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Women quota Bill: parties agree to increase House seats
Chandigarh, May 13
The Manmohan Singh government at the Centre has started consultations with leaders of various political parties to get the Women Reservation Bill passed in the next session of Parliament.

Amendments to VAT Act approved
Chandigarh, May 13
The Punjab Council of Ministers today approved the promulgation of an ordinance to amend the Punjab Value Added Tax Act, 2005.

Vedanti’s kin under fire on film row
Amritsar, May 13
Even as the premiere of the controversial Hindi movie “Jo Bole So Nihal” was arranged at the local Rialto theatre under tight security arrangements, the Dal Khalsa and the All-India Sikh Students Federation held a peaceful demonstration against the release of the film.

A tale of fake robbery
Ropar, May 13
Two victims of yesterday’s highway robbery today retracted from their claim that the robbers struck last night at Batta village in Kharar village.




UP-based gang behind recent robberies: police
Ropar, May 13
The police is suspecting involvement of a gang from Uttar Pradesh behind the killing of four persons in the two different incidents of robbery that took place in Teera and Masatgarh villages of Kharar on Tuesday.

Doctor arrested for foeticide
Abohar, May 13
The police late last night booked Dr Praveen Garg of Kailash Hospital, Sriganganagar, and Sukha Singh, RMP, of Jandwala Hanwanta village of this subdivision for illegal termination of pregnancy of a minor girl. Both had been taken into custody, sources said.


SAD (Amritsar) to file case against Singla
Chandigarh, May 13
Accusing Punjab’s Finance Minister Surinder Singla of making an attempt to malign the image of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann, the party today announced that it would soon file a criminal defamation case.


Rusty water pipes to be replaced
Chandigarh, May 13
The Punjab Government has finally decided to replace rusty water supply pipelines. The move is likely to go a long way in preventing the mixing of potable water and sewage.

Families of PSEB staff protest against sell-off
Bathinda, May 13
Family members of Punjab State Electricity Board employees today took to streets to protest against the proposed privatisation of the board. They also staged a dharna in front of the Chief Engineer’s office.

Implement panchayati Raj system: BJP cell
Mohali, May 13
The Panchayati Raj Cell of the Punjab unit of the BJP has decided to hold district-level dharnas and protests to remind the Congress government to implement the Panchayati Raj system as was promised by it.

Turban issue: Sikh delegation to visit France
Chandigarh, May 13
A delegation of eminent Sikhs will go to France next week to take up the turban issue with various human rights organisations and religious bodies in that country.

Alert in Patiala as another meningitis case suspected
Patiala, May 13
Despite tall claims by the district administration , the scare of the dreaded meningitis has failed to subside, with another case of the disease being reported at Government Rajindra Hospital.

16 special trains for Radhasoami mela
Phillaur, May 13
The Northern Railway has introduced 16 Radhasoami-Beas mela special trains from different railway stations across the country for Beas to facilitate the Radhasoami piligrims.

Dalam cremated with honours
Dalam Nangal (Gurdaspur), May 13
The body of veteran Akali leader Natha Singh Dalam was today consigned to flames with the state honours at his native Dalam Nangal village in the district. The body was brought here yesterday evening.

Sunam to be renamed
Sangrur, May 13
Following the issuance of a no-objection certificate (NOC) by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, with regard to the change in the name of Sunam, the native place of Shaheed Udham Singh, Sunam will now be renamed as “Sunam Udham Singh Wala”.

10 shops gutted
Jalandhar, May 13
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were damaged as fire gutted 10 fruit, vegetable and cloth shops in the fruit market at Jyoti Chowk here this morning.


Allow Sikh prisoners to wear turbans: SSF
Chandigarh, May 13
Sikh prisoners in various jails of Punjab are allowed to wear white turbans. This information was conveyed during a hearing of the petition moved by the Sikh Student Federation (SSF) seeking directions to the Punjab Government and jail officials to allow Sikhs lodged in jails to wear turbans.


Twin sisters recovered, man held
Hoshiarpur, May 13
The district police today succeeded in recovering twin sisters Priya and Priti (16), daughters of Paramjit Singh of Harsi Pind village, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances on May 11 from the house of Rajinder Kumar, a resident of the Balmik colony.


Adhere to rules or face action, PTU tells colleges
Jalandhar, May 13
Tightening noose around its affiliated colleges, Punjab Technical University has issued fresh directive that they must strictly adhere to its guidelines or face disaffiliation.

Sunam boy gets 13th position in UPSC exam
Sangrur, May 13
Sunam town, the native place of Shaheed Udham Singh, is nowadays celebrating the major achievement of one of its sons, Mukesh Kumar Bansal (27), a son of Mr Raj Kumar Bansal, who runs a commercial type college at Sunam.

Princee SinglaBathinda girl 103rd in UPSC exam
Bathinda, May 13
Princee Singla, a local resident, cleared the UPSC (mains) in her first attempt and got the 103rd position in the country. A daughter of Mr S.K. Singla, an accountant working at the local milk plant, Princee had chosen the combination of commerce and sociology.

Anshuman SharmaPatiala boy is 222nd in civil services exam
Patiala, May 13
Mr Anshuman Sharma, a local boy, who has done his masters in business administration (MBA) from Punjabi University, has scored 222nd rank in the UPSC (main) exam, the result of which was declared recently.

Ex-students of GNMC gift
open-air theatre

Mansa, May 13
They are in different political parties, but cutting across the party lines they joined hands to form Old Students Association (OSA) to work for the development of their college, and today they took a major step to promote cultural activities among its students.
Deputy Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhuri lays the foundation stone of an open-air theatre at Government Nehru Memorial College in Mansa on Friday. PEDA Chairman Vijay Inder Singla and Old Students Association chief Rampal Dhaipai are also present.
Deputy Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhuri lays the foundation stone of an open-air theatre at Government Nehru Memorial College in Mansa on Friday. PEDA Chairman Vijay Inder Singla and Old Students Association chief Rampal Dhaipai are also present. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Mansa to be covered under literacy drive
Chandigarh, May 13
National Literacy Mission (NLM) will start a literacy drive in 150 districts which have the lowest male and female literacy rates.

PCCTU for rational funding of colleges
Jalandhar, May 13
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union has demanded a rational way of funding colleges on the lines of recommendations given by the Johl Committee and supported by the GD Sharma Committee that tabled its report “Higher Education - vision 2020” recently.

Teachers protest against privatisation move
Abohar, May 13
Hundreds of teachers today staged a dharna under the banner of the Democratic Teachers Front in the subdivisional complex and held a demonstration till evening.

Chinese team visits schools
Amritsar, May 13
A six-member Chinese delegation of educationists visited two local schools to understand the education system in Punjab here yesterday.

Anchal tops B.Com-I exam
Amritsar, May 13
Anchal Kapoor of S.R. Government College here has bagged the first position in the university in the B.Com-I examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University.


Punjab to have 9 industrial clusters
Batala, May 13
Punjab will have nine special clusters for the uniform development of industry in the state. The clusters will be of hosiery and cycle parts at Ludhiana, leather and sports goods at Jalandhar, steel at Gobindgarh, textiles at Amritsar and machine tools at Batala.


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