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Kalam asks Chief Secretary to act in job scam
Bathinda, June 20
Dr A.P.J. Abdul KalamThe President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has asked the Chief Secretary of Punjab to take appropriate action in the alleged recruitment scams which took place in the local Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology between 1997 and 2002.

Company’s closure leaves over 200 jobless
Mohali, June 20
The Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction has held the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation responsible for the failure of its rehabilitation scheme to revive the sick public sector unit, Electronics Systems Punjab Limited. After trying its best to help revive the unit, BIFR, recently ordered the winding up of the company, based in Mohali.

Selloff will spark joblessness: CPI
Faridkot, June 20
Flaying the Punjab Government for its proposal to dismantle various corporations and boards, the general secretary of the Faridkot district unit of the CPI, Mr Pawanpreet, has said such a move will aggravate the unemployment situation and hit the weaker sections of society.

Traders resent sign boards
Ferozepore, June 20
The Army authorities have placed “out of bound area” boards at various places in the cantonment causing much concern to a section of local traders. 

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15-day ultimatum to vends on highways in Punjab
Chandigarh, June 20
Though two liquor vends-cum-ahatas on the Kharar-Kurali stretch of the national highway, which the PWD authorities claimed were located on their land, have been relocated but their new makeshift premises continue to be in violation of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act, 1995.

A liquor shop on the national highway near Dera Bassi. — A Tribune photograph
A liquor shop on the national highway near Dera Bassi

Indo-Pak talks focus on return of innocent persons
Wagah (Amritsar), June 20
The Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers decided to accelerate the return of innocent persons and share information about the smuggling of narcotics at the DIG-level talks which began after a gap of three years at the joint checkpost here yesterday.

Farmers happy over Indo-Pak thaw
Wagah, June 20
The thaw in the relations of the two embittered neighbours India and Pakistan, has had a positive fallout on the farming community living alongside the International Border.

Following the improvement in relations between India and Pakistan, farmers plough paddy fields across the fence without fear under the watchful guards of BSF. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma
Following the improvement in relations between India and Pakistan, farmers plough paddy fields across the fence without fear under the watchful guards of BSF.

Amarinder intervening in SGPC poll: Badal
Muktsar, June 20
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is trying to intervene in the SGPC elections, alleged former Chief Minister and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal while addressing an election meeting at Malout today. Earlier, he inaugurated an election office of SAD candidate from Malout Dayal Singh Kolianwali, who has recently been exonerated by the Muktsar police from a murder charge.

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BSF officials discuss bilateral issues with Pakistani counterparts. 
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Atwal prefers walkout to disrupting House proceedings
Patiala, June 20
Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal today said it was better to stage a walkout than to disrupt the proceedings of the House. Mr Atwal was here to pay obeisance at the Dukhniwaran Gurdwara in the city.

Youth Cong plans protest over SYL
Hoshiarpur, June 20
Mr Raminder Awla, president of the Punjab Youth Congress, said State Youth Congress workers would not allow a single drop of water to flow into the SYL canal.


Jail inmates have access to drugs, says report
Jalandhar, June 20
Now it’s official that opium and other psychotropic substances were easily available to the inmates of the local central jail at a high price. The SDM-cum-inquiry officer, Mr Mohinder Pal, was entrusted to conduct a probe into clash between the two inmates groups on Wednesday night.

Politicians patronise corrupt: Bir Devinder
Hoshiarpur, June 20
“On account of grabbing 80 per cent money of the state exchequer through corrupt means by politicians, bureaucrats, administrators and managements of various organisations, Punjab is facing financial crisis. Corruption is prevailing in almost all fields and majority of corrupts are holding key positions and there is no check on their activities.

Shop sale puts ZP in dock
Jalandhar, June 20
The functioning of the local Zila Parishad has come under cloud as one of its shops in a posh market adjoining the Civil Hospital has been allegedly sold for Rs 10 lakh by its tenant in violation of the terms of the rent agreement.

PCMS Assn decries Health Corpn decisions
Patiala, June 20
The PCMS Association has flayed the recent decisions by the Punjab Health Corporation regarding prescribing medicines in their generic names alone and fixing benchmarks for operative interventions describing these decisions as anti-poor and anti-patient.

Panel on illegal allopathy practice
Sangrur, June 20
The state Drugs Advisory Committee has constituted a three-member sub-committee to suggest ways and means to check the practice of allopathy by unauthorised persons. The member of the sub-committee are Dr Dharam Bir Kapoor, chairman, All-India Medicos Society, Hoshiarpur, Dr Surinder Singla, a former state secretary of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association, and Mr Ajay Singla, Drugs Inspector, Ferozepore.

Giving hope to hopeless
Rajpura, June 20
The polio check up and treatment camp conducted by Dr Ujagar Singh of Rampura Phul came to an end today, with several polio cases being treated. With the help of finances from Rotary Club, Rajpura, about 72 hopeless cases of polio have been treated over the past one year.


Litchi-producing zone of Punjab
Pathankot, June 20
Pathankot litchi is in great demands in Gulf and European countries. The export order this season is likely to go up by more than 10 times compared to the order received last year by the local litchi growers.

Brar hails decision on farm reforms
Ferozepore, June 20
Congress leader and former MP, Jagmeet Brar today welcomed the Union Government’s decision to bring massive reforms in agriculture sector and provide relief to the farmers. He was addressing mediapersons at the residence of former minister, Bal Mukand Sharma here. Mr Brar said the farmers were the backbone of the nation but they were ignored by the NDA government.


Two robbers nabbed, cash, pistol seized
Sangrur, June 20
Two robbers, allegedly involved in an incident in which motor cycle-borne persons had looted Rs 6 lakh from a ‘munim’ of an ‘arhtiya’ at Dirba village on May 17 last, have been arrested by the district police. The police has recovered Rs 2.50 lakh, a pistol and a motor cycle from them.

Executive members of Cosmo Club booked
Amritsar, June 20
Sealing of the Cosmo Club took a new turn on Friday night with all executive members of the club charged under the Excise Act though the club has a valid liqour licence. A copy of the licence is with The Tribune. The Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Mr Taranjit Singh, confirmed that the club holds a valid liquor licence and has not been a defaulter. No objections have been reported against the club in the past, he added.

Scooterist dies in mishap, 4 hurt
Bathinda, June 20
A scooter-driver, identified as Deepak Kumar, was crushed to death and four persons were injured, when a speeding bus hit the victim’s vehicle near Sirsa railway crossing on Bathinda-Dabwali road here last evening.

Truckers clash; 13 booked
Sangrur, June 20
The Dirba police registered a case against Darshan Singh, leader of a group of Dirba truck operators union and his 12 supporters under Sections 307 and 452 of the IPC. They allegedly injured Mr Pargat Singh, leader of another group of Dirba truck operators’ union, at Dirba on Friday.


Foundation stone of Gurmat Sangeet Bhavan laid
Patiala, June 20
The Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai and Bibi Jasbir Kaur Khalsa, chairperson, Guru Gyan Parkash Foundation, New Delhi, jointly laid the foundation stone of Gurmat Sangeet Bhavan on the Punjabi University Campus today. Prominent among those present were Bhai Ashok Singh Bagrian, Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana and Dr H.K. Manmohan Singh, ex-Vice-Chancellor.

PTU decision on staff after court verdict
Jalandhar, June 20
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Dr S. K. Salwan, yesterday said the university would wait for the court judgment before taking a decision on the regularisation of services of 95 employees, whose recruitment was termed as tainted in the Vigilance Bureau report.

PTU to hold placement fair
Jalandhar, June 20
Punjab Technical University will hold a three-day placement fair at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall here from July 9 to 11.

Lovely Institute students excel
Jalandhar, June 20
Students of the Lovely Institute of Technology have brought laurels to the institute by attaining top positions in Punjab Technical University this year.

Rahul Sharma tops plus 2 (arts) exam
Patiala, June 20
Rahul Sharma, a student of the local S.D.S.G Senior Secondary School has topped in the city with 86 per cent marks in the 10+2 (Arts) examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board.

Staff of govt aided schools denied salary
Batala, June 20
Resentment prevailed amongst the teaching and non-teaching staff of govt-aided schools of Gurdaspur district due to non-payment of their salaries since January, 2004.


PSEB to install electronic meters
Patiala, June 20
The Punjab State Electricity Board will install electronic meters on the premises of all three-phase connection holders, besides six to seven lakh such meters in one-phase connections all over the state by March 31, 2005.

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