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Adequate security for deras, says DGP
Bathinda, May 23
Punjab DGP N. P. S. Aulakh said today that nobody would be allowed to disturb peace in the state and the law and order would be maintained at all costs.
Punjab DGP N.P.S. Aulakh (left), DIG J.K. Jain and other senior officials in Bathinda on Wednesday.
Punjab DGP N.P.S. Aulakh (left), DIG J.K. Jain and other senior officials in Bathinda on Wednesday. — PTI

Ex-driver of dera chief given security
Bathinda, May 23
The Punjab police has provided security to Khatta Singh, a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda and former driver of its head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, late this evening.

Summoning of Cong Leaders
Nandgarh differs with Vedanti
Talwandi Sabo, May 23
Jathedar of the Takht Damdama Sahib Bhai Balwant Singh Nandgarh today disagreed with Jathedar of the Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti over summoning of Sikh Congress leaders and MLAs, who sided with Dera Sacha Sauda on May 14, to the Akal Takht.

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Government sitting on notification
Deras lease out land to developers
Patiala, May 23
The failure of the government to notify the order issued in 2004 regarding the control of the land belonging to religious deras and temples has led to a land scam worth crores of rupees.

Sant Enclave, which has been raised on the land belonging to Dera Baba Amolakhdass in Patiala. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
Sant Enclave, which has been raised on the land belonging to Dera Baba Amolakhdass in Patiala.

State govt to install CFLs in offices
Chandigarh, May 23
In a move that could result in the availability of 150 MW of additional power to Punjab, the state government today decided to replace traditional incandescent lamps with the energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in government buildings and offices.

Move to De-recognise SAD
EC directs SAD to reply before June 4
Hoshiarpur, May 23
Punjab Chief Minister and SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal is in deep trouble at a time when he is busy resolving the Dera Sacha Sauda issue in the interest of the state.



SAD wins Lehragaga MC poll for first time
Sangrur, May 23
For the first time in the history of the Lehragaga Municipal Council (MC), a candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)was elected president of the council at Lehragaga yesterday.


Rs 5 crore for new vehicles for Badal, family
Chandigarh, May 23
The Punjab government has decided to spend nearly Rs 5 crore to add about 25 vehicles to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s fleet. This will be for the use of the Chief Minister, his immediate family, including Sukhbir Singh Badal, and also the high-security paraphernalia guarding the state’s ruling political family.

Discrimination against anganwari workers alleged
Abohar, May 23
The All-India Backward Tribes and Minorities Ekta Bhalai Manch has resolved to file a petition before the National Commission for Scheduled and Backward Classes for discriminating against anganwari workers and helpers during the past five years.

Schoolboy crushed to death, dharna by villagers
Bathinda, May 23
Gurjit Singh, a school-going boy of Gill Patti village of this district, was crushed to death by a bus when he and his sister were going to school.

PCOs to do watch and ward duties
Barnala, May 23
The police will shortly launch police community officers (PCOs) scheme in the district for doing watch and ward duties in various localities. The police had met residents of the district to work out modalities for starting the scheme.

Protesters Cry Foul
Kin of deceased employees of PSEB seek jobs
Patiala, May 23
Dependent family members of deceased employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today organised a dharna at the main gate of the board office here.

Members of the Mritak Mulazim Ashrit Sangharsh Committee block the main gate of the PSEB headquarters in Patiala on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
Members of the Mritak Mulazim Ashrit Sangharsh Committee block the main gate of the PSEB headquarters in Patiala on Wednesday.

Firms to upgrade infrastructure in 36 towns
Chandigarh, May 23
While the Punjab government is keen to hold the elections to the municipal corporations by July-end, it has engaged expert consultancy firms to prepare detailed project reports (DPRs) for the upgradation of the infrastructure and to provide basic amenities in 36 towns of the state.

Nod for three flying training schools
Chandigarh, May 23
The Punjab government today cleared a proposal to set up three flying training schools at Amritsar, Ludhiana and Bathinda in public-private partnership mode besides upgrading the infrastructure at the Patiala flying training academy.

Plan to restore heritage buildings
Patiala all set to regain past glory
Patiala, May 23
Patiala is all set to restore its pristine glory and grandeur. Huge funds are being spent and the old heritage buildings are being refurbished and restored to its original glory.

Repair works being carried out at New Sheranwala Gate in Patiala on Wednesday. —Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
Repair works being carried out at New Sheranwala Gate in Patiala on Wednesday.

Jassi a versatile Punjabi singer
Chandigarh, May 23
Jaspal Jassi, a versatile Punjabi folk singer, will come out with his new album “Mulakat” tomorrow. The album will be released by the vice-chancellor of Panjab University, R.C. Sobti, at students’ centre. Jassi has won many awards and recognitions from literary societies and cultural clubs as a singer. Having started as singer at a young age, Jassi is M.Phil in Punjabi from Panjab University and he is teaching at SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, at present.
                                                                                 Jaspal Jassi
Jaspal Jassi


Amarinder’s son files bail plea
Chandigarh, May 23
Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh filed an application before the Punjab and Haryana High Court today seeking anticipatory bail.

High Court
Punjab told to file reply within four weeks
Appointment of chief parliamentary secys
Chandigarh, May 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Punjab government and other respondents to file their replies within four weeks on a petition challenging the appointment of chief parliamentary secretaries in Punjab.


Land records being computerised
400-yr-old manual system disbanded
Amritsar, May 23
The city today disbanded the 400-year-old method of maintaining the land record system manually, which has been a key part of litigations. As a part of the e-governance programme, the district administration has begun computerising the land records under the “Integrated Land Records Management System.”


Assistant held for graft
Patiala, May 23
Officials of the state vigilance today arrested a godown assistant of the Punjab warehousing corporation for allegedly demanding a bribe from a man. SSP (vigilance) Shiv Kumar said complainant Ashok Kumar has alleged that the assistant demanded Rs 5,000 for handing over a cheque for Rs 19,242. 

Four held with stolen scrap
Patiala, May 23
The police arrested four persons, Rajinder Singh, Anil Kumar, Mohan Lal and Gagandeep Singh from Gur Mandi when they were allegedly trying to sell stolen scrap.


School closed for third day
Abohar, May 23
The Singh Sabha Kanya Pathshala (senior secondary school) remained closed for the third consecutive day today.

Prof Sood gets ‘Bharat Gaurav Award’
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 23
The All-India Achievers Foundation has awarded prof Ashok Sood, of at Mata Gujri College here with the “Bharat Gaurav Award” at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, recently.


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