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Badal blames Cong for SAD’s incomplete tasks
Parkash Singh BadalChandigarh, June 5
Is there a single demand or an issue for which the Shiromani Akali Dal has been “struggling” for decades and can claim to have accomplished it to its satisfaction, beginning with the re-organisation of states in 1966?

Vedanti issues SGPC poll code
Amritsar, June 5
In a belated move, the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, today enforced a religious code of conduct for selecting candidates for the SGPC elections. The code becomes irrelevant as the Shiromani Akali Dal has already released a list of 75 candidates.

Book on Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale released
Chandigarh, June 5

The second book by journalist, Dalbir Singh titled, “Sant Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwalian Picho Dhandookare Choen Chanan Di Khoj’’ was released here today by Kanwar Singh Dhami and Gian Singh.

Shoddy recreation of Akal Takht frescos
Amritsar, June 5
The frescos and paintings depicting the composite Indian culture and Sikh art on the walls of Akal Takht, which suffered damage during Operation Bluestar, have been redone restored in a manner not consistent with the original art form.

A ceiling in Akal Takht redone using synthetic colours. A ceiling in Akal Takht redone using synthetic colours. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma




Gastroenteritis toll rises to eight
Ferozepore, June 5
The death toll due to suspected gastroenteritis has risen to eight in this area even as more and more people were today rushed to various hospitals. One more victim, who died last night, has been identified as Gurpreet Kaur (5), a resident of Bajitpur village.

Private developers hijack trust’s colony project
Ropar, June 5
The defence colony project of the Ropar Improvement Trust has been jeopardised with private developers taking control of over 23 acre of land, which was under the process of acquisition by the improvement trust.

Polio-ridden Reena Rani with her husband Vikas VermaDisability could not stand in the way of marriage
Chandigarh, June 5
Reena Rani had never expected her destiny to surprise her so pleasantly. Until two years ago this 20-year-old village girl from Patiala was a hapless polio victim, who could not even walk a yard. Miserable as her case was, she could at best crawl in the name of movement. Never had she thought she would again walk one day…that too with a man who has taken her as her wedded wife.

Polio-ridden Reena Rani with her husband Vikas Verma.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

20 pc water samples fail
Chandigarh, June 5
Some uncontaminated facts about water supply in Punjab — Over 20 per cent of the samples collected from different parts of the state after recent spurt in diarrhoea cases have already failed the test of purity. The percentage is likely to increase drastically as results of large number of samples are still awaited.


BSP expels five leaders
Jalandhar, June 5
The BSP yesterday expelled Mr Devi Das Nahar, who was the BSP’s State Vice-President and party candidate from Jalandhar parliamentary seat, Mr Jia Lal Nahar, a general secretary, Mr Pritam Chand, a general secretary, Mr Balwant Singh Sultanpur, President of the Kapurthala unit of the BSP, Mr Nirmal Singh, also the general secretary of the state unit today.


World Environment Day celebrated
Kapurthala, June 5
Pledging to participate in the ongoing desilting campaign of the Kali Bein and tree-plantation drives in the district, the Eco-Club of Guru Hargobind Senior Secondary Public School, Nadala, in association with the Academy of Folklore, celebrated World Environment Day at Kanjli Picnic Spot today.

MC chief accused of misappropriation bid
Muktsar, June 5
The president of the local Municipal Council, Mr Krishan Kumar Teria, allegedly tried to misappropriate council funds in the name of Punjab Local Bodies Minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh’s proposed visit on February 18 this year.

Malaria mosquito resistant to insecticides: SMO
Kharar, June 5
The type of mosquito that spreads malaria has become resistant to DDT and other insecticides over the past more than five years. Though the number of malaria cases had drastically come down, it was important to remain alert to bring the disease under control.

IMA for uniformity in prices of drugs
Sangrur, June 5
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) yesterday urged Union Minister for Fertilisers and Chemicals, Ram Vilas Paswan, to fix prices of drugs, bringing uniformity in prices.

Celebrations on SYL verdict condemned
Chandigarh, June 5
Punjab Ministers Lal Singh, Partap Singh Bajwa, Gurchet Singh Bhullar, Santokh Singh and Sardool Singh, in a joint statement have condemned celebrations in Haryana on the SYL verdict, as reported in the Press today.

Beauty queen’s tribute to heroes
Ferozepore, June 5
Femina Miss India World Sayali Bhagat yesterday visited the National Martyrs Memorial of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev to pay tributes to heroes of the Indian freedom struggle.

Police accused of inaction
Kharar, June 5
Two persons, who were allegedly beaten up by a group here on May 21, have complained to the Chief Minister and the DGP that the local police has failed to take proper action against the culprits.


PSEB told to pay compensation
Ropar, June 5
The District Consumer Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to pay Rs 20,000 to a complainant for deficiency in service. Mr Mukhtiar Singh, a resident of Pir Sohana village in Kharar tehsil of the district, had alleged that he got a 3-BHP tubewell connection installed on his agricultural land.

Football coach’s bail plea rejected
Patiala, June 5
The interim bail application of a former football coach of Punjabi University, who was declared a proclaimed offender (PO) and made dramatic surrender in a local court on May 29, was rejected by a Nabha court today.


PSEB assures 8-hour supply for paddy
Patiala, June 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board has assured eight-hour regular power supply to farmers for paddy sowing.


Punjab may rationalise MC employees
Ropar, June 5
Most of the municipal councils of the state are reeling under a financial crisis due to over staffing. As per the norms, the councils should not spend more than 35 per cent of their earning on paying salaries to employees. However, in many councils about 90 per cent of the earning is going into paying salaries.

Panel formed on land acquisition by PUDA
Mohali, June 5
A six-member committee has been formed by the Punjab Government to look into the problem of the villagers protesting against the acquisition of their land by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority here.


Eunuch accused of castrating boys
Bathinda, June 5
A teenaged boy of Sangria Mandi of Rajasthan was allegedly castrated at Mandi Dabwali in a dera being run by eunuch after making him unconscious a few days ago. Now he has started begging.

Gang of robbers busted, 7 held
Patiala, June 5
The local police claims to have busted a gang of robbers who were allegedly involved in a series of dacoities in various villages of the district during the past one month. Addressing a press conference, the SSP, Mr A.S. Rai, disclosed that the police had constituted a team under SP (Detective), Mr P.S. Virk.


Medical girls hostel to have foolproof security
Faridkot, June 5
Taking a serious view of the matter arising following two intrusion incidents by unidentified persons in the different premises of the local government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital last month, the Punjab government has decided to make adequate and foolproof security arrangements in the girls hostel of the institution to avoid any untoward incident.

UGC to launch TV channel
Phagwara, June 5
The Centre and the University Grants Commission have finalised a plan to launch a satellite channel for distance education and other courses. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, had sent its consent for it, according to Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the university.


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