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Punjab wakes up to industrial safety
Asks Bhopal institute to prepare emergency plans
Chandigarh, June 19
In a significant move targeted at equipping the state in handling emergency situations arising out of industrial disasters, the Punjab Government has sought expertise from the Disaster Management Institute (DMI) at Bhopal.

Sidhu is non-entity in UK: CM
Capt Amarinder SinghChandigarh, June 19
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said that the NRI, Mr Kanwal Sidhu, was a non-entity in England and no NRI was with him. “I know him for long as he worked with my father. A few years ago, he was unemployed and used to live on government dole in the UK”, said Capt Amarinder Singh.

Even Amarinder was ADC to General: Sidhu
Chandigarh, June 19
“If I was a valet, personal assistant, Private secretary or ADC to his late father in the USA, so was Capt Amarinder Singh. He was ADC to Gen Harbaksh Singh,” says Mr Kanwal Sidhu, Chairman of Wimpy International. He said he was “proud to have sold my services to the then Maharaja of Patiala.”

Malout police drops move on Narottam
Malout (Muktsar), June 19
The police authorities of this subdivision have decided not to move an application in the local court for seeking production warrant against Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon, nephew of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, for investigation into a criminal case registered against him in the Lambi police station recently.

How Akali unity was forged
Amritsar, June 19
Several stalwarts, including Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Haryana Chief Minister, and Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, the then Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, have had to eat a humble pie for making futile efforts to forge unity among Akali leaders in the past over four years.

Sekhon defends Badal
Ferozepore, June 19
Senior Akali leader and former Irrigation Minister, Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon, has asserted that the Vigilance Bureau is unnecessarily dragging the name of Mr Parkash Singh Badal in the Rs 350-crore drainage scam.

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A woman fixes 'ghungru' on Punjabi jutti
A woman fixes 'ghungru' on Punjabi jutti at Mochi Bazar in Amritsar on Wednesday.  — PTI


Action sought against doctor couple
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 19
The Physically Handicapped Association, Punjab, at its state-level meeting held here today condemned the threats of killing being given to Mr Manmohan Jargar, general secretary of the association, and his brother Sham Sunder by Dr Gurpreet Singh Padda of Gurpreet Nursing Home, Sirhind, and his wife.


Talhan: BSP plans rally
Jalandhar, June 19
With normalcy returning in troubled Talhan village, the district administration again allowed a 11-hour relaxation in curfew while maintaining it in the night as a precautionary measure.

Notaries have a field day
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 19
Rumours were rife in the district today that the panchayat elections are being postponed. However, a clarification by the District Electoral Officer cleared the confusion and nominees rushed to file nominations. There is great enthusiasm among the masses for the elections.

SAD workers hurt, ex-MLA manhandled
Jalalabad, June 19
Two SAD workers were seriously injured and former MLA Sher Singh Ghubaya was manhandled twice allegedly by Congress supporters on the last day of the filing of nomination papers for the panchayat elections here this afternoon.

Sarpanch’s poll set aside
Jalandhar, June 19
Much to the dismay of residents of Chachowal village of the district, the State Election Commission has set aside the “unanimous” election of a general category woman as the sarpanch of the village against the reserved seat.


Panchayats to recruit teachers on contract
Chandigarh, June 19
The Punjab Government today decided to hand over the supervisory control of government schools in the state to panchayats. The recruitment of teachers will now be made by the panchayats. However, their salary will be paid by the government.

Encroachers use politics, religion to evade action
Bathinda, June 19
About 300 acres of prime land, belonging to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), had been encroached upon by unscrupulous elements with the active patronage of the then ruling politicians in the early nineties.

Improvement Trust set to go hi-tech
Jalandhar, June 19
In its bid to bring transparency and efficiency in its working, the local improvement Trust is all set to turn hi-tech by going online besides setting up an enquiry counter for the redressal of public grievances and for speedy disposal of cases pertaining to Urban property.

Punjab issued notice on MLA’s bail plea
Chandigarh, June 19
Taking up a petition by MLA Sohan Singh Thandal seeking the quashing of an order passed by Ropar’s Session Judge rejecting his application for grant of regular bail in a corruption case, Mr Justice Hemant Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to Punjab’s Advocate-General for July 4.

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Scuffle between Indian, Pak porters
Wagah, June 19
A scuffle broke out between Indian and Pakistani porters here last evening, resulting in minor injuries on both sides.

Mine blast: report belies Army claims
Ferozepore, June 19
The reports of the Punjab Forensic Laboratory reveals that the powerful blast that took place at the residence of Resham Singh of Ladhuka village near the Indo-Pakistan border, occurred due to the explosion of a non-detectable APM mine generally used by military personnel.

Jagmohan clears funds for ‘galliara’ project
Amritsar, June 19
Union Cabinet Minister for Tourism Jagmohan cleared the remaining phases of “galliara” project of the Golden Temple following a meeting with Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa who led a delegation to Delhi.

Another jatha to visit Pakistan
Amritsar, June 19
The SGPC has decided to send a jatha of 209 pilgrims led by Mr Onkar Singh Sharifpura, a close confidant of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra to visit Pakistan on June 26 to mark the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh which falls on June 29 as per Nanakshahi calendar.

3 die as car rams into tree
Gurdaspur, June 19
Three persons died on the spot and one was seriously injured when their car rammed into a tree near Sohar, 9 km from here, this morning.


PSEB cancels order on meters
Patiala, June 19
In a sudden turnaround, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) led by former Chief Secretary Y.S. Ratra has cancelled an order for purchase of around 16 lakh electronic meters at a cost of Rs 42 crore orders for which were passed during the fag end of the chairmanship of Mr Sudhir Mittal.

PSEB suspends two officials
Patiala, June 19
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has suspended a Senior Executive Engineer and an Assistant Electrical Engineer on a charge of dereliction of duty following a fire which broke out at its 220 KV grid substation at Patti last night.

Govt appoints directors of Boards
Chandigarh, June 19
The Punjab Government today made the appointment of directors of various state-owned Boards and Corporations. In fact, the government has accomodated a large number of Congress activists including former MLAs etc, while making the appointment of directors. 

Kain is Transport Principal Secretary
Chandigarh, June 19
The Punjab Government ordered the following postings and transfers today: Mr Vijay Kain will be the Principal Secretary, Transport. Mr Dilsher Singh Kalha, Secretary Science, Technology and Environment will also look after the work of the Secretary, Medical Education and Research.


MLA’s confidant arrested
Rampura, June 19
A criminal case may be registered against the local MLA, Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar, for his alleged involvement in forcibly taking away television sets, seized by employees of the local municipal council from an electronic goods trader, Mr Mohinder Pal, from their custody in the first week of November last year.

Police clueless about murder
Tarn Taran, June 19
Residents of Walipur village, 4 km from here, are sore about the murder of Mastan Singh (76) who was pursuing the case of his grandson, Gurpartap Singh, alias Taboo allegedly killed in a fake encounter by the police.

Man, nephew murdered
Gurdaspur, June 19
Mohan Singh and his nephew were reportedly murdered at Purowal Araian village yesterday. According to police sources, the victims had a land dispute with some persons.

Wife killed, body thrown into drain
Amritsar, June 19
The district police of Majitha has booked Harmit Singh, a resident of Kaler village, for killing his wife and then disposing of the body on Tuesday evening.

Another murder in Tarn Taran
Tarn Taran, June 19
Even as the mystery shrouding the death of Mastan Singh is yet to be solved, another murder of a youth rocked the city for the second consecutive day today.


Pay salaries to DIETs staff, govt urged
Sangrur, June 19
In view of the hardships being faced by the staff of various District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) due to non-payment of salaries for the past couple of months, some leaders of various teachers’ organisations have urged the Punjab Government to pay the salaries to the staff of DIETs regularly either by raising a loan from any financial institution or from the state exchequer to enable the DIETs staff to meet their monthly expenses.

Schools not teaching Punjabi may be derecognised
Chandigarh, June 19
All recognised public and convent schools in Punjab, which are not teaching Punjabi from Class I, will face derecognition, as per the latest order of the state government.

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