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Nothing short of dera chief’s arrest acceptable: Taksal
Jalandhar, May 24
Asserting that any apology by Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is not acceptable to Sikhs and that it will close down all deras of the sect in Punjab, Damdami Taksal has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to get a resolution passed in the Vidhan Sabha for immediate arrest of the dera head.
Bhai Mohkam Singh, spokesperson for Damdami Taksal, makes a point at a press conference in Jalandhar Bhai Mohkam Singh, spokesperson for Damdami Taksal, makes a point at a press conference in Jalandhar on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

Former militant rallies for peace in state
Ludhiana, May 24
A demonstration was held here on Wednesday evening. It was led by Ranjit Singh Gill alias Kuki, a former militant convicted for the murder of Lalit Makan and his wife and sentenced to life.



Sikh devotees take part in kar sewa for the construction of a corridor around the Golden Temple in Amritsar
Sikh devotees take part in kar sewa for the construction of a corridor around the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. — PTI

SGPC acting as tool in hands of SAD: Cong
Chandigarh, May 24
Demanding a judicial probe into incidents in Punjab in the past few days, the state Congress attacked the SGPC for levelling allegations against Sonia Gandhi and blamed the SGPC and the ruling SAD for the present crisis in the state.

Addl SHO booked
IG's brother flees from police custody
Amritsar, May 24
Rakesh Sharma, brother of inspector-general of police, today fled from police custody in alleged connivance with his younger brother Sandip Sharma, a PPS officer, posted as assistant commandant, 5 Battalion, Bahadurgarh, and an additional SHO, Civil Lines, Vivinder Kumar.

Job-for-Cash Scam
Fresh probe into missing Rs 2 crore likely
Ludhiana, May 24
More than five years after the multi-crore job-for-cash scandal, involving former PPSC chairman Ravi Sidhu, the state vigilance bureau is likely to initiate an investigation into the alleged disappearance of Rs 2 crore from one of the lockers of Sidhu.

Bathinda girl tops in class VIII examination
Mohali, May 24
Amanjot Kaur of Government Senior Secondary School, Rajgarh Kube (Bathinda ) has topped in the middle standard examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board even as the pass percentage in the examination has come down by nearly 10 per cent compared to last year. 
                                    Amanjot Kaur
Amanjot Kaur

150th year of Kuka movement
Major celebrations on the cards
Chandigarh, May 24
The Punjab government will celebrate 150th year of the Kuka movement in a big way. In a high level meeting chaired by chief secretary recently, it was decided to set up state and district level committees to commemorate the first call of Independence given by Satguru Ram Singh of the Kuka movement and build a memorial at Bhaini Sahib, from where the call was given.


Two brothers drown
Bir Talab (Bathinda), May 24
Tragedy struck on the family of Tarsem Singh when his two sons drowned in a canal on Wednesday evening. A pall of gloom descended on the village after the news of death of the two teenagers spread like wild fire. According to information, 11-year-old Deepu was taking a bath sitting on the stairs of the canal.

Demolition drive
More structures razed
Pathankot, May 24
The local administration today intensified the drive against encroachments and removed these on the Sailli road here. Nine illegal structures, including a shop which had encroached upon government land, were demolished with the help of JCB machines.

A JCB removes encroachments on the Saili road in Pathankot.

A JCB removes encroachments on the Saili road in Pathankot

BOT roads
Company allowed to collect toll
Hoshiarpur, May 24
Instead of providing relief to the inhabitants of Hoshiarpur, the state government through the executive engineer, construction division No.2, PWD (B&R) branch, Hoshiarpur, has allowed the toll-plaza company, P.D. Agarwal Infrastructure Limited, to collect the toll on build, operate and transfer on the Hoshiarpur-Tanda road.

Police to replace CISF at secretariat
Chandigarh, May 24
The Punjab government has conveyed to the state police that the security arrangements at the Punjab civil secretariat here will be handed over to it. The government plans to remove the central industrial security force as it is charging Rs 40 crore per annum for security duties at the secretariat.


Farmers cry foul over relief distribution
Chandigarh, May 24
Farmers of certain villages near Nabha have cried foul over the “lopsided” distribution of compensation for damage caused to their crops because of hailstorms during February-March. Certain farmers, whose crops had suffered 100 per cent damage, have been given compensation for 50 per cent or less damage.


In death they unite
Hoshiarpur, May 24
A young couple ended their lives by jumping in front of a train near the Purna Bhangala railway station on the Jalandhar-Pathankot rail section, 70 km from here, today. According to police sources, the girl and the boy, residents of Giala police station (Sadar), Pathankot, and Sangho Katrala (Mukerian), respectively, took the extreme step in frustration.

JE arrested for asking girls to compromise
Patiala, May 24
Azad Singh, junior engineer in the Punjab State Electricity Board, posted at Ablowal was arrested today for asking students of government polytechnic for girls to compromise in lieu of favour in exams here.

Gang of snatchers busted
Amritsar, May 24
The police claims to have busted a gang of snatchers with the arrest of five of its members. It was involved in around 12 cases of snatching. Superintendent of police Kewal Krishan said here today that at a naka put up near Phatak No. 22, the police signalled two youths, riding a black “Pulsar”, to stop.


Scientists discuss impact of climate change
Amritsar, May 24
Biodiversity is greatly threatened by climate change. But biodiversity resources could reduce the impact of this change. This was the unanimous view expressed by environmental and botanical scientists during World Biodiversity Day celebrations organised at Guru Nanak Dev University here today.


Collage Group to invest Rs 400 cr in Punjab
Chandigarh, May 24
Aditya Birla Retail will make a foray in Punjab with a hypermarket in the Viva Collage Mall, coming up in Jalandhar. The group is planning to come up with a 100,000 square feet of hypermarket in the mall, being developed by the Collage Group on the National Highway 1, 7 km from the Jalandhar City Centre.

Amit Khaneja (left), vice-chairman, Collage Group, announces the company’s plans for Punjab during a media interaction in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Amit Khaneja (left), vice-chairman, Collage Group, announces the company’s plans for Punjab during a media interaction in Chandigarh


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