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Badal alleges misuse of govt machinery, to meet EC
Jalandhar, April 3
A three-member high-level delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal will meet the Chief Election Commissioner at Delhi on April 6 to apprise him of the misuse of official machinery by the ruling party and violation of code of conduct.

Come clean on Chahal’s accident, Badal tells CM
Chandigarh, April 3
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to come clean on the true identity of those accompanying his Media Adviser Bhartinder Singh Chahal when the latter’s car rammed into a scooter, near Sohana, yesterday. Three persons were injured, one of them seriously, in the accident.

Punjab seventh lowest in MPLAD fund use
Mohali, April 3
Even as a majority of the outgoing Members of Parliament from Punjab have sanctioned close to cent per cent of the funds made available to them under the Member Parliament Local Area Development scheme, the overall utilisation of the scheme amount in the state at 76.18 per cent, is the seventh lowest in the country since the inception of the scheme in 1993.




Sukhbir seeks CM’s resignation
Mohali, April 3
Mr Sukhbir Badal, Rajya Sabha MP and a son of former Chief Minister, Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal today demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on moral grounds following the “denial of an interim stay to the Punjab Government” by the apex court in the liquor auction case.

Late Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s son-in-law Harmel Singh Tohra with former Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh
Late Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s son-in-law Harmel Singh Tohra (third from left) with former Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh in Tohra village
on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Tohra’s son-in-law blames doctors
Tohra (Patiala), April 3
Late Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s son- in- law Harmel Singh Tohra today blamed the doctors of the Escorts hospital in Amritsar for the death of his father-in-law by claiming that the condition of the late leader took a turn for the worse after doctors gave him medicines to make him pass stool on March 30.

Kar seva to de-silt Kaulsar from today
Amritsar, April 3
Kar seva to clean the first ever ‘sarovar’ named after Muslim woman Mata Kaulan and remaining portion of the Golden Temple sarovar would be launched by Jathedar Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti and four other 'Sikh sants' here tomorrow with five gold spades and many silver bowls.


Wadala to contest from Jalandhar
Jalandhar, April 3
With the receding hopes to have poll alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), SAD (Democratic) today announced to field its party president, Mr Kuldip Singh Wadala, from Jalandhar for the coming elections.

33 pc women’s quota in SAD demanded
Amritsar, April 3
Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, a former general secretary of the SGPC and granddaughter of Master Tara Singh, today demanded 33 per cent quota for women in the Shiromani Akali Dal. She said women Akali workers should also be given due representation at the national as well as district level.

SAD surrendered agenda to BJP, says Mann
Sangrur, April 3
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the SAD (Amritsar) and candidate of SAD (Mann) from Sangrur in the coming parliamentary elections, today alleged that the Shiromani Akali Dal had surrendered the Akali agenda to the BJP as it had “failed” in raising its voice for Punjab and the Sikhs during the Vajpayee regime.

Dissent against Jagmeet Brar grows
Ferozepore, April 3
Even as Congress leader, Jagmeet Brar is yet to launch a full-scale campaign, a section of the party, including the rank and file, claims the party high command would review his nomination from this border parliamentary constituency.

Tewari to bridge differences with Cong supporters
Mohali, February 3
The Congress candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency, Mr Manish Tewari, today said he will seek the support of all those within the party who are opposing his candidature.

Khanna misleading voters, says Bhinder
Pathankot, April 3
Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, former Union Minister and Congress candidate for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, addressing newsmen at Mukerian near here said today that Mr Vinod Khanna, External Affairs Minister and BJP candidate had won  two elections by misleading people of Gurdaspur.

Christians back Preneet Kaur
Patiala, April 3
The Christian community here today held a rally in support of Congress candidate Preneet Kaur in front of sadar police station in the city.


Town faces water, power shortage
Abohar, April 3
The subdivisional town is facing serious shortage of drinking water and electricity for the past few days. Ms Shubhanjli Malviya, a teacher said working women are the worst hit as they have send children to school in the morning. Drinking water is not supplied by the water works here in the morning and the PSEB too shuts electricity supply.

Revenue officials’ arrest demanded
Kapurthala, April 3
The Gaushala Land Eviction Committee has demanded the arrest of Mr Madan Lal, District revenue Officer, Mr Daljit Singh, a kanungo, and three other persons of Kanjli village. The District Magistrate, Mr Rakesh Kumar Verma, has ordered the registration of a criminal case against them in the charge of tempering with the revenue record of the land of local gaushala.

Pak writer for more relaxation in visa norms
Jalandhar, April 3
Hailing the ongoing peace efforts initiated by India and Pakistan, an eminent Pakistani Punjabi writer and former minister Fakhar Zaman today advocated further relaxation in issuance of visas to aspirants. They should be allowed to visit the entire country.

Pak politicians to participate in seminar today
Jalandhar, April 3
A 35-member delegation of Pakistani politicians will attend a seminar here tomorrow on current political situation and local governance in both India and Pakistan.

Bhaur not to head jatha to Pakistan
Phagwara, April 3
SGPC General Secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur today declared that he would not head the Sikh jatha leaving for Pakistan on April 6. Mr Bhaur said that he was so upset over the death of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra that he did not want to lead the jatha.


Hearing in Badal’s assets case on April 24
Ropar, April 3
The non-supply of the documents dominated proceedings of the disproportionate assets and corruption case against former Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and his family at the special court here today.

Recovery from teacher’s pay stayed
Chandigarh, April 3
A JBT teacher was promoted as Head Teacher in December, 1991, after superseding about 100 others. She “continued to enjoy the benefits of promotion” till Gurdaspur’s District Education Officer passed an order in February this year revising her date of promotion from 1991 to May, 2003.


Excise official clarifies in vends auction case
Chandigarh, April 3
The Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Punjab, today asserted that in “certain sections of media inaccurate and confusing reports” had appeared on Saturday in the liquor vend auction case.


Labourers clash; 10 hurt in stone throwing
Bathinda, April 3
At least 10 labourers belonging to the Punjab Labour Union and a private contractor were injured when two groups of labourers threw stones on each other for about 15 minutes in front of the local General Railway Police (GRP), police station after a clash took place over the loading of gunny bags. Windshield of a truck, parked near a goods train, was also shattered in the clash.
Stones lying in front of General Railway Police station after a clash took place between the workers of a labour union and a private contractor
Stones lying in front of General Railway Police station after a clash took place between the workers of a labour union and a private contractor at Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Corruption case against 2 jail officials
Sangrur, April 3
The local police today booked Deputy Superintendent and store-keeper (in charge) of the district jail under Sections 409, 467, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and 7, 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act in connection with the alleged “misappropriation of articles” from the store of the jail here.

Plan to loot commission agents foiled, 1 held
Bathinda, April 3
The district police has arrested Rachpal Singh Bhullar, a resident of Ghuman Kalan village of this district, who was allegedly planning to loot the commission agents during the wheat procurement season by using firearms.


Education board recommends action against employees
Mohali, April 3
The Punjab School Education Board here in a written recommendation to the education department, has asked department officials to take strict against those employees who are encouraging cheating and foul play at various Class X and XII examination centres in Punjab.

Gang also leaked out papers last year
Mohali, April 3
In a shocking revelation, the Ludhiana police today said that the gang arrested by them on charges of leakage of question papers of the Punjab School Education Board had also leaked the Class X and XII papers of the board last year. However, since these papers were sold to just a limited persons for big money, the matter went unnoticed.

Varsity team inspects law college
Faridkot, April 3
A four-member team led by Dr S.P.S. Virdi, Dean, College Development Council of Punjabi University, Patiala, today examined various financial and other matters of Baba Farid Law College being set up by the Gurdwara Godri Sahib Farid Society.


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