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Romana summoned at Takht
Amritsar, May 26
The five Sikh high priests who met at Takht Patna Sahib today directed Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, president, Takht Patna Sahib management committee, to appear before the Takht by June 30 to clarify his position. Earlier, Mr Romana was declared ‘tankhaiya’ by the clergy of Patna Sahib for denigrating the Jathedar and ‘Dasam Granth’.

Panthic Morcha flays unity move
Chandigarh, May 26
Senior leaders of the Panthic Morcha met here today under the chairmanship of Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi. They discussed various issues, including the latest developments in Akali politics such as the unity move between former SGPC chief, Gurcharan Singh Tohra and SAD President, Parkash Singh Badal.

Sikh intelligentsia hails adoption
Chandigarh, May 26
Supporting the adoption of the Nanakshahi Calendar, conceptualised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, members of Punjabi University’s Sikh Intelligentsia Forum said that the calendar would help remove anomalies in fixing the dates for Sikh festivals.

Dr B.S. Dhillon from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, speaks at a press conference organised by Punjabi University’s Sikh Intelligentsia Forum in Chandigarh Dr B.S. Dhillon from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, speaks at a press conference organised by Punjabi University’s Sikh Intelligentsia Forum in Chandigarh on Monday.



  ‘Move out’ staff from tax collection centres
Chandigarh, May 26
All is not well with the State Transport Department in Punjab as it is involved in various controversies. The latest is with regard to a plea made for replacing the entire staff posted in various tax collection centres.

Police beats up CMP driver
Snatches press photographer’s camera
Bathinda, May 26
Even as some policemen of City police station and four personnel of the Core Military Police entered into a scuffle in the police station, the camera of Harwinder Sharma, press photographer, was snatched by policemen when he along with Rakesh Sain, a reporter, was covering the incident today evening.
D.C. Pandey, a driver with the Army, shows the marks on his chest (left) and back (right) allegedly caused by beating up by police personnel at City police station in Bathinda on Monday
D.C. Pandey, a driver with the Army, shows the marks on his chest (left) and back (right) allegedly caused by beating by police personnel at City police station in Bathinda on Monday. 
— A Tribune photograph 

Probe sought into Dalits’ boycott case
Jalandhar, May 26
The row over the call to socially boycott Dalits, allegedly given by the Jat community of Talhan village, near here, about four months ago owing to a dispute over the control of the managing committee of Gurdwara Shaheedan, today took a new turn when the Joint Action Committee of several Sikh religious and political organisations demanded that the state government should set up a judicial commission to probe the entire issue to maintain communal harmony.

Samra's claim adds twist to case
Chandigarh, May 26
Adding a twist to the controversy, Gurvinder Singh Samra, complainant in a bribery case registered against two judicial officers, today claimed that his father and son were detained in a police station after being picked up on Sunday night.


Cong Seva Dal training camp inaugurated
Bathinda, May 26
Mr Surinder Singla, local MLA and Chairman of the high-powered committee on fiscal reforms, Punjab, said during the elections, the Seva Dal played an important role and supported all candidates of the party. He said the workers of the dal had been working to develop a culture of social service in the party.


Book looks into cases of Punjab’s missing
Amritsar, May 26
Even as more than six years have passed, the National Human Rights Commission has not made any meaningful progress in the case of identification of unclaimed bodies cremated during the period of terrorism in Amritsar district.

Members of a Nepali delegation at the Wagha border on their way to Pakistan on Sunday. They are visiting Pakistan to observe the system of that country. — PTI photo

Ice effect or hot burns?
Spray of foam dangerous
Bathinda, May 26
Be cautious while using the foam sprays for creating the ice effect during marriages and other functions. A little laxity on your part can jeopardise the life of others, as it is highly inflammable and can cause serious burns.

Youth died in mishap, not murdered: union
Bathinda, May 26
The controversy shrouding the death of a youth of Mehma Sawai village under mysterious circumstances in April, today deepened when an association of employees of cantonment alleged that the wife of the deceased had “falsely” got registered a case of murder, although the youth had died in an accident.

Traders want railway crossing to remain open
Patiala, May 26
Shopkeepers having businesses on both sides of Railway Crossing No. 22, where an overbridge is proposed to be built shortly, today approached city Mayor Vishnu Sharma to ensure that the railway crossing gate was not closed once the overbridge came up on the site.

Vegetable market to be shifted to Sanour road
Patiala, May 26
Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh today said the vegetable market situated in the inner city would be shifted to a new site on the Sanour road. Speaking at a function held at Sanour near here in which Mr Surjit Singh was installed as President of its Nagar Council, Mr Lal Singh said that the present vegetable market was situated in a very congested area due to which farmers faced problems in taking their produce to it.

Singla launches drinking water scheme
Bathinda, May 26
Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman, High Powered Finance Committee, has said that camps will be held in the state for giving old-age pensions. Mr Singla said providing proper civic amenities to the residents would be the top priority of the government.

Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman the High-Powered Finance Committee (right), opens a tap installed under a scheme for giving drinking water to Amarpura Basti at Bathinda on Sunday evening. — Photo Kulbir Beera

36th performance of ‘Daaire’
Patiala, May 26
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, in a message read out at the 36th performance of the anti female foeticide Punjabi musical play “Daaire” at a packed auditorium of Lions Bhawan, Mandi Gobindgarh, said the District Administration would not only generate awareness against female foeticide through the medium of theatre but would also strictly implement government instructions to ensure balance in the sex ratio.

Summer camp for special children
Faridkot, May 26
The District Red Cross Society organised a week-long summer camp for special children here today. Inaugurating the camp, Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, said such camps should be organised on a regular basis to mitigate disability complex among the mentally challenged and disabled children.

Malta boat tragedy: hearing from today
Hoshiarpur, May 26
The Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission which has been pursuing the case of the drowning of 300 persons in a shipwreck, off the Malta coast in the Mediterranean, more than five years ago, today said preliminary hearing of the case would begin tomorrow in an Italian court.

Job quota for upper caste ‘political stunt’
Phagwara, May 26
The General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab, has dubbed the proposal of the BJP for setting up a national commission to provide job reservation in the government for economically weaker sections among the upper castes as political stunt.

SYL issue: tribunal demand decried
Ludhiana, May 26
The move to set up a tribunal to settle the river waters issue between Punjab and Haryana is an attempt to weaken the case pending before the Supreme Court. The apex court had decided the case in the favour of Haryana and had directed Punjab to complete the Satluj-Yamuna link canal by January 15, 2003.

IMA organises CME
Patiala, May 26
Although exposed to a greater risk of infection from hepatitis-B virus leading to a chronic liver disease, the medical professionals mostly do not undergo vaccination for the disease themselves.

Withdraw ban, demands PCMSA
Hoshiarpur, May 26
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association today flayed the decision of the Punjab Government for imposing a ban on giving Class III and IV jobs to a dependent member of the deceased Government employee.

Warm send-off to Kang
Patiala, May 26
Senior IAS officer Kulbir Singh Kang, who was recently appointed Commissioner of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation, today relinquished his charge as Administrative Member of the Punjab State Electricity Board.

Drive against narcotics
Chandigarh, May 26
Amidst reports of sale of spurious medicines, narcotics and banned drugs, the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Department, Punjab, has launched a special campaign to check the malaise.


Bhattal discusses farmers’ problems
Chandigarh, May 26
Various farmer organisations, which held a meeting with the Punjab Agriculture Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, here today complained about the sale of substandard seeds. The meeting had been called by Mrs Bhattal to discuss various problems faced by the farmers.


One IAS, 10 PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, May 26
The Punjab Government today ordered fresh postings and transfers of an IAS and 10 PCS officers.

MCs get cheques for development
Hoshiarpur, May 26
To increase the development pace in urban areas and provide basic civic amenities to people, the Punjab Government has granted Rs 145 crore to the municipal corporations, councils and nagar panchayats in the state.

EPF authorities summon records of contractors
Ropar, May 26
The EPF authorities have sought the records of various contractors working in the Nangal Municipal Council. In a communication to the council, the EPF authorities have sought details regarding all class A contractors.


Lawyer’s munshi booked for cheating litigants
Pathankot, May 26
A munshi of an advocate has been reportedly booked for cheating litigants.

Siti Cable chief held
Amritsar, May 26
Even as Mr Hariom Dhanuka, Managing Director, Siti Cable and a close relative of the Chairman of Zee Television has been booked on charges of sex scandal, extortion and murder, the city police has come under a cloud for organising a new year party at an amusement park owned by the prime accused.

Jail Suptd held for cheating
Gurdaspur, May 26
The police yesterday arrested Mohan Singh, Superintendent, Jail, Ludhiana, on charge of cheating Subedar-Major Ravail Singh (retd) on the pretext of sending his son to the USA.

Peddler held with 50 kg poppy husk
Jalandhar, May 26
The city police arrested a drug peddler with 50 kg of poppy husk in Jakkopur village here yesterday.

4 booked for betting
Bathinda, May 26
The police has registered a case against four persons under the Prevention of Gambling Act as they were allegedly betting on the cricket match being played between Australia and West Indies.

Arms recovered, one held
Rampura Phul, May 26
The local police recovered three guns buried in the fields of Phulewala village today following the arrest of Balbir Singh.


Punjabi University suspends 2 teachers
Patiala, May 26
Punjabi University has charged the head of the Fine Arts Department, Dr Saroj Rani, and Law Department Professor, Dr Gurpal Singh, of keeping it in dark regarding the framing of charges against them in different cases by a local court and suspended both of them.

DTF, Adhyapak Dal hold dharnas
Sangrur, May 26
Members of the district unit of the Democratic Teachers Front Punjab, led by Mr Bhagwant Singh, district president, staged a dharna in the office complex of the District Education Officer (Secondary) DEO (S) here in protest against the alleged “violation” of the rationalisation policy by the DEO (S) while shifting teachers from one station to another a few days ago.


Keep trying till you succeed: Sidhu
Dera Bassi, May 26
“Life is full of ups and downs. Instead of losing heart, one should accept defeat as a challenge and make more efforts to achieve one’s target with determination,” advised leading commentator and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu.


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