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Govt preparing to ‘throw out’ PPSC-selected persons
Chandigarh, May 12
The Department of Personnel on Friday issued a circular to all Punjab financial commissioners, administrative secretaries and heads of departments on the April 29 orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on “not confirming” in service officers and other employees appointed on the recommendation of the Punjab Public Service Commission during the tenure of Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu.

PPSC rejects unite for justice
Bathinda, May 12
Even as the government is yet to take a decision on taking some action against those who allegedly paid bribe for getting selected through the PPSC, those candidates who were rejected have urged the government to take the fight against corruption to a conclusive end.

Bar, Bench acrimony deepens
Chandigarh, May 12
Heat generated by the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment racket intensified today with at least three presidents of different district Bar associations of Punjab and Haryana calling for the withdrawal of work from high court Judges allegedly named in the scam.

Probe into PNFC closure ordered
Ropar, May 12
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has ordered an inquiry into the reasons that led to the closure of the Punjab National Fertilisers and Chemicals, plant located at Nangal. 




Jalandhar haven for criminals
Jalandhar, May 12
Unidentified robbers looted Rs 16.5 lakh in broad daylight from a bank in Model House (April 12). Robbers are still at large. Rahul Sharma, a four-year-old, and his nine-year-old brother Navin, residents of Kot Kishan Chand locality, are allegedly abducted by a woman from Devi Talaab Hospital (May 7). The police is still clueless about the culprit.


Pak invites Sikh jatha
Ferozepore, May 12
The Pakistan Shiromani Gurdwara Committee has again invited Sikhs from India to visit the gurdwaras of Pakistan from June 7 to 15 on the occasion of the martyrdom day of the fifth Sikh Guru Arjun Dev ji.

Pardhan Kaur cremated
Faridkot, May 12
Hundreds of people from different walks of life attended the funeral of Ms Pardhan Kaur, wife of the late Giani Zail Singh, at her native Sandhwan village, 9 km from here today. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Minister for Transport, Punjab, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, Mr Sukhinder Singh Dhaliwal, president of the state unit of the UCPI, and several former ministers and MLAs were among those attended the funeral. However, no Central leader was present.
Mr Joginder Singh, son of Ms Pardhan Kaur, lights her pyre at Sadhwan village on Sunday.

Steps to help the disabled
Bathinda, May 12
Mr Darbara Singh Guru, Commissioner for Disabled Persons, Punjab, said on Friday that he would put up a proposal to the government to give some incentives to those persons who married disabled persons.

Doctors urged to serve humanity
Pathankot, May 12
The Housing and Urban Development Minister, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, urged the doctors to serve the humanity without succumbing to monetary gains.

Suspended sarpanch to face action
Bathinda, May 12
Harbans Singh, sarpanch of Kotshamir village was suspended last month on the charge of embezzling panchayat funds. Now the Deputy Commissioner has asked the SSP to register a case against him.


Farmers cry for canal water
Tarn Taran, May 12
The ongoing work for increasing the capacity of water in canals of the area has hindered the irrigation process causing helplessness among farmers. According to information, there has been no canal water for the past over eight months as the work is in progress.

Rs 200 cr to settle levy rice dues
Chandigarh, May 12
The Punjab Government will release Rs 200 crore to settle dues on account of levy rice.


Misuse of security cover to invite action
Patiala, May 12
After downsizing security set-up at all levels, the police administration has decided to take strict measures regarding the misuse of security personnel and directed senior officials of the Punjab Armed Police and the India Reserve Battalions to ensure that VIPs did not misuse security personnel.


2 SAD workers held for murder of Aman Sood
Khanna, May 12
The police here claimed to have solved the Aman Sood murder case and arrested two Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) workers of Mata Rani mohalla on Saturday evening. The two alleged accused were identified as Ranbir Singh Raikhy and his nephew Tanveer Singh.

Jasbir Singh of Daoke village,  who was caught by the police with 2 kg brown sugar, on Sunday. — PTI photo

Jatinder Singh, one of the two  who were caught with Rs 68,000 in fake currency from border the village of Rajatal in Amritsar district on Saturday. — photo by Rajiv Sharma

Heroin worth Rs 2 cr seized               
Amritsar, May 12
The district police last evening seized 2 kg of heroin from Jasbir Singh of Douke village, a few yards away from the Indo-Pak border and arrested him. The international market value of the seized heroin is said to about Rs 2 crore.

Book three in forgery case: DC
Chandigarh, May 12
The Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, Mr Rakesh K. Verma, has ordered the registration of three separate FIRs in an alleged forgery case against Iqbal Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, and Amrik Singh, all residents of Malikpur, Phagwara tehsil.

5 Kale Kachhewale arrested
Ropar, May 12
The Ropar police has busted an inter-state Kale Kachhewale gang with the arrest of five of its members. The SSP, Mr G.S. Bhullar while addressing a press conference here said today on a tip-off a team of policemen arrested five members of the gang comprising gang leader Lachman. Mahi, Rama, Morari and Gautam from Banmajra village near Kurali while they were planning to commit a robbery in the area.

Missing boy found
Sangrur, May 12
The local police yesterday found a four-year-old boy, Ravi, resident of the local Magazine mohalla, from three teenager child lifters at the railway station here.

Man, son killed in road mishap
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), May 12
Two members of a family were killed when a Canter hit a cycle, near here, last evening. According to police sources, Darshan Singh (30) and his son, Jabarjung Singh (4) residents of Sandoha village were going towards their home on a cycle on the Maur Mandi-Talwandi Sabo road when a Canter hit their bicycle. 

4 loan defaulters arrested
Barnala, May 12
Four loan defaulters of Land Mortgage Bank, Barnala region, have been arrested following warrant orders issued by the Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Barnala, under Section 63-C of the Land Mortgage Bank Act.


College staff not paid for 1 yr
Batala, May 12
Teaching and non-teaching staff of the Guru Nanak College, here have not been paid salary for the past one year. The college started more than 30 years ago, the college is managed by a Managing Committee.

Board officials’ assets may be probed
SAS Nagar, May 12
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau is considering to investigate the assets of senior functionaries of the Punjab School Education Board. The vigilance sleuths are already probing the alleged financial and administrative irregularities committed in the Board during the tenure of the previous SAD-BJP government.

Teacher in soup for teasing girls
Bathinda, May 12
Mrs Bhupinder Kaur, District Education Officer (Secondary), has recommended the suspension of a maths teacher of a senior secondary school of this district of the DPI (School), after he was found teasing girl students.

New school schedule
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 12
The School schedule in the district has been changed with immediate effect by the Deputy Commissioner through a circular issued today.


Clarify stand on octroi, say traders
Faridkot, May 12
The Punjab Beopar Mandal will boycott the forthcoming municipal corporation elections at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala if the state government fails to clarify its stand regarding the abolition of octroi in the state before May 19. This was stated by Mr Madan Lal Kapoor, state president of the mandal, while presiding over the executive body meeting of the mandal today.


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