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Hawara’s arrest brings hope for kin of Tara and Bheora
Fatehgarh Sahib/Ropar, June 8
While on the one hand the news of the arrest of Jagtar Singh Hawara, the main accused in Beant Singh assassination case, caused anguish to his mother and other villagers, on the other hand it rekindled hope for the family members of the other two accused— Jagtar Singh Tara and Paramjit Singh Bheora—who had escaped from Burail jail along with Hawara.
Narender Kaur, mother of Jagtar Singh Hawara, at her home in Hawara village Narender Kaur, mother of Jagtar Singh Hawara, at her home in Hawara village on Wednesday.
— Photo by writer

Complete failure of Punjab Police
Hawara stayed at Sangrur after escape
Chandigarh, June 8
Complete failure — nothing else can explain the inability of the Punjab Police to nab Jagtar Singh Hawara, the alleged assassin of Punjab’s former Chief Minister Beant Singh. For nearly 18 months, Hawara — carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head — continued to mastermind militant activities after tunelling his way out of Chandigarh’s Model Jail in Burail village.

Fatehgarh Sahib



CM cancelling engagements sparks off rumour
Patiala, June 8
Even as the district police authorities have supported the claim of the Delhi police that Jagtar Singh Hawara, one of the alleged assassins of late Chief Minister Beant Singh was arrested from a place near the Dehli-Haryana border, confusion in that connection still prevails in this town.

Vedanti lays stone of gurdwara in Bhindranwale’s memory
Dhanthal (Patiala), June 8
In a development having far-reaching consequences, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, today laid the foundation stone of a gurdwara to be built in this village in the memory of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who was killed during Operation Bluestar at the Golden Temple in 1984.



Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, lays the foundation stone of a gurdwara to be built in the memory of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale at Dhanthal village in Patiala district on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, lays the foundation stone of a gurdwara

Akal Takht episode: Badal told to clarify position
Amritsar, June 8
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister and President, Shiromani Akali Dal, and the state government should have taken a firm stand following an unfortunate incident outside Akal Takht on the Golden Temple premises on the occasion of “Ghalughara divas” observed on June 6.

No trace of military station at Anandpur Sahib
Chandigarh, June 8
Over six years after the then Defence Minister had announced the government’s intention to set up a military station at Anandpur Sahib, the proposed establishment is no where in sight.

Probe ordered by Alam set aside
Chandigarh, June 8
In less than 12 hours of Congress MLA from Malerkotla Razia Sultana shooting off a protest letter to the Chief Minister, the inquiry into the municipal councillor Sham Sunder murder case ordered by the Additional Director-General of Police, Mr Mohammad Izhar Alam, has been set aside.

Sukhi blames weather, agency for failed bid
Muktsar, June 8
Nature’s fury forced her to descend despite being so close to conquering Mount Everest, but the spirit of Sukhi, who claimed to have reached 8,500 metres, was as high as the highest peak in the world, when she made her first public appearance on her return here today.

Sukhi arrives at a public function along with Pammi, in Muktsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Sukhi arrives at a public function along with Pammi, in Muktsar

GND varsity to hold new PMT
Chandigarh, June 8
The Punjab PMT will now be conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University. The examination, conducted by the Faridkot-based Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, was today ordered to be scrapped by the Punjab Chief Minister.

Major flaws in revision rates for PUDA plots
Mohali, June 8
It seems for the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, the poor are very poor and the not so poor are very rich! In a recent revision of allotment rates for residential plots in the state, PUDA has fixed very low rates for plots less than 100 sq yards but for anything beyond that the buyer will now have to pay through his nose.


IAS officer ‘threatens’ ST staff
Refusal to release impounded tankers
Patiala, June 8
Some officials of the Enforcement Wing of the state Sales Tax Department were allegedly threatened by an IAS officer of being booked in false criminal cases. They had refused his request to free three oil tankers caught by them at Information Collection Centre, Moonak, on the Punjab-Haryana border in Sangrur district on June 5.

Two subways planned for Kurali
Mohali, June 8
Two subways for movement of light traffic have been planned as part of the Kurali railway overbridge project. At a joint meeting called by the Morinda MLA, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, today it was decided that the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Mr H.I.S. Grewal, would get a technical proposal prepared for construction of the subways on both sides of the overbridge and submit it to the Secretary PWD, (B&R) Punjab.


Police remand for 1 in cheating case
Kharar, June 8
A local court today remanded a Mohali resident to one day’s police remand in a case of cheating registered against him by the Punjab vigilance Bureau. According to sources, Vikas, a resident of Phase IX Mohali was arrested by DSP Vigilance Jaspal Singh as his name also figured in case of cheating registered against his friend Gurpreet on April 27, 2005.


Cheema assumes charge as Punjab AG
Chandigarh, June 8
The newly-appointed Advocate General of Punjab, Mr. R.S. Cheema, today assumed charge of his assignment. Outgoing Advocate General Harbhagwan Singh, Advocate General, Haryana, H.S. Hooda, a large number of law officers and staff members were present.


4 of family die in accident
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 8
Four persons died on the spot and five were seriously injured in an accident which took place early in the morning on the GT Road, Sirhind near Nabipur village. Two of the injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib, and three were rushed to the PGI after first aid.

Man claims his son kidnapped
Amritsar, June 8
Mr Rajinder Singh of Uttam Nagar of Sultanwind Road, claimed that his son Harpreet Singh, alias Babloo (19), was kidnapped on May 23. Addressing a press conference here today, he said no case has been registered despite the fact that they had lodged a complaint with B Division police station on the next day of the incident.


PTU panel to probe exam irregularities
Jalandhar, June 8
Punjab Technical University has constituted a fact-finding committee to probe the alleged irregularities committed by its officials in the examination branch. The committee to be headed by Dr Siby John, Dean (Academics), PTU, will look into the alleged act of nepotism by Dr Manohar Singh Saini, Dean (Examinations), and the official Controller of Examinations, who has been charged with getting his son studying in one of the affiliated colleges passed in the fifth semester of the B.Tech (production engineering) examinations held in December last year.

No irregularities, says Thapar Dean
Mohali, June 8
Dr D.S. Bawa, Dean (Academic affairs), Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, has in a communication to The Tribune denied that any irregularities took place in room numbers E105 and E107 during the conduct of the PMET examination in the institute on June 3, 2005.

ITI staff, students hold dharna
Jalandhar, June 8
The ITI Employees Union, Punjab, and students of different ITIs of the state held a dharna outside the district administrative complex demanding privatisation of the institutes, filling of vacant posts and rolling back the hike in fee structure likely to be introduced from the coming session.


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