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Suspected SARS cases in Patiala, Hoshiarpur
Patiala, April 28
A 14-year old boy who had visited Goa to meet his sister, who had come from abroad, has been admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital here this evening as a suspected severe acute respiratory syndrome case.

A barber uses surgical mask in fear of SARS

A barber uses surgical mask in fear of SARS, in Jalandhar, on Monday. 

Truck operators threaten stir
Say CM’s man trying to capture their union
Rampura Phul, April 28
There is tension in the town following attempts by a section of ruling party politicians to “install” their favourite as president of the local Truck Operators’ Union, despite the fact that he is not a member of the same.

Probe into pay-off scandal begins
Ludhiana, April 28
The state Vigilance Bureau has begun an inquiry into the police pay-off scandal, exposed through a video film shot by two satta operators. 

Fatehgarh Sahib



Suspend MDS courses: DCI
Patiala, April 28
The Dental Council of India has recommended suspension of Master of Dental Surgery courses in five specialities in the Government Dental College here for not having infrastructural facilities and teaching staff required Under Graduate Training Programme.

Petitions of travel agents dismissed
Chandigarh, April 28
Dismissing a bunch of 25 petitions filed by travel agents in Punjab, Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana, besides the Chandigarh Administration, to look after the “interest of poor prospective non-resident Indians, rather than confining their concern to those well-settled migrants who have already made a fortune abroad, so as to avoid repetition of Malta boat tragedy”.

No visa for Pak pilgrims as Urs begins today
Mr C.S. Srivastava, Commissioner, Patiala Division, Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner along with Khalifa Syed Mohammed pay homage at Rouza SharifFetehgarh Sahib, April 28
For the third consecutive year, pilgrims from Pakistan have been denied visa by the Pakistani Government due to strained relations with India. Earlier, pilgrims from Pakistan came here to pay obeisance at the annual Urs at Rouza Sharif, Fatehgarh Sahib. 

Mr C.S. Srivastava, Commissioner, Patiala Division, Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner along with Khalifa Syed Mohammed pay homage at Rouza Sharif, Fatehgarh Sahib, on Monday. 

One more held for paper leak
Amritsar, April 28
The city police today arrested Balwinder Singh, a key accomplice of SAD leader Devinder Singh alias Pappu, in the dock over the leak of CBSE PMT question papers.

Theft at CM’s stud farm
Patiala, April 28
The robbery of more than Rs 1 lakh from the stud farm at Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s New Moti Bagh Palace residence has turned out to be an insider’s job, with the local police on the lookout for two employees who are absconding even as Rs 97,800 has been recovered from one of the stables.


Punjab BSP reconstituted
Jalandhar, April 28
The state unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party has been formally reconstituted, with the announcement of a 25-member team of the office-bearers, including 17 general secretaries.

Dhumal to work for Badal-Tohra unity
Ropar, April 28
The Bharatiya Janata Party will help Akali stalwarts Prakash Singh Badal and Gurcharan Singh Tohra come together. Earlier also before the Assembly elections in Punjab an effort was made by the BJP to bring together the said Akali leaders. 

‘PPCC to give 30 pc representation to women’
Faridkot, April 28
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee plans to give at least 30 per cent representation to women to head District Congress Committees and due share will be given to the Scheduled Castes. This was stated here today by Mr Uppinder Sharma, general secretary, PPCC, and spokesman of the party.


Chained, freed, forgotten
Talwandi Malian (Ludhiana), April 28
A mentally-challenged man chained to a pillar for seven years in Bhammipura village was freed after mediapersons and the police intervened yesterday. Situation of another mentally-challenged man chained and later freed in similar fashion almost two years ago has come back to square one.

Day-to-day cross-examination
Chandigarh, April 28
On a petition filed by an approver in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam Jagman Singh and his wife seeking the quashing of a section in the Code of Criminal Procedure which stated that an approver would continue to remain in jail till the trial concluded, the high court directed that the cross-examination would continue on day-to-day basis after May 10.

Beating the heat
Beating the heat: Children dive into the Sirhind canal near Bathinda on Monday as mercury soars in the state. — photo Kulbir Beera

Restoration: experts visit Golden Temple
Amritsar, April 28
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today decided to seek expert opinion on the restoration of the intricate interiors of the Golden Temple.

Shahbajpuri decries Badal on calendar
Amritsar, April 28

Coming down heavily on Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal for extending support to implement the Sikh Nanakshahi calendar, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Sukhdev Singh Shahbajpuri today said this step of Mr Badal had given “open invitation to the terrorism in Punjab”.

2.5 lakh cases pending in HC
Bathinda, April 28
Perturbed over the ever-rising number of cases in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Centre has requested the High Courts to implement the recommendations of the Malimath Committee to expedite disposal of pending cases. It has also started encouraging the use of information technology for speedy disposal of cases.

‘Joblessness leads to drug addiction’
Faridkot, April 28
Mrs Kuldeep Kaur and Mrs Dalbir Kaur, mothers of two drug addicts of this town, have appealed to the Punjab Government to generate more sources of income to check the menace of drug addiction which has marred the future of the younger generation. 

Action against absent MC staff
Patiala, April 28
Nearly 25 per cent of municipal corporation employees were found absent from duty when the Mayor, Mr Vishnu Sharma, conducted a surprise check in the office.

Cabinet ministers to head district planning boards
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab Government issued a notification today that the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the District Planning and Development Boards would be Cabinet and state ministers, respectively.

7 injured in group clash
Bathinda, April 28
At least seven persons were injured, some of them seriously, when two groups clashed in the Sanjay Nagar locality of the city this evening. All the seven injured have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The injured, belonging to two groups, attacked each other with sharp-edged weapons.

CM’s aide snubs bureaucracy
Ludhiana, April 28
Congress leaders in Ludhiana demanding the transfer of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Agarwal, today got a shot in the arm with the Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Rana Gurmit Sodhi, coming to their support and declaring that the bureaucracy will not be allowed to dominate the political leadership.

Kidney scam: 3-day remand for Dr Jain
Amritsar, April 28
The local court today remanded Dr P.K. Jain who had surrendered before the Special Investigation Team yesterday in police custody for three days.

PSEB employees take out march
Patiala, April 28
Punjab State Electricity Board employees today took out a march towards the residence of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, here today to protest against a proposal to dismantle the board.

‘Protect ecology for posterity’
Jalandhar, April 28
“It is our duty to provide better healthcare to the younger generation by continuously supporting the efforts to protect environment,” said Mr Ashok Gupta Deputy Commissioner, at a function to mark World Health Day on the premises of Red Cross School for Deaf here today.

Engineers allege discrimination
Bathinda, April 28
Resentment prevails among diploma engineers of the public health wing of the PWD due to the alleged discrimination in promotions.

Hospital sans anaesthetist
Gurdaspur, April 28
There is resentment among residents of Jugial residential area of Ranjit Sagar Dam and surrounding areas aganst no anaesthesia expert being appointed in the 100-bed hospital at Jugial.

Medical camp organised
Chandigarh, April 28
Around 500 patients were examined and 200 lab tests and 100 ECG examinations were performed during a medical camp held at Gurdwara Chamkaur Sahib in Ropar district.

PO surrenders in court
Amritsar, April 28
Proclaimed offender Sant Parkash Singh who is allegedly involved in the murders of Gurpreet Kaur Sohal, President, All-India Sikh Students Federation (women wing), and a salesman of Woodlands showroom, today surrendered in the local court.

Cable operators remanded
Mansa, April 28
Partners of the local Ahluwalia Goldstar Cable Network namely Ramesh Kumar and Navdeep Ahluwalia and their employees namely Pawan Kumar and Jaswinder Singh, who were booked under Sections 307, 342, 323, 324, 148 and 149 of the IPC for beating a minor boy Rohit and his father, Rakesh Kumar Goyal, and his friend, Ashok Kumar Jindal, who went to lodge a complaint regarding poor reception of various channels, were produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Harsh Mehta, here today. The magistrate remanded them in the judicial custody till May 12.

PR staff found absent
Amritsar, April 28

Many officials were today found absent during a surprise check of the local office of the Punjab’s Information and Public Relations Department by its Director Karam Singh.

Protest against water shortage
Moga, April 28
A number of women belonging to villages falling under the Baghapurana police station in Moga district today took out a procession carrying empty pitchers and buckets to protest against the acute shortage of drinking water in their villages for the last several weeks.


Woman, paramour kill son
Sangat (Bathinda), April 28
In a bizarre incident, Kirna, living with her paramour at Gheri Bhagi village in the district after leaving her husband at Jaitu, has murdered her one-and-a-half-year-old son.

ASI on bail for dacoity re-arrested
Phagwara, April 28
ASI Sanjiv Kumar on bail in a case of dacoity was re-arrested in another case of breach of trust registered under Section 409 of the IPC for the “disappearance” of a “misal” of a police report of a theft case. 

Tiller denied share, ends life
Talwandi Sabo, April 28
Bhola Singh, a farmer of Lallewala village of this subdivision, committed suicide last evening when he was denied his share in the crop for two seasons in a row by landlord, Janak Raj Nambardar, whose land he tilled.

Fake currency, liquor seized
Sangrur, April 28
The police has seized fake currency notes worth Rs 2,500 and a case of liquor from two motor cycle-borne persons.

Four held for robbery
Jalandhar, April 28
The police has arrested four persons on charges of robbery and recovered Rs 45,000, a country-made pistol and four cartridges from their possession.

Gang of robbers busted
Ferozepore, April 28
The police here has claimed to have busted a gang of miscreants responsible for over 12 incidents related to robbery and other crimes.

Ex-serviceman held for fraud
Gurdaspur, April 28

The police has apprehended an ex-serviceman on the charge of duping innocent persons by promising to provide them jobs in the Army.

‘Baba’ gets 10-year jail for rape
Patiala, April 28
A local fast-track court today awarded 10-year imprisonment to a “baba” for raping a minor girl studying in Class VII. The paternal uncle of the girl was also awarded a 10-year sentence along with the “baba” for abetting the crime.

3 chemists booked
Jalandhar, April 28
The district police has booked three chemists for selling psychotropic substances without valid prescription issued in violation of the orders of the District Magistrate, according to a press note.


‘Govt to invest in science, technology’
Amritsar, April 28
The Government of India has decided to raise national investment in science and technology to 2 per cent of the GDP in the next few years. This was stated by Prof V.S. Ramamurthy, Secretary Science and Technology, Government of India, while addressing the second faculty convocation of Guru Nanak Dev University here today. He said with focussed efforts India could emerge as global leader in the arena of science and technology.

Demands for Gargi Chair
Bathinda, April 28
Mr Surinder Singh, chairman of the high-powered finance committee, Punjab, and MLA, Bathinda, yesterday urged the Centre to set up a Balwant Gargi chair in the Department of Theatre in Panjab University, Chandigarh, for his contribution to the Punjabi literature, particularly the Punjabi theatre.

Notice to Harcharan Bains
Chandigarh, April 28
The PAU Registrar has served a show-cause notice on Assistant Professor Harcharan Bains, who was reinstated recently, asking him to explain his alleged political activities within 20 days or face the stoppage of next two annual increments with a cumulative effect. 

22 teachers found absent
Muktsar, April 28

During a surprise raid in 30 schools in the Gidderbaha block in this district, 22 teachers were found absent from duty.

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