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It was toppers’ day
Punjab Board Class XII results
Ferozepur girl tops in science
Saloni Sidana
Ferozepore, June 6
“If there is a dream within and a dauntless spirit to achieve success, no impediments can deter you from reaching the pinnacle of glory,” feels Saloni Sidana of Ferozepur, who has topped the PSEB Class XII (science) examinations by securing 463 marks out of 500.          Saloni Sidana

Raghav Kapoor Aspiring engineer is second
Amritsar, June 6
Raghav Kapoor of DAV Senior Secondary School, Hathi Gate, has bagged the second position in the PSEB Class XII examinations by securing 91 per cent marks (455 out of 500).
Raghav Kapoor

Tegrabab Singh Patiala boy is second
Patiala, June 6
Tegrabab Singh, a city resident, has secured the second position in the CBSE pre-medical entrance test at the all India level.

                                        Tegrabab Singh

Pass percentage sees a dip
SAS Nagar, June 6
The pass percentage in the PSEB Class XII has dipped this year with only 62 per cent of the candidates passing the annual examinations.



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Amarinder gets HC nod to visit UK
Chandigarh, June 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted permission to former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to visit the United Kingdom from June 10 onwards with subject to some conditions.

Guru’s Kalgi 
SGPC chief takes up matter with Badal
Amritsar, June 6
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar reportedly held a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and president of Shiromani Akali Dal at Chandigarh today to apprise him about the “misuse” of Akal Takht's letterhead for seeking visas for the kin of Akal Takht Jathedar on the pretext of holding a discussion on “kalgi” (sacred crest) of Guru Gobind Singh, following worldwide condemnation.

Daler’s kabootarbazi case adjourned
Patiala, June 6
The hearing in the Daler Mehndi case was adjourned till July 24 today. The case came up for hearing before the Judicial Magistrate First Class for arguments on framing of charges against the pop singer who was personally present in the court.

Pop singer Daler Mehndi arrives for appearance to 
the court in Patiala on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
Pop singer Daler Mehndi arrives for appearance to the court in Patiala


PSEB staff strike peaceful
Patiala June 6
Strike of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employees passed off peacefully amidst claims and counter-claims by protesters and the board management . The Technical Services Union of the PSEB that spearheaded the today’s protest claimed the strike was total. The management claimed that it had no effect on operations.

BJP sidesteps demand for deputy CM’s post
Chandigarh, June 6
The BJP today decided to “sidestep” its demand for the Punjab deputy chief minister's post and concentrate on providing “good and efficient” governance to the people in alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

Taxation body wants withdrawal of new IT form
Patiala, June 6
Members of the District Taxation Bar, at its general body meeting held here yesterday, have unanimously resolved to request the union finance minister to withdraw the application of the new series of Income Tax return forms.

PUDA draw for plots soon
Patiala, June 6
PUDA will soon organise a draw for the allotment of plots in the Patiala urban estate. In a press statement issued here today, the PUDA authorities stated that the scrutiny of applications for 85 plots advertised in February 2007 has been completed.

State plans to harness 1,000 MW from biomass
Chandigarh, June 6
The Punjab government has mooted a proposal for outsourcing biomass to the private power sector. There is a potential to generate 1,000 MW of power from biomass in a phased manner.

Court martial of 3 IAF men begins
Bathinda, June 6
Five officials of the IAF today started the court martial of its three personnel P.K. Vashistha, Saji Augustine and S.K. Pathak for their alleged involvement in the theft of 45 silver zinc aircraft batteries from the Bhisiana Air Force station, 25 km from here.

Police averts clash
Barnala, June 6
A clash between the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda and members of the Sikh community was averted after the timely intervention of the police at Channalwal village, 11 km from here, today.

Martyr’s statue set on fire
Bathinda, June 6
The yet-to-be-unveiled statue of martyr Jarnail Singh, a Punjab police commando, who laid down his life while fighting militants in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections in September 2002, was set on fire by unidentified anti-social elements in the Guru Nanak Pura locality of this town late last night.

Bluestar Anniversary
A low-key affair
Amritsar, June 6
The 23rd anniversary of Operation Bluestar today passed off peacefully even as some hardliners thwarted the attempts made by some youths to distribute leaflets having the message “Khalistan zindabad” at the Akal Takht secretariat here today.

Jathedar, Akal Takht, Joginder Singh Vedanti addresses Sikh sangat in Amritsar on Wednesday. 
A Tribune photograph

Jathedar, Akal Takht, Joginder Singh Vedanti addresses Sikh sangat in Amritsar on Wednesday. 

MC records on development works seized, probe on
Patiala, June 6
The vigilance section of the Department of Local Governments has initiated an inquiry into the alleged allotment of works by the Patiala Municipal Corporation in back date. A team of officials led by the senior vigilance official S.D. Garg today met corporation officials and seized the records in this connection.

SSF rally on June 22
Amritsar, June 6
The Sikh Students Federation (SSF) will hold a protest rally, “Delhi hilao”, in New Delhi on June 22 to create awareness among the Sikh masses, intellectuals and leaders of other political parties on the dera issue.

Plans on to revitalise Cooperative Dept
Jalandhar, June 6
In a bid to take out the state from the ongoing agriculture crisis and farming a viable profession, Punjab’s minister for cooperation Capt Kanwaljit Singh has envisaged an ambitious plan to infuse new life in his department by making a head start with Markfed.

Govt-sponsored schemes reviewed
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 6
To review the progress of various government-sponsored schemes for the agriculture, industrial and weaker sections of the society, a consultative committee meeting of various banks, organised by the State Bank of Patiala, was held here today.


High Court
Relief to education board’s law officer
Chandigarh, June 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted interim stay on the operation of orders passed against the Punjab School Education Board’s senior legal advisor Sukhwinder Kaur Saroya by the board and issued a notice of motion to Punjab and the board.


Breach damages crops
Bathinda, June 6
Cotton crop on about 100 acres at Mehma Sarkari and Mehma Bhagwana villages in the district has been damaged following a breach in the Kot Bhai distributary late last night.


DC issues orders to check outbreak of cholera
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 6
Taking precautionary measures, deputy commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib Alaknanda Dayal has issued orders under Section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, to prevent the spread of cholera within the district. She has directed all municipal councils to make arrangements for the chlorination of drinking water.


Chemist shops raided, medicines seized
Sangrur, June 6
Sangrur deputy medical commissioner (DMC) Dr Suresh Goyal and district drug inspector Sanjiv Kumar today raided five medicine shops at Malerkotla and seized medicines, which are used by drug- addicts as intoxicants, from three shops there.

7 held with fake currency
Bathinda, June 6
The police has arrested seven persons, including a Maharashtra-based engineer and a teacher working in government school in Barnala district, from different places and recovered fake currency worth Rs 2,12,320, a computer, printer, CPU and coloured sheets from them.

Gang of robbers busted
Amritsar, June 6
The Amritsar police has busted an inter-state gang of robbers that was active in various districts of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The gang was involved in more than 25 robberies.


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