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Sacked PCS officers can reappear in exams : CM
Chandigarh, May 27
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, today stated that all PCS officers who have been removed from service will be allowed to appear in the examination again and in case they are selected, their seniority will be restored to them.

7 PCS officers file plea
Demand quashing of sack orders
Chandigarh, May 27
In different petitions filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, at least seven PCS officers — whose services were dispensed with — today sought the quashing of the orders issued on May 23 in this regard. Admitting the petitions, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed July 29 as the next date of hearing in the case.
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India re-shifts missiles on border
Ferozepore, May 27
Following recent missile tests by Pakistan, statements of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and fear off Pakistani spies, India has decided to re-shift a handful of medium-range ballistic missiles to an undisclosed launch site near the Pakistani border in the coming 48 hours, raising concerns of a fresh phase in arms race between two neighbours.

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  Simmer on the border
Hussainiwala, May 27
It could almost have been a script out of “Monty Python”. Cheered on by rival crowds, two sets of goose-stepping soldiers hurtled towards each other. The evening flag-lowering ceremony on the border between India and Pakistan is the stuff of pure comedy — until, of course, you remember that both sides could soon be blowing each other’s brains out.

Mortar shelling in Pathankot sector
Pathankot, May 27
The Pakistani forces have been firing mortars on this sector for the past one week. People living in the border villages of Kotli Jawahar, Palah, Talopur, Bhopalpur and other adjoining villages have left their villages and taken refuge in various camps.

Mr Rajan Gupta, IG (Border Range) and Mr Narinderpal Singh, SSP, Amritsar, at a Press conference Huge cache of arms, ammunition seized

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Mr Rajan Gupta, IG (Border Range) and Mr Narinderpal Singh, SSP, Amritsar, at a Press conference with a huge cache of arms and ammunition, which were recovered from a field in a border village in Attari sector on Monday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Langah, Sidhu file bail applications
Ropar, May 27
Mr Sucha Singh Langah, a former Punjab PWD Minister, today filed an anticipatory bail application in the Sessions Court here in a case registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Department for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Clear position on graft, Badal tells party men
Jalandhar, May 27
The former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today urged Akali leaders and his former ministerial colleagues to face any investigation boldly and to clear their position about corruption charges before the people.

Power generation falls despite turbines’ overhaul
Ropar, May 27
Renovation of turbines carried out by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), at Ganguwal and Kotla power houses have failed to pay off even though a large amount has been spent in the process.

Punjab all set to see another poll battle
Chandigarh, May 27
Punjab is all set to see another major electoral battle among the main political parties. The filing of nomination papers for the zila parishad and block samiti elections started today.

Civic bodies’ elections: hundreds file papers
Jalandhar May 27
Process of elections to Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads in the state has started with hundreds of candidates filing nominations here today. Major political parties including the Congress and the SAD have not announced their candidates so far.


20 councillors who took the same bait
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 27
The election to the post of the President of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, has become a prestige issue for the local councillors. Although, the local Minister Dr Harbans Lal, managed to muster the required support to vote out the SAD-BJP candidate from the post of the president by bringing a no-confidence motion against him last week, but now sharp differences have cropped up among the councillors of his own group over the choice of the council president.

No nomination filed on first day
Kharar, May 27
No nomination paper was filed on the first day of the filing of nomination papers for the elections to Panchayat Samitis of Kharar and Morinda, here today.


Princely states’ records poorly maintained
The way the archival records of as many as eight erstwhile princely states which are housed in Rajindra Palace here are being maintained leaves much to be desired. The records are housed in a building which has decayed for want of funds. Practically no funds have been provided for the upkeep of the records with the department.

Flesh trade thrives in holy city
Amritsar, May 27
Raids on posh hotels have exposed the flesh trade thriving unabated in the holy city. The high class segment indulging in this trade is using mobile phones to evade detection and get immediate information in case of raids.

CM disappoints ayurveda docs
Chandigarh, May 27
“History has bestowed upon us a chance to restore the lost glory of ayurveda to the country of its origin”, Vaidya P. K. Warrier said at the All-India Ayurveda Congress which began here today.

PCMS body alleges irregularities
Patiala, May 27
The president of the PCMS Association, Dr Hardip Singh, today alleged that the delay in bringing out the prospectus for post graduate MD/MS courses and the cut-off date fixed by Baba Farid University has been done to appease and accommodate some “VIP candidates”.

Probe sought into ‘royal’ marriage of Laloo’s daughter
Ropar, May 27
The All-India Forward Bloc today demanded a judicial probe into the alleged misuse of public money and state machinery in the marriage of Rohini Acharya, daughter of Laloo Parsad Yadav, a former Chief Minister of Bihar, it also demanded from the Union Government for the assessment of the actual expenditure on the marriage and verification of the sources of Mr Yadav’s income.

Bitta seeks J&K CM’s resignation
Pathankot, May 27
Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, president of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, has said that Dr Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, should step down immediately following the alleged failure of the state government, the police and intelligence agencies in checking terrorism in the state, resulting in the Kaluchak carnage.

Tax on rail passes opposed
Amritsar, May 27
All four rail employees federations today held a rally on a call given by the joint action committee against the imposition of income tax on their free-travel facility.

SGPC meeting on May 31
Amritsar, May 27
Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar SGPC chief has called a meeting to discuss the growing trend of apostasy, drug-addiction and other social evils that are threatening the tenets of Sikhism.


Plan to augment water supply
Faridkot, May 27
The Punjab Government has worked out a five-year plan to augment the drinking water supply and sewerage in the state. Under the plan, nearly 7,000 of 12000 villages and the urban areas which are facing these problems will be covered under the Rs 4,800 crore plan.

78 buses impounded during checking
Chandigarh, May 27
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau said today that during the special checking of buses in the state as many as 78 buses were impounded as these were plying without any valid documents. Out of the total 684 buses checked, 260 buses had not paid taxes or lacked the requisite documents.

Notification for zila parishad poll
Bathinda, May 27
The notification for the conduction of zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections in the district was issued today.


Narcotics seized from SGPC member’s car
Bathinda, May 27
The district police has achieved a major success in unveiling the politician-smuggler nexus indulging in the smuggling of narcotics for the past many years in this region when it managed to seize huge quantity of poppy husk from the personal car of former President of Market Committee, Bhadur, and member of the SGPC, Sadhu Singh Ragi.

Murder case: 2 arrested, 3 surrender
Bathinda, May 27
The police today claimed to have solved a murder case with the arrest of two persons. Three others involved in the case have surrendered in the court. Mr Milap Kishore, SP (City), while addressing a press conference here today said the deceased, Sukhdev Singh, had illicit relations with Veena, of Pilianbanga near Hanumangarh in Rajasthan.


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