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Akali factions ready to accept Barnala as leader: SAD(L)
Amritsar, May 23
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) and certain rival Akali factions are ready to accept Mr Surjit Singh Barnala as their leader in case he decides to join active politics.

Delhi cinema blasts a conspiracy: Badal
Chandigarh, May 23
Describing the bomb blasts in two Delhi cinema houses as a deep- rooted conspiracy to create a divide among the Hindus and the Sikhs, the SAD president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said the ruling Congress party could be behind such a conspiracy.

Pak assurance on detained youths: MP
Hoshiarpur, May 23
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP and BJP chief of the Punjab unit, has said during his recent visit to Pakistan for participating in South Asian Parliament Meet organised by the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA), he had taken up the issue relating to the release of Indian youths, languishing in Pakistan jails.

Durgiana Temple bodies’ split wide open
Amritsar, May 23
The tussle between the Durgiana Temple Management Committee and the Durgiana Educational Foundation, came out in the open with foundation members reacting strongly today to the withdrawal of their representation by officiating Durgiana head yesterday. Dr D.C. Pandey, Principal of Ayurvedic College, on behalf of the foundation that runs the affairs of Sri Laxmi Narayan Ayurvedic College, lashed out against Durgiana management committee head Surinder Arjun in a written statement.

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Bereaved parents allege doctor’s negligence
Death of child at Civil Hospital
Abohar, May 23

Gaurav, alias Raja, a Class II student of a private school, died this morning because of high fever. His parents alleged negligence on the part of doctors treating him. Shriram, father of the deceased, a resident of the Indira Nagri slum area, said Raja suddenly complained of high fever on Sunday.

Wailing relatives of Gaurav who died at the Civil Hospital, Abohar, on Monday. — Photo by writer
Wailing relatives of Gaurav who died at the Civil Hospital, Abohar, on Monday

Water eruption stalls Mukerian hydel project
Mukerian May 23
Work on the 18 MW hydel power project of the PSEB here is in a jeopardy. The work at the project had come to a standstill due to the eruption of water at the proposed foundation of the power houses in September last year. However, even after about nine months PSEB authorities have failed to stem the flow of water.


Veteran Communist leader dead
Chandigarh, May 23
Avtar Singh Malhotra, a veteran comrade, died here this afternoon after a prolonged illness. He was 88. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Gurdev Kaur Malhotra, and son, Dr Shamir Malhotra. Born on April 18, 1917, at Rawalpindi, now in Pakistan, Mr Malhotra spent his formative years there.

BJP councillor dead
Abohar, May 23

Mr Satish Narang, a senior BJP councillor, who was hit by motorcyclists outside his house on March 28, breathed his last at a private hospital last night. The cremation took place here this evening.

The funeral procession of Satish Narang, a BJP councillor who died on Sunday, passes through the Gaushala road, Abohar, on Monday. — Photo by Raj Sadosh 

The funeral procession of Satish Narang, a BJP councillor who died on Sunday, passes through the Gaushala road, Abohar, on Monday

Jhuggis — a threat to thermal plant security
Ropar, May 23
The restricted area of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP) is home to over 500 jhuggis, posing a major threat to the security of the thermal plant where one has to undergo strict security checks before entering.

Jhuggis mushroom in the restricted area of the thermal plant, Ropar, posing a security threat. — Photo by writer
Jhuggis mushroom in the restricted area of the thermal plant, Ropar, posing a security threat

Slums sans safe water, sanitation
Phagwara, May 23
Slums in Phagwara lack basic civic amenities. These can become a haven for disease-causing germs and bacteria. Conditions around water taps are particularly pathetic as there are no arrangements for the disposal of water from the colonies.

A resident of Labour Colony, near Industrial Area, fetches water from a tap surrounded by stagnated water, heaps of garbage, overflowing gutter and public toilets. — Photo by writer
A resident of Labour Colony, near Industrial Area, fetches water from a tap surrounded by stagnated water, heaps of garbage, overflowing gutter and public toilets

IG for curbing harassment in dowry cases
Bathinda, May 23
The new IG, Ferozepore Range, Mr Rajinder Singh, intends to give some lessons on policing to the DSPs and other police officials. “I would like to guide them just like a teacher with a blackboard on the wall and chalk in my hand,” averred the new IG at a press conference here today.

Ferozepore Range IG Rajinder Singh addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Monday. SSP Kapil Dev, is also seen in the picture. — A Tribune photograph
Ferozepore Range IG Rajinder Singh addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Monday

Fight over compensation amount
Bathinda, May 23
Ms Kiranjit Kaur, a resident of Gill Patti village of this district, is running from pillar to post to get her share of the compensation amount which she was supposed to get after her brother , Kuldeep Singh, a sapper in the Indian Army, was killed by terrorists last year. She is fighting against her own father, Ramji Singh, who has denied her a share in the compensation amount.

Factionalism in Cong to the fore
Pathankot, May 23
With on week left for the appointment of the new Chairman of the Pathankot Improvement Trust (PIT), a race is on between the two warring factions of the Congress here to capture the prestigious post.

Protest against land acquisition
Gurdaspur May 23
Farmers led by a former SAD MLA, Mr Kartar Singh Para, today held a rally outside the office of the Improvement Trust, Gurdaspur, against the acquisition of their lands. The farmers sat on a dharna outside the office of the trust and raised slogans against the Punjab Government.

20 hurt in mishaps
Ropar, May 23 Twenty persons, including five women, were injured in two accidents here this evening. Sixteen persons were injured when the Tata Sumo in which they were travelling collided head-on with a truck near Thalikalna village, about 10 km from here. They were on their way to Ludhiana after visiting the Baba Balak Nath temple in Himachal Pradesh. 

Workshop on AIDS
Amritsar, May 23
A workshop on HIV/AIDS — train the trainers programme” for nurses and laboratory technicians organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with the Australia India Council (AIC) opened here today.

Water samples collected
Ropar, May 23
After the case of five persons suffering from diarrhoea of the same family at Katli village came to light, a team of the doctors today visited the village and distributed medicines among more than 100 residents. One of boys of the abovesaid family had died two days ago at a private hospital. Besides, more than 10 cases of diarrhoea have also been reported to the Civil and private hospital in Ropar.


HC Judge inspects Ropar court
Ropar, May 23
Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohantee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today inspected the functioning of various courts under the Ropar district court.


Jalandhar farmers to sell potatoes to Europe
Jalandhar, May 23
Farmers from Jalandhar and its satellite towns will soon start cultivating potatoes for selling the crop to European countries by the year end. As many as 50 progressive potato growers from the region are being registered for the purpose under a newly launched project that aims to export 10,000 tonnes of the crop by winter this year.

Wheat procurement fall short of target
Ludhiana, May 23
Wheat procurement in Punjab has fallen short of about three lakh tonnes this year compared with the arrivals of wheat last year. The mandis have received as many as 92.28 lakh tonnes of wheat so far against 94.61 lakh tonnes of the last year.


Cop suspended for ‘torturing’ farmer
Faridkot, May 23
The in charge of Bargadi police post, Mr Harpreet Singh, has been suspended for the alleged torture of a farmer belonging to Dhilwan Kalan village. Sources said the Bargadi post in charge and some other cops stopped Gurmit Singh when he was heading towards his fields on Saturday morning.


Gang of women thieves busted, one arrested
Batala, May 23
The local police today arrested Chhinder Kaur (45) who is allegedly involved in several incidents of theft in Batala and its adjoining areas. However, her two women accomplices escaped at the time of a raid by the police party.

Firm dupes farmer, depositors of Rs 10 cr
Four partners on the run
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 23
A commission agent firm of Sirhind Mandi has duped scores of farmers, traders, commission agents and private depositors of allegedly more than Rs 10 crore. All four partners of the firm have escaped along with their families and locked their residences.

Arrested for raping married woman
Bathinda, May 23
Three persons have been arrested for raping a married woman at Aklian village on May 17 night. Police sources said the victim, in her complaint, stated that she had gone to see her parents at Aklian village where she fell sick.

Two nabbed for accepting bribe
Chandigarh, May 23
In two different cases, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a Deputy Director in the Department of Industries and an Inspector-cum-Salesman of Markfed while they were allegedly accepting and demanding bribe.

DSP caught stealing power
No FIR registered
Patiala, May 23
They are meant to be the custodians of the law. But in this case a senior cop Punjab Police was caught red-handed by the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities for grossly misusing the law while indulging in theft of power at his government house at Patiala.

Body of unidentified woman found in forest
Gurdaspur, May 23
The police has recovered the body of a woman in the Dhar forest today. Sources available here said that the body was found in a highly decomposed state. The police was informed about the dead body by the locals who first spotted it due to the stench emanating from it.

Bid to abduct girl; 2 injured
Rajpura, May 23
Two members of a family were injured when they tried to rescue a girl from the clutches of three alleged abductors near Mughal Sarai village, near here, today. According to sources, Ms Gurpal Kaur and her son Mr Jasbir Singh, residents of Mughal Sarai locality, were attacked by Sikandra Singh alias Gabbar, Jarnail Singh, Lala and Popal of the same locality.

Rs 4 lakh looted from bank cashier
Moga, May 23
Three scooter-borne armed men today looted Rs 4 lakh in broad daylight from the head cashier of Allahabad Bank at the Manuke village bus stand. Sources said head cashier Charan Das had brought the amount from the Moga branch of the bank. He had boarded a bus from Moga to Manuke.

Deputy Director held taking bribe
Moga, May 23
The Vigilance caught the Deputy Director, Factory, Daler Singh, red-handed while accepting bribe from a cold store owner at Dala village, near here today. Sources said the Deputy Director used to recover monthly payment from the factory owners.

14 gamblers, satta operators arrested
Phagwara, May 23
As many as 14 gamblers and satta operators were arrested yesterday and Rs 8500 were seized, according to the police. A joint raid by city and sadar police force headed by SHOs Nirmal Singh and Lehmber Singh was conducted at bus stand, maal godam railway road, area opposite JCT Mill and Hoshiarpur road. A case under Sections 13A-3-67 and Gambling Act has been registered.


Ropar girls top in Class XII exam
Ropar, May 23
Sheena Jain of the non-medical group and Sarabjot Kaur of the medical group, both Class XII students of Shiwalik Public School, Ropar, have stood first in the CBSE exams held in the district.

Entrance test dates changed
Amritsar, May 23
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, has changed the dates of entrance tests for some courses as these clashed with the date of the BEd entrance test to be conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh, on June 22. However, there will be no change in time and venue of the tests.

US Embassy team visits school for space project
Patiala, May 23
A two-member team from the American Embassy visited the Budha Dal Public School to give a presentation on Mars Rover, a space project. The team comprised of Mrs Robin D’elo, First Secretary (Cultural Affairs) and Mr Ramesh Jain, Cultural Affairs Manager of the embassy.

B.Tech course redesigned
Amritsar, May 23
Guru Nanak Dev University upgraded its four-year course of B.Tech (sugar technology) to B.Tech (sugar and alcohol technology) from current academic session. This course is being run under the Department of Applied Chemical Sciences and Technology.

GND varsity allows for computer science 
Amritsar, May 23
Guru Nanak Dev University has allowed students of Shaheed Ram Singh Pathania Memorial College at Niari in Gurdaspur district to take admission to the BA degree course and choose computer science as one of the elective subjects during the academic session of 2005-06.

GND varsity JET (UG) on June 14
Amritsar, May 23
Guru Nanak Dev University will hold a joint entrance test for admission to undergraduate science courses on June 14. The last date for submission of application forms is June 2.


Rice millers to support Saini for presidentship
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 23
The District Rice Millers Association at its meeting held here today decided to support the candidature of Mr Tarsem Saini, president of Punjab Rice Millers Association, in the elections to be held for the post of president of the association for 2005-2007.


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