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NRIs may turn their back on Punjab
Vigilance cases against Narottam, Kanwal Sidhu
Chandigarh, June 17
Upset over the manner in which the cases against NRIs have been handled by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, representations have been made to the British Foreign Office in London to get Punjab declared “unsafe” for investments, quoting “political vendetta” as the reason for harassment of those who ventured to put their money in businesses in the state of their origin.

VB charged with abuse of law
Index page: VB raids Badal’s Balasar farmhouse
Another VB raid on Wimpy’s office

Parliamentary panel for Indo-Pak forum

Wagah, June 17
“The recent rhetoric of General Musharraf and Mr L.K. Advani was unfortunate’’, said the veteran journalist and the leader of the Indian Parliamentary delegation Mr Kuldip Nayar.

A six-member Parliamentary delegation, headed by noted journalist Kuldip Nayar, crosses the Indo-Pak Joint Check Post
A six-member Parliamentary delegation, headed by noted journalist Kuldip Nayar, crosses the Indo-Pak Joint Check Post at Wagah on Tuesday. — photo by Rajiv Sharma

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‘Sheenu, not Tulsa, is plus two topper’
Bathinda, June 17
Mr Jarnail Singh Sandhu, Principal, Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Malout, has claimed that Sheenu Bansal a student of his school had topped in the state in the plus two (humanities) examination and not Tulsa of Ludhiana. The Punjab School Education Board declared on Sunday that Tulsa had got the first position in the state.

PSEB issues revised merit list

Stray incident during curfew relaxation
Jalandhar, June 17
The situation at Talhan village today remained normal during relaxation in curfew barring an incident in which some miscreants damaged the submersible pumps of three Jats by lowering these deep into the wells. Curfew was completely lifted in Buta Mandi area.

Woman’s torture: probe ordered
Chandigarh, June 17
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has come to the rescue of a woman, allegedly detained and tortured by the police personnel at a police station at Patiala, and has directed the Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP) of the commission to inquire and submit his report.

29 MLAs to head corporations, boards
Chandigarh, June 17
The much-awaited appointment of chairpersons for various government-owned boards, corporations and Members of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board were announced today by the Punjab Government.


Confusion in Akali ranks over unity
Patiala, June 17
Akali veterans, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, may have achieved unity between themselves, but the move is yet to percolate down to the grass-roots level with workers of both the erstwhile Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal and the Shiromani Akali Dal filing their nomination papers for the coming panchayat elections.

Arrangements for elections completed
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 17
The district administration has completed all the necessary arrangements for the smooth conduct of elections to be held on June 29, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune here today.

Panch allowed to file papers
Move to appoint panchayat secys on contract
Central observers sought for panchayat poll
Ludhiana page

Liquor flows freely in countryside
400 file papers on second day


Himachal CM to rescue of 7-year-old boy
Jalandhar, June 17
Lucky, a seven-year-old boy, would never have dreamt even in his wildest dreams that Himachal Chief Minister Virbahdra Singh would come to his rescue one day by providing a grant of Rs 1.10 lakh for the treatment of a serious heart ailment, affecting his growth since birth.

Book killers of prof Mann, daughter: PCCTU
Phagwara, June 17
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union today served an ultimatum on the government either book the killers of Prof Anokh Singh Mann and his daughter Ms Prabhjit Kaur (a student of M.Sc. I) in a fortnight or face an agitation.

Funds for NCC cadets released
Chandigarh, June 17
The Punjab Government has released funds to enable NCC cadets from the state to attend the National Integration Camp, being held at Kum Kalan, near Ludhiana. About 260 cadets from the state have been selected to attend the camp, which commenced today.

Bassi Pathana residents complain against doctor
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 17
Mr Manmohan Jargar, general secretary, Physically Handicapped Association, Punjab, and his brother, Mr Sham Sunder, secretary, Blood Donors Society, Bassi Pathana, have urged the Deputy Commissioner and SSP to save their lives from Dr Gurpreet Singh Padda of Gurpreet Nursing Home, Sirhind, as his wife has reportedly threatened them to eliminate. 

PSEB steps to check power theft
Bathinda, June 17
Mr Y.S. Ratra, Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), yesterday said to check power theft, electricity supply to various billing areas would be metered and the difference of power supply to the respective areas and the power billed in these areas would be reduced.

Guru Nanak Thermal Plant to be modernised
Bathinda, June 17
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has prepared various schemes for the improvement in power supply to consumers wherein new power substations would be set up, augmentation of the overloaded transformers, power conductors, computerisation of revenue accounting, meter reading and modernisation of the complaint centres.

BKU (Ekta) ends dharna
Nathana (Bathinda), June 17
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) ended the indefinite dharna near the local Primary Agriculture Development Bank (PADB) when the five farmers released from Central Jail Bathinda reached here this afternoon.

Farmers raise slogans after they were released from Central Jail Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera 
Farmers raise slogans after they were released from Central Jail Bathinda

IMA: withdraw case against surgeon
Sangrur, June 17
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) today served an ultimatum on the Punjab Government to withdraw a case registered against a surgeon of Muktsar, Dr Vikramjit Singh, under Section 304-A, IPC (causing death by negligence) and issue guidelines to the police not to register cases against doctors without a probe by a panel, before June 25.

PSHRC orders probe into illegal raid
Malerkotla, June 17
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has ordered an inquiry into the alleged illegal raid by the Malerkotla police on the house of Mr Nand Lal, son of Rafloo Ram, an employee of the Malerkotla Cold Storage near Bhogiwal.


5 new vegetable varieties cleared by PAU
Moga, June 17
The Variety Approval Committee of Punjab Agriculture University has given its approval for the release of new varieties of tomato hybrid TH-1, musk melon MM-28, onion PHO-6, ash gourd PAG-3, sponge gourd PSG-9 and guava Arka Amulya.


15 income tax officials transferred
Chandigarh, June 17
Fifteen officials of the income tax department (north western region) have been transferred. These include two Chief Commissioners (CCs) — Mr S.S. Kanwal and Mr Mr S.K. Mittal — posted at Amritsar, who have been shifted to Chandigarh and Ludhiana, respectively. Mr Hutesh Dogra and Mr Sunil Kumar Saxena, CCs, Ludhiana, have been shifted to Shimla and Amritsar, respectively.

Govt jobs for terrorism victims’ kin
Chandigarh, June 17
The dependants of terrorist victims in Punjab will soon get another opportunity to secure government jobs. Sources said a case in this connection had been prepared by the authorities concerned. It had been sent to Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh for approval. Once the Chief Minister cleared the file, applications would be invited from the eligible dependants.


5 held for robbery in Batala
Gurdaspur, June 17
The Batala police has busted a gang of armed robbers with the arrest of Jaspal Singh, Charanjit Singh, Satnam Singh and Major Singh, all residents of Mandial under Batala police station, and Swarn Singh of Kathunangal under Majitha police station. One pistol, four cartridges, one iron rod, one datar and one torch have been recovered from their possession. This was stated by Dr Naresh Kumar, SSP, Batala, in a press note issued today.

Youth castrated
Jalandhar, June 17
A youth was allegedly castrated by unidentified people in the Basti Sheikh area here recently. According to the police, victim Pamma was coming to his maternal grand parents’ house in Bhargo Camp here last week when he was forcibly taken away by some unknown people. 

2 members of vehicle thieves gang held
Amritsar, June 17
The district police today busted a four-member gang of vehicle thieves and seized a stolen truck, Tata Sumo and Tata Indica from them. Two persons have been arrested in this regard.

One crushed to death
Jalandhar, June 17
One person was crushed to death, while another was injured, when a truck hit the scooter, they were riding near Rama Mandi chowk here today.

Labourer attacks 3 of family
Faridkot, June 17
Three members of a family were injured by a migrant labourer and his accomplices in Chughewala village of this district last night.


SLIET gets 13 projects
Sangrur, June 17
The Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, has received 13 sponsored research projects, costing Rs 93 lakh, from the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), New Delhi, this year.

Sekhon elected president
Amritsar, June 17
Mr Baljit Singh Sekhon, director, Youth Welfare, was elected president of the Guru Nanak Dev University Officers Association. All office-bearers of the association were elected unopposed, according to the returning officer, Prof Kashmir Singh.


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