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Badal accuses govt of witch-hunt
Chandigarh, June 17
Former Chief Minister and now Leader of the Opposition Parkash Singh Badal today warned the state government of “dangerous and volatile” consequences developing in Punjab due to the Congress policy of “criminalisation of politics and politicisation of bureaucracy”.

I have not run away, says Kahlon
Chandigarh, June 17
“I am available. I have conveyed my willingness to join the investigation when required,” says Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Rural Development Minister in the previous SAD-BJP government, decrying the action of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in conducting raids on his Basant Avenue house in Amritsar and farmhouse in Gurdaspur yesterday.

Notice issued to AG on Kahlon’s bail plea
Chandigarh, June 17
Acting on a petition seeking the grant of anticipatory bail filed by Punjab’s former minister Nirmal Singh Kahlon in a cheating and corruption case, Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to the Advocate-General for June 24.

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SGPC’s cold response to Dashmesh activists
Amritsar, June 17
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today closed the main gate of Teja Singh Samunderi Hall — the head office of SGPC chief for more than two hours and put its task force on high alert to stop the activists of Dashmesh Welfare Parbandhak Committee (Ajnala) who had come here to submit memorandum here.

The gate of Teja Singh Samunderi Hall, office of the SGPC chief, was closed for two hours to stop activists of the Dashmesh Jathedbandi, Ajnala, on Monday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
The gate of Teja Singh Samunderi Hall, office of the SGPC chief, was closed for two hours to stop activists of the Dashmesh Jathedbandi, Ajnala

SGPC for ban on ‘Dasam Granth — Nirnay’
Patiala, June 17
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee executive committee today appealed to the state government and the Centre to ban the book, ‘’Dasam Granth — Nirnay”, which, it claimed cast false aspersions on Guru Gobind Singh.

Education board’s Chairman on his way out?
SAS Nagar, June 17
Will the Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board would be removed from the coveted post? The question has gained credence in the political and academic circles after the registration of a case against the former Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, and the Chairman, Dr Kehar Singh, by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau for alleged financial and administrative irregularities in the board.

PNFC staff denied pay despite order
Ropar, June 17
The reported financial crisis of the Punjab Government have jolted the hopes of the beleaguered workers of Punjab National Fertilisers Ltd as it failed to comply with the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court had allowed six-month salary to the beleaguered employees of PNFC.


2 councillors stage walkout
Bathinda, June 17
A meeting of municipal councillors, convened today to discuss the implementation of building bylaws and other issues, was disrupted when two councillors, Mr Krishan Kumar Garg and Mr Basant Bhatia, started shouting slogans against the council President, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar, and staged a walkout. They wanted to speak on some issues which were not on the agenda, including alleged bungling in the working of Municipal Council.

ZP members hold meeting
Lambi (Muktsar), June 17
The first meeting of newly-elected zila parishad members of the district was held at Abulkhurana village yesterday during which a resolution was passed that Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the zila parishad would be elected as per the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


PSHRC begins probe into suicide case
Bathinda, June 17
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has initiated an inquiry into a case pertaining to the suicide by an industrial couple in Rampura town, 35 km from here, in the first week of October, 2000, and action taken against three officials of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation, who allegedly drove them to commit suicide.

111-yr-old enters Guinness book
Patiala, June 17
One of India’s oldest, finest and most bemedalled veteran athlete, 111-year-old Baba Joginder Singh has crowned himself with glory by finding his name in this year’s edition of the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ who have listed his remarkable achievements on the athletics track under the heading ‘Golden Oldies’.

Mayor promises corruption-free MC, better water supply
Patiala, June 17
Ridding the Municipal Corporation of corruption, augmenting the water supply system and introducing contract cleaning will be the priorities of new MC Mayor Vishnu Sharma. Mr Vishnu Sharma, who was given the thumbs up by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh after he managed to bring a majority of the Congress party councillors to his side, told media persons today that he would extend the anti-corruption drive launched by Capt Amarinder Singh.

Council chief removal hits development works
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 17
Resentment prevails among residents of Sirhind as all development activities in Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib have come to standstill since the president of the council, Mr Ashok Sood, was voted out through a no confidence motion a month ago by Congress councillors with the support of certain Independent councillors.

District roads to have new look
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 17
The National Highway No. 1 passing through the district would be beautified and given a new look as it has been taken over by the National Highway Authority of India, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, for maintenance and upgradation of roads.

Bride says no to drunken groom
Phagwara, June 17
An inebriated bridegroom and his “baratis” were forced to return without the bride here today. The groom’s family had to pay Rs 20,000 as the cost of the refreshments and launch served to the marriage party on the directions of the Panchayat.

CM for voting rights to Sehajdharis
Chandigarh, June 17
The Punjab Government is all for giving voting rights to “Sehajdhari Sikhs” and bringing down the voting age from 21 to 18 years for the SGPC elections. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that he had conveyed this to the Union Home Ministry.

Tributes paid to Kataria’s wife
Bathinda, June 17
Leaders belonging to different political parties attended the “shradhanjli” ceremony of Devinder Kataria, wife of former PPCC President Virender Kataria, at Abohar today. She had died on June 8.


Probe ordered into canal breach
Gurdaspur, June 17
The SDM, Batala, will hold an inquiry into a breach in Kasur river of the Bari Doaba canal near Sangrawan in this district on Friday.

DC orders removal of encroachments
Patiala, June 17
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, held a meeting with senior officials in the district Red Cross building here today and directed them to ascertain that the encroachments in the city were immediately removed and steps taken to regulate the flow of traffic in Patiala. 


Petrol station sealed, 4 held
Amritsar, June 17
The Amritsar police has unearthed a racket pertaining to selling of adulterated diesel and petrol worth crores with the arrest of four persons, including the owner of a petrol station and an oil depot. The petrol station and the oil depot have been sealed.

Gang of car thieves busted, three held
Hoshiarpur, June 17
The district police claims to have busted an inter-state gang of car thieves with the arrest of three of its members along with two stolen cars.

Five booked in rape case
Abohar, June 17
The police has booked five persons for allegedly raping a minor girl at Kikkarkhera village near here.


PTU offers 5-yr BSc (IT) course
Chandigarh, June 17
An early initiation into the world of information technology will now become possible for students with Punjab Technical University announcing the launch through distance education a unique five-year integrated B.Sc (IT) degree course after matriculation from the academic session starting in July.

Upgraded schools without buildings
Amritsar, June 17
Even though teaching infrastructure is absent, the government has upgraded, 1,404 more schools in the district. Government Middle School, Varian, was upgraded in 1994 with just a room for the office and the classes being held under trees. Government Middle School, Anngarh, has no building at all. Bharariwal Government School has only one room and the classes are held in the open.

Issue appointment letters, say PTIs
Bathinda, June 17
Unemployed physical training instructors who had got their degrees from Kurukshetra University, have urged the state government to consider their demands and issue them appointment letters withheld by the previous government.

PSEB matric result on June 24
SAS Nagar, June 17
The results of the matric class examination of the Punjab School Education Board will be declared on June 24, said an official of the board here today. The result gazette would be made available at the district textbook depots on June 25.


Move SC on octroi: traders
Fazilka, June 17
A Special meeting of delegates of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal from different towns was held here today. Mr Madan Lal Kapoor and Mr Prem Chand Agarwal, president and chairman, respectively, of the mandal, presided over the meeting.


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