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CM’s remark about Hawara shameful: CPI
Phagwara, June 11
The Punjab CPI secretary, Dr Joginder Dyal yesterday described as shameful the remarks of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, that Babbar Khalsa terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara was a gentleman and that the Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal was a “bug” (stupid).

MC cancels tenders, orders probe
Patiala, June 11
In an unprecedented move, the local Municipal Corporation authorities today decided to cancel tenders floated by it for the execution of some development works following misappropriation, allegedly by certain civil works contractors with connivance of some officials.

Dust storm: five more deaths reported
Sadhuwali/Abohar, June 11
The high velocity storm that struck border areas on Thursday night leaves behind horrible tales of devastation with officials confirming this morning that four children were among those killed.

Petro dealers up in arms over provisional NOCs
Chandigarh, June 11
The Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association has strongly opposed the practice of issuance of provisional no-objection certificates to under-construction petroleum outlets in the state by various district administrations.

Bathinda boys top in PTU entrance test
Jalandhar, June 11
Two boys from SSD Senior Secondary School, Bathinda, have attained the first and second rank in Combined Entrance Test conducted by Punjab Technical University, the results of which were declared here today.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Haryana, HP yet to give Punjabi its due status
Chandigarh, June 11
Promises and official announcements notwithstanding, Punjabi is yet to get its rightful due both in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. While the Haryana Government passed legislation to give Punjabi the second language status late last year, no official notification has been issued in this regard.


No letter written to PM, says SGPC chief
Amritsar, June 11
In a volte face, Bibi Jagir Kaur, President, SGPC, today said the shiromani committee had not written any letter to the Prime Minister, the President and the DGP, Punjab, for seeking action against those who had raised provocative slogans and brandished swords in front of Akal Takht on June 6, the 21st anniversary day of Operation Bluestar.

SAD (A) men assemble to thwart Sena bid
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 11
Taking a serious note of the plan of the Shiv Sena and other Hindu fundamentalist organisations to burn the effigies of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and others in front of Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib, hundreds of SAD (A) activists led by Mr Ravinder Singh Khalsa, SGPC member, today gathered at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib to thwart the attempt of these organisations.

Mann holds press conference
Amritsar, June 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today held a press conference in Circuit House here. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had stated that he would be arrested and trial for having raised the demand of Khalistan on June 6 in front of the Akal Takht.


Special panels to clear kidney transplant
Chandigarh, June 11
Responding to the genuine needs of bona fide kidney recipients, the Punjab Government has set up authorisation committees for providing permission for transplant in every district. The committees have also been given a fair amount of functional autonomy.

COFEPOSA detainee in hospital
Ludhiana, June 11
A detainee for one year in an over
Rs 13 crore fraud case under COFEPOSA has been admitted to the Civil Hospital here after he complained of chest pain and hypertension. There was no guard near his bed .


Detainee under COFEPOSA Adishwar Jain tries to prevent Tribune photographer Sayeed Ahmed from taking his picture in the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on Friday.

Detainee under COFEPOSA Adishwar Jain tries to prevent Tribune photographer Sayeed Ahmed from taking his picture in the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana

Award instituted in name of Bhai Vir Singh
Amritsar, June 11
After 48 years of the death of the poet and sikh scholar, Bhai Vir Singh, the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, yesterday announced the institution of an award in his name to mark his death anniversary here.

The study of Bhai Vir Singh. The 48th death anniversary of the writer fell on June 10.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

The study of Bhai Vir Singh. The 48th death anniversary of the writer fell on June 10

PSEB staff gherao SE
Abohar, June 11
Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board yesterday gheraoed the Muktsar-based Superin-tending Engineer here and blocked vehicular traffic near the police complex road for more than 35 minutes.


MC okays development projects for Patiala
Patiala, June 11
The home town of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is once again going to witness a change with the local municipal corporation authorities floating a number of projects. The state government will provide funds for such projects.

Meeting to discuss Ludhiana project on June 14
Chandigarh, June 11
Rejecting reports in a section of the media which said that the Punjab Government had scrapped the controversial Ludhiana city centre project, Punjab Local Bodies Minister Jagjit Singh said a meeting would be held on June 14 to take a final view on the matter.

Improvement Trust chiefs’ terms extended
Gurdaspur, June 11
Tug of war for the chairmanship of Pathankot and Gurdaspur improvement trusts is over. The Punjab government has extended the terms of Chairmen of both improvement trusts by another year. A message in this regard was received in the offices of trusts on Thursday.


1 killed, 6 hurt in road mishap
Phagwara, June 11
A woman, Kamlesh Devi, was killed and six were injured when their Tata Sumo collided with a truck on the GT Road near Jaiswal filling station today. The occupants of Sumo were on their way to Vaishno Devi.

Extortionists’ gang busted, 1 held
Phagwara, June 11
The Phagwara police has unearthed a gang of extortionists with the arrest of one of its members Pankaj and booked three others. It has also recovered Rs 1 lakh of extortion money from Pankaj.

Held for selling duplicate DVDs, VCDs
Jalandhar, June 11
The police has confiscated nearly 6,000 duplicate VCDs and DVDs, 30 VCD and DVD writers and other equipment used for copying CDs, VCDs and DVDs. Three local businessmen, Paramjit Singh, Rajiv Khurana and Atul Jain, who were said to be the main operatives in the duplicate CD racket, have been arrested.

JE commits suicide
Ropar, June 11
A 57-year-old Junior Engineer, Jugal Kishore Sharma, working in the Ropar thermal plant, today committed suicide by hanging himself from ceiling fan in his house in Power Colony.

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