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Third Ludhiana-Mumbai track soon: Lalu
Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav at Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar on Sunday. Amritsar, May 28
To give economic boost to the region and to decongest the rail tracks, the work on the third railway track from Ludhiana to Mumbai would start from next month and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was likely to inaugurate it.

Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav at Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar on Sunday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

‘Garib Raths’ to be ready by October
Hussainpur (Kapurthala), May 28
Finally, the Union Minister for Railways, Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav, today buried all speculations regarding the proposed privatisation of the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) here as was being feared by the employees since his now-infamous railway budget speech.

SAD-BJP to take legal route on Reliance issue
Sangrur, May 28
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, and the BJP MP, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, along with five MLAs of the state, will file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court to prevent the state government from giving village panchayats’ and the Punjab Mandi Board’s land to the Reliance Industries.

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PM unconcerned about Hindus’ plight: BJP
Amritsar, May 28
Strongly criticising Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for his failure to meet those Hindu families whose members were brutally killed by terrorists in the valley, Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, state BJP vice-president, asked why the PM did not fix responsibility of providing security of Kashmiri Hindu families to the government in Jammu and Kashmir.

Surinder Kaur Nightingale of Punjab battles for life
Slips into coma following multiple organ failure
Chandigarh, May 28
Time flies and with it fly cherished moments of pride and joy. Only a month ago, Punjab was celebrating the top civilian honour of Padma Shree which Surinder Kaur had brought home.

Kirti gets 98.2 pc in Class X
Amritsar, May 28
Amritsar schools, including Senior Study School-II, DAV Public School, Shri Ram Ashram Public School, Spring Dale Senior School, Manav Public School and Sri Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School got 100 per cent results in the CBSE Class X examinations, the results of which were declared yesterday.

Fire at railway booking office
Amritsar, May 28
A fire broke out at the booking office of the Amritsar railway station due to a short circuit around 4.30 am today.


Cong ministers hold parallel programmes
Sujanpur (Gurdaspur), May 28
Fissures in district Congress came to the fore once again with two major Congress leaders from the area organising parallel programmes here today.

Cong unit to highlight development works
Patiala, May 28
The District Congress Committee (Urban) has decided to launch an awareness campaign to highlight the ongoing development activities in the city.


Harmandar Sahib parkarma turns green
Amritsar, May 28
In an attempt to beautify the interior and surroundings of the holiest Sikh shrine, the SGPC with the help of Baba Jagtar Singh of kar sewa wale, today launched a drive to turn the parkarma of Golden Temple green that would be instrumental in saving the shrine from vehicle corrosion .

Foundation of Pilot’s statue demolished
Patiala, May 28
The foundation located at the entry of the city, where a statue of late Congress leader Rajesh Pilot was to be installed by a section of Congress leaders, was demolished by the district administration today. Congress leaders have alleged that the demolition was carried out at the behest of Punjab Power Minister Lal Singh.

Duggal crosses over to Pak for talks
Wagah, May 28
Escalation in the violent activities in Jammu and Kashmir during the last one month would be the main agenda of talks between the two Home Secretaries when they meet in Islamabad for two-day talks.

Bhattal distributes funds for development
Sangrur, May 28
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister and MLA from Lehragaga, today distributed cheques worth Rs 1.56 crore, among panchayats of 26 villages under the Punjab Nirman scheme at Andana village (Near Khanauri), about 65 km from here.

People fear Ghaggar’s wrath sans siphons
Patiala, May 28
The safety of thousands of residents of Ghanaur, Rajpura and Shambhu areas of the district and their belongings have been jeopardised due to the non-implementation of flood protection measures, approved by the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Standing Committee, on the Ghaggar by the authorities concerned.

PSEB enforcement squads to check thefts
Patiala, May 28
The PSEB’s enforcement wing has decided to lay special emphasis on surprise checks and mass raids to minimise distribution losses and to check the menace of power theft across the state.

Punjab Arts Council team to be installed on June 1
Chandigarh, May 28
For the first time in history, a team of the Punjab Arts Council will be installed at a special ceremony to be held in Chandigarh on June 1.

Rajindra Club joins hands with NGO
Patiala, May 28
The century-old Rajindra Gymkhama Club has decided to join hands with the Helping Hands Society, a non government organisation, to provide education to poor and needy students.

Boy drowns in Sutlej
Ropar, May 28
A boy of Uccha Khera Mohalla, Surinder, was drowned in the Sutlej this evening, while he was swimming alongwith his friends.

More support for striking docs
Patiala, May 28
The All India Equality Forum has announced its support to the ongoing agitation of medical students against the proposed reservation policy of the government.

Sangrur girl is ‘Miss Punjab Sundri’
Sangrur, May 28
Mandip Kaur, a local girl, was declared winner of the “Miss Punjab Sundri” contest held here today. Kiranpal Kaur of Badbar village (Sangrur) secured the second position, while Jayoti Rani (Sangrur) finished third in this competition. Mandip Kaur, also a local girl, got the consolation prize.

Brahmin Sabha elections
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 28
The following have been elected office bearers of Shri Brahmin Sabha (regd) Sirhind.

Summer camp for kids
Patiala, May 28
Commandos of the Punjab Police and the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) will jointly organise a summer camp for children between the age group of 10 and 18 years at Bahadurgarh Fort from June 5 to 17.

Training programme
Patiala, May 28
A two-day technical programme on 'Proper monitoring of tap setting of power transformers' concluded at the Technical Training Institute (TTI) here today.


Court tells institute to pay Rs 7 lakh to student
Faridkot, May 28
A local court has issued directions to the management of the local Dashmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences to pay Rs 7 lakh as damages to a student who was denied admission to BDS course, reportedly on account of trimmed beard.


Cash, jewellery stolen
Rajpura, May 28
A burglar broke into the house of a businessman, Mr Sushil Kumar, in Dalmia Nagar here last night and decamped with Rs 1.7 lakh in cash, $ 1,000 and 15 “tolas” of gold.


Private schools have a dig at government
Nawanshahr, May 28
The Private Schools Joint Action Committee, Punjab, organised a “Save education conference” at KC Palace here on Thursday. Teachers and representatives of school managements of private schools in the Doaba region participated in the conference.

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