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Congress has no role in postponement: Amarinder
Patiala, May 30
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today claimed that his government did not play any role in the postponement of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections.

Nothing political was discussed with Bhai Ranjit Singh: Hanspal

SGPC’s honour to be maintained, says Sukhbir
Faridkot, May 30
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will oppose the move of the Punjab Government to postpone the elections of the SGPC. Describing the step as unfortunate and a clear interference in the religious affairs of the Sikhs, the party will initiate all peaceful actions to maintain the honour of the SGPC which is considered as the mini-parliament of the Sikh community.

Politics behind SGPC elections
Chandigarh, May 30
Everytime there are the SGPC elections, even the ''secular'' Congress gets interested, interfering covertly or overtly, as do Shiromani Akali Dal factions. 

Ravi Inder flays Badal on SGPC poll
SAD in favour of siropa for Manmohan Singh
Cong interfering in Sikh affairs: Sekhwan
Dhindsa to nominate SAD office-bearers
Separate SGPC for Haryana against Sikh interests: Jagir Kaur

Sekhon to head gurdwara tribunal
Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab Government has issued a notification appointing Justice J.S. Sekhon President of the Sikh Gurdwara Tribunal. The post had been lying vacant for almost two years after the retirement of Justice Amarbir Singh Gill, a Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge.




Literacy level low among Pak Hindu, Sikh girls
Jalandhar, May 30
Though the information technology (IT) has made inroads in every nook and corner of Pakistan, including the North-West Frontier Province, Sikh and Hindu girls still don’t attain education beyond the primary school level.

PSGPC Act to end anti-Sikh activities in gurdwaras
Amritsar, May 30
After the enactment of the Act for the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC), no Sikh shrine of Pakistan would be allowed for anti-Sikh activities or launching movement for Khalistan .

Washing away of fence poses security threat
Tash Pattan (Gurdaspur), May 30
The washing away of border fencing and floodlights of the border outpost on Ujh river here has become a security threat. The matter has been highlighted in the reports submitted to the state and Central governments by the Army, BSF and Committee on special remedial works for flood protection, embankments on the Sutlej and Ravi many times in past.

PUDA must consult public to fix rates: Bir Devinder
Mohali, May 30
The Deputy Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha and MLA Kharar, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, has urged the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to consult various representatives of public in fixing the sale price of plots developed by PUDA.


Akoi is organising secy of SAD wing
Sangrur, May 30
Mr Jaswinder Singh Akoi, officiating press secretary of the district unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), has been appointed organising secretary of the youth wing of the party.


PNB loan only hope for Khalsa heritage project

Ropar, May 30
The construction work on the prestigious Khalsa heritage memorial complex at Anandpur Sahib has almost come to a standstill due to paucity of funds. The Larsen and Toubro (L&T) company that was carrying on the construction work has shifted most of its staff from the construction site to other places.

A view of the upcoming Khalsa Heritage Memorial complex at Anandpur Sahib. 

A view of the upcoming Khalsa Heritage Memorial complex at Anandpur Sahib.

Minister moots Amritsar development authority
Amritsar, May 30
The Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Mr Ashwani Sekhri, yesterday mooted the setting up of Amritsar development authority.

Attempt to downplay PPS-IPS row
Ferozepore, May 30
Downplaying the apparent rift between the Provincial Police (PPS) Officers’ and those of the Indian Police Service (IPS) in Punjab, PPS Officers’ Association President Inderjit Randhawa has criticised the statement of one of the office-bearers who accused IPS officers of bias.

Most buildings in cities not quake resistant
Jalandhar, May 30
India has several highly populated cities falling in high seismic zones, but a majority of constructions in these cities are not earthquake resistant”.

MC chief for action against temple panel head
Amritsar, May 30
A tussle between the Commissioner Municipal Corporation, Mr K.S. Kang and the working president of the Durgiana Temple Management Committee Mr Surinder Arjun, has deepened with the Commissioner threatening to take up the matter with the Chief Secretary regarding alleged remarks by Mr Arjun describing him as a “communal” person.

2 electrocuted
Moga, May 30
Yesterday evening two persons were electrocuted in a nearby village, a report said. One of the grandsons of Mr Bhola Singh died in Raunta village under Nihalsinghwala village in Moga district when a water tap, he was bathing under got electrified.

Check wasteful expenditure at marriages: sabha
Abohar, May 30
Mr Jagdish Nagpal, state president of the Arorvansh Sabha today exhorted the Arora and Khatri communities to follow the teachings of Aroot ji Maharaj, the founder of the communities, to root out social evils.

PSEB denies graft charge
Amritsar, May 30
An Additional Superintendent Engineer,(ASE) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today denied allegations by Ranjit Singh of Gandiwind village that an executive engineer of the board had demanded Rs one lakh bribe from him .

Sarpanch returns excess amount to bank
Phagwara, May 30
In these days of commercialism, there still are honest persons. Mr Sucha Ram, Sarpanch of nearby Mehtan village, had withdrawn Rs 5 lakh from a bank here yesterday, it was learnt today.

BJP condemns harassment to vehicle owners
Amritsar, May 30
Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, state vice-president, BJP, alleged that the Chandigarh Police had been harassing vehicle owners having number plates in Hindi.

4 of family fall unconscious after having food
Bathinda, May 30
Four members of a family living in Jalal village of the district fell unconscious after allegedly consuming poisonous food today.

Goods trains engine derails
Pathankot, May 30
The engine of a special military goods train was derailed at Chakki Railway Station on Saturday.


Punjab Law Officers' term extended
Chandigarh, May 30
The term of the present team of law officers of Punjab has been extended for one more month as the government has decided that it wants to review the working of all the law officers before finalising the new team.


90 pc dairies shifted out of Jalandhar
Jalandhar, May 30
On the very first day of its move to shift city-based dairies to nearby Jamsher Dairy complex, the local municipal corporation got success in shifting 90 per cent of the dairies.

Khemkaran SMO suspended
Chandigarh, May 30
Mr R.C. Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, today said that Dr Harjap Singh Mahal, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), at Khemkaran had been suspended.


SHO arrested on corruption charge
Nawanshahr, May 30
Mr M.F. Farooqui, SSP, here said today that Mr Piara Singh, SHO, Behram was arrested under Sections 201, 217, 218 of the IPC and 7, 12, 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act,1988, for taking bribe, registering false case of theft against Harjinder Singh son of Bhajan Singh of Taharpur village and keeping the accused persons in illegal custody.

9 arrested for flesh trade racket
Bathinda, May 30
In a drive launched against the anti-social elements, the police today arrested nine persons, including a woman and her son, on charges of running a brothel in this city.

PAP employee booked
Hoshiarpur, May 30
The Tanda police has registered a case under Sections 307, 34 of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act against Ajit Singh, an employee of the Punjab Armed Police (PAP), for firing at Bhullar Singh, a former sarpanch, at Nangli village, as a result of which another villager, Dharam Singh, received bullet injuries yesterday.

Women looted by armed scooterists
Phagwara, May 30
Two women Anoop Juneja and Sandip Bedi were looted by two armed scooterists on Phagwara-Palahi road when they were returning on a rickshaw from Palahi village to Phagwara on Friday. Both women and the rickshaw-puller were also beaten up by the unindentified looters.

Rs 50,000 looted
Tarn Taran, May 30
Two unidentified scooterists looted Rs 50,000 from a person. The police busted a gang of five-member looters last evening.


Rs 24.81 cr arrears released for PAU
Ludhiana, May 30
The Punjab Government has finally released a sum of Rs 24.81 crore to Punjab Agricultural University which was outstanding as arrears of the CPF and GPF of the teachers and non-teaching employees of the university for the past four years.

1,844 EET teachers appointed on contract
Amritsar, May 30
Punjab Education Minister Darbari Lal today claimed that all unemployed youths holding the degree of Elementary Education Teacher (EET) would be adjusted in Government service forthwith.


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