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All Dalit, Jat leaders released
Jalandhar, June 16
All the 10 members of the Jat and Dalit communities were today released from the local Central Jail following acceptance of an inquiry report by the higher police authorities, wherein, it was recommended withdrawal of non-bailable sections from the two separate FIRs registered against the two warring parties about five months back.

SGPC chief: Centre okayed Nanakshahi calendar
Patiala, June 16
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Kirpal Singh Badungar today claimed that Nanakshahi calendar had been given due recognition by the Central Government and the people of the State and that the Punjab Government should shed its “stubborn” attitude and declare Sikh holidays according to the calendar.

Cops to gauge people’s mood before
Badal’s arrest

Muktsar, June 16
The police of various districts falling in the Malwa region, a traditional stronghold of Akalis, has started consulting the CID to apprehend the situation which would develop in Punjab in general and in this area in particular in case the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, was arrested.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Among the giants who have contributed to the evolution of Punjabi folk music through the last century, Karamjit Dhuri stands out — in his dress, speech and song, a true son of the soil.
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PM not to defend Badal: Mann
Ropar, June 16
Prime Minister Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee would not help Mr Badal in the corruption charges against him. The Prime Minister earlier did not help former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Karunanidhi in the corruption charges framed against him by the government.

Narottam’s remand extended
Kharar, June 16
A local court today extended the police remand of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s NRI cousin Narottam Singh Dhillon till June 18. He was produced before the court here after the expiry of his previous 2-day police remand.

Tohra denies rift with Chandumajra
Patiala, June 16
Senior Akali leader and former Shiromani Committee President Gurcharan Singh Tohra said today there were no differences between him and former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra adding that any such difference reported in the Press was false.

Derecognise SAD: Socialist Front
Phagwara, June 16
The Socialist Front Punjab, President Mr Kesar Singh and Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission Chairman Mr Balwant Singh Khera said today that they would write to the Election Commission urging it to derecognise the Shiromani Akali Dal (B).

New Akali Dal on July 19
Jalandhar, June 16
Former Speaker and Senior Akali Leader Ravi Inder Singh today said that formation of new Akali Dal would be announced on July 19 here. Following a meeting of senior Akali leaders here today, Mr Ravi Inder said all Akali leaders have decided to announce the formation on “new Akali Dal” on the basis of principles on which Shiromani Akali Dal was formed in 1920”.

Complainants throng EC’s office
Chandigarh, June 16
A large number of people, mostly from nearby districts such as Patiala, Ropar, Ludhiana etc, today flocked to the office of the Punjab State Election Commissioner, Mr C.L. Bains, here to lodge complaints about the deletion of their names from the revised voters lists for the June 29 panchayat poll.


Panchayat poll on June 29
Chandigarh, June 16
A formal notification for holding elections to gram panchayats in Punjab was issued today by the State Election Commissioner, Mr C.L. Bains. According to the notification June 19 will be the last date for filing nominations.

276 nominations filed for panchayat elections
Sangrur, June 16
On the first day of filling of nomination papers for the panchayat elections, 92 nomination papers were filed for the posts of Sarpanch while 184 nomination papers were filed for the posts of Panch in all 12 blocks of the Sangrur district, according to Mr Shivdev Singh Dandiwal, Additional District Electoral Officer-cum-ADC (Development), Sangrur, here this evening.

11 file papers for panchayat poll
Pathankot, June 16
As many as 11 nomination papers were filed today from Pathankot and Sujanpur blocks, for the panchayat elections, scheduled for June 29. Due to the shortage of forms these were sold at a premium said a large number of candidates.

Panchayat poll: 5 file nominations
Bathinda, June 16
Five candidates, four for the posts of panch and one for the post of sarpanch, filed nomination papers in the district on the first day of the filing of nominations for the panchayat elections to be held on June 29.

Cong district heads asked to meet workers
Abohar, June 16
The PPCC has asked all district presidents of the party to sit in their respective offices at the headquarters for three days a week to meet the party workers and solve their problems. The direction has been given keeping in mind the next Lok Sabha elections.


Century-old clubs’ fate uncertain
Amritsar, June 16
Uncertainty prevails over the fate of the century–old three clubs located in the Ram Bagh gardens in view of the notices issued by the municipal corporation to them. The notice dated June 2 asks the club managements to “surrender the vacant possession of the land under their illegal possession to the municipal corporation within seven days from the receipt of this notice.

BKU (E) detains bank staff
Nathana (Bathinda), June 16
Tension has gripped this town following activists of the BKU (Ekta) gheraoed the local branch of primary Agriculture Development Bank and detained its staff members and the police deployed heavy police force to prevent any untoward incident.

No formal orders for officials’ promotion
Chandigarh, June 16
The Punjab Government is alleged to be dilly-dallying in implementing the recommendations of the departmental promotion committee set up to promote class-I officers from among the ministerial staff posted at the head office of the state education department here.

Peons attend cases, doctors rehearse for poll duty
Talwandi Sabo, June 16
The functioning of local subdivisional hospital came to a complete halt today as all doctors and members of paramedical staff had gone to attend the rehearsal for the panchayat elections to be held on June 29.

No funds for cadets to attend camp
Chandigarh, June 16
As many as 260 NCC cadets from Punjab have lost the opportunity to attend a national integration camp being organised in their own state as treasury officials have reportedly refused to release funds despite the state government’s sanction. The camp begins at Kum Kalan near Ludhiana, tomorrow.

IFS officer gets judicial remand
Kharar, June 16
A local court today remanded Indian Forest Service officer Parveen Kumar, posted as Divisional Forests Officer at Ropar, in judicial custody till June 28 in connection with a corruption case registered against him and several other officers of the Punjab Forest Department by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

PUDA demolition drive ‘selective’
Bathinda, June 16
Mr Gurmukh Singh of the Dhobiana locality here, whose house was demolished on June 14 in an anti-encroachment drive by PUDA, today claimed that he had not encroached upon government land.

Hospital godsend for poor patients
Bathinda, June 16
For residents of transrailway colonies, the charitable Amar Hospital is a godsend as it provides the best treatment in the city and that, too, at a cost within the reach of poor people.

Creating awareness on bicycles
Faridkot, June 16
Mr Ranjit Singh and Mr Charanjit Singh of this town today left on a tour on their bicycles to spread the message of national integration and create awareness against drug addiction, AIDS and dowry in the society.

Special drive to issue ration cards
Jalandhar, June 16
The Punjab Government had decided to launch a special campaign for the renewal and issuance of ration cards in the state. Civil Supply Minister Avtar Henry today told reporters that the campaign was being started during which around 90 lakh ration cards would be renewed after scrutiny and a proper survey.

Youths urged to eradicate social evils
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 16
Youths are precious assets of any country and society, so we should try hard to utilise their energy in a positive and constructive manner, said Mr Brij Lal Goyal, vice-president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, while addressing youth Congress workers here today.

Order on panchayat poll reserved
Chandigarh, June 16
Acting on a bunch of petitions seeking the quashing of a roster for panchayat elections prepared by Amritsar’s Deputy Commissioner, the Punjab and Haryana High Court reserved order. The case will now come up for pronouncement on Wednesday.

BRO to construct Chakki-Dalhousie road
Pathankot, June 16
The Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Vinod Khanna, has said the road leading from Chakki to Dalhousie will be constructed by the Border Roads Organisation. The project to construct and widening of the road has been assigned to the BRO.

Larger role for women in defence
The role of women in defence has been growing gradually since Independence. Earlier women were there in defence production units, defence research and development laboratories and in the medical corps. 

Residents break ‘matkas’ in protest
Ferozepore, June 16
Residents of the cantonment area held a demonstration in front of the office of the local Cantonment Board in protest against an acute shortage of potable water in the cantonment for the past couple of months.

Police team conquers peak
Patiala, June 16
A seven-member team of the Punjab Police Adventure Sports Club conquered the Lampak peak, which is located at a height of 20,280 feet in the Joshimath sector in Uttranchal.

111 poor girls married off
Patiala, June 16
The Patiala Aradhana Kala Manch in collaboration with the Punjab Police got 111 orphan and poor girls of nearby villages and towns married off at Raj Kamal Palace here yesterday.

A mass marriage ceremony of 111 couples was held at the Raj Kamal palace in Patiala on Sunday. — Photo Subhash Patialvi

A mass marriage ceremony of 111 couples was held at the Raj Kamal palace in Patiala

Woman dies of burn injuries
Bathinda, June 16
Two persons, including a woman died here in separate incidents. The woman, Gurmeet Kaur (24), died when she accidentally caught fire in the Guru Ke Nagri area of the city. The married woman received 100 per cent burn injuries.


Encroachers protest against MC drive
Jalandhar, June 16
The local Municipal Corporation officials today razed to the ground as many as three under-construction shops and some “kutcha” houses in the Rama Mandi area, near here, during its anti-encroachment drive even as the affected parties termed the whole exercise to be selective.


Girl, paramour held for murder
Amritsar, June 16
The district police today claimed to have solved two murder cases. With the arrest of Preetam Kaur alias Preeti and her paramour Sukhjit Singh alias Sonu, both residents of Kot Mit Singh under Sultanwind police station, the police today solved the murder case of Harpreet Singh of same area killed on the night of June 14.

Flesh trade racket busted, 5 held
Amritsar, June 16
Acting on a tip-off, the Islamabad police busted a flesh trade racket and arrested five persons, including three women, here late last evening. Mr Kultar Singh, district police chief, while giving details at a press conference here today, said the police had got a tip-off that Billu, a resident of Inderpuri, along with Harpal Singh, alias Raju, of Harchowal village, Gurdaspur, was running a flesh trade racket in his house.

Fake currency notes seized
Tarn Taran, June 16
In a bid to destabilise the economy of India, the Pakistan’s ISI has chalked out a long-term plan to pump in large-scale fake currency with the help of international smugglers. This was revealed during the interrogation of two smugglers arrested by the Tarn Taran police with fake currency of Rs 99,000.

2 held under Gambling Act
Tapa, June 16
The police here arrested two bookies and seized some money and some documents from them today. In a press note issued here yesterday, Mr Sukhminder Singh Mann, DSP, said that two accused, who had been arrested and were identified as Rakesh Goyal, a resident of Budhlada town of Mansa district and Sushil Kumar, a local resident, had been running the business of betting in this region for the past many days and in this way had been making money by cheating innocent people.


Varsity to get Syndicate’s nod for engg college
Patiala, June 16
In spite of reservations by the Higher Education Ministry, Punjabi University has made the establishment of an engineering college on its premises a fait accompli by deciding to get the final stamp of approval for the institution from its Syndicate, which is meeting on June 21.

Can dental teacher become DRME?
Patiala, June 16
The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association today claimed that no Principal of any dental college in the state could become the Director, Research and Medical Education according to the Medical Council of India norms.

Principals’ body resents fee hike
Patiala, June 16
The Association of Principals of Non-Government Colleges affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala, has expressed concern over the steep hike in fee for the undergraduate and postgraduate classes in both government and aided private colleges in the state.

Rs 2 lakh granted for hall in Teachers’ Home
Bathinda, June 16
Mr Bhan Singh Bhora, MP, has announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the construction of hall on the first floor of the Teachers’ Home here. After laying the foundation stone of the hall on Friday, Mr Bhora said after the completion of the hall the utility of the building for teaching community, would increase.

ITI students get jobs
Bathinda, June 16
Seven students of various industrial training institutes have got jobs with the help of placement cell of the Technical Education Department. Mr Hardeep Kumar, Principal of the local ITI, said seven students had been placed with LG Electronics.

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