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Cong-CPI differences come to fore
Mansa, June 1
The differences between the Congress and the CPI, which fought last Assembly elections as alliance partners, came to the fore today when senior CPI leader and member, party secretariat of Punjab unit, Mr Hardev Singh Arshi, demanded the resignation of Congress MLA and Chairman, High Powered Finance Committee, Mr Surinder Singla, for making a statement that the alliance between the Congress and the CPI had been harming the Congress while addressing a workers’ convention at Bathinda yesterday.

Special task force for border: Swami
Patiala, June 1
Union Minister of State for Home I.D. Swami today said a special task force was being created for border management which would report directly to Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani.

Prisoners plead for right to motherhood
Chandigarh, June 1
The previous orders of the Punjab Human Rights Commission declining the right to motherhood to wives of prisoners notwithstanding, petitions continue to pour in before the commission raising similar but complex issues.

Villagers panic as youths abduct girl
Kot Khurd (Jalandhar), June 1
Panic engulfed residents of this village when 21-year-old girl was allegedly abducted by four Sumo-borne youths from outside her house at around 9 a.m. yesterday. 



  Clerk booked for duping kabaddi players
Jalandhar, June 1
The Nawanshahr police today registered a case against an employee of the Education Department posted at Balachaur for cheating 12 women kabaddi players of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of making necessary arrangements to ensure their participation in a kabaddi tournament being held in Hong Kong.


Hanspal’s plea
Bathinda, June 1
Mr H.S. Hanspal, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, yesterday asked the party workers not to waste money for buying garlands or other items for party functions and urged them to put the money so saved in PPCC fund.


Govt incurs losses as farmland lies unused
Ropar, June 1
The decision of the Punjab Government to take over the Ropar-based 602-acre Birla farm from the Punjab Agricultural University is proving to be penny wise but pound foolish.

Town faces water shortage
Nabha, June 1
Contrary to Municipal Council’s tall claims people are facing shortage of during water. The water supply has been very poor even in the first month of summer. Residents resent Municipal Council’s failure on this front. They complain if all water comes pressure is very low and quality poor.

Village women lock liquor shop
Hoshiarpur, June 1
Irked by the opening of a liquor shop in the nearby Jahan Khelan village allegedly without the permission of the village panchayat, a group of about 50 women gheraoed and locked the shop while raising anti-government slogans this morning.

Tubewells ease water supply
200 Tullu pumps seized
Patiala, June 1
The Municipal Corporation has made 14 newly dug-up tubewells operational besides conducting a simultaneous drive against Tullu pumps to ensure adequate water supply to all parts of the city.

Water scheme for Sangrur village
Sangrur, June 1
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, laid the foundation stone of a water supply scheme at Dhandoli Kalan village, near Dirba, today. The scheme will be completed at a cost of Rs 17 lakh.

30,000 new connections: Hanspal
Hoshiarpur, June 1
The Punjab State Congress President, Mr H.S. Hanspal said today that the state electricity board would provide over 30,000 new connections to farmers to energise tubewells for the new paddy crop season.

Issue proclamation for arrest of Badal’s OSD: court
Kharar, June 1
Ms Preeti Sahni, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, yesterday ordered to issue proclamation for July 12 for the arrest of Hardeep Singh, OSD to the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

‘Deserted’ bride’s mother pleads ignorance
Bathinda, June 1
“Contact Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, President, Lok Bhalai Party, if you want to know about our next step following allegations on the characters of our daughter by her in-laws,” said Ms Charanjit Kaur, mother of Ms Veerpal Kaur, Rampura Phul, who allegedly was deserted by her NRI husband.

PPSC examinees to move court
Chandigarh, June 1

The Punjab Public Service Commission examinees today decided to approach the court against negative marking and mistakes in the PPSC examination held on May 27.

38 children leave for Kashmir Valley
Jalandhar, June 1
As many as 38 children of serving Army personnel of the Western Command left for the Jammu and Kashmir Valley under the “maitree se ujala” programme aimed at offering an opportunity to children from the rest of the country to meet the children of the Valley to promote national integration.

Train fire: panel submits report
Ferozepore, June 1

The three-member committee, constituted to probe into the fire in which the engine and three coaches of a six-coach diesel multiple unit were gutted near Jalalabad on the Ferozepore-Fazilka section of the Northern Railways on May 28, submitted its report to Divisional Railways Manager Hukum Chand Punia here today.

Ammonia gas leak causes panic
Phagwara, June 1
Panic was caused this evening following the leakage of ammonia gas from Jalota ice factory on the Phagwara-Banga road. Local fire brigade and staff of the factory plunged into action to plug the leakage. A fireman and another employee fainted twice due to the pungent smell during the plugging operation. 

Health officials raid markets
Ropar, June 1
A team of the Health Department officials led by Dr Hardeep Kaur, SMO, Kiratpur Sahib yesterday inspected markets in Nangal town to check insanitary conditions at sweet shops, meat, vegetable and fruit shops.


Revenue official held for graft
Ropar, June 1
The Punjab Vigilance Department nabbed Bagh Singh, a revenue official while he was accepting bribe of Rs 600. The vigilance on the complaint of Jaswant Singh of Behrampur Zamidara village in Ropar had laid a trap.

One held, Rs 1.74 lakh hawala money seized
Kapurthala, June 1
The Bholath police has arrested Nishan Singh of Avtar Nagar Jalandhar for carrying Hawala money in Bholath police station area.

3 killed, 4 hurt in road mishap
Nawanshahr, June 1
Three persons namely Jagjit Singh (60), Rajinder Singh (42) and his wife Kiranjit Kaur, all residents of Guru Nanak Nagar in Jammu, died on the spot while Daler Singh (20), Navneet Kaur (15), Palwinder Singh (16) and Gurleen Kaur (2) were injured when a truck (PB-08 M 9733) hit their cars — Tata Indica (JK 02 T 3377) and Maruti (JK 2M 2955) parked along the road near Har Bhagat Dwar at Beerowal village on the Chandigarh road, 15 km from here, on Saturday.

Pak national arrested
Amritsar, June 1
The BSF nabbed a Pakistani national from the Ramdass area falling under Majitha police district late last evening.

Prisoner escapes
Jalandhar, June 1

An undertrial prisoner booked under the Drug Act yesterday fled from hospital where he was admitted for treatment by giving the slip to the cops on duty, the police said.

2 booked for selling spurious seed
Abohar, June 1
The city police has registered a case against a local firm for selling “spurious” hybrid cottonseed. The action was taken on the complaint of Mr Parminder Singh, Inspector Seed in the Agriculture Department. 

One held for murder
Bathinda, June 1
The Talwandi Sabo police yesterday arrested one person charged with murder, committed on the night of May 12.

Cheating case against 2 lawyers
Faridkot, June 1

Two advocates of Moga have been booked for cheating a petitioner of Rs 60,000. The complainant alleged that the two advocates demanded Rs 60,000 for a judicial officer in whose court his appeal was pending so that the ‘judge’s favour’ could be obtained for him.

Bank peon booked for fraud
Ropar, June 1
The Nangal police has booked Shanga Ram an employee of the Bhanopli branch of the Punjab and Sind Bank for fraud of Rs 3 lakh with 25 customers of the bank. Sources here said that Shanga Ram was deployed in the said bank branch by the employees there. 

Father, son kidnapped
Amritsar, June 1
Ganesh Dass and his father, both residents of Jaipur in Rajasthan, were kidnapped by at least 10 armed persons Bhilowal village in Mehta on the night of May 30.

Youth’s body found
Pathankot, June 1
The body of a local youth, Bhupinder, was recovered by the police from the tributary of the Ravi at Sarna, 7 km from here.


SLIET house panel dissolved
Sangrur, June 1
Following the resignations of four members of the House Allotment Committee of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, Dr R.C. Chauhan, Director of the institute, dissolved the HAC yesterday.

Alumni association of college revived
Faridkot, June 1
The Alumni Association of the local Desh Bhagat Pandit Chetan Dev Government College of Education was revived here today. Mr Upinder Sharma, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, who is also a former student of the college, urged the students to work hard and not feel let down by the adversities of life, which, he said, were transient in nature.

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