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Options for alliance open: Ambika Soni
Jalandhar, May 25
Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni today indicated that options for alliance with regional parties were still open for the coming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi.

Former Union Minister Shanta Kumar and Himachal Pradesh Congress chief and Minister of the State Vidya Stock Former Union Minister Shanta Kumar and Himachal Pradesh Congress chief and Minister of the State Vidya Stock in a light mood during the 90th Shaheed Parivaar Fund function at Jalandhar on Sunday. — PTI photo

Sajjan Jakhar, Kewal Dhillon appointed to PPCC
Chandigarh, May 25
The much-awaited appointments of District Congress Committee chiefs in Punjab were announced today.
A spokesman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee said the Congress High Command had also approved the appointment of Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, a former minister; and Mr Kewal Dhillon, an industrialist, as Vice-Presidents of the PPCC.




Digvijay: shifting of Pandits a historical mistake
Jalandhar, May 25
Terming the shifting of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley to the Jammu region about a decade ago as a major historical mistake, Mr Digvijay Singh, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, today asserted that the rulers of the day should not have entered into any sort of compromise with the terrorists, who should be given a exemplary punishment for their anti-civilisation acts.

Varsities mint money from entrance tests
Bathinda, May 25
Entrance tests for various courses seem to have been reduced to a money-minting machine by universities in the state, and rough calculations put that universities in Punjab “earn” about Rs 20 crore per annum merely from the sale of prospectuses and fee charged for these tests.

70-year-old Colin Joe
70-year-old Colin Joe, a Briton who desires to visit hundred countries and want to have hundred flags on his hat, at the Indo-Pak Wagha border checkpost on Sunday. — PTI

Rural schools’ results not bad: teachers
Muktsar, May 25
The Government School Teachers Union today claimed that the results of Class VIII of government schools in the rural areas were better than those of government schools in cities and was on a par with private ones.

400 medical teachers to be on contract
Jalandhar, May 25
The Punjab government has decided to fill 400 posts of teacher in various medical colleges on contract basis and to set up a high powered task force to examine functioning of private medical colleges.

Dasmesh Academy sacks 20 employees
Ropar, May 25
The management of the Anandpur Sahib-based Sri Dasmesh Academy has retrenched 20 class IV employees. The sources said that the decision to retrench the employees, who had been working in the academy for the past 10 or 15 years had been taken due to the financial crisis faced by the institution.

No steps by govt to control floods
Chandigarh, May 25
The monsoon is just a few weeks away. It will touch this part of the country by June 29, according to official sources. However, in Punjab no preventive measures have been taken yet in the flood-prone areas.


5 SGPC seats sought for Himachal Sikhs
Chandigarh, May 25
Members of the Himachal Pradesh Shiromani Akali Dal unanimously endorsed the Nanakshahi Calendar and sought five seats for HP Sikhs in the SGPC at a meeting of the general house held at the Nada Sahib gurdwara, near here, today.

SGPC to observe ‘Ghallughara Divas’
Patiala, May 25
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, today said that the Shiromani Committee would observe the “Ghallughara Divas” to commemorate the attack on the Golden Temple in 1984 on June 6.

Bhinder blames BJP govt for unemployment
Pathankot, May 25
Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder yesterday blamed wrong policies of the BJP-led government at the Centre for growing unemployment and corruption and said that its agenda posed a serious challenge to the composite culture and unity of the country.

LBP leaders join SAD(B)
Chandigarh, May 25
Certain leaders, who claimed that they were associated with the Lok Bhalai Party headed by Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, today joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal).


3 cops sentenced to 3 years' jail
Sangrur, May 25
Mr G.S. Dhiman, Additional Sessions Judge, Fast-Track Court, here, yesterday awarded three years' imprisonment each and fine of Rs 2000 each to Harbhajan Singh, former SHO of General Railway Police, Sangrur, and Jaswant Singh and Kirpal Singh, former Head Constables of the GRP, Sangrur, for injuring to Gamdoor Singh, of Bhai Ke Pishore village near Sunam and keeping him in wrongful confinement in November 1995. Gamdoor Singh died on December 7, 1995 at the PGI, Chandigarh.

Akali unity: Mann to meet Vedanti today
Amritsar, May 25
In a significant development, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), members of the party working committee and other office-bearers of this faction will meet Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, on May 26 for forging a “complete” Panthic unity instead of limiting the rapprochement to the two Akali stalwarts — Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Better infrastructure needed
Ferozepore, May 25
Ferozepore, despite being a divisional, range headquarter and a district headquarter lacks a lot of infrastructural facilities which have not only prevented its progress and growth, but have contributed to poor economic condition.

Matka-making no longer profitable
Bathinda, May 25
As the profession is no more profitable, the present generation of the families of Artisans making ‘matkas’ is turning to other jobs. In an age of refrigerators and water coolers the demand for ‘matkas’ is declining every year.

Mine explodes in field, boy killed
Abohar, May 25
Sonu, a shepherd, was killed when a landmine exploded in a field at border village at Bareka on last evening. The Army had recently restored the possession of the fields to the owners after completing the de-mining process, villagers said.

5 hurt in  separate  incidents
Patiala, May 25
Four persons were injured while a woman received severe burn injuries in three separate incidents today. Police sources said two persons were injured when their scooter hit a car near Punjabi University on the Patiala-Rajpura road.


Farmers defy ban on digging of wells
Ferozepore, May 25
Farmers of the Malwa belt are flouting the ban imposed on digging of wells beyond a certain limit resulting in more than 50 deaths. According to the information, due to sinking water table in the region, farmers who are unable to instal submersible pumps are digging wells deeper than the normal level so that they can instal the traditional mono-block and certrifugal pumps for their water requirements.


ASI held for taking bribe
Ferozepore, May 25
The Vigilance Bureau has booked the Additional SHO of the Daramkot police station for taking a bribe of Rs 1500. According to Ms Anita Punj, SP (Vigilance), a team lead by DSP Narinder Pal Singh, caught Assistant Sub-Inspector Chiragdeen red-handed while he was accepting the bribe from Shavinder Singh, son of Balwant Singh and resident of Daramkot.

Pirated cassettes, CDs seized
Abohar, May 25
The police raided a grocery shop at Maujgarh village on the Abohar-Sri Ganganagar road and seized 450 pirated cassettes and CDs. The shop owner, Mahabir Yogi, was arrested under various sections of the Videography and Cinematography Act.

Two die in car-truck collision
Amritsar, May 25
A young couple in their early twenties travelling in a car were killed in a collision with a truck on the GT Road, near Rayya, 35 km from here today. According to information received here, Lajpat Bajaj (27) and his wife, Deepika (25), along with his mother, Kunti Devi, and their one-and-half-year-old daughter, Rohini, were coming from Ferozepore on a visit to Dera Radha Soami at Beas.


No mass transfer of teachers: Johar
Ropar, May 25
Despite effecting mass transfer of college teachers, the Punjab Government has now decided to transfer them on the basis of administrative or disciplinary grounds, Minister for Higher Education in Punjab, Harnam Dass Johar informed mediapersons here today, while visiting the campus of the Government College, Ropar.

CBSE asks schools to pay more to teachers
Bathinda, May 25
The Central Board of Secondary Education, it is learnt, has sent letters to some local schools affiliated with it asking them to pay the teachers as per the scales specified by the board.

Varsity don accuses VC of insulting him
Patiala, May 25
The Head of Department of Defence Studies, Punjabi University, Dr K.S. Sidhu, has claimed that varsity Vice Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai has used insulting language against him in official communications and asked the VC to take back his remarks or remove him from headship of the department.

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