “phataks” (gates) of the city since yesterday are driving its citizens crazy as they have to wait for long periods for the fault to be set right or go in for long circumventions to reach their destinations.

Quacks active despite HC order
Chauke (Bathinda), June 27
Even though Chauke village has been hitting the headlines recently due to the spread of hepatitis-B, the district authorities have failed to take any action against unregistered medical practitioners and quacks. According to an official report, over 16 such practitioners are active in the village.

Pak Rangers ‘kidnap’ Indian farmer
Fazilka, June 27
A report of kidnapping of an Indian farmer by Pakistan Rangers in the border village of Noor Mohammad in this sector has been received. According to reports, Gurdeep Singh (45) of Noor Mohammad was allegedly dragged and kidnapped by Pakistan Rangers yesterday afternoon while he was returning to the village.

Legislatures’ Secys talk shop
Chandigarh, June 27
The inaugural session of the conference of Secretaries of the Legislative bodies in the country was held in the Punjabi regional hall of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Bhavan. Mr R. C. Tripathy, Secretary-General of the Rajya Sabha, Mr G. C. Malhotra, Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha. Mr N. S. Mavi, Secretary of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, welcomed the delegates to the conference.

Pathankot to have airport
Pathankot, June 27
Pathankot will soon be on the air map of the country with the Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Sharad Yadav, scheduled to lay the foundation stone of a civil airport here on June 29.

I won’t return, says Dimple’s daughter
Amritsar, June 27
Water connection to the house of Dimple (42) at Anand Avenue was restored today, four days after her story was published in The Tribune. Dr Inderjit Kaur, president of the Pingalwara Society, helped to restore the connection. She also persuaded Dimple’s daughter Tanya (15) to accompany them to her house and meet her mother.

Mela organisers rue red tape
Bathinda, June 27
Alleged red tape in the government departments have caused losses to the tune of lakh of rupees to the organisers of a mela here. A mela was to be organised by some private persons on the Bathinda-Goniana road on the land of Improvement Trust for about 40 days starting from June 28.

Committee meets to review tax abolition
Amritsar, June 27
Mounting public pressure during the run-up to the Assembly election has forced the Punjab government to head to the growing discontent among the business, trading and manufacturing communities.

Talwandi invites Musharraf to Golden Temple
Amritsar, June 27
The SGPC President, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, in a letter to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, has extended an invitation to him to visit the Golden Temple during his visit to India.

Employees ignore office hours
Mansa, June 27
A number of government employees with offices in the mini-secretariat commute daily from places as far as Ferozepore. By doing so, they are unofficially leaving their office headquarters daily and are also being irregular as they often reach the offices late.

MC fails to honour martyrs’ kin
Jalandhar, June 27
The local municipal corporation had passed a resolution in the MC house two years back that it would host a state-level function to honour the parents and families of these martyrs where they would be provided with an amount of Rs 1 lakh. But contrary to this, no money had been distributed among the bereaved families of these martyrs so far, thanks to the apathy of the civic body officials.

Punjab police team scales 20,887-ft peak
Amritsar, June 27
A Punjab police team successfully scaled Mount Kalanag, a peak situated at a height of 20,887 feet, on June 16. Stating this, the team leader Mr P.M. Dass, IGP, said the peak was situated in Garhwal region of the Himalayas in Uttaranchal.

Badal to visit USA for eye operation?
Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal may go abroad for eye surgery. According to sources close to the Chief Minister’s Office, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has been complaining of blurred vision and problem of focus in one eye.

Chemists oppose govt move
Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab Chemists Association has opposed a move by the state government to give more powers to DSPs and SMOs to check the illegal sale of prescription drugs at the chemists shops.


Farmers run diesel engines on LPG
Bathinda, June 27
Farmers of the region have started running their tubewell motors on gas cylinders instead of diesel to draw underground water for irrigating their fields. To tackle frequent power cuts, shortage of canal water and the rising price of diesel, the farmers, in association with mechanics, have developed methods to run engines on liquefied petroleum gas. Apart from running diesel engines on LPG, farmers have also started using their tractors for drawing underground water for irrigating their fields by running the same on LPG.

Arhtiyas seek ‘fair’ relief distribution
Sunam, June 27
Local arhtiyas have urged the state government to initiate immediate steps for the “fair” distribution of relief among those paddy growers who could not get the minimum support price against the paddy sold by them in the last procurement season.


Patiala to have new admn complex soon
Patiala, June 27
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority will be completing the district administration complex construction at a cost of Rs 30 crore within a span of 14 months.

EC Secretary visits Sunam
Sunam, June 27
Mr C.R. Brahmam, Secretary, Election Commission of India, visited the town yesterday to seek suggestions regarding the use of electronic voting machines in the assembly as well as parliamentary elections in the near future.

Power board seeks funds from govt
Chandigarh, June 27
Top brass of the Punjab State Electricity Board led by Chairman G.S. Sohal today met the State’s Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh to seek more funds for the board.


Bid to abduct ‘reincarnated’ child
Jalandhar, June 27
Resemblance of a one-month son of a migrant to his dead son and an urge to raise the infant as his own child drove Riasat to abduct the child while his parents were fast asleep in their hutment in Rajinder Nagar during the wee hours of the morning.

Headless body found
Hoshiarpur, June 27
The headless body of Sunil Thakur, son of Hari Thakur, resident of Damdaha in Purnia district a farm labourer, was found near the tubewell of Vikram Singh Saini at Lambra village this morning. The murderer brutally killed Sunil Thakur. He chopped off the head, feet and arms of Sunil and him hit in the abdomen with an axe. The head was missing while the chopped off feat and arms were lying near the body. It was a horrifying scene.

Three booked in eve-teasing case
Barnala, June 27
The Barnala police has booked three persons in a case of eve-teasing and harassment of a woman under Sections 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the Suppression of Immoral Traffic Act, 1956. The case was registered on June 13 at Kotwall police station, Barnala.

9 kg of opium seized, 4 held
Patiala, June 27
The Julkan police has arrested four persons in two separate incidents under the Narcotics Act and seized 9 kg of opium from them. According to police sources three persons were arrested after having crossed over from Haryana into Punjab in a car.

Gang of thieves busted, 6 arrested
Fazilka, June 27
The police has busted a gang of thieves with the arrest of six persons. Stolen material and some arms have been seized. According to Mr Ajay Malooja, DSP, a deserted house at Jorki Kankarwali village was raided and Rakesh Kumar, alias Bablu, Ashok Kumar, alias Pappi, Raj Kumar and Vijay Kumar, all residents of Fazilka and Swaran Singh and Gurdeep Singh were arrested. They were reportedly planning to commit a dacoity.

Two impostors arrested
Hoshiarpur, June 27
Two persons posing as CID inspector and head constable were arrested by the Sadar police last evening.


Multi-faceted training at camp
As many as 300 NCC cadets from schools and colleges participated in a combined training camp organised after a gap of four years here. This was the first camp of the session in the Ludhiana zone, clearance for which had been given by the Group Commandant, Col P. S. Bedi.

Literacy scheme in limbo
Gurdaspur, June 27
The Total Literacy Mission, launched in the district about three years ago by Mrs Ravneet Kaur the then Deputy Commissioner, appears to have been abandoned. Reportedly not a single centre for the spread of literacy under the scheme is functional in the district.

ITI students block traffic
Sunam, June 27
Students of the local ITI today blocked traffic for about two hours in front of the main gate of the ITI on the Sunam-Patiala road here on a call for bandh given by the Punjab Students Union.


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