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Barnala evasive on return to Punjab politics
Dhuri (Sangrur), June 17
“I don’t give credit to anyone for a fresh term of five years to me as Governor of Tamil Nadu. I also say that I have not made any effort to get a fresh term of five years as Governor of Tamil Nadu but I got it.”

Amarinder discusses poll strategy
Chandigarh, June 17
At a closed-door meeting today, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, held a discussion with his senior Cabinet colleagues with regard to the strategy to be drawn up in connection with the coming state Assembly elections.

Budha Dal factions merge
Amritsar, June 17
After remaining at loggerheads for more than a decade, the Budha Dal Nihang faction, led by Baba Balbir Singh, merged into its parent Nihang Dal, led by Baba Santa Singh, amid traditional slogans of “Bole So Nihal” here today.
Baba Budha Dal chief Baba Santa Singh blesses Baba Balbir Singh after the merger of two factions in Amritsar REUNION: Baba Budha Dal chief Baba Santa Singh blesses Baba Balbir Singh after the merger of two factions in Amritsar on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph



Bollywood actor and MP Raj Babbar comes out after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar
Bollywood actor and MP Raj Babbar comes out after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday. — PTI

Badal flags off Amarnath yatra
Cautions people against anti-social elements
Patiala, June 17
Former Chief Minister and President, SAD (Badal), Parkash Singh Badal, today cautioned people to remain vigilant about those forces, which were bent upon bringing a division among them on religious and caste based lines for their own political interests.

20 villages turn into drug haven, courtesy women peddlers
Nawanshahr, June 17
Unemployment, coupled with fear among male drug peddlers about their easy detection by the police, has virtually driven many women of at least 20 villages to take up peddling of smack and poppy husk as a full-time profession resulting in free availability of the contraband in these villages.

Pakistani Punjab Police to recruit Sikhs: Sarna
Amritsar, June 17
After the Pakistan army got its first Sikh officer in its 59 years of history, the Pakistani Punjab Government has decided in principle to recruit Sikh youths in the police. Earlier, a Pakistani Sikh, Harcharan Singh (19), hailing from Nankana Sahib, had hit the headlines when he was commissioned in the army as an officer.


SAD meeting tomorrow
Chandigarh, June 17
A meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal will be held on June 19 at the local Kalgidhar Nivas. This was stated here today by the secretary of the party, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema.


‘Politicians using reservation as a tool’
Patiala, June 17
A section of politicians and the bureaucracy have been using reservation as a tool by a conniving with each other to fulfil their own vested interests and befooling innocent commoners.

Railway station sans basic facilities
Pathankot, June 17
The newly built Chaki bank railway station here lacks basic facilities. The railway station that handles most of the Army supplies and passenger traffic of the area has no power backup system.

Implementation of mission reviewed
Mohali, June 17
Mr S. S. Brar, Joint Secretary, Health, Government of India, reviewed the implementation of the National Rural Health Mission in Punjab during a meeting held here at the Punjab Health Systems Corporation.

NGO asks state govt to set up population panel
Sangrur, June 17
The Population Control Committee, Punjab, a non-government organisation, has asked the Punjab Government to set up a population control commission to tackle the problems of increasing population in the state.

Six crude bombs found in Amritsar
Amritsar, June 17
Six crude bombs were recovered from the Chheharta area of this district today. The crude bombs were found this afternoon during the digging process by labourers on the steel factory land, which was now being levelled to cut out plots for sale, Senior Superintendent of Police S.S. Srivastva said.


Four women of Sansi tribe held
Kharar, June 17
The police has arrested four women of the Sansi tribe on a charge of theft and cheating. According to the police, the women were arrested at a religious programme being held at Seonk village by Bapu Asaram when they allegedly made an attempt to snatch gold ornaments when “parsad” was being distributed.

Two of a family killed in mishap
Ropar, June 17
Two women of a family of Bada Pind village were run over by a Punjab Roadways bus near Bunga Sahib here today. The victims died on the spot. The mishap took place when Raj Kumar along with his wife Chhinder Kaur and mother-in-law Gurmeet Kaur were going to Nangal on a motorcycle (PB-12F-4101).


124 students trained in various activities
Patiala, June 17
A 13-day summer camp organised by the Punjab Police (Commandoes) at its Bahadurgarh complex for schoolchildren of the area concluded here today. As many as 124 children in the 10 to 18 years age group and belonging to different schools of the area were trained in different activities, including sports, adventure games and cultural items, during the camp.


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