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Punjab getting into financial snarl
Chandigarh, April 18
Punjab is getting into a financial snarl. This is evident from the fact that receipts have fallen down by Rs 90 crore to Rs 100 crore because the expected receipts due to despatch of wheat to Food Corporation of India destinations have been excluded from the Consolidated Fund effective from April 1.

Barnala hints at Badal-Tohra unity
Malaud, April 18
Andhra Pradesh Governor and former Punjab Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala today said that unity among the Badal and Tohra factions would prove beneficial for the development of Punjab since it would result in establishing a healthy opposition in the state.

People in border areas neglected: Mann
Chandigarh, April 18
The President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today said that neglecting people of border areas in Punjab could prove costly for the country.

CM seeks report on link channel
Abohar, April 18
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered Irrigation Department officials to submit preliminary report on another link channel in this subdivision. The report will be submitted within 10 days for approval.

Propagating Punjab history
Chandigarh, April 18
Cunning and deceit that was the hallmark of the British that ruled India for long. And that is exactly what being conveyed to the present generation of the British by a Punjabi girl, Ms Parminder Sekhon, through a play entitled “Maharaja’s Daughters”.

Dalits want action against Mulayam
Ludhiana, April 18
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has taken strong exception to remarks made by the Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, and his lieutenant Mr Amar Singh against the Dalit community and the Uttar Pardesh Chief Minister, Ms Maya Wati, during their Punjab visit on April 14.



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A farmer harvests wheat in a field on the outskirts of Chandigarh on Friday. — Reuters

Plan to carve out Jaitu constituency
Faridkot, April 18
Under its programme delimiting 117 constituencies for the next Assembly and general elections in the state, a new constituency of Jaitu is planned to be created by abolishing the Panjgrain constituency in this district. However, the Kotkapura and Faridkot constituencies will remain intact.

Panel to oversee user charges’ utilisation
Patiala, April 18
Punjab Research and Medical Education Minister Santokh Singh today said purchase committees would be formed to ensure the speedy use of Rs 32 crore with the Research and Medical Education Directorate on account of the user charges earned by medical and dental colleges in the state.

Decision on autonomy for medical colleges in May
Bathinda, April 18
The move to grant autonomy to three medical colleges being run by the state government, initiated about three years ago, seems to have made progress as the proposal has been cleared by the authorities concerned and a decision to this effect is likely to be taken by the end of May.

While the Golden Temple may soon be declared a world heritage site, several other historical sites are being ignored.
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Mayor’s image: Cong councillors to meet Amarinder
Jalandhar, April 18
While criticising Mr Balbir Singh Chohan, a Congress councillor and staunch supporter of the Punjab Technical Education Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, of indulging in anti-party activities, the group of Congress councillors, owing allegiance to the Mayor of the local Municipal Corporation, Mr Surinder Mahey, today decided to raise the issue with the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


Takht’s kar seva ‘against’ Sikh philosophy
Phagwara, April 18
Dr Sukhdev Singh, State Convener of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), said here today that the Inventory of Historical Buildings of Amritsar was ready. It contains information on old buildings of the walled city, he said. These buildings are over 100 years old and some of them are even 250 or more years old, he claimed.

A pair of pigeons on one of the bastions of the 1800-year-old Govindgarh Fort at Bathinda on Friday. — Tribune Photo By Kulbir Beera

Sikh group surprised at criticism
Chandigarh, April 18
Members of the Sikh Core Group yesterday said that they had been “ pained and surprised” over the criticism of the Nanakshahi Calendar in the media after its release on April 14.

Parking becomes orderly, much needs to be done
Bathinda, April 18
The city appears to have solved the problem of haphazard parking. Vehicles parked properly are seen in all corners of the city.

Prayers for peace on Good Friday
Jalandhar, April 18
On Good Friday today, Christians in various towns of Doaba region visited churches and participated in processions. Hundreds of Christians marched in a procession from Sacred Heart Church to the main church in Jalandhar Cantonment. 

Redress Dalits’ grievances: judge
Jalandhar, April 18
A deputation of the Pendu Mazdoor Union, Punjab, today met the Punjab and Haryana High Court judge, Ms Kiran Anand Lall, to apprise her of the failure of the district administration in initiating action against those who committed atrocities on Dalits.

A boy participates in the Nagar kirtan organised on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur in Patiala on Friday. — Photo Subhash Patialvi

3 cases filed under PNDT Act
Patiala, April 18
Three cases were filed under the PNDT Act in two courts in Rajpura today. The cases were filed by the Senior Medical officer Dr Amar Singh Azad, and an NGO ,Mr Harbans Singh Ahuja.

Army recruitment rally
Jalandhar, April 18
The Army will organise a recruitment rally for soldiers (general duty, technical, clerk) from amongst candidates belonging to Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr, Kapurthala and Gurdaspur districts between April 20 and April 27 at the ITI grounds of Nawanshahr.

Harpreet case hearing today
Patiala, April 18
The hearing of the murder case of Harpreet Kaur, daughter of former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Bibi Jagir Kaur, was today adjourned for tomorrow by Additional Sessions judge S.P. Bangar.


Over 50,000 tonnes of wheat procured
Bathinda, April 18
The procurement of wheat which started on April 13, has been going on smoothly and as per the figures received yesterday, about 58,783 tonnes of wheat has been procured.

Combine harvesters banned at night
Bathinda, April 18
“Do not harvest wheat crop using combine machines at night as it could be a danger to law and order situation.” It seems strange that what harvesting of wheat crop has to do with law and order situation.


Rs 11 cr for 10 Mansa villages
Mansa, April 18
“The Punjab Government has selected 10 villages of Mansa district under its Organised Rural Development Programme,” said Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Panchayats after laying the foundation stone of the programme at Nangal Kalan village near Mansa today.


2 cheating cases against doctor
Jalandhar, April 18
The Jalandhar police has registered two more cases of cheating against Dr. Gurvinder Singh Samra, running a hospital in Kartarpur township. Mr Darshan Singh, a resident of Kamalke village in Moga district, had alleged that since he was suffering from back ache, he approached Dr. Samra about one and a half years ago. 

180 kg of poppy husk seized
Abohar, April 18
The Khuyiansarwar police yesterday recovered 180 kg of poppy husk from a car. Sources said the car was intercepted at a naka near Danewala village. During search poppy husk was found packed in bags. 

9 held, vehicles recovered
Ropar, April 18
The Ropar police says that it has busted a gang responsible for thefts in various parts of the state. The Senior Superintendent of Police at Ropar, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, in a press note issued here today, said the gang had been caught from a closed factory in Rampur Mahirab village near Morinda. When arrested, these persons had been planning a robbery.

Petrol station, trader robbed
Phagwara, April 18
Two cases of looting here were reported in the past 48 hours. Three armed persons had looted Rs 19,000 from Oriental Motors Petrol Filling Station on the GT Road near Chiheru village late yesterday, the police said today.

Man looted of Rs 1 lakh
Tarn Taran, April 18
Two unidentified armed persons looted Rs 1 lakh from Mr Amarjit Singh, servant of Mr Sawarnjit, alias Sonu, a shopkeeper at Fatehbad village, last evening.


Teachers’ transfer frozen for one year
Chandigarh, April 18
Taking a first major step to remove chaos on the educational front, the Punjab Government today froze transfers of teachers for one year.

Headmasters resent promotion policy
Amritsar, April 18
A number of teachers promoted as headmasters in direct recruitment by the Punjab Public Service Commission are sore over being superseded, as the state government’s decision kept them out of the equation for more than five years, while those promoted later were made principals. This, they allege is contrary to the recommendation of the Ajit Singh Janjua Commission-II that are taken as the basis for promotions.

Restore stipend, say medical students
Patiala, April 18
Postgraduate students of the local government medical college today claimed that the government had discriminated against them and other postgraduate students of medical and dental colleges in the state by discontinuing the stipend being given to them from this month.

Travails of primary students in govt schools
Patiala, April 18
The heat has started but for a few hundred children studying in six government schools in the city, the worse is still to come. These students will continue to study in the afternoon shift starting at 1 p.m. even when most government schools will close down at 12 noon due to likely extreme heat conditions.

Students seek grace marks
Phagwara, April 18
Students appearing in B.Sc (IT) part II examination were baffled yesterday when they found their theory paper I on numerical methods and statistical techniques not according to pattern. The students and their parents said here today that questions carrying 25 marks were outside syllabus.


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