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Temporary tubewell connections by June 20

Patiala, June 8
On the persistent demand of farmers, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to release temporary tubewell connections up to maximum of 7.5 BHP only during the paddy season of 2007.

PRTC Clueless
Two AC buses gutted, probe ordered

Patiala, June 8
Two goldline Kinglay buses of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) caught fire at 3 am today. The deluxe air-conditioned buses worth about Rs 1 crore were procured by the PRTC in March.

The two buses which were gutted at the workshop near Sirhindi Gate in Patiala The two buses which were gutted at the workshop near Sirhindi Gate in Patiala on Friday. 
— Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Fatehgarh Sahib


A warm send-off
Sikh pilgrims wave after boarding a special train to Pakistan at the railway station in Amritsar
Sikh pilgrims wave after boarding a special train to Pakistan at the railway station in Amritsar on Friday. Hundreds of Sikh pilgrims are expected to take part in the 
401st martyrdom day celebrations of the fifth Guru, Guru Arjan Dev, which falls on June 16. — AFP

Chief secy’s assurance to PUDA staff
Chandigarh, June 8
Employees of PUDA were yesterday assured by chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh that they would not be dislocated from their present places of posting after the formation of the proposed urban development authorities in certain cities.

Ludhiana MC told to pay Rs 10,000
Failure to provide info under RTI Act
Chandigarh, June 8
The Punjab State Information Commission has awarded one of the highest-ever compensation of Rs 10,000 to be paid by the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, to complainant Naresh Kumar Ghai, advocate, for delay in supplying information regarding change in the use of residential properties to commercial in the zone-D of the corporation.



Political Vendetta Cases 
DGP seeks information 

Chandigarh, June 8
In what could open a Pandora’s box, the director-general of Punjab police has asked all SSPs to provide a list of cases that were apparently registered to settle political scores during the previous Congress regime.

Cong coordination panel to meet today
Chandigarh, June 8
A meeting of the coordination committee of the Punjab Congress will be held here tomorrow. Janardhan Dwivedi, general secretary of the all- India Congress committee, who is in charge of party affairs in Punjab, will preside over the meeting.


City Centre scam
Vigilance summons Chahal, Raninder 

Patiala, June 8
The vigilance bureau today gave summons to Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, former media adviser to Capt Amarinder Singh, and Raninder Singh, Amarinder’s son, directing them to join investigation in the Ludhiana City Centre scam on June 10 at the vigilance office, Ludhiana.
Headmistress of Ryan International school Pooja Sharma distributes certificates to children on the concluding day of a 15-day summer workshop held at the school in Patiala
Headmistress of Ryan International school Pooja Sharma distributes certificates to children on the concluding day of a 15-day summer workshop held at the school in Patiala on Friday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Pact on housing, slum development
Chandigarh, June 8
An agreement was signed here today between the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation, union government, and the department of local government, Punjab, on implementing and expediting central, state and local sector schemes pertaining to urban development, local self-government, housing and urban poverty alleviation.

Banda Bahadur Anniversary
Vedanti to address congregation today

Jammu, June 8
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti and “Singh Sahibaans” of four other Takhts will address a congregation being held here tomorrow to commemorate the death anniversary of Banda Singh Bahadur, who hailed from Rajouri.

Child labourer’s arms cut in fodder-cutter
Bathinda, June 8
Tragedy struck when child labourer Santosh Kumar’s both arms were cut off after getting entangled in a fodder-cutter at Nathana village of the district today.

‘Kallianwala Khuh’ martyrs remembered
Ajnala, June 8
The CPM Punjab here today remembered 282 unsung heroes who laid down their life during the First War of Independence in 1857.

Vedanti, SGPC chief meet 
Amritsar, June 8
Jathedar, Akal Takht, Joginder Singh Vedanti and SGPC chief Avtar Singh today held a closed door meeting here today to resolve their difference following the controversy over the bringing of Guru Gobind Singh’s Kalgi (sacred crest) from Canada. The meeting was arranged by senior functionaries of the SGPC at the information office of Darbar Sahib.


Dimpa declared PO

Baba Bakala, June 8
Former Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa, booked in connection with the murder of an Akali worker, Dilbag Singh, during the Assembly elections, has been declared a proclaimed offender even as he failed to appear in the court of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate here. The Congress candidate, along with his 15 supporters, had been also booked on charges of attempt to murder, rioting and trespassing at Doullen Nangal village, a day before the Assembly elections, held on March 11.

Jasbir Singh Dimpa
Jasbir Singh Dimpa


Plan to encourage commercial dairy farming
Chandigarh, June 8
The Punjab government today finalised a plan for encouraging commercial dairy farming by extensively using cross-bred cows. The plan was finalised by state cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh in a meeting with office-bearers of the progressive dairy farmers association. It was decided to focus on cross-bred cows rather than buffalos for increasing the milk yield and controlling the menace of supplying adulterated milk in urban areas.

Farmer training centres soon
Middhu Khera (Muktsar), June 8
To make farmers adopt modern techniques of agriculture and allied activities to increase their income, the Punjab government has decided to open Farmers Skill Improvement Training Centres in all districts of the state.

Farmers’ interests priority, says minister
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 8
The biggest challenge before the state government is to strengthen the economy of the farmers so that they are not forced into committing suicide, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, minister for cooperation, while addressing a function of the Cooperative Agricultural Society at Jalbehra village in the district.


Attack on house of baba’s complainant
Bathinda, June 8
The house of Rajinder Singh Sidhu, on whose complaint a criminal case was registered against Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head, Dera Sacha Sauda, was attacked by certain persons late last night.


Syndicate members disapprove VC’s action
Suspension of faculty members 
Patiala, June 8
Some senior members of the Punjabi University syndicate have objected to the method adopted by vice-chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai to suspend two senior professors of the university.

PCCTU executive dharna on June 15
Barnala, June 8
An extended protest dharna of the state executive of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) will be organised in front of the DPI (Colleges) Punjab office at Chandigarh on June 15.


Distillery waste to generate power
The invention will solve problem of disposal of effluents from distilleries
Chandigarh, June 8
Kurali-based leading boiler manufacturer, Cheema Boilers, has come up with a unique invention for disposal of distillery waste by using it as raw material for power generation.

Punjab to support mega housing projects
Chandigarh, June 8
The Punjab government today finally decided to extend full support to the owners of housing mega projects whose approvals with regard to the change of land use (CLUs) were cancelled by the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Department in March this year in haste.


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