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PWSSB slaps Rs 97.46-lakh payment notice on MC
Abohar, June 6
The Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board has served a notice on the local Municipal Council for non-payment of maintenance charges.

All calm and quiet at Army base
Pathankot, June 6
It is calm and quiet here in the largest Army base of the country. Although most of the field formations have already moved out to forward areas, but it has been like this even in December 2001 and early January this year, after the terrorist attack on Parliament House.

Cong beats drums of development
Bathinda, June 6
Weeding out corruption, generation of hundred crores through the transparent auction of liquor vends, securing of revenue worth Rs 9,700 crore through transparent contract of online lottery, smooth procurement of wheat in the past eight years, problems-free municipal corporation elections and Malout byelections and managing a loan of $ 1.5 billion from a consortium of banks through the United Nations for 30 years at 1 per cent interest are the major achievements of the Congress government as it completes 100 days tomorrow, Mr Surinder Singla, chief spokesman of the PPCC, said.



Coal supply to two thermal plants stopped
Ropar, June 6
Due to non-payment of dues, amounting to Rs 132 crore, Coal India Limited has, it is reported virtually stopped the supply of coal to Bathinda and Lehra Mohabbat thermal plants and also reduced the coal supply to the Ropar Thermal Plant in the past 12 days.

NRI brother behind murder
Phagwara, June 6
The police today resolved the mystery shrouding the kidnapping and murder of Dalo of nearby Mauli village. Dalo was robbed of over Rs 30 lakh and then strangled, local DSP Harmanbir Singh Gill told a press conference today.

The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Mr Joginder Singh Vedanti, during ardas
The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Mr Joginder Singh Vedanti, during ardas in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma 

Separate ardas for Bhindranwale
Amritsar, June 6
The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Mr Joginder Singh Vedanti, today appealed to the Sikhs to forge Panthic unity. In a message, delivered from Akal Takht to mark “ghallughara divas” (genocide day), he said it was the need of the hour to do introspection as Panthic organisations could no: yield the desired result.

Kalkat, Sidhu on PAU board of management
Ludhiana, June 6
Two agricultural scientists Gurcharan Singh Kalkat and Dalip Singh Sidhu have been appointed to the board of management of Punjab Agricultural University for three years.

Torture victim missing
Ludhiana, June 6
Nirmal Singh, alias Dhiddi, the victim of brutal police torture in the infamous Ghungrana treasure case, has gone missing under mysterious circumstances. The development has once again put a question mark on the role of the police in the case as the youth and his family members were allegedly being subjected to all kinds of harassment by the accused cops and their friends in the case coaxing them to withdraw the complaint.


Tohra aligning with Cong: Mann
Amritsar, June 6
The future of the Panthic Morcha, a conglomeration of various Panthic factions, is in the doldrums as Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Akali Dal (Amritsar), has accused Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal of aligning with the Congress party. The SHSAD is a constituent of the Panthic Morcha.

Good governance by CM: MLA
Nawanshahr, June 6
Mr Parkash Singh, MLA, accompanied by the District Congress President, Mr Kuldip Rana, the District Youth Congress President, Mr Satvir Singh, Mr Lalit Mohan Pathak (Ballu), PPCC member, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, secretary, Punjab Youth Congress addressed public meetings at a number of villages in favour of Congress nominees for block samiti and zila parishad poll to be held on June 9.

Lok Bhalai, CPI, BSP join hands
Bathinda, June 6
The district units of the CPI, BSP and Lok Bhalai Party have decided to support one another in the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections to be held on June 9.

Observers appointed for parishad poll
Chandigarh, June 6
The Punjab State Election Commission has appointed observers for the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections to be held on June 9.

Campaigning hots up for ZP poll
Dera Bassi, June 6
Political parties are leaving no stone unturned to perform better in the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections to be held on June 9. At present, six candidates have left in the fray for three zones of the Zila Parishad and 43 candidates for 20 zones of the Block Samiti.


Probe misplacement of grant cheques: Mann
Sunam, June 6
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP and President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), in a letter sent today to the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, has demanded an inquiry into the alleged misplacement and misuse of cheques for Rs 5.25 lakh which he had issued as grant to 11 panchayats for development works for his local area development funds.

Leprosy patients count the money
Leprosy patients count the money collected after begging throughout the day at Paramnand Leprosy Ashram in Bathinda on Thursday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Veterinary hospital sans power for 3 months
Bathinda, June 6
Working of Veterinary Hospital in the city has been hit these days due to absence of power supply. Power to the hospital was disconnected three months ago by the Punjab State Electricity Board due to non-payment of electricity bill. 

7 members of civil defence staff resign
Ferozepore, June 6
Anguished over the failure of the district administration to strengthen civil defence in the border district a Deputy Chief Warden and six Post Wardens have submitted their resignations to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.K. Tiwari.

Kin of plane crash victims given relief
Jalandhar, June 6
Mr Balbir Singh, the local Member of Parliament handed over cheques for Rs 2 lakh each yesterday as ex-gratia grant to the members of families of victims killed when MiG-21 plane crashed into a bank building here on May 3.

Mechanic wins 1 cr in lottery
Chandigarh, June 6
Mr Sunil Kumar, a 32-year-old scooter mechanic from Malout, has become another crorepati, by winning the first prize of Rs 1 crore in Punjab State Lotteries Baisakhi-Budh Purnima Bumper 2002. The draw was recently held at Ludhiana. He has filed a claim for the prize with the Lotteries Department.


Punjab Govt seeks loan from PUDA
SAS Nagar, June 6
The Punjab Government has reportedly sought a loan of Rs 60 crore from the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority.


Housefed Secy arrested
Jalandhar, June 6
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested a secretary of Housefed, Mr Sucha Singh, for accepting a bribe of Rs 2000 from Satpal Gona of Chakrala village in Kartarpur town for the release of second instalment of a housing loan.

Fake passports seized
Jalandhar, June 6
The police today arrested two travel agents and seized fake documents, including 500 ration cards and 70 passports, from their possession.

SAD leader arrested
Barnala, June 6
The local police arrested Mr Jarnail Singh Bhotana, press secretary of the SAD (Badal), Sangrur district, zila parishad nominee from the Tallewal zone (reserve) on Tuesday.

Life convict stabbed
Bathinda, June 6
Gurbhajan Singh, convicted for the life in the local Central Jail was attacked by another convict, Gurmeet Singh, with a knife here last evening.


MBA interviews on June 13
Amritsar, June 6
A group discussion and interview for admission to MBA/MBA first semester of Guru Nanak Dev University will be held on June 13 and 14 on the university campus here.

PAU Estate Officer resigns
Ludhiana, June 6
The Estate Officer-cum-Chief Engineer of Punjab Agricultural University, Mr Raghbir Singh, resigned from university service this evening. His resignation was accepted by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh.Top

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