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Wheat procurement in Punjab falls short by three lakh tonnes
Chandigarh, May 8
Wheat procurement in Punjab is going to fall short by at least 3 lakh tonnes over the last year’s figures. Last year, various government agencies procured over 95 lakh tonnes wheat, but this year’s figures so far are only 90.18 lakh tonnes. Last year, till May 7, agencies had procured over 93.83 lakh tonnes wheat, over 2.65 lakh tonnes more than this year’s figures.

Sikhs divided over gurdwara committee for Haryana
Amritsar, May 8
The announcement of Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister, Haryana, to consider the demand of the Sikh community of his state for the formation of a separate gurdwara committee for historical Sikh shrines in Haryana has evoked a mixed response from the Sikh community.

Badungar flays Hooda on remarks on Chandigarh
Phagwara, May 8
Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, former SGPC president, today asserted that Punjab had an inalienable right on the capital city Chandigarh.

Girl ‘tortured’ by cops, hospitalised
Patiala, May 8
A 17-year old brick kiln labourer, Reshma, was allegedly tortured by the police after she failed to provide clues relating to the murder of her elder sister.

Seventeen-year-old Reshma, allegedly tortured by the Sadar police, with her relatives in Teja Bath village near Devigarh in Patiala on Sunday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Seventeen-year-old Reshma, allegedly tortured by the Sadar police, with her relatives in Teja Bath village near Devigarh in Patiala on Sunday.

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  Govt rejects HPCL plea to restore refinery package
Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab Government has rejected plea of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited for the restoration of the tax and other concessions which were allowed by the previous SAD-BJP government for the installation of oil refinery at Bathinda.

ETT course: no age relaxation for SC candidates
Chandigarh, May 8
A controversy has erupted in the corridors of the Punjab Government as the Education Department has not given relaxation in the age category to Scheduled Caste candidates keen to apply for admission in the Elementary Teacher Training course.

Punjab to allow limited killing of wild boars, blue bulls
Chandigarh, May 8
After years of dithering, Punjab has decided to clear the controversial proposal of allowing the shooting of wild animals that have been causing damage to crops in the state.


PPCC lashes out at NDA over boycott
Jalandhar, May 8
Lashing out at the NDA-led Opposition for its boycott of the two houses of Parliament for the rest of the Budget session till May 13 on “frivolous and baseless” grounds, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has alleged that the NDA and its constituents have not only utterly failed to project themselves as a responsible and accountable Opposition, but have also “betrayed” people of the country.

Use of abusive language by Fernandes flayed
Chandigarh, May 8
Rajya Sabha MP Ashwini Kumar has flayed the use of abusive language by former Defence Minister George Fernandes against Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Mr Kumar, in a statement issued here today, said the former Defence Minister had allowed his personal prejudices to vitiate the democratic political discourse.

Youth Cong seeks action against Modi
Jalandhar, May 8
Angry over inaction against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Best Bakery and Godhra episodes, a large number of workers of the Punjab Youth Congress blocked traffic and burnt effigy of Narendra Modi at BMC chowk here today and urged the President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to initiate action against Mr Modi.

Mann flays SAD for writing to PM over France visit
Sangrur, May 8
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today criticised the SAD leadership, especially Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, secretary-general, for writing a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to seek time from the French Government for a deputation of the SAD MPs and representatives of the SGPC which wanted to visit France to have discussions with the government over the turban issue.


New-look buses on state roads soon
Jalandhar, May 8
Peace and prosperity of Punjab is all set to be depicted by the Punjab Transport Department through its new 360-strong fleet of buses. The buses would be painted in a new pleasant combination of soothing green and tranquil white, replacing the dull pale and blue colours.

MC told to cancel sale deed
Reluctant, it pleads status quo
Sangrur, May 8
A unique case of selling a part of a road in a populated area by the local municipal council (MC) some years ago to the owner of a petrol station on the Roxy road outside Sunami Gate here, has come to light as the Director, Local Bodies, Punjab, in a letter to the MC on March 23, has directed it to cancel the sale deed of the land and file a civil suit in this regard in the court.

Fake eunuchs make an easy buck
Pathankot, May 8
Unbelievable, but true. Fake eunuchs have descended on the town. In order to earn a decent livelihood, a group of two to three men dressed up like eunuchs can be seen at various functions.

Chawla’s gesture to victims of family feud
Gill Warraich (Tarn Taran), May 8
Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, BJP vice-president, has offered assistance in providing free education and lodging to two minor girls who became victims of a family feud. The help would be provided by an NGO Shakti.

World Red Cross Day celebrated
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 8
“Service towards mankind is service towards God and Red Cross Society must work with this aim and should make allout efforts to help the needy, handicapped, and helpless sections of society”.

Rs 27 lakh spent on aid to needy
Bathinda, May 8
The District Red Cross Society has spent about Rs 27 lakh on the aid for handicapped, widows, students, patients and other needy people during the past two years. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr K.A.P. Sinha, stated this at a function held to mark World Red Cross Day here today.

80 cases of hepatitis-C detected
Malerkotla, May 8
The detection of about 80 cases of hepatitis-C in a month in the Malerkotla town and adjoining areas panic has spread among people, here.

7-year-old burnt in jhuggi fire
Kapurthala, May 8
A seven-year-old girl died of burns while her mother, two brothers and a sister are fighting for their lives in the Civil Hospital after their jhuggi caught fire at Fazalpur village early this morning.


Lok adalat settles 98 cases
Ropar, May 8
About Rs 1.13 crore compensation was granted to litigants in the special lok adalat held in the local district court here yesterday.


Addl Registrar elevated to IAS
Chandigarh, May 8
Mr Kahan Singh Pannu, Additional Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Punjab, has been elevated to the Indian Administrative Services.


SHO held on bribe charge
Sangrur, May 8
A team of the Vigilance Bureau, led by Mr Rashpal Singh, DSP, Sangrur, arrested the Longowal SHO Jagjit Singh from Longowal police station last evening when he was allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from Mr Nishan Singh, sarpanch, Pindi Dhilwan village (near Longowal), for not harassing him and other members of his family in a case registered against his father Sukhdev Singh and others under Sections 379, 420 etc of the IPC at Longowal.

Youth booked for blackmailing teenaged girl
Hoshiarpur, May 8
A case of the blackmail of a teenaged girl by the driver of a truck was reported at the Garhshankar police station on Friday.

‘Most wanted’ by Punjab police arrested
Abohar, May 8
Vikram, alias Vicky, identified as the most – wanted man in the Punjab police files, was nabbed from his house near the Civil Hospital at Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, by the Rajasthan police yesterday and handed over to a police party from Talwandi Sabo, sources said.

9 kg heroin seized,1 held
Amritsar, May 8
The Customs Department yesterday arrested one person and seized 9 kg heroin worth Rs 9 crore from his possession near the Indo–Pak border village of Nikipindi.

Man shoots brother
Abohar, May 8
Angrej Singh was shot dead by his younger brother at Gajsinghpur in the Sriganganagar area, 40 km from here, on Saturday, the police said.

Girl jumps into Beas, dies
Amritsar, May 8
A 26-year-old girl, Kulbir Kaur, jumped into the Beas at about 10 this morning.


4 Mansa students among 10 toppers
Mansa, May 8
Even as Mansa is considered to be one of the backward districts of Punjab in the field of education, four students of a local school have brought laurels to the town by securing ranks among the top 10 merit holders in Class VIII result declared today.

Middle standard exam: eight on merit list
Chandigarh, May 8
In the result of the middle standard examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board, girls have once again taken the lead in securing positions in the merit list released by the board authorities here today. The examinations were held in February.

This topper hopes to make it to IIT
Ferozepore, May 8
“I was hopeful that if not first, I would be at least placed among the first five position-holders in the state”, exclaimed an elated Sagar Narang who topped the middle standard examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board this year.

Bathinda boy bags 3rd place
Bathinda, May 8
Satinder Singh, Class VIII student of Dashmesh Public Senior Secondary School, made the city proud by securing third place in the merit list of the Punjab School Education Board middle standard examination.

Parents brave sun as wards appear for exam
Jalandhar, May 8
Parents of hundreds of Class XII students who appeared for All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) at Police DAV Public School were forced to bear the scorching heat for almost eight hours on the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway.

B.Com (I) results today
Amritsar, May 8
The results of B Com (Part I) of Guru Nanak Dev University that was held in April, 2005, would be declared tomorrow, Dr R.S. Bawa, registrar, stated in press note here today.

MoD officials visit Sainik School
Kapurthala, May 8
A high-powered team from the Ministry of Defence visited Sainik School, Kapurthala, today to take a round of the building for the restoration of which it had recently received a grant of Rs 1.01 crore.


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