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Police bares Chahal’s wealth worth crores
Patiala, June 14
The Punjab police has prepared a report regarding the assets of B.I.S. Chahal, former media adviser to Capt Amarinder Singh, disproportionate to his known sources of income. Sources said Chahal’s assets were worth crores. These included Rs 94 lakh hard cash in form of fixed and bank deposits and property. He still owns a Vijay Super scooter, which was his only possession before coming to power.

A Man of Luxuries

B.I.S. Chahal

No reprieve for Chahal
Chandigarh, June 14
Refusing to grant immediate relief to B.I.S. Chahal, media adviser to former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Mr Justice S.S. Saron and Mr Justice Arwind Kumar, today issued notice to Punjab for tomorrow.

Chahal gets separate barracks
Ludhiana, June 14
BIS Chahal and his five relatives will not have to sleep alongside pickpockets, thieves, drug addicts and other criminals during their judicial custody of two weeks in central jail here.

His counsel alleges police torture
Dimpa booked for suicide bid
Beas, June 14
Former Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa today suffered injuries on his forehead, allegedly due to “torture” in police custody.



SGPC indifference
150-yr-old baradari razed
Amritsar, June 14
The 150-year-old baradari of Maharaja Ranjit Singh situated in the SGPC complex here was allegedly demolished by the committee to make space for an administrative block the foundation stone of which was laid by its president yesterday.



Withdraw reference to AICC, Bhattal tells CM
Chandigarh, June 14
The Congress has taken serious note of the dragging of the names in court cases of the all-India Congress committee (AICC) and the Punjab pradesh Congress committee (PPCC) by the government headed by Parkash Singh Badal.

Khaira faces explanation
Chandigarh, June 14
Leader of the Congress legislature party(CLP) Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has sought an explanation from party MLA Sukhpal Khaira for criticising the party.


Birds of a feather...
Boys take a dip in a canal in Barnala.
Boys take a dip in a canal in Barnala. — Photo by Parmod Singla

Khangura seeks UK consulate in Punjab
Chandigarh, June 14
At a meeting held here today, Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Khangura urged the British high commissioner to India, Sir Michael Arthur, to set up a full-fledged British consulate in Punjab. He said while the passport collection centre set up for visa purpose at Jalandhar provided a useful service, it fell far short of the service that the British Government should provide to Indians in Punjab and to NRIs in the UK.

Nabard backing for Rs 1,000-cr development schemes
Chandigarh, June 14
Punjab today secured financial backing for development schemes worth Rs 1,000 crore from Nabard.

Saved from cruel ‘husband’
Ajnala (Amritsar), June 14
A middle-aged woman, who had come to Amritsar for religious service, today got freed from the clutches of a 55-year-old man in Riar village in Ajnala subdivision, thanks to the initiative taken by local women. The police has registered a case of illegal detention against the man.

Heat wave claims 3 lives
Bathinda, June 14
Three persons, including one woman, died and six others, including two children, fell unconscious after suffering sunstroke in this town which is in grip of heat wave for the past 10 days.

Right to pension not recognised
Govt sends Rs 50,000 to freedom fighter’s widow
Chandigarh, June 14
Denied pension for 29 years, Gurnam Kaur, paralytic widow of freedom fighter Tara Singh Brar of Moga, finally has seen some compassion from the Punjab government. A month after the 90-year-old woman sat on indefinite fast in front of Moga deputy commissioner’s office to protest against official indifference to her cause, the government has sent her a cheque of Rs 50,000.

3 more areas declared protected
Hoshiarpur, June 14
The government has declared three more protected areas under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 for the conservation of biodiversity in the state.

State Round-up
Water scheme: survey of villages begins
Chandigarh, June 14
The Punjab government today launched a survey of all 20 districts to identify the villages to be covered by the World Bank-funded Rs 1,280 crore rural water supply scheme.

More facilities at Rajindra Hospital
Patiala, June 14
Local patients can avail of various facilities at Government Rajindra Hospital which is now equipped with latest machines.

Self-assessment scheme for house tax
Chandigarh, June 14
Punjab local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia today said the government had decided to introduce the self-assessment scheme for depositing house tax in cities and towns of the state.

Pathankot MC dissolved
Pathankot, June 14
The ongoing controversy over the Pathankot civic body chief today ended when 19 municipal councillors passed a no-confidence motion against Sarwan Kumar, president of the local municipality. Only 10 councillors voted in favour while three were absent. A post of municipal councillor has been lying vacant after his death.

Punjabi daily copies burnt
Sangrur, June 14
Members of the Ek Noor Khalsa Fauz, led by district convener Jaswant Singh Ladha, today burnt copies of a Punjabi daily being published from Jalandhar, at the Barra chowk in front of the city police station here. They also raised slogans against the newspaper.

Samjhauta gets another coach
Amritsar, June 14
In view of an increase in the number of devotees visiting religious places in Pakistan, Northern Railway has attached an additional coach to Samjhauta Express.

Two killed in road mishaps
Kharar, June 14
Two persons, including a nine-year-old schoolboy, were killed in separate road accidents in the subdivision.


2 dera followers held, remanded
Sangrur, June 14
Following trouble between the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda and members of the Sikh community at Cheema Mandi (near Sunam) yesterday, normalcy returned to Cheema town today. However, with a view to maintaining law and order in the town, a flag march, led by Sunam DSP Joginder Singh, was taken out by the security forces.

Forgery case
Preliminary evidence closed
Pathankot, June 14
The complainant in the case of forgery against Punjab transport minister Master Mohan Lal closed preliminary evidence in the court of sub- divisional judicial magistrate H.S. Gill, here today. The court fixed July 25 next date for arguments.


ASI held on land grab charge
Bathinda, June 14
Karnail Singh, assistant sub-inspector, Punjab Police, who is posted at the Civil Lines police post here, along with seven other persons, was arrested when he made an attempt to grab a piece of land located at Guru ki Nagri area of this town today.


Govt doctors to supervise PMET
Chandigarh, June 14
Government doctors in the state will supervise the conduct of the Punjab Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) scheduled for July 8. The Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences is to conduct the test and with only 200 employees on its rolls, the university has no option but to garner help from doctors working in government medical colleges and hospitals for the conduct of the test.

Ayurvedic varsity mooted for Hoshiarpur
Jalandhar, June 14
The state government is planning to constitute an experts’ committee for establishing an ayurvedic university in Hoshiarpur. This follows a proposal submitted by Government Ayurvedic College, Patiala, to the ministry recently. Besides constituting the committee, the government is also planning to tie up with the Centre for establishing the university, according to minister for medical education and research Tikshan Sood.


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