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40 lakh jobless youths major concern: CM
Amritsar, May 15
Calling upon the youth to involve themselves in socially relevant issues for building a stronger India, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today committed to alleviate poverty and unemployment. “The two would be major planks of our Government during next two years of development-oriented programmes in the state”, he added.

High Court panel satisfied with BBMB’s silt disposal 
Nangal, May 15
The crisis over the closure of the Beas-Sutlej link project of 990 MW at Dehar in Himachal Pardesh is over as a committee constituted by the Himachal Pradesh High Court has expressed satisfaction about the measures being taken by the BBMB regarding the safe disposal of silt.

Sale of quail meat, poaching on
Wildlife officials don’t care two hoots
Jalandhar, May 15
It may come as a rude shock to wildlife lovers. Not only Japanese quails are being poached and their meat sold illegally in northern part of the country on a large scale, but the meat of wild partridge is also allegedly being passed of as the meat of Japanese quail at a large number of eateries and meat shops.

Sikh scholars want heritage site status for Harmandar Sahib
Chandigarh, May 15
Two Sikh scholars — Dr Kharak Singh and Mr Gurdev Singh — who are associated with the Institute of Sikh Studies, have said that there will be benefits in seeking world heritage site status for Harmandar Sahib from UNESCO.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Boparai to get another term
Kallar Bhaini (Patiala), May 15
The Punjab Government has decided to extend the term of the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr S.S. Boparai, by another three years.

Rajbir Kaur Woman commits suicide
Rajpura, May 15
Harassed by her husband and in-laws for not bringing adequate dowry, Rajbir Kaur, a resident of Mirch Mandi at Rajpura, allegedly committed suicide this afternoon. Aged about 21, daughter of Karnail Singh, a resident of Madhwal village, Rajbir Kaur committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance.


Politics over development
Gurdaspur, May 15
The politics over development projects in the district continues unabated. A new dimension to it was added today by Rajya Sabha member from the district Ms Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder.

SAD unit forms parallel committee
Amritsar, May 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal suffered a jolt when former president of its local urban unit Pradeep Singh Walia formed a local parallel committee yesterday.

Brar for Dalit as new PPCC chief
Bathinda, May 15
Senior Congress leader Mr Jagmeet Brar yesterday alleged that PPCC chief H.S. Hanspal had struck off the names of about 50 delegates to save his chair. He claimed that he had got proof of it and informed the high command about the matter.


NRI searching for missing father
Patiala, May 15
Mr Ravinderpal Singh, non-resident Indian (NRI), has been running from pillar to post to search for his father, who has gone missing since May 3 after he left his home, located in the city, for collecting money from borrowers residing in a nearby village Dhakounda.

Badungar wants film banned
Phagwara, May 15
Demanding ban on Hindi film “Jo Bole So Nihal”, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, former SGPC president and member of the Political Affairs Committee of the SAD today blamed intelligence agencies for their failure to give a prior intimation to government about the flare up that the screening of the film would cause and to advise it about the required remedial steps in the form of not screening the film at all.

SAD (Longowal) decries Vedanti’s ‘dual stance’
Jalandhar, May 15
In a twist to the “Jo Bole So Nihal”, film controversy, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) has attacked Akali Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti by alleging that the latter’s “dual stance” towards the film has compounded the issue and delayed decision had sparked protests in the state.

HC notice prompts MC into action
Gurdaspur, May 15
The notice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has galvanised the Pathankot Municipal Council into action. Taking suo motu notice of the news published in The Tribune regarding illegal slaughtering, a Bench headed by the Chief Justice of the high court, Mr D.K. Jain, directed the executive officer of the municipal council to file a reply by May 18.

Development work going on at a fast pace at the Pathankot slaughterhouse after a court notice. — Photo by Jangi

Development work going on at a fast pace at the Pathankot slaughterhouse after a court notice.

Attaching electric pumps to taps to be banned
Chandigarh, May 15
In an attempt to prevent the outbreak of water-borne diseases in the state, the Punjab Government has decided to adopt several measures, including the imposition of a ban on the practice of attaching electric or “tullu” pumps direct to taps and hand pumps.

Workers oppose sale of coop sugar mills
Chandigarh, May 15
The Joint Action Committee of sugar mill workers yesterday said that the Punjab Government wanted to sell 14 cooperative sugar mills worth several hundred crores of rupees at throwaway prices to certain industrialists who were close to the government.

Ayurvedic hospital needs ‘treatment’
Bathinda, May 15
Dilapidated building, improper supply of medicines, and a garbage bin right in front of the entrance, sum up the state of the District Ayurvedic Hospital. The Ayurvedic Department’s office has also been in a state of neglect and its power supply has been snapped due to non-payment of the electricity bills.

Panel to meet French minister on turban ban
Amritsar, May 15
An eight-member committee formed to present a memorandum to the French Education Minister over turban ban would leave for Paris on May 21.

All set for Kalam’s visit
Bathinda, May 15
The stage is set for President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's visit to the city tomorrow. The President would arrive at Bhisiana Air Base at about 10 am from where he would head towards the cantonment area.

PSEB employees to observe strike
Patiala, May 15
On a call given by the national coordination committee of electricity employees, a two-day strike will be observed by PSEB employees on May 31 and June 1 in protest against the proposed implementation of the Electricity Act 2003.

IG saves two lives
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 15
Resident, of the villages adjoining Fatehgarh Sahib, particularly residents of Rasidpur village, 10 km from here, were full of praise for IG Patiala Zone, as two out of three residents of their village, who met with accident on Sirhind-Chandigarh road were saved by him. Similarly in another accident on the GT Road, Sirhind, the mobile ambulance of district police saved the lives of three persons two minor girls died on the spot.

Road accident toll goes up to 5
Ropar, May 15
The death toll in the yesterday’s road accident, rose to five as Sadha Singh, who was injured, died at the PGI today.

13 teams on pulse polio drive
Dera Bassi, May 15
The Punjab Health department administered polio vaccine to 25,266 children in Dera Bassi subdivision, here today.


Prof serves notice on VC
Amritsar, May 15
Dr Kanwaljeet Singh, Professor, Department of Physical Education, Guru Nanak Dev University, today served a notice on the Vice-Chancellor for allegedly granting leave to Ms Anita Tamarkar, lecturer in the same department, for presenting research papers in China while there was a legal case pending against her.


Teachers protest against the move to privatise education, at Desh Baghat Yaadgar Hall in Jalandhar on Sunday.
Teachers protest against the move to privatise education, at Desh Baghat Yaadgar Hall in Jalandhar on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Treasury Office ‘harassing’ staff of Education Dept
Payment of salaries held up
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 15
Various organisations of government teachers in this area have accused officials at local treasury office, of harassing employees of the Education Department by not releasing their salaries despite clear orders by the authorities.

OLFC School wins declamation contest
Patiala, May 15
Our Lady of Fatima Convent School won the overall championship in the Dr K.C. Saronwala memorial inter-school declamation contest which was held in the Surya complex here yesterday.

357 students take part in summer camp
Abohar, May 15
As many as 357 students participated in a summer creativity camp organised by the Sudershan Chakra Army Wives Welfare Association which concluded at Army School, Sadhuwali Cantonment, 37 km from here, on Sunday.


Man wins Rs 25 lakh
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 15
Mr Nahar Singh, a resident of Mandofal village, has won the first prize of Rs 25 lakh of the Punjab state monthly lottery, whose draw was taken out on May14 in Ludhiana.


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