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SSPs of Ferozepore, Ropar told to hand over charge
Chandigarh, April 16
The Home Department, Punjab, has reportedly asked the Senior Superintendents of Police of Ropar and Ferozepore, Mr Surinderpal Singh and Mr H.S. Chahal, respectively, to hand over the charge immediately.

Congress to screen films on corruption by SAD govt
Chandigarh, April 16
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today flagged off a fleet of 30 vans, each fitted with a TV set and a VCR player and public address system, as part of the Congress election campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the PPCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, flag off “media” vans of the Congress for the Lok Sabha electioneering in Chandigarh on Friday. The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the PPCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, flag off “media” vans of the Congress for the Lok Sabha electioneering in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan 

Panel to oversee Punjab Youth Congress affairs
Chandigarh, April 16
Shaken by criticism of the new President of the Punjab Youth Congress Committee, the All-India Congress Committee relented today by taking most of the senior youth leaders of the state on a 10-member Coordination Committee to oversee the functioning of this frontal organisation.

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Amarinder asked to appear in court
Chandigarh, April 16
Just days before the Lok Sabha elections, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was today asked to appear in a local court on May 22 in a defamation case filed against him by Akali leader and Rajya Sabha member Sukhbir Badal.

Congress can’t exploit evidence, says Badal
Wadala (Jalandhar), April 16
Terming the evidence collected by the Vigilance Bureau in cases relating to him as “case property”, the Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said that the Congress could not use it in its poll campaign. The SAD had already approached a Ropar court to restrain Chief Minister Amarinder Singh from doing so.

Sukhbir accepts Amarinder’s challenge
Bathinda, April 16
The Former Union Minister and General Secretary of SAD, Mr Sukhbir Badal, today accepted the challenge thrown to his father, Mr Parkash Singh Badal by the Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, to have an open debate with him over issues ranging from politics to economy.

Revolt makes things tough for Dhindsa
Sangrur, April 16
Following the recent decision of a SAD group and a BJP group not to campaign for Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Shiromani Akali Dal candidate from Sangrur, it appears that all is not well in this constituency for the candidate. This decision has aggravated problems for Mr Dhindsa.

He dares to put his money where his mouth is
Sets up $ 200 m South-Asian Foundation
Amritsar, April 16
The South-Asian Foundation, founded by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Madanjeet Singh, launched 10,000 scholarships for under-privileged students in the eight SAARC countries here today.

Pak Sikhs perform kirtan at Khadoor Sahib
Khadoor Sahib, April 16

A jatha of Pakistani Sikhs today performed ‘kirtan’ for the fist time after the Partition of the country in the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib here today to mark the first day of 500th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Angad Dev. The devotees who had come here from far flung areas, including foreign countries, listened to the kirtan with rapt attention.

A 600-year-old banyan tree in Gurdwara Khadoor Sahib, the soil under which carries the holy footprints of eight Sikh Gurus buried in time.
A 600-year-old banyan tree in Gurdwara Khadoor Sahib
Play on Jallianwala Bagh tragedy
Amritsar , April 16
Amazingly, no Punjabi play was written on the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy in the last 85 years despite the fact that Amritsar remained the hub of ‘Punjabi manch’ since pre-partition days. The first ever Punjabi play written by Dr Santokh Singh Sheharyar - ‘Jallianwala’ has pointed out that there were deliberate efforts to ignore the contribution of Dr Saifuddin Kitchlew, the hero of Jallianwala Bagh .
A view of the ‘samadh’ at Jallianwala Bagh with bullet marks.
A view of the ‘samadh’ at Jallianwala Bagh with bullet marks. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

US ready to renegotiate with India
Chandigarh, April 16
The US is prepared to renegotiate with India an agriculture-related issues that led to a deadlock at the last WTO conference in Cancun, resulting in a walkout by a group of countries led by the Brazil-India combine.


Patiala, April 16
The Congress nominee for the Patiala parliamentary constituency, Ms Preneet Kaur, while reiterating her commitment for the development of the local constituency, said the project for providing drinking water and sewerage facilities to the citizens was made possible only due to her initiative.

Patiala Congress candidate Preneet Kaur makes the victory sign at a public meeting in Patiala on Friday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Patiala Congress candidate Preneet Kaur makes the victory sign at a public meeting in Patiala

Capt Kanwaljit SinghCapt Kanwaljit dubs CM autocrat
Patiala, April 16
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, SAD nominee for the Patiala Parliamentary constituency for the coming Lok Sahba elections, today accused the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of behaving like an autocrat by suppressing the employees of the state and taking away their basic rights.

Punjab Cong told to back CPI candidate fully
Bathinda, April 16
Talking serious view of the poor show at the Congress conference held at Talwandi Sabo on Baisakhi for seeking votes for the Congress — CPI alliance candidate, Ms Kushal Bhora, the party high command has directed the state leadership to accompany Ms Bhora when she filed her nomination papers on April 20 from the Bathinda (Reserved) constituency.

Umeed Foundation being used for canvassing: Mann
Sangrur, April 16
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and a candidate for the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, yesterday alleged that Mr Arvind Khanna, chairman of Umeed Khanna Foundation (UKF), a social organisation, and Congress candidate from the Sangrur constituency, was “using” the foundation for political purposes.

YC chief for ticket to Surjewala
Phagwara, April 16
Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress president Raminder Amla yesterday came out in support of Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala who had resigned as Youth Congress president to protest against the denial of party ticket from Hisar Lok Sabha constituency.

Beopar Mandal unhappy with Congress
Faridkot, April 16
The Punjab Beopar Mandal has convened a meeting of the executive committee at Kot Kapura 12 kms from here in this district on April 18 draw up strategy on Lok Sabha elections in the state.

BSP nominee files papers
Amritsar, April 16
The Bahujan Samaj Party candidate, Mr Ram Sharan Pal, was the sole candidate to file nomination papers from Amritsar on the first day of filing nominations here today. No candidate came forward to file nomination from Tarn Taran.

2 file papers in Punjab
Chandigarh, April 16
The election process in Punjab was set in motion today with the issuance of a formal notification regarding the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll. On the first day, two candidates filed their nomination papers from Amritsar and Bathinda. There are 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Independent files papers
Bathinda, April 16
Mr Sham Lal, of the local Partap Nagar area filed his nomination papers from Bathinda as an Independent today.


Fatehgarh Sahib, April 16
A delegation of Pakistani pilgrims led by Mr Meer Haji Treen, a former Union Minister, and Mr Farqh Zaidi, liaison officer, Ministry of Religious Affairs, have arrived here to pay obeisance at the annual Urs started at Rauza Sharif today. The delegation was given a rousing welcome by the district administration at the Sirhind railway station.

Members of a Pakistan delegation come out of Rauza Sharif in Fatehgarh Sahib on Friday.
Members of a Pakistan delegation come out of Rauza Sharif in Fatehgarh Sahib on Friday.

Plea to SGJC on Tohra’s widow
Amritsar, April 16
Mr Ranjit Singh Bhalla Pind and Mr Balwinder Singh Jethumal, who had challenged the appointment of Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta and Mr Dalmeg Singh as honorary secretary and secretary of the SGPC, respectively, today filed an application in the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission to make the widow and a daughter of the late SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra party following his death.

Delhi and Punjab to have lesser power supply.
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Demand to shift EVMs from college auditorium
Amritsar, April 16
The medical students association of the government medical college here have resented the stacking of electronic voting machines in the college auditorium for the past more than two years.


Construction of shops stayed
Amritsar, April 16
The Local Government Department has ordered a stay on an agenda item that was presented in the municipal corporation House on January 29. The item deals with an approval sought for the construction of shops worth crores by Sri Durgiana Management Committee. The prime land on which the shops were being constructed was leased from the corporation to construct a primary school.

High Court
Petition filed
Chandigarh, April 16
A public interest petition has been filed by the World Human Rights Protection Council in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The PIL seeks that an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigations be ordered into the recent mishap involving the car of Mr Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, Media Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister.


Multi-crore project on Attari railway station upgradation
Amritsar April 16
The Attari international railway station on the Indo-Pak border will be upgraded under a multicrore Central project. It is slated to start this financial year and be completed within 12 months.

Kharar council to get water from colonisers
Kharar, April 16
To overcome the shortage of water in the town the Municipal Council has decided to take excess water from the tubewells of the colonisers around the town. The decision to this effect was taken at a monthly meeting of the council held here today.

Pollution board officials take samples from ghee factory
Kharar, April 16
A team of officials from the Punjab Pollution Control Board collected various samples from a ghee manufacturing unit located near Khanpur village here today. Residents of the village had made a complaint to the pollution board to take action against the factory as it was allegedly creating pollution in the area.


Four booked over dowry death
Hoshiarpur, April 16
A dowry death case at Chhani Anand village was reported at the Mukerian police station in the district yesterday. Mr Balkar Chand of Dadwan village under the Deena Nagar police station alleged in his complaint that his daughter Naresh Kaur was poisoned to death by her husband and members of his family yesterday.

One held for tampering with gaushala land records
Kapurthala April 16
The Kapurthala police has arrested Gurdip Singh, a resident of Kanjali village, who was one of the five suspects booked in a case of tampering with revenue records of gaushala land.


Teachers’ body ‘harming’ image of college
Bathinda, April 16
Certain teachers of the local Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology have resented that the negative publicity due to the damaging and irresponsible statements being issued by office-bearers of the teachers’ association of the college had led to the shattering of the college’s dream of becoming a deemed university.

Technical education board to hold JET on June 13
Jalandhar, April 16
The Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training has decided to hold the Joint Entrance Test for admission to various diploma courses for the session 2004-2005 on June 13 at about 100 centres to be set up in different cities in Punjab.

Research student alleges harassment, probe ordered
Patiala, April 16
A girl research student of the Department of Economics of Punjabi University, Patiala, has filed a complaint to the university authorities against her guide for alleged harassment.

Rs 18 lakh UGC grant for Guru Nanak Dev varsity dept
Amritsar, April 16
The University Grants Commission, New Delhi, has sanctioned special financial assistance of Rs 18 lakh to the Department of Punjab School of Economics of Guru Nanak Dev University under the Special Assistance Programme for three years.

Labourers’ children do parents, teachers proud
Amritsar, April 16
Children of labourers have done their parents and teachers proud by passing the V standard examination. The first batch of 42 students of the National Child Labour Project school run the Inner Wheel Club here cleared their annual examination and have been promoted to class VI.

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