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BSP adamant on Mayawati’s visit
Drop Talhan proceedings, pleads Punjab
Chandigarh, June 21
The Punjab Government has requested the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes to drop the proceedings pertaining to Talhan village, which witnessed caste-based violence recently.

Rinwa discounts CM’s fears on
Mayawati’s visit
Jalandhar, June 21
On UP Chief Minister Ms Mayawati’s scheduled visit to address “Dhikkar ate Ninda” rally at Buta Mandi here on July 7, the state’s BJP chief, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa today discounted fears of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh of threat to peace.

Indians in Pak jail lose balance
Kapurthala, June 21
As many as 15 to 80 Indian youths, who have been languishing in Pakistan’s Kot Lakhpat jail, have become mentally sick following torture by the jail authorities. Most of the youths, who were arrested on a charge of spying, have served their jail term but are not being released. 

Syndicate approves engineering college
on campus
Patiala, June 21
The Punjabi University Syndicate today unanimously approved the opening of an Engineering College on the campus here even though Punjab Education Secretary N.S. Rattan earlier had appealed to the Syndicate to defer the proposal. 

Jail inmates tell Birmi tales of woes
Complain of poor food quality, lack of medical facilities
Patiala, June 21
Freedom may be still be a dream for hundreds of prisoners lodged in the Central Jail here, but freedom of expression allowed to them today by Minister of State for Jails Malkit Singh Birmi resulted in embarrassment for the jail administration, with inmates saying they were neither getting the requisite food items nor medical aid and accusing an official of murder.

SGPC not to interfere in taksal affairs
Amritsar, June 21
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC chief, today said the shiromani committee would not interfere in the internal matters of Damdami Taksal. In a press note issued here today, Mr Badungar said the SGPC would give recognition to any person who was unanimously installed as Jathedar of the takht.

Fatehgarh Sahib

Sikh farmers carry paddy seedlings through a flooded field on the outskirts of Ropar
Sikh farmers carry paddy seedlings through a flooded field on the outskirts of Ropar on Saturday. The monsoon rains in many areas across India have provided respite to the intense heat with temperatures on the outskirts of Ropar reaching 38-degree Celsius. — Reuters



3 Akali candidates’ papers rejected
Nathana (Bathinda), June 21
Hundreds of residents of Phoola village of the district raised slogans against the returning officer of the Nathana block and the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, when the nomination papers of three Akali candidates were rejected allegedly on flimsy grounds late last evening.

No nomination from Vir Nagar
Phagwara, June 21
It is learnt that no nomination papers have been received from Vir Nagar for the panchayat poll raising a piquant situation there. The last day of filing the papers was on June 19.

Mr Sukhwinder Singh along with others who have been unanimously elected the Sarpanch and Panches of Killi Nihanlsinghwalaiat village, flash victory sings
Mr Sukhwinder Singh (garlanded), along with others who have been unanimously elected the Sarpanch and Panches of Killi Nihanlsinghwalaiat village, flash victory sings in Bathinda on Saturday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Infighting among Congress MCs intensifies
Faridkot, June 21
The infighting among Municipal Councillors of the Congress party in the Nagar Council here intensified yesterday when 10 out of 14 councillors levelled serious charges against Mr Gurcharan Singh, President of the council, also of the same party, for giving undue favour to the contractors for development works.

CPI workers hurt in lathi charge
Bhikhiwind, June 21
In a bid to disperse agitating, CPI activists who had been protesting against the returning officer for his failure to display the list of candidates for the panchayat elections till midnight yesterday, the police resorted to a lathi charge in which many persons sustained injuries in this border town.

Seven panchayats elected unanimously
Gurdaspur, June 21
Seven panchayats have been elected
unanimously to Gurdaspur subdivision. Those elected as Sarpanches are Mrs Kulwinder Kaur from Gurmukh Singh Nagar, Mrs Raino from Jhawar, Mr Davinder Singh Saini from Khokhar, Mr Darshan Lal from Darapur, Mrs Chanchel Rani from Dhoot, Mr Saroop Singh from Sadda and Mr Joginder Singh from Paharipur.

A family of sarpanches
Parkash KaurMattewal (Amritsar), June 21
A record of sorts was created today when Bibi Parkash Kaur Mattewal was today elected unanimously sarpanch of the village. Talking to The Tribune, Mr Kulbir Singh Mattewal, former sarpanch and husband of Bibi Parkash Kaur said that the post of sarpanch was offered to his father Kartar Singh in 1943 during the British rule and added that at that time Mattewal represented a cluster of 10 villages.


Doctors gherao DC’s residence
Jalandhar, June 21
Nearly 150 doctors and members of the Indian Medical Association gheraoed the residence of the Deputy Commissioner and demanded the withdrawal of a case registered by the police against two doctors under Section 304, IPC, following the death of an additional munshi of the cantonment police station at a local hospital.

PRTC set to earn goodwill
Patiala, June 21
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation yesterday launched the “Hamari Sawari Sabse Pyari” scheme under which emphasis will be laid on creating goodwill for the corporation.

40 pc water samples fail test
Bathinda, June 21
The district, known as the heartland of Malwa region seems to have become doubly cursed due to the indifferent attitude of ruling politicians and the state government. The residents here have not been getting an adequate supply of potable water and in the pockets where the piped supply of water has been provided, it has been found, in most of the areas, unfit for human consumption.

PPCB to set up common effluent plants
Patiala, June 21
The newly appointed Punjab Pollution Control Board Chairman Rana K.P. Singh said yesterday that the board would establish common treatment plants to ensure that the small sector industry could abide by the pollution control norms.

Lally’s assurance on quota
SAS Nagar, June 21
The 13 per cent job quota reserved by the Punjab Government for ex-servicemen will be filled by them and all departments have been sent instructions that in case of vacancies, this reservation policy has to be implemented.

Chemists to wear white coats
Chandigarh, June 21
To ensure the presence of qualified pharmacists in chemists shops in the state, the Punjab Government has made it mandatory for chemists to wear white coats bearing their name plates. A notification in this regard has been issued under the Drug and Chemist Act recently.

Punjab yet to adopt Fire Safety Act
Chandigarh, June 21
Many like the Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals’ management in Punjab may go scot-free after major fire incidents in their respective units because the state government has not yet adopted the Fire Prevention and Safety Act, which has been enforced by 23 other states in the country.

Judicial remand for 2 scribes
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 21
Ranbir Kumar Jajji, local correspondent of the Hind Samachar group of newspapers, and Gurmail Singh, both accused of trespassing, threatening and scuffling with the wife of the Forest Minister, Dr Harbans Lal, and arrested by the police yesterday, were today presented in the court of Mr G.S. Dhillon, CJM, after the expiry of their one-day police remand. 

Traffic safety institute at Phillaur soon
Hoshiarpur, June 21
The state government has agreed to set up a traffic safety institute at Phillaur soon for imparting road safety education to traffic police personnel. 

Dam workers block traffic
Pathankot, June 21
Employees of the Ranjit Sagar Dam are being driven from pillar to post to get their salary for May. Irked over the non-payment of salary the workers blocked the Shahpurkandi-Dharkalan road yesterday for about two hours.

NCC cadets visit Golden Temple
Amritsar, June 21

Hundreds of cadets of the National Cadet Corps, including girls, from various parts of the country today paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here. 

Sabha flays move on statue
Bathinda, June 21
The Aggarwal Sabha, Punjab has condemned the Sangrur district administration for stopping the work pertaining to the beautification of the Bada Chowk in that city where statue of Maharaja Aggarsain has been installed. It said this action had hurt the religious sentiments of the community.

Jakhar bereaved
Abohar, June 21
Mr Shamsher Singh, son-in-law of Mr Bal Ram Jakhar, former Lok Sabha Speaker, died of cardiac arrest yesterday. He was 56.


Citrus scientists train horticulturists
Hoshiarpur, June 21
A team of senior scientists from the National Research Centre for Citrus, Nagpur (Maharashtra), including its Director, Dr Shyam Singh, a scientist of international repute, Dr I.P. Singh, Dr V.J. Shivanker and Dr A.K. Dass, have imparted training on quality citrus production to technical personnel of the Department of Horticulture of eight north-central districts of Punjab, registered private nursery growers and progressive citrus growers at Kheti Bhavan, Hoshiarpur.

Power officials assess supply to farmers
Patiala, June 21
The Chief Engineer, Operation Punjab State Electricity Board, Mr N. K. Dharmani, along with the senior Engineer, Operation circle, Patiala Executive Engineer Operation, Nabha and SDOs concerned today visited Nabha, Sakohan, Tunga, Hassanpur, Chatha, Ladhaheri and Achal villages for an on-the-spot assessment of power supply to farmers.


Fake currency seized
Sunam, June 21
The Sunam police has seized fake currency notes worth Rs 12,000 from Om Parkash, a resident of Sunam. The police has registered a case. Mr Kuldip Singh, SSP, said the Cheema police had seized intoxicants yesterday from a van. The police also seized 44 bags of poppy husk from different places over the last few days by conducting raids, the DSP added.

Couple killed in road mishap near Kartarpur
Jalandhar, June 21
A couple was killed, while two persons were injured, when the cars, they were travelling in, had an head-on-collision near Kartarpur on Jalandhar-Amritsar road this afternoon.


Principals sore over shifting plus 2 classes
Amritsar, June 21
Sore over the state government’s decision to scrap plus one and plus two classes in colleges, the principals of various colleges in the district, including DAV College, Hindu College and Khalsa College, have urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to reconsider the decision and allow the classes to be run in the colleges.

Urge govt to keep decision ‘in abeyance’
Phagwara, June 21
The decision of the Punjab Government to shift the plus two classes from colleges exclusively to schools had caused concern in colleges.


Traders bogged down by formalities
Bathinda, June 21
The Punjab Yuva Beopar Mandal will meet the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to apprise him of the problems being faced by small businessmen. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the association held here today.

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