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Farmers’ Loans
Rs 986.82 cr to be waived

Chandigarh, June 27
Under the loan waiver scheme for farmers announced by the Union government, Rs 986.82 crore will be waived in Punjab. The Union government has estimated that Rs 71,000 crore will be waived across the country and Punjab’s share in the total amounts to just 1.4 per cent.

2nd explosives haul in a week
Jagraon, June 27
In a second major haul of explosives within a week from the region, the Jagraon police has recovered 34.5 kg of explosives from three residents of Moga, suspected to be the activists of “Khalistan Zindabad Force”. They had got
Suspected terrorists of “Khalistan Zindabad Force” in police custody at Jagraon on Friday.special training in Pakistan during their visit to the country as part of a jatha.
Suspected terrorists of “Khalistan Zindabad Force” in police custody at Jagraon on Friday. — Photo by Vijay Bansal

Badal wants to cross over to Pak with foreign minister in copter
Amritsar, June 27
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has made a request to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to allow him to fly over to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) from Dera Baba Nanak (India) in a helicopter, along with foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee, during the latter’s proposed visit here tomorrow.





Cheema refutes Dasuya MLA’s charges
Hoshiarpur, June 27
Member of the political affairs committee of the SAD Sampuran Singh Cheema has refuted all allegations of BJP MLA of Dasuya Amarjit Singh Sahi that appeared in The Tribune on Thursday regarding the election of the chairman of the Block Samiti, Dasuya.

Chinks in Pathankot Cong
Pathankot, June 27
Differences in the Congress unit of this area came to the fore yesterday when one of the party candidates complained to party president Sonia Gandhi against a union minister and a section of local leadership, alleging attempts to sabotage his victory chances.

Hans Raj Hans Hans’ 3 kin in fray
Kapurthala, June 27
Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans is known for his melodious
songs but nowadays he is in news for some other reason.
His two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law are
contesting the Kapurthala Municipal Council (MC)
elections on SAD ticket.

MC Polls
Symbol changed fourth time
Tarn Taran, June 27
Returning officer for local Municipal Council elections Kirpal Singh, additional deputy commissioner, yesterday changed the election symbol of Bimal Kumar for a fourth time in violation of the directions of the election commission. He is contesting the elections from ward number 6.


Poison still flows in Buddha Nullah
Ludhiana, June 27
Thousands of residents of about 30 villages in Ludhiana continue to be affected by toxic effluents discharged into the Budda Nullah from nearby electro-plating and dyeing units.

Dead fish in Abohar water
Abohar, June 27
Hundreds of fish were found dead as the old municipal waterworks received fresh supply of canal water today. Similar reports were received earlier from Choohriwala Dhanna village and Diwankhera where contractors felt that their rivals had mixed poisonous contents in the ponds which they had taken over for fish farming. But
Dead fish at old municipal waterworks in Abohar on Friday.later experts opined that contaminated canal water
had proved fatal for thousands of fish.

Dead fish at old municipal waterworks in Abohar on Friday. — Photo by writer

Goindwal Land Acquisition
Company gives Rs 162 cr for payment to farmers
Chandigarh, June 27
A private company, GVK, which will set up a 600-MW thermal plant at Goindwal, has handed over Rs 162 crore to the Punjab government to make payment to farmers whose land has been acquired for the plant. Around 1,000 acres have been acquired for the project.

CM mourns Manekshaw’s death
Chandigarh, June 27
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today mourned the death of Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw who died yesterday in Tamil Nadu.

BJP workers celebrate with party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was announced BJP nominee for the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency in the coming general election, in Amritsar on Friday. Sidhu for visa centres in Amritsar
Amritsar, June 27
Vociferously supporting the voice raised by residents of the region, BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu has said the opening of the passport office will prove to be a boon only if the government agrees to open visa consulate here.

BJP workers celebrate with party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was announced BJP nominee for the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency in the coming general election, in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI photo

Badal to take up issue with Pranab
Amritsar, June 27
The state government will take up the issue of opening of visa centre at Amritsar with the Central government and external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee who will be coming here tomorrow to inaugurate the passport office.

Misuse of Official Vehicles
Now, PSIDC chief under fire
Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC) is in news for all wrong reasons these days. After the family spat of managing director Anuraag Verma was splashed over various media platforms, it is now the turn of PSIDC chairman S.S Channy to face the firing line. Members of the staff and the union have alleged that Channy has been misusing official vehicles and raised questions over his functioning.

PSEB to make video CDs of installed transformers
Patiala June 25
Bogged down by the identification of about 4,500 bogus test reports and installations of un-inspected transformers in its Own Your Tube well (OYT) scheme, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has directed its officials to make video CDs of transformers installed at tube wells of Punjab farmers.

‘4,235 transformer not inspected’
Ratra seeks probe
Patiala, June 27
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) officers have detected about 450 locations in the state issuing fake test reports and installing un inspected transformers under the Own Your Transformer Scheme (OYT), which was suspended in the month of May following the reports of corruption.

Non-payment of Pension
Pb human rights body seeks report
Chandigarh, June 27
Taking note of non-payment of pension to 16 lakh pensioners, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has asked the state government through chief secretary, finance secretary and secretary, social security, child and women development, Punjab government, Chandigarh, to give a report on the matter.

Union rues anti-employee stance of govt
Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab Non-Gazzetted Employees’ Organisation, a pro-BJP union that has the full backing of the RSS, today said the SAD-BJP coalition government in the state had adopted an anti-employee stance.

Agro Juices processes 9,500 tonnes of tomatoes
Chandigarh, June 27
Punjab Agro Juices Ltd (PAJL), which has set up two modern multi-fruit processing projects at Hoshiarpur and Abohar, has processed 9,500 tonnes of tomatoes for Mrs Bector Foods (Cremica) and M/s Punjab Processed Foods during May and June.

BGIET inks MoUs with foreign varsities
Sangrur, June 27
The local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with three US universities and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok (Thailand).


Mehna blast: Two Army men booked
Muktsar, June 27
Except for booking two Army men, one of whom dead, in connection with the blast which took place at Mehna village yesterday killing four persons, the police and Army authorities could not ascertain from where the bomb shell came.


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