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Farmers unhappy with MSP
Khanna, April 2
As the Union Government today announced the minimum support price for wheat, farmers will start harvesting operations from tomorrow. They had delayed the harvesting of the crop as they were awaiting the revision in the MSP that was fixed at Rs 610 per quintal last year.

Revised MSP a ‘joke on farmers’
Chandigarh, April 2
The Punjab Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Lal Singh, said today that the Union Government had played a joke on the farming community by announcing Rs 10 per quintal as increase in the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat.

Panel on procurement to meet Amarinder
Chandigarh, April 2
The high-level committee on the long-term procurement policy, headed by Mr Abhijit Sen, will visit Chandigarh on April 4 for discussions with the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Blame game on state’s finances
Chandigarh, April 2
The people of Punjab now have before them the White Paper on the state’s finances and a rejoinder to that by the former Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh. He has defended the SAD-BJP government on fiscal management vis-a-vis economic development in the past five years.

Former FM “telling white lies”
Chandigarh, April 2
Reacting to the comments of Capt Kanwaljit Singh, General Secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, on the white paper on the State’s finances, laid on the table of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on March 25, the State Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, today said Capt Kanwaljit Singh had attempted to falsify the naked truth by telling “white lies”.




SAD, BJP have no faith in police
Chandigarh, April 2
A spate of telegrams have been sent to the Election Commission by the state leadership of both the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP expressing their “lack of faith in the Punjab police” besides demanding immediate deployment of either the Border Security Force (BSF) or the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Malout for the April 4 polling as the campaigning came to an end this evening.

CM holds out promises at poll rally
Malout, April 2
Even as the entire Congress-CPI leadership descended on the town to address a huge election rally in the support of its candidate Nathu Ram on the last day of campaigning, the Punjab Chief Minister, while seeking votes on the anti-corruption drive of the state government and its commitment to revive the economy, urged the people to arm themselves to prevent booth capturing by Akali workers.

Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, shakes hands with Mr Surinder Singla, MLA
Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, shakes hands with Mr Surinder Singla, MLA, at an election rally in Malout on Tuesday. Others in the picture are Dr Joginder Dyal, state secretary, CPI, Mr Moti Lal Vora, AICC treasurer, and Mr Jagmeet Brar, MP.
— Tribune photo

SAD cries foul, plans agitation
Malout, April 2
In a significant statement which could have far-reaching impact on political atmosphere of the state, former Chief Minister and President of the SAD, today announced that an agitation would be launched shortly against the Congress government.

‘CM flouting code in Malout’
Malout, April 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday again complained to the Chief Election Commissioner against what he described as the commission’s appalling apathy to instances of blatant violation of the Code of Conduct by the ruling Congress party, especially the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, during the poll campaign for this constituency.

Notice to state govt on Dr Rani’s bail plea
Patiala, April 2
District and Sessions judge S.N. Aggarwal has issued a notice to the state government on the bail application filed by the Head of the Punjabi University Fine Arts Department, Dr Saroj Rani, who is presently in judicial custody following her arrest in the case in which she is a co-accused along with the university Vice-Chancellor.


‘Shaheed-e-Azam’ gets Hollywood touch

Having earned a name in producing National Award winning Punjabi films like “Putt Jattan De” and “Shaheed Udham Singh”, Iqbal Dhillon is now coming out with “Shaheed-e-Azam” in Hindi with a Punjabi touch. Based on the reallife story of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the film is the combined effort of Hollywood, Lollywood and Bollywood.
Sadhna Singh and Master Jaspreet in “Shaheed-e-Azam”
Sadhna Singh and Master Jaspreet in “Shaheed-e-Azam”

Petition for relief to 1984 riot-affected allowed
Chandigarh, April 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed a petition filed by Mr S.S. Ahluwalia, MP (Rajya Sabha), seeking directions for disbursing compensation to the families of those killed in the 1984 riots as per the criteria fixed for the Delhi riot victims by the Delhi High Court.

  • Probe disappearance, Crime Branch told

  • Samra’s plea dismissed

  • Case against Bhattal withdrawn

  • Order to recover minor girl

  • Notice on plea for return of funds

PPSC chief to be produced in court today
Kharar, April 2
A day after the vigilance raid on the PPSC office in Patiala, a revision petition was filed in the court of Roopnagar Sessions Judge seeking declaration as null, void, illegal, contrary to law and setting aside the Kharar court remand orders remanding PPSC chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu in police custody thrice.

2 Excise inspectors suspended
Ropar, April 2
In a drive against corruption at the Information Collection Centres or barriers on the borders of the state, the Excise and Taxation Department has suspended two Excise inspectors posted at the Madhopur barrier in Pathankot. In simultaneous raids in this district two employees of the department posted at the Mullanpur barrier were also suspended for the dereliction of duty.

Number of heart patients ‘rising’ in North India
Phagwara, April 2
Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, Chief Cardiologist, Hero-DMC Heart Institute, Ludhiana, and Dr Raman Chawla, senior cardiologist, Sigma Heart Care Centre, Ludhiana, said yesterday that the n

Govt yet to approve jathas for Pak
Amritsar, April 2
The Pakistan Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PGPC) seems to have embarked upon a plan to undermine the supremacy of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) which has refused to accept its (PGPC) very existence.

Nursing home raided
Mansa, April 2
In the foeticide case registered under the Pre-natal Diagnostic Technique Act, 1994 at the Nahianawala police station in Bathinda district, a police party accompanied by Dr P.D. Sharma, local (Civil) Surgeon, Dr K.K. Singla, District Family Planning Officer (DFPO), Dr Avtar Singh, District Health Officer, Dr D.L. Gupta, DFPO, Bathinda, and Mr Kashmir Singh Gill, DSP, Bathinda, conducted a raid on the local Chahal Nursing Home and took into possession ultrasound machine along with records.

Night patrolling scheme launched
Mansa, April 2
A night patrolling scheme was launched last evening here by Mr Alok Shekhar, Deputy Commissioner.

No salaries paid to MC employees
Pathankot, April 2
About 1000 employees of the local municipal council have been running from pillar to post to get salaries and other emoluments for the past more than two months.

PSMDTA seek CM’s intervention
Patiala, April 2
The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association (PSMDTA) has alleged that during the tenure of Mr Manoranjan Kalia, former minister in the Akali-BJP government, the land donated to Ram Lal Eye & ENT Hospital in Amritsar had been sold.

Janjua elected Bar chief
Gurdaspur, April 2
Mr Balbir Singh Janjua was elected president of the District Bar Association for which elections were held yesterday. Mr Janjua polled 116 votes while Mr Ajit Singh Bath polled 102 votes.

Woman hurt in clash
Dera Bassi, April 2
A woman sustained injuries in a clash over a land dispute in Bartana village here this afternoon.


Construction of dam begins
Gurdaspur, April 2
The long-awaited construction of the Shahpur dam project in the district has been initiated. According to Mr R.C. Jain, Chief Engineer, machinery worth Rs 12 crore and 1,000 workforce has been transferred to the project from the Ranjit Sagar dam.

Punjab Government website misleading
Chandigarh, April 2
If the updated website of the Punjab Government is to be believed, Mr Sarabjit Singh continues to be the DGP; Mr H.S. Mattewal, Advocate-General; and Mr Bharat Inder Singh Chahal both Adviser to the Chief Minister as well as the Joint Director, Information and Public Relations Department.

PSEB to have performance-based transfer policy
Patiala, April 2
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is likely to have a new transfer and posting policy based on performance, a break from the past when political considerations were responsible for posting of officials of the board. Newly appointed Administrative Member H.I.S. Grewal stated this after taking over the charge today.

Resignations of four Additional AGs accepted
Chandigarh, April 2
The Punjab Government has accepted the resignations of four Additional Advocates General — Mr Lakhinderbir Singh, Mr N.S. Pawar, Mr A.S. Jattana and Ms Jai Shri Anand.


PSEB SDO held for graft
Ludhiana, April 2
An SDO (Technical) of the Punjab State Electricity Board, posted here, was today caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from an industrialist for filing a positive test report over the existing load in his industry.


FEAR for 5-yr tenure of VC
Patiala, April 2
The Forum for Educational Action and Reform (FEAR) in a meeting held today demanded that the government should increase the tenure of a Vice-Chancellor from three years to five years, sans any provision of extension.

9 teams participate in geography contest
Patiala, April 2
An inter-college competition for skill in teaching of geography and model making was organised at the State College of Education here on Tuesday under the aegis of the Association of Punjab Geographers. Team from nine colleges of education from all over Punjab participated.

Seminar on decolonisation
Patiala, April 2
A national seminar on “Decolonisation and socio-economic reconstruction in developing countries” was organised at Punjabi University here today. Inaugurating the seminar, Dr Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, former Vice-Chancellor of Shanti Niketan, said Punjab had played an important role in the decolonisation process in India and that decolonisation in economic domain in this country had started even before political dependence was terminated.


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