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Race among Punjab MPs for Cabinet berth
Chandigarh, May 15

Who will represent Punjab in the Union Cabinet? A debate has started among political circles on the issue. The Congress performed badly as its only two candidates have been elected in Punjab. All senior Congress leaders have failed to make to the Lok Sabha.

Manohar Singh Gill
Manohar Singh Gill

Preneet Kaur
Preneet Kaur

Ashwani Kumar
Ashwani Kumar

‘SAD may file petition against Preneet’
Amritsar, May 15
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD president, today said that his party might file a petition with the Election Commission against Ms Preneet Kaur, who had allegedly won from the Patiala parliamentary constituency on the basis of “bogus votes” and booth capturing.

United Akalis fashion Libra’s victory
Mohali, May 15
As the slogan ‘‘Tohra teri soch te pehra diyange thok ke’’ ranted the air during the victory procession of SAD candidate and now MP-elect Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra from the Ropar Lok Sabha constituency, the cause of his comfortable victory were not far to see.

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Cong defeat in Punjab a wake-up call, says Bir Devinder
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 15
The results of the Parliament elections are a wake-up call for the Punjab Government. It is not the time for mud-slinging and accusing each other of defeat in the states rather it is time for serious self-introspection to know what went wrong for the Congress and why people have taken a U-turn within two years.

Orders reserved in Badal case
Ropar, May 15
The issues of jurisdiction and the prior sanction from the competent authority were today contested in the corruption case against Mr Prakash Singh Badal.

Where did Brar go wrong?
Ferozepore, May 15
What went wrong with Mr Jagmeet Brar, known as “Awaz-e-Punjab”, in Ferozepore where he lost to SAD-BJP alliance candidate, Zora Singh Mann? Why the firebrand Congress leader who emerged as a high-profile winner in the 1999 parliamentary elections by defeating Mr Sukhbir Badal, former Union Minister, from the prestigious Faridkot parliamentary constituency, lose to the SAD-BJP candidate this time?

SGPC poll: tough task ahead for SAD
Amritsar, May 15
Riding on the popularity wave after the results of the elections, the SAD, led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has asked its leaders to pull up their socks for the SGPC general election scheduled to be held before July 11.

Punjab board Class VIII results today
Mohali, May 15
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) will declare the Class VIII examination results tomorrow. According to the information given by the board today, 74.45 per cent of the regular candidates and 66.67 per cent of the private candidates who appeared in the examination have passed.

Cop suspended for doing his duty
Patiala, May 15
The in charge of the Model Town police post was suspended late last night as he had dared to arrest a local Youth Congress leader. Even as the euphoria of Ms Preneet Kaur's victory has yet to die down, local police officers, it seems, have gone into overdrive to please the newly elected MP and all her blues eyed boys.

She came all the way from Bulgaria to get 7 kg tumour removed
Ludhiana, May 15
Life became difficult for the 42-year-old Bulgarian national Rosista Georgana (Puri) when doctors in her country, after detecting her disease, politely refused to treat her by saying that surgery would be life threatening. The reason: she had developed a 7-kg fibroid tumour in the uterus.

Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja, interacts with Rosista Georgana, 42-year-old Bulgarian lady after successfully removing 7 kg of fibroid from the abdomen/uterus in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja, interacts with Rosista Georgana, 42-year-old Bulgarian lady after successfully removing 7 kg of fibroid from the abdomen/uterus in Ludhiana.

Rs 112 cr spent on modernising ITBP

Amritsar, May 15
“Jawans will be able to provide instant information from board outposts to the higher authorities through computers,” Mr Ramesh Chandra Agarwal, Director-General, ITBP, said here today. A sum of Rs 112 crore had been spent to modernise the ITBP in the last two years, he said.

(Right) Bapu Shingara Singh (108), the lone survivor of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, interacts with Mr Ramesh Chandra Agarwal, Director-General of the ITBP, at attestation ceremony and passing-out parade in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Bapu Shingara Singh, the lone survivor of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, interacts with Mr Ramesh Chandra Agarwal

Custodial death: SHO transferred
Gurdaspur, May 15
The district administration has ordered the transfer of SHO Kulwant Singh who was accused of custodial death by agitated residents of Kalanaur.

23 hurt as bus hits tree
Tarn Taran, May 15
As many as 23 pilgrims were injured today near Dobur ji village, near here, when a private bus collided with a tree by the roadside. Two of the injured are in a serious condition and have been shifted to CMC, Ludhiana.

Pak group wants to revive performing arts
Amritsar, May 15
Pakistani puppet and theatre artistes along with the Springdale Educational Society are planning to revive the traditional performing arts for cementing the cultural bond between the two neighbours. The famous Pakistani actor, director and founder of the Rafi Peer theatre group, Mr Usmaan Peerzada, who along with eight member team arrived from Lahore yesterday said his main concern was to bridge the gap between the two nations.

Lahore's Rafi Pir Theater group presents a puppet show in Amritsar on Saturday. —  Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Lahore's Rafi Pir Theater group presents a puppet show in Amritsar

SGPC forms panels for celebrations
Amritsar, May 15
The SGPC has constituted a 17-member Advisory Committee to chalk out and coordinate programmes for the 400th year of the first installation of the holy Guru Granth Sahib on September 1.

Labourer’s body disposed of sans post-mortem
Hoshiarpur, May 15
Despite a demand by leaders of the Punjab Nirman Mazdoor Union for a post-mortem of the body of a Bihari labourer, Jatinder Sahni, the owners of a plywood factory of Bassi Kaso allegedly disposed it of on Thursday night. Sahni died allegedly due to electrocution while he was working in the factory at 3 pm on Thursday.

Abducted boy, ransom amount recovered
Jalandhar, May 15
The school student kidnap drama of Bada Pind village came to an end today with the police recovering Prateek Sharma, Class VII student of a convent school near Goraya, and the ransom amount of Rs 8 lakh, with the arrest of three persons, who had taken Prateek hostage at their place in Phagwara.

AMIE engineers seek promotions
Chandigarh, May 15
The AMIE Degree Holder Engineers Association has urged the Punjab Irrigation Department to promote all those junior engineers who have passed the AMIE, as Subdivisional Engineers.

Police Science Congress from May 24
Jalandhar, May 15
To discuss and find solutions about the problems and difficulties being faced by the police in different states, a three-day 35th All- India Police Science Congress would begin here from May 24.

Ammunition destroyed
Sangrur, May 15
A bomb disposal squad from Jalandhar today destroyed one anti-tank mine, two anti-personnel mines, two stick bombs, 16 numbers of HE-36 hand grenades and thousands of live cartridges in an open space here. The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Sangrur, Mr Varinder Aggarwal, was also present.


Five get 7-year jail in corruption case
Chandigarh, May 15
A Public Welfare Department employee, along with four other accused, have been sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment in a corruption case by Faridkot's Special Court.


3 arrested in connection with Kharar firing
Kharar, May 15
Three persons have been arrested by the police in a case of firing in which a SAD worker was shot at and injured on the day of elections at Dabali village.

Killers behead youth, escape with head
Kartarpur (Jalandhar), May 15
Some unidentified killers allegedly beheaded a youth last night with sharp-edged weapons and then threw his body in fields near Civil Hospital here. They then escaped alongwith his head.

Police inaction alleged
Amritsar, May 15
Even after a week of registration of criminal case, against three persons for allegedly beating up a couple and molesting woman on the intervening night of May 8 and 9, the Civil Line police had allegedly failed to arrest them.

Teacher caught taking bribe
Bathinda, May 15
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested Ms Veena Bansal, Headmistress, Arya Model High School, Raman Mandi, for accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from a student, who was seeking his school-leaving certificate.

4 held for stealing electric wires
Bathinda, May 15
The police has arrested four members of a five member gang of thieves, who were allegedly involved in stealing electric wires belonging to different state government agencies.

Robbers take away ledger
Tarn Taran, May 15
Two armed robbers took away account books of a trader, Mr Yogesh, at the Gali Gaggrian Wali last night. They also shot at the trader but he escaped.

Rs 1 cr heroin recovered on Indo-Pak border
Attari (Amritsar), May 15
The BSF has recovered 1 kg heroin, worth Rs 1 crore in the international market.

Servant beaten to death
Tarn Taran, May 15
Manjit Singh (22), a servant with a shop was allegedly beaten to death by Inderjot Singh, alias Vicky, owner of the shop here today. The police has registered a case under Section 302 IPC against Vicky and another servant of the shop Angrej Singh.

Fake currency racket unearthed
Hoshiarpur, May 15
The police today unearthed a racket of manufacturing and selling fake Indian currency with the arrest of four men along with 50 counterfeit notes of Rs 500 denomination and the computer equipment used for making it.


‘Fire courses job oriented’
Bathinda, May 15
The Fire Ignorance Research and Education Society (FIRES), a Nagpur-based NGO, has held a guidance camp on opportunities in the fire brigade service sector in this city.

BBK DAV College students excel
Amritsar, May 15
Students of BBK DAV College for Women secured three merit positions out of seven declared by Guru Nanak Dev University in B.Com-I (professional examination). Hina Sachdeva, Suruchi Gupta and Priyanka Sharma stood third, fifth and seventh, respectively.

Local boy clears IAS exam
Patiala, May 15
A local boy, Ambrish Kumar, a graduate from IIT Mumbai, has made the city proud by clearing the Civil Services examination held this year. Ambrish has secured 28th rank at the all-India level and third in Punjab. His father Vidya Sagar runs a paper industry, while his mother Suman Gupta manufactures holograms in Patiala. — OC


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