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Slight fall in wheat output likely
Chandigarh, April 4
Punjab has received 90,538 tonnes of wheat in the first three days of the official procurement season, 2004-05. Going by past experience, wheat arrivals are much early this season with Patiala topping the districts with procurement figures of 68,000 tonnes, followed by Sangrur (12,000 tonnes) and Fatehgarh Sahib (6,000 tonnes).

Wheat harvesting in full swing in a village in Patiala district on Saturday.

Wheat harvesting in full swing in a village in Patiala district on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Sonia undisputed leader of Cong,
says Ashwani Kumar
Chandigarh, April 4
Mr Ashwani Kumar“The Congress has an assured future and undeniable relevance to our nation. As long as we in the Congress pursue our path of selfless commitment to the core values of our Republic, our future as India’s premier political party is assured,” says Mr Ashwani Kumar, who has been re-elected to the Rajya Sabha from Punjab.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Tohra’s ashes immersed in canal
Patiala, April 4
Ashes of late Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Gurcharan Singh Tohra were today collected and immersed in the Bhakra Canal, one km from his Tohra village in this district, by relatives and associates.

Tohra’s death a setback for SAD
Chandigarh, April 4
It is the second time that the Shiromani Akali Dal has suffered a major setback at the time of elections. This time because of the death of the SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra .

SAD forgets its morcha martyrs
Kup Kalan, April 4
Leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal, a party which prides on the history of sacrifices and morchas fought for the redressal of the problems of the masses, were too busy in electioneering to observe the 21st death anniversary of 12 persons, including Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus, killed in the police firing in the state on the eve of the dharam yudh morcha on April 4, 1983.

Jaguars’ crash: Mann wants Fernandes to quit
Phagwara, April 4
SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann, in a statement here today, demanded the resignation of the Union Defence Minister in wake of crashing of two warplanes Jaguars in Sonamarg valley in J&K and an explanation from the Prime Minister about it.

Bhai Guriqbal Singh RagiA charitable trust to help widows
Amritsar, April 4
Nearly 1,000 widows are getting free ration worth Rs 4 lakh from Mata Kaulan Bhalai Kendra (MKBK) — a charitable trust established with the funds collected from “kirtan darbars”. Bhai Guriqbal Singh of Gurmat Satsang Sabha, who has been organising “kirtan darbars” in India and abroad, established the trust, especially for widows, through the collections during the “kirtan darbars”.

1.5 lakh devotees reach Khadoor Sahib
Tarn Taran, April 4
More than 1.5 lakh devotees thronged to Khadoor Sahib today in different Khalsa Chetna rallies on the quincentennial birth anniversary of Guru Angad Dev. The Khalsa Chetna march from Ludhiana was the main attraction. It had more than 2,500 vehicles carrying almost 55,000 devotees.


Jakhu decries BKU for supporting SAD-BJP alliance
Phagwara, April 4
By refusing to accept the Kuka and Kamagatamaru movements as the national freedom struggle movements, the NDA government had conspired to belittle the role of the Sikhs in the freedom struggle.


Pak MP for flexible attitude for durable peace
Jalandhar, April 4
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan Rai Aziz Ullah Khan today suggested that both Indian and Pakistan governments should adopt flexible attitude to solve the Kashmir issue to further improve bilateral relations.

Suspended cop running from pillar to post for justice
JALALABAD: Mr Raj Kumar Vohra a constable suspended 18 years ago from the Punjab Police, is  running from pillar to post to seek justice. Suffering from acute financial crisis, he has appealed to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Human Rights Commission for justice.

Woman hit by Chahal’s car dead
Chandigarh, April 4
Sixty-year-old Gurdial Kaur, who was seriously injured in an accident in which the car of Mr B.I.S. Chahal, Media Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister, was involved, succumbed to her injuries at the PGI here tonight.

Stress on promotion of scientific temper
Bathinda, April 4
The three-day national conference of rationalists and humanists, which concluded here this evening, stressed the need for cooperation among organisations working for the promotion of rational thought and scientific temper.

New PSEB norms hit MCB suppliers
Nabha, April 4
Specifications laid down by the PSEB, Patiala for the purchase of meter cup board (MCB) has raised eyebrows of many suppliers. Aggrieved over the specifications for procurement of MCB, the present suppliers have made an appeal to the chairman of the PSEB to reconsider the specifications of the tender in the interest of the state as it would cause a loss of Rs. 10 crore to the board and hence to the subscribers without any benefit.

Pulse polio campaign launched
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 4
Dr D.P.S. Sandhu, Director, Health Services, today launched the pulse polio campaign in the state by administering polio drops to a child at Civil Hospital here. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the campaign in the district by administering polio drops to children at a camp organised by a Citizen’s Club at Bassi Pathana.

Van of Divya Jagriti sansthan attacked
Nawanshahr, April 4
The van of Swami Achalanand of the Divya Jagriti Sansthan headed by Swami Ashutosh, was attacked by some persons near Mujjafarpur village at 3.45 pm on Saturday. A disciple Sonu was injured and the van was damaged. Swami Achlanand, in his complaint, has held Mr Kashmir Singh and Punjab Singh residents of Sujjowal village (Balachaur) responsible for the incident.

Kala Afgana dares Vedanti
Amritsar, April 4
Ex-communicated cop-turned-Sikh scholar Gurbax Singh Kala Afgana offered to rub his nose before Akal Takht and apologise to the Sikh Panth if the Jathedar, Akal Takht, prove his writings wrong.

Eye check-up camp held
Ludhiana, April 4
The Ludhiana Midtown Jaycees organised a free eye check-up and operation camp at Baba Namdev Charitable Hospital, Shastri Nagar, here on Sunday. It was inaugurated by Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, SAD candidate from the Ludhiana parliamentary seat.

Labourer killed, three hurt
Bathinda, April 4
One labourer identified as Sudama Shah died while three others were injured when a mound of sand caved in while they were digging a pit for laying down the sewerage pipes in Dhobiana road area of this city today.


10-year jail for smuggling
Sangrur, April 4

A court here has sentenced a poppy husk smuggler to 10-year imprisonment and fined him Rs one lakh.


Probe into recruitment scam begins
Bathinda, April 4
The Mansa police has started investigating into the alleged recruitment scam in the  Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology. Sources revealed that a senior police official from Mansa had started recording the statements of complainants Mohinder Singh and Lalit Mohan Sharma, president and secretary of the GZSCET Teachers Association of the college.


Three held for blasphemy
Amritsar, April 4
Five persons were booked, three of them arrested, today for allegedly using unsavoury language against a temple and seriously injuring five persons in the 100-feet road area of the temple here last evening.

Man killed by wife, son
Bathinda, April 4
Woman along with his son allegedly killed her husband in Pathrala village of this district yesterday over some dispute of property.

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