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Jolt for Cong as MC defects to SAD
Patiala, May 6

The Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and the ruling Congress party suffered a major body blow as ruling party's sitting Municipal Councillor, Mr Sukhwinder Pal Singh Minta, quit the Congress and joined Shiromani Akali Dal today.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal along with Mr Sukhwinder Pal Singh (Minta), a Municipal Councillor, who joined the SADat Patiala on Saturday.
Mr Parkash Singh Badal along with Mr Sukhwinder Pal Singh (Minta), a Municipal Councillor, who joined the SAD at Patiala on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

PPSC appointments: SC comes down heavily on HC
Chandigarh, May 6
On May 3, the Supreme Court, while setting aside the Punjab and Haryana High Court judgement cancelling all appointments made by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) during the tenure of the then chairman, Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu, also came down heavily on the High Court for having failed to uphold the principle of natural justice.

Split in SGJC Bench gives reprieve to Bibi
Amritsar, May 6
The split in the three-member panel of Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC) with the president on one side and two members on the other, in the three consecutive writ petitions has provided a reprieve to Bibi Jagir Kaur, former president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).



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Buddha Nullah remains a threat to public health

Ludhiana, May 6
Budda Nullah in Ludhiana continues to torment the environment in the absence of any effort by the government to clean it.

3 Class X board answer-sheets found dumped
Ropar, May 6

In yet another case of lackadaisical attitude of the Punjab School Education Board, three unmarked answer-sheets of Class X examination, held in March, were found dumped near a bridge here today.



Three unchecked answer-sheets of Class X examination, conducted by the Punjab State Education Board, found dumped near a bridge in Ropar on Saturday. — A Tribune photo

Three unchecked answer-sheets of Class X examination, conducted by the Punjab State Education Board, found dumped near a bridge in Ropar on Saturday.

Sukhbir promises probe into Mohali projects
Ropar, May 6
The SAD general secretary and MP, Mr Sukhbir Badal, today said if his party was voted to power in the next Assembly elections they would get an inquiry conducted from the CBI against the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, for giving the green signal to various projects after allegedly getting huge amounts from the companies concerned.

POLITICS

SAD(A) forms panel for alliance prospects
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 6
A meeting of the political affairs committee of the SAD(A) was held under the presidentship of Mr Simranjit Singh Mann at his residence at Kila Harnam Singh here today.

COMMUNITY

Heat wave boon for juice sellers
Abohar, May 6
Heat wave gripped the region as mercury touched 480 C here as well as the neighbouring Sriganganagar district.

Grants: Panchayat Union to move HC
Chandigarh, May 6
Strongly opposed to the giving of grants to panchayats on the recommendation of MLAs and Ministers and the predominance of officials in district planning boards, the Panchayat Union, Punjab, has decided to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court to seek justice on these issues.

BPL families to get Rs 10,000 relief
Ropar, May 6
Taking note of the problem being faced by residents of the district, the chairman of the district grievance committee and the Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, on Thursday directed the Deputy Commissioner to make arrangements for the maintenance of the 100-year-old bridge with Ropar to get a bus stand built for the locals of Nurpur Bedi town and release old-age pension in time.

50 jhuggis removed
Patiala, May 6
Continuing with its anti encroachment drive, the enforcement staff of HUDA today removed over 50 jhuggis and other temporary structures here today.

Workshop on female foeticide organised
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 6
Female foeticide is not only a blot on the society but it also is the misuse of technology for petty personal interests. If this trend continued there will be chaos in the society,” said Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a workshop at Aam Khas Bagh on Thursday organised by Regional Resource Centre (MAMTA) in collaboration with District Health Department.

Rs 23 cr water project for Pathankot belt
Chandigarh, May 6
The Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, said here today that the state government had prepared a Rs 23.75 crore drinking water project for villages in the Pathankot belt.

Punjab Arts Council constituted
Chandigarh, May 6
A meeting of the members of the Punjab Arts Council, including the ex-officio members, was held yesterday under the chairmanship of poet and litterateur Surjit Patar at the Punjab Arts Council complex.

COURTS

Lok Adalat held
Patiala, May 6
A quarterly Lok Adalat was organised at the judicial courts complex here today under the chairmanship of Mr Inderjit Singh, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority.

Kang elected Bar assn president
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 6
Mr R.S. Kang belonging to the Salana, Sodhi and Cheema group owing allegiance to former Finance Minister Kanwaljit Singh has been elected president of the District Bar Association. He defeated Mr N.S. Tiwana by six votes.

AGRICULTURE

Farm machinery on rent
Fazilka, May 6
Enthusiastic efforts are being made in border area of Fazilka to preserve agriculture. Fazilka is perhaps the only town in country where farm machinery rental service is available. Small farmers can get a host of expensive, latest, sophisticated farm tiling, sowing and harvesting machinery like tractors and about two-and-a-half dozen implements on nominal rent under one roof.

CRIME

3 faith-healers held for spying
Fazilka, May 6
The intelligence wing of the military has arrested three alleged faith-healers on charges of gathering secret military information and passing it on to Pakistan intelligence agencies.

Flesh trade racket busted
Tarn Taran, May 6
A six-member gang of flesh trade, including three women, has been busted from border area township Bhikhiwind. The gang was being run by a widow Savita of the township.

Bus stolen
Hoshiarpur, May 6
Some miscreants stole a bus (PB-12C-9833) of Punjab Roadways, Nawanshahar depot, from the local bus stand last evening.

Two killed in accidents
Kharar, May 6
Two persons were killed in different accidents around the town last night. According to the police, Surinder Kumar, an employee at a liquor vend near Balongi village, was killed when he was hit by a jeep late last night. He died on the spot. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304 A of the IPC against the driver.

EDUCATION

7 student federation group chiefs resign
Amritsar, May 6
In a significant development, presidents of at least seven splinter groups of the Sikh students’ federations today submitted their resignation to the two-member “Ekta Committee” (Unity Committee), which comprises Dr Bhagwan Singh and Sarbjit Singh Sohal, former veteran leaders of the federation, paving the way for forging the much-awaited unity, here today.

Mechanism needed to regulate private institutions, says Kanwaljit
Patiala, May 6
A mechanism is needed to regulate private educational institutions so that these do not become income generating institution only but serve the very purpose of generating creative individuals.

National conference on higher education ends
Patiala, May 6
Dr R.S. Ghuman, Dean, College Development Council, Punjabi University, has advocated for reforms in higher education to make India a knowledge powerhouse.

B.Com II results today
Amritsar, May 6
The results of B.Com Part-II and B.CAM-II of the Guru Nanak Dev University held in April, 2006, would be declared tomorrow i.e. May 7.

KV No. 2 celebrates annual day
Patiala, May 6
Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2, Diesel Locomotive Modernisation Works (DMW), celebrated its 21st annual prize-distribution function on the school premises here today.

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