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Takht Patna Sahib poll on May 29
Prestige of Cong, SAD, BJP at stake

Amritsar, May 10
The stage of Sikh politics is likely to be shifted to Patna Sahib even as the general secretary of the Takht Patna Sahib Management Committee (TPSMC), Mr Mohinder Singh Dhillon, today announced the crucial election of its office-bearers on May 29.

PUDA revises landscaping policy
Mohali, May 10
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has come out with a revised policy on landscaping of road berms and incidental open spaces in the urban estate of Punjab.

Punjab shifts 11 IPS officers
Chandigarh, May 10
Less than two days after 45 IPS officers were ordered to be shifted, the Punjab Government today backtracked from at least some of the transfers and postings earlier ordered by it.

27 IAS officers shifted
Chandigarh, May 10
The Punjab Government gave the state Home Department a new look by ordering a major administrative reshuffle late this evening. Two Additional Secretary-level officers were ordered to be shifted out of the Home Department.

Order to prepare master plans for Kharar, Zirakpur, Lalru
Chandigarh, May 10
To check haphazard urbanisation in the periphery of Chandigarh, the Punjab Regional Town Planning and Development Board today directed the Department of Town and Country Planning to prepare master plans for Kharar, Zirakpur and Lalru.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Calcutta for international Sikh body
Amritsar, May 10
Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, a veteran member of the SGPC, while supporting the demand for an international Sikh body, said the role of such an organisation should be limited to coordination among various Sikh institutions to resolve issues confronted by the community the world over these days .

30-year-old woman found murdered
Pathankot, May 10
Ruby, a 30-year-old woman, was found murdered at her house in the Salaria Nagar locality under mysterious circumstances. From preliminary investigation, it seems that she was strangled.

SHO found guilty of labourer’s torture
Patiala, May 10
Sharanjit Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), Sadar police station, has been found guilty of torturing a minor labourer, Reshma, in police custody in the recent past in an inquiry conducted by SP (D).

Peacock poaching: no challan filed against ex-SDM
Chandigarh, May 10
The high profile case concerning the alleged killing of the national bird by PCS officer Puneet Goyal is headed anywhere except in the desired direction. More than a year after Mr Goyal, the then Pathankot SDM was caught with the kill (two peahens/four partridges) by two honorary wildlife wardens, no headway has been made in the case.


SC/ST cell revolts against Youth Cong chief
Amritsar, May 10
The SC/ST Cell of the Youth Congress today revolted against the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress (PPYC) chief, Mr Raminder Anwala, and decided to organise a rally on May 15 here in protest against his functioning style.

SAD asks Amarinder to resign
Sangrur, May 10
The national vice-president of the SAD, Mr Parkash Chand Garg, today asked the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to resign as he had failed to check crime. People were feeling insecure due to deteriorating law and order condition in the state, he added.

Badal flays CM on power issue
Chandigarh, May 10
SAD president Parkash Singh Badal today ridiculed Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s statement on limited free power to the farming sector as ‘utterly insincere’. In a statement released by the party office, he said this was a direct admission that the decision to abolish the free power facility to the farmers along with welfare measures extended by the SAD-BJP government to other sections of society was “not only wrong, but also harmful” for people of Punjab. He said the ‘last ditch frauds on the people of Punjab would not work’.

Excuses galore for exemption from duty
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 10
A majority of teachers working in government schools of the district are having health or family problems, if the applications submitted by them to the Deputy Commissioner for exemption from multi service card survey duties are to be believed. 

Health centres sans medicines
Bathinda, May 10
With the state government discontinuing the supply of medicines for the past few months, the health centres in the rural areas of Punjab have got nothing to offer to patients. A majority of centres don’t even have basic things like stethoscope, thermometer and bandage.

Special operations to prevent robberies
Chandigarh, May 10
In an attempt to prevent robberies, special operations have been launched by the Punjab police, including the undertaking of “thikri pehras”, with the involvement of the district police chiefs.

Remote village adopted by IMA
Jalandhar, May 10
In its bid to make remote parts of Hoshiarpur district disease-free, the Hoshiarpur city branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has adopted Sotala village in Bhunga block of the district.

Steps to tackle meningitis
Chandigarh, May 10
Punjab’s Health and Family Welfare Department has asked civil surgeons to keep rapid response teams ready for tackling any case of meningitis, said the Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr G.L. Goyal.

Blood donation camp inaugurated
Nawanshahr, May 10
Ms Niti Sareen, secretary, Blood Bank Society, Chandigarh, inaugurated two-day blood donation camp, organised by the district administration in collaboration with the local Blood Donors Council at Vishavkarma Mandir here today to mark World Red Cross Day. 

Rs 1.31 crore released for pension
Ferozepore, May 10
The state government has released Rs 1.31 crore for disbursement as pension to old-aged, widower, dependent and handicapped persons during the current financial year.

Parshu Ram Jayanti celebrated
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 10
Bhagwan Parshu Ram Jayanti was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Sirhind by the Brahmin Sabha. Path of Ramayan and hawan was performed at Shiv Mandir Brahman Majra, Sirhind, and an impressive procession was taken out, which passed through the main bazars of the town. The procession was warmly welcomed by people from every section of society and refreshments were served at various places.

BKU against disinvestment 
Ludhiana, May 10
The Bharatiya Kisan Union today warned against disinvestment of 14 cooperative sugar mills in the state. Union leaders said it was because of the misguided policies of the state government that sugar mills were being made to suffer a cumulative loss of Rs 525 crore during the past five years.

Concern over delay in airport upgrading
Amritsar, May 10
The Punjab Tourism Minister, Mr Jagmohan Kang, yesterday expressed concern about the delay in the upgradation of the Raja Sansi airport which was sanctioned by the union government at an estimated cost of Rs 79.27 crore.

Insurgency: loan against Punjab Rs 6,179 crore
Chandigarh, May 10
There is a special term loan of Rs 6,179.40 crore against the Punjab Government, which was given to it to combat insurgency. This has been revealed in a statement issued today by the Press Information Bureau on the basis of a reply given by the Union Minister of State for Finance, Mr S.S. Palanimanickam, responding to a question asked by Mr Varinder Singh Bajwa, Member of the Rajya Sabha from Punjab.

2 Sikh jathas for Pak in June
Amritsar, May 10
The SGPC would sponsor two Sikh jathas comprising 1000 and 500 pilgrims to Pakistan to observe martyrdom of Sri Guru Arjun Dev and the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Lahore falling on June 16 and June 29, respectively.

Hepatitis-C: water samples taken
Malerkotla, May 10
Following reports of about 80 cases of hepatitis-C in the Malerkotla area, the Health Department has taken about half a dozen water samples from different parts of the town, including Jamal Pura, Quila Rehmatgarh, main tubewells and the adjoining villages.

Ashwini Kumar to attend conference
Chandigarh, May 10
The Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member from Punjab, Dr Ashwini Kumar, has been nominated by the party President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to attend a conference of parliamentarians scheduled to be held in Pakistan later this month.

21 bodies join hands against privatisation
Phagwara, May 10
With a view to building a mass movement against privatisation of the PSEB, government schools, hospitals and ITIs, as many as 21 public organisations under a common platform of Nijikaran Virodhi Mulazam Morcha (Phagwara) will organise a protest march and sit on dharna at Town Hall, here on May 11.


High Court
PUDA restrained from conducting draw of lots

Chandigarh, May 10
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained PUDA from going ahead with the proposed draw of lots for vacant flats in 504 LIG Scheme, Urban Estate, Dugri Road, Phase II, Ludhiana.


Armed men take away “bir”
Phagwara, May 10
Tension prevailed in Sukhchain Nagar on the outskirts of Phagwara when about 40 armed persons stormed the Gurmat Training Centre around midnight last night, thrashed inmates Subhash Kumari and her niece and robbed them of their two golden chains and an earring. They also took away the “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib from the adjoining room after tying sevadar Nihang Sukhwinder Singh Bittu.

Two booked for minor’s rape
Moga, May 10
Two persons, including a woman, have been booked in the rape case of a minor at Masita village, near here. According to sources, one of the accused, Chinto, had called her 12-year-old niece to her home for some work on May 4.

Blind sets kiosk on fire
Phagwara May 10
A blind man set on fire a kiosk in which a dhaba was being run by Vinod Kumar here last night. The fire engulfed two other kiosks after two gas cylinders in the kiosk caught fire, goods worth Rs 1.5 lakh were destroyed in the fire.

2 youths seriously hurt in accident
Dera Bassi, May 10
Two youths sustained serious injuries when a Tata 407 truck, heading towards Ambala, rammed into the Maruti van in which they were traveling on the busy Kalka-Ambala highway near the local bus stand here today.

2 crushed to death
Batala, May 10
Two persons were crushed to death at Shastri Nagar, near Improvement Trust Office, Batala, today by a mini bus. They have been identified as Jatinder Singh and Som Nath Sharma. The driver of the bus and conductor ran away from the spot. The bus has been impounded. A case has been registered.

Scooter stolen
Jagraon, May 10
Hakam Singh , Sukhdev Singh of Mohi allegedly stole Bajaj Chetak Scooter No PB -10-AH-1767 which was parked by Jagdish Kumar of Jodha in front of a shop. A case has been registered under Section 378 of the IPC by Sudhar Police on the complaint of Jagdish Kumar.


Registrar of GND varsity reappointed
Amritsar, May 10
Dr R.S. Bawa, a renowned economist and present Registrar of Guru Nanak Dev University has been reappointed for four years. Dr Bawa, who worked on almost all important positions of the university has been working as Registrar of the university since April 1996.

Students excel
Patiala, May 10
The local Guru Harkrishan Public School attained 100 per cent pass percentage in class VIII examination held by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). Three students of the school were placed in the merit list of the Board while all students passed securing first division.


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