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Power tariff hike may be below 15 p.c.
Punjab yet to present case to PSERC
Chandigarh, April 11
The revision of power tariff has been held up because the Punjab Government has not yet presented its case to the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, seeking another extension of one week. Official sources say though the rough draft of the representation to be submitted to the commission has been prepared, the final draft will be prepared after a meeting with the Chief Minister.

Will higher fees ensure quality education?
Chandigarh, April 11
Will the enhanced user charges ensure good quality of social and economic services? There is no ‘charter of services’ appended to any proposal submitted by the departments promising either improved or adequate quality of services.

SAD MLAs may not accept hike in perks
Jalandhar, April 11
In its strategy to oppose the recent hike in the perks of MLAs and ministers, for which a Bill was passed in the state Assembly recently, the SAD may ask its MLAs not to accept the revised emoluments.

Probe ordered into MC recruitment scam
Bathinda, April 10
The Punjab Government has ordered a probe into the large-scale recruitment of employees in municipal councils during the SAD-BJP regime in violation of established norms.




Devotees carry Sri Guru Granth Sahib from India to Pakistan across the Wagha border post, near Amritsar, on Friday. About 100 devotees are going to Sri Nankana Sahib in Pakistan to participate in the Baisakhi festival.
— Reuters

Fake SGPC votes made: Sehajdharis
Ludhiana, April 11
The process of the SGPC elections came under suspicion when Dr Paramjeet Singh Ranu, president, Sehajdhari Sikh Federation, alleged that a majority of the voters enrolled as kesdharis we in fact Sehajdharis.

Murder probe indicts SP, DSP
Sangrur, April 11
Mr Mandip Singh Sidhu, SP (Headquarters), here in his revised report has recommended action against Mr Gurkirpal Singh, SP (D), and Mr Raj Bachan Singh, Malerkotla DSP, for alleged “involvement” in the “hushing up” of a case of death of Santokh Singh of Dasaundha Singh Wala village near Malerkotla. It is alleged that the police was “bribed” to “hush up” the case.

New law to govern immigration to Canada
Ludhiana, April 11
Cases of those seeking immigration to Canada are being dealt under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act effective from April 1, said Devinder Shory, a Canadian immigration lawyer.


Chaman Lal flays ‘healing touch’
Jalandhar, April 11
Criticising the Jammu and Kashmir government’s “failure” to curb militancy in the state, the Union Minister of State for Defence, Mr Chaman Lal Gupta today said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Syeed’s ‘healing touch’ policy towards militants had failed to yield tangible results.


No variety shows on Baisakhi mela
Talwandi Sabo, April 11
In a significant departure from earlier trends, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has decided not to allow anybody to organise variety (dance) shows and circus during the Baisakhi mela to maintain its religious sanctity.

Businessman’s murder: police in blind alley
Moga, April 11
The police so far has failed to solve the murder case of an industrialist of Kot Kapura, whose charred body was recovered from a field near the Moga bypass on December 10, 2002. Family members of the deceased will meet the CM on Monday to demand a CBI inquiry into the case.

Tiwana’s son pays homage to father
Patiala, April 11
Harpal Tiwana’s comic satire “Mela Munda Kuriyan Da” was staged at the Central State Library here last evening. The play written in 1978, was chosen as the launch pad of the Harpal Tiwana Foundation because Tiwana wanted to stage the play again but he died before that.

An apology for a fire station
Mansa, April 11
The condition of the local fire station is pitiable. There are three fire engines of the 1979 and 1984 models of which one is permanently off the road while another, which had been sent for repairs last year, could not be brought back as the municipal council has no funds to pay the repair bill.

Processions mark Ramnavami
Hoshiarpur, April 11
Ramnavami was celebrated with great enthusiasm here on Friday. A procession was taken out through the main bazars of the city. A three-day annual Mahasankirtan Sammelan by the Ram Charit Manas Parchar Mandal started at the local Shakti temple on the occasion.

12 more rice millers booked
Chandigarh, April 11
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has booked 12 more rice millers in four districts allegedly for embezzlement of paddy, amounting to more than Rs 8 crore, during the milling season 1998 to 2002.

SHO ‘thrashes’ Cong leader
Phagwara, April 11
Supporters of Mr Surinderpal Gikki, vice-president of the Phagwara Block Congress committee, today blocked traffic for about 45 minutes and staged a dharna and a demonstration in front of the local Sadar police station on the Banga road.

Kabul-bound buses allowed into Pak
Wagah, April 11
The 25 Kabul-bound buses, which were detained at this joint checkpost yesterday, were today granted permission by the Pakistan Government to enter its territory.

NGOs for cells to monitor civic bodies
Amritsar, April 11
More than six non-government organisations demanded a probe into the local Municipal Corporation’s working. ‘Amritsar Vikas Manch’ general secretary Mr Kulwant Singh Sufi demanded a special team to probe corruption in “cash-strapped” civic bodies in Punjab.

Mobile medical help for 30 villages
Bathinda, April 11
The Elders’ Service Society, Faridkot, in a press release here yesterday said that a project had been launched by the society to provide medical facilities in 30 villages and in the first phase 11 villages had been adopted.

Two of family hurt in clash
Lalru, April 11
Two members of a Bartana village (Handesra)-based family sustained injuries in a clash here last night.


PRTC to disband Budhlada depot
Budhlada, April 11
The Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation, Patiala, is set to disband its Budhlada depot, which has started showing profits. Sources revealed that the plan was to merge the Budhlada depot with the Barnala depot. It is also understood that the Board of Directors of the PRTC have approved the merger.


Lakhs looted from foreign currency exchange
Jalandhar, April 11
In a sensational daylight dacoity, eight armed youths looted foreign and Indian currency amounting to Rs 5 lakh from a private foreign exchange and money transfer establishment near the busy BMC Chowk here this morning.

Girl alleges rape in hospital
Patiala, April 11
A 17-yr-old girl today alleged that she had been raped by some class IV employees of the Government Rajindra Hospital on the hospital premises last night. The girl who is resident of Majri locality in the city, however, has not got a case registered in the regard.

Undertrial beaten up on court premises
Bathinda, April 11
Nahar Singh, an undertrial in the murder case of senior Akali leader Teja Singh Toofan, husband of SGPC member Darshan Kaur Toofan, was allegedly beaten up today in the Bakshi Khana on the district court premises by members of a gang of criminals.

Travel agent held for duping
Jalandhar, April 11
The district police has arrested a travel agent on charges of cheating and forging travel documents. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, in a press note issued here today, said Mr Nirmal Singh and Mr Jaswinder Singh of Balwan village in Sangrur district, had complained that Gagan Kumar Bakshi, who is running a travel agency here, had duped them of Rs 4 lakh on the pretext of sending their relatives to Libya.

Nursery owner murdered
Abohar, April 11
Sheeshpaul (40), owner of a local nursery, was allegedly killed last night with sharp-edged weapons, the police said this morning. Sources said Sheeshpaul, father of two married daughters and two schoolgoing sons, had been running the nursery behind new water works maintained by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board near the Hanumangarh bypass here.


PTU ‘not averse’ to extending affiliations
SAS Nagar, April 11
Punjab Technical University is not averse to providing affiliation to technical courses being run by colleges affiliated with other universities in the state. This was stated by Dr Y.S. Rajan, Vice-Chancellor, PTU, here today.

‘Inculcate values in school kids’
Bathinda, April 11
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha today said there a need for reforms in the education system so that students were shaped into good human beings and not merely literates.


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