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VHP releases design of Ram temple
Amritsar, June 27
The VHP’s national leadership today released the design of Ram-Mandir at Ayodhya on the second day of its national convention here. The computer-generated design in colour print shows three main structures with one dominating over others and carrying the ‘Hindutva’ flag in saffron colour.

The computer- ised design of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya released by the Vishva Hindu Parishad in Amritsar on Monday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Bhakra registers highest inflow in 7 years
Nangal, June 27
The inflow of water at Bhakra dam today rose to 72, 317 cusec, which is the highest in the past seven years. However, there is no need to press the panic button, as the water level of Bhakra is still 116 feet below the danger line, the senior functionary of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) told The Tribune.




‘Chhabeel’ was not contaminated: sarpanch
Pandhori Kalan (Barnala), June 27
The village Sarpanch, Mr Jaswant Singh Johal, denies that water used in the chhabeel was contaminated and led to the death of three persons on June 23 as reported in the media.

Master Tara Singh birth anniversary fiasco irks Akali factions
Amritsar, June 27
The rival Akali factions are contemplating to observe here, on a large-scale, the forthcoming death anniversary of Master Tara Singh, an event which may also witness strong reactions against the SAD (Badal) and SGPC.

Police team visiting Delhi today to get Hawara
Chandigarh, June 27
A team of Operation Cell of the Chandigarh Police is going to Delhi for the third time tomorrow to bring Jagtar Singh Hawara, chief of Babar Khalsa International to Chandigarh. Hawara is the main accused in Beant Singh assassination and Burail Jailbreak cases and is wanted by the Chandigarh Police.

Canadians evince interest in Doraha power project
Chandigarh, June 27
Canadians have evinced keen interest in the 2000 MW gas-based power project which Punjab has decided to set up Doraha, near Ludhiana.

Punjab turns ‘friendly’ to sleaze
Jalandhar, June 27
College-going girls, young women and even wives of NRIs are being openly made available for fun and for sexual favours in lieu of money in all major cities and townships of Punjab, courtesy a large number of 'friendship clubs', which have mushroomed in Punjab owing to huge profits offered by the business.


CM’s move on free power, octroi hollow: Badal
Chandigarh, June 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today described the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh’s move to give free power to the farm sector and abolish octroi as a “last-ditch election-oriented fraud on the people of Punjab by a government which is already on its deathbed.”


Constructions breach defence zone, courtesy admn laxity
Pathankot, June 27
Hundreds of permanent structures have come up illegally in the prohibited 1000 meters ‘circumference zone’ of the 2 Ammunition Sub Depot (2ASD), Mamun, here, putting the authorities at their wits end.

Water flows into Pak from silted Madhopur headworks
Gurdaspur, June 27
Farmers in Malwa areas of Punjab and Rajasthan are struggling for water. However, at the Madhopur headworks water is going waste due to official apathy.

PTDC Chairman and BJP ex-minister trade charges
Pathankot, June 27
The war of press statements between the Congress MLA and the Chairman of the PTDC, Mr Ashok Sharma, and the former BJP minister from the area, Mr Mohan Lal, continued today.

Kerosene scam: release of inspector demanded
Hoshiarpur, June 27
Inspectors and ministerial staff of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, Hoshiarpur, in their joint meeting held here today, condemned officials of the local Vigilance Bureau for registering a false scam case of kerosene and implicating and arresting Mr Kamal Kumar, Inspector, and Mr Joginder Pal, Assistant Food and Civil Supplies Officer, in this connection.

The village pond, where the entire sewage of the village accumulates, which ultimately led to the outbreak of the waterborne disease at Pandhori Kalan near Barnala on Sunday. Dispute over blockage of drain carrying stormwater
Banur, June 27
A piece of Shamlat land (village common land) carrying stormwater for the past couple of years has become a bone of contention between two groups of Kakrala village?

The village pond, where the entire sewage of the village accumulates, which ultimately led to the outbreak of the waterborne disease at Pandhori Kalan near Barnala on Sunday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Admn wants Army help to restore traffic
Gurdaspur June 27
The district administration is planning to take the help of the Army to restore traffic on the Mukerian-Gurdaspur road. The proposal has been mooted by the PWD and sent to the Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, Mr Vivek Pratap Singh.

Resignation of Amarinder sought
Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab unit of the BJP has demanded resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on moral grounds for allegedly providing shelter to former cricketer M.A.K. Pataudi in the Black Buck hunting case.

Farmers protest against ‘outrageous’ bankers
Abohar, June 27
Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan group), Technical Services Union and the Democratic Teachers Front staged a dharna infront of the sub divisional complex here today.

Protest against oil price hike
Amritsar, June 27
Activists of the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Punjab, the Dihati Mazdoor Sabha, Punjab, the Government Teachers Union and employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board today held a protest against the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel.

Baba Rode Shah mela begins
Patiala, June 27
Top Punjabi singers regaled the crowds at the annual Urs mela held at the mausoleum of Pir of Baba Rode Shah, near Malwa Cinema, today.

Navjot Sidhu bereaved


Armyman gets death for killing 2 seniors
Pathankot, June 27
The General Court Martial (GCM) organised here today awarded death sentence to Lance Havildar Jagtar Singh for murdering two Army JCOs and seriously injuring a Havildar.


2 held for murdering youth
Muktsar, June 27
The police today claimed to have solved a murder case within a day with the arrest of two persons. The police has also recovered a cycle, which was reportedly used in dumping the body.

3 injured in group clashes
Phagwara, June 27
Three persons sustained serious injuries in two clashes that took place here yesterday.

Car thief arrested
Phagwara, June 27
Sadar police on Monday nabbed a car lifter along with a stolen car. It was learnt that Kuldip Singh of Gurdanpur village, falling under Amloh police station, was looking for a customer here for selling a Maruti car (PB 08-A-1881).

Alert constables re-arrest thieves
Patiala, June 27
Two Punjab police constables today overpowered two thieves within minutes after they escaped from their custody by putting chilli powder and salt into their eyes after coming out from the court.


Teachers to be evaluated from today
Ropar, June 27
The first camp to evaluate annual progress report of the teachers will be held at Girls Senior Seconday School, here tomorrow.


Bank quarterly meeting
Patiala, June 27
To review the performance of bank under annual credit plan for the year ended on March 31, 2005, lead department of State Bank of Patiala held a quarterly meeting under the chairmanship of Mr Tejveer Singh, Deputy Commissioner, here today.

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