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No nuclear plant at Drauli: CM
Patran (Patiala) , June 12
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced that no nuclear plant would be established at Drauli village in the tehsil, and added that the government was not even contemplating such a move.

Need for reform movement
Violation of Sikh ‘maryada’
Amritsar, June 12
“It has come to notice that many members of the SGPC, the Dharm Parchar Committee and the SGPC-run educational institutes are ‘patit’ (apostate) which is gross violation of the Sikh rehat maryada (Sikh code of conduct). 

BJP for unity between Tohra, Badal factions
Chandigarh, June 12
Unity between the Badal and Tohra factions will serve Punjab’s cause better. This is the perception of the Punjab unit of the BJP. “Unity between the two factions will further strengthen pro-Punjab forces and the SAD-BJP alliance in the state”, said Mr Avinash Jaiswal, general secretary of the unit, here today. 

Check crime, involve people
Badal’s message to police top brass

Chandigarh, June 12
Check crime, contain activities of secessionist and disruptive elements, drug and human smugglers and involve people in effective policing was the short and crisp message given by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to the top brass of the State police here yesterday.

Fatehgarh Sahib



  Chohan seeks pre-arrest bail
Chandigarh, June 12
London-based Khalistani ideologue Jagjit Singh Chohan today filed an application for anticipatory bail in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Another tubectomy death suspected
Bathinda, June 12
Even as the controversy raised over the Khanauri tubectomy tragedy is yet to settle down, a similar case suspected to be of the same nature has surfaced in the city.


Cong leaders meet party observer
Hoshiarpur, June 12
Several contenders for Assembly ticket thronged the local PWD rest house yesterday to meet Mrs Nirmal Shaktawat, member of the high-powered committee constituted by the AICC for Punjab for the forthcoming Assembly elections. Mrs Shaktawat met all groups individually and listened to their claims for party ticket.

‘No meeting held between Brar, Virbhadra’
Chandigarh, June 12
Mr Sant Ram Singla, a spokesman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), said today that no meeting was held between Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar and a former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Mr Virbhadra Singh, at Solan.

Zaffarwal Badal’s stooge: Chandumajra
Mansa, June 12
Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) leader and former MP, alleged today that Mr Parkash Singh Badal had scant regard for the common Akali worker and he “did not care” for the hukamnama issued by the Akal Takht Jathedar, Bhai Ranjit Singh. 


Villagers ridicule CM’s remarks
Punjab Chief Minister P. S. Badal wearing the Golden Kantha (necklace) presented by Gurdev Singh Satrana during the Sangat Darshan at Patran divison of Patiala Distt. on Tuesday. Demand for Ghaggar dam to check floods
Patran (Patiala), June 12
Damned by fate once during Partition, farmers in this belt in the Malwa region have had only one major demand from successive state governments since independence — a dam over the Ghaggar which causes them untold misery during the monsoon destroying the standing crop every year.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal wearing a golden kaintha (necklace) presented by Gurdev Singh Satrana during sangat darshan in Patran divison of Patiala district on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar Patiala

Chandpuri recalls heroic victory
Ferozepore, June 12
Not many people of the present generation were familiar with the name of Brig Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri (retd) — the hero of the Longewala battle in 1971 — till J.P. Dutta came up with the film “Border”. In a daring feat of bravery and devotion to duty, the then Major Chandpuri, with a company comprising 120-odd soldiers, battled the might of the Pakistani army.

Kar sewa outside the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple, Amritsar, being carried out by Baba Harbans Singh was temporarily stopped following objections raised by heritage lovers. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma 

Concern over Golden Temple ‘kar seva’
Amritsar, June 12
Even as Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, emphasised the need for Sikh masses to preserve Sikh heritage, heritage lovers and artists are concerned over the casual approach of the SGPC in the kar seva being carried out at the Golden Temple here.

Transformer shifting: dharna enters 2nd day
Sarai Amanat Khan (Tarn Taran), June 12
Thousands of residents of border area villages staged dharna for the second day today at the 166 KV sub-station of the PSEB here in protest against shifting of one of the two transformers to Chabbal to restore power supply there which was disrupted in the midnight on June 4 when the transformer of the sub-station at Chabbal was burnt due to lightning.

Monkey bites four persons
Bathinda, June 12
A monkey has bitten at least four persons creating panic in some residential areas of the city. The monkey has been active in the Lakhi Ram street, Heera Chowk, Gali Sabun Wali and the adjoining Sirki Bazar of the city since Friday last.

BJP MLA faces ‘threat to life’
Amritsar, June 12
Some Pakistan-based Babbar Khalsa activists have reportedly sneaked into Punjab with the intention of targeting some VIPs.

Major scales Kedar Dome peak
Abohar, June 12
A Punjab-born Army officer has brought laurels in mountaineering by leading an expedition to Kedar Dome peak. A remotely located peak, Kedar Dome, is surrounded by Kirti and Gangotri glaciers about 30 km from Gangotri. 

Man rescued from tank after 24 hours
Fazilka, June 12
An Employee of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board who fell into a 10-foot-deep overhead water tank yesterday was rescued after 24 hours. Hari Ram (26), a class IV employee of the board, had gone to put bleaching powder in the tank at the municipal council office complex yesterday morning. 

Property case: Dang for transfer of bail plea
Amritsar, June 12
Veteran CPI leader Mr Sat Pal Dang in a statement issued here yesterday has stated that the bail application of Sarbjit Singh, a former Chairman of the bar association, may be transferred from the court of the Sessions Judge Mr V.B. Handa to some other court of competent jurisdiction as the Sessions Judge was known to be a friend of the advocate.


Farmers seek credit cards
Jalandhar, June 12
The Kirti Kisan Union has demanded that the district administration should organise special camps to distribute Krishi Credit Card to farmers of Nakodar and Shahkot subdivisions.

BKU seeks hike in crop compensation
Patiala, June 12
Leaders of the Bharti Kisan Union have urged the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) management to increase the compensation for the crop burnt due to short circuiting from the present Rs 2000 to at least Rs 12,000 per acre.

Increase power supply to farmers: BJP
Chandigarh, June 12
At a meeting of its top brass here the BJP today urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to withdraw the power tariff hike affected in the past three years and to abolish the surcharge levied on power bills by the Punjab State Electricity Board( PSEB).


Appointment letters not issued
Bathinda, June 12
Resentment prevails among candidates who passed the competitive exam conducted by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for the posts of Telecom Technical Assistant (TTA).

Employees resent new office hours
Fatehgarh Sahib
The majority of the state government employees here have termed the changed office timing from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a Tuglaki order. They have demanded the restoration of previous timing.

GM (Telecom) gets award
Ferozepore, June 12
The General Manager (Telecom), Mr G.S. Julka, has been awarded a gold medal and a certificate of Excellence by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

BSNL union’s conference begins
Amritsar, June 12
The inaugural conference of the BSNL Employees Union (BSNLEU) began here today. The BSNLEU was formed by merging group C and D unions in the Telecom Department.


5 washermen booked for assaulting MC men
Pathankot, June 12
Five members of the local Dhobi Mahasabha were booked by the police following a complaint lodged by the sectional officer of the municipal council, Mr Roop Lal.

Gang selling Army cement busted, 1 held
Bathinda, June 12
The police has busted a gang involved in the sale of cement bags meant for the Army by taking them out of the military station here. Police sources said here today that one of the members of the gang, Gursewak Singh, who had been arrested, used to transport goods to the military station.


Punjab to recruit 7,000 teachers
Moga, June 12
The Punjab Government has decided to recruit 7000 more school teachers in the state during the current financial year and has sanctioned Rs 100 crore for it.

32 teachers attending in-service training
Patiala, June 12
An in-service course for physical education teachers (PET) of Kendriya Vidyalayas is being organised at Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, here. As many as 32 PETs are attending the course from eight northern regions, including Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Delhi, Dehra Dun, Jammu, Jaipur, Lucknow and Patna.

PUTA to intensify stir against VC
Patiala, June 12
The Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) today alleged that there was no change in the functioning of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, despite directives from the Chief Minister leaving the organisation no option but to again intensify its agitation against him.

Memo to CM for upgradation of school
Amritsar, June 12
Residents of 10 backward areas, included in the municipal limits, yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, demanding upgradation of Government Senior Secondary School, Nawankot, to college level and a new college for boys in the area.


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