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Fund paucity hits Khalsa complex
Ropar, June 14
Paucity of funds has hit work on the ambitious Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex at Anandpur Sahib. The Anandpur Sahib Foundation, which has taken up the project, has not received any money for the past five months.

Badal to submit memo to PM
Chandigarh, June 14
Senior Akali leaders led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal today left for Delhi to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani.

Sikh sangats plea to Centre
Faridkot, June 14
The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS) has appealed to the Central Government to review all pros and cons before taking any decision on making amendment in the Gurdwara Act regarding the deletion of Sehajdhari voters in the SGPC elections to be held later this year.

Lecturers’ recruitment ‘bungled’
Bathinda, June 14
Even as the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) scam is yet to reach a logical end, complaints regarding bunglings in the recruitment of physical education lecturers last year by the departmental selection committees have started pouring in.

Two new components included
Chandigarh, June 14
The countdown has begun to the Punjab Budget, (2002-03) to be presented in the Vidhan Sabha on June 19. Besides the usual features, two new components have been included in the Budget: The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Bill; and the Punjab Infrastructure (Development and Regulation) Bill.



Part I and II of story
    Corruption ‘crime of choice’
    Punishment doesn’t reflect harm to society

Insurance frauds on the rise
Chandigarh, June 14
It is not only banking and other financial institutions which are facing increased cases of fraud and bunglings, insurance companies, too, are not far behind.

‘Police shielding murder accused’
Amritsar, June 14
The two eyewitnesses of the daylight killing of Akali leader Gurdial Singh and five others have alleged that they have been receiving threatening telephone calls from the accused, who are absconding.

War hysteria gets satirical drubbing
Jalandhar, June 14
Long-standing tension between India and Pakistan may be subsiding, but the prolonged war rhetorics, claims and counter-claims by premiers of the two countries and the repeated talk of “Aar paar ki ladai” by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee have been aptly satirised by a well-known Punjabi comedian pair.

Langah’s house searched
The Sector 45 house of a “close” associate of former Akali minister Sucha Singh Langah in ChandigarhChandigarh, June 14
Armed with search warrants, sleuths of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau searched the Sector-44 house of former PWD minister in Akali government Sucha Singh Langah, here today. The bureau also searched the house of Mrs Varinder Kaur in Sector 45. There has been no information on what the sleuths found from Langah’s house but they would produce the report of the search before the Judicial Magistrate Kharar tomorrow.

The Sector 45 house of a “close” associate of former Akali minister Sucha Singh Langah in Chandigarh sealed by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau after its search on Friday. — A Tribune photograph


Race hots up for top jobs
Patiala, June 14
With the Municipal Corporation elections out of the way, local Congress leaders have again started lobbying for the spoils of power, including Chairmanships of the Improvement Trust as well as those of boards and corporations.


PDA to revive Patiala’s lost glory
Patiala, June 14
Multicrore investment in the development of a multi-use mini-township to be used both for industrial and residential purposes, restoration of heritage monuments, formation of an integrated traffic plan and revival of traditional arts and crafts of Patiala will be the main thrust of the recently revived Patiala Development Authority (PDA).

No safety masks for MC staff
Jalandhar, June 14
Even as the municipal corporation authorities has assured help to the bereaved families of those who were choked to death inside a manhole by inhaling toxic gases yesterday, questions are being raised over the functioning of the civic body which had failed to provide special masks to its employees, resulting in the death of six employees during the past six years.

Court stays arrest of Akali MP
Ferozepore, June 14
The local District and Sessions Judge, Mr M.M.S. Bedi, has stayed the arrest of Member of Parliament Zora Singh Mann, his brother Jagnandan Singh and two sons Vardev Singh and Nardev Singh who were booked by the Jalalabad police under Sections 188, 379, 323, 324, 148, 149 and 506 of the IPC on charges of assault and theft.

Power engineers’ plea to PM
Ropar, June 14
The All-India Power Engineers Federation has urged the Prime Minister to save the power sector as the power situation has been rapidly deteriorating due to the “failure” of the so-called reforms in the power sector throughout the country.

Power concession only on paper
Amritsar, June 14
Despite 18 years having passed since a resolution was passed about concessional electricity to Durgiana Temple, the civic body has failed to provide it to the temple complex.

Four towers of high voltage line collapse
Chandigarh, June 14
Following a storm in the Morinda area this afternoon, four towers of high-voltage transmission line of (220 KV) collapsed near Gobindgarh, according to reports received here. Informed sources said that circuit numbers III and IV had been adversely affected.

Harassment case: PSHRC seeks details
Amritsar, June 14
The alleged case of sexual harassment at the local Lakshmi Narain Ayurvedic College has taken a new turn, with the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) and the Punjab Women Commission seeking details of the case.

Traders observe bandh after ST raid
Bathinda, June 14
A number of shopkeepers here while raising slogans against the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh and Chairman, High-Powered Finance Committee, Punjab, Mr Surinder Singla, downed their shutters to observe a partial bandh after the business premises of Mr Jeewan Goyal, former President, City Beopar Mandal, was raided by a team of Sale Tax officials from Patiala accompanied by a heavy police force, in connection with the unearthing of an alleged sale tax evasion.

Assault case false: SAD MP
Jalalabad, June 14
Mr Zora Singh Maan, SAD MP from Ferozepore, has denied the charges of assault in a case registered against him. Addressing a press conference here today, he termed the charges as politically motivated as he was not present at the site where the scuffle took place.

Mystery shrouds woman’s death in Golden Temple
Amritsar, June 14
Mystery shrouds the death of Piari (45) on the premises of the Golden Temple on June 10. The woman was reportedly cremated by the temple authorities.

Show-cause notices to tempo, truck unions
Kapurthala, June 14
The District Magistrate, Mr Rakesh K. Verma, taking cognizance of the alleged highhandedness of tempo and truck unions, has issued show-cause notices asking them why they should not be asked to execute bonds for maintaining peace in the city. He passed these directions under the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973.

Guru Arjan Dev’s martyrdom day observed
Tarn Taran, June 14
The martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev was observed on Friday with religious zeal. Chhabeels were organised at several places in which devotees belonging to Hindu and Sikh communities participated.

Former minister Som Dutt cremated
Sangrur, June 14
Former Punjab state Minister Pandit Som Dutt, who died yesterday following a brain haemorrhage, was cremated with full state honours here this afternoon.

Misuse of serais denied
Amritsar, June 14
Mr Harbeant Singh, Secretary, SGPC, has refuted the complaints of Mr Puran Singh Josh, regarding the misuse of Golden Temple serais.

Fort controversy: DCC writes to high command
Bathinda, June 14
Even as Mr Bhagat Singh Dhaliwal, President, DCC, Bathinda, said the issue of alleged threat by one of the functionaries of the district unit to officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had been brought to the notice of Ms Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, OSD to the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Kewal Krishan Aggarwal, General Secretary, DCC, whose name figured in news items appeared in various dailies today, while denying any such incidents, alleged that some vested interests had been trying to malign him and create a friction in the DCC.

Construction around fort stopped
Bathinda, June 14
Unauthorised structures have come up around the Gobind Fort here. The structures have been coming up very close to 120-feet-high walls and a wide moat around the fort. The area around it up to 200 metre has been declared as prohibited and regulated area.


FCI saddle with Rs 30 cr loss
Jalalabad, June 14
About 1500 consignments of par-boiled rice of  khariff crop 2001-2002 worth Rs 30 crore have  been downgraded, which was stored in unscientific godowns due to paucity of storage space with FCI at this center.


Man done to death by wife, children
Gurdaspur, June 14
The mystery shrouding the disappearance of Dalbir Singh, a resident of Kot Dhanjal under Kahnuwan police station, from his house on May 25 was solved yesterday when his wife, Gurmeet Kaur, confessed to having murdered him on the same day with the help of her daughter and son.

Five tourists crushed to death
Jalandhar, June 14
Five women were killed while three others were seriously injured when a Maruti car, in its attempt to overtake a truck, crushed them to death near Paragpur village on GT Road this evening.

Husband booked in dowry death case
Fazilka, June 14
Mystery shrouds death of a married woman in the border village of Churiwala Chisti, about 10 km here.

Employee murdered
Bathinda, June 14
Resham Lal (37), a resident of Bibiwala village, 4 km from here, was murdered last night while he was irrigating a field.


PCCTU to observe black day on June 25
Chandigarh, June 14
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has decided to observe a black day on June 25 in Guru Nanak Dev University and on July 1 in Panjab University and Punjabi University against the negative policy of the Punjab Government on the private college pension issue.

GND University LLB interview
Amritsar, June 14
The interview for LL.B (FYIC), Gurdaspur, has been postponed to July 5. The interview will be held on the regional campus, Gurdaspur, while tests for the NRI category will be held on July 6 on the Guru Nanak Dev University campus here.

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