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Are there discrepancies in Dhira’s statements?
Chandigarh, May 17
Are there any discrepancies in the statements made by Randhir Singh Gill, alias Dhira, under Section 161 (before the police) and 164 (before the magistrate) in the PPSC recruitment scam ?

Did intelligence agencies stop Sidhu’s elevation?
Chandigarh, May 17
Did intelligence agencies put a spoke in the proposed elevation of Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu to the Union Public Service Commission last year ?

Tackling menace of tuitions
Chandigarh, May 17
The Vigilance Bureau raids on Punjab college teachers engaged in private tuitions on Wednesday morning have had a ripple effect. That the teachers themselves should have violated the service and conduct rules speaks volumes for the activities of persons who supposedly chisel impressionable minds to mould tomorrow’s youth.



Ahluwalia asked to present himself
(Ahluwalia case, Chandigarh page)

MC poll: Cong expels over 20 rebels
Jalandhar, May 17
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) today expelled over 20 rebel Congress leaders of the city from the party for six years for opposing official party nominees for the ensuing municipal poll.

8-hr power supply to farmers on cards
To be uninterrupted and charged at flat rate
Ludhiana, May 17
The PSEB has proposed to provide farmers with eight hours of uninterrupted power from June at flat rate. In addition to this, the board will also come down heavily on power pilferers and those caught by vigilance teams will be penalised heavily.

Ashwani Kumar to be elected unopposed
Chandigarh, May 17
Mr Ashwani Kumar, a Supreme Court advocate, today filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha seat from Punjab.


DSP ‘grabs’ land
Jalandhar, May 17
Panchayat of Dhandwad village near Goraya is trying desperately to convince in senior police officers to prevent a DSP from “Usurping” a piece of common land in the village.

FIR in Rs 14-crore JCB machine scam
Chandigarh, May 17
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has registered a case in the JCB machine purchase scam in the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats. The FIR names Chief Engineer Baldev Singh, already under arrest, and C.L. Premi, a Deputy Director, besides others.

Probe ordered into misuse of panchayat funds
Mehraj (Bathinda), May 17
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, yesterday ordered an inquiry by the Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) into the alleged embezzlement by Sarpanch of Gurusar Mehraj village.

SGPC for check on dera culture
Patiala, May 17
In a major decision the SGPC executive committee today called for checking the growth of deras in the state.

A police man drinking water to quench his thirst as mercury touched 47 degree celsius in Bathinda on Friday.
A policeman takes a drink of water as the mercury touches 47 degree Celsius in Bathinda on Friday. — PTI Photo

Amritsar hottest at 46°C
Chandigarh, May 17
The severe heatwave sweeping the length and breadth of the north-western region intensified further today, with Amritsar turning out to be the hottest as the mercury touched 46°C, seven degrees higher than the normal.

Sainik Sadan at Muktsar ready
Chandigarh, May 17
Following the release of the final instalment of Rs. 12.50 lakh for the completion of Sainik Sadan at Muktsar, this prestigious Rs 0.85 crore project is now ready for inauguration.

Fridges drive out ‘matkas’
Nathana (Bathinda), May 17
Few years ago the city dwellers stopped buying ‘matkas’ (earthen pots) but now even rural people depend more on refrigerators, water coolers and other electrical gadgets for getting cold water, said Mohammad Ali, making and selling matkas in this rural area for the past more than 20 years.

Six months’ jail for scribe
Barnala, May 17
Parmod Kumar and Balwant Singh have been sentenced to   jail for six months each and fined Rs 500 each. They were found guilty under section 500 of  the  Indian Penal Code.
Despite scorching heat, candidates of Municipal Corporation go from door to door for canvassing on Friday.
Despite the heat, candidates for the Municipal Corporation go from door to door for canvassing on Friday.— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Villagers offer land in return for jobs
Bathinda, May 17
Residents of Harkishanpura village in the district, 50 km from here, have offered their entire agricultural land to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for setting up industry so that they could get some employment.

Workshop on abnormal beating of heart
Patiala, May 17
A new therapy for abnormal beating of the heart, known as Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA), will be demonstrated for the first time at the Patiala Heart Institute here on May 18 and 19.

Doctors, nurse freed on bail
Abohar, May 17
Two doctors and a staff nurse of a private hospital at Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, who were arrested yesterday under sections 304-A and 147 of the IPC have been released on bail.


Sow paddy after June 10, say agricultural scientists
Nathana (Bathinda), May 17
Although farm scientists and Agriculture Department officials have asked the farmers in the state not to start planting of paddy before June 10, farmers of Malwa area have started planting the same with the hope that it would increase the yield.


Woman held for remarrying
Hoshiarpur, May 17
The police has arrested a newly wed couple and the woman who acted as a go between as one of the partners was already married.

Five booked for kidnapping
Amritsar, May 17
The Majitha district police has booked five persons for allegedly kidnapping Kamal Sharma a travel agent and a resident of Kot Kishan Chand, Baba Bakala in Majitha on Tuesday.

Bid to enter girls’ hostel; one held
Patiala, May 17
A 25-year-old man created a scare in the girls hostel number seven in Punjabi University when he scaled a wall of the hostel and tried to proceed towards rooms of the hostel residents.


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