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Race on for mayoral posts
Chandigarh, May 20
Accusations by both SAD and BJP of large-scale rigging of the municipal corporation elections held in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala yesterday notwithstanding, permutations and combinations have started for the election of Congress Mayors of these towns.

Langah goes underground
Chandigarh, May 20
Former Akali minister Sucha Singh Langah has gone underground following a seven-day notice for his arrest in a case of corruption, cheating, fraud and accumulation of disproportionate assets registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

Crop diversification not at farmers’ cost: CM
Bathinda, May 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, while categorically stating that no such diversification of crops would be allowed in the state which hit the economy of the farmers, opposed any reduction and elimination of subsidy being given on the agriculture-related items.

Vigilance Bureau fails to submit list
Chandigarh, May 20
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today failed to submit a list giving information regarding the “links” of the candidates, along with the details of their academic performance, in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam before a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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Ahluwalia asked to file affidavit
Chandigarh, May 20
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked Punjabi University’s former Vice Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia to file an affidavit explaining the circumstances under which his interview appeared in a newspaper.

Files do rounds as authorities pass buck
Patiala, May 20
Punjabi University, which had started a review of all decisions taken by ousted Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, today sent back the files to those who had passed them earlier for comments.

Deputy Director’s bail plea rejected
Ropar, May 20
The anticipatory bail application of Mrs Kiran Dhawan, Deputy Director, Social Security, Women and Child Development, Punjab, was today rejected by Mr A.S. Kathuria, special judge, here, in a case of Junior Engineers’ recruitment scandal in the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab.

Ashwani Kumar elected to RS
Chandigarh, May 20
Mr Ashwani Kumar of the Congress was today declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha. The result was announced by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretary, Mr N. S. Mavi. The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the Speaker, Dr Kewal Krishan, and several ministers, MLAs and supporters were present.


Taksali Akalis should join hands under Tohra: Chandumajra
Chandigarh, May 20
Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary of the SHSAD headed by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today asked the BJP to press its central leadership for the removal of Mr Parkash Singh Badal from the leadership of the SAD as the price for continuing its alliance with the SAD in Punjab.


Govt hospital closes kitchen
Food bills not passed by Treasury Dept
Patiala, May 20
The local Government Rajindra Hospital has stopped providing food to its patients as its kitchen bills have not been passed by the Treasury Department since the past four months and it has over-extended its credit facilities.

Scheme for farmers: Plant a tree, own a tree
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 20
Dr Harbans Lal, Minister for Forests, has appealed to people to grow more trees and look after them so that the environment could be saved from increasing pollution. The minister declared that all trees planted in and adjoining the fields of farmers on link roads would become the property of that farmer and whenever these trees were to be sold, the entire amount would be given to those farmers.

Amarnath Yatra issue: Dal  writes to PM
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 20
The Sirhind unit of the Shri Amarnath Barfani Sewa Dal, in a letter to the Prime Minister, the Chief Ministers of J and K and Punjab, the Union Home Minister and other senior officials, has highlighted problems being faced by pilgrims as well as religious organisations, which arrange community kitchens there.

First Afghan flight lands in Amritsar
Amritsar, May 20
The first aircraft from Afghanistan touched India at Rajasansi airport here today. The Ariana Afghan Airlines resumed operations after three years. The flight landed as per schedule in the afternoon. A 20-member delegation led by Capt Zahid Azimi welcomed the VIP delegation aboard the aircraft.

Crew from the first flight from Afghanistan at Rajasansi Airport in Amritsar . — Photo by Rajiv Sharma


Minister creates ruckus
Chandigarh, May 20
An embarrassing situation was created in Punjab Udyog Bhavan here this morning when the Minister of State, Mr Ashwani Sekhri, trooped in and occupied the office room of Mr A. S. Chatha, Chairman of the Committee on Industry.


Man framed for snubbing daughter’s ‘rapist’
Bathinda, May 20
A local resident and government employee, whose daughter was raped allegedly by an automobile dealer, remained behind bars for more than a month after the rape suspect implicated him in a case under the NDPS act as he had refused to marry off his daughter to the dealer.

ASI arrested in stripping case
Moga, May 20
The police has arrested an Assistant Sub-Inspector in the infamous Rajyana girls stripping case. The police produced ASI Gurmail Singh in court which today gave him a day’s police remand.

Proclaimed offender arrested
Bathinda, May 20
The Faridkot police has arrested a proclaimed offender against whom a case was registered in 1995 under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC. This was stated in a press note issued today.

3 brothers held in kidnap case
Phagwara, May 20
The police today solved a case of kidnapping. The DSP, Mr Harmanbir Singh Gill said at a press conference that Mr Sital Kumar was kidnapped by five persons on May 18 in a Tata Sumo. They were carrying sharp-edged weapons and took him to Pandori village. They demanded Rs 3 lakh from him. Mr Sital Kumar had opted for VRS as Asstt Manager, PNB, Kapurthala.


DEOs’ powers decentralised
Faridkot, May 20
The Punjab Government has decided to decentralise the powers of the District Education Officers and Circle Education Officers to transfer teachers. The DEOs and CEOs will follow this process at the district and divisional headquarters, respectively. The transfer work will start in the first week of June and be completed by the same month.

Institute MD booked on student’s complaint
Mansa, May 20
The Sadar police has registered a case against Mr Naginder Singh Harika, Managing Director, and his wife, Ms Sukhwant Kaur Harika, Director, of the Khalsa rural Hospital and Training Institute, Nangal Kalan, under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC on the complaint of Pritpal Kaur, a student of the institute.

Principal guilty of locking up students
Moga, May 20
An inquiry into the locking up of eight students of class V by a principal has found her guilty but said: "What she did was for the betterment of the students". The report of the inquiry, conducted by an SDM at the directive of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, has been submitted to the commission, an official spokesman said here today.


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