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Furore in Vidhan Sabha over TV coverage
Chandigarh, June 19
SAD-BJP members raised slogans against the Speaker, Dr Kewal Krishan, in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, accusing him of denying an “equal opportunity” to the Opposition, and walked out in protest.

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No free power to farmers: CM
Chandigarh, June 19
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh today told the Punjab Vidhan Sabha that there was no proposal to give free power to the farmers for agricultural purposes. This reply was given in response to a question by Mr Manpreet Singh Badal.

Punjab Budget: no new taxes likely
Chandigarh, June 19
Political exigencies will form the backdrop when the Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, presents his third successive Budget for 2004-05 at the Vidhan Sabha on Monday. Pre-Budget discussions held by the Chief Minister with his colleagues and officers indicate that the Budget may skip additional resource mobilisation proposals, at least for the time being.

Badal lists govt’s failures
Chandigarh, June 19
Mounting a sharp attack on the Punjab Government, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said in the state assembly that the government had opened “counters of corruption” at various places in Patiala and Chandigarh.

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Cong behind candidates’ disqualification, says Badal
Chandigarh, June 19
The SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today described the disqualification of some senior Akali leaders from the SGPC elections as “part of a grand design of the Congress to snatch control of the Sikh shrines from Sikh sangat and put their own stooges in control in order to erode Sikh identity”.

Jathedar ‘beats up’ man for misusing ‘bir’
Bathinda, June 19
Bhai Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, along with his associates, today allegedly beat up a local resident, Des Raj, for keeping a “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib in his house for fortune telling.

Ludhiana, Muktsar students bag top positions in Sr Sec exams
Mohali, June 19
Students from Ludhiana and Muktsar have scored majority of the top positions in the Punjab School Education Board Senior Secondary School Examination. The merit list consisting of the top 30 positions in the state was released by the board here today.


Gujarat riots not behind NDA debacle: Shiv Sena
Phagwara, June 19
Beleaguered Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today got support from an unexpected quarter when Mr Ravinder Arora, president, Shiv Sena Bal Thackeray, Punjab, said that the events of Gujarat had no role in the defeat of the NDA in the Lok Sabha poll.

Nahar’s men quit BSP
Jalandhar, June 19
Senior Dalit leaders of the region and supporters of Mr Devi Dass Nahar, who had been recently expelled from the BSP for alleged anti-party activities, today resigned from the primary membership of the party to register their protest against his removal.


10 drinking water samples found contaminated
Hoshiarpur, June 19
Out of 31 fresh drinking water samples taken by the district health authorities from various water supply sources in the district, water of 10 has been found contaminated and unfit for human consumption. This was disclosed by a spokesman for the district Health Department here today.

26 hospitalised after food poisoning
Bathinda, June 19
As many as 26 residents of a slum area in the Vishal Nagar locality of this town were hospitalised after they fell ill after eating rice pudding this morning. Out of 26 residents admitted to the local civil hospital, 12 are children. Their condition is stated to be stable.

Parrots die after consuming jamun
Faridkot, June 19
At least 10 parrots and other birds were found dead on the premises of the Mini-Secretariat and district courts here today. Sources said the birds died after eating jamun sprayed with chemicals.


The parrots that were found dead on the premises of the Mini-Secretariat in Faridkot on Saturday.

The parrots that were found dead on the premises of the Mini-Secretariat in Faridkot

60 Central Jail employees shifted
Jalandhar, June 19
Taking a serious note of the recent clash between two groups of jail inmates, which rendered 34 injured, the state government has ordered shifting of 60 staff members of the Central Jail here to different jails in the state.

Caste-based reservation policy flayed
Nawanshahr, June 19
The General Category Welfare Federation, Punjab, organised a seminar on the caste-based reservation policy, at Jadla, 10 km from here, today. Mr Shyam Lal Sharma, state president of the federation, said that the caste-based reservation policy had hit all sections of society, including Dalits, as the benefits of reservations policy had been grabbed by the privileged section of Dalits only.

Probe sought into ‘false’ implication of reporter
Bathinda, June 19
Members of the Press Clubs Federation of the district, condemning the ‘false’ implication of a press reporter, Mr Harinder Balli, in a criminal case by the Rampura police, today urged the district police authorities to conduct a probe into the matter through a high-ranking police official.

Pak PM writes to Ambassador on detainees
Amritsar, June 19
Pakistan Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has written to the Indian Ambassador in Islamabad , seeking a verification list of the Indian detainees in Pakistan jails.


Right to go abroad a fundamental right ?
Chandigarh, June 19
Is the right to go abroad a fundamental right? The vital question of law will be decided by the Punjab and Haryana High Court while dealing with a writ petition filed by Youth Akali Dal's local wing President seeking directions to the Union of India and other respondents to issue a passport.


NRI shot
Jalandhar, June 19
A non-resident Indian, who was having a matrimonial dispute with his wife, was shot dead last night in Raipur Rasulpur village near here. The murder took place when Manmohan Singh, a relative of the deceased’s wife, came to the residence of the victim, Balbir Singh, along with an unidentified person, police sources said.

Unable to bear grief, brother ends life
Phagwara, June 19
A sister’s agony prove too much for brother. Deepak Chaddha (28) of the local Katehra Bazar committed suicide last night by jumping before a running Shatabdi Express near Sapror village.

Cosmo Club raided, sealed
Amritsar, June 19
A 300-strong party, including the SP (Detective), the SDM, SHOs of city police stations and the Duty Magistrate raided the Cosmo Club at Gandhi Ground late last night and sealed the club.

Rs 1.20 lakh fake currency seized, one arrested
Ferozepore, June 19
The Punjab police here today seized fake currency notes amounting to Rs 1.20 lakh from a car and arrested one person in this connection.

One gang member held for stealing foodgrains
Rampura, June 19
The police has arrested one member of a gang involved in stealing foodgrains from godowns owned by the state government agencies and businessmen here and adjoining Tapa area.



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