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30 Punjab MLAs leave for Pakistan
Wagah, May 21
The month of May seems to be excursion time for Punjab politicians. After the Chief Minister, who went to Canada along with some of his cabinet colleagues, a 30-member delegation of legislatures from Punjab led by Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, today left for Pakistan via joint checkpost, here.
Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, addresses the media at Wagah checkpost before leaving for Pakistan Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, addresses the media at Wagah checkpost before leaving for Pakistan on Saturday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Beas poses threat to two bundhs
Mohammad Ali Khan (Kapurthala), May 21
As the Beas has started changing its course in the past few months, its flow has damaged the berm at various points. It has reached the S. Atma Singh Advance Bundh No. 1 and 2, posing a serious threat to thousands of villagers of Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision.

Cartels eyeing mines now
Auction amendments ‘smack of bias’
Gurdaspur, May 21
After domination of the liquor trade in the state, the cartels are now eyeing the mining industry. Apprehensions are being expressed by stone crusher owners that changes have been effected in the mining auction policy by the Department of Industries this year to “help” cartels monopolise mining.



  Lax contractors make mess of canal renovation
Rajasthan Govt pays Rs 25 lakh; farmers irked
Abohar, May 21
The Rajasthan Government has finally agreed to pay Rs 25 lakh to the Irrigation authorities at Ferozepore for desilting of Bikaner/Gang Canal. Interestingly the Irrigation Department had submitted an demand note for Rs 75 lakh in addition to Rs 195 crore already agreed to for renovation.

Ranjit Sagar land scam: 4 in Vigilance net
Gurdaspur, May 21
The Economic Offences Wing of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has booked four persons, including revenue officials and a Block Development Officer for committing a fraud in the acquisition of land and subsequent disbursement of compensation under the Ranjit Sagar Dam project.

BJP comes in defence of quacks
Abohar, May 21
Senior BJP leaders today came in defence of those booked by the Health Department in Abohar and Fazilka subdivisions. As Congress workers assembled at the new grain market to observe Anti-Terrorism Day, the BJP held a press conference at the same time.


SAD accused of introducing privatisation
Jalandhar, May 21
Accusing the SAD of introducing privatisation of government institutions during its rule, the SAD (Longowal) has asserted that no state government had right to go in for privatisation as government organisations were a property of the people and the government was merely a custodian of these organisations.

AISAD accuses SAD of corruption
Chandigarh, May 21
Accusing the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee of indulging in corruption and nepotism, the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal today announced plans for the release of a “white paper” to “reveal the truth”.


Magsaysay awardee calls for open borders
Amritsar, May 21
In view of the demands of people of both countries, the governments of India and Pakistan should end the visa system and allow their residents to visit all states of their respective countries.

Indian-Pak troops hold peace prayer
Abohar, May 21
Mr R.S. Musahari, Director-General, BSF, yesterday interacted with Lieut-Col Mahmood of Pakistan Rangers for 20 minutes near Q-head border post before laying the foundation stone for a conference room to be used for flag meetings.

SGPC fails to send panel to France
Amritsar, May 21
An eight-member committee formed to present a memorandum to the French Education Minister over the turban ban today failed to leave for Paris, as announced by the SGPC. The decision to put off the visit has come as a shock to the Sikh community in France.

Grievance committee meetings not being taken seriously
Ropar, May 21
The monthly grievance committee meeting which was held here yesterday seems to have become a non-serious show as neither the MLAs nor the MPs consider it important and even the government officials take little or no interest in solving problems of the citizens.

Historical clock tower cries for repair
Sangrur, May 21
Due to the alleged “indifferent attitude” of the authorities concerned, the historical and unique clock with four dials on four sides of the tower, situated near the district Judicial Complex here, has not been functioning for the past more than three months.

Homage paid to Rajiv Gandhi
Abohar, May 21
A large number of Congress workers led by Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, paid tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at a meeting held at New Grain market here on his death anniversary, which was observed as anti-terrorism day.

Lieut-Gen Mandhata Singh is new GOC of Vajra Corps
Jalandhar, May 21
Lieut-Gen Mandhata Singh took over the charge as the General Officer Commanding of Vajra Corps, Jalandhar headquarters, here today. The new GOC performed wreath-laying ceremony at the Vajra Corps War Memorial before taking over the charge from Lieut-Gen P.K. Singh.

Lieut-Gen Mandhata Singh (R) shakes hand with Lieut-Gen P.K. Singh before taking over as the GOC of Vajra Corps from the latter at the Jalandhar headquarters on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph
Lieut-Gen Mandhata Singh shakes hand with Lieut-Gen P.K. Singh before taking over as the GOC of Vajra Corps from the latter at the Jalandhar headquarters

5-yr-old’s death leads to protest
Ropar, MAY 21
Chaos prevailed for more than three hours in the civil hospital, Ropar, after a five-year-old boy, Rajvir, who died while getting treatment at private clinic was brought for the post-mortem here.


Team inspects sites for judicial complex
Hoshiarpur, May 21
On the representation of the District Bar Association, Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohanta, Mr Justice S.S. Saron and Mr A.N. Jindal, District & Sessions Judge (Vigilance), Chandigarh, all members of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Building Committee visited Hoshiarpur today to select a site for the construction of new judicial complex here.


2 cops held for snatching purse
Jalandhar, May 21
The police has arrested two officials of the PAP who were trying to flee after snatching the purse of a teacher of S. Joseph School this afternoon. They have been identified as head constable Baljit Singh, who has been suspended, and Gurvir Singh, who has been discharged from the PAP.

3 booked for dowry death
Hoshiarpur, May 21
On the complaint of Chaman Lal of Basti Kullian village, the police has registered a case under Sections 304-B, 498-A and 34, IPC, against Sonny Lal, his father Tarsem Lal and mother Kewali Devi of Sango Katrala yesterday for allegedly killing the complainant’s daughter Veena Kumari for dowry.

Suspended SHO held for hiding facts
Rampura Phul, May 21
The police today arrested a suspended SHO of the Rampura Phul police station, Raminder Lumba, in connection with yesterday’s custodial death case. He has been arrested primarily for not presenting the correct picture of events in the case.

Suicide attempt
Kharar, May 21
A woman made an attempt to commit suicide in her house on the hospital road here today. It is learnt that Nimmo tried to end her life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan with the help of her dupatta.


Extension to VC welcomed
Patiala, May 21
The Category ‘A’ Officer Association (Non Teaching) Punjabi University, Patiala, has welcomed the Punjab Government’s decision of granting one more term to the Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai.

Radhika tops Class X exam in Amritsar
Amritsar, May 21
Radhika Gupta and Harmanpreet Singh of Holy Heart Presidency School stood first and second in the ICSE Class X examination, securing 95.8 and 94.8 per cent marks, respectively.


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