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Badal alleges attempt to weaken SGPC
Move on Haryana gurdwara panel

Ludhiana, May 22
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) President and former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal today warned the Congress government in Haryana against any attempt to create separate gurdwara management committee there.

SGPC toes DSGMC line on turban issue
Amritsar, May 22
The SGPC seems to have adopted the line of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee at least on ‘turban issue’. The decision to put off the visit of SGPC delegation to France has been taken in order to involve the Central Government.

Controversy surrounds trust named after militant
Militant’s widow re-marries
Amritsar, May 22
Warring groups today crossed swords over the possession of the Dharm Singh Khalsa Trust where 125 wards of the slain militants, including a son of Gurbachan Singh Manochahal, slain chief of the Bhinderanwale Tiger Force, are being brought up.

The mother of slain militant Dharm Singh Kashtiwal, an inmate of Dharm Singh Khalsa Trust, father-in-law and mother-in-law of the slain militant argue following the re-marriage of Sandip Kaur, widow of the slain militant in Amritsar on Sunday. (From left): The mother of slain militant Dharm Singh Kashtiwal, an inmate of Dharm Singh Khalsa Trust, father-in-law and mother-in-law of the slain militant argue following the re-marriage of Sandip Kaur, widow of the slain militant in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Fatehgarh Sahib



Land prices go up as growth rate slides
Chandigarh, May 22
Punjab is witnessing a strange paradox. Over all, Punjab’s economy is not booming but growing at the slackest average rate of 3.5 per cent, which is almost half the national growth rate. But there is a big boom in the price of agricultural and other landed properties in the recent months.

PM is PPCC delegate from Amritsar (Urban)
Chandigarh, May 22
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and former MPs, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar and Mr Varinder Kataria, and former All-India Youth Congress chief, Mr Manish Tewari, figure in the list of the delegates of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) approved by the Returning Officer of the State, Ms Ushabhen Thakkar.

Over 17 B.Ed colleges functioning without principal
Chandigarh, May 22
More than 17 non-government B.Ed colleges have been functioning without a principal in Punjab. In most of these colleges an officiating principal is discharging the duties of a principal. The management of these colleges cites the reason that they are not getting a qualified person for the post.

Family struggles to perform last rites of NRI
Mukerian, May 22
Family members of Daljit Singh, who had been working in Portugal for the past five years and died under mysterious circumstances, are waiting to perform his last rites. Daljit was working as a cook in a restaurant owned by Satwinder Singh, an NRI, at Algarve city.


BSP launches dharna
Bathinda, May 22
The Bahujan Samaj Party today kicked off an indefinite dharna in front of Talwandi Sabo police station on the issue of a clash between landlords and Dalits of Bhagwanpura village. However, the police and civil administration succeeded in getting it lifted.

SAD panel to meet today
Chandigarh, May 22
A meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will be held here tomorrow according to a press note issued by Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, Secretary of the party.


Saragarhi complex in midst of controversy
FEROZEPORE: The historic Saragarhi Memorial Gurdwara, built by the British in memory of 21 Sikh soldiers who died fighting against more than 10,000 Pathans while defending the Saragarhi post of Fort Lockhart in the North-West Frontier Province on September 12, 1897, has become a bone of contention between followers of the Nanaksar sect and the state government.

Withdraw heritage dossier, council asks Centre
Amritsar, May 22
Though the SGPC has rejected the nomination of the Golden Temple as Unesco’s world heritage site, the Government of India has not withdrawn the nomination.

Pathankot to have food processing unit: Ashwani Kumar
Pathankot, May 22
The Pathankot subdivision of Gurdaspur would soon get a food processing unit. Mr Ashwani Kumar, Rajya Sabha member, said this while addressing a workers’ rally here today.

Rajya Sabha Member Ashwani Kumar addresses a workers’ rally in Pathankot on Sunday. — Photo by Jangi

Rajya Sabha Member Ashwani Kumar addresses a workers’ rally in Pathankot on Sunday.

175 found diabetic at medical camp
Patiala, May 22
A free medical and gynae detection-cum-check up camp was organised at gurdwara, street no.2, Guru Nanak Nagar, here today.

Indo-Pak conference from May 24
Amritsar, May 22
Indo-Pak conference to study, analyse and highlight contribution made by scores of people’s organisations towards initiating and strengthening cause of peace and friendship between the two nations would be hold jointly by South Asia Partnership (SAP) and civil society peace initiatives organisations in Lahore.

Acid attack victim gets aid for treatment
Amritsar, May 22
Sushila (50), who was admitted to the local Guru Nanak Dev Hospital by the Pingalwara, was the only patient left in the skin surgical ward as other patients had vacated the ward for fear of infection.

Dr Sohal honoured
Patiala, May 22
Dr Hardip Singh Sohal, Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon at Aggarsain Charitable Eye and General Hospital, Patiala, was honoured by the Rotary Club Patiala Mid Town for his services towards mankind.

Residents want road widened
Bathinda, May 22
The joint action committee of various localities today lamented that the district administration was not paying heed to its demand for widening the Dr Mela Ram Hospital road as per the scheme of 60 foot road.

Batala-Rayya road in disrepair
Batala, May 22
Over 37-km stretch from Batala to Rayya of the Batala-Jalandhar road is in bad shape. It is full of potholes.

Foundation stone of link road laid
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 22
The government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to improve the condition of the roads in the state and it is spending Rs 1,300 crore on recarpeting and widening of roads, Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, said while addressing a gathering at Balhari Khurd village, after laying the foundation stone of a link road from Bhaironpur to Balahri Khurd via Ambey Majra.

Villagers flock to free medical camp
Patiala, May 22
A voluntary social organisation — the International Bhau Bhaichara — organised a free medical check-up at Bahadurgarh, near here, today which attracted hundreds of people from nearby villages.

Pak singers enthral audience
Bathinda, May 22
Pakistani singer Husain Baksh Khan and his sons, Chand Khan, and Suraj Khan enthralled the city audience last night with their live performance at the Lions Club Community Hall here.

Cleanliness drive launched
Phagwara, May 22
The Swachchta Abhiyan Manch, Phagwara, launched a cleanliness drive in Guru Nanak Pura here on Sunday. On this occasion a rehri was pressed into service to collect garbage from residents’ doorsteps.


2,234 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Amritsar, May 22
As many as 2,234 out of 2,745 cases were disposed of through mutual compromise at a special Lok Adalat held here, while a sum of more than Rs 2.53 crore was awarded as compensation.


Mother, son held in dowry death case
Hoshiarpur, May 22
The district police arrested Balwinder Singh and his mother, Gian Kaur, of Mehamdowal Khurd, yesterday for allegedly killing Rajbir Kaur for dowry and cremating her despite protests from the deceased’s father on May 17, 2005.

3 held for stealing batteries from Bhisiana AF Station
Bathinda, May 22
Three Indian Air Force men have been sent in judicial remand in a theft case. They were arrested a few days back for stealing aircraft batteries worth lakhs from the Bhisiana Air Force Station, near here. Their arrest has raised a big question mark on the security of the station.

13 injured in clash at Glaxo
Nabha, May 22
Thirteen persons, including five police personnel, were injured in a clash between agitating workers and the police at the entry gate of Glaxo Smithkline Consumer Healthcare Ltd last night. Injured persons were admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Three cases of rape solved
Nawanshahr, May 22
Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, DIG, Jalandhar Range, and Mr Arun Pal Singh, SSP, at a joint press meeting at Banga, yesterday claimed to have solved a number of cases of crime committed in Banga recently.

MLA’s brother attacked
Bathinda, May 22
Unidentified armed men attacked the brother of the Nathana MLA, Mr Gura Singh Tungwali, with sharp-edged weapons on Friday.

Pirated CDs of ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’ flood market
Abohar, May 22
Even as Mr Ponty Chadha, chief distributor of “Jo Bole So Nihal” has withdrawn the movie from cinema houses in the north, the market is flooded with pirated CDs that carry original dialogues and scenes objected to by Sikh organisations, sources said.


Representation of 7 members of Durgiana Educational Foundation withdrawn
Amritsar, May 22
The executive committee of Durgiana Temple Management Committee resolved to withdraw representation of seven of its members from the Durgiana Educational Foundation that runs only ayurvedic college here today.

Students act as traffic cops
Patiala, May 22
Students of Blossoms Senior Secondary School, Nabha Road, after taking 10 days training in road safety rules and traffic rules by the Traffic and Road Safety Department of the police, gave a demonstration of their skills yesterday.

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