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Modified pension scheme for private colleges
Chandigarh, June 13
Based on the concept of ''defined'' contribution, a new modified pension scheme for Punjab's non-government aided colleges has been approved by the Council of Ministers.

Walkout in Punjab House
Chandigarh, June 13
Raising slogans Akali and BJP legislators and certain Independent MLAs today staged a walkout from the Punjab Assembly in protest against the use of English in the House. They urged that the House should confine itself to Punjabi.

Akali leader’s murder: govt in tight spot
Amritsar, June 13
The publication of a picture of Capt Amarinder Singh, showing him sitting in the Qualis allegedly used in the killing of senior Akali leader Gurdial Singh and five others on May 19 has put the Congress government in a tight spot.

Govt seeks SGPC’s views
Draft of Sikh Gurdwaras Bill
Amritsar, June 13
The state government has sought the comments of the SGPC on the draft of the Sikh Gurdwaras Bill, 1999, which has been gathering dust for the past three years. If the Bill is passed by Parliament, the proposed Act will replace the 77-year-old Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925. 




Punishment doesn’t reflect harm to society
Chandigarh, June 13
The bursting of the stock market bubble, emergence of a new class of highly paid top executives, increased level of education and increasing involvement of older persons are other aspects related to the growing incidence of corruption, fraud and other types of white-collar crime.

10 objections against CAS promotions by Ahluwalia
Patiala, June 13
Ten objections were filed against promotions under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) during the tenure of former Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, with two cases of teachers having been promoted as professors though they did not possess a PhD degree coming in for special mention.


SGPC poll: enrolment date extended again
Ludhiana, June 13
As many as 56 lakh voters, including about seven lakh Sehajdharis, have been registered for the SGPC General house elections in Punjab so far. The Chief Commissioner for gurdwara elections, Justice J.S. Sekhaon (Retd) has further extended the date for enrolment of voters until August 27 following a communication from the Union Home Ministry.


Probe into irregularities in MC working begins
Bathinda, June 13
On the complaint of a Municipal Councillor, the Vigilance wing of the Local Bodies Department, Punjab, yesterday started an inquiry into the alleged bungling in the working of the local Municipal Council.

Sale of property stayed
Chandigarh, June 13
Taking up a petition filed by union members of a Rajpura based factory, closed down in 1997, accusing a nationalised bank of selling immovable property at a throw-away price, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered stay on the auction.

Panel misguided CM: mahasangh
Chandigarh, June 13
The Punjab State Cooperative, Boards and Corporations Workers/ Employees Mahasangh held a rally here today and claimed that the Public Sector Disinvestment Commission, headed by the former Chief Secretary, Mr P.H. Vaishnav, had misguided the Chief Minister, Capt Amrinder Singh, by recommending winding up of profit-making corporations.

State unit of IMA constituted
Jalandhar, June 13
Dr R.C.Garg, president of the Punjab chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), has constituted the state unit of the IMA.

Thermal plant staff hold protest march
Ropar, June 13
Hundreds of employees of the Ropar Thermal Plant (RTP) under the banner of the RTP Employees Joint Action Committee today held a march in the town in protest against the reduction of the generation incentive of employees working at the plant by the PSEB.

Musharraf’s effigy burnt
Amritsar, June 13
Pakistani flag and effigy of its President Parvez Musharraf were burnt by Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress (PPYC) activists at the busy hall gate area here today.

Pensioner denied allowance arrears
Bathinda, June 13
Mr J.N. Jairath, a government pensioner, has urged the Finance Department to pay him old- age allowance for 11 months on the basis of new instructions from the Punjab Government.

Plea to impound Maluka’s passport
Bathinda, June 13
The criminal case registered against a former state Power Minister, Mr Sikander Singh Maluka, and others took a new turn today when his nephew, Mr Paramjit Singh and the complainant, Mr Resham Singh, moved an application to the district police chief, Mr Ishwar Singh, for impounding their passport and weapons.

Search warrants of Langah’s house
Kharar, June 13
Mr R.L. Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, here today issued search warrants of houses of Sucha Singh Langah, a former PWD Minister, and one of his close associates and ordered that the report of the search should be produced before the court on June 15. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has, meanwhile, issued notice on his anticipatory bail plea.

MC men die of asphyxiation
Jalandhar, June 13
The underground sewer today took its toll as two employees of the municipal corporation were killed and the other two suffered severe breathing problem due to suffocation while cleaning a manhole near Sodal mandir in the city. The injured are said to be out of danger.

Widows getting remarried to get pension
Bathinda, June 13
The widows of Army personnel whose special family pension/liberalised family pension was stopped due to their being getting married to a person other than the brother of their late husband could avail of the same again. 


2 ‘fake’ Vigilance Officers held
Bathinda, June 13
Even as most of the people in the state are satisfied with the anti-corruption drive launched by the Vigilance Bureau, some unscrupulous persons are ‘exploiting’ the situation and are harassing residents for money by posing as Vigilance Officers.

Armed robbers injure four
Paragpur (Jalandhar), June 13
Eight robbers attacked the occupants of a farmhouse, a car-selling unit and a garage on the outskirts of the village today, leaving four injured.

Man posing as Vigilance DSP arrested
Amritsar, June 13
A man posing as a DSP (Vigilance) “raided” the premises of government hospitals today but was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau when he was checking the attendance and stock registers.

MP booked in assault case
Chak Suhele Wala (Ferozepore), June 13
The Ferozepore police has booked Mr Jora Singh Mann, MP, and his associates under Sections 188, 379, 323, 324, 148, 149 and 506 of the IPC for their alleged involvement in an attack on his rivals at his native village over a land dispute.

3 arrested in land dispute case
Bathinda, June 13
The district police has arrested the three accused in a land dispute case. In a press note issued here today the district police chief, Mr Ishwar Singh, said a land dispute between a Dalit and a landlord family of Gidder, village, near here had led to scuffle. Some of the members of the Dalit family were injured.

Senior Akali leader arrested
Moga, June 13
Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader and district nagar council president Kuldeep Singh Gill was arrested here today by the police on charges of cheating and forgery.

Dowry claims one more life
Joga (Mansa), June 13
Yadvinder Singh and his kin harassed his wife Simarjit Kaur. Her tolerance gave way yesterday.

4 of family killed in accident
Amritsar, June 13
Four members of a family, including two women, were killed while a woman was critically injured in a head-on collision between a Punjab roadways bus and a Maruti car today. The accident occurred when the bus coming to Amritsar rammed into the Maruti car coming from the opposite direction near Bhinder and Kalchien villages.


Dharna by Principals
Chandigarh, June 13
Members of the Managing Committees and the Principals' Federation of Non-Government Affiliated Colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh organised a dharna at Matka Chowk, here today.


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