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Punjab Recorders supplied defective T-72 parts?
SAS Nagar, June 4
Did a subsidiary of the Punjab Electronics Corporations, Punjab Recorders here compromise with the nation’s security while supplying vital equipment to defence establishments?

Disinvestment Directorate likely
Chandigarh, June 4
Acting quickly on the recommendation of the Public Sector Disinvestment Commission, the Punjab Council of Ministers today decided to create a separate Directorate of Disinvestment by abolishing the Bureau of Public Enterprises with a view to expediting the process of disinvestment in public sector undertakings.

Block samiti poll brings Congress rift to fore
Ferozepore, June 4
Upset over the alleged arbitrary rejection of papers filed by five Congress nominees in the Ghal Khurd block for the coming block samiti elections, Mr Ravinder Singh Babbal, Congress MLA from the Ferozepore Cantonment has virtually locked horns with Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Political Adviser to the Chief Minister, Punjab.

Pbi varsity allows IT students to take exams
Patiala, June 4
Punjabi University today decided to allow students of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information Technology (MRSIIT) to give their second semester examinations at the end of this month. The university has already decided to stop further admissions to the institute.






Docs go on mass leave
Ropar, June 4
Except doctors on emergency duties, members of the district unit of the PCMSA working in various hospitals and dispensaries today went on a mass casual leave and held a rally in the Civil Hospital complex here in protest against the move of the government to terminate services of about 850 doctors appointed during the tenure of PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu.

Will NRI Sabha be dissolved?
Jalandhar, June 4
Has the Congress government in the state backtracked from its poll promise with regard to dissolution of the NRI Sabha? It seems so, if the appointment of the local MP and senior Congress leader, Mr Balbir Singh, as vice-pattern of the sabha by the Punjab Chief Minister is an indication.

Fake currency racket
Patiala, June 4
Three youths have been arrested for running a fake currency racket and producing fake currency for partners in Delhi and other parts of the country.


Cong picking on Akalis: MLA
Sunam, June 4
Akali workers at Sunam are up in arms against the registration of a case against Mr Mohinder Singh Sidhu, senior Akali leader and former Chairman of the Market Committee, Cheema.


‘Make distinction between tainted & meritorious’
Chandigarh, June 4
“Why is the government treating us on a par with ‘tainted’ people? If we have done anything wrong, hang us. But do not kill us in cold blood,” rue a score of young technocrats, including both doctors and engineers, apprehending the “sack” because they were recruited by the Punjab Public Service Commission headed by Ravi Sidhu.

Beat the heat
Beat the heat: A child takes care of his dog by offering an ice-cream stick in Jalandhar on Tuesday. 

Bail plea of Ravinder Sidhu dismissed
Chandigarh, June 4 
A bail plea moved by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Chairman, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, under the Excise Act was today dismissed by a local court. It was the third time that a bail plea moved by the accused under the Arms Act was dismissed by the court.

A walker’s paradise
As the name sounds the Ferozepore Mall may not be the place where you would find restaurants, towering showrooms or giant shopping plazas, but it is definitely a bonanza for health conscious people who call it a walker’s paradise.

JE recruitment case: IAS officer gets bail
Ropar, June 4
Mr Maghar Khan, Sessions Judge, here today granted anticipatory bail to Mr R. Venkatratnam, an IAS officer and former Director of Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats Department, who is an accused in the junior engineer recruitment scam of the department.

Action against staff of Children’s Home
Ropar, June 4
After the tragic death of a 12-year-old boy, Randeep Singh, an inmate of the local Children’s Home, being run by the Punjab Social Security Department, due to drowning, near here, on May 27, Ms Seema Jain, Deputy Commissioner, has recommended the government to suspend three employees of the Children’s Home. 

Veterinary officers to launch stir tomorrow
Ropar, June 4
The Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association has decided to launch a state-wide agitation from June 6 against the proposed move of the Punjab Government to remove 350 veterinary officers recruited during the tenure of PPSC chief Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu.

Power staff resent move on allowance
Lehra Mohabat (Bathinda), June 4
Engineers of the local Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant held a rally today in protest against the decision of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) on generation incentive.

Blackout in city today
Bathinda, June 4
Total blackout will be observed in the city tomorrow from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. to familiarise the residents about the practice.


Hike in diesel, petrol prices will hit farmers
Chandigarh, June 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary, Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, today criticised the hike in the diesel and petrol prices announced yesterday.


Punjab shifts 3 IAS, 4 PCS officers
Chandigarh, June 4
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of three IAS and four PCS officers. Mr Gurinderjit Singh Sandhu, Secretary, Transport Department, has been given an additional charge of the Civil Aviation.


Raped minor commits suicide
Bathinda, June 4
In a bizarre incident, a minor school girl of Burjladhasingh village committed suicide on Sunday after she was allegedly raped by two persons, including a former driver of the jeep owned by her father.

Congress leader arrested
Patiala, June 4
The police today arrested Congress leader Ajay Thapar, who runs a travel agency near Dukhniwaran Gurdwara, on charges of making fake passports and charging more than the prescribed passport fee from clients.


Students’ future hangs in balance
Varsity decision to withdraw affiliation to 2 institutes
Bathinda, June 4
The decision of Punjabi University, Patiala, to withdraw the affiliation of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information Technology and the Guru Kashi Institute of Advanced studies, Damdama Sahib, has put a question mark over the future of students doing various courses being run by these institutes for the past year.


Punjab needs to focus on debt reduction: PHDCCI
Chandigarh, June 4
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) has submitted its recommendations regarding fiscal reforms in Punjab to the State Planning board and the newly-constituted high-powered committee on finance.


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