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Crime in Punjab and licenses to kill
Chandigarh, June 16
Slow processing and heavy rejection rate notwithstanding , 10 to 15 persons in Punjab get their new licenses everyday for keeping firearms. The figure in the background of the turbulence that the state witnessed during the past two decades may not be disturbing.

Degrees specified alone valid
UGC Chairman writes to varsities
Amritsar, June 16
In a demi-official letter to universities of the country, the Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) has said, “no degree is valid unless specified by the UGC under Section 22 of the UGC Act,”.

Panel minutes tampered with
Varsity Dean writes to SSP
Amritsar, June 16
Even as Dr Harbhajan Singh Soch, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, has denied that minutes of the finance committee were “tempered with,” Dr Jaspal Singh, Dean, Professor and Head of the Department of Sports, Medicine and Physiotherapy, has written to the district police chief for registration of a case for “fraudulently” inserting resolution number 35 pertaining to the creation of the post of Director, Trauma Centre.

Seat-sharing no problem: Mittal
Ludhiana, June 16
Senior BJP leader and Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Madan Mohan Mittal said today that his party would not make seat-sharing an issue during the forthcoming Assembly elections. He declared that the BJP would contest the elections under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.



  Punjab Lok Morcha formed
Bathinda, June 16
To generate public opinion against the economic policies of the government the Punjab Lok Morcha has been formed in the state, which comprises Janata Dal (Secular), Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP) and BKU (E).


Poll pact only with Left: Cong
Fazilka, June 16
The Congress will not forge a poll pact with any other party except the CPI or the CPM as the party is determined to fight the “anti-people and communal” SAD-BJP combine in Punjab where the BSP’s base has been eroded, said Mr Yoginder Makwana, former Union Minister and AICC observer for Punjab.

Sangat darshan will not do: Cong leader
Abohar, June 16
The AICC has approved a 41-member list of office-bearers for the PPCC. The list is likely to be released within the next 36 hours. This was stated by party observer and former Union Minister Dr Yogender Makwana in an interview with this correspondent during his visit to the district on Thursday evening.

Punjab finance: Cong feels vindicated
Chandigarh, June 16
The President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that the statement made by the Union Minister of State for Finance that Punjab was on the brink of financial emergency had vindicated the stand of the PPCC which had urged the Union Government to declare financial emergency in the state a few months ago.


Working for better healthcare
Diabetes detection drive
The diabetes detection drive, launched by the local Lions Club in March this year, has been proving a boon for patients of this disease, especially those who got themselves examined for the first time at the camps organised under this drive.

Kidnapped boy found
Phagwara, June 16
In a major breakthrough, the special investigation team set up by Mrs Gurpreet Deo, SSP, Kapurthala, has solved the case of kidnapping of Saban Kumar from the local Jyoti Model School in Preet Nagar, Bhagatpura, on June 8.

Workers steal show from managers
Patiala, June 16
It was clearly the day of the ordinary worker at a “self-introspection” seminar organised by the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) with employee leaders teaching a skill or two to management experts.

PRTC to involve own staff to increase fleet
Patiala, June 16
Faced by a financial crunch due to which it is unable to buy new buses, Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC) has decided to extend the ongoing kilometre scheme to its serving and retired employees through formation of a society to increase its fleet strength.

Residents of the city showing sympathy with tenants of the Mota Singh building, which was damaged by owner of the building at Bathinda on Saturday.
Residents of the city showing sympathy with tenants of the Mota Singh building, which was damaged by owner of the building at Bathinda on Saturday . 
— Photos Kulbir Beera
Goons thrash tenants as police looks away
Bathinda, June 16
As many as 70 armed goons descended on a building in the heart of city this afternoon and demolished a part of the building, beat up its occupants with iron rods and threw away household goods, including expensive electronic gadgets. Two policemen who reached the site after about an hour remained mute spectators.

Case to malign me: minister
Bathinda, June 16
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Punjab Minister for Science and Technology and Law and Justice, today said that the case filed against him by Mr N.K. Garg, advocate, allegedly for the possession of a piece of land in the city was to malign his image.

7 yrs gone, rape case still not registered
Mansa, June 16
After waiting for seven years for the registration of a case of rape and other offences against three police constables, Ms Nasib Kaur got a complaint filed against the accused in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, who has summoned the accused under various Sections of IPC.

Pagers for cops
Dera Bassi, June 16
To reduce the reaction time of the police and to save time in general, the Patiala Police today introduced pager services in three police stations. The service has been introduced for the first time in the country by the Punjab police.


Probe sought into purchase of paddy
Kapurthala, June 16
The state Congress has demanded CBI probe to unmask the alleged nexus between owners of rice shellers and the state government for its decision on not buying IR-8 paddy variety from the farmers in the state last year which forced them to sell their produce to owners of rice shellers below the support price.


350 new docs, nurses for Punjab: Chawla
Phagwara, June 16
The Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, told a rural conference at Panshta village yesterday that the Punjab Health System Corporation was spending Rs 422 crore on the construction of the new buildings of 154 hospitals, while 350 new doctors and staff nurses were being recruited shortly.


Man shot at, escapes unhurt
Jalandhar, June 16
Jaswant Singh of Sidhpur village was today allegedly fired at by two brothers of Mehrajwala village for they envied his friendship with their third brother. Jaswant Singh, however, escaped unhurt. A case under Section 307 of the IPC has been registered at Lohian police station.


Decision on uniform syllabi soon: Miani
Amritsar, June 16
The Punjab Government is concerned over the state of affairs of higher education in the state. Though the government in the recent past has taken a number of steps for the improvement of education in Punjab, yet more needs to be done in this direction, said Mr Balbir Singh Miani, Minister of State for Higher Education, while addressing a meeting of the College Development Council of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) here yesterday.

Department looks for Director
Patiala, June 16
The Punjab Research and Medical Education Department has been without a Director since March. A large number of posts in all three medical colleges in the state are also vacant.

University rules may invite malpractices
Bathinda, June 16
The students, who are to appear in the pre-medical entrance test (PMET) to be conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences on July 7, have expressed apprehension over the new instructions of the university.

8 villages give land for Sikh university
Chandigarh, June 16
As many as eight villages of Chamkaur Sahib block in Ropar district have offered about 430 acre to set up the World Sikh University. Though the proposal to set up such a university has been discussed at various levels for the past several years, but it was formalised by passing a resolution at the World Sikh Conference held in Amritsar in September 1995.

Professor honoured


Exporters demand more wagons
Amritsar, June 16
In a letter to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, the Amritsar Exporters Chamber of Commerce has urged him to make recommendations to the railway authorities to make more wagons available to small exporters for the export of sugar to Pakistan.

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