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Punjabi University
After black money, now its foreign donations
Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act violated

Patiala, May 14
After the black-money controversy, now it is the foreign donations for poor students of Punjabi University which have led to another one. The foreign donations received by the university in 2005 allegedly violate the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976.

Punjabi varsity affairs under watch
Chandigarh, May 14
Unhappy over the recent events, the Punjab government is in a mood to take a tough stance with regard to the affairs of Punjabi University, Patiala.

Punjab role under scanner
Human bones in police station debris
Gurdaspur, May 14
Finding of human bones from an old and collapsed building of Kahnuwan police station near here has raised many eyebrows besides putting a question mark on the police functioning.
Man beaten to death
Sister raises objections

Pathankot, May 14
In less than 24 hours, after residents of Shastri Nagar beat up an unidentified man to death, the deceased has been identified as Vijay Ahire (30) from Bachora village in Jalgraon district of Maharashtra.



Bathinda Violence
CM orders probe

Chandigarh, May 14
While ordering an inquiry by the IG (zonal) into the incidents of violence in Bathinda today, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said peace, communal harmony and law and order would be maintained in the state at all costs.

Row over Beant’s statue
Mann protests installation, Congress justifies it
Jalandhar, May 14
Blaming late Chief Minister Beant Singh for killing Sikhs during his rule, workers of the SAD (Amritsar) and the SAD (Zafarwal) protested here today against the installation of his statue at BMC Chowk a few weeks ago.



Congress workers protest against the dishonouring of the statue of Beant Singh in Jalandhar on Monday.—A Tribune photograph

Congress workers protest against the dishonouring of the statue of Beant Singh in Jalandhar on Monday.

Defence authorities raise objections
Ludhiana Ring Road project runs into rough weather

Chandigarh, May 14
The ambitious Ludhiana Ring Road project has run into trouble with the Ministry of Defence objecting to the alignment of the project. With the alignment of the project converging near the Baddowal ammunition depot on the National Highway 95 (Ferozepur Road), the defence authorities have raised objections.



SAD (A) seeks action against Valtoha
Amritsar, May 14
Action should be taken against SAD MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha for violating the hukamnama of Akal Takht directing the Sikh community for not maintaining any link with the Nirankaris, said Gurjatinder Pal Singh Bhikhiwind, general secretary, SAD (A), in a missive to Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht. He urged Vedanti to take strict action against Valtoha for attending functions of Nirankaris.

Cong workers hold protest
Hoshiarpur, May 14
Congress workers, led MLA Lov Kumar Goldy, staged a dharna and blocked traffic at Garhshankar, 40 km from here, today in protest against the Garhshankar SHO for allegedly instigating SAD workers to demonstrate before the office of block Congress committee. The protesters were demanding the immediate transfer of the SHO.


Embassy sends back body of mishap victim
Gurdaspur, May 14
A pall of gloom descended on Meerpur village soon after the body of Sameer Chaudhary, who was killed in a road accident in Auckland on Sunday, reached here late yesterday night.

Setting up of petrol station objected to
Baba Bakala, May 14
Eyebrows were being raised over the way a petrol station was being set up near a local gurdwara in violation of the guidelines laid down under the Town and Country Planning Act. As per the Act no outlet could be set up within 100 m of any road  junction.

1857 First War of Independence
Debate over Punjab’s role

Patiala, May 14
On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the First War of Independence in 1857 a debate has started over the non-participation of Punjab in it. The issue has also been raised in Parliament by SAD members of Parliament.

1984 riot victims’ red cards
Chandigarh, May 14
The Punjab government has given the last opportunity to 1984 riot-affected persons in the state to submit their applications for the issuance of red cards.

Sacha Sauda head’s effigy burnt
Sangrur, May 14
Members of the Ek Noor Khalsa Fauz and other Sikh organisations today burnt the effigy of the head of the Dera Sacha Sauda, Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, at Bahadurpur village, about 5 km from here. They also took out a protest march under the leadership of a leader of the Ek Noor Khalsa Fauz Jaswant Singh at the village.

Residents threaten to launch stir against land mafia
Amritsar, May 14
Residents here threatened to launch an agitation if the district administration failed to get the land vacated from the land mafia, reserved for setting up Baba Jiwan Singh Memorial (BJSM) at Ranjit Avenue.

Govt at your doorstep
Bridging the public-govt gap

Kharar, May 14
With the view to bridging the gap between the public and government functionaries, the SAD-BJP government intends to start a “government at your doorstep” programme, said Jasjit Singh Bunny, in charge of the Kharar assembly segment and general secretary of the youth wing of SAD, at Fatehpur Theri village, near here, today.

Protesters block train
Phagwara, May 14
Irate residents of Sham Nagar Shivpuri mohalla today detained Nawanshahr-Jalandhar DMU at Phatak No. C-4 at Shivpuri on the Phagwara-Nawanshahr railway branch line in protest against the continued insanitary conditions and contaminated water supply to the locality.



high court
Dhindsa’s plea dismissed

Chandigarh, May 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed a petition filed by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and six other Akali MPs seeking to quash the Punjab government notification, dated January 2, 2004, by which it had set up Justice B.S. Nehra Commission of Inquiry to look into the alleged Punjab Intranet scam.


Civic chief’s poll postponed
Hoshiarpur, May 14
Pandemonium prevailed in the municipal council’s election meeting organised here today, following SDM-cum-meeting convener Karnail Singh’s announcement to postpone the council president’s election.

Panel on fake encounters meets
Chandigarh, May 14
A high-level committee set up by the Punjab government to probe fake encounters has summoned the relevant records from all districts concerned.

DC, SSP hear  complaints
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 14
To redress the grievances of the people, deputy commissioner Alaknanda Dayal and SSP Nilabh Kishore held a district-level “sangat darshan” programme at Bachat Bhawan here today.


Flesh trade racket busted
Mukerian, May 14
A flesh trade racket was unearthed today after the police conducted raids on various hotels and restaurants here. The police nabbed nine women and four men from three hotels in the locality.

Policemen with the persons arrested for their involvement in a flesh trade racket busted in Mukerian on Monday.—Photo by K.S. Saini 

Policemen with the persons arrested for their involvement in a flesh trade racket busted in Mukerian on Monday


IIT for Amritsar sought
Amritsar, May 14
The Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM) today has sought the setting up of an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Amritsar.

500 ad hoc computer teachers seek regular grade
Gurdaspur, May 14
At least 500 computers teachers raised anti-government slogans, staged a dharna and even boycotted a seminar arranged by the director general of secondary education at DIET here today.


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