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State tense after dera, SGPC workers clash
Patiala, May 15
The situation here turned tense today evening after SAD workers and followers of Dera Sacha Sauda clashed near the bus stand.

  • Ban sought
  • Protest staged
  • Effigies burnt

Dera followers lift blockade; IG to hold probe
Bathinda, May 15
Followers of Dera Sacha Sauda, who had been blocking traffic on the Bathinda-Mansa road near the local Rajindra college since yesterday noon, lifted the same late in the evening today after a compromise was reached between their representatives and a section of senior police and civil officials of the Punjab government.

Panthic meeting tomorrow
Amritsar, May 15
Seeking immediate ban on the activities of Dera Sacha Sauda, the Sikh clergy today decided to convene a Panthic meeting at Takht Damdama Sahib on May 17 to chalk out the next course of action.
SGPC chief and Sikh high priests at the Akal Takht secretariat on Tuesday. SGPC chief and Sikh high priests at the Akal Takht secretariat on Tuesday. ó A Tribune photograph




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SAD, Cong leaders appeal for peace, trade charges
Chandigarh, May 15
While making appeals to the people of the state to maintain peace and communal harmony, senior leaders of two major political parties --- the SAD and the Congress --- have blamed each other for disturbing the hard-earned peace in the state.

  • Badal urges parties to cooperate
  • Dullo says govt a failure on all fronts
  • Bhattal says Badal has failed to maintain law and order
  • Avtar Singh blames Cong

Seed Scam
VB ex-chief had shut inquiry
BKU for reopening of the case
Ludhiana, May 15
Former chief of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau A.P. Pandey had shot down the move of conducting a high-level regular inquiry in the controversial PAU seed scam case, even as officials, including SSP, vigilance, Ludhiana, DIG and joint director-prosecution had in their investigation and analysis found enough evidence for further investigation.

98-yr-old widow on fast for pension
Chandigarh, May 15
After trying her best to prove her entitlement to freedom fightersí pension and having failed, Gurnam Kaur (98) resorted to an extreme step this morning. The widow of Tara Singh Brar, honoured with Tamra Patra in 1972, started indefinite fast to secure pension.




Gurnam Kaur (right), widow of freedom fighter Tara Singh, on an indefinite fast near the DCís office in Moga on Tuesday.
Gurnam Kaur (right), widow of freedom fighter Tara Singh, on an indefinite fast near the DCís office in Moga on Tuesday.

 

 
POLITICS

Cong activists raise slogans
Hoshiarpur, May 15
Activists of the District Youth Congress, led by their president Arun Dogra, raised slogans against Simranjit Singh Mann, SAD (Amritsar) chief, and burnt his effigy at the local Prabhat Chowk today for hanging a portrait of Dilawar Singh, an assassin of Beant Singh, on the statue of former Chief Minister, at BMC Chowk, Jalandhar.

Cong MLAs to meet on May 18
Chandigarh, May 15
Leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has convened a meeting of Congress MLAs here on May 18.

  • SGPC chief meets CM
COMMUNITY

50 structures razed
Pathankot, May 15
Following directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the local administration launched an anti-encroachment drive and razed over 50 structures, which had come up illegally on the Amritsar-Pathankot-Kullu road, here today.


Illegal structures being razed during an anti-encroachment drive on the Amritsar-Pathankot-Kullu road on Tuesday. ó Photo by N.P. Dhawan
Illegal structures being razed during an anti-encroachment drive on the Amritsar-Pathankot-Kullu road on Tuesday.

Harassment to Transporter
PSHRC orders action against cops
Chandigarh, May 15
Taking a serious note of a case of police highhandedness, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has recommended appropriate action against the guilty cops who not only harassed a transporter but also extracted money from him.

Baba Jiwan Singh Memorial: File goes missing
Amritsar, May 15
In a new turn to the controversy over the setting up of the Baba Jiwan Singh Memorial in Ranjit Avenue, executive members of the Baba Jiwan Singh Memorial and Research (BJSMR) Trust here today claimed that the deed for the land identified for the memorial could not registered because the Improvement Trust had misplaced its file.

Shaheed Sukhdevís centenary observed
Ferozepore, May 15
Events, including cycle rally, blood donation camp, declamation and painting contests were organised to mark the birth centenary of Shaheed Sukhdev, who, along with fellow comrades, smilingly embraced gallows for the sake of freedom.

Human Trafficking
Process initiated to declare travel agent PO
Kapurthala, May 15
Amidst intelligence reports of the fleeing of Paramjeet Kaurís agent Joginder Singh to Toronto, the district police has initiated the process of declaring him a proclaimed offender (PO) and, subsequently, attaching his property.

Delay in MC president poll resented
Hoshiarpur, May 15
Naresh Thakur, former minister and a senior Congress leader, sharply reacted over the failure of Congress municipal councillors in electing the president of the Municipal Council (MC), Hoshiarpur, despite a majority in the House.

Special kids get hearing aids
Ropar, May 15
At least 131 special children were given tricycles, wheelchairs, clutches and hearing aids at a function organised under the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyaan at Government Senior Secondary School (boys) here, today.

 


COURTS

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Ludhiana Improvement Trust Case
Ch Jagjit Singh granted interim bail
Chandigarh, May 15
Following a marathon two-hour hearing, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted interim bail till July 30 to former Punjab local bodies minister Ch Jagjit Singh in the Ludhiana Improvement Trust case.

  • Notice to Punjab on Amarinderís plea

City Centre Scam
Court refuses interim relief to Sibia
Ludhiana, May 15
Special judge Gurbir Singh today refused to grant interim relief to Paramjit Singh Sibia, former chairman of the Improvement Trust, a prime accused in the multi-crore City Centre Scam.

ADMINISTRATION

State Round-up
Central schemes: Nodal officer appointed
Chandigarh, May 15
To streamline the implementation of centrally sponsored schemes for Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has appointed Gurkirat Kirpal Singh special nodal officer in the Chief Minister's office. The officer has been appointed additional principal secretary to the Chief Minister.

CRIME

Quack arrested
Patiala, May 15
An alleged quack, Rashpal Chana, who claimed to cure AIDS, was today arrested by the police. A case has been registered at Kotwali police station.

20 held for gambling
Patiala, May 15
The local police arrested 20 persons involved in operating Satta from different locations of the city here today.

EDUCATION

PMT to go online from 2008
Patiala May 15
The pre-medical entrance test (PMT) in Punjab will go online from next year. The students will be able to perform in the test from their own personal computers and centres authorised for the purpose in their towns and cities.

PU tells colleges to adopt villages
Chandigarh, May 15
With a view to help rural students and to reduce the gap between rural and urban students, Panjab University has asked colleges across the state to adopt one or two villages around them to help and guide 10+2 students to prepare for the various entrance tests.

Pak team visits GND varsity
Amritsar, May 15
A delegation from Pakistan, led by a renowned television artiste Aysha Tasleem, publication consultant of the National Council of Arts, Pakistan, visited the Guru Nanak Dev University campus here today, to explore the possibilities of promoting cultural and educational exchange programmes for mutual interests of the two neighbouring countries.

Punjabi University
Rs 20 crore earmarked for development
Patiala, May 15
Punjabi University, Patiala, has chalked out a plan to spend Rs 20 crore for raising of new buildings, infrastructure and new courses at its four neighbourhood campuses at Jhunir, Karandi, Rallah and Rampura Phul in Mansa and Bathinda districts.

Blame Game
Ex-dean accused of swindling funds
Patiala, May 15
The Punjabi university authorities today accused Dr Baltej Singh Mann, professor, and former dean, resource mobilisation, of embezzling NSS funds.

Students suffer due to unavailability of books
Sangrur, May 15
Some books prescribed for different classes by the Punjab School Education Board are still unavailable to students in elementary and high schools of the state despite the start of academic session on April 2.


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