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Bhakra level not alarming for Punjab: PSEB
Patiala, June 12
Lack of snow melting in the past two months is the reason of the alarming fall in the water level of the Gobind Sagar reservoir of the Bhakra Dam, say Punjab State Electricity Board experts. They have given an assurance that any further fall in the water level of the dam reservoir will not affect Punjab as it is getting almost a negligible amount of power from the dam.

GNDTP units being renovated
Bathinda, June 12
A major renovation and modernisation (R & M) work of the units one and two of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP), which have completed their designed lifespan, has been undertaken by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to increase their lives by 20 years.

No water to sow paddy
Malout (Muktsar), June 12
The decision of the Irrigation Department to put the Abohar branch canal under the B category has added to the woes of thousands of farmers of Malout subdivision in the district. A dry Doda rajbaha in Malout subdivision
A dry Doda rajbaha in Malout subdivision. —  Photo by Kulbir Beera

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Rise above party politics to solve SYL issue: Gill
M.S. GillChandigarh, June 12
Just one look at his resolute eyes peeping from behind the glasses is enough to tell you that country's former Chief Election Commissioner-cum-Member of Parliament M.S. Gill has a solution to the water dispute between Punjab and Haryana. But the bureaucrat-turned-politician is careful with words as he simply mutters, "Rajasthan is getting substantial share of Punjab's water... It should be looked into".

Chief Secretary seeks records of govt men in BBMB
Ropar, June 12
The Punjab Chief Secretary has called for the record of Punjab employees working in the BBMB. Sources available here state that the Chief Secretary has written to the Personnel Department, Punjab, to provide him the above record. The department has further written to the BBMB to provide the department-wise record of the Punjab employees working there.

Call to boycott Chandok for honouring Tytler
Amritsar, June 12
Parhlad Singh ChandokGiving a call for social boycott of Mr Parhlad Singh Chandok, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, for allegedly honouring Mr Jagdish Tytler, Union Minister (his name had figured among those who allegedly engineered the anti-Sikh riots in 1984), Mr Gurcharn Singh Babbar, today criticised the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, and Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal, for their silence on this issue.

Students resent delay in announcing exam date
Jalandhar, June 12
Resentment prevails among hundreds of students aspiring to take admission in MBA or MCA courses in various colleges of Punjab Technical University over delay on the part of Punjabi University in announcing the date of entrance examination.

Notorious smuggler held
Bathinda, June 12
The Rampura police today arrested an inter-state smuggler, Raj Moddar, under the National Security Act on the orders of the Additional Secretary, Department of Home, Punjab. The order was issued on June 9, after taking permission from the Governor of Punjab.

Cancel Pakhoke’s candidature, says KMC
Amritsar, June 12
The Khalra Mission Committee in a letter to the Jathedar, Akal Takht, today sought the cancellation of the candidature of Mr Alwinder Pal Singh Pakhoke and Mr Sucha Singh Langah for the coming general election of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

Muktsar, June 12
Contrary to its claims, the district administration has failed to do anything to ensure proper disposal of rainy water. As far as the town is concerned, no work has yet been started for the desiltation of manholes and drains on the Abohar road by the Municipal Council and Public Health Department.

A resident crosses a lane of Gandhi Nagar in Muktsar on which sewerage water has accumulated. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
A resident crosses a lane of Gandhi Nagar in Muktsar on which sewerage water has accumulated.

Badal all set to be re-elected SAD chief
Amritsar, June 12
Mr Parkash Singh Badal is all set to be re-elected president, Shiromani Akali Dal, at a session to be held at Teja Singh Samundari Hall.


Jahajgarh made temporary bus stand
Amritsar, June 12
Mr Raminder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, has ordered the use of Jahajgarh (Patakha market) as additional temporary bus stand due to traffic pressure on the Amritsar — Jalandhar road.

Residents fear threat from phone towers
Barnala, June 12
Shopkeepers and residents of the local Sadar Bazar are apprehending threat to their lives and property from private cellphone companies base transreceiver station (BTS) towers after one such tower fell due to a storm on June 7 near Chhatta Khoo Morcha of the bazar, injuring a few persons and damaging two vehicles.


Issuing of SC certificates to be simplified
Kapurthala, June 12
The students seeking admission in professional colleges. Can get domicile, SC/BC certificate and birth certificate made in less than two days through the Suvidha centre.

Mini-secretariat staff apprise DC of problems
Bathinda, June 12
A delegation of the district unit of the Punjab State Ministerial Service Union today met Deputy Commissioner K.A.P. Sinha and urged him to solve the problems being faced by employees working in the local Mini-Secretariat.


Sirhind financier murdered
Wife injured; servant’s hand suspected
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 12
Sirhind town plunged into gloom when the news of the heinous murder of Kulwant Mehta, 70, a leading financier of the town and secretary of the local Ashoka Educational Trust, spread in the town this morning. His body was found lying in a pool of blood in his bedroom, while his wife Kusam Mehta, 65, was found in a critical position in the lobby.

Chit fund firm owner booked for fraud
Amritsar, June 12
Following pressure from investors and an inquiry, the district police chief yesterday issued direction to register an FIR against Sublime Chit fund company owner Kulwant Singh Nagi for duping public to the tune of Rs 60 crore.

3 held for abducting minor girl
Phagwara, June 12
The local police has arrested three out of seven youths booked under Sections 363, 366,506, and 120-B of the IPC on the charges of inducing, intimidating and abducting a minor girl of nearby village Chak Hakim, it was learnt today.

Narcotics worth Rs 6 cr destroyed
Amritsar, June 12
The district police yesterday destroyed narcotics worth over Rs 6 crore — seized since 1996 and dumped in the Malkhana as evidence in 275 cases — at the Police Lines here.

3 women held, 100 kg poppy husk seized
Bathinda, June 12
Three women and a man were arrested by the Talwandi Sabo police for alleged smuggling of narcotics in this region. More than 100 kg of poppy husk and one kg of opium was recovered from them.


Centre for Guru Granth Sahib Studies set up
Jalandhar, June 12
Lyallpur Khalsa College has set up the “Centre for Guru Granth Sahib Studies” on its premises to spread and preach the thoughts enshrined in Guru Granth Sahib by encouraging the youth to take up research projects to improve the moral structure of the society.

Protest against hiring teachers on contract
Faridkot, June 12
Unemployed elementary trained teachers from different parts of the state took out a protest march through the main streets of this town today in protest against the Government’s policy to fill the ETT posts on contract basis, depriving the unemployed ETT teachers of permanent jobs.


PRTC to induct 200 new buses
Patiala, June 12
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation will induct 200 more buses during the current financial year and build two new bus stands at Patiala and Phagwara besides strengthening its long-route and night services.

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