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Mystery over case against Badal
Chandigarh, June 25
Has the Punjab Vigilance Bureau registered a case against the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and his family for possessing assets disproportionate to their known source of income ?

Warm welcome to MPs’ team by Jamait-e-Islami
Wagah (Amritsar), June 25
In a major shift of stand, fundamentalists in Pakistan accord a warm welcome to delegates of Indian parliamentarians at Karachi and expressed desire to initiate peace talks with India.

The delegates of Indian parliamentarians return to India via the joint check-post at Wagah The delegates of Indian parliamentarians return to India via the joint check-post at Wagah on Wednesday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

6 Pak nationals released
Amritsar, June 25
One of the six Pakistani nationals released by the Indian Government crosses over to his country on his motor cycle from the joint check-post at Wagah The six Pakistani nationals, including two non-working journalists, who had crossed over to India without valid documents and were lodged in jails here, were deported after the completion of their sentences through the Wagah joint check-post.
One of the six Pakistani nationals released by the Indian Government crosses over to his country on his motor cycle from the joint check-post at Wagah on Wednesday. — Photo RS

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Plan to widen roads, build overbridges: CM
Mehli (Nawanshahr), June 25
To boost the development process in the state and to enable people to undertake smooth and efficient journey, the Punjab Government has planned to widen 935 km of roads and construct 12 overbridges at vital points in the state.

BSP changes  rally venue
Chandigarh, June 25
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh may heave a sigh of relief as the BSP today announced shifting the venue of its rally from Jalandhar to Chandigarh in protest against the Talhan clashes and “anti-Dalit” attitude of the state government.

Vedanti to continue after 60: Badungar
Patiala, June 25
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Kirpal Singh Badungar said today the condition of superannuation of service did not apply to Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti and that he would not be asked to leave the post.

Join poll duty or face  action, warns DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 25
Talking a serious note to the absence of about 200 employees from the election duty on the day of second rehearsal, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officer has warned the absentees that they should report for duty up to June 26 or criminal cases would be registered against them and they would be brought on duty forcibly by the police, besides this disciplinary action under the election rules would also be initiated.

Move to privatise PSEB ‘disastrous’
Chandigarh, June 25
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), President Parkash Singh Badal, today described the Punjab Government’s decision to privatise the power sector as “financially disastrous and morally criminal” and alleged that the decision was dictated by Capt Amarinder Singh’s desire to fulfil his commitments with some “big business houses”.

Students told not to pay fees
Sangrur, June 25
The Joint Students Front, comprising the Punjab Radical Students Union, the SFI, the PSU and the AISF, has asked the students to refuse to pay the fees and funds hiked by the Punjab Government in colleges and universities. The front has also asked the students to participate in a convention to be held at Patiala on July 9 in this regard.

15 teachers suspended
Fazilka, June 25
The Punjab Government has suspended 15 teachers, who were found absent from duty on May 2 during a checking by the state Vigilance Department. The orders issued on the June 16 by Ms Tajinder Kaur, Principal Secretary, Education Department, Punjab, were received here yesterday.


23.27 per cent panchayats elected unopposed
Ropar, June 25
Ropar district has achieved the distinction of electing highest percentage of panchayats unanimously in the state. Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, stated this to newsmen here yesterday. She added that after the withdrawal of nomination papers 206 of 851 panchayats were elected unanimously which come to about 23.27 per cent. The percentage was highest in the state, she added.


Railways ordered to pay Rs 1,000 relief
Mansa, June 25
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum Mansa has ordered the Indian Railway to pay compensation of Rs 1000 and refund Rs 335 to a passenger Mr Surinder Kumar of Mansa while accepting his complaint with cost of Rs. 300.

Hardeep’s bail plea: notice issued
Chandigarh, June 25
Acting on a bail petition filed by Punjab’s former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s officer on special duty Hardeep Singh, Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice for July 1.

CRPF withdrawal irks Punjab
Chandigarh, June 25
The abrupt withdrawal of the only CRPF battalion from Punjab by the Centre has irked the state government. Various companies of this battalion have been strategically deployed to perform sensitive duties, including VIP security and security of vital installations in the state.

Kidney scam: Sareen taken to Delhi
Amritsar, June 25
June 25, Dr P.K. Sareen, main accused in the multi-crore kidney sale scam and his three associates, Dr P.K. Jain, Dr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu and Dr Bhushan Aggarwal have been taken to New Delhi by the Delhi Police for producing them in a court there tomorrow.

Honorarium for Punjab writers
Chandigarh, June 25
The Punjab Government has decided to release Rs 45 lakh as honorarium for writers. Besides, Rs 50 lakh has been sanctioned for the upkeep of Writers Home at Patiala.

MC staff plea for pension
Bathinda, June 25
The local unit of the Retired Municipal Council Employees Union has urged the state government to give pension to employees who retired before April 1990.

Grant disbursed among gaushalas
Chandigarh, June 25
Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development, Sports and Youth Services Minister, Punjab, distributed cheques worth Rs 4 lakh among gaushalas at a meeting here yesterday. This grant-in-aid was distributed under the National Calamities Scheme for welfare of gaushalas.


Blind murder case solved
Ropar, June 25
The Ropar police is stated to have solved the murder case of seven-year-old Mala Kumari. The body was recovered from the Guru Ravi Dass Gurdwara on June 4.

PRTC cashier held for graft
Bathinda, June 25
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested Amrik Singh, a cashier with the PRTC, allegedly for accepting bribe of Rs 2000 from the conductor of a mini-bus for getting him favours from the General Manager of the PRTC. Mr Baljinder Singh Grewal, SP (Vigilance) told The Tribune that Amrik Singh told the conductor, Mr Navtej Singh that he (Amrik) had good relations with the General Manager of the PRTC.

Robbers strike at 2 villages
Moga, June 25

More than 10 robbers allegedly committed dacoity at Bhateki and Jindra villages and decamped with more than Rs 17,000 and gold ornaments in the wee hours today, the police said.


Varsity moots action against girls college
Bathinda, June 25
The Punjabi University authorities have reportedly contemplated serious action against the local SSD Girls College for the alleged violation of university rules committed by its management regarding the appointment of the officiating principal.

Bhatlan girl makes it to IAS
Garhdiwala, June 25
Avantika Gautam, a 22-year old engineering graduate from Bhatlan village in Hoshiarpur district, has qualified for the Indian Administrative Service securing 15th position at the all-India level in the civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

B.Ed test now on August 24
Chandigarh, June 25
Panjab University has rescheduled the entrance examination for B. Ed (Correspondence Studies), an official press note said here today. The examination, earlier scheduled for July 20, will now be conducted on August 24.

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