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Dy chairman of PHRO ‘abusing position’
Amritsar, April 14
Mr Kirpal Singh Randhawa, deputy chairman of the Punjab Human Rights Organisation, has come under a cloud, following a letter against him to the Chief Minister by inhabitants of Kabir Park and the adjoining Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar.

Genesis of BKU agitations
Chandigarh, April 14
The BKU faction of Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal has given a call for ''rail roko'' at Rajpura tomorrow. This step is to register protest against the ''unremunerative'' minimum support price of wheat.

Anti-quota rally by General Categories Federation
Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda), April 14
For the first time after the protests against the Mandal Commission during the early nineties, those belonging to the General Categories were seen up in arms against the much-debated caste-based reservation policy, which the successive governments had been patronising, to ensure that their vote banks stay intact.

CPI rally against globalisation
Talwandi Sabo, April 14
The Communist Party of India  held a rally here late last night, which was addressed by Member of Parliament, Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura, who alleged that multinational companies had forced globalisation and privatisation policies on India.



Lakhs take holy dip
Talwandi Sabo, April 14
Lakhs of devotees paid obeisance at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib on the occasion of the Khalsa Sirjana Divas (Baisakhi) and took a holy dip as part of the ritual today. A large number of langars (community kitchens) had been organised by villages along the Bathinda-Talwandi road. The people were served with sharbat (sweetened flavoured milk), chapattis, lassi and even bread pakoras at the langars. Even the government employees on the mela duty enjoyed the hospitality at the langars.
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A young boy takes a holy bath along with his father at the sarovar at Talwandi Sabo on the occasion of Baisakhi on Monday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

A young boy takes a holy bath along with his father at the sarovar at Talwandi Sabo on the occasion of Baisakhi on Monday

Cops put youth in rack
Amritsar, April 14
Raj Kumar’s (22) legs were locked in a wooden contraption and he was thrown on the floor of Maqboolpura chowki here in the afternoon today. He is alleged to have been caught in a drunken state while moving about last night.

NRI family booked in dowry case
Phagwara, April 14
The local police had registered a case under Sections 420, 406, 498, 506, 34, IPC, against nine persons, including an NRI, for cheating, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation and subjecting a woman to cruelty on the complaint of Ravi Sharan Mehta, a resident of Guru Harkrishan Nagar.


Gill co-chairman of Kisan Cong
Gurdaspur, April 14
Mr Parminder Singh Gill has been appointed co-chairman of the Punjab Pradesh Kisan and Khet Mazdoor Congress by Mrs Sonia Gandhi, president, AICC.


Ludhiana tops in fatal accidents
Chandigarh, April 14
Sahil (14), a 7th standard student, was the only son of his parents. He had come to Patiala to meet his maternal grandmother from Kangra. To celebrate Basant Panchami he expressed the desire to buy a kite.

Students ‘forced’ to welcome CM who did not turn up
Mansa, April 14
Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab who was to preside over the 11th anniversary function of Mansa district did not turn up today to attend the function.
The district administration had made elaborate arrangements for the function. Government employees present following directions by the district administration.

Hike in MLAs, ministers’ perks decried
Jalandhar, April 14
The Government Pensioners Association has criticised the state government for increasing perks and allowances of MLAs and ministers by getting a Bill in this regard passed in the last session of state Assembly.

New bridge on Kahnuwan drain
Gurdaspur, April 14
Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, PWD (B&R) Minister, laid the foundation stone of bridge over the Kahnuwan swamp drain, near Ghallughara village, today. The 30-metre bridge will cost Rs 57 lakh. Another bridge on the same drain has been sanctioned on the Tughalwala Chacksharif road.

Probe ordered against suspended cop
Sangrur, April 14
After having suspended three police officers, Mr Uttam Singh, former SHO of Malerkotla Sadar Police station, Mr Gamdoor Singh, Sub-Inspector, and Mr Satnam Singh, Head Constable, the Sangrur SSP has ordered an inquiry against them for “hushing up” of a case of death of Santokh Singh of Dasaundha Singh Wala village near Malerkotla.

Cable operators accuse Mayor of discrimination
Patiala, April 14
The issue of imposing a fee of Rs 500 per pole per annum on cable operators of the city by the Municipal Corporation has taken a new turn, with cable operators accusing the Mayor of discriminating against them even as the corporation has now decided to take the matter to the General House.

Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations
AMRITSAR: A function was organised by the Bhartiya Dalit Samaj Morcha, on the occasion. The national president of the morcha, Mr Surinder Khosla, while speaking on the occasion rued that political parties using Dalits as a vote bank.


Farmer awarded for high cotton yield
Mansa, April 14
Mr Budh Singh, a farmer of Bhamekalan village in the district, has bagged this year’s Vardhman’s first prize, including a cash reward of Rs 25,000, for achieving the highest yield of cotton — 1,100 kg lint per hectare.


36 pilgrims hurt in accident
Hoshiarpur, April 14
As many as 36 pilgrims, including women and children, were injured, three of them seriously, in a road accident near milk plant at Dasuya on Jalandhar -Pathankot national highway this morning.

DSP’s brother commits suicide
Amritsar, April 14
Teja Singh, brother of DSP Joga Singh, CID, committed suicide late on Sunday. The body was found hanging from a ceiling fan and was spotted by a waiter of Hotel Bharat, near the bus stand, where he had been staying since April 12.

Two teenagers commit suicide
Nawanshahr, April 14
Two teenagers Amandip and Sita of nearby Bakhlaur village allegedly committed suicide when they were reportedly prohibited to meet each other by the village panchayat.


Take work as pleasure, teachers urged
Faridkot, April 14
Dr Rajneesh Garg, Director, Institute for Personality and Aptitude Test, an NGO based in Chandigarh has stressed to the countering of physical and mental strain before appearing in any type of professional test, particularly that of teaching.

Teachers to man administrative positions
Patiala, April 14
Teachers of Punjabi University are making hay at the cost of the Non-teaching staff with the new varsity management giving them control of the key departments by appointing them Professor In charges.

AIFUCTO dharna in Delhi on April 17
Phagwara, April 14
The All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations and the Federation of Central Universities Teachers Associations will hold a protest dharna in front of the office of the University Grants Commission at New Delhi on April 17 to press for the implementation of the agreement signed between the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the AIFUCTO on September 5, 1998.

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