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Takht supremacy restored: Tohra
Patiala, June 5
Gurcharan Singh Tohra Veteran Akali leader and former SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra today expressed satisfaction over the action taken by the Sikh high priests following SAD president Parkash Singh Badal’s appearance before them and said the supremacy of Akal Takht had been restored by today’s proceedings.

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Clergy exonerates Badal

SAD President Parkash Singh Badal in the Golden Temple complex at Amritsar. — photo Sawinder Singh

CM: Punjab to follow national calendar
Bathinda, June 5
Amarinder Singh Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, alleging that the SGPC had been adopting double standards on the issue of implementation of Nanakshahi Calender, today said that the state government would follow the common national calender.

  • No move to summon CM: Vedanti
    Joginder Singh VedantiAmritsar, June 5
    Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti today said there was no move to summon Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh before Akal Takht for seeking an explanation on the non-implementation of the SGPC Nanakshahi calendar by his government.

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Congress CMs plan joint hydro projects
Bathinda, June 5
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said his counterparts in Congress-ruled states had decided to hold negotiations for setting up hydro-electric and tourism projects in the joint venture by formulating a common programme policy.

Another motor repair scam
Ropar, June 5
One more scam in the repair of a high tension motor in the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant has come to the light. According to highly placed sources in the PSEB, a high tension boiler feed pump motor No. 4-A was got repaired by plant authorities in July 2000 at a cost of Rs 17.10 lakh from a SAS Nagar-based firm. 

DC told to get bonded labourers released
Chandigarh, June 5
Taking serious view of the alleged torturing of 22 bonded labourers and their 12 children by a brick-kiln owner of Anandpur, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission today directed the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, to come into action and get them released.

Bahuguna dismisses river grid idea
Jalandhar, June 5
Renowned environmentalist and Chipko Movement leader Sunderlal Bahuguna today termed as “political stunt” the idea of interlinking the main rivers of the country into a river grid. Talking to reporters here today, Mr Bahuguna said the idea was neither practical nor feasible and it was unlikely to be a solution to any problem.

Cop’s brothers held for murder
Amritsar, June 5
A Head Constable Ranjit Singh posted at Police Lines Majitha, is alleged to have connived with his four brothers and three others in kidnapping and later murdered a head of the Thakur Dwara and his nephew. The two were kidnapped on the night of May 30.


Cong gears up for poll
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 5
With declaration of the panchayat elections, political activities have intensified in the district. The prospective candidates for the office of sarpanches and panches have started mobilising the voters.


Corruption in PAU, alleges Dang
Amritsar, June 5
Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran Communist leader, expressed surprise over recent remarks by the Vigilance Director, Mr A.P. Pandey, as reported in a section of the press. He had reportedly commented that ‘nothing’ was found in the allegations of corruption in Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

Pay pension arrears by June 30: HC
Chandigarh, June 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Punjab Government to clear by June 30 all arrears of pension of those who retired on or after January 1, 1996, from the government aided recognised private schools.

Virpal Kaur issued duplicate passport
Chandigarh, June 5
Ms Virpal Kaur, who was recently presented before mediapersons by the Lok Bhalai Party’s President, Mr B.S. Ramoowalia, at the Chandigarh Press Club was issued a duplicate passport here today. The party is now hopeful of getting her green card back also.

BSNL to provide 2,500 WLL connections
Sangrur, June 5
The Sangrur district BSNL authorities will provide 2,500 Wireless in Local Loop connections in the district during the current financial year. Work on the construction of plinths for erecting towers for the purpose is already in progress which will be completed by June 15.

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12 hurt in Jat-Dalit clash
Curfew in Talhan, violence spreads to Jalandhar

Talhan (Jalandhar), June 5
The two month-long tension between Jats and Dalits of this village, 15 km from here, took a violent turn today as armed clashes between members of the two communities resulted in injuries to nearly 12 persons.

Row over masking of inauguration plaque
Sangrur, June 5
Heated arguments today took place between Mr Sham Singh, Chairman of the Sangrur Zila Parishad and Mr Sarbjit Singh Dhaliwal, a loyalist of Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, in the office complex of the zila parishad here over the issue of the covering of an inauguration stone plaque with a framed scenery in the zila parishad complex here.

2.50 lakh mutation cases cleared
Chandigarh, June 5
Under a sustained campaign, the Revenue Department, Punjab, has cleared the pending 2.50 lakh mutation cases. All districts were covered under this drive. Tehsildars and other officials concerned were directed to visit the villages on regular basis to clear all pending cases in four weeks.

Minister conducts checks in offices
Ropar, June 5
The Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, today conducted a surprise check at the Ropar based offices of his department. He arrived at the department office in the mini secretariat at sharp 9 am. During the checking, two data entry operators were found absent from duty.

Fire in exchange hits telecom services
Hoshiarpur, June 5
Fire broke out in the 4,000-line C-DOT telephone exchange of BSNL at Hariana, 15 km from here, at around 8.30 a.m. this morning. The entire telephone service in the town was paralysed because of this. On receiving information Mr Ghail Chand, General Manager, Telecom, along with Mr Gautam Lal, Deputy General Manager, rushed to Hariana and inspected the rescue operations.

Villagers pledge not to sell votes
Sangrur, June 5
A large number of residents of Uppali village, near here, today held a rally in the village, pledging that they would not cast their vote in lieu of intoxicants or any other temptation during the ensuring panchayat elections.

Cops fail to give warrants to MP
Patiala, June 5
The police team which had gone to the Motihari constituency in Bihar to deliver non-bailable warrants to its MP Radhe Mohan with regard to a criminal case registered against him for conspiring in the kidnapping of a minor girl, returned emptyhanded yesterday.

Medical representatives begin 3-day strike
Bathinda, June 5
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh Medical and Sales Representatives Union today started a three-day strike in support of their demands. The marketing of some of the pharmaceutical companies was affected in the area due to the strike.

Panel visits Central Jail
Amritsar, June 5
The District Sessions Judge, Mr M.R. Batra, said they would recommend to the Punjab and Haryana High Court to take up the issue at the need to deport Bangladeshi national languishing in the Central Jail here to their country with the Central Government.

Plea on edict against Romana
Faridkot, June 5
A large number of lawyers of the Faridkot District Bar Association have appealed to Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, to reject the edict issued by Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar of Patna Sahib, declaring Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, chairman of the management committee of Takht Patna Sahib as tankhaiya last month.

Dharna blocks traffic
Pathankot, June 5
Thousands of tourists going to and from Dalhousie, a tourist spot in Himachal Pradesh, were stranded due to a dharna by hundreds of residents from Badani and surrounding villages yesterday in protest against the non-availability of potable water.

1 dies of sunstroke in court complex
Mansa, June 5

A teenager, Rimpy, resident of Nangal Khurd village in the district died of sunstroke in the new court complex here yesterday. There is no arrangement for sunshade in the complex. 

2 motorcyclists die in mishap
Abohar, June 5

Two motorcyclists were killed as a truck hit them on the National Highway No 15 today. Sources said Surjit Singh, resident of Moga, along with his nephew Saranjit Singh were coming to Abohar from Rajasthan today when they met with the accident near Sayyedwala village. 

1 hurt in blast
Fazilka, June 5

A resident of Mohammad Pira village sustained injures due to a mine blast. According to reports, Pohla Singh and Kanta Singh found a mine in a field in the village. They set the mine on fire, which resulted in a blast. 

Cycle rally on female foeticide
Amritsar, June 5

A cycle rally was flagged off from the Wagah joint checkpost to Amritsar to create awareness about the scourge of female foeticide. 


BKU protests against arrest of farmers
Bathinda, June 5
More than a hundred activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) today staged a dharna in front of the Primary Agriculture Development Bank to protest against the alleged arrests of the farmers who had failed to repay their loans taken for agricultural and allied purposes.

Wheat worth 5.5 cr sent to Rajasthan
Muktsar, June 5
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, today said the state was under a debt of Rs 4,772 crore, besides it had to adopt over drafting of Rs 3,781 crore to meet the expenditure.

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Is it contract or bureaucratised farming?
P.P.S. Gill
UNJAB is experimenting with contract farming, which aims at reducing the area under wheat and paddy as this mono-culture has caused tremendous damage to the economy and the ecology of the state.


1,800 govt employees to be on poll duty
Faridkot, June 5
All arrangements have been finalised to ensure free and fair elections of 181 Gram Panchayats to be held in the district on June 29. In a press note released here today, over 1,800 government employees will be on duty to help voters excercise their franchise. In addition to these, 24 Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers would also look after the process by making a group of 14 to 16 villages, said Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Returning Officer, Faridkot.

Ensuring discipline, DC style
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 5

Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, has been conducting raids on various departments to ensure regularity, punctuality and discipline among government employees. He also celebrates the birthdays of employees from all ranks by calling them to his office early in the morning.


Mother, son remanded in custody
Moga, June 5

The mother-son duo, who were arrested by the Nihal Singh Wala police on June 2 for allegedly cheating a man of Rs 2.5 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad, have been sent in judicial and police remand, respectively.

Sex racket in Hoshiarpur busted
Hoshiarpur, June 5
The Sadar police here yesterday unearthed a sex racket when it arrested its kingpin Baljit Kaur, alias Baby, wife of Santosh Kumar of Dhadial village, Adampur police station. She was allegedly running a brothel in the house of her father Ajit Ram of local mohalla, Ravi Dass Nagar.

Cousin booked for man’s murder
Bathinda, June 5
A resident of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar was murdered allegedly by his cousin at Ajit Road in the city last night. As per reports Sanjeev Kumar (25), had gone to the residence of his aunt at Ajit Road in the city yesterday evening. His family got worried when he did not return till late in the night.

Poppy husk seized
Kapurthala, June 5
The Sadar police on Tuesday arrested a man on the charge of possessing a bag of poppy husk in the area of Kala Sanghian village.


Jobless B.Ed teachers seek ETT posts
Nawanshahr, June 5
Unemployed B.Ed teachers are sore over the alleged discriminating and dilly-dallying attitude of the state government. They allege that though the government had recruited ETT teachers against 7,230 and 3,311 posts advertised in the recent past, the fate of the unemployed B.Ed teachers aspiring to be recruited against these advertised posts of ETT teachers is yet to be decided.

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