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Martyrdom Day festivities draw flak
Tarn Taran, June 15
Illumination of Darbar Sahib, which was founded by Guru Arjan Dev, on his 400th martyrdom anniversary has evoked mixed response even as the city of Tarn Taran overflowed with devotees and emotion with unusual fervour. Heads bowed to Darbar Sahib (Tarn Taran).

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A view of Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran, illuminated for 400th martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev on Thursday.
A view of Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran, illuminated for 400th martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

85 historical bungas around Darbar Sahib demolished
Tarn Taran, June 15
At least 85 out of 105 historical bungas around the Darbar Sahib, which served as centre of elementary Sikh education for a long time, have disappeared. Most of the bungas were constructed during Sikh rule. Rest of the bungas have either been given modern look or are in ruins.



Hefty pay hike for Punjab law officers
Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab Government has ordered a hefty increase in the salaries payable to its law officers. A decision in this regard was communicated to the Advocate-General (AG), Punjab, by the Home Department, Punjab.

Convicts to get one-year remission
Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will announce a one-year remission of sentence to convicts lodged in various jails in the state.

Punjab Development Initiative in House of Commons
Chandigarh, June 15
Mr John McDonnell, Member Parliament and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Punjabis in Britain, and Rob Marris, another MP and treasurer of the group, launched the Punjab Development Initiative at the House of Commons this evening.

HCL endeavour to take IT to village levels
Offers PC for just Rs 500 EMI
Chandigarh, June 15
HCL Infosystems Limited today showcased a comprehensive range of customised computer solutions specifically designed to suit the demands of small and medium business segment. Also displayed was HCL's innovative product range to effectively address the limitations of the rural environment.

Parents protest against school after kids fail
Ropar, June 15
Hundreds of villagers from six villages, including women, yesterday protested against the Punjab School Education Board at the Government Senior Secondary School, Duggri, where most of the students of class 10 and 8 had failed the board examination.

GND varsity VC may not get extension
Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab Government does not seem to be in a mood to give an extension in service to the Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Mr S.P.Singh. Sources today said that the government had already started a search for a new Vice-Chancellor.

Blind murder case cracked, two arrested
Muktsar, June 15
The police today cracked a blind murder case in which a mother-daughter duo was killed at Mallan village in the district a few days back.


Cancel ‘Gateway of Amritsar’ project, says Dang
Amritsar, June 15
Annoyed at the laying of foundation stone of the same building for the third time, the veteran CPI leader and former MLA, Mr Satyapal Dang, has urged the state government to cancel the proposed ‘Gateway of Amritsar’ at the intersection of the GT Road and bypass on the Amritsar-Wagah road.

Protest by BJP


Govt acquiring land to serve ‘private’ interests
Ludhiana, June 15
The Punjab Government appears to be taking farmers for a ride in the name of “public interest”. Otherwise, how will it explain offering them Rs 2.5 lakh per acre in Salana and Majri Rayian villages in Fatehgarh Sahib district when the deeds for the same land had been executed at Rs 7.5 lakh per acre just a year ago?

Scheme to redeem attached land
Kanuwan (Gurdaspur), June 15
With elections around the corner, the Punjab Government is planning concessions worth Rs 332 crore for farmers.

Overspeeding buses claimed over 100 lives
Gurdaspur, June 15
Overspeeding buses on national highways in the district have claimed over 100 lives in the past one year.

MC decries entrusting of Nirman Funds to Improvement Trust
Pathankot June 15
Move of MLA Ashok Sharma here to hand over Rs 1.03 crore from the Punjab Nirman Fund to the Pathankot Improvement Trust has drawn flak from the local Municipal council. The MLA has handed over the said amount to the Improvement Trust for development works in Pathankot city municipal limits.

Waive Dalits’ loans, says BSP
Moga, June 15
The BSP today demanded to waive all the loans given by different government banks to Dalits.

Night bus service to Amritsar starts
Chandigarh, June 15
Keeping in view the requirements of the state, the Punjab Government has started night bus services between Chandigarh and Amritsar.


CMC yet to comply with court order
Abohar, June 15
Despite the Supreme Court not giving any “relief” on an SLP filed by the management of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, against orders passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the CMC is not inclined to give admission to three students of the region.


MPs to assess relief to farmers
Chandigarh, June 15
A committee of Members of Parliament on Defence, will visit Punjab to asses the losses made by farmers and address the issue of compensation for damage when the Indian Army was deployed at the border with Pakistan during Operation Parakaram in December 2001. The two-day visit starts on June 19 and a meeting with farmers of the border areas is scheduled at Amritsar that day.

Farmers stage dharna
Moga, June 15
The Kirti Kisan Union staged a dharna outside the DC office in protest against the increase in the prices of petroleum products here today. The union submits a memorandum to the DC and addressed to the Punjab Governor.


30 SMOs cleared for promotion
Chandigarh, June 15
The Departmental Promotion Committee of the Punjab Health Department has cleared the names of 30 senior medical officers (SMOs) for promotion as Deputy Directors and Civil Surgeons.

DPIs, DEOs transferred
Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of two Director Public Instructions (DPIs) and also shifted more than a dozen District Education Officers. The orders have come about as part of the restructuring process of the Education Department.


Inebriated SPO kills labourer
Batala, June 15
An inebriated SPO of the Punjab police killed a labourer at Gaini village, near here, today. As per sources available here, SPO Surinder Singh, working as a cook in the house a local SHO, went to the house of the labourer, Kashmir Messih, last evening.

Bank manager in Vigilance net
Bathinda, June 15
The Vigilance Bureau nabbed the manager of an agricultural development bank while he was reportedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 at Rampura Phul today.

Probe ordered into slapping case
Bathinda, June 15
The SSP has ordered a DSP-level probe into an incident in which a police party from the Sadar police station reportedly abused and slapped a resident of Bir Behman village “without any rhyme or reason”.

MC official held for taking bribe
Patiala, June 15
Harish Bhatia, a junior assistant, Municipal Council, Nabha, was caught red handed by a team of Vigilance Bureau led by DSP, Mr Jaspal Singh while he was taking bribe of Rs 3000 from Mr Dheerander Kumar for sanctioning the site plan of his house.

Case filed against ultrasound centre
Chandigarh, June 15
Dr Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Civil Surgeon, Fatehgarh Sahib, today said a case had been filed in the court against Shelly Nursing Home and UltraSound Centre. He said a lot of discrepancies were found in the record with regard to the ultra sound scanning of pregnant women by the centre.


Girls are welcome
Bathinda, June 15
They have all set an example in the state known for rampant female foeticide by giving birth to daughters and yesterday they were felicitated at a unique ceremony organised by the PNDT Cell at Rajindra College here.

15 unemployed teachers hurt in lathi charge
Patiala, June 15
At least 15 activists of Unemployed B.Ed Teachers Front, including girls, today suffered multiple injuries after the police allegedly resorted to a lathi charge on them near Modi College crossing when they were proceeding towards the New Moti Bagh, the private residence of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, for submitting a memorandum in connection with their demands.

Students charge Asst Director with favouritism
Patiala, June 15
The Punjab Student Union while alleging that the Assistant Director, Youth Welfare, Mr Jeet Singh Butter, misbehaved and maltreated students of a government school in the Devi Garh area, demanded that stern action should be taken against him.


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