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House passes Budget
Oppn abstains from last sitting
Chandigarh, June 25
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha today set a new record when it ''unanimously'' passed over Rs 30,000- crore budget, finished the business listed for the day and adjourned sine die, all within just 23 minutes.

CM meets Sonia next week
Formation of new Punjab Ministry
Chandigarh, June 25
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will meet the party President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, next week on the formation of a new Council of Ministers in conformity with the 91st Constitutional Amendment.

Sangat darshan funds: CAG indicts Badal
Chandigarh, June 25
The use of the sangat darshan programme from June, 2000, to December next year by the then Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, as a mode of disbursement of funds was not only unauthorised but it was also “an act of excess as it vitiated the settled norms of public accountability”.

Amarinder denies interference in SGPC poll
Chandigarh, June 25
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today denied any interference by his government in the upcoming SGPC elections and charged the Akalis with being in the habit of crying foul in the name of religion to keep their flock together.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addresses a Press conference in Chandigarh
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addresses a Press conference in Chandigarh on Friday. —  PTI photo







Default in payment to be poll issue
Amritsar, June 25
The non-payment of huge amounts outstanding against wards of Mr Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke, working President of the SGPC, Mr Sucha Singh Langah and Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, former Akali Minister, who had got admission to the SGPC-run Guru Ram Dass Medical College under NRI quota, has become a major election issue.

Beehlewala residents to boycott Romana in SGPC poll
23 left in fray for SGPC poll

Pbi varsity turns entrance tests into profit venture: assn
Patiala, June 25
Panjabi University has been accused of turning the holding of tests for admissions to professional courses, including the five-year BA-LLB course, into a profit-making venture by charging Rs 5,500 for the test and the counselling procedure.

Punwire put on sale
Mohali, June 25
Punjab Wireless Limited (Punwire), once a blue chip company worth Rs 500 crore, was today put on sale for Rs 38 crore. Lying closed for the past five years, the company owes over Rs 600 crore to its various creditors. Going by what the official liquidator has demanded as the reserve price of the company, majority of Punwire’s creditors may not even get a penny.

Writer-poet in hospital; admn apathetic
Faridkot, June 25
Punjabi writer and poet of the 1960s, Deepak Jaitoyi is struggling for life at the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital here.

Ex-Supdt of post office among six killed in mishaps
Beas/Tarn Taran, June 25
While four car-borne persons, including S.K. Mohinderu, a retired Superintendent of a post office, were killed when their vehicle collided with a Delhi-bound tourist bus at Beas, two persons were crushed by a tuck at Tarn Taran today. While three persons travelling by the car died on the spot, the fourth succumbed to his injuries on his way to hospital.


SAD (A) opposes Panthic Morcha candidate from Malout
Muktsar, June 25
The SAD (Amritsar) led by Mr Simranjeet Singh Mann, will not support the Panthic Morcha candidate, Mr Jaswant Singh Ramnagar, from the Malout seat. This was stated by a prominent SAD (A) leader of the area, Mr Gurnam Singh Dhanewalia, while talking to TNS yesterday.


PSEB to be dismantled by Dec 9: Ratra
Patiala, June 25
Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Chairman Y.S. Ratra today said there was no question of going back on the state government’s proposal to dismantle the board into separate independent companies.

Ex-DGP aims to link jails with courts
Chandigarh, June 25
Some cops never retire. They simply stop investigating cases after attaining the age of superannuation. And divert their attention to things more serious like the welfare of jail inmates and security of prisons. In fact, this is exactly what Punjab’s former Director-General of Police (DGP) A.P. Bhatnagar is doing. The ex-cop is all set to work out the modalities for introducing video-conferencing facility. The aim: To link jails with courts.

CPI (ML) to oppose SYL construction
Jalandhar, June 25
A statewide convention was organised by the CPI (ML) at the local Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall to oppose the renewed construction of the SYL.

Chautala for equal share in river waters
Mohali, June 25
Haryana should get a share equal to that of Punjab, if not more, in the river waters, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Haryana Chief Minister, said here today.

Covering ‘beri’ tree may disturb birds’ habitat
Amritsar, June 25
The over-enthusiasm of the SGPC to cover the five-century old “Ber Baba Budha” tree with fibre glass to keep “parikarma” of the Golden Temple free from shedding leaves could disturb the natural habitat of birds, especially sparrows.

The ‘Ber Baba Budha’ tree is under threat as the SGPC has put up an iron frame around it. The babas of kar seva plan to cover the ancient tree with fibre sheets which will obstruct the view of the Golden Temple.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma
The Ber Baba Budha tree is under threat as the SGPC has put up an iron frame around it.

Residents block traffic over police inaction
Jalandhar, June 25
Irked over the alleged failure of the district police to arrest the accused in a case relating the death of a youth, hundreds of residents sat on a dharna and blocked traffic on the Jalandhar-Pathankot road near Lamba pind chowk for over three hours.

Civil Hospital doctor ‘refuses’ to treat child
Bathinda, June 25
Ms Surinderpal Kaur Randhawa, a former employee of the state Health Department, today alleged that her grandson, who had fever was not treated by the paediatrician of the local Civil Hospital, Dr Avtar Singh Dhillon, when she went to him on June 23.

Woman adopts abandoned infant
Phagwara, June 25
On the intervention of local SDM, Mr Pritam Singh, a newly born male child, who was found abandoned yesterday, was adopted by another woman who already has three children.

Bridge removal causes panic
Pathankot, June 25
Though the district administration has claimed to have taken adequate measures for flood control, persons residing in more than 12 villages surrounding the Ujh are leading a miserable life as the pontoon bridge fitted by the PWD has been removed. This has exposed the villagers to the wrath of nature.

Charges to be levied for cellphone towers
Moga, June 25
The municipal council will soon levy charges on house owners who have allowed the installation of mobile phone companies’ towers on their roof tops. MC president Joginder Pal Jain said this while talking to The Tribune yesterday. Mr Jain said a resolution to this effect would be passed at the next MC meeting.

5 villages to get sewerage
Ropar, June 25
Five villages of Ropar district would be provided with the sewerage system. The Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, Rs 50 lakh has been released by the 11th Finance Commission to lay sewerage in Daudpur and Manjitpura villages of Chamkaur Sahib block.


Nine injured in group clash
Patiala, June 25
In another group clash in this district today, nine persons were injured, including two women, when they clashed over possession of two acres of land at Deewanwala village near here. Earlier yesterday one person had suffered a grievous injury when he was hit by a bullet following a group clash at Khadadpura village in Samana subdivision over a piece of Shamlat land.

Kidnapping complaint against contractor
Ropar, June 25
The Contract Labour Union of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant here in a complaint lodged with the Ropar police today alleged that many labourers of the plant have been kidnapped by the contractor.

1 held for bid to get second passport
Jalandhar, June 25
In a second incident of its kind in a weeks, the Regional Passport Officer today nabbed a person, who made an unsuccessful bid to get a second passport on a fake name.


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