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Mega projects will change face of Punjab: CM
Jalandhar, June 19
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has often been embroiled in controversies since the day he took over the reins of Punjab in February 2002. But, he has been following his own path with firm conviction by remaining by and large oblivious of how and at which pitch his detractors, particularly the Akalis, reacted.

CM promises to take up debt relief issue with Centre
Ludhiana, June 19
The farmers who are under heavy debt may have something to cheer about in future with the state government urging the Union Government to waive off at least Rs 700 crore debt burden on the farmers.

PM has done nothing for Punjab: Badal
Chandigarh, June 19
In the rapidly changing political scenario of Punjab, the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for the first time in two years, today chose to criticise the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.

CM to seek pulses quota for PDS
Banga (Nawanshahr) June 19
In his bid to bail the poor out of the spiralling price hike of essential commodities, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today assured that he would press upon the Ministry of Food, Consumer Affairs and Distribution for special allocation of pulses to the state. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh talks to mediapersons at Banga in Nawanshahr district on Monday. PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo accompanies the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh talks to mediapersons at Banga in Nawanshahr district on Monday. PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo accompanies the Chief Minister. — A Tribune photograph by Pawan Sharma






Contests mark tercentenary celebrations
Bathinda, June 19
On the second day of the four-day-long tercentenary celebrations being held here to commemorate the stay of Sri Guru Gobind Singh at Bathinda in June 1706, an “anti-drugs’’ seminar, a kavishri sammellan, and painting competitions were organised at the Kila Mubarak today. The “akhand path” of Sri Guru Granth Sahib began in Gurdwara in Kila Mubarak this morning. An “anti-drugs” rally was also taken out in the town.

Sarna brothers’ links with Pak militants being probed
Amritsar, June 19
Intelligence agencies, including the Intelligence Bureau, have started a probe against ‘Sarna brothers’ — Mr Harwinder Singh Sarna and his elder brother, Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, Presidents of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (New Delhi), respectively, for their alleged links with Pakistan-based militants and ISI.


Avinash to stay BJP president
Chandigarh, June 19
The President of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, will continue to head the party till the elections in the state and all reports regarding any change at the top were baseless, confirmed the National General Secretary of the party, Mr Harjit Singh Grewal.

SAD(A): threat to Sikhs from N-warheads
Ludhiana, June 19
Akali leader and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Simranjit Singh Mann today feared that the Indian nuclear heads might, indirectly and ultimately, lead to the annihilation of Sikhs from “the face of this earth”.


83-year-old denied pension
Chandigarh, June 19
Jarnail Singh Bhinder (83), along with his wife, has been running from pillar to post for the past 20 years to get old age pension, but all his efforts have gone futile.

IMA panel to check foeticide
Jalandhar, June 19
The Indian Medical Association (IMA),Punjab, has set up a high-powered vigilance committee to check sex-determination tests and female foeticide in the state.

Batala protests against rising prices
Batala, June 19
A protest march against the price rise of petrol, diesel and others essential commodities like ghee, sugar and pulses was taken out here today by the Bhartiya Janta Party and like-minded persons of Batala and nearby villages.

Yash Chopra to be honoured
Chandigarh, June 19
Noted film producer-director Yash Chopra would be conferred upon with the First Punjab Rattan Award for his lifetime contribution to the film Industry at a function being held here tomorrow.

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Woman held for husband’s murder
Kharar, June 19
A woman allegedly poisoned her husband to death in connivance with her brother-in-law.

Job racket unearthed
Amritsar, June 19
The local Kotwali police today busted an 11-member gang that used to cheat unemployed youths on the pretext of providing them jobs in the Army and BSF . The gang members, including five ex-servicemen, had cheated a number of unemployed youths of lakhs of rupees. The accused used to forge documents on the promise of getting the ‘‘clients’’ recruited in the Army.


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