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PTL disinvestment: Oppn stages walkout
Chandigarh, June 18
In an anti-climax to the discussion on the question of value of shares of Punjab Tractors Ltd at the time of its disinvestment by the Punjab State industrial development corporation in July, 2003, Akali MLAs today made crisp presentations and demanded a CBI inquiry, saying that it was a major “scandal”. Both SAD-BJP members later walked out of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha without waiting for Finance Minister Lal Singh to complete his reply.

Discussion resumes on Governor’s Address
Chandigarh, June 18
There were no sparks in the resumed discussion on the Governor’s address in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha today. Most members confined themselves to the problems and needs of their constituencies. While Congress MLAs praised the achievements of their government, the opposition tried to bare the faults.

Canal water supply slashed in Punjab
Chandigarh, June 18
With the canal water crisis in Punjab turning grave, the supply of water in various canals in the state has been slashed. The water crisis has been caused by the low level of water in various reservoirs like Gobind Sagar, a major source for the canal network.




DC stays execution of eight trust resolutions
Bathinda, June 18
The passing of eight resolutions by the local Improvement Trust authorities at its meeting held on May 28 in connection with acquiring land in and around the town for developing it into commercial and residential areas has sparked off a controversy.

PCS officer moves court for bail
Chandigarh, June 18
In less than a fortnight after a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered by the Vigilance Bureau against PCS officer Kiran Rosy, the officer has moved a court in Ropar for grant of anticipatory bail.

Jagir KaurPlea against Jagir Kaur dismissed
Kapurthala, June 18
The Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer, Mr Rakesh Kumar, today dismissed a petition seeking the cancellation of nomination papers of former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur, who is contesting the SGPC elections from Bholath.

Directive to SSP against forcible marriage
Chandigarh, June 18
In a unique case, a 22-year-old girl has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking directions to her parents not to marry her off without letting her finish her studies.

Amarinder to fund US visit of space city designers
Patiala, June 18
The Punjab Chief Minister is finally coming to the rescue of “Team Force”, an 18-member team, including 11 students who have been selected to take part in a competition involving designing of a space city on the Moon at the Kennedy Space Centre in the United States.


BJP men stage dharna against DC
Bathinda, June 18
Office-bearers of various units of the BJP in the district today staged a dharna in front of the residence and office of the Deputy Commissioner and raised slogans against him in protest against his refusal to accept their memorandum, to be submitted to the President, pertaining to the removal of “tainted” ministers from the Union Cabinet.


Jail to seek shifting of inmates
Jalandhar, June 18
After the bloody clash which took place in the Central Jail here on Wednesday night, the jail authorities a considering to shift the notorious inmates to some other jails in the state.

Nation forgets its martyrs sooner than expected
Chandigarh, June 18
A few months ago, the Punjab Government had spent about Rs 80,000 on a campaign to attract donations for the depleted Punjab War Heroes Family Relief Fund, out of which grants are paid to the next of kin of the soldiers killed in action. But the campaign could generate as meagre an amount as Rs 8,000.

Pak boys in jail seek freedom
Faridkot, June 18
Lamenting that their government is “not taking them back”, three teenaged Pakistani boys, languishing in a juvenile jail here for the past about two years, have urged the Union Government to free them so that they can earn their livelihood in India till the time their government is prepared to take them back.

Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal activists burn a poster of ‘Girlfriend’ in Amritsar Youth Congress vents ire on ‘Girlfriend’
Amritsar, June 18
After radical organisations,, it is the turn of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress to come down on the film “Girlfriend”. In a press note issued here today, the senior secretary of the party, Mr Narinder Teenu, along with other members, criticised the film for portraying lesbianism.

Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal activists burn a poster of ‘Girlfriend’ in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI photo

Arrest accused, demand Tapriwas
Faridkot, June 18
A delegation of 80 senior members of the All-India Tapriwas and Vimukti Jatis led by Mr Nacchhatar Singh Mahala, senior vice-president, Punjab unit, met the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in Chandigarh yesterday and demanded arrest of Ravinder Singh Bedi, an employee of the District Public Health Department, Faridkot. Bedi had allegedly raped a woman on April 18.

Three calves electrocuted
Jalandhar, June 18
Three stray male calves were electrocuted early this morning on the Police Colony premises, adjoining the police division Number 2. The three calves were electrocuted at around 6 am as they reportedly touched the joint box, holding power meters of different houses in the colony.

BJP protest on ‘tainted’ ministers
Sangrur, June 18
Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Mr Satwant Singh Punia, district president of the party, today held a protest march from the local BJP office to the office of the Deputy Commissioner here, demanding the removal of six “tainted” ministers in the government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh.
BJP activists stage a demonstration against the inclusion of tainted ministers in the UPA Government in the Centre, in Amritsar on Friday.
BJP activists stage a demonstration against the inclusion of tainted ministers in the UPA Government in the Centre, in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI photo

14 fresh cases of gastroenteritis
Hoshiarpur, June 18
Fourteen fresh gastroenteritis cases have been reported in the local Civil Hospital during the past 24 hours.

Convict dies in hospital
Jalandhar, June 18
Gurmit Singh Mita (47), who was serving a life term in Central Jail here, today died in the Civil Hospital, where he was admitted on the complaint of dysentery recently.


Farmers bribing PSEB staff for more power
Malout (Muktsar), June 18
With no irrigation water being released in the rajbahas (mini-canals) of the sub division for the past over one month and electricity being supplied only for about two hours a day, employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board posted at the Aulakh sub station have allegedly started taking bribe from farmers on the promise of providing them electricity for about 10 hours a day.


Transport workers resent delay in supply of buses
Moga, June 18
Protesting against the delay in the launching of a fleet of 400 buses and “ignoring” of their “genuine” demands, the Punjab Government Transport Workers Union has decided to burn the effigy of the Director, State Transport, in all 18 depots of Punjab Roadways on June 30. The union will also hold gate rallies in all depots on June 25.


Trader arrested for evading sales tax
Bathinda, June 18
A local iron trader, Mr Bhagwan Dass Singla, was arrested yesterday by the Sales Tax Department authorities after he failed to fulfill his sales tax liabilities. Official sources said that Mr Singla, who was running firm M/s Singla Enterprises, was arrested under the Land Revenue Act for not paying sales tax due against him in the shape of arrears of land revenue.

Editor held for threatening trader
Bathinda, June 18
Mohan Krishan Nagpal, Editor, Dainik Pilot, a Hindi daily being published from this city, was arrested today for his alleged involvement threatening a trader.

Robbers’ gang busted
Jalandhar, June 18
The district police today claimed to have busted a nine-member gang of robbers with the arrest of four members.


Arts students' pass percentage goes up
Mohali, June 18
Showing improvement in the performance of Class XII examinations, 68.02 per cent of the Arts students of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) here who appeared for the Board's Senior Secondary Examination this year have passed. Last year, the Board had registered a pass percentage of 60.50 per cent.

MoU with US varsity on Punjabi course
Amritsar, June 18
Guru Nanak Dev University has signed an MoU with Berkeley University, USA, to start a graduate-level integrated Punjabi course for students of the US university. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, said that initially the course would enroll 15 students of Berkeley University. He said the university would arrange the faculty and research exchange programme.


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