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Virk’s stand vindicated, gets posting
Chandigarh, May 29
Little over a year after Punjab’s former director general of police (DGP) S.S Virk was “hounded” by his own men and arrested in Delhi, subsequently leading to his suspension by the Punjab government, Virk’s stand today finally stands vindicated.

ADC chargesheeted  for misconductParneet Bhardwaj
Amritsar, May 29
The Punjab government today chargesheeted Parneet Bhardwaj, additional deputy commissioner (development) , Amritsar, for visiting England in hush- hush manner, on the basis of report by additional director-general (intelligence).                      
Parneet Bhardwaj

Man dead in 1-cr dacoity
Victims were returning after striking land deal in Bareta
Patiala, May 29
One person was killed and four were injured when decoits struck in this district last night near Ghulhar village at Shutrana, about 75 km from here, the police said today.

Bee-keeping: Success story of a farmers’ cooperative
Tungwali (Bathinda), May 29
Not content with returns from fields, Punjab farmers have switched to bee-keeping for good returns. Gurcharan Singh, who installed the first box for bee-keeping at his village in 1990, now has 2,500 boxes. More than 350 farmers from different parts in the region have joined to contribute to his informal co-operative.



Terrorism-hit resent govt apathy, boycott Tandon panel meetingB.R. Hastir
Amritsar, May 29
With the state government taking no notice of the dharna by the All-India Terrorist Victims Association in Pathankot for 12 days, its members boycotted meeting with the five-member Tandon committee today at Chandigarh. The BJP formed the committee last week to look into the grievances of the terrorism-hit not been paid relief by the state or Central governments.                                                               
    B.R. Hastir


Mann expelled from Rajasthan
Chandigarh, May 29
The Rajasthan home secretary today served an “expulsion notice” to Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann when he was at Bharatpur just before he was to address a condolence meeting of the Gujjars at Biana. Before he could react, the Rajasthan police escorted Mann out of the state to Agra.

Party for EVMs in MC polls
Chandigarh, May 29
The Punjab Congress today demanded elections to Municipal Committees and Nagar Councils scheduled for June 30 be held through electronic voting machines (EVMs)


30,000 farmers feel cheated
PSEB suspends transformer schemeFarmers load poles to be taken to villages in Morinda for installing transformers. The farmers were denied benefit of OYT scheme after they invested lakhs for it.
Morinda, May 29
Avtar Singh from Tajpur village owns two acres. To get benefit from the Punjab State Electricity Board’s (PSEB) scheme, Own Your Transformer (OYT). He borrowed lakhs from Land Mortgage and PUnjab and Sind Bank. The government suddenly today suspended the scheme and Avtar Singh has become debtridden.

Farmers load poles to be taken to villages in Morinda for installing transformers. The farmers were denied benefit of OYT scheme after they invested lakhs for it. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Panchayat Polls
BJP goes rural, upbeat
Sangrur, May 29
Though the number of seats contested by the district unit of the BJP was small yet it has shown its strength to alliance partner, the SAD, in the Panchayat elections.

Villagers’ protest over result

Committees on tobacco control
Chandigarh, May 29
With a view to evaluating the enforcement of the Anti-Tobacco Laws and anti-tabacco programmes, the government has constituted tabacco-control committees at state and district levels.

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Cement scam: SGPC sacks 2 employees
Amritsar, May 29
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee today dismissed two employees while two officials were suspended for bogus purchase of more than 10,000 cement bags by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) by tampering with records.


‘No beacons for SGPC members’
Chandigarh, May 29
Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) members will not be able to use red beacons atop their vehicles, at least for the time being.

Posts of Addl Dist & Sessions Judge
Viva voce from June 9 
Chandigarh, May 29
The Punjab and Haryana High Court this evening declared names of candidates eligible for viva voce after qualifying the main written examination for for the posts of additional district and sessions judge in Punjab.

Quash panchayat polls: Brar
Chandigarh, May 29
Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar today moved the high court for quashing the panchayat polls recently held in Punjab. In his petition, he claimed the sale of liquor which has to be prohibited 48 hours before the elections was done done just 24 hours before the polls. Taking up the petition, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued a notice of motion to the state of Punjab and others for tomorrow. — TNS


Pannu back as Amritsar DC
Amritsar, May 29
Kahan Singh Pannu, who had proceeded on leave on the Election Commission’s directions in view of the Amritsar (South) byelction, has been posted back DC, Amritsar. 


Bathinda Kidnapping, Murder
Body found; kin raise finger at ex-minister
Bhagta Bhai Ka (Bathinda), May 29
The body of Sham Lal (62), a business partner of Rampura Phul Congress MLA Gurpreet Singh Kangar, who was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by his kidnappers, including two SAD leaders, was found today from a tributary of the Abohar branch canal in Mandeeran village of Moga district.


Farmers take up sunflower cultivation in Punjab


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