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SSP gives ‘clean chit’ to judicial, police officers
Amritsar, May 27
Investigation into the sex scandal entrusted, to Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, S.P (City-I) has brought to the fore tussle between senior police officials of the border belt. Earlier, the SSP ignored the orders of the IG (Border range), Mr Chander Shekher, to hand over the probe to the S.P. (City-I) last week.

Move to appoint docs on contract basis opposed
Patiala, May 27
The National Medicos Forum and In-Service Doctors Wing of the Punjab branch of the Indian Medical Association today opposed the move of the Medical Education Department, Punjab, to appoint around 400 medical teachers in various medical colleges of the state on contract basis.

Dreams turn sour for wives of NRIs
Chandigarh, May 27
Big city .. bright lights! A dream of a life in a foreign land. All has gone sour for Virpal Kaur, a resident of Rampura Phul village in Bathinda district, as her NRI husband from USA refuses to accept her as his wife.

Aggrieved by their NRI grooms, women from various parts of Punjab narrate their tales of woe to the media at Chandigarh Press Club in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Sitting in the middle is Mr B.S. Ramoowalia, former Union minister

Aggrieved by their NRI grooms, women from various parts of Punjab narrate their tales of woe to the media at Chandigarh Press Club in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Sitting in the middle is Mr B.S. Ramoowalia, former Union minister.  — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

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Vedanti for end to Romana-Iqbal Singh row
Talwandi Sabo, May 27
Efforts have been initiated by Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti to bring to an end the controversy relating to “relations” between Bhai Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Patna Sahib and Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, President, Takht Patna Sahib Management Committee, who has been declared “Tankhaiya” by the former recently.

Vedanti confidant meets Bhai Ranjit Singh
Amritsar, May 27
Mr Prithipal Singh Sandhu, a former P.A. and relative of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht today held a closed-door meeting with Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht at latter’s residence here today.

Punjab ‘poor in ST collection’
Chandigarh, May 27
The Planning Commission is not happy with the Punjab Government’s performance in the collection of various taxes, especially sales tax. This has been officially conveyed by the commission to the state Chief Secretary, Mr Rajan Kashyap.

Boycott of Dalits: SC panel summons Chief Secretary
Jalandhar, May 27
The Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Commission has summoned the Punjab Chief Secretary, the Director-General of Punjab Police, and the Principal Secretary (Home) in its Delhi office on May 28 in respect of alleged boycott of Dalits in Talhan village near here.


Cong gears up for elections
Chandigarh, May 27
The occasion to mark the death anniversary of the first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was today used by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) to hold a meeting of its executive committee and interact with the new district presidents and other office-bearers at the party office here.

BJP not to allow ‘manipulation’ of poll results
Morinda (Ropar), May 27
The Punjab unit of the BJP will seek the Union Government’s help if the state government tries to use the administrative machinery to “manipulate” the results of the coming panchayat elections. 


Mayor points finger at MC ex-chief
Patiala, May 27
The case of alleged octroi evasion by a local trader in electronic goods has taken a new turn with Mayor Vishnu Sharma announcing that former Corporation Commissioner Gurinder Singh Grewal had been guilty of negligence in the case and that he would write to the Secretary, Local Bodies, to demand a Vigilance probe in the matter.

Delhi-Lahore bus service opposed
Phillaur, May 27
The Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) Punjab has condemned the Union Government’s decision to restore bus service between India and Pakistan. Talking to mediapersons here today Sena’s state unit President Swami Pushpender Swaroop and vice-president Surinder Dogra also criticised the Union Government’s move to release Pakistani prisoners three times more than those released by Pakistan.

MC forced to change Gurdas Mann nite venue
Amritsar, May 27
Even as invitation cards and passes had been issued days ago, the local municipal corporation was forced to hurriedly change the venue of the pop-cum-folk singer Gurdas Mann’s live performance, scheduled for May 30 here.

Clubs to be shifted from Amritsar Company Bagh
Chandigarh, May 27
Acting on a public interest litigation, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the shifting of clubs from Company Bagh at Amritsar. The garden, developed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, has been declared a heritage site by the state of Punjab.

  • Former minister’s arrest stayed
  • Driver gets bail in kidney scam case

Poll staff not paid dues
Bathinda, May 27
While the state authorities have started gearing up for the panchayat elections to be held on June 29, the employees who had performed duties during the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections held last year are yet to be paid their honorarium.

Trust adopts 21 children
Morinda (Ropar), May 27
The Dharamarth Trust here has adopted 21 poor children from North-East states. A member of the trust, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, former Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Punjab, while talking to newsmen today said the children adopted by the trust belonged to Mizoram and Tripura.

Bairagis seek quota
Ludhiana, May 27
The Bairagi Maha Mandal, Punjab, has demanded reservation in panchayats for Backward Classes and other downtrodden sections of society.


Farmers urged not to pay tubewell bills
Tarn Taran, May 27
The kisan conference organised here today by the Kisan Sangarash Committee has called the farmers not to pay the power bills of their tubewells. The conference was attended by a large number of farmers, including womenfolk. Workers of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) and different employee unions, too, participated in it and declared their support to the agitating farmers.


Father-in-law booked for rape
Amritsar, May 27
A young married woman, resident of Chheharta, has alleged that she has been repeatedly raped by her father-in-law of the same area. In her complaint lodged at Chheharta police station, she has stated that she was married 14 months ago. She alleged that one day her father-in-law locked her in a room after sending her husband on an errand. He raped her and also threatened to kill her if she disclosed this to anyone.

3 hurt as members of truck unions clash
Rampura Phul, May 27
Three members of two truck unions — the Truck Union, Rampura Phul, and the Guru Nanak Truck Operators Union — were injured when a clash took place between them at two different places today. Besides, some persons, who suffered injuries, were missing.

Drug addict held with stolen LPG cylinders
Bathinda, May 27
When Gurbir Singh had started taking drugs some years ago he had not thought that the addiction would one day land him in police custody. Gurbir, a resident of the local Parasram Nagar, was arrested by the police last night for allegedly stealing LPG cylinders. He allegedly used to sell these cylinders at cheaper rates for getting money to purchase drugs.


CV Raman varsity to open centres in region
Jalandhar, May 27
The Dr C.V. Raman University of Science, Technology, Commerce and Management is all set to make its presence felt in the northern region of the country by opening 50 of its distance education centres in Punjab, 18 in Haryana and 14 in Delhi.

Poor show by rural schools
Fazilka, May 27
The result of Class XII science group under the Punjab School Education Board in Ferozepore district has been disappointing, particularly in rural areas. Crores of rupees spent on providing education seems to have gone waste.

4 lecturers ‘tampered with marksheets’
Ropar, May 27
The district education authorities indicted four lecturers of government senior secondary School Nangal for tampering with mark sheets of the class XI students. Sources here said that science lecturers of the said school including Ms Kanchan of Physics, Mr Dharma Pal Saini of biology, Mr Gurdeep Ram of Chemistry and Mr Pathak of Mathematics allegedly tampered with passing mark sheets of the class XI of the said school to help certain students.

Governor visits PTU
Jalandhar, May 27
The Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, today stressed the need for taking effective steps towards the development of human resources for the cyber industry. Speaking after a presentation held at Punjab Technical University during his first visit to the university, the Governor said the technical education system of the state had to be responsive to innovation in technology and fulfil the requirements of new industrial and economic environment of the country.


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