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Leaders assemble amid tight security
Sant Samaj protest peaceful

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 19
On a call given by the Sant Samaj, a large number of religious leaders from across the state today gathered at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib following the ending of the ultimatum given to the state governments today.

Survival At Stake
PSEB facing Rs 6,279-cr loss

Chandigarh, June 19
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is running into crores of losses. Officially available facts and figures prove this fact. The board’s accumulated loss at the end of current financial year was Rs 6,279 crore. During the 11th Five-Year Plan ending in 2011-12, the estimated accumulated loss of the board will be Rs 14,732.79 crore. 

Fraud case
Market Committee chairman booked 

Bathinda, June 19
The Nathana police has registered a criminal case against Teja Singh Dandiwal, a senior Congress leader and chairman, Market Committee, Bhucho Mandi, for his alleged involvement in committing a fraud by attesting the wrong documents pertaining to a piece of land situated in the district. Police sources said Teja Singh and one other accused, Prem Kumar, tried to grab a piece of land by attesting wrong documents pertaining to a piece of land owned by Har Kaur.

Fatehgarh Sahib



State Round-Up
Minister for common marketing of crops

Chandigarh, June 19
Cooperation minister Kanwaljit Singh today underlined the need for evolving a common marketing in the shape of a “mega food park” in the cooperative sector for effective marketing of processed foods, fruits and vegetables and also other high-value crops.
Farmers work in a paddy field on the outskirts of Amritsar
Farmers work in a paddy field on the outskirts of Amritsar on Tuesday. Experts are of the opinion that rains in recent days will prove beneficial for the crop. — PTI

Bhattal collects copies of FIRs

Chandigarh, June 19
Leader of the opposition in the Punjab assembly Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has drawn up a list of about 100 cases relating to attempt to murder or causing grievous injuries registered against Congress activists in various parts of the state in the past three months.

‘Excesses’: Khaira for judicial probe 
Chandigarh, June 19
Congress MLA from Bholath Sukhpal Singh Khaira today demanded the setting up of a judicial commission to probe alleged excesses and false cases registered against Congress leaders and workers in Punjab during the past 100 days of the SAD-BJP government.

House razed  
Chief parliamentary secy clarifies

Hoshiarpur, June 19
While reacting to news item “House razed: BSP memo to DC” published in these columns today, Mohinder Kaur Josh, chief parliamentary secretary, refuted all the charges levelled by the BSP against her son and husband.

Rahul Gandhi’s b’day celebrated
Patiala, June 19
The Punjab Youth Congress celebrated the 37th birthday of their young dynamic leader, Rahul Gandhi, here today. President of the youth Congress Vijay Inder Singla distributed notebooks and sweets at Bal Niketan, Lahori Gate and villages of Shermajra, Bhunerheri, Sanour and Jogipur. Vijay also reminded the people of the sacrifices made by the Gandhi family.


2 wholesale shops raided
Sangrur, June 19
On a tip-off about sale of spurious desi ghee in Sunam, a three-member team of the health department, comprising district health officer Dr K.C. Goyal, a medical officer Dr R.N. Gothwal and district food inspector Kanwaljit Singh today raided two wholesale karyana shops at Sunam and seized 311 litres of reportedly spurious desi ghee from both shops.

Work for underprivileged, says Rodrigues 
Ludhiana, June 19
The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today called upon the members of the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) and the industry to involve actively in various human resource development programmes.

Same-sex couple ties knot
Amritsar, June 19
A same-sex couple of Batala has got ‘married’ against the wishes of their parents. Baljit Kaur (21) and Rajwinder Kaur (20), residents of Hasanpura Kalan and Hassanpura Khurd villages, respectively, in Batala subdivision of the Gurdaspur district, told mediapersons here today that they had left their homes about 15 days ago and got married at Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir against the wishes of their parents.
United at last: Rajwinder Kaur and Baljit Kaur 
Rajwinder Kaur and Baljit Kaur

Ask me first, Vedanti appeals to Sikhs  
Amritsar, June 19
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti today appealed to the Sikh masses and various Panthic organisations to take his consent before launching any programme to protest against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh.
Members of the Punjab Sant Samaj hold a peace march in protest against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief in Patiala
Members of the Punjab Sant Samaj hold a peace march in protest against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief in Patiala on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Sikh jatha to leave for Lahore on June 21
Amritsar, June 19
A 269-member Sikh jatha, led by Baldev Singh, member, SGPC, will leave for Lahore on June 21 to observe the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Sangrur MC lacks record of projects
Sangrur, June 19
It is a matter of concern that the local municipal council does not have proper record of many roads in the town.

2 coaches derail
Bathinda, June 19
An Ahmedabad-bound goods train, loaded with rice, coming from Jaitu in Faridkot district, met with an accident near Nahianwala level crossing here today.


Farmers await labourers
Rajpura, June 19
Farmers in the state are finding it hard to even cultivate the paddy crop this season as the number of labourers coming from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have dwindled. Farmers from various parts of the state can be seen making a beeline outside the Rajpura railway station in order to get hold of migrant labourers arriving here.

Farmers wait for migrant labourers outside the Rajpura railway station. — A Tribune photograph 

Farmers wait for migrant labourers outside the Rajpura railway station

Dist admn gears up to tackle floods
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 19
The district administration has taken all necessary steps, precautions and arrangements to tackle floods, said deputy commissioner Alaknanda Dayal, while presiding over a meeting of district officials, here yesterday.


Refusal to pay ‘bribe’
Man thrashed, handed over to cops

Chandigarh, June 19
Even as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) bosses are busy making tall claims of an image makeover, the staff down the line seems to be hellbent on perpetuating their culture of greed and callousness. What else can one explain the alleged thrashing of a poor farmer over his refusal to grease the palms of officials of the PSEB.

Fake travel agents’ gang busted, 1 held
Duped six of Rs 58 lakh
Moga, June 19
The district police has claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of fake travel agents, involved in swindling of nearly Rs 58 lakh from six locals, by arresting a member of the gang here today.

NRI assaulted, hospitalised
Hoshiarpur, June 19
NRI Randeep Kaur was allegedly assaulted by deed writer Yadwinder Singh Bedi in the tehsil complex here this afternoon. She was admitted to the Civil Hospital.


Award for Pbi varsity professor
Patiala, June 19
The India International Friendship Society, New Delhi, had selected Dr Sukhdarshan Singh Khehra, professor of law, Punjabi University, for the coveted 'Shiksha Rattan Puraskar' for his services in the field of education, official sources disclosed, here today. The award will be presented on July 7 at a function being organised by the society.


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