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Ravi Inder not to support Mann’s candidature
Jalandhar, June 2
The President of the Akali Dal Mr Ravi Inder Singh, today rejected the idea to support the candidature of the SAD (A) President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, for the post of SGPC chief in the post-election scenario.

Baldev Mann to revive SAD (Longowal)
Sangrur, June 2
Akali leaders “ignored” by SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal have finally made up their mind to revive the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) by announcing its organisational structure in the second week of this month.

Dist Cong (rural) not to contest poll
Amritsar, June 2
The District Congress (rural) at a meeting held here today unanimously decided not to participate in the coming SGPC elections. The meeting with district SC, BC, kisan cells, besides youth and Mahila wings, presided over by the district chief, Mr Inderjit Baserke, passed a resolution to stay away from the elections scheduled for July 11, according to a press note.

SGPC backdates transfers
Amritsar, June 2
With a view to circumvent the model code of conduct issued by the Gurdwara Election Commission, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today made certain backdated transfers.

Crisis in Chief Khalsa Divan
Rival group seeks PM’s intervention
Amritsar, June 2
The mediation efforts being made by Akal Takht to resolve the crisis in the Chief Khalsa Divan, the oldest Sikh institution, suffered a setback today when some senior members wrote to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention in conducting free and fair poll at the earliest .

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Residents may be consuming infected meat
Ropar, June 2
Next time you plan to eat meat, think twice. You maybe eating meat of an infected animal slaughtered in unhygienic conditions. The meat consumed could infect you with microbes causing diseases like rabies, TB, gastroenteritis, and skin diseases. Besides you could also get infected with parasites like tapeworms that may be infecting the animals being consumed.

Punjab wants educational qualifications relaxed
Chandigarh, June 2
Punjab is for a relaxation in the educational qualifications for recruitment of SC/ST youths in the Army. This issue, among others, will be taken up with Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh by Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh next week.

‘I was sold off for 12 lakh by my uncle’
Chandigarh, June 2
A young girl has approached the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, alleging that her paternal uncle and his wife, who brought her up, forcibly married her off to an elderly rich Non-Resident Indian for a sum of Rs 12 lakh.


BSP expels Sahungara
Jalandhar, June 2
The BSP has terminated the primary membership of Mr Shingara Ram Sahungara, a former MLA, for anti-party activities.


Miss India World respects Lakshmi’s decision
Bathinda, June 2
“I respect the decision of Lakshmi Pandit, who returned the crown of Miss India World — 2004,” said Femina Miss India World — 2004 Sayali Bhagat. Addressing mediapersons here today, she said though Lakshmi Pandit returned the crown out of embarrassment and pressure, society and the media played a responsible role and helped her to take such step.

Schoolchildren take part in a peace march in Amritsar on Wednesday. The march was organised by the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress.
Schoolchildren take part in a peace march in Amritsar on Wednesday. The march was organised by the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress. — Reuters

Probe into dismantling of heavy water plant sought
Ropar, June 2
Statement of Union Chemicals and Fertilizers minister Ram Vilas Paswan regarding dropping of disinvestment of National Fertilizers was hailed here yesterday. Chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board K.P.S. Rana claimed that disinvestment of the NFL has been dropped due to efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Mayor’s apology sought over gastro toll
Jalandhar, May 2
The existing differences between a group of Congress councillors owing allegiance to the Punjab Technical Education Minister, Mr Mahinder Singh Kaypee, and the Mayor, Mr Surinder Mahey, came to the fore once again when the former sought public apology from Mr Mahey over his recent statement pertaining to cases of gastroenteritis in the city.

Writer’s Home awaits repair
Patiala, June 2
The establishment of the Congress government seemed to be a red letter day for the Writer’s Home which is the only residential facility for writers in the state as part of the State Language-Department headquarters here. The Home, which needs repairs, was promised a facelift by Higher Education Minister Harnam Das Johar during a surprise visit to the city, nearly a year ago.

Sewage gives residents a headache
Patiala, June 2
For residents of Baba Deepsinghnagar and Shakti Nagar, a modern urban town does not exist. Situated on the outskirts of the city, they may as well not be counted as its residents also. This is because they have to time and again face the problem of sewerage water overflowing into their compounds with no help in sight.

Onset of summer adds to water shortage
Pathankot, June 2
With the onset of summer, water crisis in the area has deepened. In Mission Road, Rampura Mohalla, Bhadroya, Preet Nagar, localities the situation has become alarming and people have resorted to dharnas against the administration demanding restoration of water supply.

SGPC for special visas to Pak Sikhs
Amritsar, June 2
SGPC secretary Dalmegh Singh has urged the Union Government to issue special visas to Pakistani Sikhs for participating in the 400th Gurpurb celebrations of the installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. The celebrations begin at the Golden Temple on September 1.

NZCC holds exhibitions

An artist with his paintings at an exhibition organised by North Zone Cultural Centre at Banasar Art Gallery
An artist with his paintings at an exhibition organised by North Zone Cultural Centre at Banasar Art Gallery in Patiala on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

‘Rationalists’ visit murdered boy’s house
Phagwara, June 2
Two members of the Tarksheel (Rationalists) Society, Punjab, Mr Jaswinder Singh and Mr Ghansham, visited Hussainpur Dulowal village, near Sultanpur Lodhi, where a 12-year-old Dalit schoolboy, Jatinder, was beaten and strangulated on May 15 allegedly by a village farmer and his mother, who suspected the boy had stolen vegetables from their field.

Dharna against anti-encroachment drive
Jalalabad, June 2
Shopkeepers here yesterday observed a bandh and staged a dharna to protest against the anti-encroachment drive launched by local Municipal Council.

Missing demand draft
Ropar, June 2
A demand draft for Rs 10,000 has gone missing in the office of District Development and Panchayats Officer Ropar.


Notice issued to Sports Dept Jt Secy
Chandigarh, June 2
The court case regarding alleged irregularities in the recent selection of Deputy Superintendents of Police by the Punjab Government took a new turn today.


Villagers protest against irrigation officials
Abohar, June 2
Farmers of the villages located along the Lambi sub-canal sat in a dharna at the Irrigation Office complex here today and held a demonstration against the officials.


Ban on sale of reflectors on main roads
Ropar, June 2
The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, today stepped in to save the truckers and other vehicle owners from being looted by traders selling reflectors in connivance with certain policemen. In an order passed today, she has stopped the sale of reflectors on the main roads of the district.

Govt employees go without salary for months
Ropar, June 2
With Congress ministers fighting against each other, governance and administration has taken a back seat in the state. Thousands of employees have been going without salary for the past several months due to the absence of ministers from their offices.

Official suspended for aiding octroi evasion
Amritsar, June 2
Three truckloads of textiles from Surat and Bhiwindi divert to a pre-marked access route to the city in the dead of the night. The octroi “moharr” (officer in charge of octroi barrier) issues octroi receipt and lets goods worth lakhs cross the barrier. An octroi evasion of Rs 48,000 takes place in just three minutes.


Truckers booked for clash
Rampura, June 2
Even as two criminal cases were registered against truck operators belonging to different truck unions, for their alleged involvement in the clashes, that took place at two places in the area yesterday, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr K.A.P. Sinha here today announced that the election for the presidentship of the Truck Union would be held on June 12.

2 of notorious gang held for killing goldsmith
Amritsar, June 2
The district police today claimed to have solved the murder of Lalit Kumar, a  goldsmith, who was shot dead on May 24 when he was returning home. Two persons have been arrested while three suspects are still at large.

Manjit Singh Lati (right) and Manpreet Singh Kala, who have been arrested for killing an Amritsar goldsmith. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Manjit Singh Lati (right) and Manpreet Singh Kala, who have been arrested for killing an Amritsar goldsmith.

Swindler who fled with lakhs held
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 2
The district police today arrested Prem Chand of Sirhind, who had fled from the town and started living in Chandigarh to evade arrest in a fraud case registered against him at Sirhind under Section 420 and 406, IPC, for committing fraud and cheating residents, traders and farmers of the district to the tune of lakhs of rupees. He was arrested from the Amloh area.

Cheated turns out to be cheater!
Jalandhar, June 2
His urge to make a fast buck by enacting a theft drama landed him behind bars. The district police today claimed to have solved a case in which a bag containing Rs 1.60 lakh was said to have been snatched from an employee of a money exchange dealer on May 25, with the arrest of the complainant himself.

Cop wanted in fraud case held
Hoshiarpur, June 2
Proclaimed offender constable Joga Singh wanted in a cheating and fraud case has been arrested by the Garhshanker police, Mr Lok Nath Angra, SSP Hoshiarpur, said here today.

Cong leader, wife assaulted
Jalandhar, June 2

Three persons including the wife of a Block Congress president, were injured, when over 20 persons today attacked them with sharp-edged weapons at their New Rajan Nagar residence here.

Man accuses in-laws of kidnapping wife, child
Ludhiana, June 2
Mr Avtar Singh , a resident of Shimla Puri, who recently returned from Dubai, has complained to the police that in his absence, his in-laws had kidnapped his wife and a child.

12 seriously hurt in mishap
Phagwara, June 2
About 50 passengers, including women and children, were injured 12 of them seriously, when a Punjab Roadways bus rammed into a tree on the Phagwara-Banga road near Maharaja Palace and fell into a ditch.

Constable among 2 held for smuggling liquor
Kharar, June 2
The local police today arrested two persons, including a constable on the charge of smuggling liqour from Chandigarh to Punjab. Sixtyfive boxes of liquor were seized from them.

Hospital hands over man to police on theft charge
Kharar, June 2
A man working with the IRP was handed over to the police on suspicion of theft at the Civil Hospital here this evening.

Man killed in road mishap
Jalandhar, June 2
One person was killed yesterday when the tractor-trailer which he was driving rammed into a truck near the Pathankot bypass here.

Man kills wife, held
Amritsar, June 2
Rajni, a school teacher and resident of the Gali Bangalia area, was allgedly strangulated by her husband after she refused to give him money here yesterday.


College students suspend strike till June 20
Faridkot, June 2
Students of the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College have suspended their 13-day indefinite strike till June 20, following an assurance by the Punjab Government to accept their demands within a stipulated period. They took the decision after a meeting with Mr Satish Chandra, Secretary, Medical Education and Research, who visited the institution here today to reach an amicable solution to the issue.

Mixed response to new subject at Pbi varsity
Patiala, June 2
The decision of Punjabi University to introduce a new compulsory subject of computer application at the graduation level has received a mixed response from the academic faculty.

IGNOU centres for three Punjab jails
Ludhiana, June 2
The Indira Gandhi National Open University has decided to open special study centres for central jails in Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala. The centres, opened under the Special Study Centres Scheme of IGNOU, will start functioning from July 2004.

14,210 students appear in CET
Jalandhar, June 2
As many as 14,210 students today appeared in CET-2004, conducted by Punjab Technical University, for admission to different engineering, management and pharmacy colleges of the state.Top

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