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PSEB to buy power from Centre
Patiala, May 12
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today said it had decided to purchase power from various Central Sector projects to ensure there would be no shortfall in supply during the paddy season.

‘Akali unity likely soon’
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 12
The declaration of unity between the two warring factions of Akali Dal is likely at any time as the working committees of both the factions have given rights to their respective leaders Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra to negotiate.

CBI sleuths meet judicial officials
Jalandhar, May 12
Coming down heavily on the creeping of wrong elements into judicial system, the District Bar Association today lauded the CBI for its action against the two judges, who have been booked in a corruption case.

2 Judges suspended
Chandigarh, May 12
District Judge of Jalandhar M.R.Gupta being produced before Duty Magistrate by the CBI In just over 48 hours after the CBI booked Jalandhar’s District and Sessions Judge R.N. Gupta and UT Judicial Magistrate S.S. Bhardwaj, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today decided to place them under suspension.
District Judge of Jalandhar M.R.Gupta (L) being produced before Duty Magistrate by the CBI in Chandigarh on Sunday. — PTI photo

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Temple followers hold protest
Phagwara, May 12
Followers of Thakurdwara Bairagian, Shri Hanuman Mandir, Phagwara, here today held a demonstration against the alleged high-handedness of the local police and administration in the form of lathicharge on the temple followers on May 9.

150-cr plan mooted to channelise Ghaggar
Patiala, May 12
Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh has said that the state government had formulated a Rs 150 crore scheme to channelise the Ghaggar river in the state. Speaking at a conference held at Batta village near here last evening, the Minister said the government had submitted its plan to the Centre for channelising of the Ghaggar river.

EPF scam: Sodhi’s arrest stayed
Bathinda, May 12
Even as the labour contractor R.S. Sodhi, main accused involved in Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scam, at two thermal plants of Punjab has got a stay on his arrest by police from the court, the district police has started preparing another case against him after the seizure of fake bank receipts of EPF prepared by him.

Small newspapers get a new lease of life
Patiala, May 12
Pyas, Des Pardes, Punjab Bani, Gargdi Saver, Panchayat di Awaz, Pendu Darpan, Daler Punjab, Charda Suraj, Intezar, Pavittar Bodh, Patiala Bani, Zamhooriat and Azad Awaz and many more Punjabi dailies and newspapers may be a thing of the past, but a recent change in the government’s attitude towards small newspapers may see Charhdikala, Dharaledar, Ashiana, Gairat and Ranjit besides a few others fight to see another day.

Archival record to be housed in district complex
Patiala, May 12
In another turnaround, the government has decided to house the archival records of seven former princely States of Punjab in the offices of the District Complex on the Mall.

Sidhu’s touts fail to give statement

Mozambique President visits the Punjab Agricultural University to gather tips on strengthening the agrarian sector in his country.
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SIT probe biased, blames PHRO
Amritsar, May 12
The Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) today claimed that in the ongoing Rs 100 crore kidney scam vital proofs had been submitted to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, against the biased attitude of SIT which has allegedly spared many culprits who were directly involved in the scam besides clean chit given to one of the Jalandhar based hospital.

Gold plating of Durgiana Temple to begin soon
Amritsar May 12
The gold plating of Durgiana Temple here will start soon. The work of gold plating was stalled after the new Durgiana committee took over last year. Mr Surinder Arjun, head, Sri Durgiana Committee, said the laying of new marble slabs at places where the stone had weathered or broken had already started during the first phase of kar seva. 
Renovation of ‘parkarma’ of the Durgiana Temple under way at Amritsar
Renovation of the ‘parkarma’ of Durgiana Temple under way at Amritsar. — A Tribune photograph

Probe ordered into SHO's ‘misbehaviour’
Bathinda, May 12
Mr Ishwar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police has ordered an inquiry into the allegations of misbehaviour levelled by a senior Congress leader and vice-chairman of the zila parishad, Mr Surinder Singh Virdi, against Mr Lachhman Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), Natianwala police station.

Converting houses into shops with impunity
Bathinda, May 12
Even as the district administration has launched a campaign against unauthorised and unplanned construction in the city, a number of residents of the Improvement Trust’s Kamla Nehru Nagar Colony have converted their residences into shops in violation of norms.

Residential premises converted into business establishments in Kamla Nehru Colony in Bathinda. 
— A Tribune photograph
A few residential premises which have been converted into business establishments in Kamla Nehru Colony

Quacks go underground
Rampura Phul, May 12
A team of the Bathinda Civil Hospital which visited this area to raid the premises of some quacks returned empty-handed as almost all quacks went underground. Official sources said that a team comprising Dr V.K. Kaushal, District Immunisation Officer (DIO), and Drug Inspector, Mr Dinesh Gupta, was sent to this area by the district health authorities after reports came to light that certain quacks were administering steroids to people by terming these as magic pills”.

No counsellor at AIDs centre
Ropar, May 12
Despite reports of many AIDS patients dying and many more being tested positive in the district having surfaced in the recent past, the Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre (VCTC) set up at Civil Hospital, here to help AIDS patients is yet to become operational.

Rise in hepatitis-C cases worries authorities
Bathinda, May 12
The detection of a large number of blood donors suffering from hepatitis-C during the screening of their blood at the local Civil Hospital has put the health authorities here in a quandary.

‘Rarely is a case adjourned in Sweden’
Moga, May 12
Though the judicial system of Sweden has been providing speedy and cheap justice, the Swedish Government has proposed an exchange programme of judicial officers with India to study either system.

Hostel for mentally challenged inaugurated
Sirsa, May 12
The problems of poverty, unemployment and physically handicapped can be solved to a great extent if voluntary, social organisations collaborate with the government to reach the needy.

Literacy drive to be expanded
Mansa, May 12
A literacy drive started in the district on June 12, 1996, had led to an increase in the literacy rate to 54 per cent from 37.23 per cent. The literacy rate among women had increased from 28 per cent to 45 per cent.

1,735 revenue cases settled
Amritsar, May 12
The state government has recorded an increase of Rs 117.54 crore as revenue during this financial year. This was stated by Mr Amarjit Singh Sharma, Minister of State for Revenue and Rehabilitation, while inaugurating the state’s first “revenue lok adalat” organised at Jandiala Guru, here today.

Groom, baratis land up in police station
Phagwara, May 12
A bridegroom and his baratis found them in police station yesterday instead of being welcomed by the girl’s family. The barat was to come from Adampur to local Babagadhia mohalla yesterday for the wedding. The auspicious time for the ceremony was between 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

Proceedings stayed
Acting on a petition filed by former Senior Superintendent of Punjab Police Gurcharan Singh Pherurai, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the high court stayed further proceedings in the fake currency case.

Doctors examine Hamidi residents
Sangrur, May 12
Three teams of doctors today visited Hamidi village, near Barnala to check up residents to detect cancer cases. The disease has claimed 10 lives in the past 15 years. Four patients are still struggling for life.

Turn vegetarian, says singer
Bathinda, May 12
“Meat stinks, go vegetarian”, says singer Devang Patel to people in an advertisement issued by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Ms Poorva Joshipura, director of Asian campaigns, PETA says the comic singing style of Patel will appeal to people and help spread the message of vegetarianism.


Meeting of revenue officers
Bathinda, May 12
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, has asked the revenue officers to dispose of all pending mutations in their respective revenue circles. The DC held a meeting in this regard with officers today, according to a press note. The state government had taken an initiative to dispose of all pending mutations at the earliest.


Pak intruder arrested
Ferozepore, May 12
The BSF has arrested a Pakistani intruder. According to sources, the intruder was arrested near D.D. Mal post in the Mamdot sector and a microphone and a pack of cards were seized.

27 beggars arrested
Jalandhar, May 12
The police has arrested as many as 27 beggars, including four women, seventeen cases under Section 283 of the IPC and three under the Punjab Prevention of Begging Act, 1971, have been registered.


Courses for three ITIs get nod
Chandigarh, May 12
The Punjab Government has decided to start cutting-edge technology courses in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) at Patiala, Ropar and Ludhiana. A resolution in this regard was adopted at the State Council for Vocational Training meeting held under the chairmanship of Technical Education Minister Mohinder Singh Kaypee.

Fee reduction by varsity raises eyebrows
Amritsar, May 12
The sudden reduction of fees for the NRI-sponsored seats in the professional courses in Guru Nanak Dev University has raised many eyebrows as it is likely to benefit certain high-ups of the varsity whose wards may take advantage of the decision.

Most students back Director’s stand
Jalandhar, May 12
The issue of the alleged threat to the Director of the School of Law run here by Guru Nanak Dev University by the father of a student, who was denied permission to appear in the examination due to shortage of lectures, took a new turn with 51 out of 65 students giving an undertaking that 10 of their classmates who fell short of the required number of lectures were responsible for their fate for ignoring repeated warnings by teachers.

Transfer of school head sought
Bathinda, May 12
The Education Secretary has received a complaint seeking the transfer of the School Head of Jiwan Singh Walla village for allegedly misbehaving with the staff of the school and students.


Entrepreneurs not to pay MC taxes
Amritsar, May 12
Condemning the Municipal Corporation for not providing basic amenities at local focal point industrial areas, entrepreneurs have unanimously decided not to pay any tax for the current year to the corporation.

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