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Govt gears up for PMET
Chandigarh, May 22
Alarmed at the CBSE PMT scam, the Punjab Government wants to make foolproof arrangements for the Punjab Medical Entrance Test to be held on June 29 by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

  Take CET even if no admit card

Siddiqui to be next Punjab DGP
Chandigarh, May 22
Two announcements made by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at a police seminar here today sent conflicting signals. First he said he would respect the principle of seniority while ordering promotions of police officers. But a few minutes later, he announced that ADGP A.A. Siddiqui, junior to at least two ADGPs, would be the next Punjab Police chief with effect from August 1.

Amarinder hits out at Union minister
Chandigarh, May 22
Taking a serious note of the comments made yesterday by the Union Minister of State for Rural Development, Mr M.K. Anna Saheb Patil, that the state government has not utilised the grants meant for the development of rural areas, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has decided to lodge protest with the Union Government.

Need to keep morale of police high: CM
Chandigarh, May 22
The growing drug menace and cybercrime, the modernisation of police and giving a more humane face to the police force were some of the main issues highlighted by eminent speakers during the inaugural session of “Challenges before Punjab police”, the two-day seminar organised by the IPS Officers’ Association, Punjab, at the CII complex here today.

Sikh clergy meets tomorrow
Amritsar, May 22
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, has called a crucial meeting of Sikh high priests on May 24 here to discuss the letter of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal. He (Jathedar Vedanti) is also under pressure to summon Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, SGPC members and some SGPC employees who had openly participated in the tug-of-war between the warring Akali stalwarts.

  Badal-Tohra unity, ‘unity of opportunists’

Fatehgarh Sahib

The parents of Punjabi youths languishing in Pakistani jails appeal to the Indian government to initiate a move to secure the release of their sons.
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Wheat stubble burning poses hazard
Fear of fire in oil dumps, ammo depot
Bathinda, May 22
“Markets forget very fast”. This oft-quoted one-liner by commercial companies to hide their faults seems to define the psychology of the district administration as the fires which broke out in the ammunition depots located at Bharatpur, Pathankot and other parts of country have failed to raise concern that the same can happen at Bathinda.

Despite ban on burning wheat stubble, this field burnt adjacent to an oil dump near Phoos Mandi village on the Bathinda-Mansa road tells a different story. — Photo Kulbir Beera.

Despite ban on burning wheat stubble, this field burnt adjacent to an oil dump near Phoos Mandi village on the Bathinda-Mansa road tells a different story

Chaos forces Hanspal to make hasty exit
Amritsar, May 22
Chaos prevailed on the inaugural day of the block level conventions of the Congress today, which was presided over by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr H.S. Hanspal.


21 pc de-mined area returned
Amritsar, May 22
Admitting to hardships caused to the border residents of Amritsar and Ferozepore following the laying of mines after the terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament and the consequent troop buildup on borders, the Army authorities have prepared a comprehensive document relating to Amritsar and Ferozepore districts which were among the most affected areas due to the laying of mines.

Blacksmiths make swords at a workshop
Blacksmiths make swords at a workshop in Amritsar on Thursday. The sword, a core part of the Sikh's warrior identity, is a popular souvenir among locals and tourists in Amritsar, which houses the Golden Temple. — Reuters

Pension for aided school staff
Chandigarh, May 22
The Punjab Council of Ministers at a meeting here today Punjab, today decided to grant pension in the revised scales with effect from January 1, 1996, to all employees of privately managed government-aided schools, who have either retired or are due to retire by May 31.

Swamp to be made tourist spot
Amritsar, May 22
A seminar on biodiversity was organised at Ashoka Senior Secondary School on World Biodiversity Day by the Amritsar Vikas Manch, in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology.

Missing child: DC orders probe
Gurdaspur, May 22
To probe the missing of female child of Mrs Rekha, wife of Balwinder Singh of Muridke in Batala sub-division on April 29 Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, yesterday ordered Dr Niranjan Singh Suman, Civil Surgeon and Mr Parneet Bhardwaj Sub-Divisional Magistrate Batala, to enquire into the matter.

‘Blacklist’ firm of accused
Ropar, May 22
The PSEB vigilance has recommend the blacklist of the Ms Sodhi Erector, a major labour contractor of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant and the Lehra Mohabat thermal plant.

Probe into private practice by doctors
Bathinda, May 22
Dr S.K. Goyal, Civil Surgeon, has ordered an investigation to find if any doctor employed at hospital run by the Punjab Health Systems Corporation was doing private practice.

Withhold PMC poll results: doctor
Sangrur, May 22
The Punjab Government should withhold the notification of results of the electing of three members to the Punjab Medical Council in view of various alleged “irregularities” in the election process, including non-enrolment of more than 75 per cent doctors registered with the PMC.

Approver moves court for bail
Chandigarh, May 22
Taking up a petition filed by an approver in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam Jagman Singh seeking the grant of bail, besides the quashing of a section in the Code of Criminal Procedure which stated that an approver would continue to remain in jail till the trial concluded, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed May 27 as the next date of hearing.

Seminar at Anandpur Sahib
Chandigarh, May 22
A seminar-cum-workshop on the assessment and accreditation of colleges for principals and staff members under the SGPC management will be organised tomorrow at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib.

BJP memo to Governor
Chandigarh, May 22
A Punjab BJP delegation led by its general secretary, Mr Harjit Singh Grewal, today submitted a memorandum to Governor Om Parkash Verma, pointing towards the concentration of destructive elements along the Indo-Pak border in Ferozepore district.

Parcel sender given relief
Pathankot, May 22
The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, Gurdaspur, presided over by Mr Gurdial Singh Sandhu, has directed First Flight Couriers Limited to pay a compensation of Rs 4500 along with costs of Rs 250 and interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum from the date of filing of the complaint to the complainant Amit Dogra of the Dogra Engineer Works, Pathankot, to compensate for the loss of parcel booked by the complainant.

Computer dealer told to pay Rs 10,000
Amritsar, May 22
Mr Chetan Majithia, a local resident, was awarded Rs 10,000 as compensation and replacement of his defective monitor ordered by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here.


A new experiment at Jakhar Farms
Bitter gourd has replaced grapes at the Jakhar Fruit and Agriculture Farms, Maujgarh, in this subdivision. The seedless grapes had helped Mr Bal Ram Jakhar in winning the Udyan Pandit Award at the national level in early seventies when he was yet to join politics. Mr Jakhar was credited with growing grapes in the desert bordering Rajasthan braving high speed dust storms.


13 officers found absent during surprise raids
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 22
To ensure the punctuality and presence of the officials and the employees in their respective offices as well as to curb the menace of absenteeism, the Deputy Commissioner made surprise checks in the district. On the very first day of the surprise checking drive, 13 officers and 23 employees were found absent in different offices.

DC suspends 4 officials
Gurdaspur, May 22
Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, yesterday placed four officials under suspension of the MA branch in the office of the Deputy Commissioner for dereliction of duty.


SI booked for taking bribe
Tarn Taran, May 22
Mr Randhir Singh sub-inspector posted at Verowal police station has been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act for taking bribe of Rs 17,000 from a widow of Verowal Bawaian village.

Fruit seller shot dead
Amritsar, May 22
Rajesh Kumar, alias Goldy, a resident of the Bhadarkali Gate Khazana area, was shot dead in broad daylight in the Katra Safed locality here today. He was killed by Bhola of the Lahori Gate area who fled the scene after committing the crime.

47,294 stolen from office of insurance company
Pathankot, May 22
A gang of robbers yesterday stole Rs 47,294 from the Oriental Insurance Company office on the Dalhousie road.

Man ‘murders’ friend’s son
Rampura Phul, May 22
A one-and-half-year-old boy, Shivam, was allegedly murdered by Bhushan, a local resident, who was a friend of the father of the victim. The suspect allegedly threw the boy into a canal passing through the town.


M.Com course for GND varsity college
Jalandhar, May 22
Guru Nanak Dev University has awarded the M.Com (Semester system) course of the local Guru Nanak Dev University College. Despite initial reluctance, the GNDU Syndicate has finally given its nod for running the course at the Jalandhar college for the special interest taken by the GNDU Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh.


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