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14-day judicial remand for Mann
Amritsar, June 17
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann president, SAD(A) was brought here from the Ludhiana Central Jail and presented before the duty magistrate Ranjiv Kumar today in cases registered against him at Kotwali police station.

Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (A), coming out of the judicial court complex in Amritsar on Friday. Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (A), coming out of the judicial court complex in Amritsar on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph

Mann supporters stage dharna
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 17
Hundreds of supporters of SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in protest against the alleged implication of Mr Mann in a false case.

Delay in new PCC chief’s appointment worries party men
Chandigarh, June 17
Inordinate delay in the naming of the new chief of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) is worrying Punjab Congressmen who feel that any further delay may prove detrimental to the ruling party in the next Assembly elections which are just 18 months away.

CPI to discuss Punjab situation with PM
Chandigarh, June 17
The CPI will discuss the law and order situation in Punjab, including the arrest of Jagtar Singh Hawara and his aides and other related issues with the Union Government.

Hawara’s aide jumps into well
Hoshiarpur, June 17
Mr Lok Nath Angra, Senior Superintendent of Police of Hoshiarpur, said here today that Mandip Singh (26), alias Deepa, son of Joginder Singh, a close associate of Jagtar Singh Hawara, chief of Babar Khalsa International (BKI), had committed suicide by jumping into an abandoned well located behind his house at Khera village, Mahilpur.

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Take care of farmers in debt: panel
Chandigarh, June 17
The State Farmers Commission has asked the Punjab Government to take urgent steps to tide over the immediate financial crisis faced by the families of those farmers who, reeling under heavy debt, tend to end their lives.

Acquire land only for public welfare: DC
Punjab Police Housing Corpn scheme
Mohali, June 17
In a report submitted to the Financial Commissioner, Revenue (FCR), Punjab, the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, has stated that the acquisition of land by the government for purposes other than public welfare should not be allowed.

Razia for dissolution of Punjab Waqf Board
Chandigarh, June 17
It is a classic example of how mistakes are committed and rectified by the Punjab Government.

Storm ruins cotton crop on 14,000 acres in Malwa
Bathinda, June 17
A week after a fierce storm hit almost the entire Malwa region agricultural losses are coming to light. The storm has taken a heavy toll on cotton crop spread over 14,000 acres in the cotton belt.


SAD candidate declared winner
Jalandhar/Lohian, June 17
In an interesting case, a Shiromani Akali Dal candidate, whose counting of votes after the poll of the Notified Area Committee (NAC), Lohian, in March, 2003, had been stayed by the then SDM despite his securing the maximum votes, has finally been declared as the winner by the Election Tribunal.


Bonded labour: DC orders probe
Sangrur, June 17
About 100 Dalits, who had been staging a protest dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here since June 15, today suspended their dharna when the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Husan Lal, today asked the SDM, Mr Gurtej Singh, to conduct an inquiry into the charges levelled by them against the police and the landlords of Rajpura village, near Bhawanigarh, in an alleged case of bonded labour.

Residents of Jangala village protest against the administration in front of the tehsil office in Pathankot on Friday. Despite court orders, Dalits denied access to well
Pathankot, June 17
Dalits of Jangala village today organised a protest in front of the tehsil office here today. They were protesting against the failure of the local administration to help them secure the control of their well as per the court orders.

Residents of Jangala village protest against the administration in front of the tehsil office in Pathankot on Friday. — Tribune photo by Jangi

Jat kept as bonded labourer for two years
Phillaur, June 17
Not only Dalits but even Jats are being allegedly kept as bonded labourers. This has come to light with the case of a farmer belonging to the Jat community, who was allegedly kept as a bonded labourer by a landlord of Baupur village in Kaithal district of Haryana.

6 accomplices of labourer held for attack on landlord
Sangrur, June 17
The Channo police, under Bhawanigarh police station, yesterday arrested Kulwant Singh, Dev Singh, Makhan Singh, Bant Singh, Charan Singh and Mohinder Singh, for allegedly beating up and making an attempt on the life of Mr Malkiat Singh, alias Kala, a landlord of Rajpura village, near Bhawanigarh, on June 14.

CM undergoes MRI scan for ankle sprain
Patiala, June 17
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, underwent an MRI scan at a private diagnostic centre here this morning.

Cops foil bid to form Taksal faction
Bathinda, June 17
The Bathinda police has foiled a plan to establish a new Damdami Taksal by arresting the key leaders involved in the process.

Sikh jatha returns from Pak, complains
Attari (Amritsar), June 17
About 950 devotees who returned from Pakistan today after paying obeisance at various gurdwaras on martyrdom of fifth Sikh Guru Arjun Dev complained about lack of accommodation and langar.

Flood control steps reviewed
Ferozepore, June 17
The Commissioner, Mr K.S. Sidhu convened a high-level meeting of the senior officials of Ferozepore, Faridkot, Mansa, Bathinda, Muktsar and Moga districts to access the preparedness of the government machinery to deal with any flood- like situation.

Sale of green trees: Naib Tehsildar to hold probe
Abohar, June 17
The Department of Colonisation, Punjab, yesterday asked the Naib Tehsildar, Ferozepore, to rush to Abohar on Friday to probe into the alleged sale of green trees in the new grain market by the local market committee without authorisation, sources said.

Admn asked to probe minor girl’s marriage
Kharar, June 17
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission today asked the Ropar Administration to inquire into the alleged marriage of a minor girl in Rani Majra village in Mullanpur Garibdas near here.

Social activist to donate land for school
Patiala, June 17
Social activist Mr Balwinder Singh Saifdipur, who has opened a series of ration shops (modikhanas) across the city which provide food and ration to the poor, has announced that his organisation-Bhau Bhaichara-will donate a piece of land for the opening of a school for the deaf and dumb at Saifdipur village near Punjabi University.

One killed, 3 hurt in road mishap
Phagwara, June 17
A man was killed and three others were injured in a road accident on the GT Road near Chaheru village just after midnight last night.


AG for action against coach
Amritsar, June 17
The Advocate-General, Punjab, Mr Harbhagwan Singh, has recommended disciplinary proceedings against Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) volleyball coach Bhupinder Pal Kaur, who was convicted here on July 20, 2004, for levelling false and frivolous sexual harassment charges against a senior colleague.


Training centre for farmers inaugurated
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 17
Farmers, Punjab National Bank officers, politicians, and Congress workers who converged here from all over the state in the morning to listen to Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, during the inaugural of the PNB farmer’s training centre at Shamsher Nagar, were disappointed when the Chief Minister failed to keep the date.

Insurance scheme for paddy crop
Chandigarh, June 17
ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company today announced a weather insurance cover for the paddy crop in Amritsar, Patiala, Ludhiana and Sangrur regions.


Bid to smuggle 42 bags of poppy husk
Abohar, June 17
A bid to smuggle 42 bags of poppy husk, weighing 40 kg each, was foiled by the Sriganganagar police last evening by intercepting a truck (RJ-31-G-5516) near the inter-state border.

Wife, 2 others held in murder case
Hoshiarpur, June 17
The local police has solved a blind murder case of “hudda rory” owner Tarsem Lal, who was found murdered at his “hudda rory” near Mahilpur town on May 30, 2005.

Criminal escapes from police custody
Bathinda, June 17
A criminal, who was caught in a joint operation by the Ludhiana and Bathinda police, escaped from police custody near Barnala when he was being brought back to the city.

4 held in fake currency racket
Tarn Taran, June 17
Four members of a gang dealing in fake currency have been nabbed by the local police. Fake currency, a Zen car, a computer system including a scanner, have been recovered.


B.Ed aspirants protest against Panjab University for delay in sending admit cards, in Bathinda on Friday. B.Ed aspirants protest against delay of admit cards
Bathinda, June 17
Hundreds of B.Ed aspirants and their parents today protested against the Panjab University at the DAV College here where they were awaiting test admit cards for B.Ed entrance test of the varsity since morning.

B.Ed aspirants protest against Panjab University for delay in sending admit cards, in Bathinda on Friday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

BEd applicants left waiting for roll numbers
Raise slogans against Pbi varsity authorities
Patiala, June 17
Applicants for the BEd entrance test, to be conducted by Punjab University next week, and their guardians today held a demonstration and raised slogans against the university authorities for not issuing roll numbers on time.

Cognizant opens doors to Banda Bahadur college students
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 17
Twentythree students of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College (BBSBEC), Fatehgarh Sahib, were selected by the Cognizant Technology Solutions Private Limited (CTSPL), Pune.

MA, BSc results today
Patiala, June 17
The results of the MA-I (Hindi, religious studies), BSc-III (home science) and Punjabi praveshika examinations conducted by Punjabi University in April, 2005, will be declared tomorrow.


Scheme for industrial workers
Chandigarh, June 17
A contribution scheme has been launched to augment the resources of the Punjab Labour Welfare Board. The intention is to carry out better welfare schemes for the industrial workers.

Industrialists flay power tariff hike
Mandi Gobindgarh, June 17
In joint press statement Mr J.P. Sharma and Mr Joy Kutty, president and general secretary, respectively, of Steel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mandi Gobindgarh, have flayed the power tariff hike.

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