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Sukhbir promises more water to farmers
Govt to revive old irrigation system

Jalandhar, May 10
The Punjab government is all set to resuscitate the age-old irrigation system of Punjab in such a way that farmers will get about 40 per cent more water. Adequate water will reach tail ends of canals and fields of farmers in distant areas of the state. Meanwhile, Anil Dutta, chairman of Central Cooperative Bank at Jalandhar, today joined the SAD.
Sukhbir Singh, acting president, SAD, and party workers at a Press conference in Jalandhar Sukhbir Singh, acting president, SAD, and party workers at a Press conference in Jalandhar on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Govt firm on online PMT test
Amritsar, May 10
The state government has taken a principle stand to introduce online Punjab medical entrance (PMT) test, which has been mired in controversies during the past few years, from this session.



Punjab’s chemical lab to have chromatography test machine
Patiala, May 10
The ambiguity in the results of poisoning cases coming from all over the state at the chemical laboratory will soon be a thing of the past. The laboratory is in the process of installing a high- performance liquid chromatography test that will indicate the amount of poison in viscera.



Cut stamp duty on properties: BJP leader
Bathinda, May 10
Even as the Punjab government has remitted the stamp duty chargeable on transactions pertaining to transfer of urban property falling within limits of municipal committee or municipal corporation by its owner to heirs, a section of the state BJP leadership demanded that the state government should also reduce stamp duty chargeable on all kinds of transactions of properties from the existing 9 per cent to 3 per cent.

Congress govt played havoc on real estate, says Sukhbir
Lalru, May 10
Working president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Sukhbir Badal has blamed the Capt Amrinder Singh government for the cancellation of CLU of mega housing projects which had played havoc on real estate prices in the state. Talking to reporters during his visit to the Agro-Dutch Industries Limited at Tofapur, near here, Sukhbir claimed that it was during the Congress regime that a case pertaining to pollution by housing projects was filed with the Punjab and Haryana Court.

Capt’s letter yet to reach police HQ
Chandigarh, May 10
The written protest of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh against the downgrading of his security set-up is yet to reach the Punjab police headquarters here. A special review team of the police along with officials of the intelligence bureau decides on the security cover of VIPs.

Backward classes
Ex-MLA writes to Sonia

Chandigarh, May 10
Basant Singh, former Congress MLA from Punjab, has written to party president Sonia Gandhi to give due representation to leaders of the backward classes in the 12-member coordination committee set up yesterday to streamline the party functioning in Punjab.

Manpreet to seek Bhattal views
Chandigarh, May 10
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal today said he would write to leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal to discuss with her various budget proposals and other economic matters related to the state.


Penalise PSEB, urges retd SE
Patiala, May 10
Retired SE of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Gurnek Singh Brar has filed a supplementary petition before the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) seeking imposition of penalty on the government or the PSEB for delay in filing the Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) and revision of the tariff petition.

Woman gives birth to triplets
Patiala, May 10
The birth of triplets came as a special surprise for the parents of the newly born baby girls who were overjoyed on hearing the news.

15 of marriage party hurt in mishap
Sangrur, May 10
At least 15 members of a marriage party today sustained injuries when a private bus, in which they were travelling, reportedly overturned when the bus driver tried to save a cyclist near Khillrian village on the Bangawali road, 7 km from here. The bus was on its way to Malerkotla from Sunam.

Tarak’s death 
Inquiry ordered

Sangrur, May 10
Sangrur civil surgeon S.K. Bansal has ordered an inquiry to probe the alleged negligence on the part of doctors of Sunam Civil Hospital in the treatment of state president of the Association For Democratic Rights (AFDR) Hari Singh Tarak on April 22.

Bandh by arhtiyas
Goniana (Bathinda), May 10
Commission agents of local grain market observed bandh and staged dharna to protest against the government move to set up a yard and laboratory under the Technology Mission for Cotton (TMC) scheme in the grain market.

Traders nab cheat
Abohar, May 10
Traders here caught a impersonator last evening. President of the Arhtiya Association Pramil Kalani, social activist Sugan Chand Singla, paraded a person before newsmen who had allegedly been collecting donation from local business for the past three days for the construction of Sri Ashatsidhi khere Bala Ji Dham temple in Chhavsari village of Jhunjhanu district in Rajasthan.


SC relief to JEs 
Chandigarh, May 10
The Supreme Court has directed the Punjab government to fill the posts of sub-divisional officers in the irrigation department lying vacant since 2000 within three months through promotions of eligible junior engineers of the department.

HC takes serious note of Ludhiana’s woes
Chandigarh, May 10
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today took a grim view of the laxity shown by the Municipal Commissioner, Ludhiana, in filing the status report on rampant encroachments, pollution and commercial activities going on in residential areas of the city.

  • Trust’s appeal  dismissed

Justice Kohli takes oath
Chandigarh, May 10
Justice Pramod Kohli took oath as judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today. With his arrival, the strength of judges in the court now stands at 35.He was administered oath by Chief Justice Vijender Jain at an impressive ceremony which was well-attended by fellow judges of the court and the members of the Bar.

Justice Parmod Kohli (r) takes oath as a judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Justice Parmod Kohli (r) takes oath as a judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh

Pulse Polio
Admn plans massive campaign

Patiala, May 10
To review the arrangements for Pulse Polio round to be held from May 20 to 22, a meeting was held in the office of civil surgeon here today. The meeting was presided over by Dr Usha Dhingra, civil surgeon, which was attended by all MOs, SMOs, nodal officers of Patiala district.


Addl SHO arrested
Malerkotla, May10
A Vigilance Bureau team of Sangrur today caught “red-handed” additional station house office, Amargarh, Abdul Rashid while he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000/- outside the SDM’s office from Kesar Singh son of Kaka Singh Langrian village.


MBA students boycott examination
Amritsar, May 10
The controversy over the shortage of lectures took a new turn at Guru Nanak Dev University here today with students of Master of Business Administration (MBA) course boycotting their first examinations here today.

Demand increase in salary
Computer teachers barge into DGSE’s office

Chandigarh, May 10
Disgruntled members of the Computer Teachers’ Union, Punjab, today held a protest in the office of the director general of school education (DGSE), Sector 34, here, in support of their demands.

Members of the Computer Teachers’ Union, Punjab, raise slogans in the office of the director general of school education (DGSE), Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph 
Members of the Computer Teachers’ Union, Punjab, raise slogans in the office of the director general of school education (DGSE), Sector 34, Chandigarh

700 posts of JE lying vacant
Patiala, May 10
The Council of Junior Engineers, PSEB, held a meeting here today and expressed concern over the delay in filling of a number of posts of junior engineers lying vacant for the past many years.


Govt ultimatum to BHEL
Complete Lehra Mohabat plant by August

Lehra Mohabat (Bathinda), May 10
The Punjab government today gave an ultimatum to the officials of BHEL, which is executing the stage two of the local thermal plant, to commission its first unit of 250 MW by August 2007.

Govt depts owe 12.34 cr to PSEB
Amritsar, May 10
Various government departments in the Amritsar border zone owe Rs 12.34 crore for 2006-07 to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).

Maruti SX4 unveiled
Patiala, May 10
Maruti Udyog Limited has launched its new sedan SX4, powered by the global M-series engine, here yesterday.


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