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Akalis seek Jacob’s help in halting ‘excesses’
Chandigarh, May 8
Akali MLA Manpreet Singh Badal today submitted a memorandum to the Governor, Lt-Gen JFR Jacob, listing 38 “false” criminal cases registered against Akali workers, including village elders, sarpanches and lambardars, implicating them on fabricated charges under various Acts in his Gidderbaha constituency alone.

Dhira held in recruitment case
Chandigarh, May 8
While the Ravi Sidhu case and the recruitment scam have slid into the background over the past few days, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has started investigating a scam relating to purchases made by the three Government Medical Colleges in the state last year.

PPSC to amend procedure rules
Patiala, May 8
The members of the Punjab Public Service Commission today decided to take the advise of former members, eminent scholars and noted lawyers to amend the rules of procedure which according to them had been changed to facilitate one-man rule by its Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu.

Vigilance probe against ex-MD
Chandigarh, May 8
The Department of Local Government is to submit to the Vigilance Bureau all files related to the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, wherein a loss of Rs 27.80 lakh was allegedly caused by a former Managing Director, Mr A.S. Dhami, who retired on June 30, 1999.




Municipal poll: expense limit up
Chandigarh, May 8
The State Election Commission has enhanced the limit of the maximum poll expenses to be incurred by candidates during the Municipal Corporation elections from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh.

Army helps govt disburse relief
The Army, realising the hardships caused to residents of villages along Zero Line of the Indo-Pakistan border due to laying of mines in their fields has taken up the task of disbursal of interim relief to these people in coordination with the state government.

Cong leaders vie for RS berth
Chandigarh, May 8
A race among senior leader of the Punjab Congress has started to secure the party’s nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat.

PSERC proposals unacceptable, says Captain
New Delhi, May 8
The Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that proposals of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) were not acceptable to the state government.


BJP units revolt over ticket distribution
Patiala, May 8
The East and South Mandal units of the BJP revolted against the party yesterday after its office-bearers were denied ticket for the Municipal Corporation elections.

SAD to oppose stopping of free power facility
Chandigarh, May 8
The Shiromani Akali Dal President and former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said here yesterday his party would oppose any move to discontinue free power facility for the farm sector or to effect an across-the-board raise in power tariff for domestic users, industrial units and other consumers.


Jacob flays misuse of Red Cross emblem
Ropar, May 8
Medical professionals and institutes are misusing the Red Cross emblem, which should be used only by Red Cross members and the Army medical services. Doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, chemists and representatives of medical and pharmaceutical representatives using the emblem are committing an offence. 

Punjab restrained from issuing notification
Elections to gram panchayats
Chandigarh, May 8
Issuing notice of motion for May 13 on a petition alleging that the Punjab Government had decided to hold elections to the gram panchayats a year before the expiry of the five-year term, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained the state of Punjab from issuing any notification with regard to panchayat elections without the court’s permission.

  • Admitted

  • File sought

  • Notice of motion

Lawyers begin agitation
Phagwara, May 8
The Bar Association here today began two-day strike to protest against the alleged benefits received by certain high court judges in the PPSC recruitment scam.

Probe Coop Dept scams: Chandumajra
Chandigarh, May 8
The former Cooperation Minister, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, who is also the general secretary of the Sarab Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), said yesterday that a special cell should be set up in the Vigilance Bureau for holding a probe into the various scandals pertaining to the Punjab Cooperation Department.

5 docs, 10 pharmacists found absent
Sangrur, May 8
Seven teams of the Punjab Vigilance Department, led by an SP, three DSPs and three Inspectors, today conducted raids in 65 hospitals, dispensaries and veterinary hospitals in the district and found five doctors, 10 pharmacists, besides members of the para-medical and clerical staff, absent from duty.

SMO, 12 docs found absent
Gurdaspur, May 8
Dr Bhupinder Singh, Senior Medical Officer, Prabodh Chander Eye Hospital here, as many as 12 doctors and an equal number of paramedical staff at primary health centres and rural dispensaries in the district were found absent from duty during raids conducted here today.

Veterinary vaccination fortnight from May 13
Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab Government would launch a massive veterinary vaccination campaign by observing a vaccination fortnightfrom May 13 to eradicate deadly Foot and Mouth (FMD) and Haemorrhagic Septicemia (HS) diseases in animals. FMD has serious and deleterious effect on human nutrition and food security.

Man abducts wife on way to court
Bathinda, May 8
In a bizarre incident, a married woman staying with her mother due to tense relations with her in-laws, was allegedly abducted yesterday by her husband, when she was going towards the local courts for legal help.

Punjabi doctor’s rare feat
Chandigarh, May 8
Dr T.S. Kler, a Punjabi, born at Amargarh village, near Khamano, has achieved a rare distinction. His feat will go a long way in checking sudden cardiac deaths. He has introduced a new technique by implanting the first ever “Combo device”. This device implant is a path-breaking surgery in the field of cardiac medicine wherein, the life of many patients can be saved.

People’s help sought to check crime
Sangrur, May 8
A workshop on “Citizen rights and law enforcement” was organised at the local police lines yesterday which was inaugurated by Mr A.S. Rai, SSP, Sangrur.

Mann flays CM’s remarks on N-plant
Sangrur, May 8
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), has described the statement of Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, that he (Chief Minister) is against the setting up of a nuclear power plant in Punjab, a retrograde policy of the Congress government on power in the state which is facing a power crisis.

Stampede led to cows’ drowning
Samana, May 8
Rumours that around hundred cows were pushed into the Bhakra canal by farmers irritated over destroyed fields may be unfounded with the police today confirming that around 30 to 35 cows died due to a stampede when they were being herded to a gaushala here.

Demand for power increases
Ludhiana, May 8
With the rise in temperature, the demand for power consumption is increasing daily. The authorities of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) are trying hard to meet the power needs of the state but the situation may take a bad turn when the load for paddy cultivation picks up next month.

PSEB gearing up for staff strike
Patiala, May 8
The Punjab State Electricity Board has directed all its field officers to make efforts to maintain uninterrupted power supply on May 16 in view of the one-day strike call given by some unions of PSEB employees. The board has also decided that no leave will be allowed on the day except on serious medical grounds.

PSEB restrained from new power pacts
Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission today restrained the Punjab State Electricity Board from entering into any new power purchase agreement without ensuring that it was able to meet its payment obligations in respect of the existing power supply from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

Jail inmate dies ‘for want of medical care’
Ferozepore, May 8
An inmate of the local Central Jail died last night, allegedly due to lack of prompt medical care. Mr S.K. Kaushal, Deputy Superintendent of the jail, said Darshan Singh (37) complained of stomach pain last night. Claiming that the inmate was given medical care in the jail, Mr Kaushal said he was referred to the emergency ward of Civil Hospital, where he died.

Dalit JE’s death: rally by engineers today
Bathinda, May 8
Even as the authorities concerned have been trying to avoid any action against Mr Parkash Singh Bhatti, MLA, Balluana in Ferozepore district for his alleged involvement in causing the death of a dalit junior engineer of the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation (PSTC), Mr Lal Chand by terrorising him, the Diploma Engineers Association of PSTC, which will hold a protest rally in Abohar tomorrow, has also threatened to intensify the agitation if justice was denied to the family of the deceased.

Gram sevak embezzled Rs 2 lakh: villagers
Budhlada (Mansa), May 8
Residents in a complaint has alleged that Gurjant Singh, gram sevak, was involved in the embezzlement of Rs 2 lakh grant given to Ramgarh Shahpurian village and also made bunglings of the funds given to Kulrian village.

SOS village to celebrate Bal Mitra Utsav
Patiala, May 8
The SOS Children’s Villages of India will celebrate Bal Mitra Utsav (befriending a child) from May 11 to 14 at its Children’s Village in Rajpura. The main objective of the event is to create awareness in the society about the ‘child in need’. The SOS is an international voluntary child-care organisation which provides home to homeless children.

A level crossing of woe
A serious problem facing residents is traffic congestion at the level crossing situated in the heart of the city. The main city having markets, the Civil Hospital, nationalised banks, the girls’ college and a number of schools are situated on one side of the railway station area while on the other side are the district courts, the boys’ college and the bus stand. 


DC: Rs 10 lakh grant for disabled
Jalandhar, May 8
The Central Government has released Rs 10 lakh grant for the welfare of the physically challenged in urban areas of Jalandhar, to provide them with artificial limbs and hearing aids.


Doc booked under PNDT Act
Jalandhar, May 8
In a crackdown on violators of the Pre-Natal Diagnosis Techniques (PNDT) Act , the Kapurthala health authorities have filed a case in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kapurthala, against a Jalandhar-based doctor for allegedly running the illegal business of pre-natal diagnosis in Begowal town, 38 km from here.

Robbers confess to crime
Bathinda, May 8
Two proclaimed offenders (POs) arrested by the Moga police last month have confessed to having committed robberies and thus having collected Rs 60 lakh. They are in police custody till May 8.

Man held for selling spurious liquor
Bathinda, May 8
The city police has arrested Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Janta Nagar here, for his alleged involvement in the manufacture and sale of spurious liquor. Mr Ishwar Singh, district police chief, said in a press note issued here today that Rakesh Kumar had been playing havoc with the lives of people by selling them spurious liquor prepared from spirit.


Teachers who “sub-let” posts to be dismissed
Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab Government has decided to start criminal proceedings against teachers involved in “sub-letting” their posts. This was stated here today by a spokesman of the Punjab Education Department. He said it had come to notice that certain government teachers had employed private persons to perform duty at their places of postings.

Teachers resent govt ‘threat’ on grants
Chandigarh, May 8
Checking the tuition menace in the state by linking the same with continuance of 95 per cent grant-in-aid to non-government aided colleges has not gone well with the teaching community.


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