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Protest Against Dera Chief
Rail roko today
Amritsar, June 24
The government has sounded high alert in the state following rail roko call, given by the Damdami Taksal, the SAD (Amritsar) and certain radical Sikh organisations tomorrow in protest against the killing of a youth by a bodyguard of Dera Sacha Sauda chief in Mumbai. Leaders of various Sikh outfits have gone underground, fearing crackdown by the police.

Son alleges vendetta
Ex-DGP Virk loses security cover at ‘Badal’s behest’
Chandigarh, June 24
The stste government today ordered withdrawal of security cover provided to former Punjab DGP S.S Virkand his family, reportedly on Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s directive. Senior Punjab Police officials, however, were evasive and said, “It was a routine security review following Virk’s repatriation to Maharashtra”.

Hemkund Sahib Mishap
CM announces ex gratia grant
Chandigarh, June 24
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today expressed shock over the death of eight pilgrims who were yesterday killed in an incident of glacier sliding when they were on their way to Hemkund Sahib in the Garhwal Himalayas.

Inquiry Against VC
GND varsity senator calls for special session
Amritsar, June 24
Member of the Finance Committee and third-time senator of Guru Nanak Dev University M.M. Singh Cheema has demanded the convening of a special session of the university senate to discuss the latest rumblings about the inquiry ordered by the state government against the vice-chancellor.




Cong infighting: Badal blames Amarinder, Bhattal
Mohali, June 24
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the fresh case of corruption against former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was not the result of a ‘friendly match’ between PPCC chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and the SAD.

6 Cong MLAs defend Capt, warn CM to end politics of vendetta
Chandigarh, June 24
Six Congress MLAs have condemned the SAD-BJP government for what they call “vilification and character assassination campaign launched against former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in the garb of false, frivolous and politically motivated cases registered against him”.


Baradari Gardens
Morning walkers to ensure cleanlinessAmaltas blooms and spreads cheer in the Baradari Gardens, Patiala.
500 rare trees to be planted
Patiala June 24
Having remained in shambles for years, the historical Baradari gardens here are likely to witness restoration of its lost glory once again, thanks to the efforts of a group of morning walkers, who have joined hands to save what was considered to be the most prestigious spot of Patiala.

Amaltas blooms and spreads cheer in the Baradari Gardens, Patiala. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

State registers 103 pc plan performance
Chandigarh, June 24
Punjab has registered an impressive annual plan performance of 103 per cent in 2007-08. According to the data collected by the Punjab State Planning Board, the state incurred a plan expenditure of Rs 5,184 crore against an original plan allocation of Rs 5,111 crore that was subsequently revised to Rs 5,050 crore.

Muslim woman shows how to be self-reliantSalma (third from left), Kanwaljit Kaur, Nirmal Kaur and Darshan Singh listen as Resham Singh explains activities of self-help groups in the Sahora village area.
Chandigarh, June 24
There are a few Muslim families in big Sahora village near Kharar, 25 km from here. Salma, a Muslim, and her sister-in-law (wife husband’s brother) were elected panches in recently held panchayat election. Both became members of the panchayat without spending a single penny. Salma and her sister-in-law’s election has debunked the belief that caste plays major role to win elections.

Salma (third from left), Kanwaljit Kaur, Nirmal Kaur and Darshan Singh listen as Resham Singh explains activities of self-help groups in the Sahora village area. — A Tribune photograph

Sidhu has hairline collarbone fracture
Amritsar, June 24
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu had a hairline fracture of the collarbone in the yesterday’s water cannon charge by the union territory police.

Markfed chief likely to resign todayMarkfed chairman and Congress MLA Harminder Singh Jassi at a press conference in Bathinda on Tuesday.
Bathinda, June 24
Faced with the controversy regarding his continuance as chairman of Markfed, Congress MLA Harminder Singh Jassi is likely to resign from the post tomorrow. Jassi today said he had decided to resign as it was not possible for him to continue to head Markfed with the SAD-led coalition government in power. He was elected to the post when the Congress government was in power in the state.

Markfed chairman and Congress MLA Harminder Singh Jassi at a press conference in Bathinda on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Take decisions or step down: ABVP to PM
Hoshiarpur, June 24
District head of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Manu Sharma here today said keeping in view the prevailing circumstances in the nation, either Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should take firm decisions to tackle the situation, or step down from his office.


High Court
Punjab may defend VB
Second FIR against Amarinder
Chandigarh, June 24
The Punjab government may soon find itself defending the Vigilance Bureau’s action of registering a second FIR against state’s former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and others.

HC orders actions against returning officers
Chandigarh, June 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken a serious view of the action of two returning officers in removing the controversial election record pertaining to recently concluded panchayat polls in Punjab.


Better career options for Mukandpur students
Amritsar, June 24
Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College (ASSMC), Mukandpur, Nawanshahr district, has introduced a five-year integrated course in MBA and three-year course in MCA from the current academic session.

UNESCO workshop at Pbi varsity 
Patiala, June 24
The department of library and information science, Punjabi University, has been chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to host a regional workshop on ‘Information Literacy for South and Central Asia’.


Behru meets DGP over tubewell scheme
Patiala, June 24
Satnam Singh Behru, president of the Indian Consortium of Indian Farmers Association, met the DGP, Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, and urged him to inquire into the controversial Own Your Tube well (OYT) scheme.


Panch shot dead
Sangrur, June 24
Harminder Singh (48), newly elected panch and former sarpanch of Akoi Sahib village, was shot dead in front of his house at Akoi Sahib village, near here,today.


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