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2 SAD rural winners held for kidnapping, murder
Bathinda, May 28
With the arrest of two SAD members of the recently elected Panchayat Samiti and Gram Panchayat from Aaklia Jalal village, the district police today claimed to have cracked the kidnap and murder of 60-year-old Sham Lal, the business partner of Congress MLA from Phul Gurpreet Singh Kangar.

Unbundling of PSEB
Badal seeks more time
Chandigarh, May 28
Awaiting a reply from the Centre on the extension of the deadline for the unbundling of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) by one year, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today wrote to the power minister to defer the May 31 deadline for the breaking up of the board.

Power Reforms
Engineers reject PHD Chamber model
Patiala, May 28
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineers Association has rejected the model suggested by the PHD Chamber to the Punjab government for power reforms in the state.

Land Grab Case
Vigilance Bureau asked to conduct probe
Chandigarh, May 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Punjab Vigilance Bureau to register a case in Ludhiana Improvement Trust land grab case. Taking suo-motu cognisance, the high court has also directed restoration of the land from public use, even if it meant pulling down a hotel constructed illegally on the land.





Capt ‘not well’; to skip dharna again
Patiala, May 28
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was not likely to participate in PPCC chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal’s proposed dharna in front of Chief Minister Parkash Singh’s residence at Chandigarh on May 29 in protest against alleged SAD-BJP “high-handedness” in recent elections in Punjab.

Mann accuses Amarinder of shirking duty
Chandigarh, May 28
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who is at loggerheads with with former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for supremacy in the party, today received support from the latter’s relative and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann.


Farmers: PSEB ignoring general category applicants
Chandigarh, May 28
Farmers have complained that the PSEB is releasing power connections on priority to farmers who had applied under the OYT category and ignoring other farmers who had applied for power connections in the general, 5-acre and ex-servicemen categories.

11 mega projects cleared
Chandigarh, May 28
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has given himself a “gold medal” for passing all polls held after he took up the reins of the state government. Rubbishing claims by the Congress of large-scale rigging and misuse of official machinery in the Gram Panchayat polls, Badal said he was open to the suggestion of amending legislation for providing more teeth to the state Election Commission.

ACs in Golden Temple draw flak
Amritsar, May 28
US-based Sikh scholar Harjap Singh Aujla today took exception to the installation of air-conditioners (ACs) in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple here.

Congress to challenge Amritsar bypoll
Chandigarh, May 28
The Congress has decided to challenge the result of the Amritsar bye-election in the court on the ground that despite censuring Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for “misusing state machinery” and making him pay back Rs 19 lakh for use of state vehicles and helicopter, the Election Commission has not disqualified the SAD nominee Inderbir Singh Bularia.

Villagers allege tampering with poll results
Sangrur, May 28
Residents of Loha Kherra village, near Longowal, led by general secretary of the SAD (Amritsar) Jeet Singh Alloarkh, staged a dharna at a chowk near main bus stand here today. They alleged that the presiding officer for the village panchayat elections had tampered with the list of results to show a “winner” as loser.

Dimpa terrorising us: Kang men
Amritsar, May 28
Supporters of beleaguered SAD MLA from Beas Manjinder Singh Kang have alleged that former Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa, in connivance with a SAD minister, was committing atrocities on them. Baljit Singh Jalalusma, a member SGPC, here today alleged that the minister was interfering in the affairs of the party and was hand in glove with Dimpa to terrorise the supporters of Kang.

Dera Conflict
SGPC pays tributes to Kanwaljit
Sangrur, May 28
The death anniversary of Kanwaljit Singh, a local resident who died in firing near Naam Charcha Ghar of Dera Sacha Sauda at Sunam, was observed by the SGPC here today. Earlier, it was to observe the death anniversary on May 18 but had to postpone it because the family of the victim had planned it at Kanwaljit’s residence in Baguana Basti here.


HC gives more time to tainted cops
But seeks list of officers facing criminal cases
Chandigarh, May 28
Punjab yesterday managed to gain time for its cops sitting on sensitive posts, despite being chargesheeted or facing allegations in criminal cases.

HC resolves a crisis of trust, but issue remains
Chandigarh, May 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court was only trying to protect senior advocate Seth Bhagirath Dass’s property from being plundered, when arguments turned into a verbal spat between a lawyer and a judge.

Relief for Raninder
Chandigarh, May 28
In a major relief to Raninder Singh, son of former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the issuance of four working days’ notice in case an FIR was to be registered.


Protesters raise slogans in front of the office of the SSP at Tarn Taran on Wednesday. Poll Officer’s Death
Villagers lay siege to SSP’s office
Tarn Taran, May 28
Villagers today laid siege to the office of the SSP and blocked traffic for hours together in protest against the police inaction into the death of Sukhdev Singh, a teacher of Government High School, Sursing.

Protesters raise slogans in front of the office of the SSP at Tarn Taran on Wednesday. — Photo by Sandeep Singh


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