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Badal’s arrest on court’s orders: CM
Congress government can’t be trusted, says SAD
Chandigarh, June 12
While Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh said here today that the Shiromani Akali Dal President and former Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, would be arrested only on the court’s direction as the investigation being conducted by the Vigilance Bureau against him has reached the “conclusive stage”, the Shiromani Akali Dal finalised its action plan, including a two-day “rasta roko” agitation, in the event of arrest of any member of the Badal family.

SAD (Amritsar) not to support Badal if arrested
Bathinda, June 12
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today while accusing the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, of using his party cadre for personal interests said the SAD (Amritsar) would not extend any support to Mr Badal if he (Mr Badal) was arrested by the Punjab police or the Vigilance Department in a corruption or any other case registered against him.

Names deleted from Sikh jatha list
Amritsar, June 12
The Ministry of External Affairs reportedly deleted the names of certain persons with doubtful character from the list of 200 persons, sent by the SGPC.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Land dispute between Jats, Dalits settled
Dhuri, June 12
The ongoing tension between the Jat and Dalit communities over shamlat (village common land) at Hassanpur village near here, was defused today by the district administration.

Forum imposes fine on PSEB
Abohar, June 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, here has imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 on the Punjab State Electricity Board for delaying the implementation of the verdict given in favour of a consumer. The board has been directed to recover the amount from the officers responsible for the delay.


Illegal detention by cops alleged
Amritsar, June 12
Another person, Narinder Singh Soni, a resident of the Chowk Chabutra area here has alleged his illegal detention by the same CIA staff officials who had been booked by the police on same charges. This time the complainant has also named an inspector of the CIA staff.

Residents cry for drinking water
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 12
While the Municipal Council Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib has made little arrangements to provide drinking water in Sirhind, it has also failed to initiate the required repair work of the waterworks and a water pump ever since it went out of order seven days ago. Due to this residents of the town are facing acute shortage of drinking water.

Old-age home starts functioning
SANGRUR: With the admission of Mr Ujjagar Singh (78), a resident of Achharwal village in Ludhiana district, to the Birdh Ghar (old-age home), constructed at the local Pingalwara branch of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, Amritsar, the home has started functioning to serve the old persons who have either been abandoned by their children or have no one to look after them.

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How Punjabi became the official language
Prabhjot Singh
unjabi in the Gurmukhi script should be made the provincial language and should be given the place which has hitherto been enjoyed by Urdu in the educational institutions and official work. 

Being ‘harassed’ for taking up sister’s cause
Patiala, June 12
A Nabha resident today claimed that proceeding against the family of the man who had allegedly murdered his sister had proved costly for him and his family members, with criminal cases being registered against them in various districts of Punjab as well as Chandigarh.

Panel on riot-hit holds meeting
Chandigarh, June 12
The three-member committee appointed by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on the allotment of houses to the 1984 riot- affected families held discussions, met here today.

Councillors resent use of car
Nabha, June 12
A Maruti car that has been hired by a Municipal Council official here for octroi flying squad has caused controversy in the House. The council has to reportedly pay Rs 600 every day for the car.

Revenue stamps ‘being sold in black’
Amritsar, June 12
Severe shortage of revenue stamps here has rendered all financial transactions “illegal”, for the past one month, the government treasury too has been losing lakh daily due to the short supply of these stamps.

MC to take over trust buildings
Patiala, June 12
The Municipal Corporation has decided to take up the responsibility of maintenance of various buildings developed by the Improvement Trust in the city. Disclosing this here today, Mayor Vishnu Sharma said a number of buildings in the city, which were constructed by the Improvement Trust years back, were still to be officially handed over to the corporation.

Two buried alive
Bathinda, June 12
Two masons were buried alive today at Khemuana village, 24 km from here when a heavy mound of sand caved in at the well which they were digging. Two other masons were saved by villagers who reached the spot.

Man found dead in fields
Bathinda, June 12
As many as three persons, including a woman, were killed in separate incidents in the district today while one person died due to sunstroke. Gurmail Singh (23) died at Chathewale in the district today.

Rally against demolitions held
Bathinda, June 12
Women of Dhobiana Basti, whose dwellings were demolished by PUDA on June 7, demonstrate near the office of the Deputy Commissioner Residents of Dhobiana Basti, whose dwellings were demolished by PUDA on June 7 as these were allegedly encroachments on government land, today held a rally near the office of the Deputy Commissioner. The residents, including a large number of women, raised slogans against the Punjab Government, the PUDA authorities and a local leader.

Women of Dhobiana Basti, whose dwellings were demolished by PUDA on June 7, demonstrate near the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Bathinda on Thursday. 
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera. 

Debarred club member accuses management of irregularities
Patiala, June 12
A member of Rajindra Gymkhana and Mahendra Club who was recently debarred from the club for one week has filed an application against the executive of the club accusing it of spending money received from persons applying for permanent membership on various development projects before even admitting the persons into the club.

Cultural activities to get boost
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 12
To boost cultural activities in Fatehgarh Sahib district, the district cultural society would be revived and three cultural programmes would be ensured every month. This was announced by Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib at Bachat Bhavan here yesterday while presiding over the meeting of District Cultural Society.

Citizen’s Club gets ambulance
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 12
To provide adequate help to the needy, down-trodden, handicapped, old and destitutes, the activities of the District Red Cross Society would be further intensified, so that the required results reach grassroots level and the main aim of the service towards society is achieved, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing the members of Citizen’s club, Bassi Pathana, after handing over a new ambulance to the club. 

Liquor shops to be shifted out
Bathinda, June 12
Mr Barinder Singh Mann, District President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (A) today said that the district Excise and Taxation Department had shifted two liquor shops from Talwandi Sabo, and had agreed to shift other shops also in a few days.


Wheat husk for Rajasthan
Malout, June 12
Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Punjab Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development, yesterday flagged off 40 trucks loaded with wheat husk for drought-hit Rajasthan, from Killianwali village near here.


2 foreigners held, heroin seized
Gharinda (Attari), June 12
Kenyan national Kanady Banard who was nabbed for smuggling heroin Two foreign nationals, one Kenyan and one Nigerian, were arrested separately at the Wagha joint-check post for allegedly possessing heroin worth crores last evening. While the Kenyan is under the custody of the police, the Nigerian is under the custody of Customs officials. Both were arrested from the check post within a gap of 15 minutes as they entered Indian territory.

Kenyan national Kanady Banard (R), who was nabbed for smuggling heroin at Wagha joint check post on Thursday. — photo Rajiv Sharma

Sarpanch, Secretary booked for fraud
Bathinda, June 12
The Vigilance Bureau yesterday booked Sukhdeep Kaur, sarpanch of Ajit Gill village in Faridkot district and Jagsir Singh, panchayat secretary posted in that district allegedly for embezzling government funds of the order of Rs 4.28 lakh. Jagsir Singh was arrested last evening.

Pak national arrested
Ferozepore, June 12
Troops of the 124 battalion of the BSF have captured a Pakistani national trying to sneak into the Indian side. According to the information, jawans of the BSF during routine patrolling spotted a person coming towards the Indian side of the international border near the border outpost of Jalloke in the Mamdot sector. 


Lecturers seek VC’s intervention
Bathinda, June 12
A section of lecturers of SSD Girls College here has sought the intervention of Dr S.S. Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, as they alleged that the college management was violating university’s rules by appointing a junior lecturer as officiating Principal.

Students’ march, rally against fee hike
Bathinda, June 12
Students of various educational institutes here and from nearby villages today marched in the city and held a rally near the office of the Deputy Commissioner in protest against the hike in college fee and withdrawal of concession in bus passes and other facilities to the students.

Suspended teacher appeals to women’s panel
Patiala, June 12
The suspended Punjabi University Fine Arts Department Reader, Dr Saroj Rani, has accused the university authorities of harassing her and urged the National Commission for Women to intervene in the matter immediately.

DC’s directive to govt teachers
Ropar, June 12

Teachers serving in the government schools in Ropar district have been directed to report for duty on June 16 and 17.

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