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Foolproof evidence against Badal: CM
Chandigarh, June 20
Continuing his tough stance against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today that not one but several “challans” would be filed against Mr Badal.

Badal: govt has been exposed
Chandigarh, June 20
The former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, while addressing a conference here today alleged that the Punjab Government and its investigating agencies had been exposed following the refusal of Mr Harjinder Singh today to become an approver against his (Badal) family.

Bhindranwale ‘continues’ as Damdami Taksal chief
Chandigarh, June 20
By claiming that Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale continues to be the chief of the Damdami Taksal, its officiating chief, Baba Thakur Singh, in a statement from San Jose in California today has not only refuted the claim of Bhai Ram Singh as the 15th chief of the taksal but also given a new twist to the controversy over the grant of “martyr’s status” to the sant.

Paddy ‘depresses’ water table
Punjab to frame water management policy
Chandigarh, June 20
The over-exploitation of ground water has become Punjab’s bane. As many as 84 of the 138 blocks have been rendered “dark” meaning that the situation on the ground water front in these areas has turned critical.

Fatehgarh Sahib


2 scribes held on complaint of minister’s wife
Scribes deny charges
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 20
The district police has registered a case against three persons, including two scribes of Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Jaswant Singh, editor of ‘Sirhind Fatehgarh Sahib Today, a weekly newspaper, Ranbir Kumar Jajji of Hind Samachar and Gurmail Singh, on a complaint by Mrs Prem Lata, wife of the Forest Minister, Dr Harbans Lal, alleging that these three trespassed in her residence at Sirhind, threatened her and had a scuffle with her. But when the neighbours gathered they fled from there.

Frontier Mail fire still a mystery
Report rules out sabotage; no clue to exact cause yet
Ludhiana, June 20
The much-awaited forensic examination report in the Frontier Mail fire incident that consumed 36 lives has ruled out the possibility of any sabotage as the cause of the incident. The report, however, has failed to pinpoint the exact cause of fire. The mystery over the cause of fire still remains as a probe by the Railways Safety Department had also remained non-conclusive.


Administration gears up for panchayat elections
Ferozepore, June 20
Amidst apprehensions of violent clashes among workers of the rival political parties, the district administration is sparing no effort in making foolproof arrangements for the panchayat elections to be held on June 29.

Sunam village elects all-woman panchayat
Sunam, June 20
The residents of Bishanpura Akalgarh village, near here, have created a record of sorts by unanimously electing all six members, including the Sarpanch, to the village panchayat.

7,141 file papers for panchayat poll
Bathinda, June 20
As many as 7,141 nominations for the panchayat elections to be held on June 29 were received in the district. Out of these 1665 have filed nomination papers for the posts of Sarpanch while 5476 have filed papers for the posts of panch.

‘Defaulters have filed papers for panchayat poll’
Dera Bassi, June 20
Residents of over 12 villages in this subdivision have alleged that returning officers have admitted that certain candidates for panchayat elections have applied in violation of the guidelines of the state Election Commission.

42 panchayats elected unanimously
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 20
After the completion of the process of filing of nomination papers for the panchayat elections, 42 panchayats in the district were declared elected unanimously.
Giving details, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officer, said that 13 panchayats in Amloh block, 12 in Sirhind, six in Khamano and 11 panchayats in Bassi Pathana block were declared elected.

Poll duty for retired teacher!
Pathankot, June 20
Authorities concerned in Gurdaspur have assigned election duty in the panchayat poll to Mr Sampuran Singh, a Punjabi language teacher who had retired from the government service on February 23, 2003.

Amarinder’s bid to mollify Jagmeet
Chandigarh, June 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today made a serious effort to give “extra” importance to Jagmeet Singh Brar, an MP, who differed with the Chief Minister on several issues.

CM writes to Mayawati
Chandigarh, June 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has written to Ms Mayawati, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, not to attend the BSP rally at Talhan village on July 7.
Capt Amarinder Singh has stated that the peace has been brought to that area after a lot of efforts.


Durgiana Temple ‘toshakhana’ to be opened
Amritsar, June 20
The ‘toshakhana’ (where precious articles, including gold jewellery, are kept) of the ancient Durgiana Temple, which was sealed by the local administration after the pro-Congress committee took over from the BJP-dominated committee last year, would be opened in the presence of the sangat (devotees) shortly.

MP announces 7 lakh grant for Talhan
Talhan (Jalandhar), June 20
Elated over the success of both Dalit and Jat communities in reaching an amicable solution at Talhan village, Mr Balbir Singh, MP, has announced a grant of Rs 7 lakh for the development of the village.

No entry tax on new vehicles
Patiala, June 20
Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh today said new vehicles entering Punjab would be exempted from the local area development tax which was proposed to be levied at all entry points in the state to create a corpus to run the municipal corporations and committees following the abolition of octroi.

Farmers steal canal water
Bathinda, June 20
Even as the flow of water in canals and distributaries in the Malwa region has improved, farmers have been resorting to theft of canal water to irrigate their paddy fields.

SAD women protest against foeticide
Jalandhar, June 20
While expressing concern over the recent spurt in the cases of female foeticide, the SAD has decided to launch an awareness campaign in the state, particularly in the rural areas, to effectively promote the important role of women in building a civilised society.

SAD candidate in judicial remand
Bathinda, June 20
Even as candidates for the June 29 panchayat elections have started canvassing in their respective villages, Mr Teja Singh, a candidate for the post of Sarpanch and brother of the Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, Mr Balwant Singh Nandgarh, could not campaign as he is in judicial remand till July 5 in connection with a criminal case registered against him in 1999.

Abandoned wife sent back to USA
Chandigarh, June 20
The Lok Bhalai Party, which has launched a major campaign to support distressed women married to NRI men, has achieved a major victory by sending one such aggrieved wife, Ms Virpal Kaur, back to the USA.

“Missing” person
Chandigarh, June 20
Disposing of a petition filed by a “missing” sarpanch’s father seeking directions to the state of Punjab and other respondents against holding elections of Patarai Kalan village in Fatehgarh Sahib, the High Court on Friday asked him to approach the State Election Commission.

Samples of stinking water taken
Bathinda, June 20
The health authorities today took samples of drinking water from the truck operators union complex and adjoining colonies as complaints regarding the supply of stinking water had been received.

166 flood-prone villages identified in Patiala distt
Patiala, June 20
The district administration has identified 166 villages as flood-prone in the district, besides 19 sensitive points where control rooms with wireless sets have been established.

6 undertrials injured in group clash
Patiala, June 20
Six undertrials in Central Jail were injured following a fight over a smoking incident in Central Jail today. They have been admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital.
According to sources, a fight had occurred on the same grounds two days back when one Iqbal Mohammad of Hanumangarh and Balbir Singh of Anandpur Sahib quarrelled on the same issue.


Licences of 11 chemists suspended
Hoshiarpur, June 20
The Punjab Health Department has directed civil surgeons to ensure the presence of qualified persons at retail chemist outlets. These persons are legally bound to wear white aprons with nameplates.


Ex-MLA booked in assault case
Jalalabad, June 20
Former SAD MLA Sher Singh Ghubaya and a correspondent of a vernacular daily, besides four others, have been booked in an attempt to murder case under Sections 307, 323, 324, 148 and 149, IPC, and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. The case has been registered on a report of Balvir Chand of Arianwala village.

Five booked in fraud case
Pathankot, June 20
Economic offences are on the rise in the town, inspite of several offenders being arrested or booked by the law enforcing agencies. Today the local police booked five persons, who had allegedly in connivance with officials of Pathankot Primary Co-operative Agricultural Development Bank, got a loan of Rs 1.4 lakh sanctioned in the name of the complainant, Sukhdev Singh of Chhoarian village.

One killed in road mishap
Bathinda, June 20
One person was killed today when a vehicle hit him on the Bathinda-Naruana road, about 3 km from the city. Volunteers of a local NGO took the victim to hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The victim has been identified as Gurmail Singh of Naruana village.

Two poppy husk smugglers held
Bathinda, June 20
The police has arrested Manjit Kaur and her accomplice Jugraj Singh for smuggling poppy husk. Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note issued said Manjit Kaur, alias Gejo, and Jugraj Singh, alias Balkaran Singh, both residents of Dabwali in Haryana, were arrested today from near a level crossing near Burj Kahan Singhwala village in the Nathana area of the district.

One stabbed in prisoners’ scuffle
Jalandhar, June 20
An inmate of the Central Jail was injured when a group of rival inmates attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon on the jail premises here today. The inmate, identified as Ravinder Singh (25) of Hazooriwal village in Ludhiana, is in judicial custody after being arrested by Noormahal police in an abduction case last month.

190 bottles of liquor seized
Phagwara, June 20
The local police has seized 11 “petis” of whisky and 58 bottles of another brand of whisky that were being smuggled from Chandigarh to Jalandhar. One “peti” contains 12 bottles.

PO travel agent arrested
Phagwara, June 20
A travel agent declared proclaimed offender and wanted in three cases of fraud and criminal breach of trust, was nabbed from Chachoki village under Sadar police station.


Panel to update technical education
Chandigarh, June 20
The Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Punjab, has constituted a high-powered committee to bring about reforms in the existing curricula syllabi in the technical institutions.

Engg college proposal gets CM’s nod
Patiala, June 20
Punjabi University today claimed that its proposal to set up an engineering college on its campus had been cleared by state Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
According to an official press note, Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai had met the Chief Minister at Chandigarh and Patiala on the issue today, It said the Chief Minister had expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the university to set up the engineering college.

Pbi varsity VC may find himself in a spot
Patiala, June 20
In a disclosure which is likely to embarrass Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai, it has been revealed that the present Registrar, Dr Param Bakshish Singh, had been punished by the varsity Syndicate in 1978 for misbehaving with the then Registrar.


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