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No leadership change in Punjab: Ambika
Chandigarh, June 16
There is a great feeling of jubilation in Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s camp as the General Secretary of the AICC Ambika Soni here today made categorically clear that there is no move for a change of leadership in Punjab.

Ambika Soni files papers for Rajya Sabha

Chandigarh, June 16
Accompanied by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, AICC General Secretary Ambika Soni today filed her nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections from Punjab.

Congress General Secretary Ambika Soni smiles after filing her nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections from Punjab, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — PTI photo

ongress General Secretary Ambika Soni smiles after filing her nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections

SGPC-run colleges can’t conduct PMET, says panel
Ludhiana, June 16
The SGPC and the Punjab Government are heading for confrontation on the issue of conducting the entrance test for the admission to the MBBS and BDS courses for the year 2004-2005.

Vedanti not to appear before court
Takht Secretariat refuses to accept summons

Amritsar, June 16
The Akal Takht Secretariat refused to accept the summons issued by a Chandigarh court even as Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, declared that being a “Pope of the Sikh community”, he was above the law of the land and hence he won’t appear before any court.
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, talks to mediapersons in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti

Fatehgarh Sahib




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Father killed to implicate SGPC member in murder case
Muktsar, June 16
Gurmeet Singh, resident of Kolianwali village in the district, killed his father Sharda Singh, senior Congress worker, to implicate a senior Akali leader and member, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Mr Dyal Singh Kolianwali, in the murder case to settle political scores with him.

Badal agent of RSS, says Ranjit Singh
Amritsar, June 16
Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht, today released another list of 50 candidates for the ensuing Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections here.

Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar, Akal Takht, addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Wednesday.

Chandumajra to announce office-bearers
Action sought against Riar
Calcutta objects to meeting on cloth purchase

Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar, Akal Takht, addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Wednesday.

DGP office prepares proposal on cadre posts
Chandigarh, June 16
For complying with the directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the posting of non-cadre officers against cadre posts, the office of Punjab's Director-General of Police (DGP) A.A. Siddiqui has prepared a detailed proposal.

Kanwaljit favours Ganga-Yamuna link canal for Haryana
Mohali, June 16
A Ganga-Yamuna link canal should be constructed to provide water to Haryana as waters of the Ganga is not being utilised at all.

GND varsity BA, BSc II results today
Amritsar, June 16
The results of BA and BSc II examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University, held in April and May, 2004, will be declared tomorrow.


Kainth to launch debate on expulsion
Jalandhar, June 16
A former convener of the state unit of the BSP, Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, today announced to launch series of debates in the state over the way the party high command chose to expel senior party leaders on one pretext or the other.


Warring cloth merchants reach agreement
Phagwara, June 16
Tension which gripped the cloth market in the local Banasawala Bazar since last night, following a violent clash between owners and men of two cloth houses last night was defused this afternoon following an amicable settlement on the issue. The two sides reached an agreement in the presence of local DSP Jaspal Singh.

PSEB to install bill payment machines
Mohali, June 16
In what could mean an end to waiting in long queues to pay electricity bills, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is set to install bill payment machines (BPMs) across the state. Consumers can pay their electricity bills through an automatic machine that will accept both cash and cheques and give a receipt to the consumer in return.

SSF’s memo to Kalam to be signed with blood
Ferozepore, June 16
The Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) will submit a memorandum, inked with the blood of its members, to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on June 19 in New Delhi to protest against the possible construction of the SYL canal.

SAD, BJP condemn hike in petrol prices
Phagwara, June 16
SAD-BJP combine leaders today described as “back-breaking” the hike in the prices of cooking gas, petrol and diesel. Jathedar Jarnail Singh Wahid, SAD national adviser, Mr Swarna Ram, Punjab BJP vice-president today dubbed the hike as the first anti-people gift of the Congress at the Centre.

Bir Devinder attends bhog ceremony of freedom fighter
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 16
Rich tributes were paid to Chaudhry Dharm Pal Dutta, a freedom fighter and former president of the Ashoka Educational Trust, at the bhog ceremony held at Mandi Gobindgarh town of the district. Thousands of people from every walks of life attended his bhog ceremony.

Now, fewer people die of rabies, says study
Amritsar, June 16
Even as the annual mortality rate due to rabies has been lowered, the incidents of dog-bite have increased several times. In India, the annual mortality rate due to rabies which, according to a survey conducted in 1990, was 30,000-35000 deaths per year, has come down to 18,000-20,000.

‘Chabeels’ mark martyrdom day
Phagwara, June 16
The martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev, the fifth Guru of Sikhs, was observed here today at the local Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Model Town, Gurdwara Akalian and on Walia Transport premises. “Chabeels” and langar were held to mark the day. A big congregation was held at Gurdwara Akalian which was headed by Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal.

BSP holds dharna against police inaction
Amritsar, June 16
Activists of the Bahujan Samaj Party today held a dharna near the Gharinda police station here. It led to the stoppage of the “Sada-e-Sarhad,” which was allegedly pelted with stones by the protesters.


Fake passport case: two remanded
Jalandhar, June 16
Even as the Duty Magistrate today remanded Parminder Kaur and Jaspal Singh, both accused in the fake passport case, in police custody for one day, the police has asked the Notary, who “attested” the fake affidavit, to join the investigation.


Jasmer to interact with agitating farmers
Mohali, June 16
Dr Jasmer Singh, a senior Congress leader, has been appointed as Mr Bir Devinder Singh’s representative to interact with the farmers of the area who are sitting on a chain hunger strike in order to get their grievances addressed by PUDA.


Mela stopped on DC’s directions
Pathankot , June 16
The district administration today imposed a ban on the operation of a mela, which was organised by the ARK Amusement here.


Two held with stolen car
Kapurthala, June 16
With the arrest of two persons, the local police claims to have achieved a major breakthrough in solving several cases of stealing of vehicles in the district.

Action sought against cops accused of graft
Patti, June 16
The National Human Rights Parishad taking a serious note of inaction against a DSP and an SHO, against whom a case of corruption was filed in 1999, has sought the immediate suspension the officials concerned.

Dalit woman beaten up
Bathinda, June 16
Binder Kaur, a Scheduled Caste woman and resident of Virk Kalan village in the district, was admitted to the local Civil Hospital with multiple injuries after she was allegedly beaten up by 10 residents of the same village on the night of June 11 while she was going to her house from her shop at Bhisiana village.

Three booked in abduction case
Moga, June 16
The Bagha Purana police has booked three persons on the charge of abducting a married woman, following an order of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC).

25 bags of poppy husk seized
Sangrur, June 16
The Malerkotla police today seized 25 bags of poppy husk, containing 35 kg of poppy husk each, from the truck near Malerkotla. All three accused fled after abandoning the truck 200 yards away from a police naka.

Cash, jewellery stolen from Kharar house
Kharar, June 16
Thieves decamped with cash and gold jewellery from a house in Gobind Colony here today.

Three injured in road mishap
Amritsar, June 16
It was a miraculous escape for passengers of a private bus (PB-3G-2585) when it overturned. However, three of them, including a woman, sustained minor injuries near Anngarh yesterday.

Two injured in jail clash
Hoshiarpur, June 16
Two undertrials, an alleged rapist and a liquor smuggler, suffered injuries in a clash in the district jail here today.

2 couples held from hotel
Kharar, June 16
Two couples, alleged to be “lovebirds”, were arrested from a hotel on a charge of concealing their identity today.


Varsity youth camp concludes
Amritsar, June 16
As many as 100 students from 10 colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University attended an eight-day youth training camp organised by the university under the aegis of its Youth Welfare Department.

Summer camp held for kids of army men

Bathinda, June 16
Over 500 children of armymen posted at Bathinda Military Station participated in a summer camp organised at HQ 10 Corps. The camp was organised with the efforts of the president of Chetak AWWA (Army Wives Welfare Association), Ms Kiran Nandrajog, wife of Lieut. Gen O.P. Nandrajog, GOC, Chetak Corps.
The president of Chetak AWWA Ms Kiran Nandrajog, enjoy a cultural programme organised on the last day of a summer camp for children of Army men posted in Bathinda cantonment. — A Tribune photo

The president of Chetak AWWA Ms Kiran Nandrajog, enjoy a cultural programme organised on the last day of a summer camp for children of Army men

232 appear for online test
Jalandhar, June 16
As many as 232 candidates appeared for an online entrance test to MSc (IT) and MSc computer sciences courses at Lyallpur Khalsa College here today.

Camp for mentally retarded kids ends
Faridkot, June 16
A 10-day summer camp organised by the District Red Cross Society to impart training to mentally retarded and visually handicapped children in various activities like toy-making, painting, music, and dance concluded here yesterday.


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