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Punjab ‘not utilising’ grants
SAS Nagar, May 21
The Union Minister of state for Rural Development, Mr M.K. Anna Saheb Patil, today stated that the Punjab Government had failed to make full use of various Central grants to Punjab. 

Tohra may regain control of SGPC
Patiala, May 21
The forging of Akali unity is expected to be followed by the control of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee reverting to old Akali warhorse and SHSAD president Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Mayor, Commissioner at loggerheads?
Grewal kept me in the dark, says Vishnu Sharma
Patiala, May 21
The city Mayor, Mr Vishnu Sharma, today charged the MC Commissioner, Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal, with deliberately keeping him in the dark regarding an octroi evasion case. He has instituted a five-member committee to inquire into how a private trader managed to take seized electronic goods out of a godown sealed by the corporation.

‘Nothing new’ in inter-cadre postings
Chandigarh, May 21
The Punjab State IAS Officers Association provides a forum for a free and frank exchange of views and the opinions of members need not necessarily be the views of the association, says Mr B.R. Bajaj, President of the association, revealing that whatever was discussed at the executive committee meeting on May 19 would be taken up with the Chief Secretary and the Chief Minister formally “to further the initiatives taken for good governance”.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Scuffle in Govt Dental College
Amritsar, May 21
A group of women doctors reportedly saved the day for many of their male colleagues who had entered into a scuffle with some Class III employees in the local Government Dental College on the college campus here today.

A semi-conscious Sangeeta waits for a miracleHit by govt jeep, girl struggles for life
Nabha, May 21
Sangeeta, daughter of Mr Harikrishan is struggling for life at a private hospital in Ludhiana. She was hit by a government jeep on April 26. Till date no government official has bothered to enquire about her well-being.

A semi-conscious Sangeeta waits for a miracle to happen as her brother and mother watch desperately at Sobti Neuro Centre, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. 
— photo Pradeep Tewari


Hanspal’s directive on ZP meeting
Faridkot, May 21
Mr H.S. Hanspal, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has directed the president of the District Congress Committee to convene a meeting of all members of the zila parishad, including chairmen of the Faridkot and Kotkapura block samities, and ensure their presence in the next meeting of the zila parishad likely to be held here on May 28.


Work on bus terminals to start soon
Jalandhar, May 21
Work on the Rs 45-crore project to set up bus terminals at Jalandhar, Amritsar and Ludhiana with ultra-modern facilities is all set to start under the build, operate and transfer scheme.

‘Protect Punjab share in BBMB jobs’
Ropar, May 21
The joint action committee of employees of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has written to the Punjab Chief Minister to protect the employees’ job share in the board.

1,250 cr earmarked for rural agro-industries
Phagwara, May 21
The Union Minister of State for Rural Agro-Industries (independent charged), Mr Sangh Priya Gautam, told reporters here today that Rs 1,250 crore had been earmarked for the various projects of his ministry in the Tenth Five Year Plan and there had been a major change in priorities.

Selection of Kanungos quashed
Chandigarh, May 21
Allowing a bunch of four petitions, Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the selection of eight direct Kanungo candidates.

  • Plea dismissed

  • Arrest stayed

Kidney scam: two POs surrender
Amritsar, May 21
Dr Bhushan Aggarwal, government doctor and Mr Hardyal Mehta, manager of Kakkar Hospital, who were declared proclaimed offenders in the multi-crore kidney trade, surrendered before the SP (City), Mr Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, here today.

No lesson learnt from mishap
Bathinda, May 21
It seems that passengers, vendors and authorities have not learnt any lesson from the tragic incident where 38 persons were burnt alive in the Frontier Mail near Ludhiana on May 15.

Employee unions go on strike
Bathinda, May 21
Employees of various departments, including banks, Income Tax Department and Punjab State Electricity Board, today participated in the nationwide strike against the privatisation policy of the government.

Women for shifting of liquor shops
Bathinda, May 21
Women of Kot Shamir village in the district have approached the authorities for getting liquor shops in the village shifted to some other place.

Violation of city’s sanctity alleged
Bathinda, May 21
Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, Balwant Singh Nandgarh today alleged that the Congress government in the state had violated religious sanctity of Talwandi Sabo town by allowing opening of liquor shops at various places.

30 jhuggis gutted in Ludhiana fire
Ludhiana, May 21
As many as 30 jhuggis were gutted in a fire that broke out in Vishvakarma Colony near the Vishwanath Mandir in Jamalpur late in the evening. No loss of life was reported.


Truckers not allowed to load wheat
Rampura Phul, May 21
Hundreds of truck operators belonging to the Guru Nanak Truck Operator Union today took out a march in the city in protest against the alleged police high-handedness. The police allegedly did not let them load wheat bags from the godowns of the Food Corporation of India for transportation to the local railway station.


Rakesh Singh for Centre, police transfers soon
Chandigarh, May 21
The Punjab Government today placed the services of Mr Rakesh Singh, an IAS officer of the 1978 batch, at the disposal of the Union Government for appointment as Joint Secretary, Revenue.

Movement along border restricted
Ferozepore, May 21
The District Magistrate has banned the movement of villagers along the zero line near the international border between 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Suresh Kumar is PUDA chief
SAS Nagar, May 21
Mr Suresh Kumar today took over as Chief Administrator, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, here today. He succeeds Mr D.P. Reddy who has been shifted as the Excise and Taxation Commissioner. 

Drive to remove encroachments soon
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 21
Deputy Commissioner S.K. Ahluwalia said here today that a special drive would be launched soon to remove encroachments on shamlat and government land in the district. He was addressing a press conference after taking over as the Deputy Commissioner. 

Verification of pensioners
Faridkot, May 21
The district administration has started the reverification of various categories of pensioners, including old age, widows and handicapped, who had lost pension for the past over one year as they were not available during the survey conducted in this connection earlier.

Revenue lok adalat held
Muktsar, May 21
If the special campaign for attestation of pending mutations had not been launched in the state, residents would have had to pay between Rs 200 crore and Rs 250 crore in the shape of bribe to officials and employees of the Revenue Department for getting the work done.


12 unauthorised travel agents held
Jalandhar, May 21
In a major crackdown on unauthorised travel agents, the district police today registered nine criminal cases and arrested 12 such travel agents for duping people on the pretext of sending them abroad.

NRI booked for bigamy
Tarn Taran, May 21
An NRI, Balkar Singh and Jinder Kaur, residents of Chohla Sahib, along with three others, have been booked for bigamy by the Sarhali police under Sections 498-A, 494 and 120-B, IPC.

Girl gang-raped
Phillaur, May 21

A 17-year-old Gujjar girl, a resident of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir and now residing at Dera Joga Singh on the Bhardwajian road, near Zandiala Manjki, in Phillaur subdivision, was raped by six youths in the presence of her father, who was tied in the fields near the dera late last night.

1 killed in road accident
Fazilka, May 21
One person was killed and another injured in an accident near Ladhuka village, 14 km from here, on the Fazilka-Ferozepore road.


Armed with B.Ed, they wait for jobs
Bathinda, May 21
Even as no decision has been taken by the state government on contractual appointments of teachers in government schools, the unemployed holding a B.Ed degree have demanded that if regular recruitment was not possible, the same be made on the pattern adopted by the Kerala and the Himachal Pradesh governments.

CET aspirants await admit cards
Bathinda, May 21
A large number of students, who would be appearing in the Common Entrance Test to be conducted by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, on May 23, have not received the admit cards and the examination centres have been asked to allow them to appear in the test without admit cards.

Nod to fill vacant posts of Principal
Chandigarh, May 21
The Punjab Finance Department has given clearance to fill vacant posts of 600 Principal through promotion in government schools. Sources said today that a meeting of the Departmental Promotion Committee would be held on May 23 to start the process of promotions.

Stipend for girl students
Faridkot, May 21
The Punjab government has formulated a comprehensive plan to promote education, particularly among students of weaker sections of society, and to check their drop-out rate at all government and recognised schools during the current financial year in the state. 

YPS students shine in ICSE exam
Patiala, May 21
Students of Yadavindra Public School here have excelled in the ICSE and ISC examinations held in March this year. The results have been outstanding as in the ICSE, out of 125 students, 84 secured the first division.

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