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SAD to counter Cong ‘vendetta’
Chandigarh, April 25
The Shiromani Akali Dal is evolving a strategy to counter the Congress “vendetta” against party activists, including MLAs. Taking cognisance of the political confrontation brewing in the state, the SAD plans to launch a district-wise mobilisation programme effective May 12.

Garg promises impartial probe
Chandigarh, April 25
From a judge, to a novelist, to a one-man-commission — Justice A.S. Garg finds himself comfortable in all the roles. Little wonder, the retired Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge believes he will be able to look into the allegations of "irregularities, illegalities, corruption and other misdoings" of the previous government headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal impartially, "without favour, frown or obligation".

Ex-VC’s co-accused Cheema arrested
Patiala, April 25
The local police today successfully effected the surrender of former student leader Bhupinder Singh Cheema, who is a co-accused along with a former Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, in the case involving a murderous attack on Dr H S Bhatti a varsity Reader, in March.

CM orders probe against PTU VC
Patiala, April 25
The Punjab Government has ordered a probe into the sexual harassment charges made against Punjab Technical University Vice-Chancellor Dr H. S. Gurm, who is in the thick of controversy following allegations of misconduct levelled against him by female employees of the university.

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  Officers selected by Sidhu apprehensive
Ropar, April 25
The decision of the Punjab Government to cancel 639 appointments made by the Chairman of the PPSC, Mr Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, has created apprehensions among many Class-I officers appointed by him over the past few years. The officers fear that the government may now cancel their appointments, too.

Rejected by PPSC, disabled girl joins IAS
Bathinda, April 25
Polio paralysed both her legs at the age of only 14 months. Nevertheless, it failed to deter her from taking on the challenges of life. Braving all odds, she became a college lecturer of English after winning various awards of best girl student, best debater and prizes in the quiz competitions. After doing MA. (English), she jumped into the arena of competition. She made it to the IAS allied services in her first attempt and made herself and parents proud of her.

Austerity measures to save 500 cr: CM
Patiala, April 25
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today made it clear that netting a few big fish was not the goal of his government in its ongoing drive against corruption and that the drive would be taken to its logical conclusion with the objective of removing the menace from the state.

Hunting trip: student dies
Ropar, April 25
The Kot Kahlur police has booked the Principal of the Dashmesh Academy, Anandpur Sahib, as the injured student, Gurpreet Singh, a son of Mr Karnail Singh, died in the PGI today morning due to the bullet injury. Sources said the student who did not regain consciousness since he was brought to the PGI on April 20, died today morning due to the excessive blood loss from his injured leg.


Amritsar civic poll may be put off
Amritsar, April 25
Plans of various political parties in the fray for the local municipal corporation elections have gone awry, following the high court order effecting rotation of wards for elections, on a writ petition. The BJP is happy over the orders of the court as it is a battle won for the party.

Civic poll: BJP sets up panel
Chandigarh, April 25
The Punjab unit of the BJP has set up a committee for coordination with the Shiromani Akali Dal to jointly contest the elections to the municipal corporations in the state.

Remove Modi or face dharnas: MLA
Nawanshahr, April 25
Mr Parkash Singh, local MLA, while talking to mediapersons here today said as per the instructions of Capt Amarinder Singh he along with Mr Satvir Singh, president of the District Youth Congress, and local Congress workers had visited Gujarat to take stock of the situation there.


Common minimum agenda for Punjab mooted
Chandigarh, April 25
There is growing concern in several quarters over the future of Punjab, which is faced with a slew of problems like a fragile economy and ones with religio-political connotations that require to be tackled by cutting across political ideologies and interests.

Chhina’s booty crosses Rs 2-cr mark
Amritsar, April 25
The Vigilance Bureau here has managed to get information from Mrs Upjit Kaur, wife of Managing Director of the Amritsar Central Cooperative Bank Surinderpal Singh Chhina, who was arrested on April 13 and remanded in judicial custody.

Situation in Gujarat under control: Swami
Patiala, April 25
Union Minister of State for Home I.D. Swami said today that contrary to claims, the situation in Gujarat had been brought under control and that complete normalcy would return to the state gradually.

HC orders rotation of MC poll wards
Amritsar, April 25
Plans of various political parties in the fray for the local municipal corporation elections have gone awry, following the high court order effecting rotation of wards for elections, on a writ petition.

Panchayats to monitor schools, dispensaries
Chandigarh, April 25
In a significant decision, the Punjab Government has decided to authorise gram panchayats to monitor and supervise the working of school teachers and doctors in the rural areas. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Subcommittee on fiscal reforms held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, here yesterday.

SGPC to discuss Bhaniara issue report today
Amritsar, April 25
The report of the fact-finding committee appointed by the SGPC chief on the Bhaniara issue will be discussed by the executive meeting of the SGPC tomorrow at Gurdwara Alamgir in Ludhiana.

SGPC to set up research board
Amritsar, April 25
The SGPC yesterday decided to constitute a Sikh history research board after the gap of more than a decade. The President of the SGPC, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, has been authorised by the sub-committee to nominate its members to revive the research on Sikh history which had remained non-existent for many years.

Notice to PSEB
Kharar, April 25
Mrs Preeti Sahni, Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division, Kharar, has issued notice to the Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), and the SDO, Bhagomajra, for June 12 in a suit filed by Mr Baljinder Singh of nearby village Dharak Kalan.


A farmer from Multania village reads aloud the latest weather report
A farmer from Multania village reads aloud the latest weather report from a newspaper to his friends as they wait for the lifting of their wheat after a downpour at a grain market in Bathinda on Thursday. — Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera

Ownership no basis for farmers’ relief
Amritsar, April 25
Mr S.S. Puri, Deputy Commissioner, has announced that compensation will be paid to farmers of border villages, regardless of the fact who the owner of the land is. The plight of genuine farmers who might be denied compensation due to the fact that revenue records may have been manipulated” was highlighted by The Tribune in its April 13 and April 16 issues. The DC informed that the first instalment of Rs 15 crore was distributed at Bagarhian village on the Indo-Pak border here today.

Change cropping pattern, farmers told
Mansa, April 25
Mr Alok Shekhar, Deputy Commissioner, while inaugurating a state-level function organised by the National Horticultural Research Department at Hodla Kalan village in the district today stressed upon the need for changing the cropping pattern and asked farmers to grow vegetables, fruits and flowers instead of the traditional crops of wheat, paddy and cotton. He said the production of these crops had reached a saturation point and it would not be possible for the government to pay subsidies on wheat and paddy.

Licences of six arhtiyas suspended
Amritsar, April 25
Deputy Commissioner S.S. Puri has suspended the licences of six arhtiyas and issued show cause notice to nine in the district.


DC’s order on public durbars
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 25
All Sub-Division Magistrates of the district have been directed to hold public durbars along with other Sub-Divisional Officers twice a month to redress the grievances of the public at the grassroots level and have been asked to fix permanent days for this purpose, said Mr Vikas Paratap, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over the meeting of District Grievances Committee here today.

Stir threat by MC staff
Gurdaspur, April 25
Employees of all state municipal committees will observe a strike on May 7 if their demands, including monthly payment of salaries and deposit of provident fund, are not accepted. This was stated by Mr Ramesh Gupta, member of the Joint Action Committee of the employees, here yesterday.

Pandey, Izhar Alam made ADGPs
Chandigarh, April 25
Mr A. P. Pandey, who has been supervising Punjab Public Service Commission chief Ravi Sidhu’s case, is among two officers of the 1974 batch who have been promoted Additional Director-General of Police.

2 police districts to be merged
Amritsar, April 25
The two new police districts of Tarn Taran and Majitha out of Amritsar district and Batala out of Gurdaspur, in the wake of terrorist activities in the 80's, are likely to be merged with the original districts, according to a report prepared by the Chief Secretary on the advice of the Chief Minister.

Sangrur MC staff strike ends
Sangrur, April 25
On the intervention of Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, all employees, including 135 safai sewaks, of the local Municipal Council, here today ended their 18-day-old strike.

Advocates resent appointment as Law Officers
Chandigarh, April 25
A number of advocates appointed as Law Officers by the Punjab’s Department of Home Affairs and Justice today expressed dissatisfaction over the move to appoint them on posts they considered were “below their level”.


SAD leader’s murder: prime suspect arrested
Bathinda, April 25
The police has arrested Nahar Singh, one of the prime suspect involved in the murder of Teja Singh Toofan, senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader and husband of Darshan Kaur Toofan, member of the SGPC, which took place on the evening of April 17 in the city.

SI arrested on graft charge
Jalandhar, April 25
The district police has arrested the in-charge of the Shankar village police post and a head constable on the charge of accepting bribe. In a press note issued here today, the SSP said Sub Inspector Kashmira Singh had seized a bag of poppy husk from Krishna of the village about two-and-a-half months ago.

12-yr jail term for woman
Ludhiana, April 25
Baljinder Kaur, a resident of Bambhaura village, Sangrur, has been sentenced to 12-year rigorous imprisonment under the NDPS Act. Ten kilogram opium had been recovered from her possession.

Bid to commit robbery, 4 held
Moga, April 25
The district police has foiled the plan to rob an industrialist of the town, Mr Ravinder Kumar, by arresting four members of the gang Darshan Singh, Manjit Singh, Hardev Singh and Dilbagh Singh before they could commit the crime.


Clean Patiala campaign
Patiala, April 25
Students of Our Lady of Fatima Convent school launched a “clean Patiala campaign” in a unique manner with the students and staff members taking out an impressive procession carrying placards with the slogan of “do not use polythene”.


3 more qualify for talent hunt contest
Moga, April 25
Pepsi today announced the names of three more semi-finalists for the “Pepsi Banjaa Staara Yaraa Contest”. Nine-year-old Kanak Joshi, 25-year-old Sewa Singh and 28-year-old Sukhdev Sagar emerged winners in the second quarterfinal. In a live concert held at the Guru Nanak College Ground here, six quarterfinalists performed in front of about 10,000 persons.


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