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Surjit is PPSC acting chief
Patiala, June 19
The Punjab Government has appointed Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh (retd), who had earlier joined as Member of the Punjab Public Service Commission, as Acting Chairman of the commission. Sources said a letter to this effect had been received at the PPSC headquarters today.

Budget anti-employee, anti-people: SAD
Chandigarh, June 19
The Shiromani Akali Dal — main Opposition party in Punjab, commenting on the Budget of Capt Amarinder Singh’s government, today said that it was a harsh Budget and would affect all sections of society.

High alert sounded along western border
BSF officer killed in Pak firing
Ferozepore, June 19
A high alert has been sounded today along the entire western border, particularly in the Ferozepore defence sector bordering with Pakistan, following intense firing between Pakistani Rangers and BSF jawans in the Sriganganagar area since last night in which a BSF official was killed.





Hawala case: Bank Manager held
Chandigarh, June 19
The Punjab Police has arrested Mr K.S. Bedi, Manager, Punjab and Sind Bank, Sector 22 branch, allegedly for his involvement in ‘’hawala’’ transactions, roots of which are being traced to PPSC jobs for sale scam.

Row over denial of NOC to PU courses
Ludhiana, June 19
The denial by the Punjab government for granting no objection certificate (NOC) for technical courses like BCA, PGDCA and MSc (IT) to colleges affiliated with Panjab University seems to have led to a major controversy here.

Flying club may take off again
Patiala, June 19
The Flying Club of Patiala, which had been closed for flying last September for failing to keep cattle out of the runaway and due to other problems, is getting another chance to redeem itself with the office of the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) scheduled to inspect it on June 26.


BAMS doc challenges selection criteria
Bathinda, June 19
It appears that the crusade against corruption launched by the Congress Government is gaining momentum with every passing day as a section of the affected unemployed youth is trying to make their voice heard.

PPSC scam: threatened staff form association
Ludhiana, June 19
A joint meeting of agriculturists, veterinarians, teachers, engineers and doctors held at ESI Hospital here today decided to form a co-ordination Committee ‘Professional Service Association’ to take up the case of the employees of these departments whose job was in danger following the PPSC recruitment scandal.

Mr D. Munnippan, a resident of Tamil Nadu, in Bathinda on Wednesday. He is aiming to enter his name in the Guinness Book of Records by walking backwards a distance of 15000 km.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

31 Akali activists released
Amritsar, June 19
All 31 Akalis, including Mr Virsa Singh Valtoha, a former member of the Punjab State Subordinate Services Selection Board, who were arrested on June 10, have been released from the local Central Jail.

IMA plan to check female infanticide
Jalandhar, June 19
In order to check female infanticide, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has come up with a novel suggestion, envisaging the initiation of a social security system involving a fixed deposit in the name of the girl child and facilities of free education and healthcare for her till she reaches adulthood.

120 lift pumps disconnected
Abohar, June 19
The Irrigation Department has disconnected 120 lift pumps from Sirhind canal, which were sanctioned by the SAD government in the state. Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, had brought to the notice of officials concerned that these pumps were being operated illegally to benefit certain SAD activists.

Drive on reflectors
Ropar, June 19
The district transport office today launched a special campaign to paste reflectors on the rear sides of tractor-trailors, rickshaws, bicycles and other vehicles to prevent accidents, particularly on the national highway in the district.

PSEB ignoring CM’s orders: migrants
Gurdaspur, June 19
As many as 250 families who have migrated from border villages to relief camps at Narot Jaimal Singh due to shelling from across the border are a worried lot. The migrants include residents of border villages like Palah, Simble, Scole, Talotar, and Kotli Jawahar.

Telecom engineers stage dharna
Gurdaspur, June 19
Telecom Engineers of the Gurdaspur circle today staged a dharna in front of the office of the new Telephone Exchange building here to protest against the death of a colleague due to alleged harassment by the SDO, Tarn Taran, Mr Rajinder Singh and General Manager Circle Gurdaspur, Mr Rakesh Kumar.

PSEB engineers to observe boycott
Patiala, June 19
The Council of Junior Engineers of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to boycott stores and ME labs on June 26 and 27 to protest against the “discriminatory and indifferent” attitude of the management towards the problems and demands of the junior engineers.

Banks to observe bandh on June 27
Samrala, June 19
The Land Mortgage Bank Employees Union of Punjab has decided to observe a pen-down strike on June 25 while all banks in Punjab will observe a bandh on June 27, according to Mr Romesh Chander, vice-president of the union, here today.

Postal employee dies in mishap
Ropar, June 19
S.P. Jain, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Chandigarh, was killed and five others injured when their van collided with a Punjab Roadways bus this afternoon near Bains village, on the Ropar-Nurpur Bedi road. Jain reportedly died on the spot.

Rain throws life out of gear
Bathinda, June 19
While the season’s first rainfall this morning brought cheer to the farmers and to those seeking respite from the sweltering heat, it threw life out of gear for the residents of a number of localities here.

Bathinda roads after rain on Wednesday.— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

A scene of Bathinda roads after a mild rain on Wednesday.

Downpour makes weather pleasant
Ferozepore, June 19
Local residents were relieved when the city received moderate showers this morning which turned the prevailing intolerable hot and sizzling weather into a pleasant one.

FM station for Amritsar
Amritsar, June 19
The planning and development unit of the Prasar Bharti Broadcasting Corporation of India has been planning to install an FM radio station here. 


FCI Assistant Manager, 5 others held
Bathinda, June 19
The district police has arrested the officer in charge of the Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) Bathinda Storage Depot along with five other employees for their alleged involvement in diverting rice, earmarked for export, to local markets, it is learnt. Meanwhile, employees of the FCI have reportedly called for a statewide stir against the police raid on their depot.

Car sale racket busted
Patiala, June19
The Patiala police yesterday claimed to have busted a gang which had been getting cars financed from different finance agencies and later selling them with forged papers.

Servant’s hand alleged in theft
Patiala, June 19
Four persons reportedly committed a theft in house No. 107 in Sewa Colony last night. The owner of the house, Mr Surjit Singh Bhullar, was alone with the servant in the house.


Withdrawal of strike conditional: NSUI
Amritsar, June 19
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) has said the two-month-old strike in Shree Lakshmi Narain College has been withdrawn on the intervention of senior officials of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences keeping in view the future of students.

Girls practise a dance routine for a national summer festival to be held at Manali, at the North Zone Cultural Centre headquarters in Patiala. — Photo by Subash Patialvi

Application forms’ submission date extended
Amritsar, June 19
Guru Nanak Dev University has extended the last date for receiving application forms for admission to one year postgraduate diploma course in printing technology and management up to June 30. Candidates having done graduation or any other equivalent examination with 45 per cent marks are eligible for the course, according to a press note issued here today.


Rice millers demand more allowances
Patiala, June19
The Punjab Rice Millers Association have requested the Union Food Minister, Mr Shanta Kumar, to release 2 per cent driage allowance of restore the machine stitching charges and enhance the milling charges for parboiled and raw rice.


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