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VIPs seek favour for school admissions
Vigilance begins probe; harassed nuns meet CM
Ludhiana, April 26
Might is not always right, at least that is what the Punjab Vigilance Bureau is trying to tell several officials who have been wittingly or otherwise trying to use their influence to secure favour for a select few in top schools of the city.

800 posts vacant in govt schools
Sangrur, April 26
More than 800 posts of principal, lecturer, master/mistress and other categories of teachers are lying vacant in the government middle, high and senior secondary schools of this district though the current academic session has already begun on April 1.

SARS suspect in Fazilka
Fazilka, April 26
Mr Tajinderjit Singh, 32, a Punjab Roadways driver, has been admitted to the local Civil Hospital with fever and chest congestion to rule out SARS infection. He has been quarantined for treatment in an isolation ward of the hospital.

Mr Partap Singh Arora (65), a suspected SARS patient, at a hospital in Amritsar Mr Partap Singh Arora (65), a suspected SARS patient, at a hospital in Amritsar on Saturday.
— Reuters photo

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Ram Bagh trees fall prey to garbage burning
Amritsar, April 26
Plants and trees in Ram Bagh, which was constructed on the pattern of Lahore’s famous Gulmargh Bagh, are facing threat to their existence even as an ancient Pipal tree got damaged as garbage was being burnt beneath it everyday. The burning of the garbage is causing respiratory problems to newly borns, gynae and other patients of the adjoining Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital. In a letter written to the pollution control board and Commissioner Municipal Corporation Dr H.S. Gill, Medical superintendent, has stated that the smoke emanating leads to suffocation in the hospital.

This ancient peepal tree in the historic Ram Bagh, summer capital of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, has been badly damaged because of burning of garbage. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

This ancient peepal tree in the historic Ram Bagh, summer capital of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, has been badly damaged because of burning of garbage

Parkash Divas as World Peace Year: Jathedar Vedanti
Chandigarh, April 26
The 400th aniversary of Parkash Divas of Sri Guru Granth Sahib will be celebrated all over the globe next year as World Peace Year, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Takht Sri Akal Takht Sahib, announced at Gurdwara Gurjit Parkash, Chicago, USA, on the fifth day of the eight-day long special celebrations today.


PAC authorises Badal on unity
Chandigarh, April 26
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal, who was today authorised by the party’s Political Affairs Committee to decide the issue of unity with former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, said neither the government nor anyone else would be able to impede the unity bid.

Akali unity: Sarna may not dissolve Delhi Akali Dal
Amritsar, April 26
As Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, president Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee a confidant of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra was not forthcoming the proposed unity with the SAD (Badal), sources close to him said that he (Mr Sarna) is likely to maintain separate entity of his Delhi unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal.


Barrage leakages to continue till Nov
Chandigarh, April 26
Water will continue flowing to Pakistan through the Ravi from the Madhopur barrage near Pathankot till November. About 50 to 60 cusecs is flowing to Pakistan because of the leakages from the barrage and sluice gates at the Madhopur headworks. Such leakages sometimes touch about 100 cusecs, enough to irrigate 33,000 acres of land.

Despite the ban imposed by the District Magistrate, a farmer burns wheat straws along the Bathinda-Dabwali road
Despite the ban imposed by the District Magistrate, a farmer burns wheat straws along the Bathinda-Dabwali road on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

4 kanals of Trust land encroached on
Pathankot, April 26
More than 40 persons allegedly raised temporary structures’ over more than four kanals of land near CIA chowk, part of friends colony here. The land belongs to the Pathankot Improvement Trust and is said to be worth crores.

Police harassed my kin: Gurdev Badal
Chandigarh, April 26
Narrating the alleged police torture on his family, former Akali Agriculture Minister, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, today said the Vigilance Bureau did not spare even his 10-year-old grandson. He said his grandson, Bhupinder Singh, who is student of sixth class, had been booked in a corruption case.

Overbridge construction to begin soon: CM
Patiala, April 26
The construction work on the overbridge on the railway crossing No. 22 will begin soon. This was stated yesterday by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at a function organised to launch the community policing scheme in the city.

Non-bailable warrants against Badal’s ex-OSD
Kharar, April 26
A court here today issued non-bailable warrants for May 10 against Mr Hardeep Singh, former OSD to Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. According to Vigilance Bureau’s application Hardeep Singh when he was OSD to Mr Badal, allegedly amassed wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Lok adalat disposes of 5,000 cases
Ludhiana, April 26
A sort of a judicial record was created in the city today when as many as 5,000 criminals cases were disposed of in a single day by over 50 Benches of judges at the biggest ever lok adalat of the region.

Bathinda in our blood, say Gargi’s children
Bathinda, April 26
“Our bond with Bathinda is unbreakable. It is in our blood,” said Manu Gargi and Jannat, son and daughter of Balwant Gargi. “Since my childhood, my father would tell me about Bathinda and its golden sand. So this bond with the town is in our blood and it will never break,” said Manu.

US honour for Punjab doc
Chandigarh, April 26
Thirtyone-year-old Dr Kanan Gupta of Chandigarh was conferred the Fellowship of the American College of Physicians at a convocation ceremony in San Diego, California. She is among the youngest doctors to get this honour.

PUDA staffer’s house raided
Bathinda, April 26
Mr Baljinder Singh Grewal, SP (VB), in a statement here today said the house of Subeg Singh, head draughtsman with PUDA, who was arrested yesterday had been searched and three cheque books and some other documents recording the financial transactions of the accused had been seized.

Dullo reviews govt schemes
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 26
Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, MP, Ropar, and Chairman, Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, Fatehgarh Sahib, examined the progress of the Centrally-sponsored schemes for the year 2002-03 in this district at a meeting held at Bachat Bhawan, here today.

Gynae hospital inaugurated
Batala, April 26
The old Civil Hospital, Nehru Gate, was today converted into gynaecology hospital. The Minister for Health and Labour, Mr Ashwani Sekhri, inaugurated the hospital. Mr Sekhri said after some time it would be converted into a general hospital. He disclosed that 25 out of the 50 beds had been provided by the Lions Club Smile.


Two ASIs suspended
Hoshiarpur, April 26
Ms Gurpreet Deo, Senior Superintendent of Police here, has suspended Assistant Sub Inspector Munish Sharma, in-charge Model Town Police Station here and Mr Kulwant Singh, Assistant Sub Inspector, also of the same police station today following probe by Mr Dharam Singh Uppal, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Detective).

Two sarpanches suspended
Abohar, April 26
Two sarpanches have been suspended by the state government. According to orders received here yesterday, Mr Baldev Singh Sidhu, Deputy Director, Panchayats, said that during demarcation by the subdivisional Magistrate, Fazilka, through the local commission, it was alleged that Mr Bhupinder Singh, his son Mr Gurminderpal Singh and Mrs Narinder, wife of Mr Sukhminderpal Singh, had illegally encroached upon 2 kanal 14 marla land in New Mohinder Nagar.

Engineer shifted
Bathinda, April 26
Mr S.P.S. Sandhu, Executive Engineer (XEN), Boiler, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant was today transferred from this section to Store and Transportation wing after it was found that steam pipes had been connected running by with water pipes in the boiler of unit number-I while it was being restarted after it tripped yesterday.


4-yr-old rescued from kidnappers
Ropar, April 26
The Ropar police has rescued Nikil Gupta, 4-year-old son of Sanjay Gupta, a Morinda-based businessman, from the kidnappers with the arrest of Sanjeev Kumar and Ranjit Singh, alias Kala, both residents of Chamkaur Sahib.

Two lovers end lives
Phagwara, April 26
Two lovers allegedly committed suicide at Gandwan village yesterday. Charan Das, alias Kala, (27) and Mrs Jaswinder Kaur, (30) residents of Ambedkar Nagar in Hadiabad, Phagwara, allegedly consumed some pesticide at the cremation ground of Gandwan.

Two scooter-borne boys die in mishap
Tarn Taran, April 26
Jarmanjit Singh (15) and Gurbinder Singh (16), both residents of Malmohri village were killed last night when their scooter was hit by some vehicle.
Police sources said today that the boys were on their way to the local grain market when they were hit and fell down.

Ex-lover charged with cheating
Tarn Taran, April 26
A woman has filed second case against her former lover in less than a week at the local police station here.
Ranjit Kumari, Project Officer, Child Development, in her latest FIR on Friday, has charged her ex-lover Harwinder Singh, a resident of Jandiala Guru, with winning her confidence and depriving her of gold ornaments worth Rs 4,000 and a sum of Rs 24,700 on April 22.

Two arrested for abduction
Abohar, April 26
The police here has arrested two persons for allegedly abducting the daughter of a contract worker of the Food Corporation of India in 1999. The arrests were made at Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh. The suspects were first produced in a judicial court at Ferozabad.

Suicide victim’s husband surrenders
Phagwara, April 26
Samir Bansal, husband of Kanchan Bansal, who surrendered before the GRP, was today remanded in police custody for three days. Kanchan Bansal (25) had allegedly killed herself and her daughter Mitali (2) by jumping in front of a train here on April 16.


Revenue-sharing model for ITIs approved
Chandigarh, April 26
The Punjab Government has approved a revenue-sharing public-private partnership model to run the new industrial training institutes in the state. Following a formal decision in this regard by the Technical Education Minister, Mr M.S. Kaypee, the scheme was approved by the executive committee of the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board, at its meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary, Mr Y.S. Ratra, yesterday.

College staff await salaries
Batala, April 26
Resentment prevails among the teaching and non-teaching employees of the S.L. Bawa DAV College here due to non-payment of their salaries for March.Top

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