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HC seeks all documents
Chandigarh, May 10
Directing Punjab's Advocate-General to ensure that all documents pertaining to the Punjab Public Service Commission scam, including the statements recorded by the investigating agency and the courts, were placed before them in a sealed cover, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed May 13 as the next date of hearing for examining the issue regarding "right to information" of a social organisation which had filed a public interest litigation seeking transparent investigation in the matter.

Panel finds PAU don guilty of molestation
Ludhiana, May 10
The inquiry committee constituted by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to look into the allegations of molestation levelled by a girl student against a faculty member eight months ago, has held the latter guilty of molesting the girl.

Ex-VC’s bail till recording of statement
Chandigarh, May 10
Ordering the grant of bail to Punjabi University’s former Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the same would continue till complainant Saru Rana’s statement was not recorded by the Sessions Judge during the trial of the case.

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Fiscal reforms on anvil
Chandigarh, May 10
Notwithstanding the politicisation of the White Paper on the state’s finances in Punjab, the fact remains that fiscal deterioration set in 1991-92 and only worsened during 1996-97-2000-01. Apportioning blame will not help; correctives will.

Recruitments against quota suspect
Chandigarh, May 10
Recruitments made against posts reserved for the handicapped by various departmental committees headed by senior bureaucrats during the tenure of the previous SAD-BJP government in Punjab have become suspect.

AG denies report, Speaker refers matter to panel
Chandigarh, May 10
The Accountant-General (Audit) of Punjab and the Union Territory, Mr Nand Lal, today denied he had said that the PAC was wrongly, taking bureaucrats advice.

Govt urged to reconsider bypass survey report
Kharar, May 10
Mr Karam Chand Bansal and Mr Pushpinder Kumar Bansal, two farmers from Khanpur village in Kharar district in a letter sent to the PWD Minister Punjab, have demanded that the Government should reconsider the survey report of the proposed by-pass from Desu Majra village to Kharar on National Highway Number 21.


SAD ‘reaping whirlwind’
Chandigarh, May 10
Commenting on the petition filed before the Punjab State Human Rights Commission by the Shiromani Akali Dal MLA, Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, alleging police atrocities against his party workers, the President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, said that the SAD headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal had sown the wind and was now reaping the whirlwind.


Lab technicians “spreading infection”
Bathinda, May 10
Laboratory technicians of a government hospital at Fazilka used one needle to prick all patients for blood tests. In Bagha Purana, technician did not use spirit swab after collecting samples for tests.

3 PSEB cashiers suspended 
Gurdaspur, May 10
Punjab State Electricity Board officials have unearthed a scam involving three cashiers of the board posted in South subdivision, Batala, since the past four years. The cashiers had allegedly collecting billed amount from customers, but were not depositing it in the ledger book of the board. The cashiers — Sarfreen Masin, Gurmeet Kaur and Madan Gopal — have been suspended.

Suicide case: fresh probe demanded
Amritsar, May 10
Alleging foul play in the cancellation of the FIR in the suicide case of Anil Sharma, a medical sales officer, Mr Satya Pal Sharma, the father of the deceased, has urged the authorities to conduct fresh investigations by an independent agency in the case of abetment to suicide.

Sikh priests: prove bribe charges 
Amritsar, May 10
The Sikh high priests today sought ‘concrete proofs’ from Sikh leaders who had levelled serious charges of bribe against them.

EO’s official residence being ‘misused’
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 10
The official residence of the Executive Officer of Municipal Council, Fatehgarh Sahib, located in the premises of the council office, is being used as a guesthouse for the past one year by the students of the local Engineering College. The residents of the area have complained that their peace was being disturbed due to the activities of these students.

Ferozepore to have agro-based industry
Ferozepore, May 10
To give impetus to the industrial growth, a unit of agro-based industry will soon be set up here. This was stated by Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, MLA and Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, while presiding over the 5th annual convocation of the Martyr Dr Anil Baghi School of Nursing here today.

Bangladeshi national apprehended
Pathankot, May 10
Army officials today apprehended a Bangladeshi national from the airfield in Darsopur moving under suspicious circumstances.

Cong rally over Gujarat riots
Bathinda, May 10
Hundreds of Congress workers, led by the DCC President Dr Bhagat Singh Dhaliwal, today staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner and held a rally in protest against the communal riots in Gujarat.

Deepti Naval issued summons


70 lakh for repairing Phagwara roads
Phagwara, May 10
About 19 km of roads in the constituency will be repaired at a cost of Rs 70 lakh by June 31.

PWSSB defrauded of 1.54 lakh
Abohar, May 10
Even as the local municipal council has been able to pay only Rs 2 lakh out of Rs 17 lakh on account of maintenance charges to the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB), auditors have reportedly detected an embezzlement of Rs 1.54 lakh in the recovery of water and sewerage charges by the staff on deputation. As many as 76 employees of the council are on deputation with the PWSSB.

Rally by junior engineers
Gurdaspur, May 10
About 100 junior engineers of the Punjab State Electricity Board owing allegiance to the Junior Council of Engineers held a rally in front of the office of the Superintending Engineer here today.


SHO, 3 others suspended
Hoshiarpur, May 10
An SHO, a havildar, a constable and a head constable have been suspended by SSP Gurpreet Deo for “charging monthlies” from bootleggers, “satta-operators” and anti-social elements operating in the city allegedly with the help of police officials.

Undertrial escapes from police custody
Ferozepore, May 10
An undertrial lodged in the local Central Jail who had been undergoing treatment in the Civil Hospital, escaped from police custody in the morning today.


Education board decisions put on hold
SAS Nagar, May 10
Even as the Vigilance Bureau is digging out facts about the financial and administrative irregularities in the Punjab School Education Board, the Punjab government has put the decisions taken by the board management between January and April this year on hold.

Punjab school board exam results
SAS Nagar, May 10
After releasing the gazette of the Class VIII results here today, the board authorities are gearing to declare the results of the matric and senior secondary examinations.

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