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IGP accused of influencing probe
Gaurav Jain Son of "murdered" Ahmedgarh councillor Chandigarh, June 3
Four municipal councillors from Ahmedgarh near Ludhiana, along with 13 other residents and local leaders, today alleged that Punjab’s IGP Mohammed Mustafa and his MLA wife Razia Sultana were influencing the investigations into the councillor Sham Sunder Jain murder case.

Gaurav Jain Son of “murdered” Ahmedgarh councillor, accompanied by local residents and leaders, on the way to Punjab Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Youths reveal police excesses
Pathankot, June 3
It is a case of typical Punjab Police style of working. Manjit Singh, a resident of the Indira Colony, here was picked up by the local police a few days ago under pressure from local residents.

Bajwa confused over ownership of road
3rd day without traffic on the Mukerian-Gurdaspur road
Gurdaspur, June 3
Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, Minister for PWD, Culture and Archives, said here today that confusion prevailed about the ownership of the old brick-arch bridges over the UBDC canal.

Punjab set for big leap in IT: Singla
Mr Surinder Singla Chandigarh, June 3
“Punjab is all set for a big leap forward in the IT, automobile and engineering sectors”. This was stated here today by the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla. Speaking to mediapersons after his interaction with big IT companies in the USA, Mr Singla said that he was certain that there would be investments worth Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 25,000 crore in the IT and automobile and engineering sectors.

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When DC goes, staff will doze!
Ropar, June 3
Employees of various departments at the mini secretariat made the most of the Deputy Commissioner’s absence from his office and the sultry conditions here today. For most of them either slept through the working hours or left their offices early.

Employees sleep in the office during working hours in Mini Secretariat, Ropar, on Friday. Employees sleep in the office during working hours in Mini Secretariat, Ropar, on Friday.

Employees sleep in the office during working hours in Mini Secretariat, Ropar, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Punjab firm to make avalanche-victim detectors
Chandigarh, June 3
Punjab Communications Limited (PUNCOM) here would be taking up the manufacture of Avalanche Victim Detectors (AVDs) for the Army after successfully competing in a tender issued by the Directorate General of Ordnance Services yesterday.


Bandh against attack on arhtiyas
Tapa (Barnala), June 3
A complete bandh was observed in Tapa today in protest against the attack on commission agents. A delegation of the Commission Agents Association, led by its president Labho Ram Pakho, met the SSP, Barnala, Mr G. Nageshwar Rao. The delegation demanded action against the Bharti Kisan Union activists, who allegedly attacked the arhtiyas yesterday. It also demanded security for them.

Road reopened after decade
Batala, June 3
A long pending demand of residents of the Murgi Mohalla area was fulfilled yesterday with the reopening of about 500 metres long link road linking the area with the GT Road. The link road was closed 10 years ago by the defence authorities in view of their security needs because of their unit in the area.

Five Punjabi writers to be honoured today
Chandigarh, June 3
Former Editor of Punjabi Tribune, Mr Gulzar Singh Sandhu, is among the top Punjabi writers who will be honoured by the Canada-based International Punjabi Literary Trust here tomorrow. According to Dr Darshan Singh Gill, Secretary of the Trust, the programme is being organised at the Sector 35 Hotel Regency to mark the silver jubilee celebrations of the Trust. The Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr S.P. Singh, will be the chief guest while Mr Amrik Singh Pooni will preside over the function.

Illegal structures demolished
Phagwara, June 3
In a major anti-encroachment drive, the demolition squad of the Improvement Trust, Phagwara, today pulled down illegal constructions on the Phagwara-Banga road.

8 injured in cylinder blast
Amritsar, June 3
Eight persons were injured when an LPG cylinder exploded in the house of Kabal Singh, a resident of Ekta Nagar, Chamrang road, here today.

Blast victims’ kin get relief
Abohar, June 3
Two cheques for Rs 1 lakh each were given to widows of the explosion victims and Rs 25,000 to Nanak Chand, who was injured in the incident, by Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab.

Transport dept goes tech savvy
Ropar, June 3
The first pilot project for the computerisation of the Transport Department has been set-up at district transport office here today. The Additional State Commissioner, Punjab, Dr Karamjeet Singh Sra, who is also the project leader, said Rs 34 lakh had been spent on the project out of Rs 94 lakh received from the Central Government.

Blood donation camp
Ropar, June 3
More than 100 employees of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal plant today donated blood in blood donation camp organised thermal authorities in assocation with the PGI here today. A team of doctors from the PGI involved in the blood in the camp include senior doctors from the PGI, Dr Usha Rao, Pankaj Kaul.


Probe ordered into arrest of four
Abohar, June 3
A magisterial inquiry has been initiated to find out why four members of the family of a defaulter at Bhagu village were arrested when staff of the Primary Agriculture Development Bank Ltd (PADB), Abhor, had gone to recover debt from him on May 30.

Life imprisonment in dowry death case
Moga, June 3
A local court has awarded life imprisonment to a man and his mother and also fined then Rs then 50,000 each to compensate the bereaved family of a woman who was forced to commit suicide by taking some poisonous substance to bring more dowry.

Judicial remand for two
Kharar, June 3
A local court today remanded two of the five persons arrested by the Kharar police on May 25 in judicial custody.

A correction
Mr Raj Kumar is a former Judge of the Allahabad High Court and not its former Chief Justice as erroneously reported in the news-item headlined “Ex-Judge in land misuse case”. (The Tribune June 3). The error is regretted.


Admn nod to luxury resort
Basali (Nurpurbedi), June 3
In a setback to the Forest Department move, the district administration today gave its nod to the construction of a luxury resort at Basali village in Nurpurbedi, 30 km from Ropar. The department had earlier marked an inquiry to the Revenue Department, apprehending that the construction was being done in violation of the Forest Land Act and also the Punjab Land Preservation Act.

2 suspended for graft
Ropar, June 3
Two employees of the office of SDM were suspended by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr H.I.S Garewal, on the allegation of taking bribe from a woman for getting bail for her husband.


Absconding commission agents booked
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 3
The district police has registered an FIR against the owners of Punjab Traders Sirhind and Sahib Traders Peerjain, both commission agent firms, who had fled with their families after duping farmers of the area of more than Rs 10 crore.

4 booked for cheating
Tarn Taran, June 3
The police has unearthed two gangs of cheaters, which include a woman who indulged in collecting lakhs of rupees from innocent persons on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Fraud case registered
Hoshiarpur, June 3
Mr Bhupinder Singh, Tehsildar, yesterday registered a case under various Sections of the IPC against Piara Singh, son of Chanan Singh of Shergarh, and Aman Singh, son of Jagdish Singh, for allegedly preparing forged documents related to the land of Ranjit Kaur, wife of Paramjit, of Chhowni Kalan.

2 booked for kidnapping girl
Tarn Taran, June 3
The Harike police has booked two brothers, Daljit Singh, and Jagjit Singh residents of Booh village, for allegedly kidnapping a teenaged girl of the same village. The girl is missing under mysterious circumstances from her house for the past 18 days.


Appoint SC person as Punjabi varsity VC: panel
Patiala, June 3
Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Youth Club has demanded withdrawal of extension to the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swaran Singh Boparai while urging Dr Abdul Kalam, President of India, to appoint a member of Schedule Caste or Schedule Tribe community as Vice-Chancellor of this university. It also sought a CBI probe into the recruitments done in the university reportedly through the back-door.

Umang Mittal is AIEEE Punjab topper
Patiala, June 3
A local boy Umang Mittal has bagged first position in the state in All-India Engineering and Architecture Entrance Examination (AIEEE), held in May this year. In all India-ranking Umang got the 64th position. He has got 309.5 marks in physics and chemistry and 194.5 marks in mathematics.


Chacko is GM, SBP


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