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Area under paddy shrinking
Punjab farmers keep options open
Chandigarh, June 22
Acute power shortage and a substantial increase in diesel prices notwithstanding, Punjab is expecting a third successive bumper paddy crop hoping that a normal south-west monsoon would arrive in time.

Hawara used ‘khurpa’ to dig tunnel: police
Chandigarh, June 22
A “khurpa” and a set of dumbbells were used by Jagtar Singh Hawara and his three other accomplices to dig the 94-foot-long and 14-foot-deep tunnel through which they escaped from the high security Burail Jail on January 22, 2004. The great escape was further facilitated due to negligence on the part of jail officials.

Four arrested for harbouring Hawara and supplying him ration in jail
Remand of Hawara aides extended

BJP, SAD demand Amarinder’s sack
Chandigarh, June 22
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, seems to be in big trouble as the two major political parties in the state — the SAD and the BJP — today demanded that he be sacked immediately.

3 Cabinet ministers defend CM’s visit to Dixie gurdwara
Chandigarh, June 22
Three senior Punjab Cabinet ministers said today that the controversy raised over the visit of the delegation led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to Dixie Gurdwara (Canada) was mischievous and politically motivated.




Vigilance Bureau to probe previous years’ PMT results
Faridkot, June 22
After completing first phase of probe into the PMT paper leak, the Vigilance Bureau has decided to investigate the past four years PMT result. Following a recent paper leak, speculations were rife that PMT paper of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences had also been leaked in previous years.

Blind murder case solved after two years
Amritsar, June 22
The district police today claimed to have solved a blind murder case of Bilal (21) of the Jan Muhammad mosque, near Kotwali, after two years. Girdhari Lal, a resident of Chhota Haripura, was arrested in this connection.

Dip in dam proves fatal for two youths
Kharar, June 22
Two college students from Chandigarh were drowned in the Jayanti dam here this afternoon while they were taking a dip to cool off. The victims, Naveen (20) and Ashish (20), apparently got stuck in the marshy waters of the dam when they jumped in for a swim.

Relatives and friends of Ashish mourn his death in Sector 30, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Relatives and friends of Ashish mourn his death in Sector 30, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

Power cuts in Patiala from today
Patiala, June 22
Even as the entire state is reeling under massive power cuts with the sweltering heat adding to the woes of residents, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities have decided to shut down two major grid substations which will affect power supply in almost all major areas of the city.

Bibi Jagir Kaur honours PSGPC delegation
Amritsar, June 22
In a significant development, Bibi Jagir Kaur, president, SGPC, today honoured a delegation of Pakistani Sikhs, including Mr Bishan Singh, vice-president, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC), and exchanged gifts, here, today.

Regressive customs being banned, says Illahi’s adviser
Amritsar, June 22
“Lately efforts are on to shed the global perception of Pakistan of a state suppressing human rights, women and minorities. Several ‘regressive’ customs have been banned and penalised with death sentences to improve its image abroad”. These views were expressed here today by Rana Ijaz Ahmed Khan, adviser to Chief Minister of Pakistan Punjab, Mr Parvez Illahi, on law and human rights.

Four-laning of Jalandhar-Amritsar highway soon
Amritsar, June 22
The much awaited four-laning of the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway, which was obstructed due to legal tangles, is likely to be commence from mid of July.

Punjab to give Rs 5 lakh for Bhagat Kabir chair
Jalandhar, June 22

To strengthen existing Bhagat Kabir chair in Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, the Punjab government would extend a grant of Rs 5 lakh and organise an international level seminar on the philosophy of Bhagat Kabir on the university campus soon.

Mr Jagjit Singh, Minister of Local Bodies, lights a candle at the 607th birth anniversary function of Bhagat Kabir in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Jagjit Singh, Minister of Local Bodies, lights a candle at the 607th birth anniversary function of Bhagat Kabir in Jalandhar on Wednesday.

Pak sets up Katasraj Temple board
Amritsar, June 22
The Pakistan government has formed a five-member board for the upkeep of Katasraj temple, one of the most revered Hindu shrines there.

Protest over shortage of drinking water
Jalandhar, June 22
Entire Jalandhar city is facing drinking water shortage. Irked male and female residents of Nijatam Nagar locality came out of their houses in scorching heat, held protest, and shouted slogans against the Municipal Corporation and the local Mayor for the inability of the civic body to ensure proper drinking water supply in the area.

Gas leakage spurs panic
Bathinda, June 22
Panic gripped the residents of Ganesha Basti, Ajit Road and a few other localities on Barnala Road last night following leakage of some gas in the area.

SC body seeks implementation of amendment
Patiala, June 21
The Scheduled Caste and Backward Class Mulazam Sangharsh Committee (SCBCMSC), Punjab, has urged the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to use her influence to implement the 85th Constitutional Amendment in the Punjab as early as possible.

Power cut woes continue
Hoshiarpur, June 22
Residents spent a sleepless last night yesterday on account of the failure of the PSEB to maintain regular supply of power even during normal availability of electricity. Power cuts continued till 12.30 a.m. The first power cut was imposed from 9 a.m. to 3 pm yesterday.

Plea to register cases against Punjab ministers
Chandigarh, June 22
Accusing the Congress party of shielding senior Punjab leaders, including Mr Lal Singh and Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, a Hoshiarpur district resident today sought directions to the chief of the state Vigilance Bureau to register cases against them on the basis of the Lokpal’s findings.

Drive to promote condoms
Jalandhar, June 22
With an objective to create awareness about correct use of condoms, their quality and varieties available in the market to male residents of the city, “Sandesh Doot”, a van, would keep touring different parts of the city for 10 days under a “Yahi Hai Sahi,” campaign aimed at attaining improved maternal health through spacing of children and by preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STD).

Bus operators for hike in fares
Chandigarh, June 22
Private bus operators in Punjab today said they would not be able to run their vehicles in the future unless the state government increased the fares and reduced the special road tax levied on private buses.

Check smuggling of cows: VHP
Sangrur, June 22
The Punjab unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) yesterday asked the Punjab Government to set up special check posts on the Punjab-Haryana, Punjab-Himachal Pradesh and Punjab-Rajasthan borders to prevent the “smuggling” of cows and bulls.


Mann’s bail plea dismissed
Ropar, June 22
A bail application moved by the SAD (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann, in a case of sedition registered against him was today dismissed by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K Goel.


Danger to bio-safety in cotton belt
Chandigarh, June 22
A danger on the bio-safety front looms in the cotton belt of Punjab. Most farmers, who were not adequately trained to handle the sowing of Bt cotton, have committed some blunders during the souring operations.


‘Suwidha’ to give status of applications
Mohali, June 22
National Informatics Centre (NIC) has replicated and made functional the software, “Suwidha”, for the 17 districts of the state to get the latest status of the various applications submitted by citizens in the state. A website was being launched for this purpose at the first Suwidha-SDM Centre being made operational here.


Vigilance arrests two patwaris
Jalandhar, June 22
The Vigilance Bureau, Jalandhar Range, has arrested two patwaris while accepting bribes for providing “farads” and other documents to two complainants.

Husband, in-laws booked in dowry case
Abohar, June 22
The police has booked Vikram Sharma, his father Bhupinder Sharma and mother Nisha Sharma under Sections 498-A and 406 of the IPC for allegedly intimidating Menaka daughter of Mr Baljit Sharma.

Husband, in-laws booked for murder bid
Rajpura, June 22
The police booked three members of a family residing at Abdulpur village in a case of attempt to murder, here today. They have been booked on a complaint lodged by Ms Baljit Kaur, wife of Jaspal Singh, one of the suspects.

Markfed accountant held for graft
Muktsar, June 22
A Vigilance team today caught a Markfed accountant red-handed while accepting bribe from a contractor here.

One killed, 3 hurt in road accident
Bathinda, June 22
A person died and three others were injured when a truck carrying calves collided head on with a fuel tanker near Katarsinghwala village last night, killing 25 calves and injuring 65 others.


UGC asked to disclose marks of NET exam
Bathinda, June 22
Even as the Right to Information Bill has been passed by Parliament, the candidates appearing in UGC-NET examination do not have the right to access their mark sheets whether the candidate has qualified or not.

Students to interact with Prince Edwards
Jalandhar, June 22
Four students of the local C.T. Public School, who have been selected under the youth exchange programme by a team of the Department of Youth Services, Derby (UK), will interact with Prince Edwards and Mayor of Derby during their 21-day tour of the UK.

Students honoured at function
Patiala, June 22
A prize distribution function was organised to honour students who recently returned from a 10-day hiking and trekking camp at Youth Welfare Department here today.


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