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Chemists bitter, tea  traders simmer
Day 5 of truckers’ strike
Bathinda, April 19
The prices of fruits, oils and pulses are soaring, vegetables are in short supply, chemists have asked drug companies to send medicines through courier and tea traders are planning to launch an agitation because their business has been hit. 

Gujral lauds PM’s offer to Pak
Jalandhar, April 19
Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral today welcomed Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s offer of friendship to Pakistan and dialogue with people of Jammu and Kashmir to settle “internal and external issues” for peace.

CM’s claim on ST false: Badungar
Patiala, April 19
The SGPC President, Jathedar Kirpal Singh Badungar, today said Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had lied when he had claimed that sales tax had been exempted on all items being purchased for langar of Darbar Sahib by the SGPC.

A watermelon seller cuts his produce in various shapes to attract customers A watermelon seller cuts his produce in various shapes to attract customers, even as the price of fruits have increased many folds due to the strike of truckers, in Bathinda on Saturday.
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Fatehgarh Sahib


A political paradox
Chandigarh, April 19
There is a strange paradox in the political and the social relationship between the firebrand Akali leader, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, and leaders of Communist parties. While Mr Mann is virtually treated as “ untouchable” by Communist parties in Punjab, it is not so in New Delhi, the nerve centre of the Indian politics.

Tug-of-war between PPCC factions
Chandigarh, April 19
Unabated tug-of-war between two major factions of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee for supremacy in zila parishads, panchayat samitis and municipal committees of the state has not only led to frequent postponement of the election of the chiefs of these grassroots level civic bodies but has also put loyalists of the two factions on a confrontational course leading to complaints of “coercion” and “kidnapping”.

Kamaljit’s sister grilled about ring ceremony
Patiala, April 19
In the much publicised murder case of Harpreet Kaur, teenaged daughter of former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur, the video cassette of the ring ceremony of Harpreet Kaur, was played in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge S.P. Bangar today. The defence asked Manjit Kaur, the sister of Kamaljit Singh who had allegedly married Harpreet, to explain the absence of her father at the ceremony.

No move to ban ACs, says PSEB
Patiala, April 19
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today claimed that there was no proposal to ban the use of air conditioners in the State thus refuting the statement of the Chief Engineer, Systems Operation, Mr Padamjit Singh, in this regard.


PAC meeting


Hailstorm damages wheat crop
Ludhiana, April 19
Heavy downpour and hailstorm that lashed the district today partially damaged wheat crop. The condition was worse at grain markets with unpaved flooring after rainwater accumulated there. Farmers continued to look anxiously at the overcast sky.

Untimely rain gives shivers to farmers
Kharar, April 19
Shukar hai rab da ke garhe ghatt pae ate minh vi chheti ruk gea hai. Nahin taan iss vaar saadi kanak di fasal mandi vich pai tabah ho jani si (Thank God, hailstorm was not severe. Rain stopped after a little while. Otherwise, our wheat crop lying in the market would have been damaged) .

Labourers try to dry wheat after hailstorm and rain at a place near Kharar on Saturday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan
Labourers try to dry wheat after hailstorm and rain at a place near Kharar

Fire destroys three ‘birs’

SHSAD flays SGPC chief over calendar
Amritsar, April 19
The Working Committee of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) has given powers to its President Gurcharan Singh Tohra with regard to forging unity with any Akali Dal.

MLA returns bribe money taken by PA
Malerkotla, April 19
Local MLA Razia Sultana today evening returned Rs 5 lakh taken as bribe by her PA and ex-sarpanch of Bodhai village near Malerkotla from a person of the same village. According to information Harpal Singh PA to the MLA, in connivance with Jarnail Singh, sarpanch of Bodhai had taken Rs five lakh from Chand Singh of the village Bodhai for getting some work of his son done.

‘Modern’ colonies with ‘primitive’ facilities
Bhatinda, April 19
Bharat Nagar and Patel Nagar, two of the main “modern colonies” being developed by the local Improvement Trust, lack basic facilities of drinking water and sewarage due to which a section of residents are not able to shift to their houses in these areas, the Punjab Contractors’ Aassociation today said, here.

Workers threaten gherao 
Bathinda, April 19
Mr Karora Singh, city president, Technical Services Union, (TSU), Mr Mahesh Chander, president, Employees Federation (AITUC), and Mr Wazir Singh, president, Employees Federation, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) have threatened to gherao members of the PSEB, according to a press note.

Protest rally by cooperative bank staff
Bathinda, April 19
Employees of Bathinda Central Cooperative Bank (BCCB) today held a rally against the decision of the government to bring their salaries on a par with government employees.

Cultural deterioration: leaders, writers blame each other
SAS Nagar April 19
Writers and politicians kept blaming each other for the deterioration in the cultural, linguistic and literary fields at a state-level convention organised by the Sabhyacharak Talmel Committee here today.

Vidhan Sabha to host conference
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 19
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha will host a regional conference of presiding officers of legislative assemblies of northern states in May and Chief Ministers, Speakers, Deputy Speakers, Parliamentary Affairs Ministers, chief whips and leaders of Oppositions will attend this conference, said Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, while talking to mediapersons at Bassi Pathana today.

VB in search of Badal’s PA
SAS Nagar, April 19
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today pasted a notice outside the residence of Mr Hardeep Singh, PA to the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. According to the notice, Mr Hardeep Singh, has been asked to report to the SP, Vigilance Bureau, on April 21 at 11 a.m.

Modernise railway station: PGA
Bathinda, April 19
The Public Grievances Association (PGA) has urged the Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, to include the name of the local railway station in the list of stations to be modernised in Punjab.

BSNL told to pay compensation
Ropar, April 19
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed the BSNL to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to Mr Jagteshwar Prashad Singh of Mundi complex, SAS Nagar. The complainant said he had been regularly paying his telephone bills. He added that on the receipt of a disputed bill of Rs 7,594, he had visited the office of the officials concerned but they did not redress his grievance.

Contaminated water bothers residents
Bathinda, April 19
Residents of Baba Deep Singh Nagar in a statement here today said they had to fetch drinking water from Housefed Colony as the ground water in their colony was unfit for consumption.


Choked minors have farmers worried
Gurdaspur, April 19
Resentment prevails among farmers of this district as the government has not undertaken repair and desilting of minors and distributaries for the past several years.


Panchayats to monitor water supply schemes
Patiala, April 19
Public Health Minister Jasjeet Singh Randhawa today inaugurated a revamped water supply project at Haripur Juggian village in the Ghanaur block wherein a 1000-feet-deep tubewell has been installed at a cost of nearly Rs 24 lakh to ensure clean drinking water for villages around the Katlahar, Zirakpur and Rasulpur areas.


5 of family sentenced to life
Faridkot, April 19
A court here sentenced five persons — four brothers and a son of one of them — to life for the murder of an advocate, their fifth brother, two years ago. The court on Thursday also ordered the accused to pay Rs 10,000 each, failing which they would undergo further imprisonment for a year.

3 quintals of poppy husk seized, 2 held
Bathinda, April 19
The district police today seized nine bags of poppy husk and arrested two persons in this connection. In a press note issued here today, the police said a police party going from Bhukhian Wali village to Mall Walla village had stopped a canter on suspicion and seized 3.24 quintals of poppy husk packed in nine bags of 36 kg each.

Narcotic smuggling on the rise
Bathinda, April 19
Narcotic smuggling has witnessed an upward trend following a rise in the demand for poppy husk and other drugs. Peddlers have now started supplying poppy husk and other narcotics on the doorstep in villages.

Bid to ‘grab’ husband’s house, 4 arrested
Bathinda, April 19
The wife of a resident of the city today allegedly tried to “grab” the house of his husband, against whom she is fighting a case of divorce. Sources said that Mr Kewal Krishan had filed a case for divorce against his wife and an appeal in this connection is also pending in the women call of the police.

Two women crushed to death by truck
Jalandhar, April 19
Two young women were crushed to death when the moped that they were riding on was hit by a truck at Rama Mandi Chowk near here today. According to the police, the victims were identified as Rupinder Kaur (22), a computer engineer and Kamaljit Kaur (18), an employee of Connect Telecom.

Case registered against petrol station
Patiala, April 19
The Food and Civil Supplies Department has registered a case against Sarao Service Station situated at Korian village in Dirba constituency of Sangrur district for hoarding petrol and diesel and selling these at rates in excess of regulations

Computers stolen from college
Ropar, April 19
Robbers stole computers worth about Rs 3 lakh from the Shivalik College of Pharmacy, Naya Nangal, last evening. According to the information available, the robbers entered the college building, opened the locks of the computer room and fled with four HP computers, including a server and two printers.

10-year jail for 2 smugglers


Change of varsity entrance exam date sought
Bathinda, April 19
A number of candidates for the postgraduate medical entrance examination have urged the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, to change the date of examination as it clashes with the entrance examination date of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education Karnataka.

Khalsa College scam: forum to seek probe
Amritsar, April 19
The Sikh Forum Punjab has decided to take the issue of dismissal of two teachers from the local Khalsa College and bungling in the provident fund account of the college to the notice of the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh. The president of the forum, Capt Chanan Singh Sidhu, said the forum would seek vigilance inquiry into the matter.Top

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