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PSGPC allows nagar kirtan led by Guru Granth Sahib
Wagah, June 9
The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) today categorically said it would allow nagar kirtan to Pakistan through Wagah led by Guru Granth Sahib only and not by any individual to mark the 400th martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev on June 12.
A jatha of Sindhi Sikhs that came from Pakistan to participate in functions being organised by the SGPC at Tarn Taran on Guru Arjan Dev’s 400th martyrdom anniversary.
A jatha of Sindhi Sikhs that came from Pakistan to participate in functions being organised by the SGPC at Tarn Taran on Guru Arjan Dev’s 400th martyrdom anniversary. — A Tribune photograph

Demand for cut in VAT on petro products gets political support
Chandigarh, June 9
The recent hike in the prices of petrol and diesel has put Punjab’s ruling party, the Congress, on the defensive as two of the major Opposition parties — the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — are in chorus in demanding a cut in value added tax (VAT).

Hike to hit economy hard, says Badal
Alamgir (Ludhiana), June 9
Shiromani Akali Dal president Mr Prakash Singh Badal today demanded withdrawal of the hike and Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel in Punjab.

SAD activists protest against price rise
Patiala, June 9
Hundreds of SAD (Badal) activists, led by former Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh, burnt the effigy of the Central government against the price hike in oil after blocking traffic near the Mini Secretariat here today.



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Trained graduates stop train, burn CM’s effigy
Abohar, June 9
Trained graduates (B.Ed.) stopped a train here to express resentment over the failure of the government in giving them jobs. They later blocked traffic near the main bus stand by making a human-chain on the main road. The protesters also burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.


COMMUNITY

CM lays stone for project to check Ghaggar fury
Khanauri (Sangrur), June 9
The foundation stone for starting work on the Ghaggar project, which was pending with the Central Government for the past 10 years, was laid at RD-460 on the bank of the Ghaggar river by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, here today.

CM unveils Capt Kalia’s statue
Nangal, June 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said it would take at least six months to decide about the compensation to be granted to the district for separating Mohali from it.

SAD invites PM, Amarinder
Patiala, June 9
The SAD has extended an invitation to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to attend functions to be held in the second week of this month at Tarn Taran Sahib in connection with the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev.

An example of honesty
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 9
Mr R.D.Verma, Head Cashier of the State Bank of Patiala, Chuni Kalan branch, has set an example of honesty and earned appreciation for it.

Experts’ plea to check pollution
Ropar, June 9
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) which is supposed to keep a vigil on the industrial units releasing pollution in the environment need to be more responsible while performing its duty.

Panchayats urged to rise above politics
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 9
To redress the grievances of people at their doorstep, a lok suvidha camp was organised by the district administration at Chanarthal village in the district on Tuesday.

Single-window clearance for power connections
Patiala, June 9
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to set up a special cell to provide single window service at the board’s headquarters here for clearance of applications pertaining to mega projects for the release of power connections.

Residents’ body meets minister
Patiala, June 9
A delegation of the Phulkian Enclave Welfare Association met Urban Development Minister Raghunath Sahay Puri at Urban Estate, Phase-II, and apprised him of the problems being faced by them.

Suvidha camp to aid of commoners
Patiala, June 9
Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, while alleging that the previous SAD-BJP government wasted lot of money by organising Sangat Darshan, today claimed that Suvidha Camps being organised by the present ruling set up had been serving the purpose.

Grants worth Rs 1.38 cr given to panchayats
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 9
All unanimously elected panchayats in the district have been given grants worth Rs 1.38 crore as promised and all BDPOs have been directed to ensure that these grants are utilised properly on development works and utilisation certificates are submitted to the ADC(D) by June 30.

Foundation stone laid
Patiala, June 9
Mr Raghunandan Sahay Puri, Urban Development and Housing Minister, laid the foundation stone of a swimming pool and a club house, to be constructed at a cost of Rs 3.75 crore, at the Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, Urban Estate-III, here today.

Press Club set up
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 9
Mediapersons of Bassi Pathana in the district have established the Bassi Press Club.

 
COURTS

HC upholds sentence of Afghan national in heroin smuggling case
Chandigarh, June 9

Refusing to accept his contention that he had been falsely implicated in the case pertaining to the smuggling of heroin, Mr Justice Virender Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the punishment awarded to Afghanistan national Noor Aga by an Amritsar court.

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Punjab appoints 8 new law officers

Chandigarh, June 9
The Punjab Government has appointed eight more law officers in the office of Advocate General (AG), Punjab, taking the total beyond 80. The government also re-designated some law officers.

Arrest warrants against Narendar Chanchal
Amritsar, June 9
The court of Mr Varinder Agarwal, Chief Judicial Magistrate, has issued arrest warrants against famous religious song singer Narendar Chanchal as he failed to present himself before the court in a case of violation of the Copyright Act.

CRIME

Farmer shot at by moneylender
Bathinda, June 9
A moneylender shot at a debt-ridden farmer hailing from Ablu Kotli village last night. First admitted to the local Civil Hospital, the farmer has now been referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.

EO, 3 MC engineers booked for illegal construction
Bathinda, June 9
The Executive Officer (EO) of the Municipal Corporation and three municipal engineers have been booked in a case of unauthorised construction in the vicinity of Bathinda fort. However, much to their solace, they have received support from a section of the ruling party’s leaders.

3 killed as train collides with tractor-trailer
Amritsar, June 9
Three persons were killed and one was critically injured when a passenger train coming from Pathankot to Amritsar collided with a tractor-trailer at the unmanned Gopalpur-Manjhwind level crossing near Kathunangal, 25 km from here, today.



This is what remains of a tractor-trailer which was hit by a train near Kathunangal in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
This is what remains of a tractor-trailer which was hit by a train near Kathunangal in Amritsar on Friday.

Two die as train hits tractor at crossing
Bathinda, June 9
Two youths were killed when the tractor they were travelling in was hit by a goods train at an unmanned level crossing at Saidewala village today.

Lovers stoned to death
Phillaur, June 9
In a tragic incident, a young lover couple was stoned to death by the father and brother of the girl at nearby Bhattian village in Phillaur subdivision today.

3 killed, 3 hurt in van-truck collision
Hoshiarpur, June 9
Three persons, including two women, were killed and three others injured seriously when the Qualis van (HP-27-007) in which they were travelling, collided head-on with a truck (HP-58-2489) at Plaha Chack village, near Khuda, on the Jalandhar-Pathankot National Highway, about 45 km from here, this afternoon.

7 POs held
Batala, June 9
The police has arrested seven proclaimed offenders during raids at different places, ASI Amrik Singh told media persons here today.

Bus conductor dies in mishap
Kharar, June 9
The conductor of a bus was killed when the bus collided with a car near Sahora village, near here, today.

Gang of cattle smugglers busted, 5 held
Rajpura, June 9
Unearthing an interstate gang of cattle smugglers, the police has arrested five persons and recovered 11 cows, including three calves, from their possession late last night.

4 held for felling Khair trees
Ropar, June 9
The police yesterday arrested four persons for illegal felling of Khair trees from the area near Budki rivulet here. The police nabbed the accused while they were taking 10 quintal of Khair wood in a jeep near Bela Chowk.

EDUCATION

BSc (biotech) results today
Amritsar, June 9
The results of the BSc (biotechnology) part I examination of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April, 2006, would be declared on June 10. Dr R.S. Bawa,  Registrar, said the results would also be available on the university website www.gnduonline.org.

IET opens facilitation centres
Ropar, June 9
With a view to helping out students seeking admission to Institute of Engineering (IET), Bhaddal, the admission centres are operating in different states of the northern region. Admission forms are available at different information centers at Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Patiala, Nangal, Hoshiarpur, Kangra, Dharamshala, Hamirpur, Mandi (HP), Hardwar, Dehra Dun (Uttranchal).

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