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Amarinder not to bow on calendar issue
Patiala, June 9
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today made it clear that he would not buckle on the issue of the Nanakshahi calendar, adding that “the SGPC can do what it wants, I am not concerned. I will go according to the rule of the country”.

Admn failed, says PPCC chief
Jalandhar, June 9
The PPCC chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, today admitted that slackness on the part of the district administration was responsible for the outbreak of clashes among Dalit and Jat communities at Talhan village.
Punjab Congress president H. S. Hanspal enquires about the health of a victim of Talhan village clashes at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar on Monday. — PTI photo 




Punjab yet to pay writer’s dues
Chandigarh, June 9
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is yet to fulfil his promise of clearing the dues of eminent Punjabi writer Santokh Singh Dhir. Capt Amarinder Singh at least twice promised recently to clear the dues of Dhir.

Mystery shrouds prisoner's death
Conflicting statements by jail, hospital authorities
Bathinda, June 9
Another inmate of the local Central Jail died under mysterious circumstances today. Darshan Singh, who was undergoing life imprisonment in a murder case, suffered a fit around 11.15 a.m. He was taken to the local Civil Hospital, where he was declared dead.

Two children killed in blast
Ferozepore, June 9
Two children, Gurcharan Singh (11) and Harjit Singh (8) died on the spot and one Baljit Singh (4) got seriously injured in a blast that took place at Ladhuka village near Guruharsahai, 50 km from district headquarters.


Protests to follow ‘if Badal held’
Bathinda, June 9
An emergency meeting of Akali workers of the region held here yesterday declared that an agitation would be launched if former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal was arrested in any false case.


PUDA to construct 8,800 houses
Patiala, June 9
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has decided to construct 8,800 houses of various categories in the state, for which a provision of Rs 199.50 crore has been made in this year’s budget.

Schoolchildren enjoy a shower at a school during a summer camp in Amritsar on Monday. — PTI

SE refused pre-arrest bail
Chandigarh, June 9
The top rung of the Punjab State Electricity Board tried to absolve a Ludhiana-based Superintending Engineer accused of being involved in a bribery case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled. The court has also dismissed a petition filed by the Superintending Engineer for the grant of anticipatory bail.

Centre clears Sikh jatha for Pak
Amritsar, June 9
A jatha of 200 Sikh devotees will leave for Pakistan on June 13 by road through the Wagah joint checkpost to observe the Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev. Mr Sham Singh, co-president of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC), has already conveyed that the Martyrdom Day would be observed on June 16 as per the Nanakshahi calender.

Bal Thackeray’s effigy burnt
Phagwara, June 9
Activists of various Sikh bodies today burnt an effigy of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in protest against the burning of poster of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale by Shiv Sena men.

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SC denies Bhardwaj bail
New Delhi, June 9
The Supreme Court today dismissed the anticipatory bail petition of Chandigarh Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate Surinder Singh Bhardwaj who has absconded.

Secy recommends BDPO’s suspension
Khuian Sarwar (Ferozepore), June 9
Mr J.R. Kundal, Secretary, Department of Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, has recommended “immediate suspension” of Mr Surat Singh Brar, Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Khuian Sarwar for alleged irregularities of lakhs of funds meant for development works for villages in this block.

City to get new bus stand
Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, inaugurates the Mini Secretariat
Patiala, June 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said a new bus stand would come up in the city. Speaking at a function organised to inaugurate the Mini Secretariat building, the Chief Minister said the bus stand site would be located near Aggarsain Hospital on the Rajpura road.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh inaugurates the Mini Secretariat at Patiala on Monday.

BKI deputy chief seeks asylum in France
Amritsar, June 9
Mehal Singh Babbar, a self-styled deputy chief of the Babbar Khalsa International, whose whereabouts was shrouded in mystery after his disappearance from Pakistan in 2001, has resurfaced in France and applied for political asylum.

SSP to probe sex change case
Chandigarh, June 9
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission today directed the SSP, Patiala, to conduct an enquiry into the case of a Patiala boy who claimed that he wanted to become a girl and would soon undergo operation.

NGO for probe into sale of blood
Bathinda, June 9
The Aasra Welfare Society, a non-government organisation of the district, today passed a resolution not to donate blood even in emergency situations to the blood bank in the local Civil Hospital.

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Power reforms to empower people
‘Public agenda’ of vested interests needs to be exposed
Gajendra Haldea
he Tribune is to be complimented for encouraging a debate on power reforms, so crucial for the growth of Punjab. Without doubt, the debate will help evolve a consensus and prevent vested interests from hijacking governance.

Lawyers occupy DC’s office
Patiala, June 9

Forty lawyers of the district court forcibly occupied the vacant office of the Deputy Commissioner after it was shifted to the mini-secretariat which was inaugurated today.

Body of trader’s son taken to Raipur
Abohar, June 9
The body of Sunil Kalash, son of a businessman Ram Kishan Kalash of Raipur (Chhattisgarh), was flown to his hometown after being taken by road to New Delhi from here.

Durgiana Temple gets notices
Amritsar, June 9
The Punjab State Electricity Board has issued notices to the Durgiana Temple here to make payments to the tune of Rs 2.66 lakh. The notices, dated June 2, have given the temple committee 15 days to comply, failing which the temple and its auxiliary units could face power disconnection.

Youth can help in curbing social evils: DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 9
The youth are a precious asset of society. They can play an important role in curbing social evils like drug addiction, dowry and female foeticide. This was stated by Mr S.K.Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a meeting of representatives of various youth clubs of the district here today.

Villagers gherao bank officials
Bathinda, June 9
Residents of Lehra Khanna village in the district along with activists of the BKU(E) today gheraoed officials of Primary Agriculture Development Bank when they heard that the officials had come to arrest at defaulting farmer.

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BKU (E) members meet DC
Bathinda, June 9
Members of the district unit of the BKU (E) today met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Agarwal, to apprise him of the demands of farmers.

Farmers gherao PSEB office
Tarn Taran, June 9
Farmers of Khehra, Dalake, Sakhira, Jhamke, Noorpur, Jeobala, Sran, Manochahal Kalam, Manochahal. Al Khurd villages gheraoed the office of the SDO, PSEB, Manochahal Kalam Subdivision, against the imposition of power bills on tubewells of the farmers. 


5 escape from police custody
Hoshiarpur, June 9
Five members of a gang of “kale kachhewale” escaped from Dasuya police station at 1.50. am. They have been identified as Abhishek, alias Neef, Rashid, alias Dharkan, Lukman, Salim alias Moohaat Hassan and Sitar. According to police sources, all aforesaid members who used to kill persons for looting were being interrogated.

Bodies of two murdered men found
Amritsar, June 9
Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, along with Damanpreet Singh of the Bhadar Kali area, were found murdered in the fields near Iban Kalan village late last evening. The police found scars of some sharp-edged weapon on the bodies of the two.


80 pc Fazilka schools without principals
Fazilka, June 9
Notwithstanding the rationalisation exercise of the Education Department, Punjab, about 82 per cent of the government higher and senior secondary schools of this subdivision are running without heads. There are a total 33 higher and senior secondary schools in this subdivision of which 27 schools are running without principals and headmasters.

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