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No separate voter lists for Assembly, MC poll
Hoshiarpur, May 3
The Election Commission of India has decided to use the voter lists prepared for the state Assembly elections for the panchayat and municipal council elections. Mr C. L. Bains, Electoral Officer, Punjab, stated this while addressing district officers here today.

Jaiswal admits failure on Naxal issue
Patiala, May 3
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriparkash Jaiswal, while disclosing that he yesterday submitted a report to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on the Vadodara violence, said today that the maintenance of peace in Gujarat was the need of hour.

Union Minister, Akali leader Calcutta meet
Several rumours do rounds
Patiala, May 3
Closed door meeting between Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriparkash Jaiswal and Senior Akali Dal leader Manjit Singh Calcutta, in room number six of Circuit House this noon today is being discussed in Akali and Congress circles Mr Jaiswal and Mr Calcutta discussed could not be known.

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Ordinance on teachers’ retirement soon
Chandigarh, May 3
In a move to streamline the education system in the state, the Punjab Government will bring an ordinance to allow teachers in government schools to work beyond 58 years of age, the present age of retirement, till the end of the academic session.

Faulty bridge claims many lives
Tarn Taran, May 3
A small bridge on the Tarn Taran-Amritsar road near Doburji village, 8 km from here, built only one and half years back has become accident-prone and claimed many lives.

A caution board on a bridge on the Tarn Taran-Amritsar road. — Photo by Gurbax Puri

A caution board on a bridge on the Tarn Taran-Amritsar road.

Film on runaway NRI grooms
Ropar, May 3
There have been a number of instances where NRI grooms have married Punjabi girls fraudulently and ruined their lives. More and more girls from poor Punjabi families are becoming victims of many NRI’s who came here to get married in a fraudulent way.

Badal leaves for Mahajan’s last rites
Chandigarh, May 3
The president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today left for Mumbai to take part in the last rites of BJP leader Pramod Mahajan.


‘Kisan bachao’ rally organised
Barnala (Sangrur), May 3
Agitated over “forcible” acquisition of farmers’ land by the government Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), chief Parkash Singh Badal, said today the SAD if came to power after the Assembly elections.


66,000 more to get pension in Punjab
Chandigarh, May 3
Nearly 66,000 persons are to be added to the list of pensioners under various categories in Punjab by June 30 this year. A decision in this regard was taken at the first-ever meeting of the Programme Implementation Committee, here today.

Streamline PDS, says Henry
Chandigarh, May 3
The Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Mr Avtar Henry, has directed the Food and Supplies Department to streamline the public distribution system (PDS) to provide wheat and rice to those who are entitled for it under various schemes.

VHP activists hold protest march
Batala, May 3
Activists of the local units of the Vishva Hindu Parishad led by Mr Ramesh Aggarwal and Mr Suresh Bhatia, president of the Bajrang Dal of Batala unit, held a protest march in the main bazaar today against the killing of Hindus in Doda and Udhampur districts of Jammu and Kashmir.


Dairy farming unprofitable: report
Chandigarh, May 3
Though Punjab is the second largest milk producing state in the country, but commercial dairy farming in its rural areas is not a profitable economic activity in strict business terms.


Minor raped, two booked
Batala, May 3
Mr L.K. Yadav, SSP, said here yesterday that a minor belonging to Ghuman village and daughter of Major Singh was raped by different persons.

Woman commits suicide
Batala, May 3
As per information received from the police control room, a woman of Lohchap village, near Wadala Granthian, committed suicide by hanging herself from a fan.


Dr Ubha invited to present paper in London
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 3
The World Council for Corporate Governance has invited Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, Head, PG Department of Commerce, Mata Gujri College, to present his paper in London, England.

SGPC president inspects communication research centre
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 3
The SGPC president, Jathedar Avtar Singh, yesterday inspected “Networking and communication research centre” at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College (BBSBEC) here.

Views sought on fee structure in medical colleges
Chandigarh, May 3
The Punjab Government has sought views of students, medical institutions and parents for determining the fee structure in medical colleges. The views should reach the office of Mr K.S. Pannu, Special Secretary, Medical Education and Research, by May 20.

Warm sendoff to MBA students
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 3
Warm sendoff was hosted in the honour of the outgoing batch of MBA at Mata Gujri College (MGC) Fatehgarh Sahib by MBA first year students here today. College Principal Gurmohan Singh Walia was the chief guest. Sukhpreet Kaur welcomed the chief guest, staff members and senior outgoing students. Cultural programme was presented by the students.


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