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Monsoon fury unleashed
Gurdaspur, June 15
Continuous rain for the past 48 hours in the area has thrown normal life out of gear. The roof of a house in ward number 12 collapsed. Traffic on interior roads of this border town was affected due to waterlogging. A large number of localities were inundated, exposing the poor maintenance of the drainage system.

A waterlogged road in Bathinda A waterlogged road in Bathinda on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Paddy: Sapling shortage negates early-rain gain
Chandigarh, June 15
Early monsoon showers as well as assured power supply has still not had a cascading effect on paddy transplantation with farmers facing an acute shortage of paddy saplings, which are still to mature in many parts of the state.

Career counselling for 10+2 students
Chandigarh, June 15
For the first time in history, Punjab today introduced career counselling for all 10 plus II students in the state to facilitate aptitude-oriented professional placement for them.



Cop deployed to catch smugglers, joined them for easy money
Ludhiana, June 15
This police head constable gets salary less than Rs 10,000 per month. But unlike his colleagues who move about on two-wheelers, he travels by swanky Ford Endeavor car worth over Rs 12 lakh or Skoda Octavia or two Mitsubishi Lancers, each ranging between Rs 7 and Rs 12 lakh.

Big price gap to hit petrol station owners
Chandigarh, June 15
Fuel station owners in Punjab’s districts adjoining Haryana will be hit hard because of the big difference in the price of petrol in the two states. A member of the Punjab Petrol Pumps Dealers Association said there was a difference of about Rs 5 per litre in the price of petrol in Punjab and Haryana.


Bathinda: SAD to expel rebels today

Bathinda, June 15
“The rebellions of the SAD, who have been contesting independent against the SAD-BJP candidates in the Bathinda Municipal Corporation elections, will be expelled from the party on Monday,” said Sukhbir Singh Badal, chief of the ruling SAD, here today.

Bhawanigarh: Allies announce names

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal addresses a party rally in Bathinda
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal addresses a party rally in Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

MC Poll
Rain dampens SAD-BJP campaign
Bathinda, June 15
Heavy rain that lashed the area this afternoon played spoilsport on the opening day of the campaign for the 50-seat Bathinda Municipal Corporation (BMC). SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had to abandon his public meetings in many wards.

BJP to contest 14 seats in Nabha
Nabha, June 15
The SAD-BJP today declared the list of 20 candidates for the Municipal Council election from the town. The remaining three names would be finalised soon, Rajpura MLA Rajkhurana said.

No sangat darshan
Chandigarh, June 15
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will not hold sangat darshan at his residence till June 30 in view of the model code of conduct imposed by the state Election Commission for the elections to the Municipal Councils throughout the state, which are slated to be held on June 30.

Cong puts off rally
Chandigarh, June 15
The Congress has postponed the June 17 district-level rally at Doraha as June 17 is the last date for filing nominations for the Municipal Council elections.


Regular power for vegetable exporters
Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab government has decided to extend the facility of uninterrupted power supply and direct supply lines from urban feeders to pre-colling chambers and refrigeration units on the farms of exporters in the state.

Disciplinary proceedings against ex-DC dropped
Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab government has closed the disciplinary proceedings against Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, former deputy commissioner of Mohali, Ropar and Nawanshahr. The order to drop disciplinary proceedings was issued by chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh following an inquiry conducted by financial commissioner ( Revenue).

Former Takht chief defies directive of Sikh clergy?
Amritsar, June 15
Former Akal Takht Jathedar seems to have violated the directive of Akal Takht by publishing and distributing a booklet on Dasam Granth. Akal Takht had directed the Sikh sangat not to whip up any controversy about Dasam Granth.

Administrators destroying heritage structures: NRI
Amritsar, June 15
Dr Amarjit Singh, a Washington-based Sikh leader, alleged that administrators of Takht Hazoor Sahib were destroying irreplaceable heritage structures in and around the holy shrine in the name of beautification.

Majithia seeks package for industry in border dists
Amritsar, June 15
Information and broadcasting minister, Punjab, Bikram Singh Majithia has urged the Central government to announce a special package for the industry in border districts of Punjab.

Dhindsa’s plea to Centre on ‘black list’
Kanjhla (Sangrur), June 15
The SAD will continue its fight to get the names of innocent Sikhs deleted from the “black list” prepared by the Centre. Several affected Sikhs are unable to visit India to meet their relatives.

Stop cuts on farmers: Mann
Chandigarh, June 15
President of the SAD (A) Simranjit Singh Mann said by imposing restrictions on the movement of wheat and other foodgrains, the Union government had hurt the farming community severely.


Quota in SGPC-run Engg Colleges
2331 appear for exam
Amritsar, June 15
For filling 764 seats in three Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC)-run engineering colleges of the state under quota for Sikh minority, 2,331 students appeared in the Sikh religion examination for 2008-09 session.

Junior professor’s elevation opposed
Amritsar, June 15
The appointment of the junior-most professor, Gurvinder Singh Samra, as vice-principal of Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, has raised many an eyebrow. Principal Satish Kapoor tendered his resignation against the appointment recently.


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