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VFF to seek Sikh youth support
Battle for gender equality at Darbar Sahib
Chandigarh, May 11
The Voices for Freedom, a human rights organisation, which has been spearheading the campaign for gender equality at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, has started mobilising youth in support of its battle for allowing women to do “seva” at the sanctum sanctorum.

Mann objects to Home Ministry report
Chandigarh, May 11
In a letter to Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, Mr Simaranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), has sought the withdrawal of “anti-sikh” contents from the latest annual report (2002-03) of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

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Dang threatens legal action against SIT
Amritsar, May 11
Expressing surprise over the recent statements by the special investigation team regarding the kidney scam, Mr Satya Pal Dang, Communist leader, said that if need be he would take the legal option against the working of the SIT as he was not fully satisfied with it. He said the statements by the SIT were contradictory on several occasions.

Dump portends trouble for MC
Amritsar, May 11
The Municipal Corporation here could be in a spot over its massive garbage dump yard in Bhagtanwala, as a site near the dump is earmarked for an ambitious multi-crore basmati rice export project approved by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.




Himachal page: Punjab, HP Govts pull in different directions


Akali workers meet on panchayat poll
Gurdaspur, May 11
Akali workers from all over the district participated in a meeting held at Dhariwal today to chalk out strategy to contest panchayat poll slated for June 29 in Punjab. The speakers included Mr Sucha Singh Langah, president, district unit of the SAD; Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon and Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, PAC member of the SAD and former Rural Development and Revenue Minister, respectively; Mr Natha Singh Dalam, former Minister for Public Relations and Capt Balbir Singh Baath, MLA.


Temple panel shows papers to prove claim
Phagwara, May 11
The All-Party Action Committee, constituted to spearhead an agitation for the Thakurdwara Bairagian Shri Hanuman Mandir, today presented at a press conference, documents to authenticate its claim that the nine kanal and17 marla of land, which had earlier housed the Civil Hospital, actually belonged to the temple.

Invited to wedding, NRI alleges rape
Amritsar, May 11
Mr G.S. Sahota, DIG, has directed the SSP, Mr Narinderpal Singh, to register a case against an NRI family on the complaint of another NRI, Mrs Kamaljit Kaur, alleging rape and illegal detention.

Punjabi folk singer Pammi Bai (right) performs during Eureka-2003, a cultural programme organised at Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology, at Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Bathinda to be slum-free
Bathinda, May 11
This city, known as heartland of the Malwa region, will be first city of Punjab which will have no slum areas, jhuggis and hutments. The city, which has already acquired the status of fifth municipal corporation and first powercuts-free city of Punjab, will be cleaned of slums within few months. Three agencies, PUDA, Improvement Trust and Municipal Corporation, have started working in tandem to accomplish the job at the earliest.

Trees cut to save wires
Bathinda, May 11
The local Rose Garden, including the Leisure Valley, situated on the Bathinda-Barnala bypass, has lost a part of its green cover as the local Municipal Council authorities have started cutting full grown and old trees.

Fire-victim traders seek compensation
Faridkot, May 11
All 11 shopkeepers whose shops were damaged in a fire in the old vegetable market here adjoining to the main bazaar on May 9 night have appealed to the government for financial help. They had also demanded repair of all shops. They requested the Punjab government for help in their hour of crisis.

Sunita died due to ‘hospital staff’s negligence’
Rampura Phul (Bathinda), May 1
Mr Parshottam Lal, president, Vikas Committee, Rampura Phul, today alleged that the administration had given a clean chit to the staff members of the civil hospital here whose negligence had caused death of Mrs Sunita Rani admitted here on March 22 for delivery.

DM to probe Dalit families’ case
Jalandhar, May 11
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the District Magistrate to personally conduct an inquiry into the allegations of forcible removal of some Dalit families of Para village in Kartarpur from their houses by some influential persons.

Manch hails launch of Astra
Bathinda, May 11
The district unit of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch said today that the use of indigenous technology should be encouraged in every sphere so as to make the country self-sufficient and self-reliant.

IMA branch seeks boycott of PMC elections
Sangrur, May 11
The Muktsar branch of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association has urged the state unit to boycott the elections of the Punjab Medical Council to be completed by May 22 as more than 26,000 doctors registered with the PMC would not be able to cast their votes due to their non-enrolment as voters.


Border farmers get compensation
Tarn Taran, May 11
A sum of Rs 75 lakh has been sent to the administration to be distributed among farmers of the border areas whose land was used by the Army for mining purpose.


3 travel agents held
Phagwara, May 11
The police has arrested three travel agents, Gurdev Singh of Pandwa village, Joga Singh of Mohalla Prempura, Phagwara, and Kashmiri of Sangha Jagir village in Noormahal tehsil, for cheating four persons of lakhs of rupees. A press note by the SP, Mr Harmanbir Singh Gill, issued this evening said that cases against these agents had already been registered.

Kerosene scam detected
Bathinda, May 11
The district police has busted a gang active in the diversion of kerosene meant for the public distribution system and has arrested four of its members. However, the kingpin is still at large.

Poppy husk seized
Bathinda, May 11
The police here has arrested five persons from different places for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of poppy husk. According to information, Amarjeet Singh of Chak Heera Singhwala village and Gurdeep Singh of Gehri Bhagi village were arrested from near Naruana village last evening while they were allegedly carrying 90 kg of poppy husk.

Youth held with 54 bottles of liquor
Bathinda, May 11
The police yesterday arrested Vicky, while he was trying to smuggle 54 bottles of IMFL into the city. Police sources said the accused was arrested while he was coming from the Kaile Wander area in a car, the number plate of which had been changed by the accused.

Man kills father
Amritsar, May 11
In a bizarre incident, a son shot his old father dead over some dispute of distribution of water in their fields late last evening.

Woman killed in  accident
Patiala, May 11
A woman was killed and 10 others injured when the Toyota Qualis in which they were travelling rammed into a truck near the Patiala Aviation complex on the outskirts of the city yesterday.


Principal in a fix over son’s admission
Amritsar, May 11
The Principal of Khalsa College of Education, Dr Jaswinder Singh Dhillon, is in a fix as Guru Nanak Dev University, after seeking legal opinion, has reached the conclusion that granting of one-year leave to him during his stint as lecturer in the academic college of the university was ‘not according to the university statute’.

Teachers hold dharna against govt apathy
Gurdaspur, May 11
A large number of teachers owing allegiance to the Government Teachers Union Punjab held a dharna here today in protest against the apathy of the Education Minister, Mr Khushal Behl, to hold negotiations with the union regarding their demands.

Hundal-Tiwari group sweeps PCCTU poll
Jalandhar, May 11
The Hundal-Tiwari group swept the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union poll held here by winning all seven key posts this afternoon. The old groups, Prof S.S. Hundal and Dr V.K. Tiwari retained the posts of the president and the general secretary, respectively, as they were polled 275 and 239 votes. Prof Guram Singh Kahlon was elected to the post of vice-president, while Dr V.K. Sharma bagged the post of finance secretary.

College re-election result
Amritsar, May 11
Dr J.S. Arneja, Head of the Department of Economics-cum-returning officer, declared the Khalsa College Teachers Union election held on April 21 as null and void. It was alleged that the election were not held as per the procedures laid down by the PCCTU.

Reintroduce bus passes: college
Jalalabad, May 11
The local GGS DAV College has sought reintroduction of concessional bus passes for its students as the facility had been withdrawn by the Punjab Government sometime ago.

Students seek change in exam date
Bathinda, May 11
Students of bachelor of management and information technology, of Punjabi University, Patiala, have urged the university authorities to change the examination scheduled on May 30, as it clashes with the entrance test for MBA of another university.

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