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Ex-PPSC chief Bhupinder Sidhu also faces probe
Chandigarh, May 22
After Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu, it is the turn of his predecessor, Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, to face a vigilance probe. The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has reportedly directed the Additional Director-General of Police-cum-Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau, Mr A.P. Pandey, to look into charges of amassing of assets disproportionate to known sources of income of the former PPSC chairman.

Now muster rolls scam
Ropar, May 22
After the recruitment scandal in the Panchayats Department of the state another scam involving gross irregularities in the spending of the rural development funds has come to light.

Fertilisers costly at coop societies
Markfed earning crores as mediator
Bathinda, May 22
The Cooperative Agriculture Service Societies (CASS) formed to help farmers are virtually ‘looting’ them by selling fertilisers at inflated prices as compared with the open market price. The biggest cooperative organisation of Asia, Markfed is a partner in the alleged ‘loot’.

Intoxicating drugs seized, chemist held
Raman Mandi (Bathinda), May 22
The district police achieved a major success yesterday in its anti-drug addiction campaign when it seized thousands of intoxicating tablets and capsules from a local chemist shop being sold by its owner, Pawan Kumar, without prescription slip to addicts at exorbitant prices.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Anomalies in GPF accounts alleged
Ropar, May 22
Anomalies in the gratuity-cum-provident fund (GPF) accounts of employees working in the Irrigation Department, Punjab, have come to light.

Corporation poll: BJP presents ‘victims’
Chandigarh, May 22
A “sample” of the statewide ‘’excesses’’ committed by the Congress and the police on BJP workers and supporters during Sunday’s Municipal Corporation elections in Punjab was presented to the media here today.


Hectic activity on for panchayat poll
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 22
As the state Election Commission has issued a notification to conduct the general elections to elect the members of the panchayat samitis and zila parishads, hectic political activities have started in the district. The political leaders of all parties have started gearing up and touring the rural areas.


PRTC to launch automatic ticket machines
Patiala, May 22
The days of punching tickets on buses are likely to be over soon with the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) developing automatic ticket issuing machines which are likely to be introduced in phases in the corporation buses.

A soldier keeps a watch
A soldier keeps a watch at the India-Pakistan border, about 40 km from Amritsar, on Wednesday.

A youth tills soil next to an Indian battle tank at a wheat farm in a village near the India-Pakistan border, about 40 km from Amritsar, on Wednesday. — Reuters photos

Move on generation incentive decried
Ropar, May 22
The Regional Council of the PSEB Engineers Association of the Ropar thermal plant region at its meeting yesterday condemned the move of the Punjab State Electricity Board to reduce the thermal generation incentive admissible to engineers and employees working at the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP), Ropar, the GNDTP at Bathinda and the GNTP at Lehramohabat.

Free power to PSEB employees to go
Patiala, May 22
The PSEB has decided not to give its employees any extra perks and allowances, including the part-free electricity facility, which will henceforth be given on the state government pattern.

Akal Takht rejects demand of Khalsa Panchayat
Amritsar, May 22
The Sikh High Priests today gave another opportunity to activists of the Khalsa Panchayat to submit ‘concrete proofs’ of alleged corruption against jathedars as alleged by them in a brochure — “Paigam” — by June 7.

Pasla faction seeks SP’s suspension
Jalandhar, May 22
The Mangat Ram Pasla faction of the state CPM today demanded the suspension of a local SP for allegedly facilitating the Harkishen Singh Surjeet faction to gain control of the party office.

Panic-stricken residents of villages close to the border in Punjab have fled their homes, as Indian and Pakistani troops continue to trade fire across the border.
(28k, 56k)

A kidnapping that was not
Phagwara, May 22
A case of kidnapping has turned out to be a hoax, a stunt played by a travel agent. A press note by DSP Harmanbir Singh Gill said today that Sital Kumar of nearby Chak Hakim village who was reported to have been kidnapped on May 18, was a travel agent who had enacted the drama of kidnapping to get those duped by him framed in the case.

Police helped distribute liquor in MC poll: Dang
Amritsar, May 22
In a complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) CPI leader Satyapal Dang has said in certain wards candidates and their supporters distributed liquor with the help of the police to woo the voters during recently held corporation election here.

576 constables pass out of PAP

Jalandhar, May 22
A total of 576 constables of the 129th batch of Punjab Armed Police training centre participated in the passings-out parade held at PAP complex here today.

The Additional Director-General of Police, Mr R. S. Gill, honours sepoy Lakhbir Singh for his outstanding performance during the training programme at a passing-out parade function in Jalandhar's PAP Complex on Wednesday.—  Photo Indrmohan

The Additional Director-General of Police, Mr R. S. Gill, honours sepoy Lakhbir Singh

ISI agent arrested
Ludhiana, May 22
The police has arrested an alleged Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) operative and recovered some confidential documents from him. According to police sources, they received a tip off that a person would be passing through a certain part of the city and would be carrying sensitive papers with him which were detrimental to national security. 


PSEB moots Rs 2 per unit for agriculture
Amritsar, May 22
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has recommended to the Electricity Tariff Regulartory Authority Rs 2 per unit as charges for power supply to the agricultural sector. The Chairman of the board, Mr Sudhir Mittal, while addressing mediapersons here today, said in case the authority agreed to rationalise the tariff proposals mooted by the baord, it would eara an additional revenue of Rs 2700 crore annually and would improve its financial position.


Gurcharan Singh takes over as Director
Chandigarh, May 22
Dr Gurcharan Singh, Joint Director, Agriculture (Hydrogeology), today took over as Director of Agriculture, Punjab.

DC: disconnect illegal water connections
Faridkot, May 22
Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, here has directed the district Public Health Department to disconnect all unauthorised water connections and impose restrictions on the use of motor fitted on water taps in the district to ensure uninterrupted water supply to the local residents.

24-hr power supply for border villages soon
Ferozepore, May 22
The Punjab Government has envisaged a special scheme to provide 24-hour uninterrupted power supply to all villages falling within 16-km radius of the Indo-Pakistan border in the state and no security amount will be required to be deposited for the same.

Gazetteer released
Faridkot, May 22
Mr Bhagat Singh, Financial Commissioner (Revenue), Punjab, released the first gazetteer of old Faridkot district comprising Moga and Muktsar in the presence of a large number of district officers, locals and heads of social organisations here today.

‘Follow DC’s order on school timings’
Bathinda, May 22
Ms Bhupinder Kaur, District Education Officer (Schools), said yesterday that the school timings in the district was between 7.30 a.m. to 11.30 am as per the orders of the Deputy Commissioner.

DC’s appeal to panchayats, political bodies
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 22
Mr Vikas Pratap, Deputy Commissioner, has appealed to all panchyats, clubs and other political and religious bodies not to get his name printed on any invitation cards without his prior consent.

Seat reservation clauses amended
Chandigarh, May 2
The Punjab Government has amended certain clauses related to the reservation of seats for admission to the state’s medical, dental and ayurvedic colleges and paramedical courses for 2002.


7 held for theft of vehicles
Amritsar, May 22
The Majitha police today claimed to have arrested seven persons who were allegedly involved in the theft of vehicles and recovered a car and two tractors from them in separate incidents. The police has also arrested 12 proclaimed offenders.


Principal’s posts to be filled by May 31: Rattan
Amritsar, May 22
The state government has decided to fill all vacancies of principals in government colleges by May 31 which have been lying vacant for a long time.

B.Com III results tomorrow
Amritsar, May 22
The results of B.Com part III examination of Guru Nanak Dev University will be declared on May 24. It will also be available on the same day on the university’s website,, according to a university press release today.


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