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All set for new Akali party
Chandigarh, June 4
Senior leaders of the Panthic Morcha are all set to launch a new Akali party that they claimed to be the real traditional Shiromani Akali Dal. Accompanied by Mr Ravi Inder Singh, Mr Mal Singh Ghuman, Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode and other leaders, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi said at a press conference here today that the six member committee that was constituted to frame the guidelines to set up the party had given its report.

Former Registrar’s charge against VC
Patiala, June 4
Former Punjabi University Registrar and at present head of the Defence Studies department - Dr K S Sidhu - has accused Vice-chancellor, Punjabi University Swarn Singh Boparai of stalling his academic development by not allowing him to go abroad for attending an international conference.

Dal Khalsa to observe Sant’s death anniversary
Amritsar, June 4
To set at rest the controversy over the death of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, said to be killed in Operation Bluestar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht has invited Bhai Isher Singh, son of late Sant on June 6 at a function being organised at Manji Sahib by the Dal Khalsa.

Potters check earthen pots in Amritsar on Tuesday. Potters check earthen pots in Amritsar on Tuesday. With the maximum temperatures reaching 44 degrees Celsius, the demand for such pots is increasing.
— Reuters




Water in toxic-lined tankers
Ropar, June 4
The people of Himachal facing shortage of water these days are being supplied water contaminated with chemicals.

Now Punjab wheat to woo Rajasthani voters
Bathinda, June 4
While much hue and cry is being raised about the “empty coffers” of the state, not only did the government float tenders for the procurement of wheat husk for gifting it to drought-affected Rajasthan, but also Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has decided to send 20,000 quintal of wheat that would be flagged off from here tomorrow.

Informers pocket reward money, turn hostile
Bathinda, June 4
A section of the complainants, who have pocketed the reward money for getting gazetted and non-gazetted government officials caught red-handed by the Vigilance Bureau, have been turning hostile to save the accused in corruption cases by retracting their statements in the court.

Villagers without power for 1 month
Gurdaspur, June 4
Resentment prevails among residents of border Rahimabad village against the failure of power supply for the past one month. Mr Parminder Singh Saabi, member, Zila Parishad, said PSEB employees concerned removed the transformer more than two weeks ago on the promise to replace it the next day.

Fate of Indian POWs unknown
FEROZEPORE: The recent confidence-building measures undertaken by both Indian and Pakistani governments have raised fresh hopes for the kith and kin of 54 Indian PoW’s languishing in Pakistani jails for more than 31 years now.


BSP not to contest panchayat poll
Bathinda, June 4
The state unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided not to field its candidates in the forthcoming panchayat elections as the party leadership has been busy for the past several weeks in strengthening the party at the grass root level.


Fund constraints delay spinal injury centre
Chandigarh, June 4
The overzealous approach of the Punjab Government to extend and broadbase its ambitious Regional Spinal Injury Centre coming up at Sector 70, SAS Nager, has now created the problem of resource crunch.

Minister’s kin taste power breakdown
Gurdaspur, June 4
Some family members of Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar, Irrigation Minister, were trapped in a lift while they were on their way to spillway of the Ranjit Sagar Dam on Monday, according to the reports received here today.

Encroachments galore in Amritsar
Amritsar, June 4
Even as authorities are quick to move against ordinary persons, the same authorities completely shirk their responsibilities when it comes to the rich and the powerful.

Custodial torture: cop held guilty
Mansa, June 4
The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Mansa, Mr Harsh Mehta, today convicted Sub-Inspector (SI) Rupinder Bhardwaj and sentenced him to rigorous imprisonment (RI) for six months and a fine of Rs 200 under Section 342 of the IPC. In default of payment of fine, he will have to further undergo RI for 15 days.

Mayor promises to improve civic amenities
Amritsar, June 4
Mayor Sunil Datti announced that 20 new tube-wells would be installed this year. He said that 27 more tubewells would be installed in the district with the help of the District Planning Board.

He is all set to become ‘she’
Patiala, June 4
Mr Amrik Singh of Urban Estate here has been taking guidance from a plastic surgeon, Dr Harish Sood, for a sex change operation. The 23-year-old Sikh has been visiting Gurdwara Dukhniwaran for the past 40 days to pray for the success of the operation.

Probe ordered into ‘cheating’ by financier
Abohar, June 4
The SSP Ferozepore has ordered the anti-fraud squad of the police to probe allegations of ‘misconduct and cheating’ against a finance company. The squad has reportedly summoned four persons, including one based in New Delhi.

Adjust surplus coop mill staff: CM
Abohar, June 4
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed heads of corporations and apex bodies in the cooperative sector to speed up the process of adjusting surplus staff of cooperative Spinning mills and Spinfed as the state government has decided to wind up the units that were running in heavy losses.

Residents give aid to fire victims
Ropar, June 4
Residents and non-government organisations (NGOs), in response to the appeal issued by the district administration, have contributed generously for victims of the fire tragedy at Ropar on Monday in which over hundred huts were gutted.

2.8 lakh saplings to be planted in Punjab
Chandigarh, June 4
With a view to replenish the depleting forest cover in the state and to reduce the pollution level in its vicinity, as many as 2.8 lakh saplings would be planted by the Departments of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development, Sports and Youth Services, Punjab, in various government institutions in association with the Forest Department.

Residents of CM’s village feel neglected
Mehraj (Bathinda), June 4
The euphoria generated among a large section of residents of this native village of Capt Amarinder Singh after he was sworn in Chief Minister of Punjab more than a year ago, has started diminishing due to the repeated failure on his part to pay it a visit. This is his ancestral village where a “samadh” of his forefathers is present.

Medical representatives’ strike today
Sangrur, June 4
Medical representatives from all over Punjab will observe a complete strike from June 5 to June 7.

Badungar inaugurates gate
Kharar, June 4
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President of the SGPC, today inaugurated a gate constructed by the managing committee of Gurdwara Sahib Akali Daftar, Kharar, here today.

Show dedicated to Prithvi Raj Kapoor
Patiala, June 4
Baradari Gardens Theatre Movement, launched by the National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, under the “Theatre on first Sunday of Every Month” campaign is gaining momentum and popularity.

Ban on loudspeakers till July 26
Amritsar, June 4
District Magistrate Raminder Singh has banned the use of loudspeakers, especially at marriage palaces and religious places. The ban, ordered under Section 144, Cr PC will remain in force till July 26.

Grants given to 45 families of martyrs
Hoshiarpur, June 4
As many as 72 Army men of the district have laid down their lives while protecting the borders since 1999. A grant of Rs 2 lakh each has been given to 45 of these families.Two children look at photographs clicked by Rajesh Sachar, a photo journalist, during an exhibition in Patiala on Wednesday.

Photo journalist holds exhibition
Patiala, June 4
Rajesh Sachar, a photo journalist, exhibited his photographs here today on the premises of Theta Management Services. The main theme of his photographs was “True Life”.

Children look at photographs clicked by Rajesh Sachar, a photo journalist, during an exhibition in Patiala on Wednesday. — Photo Subhash Patialvi


Save Grain Campaign
Chandigarh, June 4
Fifty farmers of Mauran village in Sangrur district have been trained to deal with insects, rodents and micro-organisms as part of the Central Government’s Save Grain Campaign.


MLAs, Mayor laud role of Amritsar MC chief
Amritsar, June 4
MLAs, councillors, and Mayor Sunil Dutti lauded the efforts of Mr Jasbir Singh Bir for achieving a 96 per cent record budget target for the first time in the history of the MC, at a special farewell held for Mr Bir, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, here yesterday.


Two arrested in fake currency racket
Ludhiana, June 4
The police here has arrested two persons for supplying fake currency and recovered fake currency of Rs 1. 35 lakh from their possession. Surinder Singh alias Shinda of Jandiali a business partner of Man Singh Garcha, a brother of former Akali minister Jagdish Singh Garcha.

8 travel agents booked for duping people
Jalandhar, June 4
The district police has booked eight travel agents in as many separate cases on the allegations of duping people of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Melon seller duped
Phagwara, June 4
Two car-borne thugs tricked a musk melon seller of Rs 1,000 in the name of religion. They came to the seller for purchasing two-and-a-half quintal of musk melons to be distributed at a “chhabeel”.

Man kills wife’s paramour
Amritsar, June 4
Husband and three members of the parental family of Ninder Kaur (24) killed her alleged lover Pargat Singh on June 2 night. The deceased was sleeping at his “chakki” when he was attacked and strangled.

Bangladeshi national arrested
Amritsar, June 4
The BSF nabbed a Bangladeshi national late last evening when he was trying to sneak into the Indian territory from Pakistan.


Nakodar college girl tops B.Sc-II
Amritsar, June 4
Shasia YM of BD Arya Girls College Jalandhar cantonment and Manu Priya of KRM DAV College Nakodar (Jalandhar) topped the merit list (provisional) of BA–II and B.Sc –II examinations respectively.

Protest against college fee hike
Bathinda, June 4
Members of the Pirthipal Randhawa Manch held a candle march in the city last evening in protest against an increase in the tuition fee of colleges.

Students visit police station
Sangrur, June 4
As many as 54 students of the local General Gurnam Singh Public School, accompanied by their Vice-Principal Kulwinder Singh and some teachers, today visited a police station on the invitation of Mr A.S. Rai, SSP.

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