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Mann awaiting Tohra’s return
Sangrur, April 12
Formation of a third front in view of the next Assembly elections in Punjab is in progress. All modalities, including projection of a Chief Minister, will be chalked out after the return of Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president of the SHSAD, from America on April 20.

Rally over Tehelka expose on April 16
Jalandhar, April 12
Accusing the Prime Minister of shielding corrupt ministers, bureaucrats and leaders of the NDA government after Tehelka expose, the president of the All-India Youth Congress, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, announced that the Youth Congress would organise a “national security rally” in Delhi on April 16 to seek resignation of the Vajpayee government in Delhi on April 16.

Sangrur has new Dy Commissioner
Chandigarh, April 12
The Punjab Government today posted two new Deputy Commissioners while ordering the transfer of five IAS and eight PCS officers.

Govt’s way of thanking martyrs
Bathinda, April 12
Mrs Tej Kaur, a war widow was allotted 10 acres in Malout when her husband Dhana Singh died in the 1962 Sino-India war. But the officials concerned first delayed the giving of the possession of land to Mrs Tej Kaur, and only after repeated efforts she was given 4 acres.

‘PUDA constructing illegal structures’
Patiala, April 12
Residents of Karheri village, falling under Patiala tehsil, have alleged that the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority authorities were building illegal colonies on the outskirts of the city.

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  Govt schools closed
Chandigarh, April 12
The Punjab Government today announced the closure of all government primary, middle and secondary schools from April 13 to 22 in the state.


BSM not to attend Talwandi Sabo rally
Phillaur, April 12
The Bahujan Samaj Morcha will not participate in the political conference at Talwandi Sabo on April 13. This was announced by the morcha’s national president Satnam Singh Kainth while talking to mediapersons here today.


Historical richness of Talwandi Sabo
Talwandi Sabo, April 12
Known as “Guru ki Kashi” (seat of learning), Talwandi Sabo was the last point of departure of Guru Gobind Singh from Punjab. After leaving Talwandi Sabo, he never came back to Punjab.

High hopes from CM’s visit
Pathankot, April 12
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will visit Dhar Kalan on April 14, said the Minister of Higher Education, Mr Mohan Lal, today. He will inaugurate the newly constructed Sailli road.

Decision on liquor vends
Ludhiana, April 12
The Punjab Government Cabinet is likely to meet on April 15 to decide on reauction of the liquor vends in the district. The liquor vends of the district could not be auctioned despite two attempts by the state Excise and Taxation Department to hold the auction.

Plea to charge power bills by meter
Bathinda, April 12
The decision of the state government to charge electricity bills on a flat-rate basis is very unfortunate and would lead to huge losses to the industrial units of the stated.” This was stated by Mr Bhagwan Bansal, president of the Consumer Welfare Council, Muktsar, in a statement issued here today.

Bank denial
Bathinda, April 12
The authorities of State Bank of Patiala today clarified that no case to loot a branch of the bank was reported on Tuesday night as was reported in a section of the press.

Tubewell connections for SCs
Bathinda, April 12
The Punjab State Electricity Board authorities have started to give power connection for tubewell motors on priority basis to Scheduled Caste land owners.

Ambedkar jayanti celebrations by BJP
Chandigarh, April 12
The Punjab unit of the BJP has decided to celebrate Ambedkar jayanti in a big way on April 14.


3 Central projects for dairy sector
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 12
The state government has initiated various steps to counter the impact of the WTO pact, especially on small-scale sector such as production of milk products. The Centre has sanctioned three major projects for the state, which will help prepare farmers to compete in the field of milk and milk products. Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, Minister for Animal Husbandry, said this while talking to The Tribune at Bagh Sikander village where he had come to inaugurate an animal dispensary today.

Sowing of cotton hybrid seeds emphasised
Bathinda, April 12
To increase the yield of cotton in Punjab the state government should motivate the farmers to sow hybrid seeds. This was stated by Dr D.B. Desai, Managing Director (MD) Navbharat Seeds, a private limited company of Gujarat, which has specialised in producing high yield hybrid cotton seeds.

Dry spell in Dhar areas
Gurdaspur, April 12
Residents of Dhar Subdivision in this district are a distressed lot in view of continuous dry spell in the area. The MLA of the area who is a Cabinet minister has so far failed to secure any economic aid for the residents of the area.


Beautification drive in Faridkot
Faridkot, April 12
Under the beautification drive of this town launched by the local Nagar Council, Mr A.Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, laid the foundation stone of a roundabout outside Kamiana Gate here yesterday. The project will cost over Rs 12 lakh and will have a 20-foot road around it to ensure the smooth flow of traffic. Under the same budget, the road leading to Tara Palace will also be renovated.


Shame-faced father kills himself
Garhshankar, April 12
A drunk father who allegedly tried to molest his daughter last night committed suicide by sprinkling kerosene and burning himself to death. The daughter, who managed to escape from her father, reported the incident to her mother, Santosh, when she came home in the morning.

Woman dies of poisoning
Gurdaspur, April 12
Mrs Santosh Rani a resident of Gujjar Lari, died allegedly on April, 9 after consuming poison. She was married four years age. Mr Shiv Dayal, a cousin of the deceased, yesterday alleged that after the birth of a son her in-law’s, including her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law, tortured her to bring a scooter.

School teacher found murdered
Malerkotla, April 12
Shashi Bala (33), a teacher of the local S.S. Jain Model School, was murdered with a sharp-edged weapon in her house here last night.

Held for making fake certificates
Phagwara, April 12
The local police today arrested Bimal Kumar, a Class IV employee of the nagar council, under Sections 420, 471, IPC, for making fake certificates of birth and death.Bimal Kumar was arrested while taking a bribe of Rs 1,250 from an applicant, who had informed the police.


Future of 74 students in jeopardy
Faridkot, April 12
The Controversy, which erupted between Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana managements, about five weeks ago in connection with the holding of a competitive test for various postgraduate medical courses and subsequent admissions in the same seems to have jeopardised the future of more than 70 students.

Funds not given to revive varsity Chairs
Jalandhar, April 12
Guru Nanak Dev University has not got any financial help from the government for the restoration of four Chairs in the university named after Dalit saints and eminent figures.

Ranjit Singh Chair not set up
Patiala, April 12
Punjabi University, which has taken the lead in celebrating the bicentenary coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, has not yet established a Chair in his name in the Department of Defence Studies as directed by the government in February, 1999.

Glaring errors in B.Com English paper
Bathinda, April 12
Thousands of students who had appeared in the B.Com III, English paper, conducted by Punjabi University, Patiala, were taken by surprise when they found that the paper had several glaring mistakes.

Ban vulgar songs, urge scholars
Amritsar, April 12
Distinguished Punjabi scholars have appealed to the Centre and state governments to impose a ban on the vulgar, obscene and unethical presentation of the Punjabi culture under the guise of pop singing. They made these observations on the concluding day of the two-day seminar on the study of folklore and culture organised by the School of Punjabi Studies of Guru Nanak Dev University yesterday.


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