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US hate crime worries NRIs’ relatives
Banga, May 23
The hate crime against Mr Avtaar Singh, a Sikh truck driver, who was shot at and injured by some unidentified assailants at Phoenix in the USA has generated fear among his relatives and near and dear ones of NRIs from the region.

SAD, SGPC charged with discrimination
Chandigarh, May 23
Accusing the traditional leadership of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) of discriminating against Sikhs living outside Punjab, the Himachal Pradesh State Akali Dal and the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee have decided to convene their state-level conventions at Nadda Sahib and Karnal, respectively, for May 25 and 26.

Pension scam: officials to be prosecuted
Ludhiana, May 23
The Punjab government will cancel all fake old age pensions allegedly given by the Akalis during their regime and prosecute officials of the Social Welfare Department who had cleared applications for the same, says Social Welfare Minister Joginder Singh Mann.

Labour Minister’s assurance on EPF rate
Bathinda, May 23
The Union Labour Minister, Mr Sahib Singh Verma, today while disagreeing with the recommendation of effecting a cut in the interest rate on Employee Provident Fund by a subcommittee said that he would take up the matter with the Prime Minister.



Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib




PCS main exams from Oct 4
Patiala, May 23
The Punjab Public Service Commission has decided to hold the main examinations of the PCS Executive and Allied Services (1998 batch) from October 4 onwards. According to a press note issued by the PPSC Chairman, Lt-Gen Surjit Singh (retd), the date sheet would be released next week.

A kite maker, who claims to enter the Limca Book of Records, for making a 12-foot square-shaped kite with anti-Pakistan slogans written on it
A kite maker, who claims to enter the Limca Book of Records, for making a 12-foot square-shaped kite with anti-Pakistan slogans written on it, in Amritsar, on Friday. — PTI

Common Entrance (error) Test conducted
Bathinda, May 23
Concerned parents, worried students without admit cards trying to prove their identification and the examination staff ensuring that no ineligible candidate enters the examination centres.

Biotechnology board mooted
Chandigarh, May 23
A high-level meeting presided over by Mr Y.S. Rajan, Scientific Adviser to Chief Minister, Punjab, today mooted a proposal to set upto Punjab Biotechnology Promotional Board to give boost to bio technology (BT) in the state to meet the challenges of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the changed scenario of globalization and liberalisation of the economy.

Need to modernise police: Siddiqi
Chandigarh, May 23
Both the judiciary and the police are responsible for their failure to send any politician of eminence behind bars for any wrong doing since Independence. This admission was made by none other than a former Chief Justice of India and Chairman of National Human Rights Commission, Justice J.S Verma, while addressing a galaxy of senior police and civil administration officers on the concluding day of the two-day seminar on ‘Challenges before the Punjab Police’ at CII complex today.


Banks’ security system faulty
Jalandhar, May 23
The fourth bank dacoity in just 13 months has exposed several chinks in the security set up of banks and financial institutes of Doaba region of Punjab which have become soft targets for robberies.Kirpal Singh Badungar

Badungar’s clarification on hukamnamas
Anandpur Sahib, May 23
Adding a new dimension to the ongoing controversy between the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, and the Jathedar of Takht Shri Patna Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh, President of the SGPC Kirpal Singh Badungar said only the Akal Takht Jathedar had the right to issue hukamnama (edict).

Chained to bed for 3 years
Pathankot, May 23
Madan Lal alias Sagar , a psychiatric patient, has been chained to his bed for the past three years at his parental home in Sehora village about 15 km from here. Situated on the Pathankot-Jammu link road the village has a population of 5,000.

Missing man’s wife approaches CM
Mansa, May 23
Ms Sehnaz Begam, wife of Sikander Mirza, Secretary, District Muslim Welfare Council, Mansa, has demanded from the Chief Minister of Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh, that her husband who is missing since April 15 be found.

Doc’s negligence confirmed
Patiala, May 23
The death of a 58-year-old woman on the operation table of a GAMS doctor’s clinic in Morinda four days ago has taken a new turn with the post mortem of the body confirming allegations that negligence was the cause of her death.

Samra moves court for protection
Chandigarh, May 23
Claiming to have been threatened by the police, Gurvinder Singh Samra, complainant in a bribery case registered against Jalandhar’s District and Sessions Judge and Chandigarh magistrate, today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking protection. Directions to police officials against harassing him and his family were also sought.

Farmer dug out alive after 24 hours
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 23
In a rare case, a farmer Narinder Singh (30), a resident of Kauli village, was dug out alive miraculously after a struggle of 24 hours at Rajindergarh village and his companion Dhola (32) was still buried under the heap. 

Act of mischief at place of worship
Shambu (Rajpura), May 23
An act of sacrilege was committed in a place of worship at Memmadpur village early this morning. Villagers said some miscreants broke open the locks to gain entry into the religious place. Mr Kaka Ram and Mr Mehr Chand who were on “thikri pehra” (community policing) last night in the village said the incident occurred around 2 a.m.

MC staff remove encroachments
Bathinda, May 23
Three dwellings were demolished fully and seven others partially this afternoon in the local Khaddar Bhandar Street as these had allegedly been constructed on encroached municipal land.

The dwellings allegedly encroached upon government land being demolished at Bathinda on Friday. — Photo Kulbir Beera
The dwellings allegedly encroached upon government land being demolished

Roads to get facelift
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 23
All main as well as link roads in the district will be given a facelift under the Prime Minister’s rural roads development scheme and work on these roads had been started on a war-footing and 129.64 km of roads at the cost of Rs 19.45 crore will be widened, strengthened and re-carpeted in the district.

Cyber cafes mint money
Bathinda, May 23
Cyber cafes of the city are minting money with the starting of the “result season”. The cyber cafes saw a significant jump in their earnings today as the plus two result was declared.

Breach occurs in ash pond of plant
Bathinda, May 23
A mixture of fly ash and water spread to some residential colonies, including that of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), and a 1-km stretch of Sivian road as a 30-feet-wide breach occurred in the ash pond of a fertiliser plant this morning.

MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR NIGHT: A resident of Kheta Singh Basti near the local unit of NFL, Bathinda, shifts his bed to a safer place after their locality got immersed with fly-ash. — Photo Kulbir Beera.

12-kg tumour removed
Faridkot, May 23
Dr Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, a renowned surgeon of Malwa region, has performed a successful operation removing a tumour weighing about 12 kg from the left side of the abdomen of Chamkaur Singh, a resident of Sanwan village in Moga district at the local Dashmesh Dental College of Research Sciences-cum-Gobind Hospital.

Timings of power restrictions changed
Jalandhar, May 23
Keeping in view the increasing peak load consumption, the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities have reviewed the timings of peak load hour restrictions on the industrial sector across Punjab.

Delegates discuss power problems
Chandigarh, May 23
The problems of the power sector were higlighted at a one day conference on power systems and energy mangement organised at Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal. The conference was attended by 62 delegates from all parts of the country including several by eminent personalities from the state electricity boards, research institutions, industries, academicians and research scholars.

IMA stalwarts lose in PMC poll
Ludhiana, May 23
Most of the IMA stalwarts, including the state president, former president and the president elect, were defeated in the elections to the Punjab Medical Council (PMC), counting for which was held in Chandigarh yesterday. The notification of the results was also issued yesterday.

ASI remanded in judicial custody
Mansa, May 23
ASI Avtar Singh has been remanded in judicial custody in a case registered against him for taking Rs 30,000 as bribe from Jaila Singh of Jawaharwala village in Sangrur district.

Trucks, goods destroyed in fire
Malerkotla, May 23
Goods worth Rs 10 lakh were destroyed in a devastating fire which broke out in godown on the Dhuri road here today. Two trucks were also gutted in the fire. The reason of the fire is said to be a short circuit. According to information, the godown was owned by Mr Ramesh Kumar, a cotton merchant. 

Stone laid
Mansa, May 23
For improvement of environment, three crore saplings will be planted in Punjab in five years and proper care will be taken of the trees.

2 die in mishaps
Bathinda, May 23
Chhindi, a 19-year-old farm labourer died late last night after being electrocuted when he came in contact with an electrical wire while trying to operate a tubewell motor in the fields at Rampura village.


10 IAS, 24 PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, May 23
The Punjab Government today shifted 10 IAS and 24 PCS officers. Mr T.R. Sarangal has been posted as the Managing Director, Sugarfed; while Mr G. Vajralingam becomes the Secretary (Expenditure) and Director, Treasuries and Accounts Mr Roshan Lal Kalsia goes as the ACA, PUDA, HQ, and Policy, Chandigarh; besides being the Special Secretary, Housing and Urban Development.

New DC takes over
Bathinda, May 23
Mr Anurag Aggarwal today held a meeting with officials and prominent citizens here after joining as the Deputy Commissioner of the district.

ST on pesticides still in place
Bathinda, May 23
The non-withdrawal of sales tax on pesticides by the Congress government has put the farmers and dealers in a quandary.

8 officials found absent
Faridkot, May 23
Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, accompanied by Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, paid a surprise visit to various government offices here today and found eight officials absent.


600 posts vacant in Punjab colleges
Patiala, May23
The Punjab Government College Teachers Association today claimed that more than 600 posts were lying vacant in various colleges of the state. Dr Bhag Singh Sandhu, GCTA President, said this was adversely affecting the studies of the students. He said a deputation had met the Education Minister, Mr Harnam Das Johar, in this regard.

Teachers’ front flays transfers
Bathinda, May 23
The Democratic Teachers’ Front, in a statement issued here today, said the local authorities of the Education Department were not implementing the rationalisation policy correctly.


Sidhu issues receipts to bank customers
Patiala, May 23
Former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is also an officer of the State Bank of Patiala, yesterday issued about 300 fixed deposit and recurring deposit receipts, worth Rs 2 crore, to depositors. The receipts were duly signed by him.


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