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PPSC scam: no one to be spared
Capt Amarinder SinghChandigarh, June 3
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today dismissed as “baseless’’ charges of the Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal relating to government intimidation and interference in the ongoing panchayat samiti and zila parishad elections in the state.

Mason’s PCS son, too, gets axe
Rickshaw puller’s ward fears sack
Amritsar, June 3
Nobody could have imagined that Maqboolpura, a locality of widows, would produce a civil servant where at least 50 bread earners had died due to drug addiction in the past five years.

Working of vigilance wing questioned
Jalandhar, June 3
Even as the state Local Bodies Department seems to be determined to unearth irregularities committed by officials of the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation by allowing influential builders to construct huge buildings in stark violation of building bylaws which caused a loss of about Rs 100 crore to the state exchequer during the past five years, questions are being raised within the department about the functioning of its vigilance wing, investigating the racket.



ETT teachers’ selection to be probed
Gurdaspur, June 3
The state government has ordered a high-level departmental probe into the alleged irregularities in the selection of ETT teachers during the previous SAD-BJP government.

Varsity removes four Ahluwalia appointees
Patiala, June 3
In a further cleaning of the stables, the Punjabi University authorities today dispensed with the services of Mrs Surinder Kaur, wife of Punjab School Education Board Chairman Kehar Singh, and four other teachers who were teaching on an ad hoc basis in University School.

Farmers threaten stir over power supply
Chandigarh, June 3
While efforts are afoot to defuse the fortnight-old “kisan andolan” at Jind in neighbouring Haryana, farmers in Punjab, too, have threatened to resort to an agitation, beginning with a day-long dharna outside the headquarters of the Punjab State Electricity Board at Patiala on June 17 to demand 24-hour uninterrupted power supply.

PTU moots project to connect Punjab
Jalandhar, June 3
Punjab Technical University (PTU) has given the state government a novel project, envisaging multi-utilisation of the existing main power supply line network for providing varied services like high-speed Internet, telephony, video-conferencing, e-governance and linking of every household with a village or state-level control room.

Tourist flow to Amritsar remains unaffected despite ongoing India-Pakistan stand-off which has evoked fears of a war.
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Tussle for mayor’s post intensifies
Patiala, June 3
The tussle for mayor’s post of the Patiala Municipal Corporation has intensified with one group, led by senior Congress leader K.K. Sharma, parading 20 of the 37 members in the New Moti Bagh Palace residence of Capt Amarinder Singh, besides carrying letters of support of four members.

Gadar Party men burn Pak flag
Bathinda, June 3
Activists of the newly formed Gadar Party today held a rally in the city and burnt the flag of Pakistan to express their resentment against its involvement in cross-border terrorism.

Independent MLA joins Congress
Chandigarh, June 3
An Independent MLA, Mr Surjit Singh Dhiman, who won the last Assembly elections from Dirba, today joined the ruling Congress and became an associate member of the Congress Legislature Party in the Vidhan Sabha.

SAD plan on courting arrest put off
Chandigarh, June 3
The Shiromani Akali Dal today responded to the government’s ploy of advancing the date of the Vidhan Sabha session to pre-empt the Akali’s decision on courting arrest by announcing a fresh date for its programme. Initially the court-arrest programme was scheduled for June 11, the day the Budget session is scheduled to start.


PCMSA protest against govt move to sack doctors
Amritsar, June 3
The PCMSA today took out a massive silent march in protest against the alleged move of the Punjab Government to terminate the services of around 800 doctors, recruited during the tenure of tainted PPSC chief, Mr Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu.

Foeticide to be dealt with sternly
Phagwara, June 3
Expressing concern over the evil of female foeticide in the state, Punjab Health Minister Ramesh Chander Dogra alleged that the lopsided male-female ratio was causing demographic imbalance in Punjab. The menace would be curbed with a heavy hand, the minister said here yesterday. The private clinics and the scanning centres conducting pre-natal sex determination tests would be dealt with severely, warned Dr Dogra.

Girl killed, 3 hurt in landmine blast
Abohar, June 3
Dhaapa (9) was killed as a landmine exploded in her hand while she was taking a bath in a canal near Mirzewala village at 7.30 p.m. yesterday. Three other children were injured in the incident.

Badal has narrow escape
Faridkot, June 3
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, had a narrow escape today when his pilot Gypsy met with an accident near Bajakhana, village in the district injuring three commandos.

Registration of SGPC voters till August 27
Chandigarh, June 3
The Gurdwara Election Commission, a Union Government organisation, has extended the date for the registration of voters, for the ensuing elections of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), till August 27, according to Mr Gurdev Singh, Secretary of the Commission.

Only teachers on poll duty to attend schools
Chandigarh, June 3
Modifying its earlier instructions, the State Election Commission, Punjab said today, that the teaching staff, which had not been assigned any poll duty on June 9, need not attend schools during summer vacation.

Black out in city on June 5
Bathinda, June 3
Total blackout will be observed in the city on June 5 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. to familirise the residents about the practice.


Farmers rush to petrol stations

Bathinda, June 3
With speculation of increase in prices of petrol and diesel, long queues were seen at many petrol stations in and around the city today. As the Union Petroleum Minister, Mr Ram Naik, announced a few days back that increase in prices of petrol and diesel was on the cards, residents of the city and rural areas were seemed trying to buy as much petrol or diesel as they could.

Long queues of tractor-trailers and other vehicles at a petrol station as people store diesel before the price increase at Bathinda on Tuesday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Centre asked not to dismantle MSP system
Chandigarh, June 3
The Standing Committee on Finance of the Lok Sabha under the chairmanship of Mr Janardhana Reddy, MP, today called on the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to assess the ground realities regarding the problems faced by farmers.


Pension scheme: 7 cases of irregularities found
Bathinda, June 3
Irregularities have been exposed in the distribution of old-age pension by the Social Security Department. The SAD-BJP government had launched the scheme. Although rules had been laid down for availing the benefit of the scheme, they were not implemented strictly.

PSEB introduces energy audit
Amritsar, June 3
For the first time, the Punjab State Electricity Board has installed energy meters on all its 61 feeders, distributing power in the city, Tarn Taran and Pathankot to check the theft of leakage of power.

Seats reserved for wards of ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, June 3
The Punjab Government has decided to reserve 2 per cent of the seats in all engineering colleges and technical institutions in the state for wards of ex-servicemen and serving defence personnel. This benefit will be applicable to the admissions in the current academic year (2002-03).

New Jalandhar city SP
Chandigarh, June 3
The Punjab Government ordered the following postings and transfers today: Mr Harjit Singh becomes Special Secretary, Department of Welfare of SCs and BCs; Mr Khushi Ram will be the new Additional Director-cum-Additional Secretary, Local Government, Mr H.S. Pabla has been posted as Director, Hospitality; Mr Gian Singh Bal will be the Additional Secretary, Department of Forests and Wildlife; Mr Sukhwant Singh Bajwa becomes Additional Secretary, Department of Labour and Employment; and Mr Deepak Raj Garg will be Joint Director-cum-Joint Secretary, Department of Local Government.

Minister raids AETCs offices
Chandigarh, June 3
The Punjab Excise and Taxation Minister, Mr Sadul Singh, today raided offices of the Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioners (AETCs), I and II, in Amritsar.


Teenager booked
Amritsar, June 3
The Majitha police booked a 15-year-old-boy for an attempt to rape an eight-year-old girl here last evening.


Retired teachers seek pension
Nawanshahr, June 3
About 250 school teachers, who had attained the age of superannuation between December 1, 1967, and February 4, 1987 from privately managed aided schools, have been running from pillar to post for the past eight years for the grant of pension and gratuity benefits.

Forum’s directive to IITT College
Nawanshahr, June 3
The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, comprising president S.S. Arora and members Atul Malhotra and Chander Kanta has directed IITT College of Engineering, Pojewal to refund the difference between the “payment seat” and “free seat” amounting to Rs 29,000 along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent from the date of deposit to the date of payment to complainants S.P. Singh and his son, Sukhdeep Singh Duggal, within eight weeks of the pronouncement of the order.

Students make mobile robot
Ferozepore, June 3
Eight students of electronics and communications engineering, Government Polytechnic, Ferozepore, have jointly made a remote-controlled mobile robot having seven degrees of freedom. Mr Akshay Jilowa, project in charge, said the mechanical assembly of the robot was supported by six AC synchronous motors, three for the robot arm, two for the mobile platform and one for the trunk rotation.


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