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CM orders recoveries PSIDC, PFC defaulters
Chandigarh, June 5
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, today directed the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC) and Punjab State Financial Corporation (PFC) to immediately start recovery of dues from defaulters.

Panel for retaining PESCO as PSU
Chandigarh, June 5
The Public Sector Disinvestment Commission, which submitted its draft report on Monday to the Punjab Government, has appreciated the role and functioning of the Punjab Ex-Servicemen Corporation (PESCO) and recommended that it should be retained as a public sector undertaking (PSU) “keeping in view the useful work being done by the corporation and the extra benefits of its being a PSU”.

No major tax dose likely in Budget
Chandigarh, June 5
Will Punjab’s Budget to be presented in the state Assembly on June 13 be free from fresh taxes? According to indications, there will be no major dose of taxes.

Is Ravi Sidhu entitled to ‘B’ class ?
Chandigarh, June 5
Is the suspended Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), Ravi Sidhu, entitled to Better Class (“B”) facilities which he has been enjoying in the Patiala jail ?

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  Zila Parishad poll: Tohra camp in upbeat mood
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 5
A keen contest is on the cards for the panchayat samitis and zila parishad elections in the district. Though the district is the hometown of two Akali stalwarts Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra and Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, Congress MLAs represents both Assembly seats.

Tohra threat to boycott Badungar
Amritsar, June 5
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), headed by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today threatened to give a call for boycotting Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC chief, if he failed to clarify his position on his alleged links with the excommunicated Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara.

Probe charges against high priests: Jatha
Amritsar, June 5
The Akahnad Kitani Jatha Prabhandhandidki Parchain has demanded the constitution of a committee comprising of Gursikh retired judges to inquire into the allegations of corruption against two high priests.

ISI agent’s disclosure: news lensman named
Bathinda, June 5
Teams of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan police and the Army have been trying to extract vital information from the Pakistan-based ISI agent Ashgar Ali and his India-based subagents.


Way for Cong Mayor cleared
Amritsar, June 5
With the BJP-SAD combine declining to field any candidate for the post of Mayor following its debacle in the corporation poll here, the coast has been cleared for the Congress. In a House of 60, the alliance secured only 11 seats this time, compared to 22 in 1997.


Operation Bluestar haunts ‘ghalliara’ oustees
Amritsar, June 5
Even after 18 years of Operation Bluestar, nearly 1000 small shopkeepers who were displaced twice during Army operation and then Operation Blackthunder (1988) have been facing penury. Many were ruined financially and circumstances compelled three of them to commit suicide.

Tight security for ‘ghallughara divas’ 
Amritsar, June 5
Unprecedented security arrangements have been made outside the Golden Temple complex even as it is for the first time that ‘ghallughara divas’ would be observed during the Congress regime.

A 'sewadar' keeps a vigil on the eve of 'ghallughara divas' in front of the Akal Takht on Wednesday.— Photo Rajiv Sharma
A 'sewadar' keeps a vigil

Border tension: GRP seeks more personnel
Patiala, June 5
The Additional Director-General of the Government Railway Police, Punjab, Mr S.C Jain today asked for at least two more battalions for the Government Railway Police in wake of tension on the border. 

Probe sought into Cong MLA’s assets
Jalandhar, June 5
The anti-corruption drive initiated by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has received a setback when an Amritsar-based transporter accused a Congress MLA from Beas Jasbir Singh Dimpa of amassing assets worth crores of rupees disproportionate to his known sources of income and demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter.

PUDA ‘harassing’ ex-serviceman’s wife
Kharar, June 5
Ms Saroj Kumari, wife of Subedar Inderjit (retd), in a letter to the Chief Minister, has alleged that officers of PUDA, Mohali, are harassing her. They are neither allotting her a plot in Mohali nor refunding her Rs 1,05,000 deposited for the past more than one year.

Wartime security steps taken
Phagwara, June 5
Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Rakesh K. Verma said today that steps towards Civil Defence preparedness had already been taken keeping in view the tension on the Indo-Pakistan border.

Book Noormehalias: Mann
Phagwara, June 5
The BJP and the Central Government are behind the emergence of the Noormehalias who are causing communal disharmony and hurting religious sentiments of the Sikhs and hence should be banned and booked under the relevant Sections of the IPC.

Doctor ‘forcing’ relatives to sign discharge certificate
Patiala, June 5
She can neither stand nor sit, has a compressed fracture in the vertebra column, broken right leg and fractures in the left foot. Pooja Rani, a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, was brought to the Rajindra Hospital and Medical College here on May 26 after she was allegedly pushed from the roof of her relative’s house in Samana after being beaten up, as she has alleged in the DDR registered at Samana .

Punjab seeks power from neighbours
Dera Bassi, June 5
To provide more and uninterrupted power to Punjab farmers the Congress government has started negotiating with neighbouring state over power issue. This will make it easy for the farmers in getting power for eight hours during paddy season in the state.

Veterinary officers hold rally
Bathinda, June 5
Veterinary officers of the district today claimed that the appointments of at least 330 Veterinary Officers made during the tenure of PPSC Chairman Ravinder Paul Singh Sidhu were fair and were made on merit basis.

Plant engineers hold protest
Ropar, June 5
Members of the PSEB Engineers Association of the Ropar Thermal Plant region today held a gate rally at the main gate of the thermal plant in protest against the reduction in generation incentive and withdrawal of vehicles from senior officers like SEs by the PSEB management.

Cabinet accepts report on  NRI dept
Chandigarh, June 5
The Punjab Council of Ministers, which met here yesterday under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, accepted the cabinet subcommittee’s report pertaining to the creation of a separate department of NRIs.

Bogus votes detected, claims SAD Secy
Chandigarh, June 5
Mr Iqbal Singh Tiwana, Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, said today that a number of bogus votes had been detected in the voter lists of Shahpur village falling in the jurisdiction of the Doraha block samiti.

IMA threatens to join PCMSA stir
Ropar, June 5
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has condemned the move of the Punjab Government to terminate the services of about 850 PCMS doctors appointed during the tenure of PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu. Describing the move as unethical, unjustified and unfair, the IMA has also extended its support to the 850 doctors.


CM warns pesticide companies
Chandigarh, June 5
The Punjab Government today made it clear that it would come down heavily on those who were selling substandard and “ineffective” pesticides in the state.

Technocrats hold protest rally
Amritsar, June 5
Agricultural technocrats of the Departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Soil Conservation held a protest rally in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in protest against the proposed move to remove 126 agriculture development officers and 21 horticulture development officers recruited during the tenure of PPSC Chairman Mr Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu.


DC enhances security of public property
Bathinda, June 5
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, today passed an order under the Town Control Act, 1988, to provide security cover to public property. He said security cover would be provided to all railway tracks passing through villages, canals, rivulets, water outlets and the Indian Oil pipeline falling within the boundary of this district.

DC holds meetings to beautify Phagwara
Phagwara, June 5
The Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, Mr Rakesh K. Verma, today held a number of meetings to discuss issues related to traffic, parking and beautification of the town.


Gang of robbers involving cops busted
Amritsar, June 5
The Majitha police today busted a gang of policemen involved in the killing of two commission agents in broad daylight at the main bazar of Ajnala on April 30.

42 promised CRPF jobs, cheated
Barnala, June 5
The police has unearthed a scandal pertaining to recruitment in the CRPF following the arrest of Niranjan Singh Dhaula village and Satvir Singh of Chhatrauli in Uttar Pradesh on June 3.

Five held with fake currency
Abohar, June 5
Five persons were arrested at Begawali village while allegedly offering to exchange Indian currency notes with fake currency. However, Mrs Gurdeep Kaur was pleading outside the police station at Khukhera that her two sons, who were among the five arrested, were innocent.


Varsity foreign study scheme goes
Patiala, June 5
Punjabi University has abolished the interdisciplinary extension study scheme started during the fag end of the tenure of ousted Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia under which Rs 25 lakh had been kept aside to facilitate trips of university teachers abroad to upgrade their knowledge.

Kids spread message of cleanliness
Ropar, June 5
On the occasion of World Environment Day, a rally by school children to create awareness about the environment among the people was taken out here today. Mrs Seema Jain, Deputy Commissioner, flagged off the rally at the local Shiwalik Public School.


Jalandhar gets video conferencing facility
Jalandhar, June 5
Industrialists, business-house owners and doctors of Punjab and neighbouring states will now be able to communicate with their counterparts sitting thousands of miles away or abroad without incurring huge costs on foreign travels, thanks to north India’s first video conferencing facility launched by Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) at its gateway station here.
India’s first video conferencing facility
India’s first video conferencing facility being demonstrated by an official in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — Photo Inder Mohan


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