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Calcutta questions change in Akal Takht design
Amritsar, May 29
The structure and design of Akal Takht were changed without taking the Sikh Panth into confidence while carrying out ‘kar seva’ by Damdami Taksal after Operation Bluestar. The Taksal owes an explanation to the Sikhs as to why the old structure was not kept intact.

‘Lack of seriousness’ led to supply of substandard eatables
Bathinda, May 29
Following a report of rotten eatables served to children and expectant mothers at anganwadi centres, it has come to light that the officials concerned ignored the advice of the District Health Officer to get samples of eatables of the lowest bidder tested from a government laboratory before giving contract to the firm.

Govt primary schools without teachers show ‘100 pc results’
Jalandhar, May 29
In what may seem to be a unique phenomenon, dozens of rural government primary schools of Doaba have outshined prestigious public schools in results. These schools have achieved 100 per cent results without appointing even a single teacher.

‘Institutions of doubtful credentials’ take students for a ride
Jalandhar, May 29
Students in the region are being taken for a ride by certain newly set up institutions claiming their affiliation or recognition with universities overseas, without a valid proof.

Fatehgarh Sahib


BDPO asked to check illegal registries
Parch forest land row
Chandigarh, May 29
Following an inquiry conducted by the Revenue Department in the case of diversion of forest land for non-forestry purposes in Parch village, near here, the Ropar administration has directed the Block Development and Panchayat Officer concerned to ensure that no registry of undivided common village land — ‘malkana mustarka’ — was done without the consent of the other right holders of the land.


BSP to have poll pact with like-minded parties
Phagwara, May 29
Mr Narinder Kashyap, general secretary, Bahujan Samaj Party and in charge party’s Punjab affairs, said here yesterday that the BSP would have an electoral alliance during next Assembly elections with other like-minded parties after learning its lessons from past mistakes.


Research institute given contract
Bid to check pollution from thermal plant
Ropar, May 29
With a view to overcome the pollution problem, first time since it’s commission, the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, authorities have started assessment of pollution being released in environment and to find out the methods to prevent it.

Roadways suffering ‘loss’ of Rs 100 crore annually
Jalandhar, May 29
Punjab Roadways is suffering a huge loss of Rs 100 crore annually allegedly due to plying of buses in an unauthorised manner by private transporters owing allegiance with the ruling party.

Fund crunch delays energy project
Kapurthala, May 29
It has been an endless wait for hundreds of postgraduate students in the state looking forward to the completion of the Rs 40-crore Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy Project on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road.

Snakes all over in this house
Kharar, May 29
For the past 24 hours Surinder Pal Singh’s family has been battling snakes who have virtually taken over his house. They are in the porch, inside the drawing room, bathroom, kitchen and even on the curtains.

Snakes, snakes everywhere: Some of the snakes killed by residents of Mundi Kharar, near Mohali, on Sunday.

Some of the snakes killed by residents of Mundi Kharar, near Mohali

Police Lines sans security
Kapurthala, May 29
Though a red alert in the state was sounded on May 22 after the bomb blasts in two Delhi cinemas, the district police still seems to be in slumber as their own families are living without any security cover in the police lines here.

A view of the main gate of the Police Lines complex without any security guard at Kapurthala on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

A view of the main gate of the Police Lines complex without any security guard at Kapurthala

Brahmins for quota based on economy
Phagwara, May 29
Delegates from various parts of Punjab, who took part in the Bhagwan Parshu Ram sammelan at the historic Bhagwan Parshu Ram mandir at the nearby Khati village, today adopted a unanimous resolution demanding that the reservation should be economy-based and not caste-based.

Dy Speaker turns 2 yrs older in Pak!
Amritsar, May 29
The Deputy Speaker, Prof Darbari Lal’s recent visit to his ancestral village in Pakistan made him older by two years! His birth certificate presented to him by the district administration of Gujarat (Pakistan) certifies his date of birth as February 4, 1940, while in India it is March 5, 1942.

Sikh bodies refuse to accept memorial
Amritsar, May 29
The Khalra Mission Committee, the Punjab Human Rights Organisation and the Gurmat Prachar Sabha have refused to accept the memorial to be erected by the SGPC in the memory of Bluestar Operation victims.

‘Summer Ball-2005’ organised
Ferozepore, May 29
“Summer Ball-2005” was organised at Ferozepore Club here amidst lot of cheer and enthusiasm last evening. Mrs Taminder Dhillon was crowned May Queen-2005, whereas May Princess-2005 title was bagged by Ms Chavvi Davar.

Tributes paid to Sardara Singh Oberoi
Doraha, May 29
Cutting across party lines, hundreds of people attended the bhog and antim ardas for the veteran Akali leader Jathedar Sardara Singh Oberoi, at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, today.

SAD(A) to observe ‘Ghalughara divas’
Ropar, May 29
President of the SAD(A) Simranjit Singh Mann today announced that the party will observe “Ghalughara divas” at Anandpur Sahib on June 4. While addressing party workers, he said former CM, Parkash Singh Badal, and SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur had not declared Jarnail Singh Bhindranwala as martyr and had no plans to observe the day in all SGPC gurudwaras.

101 donate blood
Patiala, May 29
As many as 101 persons donated blood in a camp organised by the Mahindra Health Club of Government Mahindra College, here today. Mr Tajveer Singh, Deputy Commissioner, who inaugurated the camp, lauded the efforts of the college authorities for furthering the noble cause of blood donation.

4 injured as tractor-trailer, truck collide
Rajpura, May 29
Four persons were injured, one of them seriously, in an accident involving a tractor-trailer and a truck on the GT Road in Uksi Sainian village near here this morning.

Self-employment camp held
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 29
The District Employment Exchange organised a self-employment camp here today with a view to apprise unemployed youths about various self-employment schemes initiated by government agencies.


New technique of sugarcane cultivation
Nawanshahr, May 28
Dr Surinder Pal Gulati, a retired Assistant Cane Commissioner, and Mr Harbant Singh Sangha, a farmer, have developed a new technique of sowing sugarcane by raising a nursery.


6 arrested for feeding porn clips in phones
Faridkot, May 29
The police raided five shops last evening and arrested their owners and a mechanic for indulging in feeding porn clips in mobile phones. Five computers, porn CDs, multimedia cards and computer chips were seized.

Love affair, not abduction?
Sangrur, May 29
The district police recovered a young schoolteacher, Shysha (23), along with her alleged abductor Razak, brother-in-law (jija) of Shysha, from a house at Burail, near Chandigarh, last night.

2 held for sacrilege of gurbani
Muktsar, May 29
The police has arrested a Gandhi Nagar resident and a pandit for committing sacrilege of “gurbani” following a tip-off from a mason involved in the construction of the former’s house.

Main accused in Siti Cable scam arrested
Amritsar, May 29
Sanjeev Kumar, alias Bobby, one of the main accused in the sensational Siti Cable sleaze scam was arrested by the CBI here yesterday. His name figured in the scam during investigations in 2003.

Accused of theft, boy paraded naked
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 29
A shocking case of minor child paraded naked withblackened face by his employers came to light at Mandi Gobindgarh yesterday. They charged him with stealing Rs 3,000.

Kanganwal bank robbers identified
Sangrur, May 29
Members of a gang of robbers allegedly involved in the looting of Rs 4.06 lakh from the Kanganwal branch of Punjab National Bank, near Malerkotla, on May 18 have been identified.

Playing peeping Tom proves fatal
Patiala, May 29
A man was allegedly murdered by his neighbour when the former could not curb his habit of playing peeping Tom from his roof top. Salim Khan and Jaswinder Singh were neighbours in Dhamo Majra village on Nabha road and the former was reportedly in the habit of prying into the private lives of Jaswinder Singh and his wife while standing on his roof top.

Teenaged girl kidnapped
Tarn Taran, May 29
A case has been registered against four persons for kidnapping a teenaged girl of Panjwar village. The girl has been missing for the past about 10 days. Police sources said here yesterday that the Chabal police had registered the case on Friday.

Bid to break coop bank’s safe
Patiala, May 29
Some unidentified persons broke into the compound of the Punjab State Co-operative Bank at Chappad village, near here, today. The culprits tried to break open the bank’s safe but failed to do so and had to remain contend with small amount which they took away with them.


Workshop on VAT organised
Phagwara, May 29
The Punjab Chamber of Small Exporters organised a workshop on VAT and Problems of industries and trade here yesterday. Speakers at the workshop attended by over 100 industrial units of Jalandhar, Goraya and Ludhiana urged Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla to remove bottlenecks related to VAT.

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