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Punjab defers dissolution of extra police districts
Chandigarh, May 21
Viewing with concern the build-up along the Indo-Pak border, the Punjab Government has decided to defer the implementation of some of the recommendations, including disbanding of extra police districts, made by the Cabinet subcommittee on fiscal management.

3-day police remand for Langah’s ‘touts’
Kharar, May 21
The two arrested Akali leaders, Mr Gurcharan Singh Channi, General Secretary of the Jalandhar unit of the SAD, and the councillor of SAS Nagar Municipal Council, Mr Amrik Singh Mohali, had accepted Rs 8 lakh to stop transfers of technocrats of the PWD in at least 11 cases.

Surjeet, Pasla supporters clash: 6 hurt
Jalandhar, May 21
Simmering discord between the Mangat Ram Pasla and Harkishan Singh Surjeet factions of the state CPM today culminated in an open clash between supporters of the two factions, which left as many as six workers injured in the Badrinath Colony where the police officials allegedly allowed the situation to worsen as they reached an hour late after the clash.

Sort out suspension issue amicably: varsity
Amritsar, May 21
Even as the strike in Shree Lakshmi Narain Ayurvedic College entered its 38th day yesterday, the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences has taken a serious note of the suspension of three teachers of the college.




From Sadhwan to Rashtrapati Bhavan
Chandigarh, May 21
While the country’s late President, Giani Zail Singh, glorified Punjab, his wife, Pardhan Kaur, too played a significant role in his success. Pardhan Kaur, whose bhog took place today, bravely took on every problem faced by Giani Zail Singh during his political life.

More job benefit for ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, May 21
In a major policy decision of potential benefit to thousands of ex-servicemen in the state, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today directed that the benefit of reservation in government jobs, being extended to ex-servicemen, would henceforth be available to them for the second time and even thereafter in the subsequent recruitments.

Arrest Bhullar, says Badal
Bathinda, May 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, could not give a clean chit to the Cabinet Minister, Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar, allegedly involved in the killing of an Akali leader and six others in Bhikhiwind, before an investigation was conducted into the matter.

Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting of the party workers at Gurdwara Haji Rattan in Bathinda on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Deep drilling for water in Punjab
Chandigarh, May 21
The Central Ground Water Board is engaged in deep drilling for fresh water at deeper depths in submontane areas of Punjab. The drilling is being carried out with a fleet of imported heavy-duty rigs.

Centre’s no to jatha
Amritsar, May 21
The Centre has decided not to allow Sikh pilgrims to visit Pakistan to mark the martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev which falls next month.

Panel to select Pbi varsity VC
Patiala, May 21
The Punjab Government has reportedly taken a decision to institute a three-member search committee to select the new Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University which is likely to include three former Vice-Chancellors.

Best entries announced in Green Corps contest
Chandigarh, May 21
The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology has announced the best entries selected in a statewide competition organised under the National Green Corps Programme.

Budget session from June 12
he Budget session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha will be held from June 12 to 18. This was stated by Capt Amarinder Singh here today.


Indiscipline in party worries BJP leaders
Sunam, May 21
A two-day state-level meeting of the BJP concluded at Sangrur today. The main focus of the workers and office-bearers of various district and state units was on the cause of the BJP’s defeat in the Assembly poll in Punjab and in other states.


Muktsar plunges into darkness
Muktsar, May 21
This city and residential areas falling within 30 km of its radius plunged into darkness yesterday night when the 132 KV power transformer caught fire after its bushing got burst.

Tension in two localities, village
Jalandhar, May 21
Tension prevailed in the Basti Danishmandan, Makhdoompura localities and Lambran township, where three different incidents of violence and hooliganism took place late last night.

Bar for action against ‘tainted’ judges
Amritsar, May 21
The Amritsar Bar Association has condemned the corruption by PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu and resolved to endorse the view of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association.

Charges against clergy: proof to be submitted
Amritsar, May 21
The Khalsa Panchayat, which has levelled charges of corruption against some Sikh high priests, has agreed to submit proofs to substantiate the allegations before an inquiry committee of high priests on the condition that Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, and Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar, Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, should not be its members.

Sikhs to oppose war against Pak: Mann
Bathinda, May 21
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Akali Dal (Amritsar) and MP, today said the Sikhs would not support war against Pakistan.

Functions held in Rajiv’s memory
Bathinda, May 21
The death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi was observed as anti-terrorist day here today. Speaking at the official function, SDM, Mr Upjeet Singh Brar, said many leaders had fallen prey to terrorism.

Memorial gate for martyr
Pathankot, May 21
The Punjab Government will set up a “memorial gate” at Farwal village in the honour of sepoy Manjit Singh, who was killed along with his wife and children in the Jammu terrorist attack.

Campaign against FMD from tomorrow
Jalandhar, May 21
For the first time in the state, the Punjab Animal Husbandry Department is going to launch a fortnight-long mass vaccination campaign aimed at vaccination of about 85 lakh cattle in the state against the foot and mouth disease (FMD) and haemorrhagic septicaemia (HS) and to educate people about the two dreaded diseases found in cattle, from May 23.

Harpal Tiwana cremated
Patiala, May 21
Noted Punjabi film director and theatre personality Harpal Tiwana, who died in a road accident near Chintpurni in Himachal Pradesh on May 19, was cremated at Bhadungar village, near here, this afternoon.

Worker inhales gas, dies
Abohar, May 21
A worker of a vegetable oil mill yesterday died after inhaling poisonous gas. According to information received here, Rohtas, son of Kurda Ram, was cleaning a 6-foot-deep waste tank at the mill located on the Abohar-Malout road.

Market panel bodies to be abolished
Chandigarh, May 21
The Punjab Government today decided to abolish nominated governing bodies of various markets committees in the state.

Bathinda doc makes it to Civil Services


Tehsildars’ appointments come under shadow
Amritsar, May 21
Three Superintendents in the Deputy Commissioners’ offices in three cities of Punjab have alleged violations of norms in the appointment of tehsildars recently.


Rs 70,000 in fake currency seized
Amritsar, May 21
The district police with the help of the CIA has seized fake currency notes which were allegedly sent by Pakistan’s ISI through Nepal into the border villages and other areas of Punjab. The police has arrested two persons in this regard.

Pardeep Kumar and Badri Khanal accused in a fake currency case in Amritsar on Tuesday.
— photo Rajiv Sharma

LIC officials robbed of Rs 9.93 lakh
Samana, May 21
A sum of Rs 9.93 lakh were taken away by some persons at 11.30 a.m. near the bus stand here today.


Absenteeism among teachers down
Nawanshahr, May 21
Residents of more than two dozen villages falling in the Kandi area in Balachaur subdivision of the district have experienced a surprise change in functioning of schools.

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