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FCI ex-Director blames Centre for wheat mess
Chandigarh, May 1
Kanhaiyalal Gidwani Blaming the Union Government for the mess created on the wheat front, Mr Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, a former Director of the Food Corporation of India, said here today that the wheat crisis could take critical turn if no action was immediately taken to set the house in order.

Inside Babudom
Keep us out of political controversies,
say bureaucrats

Chandigarh, May 1
The bureaucracy in Punjab is divided over the naming of members of the central civil or police service in political controversies.

Sukhbir lashes out at CM on Dayal issue
Chandigarh, May 1
The General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Sukhbir Badal, today alleged that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh's act of honouring
Lieut-Gen Ranjit Singh Dyal (retd), meant that Capt Amarinder Singh was not only privy to the decision to send the Army into the Golden Temple but he had also backed the decision.

Disqualify all Akalis MLAs : Singla
Chandigarh, May 1
Taking a cue from the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court unseating Mr Gobind Singh Kanjla from the Sherpur Assembly constituency, the ruling Congress in Punjab has decided to go on an offensive, demanding that the Election Commission should disqualify all Akali Dal MLAs.




Bank staff stage-manage robbery to recover vehicle
Kharar, May 1
A Mohali-based private bank has found a novel method to “recover” a vehicle it had financed to a Kurali transporter who had reportedly not paid his instalments.

Mumtaz’s husband writes to jail authorities
Claims innocence, pleads for reunion with family
Mumtaz, a Pakistan national, along with Gora, an Indian Amritsar, May 1
In yet another twist to the Mumtaz case, her Bangladeshi husband Ibrahim has written from Saudi Arabia to the jail authorities here claiming that his Pakistani wife had left Bangladesh along with his three children without informing her
in-laws, while he (Ibrahim) was away to Dubai in connection with a job.

Mumtaz, a Pakistan national, along with Gora, an Indian. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma


Rajnath evades query on quota
Pathankot, May 1
The BJP president, Mr Rajnath Singh, today failed the clarify stand of the party on the contentious issue of increasing reservation in super-specialised courses.

SAD (A) announced to disrupt BJP’s yatra
Amritsar, May 1
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), announced to stop the BJP’s “Bharat suraksha yatra” from entering Punjab.

Third front won’t hit poll prospects: SAD
Sherpur (Sangrur), May 1
Former Chief Minister and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal today said a third front, if it came into existence, would not pose any threat to the poll prospects of the SAD-BJP alliance in the forthcoming Punjab Assembly elections.

AISSF splinter groups to oppose nepotism
Patiala, May 1
In a significant development, which could have far-reaching political consequences, the splinter groups of All-India Sikh Student Federation have started uniting to develop a political outfit if SAD (Badal) floated its own student wing.


Seminar on workers’ rights held
Amritsar, May 1
The CITU and AITUC unions of Amritsar district organised joint rally at Haripura on the Dhapai road to observe May Day here today. Addressing the gathering, Mr Amarjit Singh Asal, secretary, state committee of AITUC, said the day was being observed for the past 120 years.

RPS Brar continues to be SSP of Amritsar?
Amritsar, May 1
Although the directions to launch a major campaign to curb crime was issued by the newly appointed SSP, Mr S.S. Srivastava, the police handout released here today mentioned the name of former SSP, Mr R.P.S. Brar. In a major faux pas, the SSP secretariat continued to patronise Mr Brar as head of the district police despite the fact that Mr Srivastava had recently taken over the charge.

“File suits to redress grievances”
Sangrur, May 1
Delivering his lecture on “Public interest suit on the pattern of a PIL” and “Right to Information Act”, at a function, organised by the Sangrur Senior Citizens Bhalai Sanstha at the Banasar Garden here last evening, Mr Ashi Goyal, a local lawyer and general secretary of the Adhivakta (advocate) Parishad, Punjab, told senior citizens that they could file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the form of a suit in a local court to get local level grievances and problems of people redressed, if the administration did not pay heed to the same.

10,000 visas for Sikh pilgrims
Amritsar, May 1
The Central Government has permitted the grant of 10,000 visas to Sikh pilgrims to visit gurdwaras in Pakistan in June to mark the 400th martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev. A communication in this regard was received by the SGPC here today.

Sunam resident drowned in Ravi
Pathankot, May 1
Agile cops and PESCO security personnel rescued 10 members of a family from Sunam from drowning in the Ravi at the site of Shahpur Kandi barrage. However, one member of the family, Paramjit Kaur, was drowned.

Doctors urged to support health staff
Chandigarh, May 1
The PCMS Association, Punjab, has urged the doctors to extend their full support to agitating health employees of the state.

Rs 2-lakh grant for kidney transplantation

Paramedical staff dharna today
Hoshiarpur, May 1
After providing necessary treatment, all 32 para-medical employees, including five policemen were discharged from hospital last night.

78 donate blood
Rajpura, May 1
As many as 78 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Rajpura Press Club in memory of late journalist Bhola Nath Masoom.

International Ahluwalia Samaj formed
Patiala, May 1
A society has been established under the name of International Ahluwalia Samaj to promote brotherhood among members of the Ahluwalia community residing in different parts of the country.

Jan Hit Samiti celebrates annual day
Patiala, May 1
The Jan Hit Samiti, a social voluntary organisation, celebrated it annual day function at the Central Library here today by distributing books, copies, uniforms to the poor and needy students.

2 injured in mishaps
Kharar, May 1
Two persons were injured in different accidents around the town today. According to information available, in one accident a 13-year-old girl was injured when she was hit by an autorickshaw while going to school.


PPSC used utmost secrecy in judicial exams
Patiala, May 1
The Punjab Public Service Commission, the prestigious recruitment agency of state, has been leaving nothing to chance to improve its reputation and resort the faith of people in it as its image was sullied following the detection of “cash-for-job scam” surfaced after its then Chairman, Mr Ravi Sidhu, was arrested by the state Vigilance Bureau for his alleged involvement in the same about four years ago.

MC to recommend to govt to roll back sewerage, water tariff
Hoshiarpur, May 1
At last the Municipal Council here conceded people’s demand and decided to recommend the Punjab government to withdraw enhanced sewerage and water supply rates from February 2, 2003. Council passed a resolution in this regard on April 28, 2006.


Six booked in dowry case
Tarn Taran, May 1
The Patti police has booked six members of a family in a dowry case. The case has been registered on the complaint of Seema, the victim.

Cash, jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh looted
House burgled

Army officer enters varsity forcibly
Amritsar, May 1
A serving Army officer yesterday forcibly entered Guru Nanak Dev University by threatening the security staff and had a scuffle with the Security Officer, Mr S.S. Chhina, here.


GND varsity to hold CET-law
Amritsar, May 1
The Punjab Government has authorised Guru Nanak Dev University to hold the state-level common entrance test-law (CET-law, 2006-07) for selection of students for admission to the BA and LLB courses for the academic session 2006-07 in the colleges affiliated to the GND University, Punjabi University, and Panjab University.

College proposal gets UGC nod
Patiala, May 1
The University Grants Commission has approved the proposal of Government Mohindra College to state three new courses- environmental education, functional English and data care management from the coming academic session.

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