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Sidhu case: probe enters crucial phase
Chandigarh, April 21
Investigations in the Punjab Public Service Commission case have entered a crucial phase. Informed sources say that the investigating agency — the Punjab Vigilance Bureau — has got a lot of information about the means used to select candidates by commission Chairman Ravi Sidhu.

Jagman’s remand extended
Chandigarh, April 21

Jagman Singh, one of the alleged touts of PPSC Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu, who was booked by the Vigilance Bureau for corruption, was sent in judicial custody by a lower court at Kharar near here till May 4 after he expressed his willingness to become an approver in the case.

No decision to cancel PPSC tests, interviews
Patiala, April 21
Punjab Public Service Commission Member Amarjit Singh Chawla today clarified that no decision had been taken to cancel the written test and subsequent interviews, including screening tests, held for the posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Deputy Superintendent (Jails), Block Development and Panchayat Officer, District Probation Officer and lecturer recently held by the Commission.

Rs 800 cr duty exemption sought for refinery
Chandigarh, April 21
The Punjab Government, which wants the early completion of the refinery project worth Rs 16,000 crore near Bathinda, has urged its promoter, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, to make the refinery operational at the earliest.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Race for Pbi varsity VC hots up
Patiala, April 21
The race for the post of Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University is hotting up, with academicians from Punjabi University and Guru Nanak Dev University in the front line. The post is expected to fall vacant on May 15 after the end of the term of the present VC, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia.

3 lecturers level sexual harassment charge against vice-principal
Amritsar, April 21
As many as three women lecturers of Shri Lakshmi Narain Ayurvedic College, being run by the Shri Durgiana Education Foundation, affiliated to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences have alleged that the Vice-Principal of the college made indecent remarks against girl students and women staff.

Vedanti asks Giani Kewal Singh to surrender
Amritsar, April 21
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, today appealed to Giani Kewal Singh, former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, to surrender before the police as the Supreme Court had rejected his bail appeal.


Cong anti-Sikh, alleges Badungar
Amritsar, April 21
The SGPC has labelled the alleged revoking of the National Security Act against Baba Baniara, responsible for acts of desecration, as an anti-Sikh stand taken by the Congress government.

SAD threatens stir
Bathinda, April 21
The present government has crossed all limits while committing atrocities on people and had forgotten democracy. The allegation was levelled against the members of ruling party by a former Punjab Minister, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, while interacting with sarpanches of villages of the area at his residence today.


Farmers forced to sell sugarcane juice
Bathinda, April 21
“If my kin and relatives come to know of my profession here they would make fun of me, therefore, I avoid inviting them here and ask them to see me at my native village,” said Pritam Singh, a native of Fatehgarh Sahib district and seller of sugarcane juice in the city.
Ram Saran (23) readies his sugarcane juice machine at the start of the day in Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Confusion over shifting ammo depot
Ludhiana, April 21
There seems to be confusion between the district administration and officials of 17 Field Ammunition Depot over the shifting of the depot from its current location. While the administration was conveyed by the Home Department, Punjab Government, that the Ministry of Defence had conveyed “in principle” its decision to shift the depot as a special case, the Commandant of the depot has been maintaining that there is no such proposal.

Mr Sewakram Bhola, MC and senior congress leader giving away tricycles to the
Mr Sewakram Bhola, MC and senior Congress leader, gives away tricycles to physically challenged persons at a function organised by the Shree Durga Jagran Mandal at Bathinda on Sunday. 
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera 

Revised TB programme for 8 Punjab districts from August 15
Chandigarh, April 21
After comfortably meeting the target of conducting over one lakh new sputum tests last year, the State TB Control Society, Punjab is all set to implement the Revised TB Control Programme in eight fresh districts of Punjab.

Epidemic feared as garbage stinks
Sangrur, April 21
An epidemic may break out in Sangrur as several parts of the town are stinking with heaps of rotten garbage and overflowing drains dotting the streets and bazaars following the indefinite strike by safai sevaks of the local Municipal Council since April 10.

Fire destroys industrial unit
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 21
An industrial unit in Sirhind town was completely destroyed by a devastating fire which broke out early in the morning today. The factory- owners estimated the loss due to the fire in lakhs of rupees.

‘MLA shielding suspects’
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 21
The district police on the complaint of Mr Jasdeep Kaur has registered a case against her husband, Bhupinder Singh, and her sister-in-law, Harvinder Kaur, both residents of Chambalan village, for injuring and trying to murder her.

Shun bad aspects of Western culture: Lee
Bathinda, April 21
Dr Surjeet Lee, from the Linguistics Department of Punjabi University, speaking at a seminar here today said negative aspects of the western culture should not influence people.

Three safai karamcharis die of suffocation
Budhlada, April 21
Three safai karamcharis have died here while cleaning a private sewerage tank. Enquiries reveal that Naresh Kumar (35) and his son Vicky (18) were removing the sullage from the tank, nephew of Naresh Kumar was standing outside the tank. 

Celebrate B’day with ‘blood donation’
Bathinda, April 21
“Celebrate your birthday with blood donation”. This was the slogan given by local NGO United Welfare Society to motivate the residents for donating blood. Following this the Kandiala family of the city organised a blood donation camp on the birthday of their son Romi today.

Ram Navami celebrated
A mammoth religious procession was taken out here to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Rama. Thousands of residents of the town and nearby villages participated in the procession.

Man found dead near rly crossing


Harvesting boon for poppy husk vendors
Muktsar, April 21
The harvesting of wheat in the state seems to have become a blessing in disguise for poppy husk vendors in Rajasthan, near the Punjab border. As the harvesting is picking up in the state, so is the sale of poppy husk from these vends.

Payment of procured wheat ‘within 48 hrs’
Sangrur, April 21
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Rural Development and Agriculture Minister, Punjab, assured the farmers that each grain of wheat would be purchased by the government procurement agencies this season. Besides, the government would also ensure the payment of procured wheat within 48 hours, she added.

Fire destroys 60 acres of wheat crop
Moga, April 21
Standing wheat crop spread over 60 acres was destroyed when it caught fire reportedly following a short-circuit in wires passing over fields at Rania village yesterday.

7 acres of crop damaged in fire
SAS Nagar, April 21
Standing crop worth around Rs 2 lakh was destroyed in two incidents of major fire near here.


Sarpanch, spouse arrested
Gurdaspur, April 21
The police yesterday arrested Mrs Pushpa, sarpanch of Pandori village, 9 km from here and her husband for a bid to embezzle Rs 40,000 from the panchayat funds. A case under section 182 of the IPC has been registered against the accused.

Held for bid to rape
Phagwara, April 21
The Phagwara police today arrested Mohinderpal of the nearby Gandwan village under Sections 376 and 511, IPC, on a charge of attempting to rape a minor girl of the neighbourhood.

3 held, let off
Amritsar, April 21
Two men, one claiming himself to be a journalist of a Himachal newspaper, were caught with a woman last night on the Guru Nanak Dev University campus.


The inside of a well-furnished ‘dhaba’ in Jalandhar puts even regular restaurants to shame. — Photo Inder Mohan

Hotels as dhabas evade ST in crores                                          
Jalandhar, April 21
If planning to set up a hotel or a restaurant and also want to save Sales Tax running into crores just run the restaurant or hotel under the title of a dhaba. It sounds unbelievable but many “intelligent” hoteliers or restaurant owners have been running well-furnished, spacious eating joints and evading Sales Tax amounting to crores by naming the establishments as “dhabas”, even though these restaurants and hotels did not fit into the official and the lesser known definition of a dhaba.

Live concerts in Punjab
Chandigarh, April 21
Pepsi has announced a series of seven live music concerts in Punjab as part of its unique musical talent hunt in the state “Pepsi Banjaa Staara Yaraa Contest”.

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