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SGPC ex-secretary wants to be summoned at Takht
Amritsar, May 20
Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, and Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president Shiromani Akali Dal may find themselves in a fix, even as the former SGPC secretary, Mr Kulwant Singh Randhawa today offered to appear before the Sikh clergy for undergoing ‘tankhah’ (punishment for religious misconduct) allegedly for conniving with Pro-Badal SGPC members.
Mr Kulwant Singh, former SGPC secretary, addresses mediapersons Mr Kulwant Singh, former SGPC secretary, addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Akali unity ‘before panchayat poll’
Jalandhar, May 20
Mr Manpreet Badal, MLA of the Shiromani Akali Dal, today revealed that the unity between former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra would be finalised well before the panchayat election scheduled for June 29.

Functioning of labour court crippled
Bathinda, May 20
The functioning of the local labour court having jurisdiction over Bathinda, Mansa, Ferozepore, Muktsar and Faridkot districts has been adversely affected as there has been no presiding officer in the court for the past four months.



The `Virasat Kala Kendra', a cultural training academy in Patiala, aims at preserving the treasure of Punjab's heritage by imparting specialised guidance in folk theatre, art and music to budding artistes of the day.
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Samra to face probe in fraud case
Jalandhar, May 20
A probe has been ordered into allegations against Dr Gurwinder Singh Samra, who was instrumental in the arrest of suspended Jalandhar District and Sessions Judge R.M. Gupta and UT Judicial Magistrate S.S. Bhardwaj, for allegedly defrauding ICICI Bank of about Rs 40 lakh.

Dual stand on power tariff revision?
Chandigarh, May 20
Is the Punjab Government resorting to double standards as far as the revision of power tariff is concerned?
Officially, the state government is for a rational hike in power tariff.

Mohan Rakesh Award for Dr Mann
Chandigarh, May 20
Sahitya Kala Parishad, Government of Delhi, has conferred the prestigious Mohan Rakesh Award for the year 2003 on eminent Ludhiana-based playwright Dr. Gian Singh Mann. Dr. Mann has bagged the award for his Hindi play “Katha ek machhander ki”.


Infighting in BJP factions hots up
Hoshiarpur, May 20
The infighting between the groups led by Mr Hans Raj Nakra, district president of the local unit of the BJP, and Mr Tikshan Sud, MLA further intensified today when 45 BJP activists, including Mr Sat Pal Sareen, former President of the municipal council, Mr Gian Bansal, president of the district beopar cell of the party, Mr Ajay Jain, president of the city unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Mr Vijay Kumar, senior vice-president of the district unit of the party, belonging to Mr Sud’s group released a ‘White Paper’ against Mr Nakra.

Office-bearers of SAD to meet on May 28
Chandigarh, May 20
A meeting of office-bearers and executive members of the Shiromani Akali Dal will be held at Alamgir Gurdwara, near Ludhiana, on May 28, according to a party spokesperson.


Police violating SC order
Bathinda, May 20
For a section of Punjab Police the Supreme Court order that no undertrial will be handcuffed except in special circumstances seems to have little effect as they handcuffed undertrials on the district court premises here today.

Investigation handed over to CBI
Chandigarh, May 20
Taking up a petition filed by former President of Malerkotla's Municipal Council Kewal Krishan Jindal alleging police inaction in an alleged assault case, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that the investigation of the case should be handed over the Central Bureau of Investigation.

People’s confidence in judiciary ‘waning’

Bathinda, May 20
Mr Mohinder Singh Sindhu, district president, Bar Association said today that the confidence of the people in the judicial system had started to wane. Mr Sidhu said this while welcoming Mr Justice J.S. Khehar Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, who was here today on an inspection.

Mr J.S. Khehar, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court (L) and Mr Mahinder Singh Sidhu, District Bar Association president, listen to the grievances of lawyers in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Mr J.S. Khehar, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court (L) and Mr Mahinder Singh Sidhu, District Bar Association president, listen to the grievances of lawyers

Dept of Posts loses 4 cr to Telecom Dept
Chandigarh, May 20
The Department of Posts has lost commission amounting to Rs 4.09 crore due from the Telecommunications Department following its failure to deduct it when they were made two separate departments.

Train probe period extended
Ludhiana, May 20
Unable to complete the inquiry about the cause of the fire aboard the Golden Temple Mail, the Commissioner, Railway Safety, has extended the term of the inquiry by another day. The CRS, Mr Bhupinder Singh, said though he had already formed an opinion about the possible cause of fire, he would wait for the forensic report to corroborate his findings, before making a statement.

SGPC’s aid to train fire victims
Amritsar, May 20
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee had decided to give financial assistance to the victims of fire incident in the Golden Temple Mail and in a factory of Khud Mohalla area of Ludhiana recently.

Reunion saga set to inspire TV viewers

Siswan (Ropar), May 20
The true story about the reunion of a Pakistani woman with her long lost Indian son which has moved people on both sides of the border ever since it was broken by The Tribune about 23 years ago, is set to inspire them again at a time when the Indo-Pak ties are showing signs of a thaw.

Star cast of the TV serial based on “Karamanwali” at a village near Siswan on Tuesday. Producer, Manjit Singh Malhotra is on extreme right. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Star cast of the TV serial based on "Karamanwali" at a village near Siswan

Row over derogatory remarks
Bathinda, May 20
A section of Akali sarpanches of Nathana circle have decided to approach the SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for action against party leaders who allegedly used derogatory remarks against a senior party worker in his absence while addressing a meeting on May 18 at Nathana town, 30 km from here.

Drive to update land records
Bathinda, May 20
Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister, today claimed that the Revenue Department had earned Rs 117.54 crore more as revenue fee during this financial year as compared to the last financial year due to efficient working of its employees.

Taraksheel panel’s drive against ‘tantriks’
Bathinda, May 20
The Tarksheel Society today said that it would step up campaign against ‘tantriks’ misguiding people and making money by spreading superstitions. The society has been planning to strengthen its units in Bathinda, Mansa and Faridkot districts for the purpose.

When conventional drugs fail to give desirable results, Girdhari Lal of Amritsar eats lizards to get a high. When conventional drugs fail to give desirable results, Girdhari Lal of Amritsar eats lizards to get a high! — Photo Sawinder Singh

Evasion of market fee detected
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), May 20
A team of the Vigilance Bureau, led by the DSP, Mr Brij Mohan Sarup, has detected evasion of market fee and rural development fund worth lakhs of rupees on the purchase of wheat by a local factory owner.

11 more cases of gastroenteritis
Phagwara, May 20
Eleven new cases of gastroenteritis were reported from Onkar Nagar and adjoining Shivpuri localities since last night but medical authorities denied it. Today a case was reported from Shivpuri with Vijay Kumar (10) coming to ESI hospital last night.

Gurdev Badal’s son refused bail
Faridkot, May 20
A court here has dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Suba Singh, a son of former Punjab Agriculture minister Gurdev Singh Badal, in a corruption case registered against him about a month back.

Stop stubble burning: lawyers
Bathinda, May 20
The Punjab Law Forum in a press note said here yesterday that if no action was taken against the farmers polluting the environment by burning wheat stubble and paddy straw, they would move the High Court.

“Billa’s charges baseless”
Amritsar, May 20
Mr Surinder Arjun, Secretary, Durgiana Temple committee today refuted charges of Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, president, All-India Hindu Shiv Sena that the committee wanted to ‘eliminate’ him and that committee had become a den of corruption.

Fire in paper mill causes heavy losses
Gurdaspur, May 20
A fire broke out in the premises of the Komal straw Board and Paper Mills on the Gurdaspur-Dera Baba Nanak road here at 7 pm last night. Two fire tenders which were rushed to the site, could not control the flames which spread with speed due to a squall.


Farmers, power consumers hold protest
Tarn Taran, May 20
Hundreds of farmers including women today protested against the lack of civic amenities faced while depositing power bills at the focal point here. Farmers held a demonstration and raised slogans against the non-availability of drinking water and absence of shelter from summer heat.


6 of gang held, eight cars recovered
Batala, May 20
The Batala police has apprehended six members of a gang involved in incidents of murder, robbery and theft of vehicles in Batala, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and New Delhi. The police claims to have solved a number of cases with their arrest.

88 kg of poppy husk seized
Dhuri, May 20
The CIA staff of Bahadur Singh Wala has claimed to have seized 88 kg of poppy husk during a raid in Pedhani village here last night. According to information, available, acting on a tip-off, the CIA staff of Bahadur Singh Wala yesterday raided Pedhani village and seized the contraband, which was concealed in a truck.


Students doubt validity of online degrees
Bathinda, May 20
Thousands of students of various courses being run by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, under its Virtual Online Campus have expressed apprehensions about the recognition and validity of the degrees, which they would be getting.

Rotation of headship norms violated
Sangrur, May 20
The rule on the appointment of the Heads of Departments by rotation at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, has been “violated” for the past more than one year.

Re-evaluate math paper: students
Patiala, May 20
Students of Mohindra College today submitted a representation to Punjab School Education Board Chairman Kehar Singh to get the ten plus two maths paper re-evaluated due to large scale complaints of low marking.

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