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BJP leaders blame Badal govt for defeat
Chandigarh, April 10
At a high-level meeting of the Punjab unit of the BJP, a number of leaders blamed the government led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal for the SAD-BJP alliance’s defeat in the recently held Assembly elections.

Myth broken at seminar: ‘Ranjit Singh was never coronated’
Chandigarh, April 10
“Maharaja Ranjit Singh brought eminent persons from all over the globe to train his military, a formidable force that even the British envied,” Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, said after inaugurating a seminar on Maharaja Ranjit Singh organised by the Centre for Defence and National Security Studies in Panjab University here today.

Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, with Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, at a seminar on Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, with Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, at a seminar on Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Prof J.S. Grewal, a former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, is also in the picture. — A Tribune photograph

Amarinder may unveil restructuring plan
Conclave of Congress Chief Ministers
Chandigarh, April 10
The map showing the corrective steps the Punjab Government intends to take to revive the economy is to be unfolded in the Budget. As a precursor to that a White Paper has already been released. Its focus is on the need to eschew retrograde economic policies by taking bold measures for all-round socio-economic development.

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Punjab pins hopes on US envoy’s visit
Chandigarh, April 10
While Punjab is preparing to seek the help of the USA to resolve the crises it is facing on the agricultural, industrial and new technology fronts, it also hopes to step into the global market by starting the export of various goods with the help of that country.

Election of CM, 10 others contested
Chandigarh, April 10
On the last day of submitting poll pleas, at least 11 more petitions challenging the elections of Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amrinder Singh, former Finance Minister and Planning Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh, besides other successful candidates, were filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, raising the number to 26. After the previous elections in 1997, 19 petitions were filed.

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Mann ready to court arrest on jatha issue
Sangrur, April 10
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and MP from Sangrur, today said he was ready to get himself arrested under POTA if the government forcibly stopped his 11-member jatha from crossing the Wagah border on foot to participate in the Baisakhi celebrations at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.

Sangat darshan programme to be discontinued
Ropar, April 10
The Congress government has decided to discontinue the much publicised sangat darshan programme of the previous government. The Minister for Grievances, Mr Ramesh Dutt, said this while talking to The Tribune today.

Red Cross flouting norms
Running drugstores without licence
Bathinda, April 10
Even as the district Red Cross Society, which is not a commercial organisation, has been running three drugstores in different state government hospitals in the district without a licence, the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye to the same.

Rabies strikes Ferozepore dist
Khui-Khera (Ferozepore), April 10
Rabies has struck Khui-Khera, Hirewala and adjoining villages in Fazilka subdivision of Ferozepore district, causing viral infection among dozens of milch cattle.


5-member SAD panel on seat adjustment
Amritsar, April 10
To reach seat adjustment with the BJP, the BSP and other like-minded parties, the Shiromani Akali Dal, headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has constituted a five-member committee.

‘SAD govt ruined Punjab economy’
Dera Bassi, April 10
The Shiromani Akali Dal government has ruined the economy and made the state bankrupt during the past five years. Corruption had touched new heights following which the Congress government has to face a lot of problems to streamline the administrative functioning.

Jalandhar MC gears up for poll
Jalandhar, April 10
Political activity and competition among ticket seekers and sitting councillors has intensified as they have already started poll campaign in various ways like organising early morning nukkad meetings after the announcement of elections to all four municipal corporations scheduled to be held in May.


Controversy over erasing of councillor’s name
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 10
A controversy has erupted over the removing of the name of Mr Ashok Sood, president, Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, from all five foundation stones of different dharamshalas laid in the town by the Forest Minister, Dr Harbans Lal, yesterday.

Neelam Rani and her son, Arun Kumar, with two doctors at Jalandhar’s BBC Heart Care Centre.PMO helps poor ailing boy
Jalandhar, April 10
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), a former Prime Minister, a local hospital and the management of a school have joined hands to come to the rescue of a Class IV student afflicted with a serious heart disease.

Neelam Rani and her son, Arun Kumar, with two doctors at Jalandhar’s BBC Heart Care Centre.
— Photo Inder Mohan

Delhi-Chandigarh Express train from April 16
Pathankot, April 10
The Railways Minister Nitish Kumar has said an express train between Delhi and Chandigarh will be introduced on April 16, which is Railways Raising Day.

Sehajdhari issue figures at Akali meeting
Amritsar, April 10
The Sehajdhari issue dominated the proceedings of the joint committee meeting of the SAD held here today even as Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, a former Akali minister handled that it should be handled properly so that the Congress Government did not exploit the same during the forthcoming general elections of the SGPC.

Norah, Nanda remembered
Patiala, April 10
The mother of Punjabi Theatre, Norah Richards, an Irish lady, settled in India and Prof Ishwar Chander Nanda, pioneer of the Punjabi theatre movement were remembered at the 88th world Punjabi Theatre Day programme ‘Raunaq Punjab Di’, organised by City Cable Opera, here under the Baradari Gardens Theatre Campaign.

Dhindsa meets Keetu in jail
Barnala, April 10
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister, and Secretary-General, SAD yesterday visited the sub-jail here to call upon Mr Malkiat Singh Keetu, MLA.

Friends commit suicide
Malerkotla, April 10
Two youths, Jagmit Singh (23) of Dulman Khurd village and Ranjit Singh (24) of Bhogiwal committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance near the Adampal drain, about 2 km from here, today.

Worker falls from crane, dies
Dera Bassi, April 10
Surinder Singh, employed as a fitter with Hansa Tubes , a factory located on the Dera Bassi-Mubarikpur road, died when he fell from a crane while doing some repair work this noon.


Plan to boost cotton production
Faridkot, April 10
The Punjab Government in collaboration with the Central Government has formulated a comprehensive plan to boost cotton crop production in the state this year. Under the scheme, pesticides, seeds, equipment and various other agricultural items will be provided to the farmers on the no-profit no-loss basis. Demonstrations and exhibitions will also be organised for plant protection. The entire project will cost Rs 8.9 crore out of which 75 per cent funds will be shared by the Union Government.


51 more police officials shifted
Chandigarh, April 10
The Punjab Government today ordered 51 fresh postings in the Police Department in addition to 149 ordered yesterday. Among those shifted today are four IPS officers. Three former district police chiefs and three SPs shifted last month have also been given new postings now.

More employees join MC workers’ strike
Sangrur, April 10
Employees of the sanitation, water supply, sewerage and fire brigade wings of the local Municipal Council today joined the indefinite strike by the clerical staff and sewadars of the council, protesting since April 8 against the non-payment of salaries to them for March and non-depositing of the deducted provident fund amount of Rs 40 lakh into their provident fund accounts.

PSEB to reconnect defaulting units
Patiala, April 10
In a significant decision, the cash-strapped Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to reconnect those industrial units whose connections have been permanently disconnected on account of default in arrears, unauthorised extension of load or theft of energy.


Priest found dead, disciple injured
Hoshiarpur, April 10
Mahant Shital Das of a dera at Sona village in the district was today found murdered while his disciple Sewa Ram was found wounded and unconscious at the dera, the police said.

3 held for murders
Tarn Taran, April 10
The district police has solved the mystery of three murders in the area during the past three months by arresting three members of a gang while the main accused Mukha Baba and one of his followers have committed suicide.


Khalsa college to offer 3 new courses
Jalandhar, April 10
Guru Nanak Dev University has given its approval to start new courses during the current academic session at the Layallpur Khalsa College for Women, here.

JAC seeks ‘severe’ punishment for VC
Patiala, April 10
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising teachers, students and non-teaching employees of Punjabi University today demanded that the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, against whom two criminal cases were registered, must be punished severely.

Students make ‘robot 007’
Bathinda, April 10
Students of the local Government Polytechnic College have made a walking robot, “Bharat 007”, which they claim is the first of its kind in the country.

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