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Amarinder, Brar loyalists trade charges
Chandigarh, May 16
Loyalists of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and of the All-India Congress Working Committee member, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, continue to trade charges against each other over the proposed allotment of land to Reliance India Limited.

More powers for panchayats: union files writ
Chandigarh, May 16
Disappointed over the indifferent attitude of the state government towards the giving of more powers to panchayats, the Panchayat Union, Punjab, today filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court to seek justice.

CD can help cops crack kidney scam
Jalandhar, May 16
The Compact Disc (CD) recovered by the Jalandhar police from the local New Ruby Hospital along with other record in the aftermath of the recent unearthing of a kidney transplant scam will be subjected to a thorough scrutiny by the police to assess, whether only those donors, who were authorised by the district level authorisation committee were operated upon or some other people were also operated upon.

Lawyer’s licence suspended for malpractice
Chandigarh, May 16
In a decision with far reaching ramifications, the State Bar Council has suspended the licence of a Phagwara-based lawyer for allegedly doubling up as a travel agent. The said lawyer reportedly was involved along with his kin in sending several young boys to western shores illegally.




Baba killed over gurdwara dispute
Amritsar, May 16
In a sensational incident, Baba Bhola Singh, alias Baba Gurbax Singh Bhola, of the historic Gurdwara Gurusar Satlani Sahib was brutally killed by at least 10 armed persons posing as Nihangs in the wee hours today.

IMA condemns lathi charge on medicos
Hoshiarpur, May 16
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) here condemned the brutal assault on peaceful agitating medical students in Delhi and Mumbai.

Arjun Singh’s effigy burnt
Amritsar, May 16
Striking junior doctors today burnt the effigy of the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mr Arjun Singh, in protest against the brutal lathi charge by the police in Mumbai.


Protest against ‘police excesses’
Nawanshahr, May 16
Irate residents of nearby Garh Padhana village organised a demonstration to protest against the alleged police excesses here at the District Administrative Complex yesterday.

Tenders approved for elevated road to Golden Temple
Amritsar, May 16
In a significant development, the Municipal Corporation today approved a tender of Rs 173 crore for constructing the 4.5 km-long elevated road to Harmander Sahib.

SHO suspended for incompetence
Hoshiarpur, May 16
Mr R. N. Dhoke, Senior Superintendent of Police, Hoshiarpur, said here yesterday that the SHO Model Town Police Station Jiwan Kumar Kalia had been suspended. SSP said that after considering the report of the DSP, he had placed the SHO under suspension for professional incompetency and departmental inquiry had been initiated against him. Inspector Kulwant Singh had been posted in his place.

Towering nuisance
Patiala, May 16
The presence of a very tall communication tower in Urban Estate (Phase I), near Punjabi University, is proving to be a nuisance for the residents. They allege that PUDA has violated laws by permitting the construction of the tower atop the two-storeyed house of a resident.

Villages face water shortage
Hoshiarpur, May 16
Inhabitants of Garli, Pragpur, Kaloha, Naleti, Sadhvan and some adjoining villages of Dehra Gopipur subdivision of Kangra district have been facing acute shortage of water for the past few days.


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Notice issued to PSEB

Chandigarh, May 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for July 11 on a petition filed by a lady employee of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), challenging the charge-sheets issued to her for alleged absence from duty.

Life term for killing daughter-in-law
Ropar, May 16
Rattan Singh, a resident of Puawal, was today sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his daughter-in-law, Kulwinder Kaur, with a sharp-edged weapon by the District and Sessions Judge, Ms Rekha Mittal. The accused had killed his daughter-in-law with an axe following a domestic dispute in 2001.


138 challaned for using pressure horns
Ropar, May 16
Complying with Supreme Court directions to prevent noise pollution in the district, 138 persons have been issued challan for using pressure horns and Rs 1.38 lakh had been recovered as fine from them during a special drive launched by the police.

Revenue officials to boycott work
Bathinda, May 16
Following an attack on tehsildar Kuldeep Singh Bhullar at Bhagta Bhai yesterday, revenue officials of Faridkot division have decided to boycott work for two days. The decision came at a meeting of the officials held at the Circuit House here today.


3 of family commit suicide
Ferozepore, May 16
In a shocking incident, Nirmal Singh, an electrician of Sandhe Hasham village on the Ferozepore-Zila road, along with his wife and son committed suicide by drowning.

Gang of robbers busted
Chandigarh, May 16
The Ferozepore police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of robbers and nabbed its leader. Smack, two mobile sets, Sim cards, a revolver along with bullets, ornaments and a stolen Innova car were recovered from his possession.

Complainant against policemen booked
Patiala, May 16
The police late last night arrested Krishan Kumar, on whose complaint a criminal case was registered against a Head Constable of the Punjab Police and a Home Guard Jawan on May 14 in Kotwali police station here, along with three others, including a girl, for concealing their identity with a view to committing a crime.


‘Abandoned answer sheets were of local students’
Abohar, May 16
The answer sheets found at the bank of a canal near the old bus stand at Ropar on May 6 were of local students. Ms Saroj Nagpal, Principal of Swami Keshwa Nand Senior Secondary School located in the Sahitya Sadan complex here, has identified the affected students as Avneet Tondon, Madhusudan Modi and Payal Nagpal.

MA II (Pol Sc) re-exam
Amritsar, May 16
The examination of second paper (recent political theory) of MA part-II (Political Science-annual system) of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), held earlier on April 22, would be re-conducted on May 25, 2006 (Thursday), according to a notification issued by the Registrar, Dr R.S. Bawa.

Dr Soch passes away
Amritsar, May 16
A veteran father figure of Punjabi literature, Dr Narinder Singh Soch (100), and father of former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University Dr H.S. Soch, passed away this evening.


SBoP employees hold protest
Patiala, May 16
Employees of the State Bank of Patiala organised a protest in front of the SBOP head office premises against the RBI’s decision to permit outsourcing on banking service here today.

LIC staff organise demonstration
Patiala, May 16
Employees of LIC of India (Patiala I nd II) organised a demonstration in protest against the management’s decision of ban on recruitment and outsourcing of LIC work to private agencies.


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