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SAD rebels file nominations
Kapurthala, June 8
The simmering discontent among workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal over the allotment of party ticket to Mr Santokh Singh Padda today came to the fore when Mr Davinder Singh Dhapai, a confidant of Mr Raghbir Singh, a former Transport Minister, filed nomination papers as a rebel candidate from the Kapurthala (general) seat for the SGPC elections.

The SAD General Secretary, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, along with Mr Nirmail Singh who filed his nomination papers for the SGPC election in the office of Mr D.R. Garg, SDM, in Dera Bassi on Tuesday. The SAD General Secretary, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, along with Mr Nirmail Singh who filed his nomination papers for the SGPC election in the office of Mr D.R. Garg, SDM, in Dera Bassi on Tuesday.

PSEB service termination notice to 162 labourers
Ludhiana, June 8
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has served service termination notices to 162 contract labourers working in the coal handling plant (CHP) of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP) here.

A Profile
First SAD Dalit nominee to become Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker
Charanjit Singh Atwal Chandigarh, June 8
Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal (67) could not have asked for more. Supported by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), he not only becomes the first Dalit nominee of the Shiromani Akali Dal to become Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha but also the first elected representative of the Phillaur (Reserve) parliamentary constituency to get such an important position in federal politics.



  Rs 3503.81 cr draft Annual Plan approved
Chandigarh, June 8
The Punjab State Planning Board today approved the Rs 3503.81 crore draft Annual Plan, (2004-05) against last year’s plan of Rs 2822.00 crore, showing an increase of 24.16 per cent.

Participants at a workshop on Rural Decentralisation in Punjab in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Government empowers Panchayati Raj institutions
Chandigarh, June 8
The Punjab Government is empowering Panchayati Raj institutions for controlling and supervising the working of various other departments, this was revealed during a workshop on rural decentralisation in Punjab.

Participants at a workshop on Rural Decentralisation in Punjab in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

SAD opposes Amarinder approach
SYL canal, river waters dispute
Chandigarh, June 8
The top SAD leadership is opposed to the approach adopted by the Amarinder Government on the river waters dispute and the SYL canal.

1 killed in police firing
Balachaur, June 8
Tension gripped this sleepy town as a Dalit youth was allegedly killed when the police opened fire to disperse a mob of hundreds of residents of Rakran Dhahan and other nearby villages today. The villagers allegedly beat up some police officials, including two DSPs, an ASI and three constables. They also tried to set the Balachaur police station on fire.

Diarrhoea cases: situation fluid in Ferozepore
Chandigarh, June 8
The situation due to water contamination continues to be fluid in Ferozepore. Over 30 per cent of the samples collected from different parts of the city after the recent spurt in diarrhoea cases have failed the test of purity. Elsewhere in the state, more than 20 per cent samples have failed.


NSUI leader’s open letter to Priyanka
Jalandhar, June 8
Accusing the District Youth Congress chief, Mr R.S. Sethi, of working at the behest of communal forces, the general secretary of the state unit of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), Mr Manvinder Deep Singh yesterday urged Ms Priyanka Vadra Gandhi to get Mr Rajinder Kumar Raja reappointed to the post for his efforts to rejuvenate the District Youth Congress at the grassroots level during his stint as its chief.

Former YC leader contests removal
Amritsar, June 8
Mr Ravinder Sharma former Batala Youth Congress president, challenged his expulsion from the party, by All-India Youth Congress (AIYC) president Randip Singh Surjewala.


Fest marks Venus transit
Sangrur, June 8
A festival was organised to mark the transit of Venus by the district unit of the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti at the Prem Sabha Senior Secondary School complex here today. The festival was inaugurated by Mr Gurtej Singh, SDM, Sangrur. More than 250 persons from various walks of life participated in it and saw the transit of Venus through reflectors, filters and telescope.

Police fails to arrest MC officials
Mansa, June 8
A case was registered against a former executive officer (EO) and a Municipal Engineer (ME) of the Municipal Council here for their allegedly sanctioning a site plan to facilitate land grab by certain persons on May 14, 2004. The police has not arrested them so far.

D. Muniappam during his cycling mission in Bathinda on Tuesday. Cycling for a cause
Bathinda, June 8
After finding a place in the Limca Book of World Records for covering more than 13,000 km by walking in reverse to spread the message of peace, brotherhood, population control and AIDS awareness, D. Muniappan, a resident of Tamil Nadu (TN), has undertaken another arduous task of cycling 10,000 km for creating awareness regarding environment protection, rainwater harvesting, population control and global peace.

D. Muniappam during his cycling mission in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Pak national takes back son’s body
Amritsar, June 8
A Pakistani Hindu took back the body of his seven-year-old son, Pawan Kumar, via the Wagah checkpost today.

Residents complain against cable operator
Bathinda, June 8
Residents of Urban Estate, Phase II, and the Residents Welfare Society have lodged complaints with the DC and the SSP against the alleged misconduct of the cable operator of their localities.

He put her smile back
Ludhiana, June 8
“Doctor is considered to be next to God.” The statement seems to be absolutely true if the case of 32-year-old Kanchan (not real name) is to be believed.

Six held for plundering Harike sanctuary
Amritsar, June 8
Six persons were arrested for plundering vegetation in the wild life sanctuary at Harike. The offenders used to destroy natural habitat of lotus by removing its fruit and stems called ‘kol dode’.

Villagers block traffic over custodial death
Nawanshahr, June 8
Residents of Rakkeran Dhahan and adjoining villages held a dharna in front of the Balachaur police station and blocked traffic on the Balachaur – Chandigarh road here today in protest against the alleged custodial death of Rakesh Kumar (22), a resident of Rakkeran Dhahan village, on Monday.

The acting President of the SGPC, Mr Arvinderpal Singh Pakhoke, sees off a Sikh jatha going to Pakistan to observe the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev, in Amritsar on Tuesday. Sikh jatha leaves for Pakistan
Amritsar, June 8
A 1,050-member jatha of Sikh pilgrims today left for Pakistan to participate in a programme to mark Guru Arjan Dev’s martyrdom day at Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore on June 16.

The acting President of the SGPC, Mr Arvinderpal Singh Pakhoke, sees off a Sikh jatha going to Pakistan to observe the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev, in Amritsar on Tuesday. — PTI photo


Inside Babudom
Appointment of PCS officers to IAS set aside

Chandigarh, June 8
Failure of the government to fill vacancies in the year they occur has been a cause of concern for the senior members of the Punjab Civil Service (Executive Branch) aspiring for appointment to the country's premier civil service -the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).


Cops’ bid to rape minor, 1 held
Jalandhar, June 8
Two Punjab police personnel allegedly attempted to rape a minor at Focal Point here today. While one was arrested from the spot after his attempt to escape was foiled by the public, the other managed to flee.

Grocer shot at, robbed of Rs 1 lakh
Fazilka, June 8
Two armed persons fired at a local grocer, Surinder Kumar Dhuria, in the Kailash Nagar locality of the town last night and fled after snatching a bag containing about Rs 1 lakh.

5 held for selling pirated CDs
Bathinda, June 8
The police here has registered four cases relating to the manufacture and sale of fake compact discs(CDs).

Case against 7 undertrials for escape attempt
Patiala, June 8
The Kotwali police has registered a case against seven undertrials who tried to escape from a special cell in the District Court Complex here yesterday evening.

Truck carrying poppy husk impounded
Moga, June 8
The police today impounded a truck carrying poppy husk in a drive against smugglers and anti-social elements. Two suspects escaped.

Panchkula youth, another killed
Moga, June 8
Two youths driving a scooter were killed when their vehicle collided head-on with a truck opposite the Moga Sub Jail today afternoon on the grand trunk road. A report said that the scooter was coming from Ludhiana side while the truck was going towards Ferozepore side. The accident occurred when the truck was negotiating a turn from a divider when the scooter collided with it. 

2 hurt in road mishap
Kharar, June 8
Two persons, including a teenager, were seriously injured when a car and a scooter collided near Mundi Kharar here today.

Youth shot dead
Mansa, June 8
A youth, Manpreet Singh Money, was shot dead here on Sunday. 


Technical varsity ties up with CII
Jalandhar, June 8
Punjab Technical University has tied up with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Technology Development Board (TDB).

Protest against quota in education
Patiala, June 8
The All-India Equality Forum today organised a protest in front of the main gate of the Diesel Component Works here against the decision of the Centre to introduce reservation in education in the private sector.

PCCTU dharna on June 15
Barnala, June 8
The state executive committee of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) will organise a dharna in front of the DPI (Colleges) Punjab’s office at Chandigarh on June, 15 to protest against indifference of the Punjab government towards problems of college teachers of 172 private colleges.


Landline disconnections on rise
Amritsar, June 8
Thousands of telephone subscribers in the state have got their landline connections disconnected after the start of mobile services.

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