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PPSC chief promises total transparency
Amritsar, May 5
The Chairman of Punjab Public Service Commission, Lt Gen Surjit Singh (retd) asserted that he would bring total transparency in the working of the commission, which had been under cloud for the past couple of years.

Cong to revamp district, block panels
Chandigarh, May 5
Targeting the coming Lok Sabha elections, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee is contemplating a major initiative to reorganise and reactivate the party at district and block levels. Changes in the District Congress Committees and some frontal organisations, including the Youth Congress, are in the offing.

Octroi goes from July: minister
Phagwara, May 5
Punjab Local Government Minister Jagjit Singh today declared that octroi in the state would go from July 1, resulting in a loss of Rs 550 crore to the government. 

User charges for water, sewerage up
Chandigarh, May 5
The Punjab Government has revised the water supply and sewerage tariff for all five municipal corporations and 137 municipal councils in the state with immediate effect.

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Principals demand fee hike rollback
Chandigarh, May 5
The Principals’ Association of Non-government Colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, have demanded a rollback of the students’ fee hike, release of 95 per cent grant-in-aid without a 20 per cent cut already imposed and the introduction of a pension-cum-gratuity scheme for the teachers.

Jobs for engg students ‘limited’
Chandigarh, May 5
In the name of creating job opportunities for the state youth, the Punjab government has opened a number of engineering colleges and polytechnics in the past few years. But most of the trained youth from these institutions are unable to find suitable jobs in the state despite paying hefty fees.

PMT scam: key man held
Amritsar, May 5
In a major breakthrough, the Amritsar police has arrested Dr Mahesh Sharma, a close associate of Sirhind-based Akali leader Devinder Singh Pappu, the prime accused in the Central Board of Secondary Education PMT leak scam, in New Delhi.

Raids to nab MLA’s SHO son planned
Nawanshahr, May 5
Even as suspended Nawanshahr SHO Rajbalwinder Singh, who has been booked by the Nawanshahr police for allegedly snatching lakhs of rupees from people at various nakas, is still at large, the Nawanshahr police will raid suspected hideouts to nab him.


Lok Bhalai Party may field 5 candidates
Faridkot, May 5
The All-India Lok Bhalai Party plans to contest five constituencies in Punjab in general elections. The constituencies will be decided upon at a meeting of the political affairs committee at Ludhiana shortly.

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Bleak future for dynastic politics
How family factor is getting irrelevant
Sushila Ramaswamy
HE three-time Chief Minister of Punjab and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, remarked recently, “If you are in a profession, your child follows the same line. A doctor’s child becomes a doctor. Mine came into politics. What is wrong with it?”


PSGPC to implement Nanakshahi calendar
Amritsar, May 5
Accepting the authority of Akal Takht and the SGPC, the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has resolved to implement the ‘Nanakshahi calendar’ in Sikh shrines of Pakistan.

Jail inmate eats lizard, hospitalised
Bathinda, May 5
Kewal Krishan, a young inmate of the local Central Jail, allegedly ate a lizard to get kick as he could not manage to get the required dose of drugs in his barracks. Kewal Krishan, a drug addict, who today complained of stomachache, was referred to the Civil Hospital by the jail doctor.

Apply for passport through DC office: RPO
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 5
People should submit applications for passport in the office of the Deputy Commissioner concerned for quick processing and getting these in time because the applications submitted at the DC’s office will carry the police verification report when these will be received in the Passport Office.

Psychiatric patient made to sign papers, says plea
Chandigarh, May 5
If allegations in a writ petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court are to be believed, a Ludhiana resident grabbed property in posh Sarabha Nagar after getting a psychiatric patient kidnapped in connivance with the police.

PUDA flats vacant, land encroached on
Bathinda, May 5
A number of Punjab Urban Development Authority flats (LIG and MIG categories) have been lying vacant for 14 to 18 years even as about 100 acres, worth crores, has been encroached on.

Village scheme stone laid
Sardargarh (Bathinda), May 5
The Punjab Government will spend Rs 5.6 crore under the Integrated Rural Development Programme in Bathinda district to develop two villages in each block as modern villages.

Cong plays down row over ‘shops’
Jalandhar, May 5
Even as the controversy surrounding the “illegal” construction of two “shops” in the backyard of Congress Bhavan and further “renting out” of these for peanuts allegedly by a senior Congress leader has started creating ripples in the political circles of the Doaba region, the Punjab Pradesh Congress, today apparently sought to play down the issue by maintaining that no new construction had taken place and the existing “old structure” was, in fact, a godown meant for storing publicity material of the party.

Staff shortage hits PSEB complaint offices’ working
Bathinda, May 5
The next time you call up a complaint office of the PSEB about a fault in electricity connection or transformers, do not expect that some PSEB employee will immediately come to rectify it. The number of employees at complaint offices is inadequate to handle the complaints received everyday.

Leaders meet Advani on conversions
Chandigarh, May 5
A delegation of BJP leaders from Punjab met the Union Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, on the issue of religious conversions in New Delhi today.

VB wants ban on contractor’s entry
Ropar, May 5
Adding a new dimension to the EPF scam, the PSEB Vigilance has written to the authorities of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, to ban the entry of a labour contractor, Mr R.S. Sodhi, proprietor of M/s Sodhi Erectors. Sources here said the ADGP, Vigilance, PSEB, Mr Lalit Bhatia, had written to the General Manager of the plant in this regard in view of the criminal case registered against him.

Swadeshi Manch flays MNCs
Bathinda, May 5
“There was only one East India Company and the country remained under its rule for 200 years. What will be our plight when more than 4,500 foreign companies will come here?” lamented office-bearers of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch.

Drive to help disabled persons
Ferozepore, May 5
The district administration has launched a special drive to help handicapped persons in the district in which the Social Welfare Department, some NGOs and the Health Department would participate.

NGO organises cultural programme
Bathinda, May 5
Ms V.R. Goyal, chairperson of the Diamond Welfare Society, in a statement here today, said the local MLA, Mr Surinder Singla, had promised an aid of Rs 51,000 for the society in recognition of its efforts for the welfare of students, especially the physically-challenged.

Drinking habit claims 2 lives
Tarn Taran, May 5
A minor dispute led to the death of a man and his son at the local Nanaksar Mohalla last night. A case has been registered under Section 174, Cr. PC.

Saying thanks with soil
Ferozepore, May 5
The Desh Bhagat Committee will present the soil of the National Martyrs Memorial, Hussainiwala, Ferozepore, to Mr Manohar Joshi, Lok Sabha Speaker, to express gratitude for his approval to install a statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Parliament.


Tax barriers to be computerised
Jalandhar, May 5
The Punjab Government has decided to spend Rs 25 crore to fully computerise the tax barriers in the state from July 1 to curb tax evasion, estimated to be over Rs 500 crore per year.

Parking lot contract cancelled
Faridkot, May 5
The five-day-old dispute between residents and the contractor over the entry fee of the parking premises at New Sabzi Mandi and Old Grain Market in Kot Kapura town, 12 km from here in this district, was settled here today with the intervention of Mr Davinder Singh, SDM of Faridkot, who cancelled the contract.

CBI to probe Panchayat Secys’ selections
Chandigarh, May 5
The Punjab Government has ordered a CBI inquiry into the selection of 909 Panchayat Secretaries made from 1996 to 2001.

Pension for 50 pc disability
Phagwara, May 5
The Punjab Government will grant pension to a person with 50 per cent disability and 45,000 physically challenged persons are getting pension in the state. This was stated by Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Social Welfare and Social Security Minister, at a function at the Kamla Nehru College for Women here today, according to a press note.

Appraisal & reforms panel set up
Chandigarh, May 5
The Punjab Government today constituted a state-level appraisal and reforms committee under the Chief Secretary to monitor and review the functioning of key departments.

3 appointed PSHRC members


Pharmacist booked on rape charge
Phagwara, May 5
The police has registered a case under Sections 376, 506 and 120-B of the IPC against six persons, including a pharmacist, Ramji Suman, of the nearby Sarhal Mundian village on the charges of rape, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy on a complaint of a farmer state leader of the mahila wing of the Lok Jan Shakti and a social activist of the local Prem Nagar mohalla.

Two abducted girls recovered
Sangrur, May 5
The local police has recovered two teenaged girls reportedly abducted on May 4 and September 27 last year from their respective villages. In a press note issued here today, the police said it had recovered a 15-year-old resident of Badrukhan village, near here, who had been abducted on September 27 by Raju Gupta of Sewan district in Bihar with an intention to marry her.

Rape case against XEN decried
Chandigarh, May 5
The Punjab Engineers Class-I Association (Irrigation Wing) today took strong exception to the rape case registered against Mr D.K. Syal, an Executive Engineer posted in Gurdaspur division of the Upper Bari Doab Canal.

18-yr-old raped
Bathinda, May 5
An 18-year-old girl was allegedly raped by four persons here this evening. The girl admitted to the local Civil Hospital alleged that she was kidnapped in a jeep by four persons while on her way to the market. She recognised one of them as Raju.

Two of marriage party killed
Bathinda, May 5
Two local residents, who were part of a marriage party, were killed in a road mishap last evening. While the bridegroom was getting ready to mount the house for a customary ride near a marriage palace at Tapa, 45 km from here, a vehicle hit the ‘baratis’.


Old college students form association 
Mansa, May 5
A meeting of old students of Government Nehru Memorial Postgraduate College was held here the college premises and formed the Old Students Association. The association decided to call themselves “Nehruvians” and pasted stickers on their vehicles. 

MA (Punjabi) students seek grace marks
Bathinda, May 5
Students of MA (Punjabi) part II were surprised to find the question paper on “Sufi kissa ate veer kav”, held today, not according to the syllabus.

B.Ed entrance test on June 15
Amritsar, May 5
Guru Nanak Dev University, on behalf of the Punjab Government, will conduct the state-level B.Ed. Joint Entrance Test-2003 on June 15 for admission to the B.Ed. course in colleges affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Rs 64 crore for school facilities
Ferozepore, May 5
The government will arrange buses for teachers and students of schools at far-off places.

Hearing in ex-VC’s case on May 9
Patiala, May 5
The fast-track court of the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr K.R Mahajan, today heard arguments pertaining to the framing of charges against former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, J.S. Ahluwalia and co-accused Bhupinder Singh Cheema in the case of assault on Dr H.S. Bhatti, Reader in Punjabi University.

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