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Amarinder meets MLAs, ministers
Action plan on drug abuse to be pursued
Chandigarh, May 26
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today had day-long meetings with ministers and MLAs for political feedback on their performance and public-related issues that emerged during the Lok Sabha elections.

CM should quit over Cong’s poor show: Tandon
Amritsar, May 26
Former BJP minister Balramji Das Tandon has sought the resignation of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for the poor show by the state Congress in the parliamentary elections.

Talks only solution to militancy, says IB chief
Jalandhar, May 26
Maintaining that India was at number one position in the world in information gathering, Mr. K.P. Singh, Director Intelligence Bureau, has said that specific information has led to the killing of a number of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commanders in Jammu and Kashmir where militancy-related activities were on decline.

Pak Army may have a Sikh regiment
Amritsar, May 26
A Sikh Regiment in Pakistan Army may be a reality in the near future. This assurance has been given by certain senior leaders of Pakistan to Mr Gyan Singh, a Sikh MNA (Member of National Assembly) from Pakistan.

DGP conducting probe into DIG’s case
Chandigarh, May 26
In less than a week after outgoing Ferozepore SSP Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh allegedly directed the registration of a case against his immediate senior-cum-Deputy Inspector-General of Police Hardish Singh Randhawa on the allegations of “illegal confinement and criminal breach of trust”, Punjab’s Director General of Police A.A. Siddiqui is conducting a probe into the matter.

Amritsar man has the record for the largest turban.
(28k, 56k)

Fatehgarh Sahib



PCCTU moots new model of aid to colleges
Chandigarh, May 26
The financial crunch in Punjab has led to the accumulation of salary arrears of staff in over 100 colleges that depend upon 95 per cent grant-in-aid from the state. Their arrears range from three to 10 months.


Pakhoke sidelines Tohra loyalists
Amritsar, May 26
Mr Alwinder Pal Singh Pakhoke, working president of the SGPC, today sidelined loyalists of the late Gurcharan Singh Tohra by transferring them and allotting them insignificant posts.

BJP activists stage dharna
Fazilka, May 26
About 200 BJP activists led by Mr Surjit Kumar Jyani, local MLA, staged a dharna in front of Khui Khera police station in the subdivision in protest against police repression and “illegal” confinement of Desa Singh, resident of Shajrana village today.


Panel to check manufacture, sale of spurious drugs
Sangrur, May 26
With the formation of the 15-member State Drugs Advisory Committee for the first time in Punjab this year, the state Health authorities seem to be serious to check the manufacture and sale of spurious drugs.

Police congress for review of IT Act, better training
Jalandhar, May 26
Seeking review of the Information Technology Act to curb cybercrime, the 35th All India Police Science Congress has recommended that high school pass existing qualification for a constable may not be changed.

Director-General of Punjab Police A.A. Siddiqui along with Mr D.R. Bhatti, ADGP, PAP, honours Mr K.P. Singh, Director, Intelligence Bureau, during the valediction ceremony of the 35th All-India Police Science Congress in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — PTI photo

Director-General of Punjab Police A.A. Siddiqui along with Mr D.R. Bhatti, ADGP, PAP, honours Mr K.P. Singh, Director, Intelligence Bureau, during the valediction ceremony of the 35th All-India Police Science Congress in Jalandhar

ADGP Bhatti’s ‘remarks’ kick off row
Jalandhar, May 26
Has Mr D.R. Bhatti, Additional Director-General of Police, stormed into the thick of controversy by allegedly dubbing policemen as “dealers” in his valedictory address at the 35th All-India Police Science Congress here this evening?

Mann for amnesty for TADA, POTA convicts
Sangrur, May 26
Hailing statements of Union Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj and Union Home Minister Shiv Raj Patil on POTA, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today said that all cases, registered under TADA and POTA, should become non-functional.

Paying price for being fearless
Chandigarh, May 26
Controversies manage to track him down. When he was in Amritsar, the now Senior Superintendent of Police Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh busted the great kidney conspiracy.

Storm causes breaches in 15 canals
Bathinda, May 26
The storm which swept the region last night left a trail of destruction in Bathinda and Mansa districts uprooting hundreds of trees, electric and telephone poles and damaged recently transplanted paddy and cotton in hundreds of acres.

State of Rivers - I
Ravi’s changing course poses threat
Makaura Pattan (Indo-Pak Border), May 26
The Ravi, which flows along the Indo-Pak border in Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts, has become a source of misery for many residents of the border belt. It has been posing a constant threat to human life due to its ever-changing course, especially during the rains.

Fertile land eroded by the Ravi at Makaura Pattan in Gurdaspur district. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Fertile land eroded by the Ravi at Makaura Pattan in Gurdaspur district

Union gives govt 15 days to shift canal division offices
Abohar, May 26
The Class IV Government Employees Union has given a 15-day ultimatum to the state government for shifting the canal lining division offices from Batala to Abohar, failing which an agitation will be launched at Batala on June 7.

Colony residents forced to drink unfit water
Bathinda, May 26
Ms Ravneet Kaur (name changed) has been suffering from typhoid since she shifted to Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar locality of the town after her marriage two and half months ago allegedly due to the consumption of underground water which has been declared unfit.

Call to fix qualification for legislators
Phagwara, May 26
Prof Abhiraj Rajendra Mishra, Vice-Chancellor of Sampurna Nand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi, asserted here today that education should be made mandatory for legislators and a law should be passed to fix the minimum educational qualification for them.

Motor bank set up for tubewell repair
Amritsar, May 26
The problems of sewerage and water were highlighted in the municipal house meeting held here today. A number of complaints relating to the twin problems were aired that dealt with falling water table, making many tubewells redundant. 

Hutch tower poses threat to houses
Amritsar, May 26
Cracks have appeared in the houses at Kot Atma Ram in the Sultanwind area on which Hutch is installing its tower. The installation was stopped midway after complaints were lodged by residents of the area with the Deputy Commissioner.

Heroin worth Rs 6.5 cr burnt
Amritsar, May 26
Narcotic drugs, including 14.4 kg of heroin worth more than Rs 6.5 crore in the international market, was burnt by the Customs authorities here today.


Consumer cases pending due to dept apathy: Brar
Ropar, May 26
Thousands of cases are pending in the state consumer forums due to the apathy of the department of Food and Civil Supplies of the state. The Department of Food and Civil Supplies is dithering on issuing notifications of the selection of five district presidents and many members of the consumer forums.

High Court
Corpn asked to re-auction damaged wheat
Chandigarh, May 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered the Punjab Warehousing Corporation to re-auction damaged wheat within a week's time. It also asked the corporation to take an undertaking from the parties registered with the Food Corporation of India that the damaged wheat so bought by them would not be recycled for human consumption.

Court grills govt on DSPs’ selections
Chandigarh, May 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the state government as to what were the reasons that made the selection committee, which selected the candidates for the posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police recently, grant different marks to candidates having same qualification and merit.


Three held for liquor smuggling
Dera Bassi, May 26
Tightening its noose around necks of liquor smugglers, active in this part of the state, the police arrested three persons from different places and seized 144 bottles of country-made liquor in the past 24 hours. On a tip-off, the police laid traps on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Lohgarh and Dera Bassi and nabbed three persons for smuggling liquor from Chandigarh to Haryana.


Sandeep Kumar and Shamsher Singh, who were arrested for smuggling liquor by the Dera Bassi police on Wednesday.

Sandeep Kumar and Shamsher Singh, who were arrested for smuggling liquor by the Dera Bassi police

Girl refuses to marry, murdered
Kharar, May 26
A youth allegedly murdered a girl at Sakrullapur village, near here, today. It is reported that the girl, Lakhbir Kaur (21), a resident of the village, had gone to the home of the youth, Jaswinder Singh, in the afternoon.

ISI agent arrested
Pathankot, May 26
The Gurdaspur police yesterday arrested an ISI agent, Amrik Singh, alias Meeka, of Dadwan village, who had been declared a proclaimed offender.

Naib Tehsildar caught taking bribe
Mansa, May 26
Mr Hukam Chand, Naib Tehsildar, Sardulgarh, was today allegedly caught red-handed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau led by Mr Vinod Chaudhary while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 from Mr Gurcharan Singh, a resident of Sardulgarh town in this district.

Man held with looted money
Sangrur, May 26
The Sunam police today arrested Rishu Madan, a Sunam resident, and recovered Rs 8,000 of a total of Rs 41,000 looted by him and his accomplices from a grocer at Sunam last night.

Held for not depositing PF
Amritsar, May 26
Mr Subhash Chander a partner in M/s Kundan Lal Subhash Chander Rice Mills was arrested by the SDM Gurdaspur on the charge of not depositing provident fund dues. The Department of Provident Fund submitted a report in this regard.


Copying goes hi-tech
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 26
With revolution in the information technology and means of communication, copying in examinations has become hi-tech. It came to the light when three students of local BBSB Engineering College were caught cheating on mobile phone by an invigilator during the semester examinations of the college.

Budha Dal school team invited to NASA
Patiala, May 26
A team of Budha Dal Public School has been invited to take part in the prestigious NASA Space Settlement Design Competition slated to be held at the visitors complex of the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA, from July17 to 19.

Docs’ body flays admn inaction
Patiala, May 26
The local Medical Students Association held a meeting to protest against the rape attempt in the girls’ hostel premises of Faridkot Medical College here today. The association president, Dr Tarundeep Singh, said that even after fours days, the police had failed to nab the culprit.

Varsity’s move to restrict sale of forms flayed
Patiala, May 26
The Punjab Booksellers Association has condemned Punjabi University’s decision to stop the sale of its forms and prospectuses to registered booksellers of the city here today.


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