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Land offered to Reliance may be auctioned
Gurdaspur, May 22
The Punjab government was seriously considering the proposal to auction the 20 acres of land being offered to the Reliance group of industries at Mohali. The auction would silence the critics of the scheme being proposed by Reliance to benefit the farmers.

Engg seats rationalised
Chandigarh, May 22
The Punjab Government has issued orders to rationalise the number of seats available in various colleges offering technical courses in the state. In a majority of the cases, the government has imposed a cut on the number of seats that will be available under different courses while an increase has been ordered in the case of a few colleges for the coming academic year.

More mega projects, power cuts in the offing
Malerkotla, May 22
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today that the Shiromani Akali Dal was opposing the entry of Reliance Industries in Punjab as it feared that it would suffer defeat in the ensuing Assembly elections if the Congress succeeded in bringing prosperity to the farmers through the setting up of 52 major centres and 250 sub-centres by Reliance for providing training, seeds, and insurance of crops.




Politicians queue up to welcome gangster
Bathinda, May 22
The much-talked about nexus betw- een the world of crime and politics was once again highlighted today when a large number of leaders belonging to  different political parties queued up to welcome hardcore gan- gster Prabhjinder Singh, alias Dimpy, who was on his way to his native place in Faridkot district after securing bail from a Lucknow court.

Hardcore gangster Prabhjinder Singh, alias Dimpy, being welcomed in Bathinda on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Hardcore gangster Prabhjinder Singh, alias Dimpy, being welcomed in Bathinda on Monday.

States to exchange records of criminals
Chandigarh, May 22
All state police forces in North India shall post nodal officers for easy day-to-day exchange of information on the movement and activities of militants, interstate gangs, criminals, kidnappers, car thieves and robbers.


Pvt hospitals closed on May 25
Jalandhar, May 22
Medical services at all private hospitals and clinics throughout Punjab would come to a standstill on May 25 as a mark of protest by owners of these hospitals and nursing homes against the Central Government’s new reservation move.

Rajindra Hospital opens OPD
Patiala, May 22
Even as the OPD wing of the local Rajindra Hospital was opened today, medicos agitating against the proposed reservation of OBCs in professional colleges ran their own parallel OPD out in the open to give a much-needed relief to the patients.

2 Mandi Board officials caught taking bribe
Chandigarh, May 22
A Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) and a Junior Engineer (JE) of the Punjab Mandi Board’s electrical wing were nabbed red-handed by a team of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from a contractor.

Punjab Mandi Board officials who were arrested by the Vigilance Bureau while accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from a contractor in Chandigarh on Monday evening. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Punjab Mandi Board officials who were arrested by the Vigilance Bureau while accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from a contractor in Chandigarh on Monday evening.

Labourers rally for free power
Bathinda, May 22
Protesting against the denial of free power to farm labourers, scores of activists of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union today staged a dharna in front of the office of the Chief Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).

Illegal mining continues in Khadi rivulet
Pathankot, May 22
Illegal mining in the Khadi rivulet is continuing despite a ban by the Department of Mining. When The Tribune team visited the area JCB machines were being used for illegal mining in the rivulet close to Government Senior Secondary School, Lamini.

Four labourers hurt as construction material falls on them
Rajpura, May 22
Four migrant labourers were injured, two of them seriously, when the shuttering and other construction material fell on them at Gian Sagar Medical College in Ramnagar village in Banur, near here, this afternoon.

No action against lift pump operators
Abohar, May 22
Hundreds of farmers in villages located at the tailend in this subdivision and neighbouring areas are reeling under canal water crisis as the Irrigation Department has failed in taking action against lift pump operators in Lambi, Gidderbaha, Muktsar and Malout areas even after 10 months of directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Jobless vet pharmacists stage protest
Chandigarh, May 22
Members of the Unemployed Veterinary Pharmacists Union today staged a protest in front of the the Punjab Animal Husbandry office in Sector 17.

Yoga in day’s routine
Abohar, May 22
Mr B.B. Sharma, a former Principal of LRS DAV Senior Secondary School, here has recently joined Children Memorial DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Dabwali, after serving some institutions in tribal areas in Orissa. One can do yoga while performing routine functions, says B.B. Sharma, a practitioner for 35 years.

Duststorm lashes region
Amritsar, May 22
A large number of trees and electricity poles were uprooted due to a duststorm that hit the region late evening here.


2 held for killing diamond merchant
Amritsar, May 22
The police achieved a major breakthrough in the sensational murder and looting of diamond merchant Sunil Kumar Bhatia on April 22 by apprehending two accused here today.

Garments, Rs 25,000 stolen
Rajpura, May 22
Garments worth lakhs and cash were stolen from Seth’s and Sons, a showroom of readymade garments, at the Caliber Market on the Rajpura-Zirakpur highway here last night.

Two jail inmates try to flee
Patiala, May 22
Rajinder Kumar, an undertrial in a murder case, and Naresh Kumar, an undertrial in a narcotics smuggling case, were caught by a jail warder when they tried to escape from the Central Jail here after coming out of the cell by making a big hole in its wall early this morning.


Dean writes to Governor against VC
Amritsar, May 22
Dr Kanwaljit Singh, Dean, Faculty of Physical Education, in a communication to the Governor-cum-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, has alleged that the Vice-Chancellor wanted to “hush up” the evaluation scam in the department.


3 Civil Surgeons transferred
Chandigarh, May 22
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of three civil surgeons.


Chidambaram’s assurance on special package
Chandigarh, May 22
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has taken up the release of a special economic package for the state with Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.


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