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Fuel Hike
BJP meekly calls for rollback
SAD agrees to appraisal
Chandigarh, June 9
The Punjab BJP’s decision to press upon its coalition partner to effect a rollback on sales tax on petrol and diesel in the state may be a mere face-saving stance.

Cong memo to Governor on cut in ST on petrol
Chandigarh, June 9
Congress MLAs and office-bearers led by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today met Punjab Governor S.F. Rodrigues and gave him a memorandum demanding reduction in Sales Tax (ST) on petroleum products in the state on the pattern of Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Cut state taxes, says Preneet
Patiala, June 9
Preneet Kaur, MP from Patiala, today lashed out at Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and asked him to follow Congress-ruled states by slashing state taxes, including VAT, on petroleum products including LPG.

Paid Darshan
Vaishno Devi Board to re-examine scheme
Amritsar, June 9
Facing flak for “paid darshan” scheme, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has decided to re-examine the priority darshan system.

ACs at Golden Temple
UT resident files petition in HC
Chandigarh, June 9
The protests being raised by both Sikh and heritage conservationists across the world against the
installation of two giant four ton air-conditioners (ACs) in the Golden Temple sanctum sanctorum took a leap ahead with the recent writ petition filed by a city resident Malkit Singh Jandiala.



No intention to delay Moga civic poll: Punjab
Chandigarh, June 9
The Punjab government has made it clear that it had no intentions of delaying Moga municipal council elections and these would be held soon after the process of delimitation of limits was finalised.


The site for the cafeteria on the premises of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Summer Palace in Amritsar. MC’s cafeteria move in Ram Bagh draws flak
Amritsar, June 9
The move which is likely to draw flak from heritage lovers is that the Municipal Corporation (MC) here has decided to lease out 3,523 sq ft of summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh for opening cafeteria at an auction on June 30.

The site for the cafeteria on the premises of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Summer Palace in Amritsar. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Power supply position comfortable: PSEB
Patiala, June 9
Y. S. Ratra, chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), has informed that at present the power supply position in the state is comfortable.

In 2 years, 300 docs opt out of rural contract
Patiala, June 9
More than 300 doctors from the 1,193 employed in rural service by the previous Congress-led Punjab government on contract basis in June 2006, have left their jobs for greener pastures in foreign countries or have joined the Army or taken up better-paying jobs in the private sector.

NRI ‘killers’ to be extradited
Jalandhar, June 9
The police has decided to extradite two Germany- based non-resident Indians (NRIs) Amandeep and Sumandeep who hired two killers to eliminate their father Karnail Singh (57) residing at Shalapur village in Jalandhar district.

Land Acquisition by Improvement Trust
Admn not to evict owners today
Sangrur, June 9
Following the reported verbal assurance by the administration with regard to not forcibly evicting the owners of houses and land acquired by the local Improvement Trust on June 10, residents of houses and land owners today breathed a sigh of relief for the time being.

‘Honest tax payments aid Holland’s growth’
Sangrur, June 9
Speaking at a seminar on “Development of Holland”, local social activist Gurnam Singh Sekhon, who has recently returned from Holland, said the main reason behind the development of Holland was that people of that country had proper knowledge about every aspect of their life.

Mystery shrouds boy’s death
Town residents suspect foul play; Gujjars provided security
Dhariwal (Gurdaspur), June 9
Even as there’s been no headway in cracking the case of the disappearance and subsequent death of seven-year-old Munish Kumar, son of a local businessman, the district police authorities today provided security to a few Gujjar families in the town, whose involvement is suspected in the crime by some residents.

DRO found drunk
Gurdaspur, June 9
Deputy commissioner Gurkirat Kirpal Singh has decided to write to financial commissioner (revenue) for taking disciplinary action against Shakeel Singh, district revenue officer (DRO).

Farmers protest against privatisation
Amritsar, June 9
Hundreds of activists of 17 farmers unions under the banner of Anti-privatisation Coordination Committee for Farmers today held a rally at Company Bagh in protest against the anti-farmer policies of the state and central government.

Bid to usurp Saragarhi Memorial
Defence personnel, ex-servicemen write to CM
Ludhiana, June 9
There is resentment among defence personnel and ex-servicemen over the bid to grab Saragarhi Memorial in Ferozepur by a religious sect in connivance with ruling party leaders.

Identify land for govt schemes: CM to sarpanches
Hoshiarpur, June 9
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday visited Nara, Mehengerowal, Chohal and Saleran villages in Kandi belt.



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