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Rail roko agitation passes off peacefully
7 trains cancelled, as many rescheduled; 
Delhi-Lahore bus service hit

Amritsar, June 25
Parts of state rail links remained cutoff from the rest of the country for almost four hours today with activists of various Sikh organisations placing logs and staging dharnas on the tracks in protest against the delay in the arrest of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for the killing of a Sikh in Mumbai recently. Even the Lahore-bound bus from Delhi was delayed due to the road blockade by activists of the SAD (Amritsar).

  Cops remain on toes at Salabatpura
Protesters block a train during the rail roko in Patiala Punjab Police commandos check a car near the Dera Sacha Sauda at Salabatpura in Bathinda district
Protesters block a train during the rail roko in Patiala on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar Punjab Police commandos check a car near the Dera Sacha Sauda at Salabatpura in Bathinda district on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera

Amritsar Land Scam
House panel action mala fide: Capt  
Chandigarh, June 25
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today appeared before the House Committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in connection with the “Amritsar land scandal” wherein a 32.10 acres was exempted from acquisition. 



Dera Row
‘Inept handling by SGPC, Akal Takht, SAD deepened crisis’

Amritsar, June 25
Inept handling of the Dera Sacha Sauda issue by the SGPC, Akal Takht and the Shiromani Akali Dal seems to have resulted inthe hijacking of the agenda by radical Sikhs leading to complicating the situation.

Holiday on June 30
Chandigarh, June 25
The Punjab government has declared June 30 (Monday) to be paid holiday in all factories where Monday is not closed day in lieu of normal weekly holiday. This has been done in view of the MC elections. To enable employees working in shops and commercial establishments in the state and all other persons connected with shops and commercial establishments exercise franchise, the Punjab government has declared June 30 to be “closed day” for them. 


Block Samiti Key Posts
5 SAD(B) members support Cong

Hoshiarpur, June 25
Five newly elected SAD members of the Block Samiti, Dasuya, have joined hands with the Congress for the election of chairman of the Block Samiti.

MLA accuses govt of ‘injustice’
Sangrur, June 25
Local Congress MLA Surinder Pal Singh Sibia today accused the SAD-BJP government of doing “injustice” to him by creating hurdles in the way of his participation in the meetings being held for electing chairman and vice-chairman of the Sangrur and Bhawanigarh Block Samitis.


Ludhiana Sewerage
Centre releases Rs 30 cr

Chandigarh, June 25
The Union government has released the first instalment of Rs 30 crore for the Rs 241-crore sewerage project for Ludhiana city. It has also approved projects for Bathinda, Majitha, Jalandhar, Malout, Pathankot and Zirakpur under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT). In all, 40 towns, including all district headquarters, are to be covered under the UIDSSMT.

Passport office to benefit 6 dists
Amritsar, June 25
A view of the new passport office in Amritsar It’s going to be a golden opportunity for aspirants wishing to go abroad as they will have the benefit of having passports from the newly established passport office in Amritsar to be inaugurated by Pranab Mukherjee, external affairs minister, on June 28. Stating this here to The Tribune, Amar Jit Singh, passport officer, said people of six districts namely Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Faridkot and Muktsar would now be able to submit fresh application forms at the new office, which would become functional on June 30.

A view of the new passport office in Amritsar. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Gurdaspur has most accident-prone areas
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 25
There are 340 accident-prone areas in Punjab with Gurdaspur topping the chart and Batala and Ludhiana being in tow. Most of the accident spots identified are public places such as bus stands, interventions at the GT Road and roundabouts.

New over-bridge to be thrown open to public soon
Patiala, June 25
The choking traffic scenario of Patiala may be a thing of the past soon as the much-awaited and upcoming 21 no. railway crossing over-bridge is all set to be opened for vehicular traffic within next fortnight.

Regularisation of medical services sought
Sangrur, June 25
On-going confrontation between rural medical officers (doctors) and rural health pharmacists, working in rural dispensaries under Zila Parishads in the state, is said to be due to the “wrong” and “faulty” policies of the state government. This in turn is affecting villagers, who are facing difficulties in getting proper health care services in several areas.

Food scientists to start 3 research projects
Amritsar, June 25
Food scientists of various universities of Punjab have decided to take up three research projects on “Utilisation of Kinnow Fruits”, “Utilisation of Oat” and “Extrusion Cooking of the Products”.

Private security for Virk
Chandigarh, June 25
The family of S.S Virk, former director-general of police, Punjab, who at present is DGP, Maharashtra, today hired private security after the official security cover provided to him and his family was withdrawn suddenly yesterday. Virk’s family said since they had become vulnerable after the withdrawal of security, some family friends sent their private men to protect them. 

Account of chopper use by CJ sought
Chandigarh, June 25
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann has written a letter to the Chief Justice of India regarding “the use” of state helicopter by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Jain.


10 pc seats for bright, rural poor in pvt engg colleges
Free education, board, lodging, transportation

Chandigarh, June 25
On Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s suggestion, the Association of Punjab State Technical Private Institutions yesterday agreed to reserve 10 per cent seats in their institutions for free exclusively for rural students with first division or above from the 2008-09 academic session.

Affiliation of Gurusar B.Ed college mired in controversy
Inspection team ‘sent wrong report’
Chandigarh, June 25
The issue relating to the extension of affiliation of a college in Malout district has snowballed into a controversy as there are allegations against members of the Panjab University Senate and representatives of the DPI (Colleges), Punjab, who had gone there for inspection in 2007-08.

Scholarships for bright, poor students go abegging
Ludhiana, June 25
Scholarships instituted by the Sikh Human Development Foundation (USA) for poor and deserving college students are not utilised due to lack of information among students by about 1,200 colleges in North India to which the relevant circular was sent.


Father, 2 children commit suicide
Gurdaspur, June 25
Bhaga of Bathwala village, along with his two children, committed suicide by jumping before a running train on the Amritsar-Gurdaspur rail section near Fathenangal village today.


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