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No hurry to arrest Badal: Congress
Gurdaspur, May 24
Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, PPCC, talking to newspersons at Kotli Surat Malhi, 35 km from here, said yesterday that an economic package for the border districts of Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Ferozepore to give concessions to industrialists on a par with their counterparts in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir would be implemented if the Congress was voted to power at the Centre.

Poor results: villagers up in arms
More and more villagers are now questioning the poor results of their wards, inadequate school infrastructure and improper conduct of teachers. The panchayats of three villages — Bardwal, Ruldusinghwala and Dhandra — have sought answers to poor show by government school staff.

Giani Iqbal Singh’s decision ‘meaningless’
Faridkot, May 24
Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, president, Takht Patna Sahib Management Committee, SGPC member and a senior lawyer of Faridkot has called the decision of Giani Iqbal Singh to Takht Patna Sahib declaring him (Mr Romana) a tankhaiya in Patna on May 20 as meaningless and not within the Sikh maryada.

SAD, CPI criticise hike in power tariff
Chandigarh, May 24
The Shiromani Akali Dal, the CPI and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal have criticised the hike in power tariff in Punjab. These parties have stated that the hike should not be effected as it will put a heavy burden on the people.

Fatehgarh Sahib




ASI booked in ‘wife’ molestation case
Abohar, May 24

Mrs Simarpal Kaur, who claims to be the second wife of an ASI of the Punjab Police, alleged that she was kidnapped and molested at the behest of her “husband”.


SAD (A) meets Vedanti tomorrow
Phagwara, May 24
A high-level delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by its president Simranjit Singh Mann, will meet Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti at Amritsar on May 26 to present its case in connection with the proposed unity move between two Akali factions headed by Mr P.S. Badal and Mr G.S. Tohra.


Ropar wetland to have ornithological track
Ropar, May 24
The international Ropar wetland area has got special ornithological track to help bird watchers and tourists coming here to watch and study migratory birds. The track named after noted ornithologist, Dr Salim Ali was inaugurated yesterday by Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain.

Development authority sought
Amritsar, May 24
In view of the “parkash utsav” of Guru Granth Sahib next year, the Amritsar Vikas Manch has urged the state government to form a development authority for the holy city on the lines of the Patiala Development Authority. 

Favouritism charge against Xen
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 24
On one hand, the district administration is making all efforts to give a facelift to nearly 130 km of road at a cost of Rs19.45 crore under the Prime Minister’s Rural Roads Development Scheme in the district, while on the other hand, certain contractors of the PWD are alleging that the PWD Executive Engineer has allotted the contract for the construction of these roads to his favourites, wards of employees working in the PWD and those having political influence.

Verma favours quota for upper castes too
Bathinda, May 24
Senior BJP leader and Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma has also advocated reservations of jobs for the upper castes also. Mr Verma was in the city late last night while travelling to Delhi after addressing rallies in connection with the Parivartan Yatra being undertaken by the BJP’s state unit, said that time had come when quota in government jobs should be reserved for the upper castes.

Assault case: HC directive to Punjab
Chandigarh, May 24
Acting on a petition filed by a Jalalabad resident, Ms Rita, seeking the registration of an assault case against six “influential persons”, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the state of Punjab, the Director-General of Police and another respondent to look into a complaint filed by her in the matter.

Production warrant issued
Kharar, May 24
Mrs Preeti Sahni, Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate here today issued production warrant of Dr Gurcharan Singh Chahal, Director, Animal Husbandry, Punjab, who is lodged in Central Jail, Patiala, in connection with FIR number 6, dated March 29 for May 27.

Harpreet murder case: hearing put off to July 25
Patiala, May 24

Hearing in the murder case of Harpreet Kaur, daughter of former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Bibi Jagir Kaur, MLA, was adjourned today for July 25 by court here.

Pherurai refused bail
Patiala, May 24

A court here today rejected the regular bail application of former Ferozepur Senior Superintendent of Police Gurcharan Singh Pherurai in a case in which he is accused of having bribed former Punjab Public Service chief Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu to get his son selected as Deputy Superintendent of Police. 

Judicial remand for 3 financiers
Abohar, May 24
All the three financiers, including a son of a police officer, arrested for “kidnapping” and beating up two persons were remanded in judicial custody by a local court yesterday.

Medical camp at Sohana
SAS Nagar, May 24
A free mega check-up camp will be organised by Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Eye Hospital, Sohana tomorrow. During this camp free consultation will be provided by expert doctors in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, skin and STD and dental from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bank job aspirants await results
Nabha, May 24
The candidates, who have appeared for interviews for various posts in Punjab State Cooperative Agricultural Bank Limited during 1997, are still awaiting the results.

Truckers to burn CM’s effigy
Rampura Phul, May 24
Members of the local Guru Nanak Truck Operators Union today said that they would burn the effigy of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, if he did not check the activities of one of his close associates, who was allegedly helping another union of truckers in creating hurdles in the functioning of the former (Guru Nanak) union.

Drive to check power theft
Nabha, May 24

To check power theft officials of the PSEB raided the town and found 150 domestic/commercial consumers stealing power. The accused were fined Rs 6.93 lakh.

Duststorm hits parts of dist
Bathinda, May 24
A woman covers her face as a duststorm hit Bathinda on Saturday Duststorm and rain hit some parts of the district last evening and today, creating difficulties for the residents and growers of grapes. Grapes in two acres of orchard were damaged at Burj Mansa village last night by duststorm. Mr Jagga Singh, owner of the orchard, said that the grape growers had to bear loss due to duststorm. 

A woman covers her face as a duststorm hit Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera. 

A choe that brings woes
Nabha, May 24
Residents of the local Kartar Colony, Asha Colony, Baldev Colony, Laxman Colony and Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, in a complaint to the Punjab Pollution Board, the Chief Minister and the Punjab Human Rights Commission, have alleged that the local Municipal Council has done nothing to mitigate their woes arising due to choe passing through these colonies.

MP hails peace initiative
Ferozepore, May 24
Mr Zora Singh Mann, Member of Parliament from Ferozepore said that bilateral talks between India and Pakistan was the only way to resolve differences and reach a solution to problems between the two hostile neighbours. 

Sikhs’ identity diluted, says NMC chief
Patiala, May 24
National Minority Commission Chairman Tarlochan Singh today said the identity of Sikhs had been diluted due to open acceptance of “patit Sikhs” by the community.

BSNL subscribers a harassed lot
Nawanshahr, May 24
Subscribers of BSNL here are sore over erratic connectivity. Dr Rajnish Kapoor, a local resident, says that his experience of using BSNL internet connection has been frustrating as its connectivity is poor. Even after getting connected, the user has to face the problem of frequent disconnections. Several calls are wasted on restoring connectivity.

12 hurt as bus, truck collide
Hoshiarpur, May 24
Nearly 12 passengers of a tourist bus HR 01-1588 bound for Katra from Delhi were hurt when it collided with a parked truck (No. PJE 1687) near octroi post of Hariana town 15 km. from here on Hoshiarpur-Dasuya road at 6 a.m. today.

Shaheedi conference on May 28
Jalandhar, May 24

The National Martyr Memorial Committee, Jalandhar, will organise a Shaheedi conference on May 28 at the Guru Nanak Dev District Library here to pay tributes to martyr Bhagwati Charan Bohra, a close associate of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh and Chandra Shekhar Azad, on his martyrdom day.

Special barracks for women prisoners soon
Jalandhar, May 24
Punjab Jail Minister Malkit Singh Birmi said yesterday that by next month special barracks for women prisoners would be built in every Central Jail for which Rs 15 crore would be spent during the current financial year.

Two buried alive
Amritsar, May 24
Balwinder Singh and his 12-year-old nephew Gurpartaap Singh, both residents of Butari village, were buried alive when they were boring a tubewell in the same village near Baba Bakala, about 40 km from here, today. 


Bonus relief eludes rice millers
Bathinda, May 24
More than 3,500 rice mill owners of Punjab and Haryana have suffered losses to the tune of Rs 100 crore as the Union Government has failed to compensate them fully against the payment of bonus made by them to the paddy growers in 2002-2003.


Spurned man kills girl
Fazilka, May 24
A young girl of the Nai Abadi locality here was allegedly murdered by a youth of this town last night around 8 p.m. and her mother Basanti Sharma was seriously injured in the attack. According to the FIR lodged with the city police by Mrs Basanti Sharma, Sukhdev Singh, alias Bittu, entered their house and attacked her daughter Jyoti (17) with a sword for not agreeing to marry him.

5 farmers injured in clash
Bathinda, May 24
Five persons were injured in a clash over Kot Shamir village near here, this afternoon. Sources said that the quarrel started between two groups of farmers over the demarcation of their fields.

3 cable men arrested
Amritsar, May 24
The Amritsar police claims to have busted a sex scandal allegedly involving senior bigwigs and the extortion of money from cable operators. The chairman of the Cable Operators Association, Mr Sarbjit Singh Raju along with Sippy and Parveen Chadda were arrested from a Jalandhar hotel today.

Missing girls untraceable
Hoshiarpur, May 24

Sandip Kaur, who along with her younger sister Lovedeep Kaur left the house on May 5 after she failed in the class VIII examination, are still untraceable.

4 booked for smuggling narcotics
Tarn Taran, May 24
Four persons of Kairon village were booked under the NDPS Act by the Patti police. Opium and smack were recovered.


SGPC-run colleges to seek NAAC approval
Anandpur Sahib, May 24
The SGPC has decided to get the colleges run by it assessed and accredited from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, an autonomous body of the UGC. The decision was taken by the SGPC during a one-day awareness workshop of principals and staff of Khalsa colleges organised by NAAC at the conference hall of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib here yesterday.

Medical colleges’ facility redesignated
Jalandhar, May 24

The Punjab Government has redesignated the teachers of various medical colleges in the state, Medical Education and Research Minister Chaudhary Santokh Singh said.

‘Close schools for summer vacation’
Bathinda, May 24
The Democratic Teachers Front has urged the authorities to make sure that all schools closed for summer vacation as per the instructions of the government. The association said that resentment prevailed among the parents of the students of private schools, which had not been closed for summer vacation.

Admit cards for JET B.Ed being issued
Amritsar, May 24
Guru Nanak Dev University has started issuing admit cards cum roll numbers for the state-level joint entrance test for admission to B.Ed course in colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak, Panjab University (Chandigarh) and Punjabi University (Patiala) at all district headquarters of the state, Chandigarh and Abohar.

Harsh tops school with 94 pc marks
Bathinda, May 24
Harsh Mittal has stood first in the local Police Public School by securing 470 out of 500 marks (94 per cent) in the CBSE Class X, the results of which were declared today. Kirandeep Kaur (88 per cent) and Vinika (85.2 per cent) secured the second and third positions, respectively.

‘Allow non-medical students to do B.Pharm’
Amritsar, May 24
Seven non-medical students have urged Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University to make the non-medical students eligible for the B.Pharmacy course.

‘Appoint medical, dental teachers’
Amritsar, May 24
The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association PSMDTA has urged to fill the vacant posts of senior lecturer and assistant professors to reduce burden on the Department of Medical Education and Research.

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