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PM urged to intervene in boat tragedy case
New Delhi, June 8
Accusing the Government of not giving adequate cooperation in probing the Malta boat tragedy case, the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, an NGO, has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in taking up the issue with other governments concerned and also for helping in the retrieval of the mortal remains of those Indians killed in one of the worst boat tragedies.

Punjab plans borrowing, mild taxes
Chandigarh, June 8
Punjab will have a resource-based Annual Plan (2002-03), pegged at Rs 2,750 crore. For this size of the Plan, it would need borrowings to the tune of at least Rs 6,000 crore.

For these villagers, war has begun
Plaha (Pathankot), June 8
“This war is not going to buy us peace, even if it does, it will cost us too much”. This is the general refrain of villagers here, most of whom come here only during the day and return to refugee camps set up by the government in nearby Narote Jaimal Singh area.

Urban Estate at Nabha soon
Fatehgarh, Barnala to follow suit
Patiala, June 8
An Urban Estate is soon going to be a reality at Nabha town where PUDA has cleared the last hurdle for its establishment. Urban Estates are also being finalised at Fatehgarh Sahib and Barnala with sites having been identified at both townships.





PSEB unable to handle power crisis
Sunam, June 8
Punjab is caught in a desperate situation on the power front. While the demand for power is shooting up, the PSEB is unable to cope with it. Consequently, the rural and urban areas are being subjected to long power cuts.


Discrepancies in voter lists alleged
Ropar, June 8
Several SAD, BJP and independent candidates have complained of alleged discrepancies in the voter lists brought in by the Congress for the panchayat samiti elections scheduled for tomorrow.

All set for Zila Parishad, Panchayat Samiti poll
SAS Nagar, June 8
Poll material and personnel were despatched today to Majri block in connection with the Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad elections.

SAD, BJP men to contest each other
Kotkapura, June 8
The SAD-BJP unity has suffered a major set back in the area as in some blocks, the candidates of the two parties have decided to contest against each other in the panchayat samiti elections, polling for which would be held tomorrow.

Badal men shift loyalty to Cong
Abohar, June 8
Even though Kuttianwali village was among the first to be provided waterworks and other basic amenities by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD President, during his first term as Chief Minister, several of his loyalists in the village have decided to support the Congress on the eve of the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections.


Environment society formed
Amritsar, June 8
Expressing concern over various environmental problems such as the decline in forests and wetland area, increasing pollution in natural water bodies, depleting surface as well as ground water resources, research scholars from various departments of Guru Nanak Dev University today launched a non-government organisation (NGO) named as the Society for Conservation and Insight on Nature (SCION).

Village hopes for Kant’s election as President
Kot Mohmmad Khan (Tarn Taran), June 8
Even as the race for the country’s President hots up the candidature of Mr Krishan Kant, Vice-President of India, has brought cheer to the small village situated at 20 kilometres from Tarn Taran.

BKU (E) splits into two
Jethuke (Bathinda), June 8
The Bharati Kisan Union (Ekta) was today divided into two factions as the Pishora Singh group of the union did not attend the meeting convened here and the Kokri Kalan group announced the names of new state-level office-bearers.

Warrants issued for Langah, 5 others
Kharar, June 8
Mr R.L. Chouhan, local Judicial Magistrate, today issued non-bailable warrants for June 15 for Sucha Singh Langah, former PWD Minister, and five other accused in connection with a case registered by the Vigilance Department at Mohali earlier.

Contractors deny XEN’s allegations
Patiala, June 8
A delegation of the Irrigation Contractors Association met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejvir Singh, here today and took serious notice of the reported statement of the Executive Engineer (XEN) of the Drainage Department Mr D.S Jassar.

Trade unions stage dharna
SAS Nagar, June 8
Different trade unions staged a dharna yesterday in front of the office of the SDM in Phase 1 here demanding a CBI probe into the alleged bunglings in the subsidiaries of the Punjab Electronic Corporation. The union leaders alleged that the managements of the subsidiaries were adopting wrong policies for which the workers had to suffer.
As many as 250 workers participated in the dharna.

19 cases decided at lok adalats
Pathankot, June 8
To deliver speedy justice to the people, the Subdivisional Legal Services Authority on Saturday organised three lok adalats in the Civil Court Complex here.

Stray dogs maul boy to death
Kotfatha (Bathinda), June 8
Even as the killing of an old man and a girl at Aalmgarh village in Abohar Subdivision by stray dogs in April has failed to move the authorities concerned to take measures to tackle the menace, a 10-year-old Scheduled Caste boy of the village fell victim to stray dogs last evening.


Certificates of ETT teachers checked
Bathinda, June 8
A team headed by Mr Sadhu Singh Randhawa, Director, Sarb Shiksha Abhiyan, is checking the original documents of candidates recently appointed as ETT teachers to find out whether any of them secured jobs by showing fake certificates. The government appointed senior officials from various departments for the purpose when it came to light that some newly appointed teachers of a particular batch secured jobs by showing fake certificates.


Two KLF militants arrested
Kapurthala, June 8
The police claims to have arrested two proclaimed offenders wanted for two murders and a kidnapping. They were militants of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF). Mr R. N. Dhoke, SSP, identified them as Jinder Singh, alias Jinda, of Dhundha village and Lakha Singh, alias Laddu, of Dhundha village in Amritsar district.

Gurdial murder case: 2 more held
Amritsar, June 8
The Tarn Taran police today arrested two more persons wanted in the sensational murder of SAD leader Gurdial Singh Sidhu and five others in the border town of Bhikiwind on May 9. A police spokesperson said Major Singh and Dalbir Singh were arrested by a police patrol party near Bhikiwind.


Closure of IT institutes hailed
Patiala, June 8
The Teachers United Front (TUF) today welcomed the decision of Punjabi University acting Vice-Chancellor N.S. Rattan to close down the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information Technology (MRSIIT) on the university campus and the Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Information Technology (GGSIIT) at Talwandi Sabo.


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