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Bhindranwale’s death anniversary may kick up row
Bathinda, April 15
The mention of June 6 as the day for observing death anniversary of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in Nanakshahi calendar issued by the SGPC on the occasion of Baisakhi yesterday may generate another controversy as the Damdami Taksal repeatedly has been claiming that Sant Bhindranwale was alive and in “high spirits”.

SAD (A) objects to temple’s gilding
Amritsar, April 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today objected to the ongoing ‘kar seva’ of gilding of the Golden Temple at a time when the temple was likely to be declared World Heritage site 2005. Hence there was dire need to preserve the heritage.

Water scarcity
Civic body comes under fire from Cong leaders
Jalandhar, April 15
Scarcity of potable water in the city has caused resentment among residents. A number of Congress leaders, including a minister, an MLA and councillors have criticised the functioning of the Congress-controlled municipal corporation.




Punjab plans Bill on reservation policy
Jalandhar, April 15
The Punjab Government has decided to bring legislation on the implementation of reservation policy and filling of backlog in government offices during the next assembly session.

Federation holds anti-quota rally
Politicians exploiting Dalits: Kainth
Dalits threaten dharna outside Sonia’s house

Farmers block rail traffic
Patiala, April 15
As many as 200 farmers owing allegiance to the BKU (Rajewal) group in Punjab today blocked rail traffic for about three hours at Rajpura in protest against the Centre’s decision of freezing the minimum support price (MSP).

PSEB seeks to buy power worth 2350 cr
Chandigarh, April 15
The delay in pronouncing the power tariff revision order by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has prevented the PSEB authorities from finalising power purchase agreements with government and private sources for the current financial year, especially for the peak summer season due to begin in May-end.


Baisakhi festival ends on colourful note
Talwandi Sabo, April 15
The Baisakhi festival concluded here today with the traditional gatka (Sikh martial art), horse riding, prabhat-pheri and other ceremonies.

Chandigarh-Patiala rail link ruled out
Patiala, April 15
Citing low percentage of commuters between Chandigarh and Patiala, the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Ambala division, Mr Keshav Chandra, said there was no plan to start rail services between the two cities in the near future. He was here to participate in the 150th anniversary celebration of the Indian Railways. He said around 100 km of the old railway track in the division would be replaced in the current year.

Police to provide arms to villagers
Pathankot, April 15
The police has launched a special drive to check the crime in and around city. Mr Manminder Singh, SP (City) said today that the police had decided to provide weapons like .12 bore guns to gram panchayats for dealing with criminals.

Rajasthan to promote dairy farming
Bathinda, April 15
After having faced drought for four consecutive years, the Rajasthan Government has decided to promote dairy farming in the state to improve the economic conditions of affected farmers.

Senior doctor issued show-cause notice
Gurdaspur, April 15
The power of collecting samples has been withdrawn from the district health officer. There were complaints against the said officer of his allegedly malpractices.

Lightning kills 2 sisters
Kapurthala, April 15
Two sisters were killed and five others were injured when lightning struck them in their fields at Kolian Wali village yesterday. They have been identified as Bhajan Kaur (40) and her sister Binder Kaur.

Mansa development priority: minister
Mansa, April 15
“Mansa district was created by the Congress government led by my father, the late Beant Singh, and the present government will pay special attention for its all-round development,” said Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Transport Minister, while talking to mediapersons here today at a luncheon hosted by the Punjab Mini Bus Operators Association.


MLA annoyed as dept heads skip meeting
Ropar, April 15
The MLA, Nangal, Mr K.P.S. Rana, at a press conference held at Nangal, rued the absence of departmental heads from the meeting held today to review the progress of various development projects going on in the Nangal Assembly constituency.

9 SMOs made Deputy Directors
Hoshiarpur, April 15
The Punjab Government has promoted nine Senior Medical Officers as Deputy Directors in the Health Department of the state. Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab stated this here today.

DC suspends Marketing Board official
Ferozepore, April 15
Deputy Commissioner has suspended Raminder Singh, Mr Vinod Kumar, Auction Recorder, Punjab Mandi Board for dereliction of duty. The DC who along with District Food and Supplies Controller Amarjit Singh Doad, District Marketing Officer, DMs of various procurement agencies inspected procurement centres at Sandhe Hasham, Lohgarh, Bharana, Sodhi Nagar, Khosa Dalsingh, Sher Khan and found the Mandi Board official absent from duty.


Thieves arrested, goods recovered
Bathinda, April 15
The police said today that stolen foodgrains — 65 bags of rice and three bags of wheat worth Rs 4 lakh, a jeep and a Tata mobile vehicle had been recovered from a gang of thieves active in stealing foodgrains from godowns in the region.

3 booked for fraud
Jalandhar, April 15
The police here has booked three persons for fraud with a bank by flouting terms of the loan agreement. SSP Varinder Kumar said here today that an FIR was registered in police division No.

Minor raped
Malerkotla, April 15
A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by Mohd Shejad at her residence inside Sirhandi Gate. The culprit was caught red handed by the parents of the girl while he was committing the crime.

Three held for robbery
Jalandhar, April 15
The police here today claimed having arrested three persons for robbery and recovered three countrymade firearms. SSP Varinder Kumar stated here today that on a tip-off received yesterday by the Goraya police that a few persons at a scheduled place in Dhuleta village were armed with lethal weapons.


Exam cancellation annoys PTU students
Patiala, April 15
The Punjab Technical University’s decision to cancel the papers of various courses under its distance education programme due to reports of leakage of some papers in Bathinda and Chandigarh regions has annoyed most of its students in Patiala district, especially those who plan to appear in different competition examinations, including PCS, IAS, Bank PO, SSC, MBA and NDA. 

Students threaten stir
Patiala, April 15
Condemning the reported decision of the state government to do upward revision of the fee structure of institutes of higher learning, members of the students Federation of India (SFI) held a meeting here today and threatened to launch an agitation if the same was done.

Manch decries fee hike
Bathinda, April 15
The Shahed Pirthipal Singh Randhawa Manch has condemned the decision of the state government to increase the fee of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and has urged the authorities concerned to consider a rollback.


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