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Gender equality ‘not negotiable’
Women’s right to perform seva at Darbar Sahib
Chandigarh, April 23
There is no need for the SGPC to seek public opinion on Sikh women’s right to perform seva at Sri Darbar Sahib. The right of gender equality was given to Sikh women by founder of the religion, Sri Guru Nanak Devji.

Punjab wants new water tribunal
Chandigarh stakes claim on river waters
Chandigarh, April 23
While Punjab has demanded the setting up of a new water tribunal in terms of the Inter-State Water Disputes Act 1958, the Union Territory of Chandigarh has decided to stake its claim on river waters of undivided Punjab as a “riparian state”.

Badal, Tohra to share stage on April 27
Chandigarh, April 23
A function to be organised by the Delhi Sikh Samaj on April 27 to felicitate the Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Mr Tarlochan Singh, may be the prelude to formalising the much-awaited unity among various factions of the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Residents want memorial to Gargi
Say he has done Bathinda proud
Mr Diwan Chand remembers the days spent with Balwant GargiBathinda, April 23
When Balwant Singh was born in a house in the Neeta Mal street, near the 1800-year-old historical Gobind Fort, little did his kin and neighbourers know that one day the kid, who was the second son in the family of Shiv Chand, a Head Clerk in the Irrigation Department, would create history.

Mr Diwan Chand remembers the days spent with Balwant Gargi near his home at Bathinda on Wednesday.




2 Chautala men to be declared POs
Benami land deals in Ropar villages
Ropar, April 23
In the case of the controversial benami land deal in Naglian and Khairpur villages in Ropar, the police has initiated steps to get two close friends of the Chautala family — Krishan Sagwan, a Hisar-based lawyer, and Sandeep Godhara — declared as proclaimed offenders.

Staines overwhelmed by Punjabi warmth
Jalandhar, April 23

As a tall, fair woman stepped out of the compartment of the train, she was surprised at the huge crowd that had gathered at the railway station here today to welcome her on her first visit to Punjab.

Nothing much against Mukul Joshi: CM
Defends decision to open casinos in Punjab
Chandigarh, April 23
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today defended his decisions on certain important issues such as allowing Principal Secretary Mukul Joshi to resume his duty after issuing him an unrecorded warning and allowing Congress leaders to use the State Government’s helicopter.

Managers of two cinema houses held
Bathinda, April 23
The police today arrested managers of two cinema houses allegedly for screening pornographic films. 

Minister meets VC, Pro-VC
Urges them to work in tandem
Patiala, April 23
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai today rushed back from Andretta in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on being summoned by Higher Education Minister Harnam Das Johar for a joint meeting with varsity Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr R.N. Pal during the course of which both of them were “advised” to cooperate with each other in the best interest of the university.


‘Trishul religious symbol of Hindus’
Gurdaspur, April 23
The Punjab BJP president, Mr B.L. Rinwa, said here today that panchayat and coming Lok Sabha elections in Punjab under present regime could not be free and fair. He demanded the installation of cameras and deployment of paramilitary forces in every polling booth to avoid rigging. Mr Raghunath Jaiswal, general secretary, Punjab, BJP, Mr Sukhpal Singh BJP MLA from Ferozepur and Mr Bal Krishan Mittal, president, district unit of the BJP, were also with Mr Rinwa.

Sham Singh elected Sangrur ZP chief
Sangrur, April 23
Mr Sham Singh Makror, (a relative of Punjab minister Lal Singh) and Mr Darshan Singh Majhi were today elected chairperson and vice-chairperson, respectively, of the Sangrur Zila Parishad, while six members loyal to Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, also a Punjab minister, led by Mr Sarbjit Singh, walked out and did not participate in the election.

PPCC chief sets up disciplinary panel
Chandigarh, April 23
Taking a serious view of growing indiscipline in the party, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, has constituted a five-member disciplinary committee headed by Mr Nasib Singh Gill, a former Deputy Speaker of Punjab.


Greening mortuary ‘to lessen grief’
Bathinda, April 23
A secluded room in a corner emitting foul smell and blood-stained bandages and cotton etc scattered all over, come to mind when one thinks of the mortuary and the post-mortem room in a hospital. Nobody, not even relatives of the deceased, prefer to go near it.

‘Complete probe against Langah in 3 months’
Chandigarh, April 23
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the Punjab Vigilance Bureau Director-cum-ADGP A P Pandey to complete the inquiry into the allegations of corruption against former Akali minister Sucha Singh Langah at the earliest, preferably within three months.

Business page:
Post offices to collect power bills
Chandigarh, April 23
The electricity consumers in Punjab would no more have to stand in long queues in scorching heat to deposit electricity bills as over 3,000 post offices in the state would collect their bills. After the success of a pilot project in Patiala, an agreement between the Postal Department and PSEB is being signed in this regard, said Ms Manjula Prasher, Post Mastergeneral, Punjab Circle here today.

Badal’s OSD denied bail
Chandigarh, April 23
Punjab’s former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s Officer on Special Duty Hardeep Singh was today denied bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. His petition for the grant of anticipatory bail was dismissed by the High Court Chief Justice, Mr Justice B.K. Roy.

Corporation unions burn an effigy of the Chief SecretaryMC staff burns Chief Secy’s effigy
Amritsar, April 23
As many as six corporation unions joined hands to hold a rally demanding a probe into assets amassed by vigilance officials.

Corporation unions burn an effigy of the Chief Secretary, Mr Sudesh Kaushal, in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma 

MC hunt for tullu pumps from today
Patiala, April 23
Tullu pump users will face raids from early morning tomorrow with the municipal corporation authorities deciding to adopt tough measures to end this menace. A special task force has been constituted for the purpose. The corporation has hiked the fine up to Rs 2,000 in case of seizure of a tullu pump from any premises.

Order probe into poll rolls: IMA
Muktsar, April 23
The local unit of the Indian Medical Association has urged the Punjab Chief Minister to initiate an inquiry into the alleged irregularities committed while preparing the electoral rolls for the poll to the Punjab Medical Council. 

Chadha in privy council
Amritsar, April 23
Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson has appointed Mr Baljit Singh Chadha to the Queen's Privy Council of Canada. The oath ceremony was held at Rideau Hall, Governor-General's house, in Ottawa.

Masroor is Ahmadiya sect chief
Amritsar, April 23
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmed has been elected the fifth caliph and successor to the Promised Messiah in London by the Ahmadiya community following the demise of Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmed.

Steps to check drug abuse
Tarn Taran, April 23
Drug abuse is no longer confined to youth of the area, but has spread to all age groups. A survey by the district police has cautioned that the problem was assuming serious threat to the law and order situation.

Cheema foundation to focus on ‘Kisan Behan’
Chandigarh, April 23
After “Kisan Bhai” now it is the turn of “Kisan Behan”. The Dr Amrik Singh Cheema Foundation Trust has decided to focus its attention on the neglected lot of women farmers, who play a significant role in rural economy.

FIR copy at doorstep of complainant
Bathinda, April 23
Here is good news for victims of crime. Henceforth, they will not have to make rounds of police stations for a copy of an FIR registered as they will get the same in their respective homes.

Award in memory of ‘Nanak Singh’
Amritsar, April 23
“Sardar Nanak Singh Memorial Award” has been introduced from this year in memory of noted Punjabi novelist Nanak Singh. The award has been started by the Punjab-Maharashtra-Sahit Sanskriti Manch for Punjabis here and abroad.

Fire in fields injures two
Bathinda, April 23
Two persons were injured today while they were trying to bring a fire under control which engulfed the standing wheat crop at Mehraj village near Rampura Phul in the district. The fire reportedly broke out due to sparking in electricity wires.

Lawyers function from tent
Sangrur, April 23
Members of the District Bar Association here led by Mr Sarjiwan Jain, president of the association, today resorted to a novel method started functioning from a tent, put up in the judicial complex here. They were protesting against the non-construction of chambers.

Lawyers to strike work
Mansa, April 23
A meeting of the District Bar Association was held here today, which resolved that the Bar members would abstain from work till April 26 in support of their demand.

Special Lok Adalats
Bathinda, April 23
Nine Special Lok Adalats will be held in the district courts complex on April 26, where motor accident claims and bank loan recovery cases will be disposed of.


Maintenance: DC blames it on councillors
Faridkot, April 23
Taking a serious view of poor condition of roads and encroachments on The Mall road and around the Clock Tower Chowk area in the district, Mr A. Veenu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, has directed officers and councillors of the local Municipal Council to look into the matter on a priority basis. 

Revenue data being digitised in Ropar
Ropar, April 23
The revenue data of 34 villages of the Majri block of the district is being digitised. The Deputy Commissioner here Ms Seema Jain, while talking to newsmen yesterday said revenue record of the villages was being digitised under the Budki Rao water shed development programme launched in the Majri block.

Govt notification
Chandigarh, April 23

The Punjab Government has issued a notification exempting the goods purchased by the SGPC for the Golden Temple in Amritsar from sales tax. The notification will remain in operation till March 31 next year. 

Drive to beautify Ferozepore town
Ferozepore, April 23
The district administration has embarked on an ambitious plan for the beautification of the town, especially various roundabouts and the main artery passing through the town. 


Doctor faces legal action
Bathinda, April 23
The Civil Hospital authorities have initiated legal action against Dr Nirmal Singh of Kartar Clinic, Bhagta Bhaika, in the district for violating rules while using ultrasound machine.

Unit making adulterated honey unearthed
Ropar, April 23
The Ropar police has unearthed a Chamkaur Sahib-based factory allegedly involved in making adulterated honey.


School students stay away from classes
Kapurthala, April 23
Students of Jack-n-Jil Senior Secondary School situated on the premises of Rail Coach Factory, Hussainpur, near the town today abstained from their classes. They also registered their protests by wearing black badges. The students were protesting against the non-affiliation of the school with the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali.

Refer case to special judge: varsity don
Patiala, April 23
An application was submitted on behalf of Punjabi University teacher Harwinder Bhatti, who was allegedly attacked by some persons at the behest of former Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, at the fast-track court here, pleading that the case be referred to a Special Judge empowered to try cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act.Top

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