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Ministers’ performance in LS poll to be main factor, says CM
Pruning of Punjab Ministry
Chandigarh, May 25
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said here today that the “performance of ministers in the Lok Sabha elections would matter a lot” while pruning the Council of Ministers (CoMs) after the Budget session in the third week of June.

All is well, claims Planning Dept
Chandigarh, May 25
The Punjab Planning Department has many landmark decisions in the pipeline, says its Secretary, Mr Sarvesh Kaushal, holding that the entire process of formalisation of the annual state and district plans for the current financial year will be carried out on schedule. He was reacting to a report in these columns today.

Jaswinder SinghBadal advised to support Sonia
Chandigarh, May 25
As Congress President Sonia Gandhi has given a great honour to Sikhs by making Dr Manmohan Singh the Prime Minister, SAD President Parkash Singh Badal should now extend all support to her.

Pak intruder shot, 9 kg of heroin seized
Mr Hemant Purohit, DIG, shows heroin seized from a Pakistani intruder in AmritsarAmritsar, May 25
The Border Security Force claimed to have shot dead a Pakistani intruder at a Border outpost, Gulgar, in the Ajnala sector last night. At least 9 kg of heroin worth Rs 9 crore in international market was seized from his possession.
Mr Hemant Purohit (second from right), DIG, shows heroin seized from a Pakistani intruder in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma




CISF to handle security of Srinagar airport
Jalandhar, May 25
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), will take over the security of Srinagar airport shortly. The security of the airport is handled jointly by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jammu and Kashmir police.

Gastroenteritis claims one more life
Jalandhar, May 25
With one more death in the Bhargo Camp area today the toll due to suspected gastroenteritis, prevalent in the locality of the city for the past week, reached six. Patient suspected of gastroenteritis, identified as Jaya Ram (54), of Pishourawala mohalla of Bhargo Camp area, who was admitted yesterday to a private hospital died today.

Jeweller shot dead
Amritsar, May 25
Lalit Arora, owner of Madan Lal Jewellers, in the Guru Bazar area, was shot dead in Cash Dhara Bazar last night by unidentified assailants. The two motor cycle borne assailants decamped with his bag containing gold jewellery and cash.

29 lottery sellers held for cheating govt
Bathinda, May 25
The district police has arrested 29 sellers of lottery tickets for allegedly committing fraud with the state government and facilitating the playing of “satta” by giving paper slips to customers instead of lottery tickets.


Badal’s dharna plan a political stunt: SAD(A)
Phagwara, May 25
The announcement of the SAD(B) president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, that his party would stage a dharna in Chandigarh, on the first day of the Punjab Assembly session to force the government to restore various facilities to people, was a political stunt aimed at misleading the Punjabis.

Khaira to contest Kapurthala seat
Kapurthala, May 25
Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira, a Punjab Congress leader has announced to contest from Kapurthala Assembly seat as Congress nominee. Rana Gurjit Singh a Congress MLA from Kapurthala Assembly, was elected to the Lok Sabha from Jalandhar as Congress candidate and the Kapurthala Assembly seat will become vacant if Rana decides remain Member of Parliament.


Police congress lays stress on training
Jalandhar, May 25
In order to bring professionalism and specialisation in the police, specialists should replace generalists, ranks and lateral entries at senior levels should be reduced and investment of time, energy and money in training should be made for ensuring constant upgradation of skills.

Lack of monitoring led to poppy smuggling: IGP
Jalandhar, May 25
Unlicenced growth of poppy is a major problem for the police even as 80 per cent of crime is of petty nature in Rajasthan.

Cops turn blind eye to LPG-run cars
Amritsar, May 25
A large number of vehicles running on LPG in the city and its outskirts has exposed the claims of the police that it would bring to book bring such mechanics and small time shopkeepers who lure customers to use this device instead of petrol.

Sunam MC employees call off strike
Sangrur, May 25
Employees and safai sevaks of the Sunam Municipal Council today called off their strike after an assurance was given by the Sunam SDM and the DSP that action would be taken against the persons who had removed foundation stone unveiled by Ms Geeta Sharma, president of the Sunam Municipal Council, on May 20 for a tubewell in ward No. 1 in Sunam.

Farmers resent harassment by security forces
Fazilka, May 25
Hundreds of activists of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, All-India Youth Federation and the All-India Students’ Federation led by Mr Darshan Lal, member, Block Samiti, Jalalabad and president, Kisan Sabha, marched in protest through bazars and held rally before the SDM’s office here today in support of their demands.

Improvement sought in medical services at college
Faridkot, May 25
A deputation of senior district Congress leaders, including Mr Mohanjit Singh, general secretary, intellectual cell, PPCC, Mrs Veena Sharma, vice-president, women cell PPCC, Mr Surinderiqbal Singh Brar and Mr Satish Baghi, president and press secretary, DCC Faridkot, respectively, and Mr S.K. Gupta, Chairman, Improvement Trust, met Mr Santokh Singh, Minister for Medical Education and Research, here yesterday.

Clarification on water samples
Bathinda, May 25
Mr A.K. Singla, Municipal Engineer, Municipal Corporation, and Mr M.L. Bansal, Executive Engineer, Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, today said no sample of water being supplied in Bathinda city had failed so far.

Guard who foiled robbery bid dead
Moga, May 25
One of the two guards of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation, who on Sunday night foiled a robbery attempt by about 12 armed miscreants at Ajitwal in this district, succumbed to his injuries at the Moga Civil Hospital last evening.

PSEB launches mobile vans
Jalandhar, May 25
The PSEB authorities here in their bid to redress consumer grievances today launched special mobile vans for immediate rectification of faults, particularly in rural areas.

International Nurses Day celebrated
Patiala, May 25
Bhai Gurdas General Nursing School in association with Sadhbhavna Heart Institute and Hospital celebrated. The International Nurses Day on the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale here today.


High Court
Ex-Markfed Chairman’s plea dismissed
Chandigarh, May 25
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed the petition filed by former Markfed Chairman Jagdish Singh Walia, seeking quashing of the order of the Punjab Government to replace him with Harminder Singh Jassi.


Another hostel intrusion case comes to light
Faridkot, May 25
Even as students of the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College (GGSMC) held a demonstration in front of the hospital here today in protest against the attack on an inmate of its girls hostel on Friday night by an unidentified intruder, inmates of the nursing hostel today disclosed that a stranger had intruded into their hostel on May 19.

Gang of car thieves busted, two held
Jalandhar, May 25
The police has nabbed two members of an inter-state gang of car thieves and recovered four stolen cars from their possession.

One killed, 10 hurt in mishap
Abohar, May 25
The driver of a Chandigarh-bound de-luxe bus was killed and 10 passengers were injured when the vehicle rammed into the boundary wall of the labour colony on the outskirts of the town.

SHO suspended, 2 cops booked
Gidderbaha, May 25
Mr Jaswinder Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), police station here, was suspended following the escape of Gurbachan Singh from the custody of a police team which was taking him a court in Muktsar yesterday.


DAV plus II girls top in commerce
Amritsar, May 25
Shardha Mintri (95.4 per cent) and Saniya Khanna (94.6 per cent) both of the commerce stream of DAV Public School here have topped the Chandigarh region CBSE plus two examination.

Simranjeet secures 91 pc in plus two exam
Patiala, May 25
Students of Budha Dal Public School excelled in both commerce and science streams in the Class XII CBSE examinations, the results of which were declared on Sunday.

PCCTU hails Johl panel report
Sangrur, May 25
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), Sangrur district unit, today hailed report of the Punjab Plan Resource Committee, headed by Dr S.S. Johl, vice-chairman, Punjab State Planning Board, wherein ways and means had been suggested for the promotion of higher education, including 100 per cent grant-in-aid to private colleges of Punjab against the 95 per cent at present.

PCCTU hails Johl panel report
Sangrur, May 25
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), Sangrur district unit, today hailed report of the Punjab Plan Resource Committee, headed by Dr S.S. Johl, vice-chairman, Punjab State Planning Board, wherein ways and means had been suggested for the promotion of higher education, including 100 per cent grant-in-aid to private colleges of Punjab against the 95 per cent at present.

Union appeals not to reduce marks
Patiala, May 25
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union has appealed to the Punjabi University authorities not to reduce the total marks of Punjabi and English, which are compulsory subjects at the graduation level, from 100 to 50.


Strike at Hero Cycles ends
Ludhiana, May 25
The three-month long strike by workers of the Hero Group of companies, the largest manufacturers of bicycles in the world, ended here today following an agreement between the striking workers and the management.

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