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Punjabi youths arrive today from Pakistan jails
Amritsar, May 16
While six Punjabi youths would return from Pakistan after nightmarish experiences in various jails through Wagha Joint Checkpost tomorrow, families of other 18 youths lodged in different jails of Pakistan have more wait ahead for the re-unions with their wards.

State fails to cash in on Central scheme
Chandigarh, May 16
The Union Government-funded “Sarab shiksha abhiyan” is caught in a whirlpool of official procedures in Punjab. The Union Government last year approved 2,010 posts of teacher for Punjab under this scheme, releasing Rs 9.78 crore to the state government for payment of their salaries.

Independent panel to decide on clerks’ fate
Chandigarh, May 16
The fate of 134 clerks, terminated from the Punjab School Education Board before being appointed on contract basis, will be decided by an independent high-powered committee appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Community policing ‘frees’ NRI
Kapurthala, May 16
While the handcuffing incident of US national Birendra Gupta blotted the functioning of Punjab Police a few days ago, the amicable settlement through community policing of a criminal case registered against him had compensated the loss to some extent.

Joint touring by civil, police officials
Patiala, May 16
All civil and police field officers will now be expected to conduct joint touring of their respective areas twice a month according to a decision relayed to Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendents of the Police (SSPs) and other officers in the first field conference presided over by the Chief Secretary Rajan Kashyap and Director-General of Police M.S. Bhullar here today.







SGPC urged to convene meeting
Sub-committee on gender equality
Chandigarh, May 16
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has been accused of dragging its feet over the important issues of gender equality and allowing women to perform “seva” at Darbar Sahib.

Punjab plans power through co-generation
Chandigarh, May 16
The Punjab Government plans to produce 74 MW of power through co-generation at the cooperative sugar mills in the state. This was stated here today by the Punjab Minister for Finance and Cooperatives while presiding over a meeting of Sugarfed officers.

IMA: fill vacant posts before transfers
Patiala, May 16
The in-service doctors wing of the state unit of the Indian Medical Association yesterday said that the government should first fill the large number of vacant posts of medical teachers in the state medical colleges before initiating any move to repatriate the PCMS cadre medical officers posted there.


SAD, BJP pact to contest panchayat poll
Phagwara, May 16
The Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP will jointly contest panchayat elections to be held next month.


Uttaranhal Governor Sudarshan Agarwal on his visit to the Golden Temple
Uttaranchal Governor Sudarshan Agarwal on his visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI 

Dr Bijoy Kumar (L) shows the part of the head of a child that was operated upon at Nagpal Superspeciality Hospital in Bathinda on Friday. The child had hernia of the brain at the back of the head and was operated upon when he was five-day old. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

DGCA’s no to principal as chief instructor
Patiala, May 16
Approval of the only Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) College in North India has become uncertain with the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) rejecting the application of the Principal of the College for appointment as Chief Instructor of the institution.

Finally govt remembers veteran athlete
Patiala, May 16
The recent announcement of the Union Sports Minister, Mr Vikram Verma, to give Rs 25,000 as financial aid to the grand old man of Indian athletics, 111-year-old Baba Joginder Singh, has caught the veteran athlete off-guard.

Market committees to be set up in July
Bishanpura (Sunam), May 16
After Panchayat elections are over in June last week in the state, the Punjab Government will set up market committees (MCs) of July in the state to speed up development in rural areas.

Bhattal assures all-round development of villages
Mansa, May 16
All-round development of villages in the state will be done under the integrated rural development project (IRDP). First of all, there is proposal to undertake the development of villages with population of more than 2,000.

Drinking water samples taken
Bathinda, May 16
Health officials have taken samples of drinking water being supplied by the Irrigation and Public Health Department from different localities of the city to check the supply of contaminated water.

A child fills a glass with water supplied by the Public Health Department in Bathinda on Friday. Dust and other particles are clearly visible in the water. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Call of duty proves fatal for cop
Phagwara, May 16
A traffic Constable Sohan Lal was killed, while Head Constable Jasbir Singh seriously injured when a speeding truck deliberately hit them near Mehtan village, 4 km from here, on the GT road this afternoon. The injured Jasbir Singh was hospitalised here.

Advanced ophthalmic centre on cards: CM
Patiala, May 16
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today announced that the Department of Ophthalmology at Government Rajindra Hospital here would be developed into an advanced ophthalmic centre with the assistance of international NGO Sight Saviours International (SSI).

Rare surgical feat
Amritsar, May 16
Surgery linking mouth and with a tube, intestine bypassing stomach, was performed at Government Medical College here recently. Food pipe and stomach were badly damaged by acid consumed by a patient.

HC notice on shops built on encroached land
Fazilka, May 16
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Chief Justice B.K. Roy and Mr Justice H.S. Bedi has admitted a civil writ petition filed by Mr Ramesh Chander Verma, municipal councillor and president, B.J.P. Mandal, Fazilka, challenging the action of the Municipal Council regarding the illegal construction of shops on the municipal land.

Bail granted
Chandigarh, May 16
A Hoshiarpur resident, accused of setting her daughter-in-law on fire, was granted bail by Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar. She was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code by Hoshiaprur's Sessions Judge.

Chemist sent to judicial remand
Kharar, May 16
Gurmel Singh, a Ludhiana-based chemist, arrested by the Vigilance Bureau, was today produced in the court of the local Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Mrs Preeti Sahni. The court sent the accused to judicial remand till May 17 and ordered that he should be produced before the court at 2 pm on that day.

BSF Commandant cremated
Hoshiarpur, May 16
The mortal remains of the officiating BSF Commandant, Raj Kumar Raju, of Eight Battalion, Srinagar, were consigned to the flames with full state honours at the cremation ground here today. He was killed in a road accident on the Jammu-Srinagar road.

Tributes paid to martyr
Faridkot, May 16
More than 5000 persons paid tributes to sepoy Gurjant Singh, 11 Sikh Light Infantry, on his antim ardas at Khokhar village in Muktsar district today who laid down his life in the Kupwara sector of Jammu and Kashmir on May 2.

7-yr-old dies in mishap
Bathinda, May 16
A seven-year-old boy was killed when a truck hit him near Behman Diwana village, about 10 km from here, this morning.

Man dies as train hits jeep
Dhuri, May 16
Bahadur Singh (55), a former sarpanch of nearby Bamal village was killed on the spot, when the Jeep he was driving was hit by an express train near Daultpur village, 4 km, from here, this morning.


Rs 2 crore for 10 Nagar Councils
Patiala, May 16
The Local Bodies Minister, Mr Jagjit Singh, laid the foundation stone of a community centre near Rajpura here today. The minister also presented cheques for nearly Rs 2 crore to 10 Nagar Councils of the district at a function organised at the local Rotary Club where the MP, Ms Preneet Kaur, was also present.


7 NRIs booked for seeking dowry
Jalandhar, May 16
The district police has registered a case against the eight persons, including seven NRIs, for demanding dowry.

Prisoner beaten to death with steel tumblers
Patiala, May 16
A 35-year-old prisoner, Davinder Singh of Rani Majra near Chandigarh, was hit on the head with steel tumblers by other prisoners and minders appointed by the jail staff late yesterday, which led to his death. The death wad discovered early today after the jail administration had got the prisoner stitched up by a pharmacist in the jail dispensary and shifted him back to his barrack.

5 travel agents booked
Jalandhar, May 16
The district police has registered cases against five travel agents in two criminal cases. Senior Superintendent of Police Varinder Kumar said today on a complaint lodged by Jugal Ram of Raipur Farwala, a case has been registered against Balwinder Singh and his wife Kulwant Kaur, residents of Naggar village under Phillaur police station yesterday.

Woman succumbs to burn injuries
Hoshiarpur, May 16
Rano (31), wife of Ram Lubhiya of Shamchaurasi, succumbed to her burn injuries at the Civil Hospital at Jalandhar last night. She was allegedly burnt by Pallo and her mother-in-law Nikki on May 14.

Channi held for encroachment
Jalandhar, May 16
Gurcharan Singh Channi, a senior Akali leader and close aide of former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, was arrested on allegations of encroaching upon a land in the Adampur area even after the expiry of contract.

Gang of robbers busted; 4 held
Tarn Taran, May 16
The police claims to have busted a gang of inter-state robbers with the arrest of four of its members. It has recovered two .12 bore guns along with nine live cartridges from them. A case under sections 399, 402 of the IPC and the Arms Act has been registered.

13 arrested for smuggling drugs
Bathinda, May 16
The police arrested Vikas Kumar, alias Vicky, today for storing pornographic and fake VCDs’ CDs and video cassettes at his music store in the post office bazar here.

Pak intruder arrested
Ferozepore, May 16
The 124 Battalion of the BSF apprehended a Pakistani intruder trying to sneak into the Indian territory. The intruder identified as Amarnat Ali, resident of Maratiya village in Kasur district of Pakistan. 

Chemist held
Bathinda, May 16
The police yesterday arrested Pawan Jindal, owner of a chemist shop near Mehna Chowk here, for allegedly storing intoxicants without a valid licence.

3300 CDs seized


PTU launches online library
Jalandhar, May 16
Punjab Technical University (PTU) yesterday announced the launch of “DELNET” campaign in the state at a seminar to create awareness among the students as well as teachers regarding the online availability of books.

Governor for value-based education
Amritsar, May 16
Governor of Uttaranchal Sudarshan Aggarwal made strong plea for making education a mission for teachers and inculcate ethical values of our culture. Addressing teachers and students of DAV College here Mr Aggarwal said that education should be value-based for qualitative change in our lives. 

Students protest against fee hike
Hoshiarpur, May 16
A number of students from all over Punjab took part in a rally by Manu Sharma, district president and Bhanu Sharma, district secretary of the local unit of the ABVP, in protest against the introduction of higher education policies. The students begged in the main market, houses and public places.


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