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Amarinder rules out police reshuffle
Voters’ names deleted in ‘almost all subdivisions’
Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has ruled out the possibility of any administrative reshuffle in the Police Department , dismissing the Midhu Khera murders as a routine intra-village group rivalry crime.

Govt warned against scrapping selections
Bathinda, May 30
Even as the Punjab Government is yet to decide finally on whether to scrap all selections made by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) during the tenure of its controversial Chairman, Mr Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu, various employee unions have threatened to launch an agitation if the government went ahead with the decision.

‘Govt acted on basis, of reliable evidence’
Argument on plea by PCS officers

Chandigarh, May 30
A bunch of approximately 30 petitions filed by PCS officers — whose services were either dispensed with or were reverted — will come up for further arguments tomorrow when a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court would hear arguments on their plea for staying the government's order in this regard.

Way cleared for more disclosures
Patiala, May 30
The way has been cleared for further disclosures in the PPSC recruitment scam with a local court today deciding to record a supplementary statement of the prime accused, Randhir Singh Dheera, in the case Under Section 164 of the CrPC on June 5.



Mann for CBI inquiry into PPSC scam
Patiala, May 30
The President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today demanded that the PPSC recruitment scam case should be handed over to the CBI for investigation claiming that the Vigilance Bureau did not have the resources to investigate various facets of the case.

Crores paid for inaction in building scam
Jalandhar, May 30
Crores of rupees had allegedly exchanged hands for turning a blind eye towards influential builders who had erected hundreds of huge buildings within the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation limit in stark violation of the building laws and which are now under scrutiny of the Vigilance wing of the Local Bodies Department Punjab.

Burying laws for raising buildings
Ludhiana, May 30
A multi-crore racket, involving the flagrant violation of building byelaws in the construction of the commercial buildings in this district has come to the fore. This has taken place with the alleged connivance of staff of the municipal corporation.

No cut in Badal security cover
Security set-up to be commercialised
Chandigarh, May 30
There will be no change in the security cover provided to former Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir Badal, former Youth Congress President Maninderjit Singh Bitta, former Punjab Police chief K.P.S. Gill and certain other VVIPs.

Govt not to privatise octroi collection
Phagwara, May 30
Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Minister Local Government Punjab today declared that octroi collection would not to privatised as experiment to this effect by the previous government had proved wrong as it had caused hardships to the business community and general public.

Implement 85th amendment: BC staff
Ropar, May 30
The Gazetted and Non-Gazetted SC/BC Employees Welfare Federation, Punjab, today demanded from the Punjab Government to implement the 85th amendment to the Constitution which provided benefit of seniority from the date of promotion to the employees, including the SC, ST and BC employees.


Panchayat Samiti poll: 939 file papers
Ropar, May 30
As many as 939 candidates have filed nomination papers for elections to Block Panchayat Samitis in Ropar, Phagwara and Fatehgarh Sahib.


Bank defrauded of Rs 28.64 lakh
Gurdaspur, May 30
The management of the Oriental Bank of Commerce, Dina Nagar, has detected a fraud amounting to Rs 28.64 lakh committed by more than 12 persons. Talking to newsmen here today, Mr T.D. Sharma, Manager of the bank, said the suspects had been identified as Gurmeet Singh of Dharo Chack, Mohinder Pal of Kahnuwan, Sukhdayal, alias Ashoka, of Nangal Farida, Laras of Gulpur, Ashwani Kumar, Paras Ram, Charan Dass and Lal Chand, all residents of Bhagwanpur Kothe, Jatinder Pal Singh of Hayat Nagar, Joginder Singh of Dharo Chack, Baljit Singh of Gurdaspur and Karnial Singh of Mokhe (all from Gurdaspur district).

No funds to plug bundh breaches?
Hoshiarpur, May 30
Flood protection works to save villages on the banks of the Beas river and various choes and khuds in the district which usually start before the onslaught of monsoons will not be carried out this year due to non-availability of funds with the Drainage Department.

More funds sought for ayurveda
Chandigarh, May 30
Even as the practitioners of ayurveda in Punjab struggle for better service conditions and recognition, the state Health Department is considering posting an ayurvedic doctor and a homoeopath in all possible allopathic government hospital and dispensaries across the state.

Health Dept transfers stir controversy
Chandigarh, May 30
A controversy has broken out regarding transfers of junior employees in the Punjab Health Department. The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation, which staged a dharna here to protest against the large-scale transfers of class III and IV employees of the Health Department, has levelled very serious allegations regarding transfers.

Unmindful of danger
Unmindful of danger, a farmer remodels water channel to water his paddy adjoining the field, where the Army had laid mines in a border village of Amritsar. Right is freshly sowed paddy, while on the left side is the full-grown wheat crop, which could not be harvested due to mines.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

War veteran for guerrilla action
Ferozepore, May 30
As war clouds over the region grow darker few defence experts still stick to the idea of a limited war by initiating guerrilla type action against the terrorist camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Five dead cremated, hunt on for killers
Midhu Khera (Muktsar), May 30
The district police authorities have pressed 10 police parties into service to nab the killers of four members of a family here yesterday morning. The bodies of the five victims were cremated in this village amid tight security.

Bhullar promises security
Jalandhar, May 30
Expressing concern over law and order situation in the state, the Punjab Director-General of Police Mr. M.S. Bhullar, today said the police force was striving to set it right.

SAD leaders allege harassment
Faridkot, May 30
The senior vice president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal Mr Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon and Mr Mantar Singh Brar, both MLAs of Faridkot and Kotkapura respectively, have charged the Faridkot district administration with harassing the party nominees for the ensuing block samiti and zila parishad elections in Faridkot and Kotkapura blocks.

FCI rice export scam
Mansa, May 30
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has been incurring a loss of crores in disposing of stocks of rice. The FCI has entered into an agreement with a Delhi-based firm M/s KRB Limited for the sale of four rice rail specials amounting to 92000 quintals for export through the Kandla port at the rate of Rs 376 per quintal against Rs 1020 paid by the FCI for its purchase.

Residents flee Amritsar areas
Amritsar, (Indo-Pak border), May 30
With the border villages humming with unceasing Army activities, the civilian population on the other hand has started fleeing their homes and hearths. In the Attari sector, village Daoke, Mahawa, Rania, Galuwaal, Cheema Kalla Khurd, Rajataal people have started withdrawing from these villages without any comma.

A family of Kalsh village, near the Indo-Pak border, shifting with their belongings to a safer place on Thursday. — PTI photo
A family of Kalsh village

Sepoy cremated
Hoshiarpur, May 30
Sepoy Rishi Kumar of the 6 Dogra Regiment was cremated with full police honours at his native village Behchhui Kamahi Devi 70 km from here, last evening.


Power bills, loans of farmers deferred
Ferozepore, May 30
In order to ameliorate the hardships of the border residents to some extent, the electricity bills and cooperative loans of the farmers belonging to villages situated along the zero line of the Indo-Pakistan border have been deferred for six months.


Taxmen call truckers’ bluff
Ropar, May 30
After tightening the noose around gold traders, the Sales Tax Department of the state has now started efforts to sieze the routes used by certain transporters to help traders evade sale tax.


Books meant for poor in bazar
Muktsar, May 30
The police has unearthed a scam pertaining to the sale of school books, meant for distribution among Scheduled Caste and poor students, in open market by certain officials of the Welfare Department and depot of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) with the connivance of the book sellers.

2 rice mills booked in cheating case
Tarn Taran, May 30
The district police has registered cases of cheating against certain rice mills which are allegedly having political patronage. Police sources told this correspondent here yesterday that two cases had been registered against these rice mills for cheating. 


Tainted VCs on search panel: TUF
Patiala, May 30
The Teachers United Front (TUF) of Punjabi University today expressed dismay over the government’s decision to appoint the former “tainted” Vice-Chancellors, Dr Amrik Singh and Dr H.K. Manmohan Singh, for the search committee constituted by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for the selection of the Vice-Chancellor of the university.


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