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Panchayat Union serves ultimatum on govt
Chandigarh, April 29

Buoyed by the support given by the Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar, regarding the rights of panchayats, the Panchayat Union, Punjab, today served an ultimatum on the state government asking it to either empower panchayats in the real sense or face an agitation.

Tarn Taran to be 19th district
Tarn Taran, April 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has taken the final decision to elevate Tarn Taran as a district to mark the 400th martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev in June.

Order reserved on Badal’s plea to
leave country

Ropar, April 29

The Special Court Judge, Mr S.K. Goel, today reserved an order on the application moved by former Chief Minister and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal, to allow him to leave for the USA for his eyes treatment, along with his wife Surinder Kaur, for May 1.

Kang takes forest officials on reality tour
Kharar, April 29
Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Punjab Minister and MLA from the Morinda Assembly constituency, took the Minister and senior officials of the Forest Department to Naya Gaon, Kansal and Karoran villages to show the exact position, and the ground realities where despite thick habitation, PLPA (Punjab Land Preservation Act) and FCA (Forest Conservation Act) had been enforced.




Custodial death: FIR against cops cancelled
Batala, April 29
Harjeet Singh, a Dalit youth of Niko Sarai village in the Dera Baba Nanak area, was allegedly killed in the Batala police custody due to torture on February 10 this year. Police officials accused in the matter also consigned his body to flames at night without informing the family members.

13-year-old mentally challenged girl raped
Tarn Taran, April 29
In a shocking incident, a 13-year-old mentally challenged, deaf and dumb girl, who is daughter of a widow, was raped today in border village Teja Singh Wala, 12 km from here, by a drunkard youth.

Missing boy traced in Muktsar
Hoshiarpur, April 29
The District Police here traced a missing class X student of the local Jain Day Boarding School in Muktsar last evening. The boy had been missing for two-and-a-half months.


Free eatables being served with liquor
Patiala, April 29
The liquor business has been witnessing a drastic change. The cut-throat competition among the liquor vend owners has been proving a blessing in disguise for the Bacchus lovers as they are being given freebies by them to give a push to their sales.

Six biomass-based power projects to come up soon
Ludhiana, April 29
To tackle the problem of paddy and wheat straw burning by farmers, the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) will commission six biomass-based power projects in the state with the help of private developers.

Muslims seek representation in Waqf Board
Sangrur, April 29
The state unit of the Indian Union Muslim League has asked the Punjab Government to initiate proceedings to hold elections to the Punjab Waqf Board on the pattern of the SGPC.

Talk on yoga for jail inmates
Sangrur, April 29
A motivational talk on "Yoga and meditation" was organised today for the women prisoners at the District Jail here. Dr Pardeep Jain, Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship Development Programme, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, delivered the talk.

Haryana officials inspect projects
Hoshiarpur, April 29
A team of senior officers of the Haryana Government, comprising Mr Raj Kumar, Financial Commissioner, Rural Development Department; Ms Shakuntla Jakhu, Principal Secretary, Urban Development Authority; and Mr S.S. Dhillon, Chief Administrator, Urban Development, yesterday visited Kharaudi village in the Mahilpur block to witness various on-going development projects.


Hawara’s aide remanded in police custody
Ropar, April 29
Gurinder Singh alias Vicky, an accomplice of Jagar Singh Hawara, BKI chief, was yesterday remanded in two-day police custody by a local court. Vicky was arrested under Chamkaur Sahib police station for allegedly helping Hawara to wage war against the nation.


2 crushed to death
Ropar, April 29
Two cyclists of Bela village, Gian Singh and Harbans Singh, were crushed to death by a Tata Sumo near Jagatpura village here today.

Land dispute: 12 rounded up
Amritsar, April 29
Local Congress leaders are one against another over the possession of a prime land in the heart of the city belonging to three England-based NRI brothers. The police has sealed the disputed property and rounded up as many as 12 persons, including women.

15 nabbed for gambling
Patiala, April 29
The police nabbed 15 persons, who were indulging in gambling, from a lottery shop located in the busy Anardana Chowk area of this town yesterday evening. At least six persons had come from different towns of Haryana to try their luck.

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