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Call made from Dubai to Ludhiana family
Kidnapping of industrialist’s son

Chandigarh/Ludhiana, June 29
Three days after the 22-year-old son of a leading Ludhiana industrialist went missing, the Punjab Police has found that the telephone call informing the family about the kidnapping originated in Dubai.

Dowry victim’s bid to end life
Gurdaspur June 29
Rekha, a dowry victim, today tried to end her life before the SSP office, Gurdaspur. She alleged harassment at the hands of certain police officers. Rekha suddenly became violent today after the inquiry officer told her to go back home as the other party i.e. her husband had not joined the inquiry.
Rekha, a dowry victim, wails in front of the office of the SSP, Gurdaspur, on Thursday.
Rekha, a dowry victim, wails in front of the office of the SSP, Gurdaspur, on Thursday. — Photo by Jangi

DCC chief’s brother, 8 others booked in land scam
Amritsar, June 29
A brother of District Congress President Joginder Dhingra and eight others have been booked in alleged ‘land scam’. Mr Dhingra has decided to approach the Chief Minister against ‘high handedness’ of the police department .

Ministers criticise Sukhbir’s stand
Chandigarh, June 29
A section of Punjab Ministers have criticised the statement of Shiromani Akali Dal General Secretary Sukhbir Badal on the setting up of the project of rural business hubs by Reliance Industries Limited at an investment of Rs 5000 crore.


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Hope of compensation for Indians who fought for British army
Ludhiana, June 29
In a red letter day for thousands of Indian soldiers in the British Army, who had fought on the Western Front for England in the World War-II and were incarcerated as prisoner of war by enemy forces in Africa, the British Parliament had finally moved a notice of motion seeking compensation for the soldiers some six decades after the bloody war ended.

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37 Spain-bound Indian job-seekers missing.
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Gurkirat is Dullo’s political adviser
Chandigarh, June 29
The Punjab Congress chief, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, today appointed young Congress leader Gurkirat Singh as his Political Advisor.


Water level in Bhakra falls by 19 feet
Nangal, June 29
The water level of the Bhakra Dam finally reached the balance point today. It’s level decreased 19 feet this month in comparison to the last month. The water level in May-end was 1,588 feet. The discharge of water to the consumer states was increased this month while inflow was low and as a result the water level of the Bhakra Dam today reached to 1569 feet.

Indian Sikh pilgrims gather at the tomb of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore on Thursday. A group of 400 Sikh pilgrims from Punjab have arrived for a 10-day visit to Pakistan to attend the 167th death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Born in Gujranwala in 1780, Maharaja Ranjit Singh died on June 27, 1839.
Indian Sikh pilgrims gather at the tomb of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore on Thursday. A group of 400 Sikh pilgrims from Punjab have arrived for a 10-day visit to Pakistan to attend the 167th death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Born in Gujranwala in 1780, Maharaja Ranjit Singh died on June 27, 1839. — AFP photo

DGP orders stocktaking of vehicles, manpower
Chandigarh, June 29
The Director-General of Punjab Police, Mr S.S. Virk, today ordered the immediate stocktaking of all vehicles in the police force, deployment of manpower and usage of cash. He also ordered that a record should be maintained on the number of policemen posted in a district and how many were drawing salaries.

200 state villages at risk from Haryana canal
Patiala, June 29
Residents of about 200 villages in the Patiala, Samana and Dakala Assembly segments are feeling doubly cursed.

Online power purchase: PSEB signs memo with PGCL
Patiala, June 29
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has signed an agreement with the Power Grid Corporation Limited (PGCL) for setting up national load despatching centres at Delhi and Kolkata for making online purchase of power from other sources during peak demand time.

‘Authority of Akal Takht supreme’
Amritsar, June 29
Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, today called upon Sikh masses to defeat nefarious designs of anti-Panthic forces who were out to denigrate and challenge the authority of Akal Takht — the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs .

Forms for revised poll rolls
Patiala, June 29
The Postal Department has been involved in the process to prepare revised electoral rolls.

550 attend NCC camp
Patiala, June 29
Nearly 550 cadets of the NCC of 5 Punjab Battalion have been attending the annual training camp at Fatehpur Rajputan village. It will run till July 7.

Seminar on Arjan Dev martyrdom
Patiala, June 29
A seminar in connection with the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev was organised by the Punjab Today Foundation here late last night.


Judicial remand for Bira
Phillaur, June 29
Khalistan Commando Force (Panjwar) deputy chief Kulbir Singh Barrapind, alias Bira, was again produced before the Judicial Magistrate, Mr VK Goel, here today.


Punjab likely to witness another bumper cotton crop
Bathinda, June 29
A couple of spells of pre-monsoon showers have brought cheers among the cotton farmers of the Malwa region and if conducive weather conditions prevailed in the next quarter of the year Punjab’s cotton production will cross 20 lakh bales for the second year in succession, feel experts.


Admn gets act together to tackle floods
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
The district administration has taken precautionary measures to control floods and to meet any eventuality, said Ms Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, after holding a meeting of district officials here yesterday.

Computerised information kiosk inaugurated
Nawanshahr, June 29
The basic spirit behind the Right to Public Information Act is to make the common man realise that he is the master in the democratic set-up and the proper implementation of the Act is the need of the hour for providing a transparent administration and strengthening the democratic set-up.


4,500 pirated CDs seized
Abohar, June 29
The police today arrested two women for smuggling 4.5 kg of opium from Rajasthan. A resident of Sadulshehar, known as a principal narcotics centre on the other side of the inter-state border, was nabbed with 10 gm of smack. A raid led to recovery of 4,500 pirated CDs, including 130 obscene titles.

Drugs missing from malkhana Gurbaxpuri
Tarn Taran, June 29
The Khemkaran police has registered a case under Section 409 of the IPC over 1210 intoxicant tablets and capsules going missing from the malkhana.

Stolen truck, car recovered; 1 held
Rajpura, June 29
The police today arrested a vehicle thief and recovered a truck and a car from his possession.

2 units manufacturing spurious milk unearthed
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
The police has unearthed two units involved in manufacture of spurious milk and desi ghee during raids in the district. Culprits were held red-handed while manufacturing spurious milk and desi ghee and raw material used for it was seized.


AICTE restores seats of Dera Bassi institute
Jalandhar, June 29
Reverting its stand on disallowing admission to Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has restored all its seats as per the previous order.

Decade after completion, ITI buildings sans courses
Gurdaspur, June 29
The Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) built by the government at Kanuwan and Mukerian have failed to start courses even 10 years after the completion of the buildings.

ITI employees hold dharna
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
Hundreds of activists of the ITI Employees Union, Punjab, supported by students from the Patiala and Ludhiana zones, today organised a dharna at the ITI, Bassi Pathana, in support of their demands.

GND varsity extends admission date
Amritsar, June 29
The candidates desirous to seek admission in MA political science (semester system) and postgraduate diploma in printing technology and management of Guru Nanak Dev University could now submit their admission forms for vacant seats up to July 7 without late fee direct to the respective heads of the departments.


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