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Ex-SP confirms Bhindranwale’s death
Amritsar, May 19
In government records, Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, head of Damdami Taksal, is a dead man. Even as the acting chief of Damdami Taksal, who succeeded Bhindranwale, had recently claimed that he (Bhindranwale) was in high spirits and would re-emerge at an appropriate time yet it is a fact that he was killed on June 6 along with Bhai Amrik Singh, the then president of the All-India Sikh Students Federation, Maj-Gen Shabeg Singh (retd) and Baba Thara Singh during the infamous Operation Bluestar in 1984.

Punjab to take strong stand against WTO
Chandigarh, May 19
As the impact of the World Trade Organisation agreement on the Indian Agriculture will be debated at length in the meeting of the Chief Ministers to be presided over by the Prime Minister in Delhi on May 21, the Punjab Government has decided to take a strong stand against WTO.

Agitated Cong MCs walkout
Allege land grab against minister
Bathinda, May 19
As many as seven municipal councillors belonging to the Congress today left the function organised in connection with the inauguration of a meeting hall in protest against the remarks allegedly made by the Punjab Science and Technology Minister, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, against their party.

Sack 2 ministers, urge SAD workers
Hoshiarpur, May 19
Local SAD workers have condemned two Punjab ministers for allegedly taking four persons from Punjab to Canada under the garb of ‘Panj Piaras’.

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Badal harps on riots, skirts demands
Jalandhar, May 19
Punjab Chief Minister and president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Parkash Singh Badal today preferred to touch the sensitive issues like Operation Bluestar and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and appealed people to stand by the SAD in future.

25 pc SAD ticket for YAD: Sukhbir
Bathinda, May 19
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal and MP; said today about 25 per cent of the party ticket would be given to members of the Youth Akali Dal in the next assembly elections.


Beopar Mandal to contest Assembly poll
Bathinda, May 19
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal has decided to field its candidates in the Assembly elections in Punjab which are due next year because it feel that the ruling SAD-BJP alliance has deceived the trading community in the state.

Sangat darshan ‘misuse of govt money’
Hoshiarpur, May 19
Mr Charanjit Singh Channi Congress MP from Hoshiarpur Parliamentary Constituency strongly criticised Mr Parkash Singh Badal Chief Minister Punjab for disbursing government money recklessly at sangat darshan programmes for political motives to get votes for the SAD in the ensuing elections of Punjab state Assembly.


Rally held against Power Minister
Bathinda, May 19
Thousands of employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board yesterday jammed traffic on Mall Road. They held a rally and took out a procession in the city under the banner of the Technical Services Union as part of their 11-month-old struggle against the Power Minister, Mr Sikander Singh Maluka, and senior officials of the PSEB.

Insult to memory of Maharaja
Amritsar, May 19
Even as the Punjab Government is in a celebration mood today, it being the second centenary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s coronation, the monument made by the Maharaja are crying for attention.

Exploring his roots through poetry
It is an odyssey Harmohanjit Singh of Canada has embarked upon. It is an odyssey aimed at exploring his roots that run through Punjab, its land, its people, its heritage, its culture, its past and its present. It has been nourished by the blood and sweat of hundreds and thousands of Punjab’s sons who have been guided by the great Gurus.

Residents harassed as offices shifted
Bathinda, May 19
The shifting of offices of various departments from their present position to some other places in the city for facilitating the construction of a multi-storeyed district administrative complex have created problems for the residents as no proper announcement or “munadi” was done in the city to inform them about the new location of the offices.

People resent inconvenience
Jalandhar, May 19
The Punjab Chief Minister’s visit to address a joint rally of the SAD-BJP here today may have cheered local Akali workers and leaders, out to rubbish Congress propaganda that the CM was ignoring urbanites, but city residents found themselves in a piquant situation as roads leading to the Dasehra ground in Model Town, the place of the rally, were sealed and traffic diverted at several points in the city causing in- convenience to common man.

Show-cause notice to cable company
Jalandhar, May 19
The local Municipal Corporation has decided to slap a fine of Rs 30 lakh on the HFCL, a private telecom service provider company, for its failure to repair streets dug in various parts of the city to lay telephone cables.


Arhtiyas, BKU men stage dharnas
Ballianwali (Bathinda), May 19
At least 500 commission agents today staged a dharna in front of the local police station to press the authorities concerned to make arrangements for their security and safety as some activists of the BKU (Ekta) have allegedly been threatening their lives and properties.


Forest Dept objects to PUDA activities
Amritsar, May 19
Following the publication of a report in The Tribune on May 16 regarding the transfer of 72 acres near the Upper Bari Doab canal "Land transfer to PUDA leads to bickerings", the Forest Department has taken serious note of the plot cutting by the Punjab Urban Development Authority at a location which has been declared as green belt under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980.

4 pc quota of plots for Army men
Chandigarh, May 19
The Punjab Government has reserved 8 per cent quota of plots of various sizes for defence and para-military personnel in the urban estates in the state. Mr Ajit Singh Kohar, Defence Services Welfare Minister, said today that 4 per cent quota had been reserved for defence personnel and 2 per cent each for the BSF and the CRPF jawans.


Cop ‘involved’ in poppy husk trade
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 19
Men in uniform allegedly on the behest of the then SHO of Khamano police station have been selling poppy husk in the area and minted a large sum of money in connivance with poppy husk smugglers.

Gang of robbers busted, 8 held
Jalandhar, May 19
The police claims to have busted a 15-member gang of robbers by arresting its eight members. The gang was wanted by the police for a looting spree in the Adampur police station area on the night of May 15, when they had struck at four deras in the area and looted cash and other articles.


Probe ordered into locking up of students
Moga, May 19
The Punjab police today ordered an inquiry into alleged locking up of eight students of class V of Gandhi Memorial Senior Secondary School, Kotkapura three days ago. A DSP will submit his report to the SSP within three days . On inquiry if any body found guilty, a case would be registered, Faridkot SSP Arun Kumar Oraon said here.

‘Teaching shops’ cashing in on B.Ed trend
Bathinda, May 19
With the controversy over the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) test for the academic session 2001-02 finally being solved the city has seen a sudden increase in the number of coaching centres trying to attract students.

PUTA stir uncalled for: Front
Patiala, May 19
The Teachers Welfare Front of Punjabi University and the World Sikh Intellectual Council today urged the Punjabi University Teachers Association to keep the larger interest of the teachers in mind and not resort to dharnas when a ‘’favoured few’’ did not get promotions.

DEO’s transfer ‘not’ as per rules
Bathinda, May 19
A cross-section of educationists of the city yesterday said the transfer of Mr Gurdev Singh, District Education Officer, was not according to the rules.

Never-ending circle of tuitions
“My day starts at 6 a.m. and I go for my first tuition at 6.30 a.m. At 7.30 a.m. I return home and within 25 minutes get ready for school. In the evening, I go for more tuitions from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. and back home around 8.45 p.m.,” says Khushboo Patel, a student of plus two, who is also attending coaching classes for her medical entrance test.


Rain hits sale of water-melon
Bathinda, May 19
Even as heavy downpour in the region has brought some relief to people reeling under the scorching heat, melon and water-melon sellers are finding it hard to cope with it. The rainfall brought down mercury levels that had touched 40°C in the past few days and with it sale of the fruit has also reduced.Top

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