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Health Officer, peon held on bribe charge
Ludhiana, June 1
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau has arrested a District Health Officer and his peon and booked two Food Inspectors on the charges of taking bribe from a pickle factory owner in order to clear some samples of their products.

No move to abolish NPA: Health Director
Hoshiarpur, June 1
A deputation of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association led by its president, Dr Hardeep Singh, and general secretary, Dr Surinder Singla, held a meeting with Dr D.P.S. Sandhu, Director, Health and Family Welfare, yesterday. 

PCMS doctors justify NPA
Amritsar May 31
The issue of the withdrawal of “non- practicing allowance” of doctors has drawn flak from the medical fraternity.

PPSC scam: forum to ensure fair probe
Chandigarh, June 1
In less than 24 hours after a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court ruled that Common Cause Forum — a social organisation — had the right to seek information in the PPSC recruitment scandal, its members today held a press conference to say that they would now work towards ensuring that the investigation did not get derailed because of the differences between the Punjab Vigilance Bureau and the Intelligence Wing of the Punjab Police.


A deserted view of Kalsh village
A deserted view of Kalsh village near the Pakistan border in Punjab on Friday. Seventy per cent residents of this village have fled to safer places. 
— PTI photo

Vigilance officer in Vigilance net
Bathinda, June 1
The Vigilance Bureau arrested Mr Ravinder Kumar Jain, Joint Manager (Vigilance), and Mr Vinod Kumar, Assistant Manager (Quality Control) of the Food Corporation of India, for their alleged involvement in taking bribes from various rice mill owners late last evening. 

14 Cong men chosen Zila Parishad members
Chandigarh, June 1
The Rural Development and Panchayats Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, said today that 62 block samitis and 14 Zila Parishad members had been declared elected unopposed.


Paswan backs Narayanan
Hoshiarpur, June 1
The Lok Janshakti Party will support Mr K.R. Narayanan in the presidential poll if he contests for a second term. This was stated by Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, President of the party, while talking to mediapersons here today.


ADGP dilly-dallies over house vacation
Patiala, June 1
An Additional Director-General of Police has been unauthorisedly occupying a house allotted to his junior for the past six months. The latter, a Commandant in the Indian Reserve Battalion, is facing the prospect of paying the penal rent, besides the cancellation of the allotment done in his name.

SAD candidate attacked, hurt
Patiala, June 1
A Shiromani Akal Dal zila parishad election candidate and a relative of former minister Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur were injured in an attack when they were going to their native village along with members of their family, near here, this evening.

Indira Vikas Patra scam: 1 held
Bathinda, June 1
The district police authorities today achieved a major success when they arrested a businessman turned criminal, Dilbhajan Singh, also known as Natwar Lal of Punjab, for his alleged involvement in cases pretaining to rape and smuggling of narcotics.

Gesture for wards of Kargil martyrs
Jalandhar, June 1
To provide a helping hand to families of those soldiers who attained martyrdom during the Kargil war, the local Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, an 116-year-old educational institute, has decided to reserve five seats for their wards, and provide them with education free of cost upto the graduation level.

Kewal Singh’s remand extended
Talwandi Sabo, June 1
The judicial remand of Giani Kewal Singh, a former Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib and one of the accused in the dowry death case of his daughter-in-law, was today extended till June 13 by Mr Kurnesh Kakkar, Judicial Magistrate (First Class).

Plea to exempt privilege passes from income tax
Kapurthala, June 1
The Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association Rail Coach Factory unit, held its general body meeting at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Institute here. It was attended by supervisory cadre engineers. Mr Harchandan Singh, general secretary of the IRTSA, was the chief guest.

Residents block the way of a tractor-trailer
Residents block the way of a tractor-trailer at Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Residents resist                                 
Bathinda, June 1
For the fourth time residents of the local Parasram Nagar tried to disrupt the shifting of the Subdivisional office of the Punjab State Electricity Board from their area to other place.

263 cases settled at lok adalat
Jalandhar, June 1
As many as 263 cases were disposed of and a sum of Rs 3.03 crore was awarded as compensation in various cases pertaining to matrimonial disputes and the Negotiable Instruments Act during the third special lok adalat organised at the Judicial Complex here today.

Helpline for senior citizens
Patiala, June 1
The Sadhu Basant Community Support Group has launched the Aadhar Helpline for senior citizens under the aegis of Aadhar, Secreteriat of the National Council for Older Persons commissioned by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Bairagis support CM’s crusade
Chandigarh, June 1
The Bairagi Mahan Mandal, Punjab, today passed a resolution endorsing the crusade launched by the Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, against corruption in the state.


40,000 quintals of wheat rots in FCI godowns
Mansa, June 1
Stock of wheat with the Food Corporation of India here has reportedly rotten. Sources reveal that 40,000 quintals of rotten wheat is still in the godowns of the FCI and the local FCI officials has approached the District Manager of the FCI to auction the rotten wheat.


Pakistani national arrested
Amritsar, June 1
The BSF arrested a Pakistani national during a naka at Kahangarh here yesterday. Company Commander of 19 Battalion Prithvi Raj Singh in a complaint lodged at the Gharinda police station stated that Choudh Hussain of Pakistan was held during a naka at the Kahangarh outpost, near the Indo-Pak border, allegedly while trying to infiltrate into the Indian territory. A case has been registered under Sections 3, 34, 20 of the Indian Passport Act and Section 14 of the Foreign Nationals Act.

2 accomplices of Ragi held
Bathinda, June 1
Sadhu Singh Ragi, a member of the SGPC, has tried to get out of the criminal case registered against him on charge of smuggling of drugs under the NDPS Act by making an attempt to prepare false documents. He has been sent to Joint Interrogation Centre, Amritsar.

Kidnap case: police inaction decried
Bathinda, June 1
Mr Jagjeet Singh Joga, District Secretary of the CPI, on Wednesday alleged that the police was not taking action to recover a minor girl kidnapped from the city about 15 days ago, as some police personnel were involved in the crime.

Water dispute killings: 3 held
Muktsar, June 1
The police today arrested Jaspal Singh, alias Nikka, Gurpal Singh, alias Guri, and Gurpreet Singh in connection with the killings at Midhu Khera village on May 29. Two other suspects, Narinder Pal Singh Moti and Balraj Singh, have already surrendered in court while another suspect, Rajpreet Singh, is absconding.

Two held for murder
Bathinda, June 1
With the arrest of two persons the district police claims to have solved the murder case of two residents of Jiwan Singh Wala village Mohinder Singh and D.C. Singh, who were murdered on the intervening night of May 24 and 25.

Gang of thieves busted, 4 held
Moga, June 1
With the arrest of four persons, the district police claims to have busted a gang of chain snatchers and vehicles thieves. Two stolen two-wheelers, two pistols and swords were recovered from their possession. With the arrests, the police also claims to have solved several cases of chain snatching.


UGC aspirants to get another chance
Patiala, June 1
Punjabi University has decided to give a one-time chance to all its postgraduates to improve their percentage to be eligible for taking the University Grants Commission’s NET examination besides being eligible for appointment as lecturers in the university. The examination will be conducted in July next year.

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