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Henry on stone-laying spree, promises cheaper pulses
Moga, June 28
While elections are a few months away Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his council of ministers have been laying the foundation stones of development schemes and making announcements to woo voters.

Poor inflow of migrant labour hits agriculture
Chandigarh, June 28
The implementation of the National Employment Guarantee Scheme has not only impeded the inflow of the migrant labour from the poverty-stricken areas of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and other states to this region.

State resents non-inclusion in farmers’ package
Chandigarh, June 28
While the Union Government has announced a package for debt-ridden farmers of four states — Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala — there is no mention in the package of states like Punjab and Haryana, where small and marginal farmers are in great distress.

PSIEC objects to govt selling land to Reliance
Chandigarh, June 28
The Reliance project in Punjab seems to be jinxed. Now the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation has objected to the Punjab Government's move to sell 330 acres of its land to Reliance.

Education scam: Vigilance case on cards
Chandigarh, June 28
The Punjab Government is all set to hand over the issue of the “Punjab education scam” to the state Vigilance Bureau. The Education Department has sent a formal note to the Chief Secretary, Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, seeking a Vigilance probe in the matter.

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11 IAS, 32 PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh , June 28
The Punjab Government tonight transferred 11 IAS officers and 32 Punjab Civil Services officers. Among the IAS officials to be shifted were Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar and also Managing Director of PSIDC. The PCS to be transferred are those who are not holding additional work for the Election Commission of India.


CM wants quick clearance of mega projects
Chandigarh, June 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today asked the Chief Secretary, Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, to tie-up loose ends to implement all the housing, township and multiplex projects approved by the Empowered Committee. He has asked that work should start by July 31.

Punjab to complete immunisation by March, 07
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 28
Punjab will achieve 100 per cent target of immunising its children upto the age of 1 year against six deadly diseases by March 2007. The Health Department is making efforts in this regard and all resources of the department have been activated and review meetings are being held regularly to make it a success as well as a mass movement.

20 Pak prisoners to be repatriated on June 30
Amritsar, June 28
Mr H.R Chadda, ADGP-cum-DG Prisons, here today distributed Rs 1,80,470 among 11 Pakistani prisoners who along with nine others would be repatriated to Pakistan from Wagah joint check post on June 30.

Bus permits to private operators opposed
Patiala, June 28
The Punjab Pensioners Welfare Association has protested the proposed hike in bus fares from 46 paise to 56 paise per kilometre as is being demanded by a section of private bus operators.

More IPS officers sought
Chandigarh, June 28
The Punjab Government has urged the Union Home Ministry to allocate more IPS officers to the State. Informed sources said that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had written to the Union Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil, to allocate 13 IPS officers to the State.

Councillor alleges trespass, assault on family members
Barnala, June 28
Mr Paramjit Singh Pakho, municipal councillor from Ward 21 here and a son of former MLA Bachan Singh Pakho, has alleged that five persons trespassed on his house on the evening of June 24.

Chained man freed after 25 years
Faridkot, June 28
Continuing with its campaign to rescue mentally challenged people, the district administration admitted Gurjant Singh of Panjgarai village, who had been chained for the past 25 years, to the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital here today.

Badal expresses shock at woman’s torture
Chandigarh, June 28
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has expressed deep anguish and shock over the bizarre incident of torture of a pregnant lady in labour pains at Kuttiwal village in Majitha police district, resulting in the death of her baby.

Tractor-trailer falls into canal, driver missing
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 28
A tractor-trailer fell into the Bhakra canal on the Sirhind-Sanipur road last evening. The tractor-trailer was taken out of the canal today, but the driver is yet to be traced.

Reorganisation of districts discussed
Chandigarh, June 28
A meeting of the Punjab Districts Reorganisation Committee was held under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, here today. The committee has been set up to reorganise the boundaries of the districts, sub-divisions and sub-tehsils in the state.

Revision of electoral rolls on
Mohali, June 28
The Deputy Commissioner has undertaken the revision of electoral rolls for elections to three Vidhan Sabha constituencies. According to DC Tejveer Singh, The rolls are available at various designated places, including SDM offices in Banur, Kharar and Morinda, besides tehsil offices.

PSEB employees hold rally
Patiala, June 28
The Technical Services Union (Western Zone) of the PSEB held a rally in front of the office of the Executive Engineer (West Subdivision) in protest against the board’s decision to outsource its work to private agencies.


Bira remanded in police custody till July 1
Phillaur June 28
Khalistan Commando Force militant Kulbir Singh Bira was today produced before the Judicial Magistrate here at 11 am. Bira was again remanded in police custody till June 29 in a criminal case of Tarkhan Majara village and till July 1 in another criminal case of Dhakka Colony. No activist of SAD(A) was seen near the court here today.


Stress laid on crop diversification
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 28
As the water level was depleting fast and continuation of the paddy-wheat rotation would lead to disaster, said Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing the first meeting of District Scientific Committee at newly set-up Krishi Vigyan Kendar by Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, at Attewali village in the district.


Car falls into canal, two killed
Ferozepore, June 28
Two persons, including a woman, were killed when the Maruti Zen car in which they were travelling fell into the Rajasthan feeder canal after the driver lost control of the vehicle near Ghal Khurd village, 22 km here, late last night.

‘Two arrested’ in kidnapping case
Amritsar, June 28
After five days the district police has registered a case in the kidnapping of Raghav (10), Raghav was abducted on June 19 by some persons for ransom. However, he escaped from the clutches of the kidnappers, who took him to Delhi and threw him in a forest area considering him dead after they had strangulated him.

Travel agents dupe 2 persons
Hoshiarpur, June 28
Two cases of duping innocent persons of Rs 90,000 each by travel agents were reported in city and Dasuya police stations in Hoshiarpur district yesterday. According to official sources, a so-called travel agent, Rattan Chand, a son of Chint Ram of local Mohalla Krishna Nagar, had allegedly duped Naresh Pal, a son of Talwan Singh of Musapur, of Rs 90,000 on the pretext of settling him in Kuwait.


Transferred JBT teachers a harassed lot
Sangrur, June 28
Many JBT teachers of some government primary schools in the Barnala block of this district are a harassed lot as they have been transferred or dislocated from their respective schools either under a “deep-rooted” political conspiracy or some “ bungling” at the level of District Education authorities (Elementary), Sangrur.

Counselling schedule for law courses
Amritsar, June 28
Guru Nanak Dev University has released the state-level counselling schedule for admission to LLB (three-year), BA LLB (honours) and BA LLB (five-year) courses. Dr Sukhdev Singh, Coordinator, while releasing the schedule, said the counselling for LLB (three-year course) would be held on July 4 and 5 while for BA LLB (honours) and BA LLB (five-year course), it would be conducted on July 6 and 7, respectively, at Dasmesh Auditorium of the varsity.

Irregularities alleged in allotment of schools
Ropar, June 28
Chairman of the Zila Parishad and important members of the committee constituted to make appointment of 676 primary teachers in the district today alleged irregularities in allotment of the schools.

Blank answersheet fetches 62 pc marks
Amritsar, June 28
Ever heard a student getting 62 per cent marks for submitting a blank answersheet. A preliminary inquiry by Guru Nanak Dev University has confirmed that a student of Bir Baba Budha College (Amritsar) had submitted the “blank answersheet” for the BA-II (economics) examination conducted by the university.


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