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Three labour courts revived
Hoshiarpur, May 1
The Punjab government has revived three labour courts in Bathinda, Jalandhar and Patiala in addition to the already existing labour courts in Ludhiana, Amritsar and Gurdaspur. More than 11,000 labour cases of various nature are lying pending.

Give up jealousy, CM to partymen
Dhindsa, son absent at May Day function

Kanjhla (Sangrur), May 1
Perhaps noting the absence of secretary-general of the SAD Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, his son Parminder Singh Dhindsa, and a national party vice-president Parkash Chand Garg from the function organised by a former Punjab Cabinet minister Gobind Singh Kanjhla on the occasion of International Labour Day here today, Parkash Singh Badal urged the SAD leaders to work for party unity.

State of Finances
Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar

A self-sufficient university for a change
Chandigarh, May 1
Punjab Technical University is the healthiest university in the state in terms of finances. Established in 1997 for advancement of technical education and its development, the university has over 141 colleges affiliated with it, offering undergraduate engineering, management, pharmacy, architecture and hotel management courses.

Chaudhry Jagjit gets no relief
Chandigarh, May 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion for May 8 to Punjab while hearing the interim anticipatory bail plea of former minister Chaudhry Jagjit Singh in the Ludhiana City Centre scam case.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Wheat Import
BKU dharna in Delhi on May 22

Ludhiana, May 1
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) today announced to organise a dharna at New Delhi on May 22 against the Centre's move to import wheat. The decision was taken at the state executive committee meeting of the union, which was presided over by Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, BKU president. He is also chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board.

New face of Khalistan?
Zaffarwal forms party
Amritsar, May 1
In a sensational statement to embarrass the present SAD-BJP regime in the state, former chief of Khalistan Commando Force Wassan Singh Zaffarwal said the Khalistan movement was still alive but with a different perspective and it would be achieved through peaceful and democratic means.

Former chief of Khalistan Commando Force Wassan Singh Zaffarwal announces the formation of a new political outfit at a press conference in Amritsar on Tuesday. Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Former chief of Khalistan Commando Force Wassan Singh Zaffarwal announces the formation of a new political outfit at a press conference in Amritsar on Tuesday.



Statue of Beant Singh unveiled
Bhattal, Dullo project a united face 
Jalandhar May 1
The Punjab Pradesh Congress chief Shamsher Singh Dullo, leader of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and more than two dozen MLAs projected a unified face of the party today, giving a ‘minor’ jolt to the Capt Amarinder Singh camp.

‘Leave vendetta, then talk of bipartisan approach’
Ludhiana, May 1
Welcoming the suggestion of Finance Minister Manpreet Badal that Punjab needed a bipartisan approach to evolve a policy framework for sustained and viable development, secretary, All-India Congress Committee, Manish Tewari said today that the SAD-BJP government should give up its vendetta politics first.

Respect Akali workers, Sukhbir to admn
Barnala, May 1
The Shiromani Akali Dal executive president Sukhbir Badal has directed the administration to respect Akali workers in the government office as they have toiled hard to form the government. Advocating the workers’ cause, Sukhbir said workers were the backbone of the party and it was the duty of the party to honour their hard work. For the same purpose he would open a party office in Chandigarh, he said and added that he would himself listen to their grievances.

Patiala Cong gears up to receive Amarinder
Patiala May 1
The Congress of Patiala today has started making arrangements to receive the former Chief Minister,Capt Amarinder Singh,who is scheduled to return to his home city tomorrow.


29 years on, freedom fighter’s widow tells govt
Grant pension or be ready for my death
Chandigarh, May 1
Ninetytwo-year-old Gurnam Kaur has waited 29 years for the Punjab government to wake up to her miseries. Widow of freedom fighter Tara Singh Brar of Moga who died in 1978, she has been fighting a battle of dignity with successive state governments that have denied her pension for three decades. She has been everywhere - to Parkash Singh Badal’s sangat darshans, to Capt Amarinder Singh’s Vikas Yatra last year, but nowhere has she found justice.
                  Gurnam Kaur
Gurnam Kaur

Custodial death: Police ‘gives itself’ a clean chit
Moga, May 1  
Even as a judicial probe is pending, the district police today virtually gave itself a clean chit in the matter related to the custodial death of Congress worker Kewal Singh.

PSEB releases payment for inferior imported coal
Bathinda, May 1
In a development which could create a major controversy, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) management has released payment to a private company, which allegedly supplied substandard imported coal to the board last year.

Ploughing the green of Summer Palace the MC way
Amritsar, May 1
Instead of developing parks by planting saplings or plants, the municipal corporation is these days busy ploughing the open space in Rambagh - the Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh - with a single motive to stop children from playing cricket, it seems.

A municipal corporation employee is seen ploughing the open space at the Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Amritsar on Tuesday. Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma
A municipal corporation employee is seen ploughing the open space at the Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Amritsar on Tuesday.

Punjab Round-Up
Planning panel to start traffic survey 

Chandigarh, May 1
To ascertain the volume of goods and passenger traffic in Punjab, the planning commission of India is conducting a survey in the state from tomorrow.

World Asthma Day
2.5 lakh die of asthma every year

Patiala, May 1
World Asthma Day was observed in collaboration with the AAASTHA International, an association working against asthma, smoking, TB and HIV/AIDS, at the TB and Chest Hospital here today.

201 students donate blood
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 1
A blood donation camp was today organised at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib. As many as 201 students donated blood.

A Nihang at a nagar kirtan on the eve of the birth of Guru Arjan Dev in Amritsar on Tuesday
A Nihang at a nagar kirtan on the eve of the birth of Guru Arjan Dev in Amritsar on Tuesday. Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Move to raze Ram Setu; protest on May 13
Hoshiarpur, May 1
More than five lakh followers led by Shankaracharyas of all four Peeths, will demonstrate on May 13 in Delhi to move to demolish Ram Setu at Rameswaram in south Indian sea. Swami Varindranand Giri, state president of the Sanatan Dharam Math Mandir Suraksha Samiti, Himachal Pradesh,stated this in a fax message today afternoon.

Colonisers’ meeting today
Chandigarh, May 1
The Punjab Colonisers and Builders Association will hold a meeting here tomorrow to discuss the situation that has arisen due to the cancellation of the change of land use permission for various projects, secretary of the association Amardeep Singh Hira said.



What ban? Thai Mangoor seed is sold here
Patiala, May 1
The Supreme Court has banned the cultivation of Thai Mangoor fish across the country. However, here in Patiala its fish seed is being sold and carried across Punjab, Himachal and Haryana by fish farmers.


Commissioner’s absence affects MC
Bathinda, May 1
The functioning of local Municipal Corporation (MC) has been adversely affected following the failure of the Punjab government to appoint a commissioner for the past three months.

Faulty demarcation of MC wards: DC told to probe
Bathinda, May 1
The Punjab government has asked deputy commissioner, Bathinda, Rahul Bhandari to probe the alleged mischief by the authorities when demarcating wards for election of local municipal corporation (MC) .


Constable held for graft
Rajpura, May 1
The police today nabbed constable Sukar Singh allegedly on the charges of accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000.

Two commit suicide
Bathinda, May 1
Two persons allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of trains near the local railway station in the past 24 hours.


Education board chief locks horns with govt
Chandigarh, May 1
Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) chairman HS Sidhu has locked horns with the Punjab government over the issue of appointment of SK Saroya as the controller of examinations (COE).

Fee structure on par with neighbouring states sought
Private dental colleges on verge of closure
Sangrur, May 1
The private self-financed dental colleges of Punjab are on the verge of closure due to resource shortage, mainly because of the “irrational” and low fee structure, fixed at Rs 1 .50 lakh per year per student by the Punjab government for the post-graduate dental courses,compared to Rs 5.50 lakh by the neighbouring states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Dance festival livens up Punjabi university
Patiala, May 1
Verve, vigour and fervour marked the celebration of World Dance Day by the Punjabi University department of dance at Kala Bhawan here last night.The unique feature of the show, which went on for about three hours, was participation by all students of the department and each member of its faculty, both in vocal and instrumental categories. Most of the performances were based on composition of Pundit Birju Maharaj.

Odissi dancer Sanchitta Bhattacharya of Delhi performs at a function at Kala Bhawan, Punjabi University, Patiala, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
Odissi dancer Sanchitta Bhattacharya of Delhi performs at a function at Kala Bhawan, Punjabi University, Patiala.


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