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SGPC blamed for visa denial
Amritsar, June 13
The names of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht and other Sikh high priests, were not in the first three lists sent by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee to the Pakistan Embassy for getting visas to visit Pakistan in connection with 400th martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev.

Left parties’ activists burn PM’s effigy
Amritsar, June 13
Activists of the CPI, the CPM and other Left parties today burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA government in protest against the steep hike in petrol and diesel prices in the country. Mr Vijay Mishra, state secretariat member, CPM, said that all the political parties in the country were agitating against the rise in petroleum prices.

All is well on Quark front, says Punjab Govt
Mohali, June 13
Putting all speculation to rest regarding the future of Quark City here, the Punjab Government’s Industries and Commerce Secretary, Mr S.C. Agarwal, today stated that the company was going on in accordance with the expectations of the state.



PSEB to have stake in Haryana N-power plant
Patiala, June 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board will have equity participation in the proposed nuclear power plant to be set up in Haryana. Mr Y. S. Ratra, Chairman, PSEB, said this here yesterday. He has communicated this offer to the Chairman, Nuclear Power Corporation.

Top US conservationist for Indo-Pak initiative on material heritage
Chandigarh, June 13
The material heritage of Punjab has finally found some friends. Having been in dire straits for rather too long, the state’s endangered archival material, painting ensembles, manuscripts and historical sites might get a lease of life, with top conservation experts from the Smithsonian Institution US monitoring the rot.

Dr Paul Taylor
Dr Paul Taylor



BSP goes full steam against govt
Hoshiarpur, June 13
Braving the blazing sun, more than 5000 workers, including women workers of the Bahujan Samaj Party from all over the district, organised a massive dharna in front of the Mini-Secretariat here today to protest against the Congress government for its anti-Dalit and anti-people policies.


Power house trips as man touches line
Pathankot, June 13
The Joginder Nagar power house of the PSEB tripped today morning as Manjit Singh, an employee of KD eye hospital in Pathankot touched 132 KV power line connecting the power house with the grid in Punjab. Sources here said Manjit Singh today at 8 am went to the roof of the hospital to adjust an iron sheet.

MC told to remove encroachments
Bathinda, June 13
Taking serious notice of encroachments on various parks in the city, Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister Raghunath Sahai Puri today directed Municipal Council officials to take possession of all vacant park sites and raise boundary walls around them, apart from removing the encroachments on these.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Raghunath Sahai Puri chairs a district grievances committee meeting in Bathinda on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Housing and Urban Development Minister Raghunath Sahai Puri chairs a district grievances committee meeting in Bathinda

NGO decries move to increase SC quota
Hoshiarpur, June 13
The National Equality Front today strongly condemned the reported move of the Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Ms Meira Kumar, to increase the reservations for SC/STs from 15 per cent to 16.23 per cent in view of the increased population of these communities.

BJP protest against land preservation Act
Hoshiarpur, June 13
In response to a call by the BJP, its workers yesterday submitted memoranda against the Punjab Land Preservation Act in the Kandi areas. The party spokesperson said here that besides Hoshiarpur, memoranda were also submitted at Dasuya, Mukerian and Anandpur Sahib subdivisions and Mohali district.

Durgiana panel ex-chief seeks protection
Amritsar, June 13
Apprehending threat to life, former chief of the Durgiana managing committee has sought police protection from the district administration. Mr Surinder Arjun, former president of the DMC, in telegrams to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Human Rights Organisation has urged to save his life from the present office-bearers of the committee.

AC buses from all dists to Chandigarh soon
Ferozepore, June 13
The state government will soon start AC deluxe bus service from all district headquarters to Chandigarh. This was stated by Punjab Transport Minister Mohinder Singh Kaypee while interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of district grievances committee meeting here today.


Another victim of dowry
Bathinda, June 13
A married woman reportedly committed suicide at residential quarters of a gurdwara at Lakhijungle village, near here, yesterday. Three members of her in-laws’ family, including her husband, were today booked in the case.

3 Nihangs booked for bid to frame rivals
Bathinda, June 13
Three Nihangs have been booked for concocting a story and getting a false complaint lodged with the police in their bid to falsely implicate their rivals. Sources said a few days back Harjinder Kaur had lodged a complaint with the police that four followers of Baba Santa Singh had raped her.

Youths resort to firing
Pathankot, June 13
Three youths created panic in the area when they fired in the air outside DP Residency Hotel on the Pathankot-Madhopur road last night.

Three kids missing
Kharar, June 13
Three school students are reported to be missing from their homes since yesterday. According to the police, the three of them, who were in their teens, told their parents that they were going out to play but did not return home.


Tribune Special
New law varsity to hold entrance test on July 9
Chandigarh, June 13
The Punjab Government today decided to make the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law functional from the current academic year. The entrance test for admission in the university will be held on July 9. The last date for submitting application forms for entrance test will be June 30.


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