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Jathedar Vedanti eulogises SAD
Amritsar, May 11
Eulogising the glorious history of Shiromani Akali Dal, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht, today said that it had launched morchas (agitations) from Akal Takht against Emergency and injustice from time to time and hence its contribution towards Sikh Panth could not be underestimated.

Recovery of khair wood raises eyebrows
Gurdaspur, May 11
The recovery of a large amount of khair wood from a dump-cum-sawing machine in the Pathankot area by the Gurdaspur police has proved large scale illegal felling of trees in the forests of Dhar subdivision.

Land for RIL: CPI to stage dharnas
Chandigarh, May 11
Another political party has raised the banner of protest against the proposed allotment of land to Reliance Industries Limited in Punjab. The CPI leader, Dr Joginder Dayal, today said that his party would stage dharnas to protest against the offer made to RIL for the allotment of land at Mohali and other places in the state.

CM favours promotion of Punjabi, English
Chandigarh, May 11
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, yesterday said he was committed to give due recognition and status to Punjabi language but at the same time he also underscored the need to promote English as a link language to enable the youth to compete globally.




Squall leaves trail of losses for PSEB
Patiala, May 11
The Punjab State Electricity Board has suffered losses to the tune of crores of rupees on account of damage to distribution transformers, tower of 220 KV lines and uprooting of high tension and low tension poles after a dust storm followed by rain and squall hit the state on the night of May 8.

Kashyap: Info Act potent tool in hands of public
Chandigarh, May 11
The Right to Information Act is a potent tool in the hands of the public in a democratic nation to highlight social causes and keep a check on the functioning of the government.


SAD (A) blames SGPC for misguiding Sikhs
Amritsar, May 11
Mr Baldev Singh Sirsa, general secretary, farmers wing of the SAD (A), sent a legal notice to Mr Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, and a number of its other office-bearers for misguiding the Sikh masses about tercentenary Khalsa college.

Third front possible only under SAD (A) leadership, says Mann
Pathankot, May 11
The formation of third front in the forthcoming Assembly elections to contest against the SAD and the Congress is possible only under the leadership of SAD (A). The SAD (A) has been the only party that has taken up the issues relating to people and is opposing the ruling parties for their misdeeds.


Pension not paid to ex-staff of dam
Gurdaspur, May 11
Over 500 workers who have retired from the Shahpur Kandi dam since February 2005 have not been issued pension till date. Besides, over 3,000 pensioners who have retired since 1996 face recoveries from pensions.

Patwaris told to issue farad on same day
Kharar, May 11
The Tehsildar of the Kharar subdivision has directed all patwaris to issue farad to persons on the same day they ask for the document. The directions were given by Mr Barjinder Singh, Tehsildar, at a meeting with held with revenue officials in the tehsil complex here today.

Concern over elevated road
Amritsar, May 11
Mr Rawal Aulakh of Guru Ramdas School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University, in a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has expressed apprehensions over construction of the elevated road in the medieval religious town of Amritsar.

Theatre society battles female foeticide
Patiala, May 11
The National Theatre Arts Society, in collaboration with the Punjab Pollution Control Board, launched an ‘Awareness Theatre Week’ against pollution and female foeticide at the auditorium of the Government Ayurvedic College.

Goyal warns habitual absentee doctors
Patiala, May 11
The Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, Dr G.L. Goyal, addressed a meeting of all senior medical officers and district programme officers of the district in the office of the Civil Surgeon here today.

Building gutted in fire
Tarn Taran, May 11
A tragedy was averted yesterday when a building on the G.T. Road here was gutted in a fire caused due to a short-circuit. Goods worth Rs 1 crore were damaged. The family living on the first floor had a miraculous escape as passersby rescued them.

The damaged portion of the building that caught fire in Tarn Taran on Wednesday.

The damaged portion of the building that caught fire in Tarn Taran

Water leakage leaves village dry
Ropar, May 11
Residents of Ahmedpur village, about 7 km from here, have been facing acute water shortage for the past one month due to leakage in the pipes supplying water here. In the absence of proper water supply, the villagers have to cover 2 km distance to fetch water from a tank of Health Department in a village.

Wage war against drugs: DIG
Rajpura, May 11
The DIG of the Patiala Range, Mr H.S. Randhawa, today called upon to people to wage a war against drug abuse. Addressing a seminar on traffic management here, Mr Randhawa said tackling the drug menace in the state should be the top priority of various agencies as an important section of society, the youth, was falling a prey to this.

Self-immolation threatened
Hoshiarpur, May 11
Mr Mohinder Ram, president of the Bajigar community, has threatened self-immolation before the Mini Secretariat on May 16 if justice was not done to his community in respect of shifting of their crematorium from the present site located on the periphery of the city on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road to the panchayat land of Shergarh village.


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Nod to mobile towers only in non-residential areas: HC
Chandigarh, May 11
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today said that permission to various mobile telephony companies to erect towers could be granted only in non-residential areas and that too only with the approval of the competent authority and as per the policy.


Farmers meet CM on registration fee
Chandigarh, May 11
A deputation of farmers from the Barnala area yesterday met the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to seek his intervention for the withdrawal of the exorbitant increase in the registration fee ranging from 15 per cent to 200 per cent, depending on the location of the land, which was causing a great loss to buyers.


Five appointed PSSWB members
Amritsar, May 11
The Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi, has nominated five new members on the Punjab State Social Welfare Board to help voluntary welfare organisations to improve the programmes. Mrs Ratna is the chairperson of the board.

Three SHOs transferred
Amritsar, May 11
Mr Sudhanshu Srivastav, SSP, yesterday shifted the SHOs of three police stations after the sensational snatching of Rs 1.86 lakh by two unidentified motorcycle borne youths near Sangam Cinema on Tuesday.


4 killed as buses collide head on
Patiala, May 11
Four persons, including two women, died on the spot and about 12 more suffered multiple injuries following a head-on collision between two buses near Malla Hedi village on the Patiala- Sirhind road, 15 km from here today.

Man kills only son
Fazilka, May 11
A father allegedly killed his only son on Wednesday night at 9 pm in border Gulaba Bhaini village of this subdivision. According to an FIR lodged with Sadar Police Fazilka by Guran Bai, her husband Om Parkash (26), had heated exchange with his father Jangir Singh on a issue.

Man stabbed to death
Amritsar, May 11
Surjit Singh, a resident of Chatiwind Gate, was stabbed to death by one Guravtar Singh and his two accomplices, Harvinder Singh and Davinder Singh, of the same area early in the morning today.

2 cops suspended for harassment to woman
Abohar, May 11
Two policemen have been suspended for harassing a woman principal of a public school at Jalalabad West. SSP Arpit Shukla said head constable Mohinder Singh and his colleague have also been booked under Sections 354, 509 and 34 of the IPC.


Patiala boy gets 204th rank in UPSC
Patiala, May 11
Gurkaran Singh Bains, who has attained 204th rank in the UPSC (Main) examination, the results of which were declared on May 8, has done the city proud making into the elite services in his second attempt.

Medical college alumnus’ gesture
Amritsar, May 11
Dr Gurdev Singh Gill, an alumnus of Government Medical College here, donated C-Arm Mobile Image Intensifier worth Rs 10 lakh to the Department of Orthopaedics, Traumatology and Arthroscopy of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. The machine was commissioned today.

Jobless teachers protest against government
Ropar, May 11
Members of the Unemployment Elementary Teachers Union today protested against the state government for its inability to provide jobs to the hundreds of youths in the state who have done elementary teachers training.


Industrialists await capital subsidy
Amritsar, May 11
Border area industrialists are waiting for capital subsidy for the past three years in spite of promises made from time to time. According to the honorary general secretary of the association, Mr H.S. Makhni, they have been fighting for the cause of the border area industry after the government had announced capital subsidy under the new industrial policy of 2003.

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