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To set up Amritsar Development Authority
Govt approves Rs 3,150 cr for developing holy city
Amritsar, May 5
In a move aimed at turning 434-year-old city into a business hub and a world-class tourist destination of North India, the Punjab government today approved Rs 3,150 crore master plan for developing this holy city.
 Chief  Minister Parkash Singh Badal inaugurates the subsidy distribution function at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Amritsar on Saturday. Industries minister Manoranjan Kalia and BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal inaugurates the subsidy distribution function at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Amritsar on Saturday. Industries minister Manoranjan Kalia and BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu were also present on the occasion. Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Cases to be reviewed against sarpanches
Chandigarh, May 5
Facing immense political pressure from hundreds of sarpanches and Akali workers from villages across Punjab, who were booked by the Vigilance Bureau (VB) during the previous regime of Amarinder Singh, the ruling SAD-BJP combine in the state has decided in principle to review each case on its merit.



Atta-dal scheme
CPI chides govt for ‘delaying tactics’

Sangrur, May 5
The Communist Party of India (CPI) today accused the Badal government of putting its much-publicised atta-dal scheme in the cold storage by ordering a survey of the families with income up to Rs 30,000 per annum.

GND Varsity V-C issue
Chancellor asked to step in

Amritsar, May 5
In a statement made today, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said the state government had urged the Governor and the Chancellor to look into the complaints received against Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University Dr Jai Rup Singh.

Book Amarinder for abetting suicide: Bunder
Chandigarh, May 5
Senior leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Balwinder Singh Bunder and Bikram Singh Majithia, a minister in the Punjab government, in separate statements criticised former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here today. They were reacting to Amarinder Singh’s claims in Chandigarh yesterday.

Cases against scribes
Call to boycott govt functions 

Chandigarh, May 5
Chandigarh and Punjab Union of Journalists here today said that electronic media of Punjab and Chandigarh would boycott Punjab government functions if the police officials guilty of registering false cases against six Jalandhar-based journalists were not punished.

Bag with RDX found in Jammu-bound bus
Pathankot, May 5 
The police today found an unclaimed bag containing RDX and other destructive materials from an unclaimed bag in a Jammu-bound Punjab Roadways bus here.



Rift within BJP surfaces during FTI function
Amritsar, May 5
Factionalism which had dogged the BJP in the city today came to the fore with different factions exchanging hot words immediately after the conclusion of the special function organised by the Federation of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the BJP Beopar Cell.

SAD leader held for stealing records
Barnala, May 5
In this Akali bastion, the Akalis themselves are trying to outdo each other to establish their supreme status. In a show of one-upmanship, a former MLA has succeeded in getting a senior Akali leader booked for stealing the records of the truck union of Bhadaur.


Dead man booked for causing death due to negligence
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), May 5
The local police registered a criminal case on the charge of causing death due to negligence on a person who was killed in the same road accident. The accident, which occurred on the night of May 2, resulted in the death of Jagjit Singh who was booked under Sector 304-A 15 minutes after he passed away.

Construction of flyovers becomes bane for people
Bathinda, May 5
The construction of flyovers over two railway level crossings in the city seems to have become a bane for people as the authorities concerned have failed to provide them safe passage by not constructing the diversion roads. Information gathered by TNS revealed that the diversion roads had not been constructed so far despite the fact that a major part of Rs 43 crore, which was the total cost of both flyovers being constructed over the Patiala and Mansa railway level crossings.
A scene of the site of the flyover being constructed on the Bathinda-Patiala rail section near the TV tower in Bathinda.
A scene of the site of the flyover being constructed on the Bathinda-Patiala rail section near the TV tower in Bathinda. Photo by Sonu

Dhooma accused of violating Sikh tenets
Amritsar, May 5
A senior leader of the Damdami Taksal, Lakha Singh, made a blistering attack on Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhooma, accusing him of violating the Sikh tenets.

NGO to support 50 kin of landmine victims
Abohar, May 5
The Society for All Round Development (SARD), a New Delhi-based NGO, with the help of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, has opened its field office in a border Roopnagar village here.The NGO has started a two-year programme for supporting 50 families of landmine victims residing here and in Fazilka subdivisions.

Scindia to sanction funds for Bikaner Canal
Abohar, May 5
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje Scindia had agreed to sanction funds for repairing the Bikaner (Gang) canal in this district from 0 RD to 45 RD to ensure a better flow of water from the Harike, sources close to her said today.

‘Take steps to check pollution’
Patiala, May 5
Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) chairman Yogesh Goel while interacting with industrialists here today urged them to adopt effective pollution control measures and comply with guidelines under various environment laws. — TNS

Balanced diet and yoga to stay fit: Ramdev
Patiala, May 5
Yoga guru Swami Ramdev visited Shushila Devi Public School on the Patiala-Rajpura road, 11 km from here, and spent two hours with tiny tots and others present in the school.Lauding the efforts of Madan Lal Aggarwal, chief trustee, for providing education to children of the rural area, Ramdev urged the government and philanthropists to help rural students to enable them to compete with their urban counterparts. Ramdev stressed on balanced diet and giving yoga training to the children from early age to keep them fit throughout their life.

Budha Dal celebrates founder’s dal
Patiala, May 5
Budha Dal Public School celebrated its founder’s day here today.On the occasion, president of the school Uday Singh flagged off a cross-country race which was well-participated by schoolchildren. A shabad gayan competition for junior and senior wings was also held.

Govt urged to implement welfare fund Act
Mohali, May 5
The Punjab unit of the All India Lawyers Union has demanded that a “trustee committee” be established and the Punjab Advocates Welfare Fund Act 2000 be implemented.Joint secretary of the union Gurmail Singh said at a press conference here yesterday that the Act was passed by the state legislative Assembly and it had also received the assent of the Punjab Governor on January 15, 2002.



Vet Pharmacists’ Case
HC refuses to vacate interim order

Chandigarh, May 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has refused to vacate its ad-interim order, dated January 29, 2007, regarding veterinary pharmacists and clarified that no classification can be made between the 10+2 and matriculate candidates.


Weedicide ‘clears out’ 6,000 acres for 1 yr
Mansa, May 5
In a significant development that could throw light on a major agricultural crisis hitting Punjab, a comprehensive inquiry has been initiated to find out why the standing wheat crop was burnt after farmers of Mansa, Moga and Patiala districts used a particular weedicide.


RAPID scheme launched
Sangat (Bathinda), May 5
 In an attempt to make the police more responsive and available for redressing public grievances without any delay, Jatinder Jain, DIG, Punjab Police, Faridkot range, launched RAPID (responsive administration for people in distress) scheme here yesterday.


Life term for killing wife
Moga, May 5
A local court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his wife.

Lecturer, nephew held on charges of extortion
Amritsar, May 5
A first of its kind, "evaluation scam",was unearthed with the arrest of Dr Chamal Lal , a senior lecturer of R.S.Pathania Memorial College , Pathankot, and his nephew Rajbir Singh , a student of local Hindu College, from here today .


PSMS students make big in corporate world
Patiala, May 5
The Punjab School of Management Studies of Punjabi University is scaling new heights of success. The department has been successful in achieving a large number of placements for its 2005-07 batch.


Assurance on border trade items
Chandigarh, May 5
The Union Commerce Secretary, G.K. Pillai, today assured the Punjab Government that its demand for increasing the number of approved trade items through the Wagah border will be taken up in the forthcoming bilateral meeting on trade with Pakistan.


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