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Azad sees PM, Advani hand in riots
Jalandhar, April 20
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today accused Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Home Minister L. K. Advani of involvement in the BJP orchestrated” Gujarat riots and the Prime Minister’s speech in Goa was a “blot” on a democratic country like India.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad makes a point during his Jalandhar visit on Saturday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Pak moves tanks closer to border
Ferozepore, April 20
In the past few weeks, the Pakistan Army has constructed additional observation posts and bunkers along its border with India and deployed heavy artillery close to the border. Tanks that were earlier deployed at a distance of 10 to 15 km from the border inside their territory, have now been moved closer to the border as a strategy.

Ravi Sidhu case tip of the iceberg
Chandigarh, April 20
Why did the SAD-BJP alliance lose the Assembly elections seven weeks ago? The high level of corruption. The arrest of the Chairman, Punjab Public Service Commission, Ravi Sidhu, and subsequent recovery of cash in crores from the lockers taken by him and his family is just a tip of the iceberg.

Treasury to keep money from Sidhu’s lockers
Kharar, April 20
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, here today ordered that the Rs 8.16 crore recovered by Vigilance officials from bank lockers of relatives of PPSC chief Ravi Sidhu yesterday from Chandigarh be deposited with the Ropar district treasury sealed in packets for safe custody under double locker.

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Baba Bhaniara re-arrested
Villagers hold protest against him
Ropar, April 20
Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, who was released yesterday by the court was today produced before the SDM, Anandpur Sahib, Mr Paramjit Singh. The Baba was re-arrested last evening by the police when he returned to his native village in Nurpur Bedi.

Mann defends stand on PSGPC
Ludhiana, April 20
Recognition of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee — a religious body — is not an act of sedition said Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP and President, Akali Dal (Amritsar) in an interview here today.

Punjab to abolish vacant posts
Amritsar, April 20
The Punjab government has decided to abolish the vacant posts in various departments shortly, as new recruitment has been banned and surplus staff would be placed at the disposal of the redeployment cell for voluntary retirement scheme or redeployment.

College closed over match row
Amritsar, April 20
The Poor attendance in a college cricket match triggered off a row leading to the “indefinite closure” of Sri Laxmi Narayan Ayurvedic College with at least four police personnel guarding the institute during working hours.


BJP’s separate manifestos
Chandigarh, April 20
The Punjab unit of the BJP has decided to issue separate manifestos for the elections of four Municipal Corporations-Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala and Ludhiana- to be held on May 19.


Army jawans partake of prashad inside the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar on Saturday. — PTI photo

‘Launch campaign against female foeticide’
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 20
A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Mr Rajan Kashyap, Principal Secretary Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, to implement the national health programmes, PNDT Act and TB control programmes sincerely. Addressing the meeting, Mr Kashyap asked the social organisations to come forward to implement these schemes.

Women face greater risk of STD
Ferozepore, April 20
Women in the district face the risk of being fettered by sexually transmitted disease and reproductive tract infections with further possibility of HIV infection. Family health awareness campaign launched by the Health Department in the district recently revealed that the number of women suffering from STD and RTI is very high as compared to men.

Politicians hijack DCW sports function
Patiala, April 20
There were more introductions than action on the last day of the Diesel Component Works annual sports function which concluded at the DCW sports complex late yesterday evening.

A wait in vain for CM
Jalandhar April 20
Speculations and confusion over the scheduled visit of the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh to the city on occasion of Ramnavami shobha yatra kept the administrative and the police machinery on tenterhooks for two consecutive days.

Devotees offer liquor, sheep at Kali Temple
Patiala, April 20
Long serpentine queues of bare-footed devotees waiting for hours to get a “darshan” of the Devi may be common elsewhere also, but the Kali Devi Mandir here stands out for the large amount of liquor and sheep which are offered to the goddess on the occasion of Ashtami.

Warm response to ‘shobha yatra’
Jalandhar, April 20
Hundreds of tableaux depicting scenes from the life of Lord Rama and “langars” marked the ‘shoba yatra’ which turned out to be an symbol of communal harmony with enthusiastic participation from people of all communities.

Maiser Khana mela concludes
Bathinda, April 20
The two-day Maiser Khana mela in honour of Goddess Bhagwati concluded at Maiser Khana village 35 km from here, today morning. Thousands of people of different religions came from far-away places to pay obeisance in the temple for blessings.

A view of Durga Mandir at Maiser Khana village on Friday night. — Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera. 

AISSF diamond jubilee
Chandigarh, April 20
The All India Sikhs Students Federation will celebrate its diamond jubilee (60 years) this year. This was announced here today by former president of the AISSF, Mr Jaswant Singh Mann.

City is again power cut-free zone
Bathinda, April 20
The Punjab State Electricity Board authorities have again declared this city as power cut-free zone. Official sources said a letter to this effect had been sent to local officials by the Chief Engineer (System Operation and Power Regulation) about two days ago.

Special boxes for power bills
Phillaur, April 20
The Punjab State Electricity Board has introduced "drop-in-boxes" to facilitate subscribers who deposit their electricity bills through cheques or drafts.

237 cases settled in lok adalat
Malerkotla, April 20
A special lok adalat for people of Malerkotla and Dhuri subdivisions was organised under the supervision of Mr R.M. Gupta, District and Sessions Judge and Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority, at the Kali Mata Mandir complex here today.

Police ‘victim’ succumbs to burns
Barnala, April 20
Babli — a Dalit daily wage sweeper working in the local Civil Hospital, who attempted to commit suicide by setting herself ablaze in her house by sprinkling kerosene oil over her on April 13 following alleged police torture, succumbed to her burn injuries in the hospital this afternoon. She had sustained 90 per cent burn.

Boy dies as train, tractor collide
Ludhiana, April 20
A boy was killed and two others were seriously injured in a collision between the Dadar Express and a tractor-trailer at an unmanned railway crossing near Ghungrana village on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line this afternoon.


Defaulting rice mills to face action
Bathinda, April 20
As about 50 per cent of the rice mills of the state have not delivered the rice worth hundreds of crores of rupees to its agencies in the past two years, the Punjab Government has decided to take legal and other action against the defaulters to recover the amount at the earliest.

More power supply to farmers in June
Patiala, April 20
The Punjab State Electricity Board has made it clear that it will provide adequate power supply for running tubewells to farmers only after June 10. The board arrived at this decision following a meeting of top functionaries of the PSEB with experts of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.


Man kills mother
Hoshiarpur, April 20
Incensed over a trivial issue, a man has killed his mother here. According to the police, the accused, Hardeep Singh, was watching television last evening when his mother asked him to turn down its volume.

Gang of cheats busted
Moga, April 20
The Faridkot district police yesterday claimed to have busted a gang of cheats, engaged in selling stolen cement and “saria” (iron rods) of the PWD (Buildings and Roads), by arresting five of its members.


GND varsity to have DNA test centre
Amritsar, April 20
Guru Nanak Dev University may become the first centre for DNA fingerprinting in north India and the second such centre in the country after Hyderabad.

Dr S. Hasnain, Director of the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and DNA Diagnostics, Hyderabad, Justice V. K. Khanna, Chairman of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Dr S. P. Singh, VC of Guru Nanak Dev University, at a seminar on DNA fingerprinting at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

VC claimed TA, DA during ‘absence’ from varsity
Patiala, April 20
The Joint Action Committee, Punjabi University, which is agitating for the ouster of Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia today alleged that the latter had claimed Travelling Allowance and Dearness Allowance for nine trips to Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Dalhousie, Jogindernagar, Palampur and Paonta Sahib during his period of hiding from the police.

Govt to regulate technical courses
Ropar, April 20
To balance the demand and supply ratio in technical courses, the Punjab Government is contemplating regulating the number of colleges and the courses being run by them. Data is being collected from the placement cells of engineering colleges regarding the employment of their students in industry.

Fleecing in name of ‘quality’ education
Bathinda, April 20
With the start of new academic session, certain private schools in the region have increased fees, dues and funds steeply. A random survey by The Tribune revealed that most of the schools had devised different methods to “extract” money from the parents. What most of the schools had done was that these had made books, dresses, classroom items and other ways means to make money.



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