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Role of Amritsar police under scanner in paper leak case
Case was filed as ‘untraceable’
Amritsar, July 5
The role of the Amritsar police has come under the scanner following the arrest of five culprits by the Chandigarh police on July 2 in connection with the question paper leak scam of the PMET.

PMET results declared
Chandigarh, July 5
The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, which today declared the results of the Punjab Medical Entrance Test, said that no question booklet was missing.

Mid-day meal: teachers won’t have to cook
Chandigarh, July 5
Relief could be in sight for government schoolteachers, who are forced to cook food for schoolchildren apart from doing their main job of teaching them.

Badal blames Cong for Manji Sahib episode
Bathinda, July 5
Blaming the Congress for recent Manji Sahib episode in Amritsar, former CM and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal today alleged that the ruling party was trying to spoil the state’s atmosphere before of the Assembly elections.

Ludhiana page: Violation of Takht traditions

Calcutta debunks Badal’s denial
Amritsar, July 5
Even though the SAD supremo, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has categorically denied that Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, member of Political Affairs Committee, had played any role in bringing rapprochement with Jathedar Gurcharn Singh Tohra, the fact remains (going by documentary proof) that Mr Calcutta was the main architect of the Tohra-Badal patch up.






Police remand for deported Babbar Khalsa man
Gurdaspur, July 5
Gurcharan Singh, a Babbar Khalsa terrorist who allegedly was the mastermind of a plot to kill former DGP K.P.S Gill and president of SAD Prakash Singh Badal, was finally deported from Canada yesterday night.

BJP chief demands JPC probe into defence leaks
Ferozepore, July 5
The Union Government should identify and reconsider diplomatic ties with those nations responsible for indulging in espionage activity in the country to procure secret defence related information, stated BJP President Rajnath Singh while talking to media persons here today.

Cong high command’s bid to resolve organisational issues
Chandigarh, July 5
The Congress high command, which has received a number of complaints with regard to the appointment of party office-bearers in certain districts in Punjab, is trying hard to resolve the issue after talking to senior party leaders from the state.


SAD expels four senior leaders for anti-party activities
Amritsar, July 5
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has expelled four of its senior members for six years from the primary membership of the party for their alleged anti-party activities. Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, MP and senior member of the Disciplinary Committee of the party, said this to the media persons here today.

SAD expels Rattan Ajnala
Amritsar, July 5
Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, member of parliament and president of the district unit of the SAD (Rural), was today expelled from the Presidentship and primary membership of the party for six years.


‘PSEB intentionally caused losses to exchequer’
Abohar, July 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board chose to drop the 10 km line proposal and opt for the 70 km long line to provide 24-hour electricity to a cluster of villages located on the periphery of this sub divisional town, causing a huge loss to the exchequer and putting rural consumers to a lot of inconvenience.

Demonstration against price rise
Ferozepore, July 5
The Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) combine today held a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today, protesting against the failure of UPA Government in checking inflation. Akali-BJP leaders including BJP chief Rajnath Singh and Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal participated in today’s dharna.

Protest outside PSEB substation
Kharar, July 5
Residents of Nada village held a protest today outside the PSEB substation at Mullanpur village against erratic supply of power.

Complainant resents police inaction in fraud case
Abohar, July 5
After running from pillar to post for a number of days and finally after the intervention of the Chief Minister’s office Mr Ram Pratap Bishnoi had succeeded in getting an FIR registered under Sections 420, 456, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B on May 18 against a local commission agent who had allegedly duped him of Rs 35 lakh.

Scam alleged in shrine’s budget
Amritsar, July 5
f one were to go by the Budget estimates presented by the Durgiana Management Committee (DMC) for the year 2006-07, there is an alleged scam of over Rs 1.16 lakh.

Ropar thermal plant unit shut down
Ropar, July 5
The power crisis in Punjab further aggravated as one unit out of the six of 210 MW capacity of the Ropar thermal plant was shut down yesterday following some technical fault.

PSEB urged to remove transformer
Patiala, July 5
A local resident has complained that the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities have illegally installed transformer poles at his plot and despite repeated reminders, the board management was doing nothing to remove the poles.

Contractors allege denial of tender forms
Patiala, July 5
A section of civil works contractors today alleged that the local Improvement Trust authorities had not issued tender forms to them for carrying out various development projects despite the fact that they fulfilled all conditions laid down by it in its notice inviting tender published in different newspapers.

Corruption in coal import alleged
Ropar, July 5
The president of the thermal plant project contractor workers union, Mr R.K. Tiwari, today levelled the allegation of the corruption against a senior official of the thermal plant, Ropar, in the import of the Chinese coal.

IAS officer bereaved
Patiala, July 5
Mr Ved Parkash Verma, father of Mr Samir Kumar, Special Secretary, Department of Irrigation, Punjab, died here today.

Punjabi play staged
Patiala, July 5
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), staged a Punjabi musical play —Sanu Kee — to mark the occasion of the 59th Punjabi Haas Raag Raag, a monthly garden theatre programme at the local Baradari gardens here yesterday. The main actors of the play comprised youngsters drawn from 15 educational institutions.

Dharna staged
Ropar, July 5
A large number of ITI employees from Ropar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar held a dharna at the ITI complex here. They were protesting against the government policy of non-recruitment of staff and decreasing the posts of instructors in ITIs in the state.


Sanjivini healthcare boon for farmers
Amritsar, July 5
More than 41,000 farmers have enrolled themselves in the recently launched Sanjivini health scheme for the members of agriculture cooperative societies in the rural belt by the government. It is a boon for poor and needy patients.


SSP for dismissal of erring cops
Gurdaspur, July 5
In a new turn to the beating of pregnant women case, SSP Gurdaspur P.S. Umranangal, has recommended the dismissal of the accused cops.

Application date extended
Chandigarh, July 5
The Punjab Police today extended the last date of submitting application forms for the recruitment of 412 male constables as operators/messengers/technicians in its computers and telecommunications branch. The last date will be July 20 instead of July 7.

Departmental examinations
Chandigarh, July 5
The Central Committee of Examinations has announced that the next departmental examinations for various services in Punjab will be held from July 17 to 21 at Lajpat Rai Bhavan here.

ADC joins
Ropar, July 5
Ms Bhavana Garg joined as the new Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) in place of Mr Surjit Singh here today. Mr Surjit Singh has been transferred to Gurdaspur as ADC. Mr Sukhjit Pal Singh joined as the new Assistant Commissioner and Mr Sanjay Popli as the new SDM.


Constable, two Home Guards held for fraud
Abohar, July 5
Head constable Sukhpal Singh and two home guards Chhinderpal Singh and Veer Singh were today arrested for depriving Sukhdev Chand, a resident of Sangwan Chowk, Sirsa, of Rs 65,000 in connivance with two local cheats.

NRIs in police custody
Rajpura, July 5
Caught for smuggling over 4kg of heroin on the Rajpura-Ambala highway at Shambhu barrier, near here, on Tuesday night, the Canada-based NRIs — Rajwinder Singh, alias Raja, and Paramjit Kaur — were produced before a Rajpura court today.

Man falls into tubewell pit, dies
Barnala, July 5
One person died when he fell into a tubewell pit this morning.


PMT topper gives credit to mother
Talwara (Hoshiarpur), July 5
“I am feeling on top of the world”. These are the words of Saurabh Sharma, a student of the BBMB DAV School, Talwara, when asked about his reaction. He has topped the pre-medical exam conducted by the Baba Farid Medical University, scoring 732 marks.

PU results
Chandigarh, July 5
Panjab University has declared the results of BA-I (general) of college candidates and MA-I (Hindi) examinations conducted in April/May 2006. The results will be available on the Panjab University website tomorrow after 5 p.m.

PU go-ahead to law college at Sidhwan Khurd
Chandigarh, July 5
The newly-established law college at Sidhwan Khurd, near Ludhiana, Guru Hargobind Institute of Law for Women, was today granted provisional affiliation by Panjab University, Chandigarh, for running law courses.


Harpartap Ajnala
Chandigarh, July 5
Mr Harpartap Singh Ajnala, MLA, has been elected Chairman of the Punjab State Cooperative Agriculture Development Bank.


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