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Renovated turbine at Ganguwal damaged
To cause 25 MW loss to Punjab, Haryana, HP
Gurdaspur, June 25
The power woes of the state seem to be unending. A recently renovated turbine at the Ganguwal powerhouse of the BBMB has been damaged. This will put it out of order for at least one year, reliable sources told The Tribune.

Work on ‘Garib Rath’ coaches to begin by July end

Kapurthala, June 25
Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav’s dream of running ‘Garib Rath’, the common man’s AC train at cheaper fare, will soon start taking a practical shape. The work for manufacturing its coaches will begin at the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala by July end.

A view of the under-construction ‘Garib Rath’ coaches at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala.
A view of the under-construction ‘Garib Rath’ coaches at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

CrPC to be amended for video-conferencing of undertrials
Patiala, June 25
The Punjab Government has initiated steps to bring an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to introduce the system of video-conferencing for conducting trials of criminals lodged in its jails.



AG’s no to Goonda Act to check music piracy
Chandigarh, June 25
Even as senior Punjab Government functionaries, including Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, have been repeatedly asserting that the steps are being taken to ensure that the Goonda Act can be invoked against people indulging in piracy of video and music cassettes and compact discs (CDs), the Advocate-General (AG), Punjab, has already advised against taking such a step.

Punjab may adopt IT-policing models
Mohali, June 25
Following the Karnataka model, the Punjab Police would now consider roping in Information Technology companies establishing base in the state to augment its services. A team of police officers from Punjab were in Bangalore recently and during a series of meetings with the Karnataka DGP studied the IT-policing models which can be implemented in the state.

Patiala MP faces awkward moments at cremation
Case registered against contractor for children's death 
Patiala, June 25
Even as the local police has registered a case against the civil works contractor responsible for undertaking the covering of the Ganda Nullah following the tragedy yesterday when two children drowned in the nullah's gushing waters, Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, faced embarrassing moments when slogans were raised against her and Municipal Corporation authorities at the time of cremation of the two children, which took place at the Rajpura road cremation ground today.

Youth shot, one injured
Patiala, June 25
Kamaljit Singh, a resident of Haryana, was shot dead today afternoon by four persons in his brother’s house here near the Sanauri Adda area.

Babbar Khalsa man to be deported
Gurdaspur, June 25
After Kulbir Singh Bira, another Babbar Khalsa terrorist Gurnam Singh, alias Gurcharan Singh, belonging to the Dorangla area in Gurdaspur, is being deported from the US. Security agencies here have completed the formalities for deporting Gurnam Singh.


Badal urges MLAs, MPs to prepare for elections
Chandigarh, June 25
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said he was expecting the Assembly elections in Punjab in November this year. Otherwise, the elections were due to be held in February next year.

Calcutta’s reply to show-cause notice
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 25
Manjit Singh Calcutta, member of the Political Affairs Committee of SAD and the SGPC, said here today that he had received a show-cause notice from the party in which three issues had been raised and he had been asked to file a reply within 10 days.

New PPCC office-bearers’ meeting on June 27
Chandigarh, June 25
Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), has convened a meeting of the newly appointed vice-presidents, general secretaries, presidents of districts units of the party on June 27 at the Punjab Congress Bhavan here.


Number of paralytics due to stroke on rise
Amritsar, June 25
Around 1.6 million people get strokes every year while a person dies due to stroke every minute and the number of persons getting paralysis due to stroke was increasing every year.

Subsidised ration from July
Jalandhar, June 25
The public distribution system (PDS), which has almost been lying dormant in Punjab, is likely to be revived in a way by coming to the rescue of the people from July when they would start getting wheat, pulses, rice and kerosene at highly subsidised prices under the “Antodya food scheme”.

Motor union plans chakka jam on July 1
Chandigarh, June 25
The Punjab Motor Union says it will resort to a “chakka jam” on July 1 in the state to protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the state government towards the demands of private bus operators.

Police digs out accident victim’s body
Sangrur, June 25
The police today dug out the body of a Muslim woman, who allegedly died in an accident a few days ago, following the complaint of her parents alleging foul play.

PSEB lineman electrocuted, assistant injured
Kharar, June 25
Vidhi Chand, a 57-year-old lineman working with the Punjab State Electricity Board, died of electrocution while working on a fault here today. The assistant lineman working with him in a rush to help him also met with an accident when a speeding car hit him.

Minister visits Ropar Civil Hospital
Ropar, June 25
The State Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, yesterday conducted a surprise visit to the Civil Hospital, Ropar, to check the stock of medicines.

Property damaged
Malerkotla, June 25
Property worth Rs 3 lakh was damaged in a devastating fire at Raikot village last night. It is learnt that the fire broke out at 1 a.m. and destroyed two shops and a godown. Fire engines were called from nearby areas to control the flames after about two hours. Villagers reached the spot and tried to control the fire.


Inside Babudom
IFS officers feel sidelined

Gurdaspur, June 25
Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers have accused the state government of posting ad hoc promotees to cadre posts in the Department of Forests.


Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Batala, June 25
The Batala police has busted a gang of vehicles thieves with the arrest of seven of its members. The SSP, Mr L.K. Yadav, while talking to The Tribune, said the seven members of the gang were arrested on a tip-off.

Car collides with truck, 4 dead
Abohar, June 25
Four residents of Bazeedpur Bhoma village in this sub division were burnt alive as the car in which they were going for a pilgrimage caught fire on the Abohar-Bikaner road today.

One killed, 12 hurt in mishap
Pathankot, June 25
One person was killed and 12 others were injured when a private bus coming from Amarnath collided with a truck on the Jalandhar-Pathankot road near Mirthal, 20 km from here, today.


Govt colleges face shortage of teachers
Chandigarh, June 25
It is not just government schools in Punjab which are facing a shortage of teachers, government colleges too do not have adequate number of full-time lecturers.

Alumni meet
Amritsar, June 25
The first alumni meet of the Punjab School of Economics of the Guru Nanak Dev University was held here yesterday. More than 100 former students of the department participated in the meet.

Rs 10 lakh for college
Amritsar, June 25
Prof Darbari Lal, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for renovating the building of Hindu College here yesterday.


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