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Rattan asks for report on institutes
Patiala, May 6
The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information Technology on the campus of Punjabi University and Guru Gobind Singh Institute at the university’s Damdama Sahib Regional Centre have come under a cloud with the Vice-Chancellor, Mr N.S. Rattan, asking the Registrar to give a report as to how the institutions were allowed to be set up.

Jagman’s counsel seek confessional statement
Ropar, May 6
Counsel for Jagman Singh, one of the main agents of PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, who has turned approver in the case, today demanded that his confessional statement be issued before the CJM, Ropar.

Punjabi University Registrar relieved of charge
Patiala, May 6
Punjabi University Registrar Dr B S Bhatia was today relieved of his charge and Dr K S Sidhu, a Professor in the Department of Defence Studies and a key figure of the Joint Action Committee which had led the agitation for the ouster of former Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, has been entrusted with his job even as more changes in the top-level administration are in the offing.




Vigilance working upsets bureaucracy
Chandigarh, May 6
The Punjab Council of Ministers at its next meeting will be under pressure to withdraw the “guidelines” issued to the Vigilance Bureau by the state government in March, 2000, with regard to holding inquiries and registering cases against gazetted and non-gazetted officers.

Three states join hands to nab militants
Pathankot, May 6
The Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir police has launched a massive joint CAT ‘operation to nab extremists responsible for a number of inter-state crimes. Informers are taken from one state to the other to help the police catch such elements under this ambitious operation

2 get death for kids’ murder
Jalandhar, May 6
The macabre murder of two kids, who were sodomised before being drowned in a swimming pool, which virtually shook the city in 1998, took a new turn today with a local court pronouncing capital punishment on two accused, who had allegedly committed the crime.

Recruiting retired persons & even promoting them
Chandigarh, May 6
The Local Government Department of the Punjab Government has recruited persons above 60 years of age and even promoted them.

Bureaucrats may head coop banks
Chandigarh, May 6
The Punjab Government is seriously considering a proposal submitted by the Financial Commissioner, Co-operatives, to appoint either IAS officers or hardcore professionals as managing directors of the state cooperative bank and the state agricultural development bank.

Steps on for hydel projects
Bathinda, May 6
To cope with the increased demand for electricity, the Punjab Government will set up hydel power projects in Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal in collaboration with the governments of these states.


Civic poll: BJP release list
Chandigarh, May 6
Prof Brij Lal Rinwa, President of the Punjab unit of the BJP tonight released the first list of party candidates for the coming Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections.

Cong releases MC candidates’ list


SGPC to file case in SC tomorrow
Ludhiana, May 6
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee will file its case regarding the minority status for Sikhs and the educational institutions being run by them before the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on May 8.

‘Component plan’ for Dalits
Phillaur, May 6
The Punjab Government has prepared a special “component plan” for the welfare of the poor and Dalits in the state.

Plea to release leaders
Sangrur, May 6
More than 100 activists of the All-India People’s Resistance Forum (AIPRF) BKU (Ekta), Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU) and the Kirti Mazdoor Union (KMU) took out a protest march through the town today in protest against the arrest of five leaders by the Jind police in Haryana a few days ago.

Hamdard leads rally against govt
Jalandhar, May 6
The month-long standoff between the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and Jalandhar-based media baron Barjinder Singh Hamdard virtually reached a flashpoint today with the latter leading a protest rally on the city streets, which saw the participation of thousands of his “admirers” readers of his newspaper Ajit and a number of former Akali ministers and leaders of parties other than the Congress.

Arrest only on 7-day notice
Chandigarh, May 6
Taking up a petition filed by Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, MLA, seeking the grant of anticipatory bail or else 15 days’ notice in case a first information report was registered against him, Mr Justice Nirmal Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered the issuance of a seven-day notice if the petitioner was required to be arrested in an alleged corruption case registered against the director and the managing director of a cooperative bank.

  • Notice issued in Harpreet case

Border area residents help Army jawans
Jalandhar, May 6
The Army authorities are overwhelmed with the attitude of the residents of border areas who are extending all help to the jawans of the Army despite being adversely affected due to bunkers and landmines in their fields.

Brick-kiln workers hold rally
Gurdaspur, May 6
A large number of brick-kiln workers participated in a rally held here today in support of their demands. The rally was addressed by Mr Gulzar Singh, state president, IFTU, and Mr Gurmeet Singh, state secretary, CPI (ML). He demanded that brick-kiln workers be covered under the Factory Act.

Noted artist
e Sardool Sikander signing autographs at the opening of Virasat Kala Kendra at Patiala.
— Photo by Subhash Patialvi

20,000 gunny bags destroyed in fire

Medical stores at hospital sealed

Ban on use of plastic bags

Anti-corruption drive hailed

Rehri owners’ stir


Wheat crop on 50 acres destroyed
Amritsar, May 6
About 50 acres of standing wheat was destroyed in a fire in the border villages of Rasoolpur and Naushera Dhalla today.


Hundreds of officials shifted
Chandigarh, May 6
Hundreds of officials in various departments, including public works, irrigation, medical and healthcare, revenue and sports were transferred on Saturday and Sunday as the deadline for transfers and postings ended yesterday.

Plea on appointment of civil engineers
Bathinda, May 6
The diploma engineers of the Irrigation Department have urged the state government not to appoint mechanical engineers on the post of Civil Engineers as it affects the working of the department.

JEs to protest outside SEs’ offices
Patiala, May 6
The Council of Junior Engineers of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will organise protest rallies in front of all offices of superintending engineers (operations) on May 10.

Gursewak Singh on planning board


Driver, 2 others held for looting trader
Pathankot, May 6
The city police has busted a gang of robbers and arrested Santosh Kumar of Sujanpur, Dev Anand of Batala and Rajesh Kumar, a local resident and the driver of local trader Abhay Kumar Mahajan who was robbed of Rs 2 lakh at the Dhar Kalan chowk on the Pathankot-Dalhousie road on April 13 while he was returning in a car after collecting the amount.

Pirated CDs seized, 1 held
Bathinda, May 6
The police has arrested Tarsem Kumar, a city resident, for allegedly preparing pirated CDs of Hindi and pornographic movies.


PCCTU poll now on May 26
Phagwara, May 6
The state-level election of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) will now be held on May 26 at Doaba College, Jalandhar, according to union sources here today.

Shergill promoted Principal

ACTU clarification on dharna


Sick units hit house tax revenue
Bathinda, May 6
Even as Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhuller, President, Municipal Council, has asked the Executive Officer (EO) to hold a probe into the allegations of bungling in the assessment of house tax by a sub-committee, the Municipal Council authorities claimed this revenue had declined because some industrial units had closed down.

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