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No water, sewerage charges for houses up to 5 marlas
Imported pulses through PDS 

Chandigarh, June 26

In view of the skyrocketing prices of pulses, the Punjab Government has decided to import 6,000 quintals of pulses for sale under the public distribution system (PDS). Announcing the decision, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said this would help 5 lakh families in the state to tide over price rise.

SAD, BJP to fight together: Jaitley
Jalandhar, June 26
An anti-emergency joint show organised by the BJP and the SAD here today came as the first major indication of the fact that both parties would fight the forthcoming poll in the state in a coalition.
From left: Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, Mr Arun Jaitley, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu during a BJP-SAD function in Jalandhar on Monday From left: Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, Mr Arun Jaitley, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu during a BJP-SAD function in Jalandhar on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Punjab under Emergency, says Badal
Ludhiana, June 26
There is a state of Emergency in Punjab and the SAD — BJP combine will start a peoples movement, akin to the one started by the Akalis to combat the Emergency imposed in the country by Indira Gandhi in the ‘70s.



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Badal timid, says Calcutta 
Amritsar, June 26
The fire-brand Akali leader, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, a member of Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the SAD, today dubbed party supremo Parkash Singh Badal and his associates as ‘meek and timid’ who had failed to stop BJP’s national president Rajnath Singh and Ms Shushma Swaraj, a former Union minister, from distorting Sikh history while delivering speeches on the 400th martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev at Tarn Taran.

Mann not allowed to meet Bira
Phillaur, June 26

Activists of the Akali Dal (Amritsar) resented the producing of Khalistan Commando Force militant Kulbir Singh Bira before the Judicial Magistrate by the Phillaur police at 8.20 am here today.






Akali Dal (Amritsar) leaders Simaranjit Singh Mann (right) and Daljit Singh Bittu address a press conference in Phillaur on Monday.
— Photo by writer
Akali Dal  leaders Simaranjit Singh Mann (right) and Daljit Singh Bittu address a press conference in Phillaur on Monday

Son languishes in Algerian jungle, mother distraught
Nikki Miani (Kapurthala), June 26
Ms Gurmeet Kaur of Nikki Miani village near Begowal in this district has lost mental equilibrium. Her son Satnam Singh has been forced to live for months in hellish conditions in an Algerian jungle.

Jalandhar page: 37 youths missing on way to Spain




COMMUNITY

Mini-secretariat project: PUDA shows haste
Fazilka, June 26
The project of the proposed Sub-Divisional Complex (mini-secretariat), the foundation stone for which was laid by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in March 2006, has run into controversies. The main issues relate to the ownership of the project’s site, its acquisition and its transfer to PUDA. PUDA had reportedly initiated the construction activities in haste.


An attempt to revive heritage.
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2 killed, 3 hurt as car falls into gorge
Nahan, June 26
Two women travelling in a car were killed and three others were injured in a car accident, near Nahan this evening. As per police sources, a car (UA-08D-3672), on the way to Shimla, rolled down into a deep gorge on the Nahan-Shimla road, near Nahan-Renuka Dosarka, killing two of its women occupants on the spot.

Report blames contractor for children’s death
Patiala, June 26
The Patiala Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ms Poonamdeep Kaur has submitted her report to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr R.K Verma, detailing the sequence of events which led to the death of the two youngsters on Saturday evening.

 
ADMINISTRATION

Closure notice to 300 sawmills, plywood units
Ropar, June 26
The Divisional Forest Department today issued a closure notice to 300 illegal sawmills, veneer and plywood units functioning in the Ropar and Mohali districts following the Supreme Court directions. These units have been functioning in the two districts before October 28, 2002. Earlier the department had issued a notice to 25 sawmills, veneer and plywood units those become operational after October 28, 2002 in these two district.

DC bans digging of wells
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 26
Ms Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, by issuing an order under Section 144 of the CrPC has imposed a ban on digging of wells and digging of earth to further deepen tubewells and motors without the prior written permission of the Executive Engineer, Water Supply and the Sewerage Board.

CRIME

Fake currency racket busted
Hoshiarpur, June 26
The police has busted a fake currency racket and arrested Pran Nath, alias Palli, son of Piare Lal of local Shastri Market, Surinder Singh, alias Chhinda, of Bohar High Kalan, PS Ahmedgar, and Raj Kumar, alias Raju, son of Sat Pal, of Sanchali Bazaar, PS Banga, and registered a case under Sections 489 B, 489 C, 420 and 120 B of the IPC against them at the City Police Station here last evening.

4 youths killed in road mishap
Bathinda, June 26
Four youths were killed in a road mishap on the Goniana-Bajakhana road, near Goniana Khurd village, last night. According to information, three youths were killed when a scooter allegedly rammed into a tractor-trailer parked on the road, while another scooter-borne youth died when his scooter hit a car whose driver had been witnessing the accident that had taken place between the tractor-trailer and the scooter.

Missing youth found dead
Batala, June 26
The body of a youth of Batala police district who disappeared six days ago under mysterious circumstances has been found in a canal in Amritsar district. As per reports received here, the deceased, Avtar Singh, a son of Makhan Singh of Thind Dhariwal village on the Qadian road, had gone to a nearby canal six days back with his friends, Major Singh and Gulzar Singh of the same village, but he did not return to his residence.

Cop’s widow found dead
Moga, June 26
Late police officer Gurkirpal Singh’s widow, Jasbir Kaur (55), was found dead at her residence at Badhani Kalan village under mysterious circumstances here today. According to police sources, Jasbir was living alone at her house and the door of the house had been bolted from inside the past few days.

EDUCATION

Jobless ETT teachers hold protest
Ropar, June 26
The local MLA and district Congress president, Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, today faced some embarrassing moments when a large number of unemployed ETT teachers, gathered at the Zila Parishad office here to check a list of selected candidates for the post of teachers in primary schools, raised slogans against him when he got a list of selected candidates before it was displayed on the notice board.

Counselling for NRI seats on July 11

BUSINESS

Smoothen loan facility, banks told
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 26
Mr Devinder Pal Singh Walia, ADC (D), while presiding over the meeting of standing committee organised by the State Bank of Patiala, today urged the banks to disburse the loans sanctioned under various govt-sponsored schemes with in two weeks positively.



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