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47 IAS officers shifted
15 Deputy Commissioners among them
Chandigarh, April 6
With just a year to go for the Assembly elections in the state, the Punjab Government today transferred 47 IAS officers, including 15 Deputy Commissioners and one PCS officer. This is the first major reshuffle in the top layer of the state’s bureaucracy since Mr K.R. Lakhanpal took over as Chief Secretary on February 1 this year.

Contaminated water: 30 sarpanches write to CM
Abohar, April 6
Sarpanches of more than 30 panchayats are concerned over the supply of highly contaminated water in canals. In a complaint to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today they said crops would be damaged if the quality of water was not improved.

Sting operation puts SGPC in piquant situation
Violation of hukamnama by private publisher
Amritsar, April 6
The sting operation, exposing violation of the ‘hukamnama’ (edict), pronounced by the Sikh clergy in 1998 by the private publishers has put Akal Takht and the SGPC in a piquant situation because both the institutions have failed to implement the edict in the past eight years.

Don’t test our patience, Vedanti warns govt
Bathinda, April 6
Rallying around Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh on Baluana issue, Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti and various Panthic bodies today warned the state government not to test the patience of Sikhs and asked it to take stringent action against “mischievous elements”.




Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addresses a rally at Dera Baba Nanak on Thursday. Octroi abolition announcement soon: CM
Dera Baba Nanak (Gurdaspur), April 6
Octroi in the state would be abolished very soon. Scheme to replace octroi with alternative tax is in final stage.


Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addresses a rally at Dera Baba Nanak on Thursday. — Photo by Jangi

H.S. Gill on selection board
CM had opposed militancy-tainted appointees during Akali-BJP rule
Amritsar, April 6
The Punjab Government today appointed Mr Harminder Singh Gill, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Col Zorawar Singh and Mr Sarbjit Singh Sandhu as members of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB).

Demand for N-plant gains ground
Chandigarh, April 6
Immediately after the statement of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, with regard to the setting up of nuclear power plant (NPP) in Haryana, the demand to set up such a plant in Punjab has again started raising its head.

No move to have N-power plant in Punjab: CM
Jalandhar, April 6
In spite of the burgeoning demand and supply gap of electricity in Punjab, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has once again asserted that there was no proposal to set up a nuclear power plant in the state, particularly on the lines of Haryana where the Prime Minister has promised to consider a proposal regarding installation of such a plant.

Irregularities in allotment of filling station sites
Chandigarh, April 6
The irregularities detected in granting an NOC to a filling station in Ludhiana yesterday, could just be a tip of the iceberg.

Allotment of sites: ADC booked, 4 held
Chandigarh/Ludhiana, April 6
Taking action against violation of norms and use of forest land, the Ludhiana Range of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has booked an Additional Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, a Range Forest Officer, a Town Planner and Area Manager, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, (BPCL) and several others for opening two filling stations near Sahnewal in violation of norms.


Foundation of third front in Punjab laid
Ludhiana, April 6
The Lok Bhalai Party leader, Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, managed to bring the leaders of six political parties on a single platform to address a joint rally here today.

Signature drive for Kanshi Ram on the anvil
Bathinda, April 6
Mr Darbara Singh, brother of BSP leader Kanshi Ram, today stated that a signature campaign would be launched on April 14 under which 10 lakh people would sign a memorandum seeking the latter’s “release”.

BSP flays rath yatras of BJP leaders
Hoshiarpur, April 6
Avtar Singh Karimpuri, president, BSP, Punjab, criticised the recent proposal of L. K. Advani, leader of the BJP, for politically converging the BJP with the Congress if the latter reversed its policies of minorityism.


An eyewitness to the massacre of Jallianwala Bagh, Bapu Shingara Singh, shows marks of bullet wounds on his arm. Jallianwala eyewitness hopes Kalam fulfils promise
Amritsar, April 6
The 113-year-old (perhaps the oldest in the state), Bapu Shingara Singh, an eyewitness to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre is leading a life of isolation.


An eyewitness to the massacre of Jallianwala Bagh, Bapu Shingara Singh, shows marks of bullet wounds on his arm. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma 

Rajasthan Sikhs demand separate gurdwara panel
Abohar, April 6
Close on the heels of the Sikhs in Haryana, the dominant Sikh population in the neighbouring Sriganganagar district, has intensified its stir to have a separate gurdwara prabandhak committee for Rajasthan.

DSGMC to organise nagar kirtan to Lahore
Amritsar, April 6
Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, president Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi yesterday alleged that Parkash Singh Badal, president, Shiromani Akali Dal, was behind the non-installation of golden palki (palanquin) at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.

Fight for Durgiana management hots up
Amritsar, April 6
The controversy over the forcible possession of the Durgiana Managing Committee doesn’t seem to be dying down as allegations are levelled by rival groups against each other.

Another record by thermal plant
Bathinda, April 6
The Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabat, has surpassed yet another milestone by generating 3145.915 million units of power against the set target of 3120 million units during the year 2005-06 at a plant load factor of 85.6 per cent.

Sister, daughter deny Sarabjit’s conversion to Islam
Amritsar, April 6
Mrs Dalbir Kaur, and Ms Swapandeep Kaur, sister and daughter of condemned Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh have denied reports that Sarabjit had embraced Islam.

No buyer for Pinkcassia tourist complex
Ropar, April 6
The Punjab Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has not found even a single buyer for the revamped tourist complex, Pinkcassia, situated on the banks of the Sutlej here and also for the Gulmohar tourist complex in Pathankot.

Singla’s statue to be installed in Samana
Patiala, April 6
A tribute of sorts will be paid to former MP and Punjab Mandi Board Chairman Sant Ram Singla in his hometown Samana tomorrow with the unveiling of his statue, naming of a road in his honour and holding of a public meeting on the occasion of his first death anniversary.

Cong workers resent renaming of college
Patiala, April 6
Controversy has erupted over renaming the Government College of Physical Education as Prof Gursewak Singh College of Physical Education following allegations levelled by senior Congress leaders that this move of the state government had hurt the Congress workers.


High Court
HC summons Social Welfare Dept Secy
Chandigarh, April 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Punjab, to be present in the court on May 24 to explain why the government had failed to take a policy decision as directed by the court to end reservation within the reservation system.


Two rape accused held
Abohar, April 6
Two gangrape accused, Sumit and his brother Ajay, have been arrested from a house in the Suraj Nagari here by the Sriganganagar police.

NRI, father booked for fraud
Abohar, April 6
The Sadar police has booked Balkaran Singh, a Canada-based NRI, and his father Dhian Singh, resident of Kalatibba village near here, under Sections 420 and 120-B IPC in a land deal case.


College holds placement programme
Rajpura, April 6
In one of the biggest-ever placement exercises in the region, over 3200 students from 33 colleges today reported at the Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology here for a joint placement programme of the US-headquartered company Syntel Corporation.

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