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What drove Dimple to schizophrenia
Amritsar, June 23
Even as Dimple became a victim of circumstances to behave in an obsessive and a paranoid manner, her children Tanya and Deepak, alias Biba, were the worst sufferers in the process.

Dimple talks to the Superintendent of Police (City), Mr Rajesh Jaiswal, on Saturday.

Dimple talks to the Superintendent of Police (City), Mr Rajesh Jaiswal, on Saturday. —  Photo Rajiv Sharma

Steps to set up Sikh varsity
Chandigarh, June 23
The founder General Secretary of the World Sikh Council, Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, said today that the newly appointed President of the WSC, Mr Didar Singh Bains, an NRI, would visit here in October and general house meeting of the WSC would be convened in November.

Fatehgarh Sahib gears up for elections
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 23
The pending visit of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, to the district on June 26 for political conference has generated and acrimonious atmosphere in various faction of the SAD. Each group has been vying with each other to get the SAD ticket. Series of meetings have been held in the past 15 days wherein a lot of mud-slinging and scuffle has been witnessed.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Badal upbraids bureaucrats
Ludhiana, June 23
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, is reportedly upset over the functioning of his bureaucracy, particularly when it comes to the implementation of his promises and commitments made in the ‘sangat darshan’ programmes. In an angry outburst recently he lashed out at some senior bureaucrats telling them “mind it I am the Chief Minister and you should obey my orders”.

Malta tragedy victims still alive?
Hoshiarpur, June 23
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, in a press note issued here last evening said some of the human traffickers and travel agents had created confusion among the parents of those who had lost their lives in the tragedy on December 25, 1996, by disclosing that their sons were still alive.

Kin deprived of last glance
Police cremates missing Principal
Moga, June 23
The Faridkot police allegedly cremated body of Gurdev Singh, Principal, Senior Secondary School, Dhurkot, in the district as unclaimed even as the members of his family were trying to trace him since he disappeared on June 6. His body was found from a canal on June 9.


Sandhu, Harry to be readmitted to Cong
Chandigarh, June 23
Mr Tara Singh Sandhu and Mr Harinderpal Singh Harry will be readmitted into the Congress soon. Both were expelled from the party by the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Captain Amarinder Singh, for alleged anti party activities.

Panthic morcha to contest on SAD (M) symbol
Sangrur, June 23
After the formation of the proposed Panthic morcha, it will contest the Assembly elections on the symbol of “gadda” of the SAD (Mann). This was stated by Prof Sukhjinder Singh, acting president of the party while presiding over a district-level meeting of party workers at Gurdwara Singh Sabha here today.

Political party formed
Amritsar, June 23
A new political party, All-India Congress Party (P) was formed here today at a meeting presided over by Mr Sanjeev Prashar, a lawyer. The party announced that it would bring social, economic and political justice to the people at their door steps.


First focal point petrol pump
Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib has become the first district in the state to boast of a petrol pump and community centre at focal points, under the Chief Minister’s focal point development scheme. Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Minister for Finance, inaugurated the first such petrol pump set up by the Indian Oil Corporation at ‘Paheri’ focal point in the district. It was a dream come true for the people of the remote rural area who had to cover a long distance to fulfil their requirements of diesel and petrol.

Ambedkar’s statue desecrated, rally held
Bathinda, June 23
Members of various organisations today held a rally and sat on dharna in protest against dishonouring of the statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, at the B.R. Ambedkar park in front of the district courts here.

Seven months on, no sign of panthers
Patiala, June 23
Panthers continue to elude visitors to the Deer Park on the outskirts of the city, with the promised panther pair not arriving in the park despite seven months having passed since Forest Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani laid the foundation stone of the panther enclosure on the park premises.

Orphans no more, courtesy SOS
Rajpura, June 23
Jatinder, presently doing diploma in engineering from Bathinda, came to SOS when he was in class VII. His father used to beat his mother and drink a lot. His father allegedly killed his mother. Today, Jatinder and his brother, who are staying in the SOS children village here, do not want to see their father, but are happy with their friends. Jatinder wants to do MTech and achieve higher goals.

Probe to be conducted in custodial death case
Chandigarh, June 23
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Additional Director-General of the commission to inquire into the custodial death case of Gurdev Singh, who died on December 14 in CIA staff, Samana in Patiala district.

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti releasing a religious cassette.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti releasing a religious cassette by Faqir Ishwar Das Shah Gulam Almast at Guru Nanak Dev University on Saturday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

‘Reserve seats for Punjabi youth’
Hoshiarpur, June 23
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, has failed to convince Mr A.S. Oberai, Director, South Asia Multidisciplinary Advisory Team, on the need to generate employment for youths in the state during his recent meeting with him. Mr Badal did not make any solid proposal in this regard.

Drive to check drug smuggling
Abohar, June 23
The civic authorities and the local police of the district have decided to launch a joint operation to check the unauthorised sale of drugs by chemists and quacks, besides the smuggling of the smack and poppy husk in this subdivision.This was disclosed by the new Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.R. Ladhar, and the SSP, Mr Harchand Singh Sidhu, at a joint meeting with the mediapersons here yesterday.

Eight remanded in police custody
Barnala, June 23
Eight persons — Tirath Dass, Sheetal Kumar, Sahibdin Ibrahim, Jagraj Singh, Herbans Singh, Jagdev Singh, Baldev Singh and Dula Singh who were arrested by the Barnala police yesterday for trespassing the office of Ashok Goel, an advocate, in a bid to take illegal possession of his office, have been remanded into police custody up to June 25.

Employment notice for disabled ambiguous
Bathinda, June 23
The Punjab State Forest Development Corporation Limited through a notice today invited applications from eligible handicapped persons for eight posts of clerk, driver, saw-setter, sewadar, timber watcher and chowkidar.

Function marks Save Our Souls Day
Rajpura, June 23
The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) presided over a function organised by the SOS to mark Save Our Souls Day and congratulated the children being brought up by the organisation here today.

Rules of Shagun scheme simplified
Bathinda, June 23
The state government has simplified the rules for getting grants under the shagun scheme.
This was stated by Mr R. Venkatratnam, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note here yesterday.

Snake found in drinking water
Kapurthala, June 23
Fear has gripped residents of the town as various insects have been found in drinking water during the past two days.

SPOs wait for increment
Amritsar, June 23
Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran CPI leader, has alleged that the announcement made in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha by the Finance Minister regarding the increment in daily wages of SPOs from Rs 70 to Rs 90 per day has not been implemented so far. The announcement, he said, was made some three months ago during the Assembly session.

SDM takes cognizance of brothel
Zeera (Ferozepore), June 23
Mr Bakhtawar Singh, Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM), has taken suo motu cognizance of a brothel being run in the city by a few unscrupulous elements for the past many months.


DC seeks probe into repair of road
Abohar, June 23
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.R. Ladhar, has asked Xen PWD to enquire into the alleged bungling in the repair of the Sahitya Sadan road by contractors of the local municipal council. The matter by some residents was raised at a “sangat darshan” held yesterday.


Fake recruitment agencies thriving
Bathinda, June 23
This district is emerging as a centre of fake recruitment agencies as unsuspecting residents of rural and urban areas are falling prey to unscrupulous elements who promise to secure a government job for them.

Dera looted
Mansa, June 23
Some unidentified armed robbers looted the dera of Baba Maharaj Wale last night at Khiwan Kalan village in the district and decamped with Rs 61,000 cash and some gold and silver ornaments after mercilessly beating sadhus and their followers.


Villagers seek separate school for girls
Bathinda, June 23
The efforts by the residents of Mandi Kalan village of the district to get independent status for a girls school at the village for the past many years have failed to yield positive results despite assurance by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Minting money by selling prospectuses
Bathinda, June 23
Prospectuses of various institutes are becoming costlier day by day. Not only this the institutes are formulating policies for selling their prospectuses in large numbers.


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