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Punjab panchayat poll on June 29
Chandigarh, May 8
Conceding the Punjab Government’s request, the State Election Commissioner, Mr C.L. Bains, has fixed the elections of the 12339 village panchayats on June 29. Earlier, Mr Bains had fixed June 22 as the tentative date for the elections.

Mount Abu sets agenda for Punjab
Chandigarh, May 8
Punjab today is in an unenviable situation, faced as it is with a slow growth rate. It needs a culture of governance and politico-administrative commitment to implement identified reforms to meet challenges ahead.

An eloquent handshake
Chandigarh, May 8
Though there is nothing unusual for two political opponents to meet and greet each other, it certainly is unusual for the two strong political opponents of Punjab — Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal — to run into each other and exchange pleasantries more than once within a few hours today.

Punjab’s political rivals, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, shake hands Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal shake hands at Punjab Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Thursday.
— Tribune photo 

Fatehgarh Sahib



Dhariwal case: PSHRC restrains police
Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has insisted that the DIG, Counter-Intelligence, should re-investigate the registration of three cases against the sarpanch of a Tarn Taran village out of political vendetta after the Additional Director-General of Police attached with the commission indicted the police there in his preliminary enquiry.

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Verma sworn in Punjab Governor
Chandigarh, May 8
Justice Om Prakash Verma was today sworn in as the Governor of Punjab and the Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh. He is the 30th Governor of Punjab since Independence. He succeeds Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), who demitted office, in the forenoon.

VC orders probe into ‘assault’
Law school Director writes to HC on threat
Jalandhar, May 8
The Guru Nanak Dev University Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh, has decided to form a high-level fact-finding committee to probe the alleged “humiliation” of Dr Daljit Singh, Director of the school of law here, by the father of a girl student, who created a scene on the campus on Monday and threatened to kill the Director after the latter’s refusal to allow his daughter to sit in the examination on account of shortage of lectures.

No VIP to open Shan-e-Hind Gate?
Hussainiwala (Ferozepore), May 8
The “Shane-e-Hind” gate, which has been erected at the joint checkpost of the BSF and Pak Rangers here, to signify India's glory and give a befitting match to Pakistan's “Fakhr-e-Pakistan” gate, has been awaiting a VIP for its inauguration for the past five months.

CBI to join hunt for Kohli
SAS Nagar, May 8
Maninder Pal Singh Kohli The Ministry of External Affairs has today given the go-ahead to the Central Bureau of Investigation to coordinate with the Punjab Police and issue arrest warrants against Maninder Pal Singh Kohli. He is wanted by Interpol and Scotland Yard for alleged abduction, rape and murder of 17-year-old British student Hannah Foster in South Hampton on March 14 this year.

Topper lays stress on self-study
Ankur Garg (C) with parentsPatiala, May 8
Ankur Garg, a 22 year-old resident of Patiala, who did his schooling from Lady of Fatima School in the city and his intermediate from Mohindra College, besides being a student of IIT, Delhi, before taking the IAS examination and clearing it in his first attempt, is one of the youngest students ever to clear such examination.


‘New Akali Dal in 2 months’
Jalandhar, May 8
Former speaker and Akali leader Ravi Inder Singh today revealed that new Akali Dal would be formed in two months to counter former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Congress.

Panel to curb indiscipline in Congress
Jalandhar, May 8
To streamline functioning of the Congress party before parliamentary elections, the newly formed Disciplinary Action Committee has decided to deal with indiscipline in the party.

Bhinder denies SAD, BJP charge
Gurdaspur, May 8
Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader, at a function at Sahlechack under the Kalanaur development yesterday distributed grants for development among the panchayats identified as Bor Wadala, Bhangwa Manj, Kot Mian Sahib, Balaggan, Bhopar Saidan, Aroora, and Sahlechack. The grants amounted to Rs 8.12 lakh.

Former minister rejoins Cong
Chandigarh, May 8
Former Minister Harnek Singh Gharuan and Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu today rejoined the Congress. They had left the party before the Assembly elections as they had been denied the party ticket.

CPI slams govt on several fronts
Chandigarh, May 8
The CPI today urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to withdraw the hike in fee in colleges and universities, revise user charges for drinking water and sewerage and scrap special police districts to cut expenditure on police establishment.


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Pakistani parliamentarians walk inside the precincts of the Golden Temple
Pakistani parliamentarians at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. — Reuters

Pakistani parliamentarians wave after crossing into India at Wagha
Pakistani parliamentarians after crossing into India at Wagha. — Tribune photo

Dissent over issue of seva by women
Amritsar, May 8
Even as the SGPC today claimed that most of the Sikh women organisations who deposed before the four-member committee opposed allowing ‘seva’ by baptised Sikh women in the sanctum sanctorum, a former general secretary of shiromani committee, Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, objected to the “stage-managed” show.

Honour Capt Bhinder, forum urges Kalam
Amritsar, May 8
The Sikh Forum in a letter to the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has urged him to present the highest peacetime gallantry award for the late Capt Manjinder Singh Bhinder, who saved more than 150 lives in the Uphar theatre tragedy in New Delhi in June, 1997, without caring for the lives of his wife and minor son who also died in the tragedy.

VB books Garcha’s brothers
Ludhiana, May 8
The state Vigilance Bureau has registered a fresh case against former Technical Education Minister and Senior Akali leader Jagdish Singh Garcha and his two bothers on charges of forgery, cheating, land grabbing and possessing assets disproportionate to known sources of income. It has also gathered details of their property.

3.5 cr earmarked for model gram scheme
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 8
The state government has identified two villages from each block of the district and these would be developed as model gram villages having all urban facilities.

Shiv Sena greets Pak MPs with black flags
Jalandhar, May 8
Raising slogans against Pakistan, Shiv Sena workers today protested against the Pakistani MPs’ delegation at Jalandhar railway station on their arrival by the Shatabdi bound for Delhi.

Shiv Sena activists waive black flags as Pakistani MPs arrived by train at Ludhiana railway station on their way to Delhi on Thursday evening.
— photo Inderjit Verma

Posts vacant in health centres
Sangrur, May 8
Despite the state government claims of providing better health care to the people it is said to be in a “bad shape” due to vacant posts of doctor (Medical Officer) in the district, especially in the rural area dispensaries and other health centres.

World Red Cross Day observed
Ropar, May 8
The district administration observed World Red Cross Day today by organising a function at Government Primary School, Bheora. The SDM, Ropar, Mr Daljit Singh, distributed five sewing machines and two wheelchairs among the needy.

Handicap seek free education, jobs
Faridkot, May 8
Surjit Kaur (11), a handicapped student of class VI of government Senior Secondary School, Machaki Mal Singh in this district, has appealed to the Punjab Government to provide her with proper educational facilities free of cost. 

Panel to probe building scam
Amritsar, May 8
The Local Government has constituted a high-level two-member commission to probe the multi-crore building scam. Twelve officials of the building department were chargesheeted in the scam.

End of a literary dynast
Col Narinder Pal SinghC
ol Narinder Pal Singh was born in 1923 in Kania in Lyallpur district. He was at one time Deputy Military Secretary to the President, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, and later Military Attache to the Indian Embassy in Paris. He authored numerous novels. He is rightly famous for four historical novels — “Khandio Tikhi” (Sharper Than the Sword), “Valon Nikki” (Finer than Hair), “Eti Marga Jana” (This is the Way the World Ends) and “Sarkar Baajon” (But for the Sovereign).

Govt ‘allowing’ violation of traffic rules
Bathinda, May 8
Safety saves; speed thrills but kills, follow traffic rules for safe driving. These are some of the slogans being used by the Punjab Government to make the people follow traffic rules in letter and spirit for safety and to minimise road accidents.

Bathinda dist has 12000 BPL families
Muktsar, May 8
Ms Usha R. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, here said today that there were 12,000 families living below the poverty line in the district. She said that although the government had started various schemes for the welfare of BPL families, but due to their non-cooperation, these families could not get full benefit from the schemes. 

Three killed in house collapse
Amritsar, May 8
Three persons, including the owner of a house, died in a house collapse in Ghumiaranwali gali near the Ratan Singh chowk here today. The incident took place at about 1.30 p.m. as some renovation work was going on in the house.

Shops come up on encroached land
Fazilka, May 8
Some persons having a political clout have encroached upon municipal land and constructed nine shops on prime land near the Hanuman Temple here. The municipal council authorities have got steel shutters fitted upon these shops in an attempt to cover up the encroachment.

6 ZP members boycott meeting
Faridkot, May 8
Six of the 12 zila parishad members, including the chairman of the block samitis of Faridkot and Kotkapura of the Congress party did not attend the first meeting of the zila parishad convened here yesterday to clear the annual budget of the zila parishad and two block samitis.

‘Check pvt practice by govt docs’
Amritsar, May 8
The Civil Surgeon, Dr Kanwaljit Singh, yesterday directed senior medical officers in the district to inform his office in writing about government doctors engaged in private practice. He said this had been done following reports of large-scale violations of the service code by these doctors.

150 truckloads of wheat for Rajasthan
Hoshiarpur, May 8
The Indian Youth Congress has fixed a target of 150 truck loads of wheat from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Union Territory of Chandigarh for sending it to drought-hit areas of Rajasthan.

Stray cattle pose threat to residents
Bathinda, May 8
Mr Darshan Paul, a local businessman, had to be hospitalised at a private clinic for about two weeks after his ribs were fractured when a stray cow hit him while he was driving his scooter.

No pension for two months
Jalalabad, May 8
A majority of the pensioners here have not received their pension for the past two months. To reduce the burden on the state Treasury, the Punjab Government had two months back transferred all pension cases to commercial banks. But the banks have not been able to disburse the pension on time.

Three killed in mishaps
Sangrur, May 8

Three persons were killed while one was seriously injured in separate road accidents in the last 24 hours. According to information, Amanjot, resident of Sangrur, was going on her moped to her office when she was crushed to death by a truck on the Delhi-Ludhiana Road.

Two PSEB officials arrested
Jalandhar, May 8
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested two Punjab State Electricity Board officials in the Kartarpur area, while they were taking bribe from a customer.

Theft charge against committee
Amritsar, May 8
In a letter to the chowki in charge of the Durgiana police post, the Sri Durgiana Committee, led by Mr Nand Lal Nagpal, general secretary,and Mr Murari Lal Batra, secretary of the committee, respectively, have charged the new Durgiana Committee, led by Mr Gopi Chand Bhatia, with being instrumental in a theft of marble slabs collected for the temple. 

1 dies, 3 hurt in mishap
Bathinda, May 8
At least one person was killed on the spot and three others received minor injuries when their Maruti car hit a tree near Sangat Mandi, 25 km from here. Sources said that the deceased had been identified as Gurbachan Singh while the three injured were yet to be identified.

SCs to get 5-marla plots
Bathinda, May 8
The local MLA, Mr Surinder Singla has said that the state government would provide plots of five marlas each to the families of the SCs and added that 8,000 beneficiaries were given a grant of Rs 20 crore last year.


520-cr irrigation plan formulated
Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab Government has formulated a Rs 520-crore master plan comprising eight projects for providing better canal-based irrigation facilities. Approximately 17,000 km watercourses would be lined under these projects.

Cattle semen banks to turn professional
Patiala, May 8
Semen banking is set to turn professional in Punjab, with the government preparing a business and marketing plan to sell quality semen. Disclosing this here at Nabha, near here, while presiding over a meeting of department officers, state Animal Husbandry Minister Jagmohan Singh Kang said this was being done to provide high quality semen of proven and elite bulls to dairy farmers.


Administrative complex to be completed soon
Bathinda, May 8
This city, the heartland of the Malwa region, which was accorded the status of Municipal Corporation on April 10, is likely to add one more feather in its cap when an ultra-modern District Administrative Complex will be completed by the month-end.

Carrying of arms banned
Bathinda, May 8
Mr Anurag Verma, District Magistrate, today banned the carrying of firearms keeping in view the law and order situation. In his orders, issued under Section 144, CrPC, Mr Verma said certain local residents had been carrying their licenced weapons at public places.

‘Prepare roster for poll’
Faridkot, May 8
In view of the panchayat elections on June 30, the Punjab Government has directed all Deputy Commissioners to prepare a new roster to ensure free, fair and smooth polling.


Robbers loot bank
Gurdaspur, May 8
Three armed robbers looted Rs 5,90,490 from Kangra Central Co-operative Bank Ltd, Damtal, near Pathankot at 10.45 am today. According to eyewitnesses, the robbers, who came in a car, were in the age group of 25 to 30 and were armed with pistols.

Smugglers’ gang busted
Jalandhar, May 8
The district police today busted a five-member gang of smugglers with the arrest of one of its member and recovered 5 kg of ganja and one countrymade pistol from his possession.

NRI booked for bigamy
Amritsar, May 8

The Majitha police has booked Manjit Singh, a resident of Gemany, on bigamy charge. Manjit Kaur, a resident of Vichhoya Village in Ramdas and first wife of Manjit Singh in a complaint lodged at Ramdas police station on Tuesday alleged that Manjit Singh got married to Lovedeep Kaur, a resident of Ludhiana recently despite being married to her.

Undertrial escapes
Ropar, May 8
An undertrail, Rattan Singh, today escaped from police custody on the Ropar court premises. Rattan Singh of Asarpur village near Chamkaur Sahib was brought here today from the Patiala jail for a court hearing.

Cop kills gurdwara priest
Gurdaspur, May 8
Mr Balbir Singh, head granthi Magrali gurdwara in this district was murdered today at 8 a.m. when he was reciting path in the gurdwara. The deceased was from Zira in Ferozepur district and had come to this gurdwara 20 years ago. He was made granthi a few years ago.

Man gets life term for murder
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 8
A sessions court here today awarded life imprisonment to a man and imposed a fine of Rs 1,500 on him in a murder case.

Two proclaimed offenders held
Tarn Taran, May 8
Mr Narinder Bhargav, SSP, has claimed that two proclaimed offenders have been nabbed. In a press note issued today, the SSP said the POs had been identified as Subash Chander, resident of Kheri Banota (UP), and Pargat Singh of Gujjarpur village, Sarhali.

210 kg of poppy husk seized
Moga, May 8
The police here today seized 210 Kg of poppy husk near Kot Isse Khan village, while the two persons who were carrying the poppy husk escaped, the police here said.


Row over acting Principal’s post
Dr K.K. Duggal Even as all top slots in the medical education, including the post of DRME, principals of all three medical colleges of Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot will fall vacant by the end of next month, yet denying of the post of acting principal to the disabled surgeon, Dr Kamal Kumar Duggal, Professor and Head of the ENT Department, and the seniormost professor of the Government Medical College has kicked off a fresh row.

College told to pay compensation
Ropar, May 8
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, to pay compensation to a former student of the college, Kunal Singla.

Johar’s remarks ‘misleading’
Nawanshahr, May 8
Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, vice-president, of the Non-Government Colleges Management Federation, Punjab and Chandigarh, and Dr Jaspal Singh Randhawa, Principal, Sikh National College, Banga, in a joint press statement issued here today flayed the statement of the Higher Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, in which he has claimed that the government would restore 95 per cent grant-in-aid to private colleges.

Teachers beat up, injure student
Malerkotla, May 8
A student of IV standard of government school, Kothala village 10 km from here, was allegedly beaten up by two teachers of the school. The child was admitted here today to the local Civil Hospital following the injuries.

ABVP burns Cong govt’s effigy
Nabha, May 8
Students led by the local unit of the ABVP assembled in front of government Ripudaman College, here and burnt an effigy of the Punjab Government for its anti-education and anti-common man policies. Addressing the gathering Yogesh Khatri, Secretary, Sahyog Bharty President Rajesh Garg, and Sumit Shahi Press Secretary condemned the policies of the government. 

38 students honoured
Mansa, May 8
In the middle standard examinations held in February this year 38 students of the district were placed in the merit list of the Punjab School Education Board. Out of those 38 students 22 students belong to the Sardar Chetan Singh Sarbhitkari Vidya Mandir here, belong to the same school Budhlada branch and four belong to the Blukhi branch of the school.

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