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10 lakh mt wheat procured: Mittal
Faridkot, April 21
The Punjab Government has procured about 10 lakh metric tonnes of wheat against the target of 1.20 crore metric tonnes in different grain markets and purchasing centres of the state till now and the entire process will be completed by May 15.

Zila parishad poll in June
Chandigarh, April 21
The election to zila parishads and block samitis in Punjab will be held some time in June. The process has been already put into motion.

Chhat Bir tigers for Gaddafi
Chandigarh, April 19
As a token of gratitude, the Government of India has decided to gift a pair of tigers to the President of Libya for the relief material sent by his country for the victims of the Gujarat earthquake.

Militants roam ‘freely’ in Punjab
Ludhiana, April 21
The efficiency and ability of the state police has come under a shadow with reports of proclaimed offenders moving about freely, evading detection. 




Non-affiliated institute dupes students
Ludhiana, April 21
The district administration today recommended the registration of a case of cheating against owners of a Raikot-based institute, who have allegedly defrauded over a 100 students from all over the state by granting them admission in one year paramedical courses even when it had no affiliation.

Varsity recognises parallel PUTA
Patiala, April 21
The Punjabi University authorities accorded formal recognition to a parallel Punjabi University Teachers Association body which expressed no confidence in the elected PUTA organisation which has been at loggerheads with the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, hours after it was formed yesterday.


Gosain, Sethi clash on CM’s tour plan
Ludhiana, April 21
The factionalism in the local BJP unit came to the fore today with the district BJP president, Mr Harbans Lal Sethi, and the Deputy Speaker in the Punjab assembly, Mr Satpal Gosain, clashing in public on the issue of drawing up the tour programme of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. Mr Badal is conducting sanghat darshan programme in the Assembly segment represented by Mr Gosain.

CM has ‘disturbed’ govt functioning
Chandigarh, April 21
Mr R.R. Bhardwaj, chairman of the economic and planning cell, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, today castigated the Akali Dal-BJP government in the state for projecting the Chief Minister as the “fountainhead of all developmental activities” in the state.

Cheques won’t buy votes: Cong
Abohar, April 21
Former PPCC President Virendra Kataria and DCC chief Sajjan Kumar Jakhar have said the SAD-BJP combine in Punjab may not succeed in luring people of Punjab by offering cheques for development at the fag-end of its term.


No power cuts for Mohali IT units
Patiala, April 21
Information technology industrial units of Mohali have been exempted from power cuts by the Punjab State Electricity Board. An official spokesman said here today this decision had been taken keeping in view the state government’s decision to encourage the development of information technology industry at Mohali. 

Abduction case referred to CBI
Amritsar, April 21
In a significant order, the Supreme Court has directed that the case of abduction of Giandeep Singh, alias Richi, minor son of Dr Hardeep Singh Nirman, posted at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, be handed over to the CBI.

Union Secretary reviews schemes
Chandigarh, April 21
Mr Arun Bhatnagar, Union Secretary for Rural Development, called on the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, here today to review the progress and implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes in the state.

Sangrur all set to be TB-free district
Sangrur, April 21
To make Sangrur district a tuberculosis free zone, the district health authorities in a special survey have examined about 4,000 workers of industries, dhabas, restaurants and brick-kilns.

Health panel hails edict
Chandigarh, April 21
The Voluntary Health Association of Punjab has hailed the edict issued against female foeticide by the Jathedar of Akal Takht. In a statement, Mr Manmohan Sharma, a spokesman of the association, said the step taken by the Jathedar was a progressive one. 

Traders oppose shifting of bus stand
Fazilka, April 21
Most of the shops here remained closed today on a strike call given by the local Beopar Mandal in protest against the proposal of the Municipal Council to shift the local bus stand at an interior site on the Abohar road. 

Charges against vet officers to be dropped
Chandigarh, April 21
The Punjab Animal Husbandry Minister, Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, has agreed to withdraw charge the sheets issued to three Deputy Directors of the department in connection with pay revision. This was claimed here today by the Punjab State Veterinary Officers’ Association headed by Dr Gurcharan Singh Chahal.


73 kg of poppy husk seized
Bathinda, April 21
Five persons have been arrested for alleged smuggling of poppy husk and 73 kg of poppy husk seized from them. Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, said in a press note issued here today that Ajaib Singh, resident of Bhai Rupa village in the district, had been arrested for possessing 30 kg of poppy husk and a case has been registered against him.

Murder accused arrested
Rajpura, April 21
The Rajpura police has arrested all the four accused allegedly responsible for the murder of a labourer of a local industrial unit, from Jharkhand. The accused, who have been identified as Ranjit Singh, Dateshwar Yadav, Arun Kumar, Manki Ram and Bablu Singh, have been arrested from Palamu district of Jharkhand.


Reallocation of colleges finds no favour
Ferozepore, April 21
The Punjab Government’s proposal to reallocate colleges to various universities has evoked strong criticism among the educational elite of the town. 

School building unsafe
Patiala, April 21
Primary school attached with the Government Girls Senior Secondary School is in stark contrast when viewed in relation with the parent institution. While the secondary school is comfortably ensconced in a proper building, the primary wing has been completely ignored.

Teachers seek representation in Senate
Chandigarh April 21
The Panjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union, has demanded elected representatives of college teachers and principals on the Senate, Syndicate and other academic bodies of Panjabi University Patiala and GNDU University, Amritsar.


Telecom customer centre opened
Ropar, April 21
The BSNL will start limited mobility phone services in Punjab, using the Wireless in Local Loop (WILL) technology by the end of this financial year. Initially, these services will be started in Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Patiala.Top

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