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Code Violations
EC seeks govt’s comments

Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab government is once again in trouble with regard to the byelection to the Amritsar (South) seat.

Gastroenteritis hits Nabha areas
Nabha, May 8
Several areas like Dulladi Gate, Boran Gate, Ranjit Nagar, bus stand, Jail Road and others on the periphery of the town are affected by gastroenteritis for many days.

State defaults on levy rice to Central pool
New Delhi, May 8
Punjab rice millers have defaulted in delivering levy rice to the central pool for the second time in a row.

...on the wheat front, it nears 100-lakh tonne mark
Chandigarh, May 8
While Punjab is very near to registering the arrival of 100 lakh tonnes of wheat in the state, the Agriculture Department authorities wanted that the state should be allocated funds under the national food security mission for the transplantation of paddy in the state.
Farmers cover wheat at a market in Bathinda that was hit by a duststorm followed by rain, on Thursday.
Farmers cover wheat at a market in Bathinda that was hit by a duststorm followed by rain, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

CM seeks special package for farmers
Khanna, May 8
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has demanded a special package from the Centre for farmers of the state.



Secure timely release of Central funds: CM to secys
Chandigarh, May 8
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today directed all administrative secretaries to take immediate steps for getting requisite funds released for Central schemes for the current financial year.



4 left in the fray
Bypoll: Kanda, Independent withdraw in favour of SAD
Amritsar, May 8
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal, headed by Jaswant Singh Mann, today received a major setback when Satnam Singh Kanda, its candidate for the Amritsar (South) byelection, withdrew his nomination papers in favor of Inderbir Singh Bularia, the SAD-BJP candidate.

Hope you are genuinely ill: Bir Devinder to Amarinder
Chandigarh, May 8
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh may have planned not to canvass for panchayat and Amritsar (south) by election due to illness.

Security withdrawal biased, says Bhattal
Chandigarh, May 8
Reduction in security cover of various protectees today saw Congress men crying foul, with PPCC president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal claiming that the government had reduced the security cover of Congress men only and that Akali leaders were completely unaffected.

Sukhbir, Bhandari appeal to cadres
Chandigarh, May 8
Presidents of the SAD and BJP Sukhbir Singh Badal and Rajinder Bhandari, respectively, in a joint statement, have urged their party workers to work unitedly to ensure victory of the alliance in the panchayt polls.


Hindu parents block road over academy order on turban
Sangrur , May 8
Nearly 100 parents of students of Akal Academy, Cheema, 15 km from Sunam, today blocked the Sunam-Mansa road for one hour at Cheema village against the order of the management of the academy asking all students to wear turbans, including Hindu students, after class VI.

‘Sifarish’ pours in for poll duty exemption
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 8
Office of the deputy commissioner here is flooded with applications seeking exemption from poll duties.

Development issues take a back seat
Munshiwalla (Sangrur), May 8
If residents of Munshiwalla village on the Patiala-Sangrur road had their way, they would have crowned their sarpanch Sham Lal and made him the king of Punjab.

Flights diverted due to fire near airport
Amritsar, May 8
A major fire, caused by the burning of stubble in the fields by farmers, was reported in the areas around the runway at Rajasansi International Airport here this evening.



High Court
Punjab police rapped for failure to arrest Poohla
Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today came down heavily on the state of Punjab for failure of the police in arresting Nihang leader Ajit Singh Poohla of Beas-Baba Bakala area. He is allegedly involved in the murder of seven persons in 1991.

Court relief for Congress
Gurdaspur, May 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked six Congress candidates from Kahnuwan to go ahead with the Block Samiti and Zila Parishad elections from their respective areas.

PAU Pensioners
Dr Johl’s appeal to High Court
Ludhiana, May 8
Noted economist S.S.Johl, head of the committee set up by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to look into finances of the varsity, has appealed to Punjab and Haryana High Court to take suo motu notice of the plight of 2,700 pensioners.


Murder Bid
Bhaniarewala’s gunman, 6 others held
Nurpur Bedi, May 8
Gunman, driver and five followers of Baba Bhaniarewala were arrested for an attempt to murder from near the Garhdholiyan village here today.

Rs 7 lakh snatched in two cases
Ludhiana, May 8
Approximately Rs 7 lakh was snatched in two incidents of snatching in the city here this evening.



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