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Khalsa Panchayat ‘white paper’ indicts Badal, Badungar, Vedanti
Amritsar, May 14
The 42-page “white paper” released by the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat (SKP) today indicted Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Akali Dal, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC chief, and Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, for “damaging age-old Sikh institutions for vested interests.”

Punjab CPI dharna on May 26
Protest to oppose Amarinder govt policies
Chandigarh, May 14
The CPI, the best friend of the Congress only one-and-a half years ago, has turned its hardest critic in Punjab, distancing itself from the ruling party.

‘Maharani’ steals hearts at people’s party
Patiala, May 14
Even though the “Maharaja” was virtually stampeded during his brief mingling with residents of the city and nearby areas at a lunch party hosted to celebrate the birth of his grandson, it was the “Maharani” who stole people’s hearts at the party.

A villager carries grass at the start of a hot day near Amritsar on Wednesday.

A villager carries grass at the start of a hot day near Amritsar on Wednesday. — Reuters

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Hoshiarpur boy tops Class XII exam
SAS Nagar, May 14
A student from Hoshiarpur district has topped the science group while a student from Jalandhar district has topped the commerce group of the Class XII examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board in March this year by securing 92 per cent and 86.88 per cent marks, respectively.

NRI’s dream goes phut
Dismal performance by students
Mullanpur Garibdass (Kharar), May 14
A UK-based NRI’s dream of providing quality education to children of his native village appears to have fallen flat. An expenditure of over Rs 1 crore incurred by him to provide a building and related infrastructure to a government school notwithstanding, the performance of the students in the recent board examinations leaves a lot to be desired.

Singla strong votary of power reforms
r Surinder Singla, a Congress MLA and Chairman of the Punjab Government’s Advisory Committee on Fiscal Reforms, is an unflinching votary of privatisation of public sector undertakings.

Police fails to reach conclusion
Ropar, May 14
The death of a local octogenarian woman, Sharan Kaur, on November 27, 2001 remains shrouded in mystery. Sharan Kaur had died here by sustaining burn injuries. Her body was recovered by the police in a burnt condition from her house, which was bolted from outside.

Theft bid at Bibi's house
Jalandhar, May 14
Three thieves here today sneaked into the house of a former SGPC chief and sitting Shiromani Akali Dal(B) legislator Bibi Jagir Kaur.


Lone survivor of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre Shingara Singh, 107, in front of the monument at Jallianwala Bagh on Wednesday.

Lone survivor of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre Shingara Singh, 107, in front of the monument at Jallianwala Bagh on Wednesday. — PTI

Acquitted in homicide case
Chandigarh, May 14
In a complete reversal of events, a Ropar resident convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in a homicide case was acquitted of the charges framed against him by Mr Justice Viney Mittal of the high court.

Four convicted
Chandigarh, May 14
Kulwant Raj, a Punsup Inspector; Gyan Chand, a kanungo and Nirmal Singh; a PSEB lineman, have been convicted in corruption cases registered by the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab.

Bail plea cancelled
Amritsar, May 14
The interim bail application of former Akali Minister, Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, was cancelled by Mr M.S. Chauhan, Additional Sessions Judge, here today.

Panchayat poll: EC bans recruitment
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 14
The State Election Commission has imposed a complete ban on recruitments of all kinds, release of discretionary funds and grants in any form for the development projects with immediate effect till the completion of panchayat elections.

Construction work stopped
Jalalabad, May 14
The Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, Mr Raminder Singh, today stopped the construction work on the lawyers’ chambers on the premises of tehsil complex here following reports that a few lawyers started encroaching upon the government land in order to extend their chambers.

LPG cylinders piled up on the roadside in Bathinda in violation of the safety norms.LPG dealers flout safety norms
Bathinda, May 14
Refusing to learn a lesson from the fire incidents involving LPG cylinders, dealers and residents of the city are stacking LPG cylinders on the roadside and in highly populated areas. Stocks of LPG cylinders could be seen lying at various places in the city.

LPG cylinders piled on the roadside in Bathinda in violation of the safety norms. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Traffic experts keep students waiting
Bathinda, May 14
Nearly 100 students from two schools and teachers from 10 schools were kept waiting by the traffic police authorities at the traffic training park here today for a team of traffic experts which failed to arrive.

Historical town lacks industry
FEROZEPORE: Ferozepore cannot claim to be industrially advanced nor it can boast of any well-established industry. The pre-eminence of this town lies in agriculture. The genius of people did not go towards industries before Independence and after Independence it became a border district with the usual handicaps.

Docs can decide on PMC poll issue: IMA chief
Sangrur, May 14
In the wake of the controversy over participation in or boycott of the elections to the Punjab Medical Council (PMC), Dr R.C. Garg, president of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), clarified the stand of the Punjab IMA today saying that all members of the Punjab IMA were free to decide on their own.

‘Anti-people’ policies flayed
Phagwara, May 14
As part of their district-wide protest programme, activists of the BJP and its frontal wings today took out a protest march from the local Gandhi Chowk to the SDM’s office against the “anti-people” policies of the Amarinder Singh government.

Missing girl found
Gurdaspur, May 14
The police has recovered Manpreet Kaur of Bajechack village. She was reported missing on November 20, 1997. She had gone to school that day, but did not return.

‘Lightning call’
Sangrur, May 14
In a bizarre incident, a man suffered burn injuries due to his mobile phone at Bhattiwal village last night.

50 animals charred to death
Batala, May 14
At least 50 animals were charred to death in a major fire that broke out at Thakar Sandhu village under the Qadian police station today, the police said.

Arrest culprits, demand ‘halwais’
Hoshiarpur, May 14
Local ‘halwais’ today observed strike in protest against the alleged attack by some dairy owners and milk vendors on Sharma Sweet Shop, located near the Chowk Tower, yesterday.

Autorickshaw drivers strike work
Amritsar, May 14
A strike was observed by autorickshaw drivers here today, causing inconvenience to commuters, especially students.

Plan to build gallery in martyrs’ memory
Faridkot, May 14
The District Sainik Welfare Board plans to set up a motivation and information centre-cum-gallery here to highlight the achievements and sacrifices of gallantry award winners and martyrs of the district.

2763 examined at health camp
Kharar, May 14
The Health Department, Punjab, organised a medical and dental camp at Radiala village, near here, today with the cooperation of the Lions Club, Kharar, and the panchayat.

Mishaps claim two lives
Bathinda, May 14
Two persons were killed and one injured in separate incidents in the district today.


Rs 1,600 cr to be spent on roads
Sangrur, May 14
The Punjab Government will release Rs 1,600 crore during the current financial year to improve the condition of roads in the state.


Ahata owner beaten up
Pathankot, May 14
The on-going tussle between liquor contractors of the Pathankot circle and the Damtal-Indora circle of Himachal Pradesh over the smuggling of liquor came to the fore yesterday, when an ahata owner of the Damtal area was beaten up mercilessly allegedly by a contractor with the help of Excise and police officials.

Woman commits suicide
Fazilka, May 14
A married woman, Damayanti (30), a resident of Khipanwali village 18 km from here, allegedly committed suicide by shooting herself with a rifle yesterday.


Varsity starts correspondence courses
Amritsar, May 14
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, has introduced a number of technical and professional courses under its distance education programme.

Moga school wins first prize
Moga, May 14
Students of D.N. Model Senior Secondary School here won the first prize at a competition organised jointly by the Indian Council for Child Welfare and the Delhi Council for Child welfare at a camp “Learn to live together” at Indira Gandhi Holiday Home in Damdama (Gurgaon), which concluded on Monday.

Expose vested interests: assn
Sangrur, May 14
The Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology Faculty Association has stated that due to allegations levelled against the institute authorities by the vested interests, the image of the institute is being tarnished.

Dates of exams clash
Bathinda, May 14
Resentment prevails among students of Bachelor of Management and Information Technology (BMIT) of Punjabi University, Patiala, as Himachal Pradesh University has reportedly postponed the date of MBA entrance test from May 18 to May 23.

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