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34 Cong MLAs uneasy following SC order
Office of profit row
Chandigarh, May 9
Though political circles in Punjab are confident that 34 Congress MLAs, facing disqualification for having allegedly held an “office of profit”, will be saved by a state legislation framed in 1952, but these MLAs are keeping their fingers crossed.

Govt beats about the bush on land to RIL
Chandigarh, May 9
Unable to contradict the facts mentioned in The Tribune story which appeared yesterday on the front page under the headline“ Punjab out to gift land to Reliance”, the Punjab Government has tried to beat about the bush in a statement issued today.

Amarinder’s tough stand on land to RIL
Patiala, May 9
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today declared that land at Mohali would be given to Reliance Industries by the Punjab government free of cost to attract its investment of Rs 6,000 crore in the fruit and vegetables sector.

Dust storm claims five lives
3 killed in Rajpura, 2 in Ropar; power, water supplies hit in city
Rajpura/Ropar/Chandigarh, May 9
A powerful dust storm played havoc with life and property in Rajpura subdivision last night. It claimed three lives, while six persons were injured.
A big tree, along the Kharar-Landran road, came crashing down due to dust storm on Monday night Storm damages fruit crop

A big tree, along the Kharar-Landran road, came crashing down due to dust storm on Monday night.
— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu




Members of Bajigar community surrender
Hoshiarpur, May 9
Members of the Bajigar community of the local Mohalla Aslamabad, who were struggling to retain their old graveyard and cremation ground located on the periphery of the city on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road, and for which they experienced alleged severe beating by the police, surrendered today before leaders of the local ruling political party and the district administration.

Embezzlement of Rs 2.11 cr of Durgiana Committee funds alleged
Amritsar, May 9
The Durgiana imbroglio fails to settle down as the former president of the Durgiana Managing Committee fired another salvo against some members of the present managing committee here today.


Youth Akali Dal leader joins Congress
Patiala, May 9
With the assembly elections drawing near the Congress and the SAD have started indulging in the game of political oneupmanship with both parties trying to engineer defections in each other’s camp.

Capt Amarinder Singh, garlands Mr Kulwinder Singh Lovely, former president of the Youth Akali Dal (Urban), Patiala, who joined the Congress on Tuesday.

Capt Amarinder Singh, garlands Mr Kulwinder Singh Lovely, former president of the Youth Akali Dal (Urban), Patiala, who joined the Congress


Aviation facilities to figure in panel meeting
Chandigarh, May 9
The May 12 meeting of the Parliament Committee on Civil Aviation is expected to be stormy. Many issues related to Punjab will come up at the meeting. The state has been expecting better treatment from the Civil Aviation Ministry.

Rs 4 crore excise duty evasion detected
Patiala, May 9
Certain pipe manufacturers of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pardesh have allegedly evaded payment of Excise Duty Rs 4 crore and Central Excise Commissionerate Chandigarh has launched penal and recovery proceedings against these business firms.

45 kiosks gutted
Pathankot, May 9
Nearly 45 illegal structures outside the Housing Board Colony on the Pathankot bypass were gutted yesterday night. Sources here said a fire broke in one of kiosks at 2.30 am just after the storm subsided.

Red Cross Day celebrated
Bathinda, May 9
The World Red Cross Day was celebrated under the chairmanship of Mr Rahul Bhandhari, Deputy Commissioner, at the local Red Cross Bhawan yesterday. Mr Bhandhari inaugurated a blood donation camp, organised by United Welfare Society, Bathinda.

Pak delegation arrives
Wagah, May 9
An 18-member Pakistan delegation of Members the National Assembly, farmers and the 1947 migrants from India, led by Rana Shamshad Aahmad Khan, Transport Minister, arrived here today to participate in a cultural festival to be held in Patiala.


Operation of notification stayed
Chandigarh, May 9
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the operation of the notification by which Dr Paramjit Singh Ranu had been declared elected as a member of the Central Council of Homeopathy from Punjab.


New PPSC chief takes oath
Chandigarh, May 9
The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues ( retd), today administered the oath of office to Mr S.K. Sinha, IAS (retd) as Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission at Punjab Raj Bhavan here.


One killed, 3 hurt in clash
Abohar, May 9
Mr Veer Singh (55) of Mallangarh village (Muktsar) was killed and three others were hurt in a dispute between brothers over cultivating of ancestral land in Gaddandob village in this subdivision yesterday evening.

Rs 5.71 lakh robbed from 2 officials
Malerkotla, May 9
Two unidentified robbers looted Rs 5.71 lakh from two officials of the Co-operative Agriculture Service Society of Kila Hakima village near here yesterday.

Police seizes khair wood
Gurdaspur, May 9
The police today seized khair wood allegedly felled illegally from the forests in Dhar subdivision. Sources here said the illegally felled khair wood was stored in a dump on the Madhopur- Shahpur Kandi road.


Inquiry conducted into answer-sheets case
Ropar, May 9
Officials of the Punjab School Education Board today conducted an inquiry into the recovery near a bridge of three unmarked answer-sheets of the Class X physical education examination, held on March 21.

University plans to check cheating in examinations
Chandigarh, May 9
Nearly a year after the pre-medical entrance test conducted by Faridkot-based Baba Farid University of Health Sciences were cancelled due to paper leakage, the university authorities have announced a series of measures “to maintain the sanctity of tests”.

School timings changed
Bathinda, May 9
Keeping in view the heat wave in the region, Mr Rahul Bhandhari, District Magistrate, yesterday changed the timings of all primary, elementary, high and secondary schools, falling in this district.

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