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Harsh fiscal reforms on anvil: CM
Ludhiana, June 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today hinted at harsh fiscal reforms in the face of a severe financial crunch but refused to comment on the likelihood of fresh taxes to meet the huge deficit.

SAD to take on CM in House
Chandigarh, June 9
Facing rough weather outside, the leadership of the Shiromani Akali Dal ( SAD) is marshalling all its resources to take on the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in the Punjab Assembly, the eighth-day Budget session of which is to start on June 11.

SAD supporters cry foul over missing names
Chhatt (Patiala), June 9
It appears that the Congress has resorted to winning elections by hook or by crook. An instance of such kind is visible in this village. This morning when over 600 voters came to the polling station to exercise their franchise for electing members of the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti, they were shocked to find their names not figuring in the voters’ lists.

43 pc polling in ZP, panchayat elections
Bathinda, June 9
Barring a few clashes among members of rival parties, polling for zila parishad, and panchayat samiti in the district today was peaceful. Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, said 43 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in today’s polling.


A soldier prays for peace
A soldier prays for peace with Pakistan at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. — Reuters

Workers detained, says SAD
Faridkot, June 9
Mr Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon and Mr Mantar Singh Brar, senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), and MLAs of Faridkot and Kotkapura, respectively, have charged the district police with arresting and detaining more than 100 party sarpanches, panches, jathedars and senior workers in the wee hours of today under false charges to give undue favour to Congress candidates in the Block Samiti and Zila Parishad elections in the district.

4 hurt in poll violence
Ropar, June 9
At least four persons were injured in an alleged brick-bating and firing in front of a polling booth at Singh village, about 10 km from here on Sunday. 

Punjab BKU (E) to hold rallies on June 14
Bathinda, June 9
Leader of the Punjab unit of the BKU (Ekta) said today that if the Haryana Government failed to accept the demands of agitating farmers there, it could directly involve itself in their agitation.


Cong for consensus on presidential candidate
Amritsar, June 9
The newly elected Rajya Sabha member from Punjab, Mr Ashwani Kumar, has said that the presidential candidate should be elected through consensus after consultations with all political parties. 


Border areas haven for drug trade
Amritsar, June 9
The border districts of Muktsar, Moga, Amritsar and Ferozepore are proving to be havens for drug peddlers. Large hauls of smack, opium, heroin and poppy husk seized from these areas recently are strong indicators of the drug trade prevalent in these districts.

Engineers for old supervisory system
Chandigarh, June 9
The Joint Action Committee of Punjab PWD (B and R) engineers has urged the state government to restore the “territorial system” pertaining to the functioning of subdivisions and divisions in the department.

PPSC scam: tiny tots seek justice
Patiala, June 9
Tiny tots held a demonstration here today to demand justice for their “innocent” parents whose services are under constant theat of being terminated in the infamous PPSC scam.

‘Change lifestyle to avoid heart disease’
Nangal (Ropar), June 9
“Due to the rising incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD) during the past 20 years in India, nearly 50 million people are now suffering from this disease throughout the country.

Farmers plant paddy as troops keep vigil
Chandu Wadala (Western Sector), June 9
Farmers of the village, which is just 1 km from the international border are busy in paddy plantation. In the first look, everything appears to be normal. However, there is more to it than meets the eye. 

Residents not aware of war precautions
Pathankot, June 9
Amidst hovering war clouds and daily coverage of mass migration from border villages here, the local residents are completely unaware of the necessary safety measures to be taken in case of war.

‘Probe charges against MC  chief afresh’
Maur mandi (Bathinda), June 9
Mr Jagdhir Singh, a councillor, has urged the authorities concerned to order a fresh inquiry by the Vigilance Bureau into the alleged misappropriation of funds by the president of the local municipal council, Mr Karnail Singh.

Another Tehsildar in vigilance net
Amritsar, June 9
The Vigilance Bureau claims to have detected an unaccounted assets of over Rs 2.50 crore of Tehsildar Rajinder Singh. He owns triple-storey house in the Ranjit Avenue area valued over Rs 80 lakh, besides three airconditioners, and two cars, including Maruti Zen and Ford Ikon, registered in the name of his friend Jasbir Singh of Alipur Sodhian and Dharma Pal, property dealer of he Majitha road area and a Kinetic Honda registered in the name of his wife Kanwaljit Kaur.

Long wait for arms licence
Jalandhar, June 9
Insecure persons in hundreds are awaiting arms licences for over three months. Their applications have been cleared by the Deputy Commissioner’s office, but the police is sitting pretty over these cases.

SAD leader, wife released on bail
Barnala, June 9
Mr Jarnail Singh Bhotana, Press Secretary of the SAD, Sangrur district, and his wife, Ms Ajaib Kaur, were released on bail yesterday by Mr S.S. Mann, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Barnala.



Govt College may face closure
Amritsar, June 9
Government College for Boys here is likely to face closure. According to university norms of affiliation, the college does not meet the required conditions. At present, the college is being run in a rented building of Red Cross at Tehsilpura.

Govt to help varsity set up heritage village
Amritsar, June 9
Presiding over a cultural function organised by Guru Nanak Dev University in collaboration with the Singapore Sikh Foundation, Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Punjab Minister for Tourism, Cultural Affairs and Industries, today assured the Vice-Chancellor of providing assistance for setting up a heritage village on the university premises.

GND varsity session from July 1
Amritsar, June 9
Guru Nanak Dev University will declare the result of all under graduate classes till June 20 while the results of all post-graduate courses will be declared till June 30.


Industrial potential discussed
Bathinda, June 9
A discussion on “Business opportunities in recent times” was organised yesterday by the Bathinda Management Association (BMA). Various speakers stressed upon the need to educate entrepreneurs about better management so that the area could be made industrially advanced.


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