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MoU to develop agri-business signed
Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab Agro-Industries Corporation and the ICICI Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding here tonight to develop agri-business in the state by encouraging investment in infrastructure development, post-harvest technologies, value addition to agri-produce and allied areas.

Akalis at the receiving end
Chandigarh, June 27
The Akalis were at the receiving end in the Budget session of the Punjab Assembly that ended last evening. Congress legislators had a clear strategy. They systematically attacked the previous SAD-BJP government, making the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the main target.

Owner locks school building
Teachers, parents lodge complaints
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 27
Students of Government Primary School, Sirhind-2, would find them homeless after the summer vacation as the school premises has been encroached upon by the owner of the building by breaking open the locks and has constructed a wall to block the entry of the students.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Notice issued to Punjab on Jagman’s bail plea
Chandigarh, June 27
Taking up a petition filed by approver in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam Jagman Singh seeking the grant of interim bail, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the state of Punjab for July 3.

Sidhu aide released on bail
Ropar, June 27
After Ravi Sidhu, former PPSC Chairman, got bail yesterday, another accused in the case, Surinder Kaur Manchanda, was granted bail today on similar grounds.
The District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, Mr Maghar Khan, released Surinder Manchanda, wife of a retired bank official accused of helping Sidhu in hawala transactions, on a bail bond of Rs 2 lakh and an equal amount as security.


Left’s 25-yr rule in Bengal celebrated
Jalandhar, June 27
The Punjab state committee of the CPM organised a function to celebrate the Left Front 25-year-old rule in West Bengal at the local Desh Bhagat Yaadgar hall here today.


Revenue officers strike work
Bathinda, June 27
The registration of criminal cases against the President, Municipal Council, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhuller, certain municipal officials, tehsildar Anil Garg and bidders in connection with the alleged irregularities in the open auction of milk booth sites seems to have snowballed into a major controversy.

Toll tax irks residents of Punjab-HP border
Pathankot, June 27
The recent toll tax imposed by the Himachal Government on vehicles crossing the state border at Kandwal has become a source of inconvenience for border-area residents of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. These residents have to cross the state border almost on a daily basis for various purposes.

Water shortage in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, June 27
With the heatwave continuing to engulf the Northern region, residents of the city are facing an acute shortage of water and unannounced power cuts.
Residents of almost all parts of the city, including those living in posh localities like Model Town, New Jawahar Nagar and Mota Singh Nagar, are experiencing a shortage of drinking water as a number of water pumps have been non-functional for the past two months.

83 pc milk in Amritsar adulterated: survey
Amritsar, June 27
The milk testing campaign organised by the Rotary Club, Amritsar Central, in collaboration with the Verka milk plant concluded that residents in the city were paying as much as Rs 3.5 crore per month for water, which was being used to adulterate milk.

Villagers detain PSEB officials
Bathinda, June 27
Mr Rajesh Kumar, junior engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, and some of his colleagues were allegedly detained by a section of residents of Lehra Khana and Lehra Bega villages in their office located at Bhucho Kalan, 15 km from here, in association with the activities of BKU (Ekta) as a mark of protest against irregular supply to these two villages.

Resentment against anti-encroachment drive
Bathinda, June 27
Residents of the local Kamla Nehru Nagar have alleged that the authorities concerned were discriminating against in cases pertaining to the removal of unauthorised constructions and making minor changes in their site plans.

Ban on digging of tubewells
Ferozepore, June 27
The water table in many parts of the district is going down by 8 to 9 inches per year. Alarmed by this, the district administration has banned digging of tubewells in the district.


Area under cotton production falls by 25 pc
Bathinda, June 27
Even as the state government has been making efforts to boost cotton production in Punjab to revive the economy of a major section of farmers, the area under cotton cultivation has fallen by more than 25 per cent as compared to last year.

Punjab to have AEZ for potatoes
Chandigarh, June 27
Punjab will soon set up an agricultural export zone for potatoes to give a boost to the exports and ensure a remunerative return to the farmers and to induce them to produce international quality product.

Mann seeks Rs 600 as paddy MSP
Phagwara, June 27
Akali Dal (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann today rejected the paddy MSP of Rs 530 per quintal as announced by the Central Government and demanded that it should be increased to Rs 600.

Send foodgrains to deficit states: federation
Moga, June 27
Foodgrains worth several rupees stocked in the government godowns and in the open in the district Ferozepore, Muktsar and Faridkot had been rotting for the past several years whereas some states are suffering from an acute shortage of foodgrains.


Get water connections regularised: DC
Bathinda, June 27
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, today instructed the officials of Public Health Department to launch a campaign from tomorrow in rural areas of the district to check illegal connections for potable water. He ordered the department officers to visit the sites.


7 sarpanches booked for misusing grants
Sunam, June 27
The police has registered cases against seven sarpanches and five presidents of youth clubs, besides Vikramjeet Singh and Baldev Singh, panchayat secretaries, and Maghar Singh, Panchayat Officer (Block), on the charge of misutilising funds given to them at a san gat darshan programme to the tune of Rs 59.27 lakh.

Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Ferozepore, June 27
The police has busted a gang involved in the theft of vehicles and arrested one person in this connection.
According to Mr P.K. Sinha, SSP, the police raided a place near Brar Marriage Palace in Mudki and arrested Major Singh and recovered a new stolen vehicle without registration papers from him.

10 held for smuggling
Ropar, June 27
Four members of an inter-state gang of poppy husk smugglers Som Pal (Chandigarh), Sat Pal, Ashok Kumar and Major, all from Denewal village in Garhshanker, have been arrested.

SI booked for taking bribe
Tarn Taran, June 27
Pritam Singh, SI, and in charge of police post Sur Singh, has been booked under the Corruption Act by the Bhikiwind police for accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 to release persons involved in selling duplicate cassettes.

2 held for selling adulterated diesel
Bathinda, June 27
Two persons have been arrested by the district police for selling diesel allegedly adulterated with kerosene to local farmers. The accused have been identified as Kewal Singh of Govindpura village and Som Nath of Bucho Mandir, near here.


PTU, Thapar counselling dates clash
Bathinda, June 27
First it was Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, and now it is the turn of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, to frame rules that seem to favour mediocre students.


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