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Police picks up Dimpa’s supporters
Amritsar, June 29
The Beas police today picked up at least 20 supporters of Jasbir Singh Dimpa, a former Congress MLA who figured in the video footage of poll-related violence on January 29 in which Akali worker Dilbagh Singh was killed.

Budget Session Concludes
Bitter sniping over dera issue

Chandigarh, June 29
The Budget session of the Punjab Assembly today ended on a note of confrontation between the ruling SAD-BJP combine and the Congress on the dera issue.

Bills passed amidst pandemonium
Chandigarh, June 29
Two important Bills - one preventing partition of common lands in villages and the other for issuing permanent licences to kutcha arhtiyas (temporary commission agents) - were passed amidst pandemonium in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha today.

Question Hour
Badal assures probe into HSB Fertilisers’ case
Chandigarh, June 29
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has assured that a high level inquiry will be conducted into the dealings of HSB Fertilisers, located in Garhshankar. MLAs cutting across party lines today demanded an investigation as to how the company had got subsidy worth Rs 6 crore as it had not provided fertilisers to the farmers.

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PSEB asked to find site for N-power plant
Chandigarh, June 29
While Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has cleared the proposal to set up a coal-based thermal power plant of 1,200 MW near Abohar, the Punjab State Electricity Board has been asked to find a suitable location to set up a 500 MW nuclear power plant.


Necessity is the mother of invention: An aged rickshaw-puller protects himself from the scorching heat by “inventing” a colourful umbrella for himself in Bathinda on Friday.
Necessity is the mother of invention: An aged rickshaw-puller protects himself from the scorching heat by “inventing” a colourful umbrella for himself in Bathinda on Friday. —Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Sukhbir’s father-in-law may remain panel chief
Amritsar, June 29
The father-in-law of Sukhbir Singh Badal, Satyajit Singh Majithia, is likely to be re-elected the president of the Governing Council of Khalsa College Management for a term of five years. Satyajit Singh is the father of public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

Gory Fight
Man attacks wife, kills her uncle
Patiala, June 29
Tajinder Singh, a Class IV employee at the Nabha Civil Hospital, killed his wife’s maternal uncle Teja Singh (70) and seriously injured his wife Jaspal Kaur with a sword last night.

Home delivery of LPG to continue
Jalandhar, June 29
LPG consumers of Punjab can heave a sigh of relief as LPG distributors of Punjab have deferred their decision to discontinue the home delivery of cylinders from July 1.

Dera men, Sikhs come close to clashing thrice
Moga, June 29
Members of Sikh community and followers of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda came close to a showdown thrice in and around the Nihal Singhwala sub-division during the past 24 hours.

Khalsa panel to reconstitute itself
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
The meeting of the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC), which was constituted to spearhead the agitation against the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, was held here today sans the Sant Samaj. Even as several member of KAC continued to elude the media, some leaders confided that it had been decided to reconstitute the Khalsa Action Committee following recent developments.

Air India Flight to Amritsar
20 hours late and yet to reach
Amritsar, June 29
High drama was witnessed at the Rajasansi International Airport here today with relatives of passengers of Air India flight 188, who had to wait for nearly 20 hours, raised slogans against the airline. The Toronto-to-Amritsar flight, via Birmingham, which was scheduled to arrive at 11.35 pm yesterday did not arrive till late this evening and the aircraft was flown straight to Delhi due to a technical snag.

Proposal to shift state lab to Kharar mooted
Move against merger pact: Legal experts
Patiala, June 29
The state Health Department is mooting a proposal to shift the State Chemical Laboratory, which has been functioning here since its inception, to Kharar.

Dead doctor still on list of promoted
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
The state health department is yet to withdraw the notification through which it promoted a doctor, who had died a month ago.

Society to observe Bhagat Singh shatabdi
Patiala, June 29
The Sri Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Patiala, will observe Shaheed Bhagat Singh Shatabdi, according to Lal Chand Jindal, president of the sabha.

Leaders as deities
Samiti chief raps parties
Patiala, June 29
National president of the All-India Hindu Suraksha Samiti Mahamandleshwer Mahant Sanjeev Das Hari yesterday said the portrayal of political leaders like Vasundhra Raje Scindia, Rajnath Singh, L.K. Advani and Vilasrao Deshmukh as Hindu deities through posters has hurt the feelings of the Hindu community.

Former panchayat officer flees with family
Fears threat to life
Patiala, June 29
Fearing for his life, Rajinder Singh Bedi, former panchayat officer and resident of Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, fled with his family more than a month ago. He has allegedly been implicated in a false case. Bedi and his wife are being forced to live at Patiala with their daughter and son-in-law, who is a fencing coach at the NIS.

Woman battles against land mafia
Abohar, June 29
General secretary of the Land Grabbing Victims’ Association Dimple Miglani and her minor children had been living under the shadow of terror for past few days in their house in the Radhasoami Colony on the college road here.

Rs 18 cr disbursed as loan
Patiala, June 29
Central Bank of India, Ludhiana and Jalandhar regions, organised a multipurpose credit camp at Rajpura today. The team was led by Balraj Gupta, assistant general manager of Chandigarh zone of the bank. Loans worth Rs 18 crore under different schemes were disbursed among borrowers during the camp. People from different cities who attended the camp appreciated the schemes being run by the bank for public. — TNS


NFL unaware of SC body’s jurisdiction
Chandigarh, June 29
It seems that the National Fertilizers Limited, a premier public sector undertaking enjoying ‘mini-ratna’ status, is completely oblivious of its own legal and constitutional obligations.


Punjab to formulate own forest policy
Chandigarh, June 29
The Punjab government has decided to formulate its own forest policy in view of the peculiar state-specific requirements and to achieve the fixed targets. For that matter, a high-level committee under the chairmanship of additional principal chief conservator of forests has been constituted and its recommendations are expected soon, said forest minister Tikshan Sud while addressing a press conference here last night.

Pulse growers to get MAP
Chandigarh, June 29
The Punjab Government has decided to give minimum assured price (MAP) to farmers who grow pulses. Disclosing this here today, the food and supplies minister, Adesh Partap Singh Kairon said the crop of pulses would be promoted as the government required around 5,000 tonnes of pulses under the atta-dal scheme. Apart from crop diversification, the initiative would encourage local industry. — TNS


Holding PSEB Men Hostage
Case registered against 3 villagers
Amritsar, June 29
The Ajnala police today filed an FIR against three persons for obstructing the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) officials from discharging its duty and holding them hostage for over six hours on June 21.

Drugs worth Rs 4.5 lakh seized from chemist shop
Jalandhar, June 29
In a major haul in Punjab, prescription tablets and capsules worth Rs 4.5 lakh were seized by the Punjab Health Department from an Adampur-based chemist shop and the residence of the chemist.

Punjabi varsity student detained in US
Patiala, June 29
An MBA student of Punjabi University has been detained in Pennsylvania state of the US. She had gone there along with nine other students of the department under a student exchange program between Punjabi and Wilkis University.


Bar on admissions at 4 architecture colleges
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
The Council of Architecture has barred four architecture colleges of the region from admitting students for the next academic session. The council has imposed the restriction as these colleges have failed to assure the council that no student would be admitted to the five-year architecture degree course without his having cleared the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA).


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