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SHSAD to file PIL against Badal govt
Sangrur, May 12
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) will soon file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the alleged misuse of the public money by the Badal government.

Cong MPs reject idea of Sikh MPs front
New Delhi May 12
The Punjab Congress Parliamentary Party has unanimously rejected the proposal to float a Sikh MPs’ front in Parliament. Terming the proposal mooted by Mr Tarlochan Singh, Deputy Chairman of the Minorities Commission, as politically motivated and empty, the MPs said such on idea would hurt Sikhs the most.

Kuldip Singh may get recognition
Chairmanship of World Sikh Council
Amritsar, May 12
In a significant development, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Justice Kuldip Singh (Retd), Chairman, World Sikh Council (Bhai Ranjit Singh group), Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar, Kesgarh Sahib, Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar, Damdama Sahib, Brig Gurdip Singh (Retd), Dr Kharak Singh and Mr Jawahar Singh, a close relative of Mr Talwandi, held a closed-door meeting here today to resolve the three-year-old controversy pertaining to the World Sikh Council.




Doaba may turn into desert
Rice cultivation taking toll on water-table
Doaba may be reduced to a desert within the next about 200 years if corrective measures are not taken to arrest the fast falling water-table in the area. The situation, according to the state Agriculture Department, is so alarming that on an average the water-table has been going down at the rate of about one foot per year.

Border fencing annoys Pak
Jalandhar, May 12
The Pakistan Rangers has expressed its reservations over the ongoing fencing of the 198 km Indo-Pakistan border strip in the Jammu sector by the Border Security Force (BSF) authorities.

Should Punjab store wheat, paddy?
Chandigarh, May 12
Punjab government agencies have procured 97.47 lakh tonne of wheat till May 11. With this a major proportion of the expected 115 lakh tonne of wheat stands purchased and bagged in the state. The corresponding procurement figure for rabi 2000 is 88.70 lakh tonne.


BJP sets agenda for Badal
Chandigarh, May 12
The Punjab unit of the BJP, a partner in the Punjab Government, has set an agenda for the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister of Punjab, addresses Shiromani Akali Dal workers at Zirakpur on Saturday.
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister of Punjab, addresses Shiromani Akali Dal workers at Zirakpur on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan. 

Banur SAD leaders hold meeting
Chandigarh, May 12
The Punjab Finance and Planning Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today virtually launched the election campaign of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for the ensuing Punjab Assembly poll by organising a meeting of senior party workers of the Banur constituency at Zirakpur, about 7 km from here. According to sources, different strategies were chalked out to strengthen the party at the grassroot level and complete development works.


Struggle for a pail of water
Jalandhar, May 12
Bucket in hand people here are seen in long queues for water for hours at a stretch, President of Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala, blame the “indifferent” attitude of the civic authorities for it. They say no alternative arrangements aimed at ensuring maintenance of drinking water supply have been made. Erratic power supply has disrupted the functioning of civic body tubewells in these townships, leading to supply of water for only an hour or two per day.
Women of Bharagava Camp in Jalandhar wait for their turn at a public water post on Saturday.
Women of Bharagava Camp in Jalandhar wait for their turn at a public water post on Saturday. 
— Photo by Ruby Sandhu

Construction near ammunition depot to be demolished
Ludhiana, May 12
The authorities of the 17 Field Ammunition Depot, Badhowal, have issued public notice, warning the owners and prospective buyers that the land lying within a distance of 914.4 meters (1000 yards) from the outer fence around the 1 ASD, 17 FAD at Baddowal near here is required to be kept clear of all construction or buildings under the Indian Works of Defence Act, 1903, as per Gazette notification non-SRO 119 (dated 31 Jan, 1983).

State loathe to act on PHRC orders
Chandigarh, May 12
Is the Punjab State Human Rights Commission a toothless body? It seems so. There is an alarming increase in the number of cases where the Punjab Government has failed to follow the directions of the PHRC for awarding compensation in the given timeframe.

Nurses present charter of demands
Amritsar, May 12
Even as the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) today presented a charter of demands to Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Health Minister, at a state-level function held here today to mark the International Nursing Day, the Punjab Nurses Association (PNA) decided to boycott the uniforms during the duty hours in protest against the attitude of the state government towards their demands.

Warrant officer rescues man
Sardulgarh, May 12
A warrant officer appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court rescued a person from the police station on the night of May 10, who was allegedly detained by the police without any reason.

4 thermal units recommissioned
Ludhiana, May 12
With the recommissioning of four units of the Ropar Thermal Plant (RTP), the power supply position is likely to improve in Punjab. The plant went out of generation yesterday, resulting in the collapse of the power system in the state.

Sabha to approach NRIs for funds
Jalandhar, May 12
To ensure development of villages in the state, the NRI Sabha has decided to approach Non-Resident Indians to contribute funds for developing infrastructure in their home villages.

SC vacates stay on Asst DTOs
Chandigarh, May 12
The Supreme Court has ordered status quo, staying the operation of its earlier order about the Assistant District Transport Officers in Punjab.

Rail tragedy averted
Phillaur, May 12
Several passengers of the Ludhiana-bound diesel multiple unit (DMU) train had a miraculous escape when the engine go of the Nakodar-Ludhiana MDU train caught fire near Gumtali halt railway station late last evening.

Stunned by brother’s arrest, man dies
Ferozepore, May 12
Gulshan Kumar, a local trader, died of heart attack when he came to know that his brother Ashwani Kumar had been arrested and taken to the CIA staff police station. Gulshan Kumar was in Jalandhar in connection with some business when he received the news and died later while coming to Ferozepore.

Declare June 6 holiday: AISSF
Jalandhar, May 12
The All-India Sikh Students Federation has demanded that the Punjab Government should declare a holiday on June 6 to enable people to participate in the functions to mark the seventeenth anniversary of Operation Bluestar.

Rajput Sabha office-bearers
Amritsar, May 12
A meeting of the All-India Rajput Sabha was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Bhulal, vice-president and in charge of the Punjab unit of the Rajput Sabha. Mr R.R. Thakur, vice-president and in charge of the Himachal Pradesh unit of the Sabha, was the chief guest.

WHO alarmed at rise in drug addiction
Amritsar, May 12
Taking a serious note of the alarming rise in drug addiction, the WHO has recommended steps in this regard. The WHO has found that a majority of students are taking to drugs. This was stated by Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Minister for Health, at a Press Conference yesterday.

Pension likely for SAD men jailed during morchas
Malout, May 12
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said the state government was seriously contemplating to award pensions to those workers of the SAD who went to jail during the ‘morchas’ organised by the party.

Traffic not restored in 5 days
Bathinda, May 12
Vehicular traffic on the Bathinda-Malout national highway has not been resumed even five days after the collapse of a bridge over the Behman distributary as the authorities are waiting for a crane for the removal of debris.

DC orders closure of cinema
Ropar, May 12
The Deputy Commissioner here, Mr G.S. Grewal, has ordered the closure of the Shivalik Talkies, a Nangal-based cinema for the alleged violation of the Punjab Cinema Act, 1952.

SGPC takes charge of gurdwara
Amritsar, May 12
Despite tension, the SGPC today took control of the historic Baba Budha Ji gurdwara about 20 km from here, today.

Eye experts’ meeting


23 cr earmarked for Hoshiarpur roads
Hoshiarpur, May 12
Addressing a press conference here yesterday, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, said a comprehensive plan of Rs 23 crore for the construction and repair of roads had been formulated in addition to the works being carried out in the district.


Truck carrying poppy husk impounded
Sangrur, May 12
The Lehra police has impounded a truck containing more than 16 quintals of poppy husk in 47 bags, according to a press note issued by the police here today.

Woman poisoned to death, 2 booked
Bathinda, May 12
Sneh, who hails from this city, was allegedly poisoned to death in Dabwali town of Haryana today. A case has been registered against her husband, Navneet Kumar and his mother Nirmala Devi under Sections 498-A and 304-B at Dabwali police station.

Two booked for wrongful detention


College suspends chief of teachers’ union
Ferozepore, May 12
The management of the local women’s college today suspended the president of the teachers’ union, Ms Harbans Kaur, on the charge of gross misconduct and anti-college activities. Besides this, two teachers who had been sharing a room with Ms Harbans Kaur in the girls hostel for the past more than 20 years had been instructed to vacate the same within 15 days.


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