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Come clean on assets abroad, Badal to Amarinder
Chandigarh, June 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today asked Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to clarify his position regarding reports of “under-cover properties and business concerns owned by him in foreign lands”.

SIT to probe Narottam case
Lambi (Muktsar), June 18
Even as a police party from the local police station has been sent to the court concerned at Kharar in Ropar district for taking a transit remand of Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon, nephew of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in a criminal case registered here, the district police authorities have started gearing up for raids on various premises of Mr Badal and Mr Dhillon.

Punjab asked to relook panchayat poll timing
Chandigarh, June 18
In less than a fortnight before panchayat elections were scheduled to be held in the state of Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that large number of reservations for sarpanches had apparently been made in “contraventions of the guidelines issued by the government. 

Amarinder loyalists get plum posts
Patiala, June 18
Loyalty to the party and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh seems to have paid for leaders of Patiala district who have been given a handsome representation in the Subordinate Service Selection Board despite not being members of the state Assembly.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Another case in drainage scam
Malout (Muktsar), June 18
In a move, suspected to be launched for tightening noose around former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his kin, the local police has registered a criminal case against “unnamed” persons in connection with the drainage scam which allegedly took place when the Abul Khurana drain and the Aspal drain were set up.

Bhardwaj’s locker found empty
Ferozepore, June 18
CBI sleuths, accompanied by two counsel for the suspended Judicial Magistrate (Class I) S.S. Bhardwaj, yesterday descended on the local branch of Punjab and Sind Bank to search a locker of Mr Bhardwaj. According to the information available, the CBI team, accompanied by Mr Ashok Sehgal and Mr Ashish Sharma, counsel for Mr Bhardwaj, searched the locker no. 188 in the name of Mr Bhardwaj and his wife, Mrs Suman Bhardwaj.

Son lifts matter from father’s book
Patiala, June 18
Can a father and son write an identical book with different names. Can both books be part of the doctoral researches of both persons. This seems to be the case with two books published by Dr R.P. Srivastav and Dr S.P. Srivastav in 1983 and 1991, respectively.


MLAs’ appointments not right, says CPI
Chandigarh, June 18
The CPI said today that the appointment of 19 MLAs as chairpersons of various boards and corporations amounted to political corruption. Addressing a press conference, Dr Joginder Dayal, Secretary of the Punjab CPI, said these appointments had been made to buy the MLAs’ loyalty.

SAD-BJP candidate picked up by police?
Pathankot, June 18
The local Sadar police today allegedly picked up a SAD-BJP candidate, for sarpanch from the Sarna gram panchayat at the behest of the ruling Congress.


Narcotics worth crores destroyed
Amritsar, June 18
Custom officials destroy narcotics Large-scale seizures of high and medium grade narcotics are being made from border areas of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pardesh. The most sensitive areas in narcotic smuggling have been identified as Ferozepore and Amritsar in Punjab, Rajouri and Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir and Kulu in Himachal Pardesh, besides others.

Custom officials destroy narcotics in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Mann writes to PM on surveillance
Phagwara, June 18
In a letter to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee written yesterday, MP and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, has expressed his “agony and hurt at the attempts by the Indian state to overawe the leadership of the minorities in the country”.

Talhan fast returning to normal
Jalandhar, June 18
Finally, violence-hit Talhan village is fast returning to normal with no untoward incident being reported during the 11 hours of curfew relaxation today.

PSHRC comes to widow’s aid
Seeks report from SSP
Patiala, June 18
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the Senior Superintendent of Police, Patiala, to give his report regarding an alleged false case filed against a widow, who has been a tenant of a shop in Tripri township for the past 30 years, and also disclose whether the police is moving to cancel an FIR filed in this regard.

CJI’s car met with no accident
Chandigarh, June 18
The Registrar-General of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Pritam Pal, made it clear today that the Punjab and Haryana High Court car carrying the Chief Justice of India and the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court never met with any accident....”-freak” or otherwise.

‘Pak must give peace a chance’
Amritsar, June 18
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf should give peace a chance. This was stated by Mr Ram Das, MP, while talking to mediapersons at Wagah before leaving for Pakistan today. Mr Ram Das is part of the Indian Parliamentary delegation which left for Pakistan yesterday.

YC flags off trucks of wheat to Rajasthan
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 18
Mr Munish Verma, president, District Youth Congress flagged off trucks from Bassi Pathana town today carrying wheat to the drought-hit areas of Rajasthan. The wheat was collected by the workers of District Youth Congress for those people, who were facing acute shortage of grain due to drought.

Abandoned woman dies
Bathinda, June 18
A 40-year-old widow, Anita (name changed), a resident of Panipat who was suffering from tuberculosis and was abandoned at the local railway station yesterday died at the Civil Hospital today. 

Man ‘dies at police station’
Sangrur, June 18
Darshan Singh (48) of Kular Khurad village, near here, died at the local police station today when he went there to ask the police to take action against those who had injured his sons a couple of days ago, said Mr Major Singh, brother of the deceased, at the Civil Hospital. The post-mortem of the body was done here this evening.

Beating heat with watermelons
A rest before the rush of customersBathinda, June 18
Even as the residents are finding the heat unbearable, the watermelon sellers are all thanks for the high temperature as they are doing brisk business. Satish Kumar, a watermelon seller on the Amrik Singh road, said the fruit was affordable and gave solace from the hot weather. He said the residents were buying the fruit in bulk.

A rest before the rush of customers: Satish Kumar, a watermelon seller, takes a siesta in Bathinda on Wednesday. 
— photo Kulbir Beera

Doctors, paramedical staff strike work
Nabha, June 18
Doctors, paramedical staff and chemists of the town observed a complete strike in protest against the assault on doctors and paramedical staff on emergency duty at the civil hospital here by drunk youth last night.

Dalit-farmer row resolved
Mansa, June 18
The ongoing struggle between the Dalits and farmers belonging to upper class of Dalel Singhwala village in the district was amicably settled today with the intervention of the district administration.

Chachowal elects Sarpanch, panches unanimously
Jalandhar, June 18

Upholding their convention of unanimity, residents of Chachowal village chosen their new Sarpanch and five panches unanimously and formally sought the state Election Commission’s nod to the consensus evolved by them.

Judicial custody for accused in sleaze scam
Patiala, June 18
All the five accused in the Amritsar ‘’sex’’ scam case, including Sarabjit Singh, alias Raju, were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a local court today.

Forum opposes chaining of undertrials
Bathinda, June 18

The Punjab Law Forum has expressed concern over the chaining of undertrials and accused when they are produced in the district courts and the alleged inhuman treatment meted out to them.


13 IAS officers shifted
Chandigarh, June 18
The Punjab Government today transferred 13 IAS and eight PCS officers. Mr Rajesh Chhabra has been appointed as Financial Commissioner (Revenue) in place of Mr Bhagat Singh, who retires on June 30. Mrs Rupan Deol Bajaj has been appointed as Financial Commissioner (Appeals) and will have additional charge as the Principal Secretary, General Administration, on the superannuation of Mrs Daljit Jaijee on June 30.

More transfers in IT dept
Chandigarh, June 18
After the transfer of 15 assistant commissioners and deputy commissioners yesterday, the Income Tax, North Western Region, office today announced the transfer of 60 income tax officers.

Dr K.K. Sharma


Four-year-old girl abducted, raped
Phillaur, June 18
In a heinous incident, a four-year-old daughter of a rag-picker was allegedly abducted and raped by a rickshaw-puller late last night. Even as the police has detained about 15-20 rickshaw-pullers for an identification parade to arrest the culprit, the girl was found by the police while she was lying in a semi-conscious state in a pool of blood near the Ramgarh octroi post.

Staff stage-manages robbery, case solved
Phagwara, June 18
The local police claims to have solved a case of robbery which took place here on June 13. It found that the robbed ones had ganged up with the robbers. A press note issued today by the SP, Mr Harmanbir Singh Gill, said the robbery in which Rs 2.75 lakh was said to have been looted from three employees of a wine firm, Phagwara circle, in the Banga road area, was actually stage — managed by the three in league with Parveen Kumar, a former employee of the liquor contractor and a gangster, Pindar.

Finance co-owner held for fraud
Pathankot, June 18
The local police has arrested the owner of a finance company for duping depositors of lakh of rupees against an assurance of paying a high rate of interest.

Kin of youth killed in ‘fake’ encounter murdered
Tarn Taran, June 18
Mastan Singh (76), grandfather of Gurpartap Singh, alias Tabboo, a student of plus two who was allegedly killed in a fake encounter on October 24, 1993, by the local police, was last night found murdered with sharp-edged weapons.

Gang of thieves busted
Phagwara, June 18
The police yesterday claimed to have busted an inter-district gang of thieves who used to make holes into the roofs of medical stores and steal drugs for self-consumption besides selling them to the youth at cheaper rates.

Two arrested for castrating youth
Jalandhar, June 18
The district police has arrested two persons on the charge of castrating a youth. According to the police, Pamma of Bhargo Nagar was returning to his home last week when some persons kidnapped him and later castrated him leaving him in an unconscious state near the Domoria bridge yesterday.


Notice to Punjab on lecturer’s plea
Chandigarh, June 18
Taking up a petition filed by a senior lecturer in Ludhiana’s SCD Government College for Boys, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the state of Punjab and other respondents to “show cause why the petition should not be admitted”. The petitioner was seeking the quashing of an order whereby his claim was rejected for the issuance of relieving certificate to join a refresher course.

3 students hurt in clash
Amritsar, June 18
As many as three students, including a senior member of the All-India Sikh Students Federation Sandip Singh Wahla, were seriously injured when two groups of students clashed at a restaurant in front of Guru Nanak Dev University late last evening. 

Ex-Registrar’s plea rejected
Patiala, June 18
The Punjab Governor and Punjabi University Chancellor, Justice O.P. Verma, has rejected an appeal filed by senior university teacher and former Registrar, Dr Karamjit Singh Sidhu, against his removal from the post of Registrar.

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