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Probe into prescription of books
Education board’s working under scanner
Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab Minister for Higher Education, Mr Khushal Bahl, has marked an inquiry into the manner of prescribing textbooks at the secondary level in government recognised schools by the education board.

Datti is Amritsar Mayor
Women councillors agitated, walkout by Oppn
Amritsar, June 15
Amid a walkout by the Opposition, Mr Sunil Datti was elected Mayor of the holy city while Mr Surinder Singh Chhinda and Mr Om Parkash Gabbar (all from Congress) were elected Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor here today.
Mr Sunil Datti  the newly elected Mayor of Amritsar Mr Sunil Datti (right), the newly elected Mayor of Amritsar, with Mr Partap Singh Bajwa Public Works Minister, and Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Minister for Local Bodies, in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma 

Mahey elected Jalandhar Mayor
Jalandhar, June 15
As per expectations, Mr Surinder Mahey, confidant of Punjab Local Bodies Minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, was elected the Mayor of the local Municipal Corporation, while Ms Anita Rani and Dr Tarsem Bahrdwaj secured the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor, respectively, defeating their SAD-BJP opponents here today.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Slashing of allowances on cards
Chandigarh, June 15
The Budget comes at a time when the Congress government is euphoric, largely due to the PPSC job-on-cash roadshow. It also come at a time when impression was gaining currency that little else was happening in the state except the government riding high on the crest of vigilance inquiries and political vindictiveness.

Part I, II and III of story
Corruption ‘crime of choice’
    Punishment doesn’t reflect harm to society
    Insurance frauds on the rise

Economic Offences Wings underrated
Chandigarh, June 15
Is the police equipped to handle the increasing incidence of white collar crime? The answer may perhaps be a no. The reason : absence of specialised training, limited infrastructure and lack of expertise in economical and financial matters. The speed at which white collar crime is spreading to every sphere of life, the police will perhaps be left with no alternative but to go for partial privatisation. 

Badal trying to delay SGPC poll: Tohra
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 15
Mr G.S. Tohra, President of the SHSAD, has alleged that sensing defeat in the coming SGPC poll, like Assembly, civic and panchayat elections, Mr Parkash Singh Badal is adopting all means to delay the SGPC poll, which are to be held later this year.

Dang takes up sacked PCS officers’ cause
Amritsar, June 15
Ever since the detection of the multi-crore ‘job-for-money’ scam, leading to termination of services of 28 direct PCS officers, Mr Satyapal Dang, veteran CPI leader, is the only person who has openly come to their rescue.

Warrant officer assaulted
HC summons SP (Vigilance)
Chandigarh, June 15
A warrant officer, appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for securing the release of Sher Singh, alias Shera, an accused in the Langah corruption case, was reportedly assaulted by officials of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau today after being allegedly detained for over two hours.


CPM to hold rallies: Pasla
Chandigarh, June 15
Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, secretary of the break away group of the CPM in Punjab, said yesterday that his faction was totally against the implementation of the report of the disinvestment commission in the state.


Three spurious seed firms unearthed
Moga, June 15
The local police has unearthed three spurious seed packaging companies operating in the region for the past several years. According to Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, the local police received a tip-off that some companies were selling seeds of sorgum, jowar and maize under the names of well-known companies of Andhra Pradesh by packing these in the names of these companies.

Mines — bane of border villagers
Chak Bhangewala (Ferozepore), June 15
Despite signs of normalcy India and Pakistan on the diplomatic front, the woes of the people living in the border villages continue to increase .The villagers complain that the Army is acquiring more land for laying of mines and raising embankments along the fencing.

Rare IAF medal for Abohar boy
Neeraj JhambABOHAR:
Even before celebrating his 21st birthday, due in August this year, cadet Neeraj Jhamb has got the rare distinction of being decorated with the Maj-Gen Rajarao G.R. Rajwade Medal as the Battalion Cadet Adjutant of the National Defence Academy, Pune. The medal was awarded on May 31 at the passing out parade of the academy by Air Marshal Anil Kumar Trikha, Commandant of the NDA. Perhaps Cadet Jhamb is the first boy in this region to get the prestigious medal.

Chautala sheltering tainted leaders: Mann
Phagwara, June 15
Akali Dal (A) President and Lok Sabha member Simranjit Singh Mann has charged Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala with harbouring ‘tainted’ leaders, including former ministers like Sucha Singh Langah, wanted in corruption cases.

Probe sought into illegal construction
Bathinda, June 15
Mr Kewal Krishan Aggarwal, general secretary, DCC (I), today demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter pertaining to the construction of the multi-storey shopping complex around the historic fort located in the heart of this city recently.

Breach exposes corruption 
Gurdaspur, June 15
A campaign of the Punjab Government against corruption seems to have failed if working of the Canal Department in the district is any indication. The Kasur, branching off from the Upper Bari Doaba Canal near Sangarawan in the district, was breached by about 150 feet yesterday.

Notices served on truck unions
Dera Bassi, June 15
Issuing notices to all truck unions in Patiala, Ludhiana, Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur districts, the Secretary of Regional Transport Authorities, Patiala, has asked them to get licences from authorities concerned which was mandatory to operate.

Stay on Zora Mann’s arrest extended
Ferozepore, June 15
The local Sessions Court has extended the stay on the arrest of Mr Zora Singh Mann, MP, his brother and two sons to July 26. The Jalabad police had booked them under Sections 188, 379, 323, 324, 148, 149 and 506 of IPC on charges of assault and theft. 

Warrants against Langah extended
Kharar, June 15
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today extended the non-bailable warrants till June 26 against Mr Succha Singh Langah, a former PWD minister, and four others accused in a case registered by the Vigilance Department at SAS Nagar.

‘Infrastructure to get priority’
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 15
Keeping in view the historical and religious importance of Fatehgarh Sahib, the Punjab Government would develop basic infrastructure of the district on priority basis, said Dr Harbans Lal, Forest and Food Supply Minister, Punjab, while addressing a gathering to honour the newly elected Zila Parishad and block samiti members at Khera village, 15 km from here today. 

Easy loans for visually challenged
Patiala, June 15
The Punjab Government has decided to provide the visually challenged with easy loans and other benefits to facilitate them to start their own ventures. Speaking at a function organised by the Blind Struggle Association at Amar Ashram here, the Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Santok Singh, assured that his ministry will soon formulate a plan to provide funds of Rs 50,000 to those visually challenged persons who wish to start their own work.

4 of cremation party die in mishap
Abohar, June 15
Eight persons were killed in accidents in the subdivision and adjoining areas of Sriganganagar during the past 24 hours. An ambulance carrying the body of Atma Singh, granthi of Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Sri Karanpur, collided head on with a truck near Shergarh village on the Hanumangarh road yesterday.

Sidhu’s remand extended
Ropar, June 15
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, Ropar, today extended the judicial remand of Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu till June 22 in the PPSC recruitment scam. Sidhu was produced in the court of Special Judge after the expiry of his earlier judicial remand today.

Notice to govt on Jagman’s bail plea
Ropar, June 15
The Ropar Special Judge, Mr A.S. Kathuria, today issued notice to the state government for June 18 on the interim bail application of Jagman Singh, a right hand man of suspended Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu and an alleged accused in the PPSC recruitment scam.

Need to purge SAD: Sikh council
Chandigarh, June 15
Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, founder Secretary-General of the World Sikh Council, said today that the SAD needed to the purged of the “corrupt, tainted and undesirable” elements so that the party could be reorganised on the noble traditions envisaged by its founders in 1920.

Eviction drive ‘biased’
Bathinda, June 15
Even as campaign launched to get LIG flats here evicted from illegal occupants by officials of the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) continued today, some of those whose belongings were thrown out in the open alleged that the campaign was biased.

3 dead, two hurt as car hits tree
Mansa, June 15
Sat Paul (49), president of gaushalla and the local Mandir Committee, his son-in-law Mohinder Paul (22) and partner Meshi (22), alias Kala, all local residents, died on the spot today when the car in which they were travelling dashed against a roadside tree.

Boy dies in road mishap
Ropar, June 15
Daljit Singh (12) a student of class VII, was killed on the spot and Vishal Kumar (8) injured when a tipper, loaded with sand, allegedly hit their bicycle near Maharaja Ranjit Singh Bagh here this afternoon.

Pensioners threaten dharna
Patiala, June 15
The Punjab Pensioners Welfare Association has threatened to sit on a dharna if their demands are not accepted by the state government. During a meeting held at Central Library hall here today, the vice-president of the association, Mr Sat Pal Rahi, said the Congress government must fulfil its commitments to the pensioners.


Insect catcher developed
Bathinda, June 15
Two local residents, Gurdeep Singh and Mandeep Singh, have developed in indigenous ‘insect catcher’, which they claim, if manufactured on a large scale, will solve the problem of American bollworm which destroys the cotton crop every year.



ASI booked for aiding cheat
Bathinda, June 15
The police has arrested 12 persons for allegedly trying to possess a residential plot in this city illegally by threatening its owner on the night of June 13. In another case, Makhan Singh, a proclaimed offender (PO) of Barnala police, who had been cheating people on the pretext of sending them abroad, was arrested yesterday.

Five get 7-yr jail in dowry death case
Patiala, June 15
In a case related to a dowry death, the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr G.K Dhir, today sentenced five persons, including the husband and mother-in-law of the deceased, Anju Rani, a resident of Patran, to seven years’ imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the guilty.

2 held in spurious tar supply scam
Pathankot, June 15
The police has unearthed a multi-crore scam involving supply of adulterated tar to government departments and arrested two persons, including a chemical engineer. Mr B.K. Uppal, SSP, Gurdaspur, told mediapersons here today that the police raided a godown at Sujanpur and seized two trucks laden with barrels containing tar. 

20-yr-old girl molested
Dera Bassi, June 15
A 20-year-old girl, a resident of Gulabgarh Colony, was stripped and molested allegedly by the paramour of her former sister-in-law and an accomplice. According to sources, the victim was alone at home when her sister-in-law came there along with two men. 

Man posing as IT inspector held
Samana, June 15
Biram Rai, who was posing as an income tax inspector, was arrested by the police today. He had been making phone calls to Mr Pawan Kumar Patwari of Shutrana for the past 10 days saying that some persons of Patran had complained to the Income Tax authorities against the latter and to hush up the matter he should meet him at the Bhakra bridge here.

Three cops shot at; two held
Pathankot, June 15
Three policemen were injured seriously when a motor cycle-borne persons opened fire at a police party at Azizpur, 20 km from here, yesterday. Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr B.K. Uppal, SSP, Gurdaspur, said on receiving information about an incident of chain snatching, the police laid a naka at Azizpur on Friday.


PCCTU to observe ‘black day’
Patiala, June 15
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has decided to observe ‘black day’ on June 24 at Punjabi University here and Panjab University, Chandigarh, to protest against the new pension policy formulated by the state government for government-aided colleges.


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