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Properties of Badal’s ex-OSD raided
Mohali, May 27
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today sealed properties worth over Rs 3 crore in Mohali belonging to Hardeep Singh, ex-Officer on Special Duty to former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Calcutta may quit on transfer issue
Amritsar, May 27
The crisis in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee following the transferring of Tohra loyalists to insignificant posts is likely to boomerang. Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, honorary secretary, did not attend office today as a mark of protest.

Chandumajra seeks action against Kanwaljit
Chandigarh, May 27
Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, who was suspended from the party last week by the SAD President, Parkash Singh Badal said today that action should instead have been taken against Akali leader Kanwaljit Singh, who had lowered the prestige of the party by losing the Patiala Lok Sabha seat even when there was a strong pro-SAD wave in the elections.

CM urged to drop Bhattal from Cabinet
Chandigarh, May 27
Mr Anil Dutta, Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, said here today that Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal should be dropped from the Cabinet by Capt Amarinder Singh immediately. He also urged the high command to remove Mrs Bhattal from the party.

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  Meetings on Budget formation held
Chandigarh, May 27
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today held a series of meetings with senior ministers and Administrative Secretaries on Budget formation and the Annual Plan (2004-05).

Victim ‘catches’ culprits’ accomplices
Amritsar, May 27
A local residence, Mr Raj Kumar, whose wife’s gold necklace was snatched by two motor-cycle borne youths on May 22, laid a trap to nab the culprits with the help of his relatives and succeeded in catching their two accomplices last night.

Top industrialist detained
Jalandhar, May 27
In a major crackdown against tax evaders, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence today detained a city-based leading industrialist, his three employees and a bank manager for allegedly duping the government of crores of rupees on account of evasion of customs and excise duty.

MC report names ministers, Cong men as encroachers
Patiala, May 27
That Congressmen, big and small, are having a free run in unabashedly helping residents of this city, where the Chief Minister is the sitting MLA and his better half the MP, encroach upon public land is reflected from a secret report prepared by the local Municipal Corporation authorities in which the names of a senior minister, an official in the Chief Minister’s office, senior corporation officials, Chairman of state-owned corporations and several ruling party councillors figure prominently.

World Punjabi Conference begins today
Chandigarh, May 27
The 10th World Punjabi Conference beginning in the city tomorrow will be different from the rest in more ways than one. For the first time the list of its delegates is rich not only with names of litterateurs, but also with names of eminent academics, technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs.


Give Kapurthala ticket to Sodhi’s family: Bhandari
Kapurthala, May 27
Mr Kulwant Singh Bhandari, chairman of the local Improvement Trust, today demanded that Congress ticket should be given to a member of the family of Rana Gurjit Singh, who has been elected member of the Lok Sabha from Jalandhar as Congress nominee.

SGPC poll: Zira calls for unity against Badal
Kharar, May 27
To save the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and Akal Takht from the clutches of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, the coming SGPC elections will be fought unitedly by various Akali Dal groups opposed to Mr Badal.


Storm leaves trail of destruction
Bathinda, May 27
Even as the loss caused by the storm here on the night of May 25 to crops, irrigation channels, trees, electric and telephone poles is yet to be assessed, the storm which hit this area today morning left behind a trail of destruction in Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar and Faridkot districts.

No post-construction care of drains
Abohar, May 24
The drains constructed by the previous SAD-BJP government in the Malwa region to save the Lambi-Gidderbaha area from waterlogging are not being properly maintained. Each drain had cost Rs 300 crore, sources say.

State of Rivers - II
Flyash dumps pollute Sutlej
It is the fastest flowing river originating from the holy Mansarovar lake in Kailash mountains of the Himalayas. It has nurtured and ransacked civilisations for thousands of years at its banks in the plains of north India. It is now the power house of the Himalayas whose energy is being tapped.

Suspected gastro cases from more areas
Jalandhar, May 27
Apart from the Bhargo camp area, gastroenteritis seems to have gripped more areas of the city, from where suspected cases have been reported amidst the claim by the Punjab Health Department that none of eight deaths in the city during past one week were of gastroenteritis.

Water, sewerage  connections cut
Kharar, May 27
The water and sewerage connections of a four-storeyed building constructed in the main bazar was cut by the Municipal Council here today on the directions of the Ropar Deputy Commissioner.

Challan not filed in accident case, alleges NRI
Amritsar, May 27
Mr Subash Chander, a non-resident Indian, is a shattered man today and is running from pillar to post for justice. Mr Subash Chander’s 14- year-old daughter, Shiv Chander Anna, was killed when a car driven by one Jagjit Malhotra, a resident of Jalandhar, allegedly crushed her to death in broad daylight.

Celebrations to mark Puran Singh’s centenary
Amritsar May 27
Several eminent speakers, including environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna, Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande, writer Reema Anand, Mr Bhangwant Singh Dilwari, Mr V.N. Narayanan, Mr S.J.S Pal and Mr S. Ripoche Dalai Lama will highlight the personality of a great social reformer and the founder of the Pingalwara Bhagat Puran Singh, on the occasion of his centenary celebrations, which will start on June 1.

PSEB assures regular power for paddy sowing
Chandigarh, May 27
The PSEB is all geared up to meet the power needs for paddy sowing in the state. The anticipated demand in June alone is 1,200 lakh units per day. Punjab is short of at least 140 lakh units per day.

Graft charge against PSEB official
Amritsar, May 27
Ranjit Singh, resident of Gandiwind, claimed that an Executive Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board has been demanding a bribe of Rs 1 lakh for not pursuing PSEB case against him in a land claim case . However, Ranjit says that the land actually belongs to him while the PSEB officer was harassing him after he had won a court case against PSEB.

PSEB to fill posts of JE
Patiala, May 27
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to fill all vacant posts of junior engineers by giving additional charge to the senior-most officials working in the same sub division.

Torture case: dist police writes to IG (Border Range)
Muktsar, May 27
After a case pertaining to alleged torture of two brothers of the district by the Tarn Taran district police came to light, the district police authorities today wrote to the IG (Border Range), Punjab police, Amritsar, to take necessary action in that connection.

Police averts group clash
Phagwara, May 27
An armed group clash was averted here last night with the timely intervention of the police. There was a stand-off between two groups over a prime piece of 352-kanal, 15-marla land along the GT Road in Jamalpur village, near here, leading to tension in the area.


High Court
File sought
Chandigarh, May 27
The High Court on Thursday asked the Punjab Government's Sports Department to produce the file relating to the recent selections of Deputy Superintendent of Police made by the Punjab Government. The Bench also heard counsels for the respondents, including the selected candidates.


29 bags of poppy husk seized
Sangrur, May 27
The Malerkotla police on a tip-off seized 27 bags of poppy husk, weighing 8.10 quintals, from a Tata 407 truck at a naka on the Malerkotla-Nabha road yesterday, while the Moonak police seized two bags of poppy husk, weighing 70 kg, from an Indica car in the Moonak area last night.

Police rescues girl kept in confinement
Jalandhar, May 27
The police has rescued a Jammu-based girl who was allegedly kept in confinement in a house in the local Mohindroo Mohalla, harassed and was being forced by three persons to marry a boy.

Murder victim may have been strangulated
Kharar, May 27
The marks on the neck of the victim, who was murdered in Sakrullahpur village yesterday, point out that the girl was strangulated. A postmortem on the body was carried out by a two-member board of doctors — Dr Amandeep Singh and Dr Sukhwinder Kaur — at the Civil Hospital here today.

Chain snatchers’ gang busted, six arrested
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 27
The district police claims to have busted a gang of looters, chain-snatchers which has also been involved in drug abuse activities and in running fake currency racket. It has arrested six youths belonging to well-to-do families of Bassi Pathana town of the district.


Degree course being run with ad hoc teachers
Amritsar, May 27
The degree course of the Physiotherapy Department of the Khalsa College is being run with ad hoc teachers. The course was started five years back in 1999. However, only one teacher, Dr Charanjit Singh, a medical officer, has been appointed to head the department.

Pbi varsity board rejects VC’s decision
Patiala, May 27
The Board of Studies in Punjabi of Punjabi University here has recommended to increase the total marks of BA and BSc degree courses instead of reducing the total marks of Punjabi and English compulsory papers from 100 to 50 at degree level in all affiliated colleges of the university.


Bank gives boost to money transfer service
Patiala, May 27
Harbhajan Mann, a noted Punjabi singer, visited the local branch of Canara Bank to popularise a new money transfer service here today. Mr Mann said this was the fastest way to send and receive money worldwide.

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