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Dullo against free of cost land to Reliance
Jalandhar, May 21
In contrast to publicised opinion of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has expressed disagreement with any move to grant free of cost land to Reliance India or any other business house.

Punjab Congress president Shamsher Singh Dullo talks to reporters in Jalandhar on Sunday. Punjab Congress president Shamsher Singh Dullo talks to reporters in Jalandhar on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph

BJP seeks CBI probe in Punjab ‘land deals’
Chandigarh, May 21
Demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged ‘‘land deals’’ in Punjab, Bhartiya Janata Party's General Secretary, Mr Arun Jaitley, today said the BJP would hold rallies across the state to spread its message that the ‘‘Punjab Government was the most corrupt of all state governments and was providing disastrous governance’’.




Roadside trees are being felled for the four-laning of the Amritsar-Jalandhar road on Friday. Four-laning to swallow 25,000 trees
Beas (Amritsar), May 21
The work to cut about 25,000 trees has been going on a war footing to pave way for the Rs 280-crore four-laning of the Amritsar-Jalandhar road that would swallow the rich ‘roadside forest’.

Roadside trees are being felled for the four-laning of the Amritsar-Jalandhar road on Friday. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

CM’s cousin, niece die in road mishap
Chandigarh, May 21
Aman Kaur, 33, a cousin of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, died in a road accident near Dhanaula Mandi in Sangrur District yesterday.

Quota politically motivated: Jaitley
Chandigarh, May 21
The General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Arun Jaitley, has alleged that the UPA government’s proposal to provide reservation for the OBCs was “politically motivated” and aimed at “dividing the nation”.


Controversy engulfs source of Kali Bein river
Hoshiarpur, May 21
With the Kali Bein river gaining importance due to the forthcoming visit of the President, Mr A.P.J. Adul Kalam, here, a dispute has arisen at its place of origin.

HIV case: SDM summons nursing home owner
Abohar, May 21
The SDM, Mr Jaskiran Singh, has summoned the proprietor of a private nursing home here on Tuesday to clarify his conduct in declaring a youth HIV positive. The youth had tried to commit suicide on getting such a report, family sources said.

Power generation hit at Ropar thermal plant
Ropar, May 21
The power generation at the super thermal plant of 1260 MW capacity in Ropar today came to a halt when its all units, each of 210 MW, shut down due to surfacing of a fault in the Ropar-Gobindgarh 220 KV transmission line.

Seminar lays stress on changing democratic system
Sangrur, May 21
The existing parliamentary democratic system in India is not viable as it benefits only 20 per cent persons of the total population of the country.

Talks on gas pipeline begin today
Amritsar, May 21
An eight-member Indian delegation led by Mr N.S. Srinivasan, Secretary, Petroleum and Gas, today crossed over to Pakistan to participate in a meeting of the high-level working group on Indo-Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline. The meeting would be held in Islamabad on May 22 to 24.

CPM threatens protest against police
Amritsar, May 21
CPM activists yesterday threatened to lodge a protest against the Majitha police for allegedly failing to register a case against Narinder Singh and his two sons, Palwinder Singh and Dalwinder Singh, who beat up and injured Savinder Singh of Sufian village and his two daughters over a land dispute. Savinder Singh is a brother of Narinder Singh and has some land dispute for the past three years.

DOT centres to help check TB
Jalandhar, May 21
To tackle TB in Punjab in an effective manner, direct observation treatment (DOT) centres will be made an important part of a majority of private hospitals and nursing homes associated with the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab.


Youth murdered
Bathinda, May 21
A youth was brutally murdered last night allegedly by the family of a girl whom he had married against the wishes of her parents. Nine persons, including brothers of the girl and three women, have been booked on a charge of murder.

Minor dies after ‘rape’
Patiala, May 21
A minor girl died near Rajpura railway station after she was allegedly raped by a ‘sadhu’ late last night. Her body was found near a godown situated near the station.


Pawar assures govt help for veterinary varsity
Chandigarh, May 21
Union Agriculture Minister Mr Sharad Pawar has assured all-possible government help to the newly established Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) in the state, informed Punjab Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister Jagmohan Singh Kang, who called on Mr Pawar, along with Secretary, Animal Husbandry-cum-Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, DS Bains, last evening.

Private aided college staff’s DA merged
Sangrur, May 21
Thousands of college teacher, serving in the private aided colleges of Punjab, feel jubilant over the Punjab Government’s decision of merging 50 per cent DA with their basic pay, though it was done after a long struggle by the teaching and non-teaching staff of these colleges.

Workshop on foeticide
Nawanshahr, May 21
A one-day workshop on “PC and PNDT Act for legal and social activists for better outcome” was organised by the Voluntary Health Association of Punjab, Chandigarh, the Voluntary Health Association of India, New Delhi, and the Population Foundation of India, New Delhi, jointly at Shivalik Public School here on Thursday.

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