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World Environment Day
From green to no-green zone

Patiala, June 5
The government is spending huge sums of money to spread awareness on ecology on the eve of World Environment Day. However, the declining forest cover in the state gives away the truth. 
  80,000 sq hectare forest areas lost from 2001 to 2003.
  2 lakh trees felled in the state.
  Just 3.11 per cent area under forest cover
School students hold posters on the occasion of World Enviornment Day in Amritsar School students hold posters on the occasion of World Enviornment Day in Amritsar on Tuesday. — PTI

Bailing out PSEB
Rs 100-cr subsidy per month demanded 

Patiala, June 5
The PSEB is spending Rs 8.7 crore per day on providing free power to agriculture sector in the state. It increases to Rs 15 crore per day and Rs 450 crore per day in paddy season, from June to September.


Bhindranwale never wanted Khalistan, claims Indian envoy
Amritsar, June 5
Amritsar-born Indian Ambassador to Madagascar Daljit Singh Pannun, who had made efforts to avert Operation Bluestar by mediating between Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and the union government, has said certain forces had played mischief and misguided Indira Gandhi that led to the Army operation in June 1984. This was despite the fact that the firebrand sant had agreed to initiate dialogue to resolve the deadlock.

Daljit Singh Pannun
Daljit Singh Pannun



Verma’s press meeting that wasn’t 
Chandigarh, June 5
Senior BJP leader Sahib Singh Verma's stint as in-charge of Punjab affairs got off to an unfavorable start with journalists leaving the venue of his maiden press conference here after he failed to turn up on time today.

Kohar to visit Nabha villages today
Chandigarh, June 5
Punjab revenue minister Ajit Singh Kohar will visit various villages of Nabha subdivision tomorrow to hear grievances of people with regard to the distribution of compensation for crops damaged by a hailstorm in February.

March by CPM activists against govt policies
Pathankot,June 5
Condemning the policies of the state government as anti-people and anti-labour the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM),Punjab, has said the Akali-BJP government led by Parkash Singh Badal has failed on all fronts.


Central schemes
CM for full fund utilisation

Chandigarh, June 5
The Punjab government today set in motion the process of complete utilisation of funds meant for centrally sponsored schemes included in the central budget for 2007-08.

PSEB employees’ forum gives strike call
Chandigarh, June 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employees joint forum has given a call to the employees to observe a strike that will begin at midnight tonight and end at midnight tomorrow.

Repair village roads on priority, says Dhindsa
Chandigarh, June 5
Punjab public works minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa has directed department officials to repair rural roads, which are in bad shape, on priority.

Bluestar anniversary 
SGPC on high alert

Amritsar, June 5
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has put its task force on high alert in the wake of the 23rd anniversary of Operation Bluestar, which would be observed at Akal Takht here tomorrow.


High Court
Visit to UK from June 10
Notice to Punjab over Amarinder’s plea

Chandigarh, June 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to Punjab over a petition submitted by former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in which he sought the permission of the court to visit the UK.

Bail to ex-minister’s kin invites ire
Batala, June 5
Eyebrows were raised as bail was granted to Fateh Jan Bajwa, the brother of former Punjab Public Works Department minister Pratap Singh, here today.

MC told to pay Rs 71,000
Sangrur, June 5
The local MC has decided to file an appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the judgement of a local additional district judge. As per the judgement, the MC has been ordered to pay Rs 71,000 as damages to a plaintiff for injuries suffered by him due to negligence on the part of the MC.


Land for Trident
BKUE (U) men on road-blocking spree

Abohar, June 5
Vehicular traffic on NH 10 between the Abohar-Fazilka stretch remained suspended for two hours today as hundreds of farmers and farm workers sat on a dharna 

Bathinda, June 5
Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta (Ugrahan) today blocked traffic on three roads in this district to lodge their protest against the non-fulfilment of the promise made to them by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Sangrur, June 5
A large number of farmers today blocked roads for two hours at Sunam town and Salemgarh village in Sangrur district and Dhaula village in Barnala district in protest against the Badal government’s delaying tactics 

Two held with 10.2 kg of opium
Faridkot, June 5
The district police has arrested two smugglers Pargat Singh and Jaswinder Singh and seized 10.2 kg of opium and Rs 8 lakh from them.

Murder accused held after 15 yrs
Abohar, June 5
A man wanted in a murder case has been arrested after 15 years from the Patti area in Tarn Taran police district, sources said yesterday.

Man set on fire
Bathinda, June 5
Manjeet Singht of Kothe Thande Wale village of this district was allegedly set on fire while he lying on cot in the courtyard of his house today evening .


Computer teachers resist government orders
Patiala, June 5
The state’s computer teachers decided against doing clerical work in government schools today, thereby resisting the government’s orders in this regard.

Baba Farid university
Chief secy assures funds

Faridkot, June 5
Hopes of the cash-strapped Baba Farid University of Health Sciences to get regular funds have revived with chief secretary R. I. Singh, who visited the town yesterday, giving assurance to the university authorities in this regard.

GND varsity keeps courses in abeyance
Amritsar, June 5
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to keep some of its courses in abeyance for one year. These include the five-year integrated courses of M.Tech, MCA and MBA at the university campus, Amritsar; MBA (5 years), MCA (5 years) being run at the GND varsity college, Jalandhar; and MCA (5 years) at Regional Campus, Gurdaspur.

St Xavier’s students top in district
Bathinda, June 5
Three students of the local St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School bagged the top three positions in the district in the Class X examination conducted by the CBSE.

Anti-ragging panels soon
Chandigarh , June 5
The Punjab government has directed various education departments, including technical and medical, to immediately tackle the problem of ragging in state educational institutions.


First in North India
Certified hallmarking centre for jewellery opens in Ludhiana

Chandigarh, June 5
The first certified hallmarking and assaying centre for gold and silver jewellery in North India has finally come up in Ludhiana. Though this laboratory, LD Gold Lab, is the only centre certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for hallmarking in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh, it is proposed to establish six other centres in the region.


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