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SYL canal: PPCC general house meeting on June 14
Chandigarh, June 10
To express solidarity with the Punjab Government on the SYL canal issue, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has convened a virtual general house meeting of the party here for June 14, the opening day of the Budget session.

Security cover to cops may be reduced
Chandigarh, June 10
The Punjab Police is setting its own house in order before proceeding against others. Always blamed for cutting security cover provided to VIPs who have lost favours with the government, the police is now breaking free from its old image. It has launched an operation to prune cover provided to its own personnel.

2002 SGPC polls saw bitter legal battles
Chandigarh, June 10
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has been fighting protracted legal battles to counter government interference in its functioning. The year 2002, when the election of executive body of the SGPC witnessed a frenzied activity in the judicial circles, was no different.

Nangal MC to lay claim to NFL, BBMB land
Ropar, June 10
The Nangal Municipal Council will lay claim to the 2000 acres of vacant land of the National Fertilizers Ltd and the Bhakra Beas Management Board, on the basis of a 1961 document dug out by the officials which declares that the said land belonged to the council.

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Kewal Krishan cremated, curfew reimposed

Balachaur, June 10
The body of Kewal Krishan, a 42-year-old painter, was cremated peacefully here today, even as the curfew, which was imposed on Wednesday, was relaxed from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Kewal was alleged to have been killed in police firing.

Mohinder Kaur, wife of Kewal Krishan, wails along with relatives alongside the body of Kewal Krishan in Balachaur on Wednesday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra
Mohinder Kaur, wife of Kewal Krishan, wails along with relatives alongside the body of Kewal Krishan in Balachaur on Wednesday

Negligence led to the epidemic
Ferozepore, June 10
Even as the authorities are working round the clock to contain the outbreak of gastroenteritis, negligence in maintaining hygiene suggests that such incidents were just waiting to happen in this border district of Punjab.

33 fresh cases of gastroenteritis reported
Hoshiarpur, June 10
Thirtythree fresh cases of gastroenteritis have been reported —27 from various mohallas of the city and six from the surrounding villages— at the local Civil Hospital in the past 24 hours.

Govt for fast-track courts for NRIs
Jalandhar, June 10
Hailing the central government’s decision to have a separate ministry for NRI affairs redress to problems of the NRIs, vice-patron of the NRI Sabha, Punjab Avtar Henry today announced that the state government would again approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court for setting up fast-track courts for NRIs at Jalandhar and Patiala.

PAU alumnus is Lord Mayor of Leicester
Ludhiana, June 10
An alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University has become the Lord Mayor of Leicester in England. He is not only the first Sikh to get the prestigious political post, but is also the first Indian to achieve it.

The Lord Mayor of Leicester in England, Mr Piara Singh Clair, in the traditional attire of the Mayor, with his wife Jusbinder Kaur. — File photo
The Lord Mayor of Leicester in England, Mr Piara Singh Clair, in the traditional attire of the Mayor, with his wife Jusbinder Kaur.


Cops force Dalit family out of house
Talwandi Sabo, June 10
The belongings of a Dalit family, residing in a colony set up under the landless labour scheme by the government at Lehri village in the district, were allegedly thrown out of the house by the police late last evening.

Dalit paraded after blackening his face
Lambi (Muktsar), June 10
In a bizarre incident, a Dalit of Kuttianwali village falling in this police station was allegedly paraded in the village after blackening his face and putting shoes around his neck by some three persons, including the husband of the Sarpanch of the village.

Unannounced power cuts cripple life in Kharar
Kharar, June 10
Unannounced power cuts have hit life of residents here. Though business has been adversely affected, residents in general too have to sweat it out in the humid weather.

SGPC constitutes editorial board
Amritsar, June 10
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has constituted a four-member editorial board to compile ‘Panth Rattan Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Simriti Granth’.

Takht chief releases Bhai Talwara’s book
Amritsar, June 10
‘Gurbani Da Saral Viakaran-Bodh’ a book by late Bhai Joginder Singh Talwara, who was a member of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha and noted Sikh scholar, was released at Akal Takht by Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, here today.

Shopkeepers block traffic
Muktsar, June 10
Shopkeepers of Tibba Sahib locality of the city blocked traffic for more than an hour to protest against an attempt to stop repair of a road today morning.

Ropar thermal plant achieves new milestone
Ropar, June 10
The Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, has achieved a new record by continuously running a single unit for 126 days.

PSEB to replace 3 towers
Patiala, June 10
The Punjab State Electricity Board yesterday claimed that it had decided to replace three towers which had been severely damaged following a storm on June 6.

Power supply to 100 villages restored
Tarn Taran, June 10
Power supply to more than 100 villages which was disrupted due to a storm on June 6 when two 220 KV towers had breakdown near Sakkianwala village, has been restored.

Contract workers oppose retrenchment move
Ropar, June 10
Contract labourers of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant yesterday staged a protest by removing their shirts.

Punjabi Congress chief bereaved
Chandigarh, June 10
The Indian Chapter of the World Punjabi Congress at a meeting held here today passed a resolution expressing grief over the death of Ms Sheasta Habib, wife of Mr Fakhar Zaman, Chairman of the World Punjabi Congress.


Court’s nod to Sukhbir’s US visit
Ropar, June 10
The special court, Ropar, today granted Mr Sukhbir Badal conditional permission to visit the USA. The conditions are that he will have to furnish a personal surety bond of Rs 10 lakh and another bond of same amount in the court.


Phones of police stations disconnected
Muktsar, June 10
While the Punjab government has approved computerisation of all police stations of the state Muktsar is perhaps is the only district of the state where even phones in all police stations are in working condition for several weeks. Reason: the phones were disconnected by BSNL as the police has not deposited bills for several years.

Memo submitted to Commissioner
Amritsar, June 10
More than 15 councillors of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation have decried the move of the civic body to takeover the land worth crores of a local power substation at the Lawrence road.

Public Health Dept posts lying vacant
Pathankot, June 10
Several top posts in the Public Health Department are lying vacant here. An officer of the rank of Sub-Divisional Officer is in charge of Pathankot and Dunera water supply systems.


SDO booked for embezzling 96 lakh
Sangrur, June 10
The Vigilance Bureau here registered a case against Sat Pal Jindal, an SDO the Irrigation Department, posted at Ladda village near here, yesterday allegedly for embezzling Rs 96 lakh of the Department.

Attempt to rape in Muktsar village
Muktsar, June 10
Two influential youths of Shirwali village under Muktsar Sadar police station allegedly made an attempt to rape an under-privileged girl of the same village on Tuesday night.


School principal held by Vigilance Bureau
Jalandhar, June 10
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested Ms Raj Kumari Mohi, Principal, Government Model Co-educational Senior Secondary School, Ladowali Road here and a former Chairman of the selection Committee (Gurdaspur) for selecting two candidates as primary teachers in alleged violation of norms.

Chosen to design space city, students await funds for travel to USA

Patiala, June 10
Building a colony on the moon may be the task of “Team Force”, but getting to the USA and the US space agency NASA to do so is becoming the biggest hurdle for students of this city who lack the requisite funds to travel to the USA.

Abhishek Aggarwal (fourth from right) along with students of TIET and Budha Dal Public School, who want sponsors to enable them to participate in a NASA space programme in the USA. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Abhishek Aggarwal (fourth from right) along with students of TIET and Budha Dal Public School, who want sponsors to enable them to participate in a NASA space programme in the USA.

PAU signs MoU with Russian varsities
Ludhiana, June 10
Punjab Agricultural University has signed a memorandum of understanding with two Russian universities for exchange of students, faculty and technology in the field of agro-engineering and environmental engineering based in Moscow. The Russian universities are Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering and Moscow State Agro-Engineering University.

DEO to function on Saturday, Sunday
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 10
The Education Department has announced a simplified policy of transfers to avoid unnecessary harassment to teachers. The department has authorised the respective District Education Officers (DEOs) to order all transfers in their districts.

PTU likely to hike BBA fees
Jalandhar, June 10
Punjab Technical University is likely to enhance its fee for students taking admission to BBA and BCA courses in all its affiliated colleges from this session.

Khalsa College fine case: notice to trust
Amritsar, June 10
The Divisional Commissioner, Jalandhar issued notice to the Improvement Trust here, in a case of Rs 10 crore fine imposed on the Khalsa College Governing Council for delaying the completion of College of Information Technology and Engineering.

5 teachers shifted from Lattour school
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 10
The Education Department has ordered the transfer of five teachers of Elementary School Lattour after getting the inquiry report of DEO (S).


Expansion of mobile network on the anvil
Sangrur, June 10
The local BSNL authorities will make operational 10 new base trans-received stations by June-end to expand the capacity of the mobile network from 23,000 mobile phone connections to 34,000 connections in Sangrur district.

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