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Jathedar Vedanti refuses to step down
SGPC convenes emergency session for May 31
Amritsar, May 24
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti has ruled out the possibility of his stepping down as Jathedar Akal Takht as sought by certain Sikh organisations following controversy over “Jo Bole So Nihaal”.

Stand-off between temple foundation, panel intensifies
Amritsar, May 24
The standoff between the Durgiana Temple Management Committee and the Durgiana Education Foundation intensified today with the former telling the foundation to hold immediate elections to its body.

Over 100 trees felled
Bid to grab school land
Gurdaspur May 24
At least 100 eucalyptus trees have been felled illegally from the land of Government Senior Secondary School in Lamini, near Pathankot, by certain local landlords. Sources said the trees had been felled in an effort to grab school land.
Uprooted portions of some trees felled from the land of Government Senior Secondary School, Lamini, near Pathankot Uprooted portions of some trees felled from the land of Government Senior Secondary School, Lamini, near Pathankot.
— Photo by Jangi


Fake currency worth Rs 11 lakh seized; 5 held
Amritsar, May 24
Customs officials yesterday arrested three Indians and two Pakistanis and seized a fake currency worth Rs 11 lakh from them. On a tip-off, the Customs officials seized Rs 4.75 lakh that was concealed in four bags at the Attari railway station.

Five accused, including three Indians, who were arrested by Customs officials for carrying fake currency, in Amritsar on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Five accused, including three Indians, who were arrested by Customs officials for carrying fake currency, in Amritsar

California panel to visit Punjab
Jalandhar, May 24
Realising that a large number of non-Americans, mostly from South-East Asia and Mexico, settled in California are unable to afford costly houses, the California State Commission for Agriculture, Worker Health and Housing has decided to urge the California government to partly fund houses for such immigrants.


Bibi’s statements led to blasts, says Khaira
Chandigarh, May 24
In a counter-attack on Akalis and the SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, the general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira, said today the “provocative” statements made by the SGPC chief on the film issue were mainly responsible for the bomb blasts in two cinema houses in Delhi.


Police officials flouting rules for personal favours
Chandigarh, May 24
Gangs of criminals are not the only ones giving the Punjab police authorities a headache. Cases of insubordination are fast becoming another cause of worry for the officers.

Torture case: inquiry holds three policemen guilty
Patiala, May 24
The magisterial inquiry, ordered by the Deputy Commissioner after reports surfaced that a brickkiln labourer was tortured by cops a fortnight ago, has indicted three police officials of the Patiala police.

Minister lays foundation stones
Ferozepore, May 24
The Punjab Government has embarked upon various schemes for the developmental of urban areas in the state for which Rs 800 crore would be spent during this financial year.

HIV positive couple admitted in hospital
Bathinda, May 24
Married for over 10 years they did not have a child. They were leading a good life till a few months back when they came to know that they were HIV positive. Ram Singh and Sukhwinder Kaur (names changed), hailing from Wada Bhai Ka village of the district today were admitted to the Civil Hospital here.

PSEB employees hold protest against privatisation
Jalandhar, May 24
Hundreds of employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board, farmers, labourers and their children held a protest rally in front of the Shakti Sadan here today and demanded revocation of the Power Act 2003 and partial privatisation, which, according to them was still going on in the PSEB in one or the other form.
Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board stage dharna to protest against the move of privatising the board
Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board stage dharna to protest against the move of privatising the board and holding contractual appointments outside the Shakti Sadan in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Anganwadi workers hold dharna
Bathinda, May 24
The Angandwadi Workers and Helpers Union today announced that they would expose the corrupt officials of the department. Addressing a press conference, the state union president, Ms Hargobind Kaur, along with the district chiefs of Bathinda, Sangrur and Muktsar, alleged that some officials of the department were misusing government funds.

No silt in Suketi Khad, says Bhakra board
Chandigarh, May 24
Apropos the news item headlined “High Court panel satisfied with BBMB’s silt disposal” in these columns on May 16, the name of the applicable Act has been wrongly mentioned as the Forest Conservation Act whereas it should be the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.

Kaypee flags off fleet of buses
Jalandhar, May 24
As many as 240 buses will be included in the fleet of the Punjab Roadways during the current fiscal year. It will comply with the Euro-II norms. This was stated by Punjab Transport Minister Mohinder Singh Kaypee, who flagged off a fleet of 104 buses from depot number 1 of the Punjab Roadways here today.

CPM leader Jawandha dead
Sangrur, May 24
Ajit Singh Jawandha (65), a retired principal, who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election as the CPM candidate from Sangrur in 1999, died at CMC Hospital, Ludhiana, today. On May 10, he fell into a well and suffered serious injuries on his leg. Due to severe infection, the doctors amputated his leg, but he could not recover.

Veteran Communist leader cremated
Chandigarh, May 24
Veteran Communist leader, Avtar Singh Malhotra, who died yesterday, was cremated here today. Leaders of all four Communist parties of Punjab, including the Secretary of the CPI, Dr Joginder Dayal, the Secretary of the CPM, Prof Balwant Singh, Mr Jagjit Singh Layalpuri, Mr Piara Singh Deosi, Mr Prem Singh Bhangu, Mr Jagjit Singh Anand laid the wreaths.
Dr Samir Malhotra and other family members at Mr Avtar Singh Malhotra’s funeral on Tuesday in Chandigarh
Dr Samir Malhotra and other family members at Mr Avtar Singh Malhotra’s funeral on Tuesday in Chandigarh. — Photo by Pradeep Tiwari

Awareness programme on road safety
Patiala, May 24
The Red Cross Society in collaboration with the Traffic Police, Patiala, organised an awareness programme at Government Senior Secondary School, Sanaur. The seminar focused on first-aid and road safety.

Sale of cut fruit banned
Ropar, May 24
Prompted by the rise in cases of diarrhoea, the District Magistrate, Mr H.I.S Grewal, today banned the sale of cut fruit, excessive ripened fruit and vegetables and uncovered sweets. Issuing the orders, Mr Grewal, said sweets should be properly covered to ensure hygiene.


Cinema owners’ appeal admitted
Chandigarh, May 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today admitted the petition filed by cinema owners of Punjab, challenging the notice issued by the Excise Department, Punjab, asking them to pay the differential tax for the years 2002-3 and 2003-4.


Man joins sister’s husband in killing her
Kharar, May 24
The husband, brother and brother-in-law of a 33-year-old woman joined hands to kill her. The victim, Kulbir Kaur, mother of four, was allegedly murdered by her husband, Bhupinder Singh, her brother- in-law, Avtar Singh, and her brother, Karamjit Singh, at Gharuan village, near here, late last night.

Ranjit Sagar project official arrested
Pathankot, May 24
The Punjab Vigilance sleuths today arrested a superintendent working in the Ranjit Sagar Dam project, Shahpur Kandi, near here, and reportedly recovered a huge cash and jewellery from his house.

4 cops booked as murder accused flees
Gurdaspur, May 24
Four police constables were booked for dereliction of duty as a murder accused they were accompanying fled from the court premises. The sources available here said that Narinder Singh, a resident of Sapri village, was undergoing sentence in the Gurdaspur Central Jail on the charge of murder.

Granthi caught with girl, beaten up
Barnala (Sangrur), May 24
A granthi was beaten up last night by an angry mob after he was caught in a compromising position with a girl in a gurdwara complex. Identified as Jaswinder Singh, he suffered fracture in his left leg following his bashing and was admitted in a local private nursing home.


Shikha Goel, who topped the CBSE Class X exam in Patiala by scoring 95.6 per cent
Shikha Goel (centre), who topped the CBSE Class X exam in Patiala by scoring 95.6 per cent. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Guru Nanak varsity to have EDUSAT network on campus
Amritsar, May 24
Guru Nanak Dev University is the first university of India to have EDUSAT network on the university campus with 120 interactive terminals at receiving stations to be set up at different institutions.

Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan training for teachers cut short
Abohar, May 24
The state government has decided to cut short training of government school teachers scheduled for 20 days, to 10 days under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan. Nearly 500 teachers, including women, from elementary and senior secondary government schools have been spending days since May 16, first day of summer vacation, at the Government Senior Secondary Model School for Boys here.

Pooja tops BSc-III (IT) exam
Amritsar, May 24
The Jalandhar girls got the first three positions in the merit list of B.Sc-III (IT) (+ 3 system) examination held in April by Guru Nanak Dev University. Pooja Bhagat of Hansraj Mahila Mahavidyala, Jalandhar, topped the merit list by securing 1951 marks out of 2500.

Budha Dal school students excel in plus II
Patiala, May 24
Students of Budha Dal Public school excelled in the Class XII examination the result of which was declared yesterday. In the commerce stream Gunika Kamra, secured 92.2 per cent marks and Harsimran Kaur secured 90.80 per cent marks.
Gunika Kamra
Gunika Kamra
Harsimran Kaur
Harsimran Kaur
Bela Batt
Bela Batt


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