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35 pc seed of wheat, rice needs replacement
Chandigarh, June 9

For ending stagnation in production in the agricultural sector, there is need to replace 35 per cent of the seed of paddy and wheat in Punjab. Most of the available seed of wheat and paddy has lost its optimum potency.

Drama in Court
Dimpa fails to surrender
Baba Bakala, June 9
A high drama was enacted outside the court of the sub-divisional magistrate here when security arrangements and police nakas "stopped" the absconding Jasbir Singh Dimpa , a former Congress MLA from Beas from from surrendering today.

Jasbir Singh Dimpa
Jasbir Singh Dimpa

Contribute for development: CM
Mahuana (Muktsar), June 9
Making a significant departure from his traditional style of handling the public, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked people to contribute their share in the process of development.

Panjpeer Mazaar Complex
Wakf Board in dock for changing lease
Abohar, June 9
The Punjab Wakf Board is in the dock for changing the lease of the historic Panjpeer Mazaar complex here. Senior police officials on Thursday visited the complex and deployed force at the place to avert any clash between the family.
The Panjpeer mazaar complex at Abohar
The Panjpeer mazaar complex at Abohar.
— Photo by Raj Sadosh
Bool Chand, who has been taking care of the mazaar complex for the past 55 years
Bool Chand, who has been taking care of the mazaar complex for the past 55 years. — Photo by Raj Sadosh



Plethora of complaints against Punjab Police
Chandigarh, June 9
The Punjab Police figures prominently in the list of cases instituted by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission for the period starting 1997 till March 31,2007. In fact, being involved in a whopping 55 per cent of the total cases instituted by the commission, it has no rival in the not-so-flattering statistics.


Scorching Saturday

Deer try to beat the heat at Deer Park in Patiala
Deer try to beat the heat at Deer Park in Patiala on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Retrenchment fear grips Sugarfed workers
Patiala, June 9
The Punjab government was contemplating retrenching employees of sick sugar mills in the state. Indication to this affect has been given in a letter written by the Punjab State Federation of Cooperative Sugar Mills to the general managers of Faridkot, Jagraon, Zira, Patiala and Tarn Taran.

Develop infrastructure, demand hoteliers
Zirakpur, June 9
At the receiving end of the paucity of basic amenities, hotel and banquet owners of Zirakpur have sent an SOS to the Punjab government to develop infrastructure in the township to give a fillip to the hotel industry.

Staff upset over govt dithering on demands
Chandigarh, June 9
A vast section of the government employees is upset over dithering by the SAD-BJP government with regard to the enhancing of the retirement age of employees from 58 to 60 years and implementing other demands.

Kartar Singh’s death anniversary
Govt, SGPC seem to have forgotten him
Amritsar, June 9
Giani Kartar Singh, a prominent figure in the history of modern Punjab, seems to have been forgotten by the SGPC and state government. This can clearly be seen from the fact that the state government has not organised any official function on his 30th death anniversary tomorrow, at his native village Nagoke in the district.

Chahal denied lawyer during questioning
Ludhiana, June 9
A city court today declined the plea of B.I.S. Chahal, former media adviser of Capt Amarinder Singh, that his lawyer be allowed to remain present during questioning by the Vigilance Bureau at its local office tomorrow in connection with the City Centre scam.

Akali leader shielding murder accused: Bajwa
Gurdaspur, June 9
Alleging highhandedness by the Shiromani Akali Dal, former PWD minister Punjab Pratap Singh Bajwa said the government had been harassing Congress workers of his assembly constituency.

Barnala’s mother-in-law dead
Patiala, June 9
Daljit Kaur (92), mother-in-law of Tamil Nadu Governor Surjeet Singh Barnala, died at her residence here today. Deputy commissioner D.S. Grewal laid a wreath on her pyre on behalf of the state government.

PSEB to hold bijli darbars
Phagwara, June 9
After the sangat darshan programme of the state government and lok adalats of the Punjab aids free legal services authority, now it is the turn of the Punjab state electricity board (PSEB) to resolve complaints and grievances of the people by holding bijli darbars throughout the state.

Bus service for corpn cities
Chandigarh, June 9
The Punjab government has decided to run a city bus service in all municipal corporation cities on the Indore city pattern. A meeting in this connection was held here today by principal secretary, local bodies, D.S. Bains, with the commissioners of the municipal corporations of Bathinda, Patiala, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Ludhiana.


LIC told to pay Rs 2 lakh
Sangrur, June 9
The Sangrur District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India to settle the insurance claim and pay Rs 2 lakh along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of repudiation of claim till realisation to Murti Devi (51), widow of Raj Kumar, resident of Shafipur Kalan village in Sunam tehsil of the district.


Nurmahal Firing Incident
‘Bribe forced Sukhdev to commit suicide’
Phillaur, June 9
Shortage of Rs 40,000 forced Sukhdev Singh to commit suicide as he felt helpless to fulfil the demand of bribery made by SHO Nurmahal Shivdev Singh Kahlon,who was allegedly torturing Sukhdev and threatening to do the same to his family also if he did not pay Rs 40,000.

Woman found dead; relatives cry foul
Rajpura, June 9
A pregnant woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Guru Angad Dev Colony here today. Narinder Kaur, who was married to Sandeep Singh about one-and-a-half years back, was allegedly being harassed by her in-laws for dowry, police sources said.

Cops investigate the murder of Narinder Kaur (Insat) at Guru Angand Dev Colony, Rajpura, on Saturday. — Photo by J.S. Virdi

Cops investigate the murder of Narinder Kaur (Insat) at Guru Angand Dev Colony, Rajpura

Armed men storm hospital, beat up 2
Abohar, June 9
More than 18 armed persons, who came in two jeeps, stormed the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here after 1 am today and started hitting Devi Lal and his son Lal Chand of Waryamkhera village, in the emergency ward with sticks. This created panic among other patients.

Boy beaten to death
Amritsar, June 9
Tinku, a resident of Tung Bala, was beaten to death allegedly by Baljit Singh and his son Simarjit Singh, residents of Preet Nagar over a minor dispute here today. The police has registered a case under Section 304A of the IPC at Vijay Nagar police station. No arrest has been made.

Two IAF personnel crushed to death
Bathinda, June 9
Two Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, identified as Ravinder Nath Sahu and Amitabh Kumar, were crushed to death by a speeding vehicle on the Bathinda-Malout road late last night. Vijay Goyal, president, Sahara Jan Sewa, NGO, in a press note issued here today.


Extra 15 pc marks to PGET candidates
Baba Farid varsity moves SC against HC order
Chandigarh, June 9
The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, has moved the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of the Punjab and Haryana High Court order, dated May 24, whereby the clause 37 notification issued by the Punjab government on March 21 had been set aside.

VC firm on teachers’ suspension
Patiala, June 9
Punjabi University vice-chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai remains stuck to his stance of suspending two senior professors who have been spearheading agitation against him despite objections raised by senior syndicate members.


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