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Takht summons Chandok for honouring Tytler
Amritsar, June 21
Parhalad Singh Chandok The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, has directed Mr Parhalad Singh Chandok, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to personally appear before the Sikh clergy by July 15 for honouring Mr Jagdish Tytler, a Union Minister, who was allegedly involved in anti-Sikh massacre of November, 1984.

In Delhi page on June 3: Row over honouring of Tytler snowballs

Gurdaspur DC submits reply
Chandigarh, June 21
Taking up a petition filed by three Shiromani Akali Dal leaders — including two former ministers — challenging the rejection of their candidature for the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee polls, Justice J.S. Sekhon of the Gurdwara Election Commission today fixed June 22 as the next date of hearing.




Clergy to discuss summoning of Vedanti
Amritsar, June 21
The Sikh clergy are likely to discuss the issue of summoning Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti at Patna Sahib. However, Giani Iqbal Singh and Giani Rattan Singh, Jathedar and Deputy Jathedar of Takht Patna Sahib and Hazoor Sahib, respectively, may not be invited for the discussion.

Sharp rise in rights violations in Punjab
Chandigarh, June 21
Human Rights situation is sounding alarm bells in Punjab. The past two years have witnessed a sharp increase in the number of cases of human rights violations across Punjab. Human rights activists allude this rise to a number of factors, prominent among them being increase in registration of false cases at various police stations.

Custodial death: SDM contradicts police theory
Balachaur (Nawanshahr), June 21
The alleged June 7 custodial death case has taken a new turn, with the Balachaur SDM not believing the police theory that the victim, Rakesh Kumar, had committed suicide at the Balachaur police station, in his preliminary magisterial probe report.

Meters lose tamper-proof sheen
Patiala, June 21
The newly launched Punjab State Electricity Board’s electronic meters are not tamper-proof, as was claimed. Recent raids have revealed that powerful magnetic meters are being used to tamper with them.


108 handicapped Punjab employees reinstated
General secretary of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Parminder Singh celebrates with handicapped Punjab Government employees in Chandigarh on Monday. Chandigarh, June 21
Crackers did not burst and glasses did not clink. Even though the Punjab Government's decision to reinstate 108 handicapped employees was reason enough to celebrate, the usual excitement was missing. The reason was not hard to see. Two years out of job had left so many of them with little money even to commemorate the occasion.

General secretary of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Parminder Singh celebrates with handicapped Punjab Government employees in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photo

Review petition of SYL will yield nothing: BKU
Muktsar, June 21
There will be no benefit of filing a revision petition in the Supreme Court on the SYL issue as decided at an all-party meeting held some days before at Chandigarh, said state president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union Ajmer Singh Lakhowal while talking to mediapersons here yesterday.

Sikh jatha leaves for Pak
A jatha of Sikh pilgrims which left for Pakistan on the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh on Monday. Amritsar, June 21
As many as 359 Sikh pilgrims left for Pakistan to mark the 165th death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh by a special train from Attari international railway station today. The SGPC jatha is headed by noted poet-writer Nirvair Singh Arshi. The SGPC gave a warm send-off to jatha with garlands amidst ‘jakaras’ of ‘Jo bole so nihal’ at the Teja Singh Samudri Hall in the Golden Temple complex here today.

A jatha of Sikh pilgrims which left for Pakistan on the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Rs 4.65 crore allocation for Calamity Relief Fund
Chandigarh, June 21
The Punjab Government has sanctioned Rs 4.65 crore during the current financial year to the Calamity Relief Fund. This was revealed by Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Ms Gurbinder Chahal, during a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today.

Villagers at India-Pakistan border on alert in wake of possible floods
Villagers at India-Pakistan border on alert in wake of possible floods.
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Inscol academy in Patiala
Chandigarh, June 21
INSCOL Academy, a division of INSCOL Hospital, Chandigarh, has opened its eighth branch at Bhupindra Road, Patiala. The academy is focused on catering to the ever-growing need of healthcare professionals by first class hospitals in India as well as the developed countries, mainly the USA, Canada, the UK and EU (European Union).

Artistes have forgotten Bindrakhia: Bir Devinder
Ropar, June 21
Artistes have deserted the trust formed in memory of late Punjabi folk singer Surjeet Singh Bindrakhia. The Trust was formed for the development of his native village and area of the late singer.

Withdrawal of LPG price hike sought
Jalandhar, June 21
The Democratic Bharatiya Samaj Party today demanded the withdrawal of the hike in the liquidified petroleum gas price.

Villagers ‘detain’ two JEs
Moga, June 21
In a case of mistaken identity, farmers of Lohara village on Saturday night “detained” two junior engineers of the Punjab State Electricity Board. Villagers took them as thieves when they were carrying out repair work. 

Rain wreaks havoc, claims life
Abohar, June 21
Cotton crop sown in more than 1000 acres might be damaged due to heavy rain that caused breaches in four sub-canals (minors) in this subdivision early today morning. A 65-year-old woman lost her life as roof of a house collapsed during the rain Nanki Nagar locality. Her husband was also injured and admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

4-year-old girl crushed under bus
Kharar, June 21
A four-year-old girl was crushed to death by a Punjab roadways bus, near Khanpur village, here this evening. It is learnt that the decreased, Ajmila Khaton, was a resident of Khanpur village. She was crossing the road near the village when the accident took place. The bus was coming from Chandigarh and going to Ludhiana.


Govt ignoring demands: grain market body
Abohar, June 21
The New Grain Market Association has criticised the administration for adopting apathetic attitude towards long prevailing problems of the commission agents. A meeting of the association, presided by Mr Gurbachan Singh Sran, regretted that the Punjab State Marketing Board had not reconstructed the boundary wall of the new grain market despite repeated requests.


Syringes and bottles of drugs lying in the PUDA shopping complex at Malout and persons gambling in the PUDA shopping complex at Malout
(Left) Syringes and bottles of drugs lying in the PUDA shopping complex at Malout. (Right) Persons gambling in the PUDA shopping complex at Malout. 
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

PUDA shops not auctioned 4 years after construction
Malout, June 21

None of the shops at the shopping complex constructed by PUDA four years ago on the premises of the market committee here has been auctioned so far. The reason is that PUDA has not succeeded in getting the land transferred to it from the Punjab Mandi Board, to which it originally belonged.

Patiala may get rid of stray bulls
MC nod to 3-acre cow shelter
Patiala, June 21
Residents of the inner city finally have a reason to hope. Thousands of alleys and narrow bylanes, which criss cross the area, have been dotted with stray cattle since decades.

Rehris selling cut fruits raided
Patiala, June 21
To take measures to check the outbreak of gastroenteritis and cholera in the district, the health authorities today raided and destroyed rotten fruits being sold in the open in various parts of the city.


Two employees held for duping Punsup
Jalandhar, June 21
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested two employees of the Punsup for allegedly duping the department of Rs 11.80 lakh by selling its wood without following prescribed norms.

3 Shiv Sainiks injured in assault
Phagwara, June 21
Six or seven car-borne armed assailants attacked and injured three Shiv Sainiks (Hindustan faction), two of them seriously, around mid-night. near Chachoki village on the GT Road on the outskirts of Phagwara and sped away last night. 

38 more complaints against immigration company
Patiala, June 21
As many as 38 more complainants came forward today to claim that they had also been duped by Cherry Immigration Service head Ramandeep Singh, who, they alleged, had supplied them with fictitious job offers and even immigration clearances from the Minotaba State of Canada.

Woman might have eloped with SDO, says police
Patiala, June 21
The case involving the alleged kidnapping of a 33-year-old married women and her son by a 55-year-old Sub Divisional Officer of the Irrigation Department took a complete turn around today with the police claiming that the woman might have eloped with the SDO.

SHO, other cops hurt in attack by mob
Malerkotla, June 21
Nearly 30 persons, including president of the Block Youth Congress Mohd Shakeel, allegedly attacked a police party headed by local SHO Vijay Kumar here last night. The mob also damaged two vehicles of the police.

Gang involved in post office robbery busted
Patiala, June 21
The CIA staff today busted a gang of robbers that looted Rs 80,000 at gunpoint from a post office in Shahi Samadhan locality of the city last week.

Man kills ex-lover
Tarn Taran, June 21
Sumanjit Kaur (20) was killed at Patti with a sharp-edged weapon today in broad daylight. Kashmir Kaur, mother of the victim, was injured when she tried to intervene.

Khalsa College professor dies in accident
Amritsar, June 21
Prof Jaswant Singh Pahwa, a physics professor of Khalsa College here, was killed in an accident late last night when he was going on his scooter on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road.

Thieves decamp with cash, gold
Moga, June 21
Thieves struck at a Baghapurana house and decamped with Rs 61,500 cash, 150 gm gold, a rifle and some legal documents last night. The complainant, Nachhatar Singh, a conductor with Punjab Roadways, suspected the hand of the family where his daughter was earlier engaged. 


NIT to start regular M.Tech courses
Jalandhar, June 21
Dr B.R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, in its bid to promote research-oriented projects in this part of the region, has decided to introduce higher education programmes in M.Tech and Ph.D from this academic session.

Govt commercialising education: Adhayapak Dal
Faridkot, June 21
A meeting of the state executive committee of the Adhaypak Dal, Punjab, held here yesterday critisised the state government for following the policy to commercialise the education by appointing teachers on contract.


Govt ignoring industry, says Beopar Mandal
Ludhiana, June 21
Upset over a comprehensive package for the farmers announced by the Union Government, the Punjab Pardesh Beopar Mandal has charged the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre with being indifferent and apathetic to the problems of trade and industry.

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