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Alliance wins Bathinda MC
Cong cries foul
Bathinda, June 22
The ruling SAD-BJP combine today swept the first ever elections for the Bathinda Municipal Corporation (BMC) by wresting 38 of the total number of 50 seats amid allegations of booth-capturing and clashes. The opposition Congress and independents shared six seats each.

SAD activists beat up a Congress worker outside a polling booth in Bathinda A police officer who tried to intervene was not spared even.
SAD activists beat up a Congress worker outside a polling booth in Bathinda on Sunday; (right) a police officer who tried to intervene was not spared even. — Tribune photos by Kulbir Beera

Panchayat Polls
Cops fire into air at Valtoha
Tarn Taran, June 22
The police fired into the air today at Wara Sher Singh village, under the Valtoha police station, to disperse workers of the ruling SAD and the Congress during panchayat elections.

Bajwa to unite Cong factions

Assets’ case already in court: Amarinder Singh
Chandigarh, June 22
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today claimed the disproportionate assets case registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau was in contravention of the judicial process as all allegations were already being dealt by the court in the Ludhiana City Centre scam case.



Theft of Passports case
Chandigarh Police raids travel agent’s premises
Jalandhar, June 22
A team of Chandigarh police today raided the premises of a travel agent in Jalandhar in connection with the theft of 24 passports from Chandigarh two years back. The team reportedly seized several incriminating documents from the house and the office of travel agent Bharat Ghai.


Pontoon bridge dismantled, 11 villages cut off
Gurdaspur, June 22
Nearly 11 villages of this border district were cut off from rest of the country when the pontoon bridge linking these with mainland was dismantled by the authorities. The villages, known as Lassian enclave, are inhabited by more than 10,000 people, have access by land to Pakistan.

Factionalism plagues Chief Khalsa Diwan
Amritsar, June 22
Factionalism in the Chief Khalsa Diwan has come to the fore again. There is simmering feud within the oldest Sikh institution following the acceptance of the resignation of executive committee member Jatinder Singh Bhatia in a hush-hush manner.

VC Row: Dal Khalsa flays govt

Rs 1.25 cr power theft detected
Patiala, June 22
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has detected power theft of Rs 1.25 crore May this year in an anti-theft drive. Chairman of the board Y.S Ratra said 25 cases of theft were detected in the five zones of the PSEB in the state.

Govt ignores topper from humble family
Ludhiana, June 22
Shilpi Negi, who scored 427 out of 450 marks in class XII examination held by the Punjab School Education Board and topped in the district, is disappointed at not being considered for the Rs 2 lakh reward by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Fish mortality: WWF for action units
Amritsar, June 22
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) was alarmed at fish mortality due inflow of poisonous pollutants from units into Sutlej which meets Beas at Harike Pattan.

Granthi stabbed near Akal Takht
Amritsar, June 22
A granthi was injured in an assault on him by another priest and his son at an SGPC building near Akal Takht today. Enmity was said to be the reason behind the clash.

K. Sharnjit Singh A versatila writer of Urdu songs
Amritsar, June 22
It was struggle for K. Sharnjit Singh ,a resident of border town Batala, who went to Mumbai as film journalist in late sixties and later became famous as ‘Fida Batalvi’ by penning a number of Urdu/ Punjabi lyrics for great singers of India and Pakistan .                            
K. Sharnjit Singh


Funds for PAU
Panel for 50 paise cess on seller-farmer
Ludhiana, June 22
A committee of experts headed by Dr S. S. Johl, former deputy chairman, Punjab Planning Board, has suggested market cess of 50 paise per Rs 100/- on producer-seller-farmers to strengthen Punjab Agricultural University. This will generate approximately Rs 150 crore per annum which may be treated as extra budgetary provision and passed on to PAU for research, education ,extension . and other liabilities, including pension. 

Lalru-Baddi express highway
Farmers want alignment reviewed
Chandigarh, June 22
The proposed express highway from Lalru to Baddi via the Banur-Kharar-Sialba Majri belt has agitated farmers of the area and will result in felling of thousands of trees. The highway will pass through the Kharar belt which has huge area under mango, guava and other orchards. Most of the farmers in this belt are small and marginal and grow vegetables for a living.


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