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Increase in power tariff on cards
Free power for farmers, Scheduled Castes may go
Patiala, May 4
The stage has been set for raising the tariff structure of the Punjab State Electricity Board with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission taking heed of a plea by the Board for the same and deciding to issue a notice for such an increase as the first step.

Priest, 7 others get ‘tankhah’
Burning of volumes of Guru Granth Sahib
Amritsar, May 4
The Sikh clergy today pronounced ‘tankhah’ (religious punishment) on five Sikh leaders, including a priest of Gurdwara Singh Sabha Mohalla Chaudhrian, Phillaur, for their ‘negligence’ in saving nine volumes of Guru Granth Sahib burnt due to a short-circuit.

Punjab food scam a big challenge
Chandigarh, May 4
While millers have been pressing the state government to clear their dues totalling Rs 200 crore pertaining to the delivery of rice to the Central pool, the food scam pertaining to “ unaccounted paddy “ worth hundreds of crores has become a big challenge for the government. There are nearly 1100 cases of missing paddy in the state.

Egos eclipse anti-corruption drive
Chandigarh, May 4
The ongoing “war” against corruption in Punjab has got mired in unsavoury controversies engineered and manipulated by the bureaucracy, which apparently shows wide, vested interests.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Children take a dip in a canal
Children take a dip in a canal to beat the heat endangering their lives. They jump into the canal on the outskirts of Bathinda from a bridge where fast-moving trains pass. — Photo Kulbir Beera

SAD to counter Cong ‘onslaught’
Chandigarh, May 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said if the government was sincere in its commitment to eradicate corruption, let it first begin with a discussion on the Lok Pal reports already before the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and proceed against those Congressmen, who had been indicted, in the next session.

Vigilance team raids Civil Hospital
13 found absent, equipment worth lakhs lying unused
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 4
A vigilance team, led by the SP (Vigilance), Patiala, Mr Paramjit Singh Grewal, raided the local Civil Hospital and found 13 employees, including four doctors, absent from duty. The team also found that equipment worth lakhs had been lying locked in the rooms for the past two years.



Ahluwalia bail plea dismissed
Patiala, May 4
A local court today dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by ousted Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia in a corruption case registered against him here recently.

State gets notice in Sidhu bail case
Patiala, May 4
A local court today issued a notice to the state government for May 9 following a bail application moved by Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu claiming a fresh case had been registered against him in Patiala at the behest of the state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Jagman’s judicial remand extended
Ropar, May 4
The local Additional Sessions and Special Judge, Mr A.S. Kathuria, today extended the judicial remand of Jagman Singh, a close associate of the PPSC Chairman, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, till May 19. Jagman Singh who has turned a public approver in the case, was brought to the court at about 10 a.m. as his judicial remand ended today.

Probe molestation bid charge: PSHRC
Tarn Taran, May 4
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission, taking a serious note of the complaint filed by Seeto, a member of the Scheduled Caste community working as a sweeper in the local branch of the State Bank of Patiala, alleging that the Branch Manager attempted to molest her, has directed the local police to make an inquiry into the matter and submit a report to the PSHRC on or before May 30.

Akali Dal (Amritsar) Chief Simranjit Singh Mann surveys border villagesGill’s appointment sinister: Mann
Amritsar, May 4
Expressing strong objection to the appointment of Mr K.P.S. Gill as Security Adviser to the Gujarat Chief Minister, Akali Dal (Amritsar) Chief Simranjit Singh Mann today described the move as “sinister” since the former had allegedly failed to check the “genocide” of Sikhs in Punjab.

Akali Dal (Amritsar) Chief Simranjit Singh Mann surveys border villages on Saturday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Bhattal to head Mansa Dist Planning Board
Chandigarh, May 4
The Punjab Government has appointed the following Ministers chairpersons of various district planning boards:
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (Mansa), Ch Jagjit Singh (Amritsar), Mr Lal Singh (Ludhiana), Mr Khushal Behal (Kapurthala), Mr Partap Singh Bajwa (Ferozepore), Mr Tej Parkash Singh (Ropar), Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri (Muktsar), Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra (Jalandhar), Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar (Gurdaspur), Ch Santokh Singh (Moga), Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang (Hoshiarpur), Mr Sardul Singh (Patiala), Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee (Bathinda), Mr Avtar Henry (Sangrur), Mr Amarjit Singh Samra (Fatehgarh Sahib) and Dr Ramesh Dutt Sharma (Nawanshahr).

Military removes 195 shells
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 4
The residents of Fatehpur village, near here, who were living under the shadow of death for the past nine months got some respite as a team of military officials today removed 195 shells dumped in a rivulet on the outskirts of the village.

Power ‘corrupts’ national players
Patiala, May 4
Laxity on the part of the National Institute of Sports authorities in ensuring proper power supply to its hostels, where newly-purchased air conditioners have been installed, has led to a situation where national-level campers find themselves caught in a virtual death-trap.

Further remand for NRI in murder case
Moga (Punjab), May 4
The judicial custody of Raghbir Singh Gill, alleged to have murdered a girl in Canada 16 years ago, has been extended till May 15.
The order was passed by Moga Chief Judicial Magistrate yesterday on the expiry of Gill’s 14-day judicial remand.

Rs 50,000 grant for Dalit dharamshala
Patiala, May 4
Rural water supply schemes will be executed in all villages of Punjab to ensure pure and clean drinking water. This was stated by Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, while addressing a gathering at Alampur village falling under the Ghanaur Assembly segment near here today.


Impetus to crop diversification
Bathinda, May 4
After successfully launching an anti-corruption drive, the Punjab Government has started taking a keen interest in development, giving aid to police officials facing trials and crop diversification in a big way to put the economy of state back on rails and to fulfil its pre-poll promises.


Workshop on improving police image
The functioning of the Police Department has always been the subject of criticism-on account of rampant corruption, nepotism or high handedness and the man on the streets often develops a fear psychosis on the mere mention of the word, “police”.

Roshan gram yojna launched in Batala
Batala, May 4
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today launched the “Sonia Gandhi Roshan Gram Yojna” to install solar street lights in the district today.
The Chief Minister, said the street lights would be maintained by the respective gram panchayats.


Gang busted; two arrested
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 4
The district police has claimed to have busted a gang of cheats by arresting two persons and seized pulses worth Rs 6 lakh, a Maruti car and two trucks from them. Those arrested have been identified as Kabul Singh, resident of Mandofal village and Jarnail Singh, alias Jally, resident of Nand Pur Kesho village of the district.

Gang of cheats busted, 29 held
Bathinda, May 3
The Faridkot police has busted a gang of cheats who would collect wheat and other items from villagers by claiming themselves to be caretakers of a gurdwara here. As many as 29 members of the gang have been arrested.

1,470 kg of poppy husk seized
Abohar, May 4
The police has seized 1,470 kg of poppy husk during a search operation, official sources said here today.
The SHO of Sadar police station, Mr Devinder Singh, had laid a naka at Alamgarh bypass on the Sriganganagar-Abohar road yesterday. When a truck (MH-26-7877) loaded with onion bags was searched, it was found that 42 bags contained poppy husk weighing 1,470 kg.

Ex-bank manager booked for fraud
Gurdaspur, May 4
Misappropriation of Rs 17 lakh by a manager of Punjab & Sind Bank, Dinanagar, has come to light. An FIR in this connection under Sections 409, 467, 468 and 471 IPC, was lodged at Dinanagar police station by Mr Pritam Singh, the present manager of the bank, on Thursday.


Students wait for study material
Mansa, May 4
Even as Kurukshetra University has announced the datesheet for the final exams of the Master of Mass Communication, the students of correspondence course of the same have not been supplied with the full study material till today by the Directorate of Correspondence Courses of the university.

Students given tips on career choices
Patiala, May 4
For children the buzz word is “Plan for yourself and inculcate a learning habit’’ while for parents it is “better not to impose career choices on children’’.
A two-day Career Counselling programme was organised at Blossoms School, here for the students of class IX and X which culminated here today.

Students demand grace marks
Patiala, May 4
Students of MA I (Urdu) have alleged that Paper-2 held by the Punjabi University authorities at various centres yesterday was wrongly set. In a letter addressed to the Controller of Examinations, the students have alleged that in Section-E, which was compulsory, 7 out of 10 questions were totally out of the syllabus and these questions carried 28 marks.

School library computerised
Patiala, May 4
The new computerised and video section of the library of Modern Secondary School here, the first of its kind in the city, was inaugurated today by Mr Darshan Singh Dhaliwal of Rakhra, an alumnus of the 1966 batch and a patron of the Alumni Association of the school.

Parents urged to discourage tuition
Patiala, May 4
Keeping in view the increasing trend of private tuitions, Dr Raj Kumar Sharma, Principal of Government Mohindra College, invited parents of students of medical and non-medical streams of the college for discussion.

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