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Jats, Dalits reach pact in Sangrur
Sangrur, June 10
The ongoing confrontation between Jats and Dalits of Hasanpur village, near Dhuri, today reportedly ended when both sides reached a compromise at a meeting at the district administrative complex held here, on the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner.

No need for mediation, says French envoy
Amritsar June 10
The French Ambassador to India Mr Dominique Gerrad, said here today that India and Pakistan‘‘ can resolve contentious issues at their own level and there is no need for mediation’’. He advised the two countries to follow the example of Germany and France as the two countries that were hostile to each other in the past have resolved their differences and share the most cordial relationships in Europe.

mbassador of France Dominique Girard at the Golden Temple after paying obeisance in Amritsar on Tuesday. — PTI photo




Despite govt reservations, engg college on track
Patiala, June 10
Even though the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has conveyed his reservations at Punjabi University’s move to establish an engineering college on its campus, the process of establishment of the college has started, with Punjab Technical University including the new college in its state-level counselling which started today, for allocating institutions to engineering students.

Farmer hurt in scuffle with cops
Lehra Khana (Bathinda), June 10
A minor scuffle between policemen and activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union in this village today left one farmer injured and triggered sloganeering against the Punjab Government.

Police personnel and farmers clash at Lehra Khanna village, Bathinda, on Tuesday. 
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera


Agitation if Badal is arrested: SAD
Bathinda, June 10
As speculations are rife that former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal or his son or wife might be arrested, the Shiromani Akali Dal workers today said, if they were arrested, the situation in Punjab could go out of control.

Announcement on Akali unity soon: Badal
Chandigarh, June 10
Immediately after a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the party, President of Shiromani Akali Dal Parkash Singh Badal said today that formal unity with former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra would be announced at the earliest possible.

Mehta appointed PPCC secy
Chandigarh, June 10

Congress President Sonia Gandhi has appointed Mr Parminder Mehta as secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.


Irrigation Department to collect user charges
Faridkot, June 10
The Irrigation Department has launched a campaign to collect user charges from those farmers who utilised canal water for irrigation in Faridkot division comprising Muktsar, Moga, Faridkot and a part of Ludhiana districts.

Splitting of tubewell connections allowed
Patiala, June 10
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to allow the splitting of tubewell connections to avoid hardships to farmers in case of family partition. The splitting of the agricultural power connections from one to two would be allowed only on the undisputed portion of land, authenticated with the relevant revenue records to be produced in the operation sub-division concerned for tubewell loads of 10 bhp and above.

Husband refused pre-arrest bail
Chandigarh, June 10
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed an anticipatory bail application moved by a Fathegarh Sahib-based husband accused of subjecting a married woman to cruelty.

Farmers clean a "rajbaha" near Bhucho Khurd village in Bathinda district on Tuesday.

A view of the City Kotwali, Bathinda, on Tuesday, which was declared unsafe a few years ago
A view of the City Kotwali, Bathinda, on Tuesday, which was declared unsafe a few years ago. The authorities have ordered demolition of the building. 
— Tribune photos Kulbir Beera

CM’s no to funds for flood control
Ropar, June 10
“No flood no funds”, this is what Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has told the Drainage Department authorities of Ropar. The department had sought Rs 3 crore from the government to take up flood-control measures in the district before the onset of the monsoon.

Shiv Sena, Sikh row settled
Phagwara, June 10
The local administration today arranged a meeting between leaders of the Shiv Sena (Thackeray) and Akali and Sikh bodies and succeeded in defusing tension between the two brewing since June 7 following the burning of posters of Sant Bhindranwale by Sena activists here to protest against his declaration as “martyr”.

Vigilance probe against ex-VC
Chandigarh, June 10
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today ordered a probe against Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, a former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, for allegedly commiting irregularities and violating rules in setting up the Information and Technology Institute on the University campus in Patiala.

Arshi against giving full medical reimbursement to MLAs
Bathinda, June 10
Mr Hardev Singh Arshi, former MLA and senior CPI leader, yesterday condemned the proposal of giving full medical reimbursement facility to the present and former MLAs while saying that the move would increase the burden on the state exchequer.

Protest against liquor shops
Talwandi Sabo, June 10
Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) held a march and a dharna today in protest against the opening of liquor shops here. The activists first held a march and later staged a dharna near the office of the SDM. They roused slogans against the state government. 

Two children were killed and one was seriously injured when a bomb exploded at Ladhuka village in Ferozepore district on Monday.
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Probe ex-Subedar’s complaint, PSHRC orders DC
Chandigarh, June 10
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, to get an inquiry conducted into the complaint of Sher Singh (65), a resident of Samrala district, about alleged torture by the CIA staff, Khanna.

Boycott panchayat poll: union
Bathinda, June 10
The Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union has urged the farm labourers and small farmers to abstain from the panchayat elections, as the elections will not solve their economic problems but only encourage factionalism in the villages.

Chief Electrical Officer gets police remand
Patiala, June 10

The Chief Electrical Officer, Punjab, Mr T.N. Sharma, has been sent in two days’ police remand, for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Dental bodies’ plea on DRME’S post
Amritsar, June 10
The Indian Dental Association and the Punjab Civil Medical Services Dental Association, in a letter to the Minister of Medical Education and Research, have urged him to appoint the seniormost Principal from state dental colleges as Director, Research and Medical Education.

Railway employees hold dharna
Bathinda, June 10
Members of the Northern Railway Mazdoor Union today sat in dharna at the local railway station to express resentment against the “non-acceptance” of their demands. 

Clash in courts complex: 19 held
Amritsar, June 10
As many as 19 persons have been arrested in connection with a clash between followers of Baba Bhola Singh and Baba Bhupinder Singh, both of Gurdwara Satlani, in front of the courts of Ms Harpreet Kaur Randhawa, CJM, in the District and Sessions Court complex here today. 


De-mined fields handed over to farmers
Fazilka, June 10
The Army today handed over 500 acres of de-mined agricultural land in four villages to its owners. The de-mined lands are situated in the villages Mohammad Amira, Mohammad Islam, Gulshah and Mohammad Pira. Mr Sushil Moolri, nambardar, Guranditta, and farmer Mohinder Pratap Dhingra put forward problems of villagers whose land had been acquired for laying mines.


90 kg poppy husk seized
Jalalabad, June 10
The police has arrested five women and siezed 91.5 kg of poppy husk from them. According to an FIR registered with the sadar police station Jalalabad, two police teams were on a routine patrol near Lamochar Kalan village when some women, carrying sacks on their head, on seeing the policemen threw the sacks on the ground and started running towards the fields. 

Inter-district gang of robbers busted
Kapurthala, June 10

The district police today claimed to have busted an inter-district gang of robbers with the arrest of its nine members and recovery of four pistols, two revolvers, six mobiles, four motor cycles, a scooter and Rs 2 lakh in cash.


Nangal MC sacks pharmacy college Principal
Ropar, June 10
The Municipal Council of Nangal has sacked Mr R.C. Roy, acting Principal of the Shivalik College of Pharmacy. At a resolution adopted yesterday evening, the council relieved Mr Roy of the charge of the acting Principal that he had been holding for more than a decade. A senior lecturer of the college, Mr D.N. Prasad, has been appointed the acting Principal in his place.

Teacher arrested for securing fake degrees
Bathinda, June 10
Gurjeet Singh, a resident of Khemuana village of the district, was arrested by a team of the Vigilance Bureau after it was found that he got the job of the Mathematics teacher in a government school in Mansa district on the basis of fake B.A. and B.Ed. degrees.

B.Ed entrance on July 20
Chandigarh, June 10

The entrance test for joining the Bachelor of Education two-year correspondence course will be conducted by Panjab University on July 20, an official press note has said here today. The course is exclusively for in-service teachers.

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