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SGPC to file plea for becoming party to 1984 riots case
Malooka (Bathinda), April 3
In a significant statement, the SGPC chief, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, today said the SGPC would file an appeal in the Delhi High Court to become a party to the case pertaining to the massacre of Sikhs during November 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Badal, Tohra may come together on Baisakhi
Talwandi Sabo, April 3
The formal announcement of unity of the parties led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra may be made on Baisakhi. Takht Damdama Sahib sources said moves from different quarters had been initiated to bring the different factions of the Akalis led by Mr Badal, Mr Tohra and others on a single platform on the occasion of Baisakhi for making a formal joint announcement of unity.

PSEB to ‘empower’ panchayats
Patiala, April 3
The Punjab State Electricity Board has taken some action on the request made by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats for supplying power through village panchayats to generate additional income for them and ensure an optimum utilisation of electricity through community participation.

FACT facility at PPA soon
Chandigarh, April 3
An ultramodern computerised fingerprint analysis and criminal tracking facility will soon become operational at Punjab Police Academy’s (PPA) Fingerprint Bureau at Phillaur.

Judicial remand for Vigilance IG Reader
Kharar, April 3
A local court today remanded Harnam Singh Rana, Reader to Punjab Vigilance Bureau Inspector-General S.M. Sharma, in judicial custody till April 11.

Drug addict sells teenaged daughter
Nangal (Ropar), April 3
Fourteen-year-old Reema (name changed), a resident of Nangal was allegedly sold by her father, a drug addict, under the pretext of marriage on March 30.

A devotee stands beside lockets with small idols of Hindu deities outside a temple A devotee stands beside lockets with small idols of Hindu deities outside a temple on the second day of the Navratas festival in Amritsar on Thursday. Hindus across the country celebrate the festival for nine days. — Reuters

Fatehgarh Sahib

Zaveer Goa (38), a Malaysian citizen, visits the Golden Temple
Zaveer Goa (38), a Malaysian citizen, visits the Golden Temple wearing a mask as a precautionary measure against SARS.
Zaveer says his company has instructed him to "wear the mask at all time."
— Photo Rajiv Sharma



Hike in legislators’ incentives flayed
Bathinda, April 3
Mr Hardev Arshi, CPI leader and former MLA, has criticised the decision to increase the salaries and allowances of ministers and MLAs, terming the additional burden of Rs 8 crore on the state exchequer as unjustified.

GSP’s party constitution
Bathinda, April 3
The General Samaj Party (GSP) will hold a function on April 6 at public library in the city to announce the party constitution, symbol and flag.

Congress govt a failure: Sukhbir
Jalandhar, April 3
Criticising the Congress government for its “failure” on all fronts, Mr Sukhbir Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal MP, today expressed hope that the SAD would win all 13 seats in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.


Compensation ordered for illegal detention
Chandigarh, April 3
Directing the registration of an illegal detention case against two police officials, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the payment of Rs 25,000 as compensation to the victim.

UK cops visit Golden Temple
Amritsar, April 3
Members of a delegation of British police officers at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. The delegation is in India to reinforce ties between police personnel of the two countries.As many as eight British police officers, including women, visited the city today to continue the interaction between British and Indian police personnel. The British officers have come here to finalise the details of a two-day conference for about 50 Indian police officers to be held in Merseyside in September this year.

Members of a delegation of British police officers at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. The delegation is in India to reinforce ties between police personnel of the two countries. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Charges framed against ex-MLA
Sunam, April 3
Mr Sham Lal Chalana, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, here has framed charges against Mr Manmohan Singh Sathiala, a former SAD MLA of Beas, who had allegedly slapped and pushed a constable of the Punjab Police Ranjit Singh to the ground when he (Ranjit Singh) objected to the entry of Mr Sathiala into a polling booth at Daska village during the Sunam Assembly byelection on September 29, 2000. Mr Ranjit Singh was on poll duty at the booth.

Ultrasound centre loses registration
Sangrur, April 3
The Malerkotla Subdivisional Appropriate Authority for the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act-cum SMO of Malerkotla Civil Hospital has reportedly seized two ultrasound machines, including an unregistered machine, from the premises of Surinder Ultrasound Scan Centre, Malerkotla, for allegedly violating the provisions of the PNDT Act.

Punjab officials review SARS threat
Chandigarh, April 3
A high-level meeting, chaired by Mrs Rupan Deol Bajaj, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Punjab, was held here today to review the steps taken in the state to ensure preparedness in tackling the worldwide health threat posed by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The meeting was attended by senior health administrators.

Garcha released on bail
Jalandhar, April 3
Former Technical Education Minister SAD MLA Jagdish Singh Garcha was released from the Central Jail here this afternoon.

Police ‘shielding’ guilty cop
Amritsar, April 3
The Deputy Chairman of the Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), Mr Kirpal Singh Randhawa, has alleged that the district police had not taken any action against the Constable who had beaten up Surat Singh Manawala more than six months ago.

The Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, addresses officers of various departments at the P.W.D. rest house, Kharar Debate standard has fallen: Bir Devinder
Kharar, April 3
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha and MLA from Kharar, has said that he will work with responsibility in this new post which has been given to him by his party and members of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha unanimously.

The Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, addresses officers of various departments at the P.W.D. rest house, Kharar on Thursday.

Meat shops foul up things for residents
Bathinda, April 3
Residents of a colony opposite Rose Garden rue their decision to construct their houses there, so intolerable is the stench emanated by shops selling meat near their colony.


Four FCI officials suspended
Bathinda, April 3
Four officials of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) have been placed under suspension after the grains stored under their charge were found to be less than recorded.

PRTC losses mounting
Chandigarh, April 3
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its latest report submitted in the Punjab Assembly has rapped the management of Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) for not making enough efforts to check the embezzlement of cash.

Road cleared of encroachments
Bathinda, April 3
In the anti-encroachment drive launched by the district administration, the ‘tandoors’ of two restaurants owned by a relative of a former Punjab Congress Cabinet minister at the Gole Diggi Market here were removed today.


Robbers’ gang busted, arms seized
Gurdaspur, April 3
The police has busted a gang of robbers and recovered a revolver and two pistols with live cartridges from their possession.

VB nabs 2 officials on graft charge
Ferozepore, April 3
Vigilance Bureau sleuths have arrested two police officials while accepting bribe. According to Ms Anita Punj, S.P. Vigilance, Assistant Sub Inspector, Jatinder Singh and Gurbaksh Singh, Head Constable, were arrested by the vigilance team while they were accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from Ghuman Singh, a resident of Alike village.

Man absconds after duping investors
Pathankot, April 3
The owner of a finance company has absconded with more than Rs 2 crore collected by him from investors, in deposits raised on the promise of high interests. The affected businessmen and employees, who are mostly retired, have formed a joint action committee also to raise the issue with the police and the civil authorities.

Robbers injure MC official, son
Pathankot, April 3
At about 1 am today, robbers struck at the house of Mr Raj Kumar, Sectional Officer in the Municipal Council, at Lamini village on the outskirts of the town and injured the SO, his son Vikram and servant Samita. They also took away cash, jewellery and other articles.

Convict commits suicide
Gurdaspur, April 3
A prisoner, serving life sentence in Central Jail here, allegedly committed suicide in the prison hospital last night.

Cash, gold looted from dera
Nawanshahr, April 3
As many as 15 youths armed with iron-rods entered the Suraj Kund Dera, a historic temple near Rahon, and took away cash, gold ornaments, silver utensils and coins worth Rs 70,000 with them on Wednesday.


Engineering students to be honoured
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 3
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Member, Rajya Sabha, while addressing a gathering at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College (BBSBEC), here today said students who had done outstanding work in social and religious field would be honoured at annual convocation of the college.

PCCTU executive meets on April 6
Phagwara, April 3
An emergency meeting of the executive of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) will be held at DAV College, Jalandhar, on April 6 to decide the future course of the teachers’ agitation in the wake of dilly-dallying attitude of the state government towards teachers’ demands.


Excise duty on knitwear favoured
Hoshiarpur, April 3
Mr M.K. Jutshi, Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs, New Delhi, said that incentives like reduction in taxes on various items had been given in the Budget to encourage manufacturers and exporters to compete in world market under WTO agreement.Top

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