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Punjab poll panel seeks autonomy
Chandigarh, April 8
The Punjab State Election Commission has sought more powers as it cannot perform its constitutional responsibilities as envisaged under the 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments.

CM favours deemed varsity status for police academy
Phillaur (Ludhiana) April 8
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today called upon young police officers to imbibe scientific temper to perform their duties in more meaningful and result oriented manner. He also advised them to be more people-friendly in routine policing.

Issue of $ 1 b aid in Centre’s court: CM
Phillaur (Ludhiana), April 8
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today that the issue of aid from the International Financial Consortium was pending with the Centre as it (the IFC) wanted a sovereign guarantee which only the Government of India could give. He disclosed that the issue was awaiting clearance from the Centre.

Ambiguity on stamp duty exemption
The failure of the state government to remove a minor ambiguity in its orders pertaining to the exemption of stamp duty on the transfer of property by owners to their legal heirs has become a source of inconvenience for hundreds of women property-holders in the state, who have been running from pillar to post to avail this exemption granted two year ago.






Colleges again up to pressure tactics
Chandigarh, April 8
Come annual examination this time of the year and colleges in Punjab repeatedly hold out the threat of boycotting their duties in the wake of pending demands. This year is no exception as the Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union has announced a boycott on April 16. 

Police adopts vendor’s daughter
Punjab board topper admitted to PPS
Puja Rani (extreme left), who topped the Punjab School Education Board class V examinations, along with her parents
Bathinda, April 8
The joy of Pooja Rani, a daughter of poor vegetable vendor, who topped in the district in fifth class Punjab School Education Board examination, today knew no bounds as she donned the uniform of the Police Public School. 

Puja Rani (extreme left), who topped the Punjab School Education Board class V examinations, along with her parents and elder sister in Bathinda on Tuesday. — photo Kulbir Beera


BSP won’t tolerate dissidence: Kashyap
Jalandhar, April 8
Adopting tough postures against rebels, the BSP today announced that strict disciplinary action, including expulsion from the party for six years, would be initiated against those who would attend rebels meeting at Ludhiana on April 20.


Insurance company directed to pay compensation
Ropar, April 8
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed the Oriental Insurance Company to pay compensation to Mrs Jaswinder Kaur and her kids for deficiency in service. Jaswinder Kaur in her complaint to the forum had alleged that her husband Manjit Singh used to work for UB Engineering Ltd., at Ropar Thermal Plant.

MiG-23 crash toll rises to 6
Ludhiana, April 8

The death toll in the April 4 MiG-23 crash in Mullanpur here went up to six this evening, when Bimla Devi died of burns in the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. 

Vigilance swoop on flying club
Patiala, April 8
The Punjab Vigilance Department today detected irregularities in the stock keeping of aviation fuel by the Patiala Flying Club even as it found a former Principal of the Aircraft Maintenance College still taking classes three months after he had retired and been given an extension by forwarding his application to the Manager of the institute.

Illegal structures removed, but not debris
Bathinda, April 8
Even as the beautification drive is already on here with a large number of illegal structures being demolished the debris of these has not been removed, much to the inconvenience of residents. The anti-encroachment drive launched by the authorities has been yielding results and a large number of illegal temporary and permanent structures erected by a section of the residents have been brought down.

Although an illegal structure at Subhash Market in Bathinda was demolished some days ago, the debris has not been removed, so far.  — A Tribune photograph

Malta boat tragedy case: hearing in absentia valid
Hoshiarpur, April 8
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission said here today that Mr Exechia Paolo Reale, advocate of the Mission in Italy, representing the victims of the tragedy in Siracusa the District Courts has informed the Mission twice that the Public Prosecutor had obtained the permission of the government in Italy through the Ministry of Justice to continue the case as the tragedy happened in the International Water.

Rajindra Hospital sans funds 
Emergency patients bear the brunt
Patiala, April 8
The one thousand-bed capacity Government Rajindra Hospital is facing a fiscal crisis as a complete lack of funds for years together has created such a situation that voluntary organisations and philanthropists are currently running its Emergency wing as the hospital virtually has no medicines at its disposal.

Forest dept official rapped
Chandigarh, April 8
The audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India tabled in the Punjab Assembly recently has rapped officials of the Forest and Wildlife Department of Punjab for causing losses to the department worth Rs 60.85 crore due to negligence and inefficient management of departmental affairs.

Rehri owners to go on strike today
Bathinda, April 8
Alleging that the anti-encroachment drive had deprived them of their bread, members of the hath-rehri union have decided to observe a strike tomorrow.

2,500 examined at dental camp
Faridkot, April 8
More than, 2,500 patients were examined at a two-day free dental check-up camp organised by the local Dashmesh Dental Institute of Research Sciences which concluded here last evening.

Health centre staff found absent
Fazilka, April 8
Mr Bhupinder Singh Saharan, local SDM, conducted the surprise checking of primary health centres of Jandwala Bhimeshah, Dabwala Kalan and Khui Khera in this subdivision.

MLA, SHO lock horns over raid
Pathankot, April 8
The local MLA and an SHO, Shahpur Kandi, today locked horns after the police raid on Bharmota village, which had led to an unsavoury situation here today. The SHO reportedly told his seniors that the MLA allegedly ‘misbehaved’ and threatened him with dire consequences when a police party picked up a person from Bharmota village involved in a land dispute.

Bar in clause
Chandigarh, April 8
Whether the bar contained in a clause specified in the Constitution of India against challenging panchayat elections except by way of an election petition is absolute will be decided by a larger Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

No SARS case in Punjab
Chandigarh, April 8
Punjab has slowly woken up to the severe acute respiratory syndrome. The Director, Health Services and Family Welfare, Dr D.P.S Sandhu, today apprised mediapersons of the steps taken to deal with any suspected cases.

Protest against war on Iraq
Gurdaspur, April 8
Workers owing allegiance to various Leftists unions, including Lok Morcha, Punjab, and Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), held a rally at Nehru Park here today to protest against the war on Iraq.

‘Balidan Divas’ function today
Amritsar, April 8
The All-India Anti-Terrorist Front will honour the members of the families of those who made the supreme sacrifices in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and other parts of the country while fighting terrorism at the ‘Balidan Divas’, being organised at New Delhi tomorrow. A jatha from Amritsar has already left for New Delhi in this connection.

‘Daaire’ marks end of Theatre Day 
Patiala, April 8
The two-day World Punjabi Theatre Day celebrations launched by the National Theatre Arts Society concluded with the hosting of Punjabi musical play “Daaire” at the State Languages Department auditorium here yesterday.

PTDC MD told to explain
Ropar, April 8
On the plea of the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation Karamchari Dal, the Punjab Labour Commissioner has directed the Managing Director of the PTDC to inform as to what legal provision had been adopted while ending the services of 62 daily-wage workers in the corporation in the past 10-15 years.

PWD staff rally
Chandigarh, April 8
The PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union, Punjab, will hold a rally against the “anti-employee” policies of the government here tomorrow, President of the union Karamjit Singh Bihla said here today.

ASI dismissed
Ferozepore, April 8

Punjab Police Assistant Sub-Inspector Naveen Kumar was yesterday dismissed from service on the charge of having disappeared from the security duty of the state Chief Minister in 1991, when he remained absent for over 200 days.

17 couples tie the knot
Faridkot, April 8
As many as 17 needy couples belonging to Bathinda, Ferozepore, Moga and Faridkot districts tied the knot at a mass marriage function organised by the local unit of Bhavan Vikas Parishad here yesterday.

3 die in freak accident
Malerkotla, April 8
A women and two children were killed when they were run over by a road roller which on Malerkotla-Khanna road here last night.


Farmers to be charged for water they may not use
Ropar, April 8
With the implementation of the Punjab Government notification regarding the implementation of canal water charges farmers in the state will have to pay cess on canal water to the Irrigation Department without actually getting water. Sources told the correspondent that the Irrigation Department of the state was in the process of calculating the canal water charges due from the farmers.


Man kills parents
Jalandhar, April 8
In a barbaric incident, a son killed his father and mother, with a sharp-edged weapon, owing to some land dispute, at his residence at Manakpur village in Shahkot near here today.

Wife, paramour kill husband
Amritsar, April 8
The district police claims to have apprehended two accused Dalwinder Singh alias Ladoo and Paramjit Kaur in connection with the murder of Sawinder Singh, husband of Paramjit Kaur.

Immoral trafficking racket busted
Gurdaspur, April 8
The police yesterday busted an immoral traffic racket, according to Mr R.P.S. Brar, SSP, in a press note issued here today. The SSP said eight persons — one woman, two girls and five boys had been arrested while two of their accomplices managed to escape.

Five held for immoral trafficking
Bathinda, April 8
The police today arrested four girls and Jatti Aunty involved in immoral trafficking. The police said that Jatti Aunty had been contacting customers on the telephones, her son identified as Yuvraj alias Raja used to bring girls from places like West Bengal and Delhi. Of five girls arrested, two belonged to West Bengal and one to Delhi and the fourth one to rural area of this district.

4 deported to Pak
Amritsar, April 8
Four persons, including a child and Pakistani citizens accused of smuggling narcotics, were deported to their native country via the Wagha joint check point here today.

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