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Is ‘marriageability certificate’ valid?
Chandigarh, May 2
Ever heard of a ‘’marriageability certificate’’? Well, this is one document that deputy commissioners in Punjab are known to be issuing, as ex-officio Marriage Officers, so designated through a notification (No-J (c)-55/1765, dated January 19, 1955) under Section 3 of the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Cop gets 10-yr RI for Kulwant's murder
Ropar, May 2
The District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, Mr Maghar Khan, today sentenced an Inspector of the Punjab police, Arvinder Bir Singh, to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Kulwant Singh Murder case. Kulwant Singh, a Ropar-based advocate, was murdered along with his wife and one-year-old son in 1993.

Face regular trial in graft case, Bhattal told
Bathinda, May 2
The corruption case against the Minister for Panchayats and Rural Development, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, took a new turn today when the Special Judge, Mr B.C. Rajput, ordered her to face regular trial in the case after allowing the application moved by Vigilance Department officials on March 27 in connection with the withdrawal of application which they moved on January 2 for the return of challan presented against her on December 27, 2001.

Senior PSEB men lose car facility
Patiala, May 2
As an austerity measure, the Punjab State Electricity Board has withdrawn as many as 55 cars from its senior officers, including Chief Engineers, posted here and elsewhere in the state.

SGPC chief ‘hijacked executive panel’
Amritsar, May 2
Castigating the SGPC chief, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, for efforts to place his own confidant as Jathedar Takht Damdama Sahib, Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, Vice President, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, said the SGPC was trying to hijack all powers of the executive committee of the SGPC and flouted procedures to suit its own ends.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Fresh warrants issued against Sidhu’s kin
Kharar, May 2
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today issued non-bailable arrest warrants against brother, sister-in-law and mother of Ravi Sidhu, Chairman PPSC, against another accused for May 15.


CPI, Cong tie up for MC poll
Jalandhar, May 2
The state unit of the Communist Party of India today declared that it would contest the forthcoming MC elections in alliance with the Congress.

Mukhmailpur framed: Akalis
Patiala, May 2
Senior Akali leaders, including the President of the SGPC, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, a member of the SGPC, Mr Joginder Singh Panjrath, a former MP, Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, and their supporters today gave a representation to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police and the district police chief, saying that former minister Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur was wrongly implicated in a case of attempt to murder yesterday.

Ex-MLAs to boycott Vidhan Sabha function
Amritsar, May 2
The automony of the legislature has been progressively eroded. The steep fall in the number of sittings of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha per year shows that the members are not being given enough opportunity to represent their constituencies.


Sikh intelligentsia for Akali unity
Chandigarh, May 2
A number of Sikh scholars and activists met here today to discuss the division in the Akali ranks resulting in the defeat of the Shiromani Akali Dal and other Panthic parties.

Irate villagers block traffic
Jalandhar, May 2
Hundreds of irate residents of Mand village near here blocked traffic on the Jalandhar Kapurthala road for about two hours in protest against the failure of the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities to restore power supply to the village during the past three days.

Chhina case reopened; 2 SPs under cloud
Amritsar, May 2
Two Superintendents of Police, Mr Darshan Singh Mann and Mr Jagdish Singh Kahlon, who had recommended the cancellation of an FIR lodged against the beleaguered Mr Surinder Paul Singh Chhina, Managing Director, Central Cooperative Bank here, for allegedly embezzling Kargil funds to the tune of Rs 3.50 lakh have come under a cloud as the district police chief, Mr Narinder Paul Singh, has ordered the reopening of the case.

World bank representative Preeti Kureshi
The World Bank representative Preeti Kureshi goes through the complaint of Dr Vanita Gupta, secretary, Insaaf International, at the Bathinda civil hospital on Wednesday.  — PTI

Modi’s resignation demanded
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 2
The ex-servicemen cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee organised a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner office here today demanding the resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narinder Modi for his failure to control communal violence.

Cheema in judicial custody
Patiala, May 2
A local court today remanded Bhupinder Singh Cheema co-accused along with former Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, in an attempt-to-murder case involving an attack on a university teacher in judicial custody till May 15.

Lawyer seeks probe into appointment
Mansa, May 2
In a complaint sent to a one-man commission headed by justice A.S. Garg, Mr Jaspal Goyal, a local lawyer, has alleged that an appointment has been made by taking bribe.

Poor pregnant women get assistance
Sangrur, May 2
Under the National Maternity Benefit Scheme, pregnant women, belonging to households below the poverty line, are being provided maternity benefit to the tune of Rs 500 each in Sangrur district.

Stripping case: ASI suspended
Moga, May 2

The Punjab police today suspended an Assistant Sub-Inspector of police for his alleged involvement in an infamous girls’ stripping case in the district.

Unclaimed suitcase creates panic
Bathinda, May 2

Panic gripped the residents of the local Ganesha Basti when they saw a suitcase lying under a power transformer near a park here. Fearing that it could contain some explosive material, they started running for safety.

The anti sabotage team inspects the suitcase lying on the Bhatti road in Bathinda on Thursday. 
— Photo Kulbir Beera

2-yr RI for Xen
Patiala, May 2
A local court today sentenced Executive Engineer, Sutlej Yamuna Link canal Mohinder Singh to two years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Graft case against doctor: probe sought
Bathinda, May 2
Even as the government health services were paralysed in the district by the doctors who were protesting against the alleged false implication of an eye specialist, Dr Harbhajan Singh Hayer, in a corruption case, the Vigilance Bureau authorities claimed that every accused pleaded innocent after he was caught taking a bribe.

Woman, girl succumb to burn injuries
Bathinda, May 2
A married woman and a girl who were admitted to the local Civil Hospital yesterday after they sustained burn injuries died last night.

Councillor among 100 'caught’ stealing power
Bathinda, May 2
Vijay Kumar, a municipal councillor, was among 100 persons caught by the Punjab State Electricity Board for stealing power during a special checking today.

Driver injured in train-truck mishap
Ropar, May 2
A major tragedy was averted when the Ambala-Nangal passenger train collided with a truck near Ganauli, about 10 km from here today.

A scene of the accident. — Tribune photo Karam Singh

A scene of the accident

MC staff scuffle claims life
Bathinda, May 2
A scuffle between some safai karamcharis and a sanitary inspector of the local Municipal Council, on the office premises today, claimed the life of another sanitary inspector, Baldev Singh Jaura. The deceased was a brother of Mr Sham Singh Jaura, General Secretary of the state BSP.

HC judge inspects Samana court
Samana, May 2
Justice Bakhshish Kaur of the Punjab and Haryana High Court inspected judicial court here today.

Job scandal accused remanded
Kharar, May 2

Kharar judicial magistrate Roshan Lal today remanded two senior officials accused in the recruitment scandal in the state’s Rural Development and Panchayats Department, in judicial custody till May 15.

Farmer burnt alive
Mansa, May 2
Jarnail Singh, a farmer of Gorakhnath village near Bareta town of the district, was burnt alive yesterday while burning stalks of wheat in his fields after harvesting the crop.

Canal breach floods 500 acres
Mansa, May 2
A breach in the Bhikhi branch of the canal near Kishangarh Pharmahi village in the district yesterday inundated 500 acres. Due to this stocks of chaff lying in the fields were also washed away.


Opt for organic farming: experts
Nawanshahr, May 2
The Biology Department of Kirpal Sagar Academy, near Rahon, to create awareness among students about ill effects of chemical fertilisers and mobilize them to adopt organic farming, organised a seminar on the topic here today.


ASI, munshi suspended
Phagwara, May 2
In the reversal of roles, public intervened to settle a police dispute! A piquant situation arose at local Satnampura police station here yesterday when a scuffle started between ASI Satpal and Munshi Raman Kumar over a trifle.


Minor raped in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, May 2
Panic gripped the families of thousands of migrant labourers of the city when some unidentified persons took away a four-year-old girl child from beside her sleeping mother and raped her late last night.

Impostors’ gang busted; 3 held
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 2
The district police has claimed to have busted a gang of impostors, who used to pose as policemen and rob people by erecting fake nakas at night. Those arrested are Narpinder Singh of Raipur, Dharminder Singh of Raipur and Devinder Singh of Kotla Bjwara villages of Fatehgarh Sahib.

Two more held in paddy scam
Bathinda, May 2
The district police today arrested Harish Galhotra and Amit Galhotra, partners of a rice mill, located at Goniana Mandi, 15 km from here, for their alleged involvement in the paddy scam.

Man found dead, one booked
Ludhiana, May 2
A middle aged man was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Haibowal today. The police has registered a murder case against a woman, with whom the deceased was allegedly having an illicit relationship.

Delhi burglar’s accomplice held
Muktsar, May 2
Gurmeet Singh, son of a landlord in the district, who was an accomplice of Devinder Singh, alias Bunty, known as “Burglar No. 1”, arrested by the Delhi police four days ago, has been arrested by the local police after five weapons, and four vehicles were recovered from him.

Travel agent held for fraud
Kapurthala, May 2
The Phagwara police has arrested a travel agent, Jaspal a resident of Pandori village under Bholath police station, on the charge of duping Mohinder Paul, a resident of Balalo village of Phagwara, of Rs 5 lakh for sending him abroad.

Robbers take away Rs 8.7 lakh
Makhu (Ferozepore), May 2
Some armed persons took away Rs 8.7 lakh at gunpoint from four employees of the Irrigation Department in broad daylight here today.

Father kills infant in fit of rage
Amritsar, May 2
In a stunning incident, a man killed his two-month-old son in a fit of rage here last evening.


Question paper outside syllabus, exam cancelled
Bathinda, May 2
Students of MA-I (Punjabi literature) taking the modern Punjabi poetry (option-I) examination at local colleges today were taken aback when they found that the question paper was not as per the syllabus. The students raised a hue and cry, forcing the authorities to cancel the examination.

Ahluwalia recruited ‘favourites’
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 2
As a crusade against corruption has been launched by Capt Amarinder Singh, more and more affected people, are coming forward with their complaints of highhandedness during various recruitments.

Sabha suggests SC candidates for VC’s post
Patiala, May 2
The president of the local Valmik Dharam Sabha, Mr Lal Chand Dhariwal, in a letter to the Chancellor, Punjabi University, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), has listed nine names of luminaries belonging to the Scheduled Castes for the post of the Vice-Chancellor of the university presently held temporarily by Mr N.S. Rattan.

Future of polytechnic institute hangs in balance
Patiala, May 2
The future of the employees of the Thapar Polytechnic here hangs in balance as the management has refused to revive admissions to the polytechnic for the current academic year and is even considering its closure in view of the withdrawal of 95 per cent government grant to the Thapar Polytechnic and the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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