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AISSF to defy ‘ban’ on function
Amritsar, June 3
The All-India Sikh Students Federation led by Mr Harminder Singh Gill has decided to organise a ‘sadbhavna divas’ near Gurdwara Shaheedan here to coincide with the anniversary of Operation Blue Star on June 6, though the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has withdrawn permission for the same.

15 bodies to hold ‘antim ardas’ for Sant
Chandigarh, June 3
Irrespective of whatever decision the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Sikh priests take on the declaration of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale as a “great martyr of the Sikh qaum”, 15 Sikh organisations have decided to hold the antim ardas for the Sant at Akal Takht on June 6, Bhai Narain Singh, convener of these organisations, announced here today.

Gill speaks up for detained cops
New Delhi, June 3
In a significant statement, former Punjab police chief K. P. S. Gill today demanded the immediate release of all detenues of the state police and other paramilitary forces, who had been lodged in various jails for human rights violations.

Firing over land dispute, 70 held
Nangali (Amritsar), June 3
Firing took place at Nangali village, about 10 km from Amritsar, early today over a land dispute. More than 80 persons descended upon the disputed land at about 4 a.m. and beat up nearly six daily wage earners who were there.

Seats lying vacant in engg colleges
Ferozepore, June 3
The Punjab Government’s decision to slash and then finally abolish the grant-in-aid to various government and aided engineering colleges in the state on the pretext of making them self-dependent has invited widespread criticism from all quarters.

Fatehgarh Sahib




Forgery case: police not registering case
Bathinda, June 3
Mr Jasmel Singh, a resident of Balluana village has in a written statement alleged that the district police authorities are not arresting the accused despite registration of a case under sections 218, 468, 71-120-B, of the IPC.

Punjab declares 3-day mourning
Chandigarh, June 3
The Punjab Government today decided to observe three-day state mourning from June 2 as a mark of respect to the departed King of Nepal, Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev.


Fake bodies have got grants: SHSAD
Sunam, June 3
Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), today alleged more than 7,000 small-scale and middle-scale industries had closed in Punjab during the past four years due to increase in the rates of octroi, sales tax and power tariff.

No soft spot for ultras: Dhindsa
Sunam, June 3
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Secretary-General of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), yesterday said neither the SAD nor the SAD-led government in Punjab had a soft spot for militants as had been alleged by some politicians and parties in the media.

Probe sought into ‘Pigeon’ scandal
Hoshiarpur, June 3
The Punjab unit of the Janata Dal (S) has demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and his two ministers, Mr Sujan Singh and Mr Sohan Singh Thandal for their alleged involvement in the ‘Pigeon” scandal in Canada.

SJP chief joins Dalit Sena
Bathinda, June 3
Mr Inderjeet Singh Fauji, president of the Bathinda district unit of the Samajwadi Janta Party with hundreds of party workers has joined the party of Dalit Sena, (DS).

Gurcharan Kaur’s papers in order
Chandigarh, June 3
Ms Gurcharan Kaur is the lone candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat from Punjab. Her papers have been found in order by the presiding officer, according to the co-convener of the media cell of the BJP.

Paswan to attend Ludhiana rally


Panchayat, Principal at loggerheads
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 3
A tussel between the village panchayat and the Principal, Government High School, Rajindergarh, in the district has led to the locking of the school. The Principal alleged that the sarpanch had locked the school and took the entire record in his custody and she had lodged a complaint with the police.

Talwandi sore over Bluestar white paper
Mansa, June 3
Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, SGPC, expressing his dissatisfaction over the ‘white paper’ issued by the SGPC in connection with Operation Bluestar, today said it was dictated by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Regulate solar energy, states told
Amritsar, June 3
In the wake of the growing demand on the power sector and other depleting natural fuels the Union Government has decided to tap alternative energy resources.

CM grants 1.50 cr for Bholath uplift
Kapurthala, June 3
Former SGPC Chief Bibi Jagir Kaur today felt confident when gathering on the occasion of the observance of death anniversary of Sant Prem Singh Muralewale at her religious dera at Begowal village was impressive.

Swimmers losing lives in canal
Patiala, June 3
The Bhakra Main Line Canal on the outskirts of the city, which becomes a cooling joint for hundreds of city youngsters every summer, is becoming a death zone. Many youngsters have lost their lives in diving mishaps this season, which has triggered a demand for putting a ban on swimming in the canal.

Tributes paid to Editor of ‘Sant Sipahi’
Amritsar, June 3
Representatives of a large number of Sikh organisations, political parties and Sikh high priests paid rich tributes at the bhog ceremony of Wing Commander Kamaljit Singh, son of Master Tara Singh and father of SGPC general secretary Kiranjt Kaur, who died on May 28.

Household items in truck catch fire
Bathinda, June 3
A truckload of household and other items was burnt here today when it caught fire due to alleged short-circuit on the Bathinda-Goniana road.

Palledars still at large: FCI activist
Bathinda, June 3
Mr Joga Singh Nasrali, state secretary of the FCI and Punjab Food Agency Palledar Azad Union, said in a written statement issued here yesterday that the police had not arrested activists of the Punjab Pradesh Palledar Union who had injured members of the Palledar Mazdoor Federation despite their names having been registered in the FIR.

Yoga gaining popularity
Patiala, June 3
Yoga is making quite a comeback with many city residents taking up the activity to tackle diseases, including arthritis, diabetes, asthma, backache and blood pressure, which otherwise have find no permanent cure.

Tributes paid to former MLA
Sunam, June 3
The first death anniversary of former Congress MLA and Minister, Bhagwan Dass Arora, was observed here today. Bhog of Akhand Path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib was performed and “ardas” was held on the occasion.

36 hurt in 3 road mishaps
Hoshiarpur, June 3
At least 36 persons sustained minor injuries in three road accidents in the district today.

SDM to conduct probe into roof collapse
Mansa, June 3
Mrs Raji P. Srivastva, Deputy Commissioner, said today that Mr S.K. Sabarwal, SDM, Budhlada, had been asked to conduct an inquiry into the collapse of the roof of a two-room school in Budhlada town on Thursday which left three students dead and several others injured.

25 marriages solemnised

Summon Badal to Takht, says KMC


Row over paying farmers
Mansa, June 3
Even as activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) lifted their dharna staged in this town recently to press seed dealers to pay compensation to farmers whose cotton crop was destroyed due to substandard seeds supplied by them, a controversy has erupted over the payment of Rs 50,000 as compensation to them publicly.


‘Withdraw cases against technocrats’
Muktsar, June 3
Activists of the Agriculture Technocrats Action Committee Punjab (AGTAC), the Plant Doctors Services Association, the Farmers Union, the Punjab Animal Husbandary Services Association and the Soil Conservation Officers Association, in a resolution passed at a state-level rally here last evening demanded that all false cases registered against officers of the Agriculture Department should be withdrawn immediately and ground spray scheme reintroduced in cotton belt to save the crop.

MC undertakes task of cleaning Ganda Nullah
Patiala, June 3
The Municipal Corporation has undertaken the load of cleaning the city’s Ganda Nullah after viewing the deplorable condition that may prevail in the coming monsoon season.

PSEB timings
Patiala, June 3
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today decided to change its office timings from June 7 till July 15.


Gang supplying smack to students busted
Moga, June 3
A gang of drug pedlars from Rajasthan allegedly supplying opium and smack to college and schoolstudents in Malout and other parts of Punjab was claimed to have been busted by the Muktsar police.

Police Inspector’s son shoots himself
Patiala, June 3
The son of a police Inspector committed suicide under mysterious circumstances late last night.


PSMDTA: promotions arbitrary
Amritsar, June 3
The executive committee of the PSMDTA (Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association) is critical of the promotion of two lecturers in the Post-Partum Department of the State Medical Colleges. The association has expressed surprise about the double standards being adopted by the Government.

3 school teachers suspended
Phagwara, June 3
Three teachers of a senior secondary school of Garhshankar have been suspended on the charge of awarding marks without evaluating answersheets.

Prospectus ambiguous, allege students
Bathinda, June 3
The prospectus issued by Punjabi University, Patiala, for admission to the B.Ed entrance test is confusing and therefore many glaring mistakes in the same.

Table marking over, results not out
Barnala, June 3
Punjabi University, Patiala, seems unwilling to declare the results of BA, B.Sc. and B.Com. in time despite the completion of evaluation of answersheets.

Plea on appointment of Vice-Chancellor
Patiala, June 3
The All-India SC/ST/BC and Minorities Welfare Organisation, Punjab, today urged the authorities concerned to recommend the appointment of a member of the Dalit community as Vice -Chancellor in Pro-Vice Chancellor of any university in Punjab.


Prepare to face WTO regime: Ojha
Longowal (Barnala), June 3
World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements must be taken up as a challenge and, as a developing nation India must prepare itself to compete in the world trade market, as industry cannot be protected in India for long in an age of world trade competition.

PSEB restrictions on industry
Patiala, June 3
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will impose the compulsory weekly off-day on industry with effect from June 4.

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