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Amarinder defends wheat import, seeks MSP hike
Ludhiana, April 16
Predicting considerable decline in the production of wheat this year, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today defended the Central Government’s decision to import wheat from abroad.
Bishop Ram Lal, chairman, Kalvari Church Trust, presents a copy of the Bible to Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, on Easter in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Bishop Ram Lal, chairman, Kalvari Church Trust, presents a copy of the Bible to Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, on Easter in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph.

PSCST helps in patenting of innovations
Chandigarh, April 16
A silent revolution is on in Punjab. Away from the media glare and publicity, researchers from towns in the state are getting their innovations patented, thanks to the screening process for patenting run by the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology.

200 farmers released from jails
Sangrur, April 16
More than 200 farmers, who were arrested by the Barnala police on March 20, were released from Bathinda, Sangrur, Patiala and Ludhiana jails by the government yesterday.




  Cong unhappy over Durgiana panel’s action
Amritsar, April 16
Yesterday’s press conference by members of the Durgiana Managing Committee leveling charges of embezzlement against its former president, Mr Surinder Arjun, despite instructions against it has angered some local Congress leaders.

Circuit House converted into police rest house
Gurdaspur, April 16
The Punjab Government has abandoned the plan of putting in operation the Circuit House of Gurdaspur. The over 20 room Circuit House building at Gurdapsur was constructed by the previous SAD/BJP government.


CPI, CPM differ on approach to SAD-BJP
Chandigarh, April 16
Serious differences seem to have cropped up among the main Left parties, the CPI and the CPM, over their political line and approach to be followed with regard to the Punjab politics.


Health staff gheraoes minister
Patiala, April 16
Hundreds of health employees of the district today gheraoed the Punjab Health Minister, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, at the Government Medical College when he came to inaugurate the PNDT Programme .

European legislators to oppose turban ban
Amritsar, April 16
European parliamentarians will exert pressure on the French Government to reverse its laws regarding the turban issue. This was stated by Ms Neena Gill, a member of the Committee of Budgets, UK Parliament, here today.


Wheat crop destroyed in 100 acres
Nawanshahr, April 16
The wheat crop standing in about 100 acres in the nearby villages of Tajowal, Sekhupur and Dopalpur has reportedly been destroyed by fire which broken out due to sparking in the power transformer this evening. People tried to put out the fire by running their tubewells with the help of tractors. The fire engines from Nawanshahr also reached at the site immediately.


Sarpanch sells panchayat land fraudulently
Amritsar, April 16
Around 12 acres of panchayati land belonging to Talwandi Sipahi Mal village in Ajnala tehsil was allegedly sold by its sarpanch, Manoranjan Singh, after fabricating documents in connivance with some revenue officials here. The land is worth crores.

Ex-serviceman commits suicide
Kharar, April 16
A 40-year-old ex-serviceman reportedly committed suicide here yesterday by consuming a poisonous substance.

Three killed in van-truck collision
Pathankot, April 16
Three persons were killed and three, including two children, injured when a Qualis van, carrying six persons, collided head on with a truck near Radha Soami Satsang Bhavan at Kalanaur, 50 km from here, last last night.


700 delegates attend seminar on female foeticide
Patiala, April 16
Ms Preneet Kaur, member of Parliament and chairperson of the Supervisory Committee on Female Foeticide, said today that gender bias was deeply rooted in the Indian society. Hence, everyone must contribute to launch a fight against it.

Put in more effort, teachers exhorted
Nawanshahr, April 16
A seminar on “Universalisation of primary education by 2007” was organised at Shivalik Public School here on Friday. Primary schoolteachers, sarpanches and chairpersons of village education development committees (VEDCs) of 441 villages in the district attended the seminar.

SC panel order on ETT recruitment
Chandigarh, April 16
The Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes has directed the Director, Rural Development and Panchayats to entertain the applications of three aspirants for the post of elementary trained teacher (ETT) in primary schools. The applicants are Ms Kulwinder Kaur, Ms Neelam Kumari and Mr Satwinder Singh.

NRI comes to aid of needy students
Amritsar, April 16
Without government aid for over one year, two schools being run under the National Child Labour Project by “Shakti”, an NGO working towards empowering women, got a respite today when an NRI from England, Didar Singh, funded uniforms and stationery for students.


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