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SAD will fight its own battle: Badal
Chandigarh, June 28
“I do not want any NDA team to come here. We in the Shiromani Akali Dal have the capacity to fight our own battles,” said Mr Parkash Singh Badal here today, asserting that the party would fight this “political vendetta” launched against him and members of his family by the Congress government led by Capt Amarinder Singh.

Stage set for panchayat poll
Jalandhar, June 28
The stage is set for conducting gram panchayats elections tomorrow as all arrangement have been made for holding the polling. All arrangement for conducting election in 881 panchayats have been made, for which polling material to the 1113 polling stations have already been dispatched, Assistant Returning Officer S.S. Bains told reporters here today.

Premis keep no-liquor vow as poll bars mushroom
Patiala, June 28
The dera of “Sachcha Sauda” in Sirsa may have been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past, but it is the “premis”, as its followers are called, who are staying away from liquor, even though bars have sprung up in the entire countryside due to the panchayat elections.

Punjab power reforms speeded up
Chandigarh, June 28
The process of implementation of power reforms has been accelerated in Punjab with the Council of Ministers having approved the ‘’unbundling’’ of the Punjab State Electricity Board on June 24. It had accepted, with some modifications, the recommendations of the Experts’ Group, headed by Mr Gajendra Haldea.

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Girl, boy found dead in car
Ferozepore, June 28
A boy and a girl were found dead inside a car parked in a garage in a densely populated area of the city. According to police sources, the boy and girl, both in their early twenties, were found lying dead inside a Maruti Zen car parked in a garage in the Kanshi Nagari area of the city.

Punjabi varsity Pro-VC divested of powers
Patiala, June 28
The Punjabi University authorities said today that all powers had been withdrawn from the varsity Pro Vice-Chancellor as he was unable to run the administration. The Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, who had not being seeing eye to eye with Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai, was yesterday divested of all powers given to him earlier by Mr Boparai.

Pakistani Hindu arrested
Amritsar, June 28
The desire to meet his relatives in India has landed Dinesh Lal, a Pakistani Hindu, in jail. He crossed over into India illegally even when the Pakistan government denied visa to him due to strained relations with India.


Jakhar blames NDA govt for chaos
Abohar, June 28
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Bal Ram Jakhar has said there was no logic of celebrations over the outcome of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s visit to China. We must not forget that China, in any crucial situation, would support Pakistan and not condemn terrorism abetted by the latter to weaken our country. China is not going to oblige us on original geographical boundaries, nor would it endorse our genuine stand on Kashmir. Mere trade passage through Sikkim could not be termed as “historic success” as the NDA was putting it.


The debris of a two-storey house that collapsed in Amritsar on Saturday, leaving three injured and one eight-month-old infant dead
The debris of a two-storey house that collapsed in Amritsar on Saturday, leaving three injured and one eight-month-old infant dead. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Infant buried alive in building collapse 
Amritsar, June 28
An eight-month-old-child was buried alive while three persons, including two children and the mother of the deceased were injured when a two-storey building of a house in Indra Colony on the Jhabal road collapsed due to rain, here this morning.

Talhan inquiry officer to record statements
Jalandhar, June 28
The inquiry officer appointed by the state government to hold a magisterial probe into the Talhan incident and subsequent death of a Dalit youth in alleged police firing in the Buta Mandi area on the night of June 5, will record statements of those police officials who were deployed in the Buta Mandi on that night on July 2 and 3.

Motor scam: panel violated spending limit
Ropar, June 28
In an another development in the high tension motor scam in Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, the authorities concerned have found that the spending limit of the project purchase committee was violated.

Punjab Recorders Ltd workers await salaries
SAS Nagar, June 28
As many as 100 workers of Punjab Recorders Limited, a subsidiary of the Punjab State Electronics Development and Production Corporation, here, are waiting for their salary for the past seven months. The management has, however, said unless the state government bails out the company, it will not be able to pay the wages due to huge financial losses.

Four-laning of Tripri road soon
Patiala, June 28
The municipal corporation has decided to four-lane the road from the Tripri water tank to Rattan Nagar to solve the problem of traffic congestion in the area. This was announced by city Mayor Vishnu Sharma at a “Mayor aapke dwar” programme organised at the Rattan Nagar park here today. The Mayor said the work on the four-laning project would be started immediately and would be completed in a time-bound manner.

Allotment of tenders postponed
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 28
The controversy over the allotment of tenders for various development works in Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, has taken a new turn with the Executive Officer of the council postponing the tender up to July 4 while the authorities said that no contractor had submitted the tender forms, certain contractors alleged that these tenders had been postponed as certain favourite contractors, who had got enlisted with the council could not be accommodated, where as they had deposited the required charges for the issuance of tender forms and necessary earnest money and even got the G.A 8 receipts from the council.

Scribe’s brother approaches PSHRC
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 28
Mr Bhagwant Singh, elder brother of Jaswant Singh Editor of Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, today approached the Punjab State Human Rights Commission and sought protection of his family and an end to unnecessary harassment by the district police. Jaswant Singh had earlier been booked by the district police on the complaint of Ms Prem Lata, wife of Harbans Lal Forest Minister. The anticipatory bail application of Jaswant Singh was cancelled by the District and Sessions Judge and was at large.

Congress workers deface Hall Bazar to welcome 3 MLAs
Amritsar, June 28
Is the ban on banners and posters only for the common man, asked eyewitnesses who saw the entire Hall Bazar and its surrounding areas covered with hundreds of banners welcoming the three MLAs who had been appointed chairmen of different departments, respectively, here today.

Villagers sore over land erosion by Beas
Gurdaspur, June 28
Resentment prevails among the residents of Samrai, Rampur Talwara, Sri Hargobindpur, Ballarhwal, Marh Buchian Fatta Kulla and Budda Bala located on the right bank of the Beas for continuous land erosion in the villages by the river.


5 IAS officers reshuffled
Chandigarh, June 28
The Punjab Government today shuffled five IAS officers. Mr Gurinderjit Singh Sandhu has been posted Secretary, Punjab Housing and Urban Development. Dr Swarn Singh has been posted as Commissioner NRIs and Industrial Liaison. Mr Satish Chandra has been named the Secretary, Medical Education and Research.


Fake currency racket busted
Kapurthala, June 28
The district police here today claimed to have busted a four-member gang involved in manufacturing fake five-rupee coins with the arrest of three members of the gang.

12 arrested for smuggling drugs
Bathinda, June 28
The police today arrested 12 persons from different parts of the district for allegedly smuggling narcotics. The SSP, in a press note issued here today said 2.75 quintals of poppy husk had been seized from their possession and a scooter used in the crime had also been confiscated. Ten cases under the NDPS Act has been registered against them at different police stations. However, the SSP did not give detail about the persons or the places from where they were arrested.


19 unfair means cases in B.Ed test
Amritsar, June 28
For the first time in the history of any university in the state, unfair means cases have been initiated against 19 candidates for impersonating during the joint entrance test of B.Ed. for admission in Punjab and Chandigarh educational colleges.

Rs 4-cr UGC grant for GND varsity
Amritsar, June 28
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned Rs 4.29 crore as grant-in-aid to Guru Nanak Dev University during the tenth five year plan. Disclosing this Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, said the university would also establish drug development center and bio-rhythm and human health center at the university campus. He was addressing the Syndicate meeting held here today.

Local boy 14th in AIIMS test
Bathinda, June 28
“Hard work, dedication and focussed approach are the key to success in competitive examination,” says Jatinder Goyal, a city boy, who got the second position in the entrance test of the CMC, fourth in CBSE, fourth in Banaras Hindu University and 14th in All-India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Accept teachers’ demand, Mann urges CM
Sangrur, June 28
Mr Simranjit Mann, MP from Sangrur and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), has asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to accept and implement in letter and spirit the demands of more than 7,000 college teachers, serving in at least 172 non-government colleges of Punjab.


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