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160 petrol stations of Malwa belt go dry
Bathinda, June 5
Prior to a much-likely oil price hike the supply of fuel from the local oil depot to HPCL petrol stations has been discontinued due to which around 160 petrol stations of the Malwa belt have gone dry. A large number of dealers from Bathinda and its neighbouring districts under the banner of the HP Dealers Association today gathered at the oil depot.
HPCL dealers gather at Bathinda Oil Depot on Monday to lodge their protest against the alleged discontinuation of supplies to their petrol stations HPCL dealers gather at Bathinda Oil Depot on Monday to lodge their protest against the alleged discontinuation of supplies to their petrol stations.
— Photo by Kulbir Beera

‘Operation cover-up’ on forest cover depletion
Gurdaspur, June 5
Today is World Environment Day. The Department of Forests, through advertisements inserted in all leading newspapers, has claimed that the forest cover in the state increased from 1,387 sq km in 1997 to 1,580 sq km in 2003.


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SBI manager caught taking bribe
Abohar, June 5
Udhar Chand, loan manager at the State Bank of India’s main branch here, was caught red handed by the Vigilance Bureau while accepting Rs 10,000 as illegal gratification for sanctioning a loan of Rs 2 lakh to a farmer.


Udhar Chand, loan manager of the SBI’s main branch (standing in the background), after being nabbed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau for accepting bribe in Abohar on Monday. — Photo by Raj Sadosh

Udhar Chand, loan manager of the SBI’s main branch (standing in the background), after being nabbed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau for accepting bribe in Abohar

PMT: options, time limit increased
Chandigarh, June 5
Students appearing in the Pre-Medical Entrance Test in Punjab on July 2 will get five options, instead of the usual four, to answer a question. Also, the time limit has been increased to three hours to the solve the paper comprising 200 questions.

UGC project runs into rough weather
Amritsar, June 5
The Rs 30 crore UGC project, “Centre for Potential Excellence Research in Sports Sciences,” established in 2002, has run into rough weather. Its Coordinator, Dr Jairup Singh, Director of Centre for Genetic Disorder, Guru Nanak Dev University, has apprehended that “no research is likely to be materialised by July 31, 2007 as the grant of Rs 5 crore, released by the UGC, would just be spent on the buildings and creation of infrastructure only.”

Third stone for ‘Gateway to Amritsar’
Amritsar, June 5
This is the third foundation stone in the past about three decades for the same project on the Amritsar-Lahore road! Nothing has been changed except the name from “Gateway to India” to “Gateway to Amritsar” in the past 29 years.

Crumbling Heritage Sites
A national ‘unprotected’ monument
Serai Amanat Khan, June 5
At least 50 pucca houses have mushroomed inside Serai Amanat Khan, a few kilometres from the Pakistan border, though the site had been declared as protected national monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.


A view of the protected national monument at Serai Amanat Khan, a border village near Amritsar. At least 50 houses have mushroomed inside the monument and bufalloes are being kept here. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma


A view of the protected national monument at Serai Amanat Khan, a border village near Amritsar

107 Punjab police officers shifted
Chandigarh, June 5
The Punjab Government tonight ordered the much-awaited transfers of middle-level police officers in the Punjab Police. A total of 107 police officers, including 5 IPS officers, were shifted.

Pak Punjab legislators coming on July 10
Chandigarh, June 5
A delegation of 69 members of the Provincial Assembly (MPAs) of Pakistan Punjab is scheduled to visit India on a tour starting on July 10 and ending on July 16.
The Punjab Government here has started making plans for the visit which will in a way revive the Punjab-to-Punjab contact that is considered important within the framework of India-Pakistan relations.

 
CRIME

Revenue official nabbed for taking bribe
Bathinda, June 5
The Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a reader from tehsil office in Rampura Phul while he was allegedly accepting bribe from a Mehraj resident for the registry of his land.

Agricultural inputs seized
Bathinda, June 5
The Agriculture Department seized fertilisers and other agricultural inputs in large quantity during a raid on a private firm’s godown near the sports stadium here.

Rs 1.68 lakh looted from old man
Ropar, June 5
Unidentified persons today looted Rs 1.68 lakh from an old man, Mr Rattan Singh of Fatepur Tajauwal while he was on his way to deposit the amount in a local bank in the city.

EDUCATION

PU creates seats for displaced Kashmiris
Chandigarh, June 5
Panjab University has created seats for the wards of Kashmiri displaced persons for admission to various courses in the educational institutions for the academic session 2006-2007.

UGC-Net exams
Chandigarh, June 5
Panjab University UGC-Net cell has dispatched roll numbers to all the candidates appearing in the UGC-NET Examination scheduled to be held on June 25, 2006, at Centre No 48, Chandigarh.

B.A/B.Sc. Part-II results today
Amritsar, June 5
Result of B.A./B.Sc. Part-II examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April, 2006 would be declared on June 6.

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