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CM engineering local poll results: Badal
Chandigarh, June 2
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal today accused Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of trying to engineer a Musharraf-like poll outcome in the forthcoming elections to the zila parishadas and panchayat samitis in the state.

SAD man ‘forced’ to withdraw papers
Faridkot, June 2
Mr Sikandar Singh, sarpanch of Chak Kalyan and candidate of the SAD from Wara Draka Zila Parishad zone for the forthcoming zila parishad and block samiti elections in the district, today charged Mr Avtar Singh Brar, a former Congress Education Minister, with pressurising him to withdraw his nomination papers in favour of Congress candidate Darshan Singh.

Cong MLA plying buses illegally?
Jalandhar, June 2
The functioning of the state Transport Department has come under a cloud amidst allegations that an Amritsar-based private transporter and Congress MLA, in connivance with transport officials, has been running buses on the Amritsar-Jalandhar route without a permit, causing a loss to the state exchequer of about Rs 6 lakh per month.



ISI active in Bathinda region: agent
Bathinda, June 2
The city and surrounding areas seems to have become a favourable region for agents of Pakistan’s ISI to carry out their operations, going by the disclosure of Ashgar Ali, an ISI agent who was arrested from Jaipur a few days ago.

Racket in blood sale
Jalandhar, June 2
Nand Lal, a resident of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh created a record of sorts when he donated — rather sold — his blood at various private nursing homes in the city and in nearby towns allegedly 21 times last month.

Will Punjab be able to tackle floods?
Chandigarh, June 2
Will the Punjab Government be able to take adequate flood-control measures at this stage when the monsoon is just a few weeks away? The monsoon is expected to hit this region in the last week of this month. As per the predictions of the authorities concerned for the current year, it will again be a normal monsoon in the region.


Cong divided over mayor’s post
Jalandhar, June 2
As the race for the post of mayor is hotting up with each passing day, many Congress leaders aspiring for the post has virtually left the party divided into two factions.


Railway tightens security in Punjab
Phillaur, June 2
Northern Railway has tightened security in trains on railway stations, platforms, railway bridges, and railway lines in view of tensions on Indo-Pakistan borders.

Health employees call off dharna
Hoshiarpur, June 2
Mr Surinder Ghai Co-convener Co-ordination Committee of Para-Medical and Health Employees, Punjab in a press note here yesterday said that to discuss recent mass transfer of Health staff, the committee met Dr Davinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Director Health, Punjab and Dr Joginder Singh, Director Family Welfare, Punjab, Chandigarh following which many transfers were cancelled. 

Safety measures in event of war
Amritsar, June 2
Apprehending war with Pakistan, the Civil Defence wing of the district administration has issued a set of guidelines to general public a precautionary measure. According to the safety measures, in case of aerial attack, siren will be sounded on a two-minute gap and its end will be indicated with a long siren. 

Doctors against use of nuclear weapons
Phagwara, June 2
Anguished at the tension between India and Pakistan and possibility of nuclear weapons being used, the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) and the Pakistan Doctors for Peace and Development (PDPD), along with Dr Ronald S. Mccoy, president of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), have sent a letter to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf asking them to realise the danger of war, particularly the nuclear weapons, and take steps to ease the tension.

Bank employees threaten stir
Bathinda, June 2
Mr N.K. Gaur, general-secretary, All-India State Bank of Patiala Employee Association, yesterday alleged that the bank authorities were not fulfilling their commitments with the association.

Passengers resent change in bus routes
Batala, June 2
Buses plying on Batala-Dera Baba Nanak, Batala-Kahnuwan and Batala-Aliwal routes have been recently diverted to the bypass circuit which has put the passengers to undue delays and inconvenience.


‘Paddy stocks misappropriated’
Mansa, June 2
Mr M.S. Bawa, state secretary of the Food Corporation of India Employees Congress, in a communication address to Dr V.K. Singh, Senior Regional Manager, FCI, alleged that there was a shortage of thousands of quintals of wheat and rice in the godowns of the FCI at Sardulgarh.


2 held for making spurious food items
Amritsar, June 2
A racket involving the manufacture of spurious food items with ‘fake’ ISI mark has been unearthed with the arrest of two brothers Ravinder Handa and Rakesh Handa, following a raid conducted by a high-powered team headed by Mr S.S. Wig, Joint Director, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Chandigarh.

Two arrested in rape case
Bathinda, June 2
The district police authorities today arrested Prabhjot Singh and his mother, Ranjit Kaur, involved in the rape of a minor girl after she was kidnapped. Police sources said Prabhjot Singh had allegedly kidnapped a minor girl of the city on February 18 and with the help of his mother had allegedly raped her repeatedly.


Anti-tuition drive hits students
Bathinda, June 2
The recent raids by the Vigilance Bureau on the premises of lecturers of mathematics and science subjects of a local college in which three lecturers were caught giving tuitions had affected not only the ‘tuition business’ but also the students who had been preparing for competitive examinations.


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