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Paswan to launch nationwide stir
Employment ‘should be’ fundamental right
Ludhiana, June 24
The Union Minister for Communication and the President of the Lok Janshakti Party gave a call to the weaker sections and the Dalit community to join hands with his party for a just and equitable society.

The Union Communications Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, releases a commemorative postal stamp on Sri Guru Ravi Das as the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, pays respect to a deity in Ludhiana on Sunday. The Union Communications Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, releases a commemorative postal stamp on Sri Guru Ravi Das as the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, pays respect to a deity in Ludhiana on Sunday. 
— Photo Inderjit Verma

Office-bearers’ list 
Amarinder gets lion’s share
Chandigarh, June 24
While approving the list of office-bearers, including members of the executive of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, the party high command has provided a clear edge to Capt Amarinder Singh, President of the PPCC.

Punsup gets nod to export food grains
Ropar, June 24
To cope with the burgeoning problem of foodgrain storage in the state, the Punjab Government has decided to allow Punsup to export foodgrains on its own. Punsup’s case has been forwarded to the Union Government for its approval.




SAD reviving terrorism: Channi
Hoshiarpur, June 24
The SAD-BJP government headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal is trying to bring back all those, who were responsible for the killing of more than 25,000 innocent persons, including women and children, during terrorism on the pretext of bringing them back in the mainstream. This was alleged by Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, the Congress MP from Hoshiarpur, in a press note issued yesterday.

Badal doing RSS bidding: Bhaur
Phillaur, June 24
The SAD has left the “Panthic agenda” on the directions of the RSS for political interests. This was stated by the SHSAD general secretary, Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, while talking to newspersons here today.

Gidderbaha MC chief may quit
Gidderbaha, June 24
Even as Mr Subhash Jain Lilly, president of the local municipal council, has called a meeting of municipal councillors on June 27 in connection with voting on the no-confidence motion moved against him by a section of councillors, he is likely to submit his resignation tomorrow.


Villagers’ good work ‘may come to nought’
Devinagar Hirasinghwala (Patiala), June 24
Fighting against time in the face of an imminent monsoon, residents of this village and others along the Kotla minor canal are not ones to admit defeat easily. They gave up their land for the construction of a drain which was supposed to take excess water released from the Kotla canal to Tangri river to safeguard their villages in the area.

Dorangla residents resent govt apathy
Gurdaspur, June 24
Residents of Dorangla town and its surrounding villages are sore about the apathy of the SAD-BJP government towards the development of the area. Residents of a number of panchayats, including Dorangla, Dugri, Dostpur and Hardochhani at a meeting at Dorangla recently resolved to boycott the coming Assembly elections if their demands were not met.

Balbir Singh Nathana cremated
Chak Fatehsinghwala (Bathinda), June 24
Body of Mr Balbir Singh, MLA, Nathana was cremated here today at 4.15 p.m. with full state honours. He died at the PGI Chandigarh at 12.15 a.m. today. He was suffering from cancer and admitted in the PGI on June 6. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab Mr Tota Singh, Education Minister, Mr Sikander Singh, Power Minister, Mr Sukhminder Singh and Mr Makhan Singh both MLAs and members of the SGPC were present on the occasion.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, paying tributes to Mr Balbir Singh, MLA, Nathana, at his native village Chak Fatehsinghwala on Sunday evening. — Photo Kulbir Beera.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, paying tributes to Mr Balbir Singh, MLA, Nathana, at his native village Chak Fatehsinghwala on Sunday evening.

Water-borne diseases on rise in Mansa
Mansa, June 24
Spread of water-borne diseases in this district has reached alarming proportions. While private clinics are receiving a large number of patients suffering from diarrhoea, jaundice, gastroenteritis and typhoid, very few cases have been reported at the local Civil Hospital.

Liquor den in govt building
The patwarkhana (a place where the revenue officials work) situated at the Shahpurkandi road, about 5 km from here, was constructed by the government by spending a huge amount about 10 years ago. The building was constructed at a suitable place so that it could be easily accessible for the inhabitants of Kuther, Siunti, Manwal, Gho, Pangoli and Shahpurkandi.

Concessions for urban voters soon: Rinwa
Ropar, June 24
The BJP will extract some concessions for the urban voters from its coalition partner, the SAD, in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections. An indication to this effect was given by the state President of the party, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, while talking to newspersons at Nangal yesterday.

Send mahant to jail, demand residents
Barnala, June 24
The demand of sending Mahant Sewa Dass Muni, chief of Dera Baba Inder Dass (who allegedly raped an eight-nine-year-old girl) to jail in and around Tapa is gaining ground.

Punjab to check vulgarity on TV
Phillaur, June 24
The Punjab Government will not allow vulgarity in TV programmes. Nor will it allow any Punjabi male or female singer to sing a vulgar song or songs with double meaning.

1 killed, 15 hurt in road accident
Sangrur, June 24
Sukhraj Singh (20) of Hoshiarpur district was killed and 15 others were injured when the canter in which they were travelling overturned near Mastuana Sahib, about 8 km from here, this afternoon. Occupants of the canter were on their way to Longowal from Sangrur after appearing in a written test for recruitment in the Army. From Longowal, they were to go to Kapurthala and Faridkot for joining Army training camps.

1 killed as bus overturns
Phagwara, June 24
Luv Kumar (35) was killed and 24 others, mostly women, were injured, when a private mini bus overturned as its rear tyre burst on the G.T. Road near Chachoki village today. The Party was coming from Ludhiana and was to reach Phagwara for a ‘shagun’ ceremony.

Grabbing of MC land ‘not to be allowed’
Pathankot, June 24
Master Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, stated during a meeting with municipal council employees today that he would not allow the local Dhobi Mahasabha to grab land of the municipal council.

NTAS plea on rail fare relief
Chandigarh, June 24
The Patiala-based National Theatre Arts Society has urged the government to ensure simplification and implementation of the railway fare concession rules for the artists.

Cable operators’ plea to govt
Patiala, June 24
Local cable operators want the intervention of the district administration so as to regularise the rates of pay channels.

Punjabi writer dead
Chandigarh, June 24
Mr Baljit Singh Balli, who edited a Punjabi magazine, Jagriti, for about 12 years and also contributed to various newspapers after retirement from government service, died here after a prolonged illness. He was 70.


Dist HQ to have admn complexes
Moga, June 24
The Punjab Government has decided to set up administrative complexes at district headquarters all over the state with a view to bringing all government offices under one roof for the convenience of people. This was stated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while laying the foundation stone of a mini-secretariat here today.


6 ‘kale kachhewale’ attack house, 1 held
Jalandhar, June 24
A gang of six armed persons, alleged to be “kale kachhewale,” attacked a house in New Sarabha Nagar locality early this morning. One of the marauders was nabbed by the police after being informed by a resident. No one was injured in the attack mounted by the gang members.

Shop attacked, 2 killed in shooting
Ferozepore, June 24
Two persons were killed and several others injured in a shooting that took place amid hundreds of people near the Makhu gate locality here yesterday. According to information, at around 7 pm, around 20-25 persons equipped with weapons, hockey sticks and iron rods thronged a shop situated in a thickly populated area. They came in a Maruti Zen and a jeep with motive to threaten and kidnap the owner of the shop, Baaj Singh, against whom Pritam Singh, who allegedly led the attack, was nursing a grievance.

Woman kills daughter, commits suicide
Fazilka, June 24
An instance of poisoning of a four-year-old girl by her mother and later on she (mother) committing suicide in the Jain Street locality here has come to light. According to details, Krishan Devi (32) is believed to have given poison to her daughter Pooja, on Saturday afternoon and consumed the same poison herself.

Migrant labourer gangraped
Phagwara, June 24
A young migrant woman was gang-raped by three migrant workers Manoj Kumar, Shivnarayan and Arun who were arrested under Section 376 IPC yesterday, the police said today. The medical examination of the woman confirmed that she had been raped.

Harassed wife files FIR against husband
Pathankot, June 24
A harassed wife has filed an FIR against her husband and his brother. According to police sources Ms Asha Rani, wife of Piare Lal of Gujjaran Lahri village, stated before police on Wednesday, that she was married to Piare Lal of Sujanpur, a PSEB employee posted at Jugial.


PAU gets Rs 50 cr corpus grant
Ludhiana, June 24
The Punjab Government has sanctioned a corpus grant of Rs 50 crore to the PAU to give impetus to Green Revolution or what is known as diversification of agriculture in the state. Stating this, Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU told The Tribune today that the university had submitted 18 projects to the Punjab Government in this regard and research would be intensified to give a new direction to agriculture.


SBP to set up 50 more ATMs
Sangrur, June 24
The State Bank of Patiala will install 50 more automated teller machines in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi by the end of March, 2002. Presently, only five ATMs have been functioning at Chandigarh, Shimla, Jalandhar, Patiala and Delhi in the SBP branches.


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