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Punjab CLP divided over attending Tohra’s bhog
Chandigarh, April 9
Members of the Punjab Congress Legislature Party in general and members of the Council of Ministers in particular are sharply divided over attending the bhog ceremony of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra who died in a New Delhi hospital on April 1.

Ravi Inder, Ramoowalia to support Tur
Tarn Taran, April 9
Mr Tarlochan Singh Tur, former MP and expelled leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), who has been contesting from this constituency as independent candidate today got a shot in arm when Mr Ravi Inder Singh, president SAD (Ravi Inder) and Lok Bhalai Party president Balwant Singh Ramoowalia extended their unconditional support to him.

Poll duty puts Punjab Police under pressure
Chandigarh, April 9
In less than a fortnight after the Centre turned down the request of the Punjab Police for deploying additional forces for "maintaining law and order situation" in the state during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, the authorities have decided to divert personnel from different departments.

Centrifuge machines can further distort sex ratio, say experts
Chandigarh, April 9
Despite the pre-conception part coming under the ambit of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique Act, the use of latest centrifuge machines by various infertility centres all over Punjab, guaranteeing a male child, has become a serious cause of concern for those seeking to correct the highly distorted sex ratio.



  Pak girl sad to part from Indian friends
Jalandhar, April 9
If innocent Farha’s broad smile shows that after a year and two months’ of separation, she has forgiven her strict mother and is ready to reconcile with her, the occasional appearance of bleak frowns indicates that she is a bit sad over the thought that she will have to leave Harijinder and Kammo, the two young inmates of the Gandhi-Vanita Ashram, whom she had made friends with during her stay at the institution.


PSEB member quits to campaign for Preneet
Patiala, April 9
Punjab State Electricity Board member Sheelam Sohi has resigned from the Board after “realising” that the campaign of Congress candidate Preneet Kaur was not picking up in the Banur Assembly segment.

Channi’s election campaign launched
Hoshiarpur, April, 9
Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, president of the state unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party, launched the election campaign of Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, BSP candidate from Hoshiarpur Parliamentary constituency, here today. BSP workers from all over the constituency and state leaders were present on the occasion.

Surjeet asks Cong workers to vote for CPM candidate
Ropar, April 9
Mr Harkishen Singh Surjeet, secretary of the CPM, today campaigned for party’s candidate, Mr Darshan Singh Mattu, in the Ropar areas. Mr Surjeet held a meeting with Congress workers at Ropar. Speaking on the occasion he urged upon the Congress workers to help the CPM candidate, Mr Mattu, to defeat the SAD/BJP alliance.

Umeed foundation not helping me, says MLA
Sangrur, April 9
Mr Arvind Khanna, local MLA and chairman of a local social organisation, Umeed Khanna Foundation (UKF), who is also a Congress candidate from Sangrur parliamentary constituency in the Lok Sabha elections, today clarified that the foundation was not helping him financially, rather he was helping it.

Factionalism in Cong surfaces in Phillaur
Phagwara, April 9
Factionalism in the Congress surfaced here today at an election meeting called by party candidate Santosh Choudhary, seeking re-election from Phillaur (reserve).

RRD promises 33 per cent reservation to women
Faridkot, April 9
The Rashtriya Raksha Dal has praised Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for shifting two Senior Superintendents of police on the orders of the Election Commission.


Liquor contractor’s men harass people
Nangal (Ropar), April 9
Liquor price war on at the borders of the district yesterday evening witnessed people and henchmen of the liquor contractors of Punjab and Himachal clashing. Sources here said that the trouble started when henchmen of Rana and others, the company running liquor trade in Punjab area started checking vehicles of the people coming from Himachal.

Demand to dissolve Ram Tirath Board
Amritsar, April 9
The Ram Tirath controversy over ‘kar seva’ of the ancient temple today took a new turn with the demand for “dissolution” of the “Ram Tirath Development Board”, from the Bharatiya Valmiki Dharm Samaj activists including its national organiser.

Punjab Ratna for Tejwant Mann
Patiala, April 9
The Malwa Research Centre and Grace Books, Bathinda, honoured Punjabi writer Tejwant Singh Mann and Principal Staff Correspondent of Indian Express Yoginder Mohan with the Punjab Ratna and Shamsher-e-Punjab awards, respectively, here today. The function was presided over by Jaswant Singh Kanwal.

IMA support hinges on commitment to health sector
Bathinda, April 9
The Bathinda branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has put up certain conditions for extending support to candidates contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha election as nominees of different political parties.

No portion of temple demolished, says MC Commissioner
Bathinda, April 9
Mr D.K. Tiwari, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Bathinda today clarified that during the demolition exercise carried out in the Bhupindra Mill area yesterday, no part of temple building was pulled down by the Municipal Corporation authorities as alleged by Mr Ashok Kumar, president, Mahadev Amarnath Sewa Samiti.

Campaigning picks up in Jalalabad
Jalalabad, April 9
Both the Congress and SAD-BJP candidates have intensified their poll campaign for the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll in this border constituency. The campaign of Mr Zora Singh Maan, SAD candidate, got a shot in the arm when he succeeded in making up with the former SAD MLA Sher Singh Ghubaya, who was at loggerheads with him for some time.

Dalits hold protest march
Jalandhar, April 9
Members of the All-India Confederation of Scheduled Caste, Backward Classes and Scheduled Tribes Organisations, Punjab, today took out a march to protest against the state government for its failure to give scholarships to around 22 lakh Dalit students during the past more than two years.

The All-India Confederation of SC/BC/ST organisations, Punjab, holds a protest against the state government in Jalandhar on Friday. — Photo: S. S. Chopra
The All-India Confederation of SC/BC/ST organisations, Punjab, holds a protest against the state government in Jalandhar on Friday.

15 down with jaundice, SMO denies reports
Pathankot, April 9
At least 15 persons, including children, from Ram Nagar, ward No 12 are suffering from jaundice. Mr Romesh Kumar, a local resident, said due to a leak in the sewerage pipe people have to drink infected water.

Conference of cardiologists opens today
Amritsar, April 9
The first Indo-Pak heart surgeons conference will open here tomorrow to add a new dimension to the improvement in relations between the two neighbours.


High Court
CIA official told to appear before court
Chandigarh, April 9
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the in charge of the CIA staff, Patiala, to appear before it on April 26 in a case relating to the alleged illegal detention of one Amritpal Singh Kohli, whose brother, Maninderpal Singh Kohli, is on the run after having allegedly murdered British schoolgirl Hannah Foster.

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Standing crop in 30 acres burnt
Fazilka, April 9
Standing wheat crop in about 30 acres between Muthianwali and Karnikhera villages of this subdivision was reduced to ashes in a fire caused due to short circuit.


529 polling booths sensitive
Faridkot, April 9

The administrative machinery of Moga, Faridkot and Muktsar districts, falling in Faridkot Lok Sabha constituency, has been geared up for smooth and peaceful conduct of elections, scheduled for May 10.

Admn’s denial on Bhindranwale grant plea
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 9
The district administration has denied having received any applications for the release of grants for setting up memorials Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and Ali Jinah under the MP quota.


BSF seizes 3 kg of heroin, two held
Jalandhar April 9
In a drive against narcotic smugglers, the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Narcotics Control Bureau, jointly arrested two persons and confiscated a consignment of three kg of heroin. Mr G.S. Sandhu, Senior Public Relation Officer, BSF, stated here today received information that a group of smugglers were trying to revive smuggling of narcotics in the region.


BA (III) political science paper full of ‘howlers’
Phagwara, April 9
Students of BA (III) of Guru Nanak Dev University who appeared for the political science paper A (Opt) in the evening session today were baffled by a howler in the paper. While the Punjabi version of Section A questions in English was correct, the Hindi version had as many as five questions i.e. Question No 5 to 9, out of a total of 12 questions, missing. Each question carried five marks.


District credit plan for banks released
Amritsar, April 9
The annual district credit plan of Rs 1295 crore for all banks for the financial year 2004-05 which is 26 per cent more than the expected achievements of the last year, was released by Mr Raminder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, here today.


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