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Tohra, Badal share dining table
Gurcharan Singh Tohra and Parkash Singh BadalPatiala, April 16
It is another matter that the former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, did not share the stage with former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, at Talwandi Sabo yesterday, but both giants of Akali politics shared at least a dining table here today.

VB catches, department spare
Ludhiana, April 16
The Vigilance Bureau has rebuked various departments that did not take any action against their employees charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Taking serious note of recent news report in this regard, the Additional Director General of Police Mr A.P. Pandey, has shown his displeasure to various department heads in his communication. 

‘Contradictions’ in Nanakshahi calendar
Chandigarh, April 16
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, a wellknown Sikh scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, yesterday launched a frontal attack on the Nanakshahi calendar adopted by the SGPC and declared that it would “end up in a whimper, once its inherent blasphemy, contradictions, inconsistencies and hotchpotch character come to be realised by the Sikh community”.

Golden Temple kar seva draws flak
Amritsar, April 16
The kar seva at the Golden Temple has come in far severe criticism. The SGPC and the Akal Takht secretariat are flooded with objections raised over the alleged damage caused to the Sikh school of art and magnificent old structures in the past.

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CM for Iraq gurdwara repairs
New Delhi, April 16
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today he would write to American Ambassador to India Robert D. Blackwill for carrying out repairs and reconstruction of the historic gurdwara in Iraq which had “suffered damages’’ in the recent war.

Siddiqui to submit SIT report by April 21
Kapurthala, April 16
The Punjab Additional Director General of Police cum OSD (Law and order) Mr A.A. Siddiqui, today said that he would send the report prepared by the special investigation team in the multi-crore kidney scam against the 14 police officers, including IG (Border Range) Rajan Gupta, one SSP, four DSPs two SHOs and four constables for taking necessary action to the government by April 21.

Two doctors booked for violating PNDT Act
Sangrur, April 16
The Malerkotla Subdivisional Appropriate Authority for the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act today filed a complaint in a Malerkotla court against the owner of a Malerkotla-based ultrasound unit and his wife for the alleged violation of the various provisions of the PNDT Act.


BJP activists hold anti-Cong rally
Amritsar, April 16
Hundreds of BJP activists and supporters led by party leaders and councillors staged a rally at the Hall Bazaar in protest against the failure of the one year rule of the Congress government, here today. Rallyists held protest for nearly two hours disrupting traffic, against that unfavourable policies of the government.

Congress nominee is Municipal Council chief
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 16
Mr Charanjeev Channa of the Congress was elected president of the Municipal Council, Sirhind Fatehgarh Sahib, unanimously at an election to the posts held today. The posts of junior vice-presidents went to an Independent candidate and another to a SAD candidate.


Rs 456 crore for health services
Jalandhar, April 16
The state government has earmarked Rs 456 crore in the current financial year for improving the health services, including the setting up of hospitals and purchase of equipment.

Hundreds of old women pensioners protesting against the Congress government, holding up their pension cards, at Amritsar on Wednesday. They have not been getting their pension since last year. —  PTI  

Training programme inaugurated
Chandigarh, April 16
In the present situation where humanitarian laws are being violated, “the need to strengthen these laws and to implement them at the time of armed conflicts have become the need of the hour”, said Justice S.S. Sodhi, former Chief Justice, Allahabad High Court and Ractor Army Institute of Law, in his inaugural address at the three-day teachers’ training programme on international humanitarian law, organised by the Army Institute of Law at Patiala today.

Institute for special children soon
Moga, April 16
The Faridkot district Red Cross Society has decided to help physically and mentally challenged children by providing them with vocational training for rehabilitation in an institute that would be established here at a cost of Rs 1 crore.

JAC to back industrial strike
Jalandhar, April 16
While accusing the Central Government of pursuing anti-labour policies, the Joint Action Committee of various trade unions today decided to intensify its stir against the economic policies of the Centre.

CM approached as indicted official goes scot-free
Mansa, April 16
In a representation sent today by Mr Sukhdev Singh, sarpanch of Chainewala village in the district, to the Chief Minister, with copies to the Governor and the Deputy Commissioner, he has sought action against Mr Ravinder Walia, Tehsildar, Sardulgarh, for his alleged misdeeds, which had been probed by the then Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mansa, Mr Mohinder Singh Kainth. 

Newly born found abandoned
Doraha, April 16
A newly born baby boy was found abandoned by the Sarpanch of Katani Kalan village near Gurdwara Katana Sahib on Tuesday morning. Mr Manjit Singh, Sarpanch, was coming out of the gurdwara when he noticed a two-day-old baby boy, wrapped in an old cloth, lying near the wall of the holy place.


82,886 tonnes of wheat purchased
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 16
At least 82,886 tonnes of wheat have been purchased at various purchase centres in the district till April 15, which is 26,428 tonnes higher than during the corresponding period last year, according to Mr Vikas Pratap, Deputy Commissioner, here today.


Work for welfare of villagers, DC asks officials
Muktsar, April 16
Mrs Usha R. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, today directed all officers of the district administration to work for the welfare of the people, especially the villagers. Chairing a meeting of the officials today, she said villagers and other residents of the district had been coming to her to seek redress for their problems, which could have been easily sorted out at the level of junior officers.


Doctor, two nurses booked for woman’s death
Abohar, April 16
The city police today booked a private doctor and two nurses following the death of a woman in Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here. According to sources, Mrs Sheelo, wife of Jangir Singh, resident of Government Seed Farm colony, on the outskirts of the town had become pregnant last year. 

Three robbers arrested
Jalandhar, April 16
The district police has busted a four-member gang of robbers involved in looting train passengers by using edibles laced with intoxicants with the arrest of its three members and the recovery of stolen goods from their possession.

Dowry victim kills self, daughter
Phagwara, April 16
A woman, Kanchan Aggarwal, today threw herself and her two and a half years old daughter Mitali under a train here.

Three booked for misappropriation
Gurdaspur, April 16
The police has booked three persons for allegedly misappropriating lakhs of rupees of the Novelty Ford Tractors branch near the milk plant here. Mr R.P.S. Brar, SSP, today identified the suspects as Daljeet Singh, a resident of Ambala Cantonment, Sikander Singh, a resident of Tibber, near here, and Joginder Singh, a resident of Ram Nagar, near here.

Robbers strike at 6 shops
Pathankot, April 16
Robbers struck at a market opposite the local general bus stand in the wee hours today, broke open six shops and decamped with cash kept in safes.

Youths loot bank
Sheikhpura (Bathinda), April 16
Three car-borne youths today looted the local branch of the State Bank of Patiala, on the Talwandi Sabo-Maur Mandi road. Information gathered by TNS revealed that three youths, including two wearing turbans, came to the bank in a car after entered the bank they took out their weapons and locked all those present in the bank in various rooms.


Students hold march against fee hike
Bathinda, April 16
A large number of students today held a march in protest against the astronomical fee hike announced by the Punjab Government. The students led by the Shaheed Pirthipal Singh Randhawa Manch alleged that the excuse given by the state government that expenses on education had increased by 1071 per cent were not based on facts. 
“Vidya vichari, gal ghot ke maari,” reads a placard carried by students in protest against the recent fee hike by the Punjab Government during a rally at Bathinda on Wednesday.
— photo Kulbir Beera

State-level essay competition
Chandigarh, April 16
To discover scientific talent and encourage students to think on broader aspects of science and technology, the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology here organised a state-level essay competition.

31 medicos get degrees
Muktsar, April 16
Mrs Usha R. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, today gave away degrees to 31 students of the Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences at the convocation of the college.

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