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40 lecturers held for giving tuitions
Chandigarh, May 15
In a major crackdown on the menace of private tuitions, the Punjab Vigilance Department today arrested at least 40 college teachers from all over the state for running tuition centres. These arrests were made following a series of simultaneous Vigilance raids carried out at more than 45 places in all major cities of the state early this morning.
DSP (Vigilance) Mr Rachhpal Singh inquires about the fee-structure of a tuition centre after surprise raid
DSP (Vigilance) Rachhpal Singh inquires about the fee-structure of a tuition centre during a raid in Amritsar on Wednesday.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Govt lecturers held giving tuitions

Dhira in court remand till May 29
Ropar, May 15
Mr A. S. Kathuria, Special Judge, Ropar, today extended the judicial remand of Randhir Singh Gill, alias Dhira, an alleged right-hand man of Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Chairman Punjab Public Service Commission, and Prem Sagar, another accomplice of Sidhu, till May 29 in the PPSC recruitment scam.

Govt will not last long, says Badal
Jalandhar, May 15
Former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today alleged that there was no law and order in Punjab, in general, and in Jalandhar, in particular. Mr Badal said the present government would not last beyond five months. Parkash Singh Badal addresses a poll rally
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal addresses a rally in Jalandhar.



  Ahluwalia furnishes bail bonds
Patiala, May 15
Former Punjabi University Vice- Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia today furnished bail bonds for Rs 15,000 in the court of District and Sessions Judge S N Aggarwal on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Punjab Budget session from June 12 likely
Chandigarh, May 15
The Budget session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha is likely to start from June 12. This was stated here today by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. There would be no expansion of the Council of Ministers and reports pertaining to it were baseless, he added.


Amarinder cancels unity rally
Change in nominees upsets Congress men
Amritsar, May 15
Even as four days are left for polling and only a day more for electioneering, the sudden change in Congress candidates from three wards — 48,37 and 27 — has created confusion in the party rank and file.

Rebels may affect Cong chances
Patiala, May 15
The Congress seems to be up against its own party men in the race for controlling the local Municipal Corporation with dissidents threatening to affect the chances of party candidates in about 12 constituencies.


Bhagat Singh’s village sans potable water
Khatkar Kalan (Nawanshahr), May 15
Crores of rupees might be involved in the making of three films on Shaheed Bhagat Singh and governments might have made promises of developing his village into a model village, but in reality people of this village are still awaiting basic amenities like potable water.

Dalits allege persecution by upper castes
Todarwal (Kapurthala), May 15
Nearly 30 Scheduled Caste families of this village have been facing persecution by upper caste residents of this village and adjoining villages for the past two months. The Scheduled Caste families had raised voice against certain village level leaders belonging to upper class who allegedly were instrumental in the illegal clubbing of a piece of land belonging to the village primary school with the land belonging to the village gurdwara.

Languages Dept to house archival records
Patiala, May 15
Archival records of as many as eight former princely states preserved in the crumbling Rajindra Palace here are being shifted to the state Languages Department as an emergency measure.

Pak to release Sikh youths next month
Moga, May 15
The Pakistan Government, at the intervention of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and at the instance of the International Bhai Mardana Kirtan Darbar Yaadgari Society, has agreed to release all 13 Punjabi Sikh youths from Kot Lakhpat (Lahore) and Mach (Baluchistan) Jails.

SGPC wants to send jatha to Afghanistan
Amritsar, May 15
In a significant development, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee yesterday sought permission from the Prime Minister to send its delegation to carry out ‘kar seva’ of historical Sikh shrines in the war-ravaged country destroyed due to the “indifferent” attitude of the Taliban.

Kabul-Amritsar flight resumed
Amritsar, May 15
The national carrier of Afghanistan, Ariana, will resume its biweekly flights from Kabul to the Rajasansi airport from Monday. The general sales agents of the airlines, A. Mr Ajit Mehra, said here today that the president of the company, Mr Jahed Azimi, will come here on the maiden flight from Kabul.

Carnage exposes Centre’s failure: Raj Babbar
Amritsar, May 15
Bollywood star and MP Raj Babbar said today that the Kaluchak carnage has exposed total failure of the intelligence agencies in the country. Talking to the mediapersons here Raj Babbar said the intelligence failure had drifted the situation in the valley from bad to worse.

Poll panel to probe Manpreet’s complaint
Chandigarh, May 15
On a complaint by the Akali MLA, Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, the State Election Commissioner, Mr C.L. Bains, has deputed Mr Kulbir Singh Sidhu to visit Gidderbaha tomorrow for verification of the allegation that Akali supporters are not being registered as voters by the district administration.

Judicial remand of CE, DDPO extended
Chandigarh, May 15
Ropar Special Magistrate A. S. Kathuria today extended the judicial remand of District Development and Panchayat Officer Kuldeep Singh, the accused in the illegal recruitments in the Rural Development Department, till May 29.

22 poor girls married off
Tapa, May 15
A construction company solemnised the marriages of 22 couples belonging to the weaker section of society today. Several residents came to the banquet hall to bless the couples. Some persons contributed household items while others gave cash gifts to the couples.


Wheat arrivals dwindle
Procurement target may not be achieved
Ludhiana, May 15
The wheat procurement target of 1.20 crore tonnes set by the FCI and other agencies may not be achieved this year as only of 97.5 lakh tonnes of wheat has been procured in the state so far. The state Agriculture Department had predicted marketable surplus of 1.20 crore tonnes of wheat this year against the procurement of 1.10 crore tonnes last year.


GNDTP units to be modernised
Power Finance Corpn to raise 182 cr
Bathinda, May 15
Even as the PSEB has cleared the renovation and modernisation work worth Rs 182 crore of two units of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, residents can get relief from ash rain being generated by four chimneys of the plant.


Woman killed in group clash
Ferozepore, May 15
A woman was shot dead and seven others injured in a group clash at Badala village in the Ferozepore today. According to details available from the police, the incident took place in Badala village falling under Mallanwala police station at 11 a.m.

Pension scam kingpin eludes arrest
Amritsar, May 15
The police has failed to arrest Surinder Kumar, kingpin in the Rs 29-crore pension scam, even after eight months. According to sources, Surinder Kumar has succeeded in getting a passport and may flee to a foreign country anytime.

SHO hit by car, hospitalised
Phagwara, May 15
Additional SHO, city police station, Sub-Inspector Ram Lubhaya, here was seriously injured last night after his scooter was hit by a car at Sugar Mill Chowk on the GT Road while he was on patrol duty.

SAD leader held
Abohar, May 15
Mr Brij Lal Khairwa, vice-president of the sub-divisional unit of the SAD has been arrested by the Khuyiansarwer police in connection with a case registered on April 22 under Sections 325, 326, 307, 148, 149 of the IPC and 27/54/59 of the Arms Act.


Dang urges CM to take over college
Amritsar, May 15
Veteran CPI leader, Mr Satya Pal Dang, has alleged that certain senior professors of Shree Lakshmi Narain Ayurvedic College had used indecent remarks against girl students tantamount to outraging their modesty.

Meritorious students honoured
Bathinda, May 15
The teachers should work hard and live a disciplined life so that students from the district follow their example and secure top positions in different examinations throughout Punjab and remove the stigma on the district being an educationally backward area.


DD Punjabi scores over other channels
Jalandhar, May 15
“DD Punjabi” the Prasar Bharati’ city-based satellite channel has scored over other TV channels by cornering 19.5 per cent of the urban viewership of Chandigarh and adjoining areas.


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