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Proposal on entry tax ‘dropped’
Chandigarh, June 2
The Punjab Government has almost dropped the proposal of imposing 2 per cent entry tax for raising the local area development fund, to replace octroi from July 1. To abolish the octroi was one of the major promises made by the ruling Congress before the Assembly elections in the state.

Govt's advice goes unheeded
Farmers begin paddy transplantation
Bathinda, June 2
Farmers of this dry belt of the Malwa region have started transplanting paddy even as various agencies of the state government have been warning them against doing so as it will have an adverse affect on the fertility of the soil and the water table, apart from other problems.
Labourers busy planting paddy at a village near Bathinda Labourers busy planting paddy at a village near Bathinda on Monday.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

War of words between Cong, CPI leaders
Bathinda, June 2
The war of words between the Congress and the CPI leadership over the issue of electoral alliance took a new turn today when local MLA and Chairman of the High-Powered Finance Committee, Punjab, Mr Surinder Singla, accepted the challenge posed to him by a senior CPI leader, Mr Hardev Arshi, of recontesting the Assembly election from this seat without the support of the CPI.




Ministry’s poser to VC on proposed college
Patiala, June 2
The Punjab Education Ministry seems to have taken umbrage of a recent announcement by Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai regarding the opening of an engineering college on the campus with its Secretary accusing the Vice-Chancellor of not informing the government about the move, besides raising questions about the funding for the proposed college.

PTU makes it ‘distant’ education
Jalandhar, June 2
The tall claims of Punjab Technical University on having provided its students with quality technical education under its Distance Education Programme notwithstanding, the university has failed to even provide them with textbooks and other course material, even though the academic session started two months ago.

Punjabi mandatory in Punjab schools
Chandigarh, June 2
The Punjab Government has made teaching of Punjabi mandatory for all schools in the state from classes I to X. Those found violating these orders would be dealt with sternly.

Poaching cases hanging fire
Chandigarh, June 2
A number of cases of poaching have been hanging fire for the past several weeks. Though these were discussed at the last meeting of the Punjab Wildlife Advisory Board, yet no action was proposed against the officials against whom serious allegations were levelled for their failure to stop poaching in the Hoshiarpur belt.

Hyacinth threat to flora, fauna
Chandigarh, June 2
The menace of water hyacinth is again posing a threat to 62-odd freshwater fish species, seven species of turtles and other fauna of the Harike wetlands. The vast green layer of hyacinth is impairing the quality of water, says “Plants of Harike Wetland”, a 152-page field guide.


Decision on Ashutosh soon: Vedanti
Begowal (Kapurthala), June 2
Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti today said that the controversy surrounding the Noormahal-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan and its chief Ashutosh was likely to be resolved within a fortnight.

DGP to give security cover to Samra
Chandigarh, June 2
In just over 48 hours after Gurvinder Singh Samra — complainant in a bribery case registered against two judicial officers — claimed that he had been shot at, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Punjab’s Director-General of Police to provide him with security cover till further orders.

Inflows into Bhakra reservoir rise
Ropar, June 2
The rising mercury in the region may spell trouble for the common people, but it has come as a blessing in disguise for the authorities of the Bhakra Beas Management Board. The inflows to the Bhakra reservoir have increased substantially with the heat wave melting the snow in the upper catchment area of the Sutlej.

Doc couple to treat ‘man in chains’
Pathankot, June 2
A doctor couple of Jhunthra hospital, an institute treating psychiatric and mentally challenged patients at Sirsa, has offered to treat Madan Lal Sagar, a psychiatric patient chained to his bed for the past three years in Sehora village of Pathankot subdivision.

‘Fazilka needs Sessions Judge’
Fazilka, June 2
A post of Additional District and Sessions Judge needs to be created at Fazilka, the demand for which has been raised several times by lawyers and litigants of the Fazilka area.

Check corruption in judiciary: lawyers
Kharar, June 2
The Ropar district unit of the All-India Lawyers Union held seminar to organise lawyers against corruption in Judiciary and government offices here in the Bar Room yesterday. It was presided over by Dr Harbhajan Singh Deol, ex-Member, Punjab Public Service Commission.

Power supply to PNFC Colony disrupted
Ropar, June 2
Retrenched employees of the Nangal unit of Punjab National Fertilisers Ltd that has been closed down are facing power problems. The power supply to PNFC Colony has been disrupted since Friday.

Cornices replaced with steps?
Amritsar, June 2
Ancient cornices and architraves of architectural value have been replaced with “decorative steps” at the ‘parkash asthan’ of Baba Jodh Singh Ramgarhia, a structure on the premises of Gurdwara Shahid Baba Deep Singh, during the course of maintenance work.

Tobacco dangerous than alcohol: experts
Faridkot, June 2
A state-level seminar on continuing medical education organised by the district unit of the Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital of the Punjab, TB and Chest Experts Association Punjab on Anti-Tobacco Day here on Saturday favoured a special drive against smoking to make people aware of its harmful effects on health.

Warrants against three kin of Sidhu
Kharar, June 2
The Subdivisional Magistrate of Kharar, Mrs Preeti Sahni, today issued open-ended warrants against former PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu’s mother Pritpal Kaur, brother Reetinder Singh and sister-in-law Ajinder Kaur.

‘Minister patronising land mafia’
Phagwara, June 2
Mr Rajinder Singh Fauji, a member of the National Executive Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal (A) condemned the land mafia operating in the garb of religion. In a statement here, he alleged that certain Congress ministers were patronising this mafia and also promoting godmen and derawaad for votes.

USA should ‘divest’ India, Pak of WMD
Phagwara, June 2
Commenting upon the annual report of the Ministry of Defence that expressed apprehensions about Pakistan’s weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of hostile radical fundamentalists, Lok Sabha member and SAD(A) president Simranjit Singh Mann asserted that the same apprehensions could be expressed about India as well since the WMD in India could also fall into the hands of Hindutava forces like the RSS, Shiv Sena and the Bajrang Dal.

Anandpur Sahib girls to be honoured
Chandigarh, June 2
The SAD will honour two baptised Sikh girls, Tejinder Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur, for the exemplary courage shown by them in protecting their lives and honour at Anandpur Sahib recently.

Cops arrested on molestation charge
Patiala, June 2
Two constables who were accused of molesting two girls at the Anandpur Sahib railway station few days ago have been arrested. Railway Additional Director-General of Police S.C. Jain in a statement here today said a case had also been registered against Anandpur Sahib Assistant Station Master Prabhat Kumar.

Pooja crowned Miss Unique
Patiala, June 2
Pooja from Dehra Dun won the Miss Unique title at a talent hunt programme organised by the Mentokling Club and City Cable Opera at Dhillon Farms here last evening.

100 huts of labourers destroyed in fire
Ropar, June 2
More than 100 huts of migrant labourers located near Birla farm, about 7 km from Ropar, were destroyed in a fire today. Sources here said the fire started around 4 p.m. and due to the heatwave and wind, it spread fast in the area.

Funds sanctioned for road repair
Jalandhar, June 2
The Ministry of Surface Transport and Highways has sanctioned about Rs 3.5 crore for the repair of the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur national highway while the sanction of Rs 7 crore for the improvement of the riding quality of parts of the Jalandar-Nakodar and Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur national highways is on the cards.

Passport office staff call off strike
Chandigarh, June 2
The indefinite strike call given by the All-India Passport Employees Association was today called off following an agreement between the association and the Ministry of External Affairs late last night. The Regional Passport Officer, Mr Arvind Kumar, announced this here today.


WTO figures in grape show
Bathinda, June 2
Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, Parliamentary Secretary Horticulture and Environment, Punjab, today urged horticulturists to follow the norms and standards fixed by the World Trade Organisation while producing grapes and other fruits, so that, these could be marketed worldwide.

Horticulture officials show a bunch of grapes to Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, Parliamentary Secretary, Horticulture and Environment, Punjab, during a state-level exhibition in Bathinda on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Horticulture officials show a bunch of grapes to Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, Parliamentary Secretary, Horticulture and Environment, Punjab, during a state-level exhibition in Bathinda



Cop held for killing beloved’s husband
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), June 2
A police constable has been arrested for the murder of a resident of Sandhoa village, Bikkar Singh, which took place in December last. Sources said constable Satnam Singh, a resident of Beer Behman village of this district and posted in Mansa district allegedly killed Bikkar Singh get his wife Baljeet Kaur, with whom the cop was having illicit relations for the past many years.

Drug peddlers on the run
Abohar, June 2
Drug peddlers in the region have been shaken by the arrest of Asha Rani alias ‘Asha Aunty’ from Sadulshehar, 27 km from here. Sources said the Rajasthan police has raided the Ward 17 house of Asha Aunty late on Sunday and seized 156 gm smack that had been packed in a black polythene bag. She was charged under Sections 8 and 21 of the NDPC Act.

Couple, driver killed in mishap
Hoshiarpur, June 2
Prof Darshan Kumar of Government College, Amb, and his wife were killed when their Maruti car (HP-19A-0516) coming from Radha Swami Dera at Beas rammed into a truck (HP-23-1993) parked on the Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar road at Mandiala yesterday.

Cash, jewellery stolen
Jalandhar, June 2
A group of thieves looted Rs 30,000 in cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 3.2 lakh from the house of a businessman in the Central Town locality here late last night. According to the police, Mr Sharanjit Singh along with his family members was away to Ludhiana to see a relative since Saturday.


Suchi tops in BA-I exam
Amritsar, June 2
Suchi Bhutani of the local BBK DAV College for Women and Arti of KRM DAV College, Nakodar, have topped in the BA-I and B.Sc-I examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University, respectively. The results of these examinations were declared here today.

M.Sc (IT) exam in July
Bathinda, June 2
The papers of the second and third semesters of the M.Sc (IT) course, which were cancelled earlier this year by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, due to paper leakage, will be held along with other semester examinations in July-end.

MBA interview, BMIT paper dates clash
Bathinda, June 2
Students of Punjabi University, Patiala, have expressed concern over the clash of dates of one of the papers of the Bachelor of Management and Information Technology course and the date of group discussion and interview for the MBA course of the same university.

Teachers allege bias in transfers
Bathinda, June 2
The transfer of more than 100 teachers of government schools has created resentment in a section of teachers. They allege that the transfers had been done on political considerations.

Fee hike: students send Rs 37 to CM
Pathankot, June 2
Activists of the ABVP took out a procession here today in protest against the decision of the state government to enhance college fees. The activists, as a token protest, also begged for money.


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