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Was Talhan violence pre-planned?
Ludhiana, June 7
Was the violence at Talhan pre-planned? Did the Dalits of the village, who had been feeling aggrieved since their social boycott announced by the Jat Sikhs since January 20 this year, deliberately enter into a confrontation out of frustration when they failed to get their grievance redressed by the district administration? At least the preliminary investigation of the magisterial enquiry ordered by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh suggests so.

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Curfew continues; tension subsides
Mischief-makers identified: CM
Police fires into air
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Talhan violence: security beefed up in city

SAD chief apprehends arrest
Chandigarh, June 7
A former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said to hide its failure on all fronts and to divert peoples’ attention from violence in Talhan and Jalandhar in the past two days, the state government headed by Capt Amarinder Singh might arrest him (Badal) soon.

Badal’s exoneration dents Sikh clergy’s standing
Amritsar, June 7
Credibility of Sikh clergy has touched the lowest after absolving Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president Shiromani Akali Dal of all charges, even as representatives of various Sikh bodies have asked the high priests to make amends before the Sikh Sangat for violating the age-old ‘maryada’ (Sikh traditions).

Summon Thakar Singh at Akal Takht: Dal Khalsa
Amritsar, June 7
The Dal Khalsa today urged the Sikh clergy to summon Baba Thakar Singh, acting chief of Damdami Taksal, at Akal Takht for spreading disinformation that Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was still alive.



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MD seeks report on calls to Pak
Abohar, June 7
The Office of the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of BSNL today reportedly asked for a detailed report on the ISD calls made from Balluana village, near Abohar to Dubai and other areas in Saudi Arabia. The Union Government is concerned over the apprehensions that the calls might have been transferred using two-line system to Pakistan in violation of the ban.

PTDC lacks funds to pay VRS dues
Ropar, June 7
The Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) floated by the PTDC has run into problems with the corporation failing to generate funds for paying the dues of the employees and the government refusing to help the corporation in the matter.

NRI husband, wife make diverse claims
Chandigarh, June 7
Just weeks after the President of the Lok Bhalai Party, Mr B.S. Ramoowalia, presented “aggrieved wives of NRI husbands” at the Chandigarh Press Club, new insights into the phenomenon are now surfacing.


42 trucks of wheat leave for Rajasthan
Fazilka, June 7
About 25 per cent of the wheat produced is rotting in godowns and has become unfit for human consumption due to the "indifference” of the Union Government, observed Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Agriculture and Panchayat Development Minister while talking to mediapersons here today.

Heatwave claims 2 lives
Bathinda, June 7
Intense heatwave sweeping the area claimed two lives in past 24 hours in the district. Kuldeep Singh (65) of local Tehlian Wala mohalla died at bust stand of Rampura Phul town 32 km from here last night. He was coming from Patiala by bus after attending a function there.

Taps go dry in many city localities
Faridkot, June 7
Acute shortage of drinking water during the past many days has made life miserable for thousands of residents of this town. The affected areas are Balbir Basti, Bhan Singh Colony, Narain Nagar, Adarsh Nagar Old Cantonment Road, Mohalla Baba Farid and adjoining areas and Uchhi Street repeated representations to the Public Health Department have been but in vain.

Water supply disrupted in Sirhind
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 7
The supply of drinking water by the Municipal Council, Sirhind, to residents of the town has been disrupted as the main tubewell, the prime source catering to the needs of the town, has been out of order for the past three days.

Power consumption all-time high
Patiala, June 7
Consumption of power in Punjab has gone up this summer all time high of 1,130 lakh units forcing to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to request the Ministry of Power to increase its share in the unallocated energy pool whose distribution is at the discretion of the Centre.

18 illegal structures demolished
Bathinda, June 7
As many as 18 dwellings and structures on the Dhobiana road and in Jhujar Singh Nagar were demolished today by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) as part of its anti-encroachment drive.

Dwellings and structures being demolished during an anti-encroachment drive at Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera. 

Dwellings and structures being demolished during an anti-encroachment drive

45 cases settled in Lok Adalat
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 7
With the view to settle overdue cases of defaulters of various cooperative institutions, second district-level co-operative Lok Adalat was organised at local district administrative complex here today.

Disappearance case: SHO told to file report
Chandigarh, June 7
Taking up a habeas corpus petition filed by a Fathegarh Sahib resident alleging disappearance of his sarpanch son, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the SHO of a police station in the district to file the report in the matter.

2 rice millers booked
Kapurthala, June 7
The Punjab Government has booked owners of a rice sheller of the town who, allegedly, caused loss of crores of rupees to the state exchequer by their failure to supply levy rice to the Food Corporation of India.

Judicial court in Jalalabad likely
Jalalabad, June 7
With the  appointment of  Mr Kuldeep Pal Singh as Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) here by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the stage seems to have been set for the start of judicial courts  here.

Woman conceives after tubectomy
Bathinda, June 7
Even as the dust is yet to settle down on a number of tubectomy deaths in various government hospitals of this district, a woman who underwent tubectomy in civil hospital here last year has conceived.

Buffalo’s electrocution leads to clash
Amritsar, June 7
The death of a buffalo by electrocution recently has led to a clash, with about 30 or 40 men allegedly attacking the house of Prem and Promilla, at the Baba Deep Singh colony in Nangli village with sticks late last night. The mob reportedly threw bricks and stones at the house. However, no one was injured.

Notices issued to 7 ice-cream factories
Ferozepore, June 7
The District Health Authorities have issued notices to seven soda water and ice-cream factories and production there has been stopped due to the failure of the water samples of these factories. 


Muslim leader’s body found
Mansa, June 7
The body of Sikander Mirza, secretary, District Muslim Welfare Council, Mansa, has been recovered by the police from a field in Rully village of the district. Sikander Mirza was missing since April 15, 2003. His wife Sehnaz Begam had been running from pillar to post to trace her husband.

3 revenue officials held for graft
Moga, June 7
Punjab Vigilance officials today arrested one revenue official and an undertraining revenue official and a person under charges of corruption. The three were allegedly caught when accepting bribe of Rs 1200, Vigilance Bureau sources said.

2 held for issuing fake certificates
Bathinda, June 7
The police today arrested managers of two local pollution checking centres for issuing certificates without checking the vehicles. Those arrested have been identified as Tinku, an employee of the Dhan Guru Nanak Pollution Centre and Malkit Singh of the Auto Diesel Service Pollution Check Centre.

Woman charged with killing father, held
Ropar, June 7
The Chamkaur Sahib police has claimed to have solved a murder case with the arrest of three persons, including the daughter of Meva Singh of Talapur village, near Chamkaur Sahib, the man killed.


Workshop on development of open school system
Gurdaspur, June 7
A large number of teachers from all over the state participated in a one-day workshop on integrated development of open school education programme held at Panchayat Bhavan here today. Mr Khushhal Bahl, Education Minister was the chief guest and Mr K.A.P Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function.

Anupama, Jyoti win top positions
Amritsar, June 7
Anupama Sharma of the APJ College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, has stood first in the Guru Nanak Dev University BA III Examinations, while Jyoti of SN College, Banga, has topped in B.Sc III. The results of these examinations were declared here today.

Rally held against college fee hike
Bathinda, June 7
A large number of students and residents of Sivian village took part in a rally held last night by the Shaheed Prithipal Singh Randhawa Manch in protest against the steep hike in the fee of the government colleges.

Pbi varsity B.Sc-I results today
Patiala, June 7
Punjabi University will declare the results of the annual examination of B.Sc-I conducted in April this year tomorrow. The university will declare the results of MSc (Botany) I and II, MA (Anthropology), Linguistics and Punjabi-I) and Defence Studies-I on June 9. The results of B.Sc I and II will be declared on June 14 and 18, respectively.


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