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Centre approves rail projects for state
18 new bridges to reduce traffic congestion

Chandigarh, May 31
The Centre today gave its nod for upgrading railway infrastructure in Punjab through a chain of new tracks and construction of rail bridges.

BSP says no to coalition
Releases names for LS poll
Chandigarh, May 31
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has ruled out the possibility of an alliance in Punjab or any other state with any other party during the next parliamentary elections.

Panchayat Poll Issue
Cong to stage dharna in Moga on June 5

Ludhiana, May 31
The state unit of the Congress party will organise a dharna in Moga on June 5 in protest against the “total failure” of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in ensuring free and fair polls to the panchayats in the state recently.

With the harvesting season having come to an end and cultivators all set to sow paddy crop, a farmer has a field day in Muktsar
FRUIT OF LABOUR: With the harvesting season having come to an end and cultivators all set to sow paddy crop, a farmer has a field day in Muktsar. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh



EC urged to annul Kala Bula poll
SC candidate included in general category list
Sangrur, May 31
Calling for justice, Mewa Singh (60) has urged the state Election Commission (SC) to cancel the election of Kala Bula village panchayat alleging that the returning officer (RO) has declared two SC candidates elected as unopposed by putting his name in the list of general category candidates though he had applied in the SC category.


Now, Mann hits out at Amarinder
Patiala, May 31
After a number of senior Congress leaders, it is the turn of SAD (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann to train his guns on his close relative-turned-detractor and former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for the latter’s “friendship” with Pakistani journalist Aroosa Alam.


Tribune Impact 
4 SGPC men booked for bogus cement purchase

Amritsar, May 31
The Kotwali police today registered a case against four SGPC employees in connection with the purchase of bogus cement bags. The inquiry was conducted by high officials of the Shiromani Committee at the behest of its president, Avtar Singh.
A Punjab police cop on duty during the Gujjar protest finds time for a shave in Patiala
CLOSE SHAVE: A Punjab police cop on duty during the Gujjar protest finds time for a shave in Patiala on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Supply of Impure Water
PSHRC notice to Mansa DC

Chandigarh, May 31
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has taken suo motu notice of a news article that appeared in a national daily regarding the supply of impure water to Mansa residents.

OYT Scheme
PSEB for probe into graft charges

Patiala, May 31
Y.S Ratra, chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), has asked the state Vigilance Department to initiate an inquiry into the controversial own your tubewell (OYT) scheme following allegations of large-scale corruption by the PSEB and Punjab government officials.

Rape ‘victim’ gives MLA’s address as own
Ludhiana, May 31
In a major embarrassment to deputy speaker, Punjab, and senior BJP leader Satpal Gosain, the woman who accused a city judge of raping her had listed the house of the MLA as her residential address.

Forensic experts rue court delays
Ludhiana, May 31
State president, Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Dr D.S. Bhullar has called upon forensic medicine experts, appearing as witnesses in various law courts, to boycott defence lawyers who do not act in accordance with Supreme Court of India directions that members of medical profession should not be called for evidence unnecessarily.

More flak for ACs in Golden Temple
Amritsar, May 31
The installation of ACs in the sanctum sanctorum of Golden Temple continues to receive flak from various quarters even as the SGPC president has rejected the demand to remove these.

People told not to use tobacco
Sangrur, May 31
World No Tobacco Day was observed by the health authorities at the Civil Hospital here today to make people aware about the harmful effects of tobacco and the products prepared from it.


Dowry Case
Death sentence for husband

Pathankot, May 31
In a dowry death case Additional Session Judge, Gurdaspur, Harpreet Kaur Jeevan today awarded death sentence to main accused Raju Masih, son of Sadiq Masih, resident of Gurdaspur, and convicted his co-accused Beena and Rinku Masih, mother and elder brother, respectively, of Raju to life imprisonment. She also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on them. They were booked under Sections 302, 498-A, 316 and 34, IPC, on January 1, 2006, by the Sadar police, Gurdaspur. Sadiq, father of Raju, was acquitted giving him benefit of doubt.

Subhiksa permitted to sell agri products 
Chandigarh, May 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has permitted Subhiksa Trading Services Ltd to continue with the sale of ‘agriculture produce’, including fruits and vegetables, from its outlets till licences were handed over to it.


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