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Panel, not Vedanti, gave clean chit to film: Bhaur
Phillaur, May 14
The SGPC general secretary, Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, held the six-member committee, set up by Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti, to review controversial Hindi film “Jo Bole So Nihal”, responsible for the situation which flared up on the release of the film at various cinema halls of the state yesterday.

Rajiv-Longowal accord still relevant: Arjun

Amritsar, May 14
Mr Arjun Singh, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, today said the Punjab accord, signed between the then Prime Minister, the late Rajiv Gandhi, and Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, a former president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, on July 24, 1985, was still relevant.

Mr Arjun Singh, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, during a function to release a souvenir on the quadricentennial celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib at Khankot, near Amritsar, on Saturday.
Mr Arjun Singh, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, during a function to release a souvenir on the quadricentennial celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib at Khankot, near Amritsar, on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Stubble burning destroys Forest Dept plantations
Gurdaspur, May 14
Thick clouds of black smoke have engulfed the national state highways in Gurdaspur and adjoining areas of Hoshiarpur district. The farmers were resorting to large-scale burning of wheat stubble in the fields.

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Contractors’ men booked as Jakhar intervenes
Abohar, May 14
Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary, had to pull the city police for not taking action against armed staff of local octroi contractors as hundreds of shopkeepers marched to his New Grain Market office this afternoon to express resentment over the highhandedness of the staff.

SHO transferred in Reshma torture case
Patiala, May 14
The Station House Officer (SHO) of Sadar Police Station, Mr Sharanjit Singh, has been transferred to the Police lines following his involvement in the alleged torture of a minor girl in police custody on May 7.

YC leader trying to grab hotel: management
Jalandhar, May 14
Accusing of a local Youth Congress leader of making efforts to take possession of the local Greens Hotel and Restaurant from them with the help of land mafia, the management of the hotel has urged the Deputy Commissioner to verify the sale deed of the building.


Morcha attacks Cong, Mayawati
Jalandhar, May 14
Launching a scathing attack at the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government, the Bahujan Samaj Morcha (BSM), led by former MP Satnam Singh Kainth, today alleged that the state government was ignoring Dalits, poor and backward classes and its one-point agenda was just to usurp those issues which were traditionally raked up by the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Rahul not to attend youth leadership camp
Amritsar, may 14
Amid widespread speculations over attendance by Rahul Gandhi, at the three-day North Zone youth leadership training camp to be inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, Mr Ashok Tanwar, President, Indian Youth Congress, today clarified that the Congress leader would not be attending the function tomorrow.


Jathedar flays Bajwa’s action
Bathinda, May 14
PWD Minister Partap Singh Bajwa has violated Sikh tenets by getting himself by ‘Pyaras’ during a road inauguration at Jodha Ratna in Ludhiana a couple of days back. This was stated the Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh.

Disabled youth not given possession of plot
Barnala, May 14
Physically handicapped Ashok Kumar is running from pillar to post to take possession of his residential plot allotted to him under a scheme of the Improvement Trust here. But failing to deposit the non-construction fee worth Rs 80,000, the trust has warned him to resume his plot. Ashok Kumar has written to the Chief Minister, Punjab, about his woes.

Minister to inspect airport project
Amritsar, May 14
The Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Praful Patel, will lead a high-power delegation to inspect the terminal building the work of which had remained suspended due to the last-minute changes in its front façade’s design.

MP to take up prisoners’ issue with Pak PM
Hoshiarpur, May 14
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, Chairman of the Mission Release of Indian Prisoners from Pakistan and MP, is going to Pakistan along with a delegation of 25 members of Parliament, to participate in a conference being organised by the South-Asia Free Media Association.

SC federation holds protest
Phagwara, May 14
The state unit of the Gazetted and Non-Gazetted SC/BC Employees Welfare Federation today held a demonstration in front of local MLA Joginder Singh Mann, Chairman Punjab Agro Foods Corporation, in protest against the non-implementation of the 85th constitutional amendment and non-acceptance of other Dalits-related demands.

Human activity destroying fragile ecological balance
Ropar, May 14
The district administration needs to take immediate measures to protect the ecological balance of the Ropar wetland and semi-Shivalik hills in the district, as the rare species of mammals, fishes, arthropods, snakes, amphibians and birds in the wetland area and rare species of birds living in the semi-Shivalik hills are facing a continuous threat to their existence.

Pulse polio rally
Patiala, May 14
A series of pulse polio rallies were held in this city by school children and teachers today. One rally of Baba Farid School, Bank Colony, was flagged off by the chairman of Zila Parishad.


Judge calls for speedy disposal of cases
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 14
Mr Justice Varinder Singh, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, today addressed members of the District Bar in District Courts here.

Case against CM adjourned to Sept 17
Chandigarh, May 14
A local court today adjourned a defamation case filed by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, against the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh to September 17.


2,600 kg spurious ghee seized
Gurdaspur, May 14
A case of large-scale transportation of the fake goods through trains has come to the fore. The department of Food and Civil Supplies, Gurdaspur, has confiscated about 200 kg of fake Nova desi ghee being brought from Delhi by train by a Pathankot-based firm, JB Ram and Company.

PO arrested after 10 years
Jalandhar, May 14
The Jalandhar police has arrested a proclaimed offender who had been eluding arrest for the past more than 10 years and was owing allegiance to the International Sikh Youth Federation (Rode).

Abandoned child dies
Bathinda, May 14
A three-and-a-half-month-old girl, whose mother had reportedly abandoned her about a week ago, died today.

Canter set ablaze, driver beaten up
Goniana Mandi (Bathinda), May 14
Two youths thrashed a canter driver and set ablaze his vehicle loaded with pesticides on the Mall Road here last night. Pesticides worth about Rs 5 lakh were destroyed in the incident.

Youth attacked with swords
Jalandhar, May 14
Unidentified armed assailants attacked son of a Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation Inspector with swords and injured him seriously at a health club in Kathar township last night.

2 die in mishap
Kapurthala, May 14
Two persons were killed and six injured in a car accident at Khaira Dona village, near here, last night.

Man held for wife’s murder
Pathankot, May 14
The Ruby murder case took a new turn today with the police arresting her husband, Rajesh Kumar, on the charges of murder and misleading it. Vandana, alias Ruby (32), was found murdered at her residence on May 10. Ruby’s husband in a complaint lodged with the police had alleged that some miscreants first murdered Ruby and then decamped with cash and jewellery.

Two students crushed to death
Dhilwan (Kapurthala), May 14
Two students were crushed to death by a jeep on the GT road near Gazi Gudana village here today.

Army man hurt in mishap
Kharar, May 14
An Army personnel was injured when two cars collided near Balongi barrier here today.


Teachers awarded for creativity
Ropar, May 14
Twelve teachers of various schools in the district were today awarded prizes for poem, essay and story-writing competitions, organised by Punjabi Tribune, at Swami Shivananda Sarvhitkari Public School in Morinda town of Ropar. A total of 50 teachers took part in the competition.

Students hold rally against privatisation
Bathinda, May 14
Protest rallies against the privatisation of government schools were taken out at Nathana and Buladewala villages today. While the Punjab Students Union held rallies at Buladewala, government school teachers, students and unemployed teachers took out a rally at Nathana.

B .Ed students face uncertain future
Chandigarh, May 14
The future of thousands of students in Punjab who are appearing for B Ed entrance examination this year is uncertain. The regional office of the National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE) in Jaipur, has failed to complete its inspection of colleges which had applied to it, seeking recognition for running B Ed courses.


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