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Probe Against Jai Rup Singh
Cong to GND varsity VCís defence

Amritsar, June 18
Following a probe ordered by the home secretary into the alleged irregularities by Guru Nanak Dev University vice-chancellor Jai Rup Singh, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has deputed M.M. Singh Cheema, vice-president, PPCC, and member, All-India Congress Committee to meet the Governor, Punjab.

Firing by Akalis
Congress worker succumbs to injuries
Nabha, June 18
Congress worker Chamkaur Singh, who was injured on June 5 when Akalis fired at his family, killing his father and hurting four others, died today morning at Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, after struggling for life for 13 days. Among the other injured were his brother and a cousin.

Panthic Crisis
Two outside Takhts defy Akal Takht
Amritsar, June 18
An unprecedented Panthic crisis has been created in the Sikh Panth with the clergy of Takht Patna Sahib and Hazoor Sahib openly defying the directive and Gurmattas, passed in the meetings of Akal Takht on June 6.

Threat to Maadh Village Families
Akali leaderís arrest sought
Amritsar, June 18
Various Hindu organisations have demanded the arrest of Akali leader Yuvraj Singh booked by the police for threatening members of a community at Maadh village under Beas police station.

No boycott of MC polls: Bhattal
Chandigarh, June 18
Seeking deployment of paramilitary forces for free and fair Municipal Council (MC)elections, the Congress leadership today declared to contest the elections at all places and not to boycott these.






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Languishing in Pak Jail for 16 Years
Will Kirpal Singh, facing gallows, be saved?
Gurdaspur, June 18
Will government and non-government organisations save Kirpal Singh, who has been lodged in a Pakistan jail after being awarded the death sentence by the court in a bomb blast case? This question has been haunting the family members of Kirpal Singh, residing at Mustfabad Saidan village, a few kilometres from here, ever since they came to know about his fate through a letter written from Lahoreís Kot Lakhpat Rai jail. Kirpal was lodged there after he was awarded a death sentence after he was pronounced guilty of causing a bomb blast in the Faislabad district of Pakistan.


COMMUNITY

CM visits Attari border check-post
Amritsar, June 18
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today visited Attari border check-post and discussed works to be initiated for the development and beautification of the tourist spot with Border Security Force authorities.

GMADA transfers 310 acres for Knowledge City project
Mohali, June 18
Moving another step towards the establishment of the Knowledge City here, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has transferred over 310 acres of land in Sector 81 to various agencies of the Government of India and the Punjab government.

Rains delay sowing of paddy
Devigarh (Patiala), June 17
Heavy rains, which have lashed the region for the past couple of days, have taken a toll on farmers of the district as water has inundated their fields and delayed the sowing of paddy crop. At Hasanpur Kamboan village, falling under Devigarh tehsil of the district, water has entered nearly 100 acres of fields that are yet to be sown with paddy crop.
BEYOND BORDERS: Pakistani people at the Sadqul checkpost on the Indo-Pak border in Fazilka on Wednesday.
BEYOND BORDERS: Pakistani people at the Sadqul checkpost on the Indo-Pak border in Fazilka on Wednesday. ó Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Tarn Taran RO replaced
Tarn Taran, June 18
In a significant move, the state government has replaced the returning officer (RO) appointed for the local Municipal Council polls, additional DC Kirpal Singh, late last night.

Illegal Mutations of Panchayat Land
Ex-PCS officer not involved: Revenue Dept
Chandigarh, June 18
In a report sent to the director Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, with regard to the fraudulent and illegal mutations of panchayat land in Karoran village, near here, the Revenue Department authorities have stated that Jaswant Singh, a former PCS officer, was at no stage in a position to exercise any influence in the case.

Now, a rickshaw on call!
Fazilka, June 18
To check pollution and enhance the beauty of Fazilka town, the Graduates Welfare Association (GWAF) has come up with an idea to put the town on the global map. According to a decision, the town has been linked with the Czech-based World Car Free Network, which already has 100 members. With this decision, each resident of the town will have access to rickshaw on telephone. The scheme will be launched on June 20, 2008.

State slips on development rating: Singla
Chandigarh, June 18
The Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) today alleged that annual allocations made by the Centre under Central schemes were not being utilised by the SAD government and Punjab was slipping on development ranking compared to other states.


 
EDUCATION

Hoshiarpur boy tops PTU-CET exam
Jalandhar, June 18
A student of DAV Sr Sec School, Hoshiarpur, Mayank Taneja, has topped among 21,450 B.Tech aspirants from the state in the Punjab Technical University-CET examination, the result of which was declared here today.

Counselling students a huge task
Chandigarh, June 18
Albeit the Punjab government has decided to provide counselling to students who have secured first division in the plus II examinations, the task will be huge for the authorities concerned. The counselling will help students choose courses suited to their mental capabilities.


ADMINISTRATION

Chargesheet against Faridkot SSP dropped
Chandigarh, June 18
The Punjab government has dropped the chargesheet issued to Paramraj Singh, senior superintendent of police, Faridkot. Sources said an inquiry was ordered against Paramraj following a complaint against him by a person from Fatehgarh Sahib district in connection with a land case.


CRIME

Mysterious Death of Boy
SIT to bring out the truth
Dhariwal (Gurdaspur), June 18
The issue of the death of a seven-year-boy from this town, under mysterious circumstances, a few days ago took a new turn. In an application to the district police authorities, his parents raised a finger of suspicion against a close confidant of a senior member of the Punjab government.

Teacher rapes girl, makes CD
Batala, June 18
A teacher of Bhagwanpura village of this district, allegedly raped a girl residing in a nearby village and subsequently made an obscene CD of the victim by using a web camera and a computer in his house.




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