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Major hike in pensions of gallantry award winners
Chandigarh, May 3
The Punjab Government today announced a major hike in the pensions of gallantry award winners in recognition of their service to the nation. Addressing a press conference after a Cabinet meeting the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said the government had also ended the difference between the pension amounts paid to pre-Independence and post-Independence award winners.

Descendants of 40 ‘muktas’ feel ignored
Bathinda, May 3
While the SGPC and the state government are busy scoring a point over each other on the martyrdom tercentenary of 40 ‘muktas’, it seems nobody is interested in finding out about the descendants of 40 ‘muktas’.

“Panj Pyare” lead the Khalsa Chetna March that left for Muktsar from Takht Sri Damdama Sahib “Panj Pyare” lead the Khalsa Chetna March that left for Muktsar from Takht Sri Damdama Sahib on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera


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Punjab may also challenge Rajasthan’s claim on waters
Chandigarh, May 3
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has not ruled out the possibility of challenging the claim of Rajasthan on Punjab river waters. Replying to a specific question asked in this connection by TNS today, Capt Amarinder Singh said: “We will go the whole hog to deal with this issue and all aspects related to the river waters vis-a-vis Rajasthan will be examined while filing the special leave petition in the Supreme Court”.

Ex-Dy Speaker’s gunman disappears
Missing, says relative; murder, says Bir Devinder
Nabipur (Fatehgarh Sahib), May 3
A gunman of former Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh is suspected to have committed suicide by jumping into the Narwana Branch canal at this village near Sirhind last night. The scooter belonging to the gunman Nawab Singh was recovered from near the canal along with a photograph, which shows the Deputy Speaker pinning a stripe on the gunman.

Double murder case solved, tantrik arrested
Pathankot, May 3
The district police has managed to crack a double murder case. Sarita, wife of an NRI, and her daughter Mehak were found dead in their rented accommodation in the Shastri Nagar area in March. The bodies were found in a decomposed state.

Mintu Kumar, a “tantrik”, in police custody in connection with a double murder case in Pathankot. — Photo by Jangi

Mintu Kumar, a “tantrik”, in police custody in connection with a double murder case in Pathankot

Youth booked for fraud, rape
Phagwara, May 3
The police today booked a youth, Binder, of Mai Majra village under Sections 420 and 376, IPC, on the charges of fraud and rape of his cousin. It was learnt today that a 21-year-old girl of Sangatpur village and Binder had met at Lakhpur village on the marriage of the daughter of a common relative, Mrs Nikko.

Woman dies awaiting treatment, doctor held
Bathinda, May 3

The death of a woman, allegedly due to the negligence of a doctor, led to her relatives thrashing the doctor and damaging his clinic at Goniana Mandi, near here, today. According to sources, Harjeet Kaur fell sick last night and was admitted to the Sidhu Hospital on Mall Road.

Promote tourism in Kapurthala, says Tikka Shatrujit
Jalandhar, May 3

A great grandson of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kapurthala, Tikka Shatrujit, is upset over the way the dynasty of princely state of Kapurthala is being sidelined. “The historical buildings are crumbling and the administration has hardly done anything to protect them.

Tikka Shatrujit

Tikka Shatrujit


Youth Congress camp at Amritsar
Chandigarh, May 3
A three-day youth leadership camp of the Indian Youth Congress will be organised at Amritsar from May 15 onwards. The ‘North Zone Leadership Camp’ at Guru Nanak Dev University was announced by Mr Ashok Tanwar, president of the Indian Youth Congress, while addressing a press conference here today.


Famous models Indrani Dasgupta (L) and Katrina Kaif during a fashion show in Jalandhar
Famous models Indrani Dasgupta (L) and Katrina Kaif during a fashion show in Jalandhar on Sunday. — ANI

Licences of seven commission agents cancelled
Ferozepore, May 3
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr B.C. Thakur, has cancelled licences of seven commission agents in this border district following reports of some alleged irregularities during the procurement process.

Deputy Director pulls up council officials
Kharar, May 3
The Deputy Director, Urban Local Bodies, Ludhiana, Mrs Sarojini Gautam Sharda, today pulled up officials of the local municipal council for not maintaining proper office records.

Cops plan strategy to fight drug menace
Amritsar, May 3
A high-level meeting of senior police officials of the border range was held to take stock of the law and order situation and plan a strategy for eradicating the drug menace.

Cops force contractor’s men to lift naka
Mukerian, May 3
The police has forced the henchmen of liquor contractors to lift their illegal naka put up near Nangal Bhoor village on the Mukerian-Pathankot road. The police acted against the henchmen of liquor contractors after the matter was highlighted in these columns.

‘Poor response’ to Army technical posts in Punjab
Ropar, May 3
“We have not been getting high merit list of candidates in Army recruitment rallies in Punjab for the past sometimes. Earlier we used to have a choice to select best candidates.

Army job seekers lack awareness of basics
Ropar, May 3
The ongoing Army recruitment rally in the Nehru Stadium here for the youths of Ropar and Ludhiana district revealed that many of the candidates who were rejected were not aware of even basic physical tests and documents required.

MC chief stalling works, says MLA
Pathankot, May 3
Factionalism in the local Congress once again came to the fore with the local MLA and Chairman of the PTDC, Mr Ashok Sharma, today accusing the Pathankot Municipal Council President, Mr Sarwan Kumar, of stalling development works.

MC employees hold dharna
Jalandhar, May 3
Employees of the local Municipal corporation organised a dharna here today to lodge their protest against the recent attack on octroi supervisor Ravi Handa by some unscrupulous persons.

Work gets easier with 63 depts under one roof
Kapurthala, May 3
As many as 63 departments relating to driving licence, passport, arm licences, birth and death certificates, licences for fertilisers and pesticides and other departments relating to the Deputy Commissioner’s office, transport and agriculture have been brought under one roof in a computerised hall to process application on a single window.

Asthma most common malady among kids
Jalandhar, May 3
One in 10 children suffer from asthma and contrary to common belief, disappearance of asthma in about 30-50 per cent children by puberty is only a temporary phenomenon as it reappears later in adult life.

Rodrigues mourns Aurora’s death
Chandigarh, May 3
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen. S.F. Rodrigues (retd) expressed profound grief over the death of Lt.-Gen-Jagjit Singh Aurora (retd), a hero of Bangladesh Liberation Action and a former member of the Rajya Sabha.

Wheat production to fall short of target
Chandigarh, May 3
The Punjab Government today said the wheat production in the state would fall by 10 lakh tonnes.

Bir Devinder to head Estimates Committee
Mohali, May 3
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA, Kharar, has been appointed Chairman of the Estimates Committee for the year 2005-06. The Punjab Assembly Speaker has made this appointment vide a notification issued by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretariat.

Sant Garibdasi shobha yatra held
Mohali, May 3
A shobha yatra was organised today by members of the Trust Sant Garibdasi sant Bhuriwale in which a large number of devotees took part. According to Mr Gaurav Gaur, media in charge, the shobha yatra started from Sant Bhuriwale Ashram, Mullanpur Garibdas, and culminated at Mandir Mata Singhan Devi, Nadha Karoran.

Fire damages car
Ropar, May 3
A car which was being run on a gas cylinder was completely burnt after a blast took place in it following the leakage of the gas and windows of several shops in the main market near Nangal chowk here were also damaged in this evening.

20 hurt in bus-truck collision
Ropar, May 3
Twenty persons were injured, three of them seriously, when a bus in which they were travelling from Katra to New Delhi collided with a truck head-on about 7 km from here near Beroa village.


Factory management cooks up murder story
Jalandhar, May 3
The Jalandhar police has succeeded in solving a murder mystery with the arrest of five persons, including a complainant on whose complaint a case had been registered.

6,000 bags of stolen wheat recovered
Batala, May 3
The Batala police has succeeded in busting a gang involved in the theft of 6,000 bags of wheat, each weighing 50 kg, and worth Rs 20 lakh from the government godown at Qadian, 20 km from here.

Bakery owner shoots self
Jalandhar, May 3
The Jalandhar police has arrested a local bakery owner for shooting himself in his bid to make his rival accused in the shooting case. Migrant bakery owner Ram Nivas, who has been running his bakery in the Bhargo Nagar area, has been admitted to the Civil Hospital for treatment.

Fifth injured member of family dies
Kapurthala, May 3
Twelve-year-old Varun Luthra, a member of a Batala-based family that had lost four persons in a car-bus collision at Dhilwan on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road yesterday, died here this morning.

Kidnapped boy traced, 3 held
Barnala, May 3
The Barnala district police has traced a 12-year-old boy Amrik Singh, who was kidnapped 10 months ago from Shehna village, 15 km from here. The police arrested Surjit Singh, living in the guise of a nihang, responsible for kidnapping the boy with the help of two accomplices — Nachhattar Singh and Gurdev Singh.

Woman driven to suicide, 3 held
Abohar, May 3
The Sadar police today arrested three members of a family for driving Santosh Rani to suicide. Jagtar of Dodewala village here had lodged a complaint with the police, stating that his daughter, Santosh had been married to Raj Pal son of Ram Swarup at Alipura village early last year.

Three arrested for double murder
Mansa, May 3
The police has arrested three accused in the case of double murder that took place over a land dispute at Jagatgarh Bander village a few days back. Police sources said Bhura Singh and Kapoor Singh had some dispute over two kanals of land and the Naib Tehsildar was to take a final decision on April 26.


Institutes at loggerheads over student’s success
Bathinda, May 3
Two local coaching centres have claimed that Harsh Mittal, who got the third position in the PSEB examination of Class XII (non-medical), took coaching from their respective centres.

Students block traffic
Rajpura, May 3
Protesting against the privatisation of Industrial Training Institutes, the students of local ITI blocked the busy Rajpura-Patiala highway for over two hours besides raising anti-government slogans, here today.

Students of ITI, Rajpura, block the Rajpura-Patiala highway at Rajpura on Tuesday.

Students of ITI, Rajpura, block the Rajpura-Patiala highway at Rajpura

Two students hurt in clash
Kharar, May 3
Two students of Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology were injured in a group clash here today. The injured students_ Gagandeep Singh and Mondeep Singh were taken to the local Civil Hospital.

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