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Dalit leader likely to head PPCC
Chandigarh, May 30
As the Congress high command has started thinking seriously about giving the command of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee in the hands of a Dalit leader, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee and Chowdhary Santokh Singh have become hot contenders for the post.

5 star facelift for CM’s office
Chandigarh, May 30
While the PWD authorities concerned are busy giving final touches to make Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his staff’s offices look like a five star hotel on the 2nd floor in the Punjab Civil Secretariat, but one room on that floor has remained locked.

Doctor booked for causing HIV infection to pregnant woman
Ludhiana, May 30
Negligence allegedly by a female doctor has infected a local woman and her minor child with the HIV virus. The victim got some relief when her months of labour bore fruit with the registration of a case of negligence against the doctor.

Opening of drug de-addiction centre delayed
Kapurthala, May 30
The long pending proposal of the administration to set up a drug de-addiction centre in the Civil Hospital for rehabilitation of innumerable drug addicts in the district has been hanging fire for the past several months.

SAD-BJP protest against govt policies
Ferozepore, May 30
In protest against the anti-people and autocratic policies of the ruling Congress government in the state, the SAD- BJP combine organised a rally in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, today which was addressed among others by former Chief Minister and Parkash Singh Badal.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  BJP chief to get Indian youths freed
from Pak jails

Hoshiarpur, May 30
Social Service organisations of Pakistan have started efforts for the release of all Indian youths detained in Pakistan’s jails.


AISAD for talks with Cong on Punjab issues
Amritsar, May 30
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal is open to talks with the Congress on any issue related to Punjab and Sikhs. This was stated by Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, president of the party, at a press conference here today.


Mann opposes separate SGPC for Haryana
Jalandhar, May 30
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) has vehemently opposed formation of a separate Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for Haryana, saying there should be no question of division of the “parliament of Sikhs”. At the same time, they have also questioned the right of the SGPC to erect a memorial of those who lost their lives during Operation Bluestar.

The President of the Akali Dal (A), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann (second from right), addresses a press conference in Jalandhar on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

The President of the Akali Dal (A), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, addresses a press conference in Jalandhar.

Explain stand on Bluestar, Pandhi asks CM
Patiala, May 30
A former Akali minister, Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, today asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to clear his stand on the Operation Bluestar by the Army in the Golden Temple in 1984.

Punjab yet to form road safety councils
Chandigarh, May 30
Deaths in mishaps do not matter, apparently. Even though on an average 2200 persons die and another 10,000 are injured in road accidents every year in Punjab, the state government has done precious little to arrest the rate of mishaps.

PSHRC Member B.C. Rajput transgressed powers,
says HC order

Chandigarh, May 30
"While dealing with this writ, we have prima facie found that Punjab State Human Rights Commission Member B.C. Rajput has not only clearly transgressed the power vested in the Commission but has shown utter disregard to the directions passed by this court."

Programme Officer collects samples of food products
Bathinda, May 30
Following directions from the Social Security Department, the Programme Officer of Sangrur, Ms Nutan, today collected samples of food products from some of the anganwadi centres in Maud block.

Irregularities in land lease alleged
Amritsar, May 30
The panchayat of Khairabad village, located near Rajasansi International Airport, has alleged that the Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) of the area had leased out prime land illegally to two natives of the village for the year 2006-2007 for a mere Rs 3.02 lakh.

PSEB staff protest against privatisation move
Nawanshahr, May 30
The PSEB Employees Joint Forum has launched an agitation from today to protest against the proposed privatisation of the PSEB and the introduction of contract system for carrying out the development works for providing 24-hour uninterrupted power supply to the villages.

World Bank team reviews watershed projects
Hoshiarpur, May 30
On the completion of the World Bank programme of the Hoshiarpur unit of the Integrated Watershed Development Project (Hills-II) in the Kandi area, a World Bank ICR Mission team, comprising Mr Sri Vastava, Mr Lobo and Mr Eric, visited Atwarapur, Rehimapur, Patiari, Takhni of the Patiari Watershed and Patiarian village of the Chack Sadhu Watershed today.

‘Ankahi Gaatha’ — a tribute to revolutionaries
Abohar, May 30
Twenty-nine artistes performed 42 characters in the 90-minute play “Ankahi Gaatha” (The making of a revolutionary) at the DAV College of Education here last night.

Dharamshalas, gurdwaras house anganwadis
Bathinda, May 30
Dilapidated rooms of panchayat buildings, dharamshalas, gurdwaras, and even cattle ponds are housing the anganwadi centres in the district. If children are attending anganwadis in such a scenario one can image the plight of rooms provided for storing food products at these centres.

No Tobacco Day observed
Patiala, May 30
As many as 200 youth and children participated in the ‘No Tobacco Day’ observed by the various NGOs, including the Patiala Social Welfare Society and Dr Ambedkar Welfare Association, at Gandhi Nagar here today.

Tributes paid to K.N. Modi
Patiala, May 30
A condolence meeting was organised at local Multani Mal Modi College to mourn the death of Mr Kedar Nath Modi, patron of the Modi Education Society, who breathed his last on May 27. He was residing at Modi Nagar near Ghaziabad, UP.

Press Club formed
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 30
Mediapersons working at the district headquarter all subdivisions of the district, at a meeting held here today, formed the District Press Club.

Snake scare: family returns home
Kharar, May 30
The family of Mr Surinder Pal Singh, which had left its home in Dashmesh Enclave in Mundi Kharar after a number of snakes were found in the building, returned home today.

‘Thikri pehra’ ordered
Patiala, May 30
After the sharp rise in the incidents of robbery, especially in rural areas, Mr Tejveer Singh, District Magistrate, today ordered ‘Thikri pehra’ in the villages.

Drug overdose claims life
Rajpura, May 30
A 17-year-old boy of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony died after he took overdose of a drug last evening.


Transfer secys, SGJC asks Bibi
Amritsar, May 30
Even as the SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, has announced that she wont let anybody interfere in the administrative matters of the Shiromani committee, including transfers and postings, the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission has directed her to transfer Mr Dalmegh Singh and Mr Mohinder Singh, secretary and assistant secretary of the flying squad, respectively.

Lawyers abstain from work
Pathankot, May 30
Taking strong exception to the assault on a local advocate by his clients, lawyers today decided to abstain from work. Advocate Avtar Singh Khera was reportedly attacked by his clients with sharpedged weapons on Saturday afternoon while he was on the way to his house.

Sukhbir allowed to visit UK
Ropar, May 30
The SAD general secretary and an MP, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, was today allowed to visit the UK for medical check-up of his daughter from June 10 to July 10 by the Ropar court.


Farmer strikes gold(en) melon
Bhalana (Kapurthala), May 30
This golden and comparatively cleaner Taiwanese variety of musk melon has not only found favour as a more sweeter substitute of the local musk melon among melon lovers, it has also fetched rich dividends to Tarlochan Singh, a farmer of this village falling in India’s largest melon-producing Bhalana-Brindpur belt.
An elated Tarlochan Singh of Bhalana Village in Kapurthala district shows a golden musk melon
An elated Tarlochan Singh of Bhalana Village in Kapurthala district shows a golden musk melon, which, he claims, is grown for the first time in not only Punjab, but the whole of India. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Farmers block road at Dirba
Sangrur, May 30
Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), under the leadership of Mr Dalwara Singh Chhajla, finance secretary of the district unit of the union, blocked the Sangrur-Patran road today for about half-an-hour at Dirba village, about 26 km from here.


8 hurt as two families clash
Rajpura, May 30
Eight persons, including an NRI and three women, were injured, three of them seriously, in a clash between two families of Bhappal village, 5 km from here, late last night.


Rs 3.35 cr for unaided rural colleges
Chandigarh, May 30
Setting a new precedent, the Punjab Government Higher Education Department today distributed Rs 3.35 crore among 21 unaided rural colleges being run by various volunteer, religious or public spirited organisations in the state.

Parents oppose termination of Principal’s services
Sangrur, May 30
The parents of some students of the local General Gurnam Singh Public School today gathered at the Banasar Bagh here and opposed the termination of the services of Ms Raveen Pandey, Principal of the school, by the Gurnam Singh Public School Trust on May 28. They also demanded revocation of the termination order of the Principal.

Nayar releases anthology on South-Central Asia
Amritsar, May 30
Veteran journalist and former MP Kuldip Nayar released a book, on the “South-Central Asia – Emerging Issues” edited by Dr Kuldip Singh, Director of Centre for South-Central Asian Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University, here today.

Drive to motivate children to study
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 30
A campaign has been launched in the district to identify those children between the age group of six and 14 years who are not going to school, so that they could be motivated to get education under the government sponsored Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan scheme.


Loans worth Rs 556.15 crore disbursed
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 30
A special meeting of the District Consultative Committee was convened by the State Bank of Patiala at Bachat Bhavan here today. Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairperson, presided over the meeting in which the progress of banks for the quarter ended March 31, 2005, under annual credit plan was  reviewed.

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