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Decision on octroi tomorrow
Chandigarh, April 27
The controversy over the issue of abolishing octroi in the state of Punjab will finally come to an end with Mr Justice Jawahal Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court pronouncing orders on a petition filed against it on Monday.

Bail plea of 2 Sidhu ‘agents’ rejected
Ropar, April 27
The District Sessions Judge, Mr Maghar Khan, here today rejected the anticipatory bail applications of two alleged agents of Mr Ravinder Pal Sidhu, Randhir Singh Gill and Prem Sagar, who had moved applications for anticipatory bail before the said judge.

Cong trying to defame SAD: Dhindsa
Vallah (Amritsar), April 27
Alleging a vilification campaign against SAD by the Congress government, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Cabinet Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, said on the pretext of rooting out corruption the Congress was trying to defame SAD.

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Harbeant Singh is SGPC Secy
Amritsar, April 27
Mr Harbeant Singh, Personal Assistant to the SGPC Chief, today replaced Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan as Secretary of the SGPC who had resigned yesterday in the wake of the decision of the Executive to remove all employees who had attained the age of 58. 

Fatehgarh Sahib



Shiv Sena men ‘usurp’ hospital land
Phillaur, April 27
In a first case of its kind in Punjab, a part of the Government Veterinary Hospital here has allegedly been usurped by a NGO — being run by two influential brothers and owing allegiance to a faction of the Shiv Sena — in the name of setting up a temporary “gaushala” and a shelter for abandoned animals.

Boat tragedy: families still in dilemma
Nawanshahr, April 27
Though the Ministry of External Affairs has reportedly denied that any Indian has drowned in a boat tragedy in Greece, the local administration, on the basis of media reports, conducted an inquiry into the matter and contacted the families of some of the victims of the tragedy, here today.

No action against SMO despite complaints
Chandigarh, April 27
Why has the Punjab Government not taken action against a certain Senior Medical Officer posted in Patiala district, despite complaints? This question has become a major issue of concern among the medical fraternity in the state.

Son’s migration lands Registrar in soup
Patiala, April 27
In a new turn to the ongoing migration controversy in Punjabi University, the role of the university Registrar Dr B S Bhatia, and other functionaries has come under a cloud with police investigations revealing that Dr Bhatia had not paid migration and other fees due for migrating his son from an information technology course at a Talwandi Sabo institute to the local campus by virtue of being a member of various committees which had taken the decision to raise the migration fee to Rs 1 lakh per student.

Perspectives differ on women’s education
Higher education of women has come a long way since the first college for women started in the region a century ago. Despite enormous changes in the way educated women are looking towards the future, women educationists heading some of the oldest women colleges in Punjab feel that the modern woman needs to realise her role as a builder of national character and as a vital link between traditions and the demands of the future.

I got no payment as AG, claims Mattewal
Chandigarh, April 27
The proposal to challenge Sections 78 and 80 of the Punjab Reorganisation Act in the Supreme Court to secure immediate relief in the SYL case was mooted by the previous Advocate-General, Mr Hardev Singh Mattewal, who, keeping in view the seriousness of the case, wanted the SAD-BJP government to act fast.


Ahluwalia seeks quashing of ouster
Chandigarh, April 27
In a petition filed before the high court, Punjabi University’s former Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia today sought directions for quashing an order passed on April 21 removing him from the post. The case is likely to come up for hearing before a Division Bench on Monday.

Fresh problems over bus stand
Construction of a new Roadways bus stand at its existing site in Hoshiarpur has created a lot of problems to residents of Model Town, Bishamber Nagar and Kamalpur areas as well as inconvenience to incoming and outgoing passengers.

J&K panel’s report released
Phagwara, April 27
Releasing an integrated report of the party’s 11-member spot study panel that visited the border areas of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, and Rajasthan, along the Indo-Pak border, in wake of the military build-up by both countries, the SAD (A), today appealed to the international community to impress upon India and Pakistan to call back their armed forces to peace time locations so that the next generation might not be forced to pay for the follies of the political bosses.

Just one fire station in Ropar district
SAS Nagar, April 27
Information technology giants are welcome to SAS Nagar — the message is clear from various projects and programmes of the Punjab Government. But the government apparently forgot to provide basic infrastructure in the town.

Many heads likely to roll
Chandigarh, April 27
Many more heads are likely to roll with the arrest of Sandeep Singh, a resident of Fattanwala village in Muktsar district, who allegedly made a well-planned move to grab 1,100 acres of the Punjab Government by using fraudulent means.

Aggarwal Kapurthala MC vice-president
Kapurthala, April 27
Mr Sudesh Kumar Aggarwal, a Congress councillor, was unanimously elected vice-president of the municipal council here. The Congress, SAD and BJP councillors at a joint meeting held today elected Mr Aggarwal.

Former SGPC President Bibi Jagir
Former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur, an accused in her daughter's murder case, comes out of a court in Patiala on Saturday. 
— PTI photo

Fire destroys plantation
Dera Bassi, April 27
Timber and plantation worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a major fire that broke out in Bir Dandrala forest, located on the Dera Bassi-Mukandpur link road, near here, this morning.

Gujral releases literary work
Amritsar, April 27

Mr Inder Kumar Gujral, former Prime Minister, released a set of ten volumes of Punjabi literary works of Punjabi scholar Harbhajan Singh published by the Guru Nanak Dev University at a special function held at Punjabi Bhavan of the Punjabi Sahit Sabha, New Delhi.

Traffic over boat bridge closed
Gurdaspur, April 27
Traffic over the boat bridge, Nussehra Ferry, 17 km from here on the Beas in this district, has been closed to traffic due to the washing away of 70 feet of the bridge yesterday.

Police starts juvenile home
Tarn Taran, April 27
The local police has started a home for reforming juvenile offender. The home was formally started here yesterday by the DGP, Mr Mehal Singh Bhuller.

Expert to hold eye camp
Patiala, April 27
Eminent ophthalmologist Dr Sukhdip Singh Boparai and his team of doctors will conduct a free eye check-up camp at Anand Marg Ashram, Jagdish Colony, here tomorrow at 8 a.m.


Central team to visit mandis
Role of arhtiyas to be studied
Ludhiana, April 27
A team of the Union Ministry of Food and Supplies will be visiting Punjab mandis next week to study the role of arhtiyas (commission agents) in the procurement of wheat and paddy. The team was scheduled to reach today but the visit was postponed because of the Lok Sabha session, according to official sources.

Irrigation hit as drains collapse
Bathinda, April 27
A section of farmers of Mehma Bhagwana village of this district have been facing irrigation problems as drains constructed by the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation about two years ago, have started collapsing.


ANMs offered loans to purchase mopeds
Sangrur, April 27
Under the Reproductive Child Health Sub Project of the Central Government, the district health authorities have launched a programme this week in the district to provide interest-free loans to the auxiliary nurse midwives for purchasing mopeds (two-wheelers).

Kotkapura MC fails to pay salaries
Faridkot, April 27
Following the abolition of octroi in Punjab, the Kotkapura Municipal Council has failed to pay the salary to its 325 employees of different categories during the month of March.


Mentally challenged raped
Kapurthala, April 27
In a bizarre incident of its kind a mentally challenged of Mujahadpur village was allegedly raped by a person of the same village on Thursday. According to a press note issued today, Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, said Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Mujahadpur village, told the police that while he was returning to his house after working in the fields on Thursday heard the shrieks of the woman from inside the house of Baba Balwinder Singh. 

Former MLA, husband booked in graft case
Gurdaspur, April 27
The city police yesterday registered a case of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Mrs Roop Rani, former MLA from Dinanagar, her husband Munishwar Kumar, and her son Rahul Kumar.

Man strangles, burns sister
Sangrur, April 27

In a rare devilish act, a man strangulated his widow sister and burnt her body on the pyre earlier this week, while the murder came to light today with the police solving the entire case at Kumberwal village in the district.

Two cops hurt in firing


Seminar on human values
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 27
“Teachers and parents should teach human values to schoolchildren and this education should continue upto college and professional institutes,” said the Vice-Chairman of the Planning Commission of Punjab, Dr S.S. Johl.

Kendriya Vidyalaya celebrates annual day
Barnala, April 27
Kendriya Vidyalayas all over India have been keeping up their glorious tradition of grooming persons of stature not only in defence forces of India but also in other walks of life.

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