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DC takes Mann to Ludhiana jail
Ropar, June 15
The Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, today came to the rescue of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), chief Simranjit Singh Mann, when he was allegedly tortured and was taken to an unknown place for interrogation by Punjab police personnel this evening at 5.30 pm.

Mann getting inhuman treatment, alleges counsel
KMC, PHRO support Mann

Property fraud: SDM to face probe
Ludhiana, June 15
The Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, has ordered an inquiry in a multi-crore property fraud case in which an SDM and a Naib Tehsildar of Ludhiana besides an ASI of the Punjab Police have been accused of conniving with certain colonisers in a shady deal in which the registry of 4.63 acres of land in Fatehpur Awana village was allegedly executed by certain Revenue Department officials at about 9 p.m. on May 30, well beyond the office hours.

Six swimmers electrocuted
Pole falls on high-tension wires
Ludhiana, June 15
At least six persons, including a minor boy and a girl, met with a painful death when they were drowned in the Sidhwan canal near the Dugri bridge after they were electrocuted today.

The police conducts rescue operations at the Dugri bridge, Sidhwan Canal, where more than six persons were feared drowned after being electrocuted.
— Photo by Inderjit Verma
The police conducts rescue operations at the Dugri bridge, Sidhwan Canal, where more than six persons were feared drowned after being electrocuted.


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Punjab increases power cuts
Patiala, June 15
The closing of four units of two thermal plants of the state coupled with the increase in the demand of electricity has put the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in a critical situation as it has been left with no other option but to impose unscheduled power cuts in every sector.

Kisan Sabha demands withdrawal of hike in power tariff
PSEB withdraws meter checking power from JEs
Withdraw power tariff hike, demands SAD
Ludhiana page: Power hike: industrial units may shift to other states
Editorial: Pay more for power

Police says it has evidence of Hawara’s marriage
Chandigarh, June 15
Jagtar Singh Hawara — the alleged assassin of Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh — was not just wedded to his mission. The Punjab Police claims it has evidence to establish that Hawara tied the knot with a girl in Sangrur after escaping from Burail Jail here.

Police to seek Hawara’s remand for interrogation

Doaba women suffer as husbands slog abroad
Jalandhar, June 15
Thousands of young women of Doaba region, whose husbands are working in foreign countries, are suffering from “Dubai syndrome”, a psychological disorder, which is generated by emotional and physical deprivation, and which is manifested in different symptoms like headache, chest pain, and discomfort in heart, diarrhoea and even numbness of certain parts of body.


Crackdown on SAD (A) activists
Amritsar, June 15
The police swooped on SAD (Amritsar) activists in the early hours today and arrested its state general secretary Gurjatinder Singh Bhikiwind and member Sarabjit Bhuller on the charges of sedition .

Vinod Khanna supports Advani on Jinnah issue
Pathankot, June 15
Mr Vinod Khanna, BJP MP from Gurdaspur, today came out in support of party president L.K. Advani. While responding to the queries of newsmen on the Jinnah controversy at a press conference held here today, Mr Khanna said Mr Advani had said nothing wrong during his visit to Pakistan.

Follow path shown by Pilot: Cong leaders
Patiala, June 15
While deciding to instal the statue of late Congress leader Rajesh Pilot in this city for his exemplary contribution for the nation building, a host of Congress leaders today urged the partymen to follow his path to make the country strong enough to meet global challenges.


Eucalyptus trees perish due to factory waste

Suranussi (Jalandhar), June 15
Scores of eucalyptus trees belonging to the Railways Department and falling in the Suranussi area along the Jalandhar-Amritsar railway line have perished due to water-logging caused by discharge of waste water from the factories falling in the vicinity.

Eucalyptus trees of the Railways Department have perished due to untreated water released from factories at Suranussi in Jalandhar. — A Tribune photograph

Eucalyptus trees of the Railways Department have perished due to untreated water released from factories at Suranussi in Jalandhar.

2,500 persons die on roads every year
Mohali, June 15
‘‘Over 78 per cent of the total road accidents in Punjab are caused by just 7 per cent of the vehicles.’’ Stating this here today, Mr S.K. Sharma, IG, Traffic, Punjab Police, today added that over 2,500 persons died on Punjab roads every year.

Red lights fail to check traffic chaos
Jalandhar, June 15
Although the Municipal Corporation installed traffic lights at the BMC and Guru Nanak Mission crossings, residents continue to face inconvenience at these two points for over four months because of mismanagement on the part of the Municipal Corporation authorities.

Boy missing for two years
Phagwara, June 15
Sukhwinder Kumar, son of Mr Joginder Pal, a resident of Mohalla Dev Nagar, here has been missing for the past two years.

Trial run of Amritsar-Lahore bus stalled
Amritsar, June 15
The proposed trial run of the Amritsar-Lahore bus stated for tomorrow has run into rough weather as the Central Government has not cleared the project so far.

Fraud alleged in allotment of shops
Chandigarh, June 15
A large number of commission agents and foodgrain merchants here today submitted a representation to the secretary of the Punjab Mandi Board alleging fraud in the allotment of shops in the new Grain Market at Mansa.

CRPF battalions to grow in number
Jalandhar, June 15
The number of CRPF battalions in the country will be increased from 176 to 205 by next year.

BSF recruitment rally on June 20
Hoshiarpur, June 15
Mr D.K. Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, stated in a press release here today that recruitment of sepoy (GD) in the Border Security Force would be held at the Border Security Force Subsidiary Training Centre at Kharkan on June 20.

SGPC reinstates Harbeant Singh
Amritsar, June 15
In a big setback to loyalists of late Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Mr Harbeant Singh, who was sacked on the charge of getting job on the basis of a fake certificate, was reportedly been reinstated yesterday.

Rs 1 lakh to kin of duststorm victims
Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the recent dust storm in Mansa, Bhatinda and Ferozepore district of the state. The injured would get Rs 25,000.

Jailed farmers continue fast
Bathinda, June 15
Hundreds of farmers lodged in Central Jail continued their relay fast today and held a protest inside the jail after the authorities didn’t produce them in the court.

Ex-servicemen sore at govt indifference
Kharar, June 15
Political leaders when in the Opposition are very sympathetic towards the problems of ex-servicemen bus soon forget about them after getting into power.

Encroachments removed
Samrala, June 15
A joint team of the local administration has removed all illegal encroachments made by rehri owners on Ludhiana-Chandigarh road today, with the help of the local traffic police as per directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, according to Mr Baldev Singh, SDM.

Senior officials, clerks found absent from duty
Kharar, June 15
Senior officials apart from clerks were found absent in various government offices during a surprise check conducted by the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, here today.

Isha Dang does Patiala proud
Patiala, June 15
Eleven-year-old Isha Dang, a student of 6th class in Our Lady Fatima Convent School, did the city proud by taking part in the Punjabi Cultural Night held at Singapore recently.

PSSF demands fifth pay panel
Sangrur, June 15
Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, president of the Punjab State Services Federation (PSSF), today asked the Punjab Government to set up Fifth Pay Commission for the state government employees by December-end this year, otherwise the PSSF would start rallies and demonstrations in the state.


Brigadier placed under close arrest
Chandigarh, June 15
Brigadier Iqbal Singh, who is being tried by a General Court Martial for professional impropriety in the Tehelka case at Patiala was today placed under close arrest after he tried to “disassociate” himself from the court proceedings and walked out of the court-room in a huff.

Govt staff make parents “sick” to seek transfer
Bathinda, 15 June
Parents of thousands of government employees in the state have fallen sick. Not that there is any outbreak of a disease, but this is a major excuse that these employees are coming up in the transfer season.


Debt-ridden farmers fear arrest
Bathinda, June 15
Hundreds of debt-ridden farmers in the cotton belt have gone underground fearing their arrest. Cooperative banks have started pushing the farmers behind bars to increase their recovery rate.


Second extension for Raman Bhalla
Patiala, June 15
The term of Mr Raman Bhalla, administrative member, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), has been extended for another year.


Acid attack death case: accused held after 6 weeks
Sangrur, June 15
Rajinder Kumar, a resident of Gujran village, near Dirba, who had allegedly poured acid on Sukhwinder Kumar (33), a resident of Sulargharat village, near Dirba, on May 3 last, was arrested by the Dirba police from the bus stand of Tur Banjara village last night.

Duplicate soft drink bottling plant unearthed
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 15
The district police in a raid today unearthed two factories running at a mohalla in Sirhind and engaged in the bottling of duplicate soft drinks of popular brands like Coke, Pepsi, Limca and Fanta.

Vigilance arrests ITI instructor
Patiala, June 15
The Vigilance Bureau today nabbed an ITI instructor when he was allegedly accepting illegal gratification from one of his students.


Left wants Pbi varsity VC arrested
Chandigarh, June 15
While stepping up their political campaign against the Punjab Government, Left parties’ (the CPI and the CPM) here today said that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was responsible for disturbing the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

Roll numbers for B.Ed entrance test despatched
Chandigarh, June 15
The Panjab University has despatched the roll numbers to all the eligible candidates who have opted Chandigarh as their centre of examination for the B Ed entrance test to be held on June 22.

AWWA holds camp for kids
Ferozepore, June 15
The Golden Arrow AWWA organised a 10-day camp encompassing indoor and outdoor adventure activities to instill a sense of confidence and provide exposure to the wards of defence personnel.

Nitin, Deepinder top in BA and BSc
Amritsar, June 15
Nitin Batra of KRM DAV College, Nakodar, topped the university by getting 2046 out of 2400 marks in the BA (III) examination of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April. Deepinder Kaur of HMV, Jalandhar, bagged the first position in BSc (III) securing 1941 out of 2400 marks.

UGC NET roll numbers dispatched
Amritsar, June 15
All arrangements for conducting the University Grants Commission national educational test (UGC-NET), scheduled to be held on June 26, were made by Guru Nanak Dev University.

MA (music vocal) results today
Amritsar, June 15
The results of the MA (music vocal), semester II and IV, examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April/May, 2005, would be declared on June 16.

GND varsity waives condition for admission
Amritsar, June 15
The admission to B.Tech. (urban and regional planning), AICTE-approved programme of Guru Nanak Dev University, would be open to all candidates qualifying the CET-2005 or AIEEE-2005 without any requirement of Punjab domicile, a university press release said, adding that admissions would be made through the PTU, Jalandhar. 

PTU postpones counselling
Jalandhar, June 15
Punjab Technical University has postponed its counselling for the combined entrance test (CET) that was to be held on June 20 in the wake of total re-evaluation of its results.


Tourism plan for Abohar
Abohar, June 15
Considering the potential of rural tourism in this sub- division bordering Rajasthan, Haryana and west Punjab Mr Jagjit Puri, Special Secretary, Tourism, Aviation and Hospitality, said today that a team of experts would visit the area soon to explore avenues to attract domestic and foreign tourists.


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