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Farmers continue to commit suicide
Chandigarh, May 25
Suicide by debt-ridden farmers in the Sangrur-Mansa belt of the Malwa region continue unabated. Suicide by farmers of this belt had hit the headlines about three years ago. The then government had first denied the reports but later, admitted to it and provided compensation to the kin of those farmers who had killed themselves.

CM hints at power tariff revision
Patiala, May 25
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today indicated that revision of power tariff in the state was in the offing and the State Electricity Regulatory Commission was considering the same in the wake of requests made by the Punjab State Electricity Board, which was losing around Rs 2000 crore a year on account of free electricity for farmers and transmission losses.

No rift with Avtar, says Jagmeet Brar
Faridkot, May 25
The Congress will contest zila parishad elections on its own symbol. No decision has been taken so far regarding elections to block samitis.
This was stated by Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, Member of Parliament and whip of the party in the Lok Sabha, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Blackout rehearsal in Ferozepore held
Ferozepore, May 25
In the wake of a possibility of war between India and Pakistan, a total blackout was observed as part of a rehearsal in the local city and cantonment areas last night for half-an-hour.




Pbi varsity new VC likely next week
Patiala, May 25
Punjabi University is heading towards getting a new Vice-Chancellor with a meeting of the search panel likely to be held next week. The panel was constituted by the government to decide on the issue.

MC letting Tullu pumps suck city dry
Patiala, May 25
In spite of a severe shortage of water in some parts of the city, the Municipal Corporation is not conducting any raid to stop the unauthorised use of Tullu pumps in Patiala this summer.

Unique case of 25 lecturers
Ludhiana, May 25
Nearly 25 lecturers selected by the Punjab Public Service Commission during the chairmanship of Bhupinder Singh Sidhu and whose selection letters were signed during the tenure of Ravi Sidhu are in a fix over their future.


Saving them from drug morass
Foreign assistance for a school here, imparting free education to children who lost their parents to narco-terrorism ,is on the cards. Students of the Miri-Piri Academy, who are mainly from Germany, the UK and the USA and are learning about Sikhism here after conversion to the religion, have outlined a project to collect funds from their parents and relatives abroad to meet the expenses of the school.

Students of the Miri-Piri Academy on a visit to Citizens Forum Vidya Mandir in Amritsar.

Students of the Miri-Piri Academy on a visit to Citizens Forum Vidya Mandir in Amritsar.

Mystery shrouding missing boy solved
Bathinda, May 25
The police claims to have solved the mystery shrouding the missing five-year-old boy of Meenia village in Moga district with the arrest of Charanjeet Kaur of the same village. It was found that the boy had been murdered by his kidnappers.

Indian jawans (R) and Pakistani jawans (L) march towards each other during the daily border-closing ceremony at Wagah, 35 km from Amritsar, on Saturday.

Indian farmers travel to harvest their crops amid mine fields near a farm close to the India-Pakistan border, some 70 km away from Amritsar, on Saturday.
— Reuters photos

Action against MC chief sought
Abohar, May 25
The Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, has been requested to take action against the president and a former executive officer and a stenographer of the municipal council for allegedly tampering with the minutes book.

Protesters block traffic
Phillaur, May 25
Vehicular traffic on the Phillaur-Ludhiana, Phillaur-Goraya and Phillaur-Normahal road was disrupted for about two hours today due to protests by the Khalsa Panchayat, the All-India Sikh Students Federation the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Faridkot drains to be desilted before rains
Faridkot, May 25
The Punjab Government will spend Rs 60 lakh for desilting 40.38 km of drains, including Sadiq, Dod, Harinau, Deviwala, Langeana, Sirsari and Pakka diversion drains, before the onset of the rainy season in the district.

Lightning kills two brothers
Jalandhar, May 25
Two brothers were killed and two persons injured to nigh when lightning struck a hut where they had taken shelter in Dholan village of Nawanshahr. Several other persons working in the fields near the hut were not affected except a man and a woman who were injured and hospitalised by the villagers late in the night.

Junk reduced to ashes
Abohar, May 25
The junk store at Jammu Basti here was reduced to ashes in a fire here last evening.
Mr Kulwant Singh, living in the house adjoining the store, said he noticed smoke coming out of the store and immediately informed Raj Kumar, the junk dealer, besides the police and the fire office. Residents of the locality tried to control the fire.


Patient’s sons attack doc, held
Phillaur, May 25
Three sons of a heart patient, Sat Paul Madhok, who died allegedly due to cardiac arrest only after three hours of his admission to the local Civil Hospital, reportedly attacked the doctor on duty, Dr Kanwaljit Singh, last evening.

Schoolchildren along with other passengers hang on the back of an overcrowded bus
Schoolchildren along with other passengers hang on the back of an overcrowded bus in Amritsar on Saturday. Despite government safety regulations, the norms are regularly violated by both road and rail transportations, resulting in frequent accidents. — Reuters

Two policemen suspended for taking bribe
Samana, May 25
The SSP, Patiala, today suspended two Head Constables Channa Singh and Raj Kumar posted at the city police post on corruption charges.
These officials had taken into custody a smuggler of Kaithal, Subash Chander, as he was caught carrying 1 kg opium.

6 stolen cars recovered
Jalandhar, May 25
The district police claims to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of 12 persons and has recovered six cars and 13 two-wheelers from their possession.
According to a press statement issued here today, the in charge of the CIA staff, Inspector Balkar Singh, had received information that some persons were running the business of stolen cars by using forged documents and fake currency in the area.

Flesh racket in govt hotel unearthed
Amritsar, May 25
Acting on a tip-of, the city police today arrested seven couples from government-run Amritsar International Hotel under the immoral trafficking Act. The police also detained the manager of the hotel K.J. Singh along with booking clerk Parveen Kumar.

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