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Anti-corruption drive to go on: Amarinder
Chandigarh, June 18
The Punjab Chief Minister and Leader of the House, Capt Amarinder Singh, today hit back at the Akalis saying that their “threats” would not scare his government and stop it from pursuing anti-corruption cases against politicians and public servants, howsoever highly placed.

Members of the Legislative Assembly of Punjab pose for a photograph with Governor J F R Jacob and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at Punjab Raj Bhavan on Tuesday.

Punjab FM presents Budget today
Chandigarh, June 18
The Minister for Finance, Mr Lal Singh, will present the Punjab Budget, 2002-03, to the Vidhan Sabha tomorrow. This is the first Budget of the Congress government.
The government had earlier bared financial facts and figures, as if mentally preparing the people to tighten their belts.



Ministry expansion after Budget session
Chandigarh, June 18
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has decided to expand his Council of Ministers. “After the Budget session, I will discuss the issue with Mrs Sonia Gandhi, President of the All India Congress Committee”, he said today. Some senior congress MLAs are waiting in the wings to be inducted as ministers.

Contractor accuses Bajwa of graft
Chandigarh, June 18
Making allegations in the presence of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former Akali ministers, a liquor contractor, Mr Sanjeev Mallhan, today alleged that the Public Works Minister, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, and his brother Fatehjang Singh Bajwa had sought Rs 30 lakh as bribe for the allotment of certain liquor shops in the Hargobindpur belt of Gurdaspur district.

Rules given the go-by in appointments?
Amritsar, June 18
Even as a recruitment scam has been unearthed in the Local Bodies Department, it is learnt that nepotism played a big role in several appointments that took place during the five-year tenure of SAD-BJP government in this department.

PTU steps to check students’ migration
Jalandhar, June 18
To contain the annual migration of at least 3,000 students of Punjab to other states for pursuing technical and engineering courses and to plug the siphoning of a whopping Rs 100 crore going to other states in shape of fees of various courses.

Unemployed benefit from ban on tuitions
Bathinda, June 18
The recent raids on government teachers and lecturers who were giving private tuitions has proved to be a blessing in disguise for the educated unemployed youth as well as lecturers employed with various colleges on ad hoc and part-time basis.

Jagman’s wife allowed to meet him in jail
Ropar, June 18
Mr Maghar Khan, Sessions Judge, today allowed Ms Jasjot Kaur, wife of Jagman Singh, an accused in the PPSC recruitment scam case, to meet her husband along with her father, Mr G.S. Mangat, in the local sub-jail. Jagman is currently lodged in the sub-jail here as he is in judicial custody till July 1.


Mine blast victims seek more aid
Faridkot, June 18
Ms Sumitra Bai, a widow of Molabat Amira village, Fazilka tehsil, in Ferozepore district and one of the 23 persons injured in landmine blasts in the Ganganagar sector while working in fields has expressed concern over the indifferent attitude of the Central Government to give her adequate financial aid.

Encroachers seek relief
Bathinda, June 18
With no place to go, residents of Gopal Nagar and Janta Nagar here whose dwellings were demolished by the railway authorities recently, have been waiting for some compensation.

Fee for NRI PIO card reduced
Jalandhar, June 18
Acceding to a demand of NRIs, the Central Government has decided to reduce the fee for the person of Indian origin card from $ 1,000 to Rs 15,000.
The Vice-Patron of the NRI Sabha, Punjab, and Congress MP, Mr Balbir Singh, stated here today that he had received a communication from the Ministry of External Affairs that the fee for issuance of PIO card to an NRI had been reduced to Rs 15,000.

Kairon retracts statement
Amritsar, June 18
In a volte-face, Mr Surinder Singh Kairon, a former Congress MP and close relative of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said Mr Kuldip Singh Bhullar, son of Mr Mehal Singh Bhullar, DGP, was not instrumental in the surrender of two alleged culprits involved in the sensational murder of a senior Akali leader, Mr Gurdial Singh and five others last month.

Public Health ‘eyeing’ PUDA projects
SAS Nagar, June 18
The Punjab Public Health Department is "eyeing" the public health projects worth crores being executed by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority in Punjab.

Punjab order on Vigilance Department stayed
Chandigarh, June 18
Acting on a petition for quashing of a circular issued by the Punjab Government two years ago “completely nullifying the functions of the Vigilance Department” and disabling it from “checking corruption against public servants”, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered stay on a clause contained in it requiring the department to register an inquiry or a first information report on the recommendations of certain committees after the approval of the competent authority.

Snakelets in water supply
Bathinda, June 18
Even as piped water supply has been eluding about 50 per cent population in the city, those who are getting it find it unfit for consumption due to contamination. Residents alleged that the water being supplied by the Punjab Water Supply and Swerage Board during the past two days emitted foul small. However, what has scared people is the presence of snakelets in the contaminated water.
This is what was supplied to residents through the taps.
This is what was supplied to residents through the taps. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Vehicle pollution goes unchecked
Ferozepore, June 18
Though pollution levels can be monitored and controlled now, yet pollution caused by fumes emitted by vehicles is on the increase in all cities of Punjab, and the enforcement agencies are finding it difficult to handle the situation due to lack of adequate staff.

Batala resident in illegal custody?
Amritsar, June 18
Mr Vipin Kumar of Batala (at present residing in Sharifpura here) today alleged that the Batala police had kept him in illegal custody for five days.
In an affidavit he said he had a property dispute with his landlord Gurmeet Kaur. He wanted to purchase her house.

PSEB engineers may intensify stir
Amritsar, June 18
The PSEB Engineers Association will intensify its peaceful agitation from June 27 if the state government and the electricity board fail to accept genuine demands of the association by that date.

Workshop on AIDS held
Ropar, June 18
A one-day training workshop on “HIV/AIDS and reproductive health problems” for female educators and women leaders from nearby villages was organised by the Mohali branch of the Family Planning Association of India here today. Dr N.K. Singla, Assistant Civil Surgeon, Ropar, inaugurated the workshop.


One held in cheating case
Bathinda, June 18
The Moga police has arrested Amarjeet Singh wanted in cases related with preparing of registration papers of the stolen vehicles.
Amarjeet Singh was an employee in the District Transport Officer at Faridkot. He used to help car thieves in preparing the registration and other papers.

6 proclaimed offenders held
Tarn Taran, June 18
In a major breakthrough, the police has arrested six proclaimed offenders and four others involved in heinous crimes.
Mr Narinder Bhargav, district police chief, said these criminals were wanted by the Bhikhiwind, Valtoha and the Khemkarn police.

Ex-SBI employee murdered
Batala, June 18
Jeevan Lal, a former employee of the State Bank of India, was murdered at his residence in Mohalla Valmik, Khajuri Gate, here late last night.
His wife Sheela Mattu, who died last year, had been a SAD-BJP combine municipal councillor from the local Ward No 27.


Ayurvedic college strike ends
Amritsar, June 18
With the intervention of the Dean (Colleges), Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, the two-month old strike in Shree Lakshmi Narain Ayurvedic College was called off today.

Maiden exhibition by young artists impresses
Patiala, June 18
For the five students of Punjabi University's Department of Fine Arts, who displayed their work today in the Banasar Art Gallery at Sheesh Mahal here, it was a nerve- wrecking experience. Their first exhibition , none had expected such a overwhelming response and the enquires for purchases coming from different quarters was a pleasant surprise, as Simran, one of the artist puts it.

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