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ZP Polls
SAD sweeps Tarn Taran, Nabha
Tarn Taran, May 27
The ruling SAD has won all nine Zila Parishad zones in this district for which the results were declared today. In the rest of the zones, its candidates have already been elected unopposed. The first-time formed Zila Parishad after the formation of the district in 2006 has 17 zones. The SAD candidates declared elected today are: Gurinder Singh (Brahmpura), Chanchal Singh (Chohla Sahib), Lakhbir Singh (Naushehra Pannuan), Harjit Singh (Pakhoke), Ranjit Singh (Khadoor Sahib), Gulzar Singh (Kallha), Dalbir Singh (Goindwal), Darshan Singh (Sursing) and Harjinder Kaur (Palasaur).

Akalis win 2 more Sangrur seats
Sangrur, May 27
By securing victories in Anadana and Rogla ZP zones of the district today, the SAD has captured 19 out of the 21 seats of Sangrur ZP. One seat each has been won by a Congress candidate and an Independent. The votes of these two zones were counted today.

PSEB to join online power exchange
Patiala , May 27
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) may meet power demand in paddy season by balancing power needs by enrolling a member of the online Power Exchange Platform being promoted jointly by the Financial Technologies India Limited (FTIL) and the Power Trading Corporation (PTC) Financial Services. The exchange was being set up as per the Central Power Regulatory Commission (CERTC) guidelines and likely to be operational in a week. The exchange will enable the PSEB and other member state boards and corporations to buy and sell electricity online on a daily basis.



Wheat arrivals cross 105-lakh tonne mark
Chandigarh, May 27
Punjab has crossed the 105-lakh tonne mark as far as arrival of wheat is concerned. Disclosing this today, Adesh Partap Singh, Food and Supplies Minister, Punjab, told The Tribune that the state was inching towards setting a new record of wheat. He said in 2001-02, the 105.79 lakh tonne wheat had arrived in various markets in the state. And this year, Punjab may cross that figure. “We expect the arrival of wheat for a few more days”.


I was with Pak PPP leader: Amarinder
Blames Bhattal for ‘defaming’ him
Chandigarh, May 27
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said he had informed party president Sonia Gandhi in early May that he would not be present during campaigning for the Amritsar (South) bypoll as he wished to conduct Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Makhdhoom Amin Fahim during the latter’s proposed trip to Manali.

Singla accuses partymen of belittling YC
Chandigarh, May 27
Punjab Youth Congress president Vijayinder Singla today claimed that baseless allegations had been made against the Youth Congress (YC) in the state by a section of partymen in an alleged complaint sent to party president Sonia Gandhi.

Sud for watch on anti-yoga drive
Chandigarh, May 27
Medical education minister Tikshan Sud has demanded a global watch on the activities of Catholics, who he says are “denigrating the ancient yoga through a systematic campaign”. Reacting to the studies conducted by Catholic priests suggesting that yoga can attract bad souls in the body of the person practising yoga, Sud said Catholics, who were worried over the increasing popularity of yoga in the West, had started the campaign to degrade yoga.

Tributes paid to Pt Nehru
Chandigarh, May 27
At a function organised here today, Punjab Congress president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal paid rich tributes to the first Prime Minister of India, late Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, on the occasion of his 44th death anniversary. Describing him as a great visionary, Bhattal said the temples of modern India, Bhakra Dam, Hirakud Project, Bokaro and Bhilai steel plants, were tributes to Nehru’s genius. She said the path and harmony as enshrined in the principles of ‘Panchseel’ laid down by Pandit Nehru were still relevant.


Devotees huddle under an umbrella during rain in Amritsar on Tuesday.
Devotees huddle under an umbrella during rain in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Mehraj: Heart with Capt, vote for Akalis
Mehraj (Rampura Phul), May 27
This village whose “heart” is with former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and which calls his son Raninder “avda munda”, the ancestral village of the Sidhu clan of the former Patiala royals gave a majority to SAD-supported candidates in the eight of its nine Panchayats.

Eco-tourism destinations in the state explored
Eco-tourism to be part of development steps
Chandigarh, May 27
The Punjab government has decided to integrate the state’s infrastructure development initiatives with eco-tourism. A preliminary meeting in this regard, chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was held today to explore various eco-tourism destinations in the state and develop a mechanism for its integration with institutions of infrastructure development.

State to set up toll-free call centre for NRIs
MoU for welfare of Punjabis signed with Ministry 
Chandigarh, May 27
Punjab will have 24-hour toll-free call centre for live and on-the-spot redressal of problems and grievances of the Punjabis settled across the globe. The centre, a bilingual facility in Punjabi and English, comes as a follow-up of the decisions taken during the NRI Sammelan held in Chandigarh and Jalandhar in January this year.

‘The Rise of Khalsa’ makes it to NY Film Festival
Ludhiana, May 27
“The Rise of Khalsa”, a documentary directed by Jagmeet Samundari, a passout of Panjab University, has been selected for screening at the New York International Film Festival to be held in Los Angeles slated for July this year. The documentary will be screened in New York later this year.

SAD, Cong workers clash, 10 hurt
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 27
Around 10 persons were injured in post panchayat election violence at Chhappar village, near here, late tonight. Five of the injured were shifted to a multi-speciality hospital at Ludhiana.

7,930 panchayats have SAD sarpanches
Chandigarh, May 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today claimed registering a big win in panchayat elections held yesterday. President of the party Sukhbir Singh Badal and secretary Dr Daljit Singh Cheema today said results of 12,081 panchayats had been declared. Of these, in 7,930 villages sarpanches and panches supported by the SAD had won the election. Eelctions in 508 villages were put off due to malpractices and complaints. Total number of panchayats in Punjab is 12,698.

Hostile witnesses spoil corruption cases
Chandigarh, May 27
Most of the corruption cases end up in favour of the accused, as a large number of witnesses or complainants turn hostile. It has become a common practice where a large number of corruption cases are lost by the prosecution or Vigilance Bureau because the person who lodges the complaint turns hostile. A perusal of copies of judgment of orders, pronounced in corruption cases in the past three years, sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the office of the SP, Vigilance, Ludhiana, brought this fact to light.


High Court
Civil judge seeks quashing of sack orders
Chandigarh, May 27
Dismissed from service, Civil Judge (Junior Division) has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for seeking the quashing of orders, whereby, the extreme penalty was imposed on him.


Anupam Dev Goel Sangrur lad makes it to Chemistry Olympiad
Sangrur, May 27
Local boy Anupam Dev Goel has won laurels for his state by being selected for the International Chemistry Olympiad to be held in Hungary in July this year. His selection came after he gave an outstanding performance at the orientation-cum-selection camp held at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, from May 16 to 26.
        Anupam Dev Goel


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