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Differences in SAD over NDA’s agenda
Chandigarh, May 16
The uneasy calm in the SAD will be reflected at the meetings of its foremost bodies such as the Political Affairs Committee, the Working Committee and the General Council here tomorrow and on May 18.

Brother of Punjab IG in Thane police net
Chandigarh, May 16
A brother of a Punjab police Inspector-General has landed in the Thane (Maharashtra) police net for allegedly misusing Reliance phones for re-routing international calls, causing a huge loss to the Department of Telecommunications.

Suspect denies getting murder contract
Phagwara, May16
The Bhanoki village contract killing conspiracy case got a new twist today when SAD-BJP leaders presented Dharminder Singh at a press conference, who in an affidavit stated that he had neither got any contract either for eliminating Congress leader and a former panch of village, Ram Murti Bhanoki, as had been alleged by the latter in his police complaint.

Child abducted from Delhi recovered
Jalandhar, May 16
Priya, the six-month old girl, who was allegedly abducted by an issueless woman from Jahangirpuri, New Delhi, on April 24, was recovered by officials of the Jalandhar and New Delhi police from the local Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Nagar locality.

Rs 35 lakh looted in daylight robbery
Patiala, May 16
In a bizarre incident, three unidentified persons looted Rs 35 lakh on pistol-point from the family members of a real estate businessman after entering into his house, located in the thickly populated area in the heart of this city this noon.

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Patiala airbase and Flying Club set for expansion
Chandigarh, May 16
With the Army Aviation Corps poised to get additional helicopters and the civil aviation sector booming, Headquarters Western Command and the Punjab Government are exploring ways to expand the co-existing Army Aviation base and the state-run flying club at Patiala.

Pakistani poets arrive
Wagah, May 16
A 24-member delegation of Pakistani poets and artists led by noted Punjabi poet Ajiz Ullah Naz crossed over to India at the joint check post here today to participate in various ‘mushiaras’. The ‘Mushiaras’ to be held at Chandigarh, New Delhi and here.


Youth convention on June 10
Kharar, May 16
A youth convention will be organised in Surat in Rajasthan on June 10 under the leadership of Mr Sharad Pawar by the Rashtriyavadi Congress. This was stated by Mr Harjinder Singh Bhangukhera, president of Ropar unit of the youth wing of the Rashtriyavadi Congress at a meeting held here today.


Clean Kanjli wetland: DC
Kapurthala, May 16
Irked over the lackadaisical attitude of the departments concerned towards the maintenance of the Kanjli wetland, the Deputy Commissioner called a meeting here this morning, directing his officials to get the waters cleaned.

CM’s fleet car hits tractor-trailer, one injured
Sangrur, May 16
A car of the Chief Minister’s security convoy, in which some security men were travelling, reportedly collided with a tractor-trailer near the local Police Lines this evening when a tyre-tube of the car burst suddenly.

Report submitted in bribery case
Ropar, May 16
The Civil Surgeon, Ropar, has submitted a report to Director Health, Punjab, in connection with allegation of demand of bribe levelled against District Health Officer, Ropar, and some other employees of the department for a date of birth certificate to be issued to a girl of Jhampur village.

A bumpy ride fraught with risk
Kapurthala, May 16
Bumpy rides, dust, risk of injury, wear and tear of vehicles and increase in travel time. These are the problems people who commute on the road connecting Kartarpur and Kapurthala have been facing for the past six months.

Stones strewn on a stretch of road going towards Kartarpur from Kapurthala.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Stones strewn on a stretch of road going towards Kartarpur from Kapurthala

Employees protest against privatisation
Patiala, May 16
At the call of the Joint Platform of Mass Organisations, a joint protest dharna started here before the office of the Divisional Commissioner. Similar dharna were also started today at Jalandhar, Faridkot and Chandigarh.

Protect art of making Rudra veena: Ustad
Talwara: Makers of the rudra veena are hard to find today. The only surviving maker of the musical instrument, Murari Bapu, is now living in Calcutta. He has also closed down his shop after making 100 veenas because his son has declined to take up the work.

Govt to raise memorial to Ram Singh Pathania
Gurdaspur, May 16
The Punjab Government would raise a memorial to Shaheed Ram Singh Pathania, hero of the second Anglo Sikh war. The memorial would be raised in Pathankot at a site to be selected by a panel of historians.

Sikh Nation Organisation to visit France
Amritsar, May 16
Even as the SGPC has announced to send a high-level eight-member panel to visit France to present a memorandum to the French Education Minister on May 21, the Sikh Nation Organisation delegation is scheduled to visit France by month-end on an invitation of the Sikh Community of France.

‘Stern action if name of film not changed’
Amritsar, May 16
In yet another setback to the beleaguered Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Patna Sahib today threatened to take stern action, if the name of the film, "Jo Bole So Nihal" was not changed.

Angora rabbit farm in state of neglect
DHAR (GURDASPUR): The angora rabbit farm in Dala village in this area is in a state of neglect. Although the farm was set up in 1996 to help the people of hilly areas improve their lot, there are hardly any investors in the venture.

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Probe ordered into doc’s absence at hospital

Ropar, May 16
The Civil Surgeon, Ropar, today marked inquiry into the absence of a doctor at the Civil Hospital, Bharatgarh, on Saturday late night when nine injured in an accident, in which four persons were killed, were brought here for treatment.

37 lakh children given polio drops
Chandigarh, May 16
As many as 37 lakh children, below the age of five, in Punjab have been administered drops during the pulse polio campaign launched on Sunday from Amritsar by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Jilted lover castrates self
Phagwara, May 16
Believe it or not, a jilted lover has amputated his sexual organ. Astinder Singh (24) of Chak Bilga village in Banga Block, had a love affair with a girl who got married to an NRI. Now a mother of a child, she had recently come to meet her parents.

3 die under mysterious circumstances
Malerkotla, May 16
Panic gripped the town today following the news of the death of three persons in Quila Rehmatgarh, a Muslim-dominated area of Malerkotla, under mysterious circumstances.

Pension for widows released
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 16
Hundreds of old people, widows and physically challenged persons today received their pensions at the local Social Security Office. The District Social Security Officer, Ms Amrit Bala, told Chandigarh Tribune that there were 28284 beneficiaries in different categories in the district.

Social organisations honour Patiala IG
Patiala, May 16
About 15 social organisations of this city today honoured Mr Rajinder Singh, Inspector General (IG), Punjab Police, for excellent services rendered by him in the capacity as IG, Zonal, here in the past few years, by organising a function here.

11 kv power line for villages
Kharar, May 16
An 11 kv power line will be provided from the 66 kv substation at Mullanpur to 11 villages failing under Morinda constituency for uninterrupted supply of power.


Drop cases against farmers, protests BKU
Nabha, May 16
Owing allegiance farmers to the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) today held a protest at the local railway station. They were protesting against the railway police for registering cases against leaders and activists of the union on September 24, the day they blocked rail traffic throughout the state, demanding increase in paddy MSP and clearance of sugarcane dues.


Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Jalandhar, May 16
The Jalandhar police has busted a five-member inter-state gang of robbers specialising in looting of transport vehicles loaded with costly commodities. Four snatched vehicles and weapons have also been recovered from the gang, which, has confessed to having committed a number of robberies in different districts.

Drug addict kills father
Kapurthala, May 16
In a shocking incident, a drug-addict son allegedly killed his 70-year-old father by hitting him with a brick on the head at Nangal Lubana village here yesterday. Though the incident occurred yesterday morning, the matter came into light late last evening after a neighbourer called up the police to get the matter reported.


Brar-Jagwant panel sweeps PCCTU poll
Jalandhar, May 16
The Prof R.S. Brar-Dr Jagwant Singh led panel of the PCCTU staged a clean sweep in the annual state- level PCCTU elections by cornering the offices of the president, the general secretary, vice-president and the finance secretary.

Refresher course in economics at GND varsity
Amritsar, May 16
An eminent economist, Dr M.K. Aggarwal, Professor of Economics at Panjab University, Chandigarh, lambasted the World Trade Organisation for its dual policies against the developing countries, including India, here today.

Confusion over Class X syllabus
Bathinda, May 16
Confusion prevails among the students of Class X of different schools in this region affiliated with the Central Board for Secondary Education over the fact that whether their syllabus has been changed for the current academic session or not.

Varsity stance has students worried
Faridkot, May 16
Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences last week came out with a clarification on prospectus numbers on PMET forms on May 13, following a report in The Tribune, but, it has again left the PMET aspirants puzzled with another clarification about column No. 6 of the application form.

Extension of VC’s term lauded
Patiala, May 16
The Global Punjab Foundation today lauded Amarinder Singh’s decision to give another full term to S.S. Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala.

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