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Warning to states on overdrawing of power
Chandigarh, May 2
As the power crisis in northern region has turned critical, the Union Government has warned the northern states that heavy penalty will be imposed in case any state tries to play havoc with the northern power grid by overdrawing power.

Lokpal resumes work after 3 years
Chandigarh, May 2
Justice D.S. DhaliwalAfter a gap of more than three years, the office of the Lokpal, Punjab, will restart functioning tomorrow to deal with complaints of people who feel aggrieved by the political system in the state. Justice D.S. Dhaliwal (retd), who was recently appointed as the Lokpal, will start holding regular court hearings tomorrow.

Medical students block traffic, raise slogans
Amritsar, May 2
Members of Medical Students Association Government Medical College and Sri Guru Ramdas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research here today carried out a massive protest rally and blocked traffic to express their anger against policies of government regarding quota in medical colleges.



  BYJM activists to escort Rajnath’s yatra
Amritsar, May 2
While many senior leaders of the SAD (Amritsar) have gone underground to chalk out plans to disrupt the “Bharat Suraksha Yatra”, being undertaken by BJP president Rajnath Singh and proposed to reach here tomorrow, BJP state president Avinash Khanna said his party had deployed a large number Bharatiya Yuva Janta Morcha activists, led by state party chief Laxmi Kanta Chawla, to meet any eventuality.

AICTE cracks whip against private engineering colleges
in Punjab

Chandigarh, May 2
The All-India Council for Technical Education, the statutory body regulating the technical education in the country, has cracked the whip against certain private engineering colleges of Punjab.


Cong leaders feeling insecure, says SAD
Chandigarh, May 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal described the statement of three Congress leaders, Mr Surinder Singla, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa and Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, asking the Election Commission to disqualify all Akali MLAs as an effort to influence the election petition filed against Mr Balbir Singh Bath, an Akali MLA from Shri Hargobindpur.


Govts not serious about promoting theatre: Madiha
Amritsar, May 2
The governments of the two neighbouring countries are not serious to promote Punjabi theatre and performing arts which enlighten the people on drug menace and female foeticide.

Villagers take to streets against liquor factory
Rajpura, May 2
Burying the hatchet, activists of various political parties today took to streets against the setting up of a liquor factory at Devi Nagar village, near here.

Khalsa Dal men hold march
Chandigarh, May 2
Hundreds of activists of the Shiromani Khalsa Dal held a march here today to seek the release of their leader, Mr Daljit Singh Bittu. They submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, through his Officer on Special Duty.

Lawyers’ strike against J&K massacre
Hoshiarpur, May 2
Members of the District Bar Association observed a strike here today in protest against the selective killings of 32 innocent Hindus by terrorists in Doda and Udhampur districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Sex ratio has improved, claims minister
Chandigarh, May 2
As many as 1,4730 anganwadi centres were playing active role to check sex ratio in the state. Anganwadi workers launched door-to-door campaign to identify pregnant woman and educated them, urging them not to get abort their female unborn child.

Misbehaviour by Captain: Varsity to write to Army
Amritsar, May 2
The written apology tendered by the Army Captain notwithstanding, the Guru Nanak Dev University authorities today decided to write to the Army headquarters against the alleged misbehaviour of the officer with security staff at the varsity gate.

World Asthma Day observed
Amritsar, May 2
About 14 million of the 20 million asthmatics do not have adequate control over asthma, said Dr Nirmal Kajal, Head of the Department of Chest and Tuberculosis, Government Medical College, here today.


VC to be served summons through beating of drums
Patiala, May 2
A local court has decided to serve summons on Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Mr S.S. Boparai, by the beating of drums (munadi) after the VC refused to accept the summons through the normal course in a case filed by a university employee Mr Rajesh Kumar.

Man gets life term for killing brother’s wife
Ropar, May 2
Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Makrona Khurd in Morinda town, was today sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court for killing the wife of his elder brother. The accused had poured kerosene on Gurpreet Kaur, wife of her elder brother, and set her on fire in June 2005.


Farmers protest against poor power supply
Kharar, May 2
Farmers of a number of villages staged a demonstration here today in protest against the poor supply of power by the Punjab State Electricity Board.


2 IPS officers allocated to Punjab
Chandigarh, May 2
The Union Government conveyed to the Punjab Government yesterday that it had allocated two Indian Police Service officers to the Punjab cadre this year following a request made by the state for three officers.


Lovers commit suicide
Ropar, May 2
Two unidentified bodies of a boy and a girl, believed to be lovers, were fished out by the police from Nangal hydel channel near Alipur village today. Their hands were tied with cloth.

Arhtiya commits suicide
Malerkotla, May 2
An Arhtiya, Baldev Singh, former Sarpanch of Dausundha Singh Wala village and former Director of Child Development Board during Akali rule, yesterday committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets at Kalyan village, near Malerkotla.


School board hikes prices of textbooks
Phillaur, May 2
Prices of several textbooks of the Punjab School Education Board have been increased by between 20 per cent and 25 per cent this year while prices of textbooks of private publications have been increased by only between 6 per cent and 8per cent.

ETT teachers get support
Chandigarh, May 2
The president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today extended his party's full support to agitating ETT teachers.


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