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Vigilance unearths land scam
PSIEC officials ‘involved’
Jalandhar, May 7
A scam involving high-ups and other officials of the Punjab State Industry and Export Corporation (PSIEC) has come to light. The officials allegedly made lakhs of rupees by illegally providing the corporation’s 55-acre prime land in the Goindwal Industrial Complex to some persons for cultivation.

6 more Deans of Punjabi University resign
Patiala, May 7
The resignation of Dr B.S. Bhatia from the post of Registrar of Punjabi University has created a ripple effect with six more Deans resigning from their posts even as anti-Ahluwalia Joint Action Committee (JAC) Convener Dr U.C. Singh was today appointed Dean, Academics of the varsity.

Former Registrar faces inquiry
Patiala, May 7
After the ouster of Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia from the top post in Punjabi University, there are indications that the actions of top-level functionaries may come under scrutiny with the university initiating a move to conduct a departmental inquiry against Dr B.S. Bhatia who resigned from the post of Registrar of the university yesterday.

Lawyers to boycott ‘tainted’ judges
Patiala, May 7
Taking a cue from the Punjab and Haryana High Court and The Tribune, advocates of the local Bar Association today resolved to boycott any tainted judge who came to the local courts here and also demanded that work should also be withdrawn from judges “tainted” in the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) recruitment scandal in the lower courts of the state.




Punjab Govt warns principals
Enforce tuition ban or face action
Chandigarh, May 7
Taking a cue from Haryana and the success the government has achieved in curbing the tuition menace rampant in the state, the Punjab government has taken its first step in the direction of banning tuition work by college teachers by asking principals of non-government affiliated colleges to take guarantee for their teachers.

MC poll expenses limit up
Chandigarh, May 7
The State Election Commission has enhanced the limit of maximum election expenses to be incurred by candidates during the Municipal Corporation elections from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh.

Buses cross the Wagah checkpost on their way to Afghanistan via Pakistan.25 buses leave for Afghanistan
Wagah, May 7
A convoy of 25 buses gifted by the Indian Government to war-torn Afghanistan left for the country via Pakistan from the Wagah check-post amid tight security here today. Surprisingly, no minister was present to flag off the contingent or see off the Deputy Transport Minister of Afghanistan, Mr Saaid Sadi Mutafaquir.

Buses cross the Wagah checkpost on their way to Afghanistan via Pakistan. Afghan Deputy Transport Minister Saaid Sadi Mustafaquir is accompanying the fleet of 25 buses from India. — Photo Rajiv Sharma


Expired medicines in Civil Hospital
Drug stores at Patiala, Faridkot hospitals sealed
Amritsar, May 7
Sealed drug stores in the Civil Hospital were inspected by a team led by the SMO, Dr R. Jindal and vigilance officers (technical) who arrived here from Chandigarh today. The team comprised Magistrate Mr Amarjit Singh and three DSPs, including Mr Rachpal Singh and Mr Jagir Singh.

Transfusion of untested blood continues
Bathinda, May 7
Even as transfusion of untested blood has been going on clandestinely in various private nursing homes, clinics and hospitals dotting this region against the norms, the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye to the practice despite the fact that cases of Hepatitis-B and Hepatitis-C are being detected in large numbers in the blood bank of the local Civil Hospital during tests.

Teenager gets life term for murder
Ropar, May 7
The District and Sessions Judge here, Mr Maghar Khan, has sentenced Bahadur Singh, a 19-year-old youth of Bande Mehal Kalan village to life imprisonment, for killing his mother’s alleged paramour.

Patiala to have Virasat Kala Kendra
Patiala, May 7
Punjabi music, culture and folk art are set to get a boost with renowned artist Sukhi Brar opening a special centre for their propogation under the name of Virasat Kala Kendra.

Forest fire engulfs hundreds of acres
Pathankot, May 7
The fire which started on Friday in the Damtal forest area, falling under the jurisdiction of Nurpur, near here, continued to rage today, engulfing hundreds of acres of forest land and causing a loss of lakhs to the Forest Department.

Four discharged on police request
Khanna, May 7
A Khanna court discharged four persons arrested on the charge of attempt of murder on a Akali worker, on the request of the police here today. An Akali worker, Mr Shivinder Singh, lodged an FIR on April 18 at Khanna police station that as many as eight persons had attacked him at night.

School student suffers burns
Bathinda, May 7
Gurwinder Singh, a student of Class VIII at Government Senior Secondary School, Bhucho Kalan village in this district, suffered burn injuries on his legs after being asked by a sweeper to collect waste paper on the school premises and throw it into a fire pit.

15-yr-old dies after taking poison


3 arrested for robbery
Moga, May 7
The police has arrested Daraban Singh, Kulwinder Singh and Kinda following a tip-off by residents of Manuke village under Baghapran police station.

Highway robbers nabbed
Ludhiana, May 7
Two persons belonging to highway robbers’ gang were caught by policemen of the PCR motorcycle squad here tonight. A stolen Tata Sumo vehicle, two pistols and some ammunition were recovered from them.

360 kg poppy husk seized
Patiala, May 7
The police today seized 360 kg of poppy husk in 10 sacks during a special naka in the district.


Punjabi paper rescheduled

Clash of exam dates irks students

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