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Sikh U.S. Army Officer Successfully Completes Basic Training
Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Sikh U.S. Army Officer Successfully Completes Basic Training

First Sikh U.S. Army Officer in Two Decades to Successfully Complete Basic Training

First Practicing Sikh in 23 Years,
Accepted by Fellow Soldiers and
Exceled During Training

(San Antonio, TX) March 23, 2010 - Captain Tejdeep Singh Rattan graduated from basic training yesterday at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio to great fanfare from the Sikh community. Through the campaign that began last April, the Sikh-American community reached a major milestone with the first turbaned Sikh officer to complete basic training in over two decades.

Standing side by side with his fellow soldiers, Captain Tejdeep Singh Rattan chants the U.S. Army's creed, with his articles of faith intact, during graduation ceremonies for his Officer’s Basic Training.

A Proud Soldier

“I am overjoyed to serve my country, work with my fellow soldiers, and to have completed basic training,” said Captain Tejdeep Singh Rattan after the ceremony.

Though the Army's policy of not allowing Sikhs to serve with their articles of faith intact remains in place, Sikhs can celebrate that Captain Rattan's accommodation and successful completion of basic training proves Sikhs do not have to sacrifice their religion to serve effectively in the U.S. Army.

"I am overjoyed to have completed basic training and now able to serve my country," said Captain Rattan. "Most importantly, I was able to successfully complete all aspects of my initial training and had an overwhelmingly positive experience with the base command, Army leadership, and my fellow soldiers. I look forward to continuing to serve my country."

Graduation Draws Attention of National Media

Media outlets across the United States attended the historic graduation. The day after the event, more than 350 news articles were published about the story.

Contrary to the concerns of some, Captain Rattan met all the requirements of a solider during basic training. He wore a helmet over a small turban during field exercises. During gas mask exercises, he successfully create a seal. He also built strong bonds with the soldiers in his platoon.

Yesterday's graduation marks a significant milestone in the campaign to ensure Sikhs may serve in the Army. The Coalition looks forward to the day when military policy allows any Sikh to serve without having to make a request for accommodation. It is the Sikh Coalition's intention to continue fighting until every Sikh can freely assume the profession of their choice.

3 held for Army exam paper leak
Monday, 30 November 2009
Military Intelligence (MI) detained and later handed over three middlemen to police for allegedly leaking question paper of the army’s sepoy recruitment exam at Faridkot in Punjab on Sunday.
with thanks The Tribune 29/11/09
Saturday, 28 November 2009

China boost to Pak military troubles India
Warships, fighters, missiles and millions in aid, Islamabad has it all

New Delhi, November 27
The ongoing military relationship between China and Pakistan is worrying India. Defence Minister AK Antony today hit out at China saying the “increasing nexus between China and Pakistan remains an area of serious concern ….. we have to carry out continuous appraisals of Chinese military capabilities and shape our responses accordingly”.

He was speaking at the 44th foundation day celebrations of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in the Capital.

“India wants to develop a friendly and cordial relationship with its neighbours including China. We continue our efforts. At the same time, there are issues that are a matter of concern to us,” he said. Antony’s fears are not misplaced. New Delhi feels the China-Pakistan military nexus is detrimental to its interests and the strategic balance in the South Asian region.

Another area of concern for India is Chinese transfer of equipment and technology for Pakistan’s nuclear weapon programme. China has helped Pakistan build two nuclear reactors in the Punjab province and continues to support its nuclear programme.

China is Pakistan’s largest defence supplier. These include short-range ballistic missiles, fighter aircraft, frigates with helicopters, T-85 tanks, jet trainers, besides arms and ammunition.

Pakistan is scheduled to get the second of the four warships China is building for it next month. PNS Shamsheer, the frigate class warship F 22P, has anti-submarine warfare capabilities and armed choppers on board. In July this year, just days after India had launched its first N- powered submarine, China had handed over the first warship to Pakistan. Three of these ships will be built at a Chinese port, while the fourth one will be built in Pakistan.

Just last week, the two neighbours of India had announced that they were co-developing a fighter jet named JF-17. The production facilities of the same will be housed in Pakistan, while China will provide most of the parts that includes a Russian-built engine. Separately, China has already agreed to supply some 36 J-10 fighters to Pakistan. The single-engine fighter is somewhere close to the Mirage-2000 owned by India.

In the past, the Chinese have supplied Pakistan with K-8 jet trainers, Al-Khalid tanks and Al-Zarar tanks. Both have lower capability than India’s T-90 tanks. China has also supplied small arms and ammunition besides having built a ballistic-missile manufacturing facility near Rawalpindi to develop the 750-km-range, solid-fuel Shaheen-1 missile for Pakistan.

Apart from two nuclear reactors, a huge port at Gwadar near Karachi has been set up with Chinese aid. In the second project, China has pumped in 80 per cent of the expenses, say sources.

However, Antony was hopeful that China would reciprocate India’s initiatives aimed at mutual prosperity and understanding.

Badal opens cattle fair
Announces vans to provide medical help at dairy farmers’ doorsteps
Kaljharani (Bathinda), November 27
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal inspects a stall after inaugurating the first regional cattle fair of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University at Kaljharani village, Bathinda The Punjab government has decided to introduce veterinary vans in the state to provide animal healthcare facilities at dairy farmers’ doorsteps. These vans will be equipped with necessary animal medical instruments, besides medicines and a team of veterinary staff, including doctor.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal inspects a stall after inaugurating the first regional cattle fair of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University at Kaljharani village, Bathinda, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma 

CM greets people on Id-ul-Zuha
Chandigarh, November 27
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today greeted the Punjabis, especially the Muslim brethren, on the eve of Id-ul-Zuha.

Corruption widening rich-poor divide: VC
Patiala, November 27
Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal inaugurates a two-day seminar at Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal today inaugurated a two-day seminar on the Punjabi University campus here. The seminar ‘Entrepreneurship development - The challenges ahead’ was organised by the School of Management Studies of the university.

Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal inaugurates a two-day seminar at Punjabi University, Patiala, on Thursday


Govt ‘doing little’ to reduce debt burden
Chandigarh, November 27
Congress leader and Barnala legislator Kewal Singh Dhillon today accused the Punjab government of taking fresh loans to initiate development schemes rather than making efforts to reduce its debt burden.

Lakhs hit as Idea goes off air
Jalandhar, November 27
Nearly 25 lakh subscribers of Idea Cellular Ltd, a telecom service provider, were put to hardship for over six hours as the network of the company went off the air in Punjab today. Customers of the company had no access to the services for almost six hours across Punjab.

Incinerators to be bought for seized drugs
Chandigarh, November 27
The Punjab Government has decided to purchase incinerators for the destruction of narcotic drugs recovered by the police to avoid pollution.

SGPC elections leave oppn gasping for breath
Chandigarh, November 27
All anti-Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) forces that had put their brains and brawn together for a change in the top leadership of the Sikh parliament in the probable year of election to its general house find their efforts decimated by unabated majority loyalty to the ruling group.

SGPC urged to set up Sikh panel for Haryana
Amritsar, November 27
Shiromani committee member from Kurukshetra Didar Singh Nalwi has appealed to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to ask the SGPC to set up a separate panel for the Sikhs of Haryana. He said if the Shiromani committee did not proceed towards the creation of a separate committee, the Punjab government must pass a resolution annulling the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966.

House Surgeons
250 pc hike in salary proposed 

Jalandhar, November 27
Facing an acute shortage of house surgeons, the Health Department has proposed to enhance their salary to Rs 20,000 from the existing Rs 8,000.

Class V exam issue to be taken up with CM
Jalandhar, November 27
As there is a lot of confusion regarding the annual Class V examination in the private schools, the National Integrated School Association (NISA) has decided to take up the issue with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday.

PSHRC moved over farmers’ arrest
Chandigarh, November 27
A complaint has been filed with the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) against the Punjab State Cooperative Agriculture Development Bank (PADB) for arresting farmers, who have defaulted on their loans.

Amritsar DC gets Cong support
Chandigarh, November 27
Amritsar Deputy Commissioner KS Pannu, who is at the receiving end from MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, has got unlikely support from the District Congress Committee (Rural), which today claimed that Sidhu was playing to the gallery by taking on the DC rather than concentrating on the development of his constituency.

GND varsity reader invited to ‘Parliament of religions’ 
Dr Balwinder SinghAmritsar, November 27
Dr Balvinder Singh, a reader in Guru Ram Dass School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been invited to “Parliament of World Religions”, scheduled to be organised by Chicago-based international NGO “Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions” in Melbourne in Australia from December 3 to 9. Dr Balwinder Singh will showcase the heritage of Amritsar to a number of heritage professionals who will participate in the event from across the world.

Dr Balwinder Singh

CBSE workshop on exams
Patiala, November 27
In order to sensitise teachers, parents and students about the changes being introduced in the examination system, the CBSE has organised a two-day workshop at DAV Public School, Bhupindra Road, Patiala.

PSERC asked to take action against Punjab 
Chandigarh, November 27
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has been petitioned to take notice of “illegal action” against the state government that has been accused of delaying payment of subsidy to the PSEB on account of free power given to the agricultural sector.

Plea against PSEB dismissed
Chandigarh, November 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) all the more powerful.

6,487 posts, 1.20 lakh applications
Bathinda, November 27
Over 1.20 lakh applications have been received from all over the state for 6,487 posts of anganwadi worker. The last date for the submission of applications was November 18 and appointments have to be made before November 30. Sources said these posts were for undergraduates but this time the applications had also been received from postgraduates.

No move to ‘withdraw’ Nanakshahi calendar
Amritsar, November 27
Almost putting an end to the long-standing confusion and prevailing apprehensions in the Sikh circles, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar has made it clear that there was no move to withdraw the Nanakshahi calendar.

Bonanza for job seekers
Chandigarh, November 27
It would be raining jobs for young professionals in the coming week. The Punjab government has tied up with the Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, to organise a mega placement festival for engineering and management students on the college campus.

with thanks from The Tribune 13/07/09
Monday, 13 July 2009

Delhi Metro bridge collapse kills 6
CM sets up panel to probe mishap

New Delhi, July 12
In the second such accident involving the Delhi metro rail in less than a year an overhead concrete bridge under construction gave way and collapsed today, crushing six people to death and injuring 14. The incident took place near the city’s posh southern residential locality of Greater Kailash. Within hours Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) managing director E Sreedharan resigned, saying he “owned full moral responsibility” for the accident. However, the Delhi government rejected his resignation. A heavy crane is used to clear wreckage at the site where a pillar supporting a section of the Delhi Metro carriageway collapsed in New Delhi A heavy crane is used to clear wreckage at the site where a pillar supporting a section of the Delhi Metro carriageway collapsed in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhu

Sreedharan quits, Sheila says no
New Delhi, July 12
The chief of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Ellatuvalapil Sreedharan resigned today owning moral responsibility for the accident at an under-construction metro line in South Delhi. However, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit rejected his resignation.

Kerala CM removed from Politburo
New Delhi: The CPM in Kerala on Sunday decided to drop veteran communist and state Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan from its all-powerful Politburo. He, however, continues to be the CM, lest his removal antagonises his large support base in Kerala.
Major power theft detected in border belt
Rs 24 lakh fine imposed
Cheecha (Amritsar), July 12
Farmers had to pay heavily after they ransacked the Khasa Power Sub-Station and blocked the Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus a couple of days back, even as the Punjab State Electricity Board today detected a major power theft in the border-belt area and imposed whopping Rs 24.02 lakh as penalty on those involved in stealing electricity.

Punjab State Electricity Board officials check load of a tubewell motor at Cheecha village in border areas of Amritsar on Sunday. Punjab State Electricity Board officials check load of a tubewell motor at Cheecha village in border areas of Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Mess in education: School teachers blame minister
Jalandhar, July 12
Blaming Education Minister Upinderjit Kaur for the mess in school, college and university education in the state, Manohar Lal Chopra, Adviser, Punjab Government-aided Recognised School Teachers and Other Employees Union, has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to entrust the charge of the Education Ministry to a young person to revive the education system in the state.

Farmers blame political parties for instigating arhtiyas
Ludhiana, July 12
Accusing certain political parties of trying to derive political mileage by instigating a faction of commission agents to oppose the government decision to make direct payment of agricultural produce to farmers, various farmers’ unions of the state have announced the launch of a coordinated struggle in case the decision is not implemented without delay.

Safdie to beautify periphery of Golden Temple
Chandigarh, July 12
Noted US-based architect Moshe Safdie, who had accomplished the Khalsa Heritage Centre (KHC) project, Anandpur Sahib will soon undertake the beautification of the surroundings of the Golden Temple and the corridor project (Galiara) around the temple in Amritsar.

Enrolment in govt schools falls: Survey
Chandigarh, July 12
Enrolment in government schools of Punjab is falling and drop-out rate is on the increase. Enrolment in government colleges is also decreasing, indicating the way the increasing role of the private sector in education.

with thanks from The Tribune 23/06/09
Tuesday, 23 June 2009

SAD-BJP talks inconclusive
Dialogue over differences to continue today

Chandigarh, June 22
Talks between BJP and SAD leaders remained inconclusive following a meeting to resolve their differences that lasted several hours today. A fresh round of discussions will now be held tomorrow morning. Ties between both parties have suffered a major setback in recent days with the BJP complaining of being an “unequal” participant in the state government.

A team of BJP leaders comprising state BJP president Rajinder Bhandari and senior leaders BD Tandon and MM Mittal that met here today evening to iron out the differences that have crept in between the two parties left after looking at various possibilities. They have now proposed that the issues be taken up again tomorrow.

Insiders said the party leadership had worked out a formula but it would be revealed only after working out various modalities. The BJP is believed to have stuck to its stand for greater participation in government, demanding more authority and respect from all quarters within the government.

Sources indicated the BJP reportedly expressed great displeasure over the manner in which Adampur legislator Sarabjit Singh Makkar “abused and threatened” Punjab Industries & Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia for the delay in clearing files relating to some of his personal construction work.

The BJP remained adamant over an unconditional apology by Makkar and a categorical assurance from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that BJP leaders would be given due respect as per protocol in future. It was suggested Kalia and Makkar be made to meet face to face so that they could resolve their differences. The BJP leadership has reportedly still not committed itself to this.

SAD’s core committee that met prior to meeting the BJP leaders unanimously condemned the incident involving the assault on Ludhiana tehsildar GS Benipal by Akali supporters. The meet was chaired by Badal and attended by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, BS Bhunder, Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Tota Singh, PS Chandumajra and SS Sekwan. The panel has instructed the police to arrest all eight people involved in the incident irrespective of their party affiliation.

The BJP leaders also discussed the Ludhiana incident with the SAD core committee and reportedly told Badal the BJP cadres were feeling demoralised over the manner in which government officials were neglecting their duties

CPI-Maoist declared terror outfit
2 Naxals killed in Orissa as bandh cripples life
New Delhi, June 22
The Union Home Ministry today finally slapped a formal ban on the CPI (Maoist), declaring the group as a terrorist organisation. After a high-level meeting here against the backdrop of security forces' operations in West Midnapore district in West Bengal, the Ministry brought the group in the list of terrorist outfits banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The police looks for landmines on a railway track during a 48-hour bandh called by the Maoists, in Purulia The police looks for landmines on a railway track during a 48-hour bandh called by the Maoists, in Purulia on Monday.

Homes for Kids
HC orders surprise checks
Chandigarh, June 22
Taking suo motu cognisance of news reports — Homes without Care —published in The Tribune, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked judicial officers to conduct surprise checks on observation homes run by the Punjab government.

Now, PSEB official assaulted
Had launched drive against power theft
Amritsar, June 22
Coming close on the heels of the vicious assault on a revenue official in Ludhiana, about a dozen unidentified youths today attacked Punjab State Electricity Board Additional Superintending Engineer (west division) Amarjit Singh with hockey sticks and baseball bats in full public view when he was going to his office in his official jeep.
Amarjit Singh, Additional Superintending Engineer, PSEB, being taken out of hospital in Amritsar
Amarjit Singh, Additional Superintending Engineer, PSEB, being taken out of hospital in Amritsar on Monday

Attack on Tehsildar
Suspension of DC, SSP sought

Ludhiana, June 22
Activists of the joint action committee set up to seek justice for tehsildar Major GS Benipal today demanded the suspension of the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police for not acting to protect the tehsildar despite repeatedly making urgent calls to administration officials.

Tehsildars’ strike costs state Rs 100 cr
Ludhiana, June 22
Strike of revenue officials to protest against the murderous attack on tehsildar Major GS Benipal is costing the state a whopping Rs 100 crore every day. No work of registration and issuance of revenue documents was taken up in any of 114 revenue tehsils in the state.

Rights panel seeks report
Chandigarh, June 22
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken a suo motu notice of the thrashing of Major GS Benipal, tehsildar, Ludhiana, at his office on June 19 and called for a report from the state government through the SSP, Ludhiana.

Ex-servicemen to bear expenses on HC case by Benipal
Ludhiana, June 22
The Punjab and Chandigarh Ex-servicemen League today announced to bear the expenses of a case to be filed by Major GS Benipal, tehsildar, in the High Court regarding the fake stamp paper racket.

Juvenile home staff, inmates clash
Undertrial’s escape triggers violence
Hoshiarpur, June 22
A clash between inmates and duty staff of juvenile home Ram Colony Camp here took place at about 11.30 pm last night following the escape of undertrial Naveen Kumar (15), son of Kailash Mahanto of Mehandani (Bihar), on June 20, 2009.

Devotees enter the Golden Temple to pay obeisance on the occasion of Amavasya in Amritsar on Monday.
Devotees enter the Golden Temple to pay obeisance on the occasion of Amavasya in Amritsar on Monday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Delay in lucky coupon scheme decried
Sangrur, June 22
It seems the Punjab government is not in a mood to continue the small savings lucky coupon scheme this financial year as it has not started the scheme despite the passage of more than two-and-half months of this financial year. The scheme was reportedly introduced by the government more than 15 years ago.

4 hurt as guard’s rifle goes off accidentally
Sangrur, June 22
Four persons, including a woman, sustained injuries when the rifle of a bank guard reportedly went off accidentally here today.

Chotta Ghallughara Stone laid for heritage complex
Gurdaspur, June 22
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone for a heritage complex at Gurdwara Chotta Ghallughara, Chamb, 12 km from here, today.

Plan to curb drug smuggling
Gurdaspur, June 22
Getting perturbed over increased smuggling and use of drugs in the region in the past few years, the state government has started preparing an action plan to give a fatal blow to the menace.

Power crisis: BKU to hold dharna today
Jalandhar, June 22
As power crisis has deepened in the state, the Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal) has decided to launch an agitation against the state government and the PSEB from tomorrow.

Drug de-addicted starts a new life
Sangrur, June 22
Fiftytwo-year-old Darshan Singh of Mimsa village near Dhuri was today given warm send-off by the authorities of the local Red Cross Drug De-addiction Centre at a simple function held on the campus of the centre here.

PSEB to overhaul units to control pollution
Ash being puffed out of chimneys of the thermal power station in Bathinda. Bathinda, June 22
Faced with persistent criticism on the issue of air pollution being caused by its Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) here, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has finally woken from a deep slumber and decided to overhaul units 3 and 4 to control the flow of ash from its chimneys.

Ash being puffed out of chimneys of the thermal power station in Bathinda. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

3 units of Ropar power plant trip
Ropar, June 22
|Two hours’ additional power cut was imposed today across the state as three units of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Power Plant 210 MW each tripped early morning.

Denied pension, PSEB retiree seeks CM’s help
Patiala, June 22
A former employee of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has alleged that he was being denied pension. Harbhajan Singh has petitioned the Punjab Chief Minister seeking his interference in settling his retirement benefits. He has submitted that he retired from the Mukerian Hydel Project, Talwara of PSEB in September 1998 after rendering 34 years of service.

Labour, power shortage delay paddy transplantation
Patiala, June 22
A deadly combination of shooting up of labour charges, acute shortage of labour and unannounced power outages, despite promise by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to provide a minimum of eight hours of “uninterrupted” power supply to the farm sector daily, has delayed paddy transplantation in the state. Thus, adding to the miseries of farmers, who are already staring at a bad monsoon.


Moga cops held with poppy husk in MP
Moga, June 22
The Moga police has always been in the news for one or the other act of shame - fake encounters, infamous sex scandals, atrocities on Dalits. And now their involvement in drug smuggling has come to light.

Professor booked in dowry case
Malerkotla, June 22
The Malerkotla police has booked a professor of a college in a dowry case. The case has been registered after an inquiry was conducted by the DIG, Patiala Range, on a complaint filed by the professor’s wife.



with thanks from The Tribune10/06/09
Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Ready for talks if Pak reins in terror: PM
New Delhi, June 9
“We can choose our friends but we have to live with our neighbours,’’ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh affirmed today, virtually setting the tone for the resumption of dialogue with Pakistan if Islamabad took ‘strong, effective and sustained’ action to prevent the misuse of the Pakistani territory for terrorist acts against India.

Attacks on students ‘unacceptable’

New Delhi, June 9
Terming as ‘unacceptable’ the racial attacks on Indians studying in Australia, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today assured the country that his government would engage in a high-level dialogue with Australia, asking latter to take stock of the situation and provide adequate security to the students.

Sikh jatha reaches Pak
Amritsar, June 9
A jatha of Sikh pilgrims has arrived in Pakistan to participate in events marking the death anniversary of Fifth Sikh Guru Arjan Dev. The pilgrims had boarded a special train at Amritsar railway station for Hasan Abdal (Pakistan), where Gurdwara Panja Sahib is located. It is the place where maximum number of displaced Sikh families are staying. They will reach there tomorrow.


SAD-BJP ties under strain
Chandigarh, June 9
The Punjab unit of the BJP, which claimed to be riding high in Punjab prior to the Lok Sabha polls and wanted more than three seats to contest, has landed itself in yet another embarrassing situation after the national leadership enumerated reasons for BJP’s defeat, much at variance at those enlisted by the state leadership.

Cong candidate wins Sunam MC poll
Sangrur, June 9
Former president and Congress candidate for ward No. 13 of the Sunam Municipal Council Geeta Sharma today won the election by defeating her nearest rival and independent candidate Sunita Sharma by a margin of 178 votes. Sunita was reportedly supported by the SAD and the BJP in the election.


Govt will focus on checking milk adulteration: Chawla
Chandigarh, June 9
Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said today that her ministry would concentrate on checking adulteration of milk and its related products this month and that it had done away with limited targeted sampling in favour of regular drives against food adulterators. The minister said despite efforts of her department, spurious milk made with shampoo, oil and even washing detergents like ‘Eazee’ was selling.

PAU experts treat ancient beris
Varinder Walia/TNS
Amritsar, June 9
Experts from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, today visited the Golden Temple here to treat ancient beris infested with sects. Ber Baba Budha Sahib is one of the oldest ber trees, considered to be more than 425 years old. As this tree was associated with Baba Budhaji, first Head Granthi of the Golden Temple, it is called Ber Baba Budha Sahib. Dukh Banjani Beri and Illaichi Ber are also said to be more than four centuries old trees. For the past two decades, the growth of these sacred trees was greatly reduced being heavily infested with lac insects.

A team of horticulture experts from the PAU, Ludhiana, spray insecticides at the Ber Sahib on the Golden Temple premises in Amritsar on Tuesday. Ber Baba Budha Sahib is one of the oldest ber trees, considered to be more than 425 years old

Operation Bluestar
Withdraw gallantry awards: Tarlochan
New Delhi, June 9
Independent MP Tarlochan Singh has asked the government to take back gallantry awards from the Army and other security men involved in Operation Bluestar in 1984.

Dept’s apathy cost girl academic year
Mohali, June 9
Infighting and ego clash between certain VIP teachers, posted at the Government Senior Secondary School, Mullanpur Garibdass, has cost a girl student an academic year.

Jawan cremated with military honours
Nurpur Bedi, June 9
Jagtar Singh, a sipahi with the 23 Punjab Regiment killed in firing in Gulab Bowl area of Kupwara district (Srinagar), was cremated today with military honours.

Paddy transplantation from today
Chandigarh, June 9
Paddy transplantation in the region will get under way from tomorrow, the deadline set by the government. Both Punjab and Haryana are aiming at bringing down the area under cultivation by 5 per cent during the current kharif season.

NCC organises eco-camp for cadets
Chandigarh, June 9
As part of their training camp, as many as 500 NCC cadets are “connecting” themselves with nature by undertaking treks, bird watching, learning about the flora-fauna, wildlife photography and preservation of environment in the Nara forests near Hoshiarpur.

Nurmahal Bypoll
Holiday on June 12
Chandigarh, June 9
The state government has declared June 12 as a paid holiday in respect of all persons employed in any business, trade, industrial undertaking or any other establishment, and public holiday in all state government offices, corporations/boards and all educational institutions situated within the jurisdiction of the 36 Nurmahal Assembly constituency to enable voters to cast votes.

Two held with 11 kg ganja
Rajpura, June 9
The Rajpura Sadar police today arrested two persons with 11 kg ganja near the Rajpura barrier on Ambala road. The accused have been identified as Sunil Kumar and his aunt Lalsa, both residents of Bihar. Sadar SHO Bikramjeet Singh Brar said the woman was a mother of a two-year-old boy who was also with her during the arrest. The contraband was sealed in different packets of 4 to 7 kg.




with thanks from The Tribune09/06/09
Tuesday, 09 June 2009

Now, Mulayam does a Sharad Yadav in LS
Rallies behind Socrates to oppose women’s 
quota bill
New Delhi, June 8
Greek philosopher Socrates has suddenly emerged as the new reference point in the Socialists’ opposition to the women’s reservation bill, this despite the fact that the philosopher had a higher opinion of women than most of his companions.

Shopian Protest
Police opens fire on mob; 7 hurt
Srinagar, June 8
The eight-day-long strikes and protests witnessed their worst violence today as police and CRPF personnel opened fire in Shopian to control a violent mob, injuring seven persons, two of them seriously.
An injured being carried to a hospital in Srinagar on Monday. An injured being carried to a hospital in Srinagar on Monday.


Swine Flu
Capital count two, total 11
New Delhi, June 8
With the national capital confirming the second case of swine flu today, the total number of patients affected with influenza A (H1N1) across the country has risen to 11.

Second attack on Indian student in Oz
Melbourne, June 8
A 23-year-old Indian student was beaten up for the second time in a fortnight by a group of youths here, the 11th person from the community to be assaulted within a space of a month in Australia. Kamal Jit was found unconscious and bleeding by another Indian student in western suburb of the city yesterday

Coming, bill to shield babus from netas
New Delhi, June 8
In a move that is bound to ruffle many feathers, the Centre proposes to introduce in the Budget session of Parliament, a bill to insulate top bureaucrats from political pressure and ensure a fixed tenure for chief secretaries.

Jailed Naxal MP takes oath
New Delhi, June 8
Flanked on the one side by the Delhi police personnel and on the other by wife Damanya Devi, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s (JMM) jailed Palamau MP Kameshwar Baitha had his moment of glory in the Parliament today.

Theatre man Habib Tanvir dead
New Delhi/Bhopal, June 8
Habib Tanvir
World-renowned theatre personality Habib Tanvir (86) passed away here on Monday. He is survived by his daughter Nagina. The funeral is scheduled for Tuesday noon.
He brought theatre close to masses

Tribune Impact
Probe into Indira Awaas Yojna scam

Moga, June 8
Tarsem Singh, a landless labourer of Melak Kangan village in Moga district, along with his family, outside his house. His name has not been included in the BPL list; (right) Sarpanch Sukhdev Singh, who has a four-room pucca house, has his name included in the list of beneficiaries of the Indira Awaas Yojna. Reacting to a news item “Scam in Indira Awaas Yojna comes to light” published in The Tribune on Sunday, the state government has ordered a high-level probe into the scam.

Tarsem Singh, a landless labourer of Melak Kangan village in Moga district, along with his family, outside his house. His name has not been included in the BPL list; (right) Sarpanch Sukhdev Singh, who has a four-room pucca house, has his name included in the list of beneficiaries of the Indira Awaas Yojna. Photos by writer

Budget: No new taxes proposed
Manpreet invites suggestions from common man
Chandigarh, June 8
No new taxes have been proposed in the Punjab budget, which is likely to be presented on July 6. It will focus on streamlining tax collection and for the first time the budget process will involve the common man. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal has invited suggestions from people on the budget through his blog <>

Inside Babudom
Should N-E be declared no-posting zone for women civil servants?

Chandigarh, June 8
Should North East (N-E) be declared a no-posting zone for women who make it to the Central civil services?

Swine flu ruled out
Jalandhar, June 8
After analysing the blood samples taken from ailing pigs of Ghotra Farm near Marhi Bchhuian in Gurdaspur district yesterday, the Animal Husbandry Department authorities here today ruled out that they had been suffering from swine flu. A sudden death of around 42 pigs over the past week at the farm, being run by farmer Ranjit Singh Ghotra, had sent the alarm bells ringing in the department

Ludhiana sewers under MC lens
Ludhiana, June 8
For the first time in the state, sewer manholes in Ludhiana will be videotaped as the Municipal Corporation has decided to prepare a documentary evidence of desilting and cleaning of sewers.

Golden Temple Lookalike
Panel report in a day

Amritsar, June 8
Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh has constituted a three-member committee to look into circumstances behind raising of a Golden Temple lookalike at Mastuana on the Barnala-Sangrur road.

Pall of gloom in village as youth dies fighting in Kupwara
Nurpur Bedi, June 8
Sipahi Jagtar Singh A pall of gloom descended on Saupur (Barhiwal) village near Nurpur Bedi following the death of Sipahi Jagtar Singh (29) who died fighting against three militants in Gulab Bowl area of Kupwara in Srinagar. His family members awaited his body, which was to be flown from Srinagar to Delhi and further to Chandigarh.

Sipahi Jagtar Singh 

Capt Saurabh Kalia After 8 yrs, e-mail drive by martyr’s father on
Jalandhar, June 8
How many times do we actually remember the sacrifices of the men in olive green? Perhaps the occasions are few! And even if we observe certain days, their amount of contribution goes unnoticed. But here is a man who has taken up this task to make a difference in society through his e-mail campaign.

Kargil martyr Capt Saurabh Kalia

Pbi varsity to start course in media studies
Patiala, June 8
Punjabi University, Patiala, has achieved the distinction of starting a four-year BTech integrated course in television, film production and media technology from the forthcoming session.


Police to get production warrants of suspects
Hoshiarpur, June 8
The Punjab police will seek the custody of all suspects of a burglary at an arms shop here on production warrants from a Haryana court for further investigations. The Haryana police had made a big seizure of arms and ammunition and got clues to the burglary
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