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SAD suspends Chandumajra
Panel to probe his role in poll
Patiala, May 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr P.S Badal, in an attempt to nip dissidence in the bud, cracked the whip by suspending former Member Parliament Prem Singh Chandumajra from the primary membership of the party.

SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal addresses a press conference in Patiala on Monday. SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal addresses a press conference in Patiala on Monday. 
— A Tribune photo

Will Punjab gain from Cong-led govt at Centre?
Chandigarh, May 17
A Congress-led coalition government is coming to power at the Centre at a time when there are just two Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha from Punjab.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Stop issuing anti-CM remarks, Bhattal told
Jalandhar, May 17
A group of Congress leaders today sought a ministerial berth for Ms Praneet Kaur in the union Cabinet. They also threatened Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and other dissident leaders that they would approach the Congress high command and seek action against them, if they did not stop issuing anti-Capt Amarinder Singh statements.

Farmers want to sow cotton, meet BSF IG
Ferozepore, May 17
A delegation of farmers having land holdings across the cobra fencing near the Indo-Pakistan border in the district met the Inspector-General, Border Security Force, Punjab Frontier, Mr G.S. Gill, seeking to allow them to sow cotton in their fields, the BSF authorities have written the Ministry of Home Affairs for its approval.

Guru Nanak varsity may take over varsity text book board
Amritsar, May 17
The 32-year-old prestigious Punjab State University Text Book Board, established by the government of India at Chandigarh is likely to be taken over by Guru Nanak Dev University .

Over 80 Sangrur students on Class VIII merit list
Mohali, May 17
Over 80 students of Sangrur district figure in Class VIII merit list of the Punjab School Education Board. The merit list consisting of the top 500 positions in the state was released by the board here today. 

Reclamation corporation to merge with Punjab Agro
Chandigarh, May 17
The Punjab Government has decided to merge the loss-making Punjab Land Development and Reclamation Corporation with the Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation.


BSP meeting tomorrow
Phagwara, May 17
A state-level meeting of the Punjab BSP would be held at Jalandar on May 19 to take stock of the post-poll position of the party, according to Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri President of the state unit of the party.Mr Narinder Kashyap General Secretary of the BSP and party’s Punjab affairs In charge would specially attend it, informed Mr Karimpuri here today.

PPCC condemns Sushma’s decision to quit RS
Amritsar, May 17
Mr M.M. Singh Cheema, vice-president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee strongly objected to the boycott of swearing in ceremony of Ms Sonia Gandhi by the BJP and its NDA partners.


Boys plunge into Sultwind Canal to beat the heat in Amritsar on Monday. 
Boys plunge into Sultwind Canal to beat the heat in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

PCCTU chief’s post: Brar, Hundal poll equal votes
Jalandhar, May 17
Declaration of joint winners for the post of president after election of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has become a bone of contention between the Hundal-Tiwari and the Brar-Jagwant groups of the private college teachers body, control of which has been wrested by the Brar-Jagwant group.

Temple controversy: Valmikis to defy stay order
Amritsar, May 17
The controversy surrounding the laying of foundation stone at the ancient Ram Tirath temple has deepened with the Deputy Mayor, Mr Om Parkash Gabbar, saying that the Valmiki community would defy the stay order on the construction of the new temple.

Heat wave claims three lives in Bathinda
Bathinda, May 17
Heat wave sweeping the region for the past three days, has claimed three lives in the town today. Information gathered by TNS revealed that those who died due to sunstroke included Balwinder Singh and Sandeep Kumar, both residents of this town and one unidentified Sadhu.

Bridge on verge of collapse
Bhadson (Patiala) May 17
Disaster awaits vehicles plying on the
bridge that connects the city with Bhadson township, 30 km from here, as one of the main pillars supporting the structure is slowly disintegrating, threatening to bring down the over 50-year-old bridge.

Controversy over drowning of youth in canal
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 17
A controversy has orisen over the drowning of Balwinder Kumar, alias Vicky, 25-year-old resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, while bathing in the Bhakra Canal near Dera Mir Miran village yesterday. Friends of the deceased said he drowned in the canal as he jumped in the canal, but he did not knew swimming. 

SMO shifted over diarrhoea cases
Faridkot, May 17
Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, has shifted Dr Ajit Singh, Senior Medical Officer, from Civil Hospital, Jaito, to the district today due to his slackness in handling the diarrhoea cases at Jaito. Despite clear directions issued to him by the Deputy Commissioner and the Civil Surgeon to remain present on duty and provide requisite medical aid to the patients, the SMO was “generally found absent from duty.”

Humiliation of Dalit students to be probed
Faridkot, May 17
Taking a serious note of the threat given by 12 girl students of the Dalit families to discontinue their studies in protest against the alleged humiliation meted out to them by a head teacher of a government elementary school in Memuana village in this district recently, Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner here has directed the DEO, Elementary Schools, here to transfer the erring official with immediate effect.

Kharar Lions Club honoured
Kharar, May 17
The local Lions Club has been declared the best club of Multiple District 321. A press note released here today by the club said Mr Subhas Aggarwal, president of the club, had been declared the best president of Multiple District, which was spread over North India. In another category, Mr Preet Kanwal was adjudged the best committee chairman while Mr Rajesh Sood was honoured as the best zone chairman.

Man hit by car, seriously injured
Kharar, May 17
One person was seriously injured when a car hit him at Daon Majra village, near here, today. Mr Kuldip Singh (27), a resident of Sahora village, sustained serious injuries when a Tata Sierra hit him while he was getting his bicycle repaired on the roadside.


Selection of DSPs: case adjourned
Chandigarh, May 17
The case relating to irregularities in selections of Deputy Superintendents of Police by the Punjab Government was adjourned for May 20 by a Full Bench of the High Court comprising Mr Chief Justice B.K Roy, Mr Justice Surya Kant and Mr Justice Rajive Bhalla.

Sanatan Dharam Sabha chief refused bail
Barnala, May 17
Bail application of Mr Panna Lal, President of the Sanatan Dharam Sabha was rejected here today. The bail pleas of five others Rakesh Kumar, Jeevan Kumar alias JB, Babu Singh, Nirmal Singh and Jagsir Singh too were rejected.


Misbehaviour by ASI alleged
Amritsar, May 17
Rajinder Kumar and Dharminder Kumar, both residents of Kamla Devi Avenue, Fatehgarh Churian Road, today in an affidavit submitted in the office of the DIG, Border Range, Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, alleged that Satinder Kumar, an ASI and duty officer of Fatehgarh Churian police station harassed and abused their family members when they approached them with a complaint.

2 undertrials escape
Jalandhar, May 17
Two undertrials lodged in Central Jail here, today fled away from Nakodar court complex, where they were sent for a hearing. The incident occurred in the morning when Rajinder Singh and Jasbir Singh, booked in a theft case in the Nakodar area, were sent to the Nakodar court for hearing a case.

Intruder held
Fazilka, May 17
Jawans of 9th Battalion of the BSF have nabbed a Pak intruder last evening. According to sources, BSF jawans saw a person entering the Indian territory in the Fazilka sector and nabbed him.

PPCC leader, 4 others booked
Chandigarh, May 17
The Moga police has booked Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee member Amarjit Singh and three others on the charges of indulging in violence on the election day outside a polling booth near a police station. The accused had reportedly attacked the driver of a vehicle belonging to rival political party.

Rs 6 lakh looted
Sangrur, May 17
Two unidentified motorcycle borne persons today looted Rs 6 lakh from Mr Vasdev a ‘munim’ of an arhtiya, at Dirba, 26 km from here. 


SGPC-run medical colleges announce admission dates
Ludhiana, May 17
The Punjab Government has failed to set up committees to fix tuition fee and reservation for admission to private unaided medical colleges and other professional colleges in the state, the SGPC-run medical and dental colleges have announced their schedule for admission to undergraduate courses for 2004-2005.

Schoolchildren of Patti village, Amritsar, get off a bus.
Schoolchildren of Patti village, Amritsar, get off a bus. 
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Prof suspended for sexual harassment
Patiala, May 17
Punjabi University has suspended Prof Nirmal Singh Azad on the basis of a report submitted by an inquiry committee. A girl research student of the Economic Department of the varsity had more than a month ago complained to the authorities of sexual harassment meted out to her by Prof Azad, her research guide.

Five-year MBA course at local college
Jalandhar, May 17
Keeping in view growing educational needs and to provide better career opportunity to Plus two students of the Doaba region, Guru Nanak Dev University has introduced a five-year MBA (integrated course) in the local Guru Nanak Dev University College from the academic session-2004.

Two teachers suspended for getting jobs on fake certificates
Tarn Taran, May 17
A case of getting jobs in the Education Department by producing bogus certificates has come to light. The police here has registered a case against two teachers in this regard.

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