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Congress men burn effigies of Sushma, Uma Bharti
Hoshiarpur, May 19
Hundreds of Congress workers, including women led by Mr Kuldip Nanda, President, District Congress Committee, Mr Naresh Thakur, former minister, Mr Sarwan Singh, Secretary, PPCC, Mr Rajnish Tandon, General Secretary Ms Taranjit Sethi, President Mahila wing of the DCC burnt effigies of BJP leader Ms Sushma Swaraj, and Ms Uma Bharti, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh at the District Court Chowk here this afternoon for their opposing the appointment of Ms Sonia Gandhi as next Prime Minister of the country.

90-year-old litigant hopes his case ends before his own end
Chandigarh, May 19
Sodhi Haravtar Singh is 90 and resides at Anandpur Sahib. Once a week, he comes to Chandigarh to meet his lawyer and requests him to get his land compensation case expedited. His wish is simple Ė that his case ends before he bids adieu to this world.

Sodhi Haravtar Singh coming out of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh on Wednesday. ó Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Sodhi Haravtar Singh coming out of the Punjab and Haryana High Court



Satta operations: 65 remanded in custody
Ropar, May 19
The Chief Judical Magistrate, Mr J.S. Bhinder, today remanded in custody all 65 persons arrested for their alleged involvement in satta operations in the town yesterday. While 19 of the accused were sent to police custody for one day, 46 others were remanded in 14 days judicial custody.

65 held on charge of gambling
Ropar, May 19
The police here arrested 65 persons suspected to be involved in gambling, police personnel led by DSP Mohali Harpreet Singh surrounded two stalls of the Punjab Lotteries yesterday in the old grain market and opposite Kalyan cinema here.

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Diarrhoea claims one more life
Jaitu, May 19
Even as life in this town and its surrounding areas has started limping back to normalcy, the diarrhoea claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl at Bada Hari Ke village in Muktsar district yesterday. Karamjit Kaur died in a private hospital after she suffered from vomiting and loose motions.

UNDP to develop Rajasansi
Amritsar, May 19
Rajasansi village 11 km from here, known for handmade carpets has been chosen for a project promoting rural tourism. The Rs 70 lakh project is being sponsored jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Rural Tourism Development .

Delay in DR merger irks pensioners
Sangrur, May 19
Resentment prevails among Punjab Government pensioners over the delay in the issuance of an order with regard to the merger of 50 per cent of the dearness relief (DR) with the basic pension with effect from April 1 last.

Flood protection work on Beas, Sutlej sites on cards
Amritsar, May 19
Twentyfour vulnerable sites have been identified by the Drainage Department for carrying out flood protection work on two rivers in the district. Out of these, 11sites have been identified on the Beas and the remaining on the Sutlej. 

Gastroenteritis cases cause panic
Jalandhar, May 19
Residents of the city got panicky today due to the rising number of gastroenteritis cases in the Bhargo camp and the Chopali Clowk area. ďAs many as 62 cases of gastroenteritis have been reported at the Civil Hospital during the past couple of days and as a precautionary measures, medical teams have been sent to be Bhargo camp.

Blast damages cold store
Sangrur, May 19
The building of Sunam Cold Storage on the Kharrial road near Sunam was partially damaged after a reported blast early this morning. However, causes of the blast could not be known immediately.

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2 women killed in mishap
Moga, May 19
Two women were killed and three others were injured seriously in an accident involving a jeep and a canter near Moga last night. A report said that a canter collided head-on with a jeep near Budhsinghwala village under the Baghapurana Police Station.


Status quo on tenders' issue
Chandigarh, May 19
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered status quo on tenders invited by the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation from bidders all over the country for the purchase of damaged wheat.

Bail pleas dismissed
Barnala, May 19
The anticipatory bail pleas of Mr Prem Chand Aggarwal, chairman of the local Improvement Trust-cum-vice-president of the Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Barnala, and Mr Shivdarshan Kumar Sharma, general secretary of the sabha, were dismissed by Mr Jora Singh, Additional Sessions Judge, Barnala, yesterday.

Six get 30-year RI for drug trafficking
Moga, May 19
A Faridkot court has sentenced six persons to 30 years of rigorous imprisonment after they were convicted for trafficking opium. The convicts were also fined Rs 31 lakh each by the Additional Sessions Judge, Faridkot, who read out the judgement yesterday.


Deputy Superintendent, 6 other jail officials booked
Amritsar, May 19
Deputy Superintendent of the Central Jail, here Sardool Singh has been booked by the police along with three head constables and three constables after they were found responsible for the death of an undertrial.

Vet arrested on bribe charge
Tarn Taran, May 19
Dr Narpinder Singh, Senior Veterinary Officer at the local Government Veterinary Hospital, has been arrested by the Vigilance Bureau, Amritsar, for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 500 from a cattle rearer.

Four held for posing as cops, looting people
Amritsar, May 19
With the arrest of four persons, the local Sadar police today claimed to have busted a gang of looters who used to rob people by posing as policemen. The arrested include Ranjit Singh Rana, Chanan Singh, Sukhdev Singh, all residents of Bhura Karimpur village under Khemkaran police station, and Karaj Singh of Sharza Mirza under Valtoha police station. A case has been registered at Sadar police station here.

Senior Dy Mayor attempts suicide
Patiala, May 19
In an apparent attempt to please their political bosses, two local Congress leaders today tried to commit suicide in the presence of Congress supporters. Senior Deputy Mayor Kabir Dass and Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board member Anil Mehta tried to jump off the busy overbridge near the railway station in a stage-managed show.

In-laws booked for womanís death
Hoshiarpur May, 19
On a complaint lodged by Ms Usha Rani of the local Mohalla Ashok Nagar, the city police has registered a case under Section 304B and 34, IPC, against her son-in-law, Naresh Kumar Grover, his father Sudarshan Grover and mother Pushpa Grover, residents of local Mohalla Prahlad Nagar, for allegedly setting her daughter, Pooja, ablaze on May 16. Pooja succumbed to her burn injuries at the local Civil Hospital yesterday.


50 nursing students pass out
Bathinda, May 19
Fifty students of the local Mahant Gurbanta Dass Memorial School of Nursing, who completed their respective courses, took the oath at a function organised on the school premises last evening.


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