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Hanspal for amicable solution of inter-state issues
Amritsar, May 17

After a long time, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, today announced that his party would aim at an ‘amicable’ settlement of inter-state issues like transfer of Chandigarh and other left-out Punjabi-speaking areas into Punjab.
Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, presents a model of Harmandar Sahib to Mr Ashok Gahlot, AICC General Secretary, at a function in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, presents a model of Harmandar Sahib to Mr Ashok Gahlot, AICC General Secretary, at a function in Amritsar on Tuesday.

Decision on Hanspal rests with party: Bhattal
Ludhiana, May 17

Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said today that Capt Amarinder Singh was probably expressing his opinion supporting the continuation of Mr H.S. Hanspal as president of the PPCC.

SAD panel asks Bibi to look into film issue
Chandigarh, May 17
The SAD’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC), a meeting of which here today was virtually rocked by the controversy regarding the clean chit given to the film “Jo Bole So Nihal” by a panel set up by the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, has asked Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC President, to look into the whole affair personally.

Fatehgarh Sahib



‘Harassed’ by Vigilance, patwari ends life
Gurdaspur, May 17
The negligence on the part of the Vigilance authorities forced an innocent government employee to commit suicide. Harjit Singh, a patwari of the Sangalpura locality of Gurdaspur, reportedly committed suicide yesterday by consuming pesticides.

Surgical technique named after CMCH docs
Ludhiana, May 17
In a rare honour a new surgical technique was named after Dr Rajesh Paul and Dr Amitabh Dwyer, two young orthopedic surgeons of the local Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH). The technique for amputation near the heel, pioneered by these senior orthopedic surgeons was now known as “Modified Dwyer and Paul Procedure” in the international literature and it had been published as such in the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma’s April issue.

Dr Rajesh Paul
Dr Rajesh Paul

Dr Amitabh Dwyer
Dr Amitabh Dwyer

Kultaran case: Iranian SC upholds jury verdict
Chandigarh, May 17
The Supreme Court of Iran — Deewaneh Aali Keshavar — yesterday upheld the verdict of the jury of a penal court of the Province of Tehran convicting Majid Jahanshahi Anbouhi in the Sikh businessman Kultaran Singh murder case sentencing him to 10 years imprisonment each for both intentional murder and intent to rob the victim.

Punjab owes over Rs 300 cr to Centre for deployment of para-military forces
Chandigarh, May 17
Punjab tops the list of states and public sector units owing a total of about Rs 2,400 crore to the central government for deployment of para-military forces on internal security duties. The delay in recovering the amount was stated to be because of certain deficiencies in the existing system.


SAD seeks dismissal of Jagjit Singh
Chandigarh, May 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal today urged the Governor of Punjab, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), to dismiss the Local Bodies and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ch Jagjit Singh, after he was charged with travelling without a valid ticket on the New Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi Express early this month.

Confusion in SAD over ties with NDA
Chandigarh, May 17
Apparently confused over what sort of relationship it should have with the National Democratic Alliance( NDA) and whether it should also boycott the monsoon session of Parliament, the SAD leadership said today that it would decide the issues at the time of the next session of Parliament.


Hospital officiating head blamed
Absence of doctor at Bharatgarh
Ropar, May 17
The officiating in charge of the hospital at Bharatgarh has been held responsible for the absence of any doctor in the hospital when accident victims were brought there for treatment on Saturday.

Durgiana panel boycotts social worker
Amritsar, May 17
Sri Durgiana Temple the management committee today “boycotted” Mr S.S. Sharma, a social activist, for his alleged anti-temple activities. Mr Surinder Arjun, officiating president of the committee, said here today that Mr Sharma was debarred from entering into the temple premises.

New meaning in life for the elderly
Bundala (Jalandhar), May 17
With as many as half the number of young couples in Bundala having moved to greener pastures, a centre set up in the village has become a haven for their elderly parents.Sunder Lal Bahuguna

Women can help check drug menace: Bahuguna
Amritsar, May 17
Mr Sunder Lal Bahuguna, a crusader of Chipko Movement and associated with drug deaddiction of youths in five districts of Uttaranchal, said women should organise themselves and come out to protest against the drug and liquor mafia in Punjab.

Sunder Lal Bahuguna

Punjab lags behind in implementing Panchayati Raj programme
Chandigarh, May 17
The National Advisory Council, headed by the chairperson of the UPA government, Ms Sonia Gandhi, has recommended that states not implementing recommendations relating to the Panchayati Raj should face a cut in the allocation of funds.

Samiti seeks probe into reconstruction of canal
Abohar, May 17
The Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Sriganganagar, today served a seven-day ultimatum on Chief Engineers, Irrigation, Punjab and Rajasthan, to get probed alleged bungling in the reconstruction of Bikaner/Gang canal by technical experts.

Warehouse corpn yet to interview candidates
Bathinda, May 17
The fate of hundreds of candidates, who were shortlisted for various posts in Punjab State Warehouse Corporation a couple of years ago, is hanging in balance, as the corporation is yet to conduct their interviews.

Lt-Col Sandhu rewarded Rs 5 lakh
Ferozepore, May 17
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr B.C. Thakur, presented a cheque for Rs 5 lakh to Lieut-Col Gurjit Singh Sandhu at a function here today for showing courage and devotion to duty to secure a tactically important hilltop in Batalik sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Lieut-Col Sandhu, who hails from this border town, has been earlier conferred with Sena Medal also.

Councillors stage dharna against sale of land
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 17
Ten out of 17 municipal councillors of the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib Municipal Council today staged a dharna in the office of the council. They gheraoed the Executive Officer and locked the main gate. The Executive Officer managed to leave the office through the back door.

Suspected meningitis patient dies
Patiala, May 17
Jaspal Singh (62), of Main village, near here, today died in the Rajindera Hospital after he was admitted as a case of suspected meningoccocemia meningitis.

Action against doctor sought
Kharar, May 17
A local resident has complained that his daughter-in-law died allegedly due to the negligence of a doctor and other members of the staff of a private hospital here. He demanded action against the doctor and others in this regard.

Seminars on free legal aid to be held
Rajpura, May 17
To spread awareness among residents of the rural areas about the free legal aid facility, the government has decided to conduct seminars at village level. The poor villagers unable to spend on fighting criminal and civil cases pending in different courts, will also be educated about the benefits of the Lok Adalats organised by the Punjab Legal Services Authorities.


No anticipatory bail for juvenile accused
Chandigarh, May 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has turned down the plea for anticipatory bail of a juvenile accused in a case of acid throwing on a young girl.

ETT admissions: Govt move runs into rough weather
Chandigarh, May 17
The move of the Punjab Government to change the mode of selection for admissions to the Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) course has run into rough weather.

Case against former Milkfed chief cancelled
Ropar, May 17
A case of cheating and forgery registered against the former Chairman of Milkfed, Jagdeep Singh, by the Punjab Vigilance, Bureau, was today cancelled by Ropar court.


DEO suspends teacher
Kapurthala, May 17
The District Education Officer (Secondary) today placed a teacher of Government Secondary School, Jawalapur, under suspension when he failed to abide by the orders of the DPI pertaining to relieving of a lady teacher at Durgapur village.

Suspended for sleeping and snoring on duty
Patiala, May 17
The new Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, gave some shock treatment to employees on his first day in office when he suspended two of them who were found to be sleeping while on duty.

Jaspreet Talwar is Fatehgarh Sahib DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 17
The 1995 batch IAS officer of the Punjab cadre, Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, today took over as the 13th Deputy Commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib today. She was earlier posted as Secretary, Punjab State Electricity Board Patiala.

PUDA takes possession of 150 flats
Phagwara, May 17
In a major drive against squatters, the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) officials today took possession of 150 LIG and MIG flats in Urban Estate.

Sinha takes charge as Secy PSEB
Patiala, May 17
Mr K.A.P. Sinha, an IAS officer of the 1992 batch, today took over as Secretary, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Patiala, at the board secretariat.


Forest Guard held for killing deer
Hoshiarpur, May 17
A barking deer calf was allegedly killed by a forest guard in the forests of Chack Sadhu area of Hoshiarpur district.

Three arrested in dowry death case
Malerkotla, May 17
The police has arrested three persons in the dowry death case in which Rajwinder Kaur of Naudhran village was allegedly strangled by her in-laws on May 13 as her parents could not fulfil their demands for more dowry. She was pregnant for seven months.

Girl commits suicide
Abohar, May 17
A 17-year-old daughter of an AIDS patient allegedly committed suicide by jumping into rural water works reservoir located on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road last night. According to sources, her body was fished out today.

Taxi driver shot
Moga, May 17
A taxi driver was shot in broad daylight near the tehsil complex at Nihalsinghwala yesterday.

Book sarpanch or I'd end life, warns woman
Phagwara, May 17
Balbir Kaur of Nanak Nagri village today accused the village Sarpanch, Mr Santokh Raj, of manhandling her and threatened to end her life in case action was not taken against him.


PMET form: confusion on despite clarification
Faridkot, May 17
The PMET form of Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences has led to a lot of confusion among medical aspirants of the state. The university came out with a clarification on column Nos. 3 and 6 of the OMR application form, but chaos still prevails on some other points.

Conquering pain to make it to IAS
Patiala, May 17
“Make it to the IAS and serve the nation.” These words of Abhishek Goyal’s father kept on echoing in his ears and enabled him to hit the bull’s eye as he ultimately managed to make it to the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) cadre in the result of UPSC mains declared recently.

Baljeet Kaur Goniana Mandi girl bags 208th rank in IAS
Bathinda, May 17
Ms Baljeet Kaur, hailing from Goniana Mandi of this district, has made this town proud when she cleared the civil services examination conducted by the UPSC this year. She cleared the examination in her first attempt and obtained the 208th rank in the country.

Baljeet Kaur

Students against extension to VC
Patiala, May 17
The Student Federation of India (SFI), Punjab and Chandigarh units today held out a threat that it would launch an agitation from the coming academic session if the state government did not withdraw its decision to extend the tenure of Mr S. S. Boparia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, by three years more.

BCA (II) results today
Amritsar, May 17
The results of the BCA (II) examination of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April would be declared tomorrow.


BSNL to expand mobile network
Sangrur, May 17
The local BSNL authorities today celebrated the World Telecom Day at the Ranbir Club here by organising a seminar on the topic “Customer Management in Telecom”. Mr Husan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, was the chief guest.

World Telecom Day celebrated
Patiala, May 17
The World Telecom Day function was organised in the local Urban Estate Phase-II Telephone exchange today. Mr Tejveer Singh, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr A.S. Rai, S.S.P., presided over the function.


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