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Dean attacked, hurt

Teachers threaten stir against police inaction
Amritsar, April 26
The Dean, Academic Affairs, Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr Gurnam Singh, was seriously injured in an attack by about a dozen unidentified youths, armed with hockey sticks and sharp-edged weapons in front of the university gate when he was walking through the busy market to attend office at 9 am here today.

Doctors recruited by ZP feel harassed
Sangrur, April 26
A number of doctors, who had joined on April 24 last as service providers (doctors) in about 75 Subsidiary Health Centres in the rural areas of Sangrur district, are “harassed” and “confused” following verbal orders of the health authorities today preventing them from marking their attendance in the SHCs.

Provisional clearance to mega projects stopped
Chandigarh, April 26
On the direction from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has stopped giving provisional clearance to the much- talked mega projects which were approved by a high-powered committee headed by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

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Aiyar clarifies on devolution of powers to panchayats
Chandigarh, April 26
The Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar, and the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today signed a statement with regard to the devolution of powers to panchayats.

Virus hits muskmelon crop
Kapurthala, April 26
After suffering losses in potato crop due to frost, farmers have been hit hard by the attack of virus on their muskmelon crop. The disease has damaged most of the crop in nearly 8,000 acres in the district.

Marriage brings misery for Dalit’s family
Kamlesh shows injuries sustained by her son Kuljinder Singh who was allegedly tortured by Srinagar police Batala, April 26
Marrying a Muslim girl from Srinagar against the wishes of her family has brought misery to the family of Vikramjit Singh, a Dalit youth belonging to the city. His teenaged brother, Kuljinder Singh, was allegedly tortured in illegal police custody, his other brother Ranjeet Singh, who lives in the Srinagar, is missing. The couple has gone underground.

Kamlesh shows injuries sustained by her son Kuljinder Singh who was allegedly tortured by Srinagar police. — Photo by Jangi


Akali Dal factions inch towards anti-Badal alliance
Ludhiana, April 26
Panthic groups like the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) led by Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, the Shiromani Akali Dal (1920) led by Mr Ravi Inder Singh and the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal led by Mr Jaswant Singh Mann are learnt to be inching close to an anti-Badal alliance.

Bhattal keen on quota for Punjabi youth
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 26
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, today supported the stand taken by Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo and six MLAs seeking job quota for Punjabi youths in industrial projects likely to be set up in the state.

Baba Ajit Singh joins SAD
Ropar, April 26
Sant Baba Ajit Singh, former chairman of the Parliamentary Board of the SAD who had separated from the party following his differences, today joined back as patron of the party.


Rs 8 cr to develop areas around Amritsar, Wagah
Wagah, April 26
The Central Government has allocated Rs 8 crore for the comprehensive development plan for the areas of historical importance around Amritsar and Wagah.

SGPC chief hospitalised
Ludhiana, April 26
The SGPC President, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, was admitted to emergency ward of Hero DMC Heart Institute, here today. He was returning from Shahbad when he felt uneasiness. According to Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, Chief Cardiologist, the heart beat of Mr Makkar was irregular and he was under observation.

2 students drown
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 26
A mishap occurred this evening near the floating restaurant in Sirhind, when three students of the Regional Institute of Management Technology (RIMT), Mandi Gobindgarh, who had gone with their friends for a picnic slipped from the bank of the main Bhakra canal in to the water, one of them was saved by the nearby villagers, while the other two were drowned.

Yusuf Ansari Hardcore Cong man pens book on Sonia
Chandigarh, April 26
For 28-year-old Yusuf Ansari, an alumnus of London School of Economics, his stint as a member of the planning and coordination panel of the All-India Congress Committee, was motivation enough to write about Ms Sonia Gandhi, “the political entity around whose silence the Congress party and its politics revolves.”

Finally, Dalits get power dues
Ropar, April 26
Finally, eight months after the announcement of free power supply to Dalits in the state, the state government has released electricity charges paid by Dalits since last September.

Gazetted holiday
Chandigarh, April 26
A deputation from all districts of Punjab, under the aegis of the Punjab Brahman Sabha, Rampura, met the Chief Minister in connection with their demands.

Dharna against demolition
Patiala, April 26
Residents of Mohindra Colony and activists of the Muslim Welfare Association today staged a dharna in protest against the demolition of nine shops in the locality recently.

‘Report misleading’


Officials found missing from duty
Faridkot, April 26
Faridkot Deputy Commissioner Rakhi Gupta Bhandari today conducted a surprise check at various offices during which the District Transport Officer, General Manager of the District Industry Centre and Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Societies, were missing from their duties.

40 complaints redressed under information Act
Ropar, April 26
No official has been fined for not providing information to the public under the Rights to Information Act 2005 so far. Seven months after the RTI was implemented in the state, out of the 170 complaints against officials of various departments received, 40 have been disposed of after the officials supplied information to the complainants, said Mr Rajan Kashyap, State Chief Information Commissioner.


6 held for immoral trafficking
Persons accused of immoral trafficking in police custody in Patiala on Wednesday Patiala, April 26
Following a tip-off, the police today arrested a woman running a brothel in one of the localities situated on the outskirts of the town. In a press note issued here, Mr Parmod Ban, SSP, said apart from Gurmail Kaur, who was running the brothel, three boys and two girls, were also arrested for their alleged indulgence in immoral trafficking.

Persons accused of immoral trafficking in police custody in Patiala on Wednesday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Man hurt in attack seeks protection
Kharar, April 26
A resident of Landran village has demanded police protection alleging that members of his family feared constant threat to their lives from a group of persons of the village.

House of BJP leader burgled
Hoshiarpur, April 26
The house of the BJP MP from Hoshiarpur and the state president of the party, Mr Avinash Khanna, located on the Una road was burgled last night. Mr Khanna left for Amritsar last evening at 9 pm.

MC ex-chief among 4 booked for fraud
Bathinda, April 26
Four persons, including an ex-president and former executive officer of Rampura Phul Municipal Council, have been booked after charges of misappropriation of Rs 8.8 lakh against them were found to be true in a magisterial probe.

3 of robbers’ gang held
Amritsar, April 26
The police has apprehended three members of a gang of robbers, including a former SPO and recovered lethal arms and ammunition from their possession.

Murder case solved
Patiala, April 26
The police today claimed to have solved the murder case of motor operator Karam Singh (52) who was allegedly done to death in the Police Lines last week.

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