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Acquisition of land: farmers to court arrest
Barnala (Sangrur), May 23
Nine organisations of farmers in the state today announced their action programme against alleged forcible acquisition of land of farmers in various parts of the state, especially in three villages, Dhaula, Sanghera and Fatehgarh Chhanna (near Barnala) for the Trident Group of Industries by the state government, at a joint “Zamin bachao conference”, in the new grain market here.

A view of the Zamin Bachao Conference organised by nine farmer organisations at new grain market, Barnala, on Tuesday A view of the Zamin Bachao Conference organised by nine farmer organisations at new grain market, Barnala, on Tuesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

CM: Sonia to decide on action against Brar
Chandigarh, May 23
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said he had left it to Mrs Sonia Gandhi to take action against senior Congress leader Jagmeet Brar , adding that the matter of finalising the offer to Reliance Industries Limited would be decided in a week's time by the Punjab Government.

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Dental association calls for bandh tomorrow

Amritsar, May 23

The Indian Dental Association today gave a call for a Punjab bandh on May 25 with the closure of all dental OPDs in private clinics, government hospitals and dental colleges along with suspension of teaching in the dental institutes of Punjab. Dr Puneet Girdhar, state secretary, Indian Dental Association and PCMS Dental Association stated that protest day would be observed by all the private and government dental surgeons, dental teachers and students of dental institutes of Punjab.

Junior doctors and medical students prepare a progress chart of their agitation against the proposed reservation policy of the government from the news articles in Amritsar on Tuesday. — PTI photo

Junior doctors and medical students prepare a progress chart of their agitation against the proposed reservation policy of the government from the news articles in Amritsar on Tuesday.

Rs 2.81 lakh looted from bank
Ferozepore, May 23
In a bank robbery under broad daylight today, four unidentified armed persons with muffled faces entered the Sandhe Hasham branch of Punjab National Bank situated on the Ferozepore-Zira road, and looted Rs 2,81,279 at gunpoint.

Pak may allow Sikh token nagar kirtan
Amritsar, May 23
After initial hiccups, the Government of Pakistan is likely to give permission to take out a token nagar kirtan from New Delhi to Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Lahore, on the eve of 400th martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev, which falls next month.

Bathinda girl tops Class VIII exams
Mohali , May 23
Girls have bagged the top positions in the middle standard examination of the Punjab School Education Board the result of which was declared here today.

Gang of robbers busted, 4 held
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 23
The district police claimed to have busted a gang of dacoits with the arrest of four persons. The fifth member of the gang, however, managed to flee.

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Vigilance gets new faces

Chandigarh, May 23
Just a month after Mr A.P. Pandey, the then chief of the high-profile Punjab Vigilance Bureau, was shifted out, the Punjab Government today shifted eight middle-rung officers of his team to give a “new look” to the Vigilance Bureau.


SAD, CPM workers join Congress
Chandigarh, May 23
A section of workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the CPM from the Patti Assembly constituency in Punjab joined the Congress in the presence of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at a function here today.

AISAD to merge with Mann’s party
Amritsar, May 23
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD) would soon merge with the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), said Mr Jaswant Singh Mann.

BSP holds protest; submits memorandum
Amritsar, May 23
Activists of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by its state president, Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, held a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner office here today.

DCC president lashes out at BJP
Patiala, May 23
The District Congress Committee (Urban) president, Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, has criticised the statement of BJP leader Arun Jaitely in which he had said that the BJP will fight the forthcoming assembly elections against the Congress on the corruption issue.


Forest officials’ bid to frame panchayat member
Hoshiarpur, May 23
Forest officials picked up a person who had complained against them and tried to frame him in a case while he had gone to serve them summons of the court.

Rs 2.5 cr to upgrade infrastructure at Wagah
Amritsar, May 23
The Centre has given the go-ahead to revamp infrastructure at the Wagah joint check post and the international Attari Railway station.

World Biodiversity Day observed
Amritsar, May 23
Kheti Virasat in association with the Lok Kalyan Samiti and the NSS Department of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) observed World Biodiversity Day here yesterday to generate awareness about depleting biodiversity.

CEC asked to de-recognise SAD
Hoshiarpur, May 23
Mr Prashant Bhushan, a lawyer of New Delhi, on behalf of Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, has asked the Chief Election Commissioner of India to dispose of the petition of his client filed in 2005 for de-recognising the Shiromani Akali Dal and freezing its election symbol.

Nursing council staff oppose move to shift office
Chandigarh, May 23
Employees of the Punjab Nursing Registration Council have opposed the move to shift the office from Mohali to Chandigarh.

Man electrocuted
Rajpura, May 23
Mandeep Singh (27), a resident of Madwal village, near here, was electrocuted today and his cousin injured allegedly due to the negligence on the part of the staff of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).


DEO granted bail in forgery case
Sangrur, May 23
Mr K.K. Garg, Sessions Judge, Sangrur, yesterday granted bail to the officiating District Education Officer (Elementary), Sangrur, Parmod Kumar, in a case registered against him and R.K. Enterprises, a local firm, in connection with an alleged bungling in the sale/purchase of computers.

Wireless ‘scam’: HC reserves verdict
Chandigarh, May 23
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice R.S. Randhawa today reserved its judgement on the PIL filed by two advocates seeking a comprehensive inquiry by an independent agency into the alleged embezzlement of about Rs 2.58 crore in the purchase of wireless sets by the Punjab Police.

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Heritage site
Chandigarh, May 23
Despite the High Court's directive to the petitioner and the Deputy Commissioner, Nawanshahr, to sit together and try to work out a settlement regarding the historic heritage site at Aasron village in Nawanshahr, nothing concrete came out.


Sohal to deliver lectures in USA
Patiala, May 23
Dr M.S. Sohal, Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences, Punjabi University has been invited to deliver lectures at the International Society of Sports Nutrition conference slated to be held at Las Vegas from June 15 to 17.


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