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Free power to small, marginal farmers tops CM’s agenda
Chandigarh, June 26
Capt Amarinder Singh"We will keep all promises we made to our electors in 2002," says the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, revealing that the announcement on free power to farmers with holdings of less than 5 acres besides the abolition of octroi are top on his agenda. Besides, the government will also clear all arrears of various welfare schemes, including old-age pension, to 30 lakh beneficiaries.

Congress leaders discuss advancing of elections
Chandigarh, June 26
Serious discussions are on in the ruling Congress regarding the next Assembly elections in Punjab. There is one group of Congress MLAs and Ministers which is for advancing the Assembly elections, due to be held in January, 2007, to March next year. There is an equally strong lobby opposed to the advancing of the poll.

It was extra-judicial killing, alleges daughter
Chandigarh, June 26
"My father was a victim of circumstances," alleges Ms Rupa Bhullar, a daughter of Gurinder Singh Bhullar, an accused in the smuggling of narcotics case, who died in judicial custody on June 1.



  Statewide protest by Left parties on June 28
Phagwara June 26
Comrade Lehmber Singh Taggar, member, Central Committee, CPM, today declared that June 28 would be observed as “virodh divas” in the state in protest against the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel despite opposition to it by the leftists.

Movement against Bt cotton varieties gains pace
Chandigarh, June 26
Ever since Greenpeace India exposed the government nexus with Bt Cotton suppliers in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab farmers’ campaign against introduction of these varieties in their region has gained momentum.

UGC’s Punjabi exam or comedy of errors!
Amritsar, June 26
Glaring mistakes were found in the Punjabi examination conducted by the UGC-NET at the national-level today. As many as 3000 students appeared in the examination here at 10 centres in the city.


Sekhon elected SAD dist chief
Ferozepore, June 26
Former Irrigation Minister, Punjab, Janmeja Singh Sekhon was unanimously elected President of the district unit of the SAD (Badal) once again. Mr Kartar Singh and Mr Mohan Singh have been elected as patrons of the party while Master Gurnam Singh has been elected secretary general of the party district unit.


Dikshit DhandaNo trace of Ludhiana schoolboy
Ludhiana, June 26
More than a week after a class XII student of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir School here went missing under mysterious circumstances while on a school trip to Manali, his parents as well as the Sundernagar (Himachal Pradesh) police continue to grope in the dark about his whereabouts.

55 baptised at Nankana Sahib
Amritsar, June 26
For the first time after Partition a baptism ceremony has been organised at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan. The SGPC undertook the initiative this time following requests from several quarters, especially Sindhs.

CPI, residents want ‘false’ case withdrawn
Amritsar, June 26
The Communist Party of India and residents of Chheharta are up in arms against the police for registering an alleged false case against Shamsher Singh and his two sons for stealing bricks by using ‘political pressure’.

Healthcare scheme for rural areas
Chandigarh, June 26
Punjab is all set to launch Sanjivni, a scheme to ensure affordable and quality healthcare for the rural population.

Khera writes to Kalam over EC action
Phagwara, June 26
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission and also a member of the national executive committee, Janata Dal (S), has sought intervention of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for directing the Election Commission to decide expeditiously his petition for de-registration of SAD (B) as a recognised registered political party.

VHP’s five-day convention starts
Amritsar, June 26
Holy city of Amritsar, considered to be hub of Panthic politics till now, is emerging as a centre spot for the Hindutva also.

Manjit SohalAttacking class difference is his forte
JALANDHAR: His daily drudgery as a plumber has failed to diminish Manjit Sohal’s strong urge to become a poet and a fine example of his undying spirit is that despite unfavourable circumstances he has managed to write two poetry books, which depict innocence of a common man, his love for nature and surroundings and his sorrows as a deprived and an underprivileged worker.

Anti-drugs day observed
Barnala, June 26
The menace of drug abuse goes unabated despite many stringent laws framed by the government. These views were expressed by Mr S.M.Sharma, Inspector-General of Police, Patiala Zone, while delivering his presidential address today at Aarti Gardens auditorium here on the occasion of the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

Monsoon session expected to be smooth: Atwal
Patiala, June 26
The Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, today said that notwithstanding verbal skirmishes between the Opposition and the ruling party, the forthcoming monsoon session of Parliament was expected to be a smooth affair.

Delay in BSNL broadband launch rued
Phagwara, June 26
Even as the BSNL introduced its broadband services early this year in Jalandhar, the inordinate delay caused in installing the equipment in the neighbouring Phagwara is causing inconvenience to subscribers.

Pillar collapse hits traffic
Gurdaspur, June 26
The Gurdaspur-Mukerian road has been rendered useless for heavy vehicles following the collapse of one of the pillars of the bridge near Tibri about a month ago.

50 workers have miraculous escape
Abohar, June 26
Fifty workers had miraculous escape when a mini bridge fell on a crane during replacement on the Abohar-Sriganganagar rail track last evening.

Two cousins drown
Hoshiarpur, June 26
Two cousins, Sunil Kumar (11) and Rohit (11), drowned in Shah Nehar while they were taking bath for getting relief from the scorching sun at Chak Mirpur village, near Talwara, here yesterday.

Rights body for follow up of Bhattal’s statement
Chandigarh, June 26
The Movement Against State Repression (MASR), a local human rights organisation, has said the statement of the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, on the harassment of innocent persons, needs to be followed up.

Power cuts continue despite rain
Ropar, June 26
The rainfall in the parts of Punjab today brought relief from the intense heat to the people. However, the power cuts in the state continued as one unit of thermal plant was closed for maintenance causing loss of 50 lakh units.


SDM stops nullah’s construction
Kharar, June 26
The SDM, Kharar, today stopped Kharar municipal employees from constructing a nullah on a disputed piece of land on the Kharar-Landran road.


Commissioner proposes, Mayor disposes
Ludhiana, June 26
The Ludhiana municipal Commissioner had recommended disciplinary action against some officials for keeping the civic body in the dark in a park payment case, while the Mayor requested the minister concerned not to do so.

Rs 500 cr collected as taxes in May
Chandigarh, June 26
The Government of Punjab collected Rs. 500.54 crore by way of taxes during the month of May. This was a rise of Rs 91. 54 crore over the corresponding period last year when Rs 409 crore was collected.


Father, uncle held for killing daughter
Abohar, June 26
Pressure mounted by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) forced the district police to arrest Dalip Singh and his brother Sher Singh yesterday allegedly for murdering Gurparwinder Kaur, alias Pinky, daughter of Dailp Singh, on January 2 this year. The accused have reportedly confessed that they strangled her to death.

Doctored photos of MLA: 2 in police net
Nabha, June 26
Former municipal councillor of Nabha Jagpal Singh Mehmi and his beloved Surjit Kaur have been booked under Sections 465, 468, 469, 471, 474 and 120-B of IPC for allegedly distributing doctored photographs of an MLA allegedly in compromising positions with Surjit Kaur.

Wakf Board’s land worth crores usurped
Bathinda, June 26
A case of land mafia selling Wakf Board’s land worth crores has come to light. The land mafia used to take the board’s land on lease first and later sell it illegally earning huge profit.

One held for sacrilege
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 26
The police has registered a case against Balraj Singh, a resident of Ajnali village, and Bagga Singh of Harbanspura village in the district for allegedly committing a sacrilege by disrespecting the Guru Granth Sahib. Balraj Singh had installed the holy book at his shop at Harbanspura village.

13-yr-old killed in road mishap
Rajpura, June 26
A 13-year-old girl died while her maternal uncle sustained critical injuries after a car, in which they were traveling, rammed into a stationary truck in Pilkhani village on the GT Road near here, this morning.

The mangled remains of a car that rammed into a stationary truck on the GT Road at Pilkhani village, near Rajpura The accident claims the life of a 13-year-old girl on Sunday morning. —  Photo by J.S. Virdi

The mangled remains of a car that rammed into a stationary truck on the GT Road at Pilkhani village, near Rajpura The accident claims the life of a 13-year-old girl on Sunday morning.

22 buffaloes killed as trucks collide
Khanna, June 26
Twentytwo buffaloes and four persons were injured when a scrap-loaded truck rammed into another truck loaded with buffaloes near Mohan Pur village, 5 km from here today.

One arrested, two booked in death case
Malerkotla, June 26
The police has arrested a person and booked two others in the death case of a Paramjeet Kaur of Changli village whose body was found at Fridpur Kalan village on June 10.

2 cops nabbed for helping terrorists’ aide
Hoshiarpur, June 26
The Sadar police, Hoshiarpur, has arrested two constables Deepak Kumar posted at Police Line and Manoj Kumar of PAP Battalion, Jalandhar, under Section 120-B IPC last night.

Robbers strike at godown, watchman shot
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 26
Robbers struck at a scrap godown on the outskirts of Mandi Gobindgarh last night and allegedly murdered a watchman on duty. The second watchman saved his life by hiding himself.

Kerosene scam unearthed, 4 held
Hoshiarpur, June 26
Vigilance sleuths yesterday arrested four persons including two officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, Punjab, for allegedly selling kerosene on the black market.

2 killed in road mishap


PAU seeks Rs 100 cr from Centre
Ludhiana, June 26
Punjab Agricultural University has sought a one-time grant of Rs 100 crore from the Central Government on the pattern of the Indian Institute of Science and Technology, Bangalore, to intensify research on new aspects of agriculture, including diversification, biotechnology and reprocessing.

Govt schools fail to utilise grants
Mansa, June 26
While government schools across the state are crying for grants, some schools in this educationally backward district of the state have failed to utilise lakhs of rupees sanctioned to them.

College named after Gursewak Singh
Chandigarh, June 26
The Punjab Government has decided to name the Government College of Physical Education, Patiala, after late Principal Gursewak Singh, a former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University (Patiala), international hockey player and a member of the executive committee of the Indian Olympic Association.


Real estate prices crash, investors worried
Bathinda, June 26
Sudden crash in real estate prices has come as a nightmare for those who had invested money in the business hoping to cash in on it later.

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