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Statewide protest by Left parties
Sangrur, June 28
Activists of the district unit of the CPM, led by district secretary Bant Singh Namol, today blocked the traffic by holding a demonstration for about two hours at the traffic lights chowk, near main bus stand here, in protest against the hike in the prices of diesel and petrol.

Protest against hike in petro prices
Rajpura, June 28
Opposing hike in the prices of petroleum and its products, activists of the CPI and the CPM staged a protest against the UPA government here today. The protesters were later arrested while they moved towards the Ambala-Amritsar railway line to block the rail traffic. The protest was organised on a nationwide “Rail roko” call given by the parties jointly.

Hectic lobbying for Congress chief
Chandigarh, June 28
Various groups of the ruling Congress have become hyperactive to build pressure on the party high command in connection with the appointment of president and working president (s) of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC).

Villagers pool resources to construct bridge
Govt’s promises proved hollow, says ex-sarpanch

Kanya Hussaini (Jagraon), June 28
Fed up with hollow promises of politicians and dilly-dallying by bureaucracy, residents of 20 villages situated on the bank of Sutlej today started building a bridge across a drain on their own so that they do not remain isolated for over two months of monsoon, as has been their fate since Independence of the country.




Many in race to preserve Master Tara Singh’s belongings
Amritsar, June 28
Various Panthic organisations are now vie with each other to preserve the house, personal belongings and historical documents of legendry Sikh leader, Master Tara Singh, who had been virtually forgotten by the SGPC and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) after his death.

Jobless ETT teachers protest outside Singla’s residence
Bathinda, June 28
The Unemployed ETT Teachers Union today protested outside the residence of Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla here and pasted its charter of demands on the gate. A large number of jobless ETT teachers from Muktsar and Faridkot also reached the city for the protest.

Members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union stage a dharna to demand regular employment for ETT teachers in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union stage a dharna to demand regular employment for ETT teachers in Jalandhar on Tuesday.

State set to give NRIs a taste of rural Punjab
Chandigarh, June 28

The Department of Punjab Tourism is all set to promote rural tourism in a big way. The huge green expanses - farmhouses- that dot every nook and corner of the state are now being offered to tourists wanting to get a ‘taste of rural Punjab and Punjabiyat.”

A Tribune file picture of Shaheedi Jor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib.

A Tribune file picture of Shaheedi Jor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib

Friendship clubs also ‘supply’ men to affluent women
Jalandhar, June 28
‘Efficient’ managers of certain “friendship clubs”, engaged in flesh trade under the garb of friendship organisations, not only allegedly arrange and allure young girls and women for males, but, also supply young boys and men for their affluent female customers of Punjab for fun, sex or both “services”.


Nine doctors, two nurses for 100-bed hospital!
Samana (Patiala), June 28
The item connected to providing better health facilities to the people seems to have disappeared from the agenda of the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, and his MP wife, Ms Preneet Kaur.

RCF employees hold protest
Kapurthala, June 28
Employees of the Rail Coach Factory (RFC) are at loggerheads with the administration following recent amendments to the admission guidelines inside the workshop.

Ban VHP, demand Sikh bodies
Amritsar June 28
Several Sikh organisations, political parties and the SGPC today opposed remarks of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders assembled in the city for national convention.

Sikhs won’t let Guru Granth Sahib in temples, says Vedanti
Amritsar, June 28
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti today announced that the Sikhs won’t allow placing of Guru Granth Sahib in Hindu temples as announced by leaders of the VHP. He said Sikhs enjoyed separate identity as already announced by Akal Takht.

Army probing links between Punjab, J&K terrorists
Pathankot, June 28
The Army is keeping a vigil over the possible link between the terrorists operating in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. After the recent arrest of some Punjab terrorists having links with the terrorists in the valley, the Army has been probing into the matter.

Heat forcing kids to dive to death

Bathinda, June 28
Long unscheduled power cuts in rural areas of the state have led to the death of many children in various districts of Malwa. In the past one week alone, six children, who were bathing at water ponds or minors, got drowned and lost their lives in a bid to beat the heat.

Children diving in the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal to beat the heat on a hot day in Bathinda. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera 

Children diving in the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal to beat the heat on a hot day in Bathinda.

Sarpanches for transparency in panchayats’ working
Jalandhar, June 28
Alleging that the Panchayati system has become a training school of “corruption”, the Sarpanch Union Punjab, a representative body of Sarpanches of the steate, has urged the state government to ensure transparency in the working of panchayats and plug the loopholes, which, were forcing the sarpanches to go in for corrupt practices for their survival.

Punjab prisoners may take ‘Gandhi Peace Exam’
Chandigarh, June 28
Punjab is open to implementation of a programme that has changed the face of some Maharashtra prisons. Very soon, the inmates of jails in Punjab will be encouraged to take the “Gandhi Peace Exam,” an initiative first launched in Mumbai’s Thane Central Jail by NGO Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal.

Criminal case against journalist condemned
Patiala, June 28
The Patiala Journalists Association while condemning the registration of a “false” criminal case against Mr Darshan Singh Khokhar and Mr Jatinder Singh, staff reporter and cameraman, respectively, of an NRI channel, demanded the quashing of the FIR at the earliest.


Siti cable sex scandal: bail plea rejected
Patiala, June 28
The Duty Magistrate today declined bail to all six accused, who were arrested by the CBI on June 8 for their involvement in the sensational Siti cable sex scandal that rocked Amritsar about two years ago.

Remand of Parvinder Singh extended
Kharar, June 28
A local court today extended the police remand of Parvinder Singh, alias Bhinda, an alleged accomplice of Jagtar Singh Hawara, till July1. Parvinder, a resident of Fatehpur village, Bassi Pathana block, had been arrested by the Khanna police and was brought to Kharar for questioning on production warrants on June 24.

Free legal aid for ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, June 28
The Haryana State Legal Services Authority has decided to provide free legal aid to ex-servicemen and members of the families of soldiers who have died in action, and also to victims of riots and terrorism in the State.


Sarpanch suspended
Hoshiarpur, June 28
The Director, Panchayat, Punjab, has suspended Rakesh Kumar, sarpanch of Bohan gram panchayat in Hoshiarpur block-II, for his anti-panchayat activities, according to official sources here today.


Sons kill father for property
Barnala, June 28
Two sons for their greed for property killed their father at Aspal Khurd village, about 20 km from here on June 26.

Gang-raped woman dies
Fazilka, June 28
A pregnant woman, who was allegedly gang-rapped and admitted to hospital in serious condition, has died.

Two held for raping Dalit
Faridkot, June 28
Two youths were held for raping a Dalit girl of the Dashmesh Nagar locality here today, while four others were absconding in the case.

Rs 1.64 lakh looted from trader
Batala, June 28
Two unidentified persons looted Rs 1,64,000 at gunpoint from a trader, Vijay Kumar, son of Des Raj of M/s Vishnu Khad Store, Dera Road, in broad daylight here today.

Two Delhi residents killed in accident
Ropar, June 28
Two persons of a family hailing from New Delhi were killed and three injured when a car in which they were travelling collided head-on with a truck near here this morning. Two of the injured were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, while one was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Ropar.

2 killed in accident
Ropar, June 28
Two persons of a family hailing from New Delhi were killed and three injured when a car in which they were travelling collided head-on with a truck near here this morning.

2 killed in cylinder blast
Ludhiana, June 28
A woman and her daughter were killed when an LPG cylinder exploded in their house in Haibowal today.

10 hurt in clash over land
Malerkotla, June 28
At least 10 persons were injured in a clash between two groups over a land dispute at Sehke village, near here, this afternoon.

Raids by Ropar police
Ropar, June 28
The Ropar police today raided several places in Anandpur Sahib sub-division in the district to arrest the members of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI). The raid was conducted in the Fatehgarh Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib, the police sources said.


Defence quota for medical colleges reduced
Chandigarh, June 28
The quota for wards of defence personnel for admission to medical colleges in Punjab has been reduced, resulting in the number of seats for this category coming down from nine to just three. This has upset serving armed forces personnel as well ex-servicemen, whose wards are on the threshold of entering a professional stream.

Staff of aided colleges sans salary
Phagwara, June 28
Owing to a delay in the release of grants, nearly 5,000 teaching and non-teaching employees of 139 aided non-government colleges in Punjab have not been paid salaries for the past few months.

GGNIMT toppers
Ludhiana, June 28
Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology has always been a centre of excellence, where the students are imparted the latest education to help them transform their dreams into reality.


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