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Badal orders probe into immigration scam
Amritsar, May 26
Even as Mr Parkash Singh Badal has decided to order a party-level probe into the immigration scam, yet the assurance seems to be just an eyewash as earlier also the state government had failed to inquire into the alleged disappearance of kabbadi players, who had gone to UK at the behest of the Punjab Mandi Board in 1999.

Amarinder wants inquiry into police excesses
Kharar, May 26
Mr Amarinder Singh, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has demanded that the Punjab government should order an inquiry by the CBI into the dispute and police excesses committed in connection with land issue of Khanpur village that falls in Kharar municipal limits.

Meeting on PPCC crisis on May 29
Chandigarh, May 26
The Congress high command has called a meeting of party MLAs, MPs and members of the AICC from Punjab in New Delhi on May 29. Besides, former presidents of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee have also been asked to attend the meeting.

Devotees on the occasion  of martyr's day of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday.
Devotees on the occasion  of martyrdom day of Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday. 
— PTI photo




Punjabi university removes dept head
Show-cause notice to two teachers
Patiala, May 26
In a dramatic move the Punjabi University authorities today withdrew the headship of the Department of Correspondence Studies from Punjabi University Teachers Association president Bhupinder Singh Khaira, besides serving show-cause notices on two senior teachers, who were in the forefront of the ongoing agitation against Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia.

Demolition of DC office begins
Bathinda, May 26
The magnificent Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police offices complex, situated in the Civil Lines area, which reflected the dignity of town will disappear in few days as it would be reduced to rubbles to pave the way for a modern district administrative complex at the cost of Rs 15 crore.

Ministers gearing up for elections
Chandigarh, May 26
It is hard to find ministers in their offices at the Punjab Civil Secretariat here these days. Most of them spend maximum time in their constituencies. A feeling has gone down their minds that the Assembly elections may be held well before the due date, notwithstanding the often repeated claims of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the elections to the state Assembly will be held in February next year.

SGPC to set up schools
Jalandhar, May 26
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has advised the President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee not to open new colleges in the state, but go in for schools.


Baba Bedi sees signs of Akali Dal unity
Ludhiana, May 26
There are signs of unity between the four Akali Dal factions and past experience is being taken into consideration as “hasty unity” had failed. These observations were made by Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, President, Gurmat Sidhant Pracharak Sant Samaj who is acting as arbitrator in bringing about unity of the Akali factions. 

Youth wing projects Sukhbir
Patiala, May 26
The SAD youth wing yesterday projected former Union Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal as the only youth leader who was capable of taking everyone in the party along with him.


Husk for Gujarat lying at rly station
Bathinda, May 26
A large quantity of wheat husk which was collected by the district administration for sending to the quake-hit Gujarat is lying at the local railway station as the authorities have not been able to arrange the transportation for the same.

‘Uttaranchal Sikhs face discrimination’
Chandigarh, May 26
A deputation of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal will soon call on the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, to take up the problems faced by Sikhs and other minorities in Uttaranchal.

Sohana hospital to open dental wing today
Chandigarh, May 26
The Sohana-based Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Hospital Trust will formally inaugurate its dental wing tomorrow. The Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, will be the chief guest, while Ms Satwant Kaur Sandhu, Printing and Stationery Minister, will preside over the function.

Cops foil bid to hold Cong rally
Gurdaspur, May 26
The police today foiled the attempt of Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, general secretary, PPCC, and Mr Kanwal Bakshi, President, United Christian Front, to hold a joint Rally at Kot Todarmal near here, today.

Prisoners’ fast enters second day
Kapurthala, May 26
The indefinite fast by undertrials lodged in the local district jail continued for the second day today. They are protesting against the death of an undertrial Gurnam Singh yesterday in absence of medical aid and alleged negligence on the part of the jail authorities.

Big hospital that no one visits
Patiala, May 26
Government Ayurveda Hospital here presents a well-scrubbed look. It ought to — it is virtually empty. Once a premier institution, the hospital seems to have fallen on bad days. This 106-bed hospital has an average occupancy of only 30. 

Power supply erratic
Patiala, May 26
Due to a major fault in the 66 kv/11kv transformer at the Ablowal 220kv station near here, power supply in the city remained erratic since yesterday evening. According to Punjab State Electricity Board sources, the transformer had been badly damaged and attempts to repair it were continuing. Due to this there was a constant voltage fluctuation during the day today.

Derailment halts traffic
Bathinda, May 26
The rail traffic on the Bathinda-Bikaner section came to halt for four hours when the goods train with POL tanks, coming from Suratgarh, got derailed at 4.15 p.m.


Carnage: 1 victim was unwed, pregnant
Burj Sidhwa (Muktsar), May 26
The police investigations into the killing of seven members of a family in the fields located near this village on the night of May 24 has taken a new turn. The post-mortem examination showed that one of the deceased, Rekha, who was allegedly subjected to rape by one of the main accused before killing her, was three-month pregnant.

Man convicted for smuggling opium
Pathankot, May 26
Naginderjit Singh, Special Judge, Gurdaspur, has convicted Sham Lal of Sai Phagla camp at R.s. Pura in Jammu & Kashmir for 10 years, and also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him in a case registered against the accused under Section 18 of the NDPS Act.

Two killed in mishap
Phillaur, May 26
Ram Paul and his mother Agya Wanti were killed on the spot, while three persons were injured, when their Maruti car dahsed against a tree near Bhattian village on the Goraya-Phillaur road yesterday.

House robbed of cash, jewellery
Hoshiarpur, May 26
Ten to 12 unidentified persons looted gold jewellery worth Rs 30,000 and Rs 6,000 cash from the house of Lakhbir Singh last night at Singhriwala village on the Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar road. According to police sources, three persons apparently labourers from UP, approached the house of Lakhbir Singh and got the door opened saying that one of their companions was missing and they were looking for him.

3.5 kg opium seized, 2 held
Bathinda, May 26
The district police has arrested Bhupinder Singh and Buta Singh under the Nathana police station and recovered 3.5 kg of opium from them.

House looted
Phillaur, May 26
About six armed robbers looted cash and jewellery from the house of a cloth merchant, Naresh Kumar, on the Post Office road, Goraya, yesterday.


Govt to start IT courses at ITI
Ropar, May 26
The Department of Technical Education, Punjab, has decided to introduce information technology related courses at the Institute of Industrial Training in Nangal. A grant of Rs 5 lakh for purchasing computers has been provided by Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, from his discretionary quota.Top

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