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Vedanti’s volte face on ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’
SGPC writes to Censor Board
Amritsar, May 12
Even as the Jathedar, Akal Takht , Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, made a volte-face on the controversial film , “Jo Bole So Nihal”, and claimed that he had not given any clean chit in this regard, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has written a strong-worded letter to the Censor Board, ignoring the report of a sub-committee constituted by Mr Vedanti in this regard.

Sonia authorised to name Punjab Cong chief
Chandigarh, May 12
While the President of the All-India Congress Committee, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, has been authorised by the adoption of a resolution by Punjab Congress delegates, to name the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, there is a definite move to appoint five new heads of the district units of the party in the state.

Amritsar girl sixth in UPSC merit list
Amritsar, May 12
Emerging out of the twin personal tragedies, Rachita Bhandari bagged the sixth spot in the All-India Civil Services Examinations among the women candidates conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, the results of which were declared last evening.    
  Rachita Bhandari
Rachita Bhandari

Tenants of govt seed farm colonies seek compensation
Abohar, May 12
Several hundred tenants of government seed farm colonies, including women and children, took out a protest march here today in protest against the acquisition of land without paying any compensation to them.

Tenants of government seed farm colonies and their family members take out a protest march at Abohar

Tenants of government seed farm colonies and their family members take out a protest march at Abohar on Thursday.
— Photo by Raj Sadosh

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Schoolchildren taking precautions to prevent Meningitis.
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HC notice to govt on BRPs’ recruitment
Gurdaspur May 12
With the district and Education Department authorities failing to act on complaints of irregularities in the recruitment of block resource persons under the Total Literacy Programme affected candidates have moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Murder accused challaned after 2 years
Chandigarh, May 12
More than two years after her son was murdered during a visit to Ludhiana, the Punjab police has finally filed a charge sheet against two of the accused. But for the Non-Resident Indian, the road was not a smooth one.

Construction around ammunition depots dominates civil-military talks
Chandigarh, May 12
Constructions in the vicinity of ammunition depots located in Punjab dominated discussions at the Civil-Military Liaison Conference between top officials of Western Command and Punjab Government at Chandimandir today.

GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieut-Gen S Pattabhiraman and Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at the Civil-Military Liaison Conference in Chandimandir on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieut-Gen S Pattabhiraman and Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at the Civil-Military Liaison Conference in Chandimandir

Natha Singh Dalam dead; Punjab offices closed today
Chandigarh, May 12
The Punjab Government today said that all its offices, educational institutions, corporations and boards would remain closed tomorrow as a mark of respect to Natha Singh Dalam, a former minister, who died in Mohali today.


Moneylender’s bid to take over farmer’s land, 6 hurt
Bathinda, May 12
Six persons were injured when a moneylender and his men clashed with a farmer at Karamgarh Satra village, near here, today. Sources said the moneylender had come to take possession of the farmer’s land.

Undertrials bear the brunt of official apathy
Ropar, May 12
Despite the Supreme Court directions that an undertrial does not lose all his rights when in jail, those appearing in various cases in the Ropar District Courts continue to bear the brunt of official apathy.

Man stabbed in fight over girl
Rajpura, May 12
In a straight flick from Bollywood, a teenaged boy sustained serious stab injuries in a fight between two boys over a girl, here today. Seriously injured Sunny Sharma, a resident of Rajpura, was admitted to the Civil Hospital with deep stab wounds on his back.

Resort on forest land: minister promises action
Chandigarh, May 12
Reacting to the luxury resort being developed on ecologically fragile land in alleged violation of the Forest Act near Basali village in Ropar district, the Punjab Forest Minister, Mr Hans Raj Joshan, said a detailed inquiry had been initiated to ascertain the truth as the government had taken a very serious view on the matter.

SGPC writes to govt over marriage registration
Amritsar, May 12
Bibi Jagir Kaur, president, of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today urged the Central Government to issue instructions to the authorities concerned to register Sikh marriages under the Anand Marriage Act-1909.

Task force to go into distancing of pipelines
Chandigarh, May 12
Even though one department has been blaming the other for failure to prevent cases of mixing of potable water and sewage in Punjab for years, officials may not be able to pass the buck now.

Sirhind Fateh Divas celebrated
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 12
Punjab Bairagi Maha Mandal today celebrated the 295th birth anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur as “Sirhind Fateh Divas”. The state-level function was organised at Sirhind.

Electricity board management flayed
Kharar, May 12
The Kharar sub unit of the Technical Services Union today condemned the management of the Punjab State Electricity Board for secretly implementing the contract system before going in for unbundling of the board.

Hike in sewerage bills to be waived
Khanna, May 12
Increased amount in sewerage bills will be waived, said Ms Harbans Kaur Dullo, Parliamentary Secretary, during a press conference here today. She said a meeting in this regard was held under the chairmanship of Capt Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh on Tuesday.


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Animal slaughtering: status report sought
Chandigarh, May 12
Taking suo motu congnisance of a news report published in these columns on May 10 , the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Executive Officer of the Municipal Council, Pathankot, to submit status report to the court on May 18.

SC allows plea of Ludhiana medico
Chandigarh, May 12
Acting on an application filed by city-based student Gurnoor Channy, doing her MBBS course from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana, the Supreme Court of India has allowed her to continue studies in the same institute.


Man, accomplice held with sister-in-law’s body
Jalandhar, May 12
In a bizarre incident, Pritam Singh, elder brother of a German based NRI and a resident of Sadiqpur village, were nabbed by the Shahkot police at Wadala Chowk here today while trying to cremate dead body of his sister-in-law, wife of his NRI brother, with the help of his friend under mysterious circumstances.

Married woman raped
Tarn Taran, May 12
A married woman (32) of Ram Singh Wala village was allegedly raped by a person of the nearby Dubli village when she had reportedly gone to the Civil Hospital, Patti, as an attendant with her relative.

Patient dies during operation, doctor booked
Sangrur, May 12
Dr Ashok Kumar, a surgeon and the owner of a private nursing home situated near Housing Board Colony here, has been booked under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC by the local police on the complaint of Mr Joga Singh of Kot Khurd village, about 20 km from here.

Father, son kill villager
Bathinda, May 12
Sham Singh, a resident of Kalcharani village in this district, died after he was reportedly hit by Baldev Singh and his son when the deceased appeared before the local Executive Engineer (Canal) in connection with a case last evening.

Man charged with duping students
Hoshiarpur, May 12
On a complaint of Manjit Singh, owner of PTU Study Centre, Hoshiarpur, the City police yesterday registered a case under Sections 406, and 420 of the IPC against Harmandeep Singh of Deep Academy, Amritsar, for fraudulently taking Rs 2.85 lakh on the pretext of ensuring B.Ed degrees for students of his study centre from the KV College of Education, Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.

Arya Samaj chief commits suicide
Hoshiarpur, May 12
Mr Krishan Kumar Saini, president of the local unit of Arya Samaj and P.D. Arya Mahila Senior Secondary School, committed suicide at his house today. He shot himself at his neck with his licenced double-barrel gun in his bedroom at about 3 am.


PMT aspirants caught in ‘number game’
Bathinda, May 12
A discrepancy has come to the notice in the application form for the pre-medical test of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. A column in the application form requires the candidates to fill up their prospectus number, which is a six-digit number.

Ban on PTA fund lifted
Bathinda, May 12
The state government has withdrawn the ban on the PTA fund in the government schools. The government has also made provisions to check the misuse of the fund. As per the orders sent to the District Education Officers, the fund would be audited to prevent its misuse and the fund could only be used to recruit teachers.

Principals asked to address educational needs of people
Patiala, May 12
Mr S.S. Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, today urged all principals as well as senior faculty of the university to become aware of educational needs of the people of their respective region.

ITI students boycott classes
Phagwara, May 12
ITI students today boycotted their classes and presented a memorandum to the authorities against the government’s move to privatise ITIs.


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