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Dera Cases
CBI wants more time
Chandigarh, May 28
Taking the plea that it had to evaluate the evidence and material collected during the course of investigation into Dera Sacha Sauda-related cases, the CBI today sought more time from the Punjab and Haryana High Court to file the final report on the matter.


Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, and Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Patna Sahib, inform mediapersons at Akal Takht in Amritsar on Monday about the crucial meeting of five high priests to be held on Tuesday to contemplate the apology tendered by Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, and Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Patna Sahib, inform mediapersons at Akal Takht in Amritsar on Monday about the crucial meeting of five high priests to be held on Tuesday to contemplate the apology tendered by Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. — PTI

Sukhbir meets Baba Daler Singh
Sangrur, May 28
In the wake of ongoing Dera Sacha Sauda crisis, SAD working president Sukhbir Singh Badal today reportedly held a “closed-door” meeting with a representative of Sant Samaj Sant Baba Daler Singh Kherri Sahib Wale in a gurdwara at Kherri Sahib village, 7 kms from here. However, it could not be known what was discussed in the meeting.



Pope didn’t say sorry to Prophet: Sarna
New Delhi, May 28
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today rejected the apology tendered by Dera Sacha Sauda chief to Shri Guru Gobind Singh, saying Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh owed an apology to the Sikh community for his blasphemous act of dressing up like the Sikh Guru.

Disposal of Solid Waste
Show-cause notices to 100 civic authorities
Sangrur, May 28
As per the information provided by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) out of 137 municipal authorities in the state only 27 have been authorised to dispose of the solid waste in their respective areas. The PPCB has issued show-cause notices to 100 municipal authorities, which don’t have adequate land for disposing of the solid waste.

Power Projects
Badal seeks Rs 9,842-cr Central aid
New Delhi, May 28
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today sought Centre’s approval and assistance for the state government’s plan to generate an additional 8,200 MW over the next three and a half years.

Punjab to ask for royalty on foodgrains
Chandigarh, May 28
While Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will ask the union government to give royalty on foodgrains contributed by Punjab to the national pool, the threat to food security, stagnation in productivity, rising indebtedness and suicides in the farm sector and the overall crisis in Indian agriculture are issues which will dominate a meeting of the national development council in Delhi tomorrow.



Plan to declare Ranjit Sagar Dam wildlife sanctuary
Pathankot, May 28
The Punjab Forest Department’s wildlife wing has mooted a plan for declaring Ranjit Sagar Dam as a wildlife sanctuary. The catchment areas of the dam fall in three states, Punjab (30 per cent), Himachal Pradesh (10 per cent) and Jammu and Kashmir (60 per cent).

The Ranjit Sagar Dam. — Tribune photo by Bipin Bhardwaj
The Ranjit Sagar Dam.

‘Need to shift farmers to industry or service sector’
Chandigarh, May 28
Dr GS Kalkat, chairman of the Punjab State Farmers Commission, has in a briefing to the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal recommended that at least 40 per cent of the farmers in the state be shifted to industry or other occupations within the next 10 years.

Atta-dal Scheme
Govt orders resurvey
Sangrur, May 28
About 70 per cent well-off people living in a few districts have got their names entered in the survey conducted by government agencies for providing atta-dal at cheap rates to poor people of the state. This has forced the government to get the resurvey conducted so that atta-dal could be provided at cheap rates to the poor people of the state.

Rise in heroin seizure worries DRI officials
Ludhiana, May 28
Alarming rise in the seizure of heroin this year in the state and its surrounding areas has set alarm bells ringing among various security agencies. During the past four months Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials alone have seized 2 quintals of heroin from North India. Against this, only 1 quintal was seized last year.



High Court
Notice to Punjab on Mann’s plea
Chandigarh, May 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to the Punjab government over a petition by SAD(A) chief Simranjit Singh Mann seeking quashing of an FIR against him.

Withdrawal of new IT forms urged
Bathinda, May 28
The District Tax Bar Association has urged chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to withdraw the new Income Tax forms introduced on May 14 and retain the old ones as there are lot of ambiguities in it.


Computerisation of land record begins
Muktsar, May 28
The process of computerisation of land records in the district was started formally after deputy commissioner Vikas Garg inaugurated it. The process was started from Lambi, the Assembly segment represented by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.


SGPC-aided hospital spruced up for inspection
Amritsar, May 28
The SGPC-aided attached hospital Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research is being spruced up ahead of an inspection by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in a couple of days. The inspection is being conducted following a request from the institute management seeking permission for doubling the MBBS seats from 50 to 100.

Bathinda boy clears UPSC exam
Bathinda, May 28
Ram Gopal, an engineer, has brought laurels to the district after clearing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services examination, the result of which was declared recently.

Punjabi varsity girl in delegation to China
Patiala, May 28
Mohineet Kaur Boparai of Punjabi University, here, has been chosen in an Indian delegation, which will take part in a Sino-India cultural exchange program to be held in China from June 7 to 16. Mohineet is one of 12 participants who have been chosen by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi.

B.Com-I result today
Amritsar, May 28
The result of the B.Com-I examination of Guru Nanak Dev University held in April this year will be declared tomorrow.


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