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Education board’s money invested in shares
Gurdaspur, April 23
Another controversy is brewing in the Punjab School Education Board. Its higher officials have been accused of investing Rs 8 crore of board’s money in shares and thereby causing a loss of about Rs 1 crore to it.

Farmers’ organisations fail to agree on common programme
Ludhiana, April 23
Various kisan organisations today failed to reach a consensus on a common minimum programme to be adopted for getting various issues addressed. The main reason of discord was the issue of employees’ interests raised by certain organisations affiliated to the Left political parties.
A meeting of various farmers’ organisations in progress at the Circuit House in Ludhiana on Saturday. A meeting of various farmers’ organisations in progress at the Circuit House in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Singhs’ indelible mark on Indian politics
Ludhiana, April 23
The post-Partition scenario in Punjab has seen many ups and downs and in this regard the rise of two personalities — Mr Swaran Singh and Dr Manmohan Singh — may be construed as momentous events in the history of this period.

‘Cure’ by baba lands 40 in hospital
Khanna, April 23
Eye treatment by a dera head near here proved to dear for about 40 patients as they had to be referred to the Civil Hospital, Khanna, for various complications. Report said that they had gone to get their eyes treated as the dera head allegedly claimed to treat all eye problems and remove spectacles.

Teachers protest against privatisation move
Bathinda, April 23
Protesting against the proposed privatisation of government schools, teachers from various parts of the district today took out a rally from Teachers Home.
Government schoolteachers protest at Bathinda bus stand on Saturday.
Government schoolteachers protest at Bathinda bus stand on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

No short cuts: Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, who paid a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday, advised the youth to work hard for fulfilling their dreams rather than resorting to short cuts.
No short cuts: Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, who paid a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday, advised the youth to work hard for fulfilling their dreams rather than resorting to short cuts.

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Order of British Columbia award for Dr R.S. Bains
Phagwara, April 23
Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, the compiler of the first-of- its-kind “Encyclopaedia of Sikhism” and producer-creator of Multimedia Sikh Museum, has been selected for the “Order of British Columbia” award for this year.

Search on for missing Pak cricket fans
Chandigarh, April 23
The Punjab Police is co-ordinating with the central security agencies to get hold of 11 “missing cricket buffs” from Pakistan. In an attempt to trace them, the Punjab Police has now dispatched search parties to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other states.


Supporters of Mann held
Phagwara, April 23
The Sadar and City police today arrested activists of the SAD (Amritsar), including Jathedar Rajinder Singh Fauji, central committee member of the party, Mr Resham Singh Pappi, Phagwara circle president, Mr Gurdial Singh Mananwali, district press secretary, and Mr Gurmit Singh, a retired DSP and a senior party leader.


Gastroenteritis outbreak in Jalandhar areas
Jalandhar, April 23
Gastroenteritis has gripped the Rama Mandi and Guru Nanakpura areas of Jalandhar city, with hundreds of residents feared to be afflicted with the water-borne disease..

AIDS patient has no money to go to PGI
Abohar, April 23
Ramkaran (name changed) has been referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. Patholo-gists at a private hospital here have declared him HIV positive . But neither he nor his relatives are able to bear the travel expenses. The victim has been married twice.

Dental check-up camp organised
Patiala, April 23
A dental check up camp was organised at the Police Lines dispensary by the Punjabi Dental Society of America (India Chapter) in collaboration with Dedicated Brothers Group, a voluntary organisation.

Pakistani child operated upon
Malerkotla, April 23
Two doctors of the local Civil Hospital have successfully operated upon Mohd Umar, son of Mr Abdul Samas, a Pakistani resident.

Tension at dera
Tarn Taran, April 23
Tension prevailed at Dera Santsar Hansli, 4 km from here, on the second consecutive day today when two groups of villagers gathered on the spot to take control of the dera in favour of their respective Baba.

Janata Dal (S) to launch stir against MC
Hoshiarpur, April 23
The city unit of the Janata Dal (S) has decided to launch an agitation soon against the ineffective working of the Municipal Council, Hoshiarpur.


Patiala SHO remanded in judicial custody
Patiala, April 23
Sadar police station SHO Shamsher Singh Guddu has been remanded in judicial custody after a Ludhiana court issued non-bailable warrants against him.

Dharni is Bar assn president
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 23
The group headed by outgoing president N.S. Tiwana made a clean sweep in the election to the District Bar Association.


Glut forces farmers to go to other mandis
Bathinda, April 23
A glut in the grain market of Ghuda village is forcing farmers to take their wheat produce to the markets of nearby villages and towns.

Sangrur leads in wheat procurement
Sangrur, April 23
With the procurement of 11,19,325 metric tonnes of wheat by the government procurement agencies and the traders till yesterday, Sangrur district is all set to top in the procurement of wheat in the state for the sixth consecutive year.

2,500 jobless youth to be trained in dairy farming
Chandigarh, April 23
Punjab’s Dairy Development Department has initiated the process of training unemployed rural youth at five centres in the state. For the purpose, the department has already “strengthened the infrastructure” at the centres.

Bt cotton ‘will enslave farmers’
Bathinda, April 23
The introduction of Bt cotton varieties in Punjab would lead to the state’s farmers becoming the slaves of big companies selling these seeds.


Notices to 21 arhtiyas
Gurdaspur, April 23
The District Food and Civil Supplies Controller, Mr Sukhdev Singh, has issued notices to 21 arhtiyas. While talking to The Tribune, Mr Sukhdev Singh said raids were conducted following complaints that certain commission agents were duping farmers by lesser weighing of their produce.

Rs 66.45 lakh released for welfare schemes
Ropar, April 23
The district administration today released Rs 66.45 lakh under the MP land schemes for the welfare of people, Rs 85.30 lakh to provide meals to the children, Rs 13.20 lakh for the family benefit schemes and Rs 19.43 lakh under national old age scheme for this year. Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, said here.

Firm’s licence cancelled
Ferozepore, April 23
The Principal Secretary, Food and Supplies, Dr B.C. Gupta, along with the Director, Food and Supplies, Punjab, Mr Jaspal Singh, visited grain markets in Mudki, Talwandi Bhai, Zira, Makhu and Ferozepore today.

Drive to dispose of pending revenue cases
Chandigarh, April 23
Punjab Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister Amarjit Singh Samra today said that the Revenue Department had launched a special three-month campaign to take up and dispose of all cases regarding mutations, partitions and other such matters pending for more than two years.


Evasion of Rs 10-cr excise duty detected
Abohar, April 23
Documents seized during raids at 11, including one local, oil mills and industrial units in seven cities may expose one of the biggest excise duty scams in the state, well placed sources said here yesterday.

Headmaster attacked by teacher’s husband
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 23
The headmaster of Government High School, Badochi Kalan, was allegedly attacked by the husband of a schoolteacher along with his three accomplices in the presence of staff and students today.

Hoax phone caller ‘identified’
Sangrur, April 23
The local police today claimed to have identified the “erring” person, who was allegedly making “false” phone calls to the Sangrur Civil Surgeon in the name of higher officers of the Health Department, Secretary and Director, asking to relieve the transferred pharmacists without any further delay.

Two intruders attack woman
Kharar, April 23
Two intruders attacked and looted the wife of a dealer in bread when he had gone out of his house here to receive the day’s supplies early this morning.

No clue to kidnapped boy
Tarn Taran, April 23
The Patti police has failed in getting any information about the 12-year-old boy who was kidnapped six days back from Patti. A ransom of Rs 1.90 lakh has been given to the kidnappers by the parents of the boy, Gurbhajan Singh (12).


Centre for Training to sponsor youth for jobs abroad
Chandigarh, April 23
The Centre for Training and Employment of Punjab Youth will start sponsoring technically trained manpower in the state for employment in different countries shortly. This is being done to boost job avenues and improve absorption of skilled youth in economically gainful and legal occupation.

IAS coaching classes from May 9
Patiala, April 23
The IAS and Allied Services Training Centre of Punjabi University will start coaching for MBA, MCA, CDS Entrance Test from May 9 for Scheduled Caste, OBC and Minority Communities (Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Bodhis and Zorastrians) and General Category candidates.


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