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PCCTU poll: ruling group a house divided
Chandigarh, May 3
Disquiet pervades the ruling group of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), which goes to the polls at Jalandhar on May 11. The union general house will meet there a day earlier to deliberate on the annual report (2002-03) of the general secretary.

Tampering with doctor’s service book: report sought
Amritsar, May 3
The Principal of the medical college, Dr P.S. Bedi, has sought a report from the Civil Surgeon whether the district TB Officer, Dr Mittar Pal Devgan has got his service book tampered with in connivance with members of the staff with a view to eliminate the evidence of two simultaneous government jobs (medical officer at Gurdaspur and house job in the family ward of an Amritsar hospital) in 1978.

Jathedars visit Sikh Dharma headquarters
Chandigarh, May 3
A contingent of jathedars from Punjab visited the Sikh Dharma headquarters in Espanola, New Mexico, last week, an e-mail from Sikh Dharma International to The Tribune said. 

Statements of Badungar, Tarlochan condemned
Bathinda, May 3
Mr Jagroop Singh Gill, chief adviser of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha and former president of the municipal council, has demanded that Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC, and Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman, National Minority Commission, should be called to the Akal Takht for giving misguiding and false statements regarding a gurdwara at Baghdad in Iraq.

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PHRC nominations irk Badal
Chandigarh, May 3
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today criticised the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for ignoring Sikhs, Dalits and women while making appointments to the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC).

An undated hand out image released on Friday showing murdered Indian-born millionaire Amarjit ChohanNRI’s murder: Interpol alerted Punjab police
Chandigarh, May 3
Missing millionaire Indian businessman Amarjit Chohan, whose body was found floating in the sea in England on April 25, owned properties in Chandigarh and New Delhi.

An undated hand out image released on Friday showing murdered Indian-born millionaire Amarjit Chohan (L) along with his wife Nancy (R) and their son Devinder. Chohan, who disappeared three months ago along with his wife, two young sons and mother-in-law, was discovered floating in the sea near Bournemouth Pier in Dorset on April 22. The police has named two men, Ken Regan and William Horncy, who they want to question in relation to the murder investigation. — Reuters photo

Panchayat poll likely on June 22
Chandigarh, May 3
The elections to panchayats will be held around June 22 and will be a one-day affair, said Mr C.L. Bains, Commissioner, Punjab State Elections, here today. There are about 13,300 panchayats in the state.


Dusty winds affect life
Bathinda, May 3
Duststorm sweeping the region for the past three days has affected life. Even vehicles have been moving with difficulty. In this town also a nicknamed, “Dust bowl of Punjab” storm has given harrowing time to residents of the city.

Bhattal exempted from personal appearance
Ms Rajinder Kaur BhattalChandigarh, May 3
A corruption case filed against Punjab Agriculture Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, pertaining to an alleged embezzlement of Rs 20 lakh from the Chief Minister’s relief fund was today adjourned by a local court for May 23. The FIR in this case was registered against Ms Bhattal on May 22 last year at Bureau’s police station in Ferozpure range on the complaint of Mr Balwant Singh Dhillon.

Cops in ‘satta’ racket: DGP promises action
Sangrur, May 3
More than 100 hardcore militants were still alive. Of these only one or two might be in Punjab while others were residing in other states of the country or in Pakistan.

Vigilance raid on Tibri subdivision
Gurdaspur, May 3
The Additional Deputy Commissioner General accompanied by the vigilance staff of this district raided the Tibri subdivision of canals and sealed the record of the subdivision.

Civil hospital sans facilities
Jalalabad, May 3
Acute shortage of medical and paramedical staff has crippled the working of local Civil hospital.

Amritsar SARS suspect tests negative
Amritsar, May 3
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported that the samples of Mr Partap Singh (65), under treatment at Kakkar Hospital, here, are negative.

‘Sangat Darshan funds misused’
Patiala, May 3
Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh today said the state government had received the report of the irregularities committed during the Sangat Darshan exercise by the previous Akali-BJP government.

Arms cache seized from border
Mahawa (Amritsar), May 3
The Border Security Force today seized a big cache of arms across the Zero Line, a little distance from the Pakistan village of Thahpur, on a tipoff.

Contractors flay enlistment policy
Gurdaspur, May 3
The district PWD (B&R) contractors association at a meeting held here yesterday condemned the new policy of the government regarding entitlement and renewal of government contractors. More than100 contractors participated.

Rs 107 cr for uplift of poor
Phagwara, May 3
Punjab Social Welfare and Social Security Minister Joginder Singh Mann announced today that Rs 107 crore would be spent on welfare schemes for the poor this year. He said this while addressing public meetings at Bhanoki, Chak Hakim and Panshta villages, according to a press note.

Akali leader surrenders
Bathinda, May 3
Local Akali leader Kulwinder Singh today surrendered in a local court before he was declared proclaimed offender.

Fire destroys wheat crop on 2000 acres
Gurdaspur, May 3
Huge stocks of wheat were damaged when a fire broke out in the Bet area of Kahnuwan and spread to nearly 2000 acres of land in 12 villages.

HC: illegally sacked worker entitled to back wages
Chandigarh, May 3
Twenty-six years after the service of a Punjab Roadways employee was illegally terminated, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that the official was entitled to back wages.


Two kiosks removed
Jalandhar, May 3
Cantonment board officials to removed 20 kiosks allegedly raised on government land in the Sabzi Mandi area near here even kiosk owners termed the exercise as selective.


Two booked for selling spurious seed
Bathinda, May 3
A case under Section 420 of the IPC, Section 15 the Seeds Act and Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act was registered against Chander Bhan and Rahul Dev of Grain Market, here for selling fake seed of hybrid cotton to farmers.

Couple held on cheating charge
Pathankot, May 3
A couple has been arrested for allegedly duping Mr Jagdish Raj, a resident of Gharota village, of Rs 1,80,000.

1 killed, 23 hurt in accident
Jalandhar, May 3
One person was killed and 23 were injured in an accident at Laroha village, near Bhogpur, today. The accident occurred in the morning when a mini bus coming from the Tanda side rammed into a J and K-bound truck coming from the opposite direction, police sources said.

2 die in accidents
Bathinda, May 3
Balwinder Kaur (40), a resident of the Arya Samaj Chowk area of the city died of burns under mysterious circumstances this evening at her home.

2 injured as truckers clash
Rampura, May 3
Tension, which has been building in this town for the past couple of days over the election of the president of local truck union, took an ugly turn yesterday when a group of truck operators attacked members of other group with rods and swords at the cattle mela ground yesterday.

Patwari held for graft
Moga, May 3
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested patwari Ravinderjit Singh on charges of accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500 for entering mutation in the revenue record.


19,000 posts of teacher to be filled
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 3
The state government would fill the 19,000 vacant posts of teacher in the state so that students did not suffer due to staff shortage and the student-teacher ratio was lowered.

Workshop on TERI project
Patiala, May 3
An orientation workshop based on green olympiad and terra quiz was organised today at Blossoms School, Patiala. The school has been assigned a project on TERI (Tata Energy Research Institute) under the Ministry of Environment and Forest Department.


Industrialists’ demands ‘to be considered’
Bathinda, May 3
Mr Gurbinder Singh Atwal, Parliamantary Secretary, Department of Industries, Punjab, said today that demands of industrialists of the region would be considered.

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