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PPSC changes ‘rules of procedure’
Patiala, May 13
The Punjab Public Service Commission today changed its rules of procedure bringing in major reforms in its examination system and reverting all its powers to the entire Commission instead of only its Chairman.

We paid money to Sidhu via Dhira: Pammi, Sagar
Patiala, May 13
Punjab Public Service Commission’s Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu received another set back today when Panjab University Senator Paramjit Singh Pammi and businessman Prem Sagar got damning statements recorded against him under Section CrPC 164 today.

Writ against Sidhu goes to another Bench
Chandigarh, May 13
A writ petition filed by Harjeet Kaur Randhawa and two other members of the Punjab State Public Service Commission, against Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu and other respondents, for ensuring multi-member functioning of the body was today transferred to a Division Bench of the High Court comprising Mr Justice G. S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Bakhshish Kaur.

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PSHRC asks Punjab to file reply by July 2
Chandigarh, May 13
Taking cognisance of the complaint submitted by the Akali MLA, Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Punjab Government to file its reply with regard to the complaint by July 2.

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Badal summoned in land-grab case
Bathinda, May 13
Mr Surinder Mohan, Chief Judicial Magistrate, here today issued fresh summons against former Chief Minister Punjab Parkash Singh Badal and former Science and Technology Minister, Chiranji Lal Garg directing them to appear in court in person on June 7 in a civil suit filed against them in connection with the alleged grabbing of 400 acres.

13 Punjabis in Pak jails
PM urged to secure release
Ferozepore, May 13
Parents of Punjabi youths languishing in jails in Pakistan have urged the Government of India to initiate a move to secure the release of their sons. Talking to mediapersons here today, they said they had appealed to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, to promote values of human rights and humanity by bringing back the youths.

Intrusion bid in Fazilka sector
Fazilka, May 13
S. M. Jain, IG, BSF, Punjab Frontier, I. M. Mall, DIG, BSF, Faridkot Range, while briefing mediapersons here today disclosed that jawans of 181 Battalion of the BSF repulsed armed intrusion attempt by nearly 10 persons on Saturday night in Fazilka sector.

Speaker declares petitions infructuous
Chandigarh, May 13
The Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Dr Kewal Krishan, has declared two pending petitions pertaining to certain MLAs of the previous Assembly infructuous and disposed them of.


No-trust motion against MC chief
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 13
Mr Ashok Kumar Sood, president of Municipal Council, Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib, belonging to the SAD (B)-BJP alliance was today voted out as a no-confidence motion submitted by the 21councillors against him was passed at a meeting of the council held today.


Notice to govt on Tribune report
Ludhiana, May 13
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance of a news item “Budda Nullah — source of woes” published in columns of The Tribune on April 16 and issued notices to the state Principal Secretary (Home), Principal Secretary (Health), Secretary Industries, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and scientists of the university, Dr G.S. Dhaliwal and Dr Roopinder Singh.

MR CHRIS MONNEY SINGHHe worships through rabab
The job which should have been done by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has been taken up by Chris Monney Singh, an Australian who has become an Amritdhari Sikh. He has taken upon himself the task of reviving the rabab, the musical instrument of Guru Nanak Dev. Chris Monney has set up the Rabab Research and Education Foundation to propagate the message of the Gurus through this classical music instrument used by Bhai Mardana, an associate of Guru Nanak, in singing Gurbani.

When dreams turn sour
Kaljharani (Bathinda), May 13
The dairies set up at the village under the dream project of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for unemployed youths who have taken loans from the Primary Agriculture Development Bank for running the units under the self-employment scheme, have become defaulters due to their failure to pay periodical instalments of debts.

Hope for physically challenged
Chandigarh, May 13
Punjab, for the first time, has woken up to the existence of The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, which became operative on February 7, 1996.

Power cuts boon for generator sellers
Bathinda, May 13
Despite this town getting the status of power-cut-free city by the Punjab State Electricity Board on September 1, 2001, unannounced power cuts and shutdowns seem to have become a boon for the generator set sellers.

Generators lying outside shops in one of the markets of Bathinda City. — Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera

Furniture trader’s case: DSP shifted
Jalandhar, May 13
For his alleged role in the illegal confinement and framing up of a Kartarpur-based Gajjan Singh DSP Bholath was transferred to the PAP headquarters here today. The DSP, according to Jalandhar Range DIG Dinkar Gupta, had booked the furniture merchant Mr Varinder Dhiman, on a complaint of Gurdial Singh, a resident of Jaid village near Bholath in Kapurthala district.

ATF not to allow Samjhauta Express
Amritsar, May 13
The Anti-Terrorist Front, headed by formed Youth Congress President M.S. Bitta, has annouced that it won’t allow the plying of Samjhauta Express and bus service between India and Pakistan till the Pakistan hands over two most wanted fugitives to India.

Rotary Club honours Forests Minister
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 13
The Rotary Club, Sirhind, honoured Dr Harbans Lal, State Minister for Food and Civil Supplies and Forests, at a function organised at Amm Khas, Bagh, Sirhind, in recognition of his services for the development of the area and his association with the club.

Singla for panel to solve problems
Bathinda, May 13
Mr Surinder Singla, chairman of the High-Powered Finance Committee and local MLA, has favoured the formation of a committee comprising 50 prominent citizens to suggest remedies to problems faced by residents in the city.

Heat wave claims three lives
Bathinda, May 13
The heat wave has claimed three lives in the past 72 hours and rendered many unconscious in the region. Amarnath fell unconscious at railway station yesterday. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.

Health club owner booked
Ludhiana, May 13
The district police has registered a case against owner of a local health club under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, and under Sections 272 and 273 of the IPC following yesterday’s incident in the health club, in which about 60 persons, mainly body builders, were taken ill allegedly after consuming contaminated soya milk which had been manufactured by the club.

Plea to shift kabari market
Patiala, May 13
The district administration has been urged by the Mehra Bradri Social Sangthan to remove the kabari market from its present location to another place on the outskirts of the city.


Govt to promote prawn culture
Ropar, May 13
The Punjab Government will promote prawn culture in saline areas of the state. Since the prawn culture has brought prosperity to farmers in southern states, the government has now asked Punjab Agricultural University experts to identify areas and techniques by which the prawn culture can be promoted in the state.

Levy payment for rice-millers released
Patiala, May 13
The Punjab Government has released the pending payment of Rs 200 crore towards levy charges of paddy to rice millers, which were withheld by the previous SAD-BJP government.


35 retired persons on contract shown the door
Chandigarh, May 13
The services of 35 superannuated officials serving in the Punjab Local Government Department have been terminated. They had been given post-retirement extension and hired on contract. They drew a fixed honorarium ranging from Rs 1,800 to Rs 10,000 per month, courtesy political patronage of the previous government.

Kuljit shifted from Home to Sports
Chandigarh, May 13
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of 11 senior IAS officers and five PCS officers. The most significant transfer is of Mrs Kuljit Kaur, a PCS officer and daughter of a controversial former SSP, Mr Gurcharan Singh Pherurai. She has been shifted from Home Department, where she was posted as Deputy Secretary, to Sports Department in the same capacity.

300 more buses for Punjab Roadways
Faridkot, May 13
The Punjab Government will buy 300 buses for the Punjab Roadways during the current financial year. Out of these 50 buses will ply on different routes next month. This was stated by Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Minister for Transport, while talking to mediapersons at the residence of Mr Avtar Singh Brar, former minister, here yesterday.


Plot to implicate 2 youths exposed
Ferozepore, May 13
The police has unearthed a conspiracy of making a false complaint of kidnapping against two youths. The case was revealed to media today in front of the accused and the complainants. On April 30, Pinder Kaur (14) had a scuffle with his mother Jaswinder Kaur of Kalaiawala village, under Ghal Khurd police station.


Punjabi University urged to start exam process
Patiala, May 13
The Study Centres Association of the Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Information Technology has appealed to the Punjabi University authorities, as well as the private company which has taken affiliation for the IT courses from the University, to initiate the process of conducting the examinations of the students.

School building inaugurated
Patiala, May 13
A new building of Budha Dal Public School was inaugurated on the school premises at Samana, near here, on Saturday. The inauguration was done by the eminent scientist and former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Mr S.S. Johal, extolled he virtues of good education and exhorted children to concentrate on studies.


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