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Who is Kanwal Sidhu?
Chandigarh, June 23
“Kanwaljit and Kalvinder Sidhu, Chairman and Managing Director, respectively, of Palmier, a London-based distributor of women’s clothing. The business is solid, turning in pre-tax profits of sterling 1.4 million on sales of sterling 26.5 million in 1996-1997. Valued on a par with a quoted textile company, Palmier would be worth sterling 15 million. The Sidhus own all the shares”, reads the book “Britain’s Richest 200 Asians” of 1998.

Randhawa forgoes Punsup chairmanship
Chandigarh, June 23
Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who was appointed Chairman of Punsup (Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation) today decided to forgo the post, it is reliably learnt.

Unanimous panchayat poll for 7th time
Multania (Bathinda), June 23
When the late Lal Singh was elected sarpanch of this village unanimously about five decades ago, little did he know that it will become a “custom” in the village. In the past nine panchayat elections which have been held so far, residents have elected the sarpanch and other panchayat members unanimously for seven times with the sole motive that development of the village can be carried out by keeping party affiliations away.



Galiara project: SGPC seeks meeting with CM
Amritsar, June 23
The Secretary of the SGPC, Mr Harbeant Singh, today requested the Chairperson of the Amritsar Improvement Trust, Ms Ratna, to arrange a meeting with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to expedite the Galiara (Golden Temple beautification) project.

VC ‘sidelines’ Pro-VC
Delegates powers to panel
Patiala, June 23
Despite earlier protests on the issue, the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, today again “ignored” the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, by delegating his powers to a four-member committee, which does not include the Pro-VC, while proceeding on leave for a couple of days.


BSP call to boycott Cong Dalit ministers
Jalandhar, June 23
The BSP has decided to mobilise its cadre to boycott Dalit Congress ministers during their visit to Punjab villages in protest against the “failure” of these ministers to save Dalits from “Congress -Sponsored atrocities”. 

‘Keep out of Punjab affairs’
Faridkot, June 23
Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Minister for Transport, Punjab, said an NDA team should not visit Punjab as demanded by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, during his meeting with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on June 20.

Beant’s grandson eyes top state Youth Cong post
Jalandhar, June 23
Mr Gurkirat Singh, grandson of a former Punjab Chief Minister, the late Beant Singh, has surprised everybody by staking claim to the coveted post of the President of the Punjab Youth Congress.

543 panchayats elected unopposed
Ropar, June 23
Sarpanches for the 206 out of the 852 panchayats of this district have been elected unanimously. The sarpanches include 45 from the Ropar block, 24 from Kharar, 26 from Majri, 14 from Morinda, 24 from Chamkaur Sahib, 32 from Anandpur Sahib and 40 from Nurpurbedi. 


Coop bank employees observe strike
Bathinda, June 23
Employees of Bathinda Central Cooperative Bank today observed a pen-down strike against the decision of the government to reduce their salaries. Mr Parampal Singh Sidhu, district president of the union of the cooperative bank employees, said in a press note issued here today that the strike was observed on the call of the Punjab State Cooperative Bank Employees Federation against the announcement of the government regarding their salaries. 

A sharp rise in number of mental health problems due to social ills has been witnessed among the youths in the state. (28k, 56k)

‘Fix water supply timings’
Bathinda, June 23
Residents of the Ajit road area have urged the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggrawal, to make arrangement so that the time for the supply of drinking water in the city should be fixed. 

Villagers gherao police post
Amritsar, June 23
Residents of Fatehgarh Sukar Chak village today gheraoed a police post to protest against a raiding party from the Excise Department. According to reports, an Excise Inspector fired in the air to disperse a crowd gathered outside the police post. The excise team conducted raids on the house of Balwant Singh today.

‘Pursue cases against doctors’
Jalandhar, June 23
The issue of death of a head constable in a local hospital due to the alleged negligence of two doctors, yesterday took a new turn with the wife of the deceased seeking the intervention of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission for stopping the police from succumbing to “political pressure” and for preventing the cancellation of the case registered against the doctors.

MP Balbir Singh flags off a state-of-art high-tech coachStone of rail project laid
Jalandhar, June 23
The MP, Mr Balbir Singh, laid the foundation stone of the Rs 408-crore Jalandhar-Jammu rail line doubling project here today. The project is aimed at improving the rail services between Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country.

MP Balbir Singh flags off a state-of-art
high-tech coach, manufactured by Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory, in Kapurthala on Monday. — photo S. S. Chopra

Rotary ex-Governor accused of misusing funds
Patiala, June 23
‘Service before self’ may be the Rotary International’s slogan but the same does not seem to hold true for a Past District Governor, who believes in serving the interests of his family and servant before that of the club by doling out lakhs received from the Rotary International to the clubs headed by them.

Rain gives breather to power system
Chandigarh, June 23
Widespread rain in the region today provided the power generating and distribution system, that remained stretched for the past few weeks of heat wave, with a much-needed relief.

Ex-Mayor questioned
Amritsar, June 23
The CBI today detained Mr Subhash Sharma, a former Mayor of the municipal corporation, for interrogation in connection with the sleaze scandal which had rocked the city three weeks ago. He was let off after a three-hour investigation.

Chandigarh, June 23
The High Court fixed June 24 as the next date of hearing on a bunch of about 15 petitions pertaining to the panchayat elections scheduled to be held in the state of Punjab on June 29.

J.S. Gill
Chandigarh, June 23
Mr Jasbir Singh Gill “Dimpa” today took over as the Chairman of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board.


Crop on 100 acres damaged
Gurdaspur, June 23
Standing crop, mostly paddy, in 100 acres was damaged when the Faridabad feeder near Faridabad village in this district breached at four places near the village, submerging the crops yesterday.



SI booked on HC directive
Ludhiana, June 23
A former police cat and a serving sub-Inspector of the Punjab Police has been booked on charge of kidnapping and illegal confining a man on the directions of the Punjab and High Court in a three -year-old case.

Man murdered
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), June 23
Mr Jasbir Singh, a mason, was murdered under mysterious circumstances late last night when he along with his wife Binderpal Kaur and five-year-old son was sleeping on the roof of his house located near the local bus stand.

2 Kathua lawyers killed in mishap
Pathankot, June 23
Two Kathua-based lawyers died and were injured this morning when the car in which they were travelling met with an accident near Kotli, village, about 15 km from here.

One killed in accident
Patiala, June 23
One person was killed and another injured when the scooter in which they were travelling was hit by a car after it skidded while trying to circumvent a cycle near the Aviation Club on the outskirts of the city today.


Raman Garg, an engineering student, poses along side a robot that he made along with eight other studentsStudents make robot
Bathinda, June 23
Students of Engineering College and Polytechnic College, Chhapianwali (Muktsar), have made a robot, which they claim can replace human beings working in hazardous industries and can be used for detecting landmines, if it is developed and manufactured on a commercial scale.
Nine students from the colleges took three months to make the smaller version of the robot. They claim that the robot can be used at places where the working for human being is dangerous, if it is upgraded and made on a larger scale.

Raman Garg, an engineering student, poses along side a robot that he made along with eight other students of Engineering College, Bathinda and Polytechnic College, Chhapianwali (Muktsar), in Bathinda on Monday. — Photo Kulbir Beera


Hoteliers seek industrial tariff on power
Ludhiana, June 23
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab has reiterated its demand seeking industrial tariff on electricity for hotels instead of commercial tariff which they are paying. The tourism and hotel sector was declared as an industry in 1996. However, it is yet to get the benefits in the shape of various concessions granted to the industry by the government.Top

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