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Powermen’s strike evokes good response
Thermal plant calls Army men for help
Bathinda, May 7
Even as the strike of PSEB employees entered the second day today, the local thermal plant authorities have sought the help of Army personnel for work.
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Punjab CM is ‘most threatened’ VIP, says police
CM’s secret visit to Baba’s ‘dera’
Bathinda, May 7
Is Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh “most threatened” VIP?
The answer is yes, if the message flashed to the district police from the state headquarters last evening are any indication.

Vigilance raids chemist shops
Ludhiana, May 7
Raids by the state Vigilance Bureau detected serious irregularities in the execution of a major sewerage project in the city besides confiscating large stocks of spurious and substandard medicines and life-saving drugs from reputed chemists here today.

When Indian handball team visited shrine
Chandigarh, May 7
‘Gurdwara’, “the Guru’s door” or “by means of the Guru’s grace”; the Sikh place of worship i.e. the temple or room in which Guru Granth Sahib is kept, reads Sikh History and Religion in the Twentieth Century by Joseph T. O’Connell, Milton Israel, Willard G. Oxtoby with visiting editors — WH McLeod and J.S. Grewal.

Fatehgarh Sahib



MLA shines shoes to fund road repair
Garhshankar, May 7
People at the bus-stop here today witnessed unusual scene — local BJP MLA, Avinash Rai Khanna, shining people’s shoes and requesting them to donate money for the repair of the pot-holed 43 km-long-stretch of the Garhshankar - Hoshiarpur road. A good number of BJP activists and people from other walks of life were helping him in his road-repair mission.

Policy panel on influx of migrant labour
Patiala, May 7
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that he would approach Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi to secure the release of a local girl who was being held in captivity by supporters of a Bihar BJP MP, even as he announced the formation of a Cabinet sub-committee to form a policy to streamline the influx of migratory labour in the state.

Protesting ABVP students lathicharged
Amritsar, May 7
The police allegedly resorted to a mild lathi charge on students who were about to set afire the effigy of the Punjab Government in protest against “anti-education policies and fee hike”.

2 more sworn in PPSC members
Chandigarh, May 7
Dr Ajaib Singh and Mr Bakshi Ram were sworn in as members of the Punjab Public Service Commission by the Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob(retd), at Punjab Raj Bhavan this afternoon.


Three Independent MLAs form separate group
Chandigarh, May 7
Three Independent MLAs — Mr Sukhdarshan Singh Mrar (Muktsar), Mr Harmeet Singh Sandhu (Tarn Taran) and Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar (Rampura Phul) — today parted company with two other Independent MLAs — Mr Suchha Singh Chottepur (Dhariwal) and Mr Jeet Mohinder Singh (Talwandi Sabo) — and formed a separate group in the Punjab Assembly.

Cong infighting comes to fore
Faridkot, May 7
Infighting among district Congressmen here came to the fore when six of its 12 Zila Parishad members, including chairmen of two block samitis Faridkot and Kot Kapura, did not attend the Zila Parishad meeting held today.


IHRO takes up issue with state panel
Ludhiana, May 7
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has taken up the sexual harassment case of an ad hoc lecturer of local Government College for Boys with the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC).

Court wants CBI to investigate termination case
Chandigarh, May 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today expressed the hope that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would rise to the occasion and investigate the Panchayat Secretaries termination case.

  • Notice issued

  • Orders on May 9

  • Petitions dismissed

MLA files suit against ex-minister
Patiala, May 7
Talwandi Sabo MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh has filed a Rs 2-crore defamation suit against former minister Harminder Singh Jassi and a Punjabi daily, claiming that both of them had connived to defame him and his family by stating that his father, former Punjab Public Service Commissioner Chairman Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, had amassed properties worth Rs 160 crore.

300 trees axed at cremation ground
Gill Patti (Bathinda), May 7
At least 300 trees, including some full-grown ones and some planted by the state Forest Minister, Dr Harbans Lal, about a year ago, were uprooted and remains of the body of a small boy got exposed when tractors with ploughs were pressed into service at the local cremation ground allegedly by Mr Akbar Singh, husband of Mrs Paramjit Kaur, local Sarpanch, with the help of Sant Baba Borewala and a small section of local residents.

Patiala to have rail overbridge
CM announces development projects
Patiala, May 7
It was bonanza time today at the mass contact rally organised in the city to announce various development schemes for the town, with the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, announcing that work on the proposed overbridge at Railway Crossing Number 22 would start on July 1 and will be completed in three months.

Policemen moot counselling sessions
Ferozepore, May 7
The Ferozepore police has embarked on a programme to settle cases pertaining to marital disputes and other crimes related to physical, emotional and mental abuse of women through counselling sessions.

Alive man declared dead
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 7
A strange situation arose during the lok darbar of the Deputy Commissioner when one Hardial Singh of Railon village gave him an application alleging that the local Social Security Office had declared him dead and stopped his old-age pension.

Docs call Punjab Medical Council poll mockery
Sangrur, May 7
Terming the election process for the revival of the Punjab Medical Council (PMC) after more than 20 years as a “mockery” the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) and a faction of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) is opposing the election as names of more than 75 per cent doctors registered with the PMC are not on the electoral rolls of the PMC.

‘Women quota in elected bodies not needed’
Bathinda, May 7
Mr Rajbir Singh Sidhu, general secretary, and Mr Suresh Kumar Goyal, organising secretary of the General Samaj Party, respectively, in a joint statement issued here today said that there was no need to give reservation to women in elected bodies.

New Rajdhani coaches in June
Kapurthala, May 7
Passengers of the Rajdhani Express on the Delhi-Mumbai section will experience a more comfortable ride in the new German-designed coaches built by the Rail Coach Factory (RCF), here by the end of June.

Reception awaits Pak MPs
Amritsar, May 7
Thirteen members of Pakistan’s National Assembly led by Mr Ishak Khan Khakhwali will visit India through Wagah Check Post on a peace mission.

BSF jawans perform the drill during the retreat ceremony at the Indo-Pak checkpost at Wagah on Wednesday. — PTI photo

Ex-ASI’s murder case: panel formed
Amritsar, May 7
A three-member committee has been constituted in a sensational murder case in which a retired ASI, a resident of Rana Garden in Maqboolpura area, was kidnapped and murdered on May 3.

Ex-minister hurt in accident
Pathankot, May 7
Former Punjab Higher Education Minister Mohan Lal was injured in a road accident yesterday.


Teams to check sale of fake seed
Bathinda, May 7
Majority of the farmers in this belt have sown cotton including BT cotton after buying the seed from registered and unregistered seed traders in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.


Park’s allotment to Ram Sharnam Trust goes
Amritsar, May 7
The Municipal Corporation today took control of the ‘disputed’ park in the Ranjit avenue from Shri ‘Ram Sharnam Trust’.

Expansion plan of jail sanctioned
Bathinda, May 7
The Punjab Government has sanctioned the project pertaining to the expansion of the local Central Jail by earmarking funds for the construction of a barrack and 57 residential quarters on its existing premises.

Encroachments razed
Amritsar, May 7
The Municipal Corporation undertook an anti-encroachment drive in the Putlighar area here today.


Hawala racket busted, 1 held
Jalandhar, May 7
The district police today busted a hawala racket with the arrest of one operative and recovery of Rs 2.90 lakh from him.

3 cops booked for blackmail
Moga, May 7
The Punjab Police has registered a case against three policemen for allegedly blackmailing, cheating, exploiting and coercing a social worker and an employee of a multinational company to pay Rs 1 lakh.

Two killed in road mishap
Barnala, May 7
Two persons were killed in a road mishap today near Harigarh Basti, about 15 km from here, on the Barnala-Sangrur road.


PTU online education dream goes sour
Bathinda, May 7
By failing to conduct the examinations for its courses, the Online Virtual Campus launched by the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, to provide technical education through the online and e-correspondence mode, the university has failed to provide “real education” to its students.

No extension for Dr Kapoor as Dean, Students
Patiala, May 7
After the removal of Dr Kuljeet Kapoor as Dean, Languages, within one month of her appointment, today her husband, Dr N.S. Kapoor, was the lone Dean who failed to get further one-year extension in Punjabi University here.

Rationalisation policy enforced
Fatehgarh Sahib May 7
As per the directions of the Education Minister, the District Education Officer yesterday implemented the rationalisation policy in the district.

Teachers flay education policy
Bathinda, May 7
Some teachers today alleged that though it had been a month since the new academic session began, the authorities had failed to form any policy for admission to classes VI and XI.

Activists of the Democratic Teachers Front stage a dharna at Bathinda on Wednesday.
— Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera

Grant for pvt colleges soon, says Johar
Hoshiarpur, May 7
The Punjab Government has decided to release 95 per cent grant to all private-managed government-aided colleges in the state.

Master-cadre teachers form union
Tarn Taran, May 7
B.Ed teachers working in the Punjab Education Department at a meeting organised here yesterday formed a new organisation, the Punjab Master Cadre Union.

Move to display details of school funds
Bathinda, May 7
Signboards showing details of funds used for various schemes in the state-run schools will be installed at public places and in schools to ensure transparency in the functioning.

Minister inspects land for college
Pathankot, May 7
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Higher Education Minister, Punjab, inspected a piece of land measuring 37 acres in Lamini, near here, to set up a government degree college yesterday.

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