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Brick-kiln owners to go on strike from April 30
Chandigarh, April 1
As many as 2,500 brick-kiln units spread across Punjab would stop manufacturing work for an indefinite period from April 30 in protest against the policies and attitude of the Capt Amarinder Singh government towards their demands.

Mr Sarabjit Singh Makkar, President of the Brick-kiln Owners Association, and Mr Kuldip Khanduja address a press conference in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Mr Sarabjit Singh Makkar (right), President of the Brick-kiln Owners Association, and Mr Kuldip Khanduja address a press conference in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Amarinder Singh, others mourn Tohra’s death
Chandigarh, April 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of the SGPC president, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who passed away in New Delhi last night.



Responsibility fell on his shoulders early
Tohra (Patiala), April 1
At ten, a young “man” of this village with a small land holding took Labh Singh under his patronage. The young man, bereft of a father, worked shoulder to shoulder with Labh Singh on his 22 bighas of land, often taking on hard labour and letting his “servant” do the lighter work.

Labh Singh, who has tended Tohra’s fields for 50 years, sits in front of the house, which G.S. Tohra built for his family, along with his sons at Tohra village. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Labh Singh, who has tended Tohra’s fields for 50 years, sits in front of the house, which G.S. Tohra built for his family, along with his sons at Tohra village.

Action on the cards against irrigation officials
Chandigarh, April 1
Action is on the cards against a large number of Sub-Divisional Engineers, Executive Engineers and other officers of Irrigation Department, who allegedly diverted funds, meant for specific purpose, to other works.

Resentment more discernible in Punjab Congress
Chandigarh, April 1
In Punjab, the Congress and the Akalis in various and varying political permutations and combinations or in alliance with CPI, CPI(M), BJP and BSP have been the main players in all elections from panchayat and state-level to Parliament.

Cong betrayed national interests, says Fernandes
Guru Har Sahai (Ferozepore), April 1
The Union Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, today accused the Congress of continuously betraying the interests of the country to grab power. He urged the people to vote for the NDA to protect the honour and dignity of the country.

defence minister George Fernandes (right) raises a sword to depict ascendancy of the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab before addressing an election rally at Guru Har Sahai Mann, Ferozepore, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

It is homecoming for me, says Manish Tewari
Manish Tewari
Chandigarh, April, 1
“April 3 has a special significance for me. It was on this day that my illustrious father, Prof Vishwa Nath Tewari, made the supreme sacrifice for Punjabiaat, for the unity and integrity of the country. It is why I have chosen this day to launch my electioneering campaign,” says former Indian Youth Congress chief Manish Tewari, Congress candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat.

5 die in mishaps
Hoshiarpur, April 1
Five persons including two women were killed in three accidents in Hoshiarpur district yesterday evening.


Brar banking on anti-corruption drive for votes
Ferozepore, April 1
Firebrand MP Jagmeet Brar, who is to contest the election from this border constituency, today said he would seek votes on the basis of the anti-corruption campaign launched by the Congress government and his performance in Parliament regarding issues concerning Punjab and farmers.

CPI (ML) announces 3 candidates
Jalandhar, April 1
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) today declared its list of three candidates, who would be fielded from Sangrur, Phillaur and Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituencies.


Modern education at madrasas, says study
Chandigarh, April 1
Considered as the Muslim community’s link with its tradition, religion and history, the madrasas of Punjab have moved on from focusing on imparting Islamic religious education alone to adding a dash of modernisation to the syllabi taught at these centres of learning.

Sikh Sangat asked to boycott Kala Afghana
Amritsar April 1
The SGPC today appealed to the Sikh Sangat to boycott ex-communicated writer Gurbaksh Singh Kala Afghana and Joginder Singh, editor, Spokesman.

Soldiers from 53rd Armoured Regiment take part in a march past Armoured regiment celebrates Raising Day
Somewhere in the Western Sector, April 1
The 53 Armoured Regiment, set up during Operation Parakram after the terrorist attack on Parliament, today celebrated its second raising day.

Soldiers from 53rd Armoured Regiment take part in a march past on the occasion of Raising Day in Amritsar on Thursday. — Reuters photo

MiG aircraft not to be phased out
Ferozepore, April 1
To improve India, China relations, governments of both countries have agreed to conduct joint Army exercise in both countries shortly.

Judicial probe in farmer’s killing sought
Amritsar, April 1
The kisan wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today sought a judicial inquiry in the Manawala incident in which agitating farmers were lathicharged and allegedly fired at by the police.

Octroi contractors ‘tax’ civic body
Abohar, April 1
Withdrawal of Rs 10 lakh from the municipal funds by octroi contractors has raised a controversy here. The alleged discrepancy was pointed out by the internal auditors of the Local Government Department, sources said.

2 killed 6 hurt in roof collapse
Moga, April 1
At least two persons were killed on the spot and about six others were injured, five of them seriously, when an under construction roof of a house collapsed late last evening at Kishanpura Kalan village, the police said today.


High Court
Notice issued in liquor vend auction case
Chandigarh, April 1
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices on a petition seeking quashing of the entire process of auction of liquor vends in Punjab.


Anti-encroachment drive launched
Pathankot, April 1
The police started a drive to remove encroachments from the bazar and roads here today.


Home Guard jawans held on theft charge
Pathankot, April 1
Two Home Guard Jawans were arrested for stealing the cellphone, cash and valuables of an accident victim.

Man booked for taking back complaint!
Bathinda, April 1
Bhola Singh, a resident of Kararwala village of this district, landed himself in police custody after he retracted his statement in court in a corruption case registered on his complaint. He had been awarded a cash prize of Rs 25,000 by the Punjab Government for his complaint.


Approval panel to visit law college tomorrow
Faridkot, April 1
A four-member team led by Dr S.P.S. Virk, College Development Council of Punjabi University, Patiala, will visit Baba Farid Law College here on April 3 to grant the final approval to start classes from the forthcoming academic session.


Deputy Commissioner launches annual credit plan
Faridkot, April 1
Mr Hussan Lal Deputy Commissioner, launched an annual credit plan (ACP) of Rs 451.92 crore an increase of 21.22 per cent against the last year’s plan of Rs 372.81 crore, here today.

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