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SGPC disbands presidium
Calcutta not to attend office
Amritsar/Anandpur Sahib, May 28
Even as Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, honorary Secretary, SGPC, has decided not to attend office in protest against recent reshuffle in the office, the resentment is brewing among employees loyal to the late Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra who have been feeling insecure these days.

Badal persuades sants to stay away from SGPC poll
Ludhiana, May 28
The Shiromani Akali Dal has managed to persuade a conglomeration of sants that has emerged as a pressure group to abandon its initiative of putting up its own candidates against the SAD nominees for the forthcoming Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee election.

DRI cracks whip on duty-evading units
Ludhiana, May 28
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence is learnt to have summoned the owners of Sheetal Group of Companies, the manufacturers of blankets, and arrested some other people, including a bank employee after detecting a fraud to the tune of crores of rupees. These people were rounded up last night and their questioning was still going on here, DRI sources revealed.

Punjab submits action plan on Johl report
Chandigarh, May 28
The Punjab Government has started giving final touches to the strategy for implementation of the Johl Committee report with regard to agricultural diversification in the state. This follows partial approval of the Johl Committee report by the Union Agriculture Ministry.

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Pak leader to work for Indian youths’ release
Chandigarh, May 28
Pakistan’s only Sikh member of the National Assembly, Mr Gian Singh, today assured of working hard for the release of Indian youths languishing in jails there across the border.

Sarabjit SinghInside Babudom
Punjab police among the best, says Sarabjit Singh
Chandigarh, May 28
“The Punjab police, which has been conditioned to meet emergencies and crises, is one of the best forces in the country. Under good leadership it can deliver the desired results,” says Mr Sarabjit Singh, country’s seniormost police officer.

State of Rivers - III
Beas gets polluted in Himachal Pradesh
Sultanpur Lodhi: The Beas, originating from Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh, gets polluted in “God’s abode” as the state is called, because of release of untreated sewage and sullage of some towns and localities of the Kullu and Kangra valleys.

Soil erosion caused by the Beas near Ahli Kalan village in Kapurthala. — Photo by S.S. Chopra
Soil erosion caused by the Beas near Ahli Kalan village in Kapurthala.

Malta boat tragedy: mission to file fresh case
Hoshiarpur, May 28
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission at a press conference here today said that Mr U.S. Rawat, Under secretary (Consular), Ministry of External Affairs, India in a letter of May 17, 2004 had informed the Mission that its Advocates Studio Legal Sall Cano & Reale Associato through Ezachia Paolo Reale from Italian town Siracusa had informed that a hearing of their case was held on April 29, 2004.

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40 nursing students forced to leave hostel
Faridkot, May 28
Students of the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College (GGSMC), who have been agitating against the failure of the authorities concerned to nab the intruder who had attacked an inmate of the girls’ hostel on the night of May 21, were shocked today when 40 students of the nursing course were forced to the leave hostel on the hospital premises.

Congress high command looking for Punjab solution
Chandigarh, May 28
Facing an enormous task of revitalising the party in Punjab, the All-India Congress Committee may look for troubleshooters to end dissidence and give a fresh look to its organisational set-up in the state before the byelections to three assembly seats are held before the end of the year.

Hanspal prepares report on infighting
Amritsar, May 28
Many heads may roll in the Punjab Congress as Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has prepared a comprehensive report about infighting in the state party unit, which led to the defeat of many candidates in the recently held parliamentary elections.


BJP leader quits party
Amritsar, May 28
Mr Amrik Singh, president of the dissolved (Urban) unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has resigned from the primary membership of the party.


Conflict between Shahmukhi and Gurmukhi persists
Chandigarh, May 28
World Punjabi Conferences may have succeeded in resolving the identity crisis faced by Punjabis across the world, but they have succeeded little in promoting the cause of the Punjabi language. Even after 10 conferences, the conflict between Shahmukhi and Gurmukhi scripts of Punjabi continues to linger.

Ahmad SalimHaving fought dictatorship, poet fights poverty
Chandigarh, May 28
If you have the slightest interest in literature, you would have heard the name Ahmad Salim. If not, it is worth knowing him. He is here in City Beautiful as part of the Pakistani delegation attending the World Punjabi Congress.

197 recruits pass out of BSF centre
Hoshiarpur, May 28
Mr D.R. Bhatti, Additional Director-General, Punjab Armed Police, took march past salute from 197 recruits at a passing-out parade at the Border Security Force Subsidiary Training Centre, Kharkan, 12 km from here, today.

Kooka were martyrs: Hanspal
Amritsar, May 28
Mr H.S. Hanspal, a prominent leader of Namdhari sect and President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, today said the freedom movement started by Namdhari Guru Ram Singh, was the movement of entire Sikh community. The martyrs of this movement were the Sikhs and not just Namdharis. He said it was the Britishers who divided our community for their political motives.

Bus fare hike on cards
Ludhiana, May 28
The State Transport Department has recommended a hike in the bus fares with immediate effect. This was stated by Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, Chairman, Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), here today.

Animals’ performance in circus banned
Jalandhar, May 28
Following objections from the Animal Welfare Board of India, the district administration yesterday banned performance by animals in circus here, on the first day of its show in Nakodar yesterday.

SMO allays fears on gastroenteritis
Phagwara, May 28
After gripping Jaito and Jalandhar, gastroenteritis has started spreading its tentacles in and around Phagwara. The local SDM, Mr Pritam Singh, held a meeting with various departments, including Health.

Rajasthan asks PPCB to check water pollution
Jalandhar, May 28
The Rajasthan Government has urged the Punjab Pollution Control Board to check pollution in the Sutlej, which is affecting people of the desert state, who receive water from Indira Gandhi Canal.

Substation to be shifted for shopping mall?
Amritsar May 28
An electricity substation located in the Lawrence road area is likely to be shifted reportedly under political pressure. The substation with two transformers is located in the prime area and its land is worth crores of rupees.


File that could not be produced in the HC
Chandigarh, May 28
Pressure tactics were applied to prevent the Sports Department from producing a file dealing with the recruitment of six Deputy Superintendents in the Punjab Police under the sports quota.

High Court
Judgement in DSP selections case reserved
Chandigarh, May 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved its judgement in the cases relating to alleged irregularities in the selection of Deputy Superintendents of Police by the Punjab Government.

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Undertrials beat up cop in court premises
Jalandhar, May 28
Two undertrials today allegedly beat up a policeman escorting them in the court premises, where they were brought for hearing. The incident occurred in the morning when two undertrials, Malkiat Singh Titu and Santokh Singh, facing charges of theft and the NDPS Act, respectively, and lodged at the Central Jail, Jalandhar, reportedly beat up Constable Vijay Kumar, who was escorting them to the court.

PSEB cashier shot, money looted
Ropar, May 28
Two robbers today killed a cashier of the Punjab State Electricity Board posted at Morinda and fled with Rs 7,78,156 he was carrying.


NBA accredits college
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 28
The Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, has become the first college of Punjab Technical University to be accredited by the National Board of Accreditation, constituted by the All-India Council of Technical Education to grade the standard of technical education in the country .

Tejinder does Kharar proud
Kharar, May 28
Tejinder Singh, a student of Henderson Jubilee Senior Secondary School, has topped in Kharar by securing 89.8 per cent marks in the matriculation examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, the result of which was declared today. Tejinder got 449 marks out of 500.

Medical institute gets nod to start PG courses
Amritsar, May 28
The Punjab Government had granted permission to the Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences to start postgraduate courses.

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