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Anandpur foundation revamped
Badal, Tohra, Capt Kanwaljit Singh removed
Chandigarh, April 10
The Punjab Government today reconstituted the Anandpur Sahib Foundation. The old notifications and orders with regard to the setting up of the foundation have been rescinded and a new order has been issued in this connection.

2 ATPs, Building Inspector chargesheeted
Amritsar, April 10
The state government today chargesheeted three building officials, including two assistant town planners (ATP) and a Building Inspector, for allegedly clearing a multi-storey shopping complex. The violations of bylaws came into light hours before the inauguration of the building by the Chief Minister.

Probe indicts ex-Chief Engineer in pontoon scam
Patiala, April 10
The Punjab State Electricity Board’s (PSEB) Vigilance Department has recommended initiation of disciplinary proceedings against Mr P.R. Locham who retired as the Chief Engineer, Human Resource Development, on March 31 last for recalling a tender for the purchase of pontoons for the Anandpur Hydel project thrice besides other matters.

Punjab hikes user charges
Chandigarh, April 10
The Punjab Cabinet sub-committee yesterday approved enhanced user charges on the social and economic services. The hike has been effected in respect of the Departments of Higher Education, Transport, Revenue, Irrigation and Local Bodies.



  Punjab reimposes house tax
Chandigarh, April 10
Punjab has decided to reimpose house tax on self-occupied residential buildings. This tax was withdrawn by the previous SAD-BJP government, effective from April 1, 1997. That decision had resulted in the loss of revenue of Rs 30 crore per year to the Department of Local Government all over the state.

Efforts under way to forge Akali unity
Chandigarh, April 10
The talk of unity between SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and his comtemporary in Akali politics, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, is in the air again. They parted company three years ago when Mr Tohra challenged Mr Badal’s monopoly in the party and the government.

Punjabis in Pak jails: society to meet Musharraf
Ferozepore, April 10
Heads of 25 families from Punjab and Haryana, whose sons/wards are in Pakistan’s jails for the past two years, today gathered here and appealed to the International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society to make efforts for the release of their kin.

Dual-degree system recommended for PTU
SAS Nagar, April 10
In a unique move, the Punjab Technical University (PTU) is likely to introduce dual degree system in its engineering colleges. Following this system, students doing one engineering course in the college can simultaneously do another engineering degree in the same college, provided that they are able to pass their ‘parent’ degree.


Cong gets Ferozepore MC chief’s post
Ferozepore, April 10
The Congress today grabbed the post of the president and vice-president of the Municipal Committee in the elections held today at Town Hall amidst tight securiy. Nirmal Sahota, Congress councillor was elected as president and Javed Akhtar as senior vice-president of the committee. As many as 14 councillors voted in favour of the Congress candidate as against 11 who supported the SAD-BJP candidate.


Big gurdwaras to be computerised

SGPC for disenfranchising Sehajdharis
Amritsar, April 10
Keeping pace with globalisation, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has decided to computerise all big historical Sikh shrines, which fall under Section 85 shortly. This was disclosed by Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President of the SGPC, while talking to the press here today.

Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC President, addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC, addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Thursday.

Chamkaur Sahib to get a facelift
Ropar, April 10
The Punjab Government has decided to develop the historic town of Chamkaur Sahib in view of the forthcoming tercentenary celebrations of the martyrdom of Sahibzada Ajit Singh and Jhujhar Singh.

Devotees denied permit to visit Pakistan
Amritsar, April 10
Even as the token jatha of 100 Sikh pilgrims will visit their shrines in Pakistan from tomorrow, the Ministry of External Affairs has refused to grant permission to the Hindu devotees to visit Katasraj and other temples for security reasons.

Navratra offerings: chicken in, goat out
Patiala, April 10
With Navratra celebrations on, worshippers thronging Kali Devi temple, which was founded by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh after the “jyot” was brought from Calcutta, have been offering chickens this year, which is a departure from the tradition of offering small goats besides liquor to the goddess, who has mainly rural worshippers.
Devotees queue up with goats and liquor to be offered to goddess Kali at Patiala on Thursday. — Photo by Subhash Patialavi

2 doctors get bail in kidney scam case
Chandigarh, April 10
Granting bail to two doctors in the alleged kidney conspiracy case, Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed them against leaving the country without the prior permission of the court.

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Hike in ministers’ salaries ‘justified’
Sunam, April 10
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, said today that the salaries and perks of the MLAs and ministers had been increased to check political corruption and provide basic amenities to them as these were found to be insufficient.

Loans for farmers, unemployed
Ferozepore, April 10
Various government and commercial banks in the district will extend loans to the tune of Rs 48,160 lakhs to unemployed youths, farmers for self employment schemes, purchase of farm equipment, fertilisers and machinery.

Action sought against sarpanch
Gurdaspur, April 10
Resentment prevails among the residents of Wara village near Dinanagar in the district for the failure of the government in taking action against Balbir Chand, a village sarpanch for misappropriating Rs 2.88 lakh. 

Industrial Chamber leaders end dharna
Sangrur, April 10
Following police assurance to leaders of Sangrur District Industrial Chamber (SDIC) of action, members of the SDIC ended dharna here last night.

Convert MC into panchayat, demand residents
Bathinda, April 10
A number of residents of the town, including those who boycotted the municipal council elections held on March 2, today urged the state Local Bodies Minister, Mr Jagjit Singh, to convert the local municipal council into panchayat again for the over-all development of their area.

Complaint against medical centre
Mansa, April 10
Ms Jasbir Kaur of Bhaini Bagha village in the district yesterday filed a complaint under Section 12 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, in the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mansa, through her counsel Devinder Sharma against M/s Parampaul Diagnostic and Medical Research Centre, Bathinda, for giving a “false” ultasound report. 

Delay in marriage leads to suicide
Sangrur, April 10
Sangeeta Rani (19) and Ram Manohar Yadav (23) “committed” suicide allegedly by consuming poisonous substance here today. Both were reportedly engaged to be married some time ago.

MO not delivered
Bathinda, April 10
Mr Raghubir Chand Jain, retired teacher and local resident, has been waiting for the delivery of a money order worth Rs 500, sent to him by his kin residing at Hisar, for the past three years.

New high-speed coaches soon
Kapurthala, April 10
Passengers of Rajdhani Express will now travel more comfortably in the newly indigenously built, high-speed coaches using German technology manufactured by the Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Hussainpur, Kapurthala.


Romila Dubey
Chandigarh, April 10
The following postings/transfers were ordered in Punjab today. Mrs Romila Dubey is now Principal Secretary, Department of Cultural Affairs, Archives, Archaeology and Museum, with additional charge as the CEO Anandpur Sahib Foundation.

SHO, 2 other cops shifted to Police Lines
Sangrur, April 10
Mr Uttam Singh, SHO of Malerkotla Sadar police station, Mr Gamdoor Singh, Sub-Inspector, and Mr Satnam Singh, Head Constable, have been shifted to the Police Lines here allegedly for “hushing up” a case of death of Santokh Singh of Dasaundha Singh Wala village near Malerkotla. It is alleged the police was bribed to “hush up” the case by the accused.

89 cr for SC, ST welfare
Ferozepore, April 10
The Punjab Government will spend Rs 89.98 crore during the current financial year on the welfare of those belonging to the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Backward Class categories. Last year Rs 61 crore was spent for the same purpose.


Six held in fake currency racket
Patiala, April 10
A 21-year-old computer savvy youth, who is already facing trial in a fake currency case and was out of jail, has been arrested again by the Patiala police along with five other men for printing fake currency notes in the city.

Teacher alleges police harassment
Gurdaspur, April 10
A case of harassment by the police came to light here today. Raghbir Singh, centre head teacher, Saidowal Kalan, who was robbed of Rs 1,17,431 on March 7 by two motorcycle borne youths when went to the police station for the registration of a case on March 7 was himself taken in police custody and interrogated.

Three held for immoral trafficking
Bathinda, April 10
The district police today busted another immoral traffick racket being run in the city, this being the third in as many days.

Patwari held for graft
Bathinda, April 10
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested Roop Lal, a patwari posted at Malakpura in Mansa district yesterday, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 300 from Mr Bant Singh, a farmer, for favouring him.

Held for killing parents
Jalandhar, April 10
The police today arrested Darshan Singh for murdering his parents at Manakpur village under the Shahkot police station.


Inter-state IT fest begins
Malout, April 10
Dr P.B.S. Sidhu, Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala, today said that even as Indians had got worldwide recognition in the field of information technology, many milestones still needed to be achieved in the field.

Workshop by Oxford University Press
Bathinda, April 10
Oxford University Press yesterday started a two-day teaching workshop on English language teaching at Army School, Bathinda cantonment. It was inaugurated by Brig S.P. Rai, Cdr 25 Infantry Brigade.


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