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Tainted cops likely to get duty benefit
Ludhiana, May 2
In yet another benefit to the tainted cops who are facing charges of police high-handedness during the terrorism era, the Punjab Government is likely to treat such cops on duty during the period they were suspended from service.

Treat fellow officers decently: CM 
Chhabra seeks 15 days time; Saini to continue on probe panel
Chandigarh, May 2
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today sent a clear message to the police team investigating the irrigation scam to treat the “fellow officers honourably and not as criminals”. 

UK cops, scribes on Maninderpal’s trail
Chandigarh, May 2
A three-member team of the Hampshire police and a group of journalists from the UK are here to look for Maninderpal Singh Kohli, wanted by the Scotland Yard in a rape and murder case. This case has been in the headlines since March 19.

Fake seed of Bt cotton hybrid varieties seized
Bathinda, May 2
Fake seed of hybrid varieties and Bt cotton in packets and cloth bags of different brands and other packing material was seized today from a shop in the grain market here and from the godown of that shopkeeper when Agriculture Department officials accompanied by policemen raided it today.


Fatehgarh Sahib




Hindu immigrants in Punjab say they are not interested in returning to Pakistan as they are ill-treated there.

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Uncertainty ails govt schools: DTF
Bathinda, May 2
The district unit of the Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) has alleged that education in state-run schools has been badly affected by the uncertainty over the implementation of the Punjab Education Policy, 2002, by which the four-tier system of school administration had been changed into a two-tier system.

Vigilance Bureau raids schools
Bathinda, May 2
Ten vigilance parties conducted raids in 100 schools of Bathinda, Mansa and Faridkot today to check absenteeism among teachers. About 30 employees were found absent. Mr Barjinder Singh Grewal, SSP (VB), said here this evening that no hospital or government office was checked.

Navjot tops Ropar dist in Class VIII
SAS Nagar, May 2
Navjot Kaur, a student of Vikram Public High School, Kharar, has topped Ropar district in the Class VIII (middle) examination conducted by the Punjab School Examination Board (PSEB).

Gurdev Badal’s son goes underground
Bathinda, May 2
Even as a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against Mr Manjeet Singh Badal, alias Suba Singh Badal, son of a former Akali minister, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, at the local police station of the Vigilance Bureau, the leakage of this information has sabotaged the plans of the bureau authorities to arrest him.


Give Nanakshahi calendar free of cost: SAD (A)
Bathinda, May 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has urged the SGPC President, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, to distribute the Nanakshahi calendar free of cost among people so that confusion prevailing among the Sikhs about the celebration of different festivals linked with Sikh Gurus is removed.

Strong winds create havoc
People near thermal, NFL plants worst hit
Ropar, May 2
The strong winds that blew in the region today proved to be a nightmare for the people residing near the ash dykes of the Ropar thermal plant and the NFL plant at Nangal.

Teacher with fake degrees surrenders
Bathinda, May 2
Kulwinder Singh, son of a former SGPC member, Mr Hakam Singh, against whom the Punjab Vigilance Bureau had registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471, IPC, and the Prevention of Corruption Act last year, as he had obtained some of this educational degrees through fraudulent means, has surrendered before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate.

Employees greet Ratra with slogans
Patiala, May 2
The new chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Mr Y.S. Ratra, today on his first visit to the board headquarters here was greeted with slogans by employees protesting against the government’s move to dismantle the organisation.

Probe finds self-help group guilty of fraud
Bathinda, May 2
A fraud allegedly by the members of the self-help group of Gill Khurd village, who used to give loans under the Swarn Jayanti Gram Self-Employment Scheme, for tent house business was detected by Mr D.P.S. Kharbanda, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) following a probe into a complaint made to the Deputy Commissioner, here.

Two Bathinda docs make it to IAS
Bathinda, May 2
Two doctors of the city have been selected in the civil services examination, the result of which was declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) last evening.

Curb deras, Dang urges SGPC, govt 
Amritsar, May 2
Senior Communist leader Satya Pal Dang expressed concern over the mushrooming “Dera culture” in Punjab and lamented that the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the Akali leadership and the Punjab government had done nothing to control the Deras.

35 centre head teachers get relief
Chandigarh, May 2
After holding that 35 centre head teachers were entitled to the benefit of two advanced increments from the date their juniors were promoted, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the state of Punjab and other respondents to refix the petitioners’ pay after granting them the benefit.

  • Hearing

  • Petition dismissed

Judicial remand for dowry death suspect
Phagwara, May 2
Ms Navjot Kaur Sohal, Sub-Judge, Junior Division here, has remanded Mr Samir Bansal in 14 days’ judicial custody. Mr Bansal was presented in her court yesterday, it was learnt here this evening.

10-yr jail for Pak national
Gurdaspur, May 2
A Pakistan national was sentenced to 10 years by a fast-track court here today. Awarding the sentence under Section 307 of the IPC, Section 25,54,59 of the Arms Act, Section 4/5 of Indian Explosive Act, Section 3-34-20 of Indian Passport Act and Section 14 of the Foreigners Act, the court imposed a fine of Rs 1000, Mohammad Akram of Kalaswala village in Sialkot district.

10 jhuggis destroyed in fire
Jalandhar, May 2
Ten jhuggis and one house were today destroyed in a fire due to sparking in a transformer in a field at Rahimpur village in the Kartarpur area, near here.

Cong MLA warns govt officers
Sangrur, May 2
Mr Arvind Khanna, Congress MLA from Sangrur, instructed government officers today to either mend their ways of functioning or be ready to face stern action if they showed reluctance in redressing problems and grievances of the people.

All set for gilding of temple ‘deori’
JALANDHAR: The historic Devi Talab temple here is all set to adorn a fresh look with the gilding of its “deori” (entrance), which is scheduled to take off on May 5.


Arrested for selling PDS wheat
Bathinda, May 2
The police today foiled an attempt of a depot holder of the district to sell wheat meant for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, in the open market.


PSCST holds National Science Day
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 2
The National Science Day was observed jointly by the National Council for Science and Technology, Delhi, and the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh, at Baba Banda Singh Bahadhar Engineering (BBSBEC), Fatehgarh Sahib, on April 30.

National award for varsity professor
Patiala, May 2
The Punjabi University Hindi Department head, Dr Chaman Lal, has been given a national award by the Central Hindi Directorate of the Union Government for his book, “Kabhi Nahin Socha Tha.”

Fee hike: ABVP activists to beg
Jalandhar, May 2
Members of the state unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will observe “Bheekh Saptah” from May 7 to 14, during which students will beg, to protest against the recent fee hike by educational institutions.Top

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