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No place for Zaffarwal, Chohan in SAD: Badal
Gurdaspur, June 29
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister Punjab talking to reporters today after “sangat darshan” said that Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan and Wassan Singh Zaffarwal would not be admitted into the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal). They are rejected by the people and the SAD-(B) will not embrace them at all.

Activists of the National Akali Dal demonstrating in New Delhi on Friday demanding the arrest of top Khalistan ideologue Jagjit Singh Chohan. Activists of the National Akali Dal demonstrating in New Delhi on Friday demanding the arrest of top Khalistan ideologue Jagjit Singh Chohan. — PTI photo

Leading fruit grower murdered
Abohar, June 29
A petrol filling station was looted and a leading fruit grower murdered on two different national highways under the Khuiyansarwer police station area in this subdivision on Thursday night, sources said on Friday.





Sharad Yadav lays stone of airport
Pathankot, June 29
The northern regions of the country lacked adequate aviation infrastructure Mr Sharad Yadav, Union Minister of Civil Aviation said this while addressing a rally at the Local Market Committee grounds after laying the foundation stone of Rs 34 crores Pathankot Civil Airport today.

Punjab school board results
SAS Nagar, June 29
Securing 87.55 per cent marks, Arti Puri of APJ College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, has topped in the humanities group of the Senior Secondary School level examination of the Punjab School Education Board, whose results were declared here this evening.


Revolt in Nawanshahr dist Cong
Nawanshahr, June 29
A group of Congressmen has revolted against the decision of the Congress high command to change the president of the district unit with a view to uniting different factions.

‘Sangat darshan’ waste of public money: BSP chief
Bathinda, June 29
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) held a rally in the city today as part of their ongoing election preparation campaign in the state in which the party workers participated in large numbers. The speakers at the rally were optimistic that they would form the next government in the state. They said that they would win the majority in the next Assembly in the state.
BSP supremo Kanshi Ram  addressing a rally near Gole Digi in Bathinda on Friday.
BSP supremo Kanshi Ram  addressing a rally near Gole Digi in Bathinda on Friday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Lok Bhalai Party to contest 90 seats
Rampura Phul, June 29
The national President of the Lok Bhalai Party, Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, at a party rally here yesterday said that the party would release its election manifesto before July 15.

Mayor refutes Cong charges
Jalandhar, June 29
While refuting the allegations levelled by the Congress and BSP councillors that no development works were started in their respective wards in the past four years, the Mayor of the local municipal corporation, Mr Suresh Sehgal today asserted that development project worth Rs 93.48 crore were approved by the MC house and Rs 46.24 crore had already been spent on these projects during his tenure.


Harike beckons picnickers 
Harike (Tarn Taran), June 29
Harike, a village in Amritsar district situated on the national highway has come to be developed as the best picnic spot in north India. In 1992 the Punjab Government acquired 86 square kilometre area here and named it bird sanctuary to which the Punjab Forest and Wildlife Department has provided peaceful and secure atmosphere for migratory birds which come here from far-off places.

Historic fern house continues to draw crowds
Patiala, June 29
The historic fern house here is still the centre of attraction for city people even after 100 years more than. Drains which still provide the perfect slope, earth which does not let water to accumulate.

The beautiful fern house located inside the historic Baradari Gardens. — Photo Subhash Patialavi

The beautiful fern house located inside the historic Baradari Gardens.

CBI team in Amritsar to probe killing
Amritsar, June 29
A three-member Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team was here today to probe the killing of bank manager Naresh Mahajan in his car on October 22, 1998 here.

Rescued pangolin taken to Chhat Bir
Amritsar, June 29
Officials of the Wildlife Department today took a rare mammal named pangolin, a scaly ant-eater, which had been rescued from Majitha to Chhat Bir Zoo in Chandigarh in the afternoon. On a tip-off the team headed by Mr B.S. Gurm, Assistant Director, Wildlife, rescued the pangolin from a person who had taken it to his place when the mammal fell into a borewell being sunk by the Public Works Department.


"Pangolin" a rare mammal rescued by wildlife sleuths from Majitha on Friday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

"Pangolin" a rare mammal rescued by wildlife sleuths from Majitha on Friday.

Baddowal bribery case: inquiry completed
Chandigarh, June 29
The enquiry into the Baddowal marriage palaces bribery case was completed today with the recording of the statement of the broker , who offered to obtain an NOC and restoration of power connection to a marriage palace — by the Chief Secretary, Mr N.K. Arora, here today.

Hepatitis-B claims one more life
Bargadi (Faridkot), June 29
Yet another human life has been claimed by hepatitis-B in this region on Wednesday leaving the people panicky over the spread of the disease in the region. Hepatitis-A and B has been claiming, human lives in this region for the past two years.

AIDS workshop held for PRTC staff
Bathinda, June 29
The District AIDS Control Organisation held an AIDS awareness workshop at the PRTC workshop here today, to educate the employees of the PRTC about the dreaded disease.

Paucity of funds hits excavation
Chandigarh, June 29
Paucity of funds with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Archaeology and Museums, Punjab, has hit excavation work drastically, which yielded ancient artefacts and some household items, at Chhat village, about 15 km from here.

A view of the excavated site in Chhat village in Patiala district work on which has been suspended due to paucity of funds. —  Photo Karam Singh 

A view of the excavated site in Chhat village in Patiala district work on which has been suspended due to paucity of funds.

Workers stage dharna
Sangrur, June 29
A large number of workers of G.I.S. Limited factory, situated at Akbarpur near Ahmedgarh, today staged a day-long dharna in front of the office of Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC) here. They were led by Mr Dev Raj Verma, Joint Secretary of the Punjab unit of CITU.

ASI ‘beats up’ father
Sangrur, June 29
Mr Mukhi Ram of Bhasaur village near Dhuri yesterday alleged that his son, Ram Dass, an ASI in the wireless section at the local police line, had forced him to leave home after beating him up. Ram Dass had also grabbed his property, he alleged.

Blankets given to kusht ashram inmates
Patiala, June 29
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, today distributed items of daily use among the needy. The items were received from the Hind Samachar Shaheed Parivar Fund, Jalandhar, at a function held here.

3 dogs die after biting man
Ferozepore, June 29
A dog biting a man isn’t news, but when it dies after biting him, it makes headlines. Three dogs bit a man, and died. Kishan Chand, working in a brassware shop here, was bitten by three stray dogs within a span of 40 days. And none of them survived.

2 killed in mishaps
Bathinda, June 29
In two different incidents two persons died in the district in the last 24 hours. A person was crushed to death by a truck near Rampuraphul town. The deceased could not be identified. The police registered a case under Section 304-A against the truck driver. Volunteers of Sahara Jan Sewa cremated the body after post-mortem examination as there was no claimant for it.


Welfare schemes for farmers
Patiala, June 29
The farmers having one acre will be provided with a limit of Rs 30,000, while those with about six acres will be provided with a loan of Rs 3 lakh at 11.5 per cent interest.

Agriculture Dept head retires
Chandigarh, June 29
If the developments in recent months are any indication, the Agriculture Department has low priority in the scheme of things of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party Government in Punjab.


16 cable exchanges to be upgraded
Patiala, June 29
The Department of Telecom today stated that 16 new cable exchanges were being planned by the department for upgradation. Stating this during a press conference, the general manager, Mr Bhag Singh said most of the upgradation would take place in rural areas.

Admn gears up to tackle floods
Patiala, June 29
The district administration has taken various preventive measures to cope with any flood problem that may arise during the monsoon season. This was stated by Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, while inspecting the different application works employed for the prevention of floods in the district.

Village ponds to be dredged
Patiala, June 29
Village ponds, a vital link in the eco system which have since long been ignored by the government, are likely to get a fresh lease of live with the district administration deciding to dredge various ponds besides constructing their retaining walls and creating alternative drainage facilities in villages so that they remain clean.


Cop booked for cheating
Kapurthala, June 29
The police has registered a case of cheating and forgery against police constable Baldev Singh, cloth merchant Shiv Kumar and a woman Kuldip Kaur under various sections of the IPC for allegedly trying to prepare a fake passport in the name of a dead woman.


DAV college lecturer suspended
Chandigarh, June 29
Dr Harinder Garcha, Lecturer in Punjabi, DAV College for Girls, Garhshankar, Hoshiarpur, was suspended by the DAV Pradeshik Managing Committee. Although the order of the managing committee does not specify any reason for this action, sources state that this action has been taken against Ms Garcha following strained relationship with former Principal of the college.


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