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Nagar kirtan enters Pak sans jathedars
SGPC fumes as visas denied
Wagah, June 12
Even as Pakistan denied visas to all Takht Jathedars and Sikh high priests, causing much embarrassment to the SGPC, a large number of devotees today accorded a rousing reception to the nagar kirtan that crossed over to Pakistan from Wagah at 4.30 pm today.
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, and Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC chief, during the crossing over of the nagar kirtan to Pakistan at the Wagah joint checkpost on Monday.
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, and Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC chief, during the crossing over of the nagar kirtan to Pakistan at the Wagah joint checkpost on Monday. — Tribune photograph by Rajiv Sharma

SC stays HC order quashing Punjab MLAs’ election
New Delhi, June 12
In an interim relief to former Punjab Minister Govind Singh, whose election was quashed by the High Court for adopting “corrupt” practices, the Supreme Court today stayed the order till August and allowed him to take part in all legislative proceedings.

Baba Farid varsity takes new steps to check cheating in exams
Chandigarh, June 12
Just over a year after Punjab Medical Entrance Test (PMET) conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences was cancelled due to paper leakage; inquiries conducted by the university into the system have revealed tampering or replacement of entrance examination answer sheets.





Conservation experts visit heritage buildings in Patiala
Patiala, June 12
Mr Paul Michael Taylor, Director, Asian Cultural History Programme, Smithsonian Institution, the United States of America (USA) today said there was strong need of joint efforts by Smithsonian Institute and the Punjab government to preserve and protect heritage buildings, monuments and other relics in Punjab.

Sacked Mahila Cong leader meets Sonia
Jalandhar, June 12
The tussle between Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, Punjab Minister for Social Welfare and chief of the Punjab Mahila Congress, and Ms Kamaljit Kaur Multani, president of the Jalandhar unit of the Punjab Mahila Congress who was recently “removed” from her position by Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, has shifted to New Delhi, with the “spilling of beans” by Ms Multani before AICC chief Sonia Gandhi.


BSP stages dharna
Sangrur, June 12
A large number of workers and activists of the district unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here in protest against the alleged anti-Dalit and anti-people policies of the Congress-led government in Punjab.

SAD (A) meeting
Chandigarh, June 12
A meeting of office-bearers of the SAD (A) will be held on June 14 at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo under the chairmanship of Mr Daljit Singh Bittu, senior vice-president of the party.


Durgiana panel former chief ‘manhandled’ 
Amritsar, June 12
The office-bearers of the Durgiana Managing Committee (DMC) allegedly manhandled and threatened to eliminate its former chief here today.

Seven members of missing family traced
Sangrur, June 12
Seven of the 11 members of a missing family of a debt-ridden farmer, Mr Jang Singh of Chhapa village in Mehal Kalan block in this district, were brought back to their village by members of farmer organisations last evening.

Encroachers prey on Bathinda parks as MC sleeps
Bathinda, June 12
Over 90 parks were proposed for the city that has to grapple with incessant emission of coal-ash from thermal plant and vehicular pollution, but the rising unauthorised construction has swallowed a large chunk of the city’s green belt.

The Nagarik Chetna Manch president, Mr Jagmohan Kaushal, addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
The Nagarik Chetna Manch president, Mr Jagmohan Kaushal, addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Monday.

Minimum wages ‘to be hiked’ soon
Patiala, June 12
The Punjab Local Bodies and Labour Minister, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, today said that minimum wages of industrial workers would be hiked in the state shortly.

Power woes return with paddy season
2-hour cut in main cities
Patiala, June 12
With the start of the paddy season from June 10, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has rescheduled power supply to rural as well as urban areas, by imposing cuts in domestic and industrial categories, apart from taking other measures to meet the power requirements of farmers.

Bairagi Baba martyrdom functions in Canada
Chandigarh, June 12
The 290th martyrdom day of Bairagi Baba Banda Singh Bahadur will be observed at Surrey, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto in Canada in the last week of June. This was stated here today by, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, Chairman of Housefed, Punjab.

Pregnant woman dies in hospital
Sangrur, June 12
A pregnant woman, Neerja (18), wife of Sikandar, died at the Civil Hospital here yesterday. She was reportedly married to Sikandar about a month ago, though she was 22 weeks pregnant.

Bandh against Ghurela’s arrest
Tapa (Barnala) June 12
Tapa observed a complete bandh today in protest against the arrest of former arhtiya association president and social leader Madan Lal Ghurela. Social organisations and NGOs of the area lent full support to make the bandh a success.

No tax on increased basic price of fuel
Chandigarh, June 12
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today announced that the State government would not levy any tax on increased basic price of petrol and diesel in the state.

Barnala gets fresh term as Tamil Nadu Governor
New Delhi, June 12
Mr Surjit Singh Barnala has been appointed Governor of Tamil Nadu for a fresh term of five years.


Voter lists prepared in state
Chandigarh, June 12
On the basis of the directions issued by the Election Commission of India, the preparation of voter lists in Punjab has been completed.


Cop held for shearing woman’s hair
Hoshiarpur, June 12
Mr R. N. Dhoke, SSP, stated in a press release here today that the Mahilpur police had arrested Head Constable Mohinder Singh posted at Saila Khurd police post, Yogeshwer, alias Kaka, his son Nabinder, residents of Sahiba, and photographer Shashi of Simbli village in connection with abduction, mercilessly beating, blackening face and shearing hair of Naresh Kumari, wife of Manohar Lal of Sahiba, on June 9.


Sangrur boy tops CET
Jalandhar, June 12
Parkash Bansal, a student of the Government Senior Secondary School, Sangrur, has topped the Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by the Punjab Technical University (PTU). The results of the test were declared here today.                     Parkash Bans

BSc (biotech)-III results today
Amritsar, June 12
The results of the BSc (biotechnology) Part III examination of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April, 2006, would be declared tomorrow.


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