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CMs meeting: Amarinder does homework
Chandigarh, May 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today left for Srinagar for a two-day Congress Chief Ministers’ Council meeting beginning tomorrow.
If the guidelines for the discussions circulated by the All-India Congress Committee are any indication, the meeting will focus on seven areas: 1. Agriculture, rural development, decentralisation and food security; 2. Weaker sections; 3. Education and health; 4. Administrative reforms; 5. Investment promotion; 6. Law and order, harmony and security; and 7. Employment.

Accused names BJP leader
Gosain refutes charges; ready to face probe
Ludhiana, May 29
The controversy surrounding the sheltering of an allegedly notorious criminal by a senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly, which was simmering in the district for the past one week today came out into the open when the accused claimed before mediapersons that he was at the beck and call of the political leader.

Hanspal meets Vedanti on Purkh Guru
Amritsar, May 29
Mr H.S. Hanspal, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and a leader of Namdharis today held an in-camera meeting with Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti for 45 minutes at latter’s official residence, here today to resolve the controversy over the book, ‘Purkh Guru’ published by the Namdhari sect.

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Integrity of 19 PSEB engineers ‘doubtful’
Patiala, May 29
The Vigilance cell of the Punjab State Electricity Board has submitted a list of 19 engineers, including one Chief Engineer and two Superintending Engineers, said to be having “doubtful integrity” to the Board authorities. The Vigilance cell, has also recommended that these officers be transferred from sensitive posts to improve efficiency of the Board.

PSEB officer held for graft
Rs 22 lakh recovered from house
Patiala, May 29
The Punjab Vigilance Department today arrested the Chief Electrical Inspector of the PSEB, T.N. Sharma, while accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 even as a raid on his house led to the recovery of Rs 22 lakh in cash besides papers showing he owned property worth crores. Vigilance sources said a trap was laid in his office here this afternoon. They said he was caught red-handed while accepting the bribe from Mr Jaswinder Pal Singh, a resident of Ludhiana.

Vigilance sleuths count the money recovered in the residence of the Chief Electrical Inspector of the PSEB. — Photo Subhash Patialavi

Vigilance sleuths count the money recovered in the residence of the Chief Electrical Inspector of the PSEB

SSP queering pitch: Dang
Amritsar, May 29
Names of only two top police officers posted at Chandigarh were floated as having been named by two girls in the sex, extortion and murder scandal which has rocked the state. It is clear that police rivalry at the top is playing a part.


Differences in Cong units over holding of function
Bathinda, May 29
Differences between the Congress Committee (Bathinda city block) and the District Congress Committee have come to the fore over the holding of a function in connection with the workers’ convention here on May 31.

Dalit Councillor elected MC chief
Abohar, May 29
The Congress today sprang a surprise and elected a Scheduled caste Councillor as president of the Municipal Council here though the post has been put under general category. The party has 26 members in 31-member house.


Water samples fail in Bathinda
Bathinda, May 29
A section of trans-railway colonies in the city are being forced to drink underground yellowish water, containing suspended particles and bacteria, in the absence potable water supply.

Old handbills used for health awareness!
Bathinda, May 29
Hit hard by an acute shortage of funds, the district health authorities have started using old publicity material to spread awareness about water-borne diseases under a state-wide six-day campaign, launched on Monday.

Raju implicated, says wife
Chandigarh, May 29
Ms Dolly Sarabjit Singh, wife of Sarabjit Singh Raju, main accused in the Amritsar TV channel scandal, today lashed out at the Punjab Human Rights Organisation and the local police for implicating her husband and others in a false case. She appealed to the judiciary and other authorities concerned for speedy justice in the matter.
Dolly Sarabjit Singh, wife of the main suspect in the Amritsar TV channel scam, Mr Sarabjit S. Raju, breaks down pleading for justice
Dolly Sarabjit Singh (extreme right), wife of the main suspect in the Amritsar TV channel scam, Mr Sarabjit S. Raju, breaks down pleading for justice, while addressing mediapersons in Chandigarh on Thursday. His sister and daughter are also seen in the picture. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Tohra’s condition improving
Patiala, May 29
Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal President and former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s condition improved today further with the veteran leader being able to take milk and cereals.

Special drive against encroachments
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 29
To ensure the smooth flow of traffic particularly in all towns of the district and to recover the government land from illegal occupants, a special drive to remove encroachments in the district has been initiated.

Making cops more responsive
Moga, May 29
As the country is passing through a competitive stage of development, it has become extremely essential that officers and men at all levels in the police organisation bring functional effectiveness to prepare themselves to meet the challenges of the future.

SDMs to pay for bogus pensions
Chandigarh, May 29
Action is likely to be taken against a number of Subdivisional Magistrates (SDMs), Block Development Officers and other officials concerned in Punjab who sanction old-age pensions illegally. In a detailed exercise, 1.14 lakh such pensions have been found illegally sanctioned.

SDM for action against 4 panches
Ropar, May 29
In various cases involving violation of the Village Common Lands Act in the district, the sarpanch and three members of Kalyan village, near Kiratpur Sahib, have been indicted by the SDM, Anandpur Sahib, Mr Bhupinder Singh.

Special grant for unanimously elected panchayats
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 29
The state government will give special grants to those panchayats, which will be elected unanimously, so that the overall development of villages could take place without any hindrance, according to Dr Harbans Lal, Minister for Forest.

Villagers to dig 17-km minor through kar seva
Faridkot, May 29
Residents of six villages — Arainayawala, Bellewala, Machai Khurd, Machaki Kalan, Mehmuana and Sher Singh Wala with help from the district administration have decided to construct Bellewala minor for better irrigation in their areas.

Charge-sheet Milkfed MD: minister
Chandigarh, May 29
The Punjab Cooperation Minister, Mr Lal Singh, has asked Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang to charge-sheet the Managing Director of the Milkfed, Mr B.B. Mahajan, before his (Mahajan’s) retirement on May 31.

Kidney case
Chandigarh, May 29
The High Court on Thursday issued notice of motion for August 5 on a petition for grant of bail filed by another accused in the alleged kidney transplant conspiracy case.

Case registered against BKU leaders
Bathinda, May 29
The district police registered a case against Mr Manjit Singh and Mr Chand Singh, leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) of the Ugrahan faction. The case has been registered as these leaders and some residents of Bhucho Khurd village had gheraoed some officials of a bank who had gone to the village yesterday with the recovery of a loan.

Families of 75 ultras honoured
Jalandhar, May 29
London-based Punjab Radio today honoured the family members of 75 militants, killed in Punjab, and distributed Rs 7.5 lakh among them at a function held the Gurdwara Guru Teg Bhadur Nagar here today.

Kidnapped boy returns home after 6 years
Moga, May 29
A Dalit boy (16) kidnapped from Ludhiana six years back and taken to Jammu was forced to beg at bus stands by a gang of child lifters, returned here and narrated his story.
Parveen had gone to Ludhiana six years ago to visit his sister when he was kidnapped on the way.


Rs 3 lakh looted from showroom
Hoshiarpur, May 29
Panic prevailed in the old walled city here when seven unidentified dacoits with pistols and daggers looted Rs 3 lakh from the Omega Foreign Exchange private limited showroom at Garhi Gate near Kanak Mandi Chowk at about 1.15 today.

Dacoits loot 12 houses
Sangrur, May 29
Dacoits in police uniforms looted 12 houses in Sabina Woollen Mill Colony in this district last night.
Police sources said eight dacoits, wielding swords and two pistols, attacked the colony and looted the houses of labourers.

SHO held for demanding bribe
Fazilka, May 29
A Vigilance Bureau team arrested Davinder Singh, SHO, police station Khui Khera, his gunman, Gurdeep Singh, and Madan Lal, a tea-stall owner, on charges of demanding a bribe of Rs 4,000 and recovery of 61 bottles of IMFL from his residence last evening.

Woman murdered
Bathinda, May 29
Some persons murdered Ms Kashmir Kaur (65) with sharp-edged weapons in the Deep Nagar area of the city late last night.
Sources said that the killers ran away after looting cash and valuables from the house.

Prostitution racket busted
Jalandhar, May 29
The police has busted a prostitution racket by arresting four women and a man under the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act at Khurla Colony here.
The SSP, Mr Varinder Kumar, said today that the police raided the house of the gang leader and arrested them.


Teachers protest against colleagues’ suspension
Patiala, May 29
A delegation of around 25 members of the United Teachers Front of Punjabi University protested against the suspension of two senior teachers of the varsity recently, during a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, yesterday evening.

PCMSA opposes move on teachers
Chandigarh, May 29
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association has opposed the move to fill 400 posts of medical teachers in the state medical colleges on a contract basis ignoring the applicants from the PCMS cadre.

Principal’s bid to take away records
Chandigarh, May 29
Residents of Bhagwantpura Singh in Ropar today foiled the attempts of the school Principal, Mr Jeet Singh, to take away some vital records of the school.
The Principal of Government Senior Secondary School was placed under suspension yesterday by the Education Minister (Schools), who took serious note of the contents of the news report “Poor results: villagers up in arms’’ published in The Tribune on May 25.

CET results today
Chandigarh, May 29
Panjab University will tomorrow declare the results of Combined Entrance Test conducted earlier this month, an official press note said here today.
The CET covers courses in MBBS, BAMS, BHMS, B-Pharmacy, BE (Food Technology, Micro-electronics, Software Engineering and Telecommuni-cations).


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