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Varsity at Nankana Sahib
SGPC delegation in Pak
Amritsar, June 15
A four-member SGPC delegation led by its president Avtar Singh today crossed over to Pakistan through the Wagah joint check post to participate in a two-day meeting for inviting suggestions for setting up International Guru Nanak Dev University at Nankana Sahib.

Vigilance barred from interrogating him
One-day police custody for Chahal
Patiala, June 15
Chief judicial magistrate, Patiala, S.S. Panaesar today remanded B.I.S. Chahal in police custody for one day in the Mercedes Benz case. The remand, however, came with a condition. The judge barred vigilance or any other agency, except the police, from interrogating Chahal. He also ordered his medical examination and allowed defence counsel N.P.S. Waraich and J.P.S. Saran to meet him any time.
B.I.S. Chahal comes out after being produced in court in Patiala on Friday.
B.I.S. Chahal comes out after being produced in court in Patiala on Friday. —A Tribune photograph



Sent in judicial remand till June 27
Police asked me to sign statement against Amarinder: Dimpa
Baba Bakala, June 15
“The police wanted me to sign a statement against former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. When I refused, they tortured me,” said former MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa, who was produced in a court here today on the expiry of his two-day police remand. 

Punjab Budget on June 20
Chandigarh, June 15
The first budget of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party (SAD-BJP) government would be presented before the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on June 20, the second day of the proposed nine-day budget session starting on Tuesday.



Police excesses: Bhattal threatens gherao
Chandigarh, June 15
Giving a last warning to the Badal government, the leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today said that her party workers would come out in the streets if police repression and excesses were not stopped against them immediately.

‘Make elections to student unions must’
Sangrur, June 15
The Communist Party of India (CPI) today criticised the successive elected Congress and the SAD-BJP governments for not holding elections to the student unions in colleges and universities in the state from the past more than two decades. The CPI told the SAD-BJP government to initiate effective steps for holding elections during this academic session.

Lookout notice for Singla
Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab vigilance bureau has issued a lookout notice for former finance minister Surinder Singla. The notice has been sent to all international airports and seaports to prevent Singla from going abroad.


Badal’s Visit
Public inconvenience, what’s that?
Pathankot, June 15
Forgetting public inconvenience, the district administration has pressed government men and machinery into service for welcoming Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and other dignitaries. They will be here to attend a state-level function to be organised in connection with the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap on Sunday.

Bridge near Kala Chhak village collapses
Irrigation Dept Blamed
Sujanpur, June 15
More than six villages were disconnected when a bridge on the Beas Canal in Kala Chhak village collapsed early this morning. As many as 12 farmers and morning strollers had a miraculous escape, when the bridge linking Kala Chhak and Falakpur villages with Padyalali, Mudde, Nihalpur and Chhajehli villages collapsed at about 8 am. The canal was carrying almost 10 ft deep water at the time of collapse.
Onlookers throng a bridge on the Beas canal in Kala Chhak village at Sujanpur that collapsed on Friday morning.
Onlookers throng a bridge on the Beas canal in Kala Chhak village at Sujanpur that collapsed on Friday morning. —Tribune photo by Bipin Bhardwaj

Speaker okays promotions
Chandigarh, June 15
The speaker of the Vidhan Sabha has approved the promotions of Darshan Singh Rathore as additional secretary; P.S. Gill as deputy secretary; Varinder Mohan as under secretary; Santosh Kumari and Shiv Nath Sarthan as superintendent, grade-I; Nazar Singh, Gurdial Singh and Kashmir Singh as superintendent, grade-II; and Devinder Singh as senior assistant. — TNS
An illuminated Darbar Sahib at Tarn Taran on the eve of martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev on Friday.
An illuminated Darbar Sahib at Tarn Taran on the eve of martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev on Friday. — PTI photo

Waste management plant okayed
Chandigarh, June 15
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today “in principle” gave approval to a UK-based company -waste2energy holdings- for setting up a plant with a capacity to convert 1,500 tonnes of waste per day into thermal energy and power.

Rape charge against Khalsa Panchayat chief
Amritsar, June 15
Levelling allegations against president of the Khalsa Panchayat (Ludhiana) Charanjit Singh Channi, a woman of Ludhiana in a memorandum submitted to a Jathedar of Akal Takht here today said she was allegedly raped and kept in illegal confinement by him for three months.

Former PSEB chairman dead
Patiala, June 15
Harbans Singh, former chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board, has passed away at the age of 87. He was the founder chairman of the All-India Power Engineers Federation and Northern India Power Engineers Federation.
A woman and children run for shelter from rain in Patiala on Friday.
A woman and children run for shelter from rain in Patiala on Friday. —Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

An engineer who powered Punjab
Chandigarh, June 15
Harbans Singh, former chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board, who died here a few days ago at the age of 88, was the first person from the Doaba region to get a post-graduate degree in electrical engineering from the prestigious and the only post-graduate Indian Institute of Science (TATA), Banglore, in 1942.

UK envoy cautions against illegal migration
Jalandhar, June 15
Envisaging enhanced ties and better cooperation between the UK and Punjab in the agro-business, education and environment protection in the days to come, UK’s High Commissioner to India Sir Michael Arthur has cautioned people of the state against ‘back-door’ migration to his country.

Cyclists killed in  road mishaps
Kharar, June 15
Three deaths were reported in Kharar subdivision today. Eighty-year-old Teja Singh was found dead in his house at Alla Pur. In a complaint to the police, Amolak Singh, his son, alleged that strangulation marks were found on his father’s neck.

Student fails, ends life
Kharar, June 15
Depressed over his failure in the recent matriculation examination of the Punjab State Education Board, 17-year-old Gurpreet Singh today committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at the Maujpur bridge, near here, today. According to sources, he jumped in front of the Ambala-Nangal train this morning.—TNS


ADGP told to probe assault on senior citizen
Mohali, June 15
Taking serious note of the alleged raw deal meted out by the Mohali police to senior citizen Harbhajan Singh Punia, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) today directed the ADGP (Crime) to investigate the matter.


Tomatoes to Pakistan
Boom time for farmers
Wagah, June 15
It is boom time for tomato farmers of the state who are witnessing their income spiral, thanks to the unprecedented export of tomatoes to Pakistan through the joint check post at Wagah.


Pesco director relieved of charge
Chandigarh, June 15
The director of the Punjab Ex-servicemen’s Corporation (Pesco), Maj-Gen G.S. Randhawa, has been relieved of his charge as head of the organisation. The move follows a request forwarded by him to the Punjab Government that he relieved from his duties for personal reasons.


Drug licence cancelled
Sangrur, June 15
The State Drug Licencing Authority has cancelled the drug licence of Ambey Medical Agency, Kaula Park, Sangrur, for allegedly violating the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, informed Dr S.K. Bansal, civil surgeon, Sangrur, here today.


CET topper wants to be software engineer
Amritsar, June 15
A local boy, Rishiraj Singh Sidhu, has topped the Combined Entrance Test (CET) conducted by Punjab Technical University. The result was declared today.

Forum dubs Boparai’s action dictatorial
Patiala, June 15
The Forum for Educational Action and Reform (FEAR), at its meeting here today, condemned the action of S.S. Boparai, vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, for securing the approval of the Syndicate with regard to his “arbitrary, dictatorial and whimsical action” of suspending the faculty members who dared to oppose his “draconian policies.”

Protest by students
Vallah (Amritsar), June 15
Students of the SGPC-run Sri Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research staged a demonstration here today in protest against the decision of the authorities to get the hostel in the hospital complex vacated. They said the management had asked them to vacate the hostel and shift to Sri Guru Ram Dass Hospital, near Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh Shaheed. — OC


Manpreet BadalPHDCCI demands CST on iron, steel cut to 1 pc
Chandigarh, June 15
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Badal today assured industrialists that “the forthcoming Budget would provide enough encouragement to the trade and industry” while lamenting that the “arrogant” attitude of officials was blocking progress of the state.



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