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Govt planning separate gurdwara panel, says Hooda

Amritsar, May 6
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today reiterated that his government was actively considering the demand of Haryana Sikhs for the formation of separate Haryana gurdwara parbandhak committee as promised in the Congress manifesto.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda being honoured with a replica of the Harmandar Sahib during his visit to Amritsar on Friday.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda being honoured with a replica of the Harmandar Sahib during his visit to Amritsar on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Pakistan Bar members decry military rulers
Phagwara, May 6
Perturbed over frequent amendments to the constitution by various military rulers since independence in Pakistan, members of the Bar Council of Pakistan today had a word of praise for India for successfully abiding by the democratic way of governing.

Car owner to blame, says Customs official
Chandigarh, May 6
The Assistant Commissioner (AC), Land Customs Station, Amritsar, Mr P.S. Bisht, has denied that there was any lapse on the part of the Customs Department in the case highlighted in the report headlined “Sports car caught in bureaucratic jam” published in these columns on May 1.

CM clarifies on ‘privatisation’ of education
Ludhiana, May 6
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today clarified that the issue of the participation of private industrial houses and educational institutions in education in the state was being misunderstood.





  Bathinda to come up as textile centre
Bathinda, May 6
The state government would promote Bathinda as a major textile centre and five companies have announced their plans to set up factories in the city. This was stated by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, while addressing a CII function which was organised to felicitate progressive cotton farmers here today.

SAD writes to PM over visit to France
Sangrur, May 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, asking him to seek time from the Education Minister of France for a deputation of SAD MPs and representatives of the SGPC, which wants to visit France to have discussions with the French Government over the turban issue.


SAD launches website
Chandigarh, May 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has launched its website ( giving its version of the history of the 85-year old party.


Green cover on highway under threat
Adampur (Jalandhar), May 6
Is the once thick and lush green tree cover along the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur national highway vanishing slowly under mysterious circumstances and is making way for petrol stations by taking “undue advantage” of loopholes in the process of grant of permission for felling trees given by the Punjab Forest Department officials?

PEDA to set up 135 small power projects
Ludhiana, May 6
The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) is all set to tap the vast micro hydroelectric power generation potential by setting up 135 small power projects in the state.

FEAR demands probe into financial irregularity
Patiala, May 6
The Forum for Educational Action and Reforms (FEAR) has urged the Auditor-General of Punjab to make arrangements for holding a probe into the serious violations of financial norms allegedly committed by Punjabi University in the year 2004-05.

Clean chit to cops on custodial rape charge
Bathinda, May 6
The local police that had been in the eye of storm following the allegation of custodial rape by a Rajasthani woman arrested with opium, heaved a sigh of relief as the magisterial probe gave it a clean chit on the matter. The Talwandi Sabo SDM today submitted his report to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr K.A.P. Sinha.

Child labourers hold protest
Ropar, May 6
Nisha is just eight-year-old but is forced to work as brick kiln labourer to support her family to overcome poverty. More persons mean more money for the family. Her routine is to work more than 18 hours in a day under hazardous conditions along with her parents at brick kilns in the district.

Rs 5-lakh reward for courageous soldier
Moga, May 6
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mandeep Singh, today awarded a cheque for Rs 5 lakh to Lieut-Col Jagdeep Singh, hailing from Saidoke village, for showing exemplary courage in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on March 23, 2003.

’84 violence: Badal flays step on seats for victims’ wards
Chandigarh, May 6
Shromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal today expressed “shock and utter disbelief” at the Punjab Government’s reported decision to virtually close all avenues of admission for wards of the 1984 anti-Sikh violence victims to medical colleges in the state, while creating reservation for tsunami victims.

Doctors take out protest march
Bathinda, May 6
Doctors of Goniana Mandi today took out a protest march wearing black badges against the case of negligence registered against Dr Gurtej Singh. They also kept the shutters of their clinics down.

SSP orders probe into man’s death
Patiala, May 6
Mr A.S. Rai, SSP, today ordered an inquiry into the death of Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Samana town of this district. Rajesh Kumar was found dead under mysterious circumstances on May 1 near Kakrale Bhai Ke village in the area.

Stamp on Guru Granth Sahib
Amritsar, May 6
The Government of India would issue a commemorative postage stamp to mark the 400 years of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib.

J. J. Singh to visit Jalandhar
Jandiala (Jalandhar), May 6
The Chief of Army Staff, Gen J. J. Singh, will visit Jalandhar on May 9 to inspect Vajra Shakti, an Army exercise.


7 farmers awarded for high cotton yields

Bathinda, May 6

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh awarded seven farmers for achieving the highest cotton yields in Punjab at a cotton award ceremony held under the banner of the CII here today.

A farmer receives an award from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for the highest cotton yield in Bathinda on Friday.

A farmer receives an award from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for the highest cotton yield in Bathinda on Friday.


Suvidha launched
Mohali, May 6
A project, Suvidha, started for the convenience of the public, was formally launched by Mr B.R. Bajaj, Principal Secretary, Local Government and I.T. Punjab, at the office of Mr M.L. Sharma, SDM, here today.


NRI dupes man of Rs 20 lakh
Phagwara, May 6
An NRI, hailing from the city, has duped a Jalandhar resident of Rs 20 lakh.

Jail inmate commits suicide
Amritsar, May 6
Gurvinder Singh, an under- trial prisoner today committed suicide by jumping from a watchtower inside the Central Jail here.

Man held for killing kin over property
Gurdaspur May 6
The police has arrested Jaswant Singh for allegedly murdering his brother-in-law and sister-in-law for land.


MBA students boycott exam
Amritsar, May 6
The students of the MBA course today boycotted their examinations, which have been postponed indefinitely.


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