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Graft cases: Badal for probe
by HC Judge
Rampuraphul, June 11
Former Chief Minister and President of the SAD Parkash Singh Badal today said the inquiry into allegations of corruption against political leaders and government functionaries should be either conducted by a sitting high court judge or the Lok Pal to bring the real picture to the surface.

Talhan: SAD blames it on admn
Jalandhar, June 11
The seven-member team constituted by the SAD to probe Talhan village incident, today alleged that the use of excessive force to tackle clashes and violence in some parts of the district by the administration and the police on June 5 was the main reason behind the deterioration of law and order in the district.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mrs Ambika Soni interact with villagers of Talhan Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mrs Ambika Soni interact with villagers of Talhan on Wednesday.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Police rough up, abduct Tribune lensman
Jalandhar, July 11
In a case of police high-handedness, Jalandhar-based Tribune lensman S.S. Chopra was roughed up and abducted in a Gypsy on the orders of a DSP and a Punjab Police Inspector at Talhan village this morning despite possessing a valid curfew pass issued by the Jalandhar District Administration.

Many heads may roll in Taksal
Bhindranwale’s death controversy
Amritsar, June 11
Damdami Taksal, also known as Bhindranwale Taksal, is contemplating action against Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhyasi, one of its senior functionaries, for attending the “Shaheedi samagam” of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale against the wishes of Baba Thakur Singh, acting chief of the Taksal, who still believes that the sant is alive and would re-emerge at an appropriate time.

Landmine blasts: Red Cross seeks details
Abohar, June 11
The International Red Cross Society and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), a Geneva-based NGO working for the UN, have sought detailed reports on recent landmine explosions in border villages of the Fazilka sector.

Petro dealers seek clearance of dues
Amritsar, June 11
Anguished over the non-payment of petrol, oil, lubricant bills by the Punjab Government, the Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) has urged in a letter written to the Finance Minister to give direction to all Revenue officers of the state for releasing the payments by June 30.

Police remand in PSEB case
Kharar, June 11
Mr Ranjan Kumar Khullar, Judicial, Magistrate, today remanded Ashwani Kumar, partner of Raj Krishan and Company in police custody till June 12, who had been arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on the charge of overcharging the Punjab State Electricity Board to the tune of Rs 58 lakh in connivance with officials of the board.

The last 50 years have seen huge change in fashion in Punjab — with a transition from traditional to western-influenced trends in daily and formal wear.
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Arrangements for panchayat poll
Bathinda, June 11
Mr Anurag Agarwal, Deputy Commissioner, yesterday claimed that all arrangements had been made for the panchayat elections to be held on June 29.


Chohan for separate Sikh state
Moots broad-based Khalistan front
Chandigarh, June 11
Former Khalistan propagandist Jagjit Singh Chohan, today announced his intention to form a broad-based front, which will help set up Khalistan in a peaceful, democratic and constitutional way. He was in the city today to address a press conference on the issue of forming a Khalistan front.

Octroi staff seek salary dues
Ropar, June 11
The staff of the octroi contractor of the local Municipal Council have not been paid wages for the past seven months. In a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, and the Labour Inspector, they have alleged that Sanjeev Kumar and Company, octroi contractor, employed them on August 16, 2002.

Punjab government's Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang Stray cattle: govt may
frame law
Bathinda, June 11
The Punjab Government is planning to set up a high-level committee to tackle the problem of stray cattle. This was stated by Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Punjab Minister for Animal Husbandary, Dairy Development and Fisheries, here today while addressing mediapersons.
Punjab government's Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang (C) addresses a Press conference at Bathinda on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera. 

PM’s Sadak Yojana faces cash crunch
Bathinda, June 11
Most of the potable water and development projects in this district have either not been started or are incomplete thanks to the paucity of funds.

Baba Sidh Bhoi Prabhandak Committee patron Hardev Singh Bhamma inaugurates 20 rooms at Kot Lallu village near Mansa on the eve of the Mela that's organised by Dhaliwals every year. 
— Photo Kulbir Beera.

Pak spy’s hope of return rekindles
Amritsar, June 11
The recent peace overtures between India and Pakistan have rekindled the hope of Muktyar Ahmed 46, a Pakistani national languishing in Amritsar Central Jail for close to 12 years, of returning to his homeland.

From one unsafe building 
to another?
The policemen posted in the unsafe building of City Kotwali have been feeling concerned as the authorities plan to shift it to the CIA police station, which was declared unsafe by the Punjab Government many years ago.

Volunteers gear up for yatra langar
Bathinda, June 11
While the men in uniform have been protecting the pilgrims of the Amarnath yatra from the attacks of miscreants, a large number of volunteers from Punjab have been protecting the pilgrims from the vagaries of nature by running langars (community kitchens) during the yatra.

24 hurt in group clash
Phagwara, June 11
As many as 24 persons, including nine women, were injured at Sangatpur village, near here, today when two groups of Dalits clashed over a land dispute.

Dr Sood’s appeal to PSHRC
Patiala, June 11
The Plastic Surgeron, Dr Harish Sood, today refuted allegations filed by the president of the Sarv Sanjhi India Party (SSIP), Mr Baljit Singh Nayak. Meanwhile, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has directed the SSP, Patiala, to conduct an inquiry into the case of a Patiala boy who wanted to become a girl and would soon undergo operation.

CBI inquiry sought
Bathinda, June 11
Mr Ved Parkash, a local resident and former President of Municipal Council, Raman Mandi has urged the Punjab Chief Minister to order a CBI inquiry into the alleged foul play in the sale of land of a flour mill for residential purposes in the city.

Bank staff resent pay cut
Bathinda, June 11
Activists of the Bathinda Central Cooperative Bank Employees Union today held a gate rally in front of the bank on the call of Punjab State Cooperative Bank Employees Federation in protest against the orders of the government to cut their salaries.

Lawyers flay lathi charge
Mansa, June 11
Members of the local Progressive Lawyers Association, at a meeting here today, condemned the action of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Mansa, Mr Kulwant Singh, who, on June 7, ordered lathicharge on labourers constructing sheds for lawyers in the new judicial court complex here.

Soda water units raided
Faridkot, June 11
The district administration has raided three soda water making units, which had been manufacturing ‘spurious’ soft drinks under the name of popular brands in the town for many years.


DC recommends action against XEN
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 11
Taking a serious note of the absence of the Executive Engineer (XEN), PWD (B&R), from monthly meetings, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, has written a letter to the Principal Secretary, PWD (B&R), recommending action against the erring official.


Man held for killing cousin
Amritsar, June 11
The district police today arrested Kashmir Singh, a resident of Patti Sagwan Ki Chatiwind under Sultanwind police station, for allegedly poisoning his cousin Chain Singh to death.

Probe begins into poppy husk smuggling
Bathinda, June 11
The district police has started investigations into a complaint about the smuggling of poppy husk allegedly in a government vehicle.


French envoy visits varsity
Amritsar, June 11
The French Ambassador to India, Mr Dominique Gerard, during his visit to Guru Nanak Dev University last evening had an interaction on the higher education systems in India and France with the Vice-Chancellor, Mr S.P. Singh, and other faculty members.

ITIs start campus interviews
Bathinda, June 11
Campus recruitment which earlier used to be the monopoly of engineering and management colleges have been started by the industrial training institutes of the state.

Private colleges luring students
Bathinda, June 11
With the new academic session just to begin a competition has already started among various private colleges of the region, particularly those offering computer courses. These colleges have started setting up stalls and information centres at various examination centres.

Coaching camp for students
Patiala, June 11
A two-day coaching-cum-guidance camp for students preparing for the B.Ed entrance test scheduled for June 15 was organised by the Deputy Director of Employment, Patiala Division, at Punjabi University here today.


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