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Khalsa Heritage Complex opens today
Anandpur Sahib, April 13
Ensconced in the aura of the majestic and historic Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, the first phase of the Khalsa Heritage Complex, the world's largest story-telling museum on the Sikh community, opens here tomorrow. The first phase comprises a library, an auditorium and exhibition halls.

A view of the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib which will be inaugurated A view of the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib which will be inaugurated on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Truck unions playing spoilsport in
wheat mandis

Patiala, April 13
Truck unions in most of the mandis of Punjab are playing spoilsport for farmers who are coming to sell their wheat stocks.

A strike by Truck Union has led to huge pile of wheat stocks at the New Grain Market, Patiala A strike by Truck Union has led to huge pile of wheat stocks at the New Grain Market, Patiala, on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib


  Govt turns to Markfed for new direction to agricultural economy
Chandigarh, April 13
Seemingly confused over how to deal with the deepening agrarian crisis in the state, the Punjab Government has turned to Markfed to give a new direction to the state's agricultural economy. Earlier, the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation was to play a major role in this regard.

A potter in Patiala busy making pots for the summer
A potter in Patiala busy making pots for the summer. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Protest over police action
Muktsar, April 13
Protesting against the registration of a criminal case against three local journalists, a large number of activists of various employee and farmer bodies today held a protest march here.

Parliamentary panel for direct payments to farmers
Chandigarh, April 13
With one voice, all Members of the Parliament's Standing Committee on Agriculture today urged the Union Government to direct the Food Corporation of India to make payment direct to farmers.

MP’s fund: Batala, Qadian ignored
Gurdaspur, April 13
Member of parliament from Amritsar Navjot Singh Sidhu has been ignoring Gurdaspur. Two assembly constituencies of Gurdaspur district, including Qadian and Batala which form part of the Amritsar parliamentary constituency, have been getting step-motherly treatment from the MP.

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School chairman to bear cost of Shingara’s memoirs
Amritsar, April 13
Students and faculty of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Mukerian, visited the house of the 113-year old eyewitness of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Bapu Shingara Singh, here today.


Reinstate doctor, shift Bant Singh Jhabbar, doctors warn govt
Mansa, April 13
Doctors at the Mansa Civil Hospital have warned the government that if it didn’t reinstate Dr Parshottam Goyal and shift Mr Bant Singh Jhabbar to another hospital they would put in their papers. This was announced at a general body meeting of the PCMS Association at the hospital yesterday.

Health employees burn effigies of CM, FM
Sangrur, April 13
Under the banner of the Sehat Sewawan Bachao Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, a large number of health employees, including paramedical and Class IV staff, of the Punjab Health Department today burnt the effigies of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, at the traffic lights chowk here in protest against the handing over of 1,310 subsidiary health centres to the zila parishads in the state. 

Protest rally by health employees
Patiala, April 13
On a call given by the Sehat Sevavan Bachao Sangharsh Committee, health employees held a protest rally in front of the civil surgeon’s office here today where they burnt effigies of the Punjab Government.

Punjab to tackle foot-and-mouth disease on war footing
Rajpura, April 13
Punjab will carry out a campaign against foot-and-mouth disease among dairy animals on a war footing, said Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, the Minister for Dairying, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, while addressing a campaign, which entered its fourth phase, against the disease, here, yesterday.

Action sought against DEO over incorrect information
Patiala, April 13
Taking a serious note of the absence of government officials from its meeting and other acts of indiscipline, the Patiala Zila Parishad has sought action against District Education Officer Elementary Pritpal Mahindru for supplying incorrect information in connection with the recruitment of teachers for primary schools in rural areas and absenting herself from its meeting held here today.

Staff posting in Mohali to be need-based
Chandigarh, April 13
In an attempt to make the newly carved out district of Mohali look like a professionally administered modern unit, the Punjab Government today took two important decisions.

10 Pak prisoners repatriated
Amritsar, April 13
The Indian government has released 10 Pakistani prisoners. They crossed over to Pakistan from the Wagah checkpost here today. The repatriated persons include Faiz-ur-Rehman, Syad Habib Ullah Bukhari, Mohammad Zakaria Khan, Mohammad Abid Usman, Shabir Ahmad, Naim Akhtar, Jehlam, Tazamal Hussain, Mohmmad Izaz and Babar Syad.

Foundation Day celebrated
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 13
The 14th Foundation Day of district Fatehgarh Sahib was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Sirhind town today. People from all walk of life including Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Ms Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP and other officials attended the celebrations.

Homage paid to Jallianwala Bagh martyrs
Amritsar, April 13
Homage was paid today to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of April 13, 1919, and wreaths were laid at the Flame of Liberty in the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial complex here.

Hans sings for a cause
Nawanshahr, April 13
The District Red Cross Society, with a view to associating people with the rich traditions of Indian culture and music and to raise funds for helping the deprived sections of society, organised “Sufiana Sandhya – Lok Kahe Darvesh” at Baradari Garden here yesterday.


Accomplices of Pak spy arrested in Hisar
Jalandhar, April 13
The cantonment police today claimed to have nabbed three persons from Hisar on the charge of helping three spies, including a Pakistani national, who were arrested here on April 7. The accused have been remanded in police custody till April 15.

Maid foils dacoity
Amritsar, April 13
A maid servant today foiled an attempt of a major dacoity in the Ranjit Avenue residential locality situated barely 200 metres from the SSP’s office here. Mr Amrik Singh Chatha, owner of the house, told The Tribune that three unidentified persons armed with revolvers injured his wife, Ranjit Kaur, who is president of the All-India Women Conference.

2 vehicle thieves arrested
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 13
With the arrest of two persons and the recovery of stolen vehicles, the police has claimed to have unearthed an eight-member inter-state gang of thieves involved in theft of vehicles and selling those by preparing fake registration documents and registration numbers.

Abduction of two sisters alleged
Hoshiarpur, April 13
A case of abduction of two sisters of Ajjowal village was reported at Sadar police station last evening. According to police sources, Saroop, a son of Mr Amar Singh of Ajjowal, stated in his complaint to the police that his two daughters, Vijanti (17) and Mito (14), had been working at Jain Farms, Chohal.


Pbi varsity, US university sign MoU
Patiala, April 13
Punjabi University and Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, USA, signed a memorandum of understanding for close cooperation and collaboration today. Both universities affirmed their desire to collaborate extensively on projects of joint value in future with the goal of bringing two institutions together to create a global partnership that will be of significant value to their students, faculty, staff and supporters.

School students to be medically examined
Hoshiarpur, April 13
The Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, has instructed all civil surgeons to organise medical check-up camps for students studying in government and non-government (recognized) schools up to class eight during 2006-07.

UK teachers visit schools
Nawanshahr, April 13
A team of 11 primary and high schoolteachers from the UK visited the local Shivalik Public School and Government Primary School, Kulam, here yesterday under the Teachers international Professional Development Programme.


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