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Hailstorm damages crops in 1,800 acres
Abohar, June 14
Hailstorm that lashed the region past midnight damaged crops in 1800 acres a survey indicated today. The worst affected was the periphery of Kamalwala village where the Bt cotton crop in 300 acres was damaged.

19 IAS officers shifted
Chandigarh, June 14
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of 19 IAS officers, including the Commissioner of a division. It also appointed Mr Jaspal Singh the first Deputy Commissioner of Tarn Taran district, which will formally be functional from June 16.

Dalit Sena chief held, activists torch bus
Bathinda, June 14
Irate Dalit Sena activists today torched a PRTC bus parked at the local bus stand after their president was booked on the charge of attempt to murder here.

Bhattal hospitalised, discharged
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal Chandigarh, June 14
The Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today complained of breathlessness, while on holiday with her family near Manali in Himachal Pradesh. This morning, Ms Bhattal and her family had decided to visit the famous Rohtang Pass where it has snowed in the past two days.



Lifters eye 1200 cc bikes
With police unable to trace, owners announce rewards
Chandigarh, June 14
If you own an expensive sports motorcycle, think twice before riding your eyes away from it in the tri-city. For, a ‘well-organised international gang’ of motorcycle lifters is keeping an eye on your ‘prized possession’.

Two 1200 cc imported motorcycles stolen from Chandigarh and Panchkula

“Centre benefiting from taxes on petrol”
Chandigarh, June 14
Decision of various state governments not to charge any VAT on the incremental component of prices of petrol and diesel may not be enough to give any substantial relief to consumers.

Can VC make an appointment effective after expiry of his term?
Jalandhar, June 14
Can a Vice-Chancellor effect appointments from a future date that comes after the expiry of his own term in the office?


Cong leaders seek action against Birmi
Ludhiana, June 14
Factionalism in the Congress in Ludhiana came to the fore when Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Milkiat Singh Birmi accused Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president, Shamsher Singh Dullo of collecting money in the name of the party. Several local leaders in a joint statement today urged the party high command to restrain him.

CPM not to withdraw support to UPA govt
Chandigarh, June 14
The general secretary of the CPM, Mr Prakash Karat, today said there was no question of withdrawing support to the UPA government following developments over the hike in the petrol and diesel prices. He, however, said his party would seek a reduction in taxes on petrol and diesel to bring down the prices of the two products.

CPI not for alliance with communal forces
Ludhiana, June 14
Mr Joginder Dayal, a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (CPI) yesterday ruled out any alliance with separatist or communal forces for forming the third front in the state.


Foreigners show the way forward
Heritage conservation in Punjab
Chandigarh, June 14
When Punjab Finance Minister committed himself to the proposal of formalising the collaboration with Smithsonian Institution (SI) US today, the backdrop of his affirmation was crystal clear.

Top conservation experts from India attend the concluding session of Indo-US conference organised by the Anandpur Sahib Foundation and Smithsonian Institution US in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Top conservation experts from India attend the concluding session of Indo-US conference organised by the Anandpur Sahib Foundation and Smithsonian Institution US in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Hair shearing case: victim harassed by hospital staff
Hoshiarpur, June 14
A case of inhumane treatment of a woman patient in the blazing sun at the Primary Health Centre (PHC), Mahilpur, has come to light.

Women’s conference pledges against female foeticide
Tarn Taran, June 14
Participants in the Mata Ganga Istri Conference (All India Women Conference), organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee today pledged to end the menace of female foeticide, uplifting the status of women, to mark the 400th martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev here today.

Councillor resents non-development of area
Patiala, June 14
Congress municipal councillor, Ms Sarita Gera, while expressing her displeasure over the ‘maltreatment’ meted out to ward number 4 by the authorities concerned, today cautioned the Mayor, Mr Vishnu Sharma, that if corrective steps were not taken, the Congress party would have to pay a heavy price in the coming Assembly elections.

Kirti Chakra awardee’s widow threatens self-immolation
Baghelewala (Moga), June 14
Fed up with the reported delay of Punjab government in taking action against the “erring” acting principal of Shaheed Zora Singh Government Senior Secondary School of this village, Manjeet Kaur, a class IV employee of the school and widow of Kargil martyr and Kirti Chakra awardee lance havildar Zora Singh, threatened self-immolation if the government failed to take proper action against him at the earliest.

PPSC announces results of PCS (Judicial)
Patiala, June 14
The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) today announced the results of successful candidates of the PCS (Judicial)-2006, the examination of which was held in April.

Thousands take part in nagar kirtan
Bathinda, June 14
The SGPC today took out a nagar kirtan from Takht Sri Damdama Sahib to Taran Taran to mark the 400th martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev.

Petrol price hike fuels protests
Patiala, June 14
Various public organisations came together today on a common platform to express their anger over the recent price hike effected by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre in petrol and diesel products.

Work on theme park begins
Chamkaur Sahib, June 14
Construction work on the first phase of a theme park — Saka Chamkaur — to commemorate 300 years of the martyrdom of the Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh in the battle of Chamkaur Sahib, began here today with the digging of earth at the site by the Panj Piaras.

Ex-Army man killed in accident
Kharar, June 14
A retired Army personnel was killed in an accident near the bus stand late last night.

Traffic police, NCC hold rally
Patiala, June 14
The local traffic police in collaboration with cadets of the NCC (Air wing) held a rally in the city to educate people about traffic rules.


PSEB men caught taking bribe
Patiala, June 14
Two assistant lineman (ALM) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Jagmel Singh and Ramji Lal, were caught red handed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau led by DSP Banarasi Dass while they were taking a bribe of Rs 3,000 from Baldev Singh, a resident of Kheri Mania village.

Couple robbed
Batala, June 14
Two unidentified youths on a motor cycle snatched two gold necklaces, one gold “kara”, four gold rings, two pairs of bangles, two pairs of ear-rings, one mobile phone set and Rs 3500 from Dilbag Singh, his wife and sister-in-law, near Sukha Cheera village.

2 vehicle thieves escape from custody
Amritsar, June 14
Two vehicle thieves — Baljit Singh and Ravinder Raju — who were caught by Kathunangal police today, escaped from the custody of the CIA staff here late in the evening. They were brought here for interrogation.


ITI employees hold dharna
Patiala, June 14
Nearly 200 activists of ITI Employees Union held a zonal-level protest, which was attended by all categories ofI ITI employees falling under both Patiala and Ferozepore zones,  here today. The union leaders said their main prominent demand was the non recruitment of new staff and downsizing of posts of instructors.

Aided school raises loans to pay salaries
Sangrur, June 14
Owing to non-release of grant-in-aid by the office of the DPI (Secondary), Punjab, to the local government-aided Prem Sabha High School (being run by Prem Sabha Trust, Sangrur), the management of the school has been paying salaries to its teachers and other staff from January 2005 by raising loans from various sources.

GMA students shine in class XII exam
Hoshiarpur, June 14
GMA City Public School, Singriwala, has achieved 100 per cent result in the class XII examination conducted by the CBSE, according to a press note issued by the school Principal.


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