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Ad on shortening of march route
Vedanti-SGPC cross swords

Amritsar, May 31
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti and the SGPC today crossed swords over the publication of an advertisement in leading newspapers on behalf of the latter regarding shortening of the protest-march route against the blasphemous acts of the dera chief.

Achin Bansal Govt to fund Achin’s education
Kotkapura, May 31
In a rare gesture the Punjab government has decided to fund the expenditure to be incurred by Achin Bansal (17), a topper of IIT-JEE 2007, on his further studies.

Dera Row
Fatehgarh-city march foiled, Sarna blames govt
Chandigarh, May 31
Accusing the Punjab Government of interfering in the religious matters of the Sikhs, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Paramjit Singh Sarna today said the state government had resorted to pressure tactics to prevent the protest march from Fatehgarh Sahib to Chandigarh.



Dera Row
Cops were on their toes all through the day

Chandigarh, May 31
The Chandigarh police remained on its toes today in the wake of the expected march of Sikh organisations toward Chandigarh from Fatehgarh Sahib to hand over memorandums to the Governors of Punjab and Haryana.


Kanjla asked to explain
Chandigarh, May 31
Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal has issued notice to former minister Gobind Singh Kanjla asking him to explain the statement made by him (Kanjla) against the SAD’s senior leader, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.


Unable to pay debt, farmer kills himself
Bathinda, May 31
Another farmer of Beer Talab village of this district today committed suicide due to heavy debt incurred to meet liabilities. He owed money to various agencies and relatives.

National Rural Health Mission
Chawla: Project decentralised to benefit grass roots

Chandigarh, May 31
Various departments of the Punjab government will collaborate for the implementation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Punjab. Minister for health Laxmi Kanta Chawla, who chaired a sensitisation meeting today, stated that a decentralised participatory planning process for preparation of village health plans has been started in more than 12,000 villages in the state.

Gujjars’ protest march today
Hoshiarpur, May 31
Holding the Rajasthan government responsible for the Gujjar unrest, members of the community of Bet area in this district last night convened a meeting at the residence of Garib Dass at Binewal village (Garhshankar) and criticised the BJP regime for police repression.

Fire renders 500 homeless
Bathinda, May 31
More than 100 huts were destroyed after fire broke out near the local thermal plant late this evening. Around 500 persons, mostly labourers, have been rendered roofless.

Scant Regard for Deadline
Units continue to discharge effluents into nullah
Ludhiana, May 31
Not caring at all for the May 31 deadline of the P. Ram committee to the electroplating and dyeing units to stop polluting Budda Nullah many units continue discharging untreated effluents into the nullah.


Effluents being thrown into Budda Nullah in Madhopuri in Ludhiana. —Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed 

Effluents being thrown into Budda Nullah in Madhopuri in Ludhiana.


High Court
Plea to cancel Bibi Jagir Kaur’s bail dismissed

Chandigarh, May 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed the plea of petitioner Kamaljit Singh seeking directions to cancel the bail granted to former Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee(SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur in the case of murder of her daughter Harpreet Kaur in April 2000.

High Court
Notice to Punjab over plea against transport minister

Chandigarh, May 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion for July 31 to the Punjab government and others over a petition seeking registration of an FIR against Master Mohan Lal Sharma, Punjab transport minister, among others.


Uncertainty over tariff hike
PSEB trips on annual report

Patiala, May 31
The PSEB has failed to file the annual revenue requirement (ARR) report to seek hike in power tariff even on the date sought by it from the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) in this connection. This has led to uncertainty over the hike in power tariff for the current financial year.

50 new buses for PRTC
Chandigarh, May 31
To provide better transport facilities to the people of imethe state, the Punjab government will soon add 50 more new buses to the Punjab Gaurav series  of the PRTC.

Canal system: WB seeks proposal
Chandigarh, May 31
A World Bank team led by its India country director Isabel Guerrero has asked the Punjab government to send a proposal for the improvement of the 150- year-old canal system in the state.


SMO, surgeon booked
Sangrur, May 31
The Malerkotla police has registered a case against two doctors of Malerkotla Civil Hospital Balwinder Singh (surgeon) and Badri Parshad (SMO), under Sections 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. The case was registered against them last evening on the complaint of Vikrant Jindal, a journalist.

Neighbour rapes minor
Sangrur, May 31
A six year old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in Malerkotla town of the district today, the police said.


AIEEE: Bathinda boy first in state
Bathinda, May 31
Vivek Goyal, a local student, has done this region proud by topping Punjab in the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), which was held on April 29. Vivek’s overall rank is 21st. Son of a doctor, he has achieved this in his first attempt.

Parents of Vivek Goyal offer him sweets.—Photo  by S. S. Sonu

Parents of Vivek Goyal offer him sweets

Girls shine in BCom II
Amritsar, May 31
Manmeet Arora of BBK DAV College has secured the top position in the BCom (Part-II) examination of Guru Nanak Dev University held in March this year.

2 courses launched at Basti Nau college
Amritsar, May 31
Guru Nanak Dev University has introduced two new courses at its varsity college, Basti Nau, Jalandhar, from the academic session 2007-08.

Management entrance test
Amritsar, May 31
The students, who want to appear for the state-level management entrance test (MET-2007), can download prospectus-cum-application form from the Guru Nanak Dev University website: www.gnduonline.org <http://www.gnduonline.org. This was stated by Dr M.S.Singh, coordinator of the test.


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