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Council of Ministers to clear Tarn Taran as dist today
Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab Council of Ministers, which will meet here tomorrow, will give formal approval to the proposal of creating Tarn Taran as a new district. Sources said that the proposal was ready and would be placed before the council.

Unruly scenes at Cong rally
Bathinda, May 30
The Congress rally for Dalits today witnessed unruly scenes as on the one hand the party leaders struggled to make it to the dais and on the other protesting computer teachers found their way into Chhabra Palace, the rally venue.

45,000 trees axed in Punjab in six months
Chandigarh, May 30
More than 45,000 trees, spread over 250 hectares of protected forest areas of Punjab, have been axed in the past six months, as the state government and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) go about with their proposed widening of four highways in the state.

Income should be criterion for reservation, says Dullo
Bathinda, May 30
Even as stalemate over Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh’s proposal of 27 per cent reservation for OBCs continues, PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo today said economically weaker sections of society should be given priority in reservation.



Medicos burn books
Amritsar, May 30
Doctors and the medical students burnt their medical books here this evening to protest against the reservation policy of the government.

Cops bring Gaurav home, lay hands on IB stamp
Jalandhar, May 30
A police team from Hamirpur, led by DSP Mahinder Singh, brought Gaurav Kapoor to the city to conduct further searches in the case.

M.S. Gill: take up work on Morinda-Ludhiana rail link
Chandigarh, May 30
With no indication of work on the second phase of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link — the Morinda-Ludhiana section — starting in the near future, Punjab Rajya Sabha member Manohar Singh Gill has sought the immediate intervention of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to set the ball rolling.


Probe sought into Badals’ visit to US
Chandigarh, May 30
Taking exception to what they describe a sudden disappearance of SAD president Parkash Singh Badal, his wife Surinder Kaur and their son Sukhbir Badal, Punjab ministers today demanded that an investigation into the visit of the Badals to the US should be entrusted to the CBI.

Akalis counter Cong remarks on Badal
Chandigarh, May 30
The Shiromani Akali Dal has condemned the statement of Congress ministers issued today regarding the US visit of SAD president Parkash Singh Badal. Five senior Akali leaders, Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, Mr Balwinder Singh Bhundar, Mr Maheshinder Singh Grewal and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, said the statement was totally false, misleading, politically motivated and below moral values.

Cong workers boycott camp
Ropar, May 30
Punjab Education Minister Harnam Das Johar today faced embarrassment at the Lok Suvidha Camp, organised at Senior Secondary School in Nurpurbedi town of the district, when Congress workers boycotted the camp for not inviting two local Congress MLA’s Mr K.P.S. Rana and Dr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, here.

Spurious fertilisers: SAD for Central probe
Chandigarh, May 30
The SAD has urged the Union Government to order a high-level independent inquiry into the sale of spurious fertilisers in Gurdaspur and other districts of Punjab.

Capt harming farmers’ interests, says Mann
Sangrur, May 30
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), has asked the state government not to acquire land of farmers forcibly for big industrial houses in the state.


Martyr’s widow threatens to return award

Moga, May 30
The widow of a Kargil martyr and a Kirti Chakra awardee (posthumous) today threatened to return her husband’s gallantry award if no action was taken against the acting principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Baghelewala, where she was working as a ‘sewadar’ since 2001.

Manjit Kaur shows Kirti Chakra awarded to her husband Jora Singh posthumously in front of Moga mini-secretariat on Tuesday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Manjit Kaur shows Kirti Chakra awarded to her husband Jora Singh posthumously in front of Moga mini-secretariat on Tuesday.

Villagers gherao police station
Tarn Taran, May 30
Residents of Bath and Bagrian villages led by CPM activists protesting against police atrocities and the prevailing corruption in the Police Department, gheraoed the local Sadar police station here yesterday.

Protest against lack of stamps
Bathinda, May 30
Activists of All India Students Federation, who are agitating against a private institute for ‘overcharging fee’, yesterday protested against the “non-availability of stamp papers for people from rural areas” at the local post office.

Residents block traffic over water
Pathankot, May 30
The residents of Bungal-Badhani village today once again blocked traffic on the Pathankot-Dalhousie road for around six hours in protest against inadequate supply of water in the area.

Junior engineers to launch stir
Chandigarh, May 30
Upset over the postponement of the meeting of the departmental promotion committee (DPC) today, the Diploma Engineers Association has decided to launch an agitation against the Irrigation Department.

Punjab Arts Council may frame cultural policy
Chandigarh, May 30
Although born out of the need to lend cultural edge to the state, the Punjab Arts Council has not yet managed to achieve its objective. Over the years, caretakers have cited a host of reasons for the delay in realisation of goals, a recurring complaint being dearth of money to back purposeful projects.

Chattopadhaya shifted to BSF
Chandigarh, May 30
In a decision of political significance, Mr Sidharth Chattopadhaya, a Punjab cadre IPS officer, has been asked to go on deputation to the BSF. He was part of a special team which went to the USA to probe the alleged illegal assets of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Engineers to oppose privatisation
Patiala, May 30
A meeting of the Federal Council of Northern India Power Engineers Federation (NIPEF) comprising engineers from states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi and UP was held here today.

Pak releases 71 Indian fishermen
Amritsar, May 30
Close on the heels of India releasing 59 Pak fishermen yesterday, Pakistan reciprocated today by repatriating 71 fishermen as a gesture of goodwill.

De-addiction hospital a boon for addicts
Sangrur, May 30
The local Red Cross Drug De-addiction Hospital, situated in the Guru Nanak Sarai Complex here, is a boon for drug addicts. More than 400 drug addicts have been treated till now, out of whom 100 had been admitted to the hospital. After completion of treatment, they were discharged.

Accountant General holds pension adalat
Sangrur, May 30
Mr Onkar Nath, Accountant-General (A&E), Punjab and Chandigarh, held a pension adalat and an awareness programme for the pensioners and staff of the pension sanctioning authorities of various state government departments at the Ambedkar Bhavan here today.

278 examined at medical camp
Patiala, May 30
As many as 278 patients were examined and given free medicine by a panel of eminent doctors at the 184th medical check-up camp organised by the Dedicated Brothers Group here today according to a press release issued here today by Mr Chama Lal Dutt, project in charge.


HCS (judicial) interviews on June 19, 20
Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court will hold the interviews of the 39 candidates, who cleared the written test for the Haryana Civil Service (Judicial) posts, on June 19 and 20. The interviews would be conducted at the High Court.

Wireless ‘scam’: HC orders CBI inquiry
Chandigarh, May 30
In a major decision, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged embezzlement of about Rs 2.58 crore in the purchase of wireless sets by the Punjab Police a few years ago.


Construction of 8 flyovers to start soon
Chandigarh, May 30
Construction work on the proposed eight road over bridges (ROBs) across busy level crossings in Punjab is set to start soon. Northern Railway is about to finalise the allocation of work for these bridges.

38 Executive Officers transferred
Phillaur, May 30
In a sudden move, the Punjab Government has transferred 34 Executive Officers of muncipal committees and four of improvement trusts in the state.

Addl charge for Aggarwal
Chandigarh, May 30
Mr S.C. Aggarwal, Principal Secretary, Industries, Punjab, has been given additional charge of Financial Commissioner (Development) as Mr G.S. Cheema, Financial Commissioner (Development), has gone on leave for some days.


Nod to course for dairy farmers
Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab Dairy Development Board today gave its approval for the introduction of dairy entrepreneurship training course at Dairy Training and Extension Centre, Ropar district, to impart training in milk processing.


GND varsity launches job-oriented courses
Amritsar, May 30
Guru Nanak Dev University has introduced five one-year job-oriented courses for Class X and XII boys and girls under the self-employment scheme from July this year.

BCA (III), B.Com (II) results today
Amritsar, May 30
The results of the BCA (III) and B.Com. (professional) Part-II examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April would be declared tomorrow.


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