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Promotions of school teachers on anvil
Chandigarh, May 11

The Punjab government has ordered the initiation of the promotion process for school teachers. Upinderjit Kaur, education minister, yesterday said all promotion cases had been summoned by the directorate.

Summer break in schools from May 30
Chandigarh, May 11
All government schools in Punjab will have their annual summer break from May 30 to June 30.

Double fund allocation, varsities tell Punjab
Chandigarh, May 11
Knowledge cannot be disseminated without money. Give us funds if you want us to raise the standard of education and impart knowledge from top to the grassroots level. Also, lift the ban on the recruitment of teachers.

Black money or donations
VC received the amount from godman: Ex-dean
Patiala, May 11
Did black money flow into donations for Punjabi university. A case pointing towards this has come to the fore.

Moral turpitude charge
Take your money back, Boparai tells foreign donor
Patiala, May 11
Vice-chancellor of Punjabi University Swaran Singh Boparai has reacted sharply to statements of Baba Dalit Singh, a university donor.



Badal seeks special package from Centre
Killianwali (Muktsar), May 11
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the Centre should come forward to give a special economic package to debt-ridden farmers of the state.

Manisha GillApathy incinerates mother’s last wish
Woman set on fire by mother-in-law dies waiting for her children
Chandigarh, May 11
When Manisha Gill breathed her last this morning, her gaze was fixed at the hospital door. Suffering from 80 per cent burns, afflicted upon her by her mother-in-law on May 6, Manisha was in no condition to talk.

Relatives of encounter victims demand justice.



Cheema criticises panel
Chandigarh, May 11
Veteran trade unionist and member of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) M.M. Singh Cheema criticised the formation of the 12-member coordination panel that is to oversee the affairs of the Punjab Congress.


Permanent cargo complex 
NHM questions project viability
Amritsar, May 11
The Rs 24-crore permanent cargo complex project for Rajasansi International Airport has hit a roadblock with the National Horticulture Mission (NHM), which was to fund the project, expressing reservations about the viability of the project.

Dr Jatinder Kaur Arora National award for woman scientist
Chandigarh, May 11
A national award has been conferred upon Dr Jatinder Kaur Arora, an outstanding scientist from Punjab. She has been given the award for her work on women’s development through science and technology. The award was presented to her today, on the occasion of Technology Day, by the President at Delhi.

Devising ways to check smuggling
Five villages supplying narcotics identified
Police officials of various districts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan interact in the first-ever coordination-cum-information sharing meeting in Bathinda on Friday. Bathinda, May 11
To put an effective curb on the menace of smuggling of narcotics, a section of police chiefs of various districts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan met here today to work out a strategy to do the same.

Police officials of various districts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan interact in the first-ever coordination-cum-information sharing meeting in Bathinda on Friday. —  Photo by Kulbir Beera

Big haul of banned drugs
Bathinda, May 11
A team of the district health authorities today recovered 13,500 injections of banned drugs during a raid on a shop being run under the name of Naresh Medicos at Maur Mandi in this district.

Acids being sold with food: NGO
Abohar, May 11
The Consumer Movement, an NGO, today told DC Bhagwant Singh that some retail kiryana merchants had stored acids along with food articles and were selling the same without a proper licence. The DC was here to hold a sangat darshan.

Sweet victory

BSP supporters distribute sweets in Amritsar on Friday to celebrate the victory of their party in the UP Assembly elections.
BSP supporters distribute sweets in Amritsar on Friday to celebrate the victory of their party in the UP Assembly elections. — PTI

Total bandh in Hoshiarpur
Hoshiarpur, May 11
Hoshiarpur and its adjoining areas today remained inaccessible from the rest of the state due to a day-long blockade and bandh call given by the District Sangarsh Committee to protest against the toll plazas installed on the build operate and transfer (BOT) roads (Balachaur-Dasuya and Hoshiarpur-Tanda routes).

Rural doctors demand regular jobs
Patiala, May 11
The Rural Medical Service Providers Association (Punjab) held a meeting, here, today, which was presided over by president of the association Dr Aslam Parvez. During the meeting, the issue of regularisation of 1,193 doctors working in rural areas of Punjab was discussed.

Govt to fix its own level for MSP
Chandigarh, May 11
The Punjab government is seriously thinking to fix its own level for the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for various pulses being produced by farmers in the state.

Ex-militants: 7-member team to help Birdi
Chandigarh, May 11
The Punjab police yesterday formed a seven-member team to work with ADGP J.P. Birdi for probing how three former terrorists were alive even as the police had claimed to have killed them in encounters years ago.

Mahinder Singh Josh dead
Chandigarh, May 11
Mahinder Singh Josh, founder of the Sikh missionary movement in Punjab, died this morning. He was 70.

A candle-light tribute
Amritsar, May 11
To mark the 150th anniversary of the 1857 Rising, Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) activists converged on the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial here today to light candles and pay tributes to Indian martyrs who rose against the oppressive British rule and contributed in uniting the country in its long struggle for freedom.

Women block traffic
Sangrur, May 11
Protesting against the non-supply of drinking water to their houses for the past several days, a number of women along with some men, all belonging to the local Padhian Wala mohalla, today blocked the road for about one-and-half-hour in the main bazaar at Dhuri Gate here.


High Court
HC seeks report on quality of education
Chandigarh, May 11
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to Punjab government over a petition seeking status report on the quality of education in the state’s government schools and the attendance record of teachers for the past five years.

Notice to Centre, Punjab over water table
Chandigarh, May 11
Expressing concern over the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities concerned, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to the Punjab government and other respondents over a petition seeking notifications to prohibit the transplantation of paddy before June 15.


Additional charge given to DC
Chandigarh, May 11
Deputy commissioner, Tarn Taran, Karam Singh has been given the additional charge of the post of the commissioner of Jalandhar division in place of Dr Swarn Singh, who has gone on the ex-India leave for about a month. TNS

Addl principal secy
Chandigarh, May 11
Gurkirat Kirpal Singh was today posted as the additional principal secretary to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He is from the IAS cadre and has earlier worked as the ADC, Patiala. — TNS


GND varsity row
Students told to vacate hostels
Amritsar, May 11
Taking serious view of the protests held by students with regard to lecture shortage on Guru Nanak Dev University campus, the university here today ordered all students staying in the hostels to vacate their rooms immediately. The university has also banned the entry of certain day scholars to the campus with immediate effect.

Rs 20 crore released for pvt colleges
Barnala, May 11
The Punjab government has released Rs 20 crore for the private colleges of the state. This grant includes Rs 18 crore for salaries for the fourth quarter and Rs 2 crore as DA approved last year by the government.

PCCTU poll tomorrow
Barnala, May 11
The state annual elections of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union will take place on May 13 in Jalandhar.


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