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Westerners fear persecution 
Not keen on visiting Pakistan
Amritsar, April 4
After the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre, Sikhs in the USA became victims of hate crimes as they were mistaken for Arabs. Now it is the Westerners who are fearing persecution in view of the ongoing Iraq war.

Two Austrian tourists, who are apprehensive of going to Pakistan in view of increasing anti-American sentiments, at the Golden Temple Two Austrian tourists, who are apprehensive of going to Pakistan in view of increasing anti-American sentiments, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Wheat yet to arrive in Punjab mandis
Chandigarh, April 4
The decision of the Punjab Government to start wheat procurement on April 1 notwithstanding, the arrival of wheat in the grain markets of the state is yet to begin. One of the reasons given for delay in arrival of wheat has been the recent spells of inclement weather in some pockets and overcast sky in the rest.

Tarn Taran


High priests ban books by Kala Afghana
Amritsar, April 4
The Sikh clergy at a meeting, at Akal Takht secretariat here today banned books by Canada-based cop-turned Sikh scholar Gurbax Singh Kala Afghana for allegedly distorting Sikh history.

Question mark over ‘Nanakshahi’
Chandigarh, April 4
What is in a name? Much, if you ask Dr Harnam Singh Shan, a Sikh scholar, who has raised questions over the use of the word “Nanakshahi’’ for the new calendar, devised by Canada-based Mr Pal Singh Purewal, which the SGPC is all set to implement from April 14.

Foreign varsities come to India
Chandigarh, April 4
Eyeing the tremendous “exploitable foreign crazy” potential of the Indian market in general and Punjab in particular, various enterprising educational institutions and universities from the western hemisphere have started setting up their campuses here.

SAD forgets ‘Dharam Yudh Morcha martyrs’
Kup Kalan, April 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) -a party which prides on the history of sacrifices and morchas for the problems of the masses today failed to observe the 20th anniversary of the 12 persons, Muslims and Hindus, killed in police firing here on the eve of the Dharam Yudh Morcha on April 4, 1983.

Intruder shot in Fazilka sector
Fazilka, April 4
An ambush party of the Border Security Force shot a Pakistani intruder on international border in the Fazilka sector late on Thursday.

Commandos to patrol rail tracks
Patiala, April 4
The Punjab police has deployed five companies of state commandos to patrol 682 kilometres of the provincial railway track on which trains ply during night hours.


A child sleeps in a swing temporarily erected on a board put up for road signs
A child sleeps in a swing temporarily erected on a board put up for road signs in Bathinda on Friday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Mobile lab project yet to gain speed
Phillaur, April 4
The project to provide mobile forensic science analysis laboratories in all 21 police districts of the state is hanging fire for the past several years. The 11th Finance Commission had sanctioned a grant of a few crores for setting up the laboratories in the state.

NCM member to meet SGPC representatives
Amritsar, April 4
In a significant development, Mr V.V. Augstine, a Christian member of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), will visit the border belt and meet the representatives of the SGPC to clear any 'confusion' about the forcible conversion of Sikhs into Christianity.

Salary account of office attached
Sangrur, April 4
A court at Sunam has ordered the attachment of salary account Head of the District Ayurvedic and Unani Officer, Sangrur, on an application filed by Mr Sham Lal Garg, a retired Medical Officer ayurveda of Sunam.

No order to attach Ripjit’s property
Bathinda, April 4
The Punjab and Sink Bank has said that no order has been issued for attaching the property of Mr Ripjit Singh Brar, brother of senior Congress leader and member of Parliament Jagmeet Singh Brar

‘Cops’ in school uniform
Bathinda, April 4
Next time you visit the market, do not be surprised to see a boy in school uniform asking you to park your vehicle in the parking zone. If you disobey his orders, you will be fined.

PSEB employees hold gate rally
Bathinda, April 4
A section of employees of the PSEB led by its Federation staged a gate rally at the main gate of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant. They were protesting against the proposed 10 per cent cut in generation allowance and ‘backdoor’ schemes of the management to stop the allowance altogether.

Police vehicle challaned

Pay scales
Chandigarh, April 4
Taking up a petition filed by a Block Primary Education Officer of Majri in Ropar and another petitioner claiming pay scale admissible to their post, along with higher responsibility increment, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion.


Stress on safe grain storage
Rakhra (Patiala), April 4
Presiding over the valedictory function of the three-day training programme organised here by the Punjab Young Farmers’ Association (PYFA), Mr M.S. Narang, Subdivisional Magistrate, Patiala, said that small farmers and farm labourers should be provided metal bins on priority to save foodgrains stored at their homes for consumption.


Water shortage in Hoshiarpur
Hoshiarpur, April 4
Residents of the city could not get water supply today due to the shortage of tubewell operators with the Municipal Council. A spokesman of the council said 14 tubewell operators were working with the council on contract basis.


Jobless youth duped of Rs 1 lakh
Gurdaspur, April 4
The Ghuman police has arrested a cheat for extorting Rs 1 lakh from a youth on the pretext of getting him a job in the police department. Dr Naresh Kumar Arora, SSP, identified the cheat as Jodh Singh, a resident of Dakha.

Four booked for selling minor girl
Ropar, April 4
The Nangal police today booked four persons, including Subash Chand, father of a minor girl, Choutu Ram, the middle man, Munshi Ram, brother of the person who married the girl and Dharam Raj, husband, for allegedly selling the girl.

Three held for woman’s murder
Amritsar, April 4
The Majitha police claims to have solved a murder case with the arrest of three persons. Jasbir Kaur, Daljit Kaur and Naresh Kumar, alias Nesha, were arrested in connection with the murder of Surjit Kaur, Jasbir’s mother-in-law.

‘Family being forced to change FIR’
Bathinda, April 4
Though the Nehian Walla police station has registered a case under Sections 302, 148, 149 and 120-B of the IPC in connection with the “murder” of one Baljit Singh of Mehma Sawai village late yesterday, the Dalit Sena, in a press note issued here today, alleged that the police was forcing Baljit’s relatives to accept that he had died in a road accident.

Robbers injure 3 in looting spree
Tarn Taran, April 4
A number of robberies were committed in a single night by a gang that injured three persons seriously and took away Rs 1 lakh and some gold ornaments in the looting spree.


Provide ‘infrastructure’ to medicos or face action
Ropar, April 4
The Punjab Government will take strict action against medical institutions of the state that were not providing adequate infrastructure to the students. The government has received complaints against many dental, ayurvedic and nursing colleges alleging that these institutions were not providing adequate infrastructure to the students despite charging hefty capitation fees from them.

Headmistress ‘violating’ SC orders
Bhathinda, April 4
Mr Vasudev Aggrawal, who has recently retired as a Hindi teacher from Government High School, Teona, has alleged that Mrs Karamjit Kaur, the Headmistress of the school was not following the instructions of the Supreme Court regarding the recovery of monetary benefits withdrawn by employees on the basis of their period of ad hoc service.

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