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Sekhon is gurdwara poll Chief Commissioner
Chandigarh, April 12
The Union Government has appointed Justice J.S. Sekhon the new Chief Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections, in place of Justice Harbans Singh. Justice Sekhon took charge this afternoon.

Genuine farmers made ‘ineligible’ for relief
Revenue records ‘manipulated’
Ajnala (Amritsar), April 12
Even as the BSF identity cards pro- claim them to be genuine farmers cultivating land beyond the border fencing on the Indo-Pak border in this sector, the revenue records, however, read otherwise making these genuine farmers ineligible for compensation by the district administration.

Ban on sale of Bt cotton seed
Ferozepore, April 12
The Agriculture Department has banned the sale of Bt cotton seed in the district. Bt cotton, which is still undergoing experimental trials in Punjab, has recently been surrounded by controversy with private seed companies flooding the market for selling “spurious” Bt cotton seed.

Father approaches rights panel
Youth’s “torture” by police
Sangrur, April 12
Mr Jaswant Singh, father of Mr Swarn Singh who was allegedly “tortured” by an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) at the local police station a week ago, has demanded justice from the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC).

Hospital told to pay 2.34 lakh for negligence
Jalandhar, April 12
The Hoshiarpur Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the management of a private hospital to pay Rs 2.34 lakh as compensation to the widow of a patient, who died allegedly due to negligence on the part of the hospital authorities while conducting a surgery on the patient about two years ago.

Where Guru compiled Adi Granth
Talwandi Sabo, April 12
Known as Guru Ki Kashi (seat of learning) and Damdama Sahib (resting place), this town, situated about 28 km from Bathinda, is the place where Gobind Singh compiled Adi Granth after reproducing it from memory and adding hymns composed by his father, Guru Teg Bahadur.

Takht Sri Damdama Sahib
Takht Sri Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo, where Baisakhi will be celebrated on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

A woman brings lunch for her farmer husband who is busy harvesting the wheat crop in his farm on the outskirts of Chandigarh in Punjab on Friday. — Reuters



Status quo on improvement trusts' dissolution
Chandigarh, April 12
Taking up two petitions challenging notifications issued on April 4 ordering the dissolution of Amritsar and Bathinda Improvement Trusts, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered the maintenance of the status quo.

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New benefits for ex-servicemen
Ludhiana, April 12
Scores of ex-servicemen and their family members across the country have reasons to cheer. In a significant decision, the Union Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced enhancement in special pension of blind ex-servicemen, life-time pension for ex-servicemen’s mentally handicapped children, new medical scheme for such children and a huge hike in medical treatment payment under the medical benefit scheme.

Activists of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front
Activists of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front taking oath to stop terrorism on the eve of Baisakhi at Jalianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI

Lawyers boycott SDM’s court
Ropar, April 12
The Anandpur Sahib Bar Association in a resolution today decided to boycott the court of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of the area following his alleged misbehaviour with a clerk of a local lawyer.

MC fails to keep Pathankot clean
PATHANKOT: The Municipal Council and Improvement Trust here have failed to keep the city clean, causing a setback to the development programme under the city beautification plan launched about three years ago. Sanitation is poor: Heaps of filth can be seen in various localities including plush colonies. Sewerage is often seen on roads in certain wards.

Traffic steps for Baisakhi
Bathinda, April 12
The local police has made special arrangements for the Baisakhi fair in Talwandi Sabo on April 13. The traffic passing through the town has been diverted from nearby villages and special parking places has been earmarked so as to minimise inconvenience to devotees.

HC Judge inspects Central Jail
Jalandhar, April 12
Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court listened to the grievances of prisoners, particularly, who have been denied bail by various courts in the past and assured speedy trials of their cases at an open session during his visit to the Central Jail here today.


State Planning Board formed
Chandigarh, April 12
The Punjab State Planning Board, with the Chief Minister as Chairman, has been constituted with Dr S.S. Johl as Vice-Chairman and Mr R R Bhardwaj as whole time Deputy Chairman.

School board controller reverted
SAS Nagar, April 12
The Punjab Government today sent back the Controller of Examination of the Punjab School Education Board to the State Education Department, her parent department.

Economic Adviser seeks retirement
Chandigarh, April 12
The Economic Adviser to the Government of Punjab, Mr Ravinder Jain, takes voluntary retirement from service tomorrow after 28 and a half years of service.


Five TV sets recovered, three arrested
Sangrur, April 12
The Sunam police has recovered five colour TV sets from a truck and arrested three persons on the spot. These TV sets had been stolen from Morinda about three years ago.


No teacher for three months
Ropar, April 12
About 200 children of Majri Thakedaran and Rampur Majri villages near Ropar are suffering due to the absence of the teacher in the only primary school that caters to the villages.

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