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Akalis protest, House adjourned
Chandigarh, June 12
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha was today adjourned two hours before schedule, as the Akalis continued to disrupt the proceedings of the House. They were protesting against the Speaker’s rejection of their adjournment notice on the panchayat samiti and zila parishad elections.

Cong captures more ZP, samiti seats
Pathankot, June 12
The Congress has won 54 out of 68 in zones of block samitis and zila parishad election in the Pathankot block. 

Corruption ‘crime of choice’
Chandigarh, June 12
If the recent trends are any indication, white-collar corruption has become a “crime of choice”. Those committing professional, financial and business frauds now hit the headlines more often than known hardened criminals, including those of the underworld.

Charges against Sidhu framed
Chandigarh, June 12
A local court today framed charges against suspended Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu under the Arms Act.





PCMS doctors wear black badges
Patiala, June 12
In response to a call given by the PCMS Association, Punjab, PCMS doctors here wore black badges yesterday in protest against the possible blanket decision by the Punjab Government to terminate the services of all 872 doctors selected during the tenure of PPSC chairman Ravi Sidhu and also against the possible decision of the Finance Committee to abolish non-practice allowance from their pay.

Restrain on nominating Markfed Chairman
Chandigarh, June 12
Restraining the state of Punjab and other respondents from nominating the Chairman of Markfed till further orders, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for June 17.

Scam in Education Deptt unearthed
Gurdaspur, June 12
The district Vigilance Bureau claims to have unearthed a scam involving members of a departmental selection committee for appointing general category applicants against reserved posts as teacher in the Education Department.

Promotions by Ahluwalia to be reviewed
Patiala, June 12
A circular issued by the Punjabi University Registrar’s office inviting teachers to submit objections, if any, against promotion carried out under the Career Advancement Scheme during former Vice-Chancellor Ahluwalia’s tenure has created a divide among the teaching section.


Dowry death: police station gheraoed
Faridkot, June 12
More than 1,500 residents, including representatives of various organisations of Kotkapura town, gheraoed the local police station and blocked traffic on the Faridkot-Ferozepore road for more than two hours here yesterday in protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the local police regarding the arrest of the in-laws of Kulwinder Kaur of Kotkapura. 

Employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant hold a rally
Employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant hold a rally at Bathinda on Wednesday. 
— Tribune photo Kulbeer Beera

60 SGPC workers taken into custody
Amritsar, June 12
The land dispute between the SGPC and agricultural labourers took a serious turn when the Majitha police rounded up all 60 employees of Gurdwara Ramdass.

Girl alleges molestation, probe sought
Hoshiarpur, June 12
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association today demanded a probe by an independent agency into the allegations by a girl, on the basis of which an FIR had been registered against Dr Tikkam Singh, Medical Officer working at Hariana in this district.

Winding up of PSTC opposed
Bathinda, June 12
Even as the Punjab Government is yet to take action on the report of the State Disinvestment Commission, the Engineers Association of the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation has termed the decision to wind up the operations of the PSTC as unwarranted.

2 SDO brothers issued warrants in Langah case
Mansa, June 12
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has issued arrest warrants of Nimratdeep Singh and Gagandeep Singh, Subdivisional Officers of the Public Works Department (Bridges and Roads) in the May 14 case registered against former Public Works Minister, Sucha Singh Langah and others under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of the IPC and Sections 13(I) a c d e and 13(2) 88 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 in the police station of Mohali.

Plea to fill vacant posts of nurse
Patiala, June 12
District president of the Punjab Nurses Association Jeewan Preet Kaur and general secretary Gurcharan Kaur have condemned the decision of the state government to abolish all vacant posts and stop fresh recruitment in government hospitals.

Soccer mania scores over Bollywood charm
Patiala, June 12
If plan of certain cinema owners of the town to screen the Football World Cup matches from the pre-quarter final stage onwards is any indication, then the ‘high octane, high profile’ soccer extravaganza has certainly caught the fancy of the residents of this sports-conscious city.

Vishnu Sharma is Mayor of Patiala
Patiala, June 12
Mr Vishnu Sharma was sworn in as Mayor of the Patiala Municipal Corporation at the Municipal Corporation auditorium here today after being unanimously elected by 50 councillors.

Woman killed in car-train collision
Batala, June 12
A car was hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing at Faizpura Road here yesterday.


New Secy of State Election Commission
Chandigarh, June 12
The Punjab Government has ordered the following postings, transfers and adjustments with immediate effect: Mr Kulbir Singh has been posted as Secretary, State Election Commission, vice Mr Kulbir Singh Sidhu, whose new posting is not mentioned in the orders issued today.

Three cops suspended
Mansa, June 12
Mr Sudhanshu Shekhar Srivastva, SSP, Mansa, has placed under suspension Mr Jagjit Singh, Assistant Sub Inspector, Mr Suresh Kumar Sharma and Mr Bogh Singh both Head Constables as they were found absent from duty. Mr Srivastva said during a surprise check these officers were found absent.


Robbers raid ex-JE’s house
Pathankot, June 12
Robbers armed with swords and iron rods raided the house of a former Junior Engineer at Ranjit Sagar Dam and looted a petrol station yesterday. The robbers entered the house of Mr Uttam Singh Bhatti, a former JE at Ranjit Sagar Dam, and injured three members of his family. 

BJP ex-MLA gets police remand
Gurdaspur, June 12

Former MLA of the BJP Roop Rani, who was arrested yesterday in a case of corruption, was today remanded in police custody till June 16 by the local Chief Judicial Magistrate.

Wife stabbed
Moga, June 12
The husband of a 27-year-old woman allegedly stabbed her to death with a sharp-edged weapon following an altercation between the two at Landheke village in this district last evening, the police said today.

Son, wife held for murder
Barnala, June 12
The police has solved the murder case involving two brothers, Purshottam Singh and Binder Singh, who allegedly killed their father Ram Singh alias Rama of Dhilman village with the help of their mother Harbans Kaur following an altercation.

Sarpanch booked
Mansa, June 12
The Joga police of the district has registered a case under Section 409 of the IPC and Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, against Mr Charanjit Singh and Mr Pawan Kumar, Sarpanch and member, panchayat, respectively, of Aklia village in the district.


Teachers seek action against Principal
Bathinda, June 12
The Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology Teachers Association, in a complaint filed with the Director-General of Police, has alleged that the district police had refused to register a case against the Principal of the college, even as serious allegations had been levelled against him.

PTU to declare CET results today
Chandigarh, June 12
Punjab Technical University will be declaring the results of the Common Entrance Test held for admission to its affiliated colleges tomorrow.

Re-examination of cancelled papers
Amritsar, June 12
The re-examination of the cancelled theory paper -III (data based management system) and paper IV (PC-computing -II) of diploma in computer application (full and part time-part II) of Guru Nanak Dev University will be held on June 26 and June 29, respectively, at the examination centres located in the district headquarters.

UGIT entrance test redesigned
Amritsar, June 12
Guru Nanak Dev University has redesigned the UGIT-2002 entrance test scheduled to be held on June 13 for admission to BCA and B.Sc. (IT) courses.

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