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Bibi not for heritage status for Golden Temple
Kapurthala, April 16

The president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Bibi Jagir Kaur, is not in the favour of getting heritage status for Sri Harmandar Sahib as she said there was simply no need for it.

President of the SGPC Bibi Jagir Kaur interacts with the sangat at State Gurdwara, Kapurthala, on Saturday.
President of the SGPC Bibi Jagir Kaur interacts with the sangat at State Gurdwara, Kapurthala, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Tehelka scribe identifies call girl, accused in court
Chandigarh, April 16
The General Court Martial trying Brig Iqbal Singh on charges of professional impropriety in the Tehelka case at Patiala today granted admissibility to video tapes being produced in court as evidence.

Italy’s Ambassador visits grandfather’s regiment
Amritsar, April 16
It was a rare and a nostalgic moment for Mr Antonio Armellini, Italian Ambassador to India, who visited the Army regiment that was once commanded by his grandfather here today.

Mr Antonio Armellini, Italy’s Ambassador to India, along with his wife after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday.
Mr Antonio Armellini, Italy’s Ambassador to India, along with his wife after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday.






NRI, revenue officials booked in land grab case
Abohar, April 16
A Canada-based NRI, local Naib Tehsildar, a Municipal Councillor and a Nambardar are among the 15 persons booked by the city police in an alleged land-grab case.

Punjabi conference on, says Tarlochan
Amritsar, April 16
The three-day World Punjabi Conference (WPC) scheduled to open in Lahore tomorrow has not been postponed, claimed the Chairman of the National Minority Commission, Mr Tarlochan Singh, who crossed over to Pakistan today.

Padyatris await Pak visas
Amritsar, April 16
Members of the first Indo-Pak ‘pad-yatra’, who reached here after traversing over 600 km from Delhi , may hit a blockade as the Pakistan High Commission has not yet given visas to the 175 yatris.


CM’s concern for Indian prisoners in Pak ‘hollow’
Amritsar, April 16
State BJP president Avinash Rai Khanna today accused Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, of enacting a drama of bringing back Indian prisoners from Pakistani jails even as he had installed a prime accused of the sensational Malta Boat Tragedy, as chairman of a board in Phagwara.


Historical past buried in sands of time
Preet Nagar (Amritsar), April 16
Unmindful of its heritage value, the historical pond dating back to the period of Emperor Jehangir, here is being used to breed fish.

Artistes flock to Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 16
The week-long celebrations for Founder’s Day of Fatehgarh Sahib which concluded tonight attracted people from all over the state.

PM urged to look into delayed airport project
Amritsar, April 16
Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Civil Aviation have sought immediate intervention of the Prime Minister to revive the airport up-gradation project, which had been stalled following directions to amend the design of the terminal building.

Two Taksal activists picked up, let off
Amritsar, April 16
Two senior activists of the Damdami Taksal, who had deserted their headquarters following differences with the newly appointed chief, were allegedly picked up by the Majitha police from Gurdwara Bhangani Kalan today but later let off following the intervention by the Panchayats of three villages.

Surjit Singh to head Budha Dal
Talwandi Sabo, April 16
Speculations regarding the new head of the Budha Dal were laid to rest today with Baba Santa Singh choosing Baba Surjit Singh as his successor.

700 cops deployed for shobha yatras
Jalandhar, April 16
The district police has made elaborate security and traffic arrangements in view of the shobha yatras to be held in the city, tomorrow and the day after.

Privatisation of health services opposed
Nabha, April 16
The Ophthalmic Officers’ Association has opposed privatisation of health services in Punjab.

Naturopathy camp begins
Abohar, April 16
Ms Meena Kumari, a naturopathy and yoga expert from New Delhi, guided several patients at the JC Park here on today on the first day of health awareness and at camp organised by the Shankar Dass Daulat Ram Nagpal charitable Trust.


Farmers flout guidelines

Transplantation of paddy
Brindpur (Kapurthala), April 16
Giving two hoots to the recommendations of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and the Agriculture Department, farmers of the district have started transplanting paddy at least two months before the stipulated schedule.

Farmers transplanting paddy two months ahead of the Punjab Agricultural University’s schedule.

Farmers transplanting paddy two months ahead of the Punjab Agricultural University’s schedule.

36,350 tonnes of wheat procured
Jalandhar, April 16
Various procurement agencies have purchased 36,350 metric tonnes of wheat in 1,549 mandis in the state, where procurement operations are going on in full swing.

Food and Civil Supplies Joint Secretary visits mandis
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 16
The Union Government has fixed a target of procuring 95 lakh metric tonnes of wheat from the state, where as last year 92 lakh MT wheat was purchased and if surplus wheat comes to the mandis, that would also be purchased, said Mr Sanjay Kaul, Joint Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, Government of India, at Sirhind today.


Police on high alert to check poppy husk smuggling
Ludhiana, April 16
Apprehending that there may be a significant jump in the smuggling of poppy husk during the ongoing harvesting of wheat and other crops, almost all the district police authorities of Punjab have put their field force on high alert.

Gang of drug traffickers busted in Nawanshahr
Chandigarh, April 16
Narco-terrorism is on in Punjab. In fact, the busting of two different gangs possessing 18 kg of drugs in less than a fortnight is enough to establish that the battle being carried out from across the porous border has only intensified — at least this is what cops in the state are claiming.

Nine crime suspects brought to Phagwara
Phagwara, April 16
Nine Bangalas, suspected of involvement in several incidents of looting dacoity and murder in Punjab, were brought here by the Phagwara Sadar police and taken on police remand yesterday. A gang of Bangalas was arrested by the Ludhiana police sometime back.

Computer parts stolen
Abohar, April 16
Thieves decamped with computer parts and other electronic goods reportedly worth Rs 3 lakh in the wee hours here today.

Man involved in dacoity arrested
Patiala, April 16
The police today claimed to have arrested a man allegedly involved in the robbery of a Jalandhar jewellery shop on April 4.

Cyclist dies in mishap
Phagwara, April 16
Natha Singh died and his son Sukhwinder Singh, pillion rider, was injured on the GT Road near Chachrari village on Thursday night.

1 killed, 3 hurt in boiler blast
Amritsar, April 16
One person was killed and three others were injured in a boiler blast in the Vishnu Processing Mill at Verka.

Family suicide case: 1 more body recovered
Ropar, April 16
The body of Gurmeet Singh, who along with his family jumped into the Bhakra canal on April 9, was recovered from the canal near Patiala yesterday.


Confiscation of calculators irks students
Amritsar, April 16
The Agriculture Students Association condemned the alleged oppressive and biased action of the university observer’s team or the flying squad in the statistics paper of M Sc Agriculture first year, conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Need to strengthen research capabilities highlighted
Ludhiana, April 16
Dr S Dalal, Director Research and Medical Education (DRME), Punjab, gave a call to develop and strengthen National Research Capabilities in conformity with the internationally accepted standards. He cautioned the researchers that the rights of patients should be protected at all costs.

Protests planned in ITIs against privatisation
Barnala, April 16
The Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU) and the Punjab Students Union (Randhawa group) have decided to stage protest demonstrations-cum-rallies in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) of Punjab on April 19 at Barnala, Patiala, Faridkot, Budhladha,Sunam, Moga, Bathinda, Nawanshahr, Gurdaspur and Ferozepore to express resentment against the Punjab Government’s move to hand over ITIs to private concerns.

Punjab schools not to be privatised
Chandigarh, April 16
The Punjab Government today went back on its stand of privatising school education in the state. The state’s Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, today clarified that the privatisation of state schools was not on the government’s agenda.


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