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Bhattal case: SC’s no to change in order
New Delhi, May 1
The Supreme Court today declined to alter its order regarding a case of alleged corruption against Punjab Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, was passed on April 21. Rejecting a plea by Ms Bhattal’s counsel Kapil Sibal, a Bench comprising Mr Justice M.B. Shah and Mr Justice Arun Kumar said the order passed by them earlier would continue.

CM: water to Rajasthan on humanitarian grounds
Chandigarh, May 1
The Punjab Government today scotched reports that as a political strategy water was being supplied to Rajasthan at the cost of its Malwa belt where cotton sowing is on. While Rajasthan has not asked Punjab for any water for its parched land, “Punjab is willing to share water on humanitarian grounds if a request is received”, said Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today.

Probe ex-VC’s decision: FEAR
Patiala, May 1
The manner in which ousted Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, gave the scale for the posts of senior scale lecturer and reader to a Political Science Department teacher from the date of her joining as Lecturer in the varsity has come under a controversy with the Forum for Educational Action and Reform (FEAR) demanding a vigilance probe into the matter.

Meeting with CM mollifies Chhabra
Chandigarh, May 1
The Principal Secretary, Punjab, Mr Rajesh Chhabra, who was “shabbily” treated by one of the police officers during questioning with regard to an irrigation scam a few days ago, is satisfied with the “outcome” of his meeting with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, last evening.



Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib



System should outlive my tenure: Kashyap
Chandigarh, May 1
The short three-month tenure does not bother the new Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr Rajan Kashyap. At 22, Mr Kashyap was the youngest-ever to join the IAS. When TNS met him today at his second ‘’home’’—the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Complex office in Sector 10 — he appeared a bit nervous but displayed no signs of regrets at his ‘’late flowering’’, saying that “the system should outlive my tenure’’.


Patiala trader missing
Chandigarh, May 1
Ms Poonam Rani of Patiala has been moving from pillar to post for the past three weeks in search of her husband, Mr Ravinder Kumar, alias Guddu, who “disappeared under mysterious circumstances on April 8 after collecting payments totalling Rs 3.5 lakh from various clients in Mandi, Ner Chowk and Sundernagar in Himachal Pradesh.”

Follow Gurus’ message: D.S. Bains
Chandigarh, May 1
“Sikhs, including their leaders, must shun their prejudices and personal differences and follow the message of their Gurus,” says Mr Didar Singh Bains, founder President of the US-based World Sikh Organisation, suggesting that the “Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) would do well to treat all overseas Kesdhari Sikhs as goodwill ambassadors of the community.”

SARS suspect Partap Singh being taken for x-rays on a wheelchair at a hospital in Amritsar on Thursday.
SARS suspect Partap Singh being taken for x-rays on a wheelchair at a hospital in Amritsar on Thursday. — PTI
In video: Panic grips Amritsar following rumours about a SARS patient testing positive. (28k, 56k)

May Day observed
Batala, May 1
May Day was observed here today. The main function was held at the main bus-stand, which was attended by thousands of workers. CPI(M) leader S.S. Virk, and CPI leader Iqbal Singh addressed the gathering.

Chicago martyrs remembered
Bathinda, May 1
May Day was observed at a number of places here today. The united front of a number of organisations of employees, labourers and farmers observed May Day as ‘Pritigya Divas’. A function was held at Teachers’ Home. Later, the members of the front took out a procession and held a rally near the district courts.

Surprise raids lead to a row
Amritsar, May 1
The surprise raids on the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Hospital, here, has led to a war of words between the Senior Medical Officer, Dr Jagjit Kaur, who was found absent yesterday, and the Civil Surgeon, Dr Kanwaljit Singh.

Announcement of DCC office-bearers soon
Anandpur Sahib, May 1
The state unit of the Congress will finalise the names of office-bearers of District Congress Committees (DCC) and those of PPCC secretaries within a week. Mr Hanspal, PPCC President, stated this while talking to mediapersons here today. He was here to attend a state-level rally organised by the INTUC on May Day.

Probe widow’s complaint: PSHRC
Kharar, May 1
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has directed the Principal Secretary (Home) and IGP (Litigation) Punjab, to get an inquiry conducted and submit report to the commission before the next date of hearing about a complaint filed by Ms Sakhi, widow of Bachan Singh, a local resident, in which she has alleged that a leader of the AISSF has forcibly occupied her shop for the last about four years.

Pensioners seek nomination to RS
Sangrur, May 1
Mr V.S. Jolly, general secretary of the All-India Central Government Pensioners’ Association, northern region, Jalandhar, has urged the Union Government to nominate a representative of pensioners as an MP to the Rajya Sabha so that their problems and grievances could be aired in Parliament.

WTO effigy burnt
Jalandhar, May 1
The Swadeshi Sangharsh Yatra, which recently started from Amritsar to generate public opinion against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and multinational companies (MNCs), today arrived here.


Chandigarh, May 1
Every candidate has the right to be considered for appointment, but no one has the right to be appointed on grounds of being eligible, a Division Bench of the High Court has ruled.

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PUDA told to refund money
Bathinda, May 1
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the PUDA authorities to refund excess amount charged from Ms Ranjana Garg who was allotted a plot in the Urban Estate, Phase-II.

NRIs’ cases: CJ to be urged for fast-track courts
Chandigarh, May 1
The Punjab Government will again take up with the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court the matter pertaining to the setting up of fast-track courts to decide cases pertaining to NRIs on top priority. Most of their cases partaim to property disputes.

A killer stretch of a highway
Kharar, May 1
Fifteen road-accident deaths in four months on a 5-km stretch are grim pointers to the state of affairs on the national highway passing through this town which is the region’s gateway to western Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and further on to Jammu and Kashmir.
Some of the vehicles involved in accidents piled up at Kharar police station.
Some of the vehicles involved in accidents piled up at Kharar police station. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Patiala Flying Club secretary suspended
Patiala, May 1
The Punjab Civil Aviation Department has suspended secretary of the Patiala Flying Club S.K. Mittal following allegations of irregularities in the fuel stock of the club as well as spare parts of various planes.

PTDC offers discounts
Ropar, May 1
Keeping in view the low occupancy rate in the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) complexes in the state, the management has decided to offer discounts.

Satwant Reddy bereaved
Chandigarh, May 1
Lt-Col. Ranjit Singh Sidhoo (retd), father of the Punjab IAS officer, Mrs Satwant Reddy, died yesterday in Command Hospital here following a brief illness.

Kidney scam: doc surrenders
Amritsar, May 1
Another key kidney scam accused, Dr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu, who had been absconding for the last three months, surrendered before SIT officials today and offered to join the investigation into the multi-crore scam.

Sheikh Farooqi Urs concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 1
The 391st annual urs in the memory of Sheikh Ahmed Farooqi Sirhindi at Roza Sharif, Fatehgarh Sahib, concluded here today. Thousands of Naqsbandi Muslims from all parts of the country and abroad paid homage. 

Two murder cases solved
Mansa, May 1
The local police has solved two murder cases with the arrest of Ram Singh, a resident of Hasanpur village in the district. One case is of Chand Singh of the same village who murdered in 1991. 

Health centre reopens
Ludhiana, May 1
Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) commenced out patient medical services at Bhagwant Memorial Hospital,Narangwal, here today.


Wheat yield falls in Sangrur district
Sangrur, May 1
In this district the per hectare average yield of wheat has come down by six per cent during this harvesting season as compared to the last year. In the last season the yield was 4,822 kg per hectare while this year the yield has been estimated to be 4,538 kg per hectare on the basis of 190 of the 262 crop cutting experiments conducted by the Sangrur district Agriculture Department.

Water shortage delays cotton sowing
Bathinda, May 1
A prolonged dry spell and scarcity of water for irrigating fields, have forced a number of cotton growers in seven districts of Punjab to miss the April 30 deadline fixed by experts of Punjab Agriculture Univesity (PAU), for cotton sowing.


In-laws seek probe from hiding
Phagwara, May 1
Mr Swantantar Bansal and his wife Mrs Meena Bansal, today sent a representation to the ADGP, Railways, Mr S.C. Jain, demanding a probe into the death of Mrs Kanchan Bansal and her two and half years old daughter Mitali here on April 16.

Plea on Anand Marriage Act
Jalandhar, May 1
The SAD (Amritsar) has urged SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar to initiate the necessary steps for the implementation of the Anand Marriage Act, 1909, enacted by the then British regime to give recognition to Sikh marriage rites.


FIR against trust official lodged
Amritsar, May 1
The Civil Lines police today lodged an FIR against Mr Roop Lal Bhagat, an Executive Officer of the Improvement Trust in connection with the multi-crore compensation scam for the new Amritsar scheme. The report has been lodged on the directions of the SSP, Mr Narinder Pal Singh, following a report published in these columns on April 29.

Flesh trade: five held
Bathinda, May 1
The district police today arrested five persons, including a woman, from a hotel behind the new bus stand for indulging in flesh trade.

2 die in mishap
Bhagta Bhaika (Bathinda), May 1
Two youths were killed when their scooter was hit by a vehicle this evening. The deceased have been identified as Harbhagwan Singh (18) of the Bhagta Bhaika village and Jaspal Singh (20) of Lungar village, near here. According to information, the youths were going towards the village when a Tata Sumo hit their scooter.

10 bags of poppy husk seized
Machhiwara, May 1
The police seized 10 bags of poppy husk from the possession of Gurcharan Singh and Bachittar of Ranwan village after conducting a raid at their house last evening. The culprits were arrested on the spot.

5 held for illegal kerosene sale
Jalandhar, May 1
The district police has claimed to have busted a six-member gang involved in the unauthorised sale of kerosene in the Phillaur area, with the arrest of five members and the seizure of 12,000 litres of blue kerosene.

Cloth seller shot at
Phagwara, May 1
Three scooter-borne miscreants today shot at and injured a cloth seller on the Palahi-Hoshiarpur link road, near Khurampur village, in a bid to loot him.

Gang of cheats busted
Jalandhar, May 1
The district police claims to have busted a seven-member gang of cheats with the arrest of its three members and recovery of gold ornaments from them.


Primary students block traffic
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 1
Students of Government Primary School, Sirhind-2 ,today blocked the traffic on the Sirhind-Chandigarh road protesting against the alleged forced possession of the school building by its owner. Their parents and some social organisations also joined the protest.

Now BA (Hons) in social science
Malout, May 1
The Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) has decided to introduce a BA course in social science (Hon) from the current academic session to prepare students to perform well in competitive exams being held by different agencies of the Centre and the state government.

Students damage flying squad’s car
Sangrur, May 1
The rear window pane of a car of the flying squad from Punjabi University, Patiala, was today smashed with stones, allegedly by students of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera in Barnala sub-division.


Dream market turns sour
Bathinda, May 1
A magnificent building in the heart of the town was planned to house the first air-conditioned market in the region, with an underground parking lot and the offices of District Education Officers (Secondary and Elementary) on the top floor.


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