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Rs 800 crore duty exemption sought for refineries
Chandigarh, April 21
The Punjab Government, which wants the early completion of the refinery project worth Rs 16,000 crore near Bathinda, has urged its promoter, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, to make the refinery operational at the earliest.

Only SOS village in Punjab
Rajpura, April 22
Wrapped in a polythene sheet and left to die in a Ropar hospital’s waste bin soon after her birth, Neeta survived against all odds, thanks mainly to the timely help she got from someone unrelated to her.

Vigilance to probe working of warehousing corpn
Chandigarh, April 22
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau will conduct an “all-embracing” inquiry into how a “defaulter” rice mill continued to get paddy for milling from the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation though a sum of Rs 92.95 crore was due from the mill, it is reliably learnt.

Fire detonates mines, damages crop
Ranike (Indo-Pak border)
The fourth incident of mine blast damaging the wheat crop in border villages today led to immense fear among the affected farmers who have asked the state government to immediately take up the issue with the Defence Ministry.

A farmer at Chakk village, near the Indo-Pak border, points to his crop that was reduced to ashes by a devastating fire caused by a short-circuit on Monday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

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Attacks on Bitta: ‘startling facts’ expected
Amritsar, April 22
A fact-finding report being compiled by the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front would provide startling facts about two bomb blasts engineered against its President, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, in Amritsar and New Delhi in 1993.

SGPC to regulate setting up of new gurdwaras
Chandigarh, April 22
The SGPC is to regulate the setting up of new gurdwaras. A meeting of the Dharam Parchar Committee of the SGPC will be called soon to draw up the guidelines and take other decisions pertaining to this issue.

Seven schools found closed
23 teachers may face suspension
Ludhiana, April 22
Just a few weeks after exposing absenteeism at health centres in rural areas, nine teams of the Ludhiana Vigilance Department today swooped down on a number of schools in Koomkalan and Machiwara blocks of the district and surprisingly found seven schools closed due to the absence of teachers, who used to come in the morning just to mark the attendance. As many as 23 teachers were found absent.

Probe begins against Ravi Inder Singh
Panchkula, April 22
The local police has begun investigations against a former Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, in a case of cheating, fraud and criminal conspiracy.


Sikhs threaten ‘direct action’ against Swami
Amritsar, April 22
Some Sikh organisations, including the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and the Dal Khalsa today threatened to resort to ‘direct action’ if Swami Sharddhanand of the Noormehlia sect was not arrested immediately for delivering provocative speech at Tarn Taran on April 19. Activists of these organisations, however, clarified that the probable action would be initiated as per the law.

Worldwide telecast of Gurbani from July
Jalandhar, April 22
ETC Punjabi will commence the live telecast of the Gurbani and kirtan from the Golden Temple for its overseas viewers in July this year. Disclosing this here today, the channel’s vice-president Ravinder Narain said the Sikhs and Punjabis sitting in any part of the globe would be able to view and listen to the Gurbani and kirtan directly from the Harmandir Sahib from July onwards.

Mann writes to PM on Sekhon issue
Ludhiana, April 22
Continuing his fight for the cause of the ousted Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon, the President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, has written to Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, urging him to reinstate Air Marshal Sekhon, who was forced to resign recently.

CM opens drive to clean royal city
Patiala, April 22
The ‘’Maharaja’’ took on the role of a safai karamchari today picking up broom to clean up his town under a cleanliness drive which is set to involve the administration, voluntary organisations, schoolchildren and public.

2 dead as jeep hits train
Jhande (Hoshiarpur), April 22
Two employees of a wine contractor died on the spot while four of their companions were injured as the jeep they were travelling in rammed into the speeding Jammu Mail at an unmanned railway crossing here last night.

Sarpanch sacked for misappropriating funds
Dera Bassi, April 22
The Punjab Government has sacked the sarpanch of Khelan village for misappropriating funds and using substandard material for constructing village school building.

Witness denies role in flat lease
Patiala, April 22
A witness in the ill-fated Indian Airlines hijacking case today told the court that he had no role in getting a flat on rent for Abdul Latif and Javed Siddiqui, accused in the case.

2 Nepali labourers killed in mishap
Jalandhar, April 22
Two Nepali migrant labourers were killed and four injured when a tractor-mounted combine harvester was hit by a truck near Beas village this morning.

Army personnel killed in road mishap
Bathinda, April 22
An Army personnel was killed and two were injured when a fast moving vehicle hit the rickshaw they were riding on the Bathinda-Barnala road, about 5 km from here, last night. The rickshaw-puller also received injuries in the accident.

Dogs maul calves to death
Moga, April 22
Reports of mauling to death newlyborn calves of cows by stray dogs near the canal bridge at Langeana Nawan village under Baghapurana police station in the district were received today.


Wheat arrival picks up at Jalandhar
Jalandhar, April 22
The arrival of wheat has picked up at the mandis of Jalandhar, which was registered at 86,000 quintals as compared to 36,000 quintals during the corresponding period last year.

A farmer awaits government procurement agencies for his wheat crop in a grain market in Jalandhar on Monday. — PTI photo

CBI staff face stagnation
IPS officers stand in way of promotions
Ferozepore, April 22
The non-Indian Police Service cadre officials in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are an aggrieved lot. They allege that they are not getting promotions. Officials of the IPS cadre posted in the agency on deputation from other states occupy most of the key positions in the CBI. A senior official of the CBI who retired recently told TNS that this had sealed the fate of over 2,000 officials directly recruited by the agency.

SMO among 46 found absent
Bathinda, April 22
A section of government employees seems to have devised unique methods to avoid detection of absence by their superiors and officials of other state government agencies.

Rs 250-cr plan to improve roads
Gurdaspur, April 22
Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Public Works Minister, in a press note issued here yesterday said the Punjab Government had prepared a Rs 250-crore plan to beautify, strengthen and widen roads to prevent accidents in the state.

Plan to develop urban estate
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 22
An urban estate would be developed in about 228 acres here in the district, said Dr Harbans Lal, Minister for Forests and Food Supply, Punjab, while addressing mediapersons here today.


Car bazaars of stolen vehicles
Moga, April 22
Buyers beware, if you are going to purchase a second-hand car or any other vehicle from the car bazaars being organised at various places in the state, check the documents and verify the same from the authorities concerned to make it sure that you are buying a genuine vehicle and not a stolen one.

Constable arrested in double murder case
Sangrur, April 22
The local police has arrested Jaspal Singh, a constable in the Punjab police and posted at the local Police Lines, and Rameshwar Verma, alias Raju, resident of Narwana in Jind district in Haryana, allegedly involved in the murder of Madan Lal, a small money lender, and his wife Sneh Lata during a broad daylight dacoity at their house in the local Partap Nagar locality on April 17.

13 drug smugglers arrested
Bathinda, April 22
The local police has arrested 13 persons involved in smuggling of narcotics, illegal distillation of liquor and gambling and has recovered 34 kg of poppy husk, 190 kg lahan, 39 litres of illicit liquor, Rs 21,245 in cash and a mobile phone.


Don’t boycott exams, minister urges teachers
Amritsar, April 22
The State Education Minister, Mr Khushal Behl, today appealed to the Punjab and Chandigarh college teachers not to go on strike and boycott the annual examinations as the Punjab Government was committed to implement their demands.

GND varsity puts off exams
Amritsar, April 22
Guru Nanak Dev University has postponed all examinations scheduled for April 24. Though it has not mentioned any reason, sources say the step has been taken in the wake of the strike call given by the Chandigarh Punjab Teachers Union on this date.

Engineering colleges’ students hold dharna
Jalandhar, April 22
While criticising the Punjab Minister for Technical Education, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, for his alleged failure to check irregularities in the functioning of the Punjab Technical University, the students of about six engineering colleges of the state today sat on a day-long dharna on the campus premises to register their protest.

Inter-school painting competition
Patiala, April 22
An inter-school on-the-spot painting competition was organised at the Baradari Club here today jointly by the Rotary Club (Mid-Town) and the Innerwheel Club, Patiala, in memory of late Major B. S. S. Bedi in which 175 children from different schools of the city took part.


J&K to lift ban on willow export
Jalandhar, April 22
The sick sports industry here has heaved a sigh of relief as the Jammu and Kashmir Government has finally decided to lift the 20-year old ban on export of the Kashmir willow — used for manufacturing of quality cricket bats.

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