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Punjab to defend cops who fought terrorism
Two MLAs join Congress

Chandigarh, June 11
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that the government would do everything possible to ‘’defend’’ policemen, who had done a commendable job in fighting terrorism.

Capt Amarinder Singh and Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at a Press conference
Capt Amarinder Singh and Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at a Press conference in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo.

Surjit Singh sworn in PPSC member
Chandigarh, June 11
Lt-Gen Surjit Singh (retd) was sworn in as a member of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) by the Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan here today.

Lt-Gen Surjit Singh (retd) being sworn in as a member of the PPSC at Punjab Raj Bhavan by the Governor, Lt-Gen JFR Jacob ( retd), in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo

Lt-Gen Surjit Singh (retd) being sworn in as a member of the PPSC at Punjab Raj Bhavan






Initiate power reforms, Pant tells Punjab
Chandigarh, June 11
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has reasons to feel happy. His request to the Planning Commission for special allocation of Rs 50 crore to meet government obligations in the border districts has been partially met.

CM to ‘secure’ package for Punjab
Pathankot, June 11
Mr Ashwani Kumar, member, Rajya Sabha, and Chairman of the Vichar Vibhag cell, AICC, said here yesterday that the Congress would extend full support to the Central Government to combat cross-border terrorism, but will not compromise on the issue of national security and integration.

Abolition of posts halts promotions
Chandigarh, June 11
The Punjab Government’s order to abolish all vacant posts and those which are likely to fall vacant in various departments has applied brakes on the process of promotions of the employees in the state.

Congress wins more ZP seats
Muktsar, June 11
The Congress has made a clean sweep in the Zila Parishad election in the district by winning all eight seats polling for which was held on June 9. Polling for the Sikhwala seat will be held on June 12.

Akali MLAs to meet PM on law & order
Chandigarh, June 11
Akali MLAs, led by SAD President Parkash Singh Badal, will proceed to Delhi on June 14 to meet Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Union Home Minister L.K. Advani the next day to apprise them of the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the state.

Crucial SGPC-Centre meeting tomorrow
Amritsar, June 11
Even as the Union Home Minister has convened a crucial meeting to amend the 77-year-old Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, on June 13 at Delhi, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC, has decided to lodge a protest against inviting of Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Governor, Union Territory, Chandigarh at the meeting, Mr Badungar said as per Nehru-Tara Singh Pact 1953, the Central Government could make any amendment in the Act with the consent of SGPC only and hence the Chief Ministers had nothing to do with such meetings.


No commitment from Power Minister
Funding of Shahpur Kandi Project
Chandigarh, June 11
Is Punjab suffering for want of funds in the power sector due to non-implementation of the power sector reforms agreed upon at a central-level meeting a few months ago? In the reforms is an inbuilt system to do away with subsidies or at least rationalise them to logical limits.

Murder suspect exonerated
Phagwara, June 11
Sucha Singh, the NRI brother of Dalo, has been exonerated in the Dalo murder case and the “supari” angle sought to be given by the killer Pawittar Singh has turned out to be a ruse, a press note said here today. Dalo of Mauli village was kidnapped last month by his friend Pawittar Singh of Sadana village robbed of Rs 30.35 lakh, strangled and buried at Nawanpind village falling in Phillaur. 

Move to sack PCMS docs opposed
Ludhiana, June 11
In response to a call given by the PCMSA, doctors of the state wore black badges today in protest against the decision of the Punjab Government to terminate the services of all 872 doctors selected during the tenure of former Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravi Sidhu and the proposed move of the finance committee to abolish the NPA.

Probe ordered into former Mayor’s working
Jalandhar, June 11
The state Local Bodies Department has asked the Vigilance Bureau of the Punjab police to conduct an investigation into the alleged irregularities committed by the former BJP Mayor of Jalandhar Municipal Corporation, Mr Suresh Sehgal, during his five years of tenure.

House pays tributes to Jatti, others
Chandigarh, June 11
The Budget session of the Punjab Assembly started today with the paying of tributes to eminent persons who died during the past few weeks.

Golden Temple serais being ‘misused’
Amritsar, June 11
Alleging blatant misuse of serais attached with the sacred Golden Temple, Mr Puran Singh Josh, senior SGPC member of the Shiromani Akali Dal, accused the caretakers of the serais of letting out rooms to “mischievous and unscrupulous” elements in the premises of the Golden Temple.

4 kids drowned in canal
Amritsar, June 11
Four children have drowned in a canal, near Chattiwind village on the city outskirts, within a span of two days.



Gang of thieves busted, 9 held
Jalandhar, June 11
The district police claims to have busted a gang of thieves with the arrest of its nine members and recovery of stolen goods and two revolvers from their possession.

Former BJP MLA held
Gurdaspur, June 11
Roop Rani, a former BJP MLA from Dinanagar, was today arrested by the Punjab police from the local Civil Hospital where she had been admitted for a heart problem.

Rs 2.80 lakh looted from bank
Bareta (Mansa), June 11
Four armed persons looted Rs 2.80 lakh from the local branch of the Oriental Bank of Commerce today in broad daylight.


DC patronising defaulters: DEO
Ropar, June 11
Dr Malti Batra, District Education Officer (DEO), primary, here today accused the Ropar Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Seema Jain, of patronising local defaulters allegedly involved in the Rs 136-crore scam in the Education Department. On the other hand Mrs Jain refuted the allegation levelled by Dr Batra, saying that neither she was aware of any such scandal or inquiry nor she was patronising anyone in the case.

Varsity admission racket accused arrested
Amritsar, June 11
The police has arrested Parmanand, the main accused in the fake admission racket at Guru Nanak Dev University.

Abohar boy tops AIIMS exam
Chandigarh, June 11
Determination, hard work and self-study, that's what it took to make Abohar boy Abhinav Sidana a topper in the prestigious All-India Institute of Medical Sciences examination.


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