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PUTA seeks audience with Joshi, CM
Patiala, April 6
The Punjabi University Teachers Association today sought an audience with the Union Human Resource Development Minister and the Punjab Chief Minister. 

3 units trip; power crisis deepens
Bathinda, April 6
The power crisis in Punjab, which has been witnessing unscheduled and unannounced power cuts for the past one month, further deepened when three units of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant tripped today afternoon.

Admn gears up for wheat purchase
Sangrur, April 6
The Sangrur Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anirudh Tiwari, has ordered all officers and employees of various government procurement agencies not to leave their stations without prior permission during the current wheat procurement season.

MLA’s kin, 4 others held for liquor smuggling
Ludhiana, April 6
Rampant smuggling of liquor in the district in the wake of the stalemate of the auction of vends due to a feud between two Akali Ministers is assuming serious proportions as now even influential people have allegedly resorted to illegal selling of liquor.

Istri Akali Dal to motivate J&K ultras
Talwandi Sabo, April 6
Activists of the Shiromani Istri Akali Dal has decided to motivate the militants to give up bloodshed and join the mainstream.




Officials overstaying in govt houses
Jalandhar, April 6
Can government officials treat their government residences as their permanent “jagirs” and cause huge losses to the state exchequer? Yes, if one goes by instances in Jalandhar, Amritsar and other districts headquarters of Punjab, where scores of senior officers are overstaying in government houses, for months and years, even after their transfer to other stations.


Efforts on to unite splinter Akali factions
Ludhiana, April 6
Efforts to unite the four splinter Akali groups have been intensified and the mediators are hopeful of achieving the mission in the near future. The efforts have been initiated by Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, president, Gurmat Sidhant Pracharak Sant Samaj which represents more than 150 sants of Punjab.

Amarinder for House dissolution by May 15
Phillaur, April 6
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh has reiterated that despite several denials by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, he will recommend the dissolution of state Assembly around May 15, after the completion of election process in some states and mid-term elections for Punjab Vidhan Sabha could be conducted in the middle of June this year.

Fight graft, AIFDY urges youth
Sangrur, April 6
Participants at the first all-India two-day conference of the All-India Federation of Democratic Youth here today gave a clarion call to the youth to fight against the present corrupt, unjust and exploitative system for bringing about positive, just and socialistic change in the country.


Mad rush for police recruitment forms
Bathinda, April 6
The recent advertisement of the Punjab police for the recruitment of constables in the Indian Reserve Battalion has created a mad rush for application forms among unemployed youth.

Residents ‘suffer’ VIP’s visit
Jalandhar, April 6
Tight security arrangements for Rajya Sabha member Sukhbir Singh Badal caused much inconvenience to residents fo Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar here today where a large number of Akali leaders waited for hours to garland and have a glimpse of their leader.

Mobile vet services paralysed
Tarn Taran
The mobile veterinary services started by the Punjab Government to provide veterinary facilities in the border and the rural areas have come to a standstill as the Tata Mobile vans provided for the purpose have become unserviceable for the last two years. 

Pak to open 3 more shrines for devotees
Amritsar, April 6
Three Pakistani gurdwaras, including Kartarpur Sahib, near the Indo-Pakistan border, Mata Sahib Kaur shrine and Gurdwara Dera Baba Karm Singh Hotimardan, will be opened to devotees for ‘darshan’ for the first time after partition on the demand of Sikhs.

SGPC bid to attach farmer’s property foiled
Mansa, April 6
Activists of the Bharati Kisan Union (Ekta) foiled attempts by members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee to attach the property of a farmer, Mr Gurdial Singh, Bhaini Bhagha village, near here, last night.

Leaders’ tussle delays construction
Hoshiarpur, April 6
Tussle between some local political leaders and the district administration has delayed the construction of the district administrative complex here as one of the supporters of these leaders has filed a writ petition against this project in the Punjab and Haryana High Court which granted stay on its construction.

No idols damaged, feud was personal: panel
Barnala, April 6
In a press statement issued here today, Mr Harjit Singh, president, Geeta Bhavan Committee, Shehna, Mr Gursharanjit Singh, sarpanch, Shehna village, Mr Mohan Lal and Mr Lajpat Rai, members of the Geeta Bhavan Committee, have clarified that no harm had been caused to idols in a Shiva temple, Gita Bhavan and idols of Goddess Durga as the April 4 incident was not an act of ‘sacrilege’ or ‘communal disharmony’.

Punjab Secretariat to be computerised in 3 months
Hoshiarpur, April 6
The Punjab Secretariat, Chandigarh, will be fully computerised within the next three months. This was disclosed by Mr Sat Pal Saini, Minister for Information Technology and Administrative Reforms, while talking to this correspondent here today.

Devi Lal’s death mourned
Chandigarh, April 6
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the death of a former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Devi Lal. Describing him as a versatile genius, true nationalist, seasoned politician, a messiah of masses and an ardent champion of the farming community, Mr Badal said in his death the country had lost an illustrious son.

Sukhbir Badal inaugurates water scheme
Kapurthala, April 6
The Member, Rajya Sabha and General Secretary, Akali Dal (Badal), Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, today ruled out the possibility of early elections to state assembly. He said the SAD-BJP combine would complete its term.


Cotton likely to yield more profit
Bathinda, April 6
Businessmen dealing with cotton of this region are expecting to earn more profit in the next kharif season as they are expecting that the area under cotton cultivation would increase this year.


Mob gheraoes police station
Amritsar, April 6
The Assistant Sub-Inspector and in charge, Verka police station, Mr Randhir Singh, had to flee when an irate mob gheraoed the police station for more than two hours due to the alleged ‘inaction’ of the police to book the owner of a marriage palace here today.

‘Munim’ withdraws 4 lakh by fraud
Kotkapura, April 6
A fraud allegedly committed by an employee of an iron store in connivance with employees of a branch of Punjab National Bank here has come to light. Police sources said the suspect, Sunil Kumar, working as “munim” in an iron shop here, allegedly managed to withdraw Rs 4 lakh from the bank from the account of Mr Faqir Chand, the owner of the shop through cheques.


Bathinda as coaching centre
Bathinda, April 6
The city which, according to the 1991 census, has been described as “educationally backward” and “the most ill-iterate district” of the state has recently emerged as the main ‘coaching centre’ of the region. 


Staff scarcity hits SBP functioning
Patiala, April 6
Staff scarcity has hit the State Bank of Patiala with various offices and branches wearing a deserted look post the VRS (voluntary retirement scheme), forcing the authorities to initiate a redeployment exercise to rationalise postings according to workload.

MNCs launch direct marketing
Bathinda, April 6
Residents of this city, who are not used to the ‘metro-culture’ of door-to-door marketing are being taken by surprise by visiting teams of sales personnel marketing products of multinational companies.Top

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