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CM firm on free power to small farmers
Mandi Board to foot bill
Chandigarh, June 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that he was determined to give free power to small farmers in the state. He said the issue was being examined at the party level and a decision in this regard would be announced soon.

We’ll act tough against militancy, says CM
Chandigarh, June 9
While assuring the people of the state that militancy would not be allowed to stage a comeback in Punjab in any manner, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that Mr Simranjit Singh Mann and others, who talked about the formation of “Khalistan” on June 6 at the Golden Temple, would be arrested and put on trial.

Delhi Police nabs Hawara’s harbourer
Ludhiana/Khanna, June 9
The reports that Babbar Khalsa International chief Jagtar Singh Hawara was hiding near Samrala town all these months while the Punjab Police groped in the dark in his pursuit were strengthened today when a team of policemen, presumably from Delhi whisked away a middle aged woman, who had allegedly harboured the dreaded terrorist.

BKI ‘outsourcing’ petty criminals: police
Chandigarh, June 9
Hardcore militant group Babbar Khalsa International has apparently started “outsourcing” petty criminals and
“first-timers” — at least this is what senior Punjab police officers are insisting. They claim that the arrest of non-Punjabis, without a criminal background, on the allegation of being involved in the twin blasts that shook the national Capital recently, is testimony to his effect.




DC orders probe into fly ash burns case
Red Cross to bear medical expenses
Ludhiana, June 9
After suffering the pain of burns and the agony of official apathy for more than a week, the three minor Dalit boys of Chehlan village were finally provided treatment today afternoon by the district administration of Fatehgarh Sahib.

School board’s shock treatment to 4000 students
Mohali, June 9
The Punjab School Education Board is in news once again and this time for wrongly publishing the result of over 4,000 students of the class VIII who had appeared in the examination in February this year.

Vigilance begins probe into PMT paper leak
Chandigarh, June 9
In less than 72 hours after PMT examination was cancelled, retired Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Justice Jai Singh Sekhon today disassociated himself from the inquiry.


Mann booked for delivering fiery speeches
Bathinda, June 9
The President of SAD (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann and some other party leaders have been booked on the charge of delivering instigating speech during the party’s conference held to pay homage to martyrs of Operation Bluestar in Talwandi Sabo on June 2.

SGPC seeking government intervention ‘unprecedented’
Amritsar, June 9
The SGPC seeking direct intervention of the state and the Central governments for the first time to take action against leaders of rival Akali factions for brandishing unsheathed swords and raising “provocative” slogans in front of Akal Takht on “genocide day” has received flak from the panthic circles.

Razia Sultana to head Wakf Board
Chandigarh, June 9
Mrs Razia Sultana, Congress MLA from Malerkotla, will be appointed the Chairperson of the Punjab Wakf Board, which was disbanded yesterday by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


Doctor misbehaves, Civil Surgeon seeks fitness certificate
Patiala, June 9
In a first case of its kind in the state, Dr Yash Pal Singla, Civil Surgeon has asked Dr Darshan Singh, Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Rajpura, to get a fitness certificate from the Institute of Mental Health, Amritsar, before joining the duty after the latter allegedly misbehaved with Dr Singla when he carried out a surprise checking of the hospital late last night.

Jassi wins over mediapersons
Amritsar, June 9
Mona Singh alias Jassi’s off-screen intelligence is in no measure less than the character Jasmeet Walia that she portrays onscreen in the popular teleserial ‘Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi’ on Sony Entertainment Channel.

Armaan Suri (Apoorva Agnihotri) with Jassi (Mona Singh) while addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

Armaan Suri (Apoorva Agnihotri) with Jassi (Mona Singh) while addressing a press conference in Amritsar

Salesman appointed against norms
Patiala, June 9
A section of members of the Panchayat of Fathepur Rajputan village of this district and a section of member of its Primary Agriculture Cooperative Society has urged the chief minister to make arrangements for a high level probe into the appointment of a salesman in the same by the authorities concerned by violating all the norms.


Police remand for sex scandal accused
Patiala, June 9
The court of the Duty Magistrate, Mr Rajwinder Singh, remanded six of the accused in the Amritsar sex scandal case to two-day police custody here today. Those sent in police remand are former Amritsar Mayor Subash Sharma, Ganesh Podar, J.S Kataria, J.S Arora, Madan Lal Vij and Buland Iqbal Singh.

A CBI official takes one of the accused in the Amritsar sex scandal to the Patiala district courts on Thursday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

A CBI official takes one of the accused in the Amritsar sex scandal to the Patiala district courts


PSEB sets up control rooms
Patiala, June 9
For the convenience of power consumers and proper monitoring of power supply during the current summer and paddy season, the Punjab State Electricity Board has set up control rooms in subdivisions, circle zonal offices and also in the office of member (distribution).


MLA killer Bawaria gives police the slip
Jalandhar, June 9
Oma Bawaria, an alleged killer of 23 persons, including a Tamil Nadu-based AIDMK MLA, escaped trap of a special team of the Tamil Nadu Police near Phillaur on Wednesday evening but his son-in-law -cum accomplice landed in police custody.

Three of family killed in mishap
Gurdaspur, June 9
Three members of a family were killed in a collision between a car and a private bus on the Pathankot-Gurdaspur road today. Those killed included Harpinder Singh, son of Sulakhan Singh, Kamaljit Kaur, wife of Harpinder, both residents of Dangu Road Pathankot and Harvinder Singh, a resident of Dhariwal.

Two killed as car hits truck
Phillaur, June 9
Two occupants of a Tata Indica car (PB-10AP-7866), were killed on the spot and two others sustained injuries, when the car, in which they were travelling from Malerkotla to Kartarpur, rammed into a truck near Goraya in Phillaur subdivision early today.

1 murdered, 3 hurt near Patiala
Patiala, June 9
Randhir Kumar, a resident of Nabha town, was done to death while his two brothers and mother were seriously injured when they were allegedly attacked by Chamkaur Singh and Bittu Singh, both brothers at Matoda village of the district last night.

PRTC driver beaten up by private transporters
Rajpura, June 9
A few private transporters allegedly assaulted a Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation driver on the GT Road at the Gagan Chowk here, early this morning. The incident took place 50 yards from the police post.

Body found; foul play alleged
Phagwara, June 9
The police last night recovered a partly decomposed body of Balwinder Singh (30) from the fields of Lakhpur village. The police had treated the case as closed. However, Mrs Rupinder Kaur, widow of Balwinder Singh, alleged foul play behind the case.

Mystery shrouds cop’s death
Muktsar, June 9
The body of a police constable was found under mysterious circumstances on the Muktsar-Dabwali border early today. Sources said Constable Amarjit Singh, who was a resident of Bajigar Basti, Faridkot, was posted in Muktsar.


NCERT fails to correct mistakes in biology books
Bathinda, June 9
The National Council For Education Research and Training, in its response to the mistakes pointed out by a local botany teacher in the biology books meant for Class XI, seems to have created more confusion rather than providing a proper clarification.

Lathi-charge on ITI students
Ropar, June 9
The Ropar police today resorted to a mild lathi-charge on students of ITI who had blocked the Ropar-Nangal road protesting against the privatisation of ITIs in the state and hike in fees.

Students booked for blocking traffic
Kharar, June 9
As many as 38 students of the local ITI were booked by the police on the charge of obstructing public way and wrongful restraint. Mr Raj Bachan Singh, DSP, said students were booked because they blocked traffic on the Khanpur bridge today in support of their demands.

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