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Badal defends ‘sangat darshan’
Nawanshahr, May 11
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, presiding over a ‘sangat darshan’ programme at Saroya village, 25 km from here, yesterday said he had no idea why opposition parties were criticising these programmes.

Explosives experts arrive at Mamoon
Pathankot, May 11
A high-level team of explosives experts from Army Headquarters, Delhi, has arrived at 2 Ammunition Sub Deport (2 ASD) at Mamoon cantonment to ascertain the cause of the ammunition depot fire which took place on April 29.

Tension in Dhakki Sahib
Maqsoodan (Ludhiana), May 11
Visitors to Dhakki Sahib Dera near this village are looked with suspicion. Policemen dot the area after the followers of Sant Darshan Singh clashed with the villagers and the Khanna police.

MC drive against Tullu pump users
Seeks legal advice on theft of water
Patiala, May 11
An embattled Municipal Corporation, which has launched an all-out campaign against the use of Tullu pumps by city residents to suck out water directly from municipal pipes, has decided to take legal advise as to whether it is possible to book violators for theft of water.

Govt order on computer education irks students
Amritsar, May 11
Students of government schools are irked over the recent government order, which has put additional financial burden on them in order to get computer education. The order provides the facility of computer education, but at an added cost for the students of government schools, who mostly come from the lower income group.




Amarinder predicts snap poll in June
Phagwara, May 11
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Capt Amarinder Singh, yesterday accused Mr Parkash Singh Badal of fanning sectarian politics. He was speaking at a press conference held at the residence of the PPCC member, Mr Harjit Singh Parmar here this evening. 

Janata Dal’s plea to President
Hoshiarpur, May 11
The Punjab unit of the Janata Dal, has in a representation to the President, Mr K.R. Narayanan, urged him to use his good offices to get passed the Lok Pal Bill in Parliament.

SAD(A) ready to go it alone
Ludhiana, May 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), though optimistic about Panthic unity and formation of a third front, is prepared to go it alone. This was stated by the party president, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, while addressing a news conference after a three-hour meeting of the working committee, district presidents and office-bearers here yesterday.

Cong all set for Dalit rally
Phagwara, May 11
Burying their hatchet, Congress stalwarts of Doaba region put up a show of unity at a meeting held here yesterday at the residence of PPCC member Harjit Singh Parmar. The PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, addressed the meeting, which lasted for about two hours behind closed doors.

Cong manifesto on SCs soon
Phagwara, May 11
Congress stalwart and Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Jagjit Singh, declared here yesterday that a manifesto on the welfare of SCs/OBCs categories would be released on June 3 at Jalandhar during a state-level rally by these categories. 


Chambers issue: lawyers hold rally
Sangrur, May 11
The district president of the BJP, Thakur Jagdish Rai, today raised slogans ‘Punjab sarkar murdabad’ and announced to observe a fast-unto-death in the lawyers’ support if they asked him to do so. 

Case motivated, claims Bhattal
Sangrur, May 11
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, a senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister, here today described the filing of a complaint against her in a Bathinda court with regard to the bungling of Rs 20 lakh allegedly by her in the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund as a “politically motivated” act.

65 Chowdhurys under one roof
Jalandhar, May 11
In the present day world where small families have become a vogue, particularly among the younger generation, Jalandhar’s Chowdhury family stands apart with all its 65 members living under one roof.

Finance Minister refuses to lay stone
Patiala, May 11
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, was in town yesterday to lay the foundation stone of the office of the Shiromani Akali Dal (rural) at a vacant plot near Gurdwara Dhukhniwaran. 

Health Dept short of 350 doctors
Amritsar, May 11
Nearly 130 doctors working in the Health Department were “discharged” recently for dereliction of duty and on account of doing private, even as the Punjab Government is facing a shortage of 350 doctors in the state Health Department.

BBMB benefits from heat wave
Ropar, May 11
The prevailing heat wave may be a bane for the common man but is being welcomed by the authorities of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). The water level in the Bhakra reservoir has started rising as per schedule because of the heat wave.

Bugbear of heat assaults kids
Bathinda, mat 11
The scorching heat in the region has forced the residents to remain indoors but those who go to their offices, business establishments or schools have to bear the heat on the roads.

Police petition in Aggarwal case dismissed
Patiala, May 11
The revision petition filed by the police seeking police remand of the accused, Dr O.P. Aggarwal, in a case pertaining to the alleged sale of human organs, was dismissed by the Special Judge, Mr Brinder Singh, here yesterday. Meanwhile, counsel for Dr Aggarwal filed a petition seeking regular bail and the judge fixed May 17 as the next date of hearing.

Bitta: don’t issue permits to B’desh nationals
Hoshiarpur, May 11
Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, President, All-India Anti-Terrorists Front, has criticised Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee for his recent statement in which he had stated that the government would issue permits to Bangladeshi nationals for settling them in Assam.

Plan to develop IT: Badal
Malout, May 11
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, today said a comprehensive plan had been made so that the state became a leader in the field of science and information technology in the country.

PSEB employees hold rally
Bathinda, may 11
Members of the Employees Federation of the Punjab State Electricity Board today held a rally at Rampura to press the government to fulfil their demands. Mr Surinder Singh, state president of the union, while addressing the rally alleged that the PSEB management had not implemented the decisions reached between them and the management regarding the demands of the employees.

Red Cross to give tricycles
Bathinda, May 11
Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, said today the District Red Cross Society had decided to help the handicapped people by providing them with tricycles and callipers.

Major train mishap averted
Ferozepore, May 11
Passengers on board the Ferozepur-Ludhiana train were saved of, what could have been a major disaster, by the presence of mind on part of engine driver Bhag Singh here this evening.


4 confess to looting petrol stations
Fazilka, May 11
Mr Ajay Maluja, DSP, today said the four persons, who were arrested recently while planning a dacoity in the area, had confessed to their involvement in two incidents of looting of petrol stations in the district.

Miscreants injure nagar council chief’s son
Phagwara, May 11
Rajinder Kumar Gabha, son of Mr K.L. Gabha, Chairman, Nagar Council Phagwara, and Balbir, an employee, were assaulted and injured seriously by certain persons who stormed into medical store of Mr Gabha last night.

Shopkeeper shot dead
Moga, May 11
Some unidentified armed youths shot dead Amrik Singh (29) with a revolver near the G.T. Road last night when he was returning home after closing his shop.

Bid to kidnap Cong leader’s kin
Mansa, May 11
Some unidentified persons tried to kidnap a student of DAV Model Senior Secondary at Budhlada town in the district yesterday morning when he was on his way to school.


School’s upgradation raises hackles
Bathinda, May 11
Contrary to a decision reportedly taken earlier, the Punjab Education Department authorities have upgraded the school in Chak Fathesinghwala the native village of the in-laws of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, in the district to plus two-level instead of upgrading the school in the neighbouring Chak Ramsinghwala village.

Women’s college denies fiscal irregularities
Ferozepore, May 11
The management of the local women’s college broke its silence today on the ongoing tussle between the teacher’s union and the college authorities. While talking to The Tribune, the members of the management asserted that after conducting an inquiry into the matter, they had found that there had been no financial irregularities in the ongoing construction work as alleged by the union. Top

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