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Match-fixers fixed
Patiala, June 6
A simple case of gambling registered in the city two months back is shaping into a match-fixing scandal involving crores besides unmasking of sophisticated gambling dens using state of the art equipment all over the State.

BSNL grapples with mystery of calls to Pak
Abohar, June 6
Did some persons of doubtful identity make unmetered telephone calls to Pakistan from this subdivision via Dubai or other cities in Saudi Arabia during the prohibited period? The vigilance cell of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd was probing this million dollar question.

Struggle for samadh’s control led to Talhan clash
UGE offerings — modestly put at around Rs 5 crore annually — at the samadh-cum-gurdwara at Talhan village are stated to be the root cause of the Jat-Dalit conflict. Both sides have been trying to control the functioning of the shrine.

Jat-Dalit clash: Cong men meet Amarinder
Gujral regrets caste clash

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Talhan, Jalandhar remain tense
Rail traffic disrupted
Dalits call for bandh
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Sikh high priests' resignation sought
Amritsar, June 6
Giani Joginder Singh Talwara, a member of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha (parbandhiki panchayan) and confidant of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht today sought immediate resignation of all five Sikh high priests for not following proper procedure while exonerating Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, Shiromani Akali Dal.

Book of sant’s speeches released
SGPC prepares English version of calendar
Vedanti gives unity call, Mann rejects

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Takht accepts Bhindranwale’s death

Sikh priests perform "ardas" on Friday at Akal Takht to mark the 19th anniversary of Operation Bluestar.

PSHRC seeks report on jail conditions
Chandigarh, June 6
Taking cognizance of the report published in The Tribune regarding some prisoners lodged in Punjab jails despite completion of their sentence, insanitary conditions and lack of basic amenities in the prisons, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the State of Punjab and ADGP (Prisons) to inquire into the matter and submit its report by September 4.

PSEB to impose weekly off on industry
Chandigarh, June 6
As the demand for power in the state has been shooting up for the past few days, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today decided to impose a compulsory weekly off on industry from June 9. The entire state has been divided into seven zones to implement the weekly off on a rotation basis.


It’s development vs ‘parivartan’
Bathinda, June 6
The leadership of the ruling Congress as well as the BJP has started searching for suitable candidates for the Rajasthan Assembly elections, especially in case of segments where it is felt the sitting MLAs will not be able to get enough votes to sail through.


Piped water eludes Talwandi Sabo
Talwandi Sabo, June 6
Guru Gobind Singh accorded the status of “Guru-ki-Kashi” (seat of learning) to this town, situated at the northern tip of the Thar desert after he compiled the “Adi Granth” during his over nine-month stay here about 300 years ago. The town was later accorded the status of fifth Takht of Sikhs.

CPM floats body to free farmers of debts
Bathinda, June 6
The Punjab Kisan Sabha, a wing of the CPM, while asking the debt-ridden farmers not to commit suicide formed a “karja mukti sangharsh committee” today for getting the farmers out of the debt trap.

Punjab Kisan Sabha workers at a function in Bathinda on Friday. —photo Kulbir Beera

Show-cause notices to two diagnostic centres
Gurdaspur, June 6
Walia Diagnostic Centre and Sharma Diagnostic Centre, in Batala have been given show-cause notices under the PNDT Act to prevent female foeticide due to the lack of maintenance of proper records of the ultrasound machines. Dr Niranjan Singh Samra, Civil Surgeon, said here today that the health department was making all efforts to prevent female foeticide.

PSHRC orders submitted to DC
Chandigarh, June 6
Members of the Volunteers for Social Justice, an NGO, along with three representatives of bonded labourers who were allegedly tortured by the owner of a brick-kiln at Anandpur today submitted a complaint and orders of the PSHRC at the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar.

AFDP posers to Badal
Amritsar, June 6
Ten members of the Association of Families of Disappeared in Punjab have in a memorandum to the Akal Takht Jathedar urged him to ask Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, as to what he had done for his people as Chief Minister, when he had made any effort towards getting justice for families of 2,097 persons missing during militancy.

Flood-protection steps reviewed
Chandigarh, June 6
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today directed the district administrations to gear up for meeting any eventuality during the coming monsoon.

No pre-arrest bail for cable manager
Chandigarh, June 6
In just over a week after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the Amritsar sex-scam, Mr Justice Amar Dutt today dismissed an application for the grant of anticipatory bail filed by a Jalandhar-based cable network’s manager.

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Pigs in garbage heaps
Despite the claims of the Municipal Council authorities that the beautification drive of the city has been yielding results, heaps of garbage being “eaten up” by stray pigs and cows can be seen dotting the city.

Shiv Sainiks pay tributes to Army jawans
Amritsar, June 6
Amidst tight security the “Shiv Sena Hindustan” today paid warm tributes to the Army jawans and innocents killed in the Golden Temple in Operation Bluestar. At a special function held in a dharamshala in Lohgarh locality of the walled city 150 Shiv Sainiks under the leadership of Mr Pawan Gupta, president, paid homage to Army personnel who lost their lives in the operation. 

PSEB plans computerised call centres
Jalandhar, June 6
The PSEB had decided to set up computerised call centres in the state for speedy redress of grievances of consumers. Talking to reporters here today, the PSEB Chairman, Mr Y.S. Ratra, said the board had decided to set up such centres as Ludhiana, SAS Nagar and Amritsar in the first phase. 

Award for unanimously elected panchayats
Lehragaga (Sangrur), June 6
The Punjab Government had decided to award a ‘special gift’ of Rs 2 lakh each to all those village panchayats which are unanimously elected during the forthcoming panchayat elections in the state. Besides this, other development grants will also be provided to such villages.

Warrant issued against chief electrical officer
Patiala, June 6
A local court today issued production warrant against the chief electrical officer , Punjab, Mr T.N. Sharma, for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Thousands attend anti-drug function
Tarn Taran, June 6
Mr A.A. Siddiqui, ADGP (Operations), addressing a gathering here today expressed concern over the working of the police and its conduct with the public. He presided over a de-addiction programme.

Dalits hold protest rally
Dhuri, June 6
Protesters from the Dalit community held a rally at Triveni Chowk here today in protest against the “boycott” of the Dalits Hassanpur village.

Tripping averts tragedy in plant
Bathinda, June 6
A tragedy in the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) was averted when all its four units of 110-MW each tripped following the joining of earth wire with the live wire in the 132-kv substation, located on its premises, by one of its employees while carrying out maintenance work today.

Pregnant woman alleges misbehaviour by ADTO
Kharar, June 6
Mrs Bhupinder Kaur, a two-and-a-half-month pregnant woman, has been admitted at the Civil Hospital here after Mr Karam Singh, Assistant District Transport Officer (ADTO), Ropar, allegedly misbehaved and manhandled her. On the other hand, the police here has registered a case against her husband Surinder Singh and sister Paramjit Kaur under various sections of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Karam Singh.

Don’t close level crossing, say residents
Patiala, June 6
The Patiala Colonies Welfare Federation has appealed to the state government not to close the level Crossing No 22, better known as “Phatak No 22” once an overbridge was built at the site.

Handicapped flays police apathy
Patiala, June 6
A handicapped person working with the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has claimed that the local police is not registering a case against the assailant who had attacked and injured his son recently.


Judicial officers assume charge
Moga, June 6
Three new judicial officers of the district, District and Sessions Judge, Additional Sessions Judge and Judicial Magistrate (First Class), have assumed charge here.


Robbery bid foiled with arrest of four
Phagwara, June 6
The Phagwara police has nabbed four persons and recovered two stolen cars, one motor cycle, one scooter, a bunch of eight master keys, a stolen car, stereo and some sharp-edged weapons from them.

Girl found murdered in gurdwara
Ropar, June 6
A seven-year-old girl, Mala, daughter of Chander Shekar of Chandergarh locality, was allegedly murdered in the local Guru Ravidass gurdwara. The blood-soaked body of the girl was recovered by the police yesterday evening, wrapped in a blanket. 

Three held with fake currency
Batala, June 6
A commerce graduate, expert in computer operations, was among the three men arrested today with fake Indian currency worth over Rs 20,000 in nearby village, police sources said.

VCD expose case: satta operators nabbed
Ludhiana, June 6
The two protagnists of the sensational VCD expose case, in which 11 policemen were shown taking bribe, were caught in a massive raid at various lottery markets in the city today evening.

Missing boy found murdered
Amritsar, June 6
Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Delhi, who had run away from his house after his dismal performance in the higher secondary exams, was found dead apparently after being strangulated by two unidentified persons. The boy reportedly had money and gold jewellery. His body was found in fields of Talwandi Dudho village in Ajnala, about 26 km from here, last evening.


Datesheet issue irks PCS (mains) candidates
Bathinda, June 6
While a notice issued by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) on May 27 had claimed that “Exhaustive information, including the plan of main exams of Punjab Civil Services (executive), its syllabus, quantum of examination fee etc is available in the information brochure-cum-application form,” a section of candidates have expressed resentment over the absence of datesheet in the same.

‘Funds unused because teachers faltered’
Nawanshahr, June 6
The Punjab and Chandigarh centre of the Council for Teacher Education (CTE) organised its second annual conference on ‘Punjab Education Policy-2002 and Teacher Education’ in Dayanand Amarnath College of Education for Women here today. Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Minister of State for Cooperation and Removal of Grievances, inaugurated the conference and the president of the CTE, Dr D.R. Vij, presided over it.

Interactive session by PTU VC
SAS Nagar, June 6
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Dr Y.S. Rajan, held a meeting with the Chairman of various unaided technical colleges of Punjab at the SAS Institute of Information Technology here. The interactive session, called by the VC, generated discussions and focused on quality of technical education. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, GND varsity, was also present at the session. 

Red Cross school for special kids
Faridkot, June 6
The District Red Cross Society will set up a multipurpose school here to rehabilitate disabled children. It will particularly consists of centres to cater to mentally challenged, visually handicapped and children with problem of hearing. The site has been selected near the Baba Farid Sabhayacharak Kendra and renowned architect has been assigned the job to give the final shape to it within a month. The construction which would cost over Rs 1 crore is likely to start in the first week of August.

Sidhu’s resignation accepted
Patiala, June 6
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University today accepted the resignation of Dr K.S. Sidhu from the post of the head of the Department of Defence Studies.


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