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Congress ‘pillar’ crumbles, Romana joins SAD
Jaitu (Faridkot), April 25
In a significant development which could affect the outcome of the elections in this parliamentary constituency, the Romana family, known as the pillar of the Congress in this region, today joined the SAD.

Mr Ved Romana, senior Congress leader, with SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal at Jaito in Faridkot district on Sunday. Mr Ved Romana, senior Congress leader, with SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal at Jaito in Faridkot district on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Loan waiver is election issue in PunjabCapt Amarinder Singh
Chandigarh, April 25
The question whether the special term loan, amounting to about Rs 5,799 crore given to Punjab to combat militancy between 1984-85 and 1993-94, has been waived by the Centre or not has snowballed into an election issue.

Badal wants probe by professional agency
Chandigarh, April 25
A former Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has asked Justice Mr. B. S. Nehra to order an investigation by a professional investigative agency into alleged Punjab Intranet Company scam. Justice Nehra is heading the Nehra Commission of Inquiry into the alleged hawala transactions in the name of the Punjab Intranet Company.

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Sonia to visit state on May 3
Phillaur, April 25
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President H.S. Hanspal has described the Moga incident as unfortunate and alleged that Akalis hatched a conspiracy to disturb Moga rally of the Congress held yesterday.

Sanjay Dutt to campaign for Atal, if invited
Pathankot, April 25
The star-studded campaign in the Gurdaspur constituency today gave a boost to electioneering of Vinod Khanna, Minister of State for External Affairs, when Sanjay Dutt organised roadshow for him here.

Congress violates SC order, campaigns on air
Ropar, April 25
CDs containing the campaign of the Congress went on air today in the district. The campaign was telecast on the local City Cable network. Nangal City Cable was the first to relay it. When contacted on the telephone, Nangal City Cable personnel said the CDs had been sent to them through couriers from Ludhiana.

Voter appears to be indifferent this time
Chandigarh, April 25
Punjab goes to the Lok Sabha polls on May 10 when its financial economy is hostage of political populism, its image of prosperity is dimming and its social sector performance is at ground zero. An overview of all the13 constituencies shows that political parties are not concerned with all this.

Talhan residents with Congress
Jalandhar, April 25
Talhan village, which witnessed caste clashes between Dalits and Jat Sikhs last year over the issue of control over the management of a Gurdwara, today declared its support to the Congress nominee from the Jalandhar constituency, Rana Gurjit Singh.

Cong govt committing atrocities, says Kanwaljit
Patiala, April 25
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former Finance Minister and SAD nominee from Patiala, today accused Capt Amarinder Singh’s government of committing atrocities on the people of Punjab.

Order to despatch postal ballot papers
Faridkot, April 25
Mr Hussan Lal, District Returning Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, has directed all Assistant Returning Officers of nine Assembly segments, Faridkot, Kotkapura, Panjgrain, Muktsar, Malout, Lambi, Gidderbaha, Moga and Baghapurana falling in the Faridkot parliamentary constituency, to post the postal ballot papers to 1,563 services voters by May 3.

ASI Gurjit reinstated
Dera Bassi, April 25
One month after the attack on a The Tribune team for highlighting the role of the “police-politician” land mafia, the Punjab Police has reinstated the controversial ASI Gurjit Singh. In fact, the ASI has been given a plum posting and appointed as Additional SHO at the Lalru police station.


‘False’ case: SSP to conduct probe
Amritsar, April 25
Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, DIG, today asked the Senior Superintendent of Police here to conduct an inquiry into an allegedly false case registered against one Avtar Singh Bhalla, a resident of Rup Nagar area, his wife and other family members.

Plea to back gurdwara corridor plan
Amritsar, April 25
The Sangat langah Kartarpur, an action committee set up for garnering support for a corridor to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib located on the Indo-Pak border, has made an appeal to all candidates to take up the issue if they win the elections.

9 Punjabis in Baluch jail
Amritsar, April 25
Nine families whose boys are lodged at the Mach jail in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, narrated their woes here today.

Eight ‘Birs’ damaged in fire
Bathinda, April 25
Eight ‘Birs’ of Guru Granth Sahib were burnt in a fire due to short-circuit in Baho Sivian village 15 km from here, today morning.

Multi-speciality camp at Rajpura
Patiala, April 25
A team of five doctors from Fortis Heart Institute Mohali, organised a free multi speciality health camp at Simrita Nursing Home, Rajpura, today.


2,41,041 mt of wheat procured
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 25
The process of wheat procurement at different purchase centres of the district is going on smoothly. Till today, at all centres, 2,41,041 metric tonne of wheat had been purchased by various government purchase agencies as well as private traders, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner.


Refused presents, eunuchs abduct child
Abohar, April 25

A police party from Haryana visited different localities here yesterday and questioned some persons who claimed to be eunuchs.
Sources said some “eunuchs” had gone to the residence of Mr Partap Singh in Bhatha Sukhchain village in Sirsa district last week in his absence and demanded Rs 501 from his wife Kailash Rani as she had delivered a child seven months back.

Theft at BJP leader’s shop
Abohar, April 25
Three hundred silver coins and Rs 5,000 were reportedly stolen by some unidentified persons from a commercial establishment owned by BJP leader Satish Narang, Municipal Councillor, in the timber market area here last night.

Murder suspect held
Jalandhar, April 25
The district police has arrested a proclaimed offender. He is a suspect in the murder of a teacher couple in Bhogpur, about three years ago.


Experts discuss development of Punjabi computer
Nawanshahr, April 25
Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, organised a seminar on ‘Technical development of Punjabi language in computer’ on the college premises here yesterday.

Check number of school drop-outs, says group
Nawanshahr, April 25
The Global Campaign for Education, state Working Group for Global Action week interacted with 450 persons from different sections of society here on Friday to know why 100 crore children in the world (most of them in Asia, Africa and Latin America), were deprived of education.

Dual-degree programme in colleges soon
Jalandhar, April 25
The University Grants Commission has decided to introduce a dual-degree programme in colleges to make education more job-oriented. This was stated by Prof Rajesh Anand, Joint Secretary, UGC, while presiding over the proceedings of the annual convocation of Hans Raj Mahila Mahavidyalaya here yesterday.


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