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Badal kin decides to support
Cong man
Badal (Muktsar), June 27
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal received a setback in his village today when a kin of his and sarpanch of this village, Mr Sanjam Singh Dhillon, decided to support the candidature of Mrs Jaswinder Kaur for the post of sarpanch. 

Tohra loyalists come to Badal’s aid
Amritsar, June 27
After the unification between the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and the Sarb- Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (Tohra), Close confidants of both Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra held a joint meeting here today and strongly criticised the registration of a corruption case against Mr Badal and his son Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal here today.

DSGMC seeks Dhindsa’s removal
Amritsar, June 27
The crisis in the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee is likely to adversely affect the unity forged between the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, especially in New Delhi even as Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, President of the DSGMC and close confidant of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, refused to disband his Delhi Akali Dal.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Punjab fiscal reforms under stress
Chandigarh, June 27
Punjab’s financial situation continues to be critical, despite its fiscal reforms agenda. Improvements in tax and non-tax revenue are offset by the increase in revenue expenditure.

Talhan probes fail to take off
Jalandhar, June 27
Despite the announcement by the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, that the inquiry into the Talhan incident would be completed within a fortnight, notwithstanding, the inquiry has failed to take off after 20 days.

Role, status of DGP spark debate
Chandigarh, June 27
An intense debate has started among IAS officers regarding the status and administrative role of the Director General of Police in Punjab. The main reason of such a debate is the “importance” given by the Chief Secretary, Mr Rajan Kashyap, to the office of the DGP. 

Probe disaffiliation issue: VC
Patiala, June 27
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai yesterday said that an inquiry should be conducted into the manner in which the university had first disaffiliated and within a week reaffiliated around 12 colleges and two Information Technology institutes.


PPCC notices to 2 ministers
Ropar, June 27
Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Minister for Grievances and Cooperatives and Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Sports, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, have been issued notices by the Disciplinary Committee of the PPCC for openly stating their views against the installation of Mr Amarjit Singh Saini as the new president of the Ropar DCC.

Cong rule autocratic: ex-minister
Ferozepore, June 27
Senior Akali leader and former Irrigation Minister, Janmeja Singh Sekhon said there was autocracy in Punjab and the entire democratic set-up in the state had collapsed.


CM meets Patialvis on June 30
Patiala, June 27
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has decided to meet the people of the city once every month under the “khula durbar” programme with the first such meeting taking place here on June 30. Disclosing this here today, Mayor Vishnu Sharma said the Chief Minister would hear grievances of the people of the city at the Circuit House on June 30.

Travel agent’s victim return home
Hoshiarpur, June 27
Rinku Ansal, a resident of Mukandpur village of Nawanshahar district who suffered at the hands of travel agents, had to face misery for nine months in Nairobi (Kenya). Later with help from Mr Vinod Khanna, Union State Minister for External Affairs, and Mr Abinash Rai Khanna, BJP MLA from Garhshanker, he returned home.

Durgiyana Mandir crematorium seen flooded after overnight heavy downpour in Amritsar
Durgiyana Mandir crematorium (Shivpuri) seen flooded after overnight heavy downpour in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI

Should MC chief be a graduate?
Abohar, June 27
Should minimum qualification for the President of the Municipal Council be graduation, this million-dollar question cropped up from the perusal of the orders passed by the Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, on an appeal filed against Babu Ram Arya outgoing president of the local Municipal Council. 

Row over shops’ construction
Fazilka, June 27
A controversy over the construction of 26 shops by the District Red Cross Society outside the PWD rest house has started. Mr Diwan Chand Verma, Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Fazilka has vide an office letter No. 330 dated June 20, a copy of which was available yesterday, informed the Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore that the construction of the shops was illegal and was an encroachment on municipal property.

2 govt employees suspended
Muktsar, June 27
Two government employees, namely, Mr Bhupinder Singh and Mr Satnam Singh have been placed under suspension by the District Election Officer for alleged negligence in panchayat election duty.

Girls marrying youth settled abroad, later being cruelly deserted by them, has become a frequent phenomenon in Punjab.
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Punjab power reforms discussed
Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr Rajan Kashyap, today discussed power reforms with the Electricity Regulatory Commission Chairman, Mr R.S. Mann. 

Ministerial staff threaten stir
Bathinda, June 27
The district unit of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union today resolved to observe one-day pen down strike on July 23 against the alleged ‘behaviour’ of state government in implementing the long-pending demands of employees.

Havildar cremated
Ropar, June 27
Havildar Mukhtiar Singh of the 103 Engineering Regiment of the Army, who attained martyrdom yesterday at the Dabi post in Rajori sector of Jammu and Kashmir, was cremated will full military honours at his native Ragian village near Morinda.

Level of roads upsets residents
Bathinda, June 27
Resentment prevails among residents of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar locality of this town over the way the roads are being levelled by the municipal corporation.

MP Bhora against privatisation of NFL
Bathinda, June 27
Mr Bhan Singh Bhora, MP today said his party would oppose the proposed privatisation of the National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) by the Central Government by extending support to its employees, who have been against the move.

Summer camp concludes
Bathinda, June 27
A summer camp organised by the district unit of the Diamond Welfare Society in the local Sanguana basti concluded here late last evening.

‘Bridge Baba’ ventures into field of education
Khiala (Jalandhar) June 27
After constructing a string of bridges and roads with the help of people in this most backward belt falling between Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar, the “Bridge Baba” has now ventured into the field of technical education by setting up an engineering and technology institute for students, of the region.

Scribe’s bail plea rejected
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 27
Mr Mohinder Pal, District and Sessions Judge, Fatehgarh Sahib, today rejected the anticipatory bail application of Jaswant Singh, Editor, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib. 


SEB scheme for farmers
Patiala, June 27
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to release power connections to farmers who had opted for Own Your Transformer Scheme and procured transformers before January 31 and had purchased the conductor by May 31 even though the scheme was closed after May 31.


Parking fee
Patiala, June 27

Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh fixed the parking fee of the newly built Mini-Secretariat here today. 


Watchman held for rape, murder
Hoshiarpur, June 27
Sanjay, a watchman of Brilliant Computer Centre Mahilpur, was arrested under Sections 302,376 of the IPC on the charges of raping and murdering Ramtirath Kaur of Daduwal village who was working in the said computer centre on June 21 night. Sanjay was produced in a court today which remanded him in police custody till June 30, 2003.

Father-in-law saves newly-wed
Hoshiarpur, June 27

A woman allegedly made an attempt to kill her newly-married daughter-in-law while she was sleeping but the father-in-law foiled the attempt and saved the girl, police said today.

Two booked for smuggling poppy
Kapurthala, June 27
The police has registered a case under Sections 15/61/85 of the NDPC Act against Jaswant Singh and Baldev Singh of Sidhwan Dona village on the charge of possessing poppy husk.

Ex-serviceman booked for impersonation
Moga, June 27

A retired soldier, who had joined Army about 24 years ago by allegedly impersonating another youth of the same village, was today booked by the police for cheating and impersonation.

Rice miller arrested
Moga, June 27

The police today arrested a rice miller for allegedly failing to deliver 6,310 quintals of rice after custom milling to Markfed. Markfed delivered 6,310 quintals of paddy for custom milling to the miller but Rajinder Kumar failed to deliver the milled rice back, the police said.


Writers’ Home to get Rs 50 lakh for overhaul
Patiala, June 27
A building which has not been given a single paisa ever since it was constructed in 1993, the Writers Home situated in the state Language Department headquarter building here, has struck a bonanza with the state government deciding to release Rs 50 lakh for its renovation and repair.

DIET staff seek release of salaries
Sangrur, June 27
Leaders of various organisations, including teachers’ bodies, have urged the Punjab Chief Minister to stop the salaries of Director, SCERT, Punjab and DPI (Schools), Punjab, immediately, till the salaries of the staff of various District Institutes of Education and Training DIETs are released.

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