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Panthic Morcha announces 47 candidates for SGPC poll
Jalandhar, June 6
Announcing nomination of 47 candidates for the SGPC poll, the Panthic Morcha leadership today decried the alleged mal-administration of the SGPC, dominance of the “RSS inspired” Sikh leadership and proliferation of the “state sponsored” anti Panthic gurudoms in and outside Punjab.

Amarinder discusses strategy on SYL canal
Chandigarh, June 6
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today spent the day discussing with the core group possible strategies to defend the interests of the state and its farmers following the Supreme Court judgement on the SYL canal.

Son remembers Bhindranwale
Ishar Singh Jalandhar, June 6
I remember my father as a deeply religious man, who used to make us recite certain ‘Shabad’ before we had our food and I am proud of him. It is for people to judge whether he faught for the Sikhs or not. I will continue to feel his absence as a religious and caring father and at times miss him as a son.”




Brigade commander to head court of inquiry
Chandigarh, June 6
A brigade commander based at Ferozepore has been appointed as the presiding officer of a court of inquiry instituted by the Army into allegations that some officers were accepting illegal gratification from troops for ensuring their selection in contingents going abroad on United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.

2 more gastro deaths reported
Ferozepore, June 6
With two more deaths reported today, the toll due to water-borne diseases has gone up to 10 in this border town. Shamri, 55, wife of Sohan Lal, a resident of Basti Shekhan, died just a few minutes before the Principal Secretary, Health, Mr Darbara Singh Guru, visited the local Civil Hospital here today. Chiragdeen, 60, another resident of Basti Shekhan, died while undergoing treatment at home.

B.Ed aspirants feel cheated
Bathinda, June 6
With the decision of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, to accept demands drafts issued only by two particular banks, State Bank of India and Punjab and Sind Bank, for the payment of B.Ed entrance test fee, students feel cheated as the exchange fee being charged for the drafts by these banks is much higher than that charged by other public-sector banks.


BJP, SAD anti-Sikh, says Mann
Amritsar, June 6
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann today termed both the Bharatiya Janta Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) “anti-Sikh parties’’. Talking to reporters on the Golden Temple premises here today, Mr Mann, former MP, said both the parties were responsible for injustice to the Sikh community during the postindependence era.

Batala Youth Congress chief removed
Phillaur, June 6
All-India Youth Congress president Randip Singh Surjewala has removed Batala District Youth Congress president Ravinder Sharma from his post for anti-party activities during Lok Sabha elections.


Can discharge of total chrome in drain be carcinogenic?
Jalandhar, June 6
Can the presence of high levels of total chrome (TC) in the “untreated highly polluted” effluent discharge of about 40 tannery units being released into the Kala Sanghian drain be carcinogenic? And can these have hazardous impacts on the ecology of the water body and lead to the degradation of environment in the areas along the drain?

Sikh jatha to leave for Pak on June 8
Amritsar, June 6
On the occasion of the martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev, a Sikh jatha would leave for Pakistan on June 8 to pay obeisance.

PPS officers form panel on cadre issue
Jalandhar, June 6
The Punjab Police Officers Welfare Association has formed a committee to discuss the situation arising from a court directive to the Punjab Government that the PPS officers who have been posted as SSPs, should be replaced with IPS officers by June 9.

Akali leader alleges police torture
Bathinda, June 6
Mr Buta Singh, an Akali leader and member, Block Samiti was admitted to a hospital here allegedly after being tortured by the police yesterday. District police chief Kapil Dev has ordered an inquiry into the case and sent Mr Balwinder Singh, In charge, Police post, Nandgarh and one Punjab Home Guard Jawan, to the Police Lines.

Arms licence holders’ long wait for renewal
Fazilka, June 6
Arms licence-holders of Ferozepore district are running from pillar to post for the renewal of their licences, as there is virtual ban on their renewal. According to official sources, at least 15,000 arms licences-holders have been approaching the office of the Additional District Magistrate, Ferozepore, for renewal since past several years. 

4 of family receive burns
Phagwara, June 6
Four migrants of a family, including a two-year-old child received burns in an accidental fire at nearby Mehli village last night, the police said today.

NTAS stages ‘Andher Nagri’
Artistes of the NTAS perform a play ‘Andher Nagari’ directed by Pran Sabharwal in Patiala on Sunday. Patiala, June 6
theatre group, the NTAS, staged ‘Andher Nagri’, a 19th century anti-establishment play written by poet and dramatist Bharendu Harishchander, at the local Baradari gardens here this morning. The chief guest, Dr Sudhir Verma, a leading heart specialist, gave away prizes to 30 artistes who performed in the 40-minute play.

Artistes of the NTAS perform a play ‘Andher Nagari’ directed by Pran Sabharwal in Patiala on Sunday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar


Farmers fail to get promised power supply
Jalandhar June 6
Despite assurance of eight-hour power supply to farmers for paddy sowing by the Punjab State Electricity Board, farmers have failed to get even three-hour power supply in most of villages in Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Nawanshahr and Kapurthala districts of the Doaba region.

Farmers seek law to keep property off loans
Patiala, June 6
The kisan wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, demanding that the Central Government should pass an Act to stop the attachment of land and property with loans issued by moneylenders and banks.


Jeweller’s killer arrested
Jalandhar, June 6
The police here arrested two persons by the Amritsar police for the murder of a jeweller in Amritsar on May 24. The arrested persons were alleged to be members of a gang responsible for robberies in Majha.

4 peacocks found dead, 1 held
Machhiwara, June 6
Carcasses of four peacocks were found near Garhi Tarkhana village, 3 km from Machhiwara. Of the four, two peacocks were found skinned. The feet of one peacock were cut whereas the body of a peahen was found intact.

Fake currency worth 5.5 lakh seized
Patiala, June 6
The police has busted a gang involved in circulating fake currency notes in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh here today.


Pbi varsity VC’s ouster sought
Patiala, June 6
The Punjab Scheduled Castes Welfare Society held an emergency meeting today under the chairmanship of Mr Paramjit Singh Sodh, in which members unanimously demanded the ouster of the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.S. Boparai, for his anti-Dalit stance.

Pbi varsity postpones Academic Council’s meeting
Patiala, June 6
The Punjabi University authorities have decided to postpone indefinitely a meeting of the Academic Council which was scheduled to be held on June 9 to discuss in detail the issue of the introduction of computer application at the graduation level.

Fest to mark transit of Venus
Sangrur, June 6
The district unit of the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti will organise a festival on June 8 on the premises of the local Prem Sabha Senior Secondary School to mark a rare celestial happening, the transit of Venus, which will occur after 121.5 years. Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, will inaugurate the festival.

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