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Celebrations mark PM’s swearing-in ceremony
Amritsar, May 22
The city celebrated the swearing in of Dr Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister today. The celebrations were marked by illumination of the Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir, Hindu College (alma mater of PM) Hall Bazar, Civil Lines area and Majith Mandi where the PM’s father had started his dry fruit business, after Partition.

Celebrations extend to foreign lands

People perform bhangra in Amritsar to celebrate the swearing-in of Dr Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister, on Saturday. People perform bhangra in Amritsar to celebrate the swearing-in of Dr Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister, on Saturday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Punjab unrepresented in Union Cabinet
Chandigarh, May 22
Punjab, where the Congress performed poorly in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, has not been given any representation in the Union Council of Ministers, which took oath this evening.

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Governance in Punjab still at standstill
Chandigarh, May 22
Even after 10 days of the completion of the Lok Sabha elections, the governance in Punjab continues to be at a virtual standstill with the political leadership staying away from the state capital.

SGPC poll: Akali factions team up against Badal
Amritsar, May 22
Rival Akali factions have decided to project a common candidate for the president’s post for the SGPC’s general election, scheduled to be held on July 11, to give a fight to SAD (Badal).

Justice Eradi for rivers on Union list
Ropar, May 22
Rivers are a state subject as per the Constitution. In the overall interests of the country, however, these should be removed from the list of state subjects and treated as a Union subject.

Man intrudes into hostel, tries to kill girl
Faridkot, May 22
An unidentified man entered the girls’ hostel of local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College late last night and tried to kill an inmate in her room after bolting the door from inside.


Cong leaders flay Badal’s statement
Faridkot, May 22
Congress leaders have criticised the statement of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD President, in Chandigarh yesterday describing the Congress as anti-Sikh. Terming the statement as misleading, biased and politically motivated, they said the Congress had not only safeguarded the interests of Sikhs but also of minority communities.

Police harassing Akali workers: Ajnala
Amritsar, May 22
Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, MP and a senior Akali leader, today alleged that the Majitha and Tarn Taran Police was working on the directions of Congress leaders and had implicated more than 20 Akali workers of these areas in false cases.


BSF to shift fencing near Zero Line
Ferozepore, May 22
In a significant step, which could prove to be a boon for the farmers having land holdings in the pockets bordering Pakistan, the BSF authorities have agreed to shift the fencing erected alongside the Indo-Pak border in Punjab near the Zero Line.

CPRC helps woman, son reunite
Bathinda, May 22
The joy of Ms Ramkali, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, knew no bounds when she met her son Lalman, who, she thought, had died, after two years in the town today with the help of the community. Policing Resource Centre (CPRC) set up by the district police.

SHO accused of torture
Tarn Taran, May 22
Mr Inderjit Singh (28) of Bhail Dhaiwala village has alleged third degree torture on him by the SHO of the local sadar police station for no fault of his. The victim also alleged that the SHO forced him to eat excreta.

Seer offers to resolve temple issue
Phagwara, May 22
Badrinath seer Shankaracharaya Sri Madhvasharam Ji Maharaj has offered to mediate for resolving the Ram temple issue of Vaishnav saints of Ram Janambhoomi Ayodhya. He was addressing a press conference at the residence of Mr Pawan Goyal, Chairman, Shri Rahda Krishan Shiv Mandir and Mata Kailashwati Sanskrit Mahavidalaya Dosanjh Kalan here yesterday.

Diarrhoea tightens its grip
Bathinda, May 22
Even as the district health authorities have been making relentless efforts to check the spread of diarrhoea in Gidderbaha town of Muktsar district, about eight new patients had been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. Apart from it, 15 persons of this town were getting treatment in private hospitals dotting the region.

Ex-serviceman feels wronged
Chandigarh, May 22
A Gurdaspur-based ex-serviceman has alleged that he has been wronged by the Punjab Government. In a letter to the Chief Justice of India and the Department of Social Justice, Mr Mukhtiar Singh has alleged that while his services were terminated after three years, his co-employees with lower merit were made permanent.

Latest book on Sikh centenaries
Chandigarh, May 22
London-based Punjabi journalist Nirpal Shergill released his latest book dedicated to celebration of Sikh centenaries during 2004, in Patiala yesterday. The Global Punjab Foundation also organised a seminar on the works of Mr Shergill before the release of his book.

Alert passer-by averts rail mishap
Jalandhar, May 22
A mishap between a DMU train and a auto-rickshaw carrying schoolchildren was averted yesterday due to the alertness of a passer-by. Mr Arun Jain ran towards the train coming from Jalandhar and waved hands to signal the driver to stop after he saw the auto-rickshaw stuck on the railway track.

Punjabi singers enthral audience
Bathinda, May 22
A galaxy of Punjabi singers, including Shanker Sawhney and Pammi Bai, enthralled residents of this city and its surrounding areas by singing their best numbers at a function organised by various business houses in association with a Punjabi channel here, last night.


HC to have 13 more judges
Amritsar, May 22
The Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, said here today that both Punjab and Haryana had agreed to get 13 more judges in the high court to raise the strength from 40 to 53.

MC official’s remand extended
Hoshiarpur/Kharar, May 22
A Kharar court today sent Hoshiarpur Municipal Council Executive Officer Gurvinder Goindi Randhawa to a two-day police remand in a case of corruption registered against her by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) at Mohali yesterday.


DC recommends action against MC officials
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 22
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, has written to the SSP to register criminal cases against certain employees of the Municipal Council Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib for failing to present the record related to encroachments on the municipal land to the Deputy Director, Local Bodies, Patiala, despite his repeated directions.

Bureaucrat ‘violates’ court order
Zirakpur, May 22
The Managing Director of Titan Motors (P) Ltd, an authorised service station of Telco company located in Nabha village along the Chandigarh-Patiala highway, Mr BS Bedi, in a complaint to the Station House Officer (SHO), Dera Bassi, has alleged that Mr Puneet Bhardwaj and his father, Mr R.R. Bhardwaj, a senior bureaucrat of Punjab, has violated court orders.


Four of robbers’ gang arrested
Jalandhar, May 22
The district police claims to have busted an eight-member gang of robbers with the arrest of four of its members. Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, SSP, stated here yesterday that with this, the police has solved a robbery case wherein Rs 3.16 lakh was looted from a petrol station at Littran village on May 15.

4 booked for dowry death
Phagwara, May 22
The police today booked four persons in connection with a dowry death under Section, 304-B, IPC. It was learnt this evening that Mrs Amarjit Kaur (24) was allegedly set ablaze by her in-laws at the Bhagana village nearby last night.

Naib court arrested, remanded
Jalandhar, May 22
The district police yesterday arrested a naib court for allegedly helping two contract killers in fleeing from outside Nakodar court on May 17, where they were scheduled to appear before the court.


Conference on RTCS-2004 concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 22
The two-day national conference on RTCS (recent trends in control systems) — 2004 concluded at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering (BBSBE) College, here today. The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of the college organised the conference.

Government schools perform poorly in middle exams
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 22
As per the declaration of result of middle class by Punjab School Education Board, the district recorded 72.5 per cent result. As many as 8929 students belonging to 176 schools in the district appeared in the middle exams and out of these 6673 students were successful.

School where only 3 cleared middle exam
Pathankot, May 22
Only three of the 31 students of Government Middle School, Gandla Lahiri, in this subdivision, have managed to pass the middle standard examination of the Punjab School Education Board.


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