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Sale deed scam detected
Stamp duty worth Rs 1 cr evaded
Amritsar, June 24
Sale deeds below the rates fixed by the Collector during the five-year tenure of SAD-BJP government have been detected by a report which has indicted many Tehsildars and revenue officials for causing a huge loss to the state exchequer. The scam is just a tip of the iceberg as the inquiry pertains only to a few villages.

Excise staff to observe ‘black day’ today
Chandigarh, June 24
Shaken by the death of an Excise and Taxation Officer and two Inspectors in less than a week, allegedly because of working under stress, the Confederation of Employees of the Punjab and Excise and Taxation Department has given a call for a “black day” tomorrow .

Tota’s White House raided
Moga, June 24
A team of the Vigilance Bureau from Chandigarh today raided White House, the residence of former Education Minister Tota Singh, who is in judicial custody on charges of cheating, forgery, corruption and accumulation of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Illegal buildings continue to mushroom
Jalandhar, June 24
Despite directives from the state Local Bodies Department Secretary, Mr Sarvesh Kaushal, to all four commissioners of municipal corporations to check the mushrooming of illegal buildings, the construction of such illegal buildings and commercial complexes in Jalandhar continues unabated.

Union opposes disinvestment in Puncom
SAS Nagar, June 24
The Punjab Communication Employees Union here has opposed disinvestment in the case of Puncom as its turnover and net profit had been growing since its inception.



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250 SAD, BJP workers ‘implicated’ 
Fazilka, June 24
Mr Surjit Kumar Jyani, former state Forest Minister, addressing a press conference here today alleged that Capt Amarinder Singh’s government is indulging in politics of vendetta. He said 250 SAD-BJP workers in the Fazilka area had been implicated in police cases during a short span of three months.

Bir Devinder refutes allegation
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 24
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA, has clarified that he has never used any objectionable language against the defence forces personnel as alleged by Capt Kanwaljit Singh. MLA. He said he had great regard for the defence forces. He further said Capt Kanwaljit Singh had raised the issue in the Press just to get cheap publicity and sympathy of the defence personnel by involving them in the controversy.


School board told to produce answersheet
Chandigarh, June 24
Issuing notice of motion on a petition filed by a plus two student seeking the quashing of a regulation “in so far as it prohibited the rechecking of answer sheets despite failure of the examiner to check it properly”, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Punjab School Education Board and other respondents to produce before the Court a copy of petitioner’s answer sheet in physics paper.

‘Improvement in living conditions in jail’
Patiala, June 24
In a first effort of its kind here, several jail inmates today interacted with the mediapersons at an informal interactive session organised inside the Central Jail premises and stated that the recent measures taken by the jail administration had resulted in considerable improvement in their condition.

Job for terrorist victims’ kin ordered
Amritsar, June 24
The Chief Secretary, Mr V.S. Ratra, has directed government departments to give jobs on a priority basis to families of terrorist victims, even though the departments have expressed their inability to fill posts in accordance with the instructions of the fiscal management cabinet sub-committee for new recruitments.

Dharna by fruit, vegetable traders
Amritsar, June 24
Members of the Fruit and Vegetable Merchant organised a dharna against the decision to make “Q” form mandatory by the Punjab Mandi Board here today.

Health Dept writes to Home on IMA demand
Barnala, June 24
The Punjab Health and Family Welfare Department has written to the Principal Secretary, Home, Punjab, drawing his attention towards an issue pertaining to not registering any case under Section 304 of the IPC against any private doctor for negligence prior to an objective probe.

Markfed suspends 3 in paddy scam
Ferozepore, June 24
Markfed has suspended its branch manager at Guru Har Sahai, V.K. Sharma, along with two inspectors Joginder Singh and Narinder Singh charged with being involved in a fraud regarding bogus purchase of paddy in the last purchase season.

Medicos threaten to quit en masse
Amritsar, June 24
Members of the Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association have resolved to resign en masse the day the NPA to medical and dental teachers was withdrawn. The association stated in a press note that all teachers would resign from the three medical and two dental hospitals in the state. 

Parkash Utsav of Kabir celebrated
Jalandhar, June 24
A large number of people from all walks of life participated in a state-level the function organised by the state government here today to celebrate the “Parkash Utsav” of Kabir.

Expectant mothers given cheques
Jalandhar, June 24
Many pregnant women from the rural areas were given monetary aid and refreshments during a seminar organised by the Health Department at Kala Bakra village, near here, today.

PRTC employees hold rally
Bathinda, June 24
Employees of the PRTC blocked traffic near the local bus stand here today. Traffic on the Bathinda-Mansa road remained disrupted for about an hour. The employees were protesting against the proposal to privatise the PRTC and Punjab Roadways.

Welfare benefits for sweepers
Amritsar, June 24
Mr Ganga Ram Teja of the National Sweepers Employees Commission today informed that the corporation would spend Rs 400 crore on the welfare benefits and uplift of sweepers and their families.


Door-to-door collection of phone bills
Patiala, June 24
The Department of Post and Telegraphs will shortly introduce door-to-door collection of telephone bills in Patiala from June 26.


Gang of blackmailers busted, 1 held
Pathankot, June 24
The police here yesterday busted a gang of blackmailers and arrested their leader Yogesh Mahajan, a local resident. He has been remanded in police custody till June 27.

1 held for printing fake currency
Amritsar, June 24
The police here today arrested Deepak on charges of publishing fake currency notes on computers. The police had raided the premises of Deepak Audio House on a tip-off that the culprit was responsible for supplying pirated and porno pictures. 

Attempt to rape 4-yr-old girl
Abohar, June 24
In a bizarre incident, a four-and-a-half year girl was allegedly kidnapped and an attempt to rape her was also made.

Three thieves arrested
Moga, June 24
The police claims to have arrested three persons wanted in several cases of theft and recovered huge quantities of stolen valuables from them. The thieves had been active in the area for the past about three years and had stolen cars from various places, including Delhi.

PSEB employee booked on fraud charge
Kharar, June 24
The Kurali police has registered a case under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC against Om Parkash, an employee of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for allegedly committing a fraud of Rs 19,58,940 with the Kurali branch of Ropar Central Cooperative Bank.


Teachers meet Bhattal over pension issue
Barnala, June 24
A two-member delegation comprising Prof P.K. Sharma, President of the PCCTU, Sangrur, and Prof J.P. Garg, district secretary, PCCTU, called upon Agriculture, Rural Development and Panchayats Minister here yesterday, regarding the pension-gratuity scheme for teachers of government-aided colleges.

Jobless teachers to gherao Assembly today
Bathinda, June 24
The Unemployed B. Ed Teachers Front has decided to gherao the state Assembly tomorrow to show anger against the adamant attitude of the government towards the demands of unemployed B.Ed teachers.

Annual day celebrated
Patiala, June 24
A colourful cultural programme alongwith prize distribution was the highlight of the annual day celebrations of GCS Computer Pvt. Ltd. a regional service provider for Punjab Technical University, held here last evening.



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