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All set for MC poll today
Voter lists still not exhaustive: State EC
Chandigarh, May 18
When four municipal corporation towns — Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala — in Punjab go to poll tomorrow, many genuine voters will still not be able to exercise their franchise.

Voter registration date extended
Chandigarh, May 18
The Chief Election Commissioner, Mr C. L. Bains, has extended the date for inviting claims and objections, if any, in respect of registration of voters for the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections till May 25.

Voters seek facilities, not liquor, from candidates
Patiala, May 18
Instead of being wooed over by liquor and other intoxicants, the people of the city have put candidates trying their luck in the Municipal Corporation election in a fix by asking for community facilities on the spot rather than waiting for them to be elected to fulfil their promises.

It’s IAS vs Vigilance Bureau now
Chandigarh, May 18
The issue of ‘’streamlining’’ of the Vigilance machinery is threatening to snowball into a major controversy between the IAS and the IPS. A lot of heat has been generated over the March, 2000, ‘’guidelines’’ that stipulate that the Vigilance should proceed on the complaints received by it only when cleared by the two committees set up for the purpose, one for gazetted and the other for non-gazetted officers.




Sidhu’s plea on jail dismissed
Chandigarh, May 18
A local court today dismissed an application moved by the controversial Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, to detain him at the local Model Burail Jail instead of the Central Jail, Patiala, where he is presently lodged.

Young labourers feels relaxed after getting their heads shaved. They called it "air conditioning." The mercury touched 48°C in Bathinda on Saturday. — Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera

Govt wants Badal’s NSG cover withdrawn
Ludhiana, May 18
The Punjab Government has written to the Union Home Ministry to withdraw NSG security cover of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Punjab Chief Minister.

Attack on Badal: Punjab police in dock
Jalandhar, May 18
The alleged attack on former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who is under high Z plus security cover, by a police constable at a public function on Wednesday night has put a question mark on the efficiency of the police besides confusing as on one hand Mr Badal has asserted that he was attacked, and on the other, the Jalandhar police has asserted that the inebriated constable had not leapt forward to attack the former Chief Minister but had been “celebrating” his promotion due in the near future.

Private tuitions: teachers in a fix
Patiala, May 18
Private tuitions have closed down in the city but teachers are under pressure to either restart these or pay back the thousands of rupees they have taken from each student as advance sum for the six-month to one-year capsule courses in various subjects.


Tohra urges ‘clean’ Akalis to unite
Amritsar, May 18
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, has given a call to all “clean” Akalis to come together on a single platform to fight against the “tainted” Akali leadership. Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Tohra said certain “tainted” Akali leaders had blemished the image of the Sikh Panth. The need of the hour was to salvage the image of the Panth, he said.

Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the Sarv Hind Akali Dal, talks to mediapersons at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar on Saturday. — PTI photo

No-trust against MC chief fails
Budhlada (Mansa), May 18
No-confidence motion against Ms Savita Yadav, Municipal Council chief, Budhlada was defeated when none of the opposition members who moved the motion turn up to attend the meeting.


Extra charges for corner flats illegal: forum
Ropar, May 18
In a judgement that could provide relief to real-estate buyers across the state, the District Consumer Forum has held as illegal the charging of an extra amount from allottees of corner flats.

Police told to observe Cr PC provisions
Chandigarh, May 18
Issuing notice of motion for May 21 on a petition accusing the Ludhiana police of torturing “poor labourers” in connection with the “brutal murder” of an eight-year-old boy —Sanjog Mr Justice K.S. Garewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the police to observe the provisions of the CrPC while making arrest in connection with the incident.

Bail pleas of Chief Engineer, DDPO rejected
Ropar, May 18
The bail applications of Mr Baldev Singh, Chief Engineer, Panchayati Raj, Punjab, and Mr Kuldip Singh, DDPO, allegedly involved in a recruitment scam regarding the appointments of junior engineers in the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats Department, were today rejected by Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, here.

63 cases settled
Bathinda, May 18
A Lok Adalat was held here today during which 10 courts were held and 63 cases were settled. Mr B.C. Rajput, District and Sessions Judge-cum Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority, presided over the adalat.

SAD leader refused bail
Moga, May 18
Nadharak Singh Brar, senior Youth Akali Dal leader and member of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), working committee, who was arrested by the police on May 13, was refused bail by the a local court today.

Accused battles for life
Bathinda, May 18
Sikinder Singh, resident of Multania village of this district, 10 km from here, is battling for his life in a private hospital after he was released from the local central jail after he was granted bail in a case registered against him under the Excise Act.

PR man’s murder: 4 get life term
Ropar, May 18
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Additional Sessions Judge, Ropar, has sentenced four persons, namely — Sadhu Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Jaspal Singh and Dalwinder Singh, all residents of Parol village in Kharar tehsil of this district, to life under Section 302/34 of the IPC for murdering an employee of the Punjab Public Relations Department Santokh Singh of the same village.

With summer at its peak, residents of remote villages in Punjab have to walk long distances to fetch drinking water.
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Water shortage hits Pathankot
Pathankot, May 18
Resentment prevails among local residents over the water supply in the area. People living on the first or second floors are the worst hit. The water pressure is low and the pumps supply has receded by 50 per cent.

Patialvis may have to pay more to watch soccer World Cup
ESIDENTS of Patiala and adjoining areas may well miss seeing the Soccer World Cup live scheduled to start on May 31 in South Korea as the major cable operators in the city are yet to decide on whether to take transmission right of the event from the Ten Sport channel, which is beaming the soccer bonanza exclusively.

Stray dog menace in villages
Abohar, May 18
Stray dogs roaming near grounds where bodies & dead animals are disposed of have become a nuisance after killing of more than 250 stray dogs, following incidents of eating up of a minor girl and aged person at Alamgarh village by dogs in April, the Health Department on the request of villagers on Thursday again killed more than 100 stray dogs at Tajapatti and Roohrianwali villagers.

International Museum Day celebrated
Ropar, May 18
The International Museum Day was celebrated in collaboration with the International Council of Museums at the Archaeological Museum, here today.
On this occasion, the museum also organised essay, good handwriting, general awareness and painting competitions.

Samples taken from sealed factory
Bathinda, May 18
A drug inspector, accompanied with senior Vigilance Bureau officials today took the samples of bandages and gauzes from a local factory which was sealed following a raid by a team of bureau from Amritsar, about 10 days back. The owner of the factory is absconding since then.


Punjab for retaining foodgrain licensing
Ludhiana, May 18
The Punjab Government is understood to have taken up with the Union Government the issue of abolition of the foodgrain licensing system and has sought that it be retained to make the procurement of paddy, rice and wheat.


Farmers kill arhtiya
Mansa, May 18
Suresh Kumar (40), a commission agent (arhtiya) of Bareta town in the district, was allegedly killed by five farmers of Ranghrial village, today.
According to information, the farmers went to the shop of the arhtiya for settlement of accounts. Suresh Kumar, along with the farmers, left for his factory where the account books were kept.


Entrance test fees too high?
Abohar, May 18
The charging of exorbitant amounts as entrance test fee for admission to various courses by Panjab University, Chandigarh, and the universities of Punjab is being objected to not only by students and parents but also by academicians.

Students’ career at stake, but varsity unconcerned
Hoshiarpur, May 18
Many students from Punjab who have passed from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences have been denied admission for higher studies abroad due to non-inclusion of the university in the World Health Organisation World Directory of Medical Schools.

Institute to train unemployed youth
Ropar, May 18
The Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, near here, is planning to offer technical training to unemployed youth from adjoining villages at a nominal fee.

SBI honours 3 bright students
Bathinda, May 18
To motivate meritorious students, the State Bank of Patiala today honoured three students of the local SSD Public High School Nisha Garg, Tarun Kumar and Sukhchain for securing top three positions in Punjab in the class VII examination of the Punjab School Education Board.

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