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Raids on to nab PMT scam accused
Jalandhar, May 10
Even as the Punjab police is carrying out raids to trace Bodh Raj, a local travel agent who was booked by the Barnala police along with a local government doctor, A.S. Saini, the investigation into the case might lead to the unearthing of yet another PMT scam in the state.

Liquor war on HP-Punjab border
Pathankot, May 10
Wine contractors here have been forced to reduce the rates of wine and whisky of various brands to compete with the wine shops that have come up in the towns and suburbs of Himachal Pradesh adjoining Pathankot.

Power tariff revision by month-end
Chandigarh, May 10
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission will issue the tariff revision order in the last week of this month. A spokesman of the Commission today said that the order in this regard was likely after two weeks.

Quacks play with lives of villagers
Administer steroids under garb of “magic pill”
Rampura Phul (Bathinda), May 10
The next time you pop in a “magic pill”, ensure that it suits you. Even a little laxity on your part can endanger your life and prove fatal at times.




’84 riot victims threaten immolation
Jalandhar, May 10
Perturbed over the failure of the state government to rehabilitate them even after 19 years, aggrieved widows of the 1984 anti-Sikh-riot victims today threatened to immolate themselves at Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on June 3.

Docs sans salary for 5 months
Patiala, May 10
Nearly 200 PCMS doctors and 1000 other employees working in family welfare centers across the state are caught in an ironic situation whereby catering to the poorest of the poor in slum and rural areas they themselves have not received their salary for the past five months.

Kidney scam: docs get ‘VIP treatment’
Amritsar, May 10
The Special Investigation Team today said that the doctors involved in the multi-crore kidney scam were getting VIP treatment in the local Central Jail.
In a press statement, the SIT said, “The culprit doctors managed to get admitted to hospitals from the judicial custody without a genuine reason.

2,852 matrimonial cases disposed of
Patiala, May 10
As many as 2,852 of the 3,732 matrimonial cases taken up at a state-level lok adalat were disposed of today. Women seeking divorce were granted Rs 1.54 crore as part of the settlement.

Warrants against Bihar MP
Patiala, May 10
The case of alleged kidnapping of a minor girl from Patiala and the subsequent “shielding” of the accused by Motihari constituency MP Radhe Mohan has taken a new turn, with the local police deciding to investigate if there was any “love angle” in the case even as a local court has issued non-bailable warrants against the MP.


Left parties’ convention on June 8
Bathinda, May 10
Four Left parties — the CPM (Pasla) the MCPI, the CPI (ML) and the Forward Bloc — will hold a convention in Jalandhar on June 8 to launch a campaign in the state against the failure of the government to cater to the basic needs of residents.

Punjab CWC meets tomorrow
Kapurthala, May 10
The Punjab Congress organised a political conference in Thatta village today in connection with the celebrations of the martyrdom day Baba Bir Singh.
Addressing the conference, Mr H.S. Hanspal, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, said a meeting of the Working Committee of the Punjab Congress would be held at Chandigarh on May 12 in which Dr Manmohan Singh, Mrs Ambika Soni, and Ms Mohsina Kidwai would be among the participants.

Gurtej Singh joins issue with Badungar
Chandigarh, May 10
Feeling hurt over the remarks made against him by SGPC President Kirpal Singh Badungar, Sikh scholar and former IAS Officer, Gurtej Singh said yesterday that he was declared a Professor of Sikhism by the SGPC following a proper procedure. All record in this connection was available with the SGPC, he added.

Khalsa flays Cong leaders of Kharar
SAS Nagar, May 10
Jagpal Singh Khalsa, a senior Akali leader of the state, today flayed Congress leaders of the township and Kharar constituency for having failed to fulfil the promises made during the elections.

Manohar Joshi to open presiding officers’ meeting
Jalandhar, May 10
The conference of presiding officers of the state Assemblies of the northern region, to be held in Chandigarh next month to outline the comprehensive draft with regard to the code of conduct for MLAs and to improve the standard of debate on the floor of the House, will be inaugurated by the Lok Sabha Speaker, Mr Manohar Joshi.

Minister to redress workers’ grievances
Chandigarh, May 10
At least one member of the Punjab Council of Ministers will be present at Punjab Congress Bhavan in Sector 15 for three days every week to redress grievances of party workers.


Medical colleges in bad shape: minister
Faridkot, May 10
The medical colleges in the state are in a bad shape, some colleges do not have sufficient staff and proper equipment to meet the requirements laid down by the Medical Council of India for granting recognition, admitted Punjab Medical Research and Education Minister Santokh Singh yesterday.

Row over failure to arrest 2 liquor contractors
Maur Mandi, May 10
The failure to arrest two local liquor contractors, against whom an FIR was registered at the local police station for their alleged involvement in an attack on two brothers, Mr Pawan Kumar and Mr Amrit Pal, both local residents, has created a controversy.

Afforestation: govt to involve clubs
Dera Bassi, May 10
The Punjab Government will promote afforestation in the state with the association of youth clubs, panchayats and educational institutions.
Under a Japan-aided project, the state government will provide financial aid to these institutions for planting trees in their respective areas.

Their mission is to save lives
Garhshankar, May 10
They are young but different from the youth moving about aimlessly. They have the zeal and passion to do something for society. And they have already set out on the path of saving lives.

Bandh in Goraya, Phagwara
Phillaur, May 10
Goraya town of Phillaur subdivision remained closed today on a call by followers of Rishi Kutia Goraya, who are agitating against the “excesses” of the civil administration and the police in Phagwara last night.

Eleven shops gutted
Faridkot, May 10
At least 11 shops in the old vegetable market adjoining the main bazaar here were gutted in a devastating fire due to a short circuit last midnight yesterday. The exact loss to the owners of the shops is yet to be ascertained.

18 jhuggies burnt
Hoshiarpur, May 10
As many as 18 jhuggies of labourers located in Bhangi choe, near the Tanda bypass bridge, Model Town, were destroyed when a fire broke out around 1.45 pm here today. However Municipal fire engines managed to control the fire and save adjoining jhuggies.

Town faces water shortage
Nabha, May 10
There is resentment among residents over the failure of Municipal Council to provide sufficient water to the town. The residents complain if water comes pressure is very low. They alleged that the council had failed to improve the water supply and summer had started.

Water shortage hits Civil Hospital
Bathinda, May 10
Shortage of potable water has hit the local Civil Hospital. Attendants of patients have been facing hardships due to this for the past 10 days. The hospital, having 150 beds, is facing water shortage as its tubewell stopped functioning after a submersible motor developed a snag about 10 days ago.

Tension over channelising waste water
Dera Bassi, May 10
Panic gripped Bhagwas village as the panchayat and some villagers failed to reach a consensus on the issue of channelising the waste water of the village this morning. Resenting the decision taken by the village panchayat, a group of the villagers reached the site where work on laying of a pucca nullah was in progress and fired two shots in the air after threatening the panchayat members and other workers.

Plea on air pollution, noise admitted
Chandigarh, May 10
Taking up a petition filed by Phagwara residents alleging noise and air pollution due to the presence of industries in a residential area, Mr Justice Viney Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that either residences, or industries, will have to be shifted.

Undertrial dies in judicial lock-up
Pathankot, May 10
Custodial death of an undertrial has cast a shadow on the functioning of the authorities of the local sub-jail here. Amit Savio of Christian Colony, Jammu, was arrested here on April 18 and 81 injections of intoxicants were seized from him. The undertrial was in judicial lock-up here.

Kidnapping case: PM urged to intervene
Patiala, May 10
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP and President of the SAD (A), has asked the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to intervene in the case of a local girl who was allegedly kidnapped by a migrant labourer of Bihar recently and was being given political patronage by a Bihar BJP MP.

ST exemption on Golden Temple goods notified
Amritsar, May 10
The Punjab government has reiterated to exempt goods meant for ‘langar’and construction material for the Golden Temple from sales tax. This was stated in a press note by the Public Relation Department here yesterday.

Blood bank gears up for summer
Bathinda, May 10
With the onset of summer, the local blood bank is making efforts to cater to the increased demand for blood. Sources said the blood bank would find it difficult to fulfil the demand for blood as number of accident victims admitted to the civil and other hospitals, needing blood, increased during summer.

30 villagers pledge to donate eyes
Bathinda, May 10
It was a matter of four hours and three speeches that motivated as many as 30 residents of Gill Kalan village to pledge to donate their eyes. The occasion was an eye checkup camp held at the village, about 35 km from here, some days ago.

15-kg tumour removed from abdomen
Mansa, May 10
Ms Murti Devi (47), a Class IV employee of the Civil Hospital, Mansa, who had been admitted in the Outdoor Patient Department with complaints of swelling of the abdomen, feeling of heaviness and excessive bleeding in the vagina for the past 10 years was operated upon today.

Erring ultrasound centres to face action
Patiala, May 10
To ensure that the ultrasound centres do not misuse their facilities to determine the sex of the foetus, any person aiding or abetting the sex determination of a foetus will be fined Rs 50,000 and sentenced to three-year imprisonment.


Cane growers await payment
Fazilka, May 10
The Fazilka Cooperative Sugar Mill has not paid Rs 10.5 crore to about 1, 550 cane growers of the Fazilka, Abohar and Jalalabad areas against sugarcane supplied by them. This has caused resentment amongst the cane growers.


SSP told to book scribe in rape case
Tarn Taran, May 10
Following directions from the Chief Minister’s office the DIG (Border Range), Mr Gurdev Singh Sahota, today directed the SSP Tarn Taran, to register a case against a scribe of the police district for allegedly raping a dalit.

Girl’s family strangles lover?
Amritsar, May 10
Jaideep Singh (23) of Adarsh Nagar was allegedly strangled by the family of his beloved. The body was found hanging from the ceiling of his room with hands and legs tied by a rope.

Dalit beaten and chained, in hospital
Amritsar, May 10
Mr Tarsem Singh, a Scheduled Caste resident of Bhuchar Kalan village, under Chabal police station, was allegedly severely beaten, chained and kept in illegal detention by three members of a farmer’s family of the same village on Thursday.

Man crushed under train
Dera Bassi, May 10
A 30-year-old man was crushed to death under a train on the Kalka-Ambala railway line in Issapur village, near here, late last night. Mr Gurinder Singh, in-charge, GRB police post Lalru, said the deceased had been identified as Navraj Bahadur of Nepal.

Warrants issued against ex-SHO
Kharar, May 10
Mrs Preeti Sahni, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, today issued non-bailable warrants for May 30 against Paramjeet Singh, former SHO of Ludhiana. Mr Charanjeev Arora, Public Prosecutor, moved an application on behalf of the VB in the court and pleaded that the accused has amassed wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Gurdwara looted
Tarn Taran, May 10
Mr Harbeant Singh, Secretary, SGPC, in a letter to the Chief Minister and those concerned has alleged that two persons and their 14 supporters on gunpoint took away the cash and other belongings of Sri Dukh Niwaran Sahib, Thathi Khara, 6 km from here, last night.


For UGC, Ahluwalia is still VC
Bathinda, May 10
Who is the Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala? Mr Swaran Singh Boparai, you will say. But according to the official website of the University Grants Commission, it is still Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia.

Alma Mater honours Ankur Garg
Patiala, May 10
Ankur Garg, the all-India IAS topper belonging to Patiala, was honoured by the staff and students of the Our Lady of Fatima Convent High School of which he had been a student, here today.

Dental students seek change in cut-off date
Patiala, May 10
Members of the Dental Students Association , Government Dental College, Patiala , have appealed to the state government to change the cut -off date fixed for the eligibility for PGET- 2003 which will be organised by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences on June 3.


Cyber cafes face connectivity problem
Abohar, May 10
Contrary to the claims of quick connectivity by the BSNL, Internet services have remained disturbed. Cyber cafe operators say it is virtually impossible to have access to the BSNL.

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