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Another case against Sidhu, kin
Chandigarh, April 30
Necessitated by the growing ramifications of the country’s biggest ever “recruitment scam”, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has brought under scrutiny all appointments recommended by Ravi Sidhu-led Punjab Public Service Commission by registering a fresh case at Patiala today.

Dhira’s Ludhiana house raided
Ludhiana, April 30
Following the return of some family members of Randhir Singh Gill, alias Dhira, the alleged main tout of tainted PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, to his ‘locked’ house in H-block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here this evening, local vigilance sleuths today raided the premises and confiscated a number of documents pertaining to details of property, both moveable and immoveable, worth lakhs, owned by him in different parts of the state.

Badal convenes SAD meeting for May 4
Chandigarh, April 30
Facing rough weather because of the registration of a case against a former Akali minister and apprehensive that such cases would be registered against other former ministers, the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has called a meeting of sitting and former party MLAs, MPs, presidents of the district units and other senior leaders on May 4 at his residence in Sector 2.

CM to be briefed on Garg controversy
Chandigarh, April 30
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will be briefed on the controversy with regard to Justice A.S. Garg, Chairman of the one-man inquiry commission set up by the state government to probe the alleged misdoings of the previous government headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Favour in land deal alleged
Ropar, April 30
After the multi-crore recruitment scandal, a land scandal has surfaced in this district. During the rule of the SAD-BJP government prime government properties were allotted at throwaway prices to certain favourites of those in power, in violation of rules and regulation.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Octroi posts start functioning
Traders oppose verdict, MCs rejoice
Phagwara, April 30
All 10 octroi posts of the local Nagar Council have started functioning after seven months following yesterday’s verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashing the abolition of octroi.

Ahluwalia’s offer to resign rejected
Chandigarh, April 30
Controversy over the removal of Punjabi University’s former Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia continues, with the Punjab Government refusing to accept his offer to submit his resignation. Mr Ahluwalia’s counsel on Monday had stated at the Bar that the former VC was not willing to serve on the post and would submit his resignation without going into the merits of the controversy if the orders removing him from service were withdrawn by the government.

Inquiry into purchase of JCB machines
Chandigarh, April 30
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has registered an enquiry into the purchase of 103 JCB machines by the Department of Rural Development earlier this year, the Additional Director-General of Police-cum-Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau, Mr A.P. Pandey, told newsmen here this evening.

Amarinder for change in J&K policy
Patiala, April 30
A week short of being relieved from the Kashmir valley to go to Lucknow, local lad Major Tejinder Singh Sohal fell to militant bullets during an anti-militancy operation in the valley yesterday prompting the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, here today to call for a change in the country’s policy in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, lays a wreath on the body of Major Tejinder Pal Singh at Patiala.

Decks cleared for MC elections in Punjab
Chandigarh, April 30
In less than a month before elections to Municipal Corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala are scheduled to be held, the decks were today cleared with a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissing a petition filed by four Amritsar-based members of the District Akali Jatha seeking directions to the state of Punjab and other respondents to prepare fresh list of voters for each ward.


World Bank representative visits hospital
Bathinda, April 30
A World Bank representative, Ms Preeti Kudeshi, visited the local Civil Hospital today. Office-bearers of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) and the Health Services Department accompanied her.

No-confidence motion against MC chief
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 30
Sirhind is facing a drinking water problem from the past one week due to a fault in the main tubewell no 1 of Municipal Council, but the councillors are busy in lobbying in trying to dethrone the president of the council. They have submitted a no confidence motion against him.

Mann to send jatha to Pakistan
Phagwara, April 30
Shiromani Akali Dal (A) headed by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann will send a jatha to Pakistan in June on the Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev, according to Mr Jaskaran Singh, party’s general secretary, here today.

Anticipatory bail for MLA, son
Moga, April 30
Moga Additional District and Sessions Judge J.S. Chawla has granted anticipatory bail to Mr Sadhu Singh, MLA, his son Jagtar Singh and then Station House Officer of Baghapurana police station in the infamous Rajyana girls’ stripping case.

No announcement on new Jathedar
Talwandi Sabo, April 30
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC President, did not make any announcement regarding installing Mr Balwant Singh Nandgarh as Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib here today.

Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC President, talks to mediapersons at Talwandi Sabo on Tuesday.
— Photo by Kulbir Beera

Dharna by advocates
Moga, April 30
To protest against the police for not registering a case against two police officials who allegedly manhandled an advocate and member of the Bar Association on April 16, Moga advocates today staged a sit-in and took out a rally.

Two killed in mishap 
Abohar, April 30
Two occupants of a tractor-trailer were killed as the vehicle in which they were travelling overturned while negotiating a turn to the Killianwali-Panjkosi link road last night.

Two killed as tankers collide
Rajpura, April 30
Two persons were killed when two chemical-laden tankers moving one behind the other collided near the Shambhu check-point, seven km from here, late last night. The collision occurred when the tanker ahead applied brakes suddenly.

‘Follow path of Mahavira’
Kharar, April 30
Dr Shiv Muni, Jain Acharya and chief of Sathanakwasi Shwetamber Jain sect, has appealed to the people to follow the path shown by Lord Mahavira in order to avoid sufferings.


MC staff create furore in House
Abohar, April 30
Pandemonium prevailed at the meeting of the local Municipal Council last evening as the employes chose to play the role of opposition. They demanded that a fresh probe by the Vigilance be ordered into the construction of a posh house by the president of the council.

26 pc posts of MO vacant
Sangrur, April 30
Sangrur is perhaps the only district in the state in which 26 per cent posts of Medical Officer (MO) are lying vacant. Thus, the shortage of such a large number of MOs in the district, especially in the Moonak and Tapa blocks, has been affecting the health care services for the past several months.


Two held for drug trafficking
Nawanshahr, April 30
Dr Naresh Kumar Arora, SSP, today informed that the police in its drive against drug traffickers had arrested Amrik Singh, alias Billa, of Gunachaur and Jagir Kaur, alias Jagiro of Mukandpur, and seized 33 bags (1155) kg of poppy husk.

Judge’s Reader held for taking bribe
Patiala, April 30
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested the Reader of the Civil Judge, Sangrur, on the charge of taking Rs 1 lakh from Mr Charanjit Singh of Mangwal village in Sangrur district on the pretext of getting his daughter employed as a clerk in the court of the District and Sessions Judge, Sangrur.

Gang of cheats busted
Bathinda, April 30
The police has busted a gang of cheats by arresting one of its members. The gang members used to cheat people by promising them that they would double their money.

Arhtiya, uncle shot dead
Amritsar, April 30
An arhtiya (commission agent) and his paternal uncle were shot dead in broad daylight by two youths in the border town of Ajnala, about 30 km from here, today.


Parents resent fee hike by school
Patiala, April 30
Parents of students studying in Teja Singh Kandhari Public school here have condemned the school management regarding the hefty hike in tuition fee, building funds and computer funds.

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