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Sidhu’s hand alleged in record burning
Patiala, April 15
All five members of the Punjab Public Service Commission today accused Chairman of the Commission Ravinderpaul Singh Sidhu and former Commission Secretary of a “dubious’’ role in the burning of answersheets of the PCS (Executive) paper of 1998 and urged the government to institute an independent probe or vigilance inquiry into the entire matter.

CM attends class in e-governance
Chandigarh, April 15
It was back to the classroom for the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who spent a major part of the day attending presentations on e-governance by reputed IT companies at Punjab Bhavan here today.

Relief may elude border farmers
Indo-Pak Border, April 15
Thousands of farmers who have been cultivating land across the border fencing in Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Ferozepore districts may be denied compensation for the mined fields in the absence of the ‘girdawaris’.

Introduction of Bt cotton unlikely this year: PAU
Ludhiana, April 15
Will Punjab farmers be able to introduce Bt cotton this year? Going by the status report prepared by Punjab Agricultural University, it will not be possible as the Monsanto-Mahyco company has not tested the hybrids suitable for the state.

Search for better job ends in Pak jail
MALLIANA (MOGA): When Karam Singh (29) planned to change his place of work from Lebanon to Greece, little did he realise that he would find himself behind bars in Pakistan instead of getting the promised job. He is not the only one who has landed up in jail.


Review alliance with SAD, Sodhi urges BJP
Jalandhar, April 15
Blaming the state BJP leadership for ignoring grass roots workers during its five-year rule, a former Punjab BJP Chief Mr Daya Singh Sodhi, today called for a review of the party’s alliance with SAD before going in for the ensuing MC poll in the state.

BJP reports to high command on poll debacle
Phagwara, April 15
The Punjab BJP has submitted its detailed report to the party high command about the causes and factors behind its debacle in the Assembly elections in February. The BJP, as the coalition partner of SAD, had contested 23 seats but could scrape through only in three. This was against 18 seats it had won in the previous Assembly elections.

Two nihangs sporting turbans weighing 30 kg and 40 kg, respectively, at Baisakhi celebrations
Two nihangs Major Singh (right) from Jalandhar and Naror Singh (left) of Sangrur district sporting turbans weighing 30 kg and 40 kg, respectively, at Baisakhi celebrations at Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda). They claim to be holders of "national record" for the heaviest turban. — Photo Kulbir Beera



Doctors to go back to actual places of posting
Chandigarh, April 15
Overturning the previous Government’s controversial decision, which had jeopardised medical services in the rural areas, the Punjab Government today cancelled orders relating to the deputation of doctors and other medical staff at various places.

Villagers, Baba Dhakki Sahib on collision course
Ludhiana, April 15
Baba Darshan Singh also known as Sant Dhakki Sahib Wale, has been face to face with residents of Gharuan village near Khamano, over the attempts by the Sant and his followers to reopen their old ‘dera’ in the village, which is his native village. A row between the two parties has been over a piece of land in the village.

3-day Baisakhi mela concludes
Talwandi Sabo, April 15
The three-day annual Baisakhi mela, which marks the harvesting of wheat crop, culminated on a colourful note here late last evening. On the concluding day, the Nihangs, known as beloved forces of Guru Gobind Singh, who assembled in thousands here five days before Baisakhi, played “gatka” and showed their horsemanship.

A young nihang astride two horses at a show during Baisakhi celebrations at Talwandi Sabo on Sunday. — Photo Kulbir Beera
A young nihang astride two horses

Mann denies meeting militants
Ludhiana, April 15
Member Parliament and president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann today said that he did not meet any of the militants in Pakistan during his recent visit to that country and he was not aware of their presence there.

Man writes to Chief Justice, CM
Alleges attempt to murder
Bathinda, April 15
Mr Sanjay Garg, a local resident, has approached the Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, and Chief Minister, Punjab, alleging that the Tapa Mandi police authorities in Barnala district have converted an attempt to kill him into a road accident case after conniving with the suspect.

CM’s directions on traffic curbs
Chandigarh, April 15
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today directed the state police not to cause harassment to the general public by way of putting traffic obstacles or diverting vehicular traffic in the wake of visits by VVIPs to different places.


Malwa farmers in for water shortage
Ropar, April 15
With the paddy season approaching farmers of the Malwa belt may face water shortage for irrigation, due to the pathetic state of the Sirhind canal. The absence of repairs along the course of the canal for more than past three years has reduced to carrying capacity of the canal by about 1000 cusecs.


More transfers in Punjab
Chandigarh, April 15
The Punjab, government ordered fresh transfers today. Mr R.P.S. Pawar is now Principal Secretary, School Education, vice Mrs Romila Dubey, as well as Additional Principal Secretary, Information Systems and Administrative Reforms.

MC flouts HC order on waste disposal
Amritsar, April 15
Despite Punjab and Haryana High Court directions to file a status report giving details of the solid waste disposal plants by April 22, the local municipal corporation is allegedly violating the order even as the Bhagtanwala grain market, the biggest grain market in the Majha area, has become a dumping ground for the garbage of the city.

Don’t go on strike, PSEB to employees
Patiala, April 15
The PSEB today urged its employees not to be misled by “the politically motivated” strike called by the National Coordination Committee of electricity employees and engineers on issues which were not related with the PSEB.

DC cancels licences of 4 arhtiyas
Faridkot, April 15
Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, here has cancelled the licences of four arhtiyas K.D. Traders (Deep Singh Wala), Rajeev and Company (Jand Sahib), Dhingra Trading Company (Machaki Kalan) and Jagdish Traders here for committing irregularities in the purchase of wheat.

DC office shifted to new building
Muktsar, April 15
The office of the Deputy Commissioner and other offices of the district heads have been shifted from the Market Committee Building to the newly constructed district administrative complex on the Bathinda-Muktsar road from today.

CM reschedules meeting time
Chandigarh, April 15
In larger public interest, the appointments of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh have been rescheduled as follows:
The Chief Minister will meet the public under the “Jan Sampark” programme at his residence from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. from Monday to Friday, when he is in station.

Rally by thermal plant staff
Bathinda, April 15
Members of the employees union of local thermal plant today hold a rally to show their resentment against the policies of government which were not in the interests of the employees.


Boy crushed to death by van
Bathinda, April 15
The competition between the drivers of two school vans to overtake each other proved fatal for an eight-year-old boy who was hit by one van and the other ran over him, killing him on the spot.

Home Guard shoots another
Tarn Taran, April 15
Gulzar Singh, a Home Guards jawan, posted at Patti and attached to the Army, shot dead another Home Guards jawan, Bishan Das, and later shot himself suffering injuries in the process on Saturday at a border village, Boparai Maddal.

Six arrested for carrying 28 oxen
Sangrur, April 15
The Moonak police has arrested six persons namely Satish Kumar, Manohar Lal, Sham Lal, all from Tohana in Haryana, Umardin, Iliea and Chhota, all from Malerkotla, under Section 295 of the IPC and II-D of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Bidder beaten up at auction site
Bathinda, April 15
Even as Mr Rajan Mittal, a local belting and machinery dealer, was allegedly beaten up during the auction of scrap held at Mohali on April 10, 2002, by some other bidders, he along with his brother, Mr Ajit Mittal while alleging bungling in the auction urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh and Chairman PSEB, Mr Sudhir Mittal to make arrangements for proper investigation in the auction and further necessary action.

‘Supari’ killers arrested
Bathinda, April 15
The Moga police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of dacoits involved in ‘supari’ killings and other crimes. This was stated in a press note issued today. The members of the gang have been identified as Jagsir Singh of Mandiran Nawan, Baljit Singh of Bharirupa, Kuldip Singh of Dharamsinghwal, Buta Singh, Chamakaur Singh and Mohan Singh, alias Mohini, all residents of Saideke village.

Woman, paramour held for husband’s murder
Tarn Taran, April 15
The Patti police today arrested Rajbir Kaur, along with her paramour Malkiat Singh, on the charge of murdering her husband Ram Parkash (40), whose body was buried in the dry bed of a nullah.

Dowry death: four of family booked
Malerkotla, April 15
Gurmeet Kaur, daughter of Mr Jodh Singh, resident of Patiala, ended her life by hanging herself from a fan here yesterday. According to information, Gurmeet Kaur was married to Sukhpal Singh, son of Harbhajan Singh, resident of Prem Basti here.

Thieves attack farmhouse
Hoshiarpur, April 15
A gang of thieves struck at a farmhouse near Jaura village under the Tanda police station last night. Three inmates of the farmhouse, namely Saroop Singh, his wife Gurmit Kaur, and another woman Baljit Kaur were knocked unconscious by the intruders, police sources said here today.


Probe govt role in ‘shielding’ VC: JAC
Patiala, April 15
The Joint Action Committee comprising teachers, students and non-teaching employees of Punjabi University, which has been spearheading the campaign for the ouster of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.S. Ahluwalia, asked the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today to comment on the recorded conversation between Dr Ahluwalia and senior government officials of the state government, including Mr N.S. Rattan, Principal Secretary, Higher Education and Mr Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Political Adviser to the Chief Minister.

Explanation sought from board officials
SAS Nagar, April 15
The Punjab Government has taken a serious note of certain alleged irregularities committed in the Punjab School Education Board during the tenure of the SAD-BJP government.


Millers oppose FCI order
Chandigarh, April 15
Nearly 130 roller flour millers of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh are up in arms against an order of the Food Corporation of India debarring them from participating in open tender for open sale of lustre-lost wheat lying in the FCI godowns of the two states.

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