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I’m not interested in interfering in SGPC, SAD affairs: CM
Chandigarh, June 25
“I am neither interested in promoting Mr Simranjit Singh Mann as a parallel centre of power in Akali politics nor interfering in the internal affairs of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee or the Shiromani Akali Dal,” says the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Octroi to go soon: Singla

Capt Amarinder Singh
Capt Amarinder Singh

Badal dares Amarinder
Chandigarh, June 25
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal today dared Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to name the gurdwaras that he had said were not free from Khalistani ideology.

Report on education reforms by July 15
Sangrur, June 25
The high-powered committee on education reforms headed by Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, will submit its report on secondary education in schools to the state government by July 15.

Hawara aide’s house raided
Rajpura, June 25
High drama prevailed in Ganesh Nagar Mohalla when a team of CIA staff from Sangrur surrounded the house of Mr Santokh Singh, a suspected aide of Hawara, and tried to scale the boundary wall to enter the house in the wee hours of today.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Heat wave claims six more lives
Bathinda, June 25
Three more died in Bathinda and three in Ajnala as heat wave continued to sweep the rural and urban areas of Malwa today. Sources said a rickshaw-puller fainted at Sirki Bazar. Sahara volunteers rushed him to the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital, where he breathed his last.

Burning rag dolls for rain
Bathinda, June 25
After facing a spell of harsh summer, people in the cotton belt have started burning rag dolls and holding yajnas to appease the raingod. People in the rural areas are holding prayers in gurdwaras and organising yajnas for early rain.

Residents of Siwia burn a rag doll to appease the raingod on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Villagers’ ways to appease rain god

Residents of Siwia burn a rag doll to appease the raingod


Ajnala is chief of SAD district wing
Amritsar, June 25
Mr Rattan Singh Ajnala, MP, was again nominated president of the district wing of the SAD(rural ) here today. Efforts were also on to give representation to other communities with the induction of Mr Ashwani Kumar as senior vice-president and Mr Unus Masih as member of its working committee.

Cong infighting comes to fore
Gurdaspur, June 25
Factionalism in the Congress has come to the fore again. The MLA from Pathankot and Chairman of the PTDC, Mr Ashok Sharma, at a press conference held in Pathankot today accused the Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Raghunath Sahay Puri, and former BJP minister from the area, Mr Mohan Lal, of being “league with each other.”


Villagers construct bundh to check flooding
Kapurthala, June 25
In a novel example of community participation, residents of Chak Patti Balu Bahadur village in Sultanpur Lodhi have started constructing a bundh on the Beas at their own expense following the failure of the district administration in saving their agricultural land from being flooded.

Farmers of Chak Patti Balu Bahadur village in Sultanpur Lodhi try to dig out the engine of a tubewell from the waters of the Beas on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Farmers of Chak Patti Balu Bahadur village in Sultanpur Lodhi try to dig out the engine of a tubewell from the waters of the Beas

Violation of human rights ‘unabated’
Patiala, June 25
The Protection of Human Rights Dal, Punjab, held its working committee meeting here yesterday to discuss various issues related to the human rights. In a press note, Mr Harmohan Singh, state president, PHRD, said violation of human rights was going on at a mass level and poor people were regularly becoming victims of human rights violations.

Minister’s appeal to chhabeel organisers
Barnala, June 25
Mr Ramesh Dogra, Punjab Health Minister, yesterday appealed to organisers of chhabeels to involve the Health Department and the local administration to ensure the hygiene of sweetened water to avert any untoward incident.

Iron rod found in ice slab
Phagwara, June 25
Pieces of iron and plastic pipe have been found in ice, slabs indicating the poor quality ice being sold in the market. An ice vendor told this correspondent today that he was shocked to find about 2-foot-long iron rod 1-foot-long iron angle and about one-and-a-half foot-long piece of a plastic pipe in ice slabs yesterday.

Death of cattle resented
Abohar, June 25
The Akhil Bharatiya Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha, the BJP, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal have expressed concern over the death of cows and bullocks under mysterious circumstances during the past three days here.

Protest in front of CM’s residence
Patiala, June 25
Hundreds of people held a protest march under the banner of the International Democratic Party near the new Moti Bagh residence of the Chief Minister to lodge a protest against the ongoing privatisation of various government institutions.

Seminar on Baba Banda Singh Bahadur held
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 25
A seminar on the life of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, Sikh warrior, was organised at the RIMT at Mandi Gobindgarh in the district. Mr K.K. Bhatnagar, Principal Secretary, Technical Education and Industrial Training, who has written a book on the life of Baba Banda Singh Bahudar, was the key speaker.

Sikh jatha reaches Panja Sahib
Amritsar June 25
A Sikh jatha, currently on pilgrimage to gurdwaras in Pakistan to observe the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, today reached gurdwara Panja Sahib amidst tight security.

Indian prisoners’ kin meet Elahi’s adviser
Amritsar, June 25
As many as 22 families of Indians languishing in Pakistan jails met Mr Rana Ijaz Ahmed Khan, adviser on law the Chief Minister of Pak Punjab, Mr Parvez Elahi, here today.


ISI agent held with Rs 5 lakh
Attari, June 25
Customs sleuths have arrested an alleged ISI agent, Ghulam Mohammad, a resident of Srinagar, with Rs 5 lakh meant for J&K militants. He was taken into custody when he alighted from the Samjhauta express here yesterday.

Engineer accuses senior officers of corruption in suicide note
Pathankot, June 25
Gulshan Rai, a Sub Division Engineer with the BSNL, committed suicide here yesterday. In the suicide note he has accused many local officers of being hand in glove with him in corruption.

Octroi staff attack 2 brothers
Phagwara, June 25
The staff of local octroi contractor last night attacked and injured two brothers who were then admitted to a hospital here. It was learnt today that Gurjatinderpal Singh and his brother Avtar Singh were returning from Chandigarh to their house at Amritsar along with their family members.


PMET notification amended
Amritsar, June 25
In a significant development the Punjab Government has amended the PMET 2005 notification granting candidates, who had in the previous years secured admission to any particular course such as BDS/BAMS/BHMS permission for taking PMET 2005 examinations for fresh admission except in the same course to which they had already been admitted.

Teacher honoured

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