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Badal in generous mood
Reprieve for jail inmates
 

Amritsar, May 6
The state government has decided to release jail inmates in the state who have completed their imprisonment and were languishing in jails due to delay in procedural legal wrangles or were likely to complete their term within six months.

Holds sangat darshan

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal looks at various articles made by women jail inmates at the Amritsar Central Jail on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal looks at various articles made by women jail inmates at the Amritsar Central Jail on Sunday.

DC told to work out airport expansion
Amritsar, May 6
Pitching in for upgrading of the Amritsar international airport Parkash Singh Badal along with MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today inspected the facilities there. Arun Talwar, director, airport, briefed the Chief Minister and Sidhu.

Wagah to have business centre: Badal
Amritsar, May 6
The SAD-BJP alliance government will strive to make Punjab a power-surplus state in five years. To achieve this, more thermal plants will be set up so that there is enough power in the summer months.



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Wheat scam a chance revelation
Why biscuits, why not wheat?
Ludhiana, May 6
The multi-crore wheat scam unearthed by the Punjab Mandi Board is learnt to be a chance revelation. The board officials led by chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal had reportedly raided the premises of two Ludhiana-based food processing units for their alleged evasion of market fee.

This minister teaches at one place, studies at another 
Gurdaspur, May 6
After the cancellation of his Ph.D registration in 2001 by Punjabi University,Patiala, while he was holding the portfolio of higher education minister, Master Mohan Lal Sharma, transport minister, Punjab, has against got embroiled in another controversy.

Katara case
Paramjeetís agent flees 

Kapurthala, May 6
In what may be termed as a setback to the ongoing investigation of the Katara case, Paramjeet Kaurís agent Joginder Singh reportedly fled to Canada a few days ago.

 

 
POLITICS

8 ex-MLAs join Bhinder against Ashwani
Gurdaspur, May 6
Rivalry between the groups of Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder and Ashwani Kumar has come to the forefront again.

SAD to re-open office in Amritsar 
Amritsar, May 6
In a significant development today the SAD decided to re-open its office in the holy city after a gap of two decades following demands made by senior SGPC members and Youth Akali Dal and SAD workers.

Kangar rally
Dullo, Bhattal not to attend 

Jalandhar, May 6
Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Shamsher Singh Dullo and leader of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) Rajinder Kaur Bhattal are not likely to attend a public rally being organised at Rampura Phul on May 9 by Congress MLA Gurpreet Singh Kangar.

 
COMMUNITY

Keshopur-Miani community reserve on cards
Chandigarh, May 6
A silent revolution has been underway in Punjab in the field of wildlife conservation. The state is poised to be the first in the country to constitute wildlife community reserves.Under Section 36-C of the Wildlife Protection Act, a community reserve can be constituted by the state government only when the community volunteers are ready to conserve wildlife and its habitat on private and community land.

Common cranes take a flight at Keshopur village in Gurdaspur district.
Common cranes take a flight at Keshopur village in Gurdaspur district.

Global body on gurdwaras soon
Amritsar, May 6
Various Sikh bodies associated with gurdwaras in the UK, USA and Canada have decided to set up an international body of gurdwaras.

Scribes for transfer of SSP, DC
Ludhiana, May 6
Reacting sharply to the registration of cases against three Jalandhar- based journalists, the Punjab Union of Journalists (PUJ) and Chandigarh Journalists Association (CJA) have demanded immediate transfer of Jalandhar SSP and deputy commissioner.

Doctors responsible for Tarakís death: AFDR
Sangrur, May 6
A four-member committee of the Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR) has in its fact-finding report held doctors of the Sunam civil hospital responsible for the death of its state unit president Hari Singh Tarak. He was admitted to the hospital after getting seriously injured in a road accident on the Sunam-Cheema road on April 22.

Wakf board
Probe into irregularities ordered

Malerkotla , May 6
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, secretary-general, Shiromani Akali Dal, said here today that the government had started an inquiry into the alleged irregularities made in the Punjab Wakf Board during the past years. He was addressing a press conference at the local rest house.

Baradari Garden: Zoo birds at whose mercy? 
Patiala, May 6
The condition of exotic birds being kept at an unauthorised zoo at Baradari Garden is pathetic. About 50 such birds, mostly pheasants, are being kept in enclosures constructed by Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) here in violation of norms.

PHRO deputy chief alleges attack
Amritsar, May 6
Kirpal Singh Randhawa, deputy chairman, Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), in a press statement issued here today alleged that certain unidentified persons fired at his house late in the evening. He said he immediately informed the control room, and the police reached the spot and started  investigations.

Scrap 80-G, says Billa
Amritsar, May 6
Surinder Kumar Billa, president,All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, today urged the government to scrap Section 80-G of Income Tax as it was allegedly being misused by various so-called trusts to turn black money into white.

Half kg apples a day keep cholesterol away
Patiala May 6
Eating of 400 to 500 gm of apples every day for eight weeks reduces bad fat, that is, low density Liproteins Cholesterol (LDC-C) in young healthy people of the age group 20 to 24 years. The level reduces from 132.50 mg of blood to 110.48 mg/100 ml. Supplementation of apples of the same quantity on the other hand increases good fat by about 30 to 35 per cent.

50 donate blood
Patiala, May 6
A blood donation camp was organised by the Sewa Mission Youth Club at Dana Mandi here today under the guidance of Rajinder Lard.

Ex-serviceman alleges harassment by PSEB
Patiala, May 6
For the benefit of the ex-servicemen of the state, the Punjab government has been enacting various rules and notifications from time to time like reservation in recruitment in government service and benefits of the past service in pay fixation, seniority and increments after re-employment in civil service, autonomous bodies and boards.

 
CRIME

2 synthetic milk units unearthed
Barnala, May 6
Within the past 24 hours, the Barnala police has unearthed two synthetic milk-manufacturing units. The success has sent alarming signals to synthetic milk producing units, which is a welcome step to curb this menace.

Petrol station looted at gunpoint
Sujanpur, May 6
In a highway robbery, three armed robbers struck at a petrol station, bundled its two salesmen and decamped with fuel and cash in the wee hours here today. They looted the salesmen at gunpoint.


EDUCATION

South Asia centre at  Punjabi varsity
Patiala, May 6
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the setting up of South Asia centre at Punjabi University under the area study programme.The UGC has sanctioned Rs 5 lakh in addition to the appointment of a project associate and a programme coordinator to undertake this project work for Pakistan and Afghanistan for five years, a spokesman for the university disclosed here yesterday.
Children participate in sack race during the founderís day celebration of Budha Dal Public School in Patiala on Sunday.
Children participate in sack race during the founderís day celebration of Budha Dal Public School in Patiala on Sunday. Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

 

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