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Sack Amarinder govt, SAD urges Governor
Chandigarh, June 30
The Shiromani Akali Dal today demanded dismissal of the Amarinder Government in Punjab.
“The Government in Punjab functions as if it were a law unto itself and the Constitution of India simply did not exist in this part of the country.

Badal case: CM for special court
Chandigarh, June 30
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, stated today that the vigilance probe against the Badal family would stand ‘’absolute scrutiny’’ in the court.

Narottam remanded in police custody
till July 5
Malout, June 30
Mr Nirmal Singh Lubana, Judicial Magistrate, today remanded Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon, a nephew of former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal in police custody till July 5 when he was produced before him in a criminal case registered against him at the Lambi police station on June 11, 2003.
Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon comes out of a Malout court Name of witness changed


Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon comes out of a Malout court on Monday. — Tribune photo

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Are results endorsement of Congress policies?
Punjab panchayat elections
Chandigarh, June 30
The panchayat elections held on Sunday have opened yet another chapter in Punjab. These elections have been held at a time when the government is identifying the administrative and financial powers and functions that can be devolved upon the panchayati raj institutions.

Randhir S. Rakhra and his supporters stage a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Patiala
Randhir S. Rakhra and his supporters stage a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Patiala on Monday. — Photo Subhash Patialvi

SGPC leader disobeys Badungar
Amritsar, June 30
The acceptance of ‘siropa’ (robe of honour) by SGPC leader Onkar Singh Sharifpura from Mr Sham Singh, co-chairman Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee yesterday evening has come as moral defeat for Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, president of the Shiromani Committee.

Taksal expels Baba Dharm Singh
Amritsar, June 30
Baba Thakur Singh, acting chief of Damdami Taksal (Jatha Bhinderan), today expelled Baba Dharm Singh, senior functionary of the Taksal and caretaker of Gurdwara Tressy in California.


Chinks in Tohra camp
Patiala, June 30
The Tohra camp in the SAD seems to be facing an internal power struggle with Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra today saying that he had sent a message to the parliamentary affairs committee to take action against party leaders who had opposed candidates supported by the SAD.

Tohra backs Sarna
Amritsar, June 30
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra has reportedly conveyed his displeasure to Mr Parkash Singh Badal for opening a “virtual front” against Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

PCC intervenes in Faridkot party muddle
Faridkot, June 30
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has directed Mr Surinder Iqbal Singh Brar, president DCC, to sort out the differences among senior party leaders and workers in the district.


Rains disrupt life

Bathinda, June 30
Though summers are hotter in this region dotted with sandy area having little green cover, residents of this town do not welcome rains as the monsoon over the years has become a nightmare for them.

Rain flooded Bathinda roads on Monday. — photo by Kulbir Beera

14th officer to probe murder case
Amritsar, June 30
The murder case of Naresh Mahajan, Bank Manager of the Oriental Bank of Commerce, has been shifted to a new officer for the 14th time. Mr A.K. Hargava is the fourth CBI SP to be entrusted with the case.

Kelly MacDougall of Canada, on a world tour to promote peace, crosses over into India from Pakistan at the Wagah border on Monday. — PTI

Plan to strengthen women cells: DIG
Faridkot, June 30
Mr Sanjeev Kalra, DIG, Faridkot range, has underlined the need to strengthen the relationship between the police and the public. He admitted that due to some restrictions the police had to take harsh steps to maintain the law and order yet he would try make the police of Faridkot, Bathinda and Mansa district more accessible.

Beas Divas celebrated
Chandigarh, June 30
The Bhakra Beas Management Board held the ‘‘Beas Divas’’ celebrations at the Beas dam in Talwara today. It was on this day in 1974 when the dam was completed and the ponding of Beas river commenced. Mr Narinder Sharma, Chief Engineer, presided over the function, according to a press note of the BBMB here today.


PRTC to recruit staff on contract
Patiala, June 30
The fund starved Pepsu Road Transport Corporation has decided to remove the shortage of operational staff by recruiting staff on contract basis.
This was decided at a meeting organised by newly appointed corporation Chairman Ved Prakash Gupta with General Managers of the corporation.


Major attacked, hurt by tipsy youths
Amritsar, June 30
Major K.B. Kapur, posted at Ambala Cantonment, was allegedly attacked and injured by some tipsy youths when he tried to stop them from hooliganism. He had come on leave here. The police has arrested two youths and registered a case under Sections 341, 323, 506, 148, 149 of the IPC at Civil Line police station here.

Mystery shrouds death of boy, girl
Ferozepore, June 30
Mystery shrouds the death of a boy and a girl who were found dead inside a Zen car parked in a garage in a densely populated area of the city yesterday.
The two Rahul and Tina (names changed), both in their early 20s and belonging to well-to-do families of the town were found dead inside the boy’s car parked inside a garrage near Manjit Palace in the Kanshi Nagari area.

Mentally challenged girl raped
Patiala, June 30
A 22-year-old mentally challenged girl who is three months pregnant was found at Sanour village near here yesterday. She has been sent into the care of the All-India Pingla Ashram near the village.


Patiala girl tops PMT
Patiala, June 30
Jyotisterna has topped the PMT examination held for admission to medical colleges in the state. Jyotisterna, unlike most toppers, is a keen sportsperson. She was a gymnast till Class VIII and also represented the state in swimming in the National Championship organised in this city last year.

PMT topper Jyotisterna Mittal along with her parents at Patiala. — Photo Subhash Patialavi


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