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SGPC chief writes to PM
Says Home Ministry report ‘absurd’
Amritsar, June 8
Describing the report of the Union Home Ministry as ‘absurd’ and ‘misleading’ the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee chief, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, in a letter to the Prime Minister claimed that there was no truth that the ISI had promised full support, to revive the ‘Khalistan’ movement, to overseas pro-Khalistan leaders during Baisakhi celebrations in April, 2002.

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Former Director-General of Punjab Police K. P. S. Gill, who is given the credit of crushing militancy in Punjab, on Saturday said plans were on to revive militancy. (28k, 56k)

SHSAD President discharged from hospital
Says Bhindranwale declared martyr in 1995
Patiala, June 8
Veteran Akali leader and Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal President Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who was today discharged from a local hospital, has claimed that Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was a martyr of Sikh panth since long and that the SGPC had proclaimed him as such in 1995.

Martyr’s status: BJP has reservations

Punjab Govt blamed for Talhan
Hoshiarpur, June 8
In a joint press note here today Mr Tikshan Sud, former minister and MLA, Shiv Sud, president, City unit of the BJP, and Mr Jagtar Singh, president of Rural Wing of the BJP, Hoshiarpur, alleged that the Punjab Government was responsible for not tackling Talhan (Jalandhar) incident which led to disturbance of peace.

BSP for sack of Amarinder govt
Talhan: Badal flays Cong
Talhan incident condemned
CM skips visit to violence-hit areas
Caste clash: BJP seeks relief
Phagwara bandh today

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Cops descend on Talhan
Cong’s ‘healing touch’ to woo Dalits
Rinwa wants Central team to visit Jalandhar
Panel yet to begin probe








Power sector reforms must: Manmohan
Manmohan Singh
Chandigarh, June 8
Former Union Finance Minister Manmohan Singh said today that reforms in the power sector were must to make the state electricity boards financially sustainable. Speaking at a seminar on "Power sector reforms in Punjab" organised by the PSEB Engineers' Association here today, he said the course of reforms could be decided by holding debates and discussions with technocrats, professionals and other experts.


Announcement on united Akali Dal soon
Amritsar, June 8
The formal announcement about the unity between the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal is likely to be announced in a couple of days at Patiala.

Cong councillors’ rift to the fore
Faridkot, June 8
Though Mr H.S. Hanspal, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), during a press conference here yesterday categorically denied any factionalism or infighting among the senior Congress leaders and workers in this district yet the facts presented a totally different picture.

Mann fears rigging
Jalalabad, June 8
Mr Zora Singh Mann, MP and SAD leader from Ferozepore has apprehended misuse of the official machinery by Congressmen to ensure their win in the forthcoming panchayat elections.


MLA opens bridge on behalf of CM
Soan (Ropar), June 8
When Chief Minister Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh failed to turn up after agreeing to his programmes in the past two months the Soan bridge was inaugurated yesterday by Congress MLA from Nangal KPS Rana.

Idol theft: police still clueless
Mard Khera (Sunam), June 8
Despite the theft of the 12th century idol of the Sun God in the third week of February, 2003, from this village, the police is till clueless about the whereabouts of this precious idol whose estimated cost is said to be in crores in the international market.

Shiv Sena chief ‘misusing’ security
Amritsar, June 8
The head of the Durgiana Management Committee and the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena chief have locked horns over the issue of high security status provided to the latter.

Khalsa Panchayat flays Akali leadership
Chandigarh, June 8
Moderate Akali leadership came under fire at a seminar organised by the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat at the Sector 46 gurdwara here today. The discussions were on the topic — ‘Ghallughara (Operation Bluestar)- June 1984 — a breach of trust?’

SI, ASI yet to be arrested for ‘torture’
Amritsar, June 8
Even as the district police has booked an SI and an ASI of CIA staff for allegedly keeping Ashwani Kumar of Deviwali Street near the Joura Pipal area in an illegal custody and later releasing him after taking graft, the accused police officials had not been arrested so far.

A true Sikh school
The school established with the help of funds by some Sikhs settled in different parts of the world at the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev in Nankana Sahib has created quite a different identity for itself in Pakistan.

1,500 quintals wheat sent to Barmer
Abohar, June 8
Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, PWD (B&R) Minister, flagged off trucks carrying 1,500 quintals of wheat for the drought-hit areas of Barmer district of Rajasthan. Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, Vice-President, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, presided over the function.

Mentally challenged man hospitalised
Bathinda, June 8
Partap Singh, a mentally challenged person of Kotha Guru village, who had been chained by his family members for the past 19 years was admitted to the Civil Hospital here last evening.

Partap Singh, a mentally challenged person who was admitted to hospital after being freed from chains after 19 years, on Sunday at Bathinda. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Partap Singh, a mentally challenged person who was admitted to hospital after being freed from chains after 19 years

Infant dies due to employee’s ‘negligence’
Malerkotla, June 8
Due to the alleged negligence of a Class IV employee of the local civil hospital, a newly born baby boy died yesterday. The local police has registered a case against the employee under Section 304A of the IPC.

Man released from illegal custody
Amritsar, June 8
Prem, a resident of Nangali village, whose house was stoned after a buffalo died of electrocution, and was reportedly kept in police custody, landed in a hospital late last evening.

Four killed in mishap
Moga, June 8
Four persons, including a 10-year-old child, were killed and more than 30 injured in three accidents in this district today.

Markfed employee found dead in rice sheller
Patiala, June 8
A Markfed employee deputed for duty at the Bharat Rice Sheller near here on the Devigarh road was found dead in mysterious circumstances in the sheller two days after he was reported missing. His family has, however, alleged that he has been murdered.

‘Koi Gal Nahin’ likely to bring fresh wave
Jalandhar, June 8
For a change a refreshing wave of “Shararat” and carefree attitude is all set to sweep the music fans off their feet with the launching of “Koi Gal Nahin”, the debut album of good looking Prince CJ by the Cheers Music Company.

Pall of dust hangs over region
Bathinda, June 8
A thick layer of dust covering this region has forced the residents to stay indoors and the movement of vehicles was also affected due to poor visibility.

Only the engine of a train is visible due to a thick cloud of dust at Bathinda on Sunday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Only the engine of a train is visible due to a thick cloud of dust at Bathinda on Sunday.

Water shortage in villages
Moga, June 8
Acute shortage of drinking water has been reported here and in several villages of the district. Although residents have requested the authorities concerned to take suitable measures to supply water, no efforts have been made so far.

Seminar on Guru Angad Dev
Tarn Taran, June 8
A one-day seminar dedicated to the second Sikh Guru Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji was organised today at Sri Guru Angad Dev College, Khadoor Sahib, in which Prof Kirpal Singh Bandugar was the chief guest and Baba Sewa Singh Kaar Sewa Wale presided.


Woman held for killing husband
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), June 8
The police here today arrested Baljeet Kaur, who along with her paramour allegedly killed her husband, Bikkar Singh, eight months ago. Earlier, the police reportedly solved the blind murder of Bikkar Singh, a resident of Sandhoa village which took place in December last. 

11 held under Excise Act
Gurdaspur, June 8
The police has launched a drive this month to check smuggling of illicit liquor. Mr R.P.S. Brar, SSP, in a press note issued here today said 11 persons had been arrested in this connection under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.

One killed in group clash
Ferozepore, June 8
In a dispute over land between two groups of village Sudhara, one person died and two were injured.


Heritage to send teachers to UK

Chandigarh, June 8
For those who think the teachers exchange programme started by Heritage, a Patiala-based voluntary organisation, and the League for the Exchange of Commonwealth Teachers, London, has been successful in bridging the gap between the two countries, there is something to look forward to.

Teachers from Kent County, who visited Punjab in March, are seen interacting with students of Government Primary School, Bheora, near Ropar.

Teachers from Kent County, who visited Punjab in March, are seen interacting with students of Government Primary School, Bheora, near Ropar.


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