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Minister-scamster nexus: Badal’s poser to CM
Chandigarh, April 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to come clean on the alleged links between his ministers and those involved in multi crore-fraud scams.

Police fails to arrest Channi
Jalandhar, April 20
The Vigilance Bureau has failed to nab builder Charanjit Singh Channi and his relative Mohinder Singh, even after three days of the registration of a case. Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh’s office is said to have instructed the bureau to speed up action on the matter.

Kashyap may be next CS
Chandigarh, April 20
The Chief Secretary to the Punjab government, Mr Y. S. Ratra, is unlikely to get another extension in his term which expires at the end of this month. This has been made clear by the Centre to the state government although the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has been pressing for the same for quite some time.

Kidney scam gets murkier
DIG threatens to sue SP
Amritsar, April 20
A new dimension was added to the multi-crore kidney scam as the DIG, Police Academy, Phillaur (the then SSP, Amritsar), today accused Mr Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, SP (City) and senior member of the special investigation team for allegedly working with a “prejudiced mind and personal vendetta”.



Sikh religious leaders in USA
Chandigarh, April 20
In an unprecedented event, the Jathedars of four of the five Takhts, head priest of Gurdwara Sis Ganj, president and secretary of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, president of the Patna Sahib Management Committee and other eminent religious leaders will address the overseas Sikh community at Gurdwara Gurjot Parkash in Chicago, USA, from today in connection with the eight-day-long 400th anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Rs 8000-cr missing foodgrain scam
Chandigarh, April 20
In Punjab, wheat and paddy stock worth Rs 8,000 crore is reported “missing”. This is evident from the glaring “mis-match” between the cash credit limit given by the Reserve Bank of India for procurement of foodgrains and the value of the present stock held by the procurement agencies, as determined on physical verification. A “quality” audit will show the extent of damage that has been caused to the present stock.

58 Punjab farmers ‘committed suicide’
Chandigarh, April 20
The Bharatiya Kisan Morcha national President Mahadev Rao Shivankar claimed today that at least 58 farmers had allegedly committed suicide in Mansa, Muktsar, Sangrur and Bathinda districts of Punjab during the past four to five months.

Lightning kills six of family
Nawanshahr, April 20
Lightning struck the jhuggi of Jai Ram Yadav, originally in Bakhuna village in Madhuvan district of (Bihar), on Saturday night and killed his wife Anita (35) and children Surajmani (10), Gunja (9), Pooja (7), Munna (5) and Budhehar (4 months).


As manual harvesting picks up once again, sickles are much in demand in Ludhiana villages. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

‘DSGMC got red carpet welcome in Pak’
Wagah, April 20
Members of the SGPC Sikh jatha that returned from Pakistan after celebrating Baisakhi at gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hassan Abdal through Wagah joint check post today alleged that the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee was accorded ‘red carpet’ welcome by Pakistan authorities immediately after their arrival in Pakistan.

Relax visa rules, Gujral to India, Pak
Jalandhar, April 20
Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral today said that strict visa rules, suspension of rail and road traffic and snapping of cricket ties between India and Pakistan would not help in improving the strained relations between the two countries.

Domoria bridge project delay irks Gujral
Jalandhar, April 20
Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral today held ongoing dispute between local Municipal Corporation and the Railway Ministry over price of land to be transferred to build link road to the proposed bridge, responsible for delay in the start of Domoria bridge, linking two parts of the city.

Head of Ahmadiya community dead
Qadian, April 20
The head of the Ahmadiya Muslim community, Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (75), Khalifatul Masih IV, passed away in London yesterday. He was elected as the fourth successor on June 10, 1982 but due to the religious persecution in Pakistan he migrated to London in April 1984.

NGO committed to protect environment
Bathinda, April 20
Volunteers of Sankalp, an NGO, have taken up tree plantation drive in the periphery of Govindgarh fort and 100 saplings had already been planted.

Give Jacob extension, says SAD (A)
Phagwara, April 20
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has sought an extension for Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd) Punjab Governor. Mr Jaskaran Singh Kahan Singhwala, general secretary, SAD (A), said today that the term of General Jacob should be extended.

Gujjars should get ST status: Mohsina
Gurdaspur, April 20
A large number of Gujjars participated in a rally held at Gobindsar village, 35 km from here, today. Mrs Mohsina Kidwai, General Secretary, AICC, and in charge, Punjab Congress, was the chief guest. Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, PPCC, president, presided.

Mystery shrouds youth’s death
Hoshiarpur, April 20
Mr Gurcharan Singh found his young son dead when he reached ‘haveli’ of Narinder Singh in Bambeli village under Mahilpur police station on Friday last night. It is reported that Surjit Singh and Narinder Singh son of Mangal Singh both of Bambeli village were fast friends.

‘Add’ special clause to check foeticide
Sangrur, April 20
Members of different sections of society have said the Union Government should add a special clause to Section 302, IPC, to book violators of the PNDT ACT. They said harsh steps were needed to check, female foeticide.

Arhtiya writes to rights panel
Mansa, April 20
Mr Kulwant Singh, an arhtiya of Budhlada in the district, today wrote to the Punjab State Human Rights Commission to issue directions to the Mansa SSP to put the challan of a case (FIR No. 107) registered on September 29, 2001, in the Budhlada police station against some arhtiyas of Budhlada.

Plea to President on court holidays
Sangrur, April 20
Mr Yogesh Gupta, member of the District Bar Association, has urged the President of India, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to reschedule the holidays of all subordinate courts of Punjab and Haryana on the pattern of that of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Mobile library launched
Bathinda, April 20
The Bathinda Vikas Manch has launched a mobile library that supplies books on the doorstep and collects them after a specified time.


Wheat on 5 acres burnt
Farmer blames it on PSEB
Bathinda, April 20
The hopes of Nazam Singh, a farmer of Joganand village, of earning a profit were dashed to the ground last evening when five acres of standing wheat crop was burnt in a fire that allegedly broke out due to sparking in a faulty transformer.

Reassuring banners greet farmers
Bhokhra (Bathinda), April 20
A large banner urging farmers not to pay bribe to arhtiyas (commission agents) for selling their wheat greets the visitors to this procurement centre set up by the Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation and the faces of the farmers selling their wheat here tell much about the transparency that has been induced in the system by some dedicated employees.

Potato glut threat to economy: Mann
Jalandhar, April 20
Terming the potato glut in Punjab mandis as a major threat to the economy of the state, president of the SAD (Amritsar) and MP Simranjit Singh Mann has decided to raise the issue with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at Delhi soon.

BKU (E) fast begins today
Chandigarh, April 20
To protest against the failure of the Punjab Government to honour its commitments made last month, the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) has decided to go on fast from tomorrow.

MLA inaugurates wheat purchase
Abohar, April 19
Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, Mr Darshan Singh Grewal, ADC, inaugurated purchase of wheat and Mr Jaskiran Singh, SDM, at a function organised by the Commission Agents Association at the Grain Market here. The water cooler donated by the association was also inaugurated.

FCI MD visits grain market
Khanna, April 20
Managing Director of the Food Corporation of India Naresh Chaturvedi today visited Khanna grain market and found some gunny bags with less weight. He was here on a tour to Punjab to cover procurement arrangements for the wheat procurement.

Commission agent’s licence cancelled
Mansa, April 20
A commission agent, Mr Ramesh Kumar Jatane Wala, working in a purchase centre at Bachhuana village in the district, is alleged to have sold old wheat unfit for human consumption mixed with barley to Punsup in connivance with Inspector Ishwar Kumar of Punsup.


DEO to probe embezzlement of Red Cross funds
Abohar, April 20
Alleged embezzlement in sports and Red Cross funds collected by the Primary Education Officer has led to confrontation among different unions and associations of government employees. The District Education Officer, Ferozepore, shall be visiting the town on Tuesday to probe the matter.

City roads to be widened: Singla
Bathinda, April 20
“The efforts for securing Municipal Corporation status for the city were successful and now providing more facilities for the residents would be high on agenda.” This was stated by Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman High-Powered Finance Committee while presiding over a meeting of district officials convened to prepare a programme for widening and strengthening of main roads in the city.


2 SAD workers booked
Abohar, April 20
Two senior SAD workers of Chak Janisar village have been booked under Sections 451 and 454, IPC, and under the Prevention of Atrocities on Scheduled Caste Act after five years of the incident. Sources said Congress worker Sardul Singh had been driven from pillar to post stating that senior SAD workers Jaswinder Singh, Devinder Singh and Gurcharan Singh had forcibly evacuated his family from his house constructed on panchayat land.

Four booked on cheating charge
Gurdaspur, April 20
The police has booked four persons for cheating persons by taking money from them in the name of an investment company, Finance and Investment Company on the pretext of handsome interests. Mr R.P.S. Brar, SSP, said here today that the accused have been identified as Vikas Nijawan of Pathankot, Mehar Chand of Tanda, Hoshiarpur district father-in-law of Vikas Nijhawan, Khazan Chand, brother of Mehar Chand, and a resident of Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh.


Change entrance test date: IMA
Phagwara, April 20
Dr O.P.S. Kande, chairman, Medical Action Committee-cum-Legal Cell of the Indian Medical Association, Punjab, today urged the Punjab Government to change the date of the PG entrance test fixed for May 25 since the date clashed with the date of the entrance test of Manipal University, which had been fixed prior to Punjab.

I’ll not meet minister on Pro-VC’s message: VC
Patiala, April 20
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai today made it clear that he would not meet Higher Education Minister Harnam Das Johar on being conveyed as such by the university’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal.

Saru Rana not to sit for re-exam
Patiala, April 20
A former Punjabi University Fine Arts Department student, Saru Rana, who had accused the ousted Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, of attempting to rape her, has written a letter to the present Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, saying she does not want to reappear for the second year postgraduate examinations after raising of a controversy over her reappearance by the head of the department.

Hike in college fees opposed
Bathinda, April 20
The state government’s move to increase fee and funds in state-owned colleges has been criticised widely and a large number of organisations have urged the government to reconsider the hike.

Minister’s warning to private colleges on fee
Jalandhar, April 20
The Punjab Higher Education and Language Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, today issued warning to private educational institutes against charging hefty fees in the name of various funds.

Gaganjit wins painting competition
Patiala, April 20
Gaganjit Singh Brar of Blossoms School won the first prize in the Major B.S.S. Bedi Memorial Inter-School On-the-Spot painting competition, organised by the Rotary Club, Patiala Mid Town, and the Innerwheel Club, Patiala Mid Town, at the Gymkhana Club here today.

Prize winners of the Major B. S. S. Bedi memorial inter-school on-the-spot painting competition at Gymkhana Club, Patiala, on Sunday. — Photo Subhash Patialavi
Prize winners of the Major B. S. S. Bedi Memorial Inter-School on-the-spot painting competition at the Gymkhana Club Patiala


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