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Kanwal Sidhu to move ICJ
5 Wimpy's employees remanded in police custody
Chandigarh, June 15
While a Kharar court remanded all five employees of Wimpy’s International in police custody for three days , the Chairman of the company, Mr Kanwal Sidhu, has threatened to move courts in London and the Hague for “denial of human rights” and “ unlawful damage to his business interests in an alien land”.

VB officials tortured me: Narottam
‘Forced’ to sign blank papers
Badal (Muktsar), June 15
Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon , nephew of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, has alleged that his clothes were removed, his hands tied, he was made to sit on the floor and abused by certain senior Vigilance officials in the past three days while he was in their custody at a police station in Mohali to extract a confessional statement against Mr Badal to fix him in a criminal case.

BJP to oppose Badal’s arrest
Ludhiana, June 15
Accusing the Amarinder Singh government of following an agenda of “witch-hunt and blackmail against selected leaders of the opposition” in Punjab, the BJP said today it would oppose any move to arrest Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal.

Himachal page: Dhindsa flays govt for ‘harassing’ Badal

Major reshuffle in SGPC, SAD on cards
Amritsar, June 15
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and organisational structure of the Shiromani Akali Dal are likely to undergo major reshuffles in July (after the panchayat elections). The blueprint for the proposed major shake-up has been finalised.




Badal will have to restore pre-split position 
Ludhiana, June 15
With the achievement of unity of Akali Dals Mr Parkash Singh Badal will have to restore the status quo — the position which prevailing before the split in the Dal. This is stated to be the broad agreement between the two senior leaders — Mr Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra who were closeted for more than one hour before the final announcement of unity at Patiala on Friday.

The trio that brought peace to Talhan
Jalandhar, June 15
Not many people might be knowing that it was a team of three top police officials, which played a vital, but, ‘behind the curtain’ role in breaking the ice and hammering out the much-needed Dalit-Jat compromise.

Ludhiana students excel in plus 2
SAS Nagar, June 15
Recording a marginal decline in the overall pass percentage of the Punjab School Education Board Class XII (Humanities and vocational) examination, 60.33 percent of the students who appeared in the examination in March this year have passed. However, majority of these (63.6 per cent) have passed in the second division.


Creation of new panchayats opposed
Jalalabad, June 15
Mr Zora Singh Mann, SAD MP from Ferozepore, has criticised the authorities for creating a new panchayat from the existing panchayat of his native village, Chak Suhelewala.

Doctors against death due to negligence clause
Muktsar, June 15
The Punjab unit of Indian Medical Association is up in arms against the practice of registration of criminal cases against doctors if a patient died during or after treatment, as the association felt that such cases were registered without proper enquiry.

Dr Sukhwinder Singh, advisor, IMA Action Committee, speaks during a function at Muktsar on Sunday. — Photo Kulbir Beera
Dr Sukhwinder Singh, advisor, IMA Action Committee, speaks during a function at Muktsar

Health of ayurveda pharmacy may improve
Patiala, June 15
From having practically no medicines for nearly four years at a stretch, hundreds of Ayurvedic dispensaries across the state will now be supplied sugar-coated Ayurvedic preparations through the state of the art machinery being installed at its only state pharmacy here.

Where is the pilot’s memorial
Pride turns into despair for parents
Birdhano, June 15
A nostalgic trip of a Hyderabad-based couple to this village today to see a spot, situated just on the Sangrur-Patiala-Fatehgarh Sahib border, where their son, Sq. Ldr Ram Parkash, had died in an air crash three years ago, turned into utter despair when a memorial promised by the Punjab government and the local villagers to be built in his memory was nowhere in view.

132 ‘dharmi faujis’ honoured
Chandigarh, June 15
The apathy of the SGPC, the Damdami Taksal, the Shiromani Akali Dal and the previous SAD-BJP Government towards Sikh soldiers “dharmi faujis” who left their barracks in protest against Operation Bluestar was decried at a function here today.

Bibi Kulwant Kaur, widow of a “dharmi fauji”, is felicitated at a function in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Bibi Kulwant Kaur, widow of a "dharmi fauji", is felicitated at a function in Chandigarh on Sunday

Officials ‘doctor’ records to sell land
Ropar, June 15
The revenue officials are allegedly manipulating the entries in the possession columns (girdawaris) of the revenue records and helping the encroachers in selling the government land. Many such cases have come to the fore in the Anandpur Sahib tehsil where the land of the BBMB, Irrigation Department and Railways has been sold by encroachers in connivance with the revenue officials.

Making most of summer holidays
ABOHAR: They had come to spend summer holidays with their grandparents but the summer camp-cum theatre workshop organised by Natrang, an NGO, lured them. Now over 100 children, some of them from New Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Hisar and Chandigarh, spend their full day at DAV Model School here, where they learn swimming and run on lushgreen lawns.

VB summons MC records, officials
Mansa, June 15
The Vigilance Bureau has summoned some records from the local Municipal Council in connection with an inquiry against Mr Pawan Kumar Matti, a former president of the council. The records include those regarding contract for cleanliness of the city, receipt of grant from the Central Government for the construction of a rose garden and taking on lease a private building for Municipal Council office after vacating its own office from the first floor of the local bus stand.

Judge summons six Welfare Dept officials
Pathankot, June 15
The local Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mr Bhajan Ram, has issued summons to six officials of the Welfare Department, including the District Welfare Officer of Amritsar and Tehsil Welfare Officer of Zira in a suit filed by Ms Pushpa Devi, Tehsil Welfare Officer, here for the recovery of Rs 25 lakh as damages for loss to her reputation.

Cable scam: CBI remand of accused extended
Patiala, June 15
All five accused in the Amritsar cable scam were remanded in the CBI custody till June 18 by the Duty Magistrate, Mr Sat Pal, here today.

Ayurvedic docs’ meeting on June 18
Faridkot, June 15
The 89-day unadjusted qualified Ayurvedic Doctors Association Punjab has convened its meeting in Patiala on June 18 to decide future course of action due to the indifferent attitude of the state government to reemploy them in the service since long in the state.


Education drive for cotton growers
Bathinda, June 15
Chief Agriculture Officers of seven districts yesterday held a meeting at the local Agriculture Bhavan under the presidentship of Dr Kulwant Singh Billing, Joint Directorate of Agriculture, Punjab.

Farmers burn effigy of govt
Nathana, June 15
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) today burnt an effigy of the Punjab Government on the third day of its indefinite dharna near the local branch of Primary Agriculture Development Bank.


Measures to meet flood-like situation
Sangrur, June 15
To meet flood like-situation in the district during the monsoon, the district administration has geared up its machinery by allocating duties to all government departments and ordering them to be ready to meet the challenge of floods in the district, especially in the Moonak and Khanauri, the most flood-prone areas.

Officials briefed on anti-flood steps
Mansa, June 15
A meeting of the district officials on floods was held here yesterday under the chairmanship of Mr Raj Kamal Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner Mansa where steps to control floods in the district were discussed.

Blind assigned poll duty
Fazilka, June 15
The act of assigning poll duties to a blind teacher and a retired teacher has put a question mark on the efficiency of the civil administration of this district. The office of the Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, has worked out schedule for duties of officials for the panchayat poll to be held on June 29.


Former Akali leader booked
Amritsar, June 15
Former Akali leader Pardeep Singh Walia has been booked by the district police for allegedly trespassing in the house of Surinder Singh, a resident of Hukam Singh Road here on June 7 and injuring him. A case has been registered under Sections 447, 452, 427, 506, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC at Civil Lines police station on the complaint of Surinder Singh last evening.

Girl, paramour kill youth
Amritsar, June 15
Harpreet Singh (27), resident of Kot Mit Singh was stabbed to death by a girl and her lover for objecting to alleged illicit relations, here late last night. The deceased was sleeping in the house of girl at the time of incident.

Woman commits suicide
Hoshiarpur, June 15
Satwinder Kaur (25) wife of Malkiat Singh of Mehtabpur committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance on Friday.


IDA plea to govt on DRME
Patiala, June 15
The Indian Dental Association, Patiala, has appealed to the Government of Punjab to appoint the Principal of the Dental College, Patiala as the next Director of Research and Medical Education as the post was going to fall vacant on July 1 after the retirement of Dr Ravinder Singh.

B.Ed entrance test conducted
Amritsar, June 15
As many as 43,484 students appeared for the state level B Ed entrance test conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University today.


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