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Shift Moga DSP, EC tells govt
Chandigarh, April 15
Acting on a complaint, the Election Commission has asked Punjab Government to shift Moga’s Deputy Superintendent of Police Surjit Singh Khosa who is posted with the Vigilance Bureau.

Punjab to set up call centres for voters
Mohali, April 15
Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer will establish call centres in all districts of the state to facilitate voters during the coming Lok Sabha elections. Manned by special staff, these call centres will be made operational at least two weeks before the polling date and provide information to callers in response to election related queries.

Stop anti-Badal ads, say 3 MLAs
Chandigarh, April 15
Reacting to advertisements appearing in newspapers “targeting” Punjab’s former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal, three MLAs have asked the Election Commission to “stop” publication of the advertisements “in line with a Supreme Court ruling”.

Chandumajra not likely to campaign for Kanwaljit
Patiala, April 15
Akali leader and former Patiala MP Prem Singh Chandumajra might not campaign for SAD candidate Kanwaljit Singh who has replaced him in the constituency. He is at least not likely to campaign for Capt Kanwaljit for the next 10 days or so. 

PTU to conduct CET on June 1
Jalandhar, April 15
Punjab Technical University will conduct Common Entrance Test-2004 on June 1 even as seats in different engineering colleges have been increased to 15,350 as compared to 9,430 during 2003-2004.

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Three LeT militants in police custody
Ludhiana, April 15
Three suspected militants, including a woman, belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba, arrested by the Jalandhar police in connection with the Goraya rail blast among other cases, were brought here on production remand by the GRP this evening.

Three persons, suspected of having links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba, in police custody in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photo
Three persons, suspected of having links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba, in police custody in Ludhiana on Thursday.

Sikh jatha returns from Pak
Attari (Amritsar), April 15
A Sikh jatha, comprising of 3,100 persons, arrived at the international railway station here today from Pakistan in two special trains after celebrating Baisakhi in various historical gurdwaras in Pakistan.

Engineers up in arms over chargesheets
Chandigarh, April 15
A confrontation is brewing between irrigation engineers and the Punjab Irrigation Department over the issuance of charge-sheets to certain engineers.

US Ambassador visits farmhouse

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 15
“Wonderful, amazing!” replied Dr David C. Mulford, US Ambassador to India, when he was asked to comment on how he was feeling about his visit to the farm house here. “Indian farmers, particularly of Punjab, are very hardworking”, he remarked.

Dr David C. Mulford, US Ambassador to India, with agriculture experts visit Jalbehra village in Fatehgarh Sahib district on Thursday. 
— Photo by writer
Dr David C. Mulford, US Ambassador to India, with agriculture experts visit Jalbehra village in Fatehgarh Sahib district on Thursday.

 Navjot Singh Sidhu Navjot Sidhu to decide today
Amritsar, April 15
Cricket commentator and former opener Navjot Singh Sidhu has yet to make up his mind to fight from the Amritsar constituency on the BJP ticket against Congress leader R.L. Bhatia.

Karan Brar not forced to contest: Cong leader
Faridkot, April 15
Karan BrarMr S.K. Gupta, chairman of the local Improvement Trust and close associate of the former President Giani Zail Singh has challenged the statement of former Punjab Chief Minister Harcharan Singh Brar published in some newspapers yesterday. The statement blamed the Congress high command for forcibly allocating the party ticket to Brar’s daughter-in-law, Ms Karan Brar, from Faridkot.

SAD (A) shifts Jakhu to Hoshiarpur
Ropar April 15
SAD (A) today announced Mr Harjinder Jakhu as its candidate from Hoshiarpur. In a press conference held at Anandpur Sahib today, Mr Charan Singh Lohara, general-secretary of the party, said that the candidature of Mr Jakhu was earlier announced by the party from Phillaur constituency.

BSP nominee opens poll office
Patiala, April 15
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Hargopal Singh Kashyap, whose candidature was announced from this parliamentary seat yesterday, today opened election office near Sainik Rest House in the city. Mr Kashyap is an industrialist who manufactures cranes at his factory in Mohali. He is an outsider for Patiala though he says his in-laws are from Patiala and that he has been coming to the city frequently.


Three coaches derail after
Bathinda, April 15
At least three (two according to official sources) coaches of the Sriganganagar-Hardwar Inter-city Express derailed near Rampura after a stray bull hit it this morning.

The Sri Ganganagar-Hardwar train which derailed near Rampura Phul (Bathinda) on Thursday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
The Sri Ganganagar-Hardwar train which derailed near Rampura Phul (Bathinda) on Thursday

RCF to produce high-speed coaches
Kapurthala, April 15
The Indian Railways is entering into a new era of speed like European countries. A new Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express to be run at a speed of 150 km per hour, highest ever in the country, will be introduced in June this year.

Shun self-styled gurus, Vedanti urges Sikhs
Sarai Naga (Muktsar), April 15
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, today urged the Sikhs to follow Guru Granth Sahib and shun the self-styled gurus. The Jathedar was here to attend a function in connection with the 500th birth anniversary of Guru Angad Dev, who was born here.

Sikh women asked to bring youth into Panthic fold
Amritsar, April 15
All Sikh women were called upon to follow the path shown by the Gurus and acquaint the new generation with the glorious heritage today at the Sikh Women’s Conference held at Khadoor Sahib, about 40 km from here, on the first day of the 500th birth anniversary celebrations of second Sikh Guru Angad Dev.

Home Guards to go hi-tech
Amritsar, April 15
The Punjab Home Guards (PHG) will soon be introduced to e-governance. The department has received Rs 95 lakh for modernisation, which includes computerisation and communications. The work will start in this financial year.

Good Samaritans save Nepalese dancer
Kharar, April 15
Residents of Desu Majra village, near here, saved a Nepalese woman who had been thrown out of a truck in the area last evening. The driver of the vehicle fled after throwing the woman out. She appeared to be under the influence of liquor, said the residents.


High Court
Review plea
Chandigarh, April 15
A Division Bench of the High Court on Thursday dismissed the review petition filed by a relative of liquor baron Ponty Chadha. In his petition, Mr Inderpreet Chadha had sought review of the March 31 order of the High Court by which auctions of liquor vends in some districts of Punjab had been set aside.

Gangster remanded in judicial custody
Phagwara, April 15
The police has formally arrested gangster Shinderpal, alias Shinda, alias Baba, of Ghurka village who was today remanded in judicial custody till April 29. Shinda was wanted in dozens of cases of looting, snatching and robbery.



Addl DC takes on DC over transfers
Ferozepore, April 15
In a development that could have serious implications, Mr Sanjay Popli, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) of this district, has lodged a complaint with the Commissioner, Ferozepore division, that the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ranjit Singh, has violated the model code of conduct for elections by transferring certain employees in the district.

Poll arrangements reviewed
Patiala, April 15
The Punjab Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Mr G.S. Cheema, today organised a meeting to deliberate upon the arrangements being made for the Lok Sahba election. The meeting was attended by the Returning Officers-cum-Deputy Commissioners of five districts under Patiala division.

Observers for Ferozepore appointed
Ferozepore, April 15
The Election Commission has appointed Mr G.V. Sharma and Mr K.K. Khandelwal as general observer and Mr Chhatan Rigzin as financial observers for the Ferozepore parliamentary constituency.

Kharar SDM meets poll supervisors
Kharar, April 15
The SDM, Mr Sukhvinder Singh Gill, held a meeting with election supervisors in connection with the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in his office here today.

Speed up loan recovery, says DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 15
In various legal cases heads of certain Government departments are not pursuing cases properly, which resulted in loss to Government.


Dera head, follower shot
Tarn Taran, April 15
Two armed youths shot the head of dera Akal along with his follower here last night. Two other followers were injured in the incident. On the complaint of Ms Paramjit Kaur, wife of the dera head, Baba Jagtar Singh, the police has registered a case under Sections 302, 307, 452 and 34, IPC, and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.

Kharar attack: 7 arrested
Kharar, April 15
As many as seven students of a college running at Bhagomajra were arrested by the police today on a charge of injuring two residents of Kharar who were coming back from a mela organised by the Municipal Council. The arrested persons were later released on bail.

32 bags of poppy husk seized
Moga, April 15
The Punjab Police today claimed to have seized a truck laden with 32 bags of poppy husk and arrested two smugglers. The alleged smugglers were identified as Ajaib Singh and Tarsem Singh both residents of Kotisekhan in this district.


Amritsar doc tops PG entrance test
Amritsar, April 15
Dr Shikha Mehta, who passed her MBBS examination from Sri Guru Ramdas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in 2002, has stood first in the Punjab State Postgraduate Medical Entrance test.

Paper outside syllabus, claim students
Jalandhar, April 15
First year students of B. Com (Professional) of Lyallpur Khalsa College today alleged that the question paper pertaining to Punjab history and culture, conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University was outside syllabus.

Deputy Speaker opens tech festival
Patiala, April 15
A three-day national-level technical festival, Tech Disha-2004, organised by the Computer Science and Engineering Department of Punjabi University, was inaugurated by Mr Bir Devinder Singh.

Heavy rush of students at new govt model school
Kharar, April 15
In view of the heavy rush of students seeking admission to the town’s first Government Model Senior Secondary School, admissions were carried out on the basis of a written test for all classes, except nursery.


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