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PSIEC staff go on mass leave
Chandigarh, June 7
The draft report of the Public Sector Disinvestment Commission, Punjab, headed by former Chief Secretary, Mr P.H. Vaishnav, which was released on June 3, has sent shock waves among more than one lakh employees of different corporations, boards and government departments in the state.

Acting PPSC chief to revive faith
Lucknow, June 7
Acting chairperson of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Ms Harjit Kaur Randhawa, says her main aim will be to revive people’s faith in the commission, tarnished after the suspension of PPSC chairman Ravindra Pal Singh Sidhu following charges of corruption.

Rs 16.2 cr salary grant for aided colleges
Punjab releases the UGC pay-revision arrears, too 
Chandigarh, June 7
The Punjab Government has taken one step towards fulfilling the demands of employees of aided private colleges by releasing the Rs 16.2 crore salary grant for the first quarter of the session 2002-2003 through the DPI (C) Punjab. The grant is for 140 colleges.

Farm technocrats threaten stir
Ludhiana, June 7
The Agriculture Technocrats Action Committee, Punjab has criticised the state government for its proposal to terminate the services of Agricultural Development Officers (ADOs) and Horticulture Development Officers (HDOs) recruited during the tenure of PPSC chief Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, calling the development as “illogical as only meritorious and capable candidates were selected and there was no evidence indicating any foul play and nobody challenged the selection in the court.”

Fatehgarh Sahib

  Graft case against Sikh clergy: hearing on June 12
Amritsar, June 7
Even as members of the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat who had levelled charges of corruption against the Jathedar of Akal Takht, his personal assistant and the Jathedar of Kesgarh Sahib sought more time to submit proofs, Akal Takht has fixed the next date of hearing for June 12.

Land case against Badal adjourned
Bathinda, June 7
Mr Surinder Mohan, Chief Judicial Magistrate, today adjourned the civil suit filed against former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, and former Science and Technology Minister Chiranji Lal Garg till June 15 as advocates for the respondents sought time to read the related documents.

1 held in CRPF recruitment scam
Barnala, June 7
The district police has detected vital links and clues pertaining to duping of youth in the CRPF recruitment scam following the arrest of Hari Chand of Delhi yesterday and identification of another major link of the scam known as “master”, who has not been arrested so far.


Dimpa denies amassing wealth
Jalandhar, June 7
The Congress MLA from Beas, Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa, yesterday denied that he had amassed disproportionate assets running into crores. He was reacting strongly to allegations levelled by the Director of the New Piar Bus Service, Mr Jagjit Singh Chahal, on Tuesday that Mr Dimpa was running buses on the Jalandhar-Amritsar route illegally and had amassed assets running into crores disproportionate to his known source of income.

40 booths declared extra sensitive
Amritsar, June 7
At least 40 polling stations have been declared extra sensitive and 70 as sensitive of the total of 162 polling booths in Amritsar police district for the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections scheduled for June 9.

Employees resent poll duty
Abohar, June 7
Even as campaigning for the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections came to an end this evening in the entire region resentment prevails among employees of the Revenue and Local Bodies Departments as two officers of the departments have virtually locked their horns over deputing employees for the election work. 


Jacob visits forward areas, has jalebis with jawans

Somewhere in the Western sector, June 7
The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), visited some forward areas here and spent a few hours with soldiers. He enquired about their problems and said he was overwhelmed with their morale, enthusiasm and confidence. Earlier, the Governor was received by senior Army officers.

Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) inside a bunker during his visit to the forward areas on Friday.

Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) inside a bunker during his visit to the forward areas on Friday.

Vigilance raid a mere eyewash
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 7
Residents of the area, patients and even doctors of the local Civil Hospital had high hopes from the raid conducted by the Patiala Vigilance Department on the local Civil Hospital on May 3 in which various irregularities were detected. Interestingly, the raid was conducted on the directions of Mr A.P. Pandey, ADGP, on the complaint by certain employees of the hospital.

Labour scam: guilty not penalised
Ropar, June 7
For how long has the bungling in the employment of contract labour in Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP) been continuing? Were the PSEB authorities aware of these misappropriations? If yes, why no action was taken against the officers responsible for the contract labour scam, due to which the PSEB had to allegedly suffered losses worth crores?

XEN alleges vandalism 
Patiala, June 7
An Executive Engineer, Mr Devinder Singh Jassar, of the Patiala Dranage Department, today complained to the police and the district administration that a local Congress leader and his supporters had resorted to goondaism in his office to stop him from opening tenders for flood protection works.

Torture victim reappears
Ludhiana, June 7
Nirmal Singh, alias Dhiddi, the alleged torture victim in the Ghungrana treasure case, has re-appeared as mysteriously as he had disappeared. He reached his house in Ghungrana village late last night.

Water samples unclean
Ropar, June 7
Out of a total of 10 samples of drinking water collected from water sources of the municipal council in May, two samples were found unfit for the consumption. These samples were taken from Balmiki Mohalla and Kalyan Theatre.

Raman Mandi without water for 3 days
Bathinda, June 7
Residents of Raman Mandi, 45 km from here, have been without electricity for the past three days. All essential services, including supply of drinking water and functioning of civil and private hospitals, have been disrupted.

Give peace a chance: Sikh bodies
Amritsar, June 7
Expressing concern over the looming threat of war between India and Pakistan, Sikh organisations today asked the heads of both countries to allow international peace-keeping forces under the supervision of the United Nations to patrol along the LoC.

Remand of Langah’s touts extended
Ropar, June 7
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, Ropar, yesterday extended the judicial remand of four alleged touts of former Punjab Public Works Minister Sucha Singh Langah till June 20 in a case registered against them by the Vigilance Bureau under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1998.

Harpreet was pregnant, testifies doctor
Patiala, June 7
Chandigarh-based doctor Jyoti Rana today testified that the late Harpreet, daughter of the former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, had been pregnant when she came for a check-up in February 2000.

CM mourns Jatti’s death
Chandigarh, June 7
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has expressed grief and shock over the death of Mr B.D. Jatti, a former Vice-President of India, in Bangalore today.


Early paddy sowing lowers water table
Sangrur, June 7
Farmers are playing havoc with the sub-soil water resources by violating instructions issued by the Punjab Agriculture Department and Punjab Agricultural University pertaining to the transplantation of paddy.

Labourers transplant paddy at Gobindpura village, near Bathinda, on Friday. — KB

Labourers transplant paddy at Gobindpura village


Weekly off for industry
Patiala, June 7
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today decided to impose compulsory weekly day off for all industrial consumers in the state from June 10.


Exams on though results awaited
Bathinda, June 7
Even as the second semester MCA examinations have started, the Punjabi University authorities have failed to declare the results of the first semester held in December-January. Students are demoralised over the recent developments in connection with the affiliation and recognition of their course and institutes.

Varsity panel to decide future of IT institutes
Patiala, June 7
Punjabi University has instituted a five-member committee headed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor to look into the future of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information and Technology (MRSIIT) and Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Information Technology (GGSIIT).

JRF roll numbers despatched
Amritsar, June 7
Roll numbers for the UGC test for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Lectureship which is scheduled to be held on June 23 have been despatched. This was stated by Dr Gurnam Singh, Co-ordinator of the test, in a press note issued here today. In case any student does not receive the roll number by June 17 he could contact the Co-ordinator along with two attested passport size photographs.

JET (sciences) results declared
Amritsar, June 7
Guru Nanak Dev University yesterday declared the results of the joint entrance test held on Wednesday for admission to various undergraduate science courses in the university.

Gold medallist ignored
Ahmedgarh, June 7
A gold medallist of Punjabi University, Patiala, has moved the Lok Pal for her merit was ignored during the selection of school lecturers.


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