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Patna priests reject Akal Takht Gurmatta
Impeach Vedanti, 4 other high priests
File photo of Jathedar VedantiAmritsar, June 10
The Sikh clergy of Patna Sahib today impeached Jathedars of all three Takhts of Punjab (Akal Takht, Takht Damdama Sahib and Takht Kesgarh Sahib), besides the Head Granthi and Granthi of the Golden Temple, debarring them from taking part in any panthic activities.

File photo of Jathedar Vedanti

CM to seek package for border areas
Chandigarh , June 10
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will meet union home minister Shivraj Patil and seek special package for better education, health and roads, besides sewerage, water supply and power in areas bordering Pakistan.

‘Making cancer registry mandatory a positive step’
Chandigarh, June 10
Making cancer registry mandatory in Punjab will not only help cancer patients get access to treatment, but will also enable government in identifying the actual number of people suffering from this disease, said Vivek Trikha, head, diagnostic Onquest laboratories, during a press conference here.

Pak college expels medicos of Ahmadiyya sect
Jalandhar, June 10
The Pakistan government has expelled 23 medicos, belonging to the Ahmadiyya community, from the Punjab Medical College, Faislabad. Press secretary of the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya in India Munir Ahmad Khadim said a majority of the medicos were near the completion of their MBBS degree courses. The college was forced to expel the students following pressures from of the Islami-Jamiat-e-Tulaba, a hardliner outfit of Pakistan, Khadim alleged.




‘CM running business, not govt’
Sangrur, June 10
President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann said today that the Congress, main opposition party in the state, was not playing the role of an effective opposition. Such a situation posed danger for democracy, he added.


Eunuch leader Santosh Kumari Mahant along with supporters after filing nomination papers in Bathinda on Tuesday. MC Polls
Eunuch hopes for hat-trick
Bathinda, June 10
Eunuch leader of the Malwa belt Santosh Kumari Mahant, a SAD candidate for the local municipal corporation polls, is hopeful of making a hat-trick this time. Santosh was among the 37 candidates who filed nominations for the 50-member MC today.

Eunuch leader Santosh Kumari Mahant along with supporters after filing nomination papers in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Voters 1,500, but Sangat Kalan has neither panchayat nor is part of MC
Sangat Kalan (Bathinda), June 10
Sangat Kalan,a village with 1,500 voters in Bathinda subdivision, finds itself in a predicament. The village has neither a gram panchayat nor does it come under a Municipal Council.

Ward number 12 goes to BJP
SAD, BJP reach consensus
Sangrur , June 10
Deadlock between the SAD and the BJP over the ward No. 12 seat of this town, today ended when the BJP leadership reportedly prevailed on SAD leadership in its favour at a meeting, at the residence of secretary general of the SAD Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa here. Now out of total 21 seats of the local municipal council (MC), 11 seats will be contested by the SAD and the remaining 10 by the BJP in the MC elections.

Remaining panchayat polls on June 22
Chandigarh, June 10
The state Election Commission has announced the holding of elections on June 22 to all such remaining Gram Panchayats where the polls were earlier postponed or countermanded.

Malkit Singh Malkit Singh honoured
Chandigarh, June 10
The Punjab government will involve top Punjabi artistes, writers, critics and connoisseurs while framing the state’s cultural policy, said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He was speaking at a function to honour Punjabi singer Malkit Singh for being the first crooner from Asia to be bestowed the status of a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace last month.

Members of the paramedical coordination committee protest near the house of health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla in Amritsar on Tuesday. Health staff protest at minister’s house
Amritsar, June 10
Members of the coordination committee of paramedical and health employees today organised a rally in front of the house of state health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla for anti-worker stand and succumbing to pressure from officials of the Health Department.

Members of the paramedical coordination committee protest near the house of health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

ESI hospital staff resent transfers
Amritsar, June 10
Piqued over the complaints made by the vigilance committee of the ESI hospital here to the health minister, the medical superintendent has allegedly transferred some of the senior doctors and other staff without assigning any reason to them.

Land Acquisition
BKU (U) joins residents’ dharna
Sangrur, June 10
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) today joined the residents’ agitation against the acquisition of their land by the local Improvement Trust.

Dhariwal bandh over boy’s death
Dhariwal (Gurdaspur), June 10
Residents of the town today observed a bandh for about one hour to lodge a protest against the failure of the authorities concerned to solve the mystery behind the disappearance and subsequent death of seven-year-old Munish Kumar, son of a local businessman.

Body of panch’s son recovered
Tarn Taran, June 10
The Sarhali police today morning recovered the body of the missing minor son of a Dalit panch of Rahal Chahal village, 20 km from here, from the canal.

Patwari held for bribery
Bathinda, June 10
Revenue patwari Balaur Singh posted at Dikkh village was caught by the Vigilance Bureau here today for demanding Rs 8,000 from a farmer for mutation of land.


High Court
Civic Body Poll
Plea of Samana residents allowed
Chandigarh, June 10
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed a petition filed by Samana residents, challenging a notification issued by the state of Punjab vide which certain wards were reserved for women in municipal council polls.


Fear of the language makes them drop science after Class X
English an Achilles’ heel for students 
Ludhiana, June 10
Queen's English continues to be an Achilles’ heel for students across the state considering the results of Class XII examination for open schools organised by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). According to the results declared yesterday, out of 18,509 students who appeared for the examination, 8,305 students failed to clear the English examination.


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