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Finance Minister offers no relief to employees
Chandigarh, June 25
Contrary to expectations, the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, today did not withdraw any of his Budget proposals pertaining to employees, etc, in the state Assembly.

SAD MLAs stage walkout
Chandigarh, June 25
Led by the leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Akali legislators today walked out of the Punjab Assembly as the Speaker, Dr Kewal Krishan, disallowed discussion on the substantive motion moved by 12 Akali legislators.

Local bodies Secy writes to minister
Amritsar, June 25
Describing the violation of building bylaws and suppressing of legal notices as criminal conspiracy, and grave misconduct, the Secretary, Local Bodies, Mr Sarvesh Kaushal, wrote to the Local Bodies Minister that an urban mafia consisting of builders, architects and civic body enforcement officials made them immune from the law.

7 killed in road mishap near Bunga Sahib
Ropar, June 25
Seven persons were killed and four seriously injured in a road accident when a TATA Sumo and a truck collided near Bunga Sahib, about 26 km from here, on the Ropar-Anandpur Sahib road today.

Sufferer at hands of militants, cop
Tarn Taran, June 25
A head constable of the Punjab Police threw out the household goods and other belongings of widow Gurbachan Kaur whose husband Chanchal Singh was gunned down by militants in 1990.

Bathinda MC chief booked for selling land
Bathinda, June 25
The case pertaining to the alleged auction of a piece of land, belonging to the Public Works Department, by the authorities of the Municipal Council at a throwaway price has taken a new turn with the police authorities booking the MC chief.
Milk Bazaar, Bathinda. — Photo Charanjit Bhullar

An old devotee prays in the "sarovar" of the Golden Temple, Amritsar, on the birth anniversary of sixth Guru Hargobind Sahib on Tuesday. — PTI photo

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Sidhu’s judicial remand extended
Chandigarh, June 25
The suspended PPSC Chairman, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, was today further remanded in judicial custody under the Arms Act till June 30 and under the Excise Act till July 8, respectively, by the UT Judicial Magistrate, Mr S. S Bhardwaj.

Tota Singh’s aide in Vigilance net
Moga, June 25
A team of Punjab Vigilance Bureau officials today rounded up Mr Ram Singh, Chairman, Market Committee, Ajitwal, after raiding his house at his native village Madoke.

Former Akali minister gets pre-arrest bail
Chandigarh, June 25
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 ordered that the petitioner would be released on bail in the event of his arrest.

Mohali granted bail
Ropar, June 25
Mr Maghar Khan, Sessions Judge, today granted bail to Amrik Singh Mohali, Municipal Councillor from SAS Nagar and alleged “tout” of former Punjab PWD Minister Suchha Singh Langah, in a case registered against him and others by the Vigilance Bureau under various Sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Amrik Singh Mohali is already in judicial custody.


Vendors selling feathers of the national bird, peacock, in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — PTI photo

5 cops suspended for beating up 5 persons
Amritsar, June 25
Four policemen and an ASI were suspended for allegedly beating up five persons, including two women, following a traffic challan here today. Enquiries have been ordered into the alleged, misbehaviour of the policemen leading to a traffic jam for nearly two hours near Ganda Nullah close to Fatehpur police chowki.

Rice scam: truck drivers’ memo to CM
Bathinda, June 25
While the main accused in the recently unearthed FCI rice export scam are yet to be arrested, a section of the local truck operators who have been arrested by the police allegedly for aiding the culprits have submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Chief Minister pleading innocence and seeking their release.

Excise men observe ‘black day’
Chandigarh, June 25
Wearing black badges , members of the Confederation of the Employees of the Excise and Taxation Department organised gate rallies throughout the state to protest against the work environment in the department.

Contempt plea against Animal Husbandry Deputy Director
Tarn Taran, June 25
Mr Parminder Singh, Veterinary officer, posted at the local veterinary hospital, has filed a contempt of court plea in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against Dr Tejinder Singh Bedi, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, Amritsar, who has not released salary of Mr Parminder Singh for six months from June 2000 to November 2000 despite orders of the high court to this effect.

Implement quota policy for SCs/STs: commission
Ropar, June 25
Mr C. Chellappan, a member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Government of India, stressed on the implementation of the reservation policy in letter and spirit in the state in the interest of the SCs and the STs. He also asked the police authorities to ensure that there should be no atrocities on the members of the SCs and the STs at any level.

Police ‘trying to hush up’ corruption cases
Amritsar, June 25
In a letter to the Chief Minister, veteran CPI leader Satya Pal Dang has said while he (the Chief Minister) had made fighting corruption his main plank, one district police authorities seemed to be trying to hush up some cases of embezzlement and corruption. He said the police was trying to hush up the fake admission racket and embezzlement of Gujarat relief fund.

Over 3 lakh scavengers rehabilitated
Gurdaspur, June 25
Mr Ganga Ram Teja, member of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, talking to newspersons here today said the Central and state governments were making efforts to uplift the safai karamcharis.

ISBTI honours blood donors
Bathinda, June 25
The Punjab chapter of the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology honoured those blood donors and motivators at a programme organised on Sunday.

Kin refuse to cremate body
Bathinda, June 25
The body of a married woman, Sunita Rani, who allegedly committed suicide yesterday, could not be cremated today. Her kin, including her husband and her parents, refused to accept the body and perform the last rites.

PSEB extends disclosure scheme
Chandigarh, June 25
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to extend the last date of the voluntary disclosure scheme for tubewell connections to July 1, 2002. This will provide a chance to the farmers in the state to regularise their loads and save themselves from heavy penalties.

Moroccan woman missing
Amritsar, June 25
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of a Moroccan woman who was reportedly put on a train to Delhi for the Moroccan Embassy by the police but has been missing. The police which made her board the train and the family she was married into are clueless about her whereabouts.

Seminar on untouchability
Muktsar, June 25
Even after 53 years of independence members of high castes behave in an improper way with those belonging to dalit society in some states. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Babu Lal at a seminar organised in connection with the celebration of Kabir Jayanti here yesterday. The seminar was organised on untouchability.

Freedom fighter’s widow dead
Faridkot, June 25
Maya Devi, widow of freedom fighter Chetan Dev, died here today. She was 93. She was bedridden for the past month due to ill health. People from all walks of life attended her cremation here today.


BKU demands arhtiya’s arrest
Bathinda, June 25
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) has demanded the arrest of an arhtiya of Rama Mandi who allegedly forced Jagroop Singh, a farmer of Chatte Wala village, to commit suicide.


MC official accused of misusing power
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 25
Certain councillors from Sirhind and Fatehgarh Sahib have accused the Executive Officer of the municipal council of misusing his powers and causing financial loss to the council by settling a 12-year-old house tax dispute of a private party without taking the approval of the House Tax Assessment sub-committee. They also said the matter was sub-judice.

MC postpones decision on octroi
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 25
The Municipal Council, Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib, has postponed the decision to give the collection of the octroi to private contractors for further period. At a meeting of the councillors held here today, the issue could not be decided as a majority of the councillors were against giving the collection of octroi on a contract to private traders.

Generation incentive restored by PSEB
Ropar, June 25
The Punjab State Electricity Board today held in abeyance a recently issued controversial circular regarding reduction in the generation incentive of the engineers and employees working at the thermal plants in the state. After the issuance of the revised circular, the employees and engineers had been holding gate rallies and processions for the withdrawal of the same for the past more than three weeks.


Man posing as CBI official held
Amritsar, June 25
The police has arrested Parveen Kumar Sabarwal, who posed as a CBI Assistant Director and FCI Labour Director and reportedly defrauded people of Rs 50 lakh on pretext of providing jobs.

Amritsar SSP Narinder Paul Singh displays pictures of conman Parveen Kumar Sabharwal, who through computer imaging prepared pictures of himself "posing"  with the Prime Minister, the DGP, and other senior officers. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Two murdered by kin over water dispute
Moga, June 25
Two persons were allegedly murdered by their close relatives in separate incidents during the past three days in Bagha Purana area of the district.

Two die as bus hits scooter
Moga, June 25
Two persons died in a road accident yesterday evening near Nihal Singh Wala in the district.



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