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SAD sees Cong hand in cinema blasts
Warns Hooda against separate SGPC
Sangrur, May 25
The Shiromani Akali Dal, led by its president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today held a dharna near the DC office complex against the “failures” of the state government. Thousands of activists took part in the dharna.

Dhuma declared Jathedar of Damdami Taksal
Bhinderanwale no more, declares Taksal
Chowk Mehta, May 25
In a swift development that antagonised a section of the Damdami Taksal, Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma, acting Jathedar, was declared 16th chief of the already fractured taksal here this afternoon.

Bitta fears re-emergence of militancy
Amritsar, May 25
Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, president, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front criticised efforts and proposals to release Sikh detainees and to abolish blacklists drawn up in foreign countries against Sikh militants, and said the step would encourage militancy in the state.

Inter-state gang of thieves busted, kingpin among 5 held
Goods worth Rs 10 lakh recovered
Kharar, May 25
The Kharar police today arrested five members of an inter-state gang of thieves. The 13-member gang, which included four women, was reportedly involved in over 50 cases of burglaries across the state and Jammu and Kashmir.
The SSP (Ropar), Mr S.P. Singh, shows the cache of arms and ammunition seized from the gang of burglars in Kharar The SSP (Ropar), Mr S.P. Singh, shows the cache of arms and ammunition seized from the gang of burglars in Kharar on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


  Sunil Dutt had strong bond with Punjab
Chandigarh, May 25
When sane voices had become silent and no one was ready to hold the hand of Punjabis and Punjab, which was devastated by violence, a man left Mumbai to spread the message of peace, sanity and harmony in Punjab in the late 80s. He was none other than film actor Sunil Dutt, a champion of peace, compassion and love.

PSEB to procure power from other states
Patiala, May 25
The Punjab State Electricity Board has made elaborate arrangements to overcome the power crisis being prevalent in the state for the past few days. It has decided to obtain power from Uttaranchal, Power Trading corporation, Rajasthan, and Himachal Pradesh under the banking system.

Liquor shops at bus stands
Chandigarh, May 25
In Punjab, the coexistence of liquor shops and bus stands is apparently the reason behind drunken driving and road mishaps. Exploiting the weakness of bus drivers and commuters, the authorities concerned have auctioned shops right in the middle of bus stands in places like Ropar.

In Ropar, a liquor shop is situated at the bus stand itself. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
In Ropar, a liquor shop is situated at the bus stand itself

Residents buying drinking water; MC denies shortage
Bathinda, May 25
Even as the summers have just started, residents of some localities are compelled to buy drinking water due to a water crisis that is worsening with time. However, the municipal council authorities deny that people are buying water due to its insufficiency.


PUDA forced to postpone flat allocation
Phagwara, May 25
Officials of the Punjab Urban Development Authority today had to postpone allocation of the remaining MIG category flats in its housing colony in the local Urban Estate owing to an orchestrated and repeated protests by slogan-shouting people belonging to the MIG category.

Major fire on PNFCL campus
Nangal, May 25
A major fire that broke out in the forest area spread in 83 acres on the Punjab National Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited campus in Nangal yesterday destroyed a large number of trees. Many animals and birds are also feared dead.

Firemen control the fire which broke out on the Punjab National Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited (PNFCL) campus at Nangal on Tuesday.
— Photo by writer

Firemen control the fire which broke out on the Punjab National Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited campus at Nangal

DC orders disciplinary action against cops
Bathinda, May 25
The Deputy Commissioner has asked the SSP to initiate disciplinary proceedings against ASI Balwinder Singh and Constable Jora Singh for their role in the rape case of a Dalit girl hailing from Behman Jassa Singh village.

Fund misuse: 2 forest inspectors suspended
Patiala, May 25
Even as a criminal case has been registered against Mr Basanta Raj Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer, Wildlife, Harike Pattan in March 2005 for his alleged involvement in misusing funds by fabricating documents, the state government has failed to take action against him so far.

Pak Punjab Assembly team to visit India
Wagah (Amritsar) May 25
A 50-member delegation of Pakistan legislatures, headed by Mr Mohammad Afzal Sahi, Speaker of West Punjab Assembly, will visit India in the last week of June. On his return from Pakistan, Dr Kewal Krishan, who headed the 28-member delegation of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, said the Pakistan delegation would visit Amritsar, Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Ajmer.
Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and other MLAs address media persons after their return from Pakistan at Wagah Joint Checkpost
Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and other MLAs address media persons after their return from Pakistan at Wagah Joint Checkpost on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Gateway of Punjab planned at Madhopur
Sujanpur (Pathankot), May 25
The government has decided to construct Gateway of Punjab at Madhopur, near Jammu and Kashmir border, falling in the Sujanpur Assembly constituency. This was disclosed by Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister Raghunath Sahai Puri while addressing a gathering at Sujanpur after organising a “khula darbar” today.

PSHRC to rescue of Rajpura girl
Chandigarh, May 25
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) on Monday came to the rescue of a married Rajpura girl and asked the police authorities to protect her life and liberty.


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Judgement reserved on reversion of cops
Chandigarh, May 25
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved its judgement on a bunch of petitions challenging the reversion of hundreds of police officials promoted in-situ from their ranks of constable.


Spurious cotton seeds worth Rs 25 lakh seized
Bathinda, May 25
The police has seized spurious cotton seeds worth about Rs 25 from the godown of a local shop located in the Guru Nanakpura locality last night. Sources said Inspector Surinderpal Singh received a tip-off that Naresh Kumar of Kartar Basti and K. Parsad, Sanjay Kumar and Vijay Kumar, all three from Gujarat, were running a company called Naresh Kumar and Company.

Bholath SHO arrested
Bholath (Kapurthala), May 25
The district police was arrested Jaimal Singh, SHO, Bholath, after registering a case under Section 13/2/88 of Anti-Corruption Act against him here today. According to the DSP, Mr Amrik Singh Powar, the police found Rs 12 lakh in a Santro car during routine checking of vehicles at a naka near Ramgarh village on the Kartarpur road last night.


DAV school bags top positions
Patiala, May 25
Students of various schools in this district have excelled in Class X CBSE results with DAV school bagging almost all top positions. Rishabh Garg of DAV Senior Secondary School topped in Patiala city by securing 96 per cent.

Farewell function of refresher course cancelled
Amritsar, May 25
The valedictory function at end of a UGC refresher course in economics held at Guru Nanak Dev University, Department of Punjab School of Economics, was cancelled at the last minute today due to an unsavoury situation.


Made-in-Punjab show a flop, say unit owners
Chandigarh, May 25
The Made-in-Punjab show in Canada has flopped. This has been asserted by certain participants in the show from Punjab. Describing his plight to TNS on the phone from Canada on Monday evening, Mr Dalbir Singh, a Khanna-based small-scale industrial unit owner who participated in the show, said that before leaving for North America he was told that interaction would be arranged with Canada- based businessmen, traders and industrialists but this did not happen.

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