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Badal’s arrest will be suicidal for Cong: SAD
Ferozepore, June 14
Leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal today gave a call to the party rank and file to gear up for any sacrifice for the party in the wake of the possible arrest of Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Dhindsa threatens stir on Badal’s arrest
Ropar, June 14
If the SAD president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal or any of his family members was arrested by the Punjab Government, workers of the party would resort to “chaka jam” (traffic blockade) in all subdivisions in the state on the same day. 

Akali leaders camp at Narottam’s house
Badal (Muktsar), June 14
This “very important” village of Punjab now has been witnessing a change as certain residents have started organising “thikri pehra” to thwart any attempt by the police to plant explosives, narcotics, arms and counterfeit currency on Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon, a cousin of Mr Sukhbir Badal, against whom a case has been registered by the Lambi police station apart from his arrest, under a case of corruption.

Farooq doubts success of Indo-Pak talks
Amritsar, June 14
“Let go to hell Pakistan on Kashmir and LOC should be made an International Border”, said the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Farooq Abdullah. 


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Akal Takht chief Vedanti may 
lose job
Amritsar, June 14
Two Sikh high priests, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti (Jathedar Akal Takht) and Giani Bhagwan Singh may lose their jobs as granthi Golden Temple and head granthi Akal Takht respectively as the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission has directed the SGPC their appointing authority to remove all employees who are above 60.

‘Hand over’ Talhan gurdwara 
Amritsar, June 14
The Dal Khalsa today asked the state government to handover the management of the Talhan gurdwara either to local committee headed by Mr Kewal Singh or to the SGPC.

Police takes away kin in absence of accused
Patiala, June 14
The kotwali police gave an example of its functioning by taking away four members of a family, including an 82-year-old man and an 18-year-old girl, at 9 p.m. last night. It also kept them at the police station and showed they had been arrested at noon today while presenting them in the court.

PUDA demolition drive faces resistance
Policemen try to disperse a crowd in Dhobiana locality during a demolition driveBathinda, June 14
As part of the ongoing demolition drive, officials of the Punjab Urban and Planning Development Authority today demolished a house in the Dhobiana basti area of the city clearing the way for a sewerage project that was hanging fire for the past six years.

Policemen try to disperse a crowd in Dhobiana locality during a demolition drive at Bathinda on Saturday. 
— Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera. 


Front may be formed for LS poll: Hanspal
Kapurthala, June 14
Mr H.S. Hanspal, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has claimed that the Congress will sweep the panchayat elections in the state but announced that it would not contest the elections on the party symbol.

Akali unity hailed
Bathinda, June 14
The district unit of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal while welcoming the formal announcement of unity between the SAD (B) and the SHSAD said that it would open a new chapter in Punjab.


Economists to meet Amarinder
Chandigarh, June 14
A number of renowned economists from India and abroad will assemble in the city on July 2 to discuss with the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the economic reforms initiative in the state and to determine a plan for implementing these in a time-bound manner.

Hospital staff put on poll duty
Malout, June 14
With all four doctors, three pharmacists and two laboratory technicians of the local Civil Hospital assigned duties for the coming panchayat elections, it seems that patients of the hospital would have to make their own arrangements for getting treatment.

Book doctors for negligence after proper probe: IMA
Sangrur, June 14
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association yesterday demanded that following the death of a patient, doctors should not be booked under Section 304-A of the IPC (causing death by negligence), merely on the complaint of relatives of the deceased patient.

Conquerer of many virgin peaks
Ludhiana, June 14
Mohinder Singh, a retired ITBP Commandant, was the leader of the first 1996 Indian expedition to conquer Mount Everest from China. Eight mountaineers landed on the Everest that year. Satellite communication was established between Mount Everest and the rest of the world for the first time that year.

Non-Sikh pronounces ‘tankha'
Amritsar, June 14
Partners of the publishing house — publishing religious books ‘Chattar Singh Jiwan Singh’ today underwent “tankha” (punishment for religious misconduct) and cleaned five pairs of shoes and five utensils of the Sangat at Ram Tirath Temple 10 km from here, to atone for the wrongs done by them to the Valmiki community.

Sex scam accused to be produced in CBI court
Amritsar, June 14
Rejecting the bail pleas of Sarabjit Singh Raju, the alleged kingpin and MD, Amritsar Communication Network Private Limited franchise of Siti Cable Network, an associate of Zee TV, in the multi-crore Siti Cable sleaze, murder and extortion scam along with three other accused, Parvin Chadda, Sandeep Khanna and and Sandip Sippi, here today, Ms Harpreet Kaur Randhawa, Chief Judicial Magistrate issued transitional warrants of all accused for being produced in the special court of the CBI at Patiala tomorrow.

PSEB extends date to regularise powerload
Patiala, June 14
On the persistent demand of the farmers and their associations and unions, the Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to extend the last date of regularisation of the unauthorised agricultural power loads. 

Red Cross to open diagnostic centre
Bathinda, June 14
Mr Anurag Agarwal, Deputy Commissioner, said today that the district Red Cross Society would open a diagnostic centre in the city for the poor.

Rs 57 lakh to be spent on road repairs
Faridkot, June 14
The local Council has formulated a comprehensive plan for the repair of the roads of the town before the end of the current financial year. Initially, the work will be taken up on the Circular Road, Arra Market road, Old Jail Road, Fountain Chowk to Hukki Chowk, Naniana Gate to Astable Gate, Bazar Sarafan to Jatinder Chowk, Balbir Basti Main road, a part of the Dogar Basti road and Amar Ashram road.

Four dead, 7 hurt in mishaps
Hoshiarpur, June 14
Four persons were killed and seven others were wounded including three girls and a woman in two different road accidents in Hoshiarpur district last night and early this morning.

Two killed
Bathinda, June 14

Two youths of the city died in a road accident which took place at the Bathinda-Goniana road near Radha Swami dera, when a speeding car collided head on with their motor-cycle yesterday afternoon. 


Farmers continue dharna
Bathinda, June 14
The indefinite dharna started by the activists of BKU (Ekta) yesterday in protest against the arrests of the farmers for not being able to repay the loans taken by them continued for second day today.


Arrangements for poll in order: DC
Muktsar, June 14
Ms Usha R. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, yesterday said that all arrangements for the forthcoming panchayat elections to be held on June 29 had been completed and added that 4, 17, 206 voters of the district were eligible to exercise franchise.


Two women held for kidnapping infant
Faridkot, June 14
The Faridkot police has nabbed Manjit Kaur, a resident of Sadhanwala village, along with Ms Kanta Rani, a trained midwife of Sadiq village in this district, the charge of kidnapping a seven-month-old male child, Arsh, from the local Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital on June 11.

Pakistani remanded in police custody
Ferozepore, June 14

A Pakistani youth from Khanewal district, who intruded into the Indian territory in the Mamdot sector of this border district on June 11, has been remanded in police custody till June 16.

Prisoner escapes
Amritsar, June 14
Gurpal Singh a prisoner lodged in the Central Jail escaped from the court premises while he was being produced before the court of Mr S.K. Garg, Additional Sessions Judge here today.

3.50 lakh looted from contractor’s staff
Phagwara, June 14
Three employees of Messers Chaddha-Wadia Wine Contractors of this circle were allegedly attacked, injured and robbed of Rs 3.50 lakh on the Banga road area by 6 armed robbers last night.


Rs 5 lakh grant for govt college
Member of Parliament Bhan Singh Bhaura and Principal P. S. Bhatti lay the foundation stoneBathinda, June 14
Mr Bhan Singh Bhora, local MP, after laying the foundation stone of the arts block of the local Government Rajindra College today, announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the Parent Teachers Association of the college.

Member of Parliament Bhan Singh Bhaura and Principal P. S. Bhatti lay the foundation stone of the PTA-Arts Block at Government Rajindra College in Bathinda on Saturday. 
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Council passes engineering college proposal
Patiala, June 14
The Punjabi University Academic Council today passed a proposal for setting up an engineering college on the campus from the current academic session after rejecting the advice of its ex-officio member and Punjab DPI (Colleges) Dr Nisha Sharad to defer the issue.

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