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Zaffarwal, Chohan Cong creation: CM
Mansa, June 30
“The Congress has neither given a good government during 50 years of its rule nor played the role of a good Opposition,” said Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, while addressing a gathering at Sardulgarh in the district today. Despite the heavy rain thousands were present to listen to Mr Badal.
Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, MP, Jaswant Singh, former Speaker, Punjab Assembly, at a rally of the Shiromani Akali Dal at Sardulgarh in Mansa on Saturday.
Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, MP, Jaswant Singh, former Speaker, Punjab Assembly, at a rally of the Shiromani Akali Dal at Sardulgarh in Mansa on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Dal Khalsa too wants its chief’s return from Pakistan
Amritsar, June 30
On the heels of the entry of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, a self-styled chief of the Khalistan Commando Force and Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, a Khalistani ideologue, Dal Khalsa leadership has been trying desperately to ensure safe return of its chairman Gajinder Singh from Pakistan with a view to giving impetus to the movement.




Move to forge unity in Punjab Cong
Chandigarh, June 30
Having failed to bring about unity among the top brass of the Congress in Punjab, the party high command has initiated another move in this direction.

TN police action condemned
Chandigarh, June 30
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the Punjab BJP chief, Prof Brij Lal Rinwa, have expressed their deep concern over the developments in Tamil Nadu since this morning.

Stripping of women: DM orders probe
Fazilka, June 30
Mr S.R. Ladhar, District Magistrate, Ferozepore has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident of alleged stripping of Dalit women by two families of Neolan village in this subdivision of the district recently.


Bhattal for President’s rule in Punjab
Chandigarh, June 30
Former Punjab Chief Minister, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has demanded President’s rule in Punjab. She said that there was threat to hard-earned peace in the state because of the soft approach of the SAD- BJP Government led by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, towards the militants and Khalistani elements.


SYL canal breaches worry villagers
Patiala, June 30
A state level sangat darshan programme was held by Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, at District Red Cross Hall here yesterday. In a complaint lodged by Fattu Ram of Shatrana village the area Patwari was accused of taking a bribe of Rs 15,000 for transfer of a Will. The complainant alleged that the Will had not been transferred and the money had also not been refunded. Mr Bir asked the District Revenue Officer to get details about the issue and asked to charge sheet the Patwari concerned. He even gave orders for the transfer of the patwari.

Youths handed over to kin
Amritsar, June 30
It was a happy re-union, as the intelligence agencies today handed over all 12 Punjabi youths, who reached Attari through a special train along with Sikh pilgrims, to their family members today. The investigation was completed within 24 hours of their arrival.

Living with a bullet in his brain
Jalandhar, June 30
He has no option but to carry a bullet in his head for the rest of his life. He has been doing so for the past 17 years, ever since militants sprayed bullets from AK-47 rifles on him and his friends when they were walking down a lane in Lopoke village of Amritsar district on February 22, 1984.

A CT scan showing the bullet lodged in brain of Kimti Lal.

No power cut on July 1
Bathinda, June 30
The Punjab State Electricity Board in a press note issued here today said the scheduled power cut, on July 1 had been cancelled keeping in view the B.Ed entrance test to be held on that day in various educational institutes of the city.


‘New PDS a burden on food agencies’
Patiala, June 30
The Targeted Public Distribution System recently implemented by the Central Government in place of the Composite PDS is proving to be burden for the various food agencies due to the availability of excessive stock of wheat and rice with these agencies.


4 killed, 8 hurt in road mishap
Kapurthala, June 30
Four members of a marriage party were killed and eight others injured in a head-on collision between a Tata Sumo and a milk tanker near Hamira village on the Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway today, the police said.

Two sarpanches die in mishap
Bathinda, June 30
As many as three persons, including two sarpanches, were killed in an road accident, near Maur village, near here this evening. Sources said that they were the guests of a “barat” and were going from Ram Nagar village to Raman Nandi village when their Maruti car hit a tree.

Couple dies in accident
Jalandhar, June 30
A Ludhiana-based young couple died and its two children received serious injuries when their car collided head on with a mini truck near Kartarpur today.

“Dai” sells off newborn baby
Moga, June 30
In a bizarre incident, a “dai” (midwife) allegedly sold off a newborn baby when its mother, a local residents was not able to pay the required fee for the delivery. Police sources said an investigation into the case was being conducted.

In-laws booked for woman’s death
Kapurthala, June 30
The police has registered a case against the in-laws of Mrs Rani (40) a married women of Kalasanghian village for burning her to death. Rani succumbed to her burn injuries in the local civil hospital.

Tantrik held for murder of woman
Tarn Taran, June 30
The Khem Karan police has arrested tantrik Mukhtar Singh, a resident of Valtoha village, allegedly responsible for the murder of a married woman whose naked body was found by the police on June 24 from a canal of Kalash village.

210 kg of poppy husk seized
Bathinda, June 30
The police has made a major breakthrough by seizing 210 kg of poppy husk from near Gospura village in the district. Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, in a press note issued here today said the police had put up a naka near the Gospura village yesterday for the check-up of the vehicles. Seven packets of poppy husk were found in tractor-trailer with each packet weighing 30 kg.

Pak intruder shot dead
Fazilka, June 30
Jawans of 42 Battalion, BSF, shot dead a Pakistani intruder near the Nirmal checkpost in the border village of Kadar Baksh, in the Fazilka sector last night.


Teachers resent govt decision
Malerkotla, June 30
Resentment prevails among school lecturers and B.Ed teachers against the decision of the Department Selection Committee (Teaching), Punjab, to not include the philosophy (social science) subject combination for the post of social science teachers.


RBI promises fair distribution of coins
Bathinda, June 30
The currency notes of the small denominations like Re 1, Rs 2 and Rs 5 were not available in the market for the past few months under the new policy of the Reserve Bank of India.


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