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PMET today: videography to check impersonation
Amritsar, June 29
To check cases of impersonation during the PMET (pre-medical entrance test), scheduled to be held at the 41 centres of five major cities of the state tomorrow, Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to do video recording of all (more than 10,000) candidates along with their admit cards, at their respective centres.

Singhal re-elected VHP chief, Togadia general secretary
Guru Gobind Singh’s portraits to adorn temples
Amritsar, June 29
Firebrand Ashok Singhal, and Dr Praveen Togadia have been re-elected president and general secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad for the next three years at a Central management meeting of the body, held here today.

SSF (Mehta) protests against VHP leaders’ remarks
VHP vitiating atmosphere, says Bhaur

Police personnel try to control activists of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) who held a protest in Amritsar on Wednesday. Police personnel try to control activists of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) who held a protest in Amritsar on Wednesday. —  Photo by Rajiv Sharma




Sikhism an independent religion: Badal
Jalandhar, June 29
Showing utter disagreement with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s recently propounded perception that Sikhs were part of Hinduism, the Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has asserted that Sikhism was a separate and independent religion and that he wondered how such “non-issues” were converted into “issues” by politicians for their vested interests.

Call special session of Vidhan Sabha: SAD
Jalandhar, June 29
Expressing concern over deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal has demanded that a special session of the Vidhan Sabha be convened to discuss the matter.

SAD President Parkash Singh Badal addresses a gathering during a dharna against the Amarinder Singh government in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal addresses a gathering during a dharna against the Amarinder Singh government in Jalandhar on Wednesday.

Land use clearance mandatory for Punjab colonisers
Mohali, June 29
The Punjab Government has now made it mandatory for those developing private colonies in the state to get land use clearance certificate from the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the state.

Palti trade thriving on Punjab, J&K border
Madhopur (Gurdaspur), June 29
Illegal trade of “Palti” has been going on under the very nose of law enforcement agencies on the border of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. The trade besides causing revenue loss to the governments was also the major means of smuggling, the sources told.


RCF staff, management row continues
Hussainpur (Kapurthala), June 29
Taking stern action against employees for agitation, the management of Rail Coach Factory stopped the supply of pneumatic pressure and electricity to machines installed in all workshops while the employees entered the premises to attend duties without punching the newly introduced identity-cum-attendance cards on the third day of their agitation here today.

Illegal connections have PSEB staff on toes
Bathinda, June 29
With the onset of the paddy season there has been a spate of illegal motor connections in the cotton belt and the PSEB officials are on their toes to check the same.

Dalit Sena organises protest against SGPC
Amritsar, June 29
Activists of the Dalit Sena organised a protest against the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for not doing enough to end the discrimination against Dalit Sikhs in various gurdwaras and deras in Mansa, Bathinda and Sangrur districts, here today.

Buses plying without permits
Jalandhar, June 29
Permit taxes worth crores of rupees were being evaded by influential bus operators on over 90 different routes throughout Punjab. They have not got their stage carriage permits renewed for years.

Teaching Gurbani to non-Sikhs
Dr Kuldip Singh with the corpus he has created to take the message of Guru Nanak to non-Sikhs. Chandigarh, June 29
Renowned technologist from the region Dr Kuldip Singh has embarked on a unique mission of spreading the message of Gurbani among non Sikhs. For three years, the former Head of Surgery, PGI, and Department of Radiotherapy, CMC, Ludhiana, has been engaged in finding ways to take the word of Guru Nanak far and wide.

Dr Kuldip Singh with the corpus he has created to take the message of Guru Nanak to non-Sikhs. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari

Custodial deaths of Scheduled Castes highest in Punjab:
Suraj Bhan

Mr Suraj Bhan Chandigarh, June 29
Punjab has reported the highest number of custodial deaths of the Scheduled Castes in the entire country and it warrants immediate attention of the state government, said the Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Mr Suraj Bhan, here today.
                                                                                     Mr Suraj Bhan

Doc urges admn to revive electric crematorium project
Patiala, June 29
A renowned cardiologist and former head of the Cardiology Department of Government Rajindera Hospital, Dr Manmohan Singh, has asked the district administration to revive the project of installing an electric crematorium at Patiala.

Water level at Bhakra Dam goes up
Nangal, June 29
Power generation at Bhakra Dam complex today recorded 66 lakh units higher than last year following a rise of the water level in its reservoir.

PCOs allotted to physically challenged persons
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
To provide self-employment opportunities to physically challenged persons, the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jaspreet Talwar, yesterday inaugurated a scheme.

Sugar mills workers to launch agitation
Patiala, June 29
About 20,000 workers of 15 cooperative sugar mills of Punjab have decided to launch a mass agitation on July 5 against the move of state government to privatise the same.

Treatment delayed due to power cut
Kharar, June 29
An injured person failed to get prompt treatment at the local Civil Hospital today as there was a power cut and the generator on the premises could not be started as an alternative measure.

Bank staff hold protest
Jalandhar, June 29
Bank employees associated with the Punjab Bank Employees Federation held a demonstration in front of Vijaya Bank to protest against the “repressive” activities of the Branch manager of the local Vijaya Bank.

Security of VVIPs tightened
Chandigarh, June 29
In just over a fortnight after plans of human bombs targetting top brass and their relatives came to the fore with the arrest of Babar Khalsa International’s alleged chief Jagtar Singh Hawara, the Chandigarh Police has reportedly beefed up the security of VVIPs living in the city.

BKI militant’s relatives interrogated
Amritsar, June 29
The Punjab Police has rounded up and interrogated two family members of the alleged Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) militant Satnam Singh, who was arrested by the Delhi police in the national capital.

Rain brings respite to Malwa residents
Bathinda, June 29
Raingods finally blessed Malwa with a spell of shower last night. The shower not only gave people some much-needed respite from the blistering heat but also brought smiles back on the farmers’ faces.


Rs 2 lakh looted from PSEB office
Bathinda, June 29
Unidentified thieves struck at the Punjab State Electricity Board office located on the Multania road last night and decamped with about Rs 2 lakh and cheques worth about Rs 20,000.

Pak national held with heroin worth Rs 8 crore
Amritsar, June 29
The border security force today arrested a Pakistani national while he was attempting to cross over to India along with another person near Dharma post, Bhikhiwind area in Tarn Taran. The BSF seized 8 kg of heroin from his possession.

One killed, 3 hurt in road mishap
Banur, June 29
One person was killed on the spot and three others sustained serious injuries when a car in which they were travelling was hit by a truck on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur-Patiala highway, near here, this morning.

4 arrested on kidnapping charge
Phillaur June 29
In a joint operation headed by Phillaur DSP Manjit Singh, the Phillaur and Noormahal police today nabbed four persons on the charge of kidnapping a vegetable seller, Mohan Lal, and his son, Rakesh Kumar, from nearby Zandiala Manjki village on June 27.

Man flees after killing wife
Moga, June 29
A man reportedly murdered his wife in the Ajit Nagar locality here last night. The accused fled after the incident.

8 injured in road accident
Bathinda, June 29
Eight persons were injured, two of them seriously, when a government bus collided head-on with a mini bus near Jeeda village on the Bathinda-Kotkapura road.


Government losing interest in science
Only 4 schools have science in plus two classes
Mansa, June 29
While there has been a decline in students choosing science as a subject after Class X, it seems that the state government has also lost interest in it.

Remove anomalies, say unemployed teachers
Patiala, June 29
Members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers’ Union, Punjab, at a meeting held at the Nehru park here yesterday, urged the government to remove the anomalies in the report presented by the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

Dr Gujral asked to resign
Chandigarh, June 29
As the Punjab Government has made its intention clear regarding the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, lobbying has started for the post.

Foundation stone of Army School laid
Jalandhar, June 29
Lieut-Gen Mohinder Singh, Adjutant-General, Army Headquarters, laid the foundation stone of an Army School building at Jalandhar cantonment here today.

YPS students visit Australia
Patiala, June 29
A delegation of students of the Yadvindra Public School, led by its Principal, Mr R.P Devgan, visited Australia recently as a part of a study tour.

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