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State may get representation at Centre, says CM
Jalandhar, May 24
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today asserted that he was sure that Punjab would get representation in the Union Cabinet in the second round of expansion by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh releases a souvenir during the 35th All-India Police Science Congress organised by the Punjab Police and the Bureau of Police Research and Development in Jalandhar on Monday. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh releases a souvenir during the 35th All-India Police Science Congress organised by the Punjab Police and the Bureau of Police Research and Development in Jalandhar on Monday. 
— Photo by S.S. Chopra

Punjab begins Budget exercise
Chandigarh, May 24
The current year Annual Plan of Punjab is yet to be approved. It is pegged at Rs 3,500 crore. Its approval was deferred by the State Planning Board because the state did not have resources to fund its part of the Plan. Consequently, the Chief Minister constituted a plan resource committee under Dr S.S. Johl to suggest ways to provide a breather to the ailing economy.  27.




Is Punjab’s Planning Dept dormant?
Chandigarh, May 24
The failure of the Punjab’s Planning Department to put in place district development plans and initiate action on the State Development Report submitted to the Planning Commission more than six months ago may deprive it of deriving any initial advantage from the new Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre.

Major administrative reshuffle soon, says Bir Devinder
Ropar, May 24
The Punjab Government should effect a major administrative reshuffle in the state. The total administrative failure was one of the major reasons for the defeat of the Congress in the recent Lok Sabha elections in Punjab. People-friendly officers should be deputed so that the schemes of the government reach the common people. The Punjab Government was considering the proposal of a major administrative reshuffle that could be effected within one month.

Silt delta in Gobind Sagar lake
Ropar, May 24
A huge silt delta has been discovered in the Gobind Sagar lake, 12 km from the Bhakra dam. The delta that was noticed due to low water level this year may affect the life of the dam.

Vice-Chairman, official of Rayat college held
Ropar, May 24
The police today arrested the Vice-Chairman, Mr Gurinderjit Singh and the Administrative officer, Mr Jasbir Singh, of Rayat Engineering College. Both have been arrested for trying to forcibly stop the SHO, Ropar city, from discharging his duty.


Akalis to seek apology for Bluestar
Phagwara, May 24
SAD MP and former Punjab Assembly Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal today declared that all eight Akali MPs would raise issues related to Punjab and the Panth in Parliament and press for an apology for Operation Bluestar in the House.


Sweets distributed as Manmohan Singh takes over
Phagwara, May 24
The celebrations over Dr Manmohan Singh becoming the Prime Minister of India continued even yesterday. Office-bearers of the Sarab Sangat Gurdwara, Congress councillors, trustees and rural area Sikhs led by Mr Harjit Singh Parmar, Chairman, Improvement Trust, Phagwara, yesterday celebrated the assumption of the office of the Prime Minister by Dr Manmohan Singh. Ladoos were distributed outside the old Paradise cinema near the GT road.

Non-release of grants irks NGOs
Amritsar, May 24
Grants-in-aid under the Central National Child Labour Project has not been released for last one year. Under this project the child labourers are given free primary education for three years. There is resentment among non-government organisations running special schools in the district under the project. They had to spend from their own funds for providing education to the children.

World Punjabi Conference from May 28
Chandigarh, May 24
A large number of delegates from India and Pakistan are expected to attend a three-day World Punjabi Congress to be held here from May 28.

Meeting on Golden Temple environs held
Amritsar, May 24
Ahead of a visit by a UNESCO team to study the environs and other features of the Golden Temple, a preliminary meeting of Intach , the administration and the municipal corporation here today took stock of the surroundings of the shrine for the proposed status of a world heritage site .

Medicos gherao minister, block traffic
Faridkot, May 24
Students of the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College today gheraoed the Minister of Medical Education and Research, Mr Santokh Singh, to lodge their protest against the intrusion of an unidentified person in the girls’ hostel on Friday night and injuring a student with a knife.

Bathinda district in grip of gastroenteritis
Bathinda, May 24
Even as the district health authorities have been taking measures to check the spread of jaundice and gastroenteritis hundreds of patients suffering from these diseases have been reporting daily in various private and government hospitals.

Tributes paid to Jassa Singh
Moga, May 24
Tributes were paid to Jassa Singh Ramgarhia, a great Sikh general and founder of the Ramgarhia misl, on his 280th birth anniversary at a special congregation here yesterday. Bhog of a path of Guru Granth Sahib and langar were organised.

Protest against killings
Amritsar, May 24
Activists of the All-India Anti-terrorist Front today demonstrated in front of Qila Gobindgarh to register their protest against killing of 33 persons, including BSF personnel and their family members in Jammu.

Association seeks Net telecentre
Abohar, May 24
The Railway Passengers Welfare Association in a letter faxed to the new Railway Minister sought an internet telecentre at the local railway station, the Survey for which had been conducted six months back. 

Convene meeting, BKU urges govt
Chandigarh, May 24
The Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) has urged the Punjab Government to take decisions on various long-standing demands of farmers by convening a meeting by the end of this month.

Civic staff hold protest
Sangrur, May 24
Employees and safai workers of the Sunam Municipal Council, who are on a strike, took out a protest march, through the town today at Sunam. 

Asstt lineman electrocuted, dies
Sangrur, May 24
An assistant lineman of the Punjab State Electricity Board, Ram Chand, got electrocuted today on the Karrial road, Dirba, when he was repairing an electricity cable there. 


14-day judicial remand for MC Executive Officer
Kharar, May 24
A local court today remanded Hoshiarpur Municipal Council Executive Officer Gurvinder Goindi Randhawa to 14-day judicial remand in a case of corruption registered against her by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau at Mohali on May 21. Duty Magistrate Ranjan Khullar ordered to produce the accused before Special Court in Ropar on next date.

Provide more Benches for consumer disputes, state told
Hoshiarpur, May 24
Keeping in view the rush of consumer complaints, the National Consumers’ Dispute Commission of India has recently instructed the Punjab Government to provide three more Benches to the State Consumers’ Dispute Commission to speed up the disposal work. This was disclosed by Mr Justice H.S. Brar, president of the state commission, while talking to mediapersons here today.


PSEB promises 8-hr supply to farms
Patiala, May 24
After a meeting with representatives of various factions of the Bharti Kisan Union here today, the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities assured uninterrupted power supply for eight hours daily to the farming sector during the paddy season.


Govt orders probe into DIG case
Ferozepore, May 24
Even as the district police authorities are tight-lipped about the action being taken by them in connection with a criminal case registered against the DIG, Ferozepore Range, Mr Hardish Singh Randhawa last evening for his alleged involvement in embezzlement of money, sources said that the Punjab Government had ordered an inquiry into this case.


Ex-councillor among eight booked
Abohar, May 24
Eight persons, including a former Congress member of the municipal council, were today booked for allegedly detaining and torturing the lessee and a manager of a local marriage palace.

18 hurt as buses collide
Abohar, May 24
Eighteen persons, including six women, were injured when a Punjab Roadways bus collided head-on with a private bus on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road yesterday. The roadways bus was badly damaged and its glasspanes had to be broken to rescue injured passengers. All 18 passengers were shifted to the district hospital, Sriganganagar. Others were discharged after first-aid.

Mediation proves fatal
Abohar, May 24
A person who allegedly attempted to kill his father killed the man who tried to rescue the father yesterday. According to the information, Sushil Kumar of a village near Sriganganagar bordering Abohar told the police that Subhash Chander came in a Tata Specio vehicle along with uncle Sohan Lal and maternal-Uncle Pappu Ram and had heated exchange with father Prithvi Raj. 

Three robbers arrested
Sangrur, May 24
The Moonak police has arrested two alleged robbers Ajay Singh, alias Kala, resident of Ratia village in Haryana, and Vinod, alias Lala resident of Chhapra district in Bihar, during a naka laid on the Chotian-Bareta road, near Chotian village. Two motor cycles, one .303 bore pistol, three live cartridges and two television sets were recovered from their possession. The police has registered a case under Sections 307, 353 and 34 of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act at Moonak police station against Ajay Singh, Vinod and Paramjit Singh, who fled away from the scene under cover of darkness.

Nigerian arrested
Amritsar, May 24
Oliver Goddi Ugoc Hukwv (35), a Nigerian national, was arrested at the Attari railway station while boarding the Samjhauta Express for over-writing in his visa.

Youth commits suicide in Kharar
Kharar, May 24
A youth allegedly committed suicide here today after a quarrel with his mother.
It is reported that Ram Chander (22), a resident of Balmiki Basti, consumed some poisonous substance in the evening.


Children have fun at workshops
Patiala, May 24
Holidays are fun through workshops, hobby classes and camps parting from classes but not parting from learning. This was the expression of many children who attended such programmes at DAV Public School here today. Top

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