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SAD, BJP make ’84 riots central issue
Devigarh (Patiala), April 26
The SAD-BJP combine today sharpened its attack on the Congress by making the 1984 riots a central issue in Punjab. Addressing a series of rallies at Devigarh, Sanure, Dakala and Samana, the Union Law Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley, today focused on the riots and blamed the Congress leadership for the unrest.

Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley with Mr Parkash Singh Badal and the SAD-BJP Patiala candidate, Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, at a rally at Devigarh in Patiala on Monday. Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley with Mr Parkash Singh Badal and the SAD-BJP Patiala candidate, Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, at a rally at Devigarh in Patiala on Monday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Poll observer for sealing of border with Haryana
Chandigarh, April 26
Apprehending incidents of violence and booth capture in some areas along the Haryana border, a special observer appointed by the Election Commission of India for the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll has asked the Punjab police to seal the border at Faridkot.

Release of letters on loan a poll stunt: Badal
Chandigarh, April 26
Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal today dismissed as "churlish and an election stunt" the selective release of the correspondence on the special term loan waiver between the Government of India and the Punjab Government by the Chief Minister yesterday.

Editorial: Punjab in debt

Fatehgarh Sahib



Gujral misled people, says Gupta
Faridkot, April 26
Mr S.K. Gupta, Chairman, local Improvement Trust, and a close associate of former President Giani Zail Singh, has criticised three senior political leaders, including Mr I.K. Gujral, former Prime Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertiliser, a senior SAD leader and Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former state Chief Minister and SAD supremo, for misleading the people of the state on the issue of waiving of loans of Rs 8500 crore by Mr Gujral incurred by the state government during militancy days for security reason.

BJP supporters weighing Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu against coins in Amritsar
BJP supporters weighing Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu against coins in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Probe Congress, BKU(E) workers clash: Dhindsa
Moga, April 26
Union Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal nominee for the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency S.S. Dhindsa has demanded a judicial probe into the clash between activists of BKU (Ekta) and Congress workers at Minian village here. He also sought the deployment of paramilitary forces in the state for holding peaceful elections.

Cong stays away from Bhora’s campaign
Bathinda, April 26
As main Congress leaders of this Parliamentary constituency, including elected representatives and chairmen of different organisations of the state government, have not been taking part in the election campaign of the CPI-Congress candidate, Ms Kushal Bhora, the state CPI leadership has sent an SOS to its high command to tackle the situation.

141 candidates left in poll fray in state
Chandigarh, April 26
After withdrawal of nominations, 141 candidates are in the fray for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state of Punjab. As many as 212 candidates had initially filed their nomination papers. According to sources in the office of Punjab's Chief Elector Officer, Indian National Congress (INC) candidate Manish Tiwari will contest from Ludhiana, along with Sharanjit Singh of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Ravinder Singh of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Sadhon Singh of SP, Balwant Singh of LBP, Manjit Singh of BGTD, Ravinder Kumar of (J&KNPP).

DC warns poll staff against absenteeism
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 26
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, has issued notices under Section 134 of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951, to 52 employees, for allegedly remaining absent from election duty rehearsals being conducted for the 79-Sirhind assembly constituency and the 69-Kharar assembly constituency.

Dera that swings poll fortunes
Patiala, April 26
Bansa Ram of Kheri village near Patiala is waiting anxiously for an indication from the sant. So are followers of the sant spread across the entire Malwa belt of Punjab and part of Haryana and Rajasthan. “Santji’s indication is essential for me as well as the lakhs of his followers in the three northern states which are going to the polls”, says Bansa.

Jaitley: DRI probing transactions by CM’s son
Questions probe by Nehra panel
Patiala, April 26
The Union Law Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley, here today gave a new twist to the ongoing controversy regarding the probe being conducted by the Nehra Commission into the alleged transactions of money in the account of a foreign company by Mr Raninder Singh, son of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Paper leakage: clean chit to board chief
Mohali, April 26
The report of the fact finding committee constituted by the Punjab School Education Board to inquire into the paper leakage incident has given a clean chit to the board Chairman Dr Kehar Singh and the Controller of Examinations, Mrs Narinder Kaur. While stating that “no board employee was involved in the shameful act of leaking question papers”, the report has, however, repeatedly disparaged the role of the board’s Secretary, Mr Mahinder Bir Singh, and the examination centre controllers in the matter.

Material seized during Bluestar to be returned
Chandigarh, April 26
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today disposed of a petition seeking directions to the government to return the valuables, books, scriptures, paintings, etc, that were seized from the Golden Temple during “Operation Bluestar” in 1984.


Encroachments go unchecked
Malerkotla: With about 1,000 small and big industrial units involving nearly two lakh people, Malerkotla has carved a niche for itself on the country’s industrial map. There has been a rapid growth of industrial units over the past 15 years. However, the civic amenities remain inadequate. The town has poor water supply, faulty sewerage, insanitary conditions, traffic jams and broken roads.

Docs return after meeting in Lahore
Amritsar, April 26
A delegation of 17 Indian doctors returned here last evening after attending a 3-day meet of the South Asian Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, in Lahore. A urologist, Dr Samir Rai, while briefing newsmen said Dr B.K. Tank, president of the federation, inaugurated the meet. He said doctors from India presented scientific papers on latest medical developments in the field.

Action sought against MC employee
Patiala, April 26
A number of morning walkers, coming to the Rose Garden here, today demanded action against Ms Vijay Sharma, an employee of the Municipal Corporation, for allegedly misusing public property and misbehaviour with senior citizens. Ms Urmail Talwar, a morning walker, alleged that on the morning of April 24, Ms Vijay Sharma came to the park and started plucking flowers.

Akali leader accused of selling gurdwara land
Jalandhar, April 26
The Khalsa Mission Council today accused a local Akali Dal leader, Jathedar Pritam Singh, of selling a part of gurdwara land in Punjpir Nagar on the Kapurthala road to an industrialist. Addressing a press conference here, the president of the council, Mr Dilbagh Singh Khalsa, alleged that the land was sold to an industrialist for monetary gains.

700 examined at eye camp
Batala, April 26
Eleven eye operations were performed here today by an eye surgeon of the Civil Hospital. Earlier, a free eye medical camp was organised here yesterday by the Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Society and more than 700 persons were examined.

726 units of blood collected
Patiala, April 26
The Department of Transfusion Medicine of the local Government Rajindra Hospital created a record by collecting 726 units of blood in a day at two blood donation camps held here. An official statement today said these camps were organised by the Patiala and Ropar units of the Sant Nirankari Mandal.


Hearing in Vinod Khanna case adjourned
Pathankot, April 26
Mr R.K. Garg, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, here today adjourned the hearing in a criminal case filed by Mr Vinod Khanna against 11 persons, including former municipal councillor, on September 1,1999. The judge has fixed July 21 as the next date of hearing. According to the prosecution, the accused tried to restrain Mr Khanna, who was an MP from Gurdaspur, at that time from moving in his constituency. They had pelted stones on his vehicle, damaging it.

Fresh chargesheet filed against Langah
Ropar, April 26
The Punjab Vigilance today filed an amended chargesheet against the former PWD Minister, Mr Sucha Singh Langah, in the court of special judge Ropar, Mr S.K. Goel. The amended chargesheet has been filed against Mr Langah after the arrest of Sudershan Kaura, Pradeep Batheja and Vinod Garg who were earlier declared proclaimed offenders in the case.


Husband, in-laws booked for cheating
Amritsar, April 26
A case was registered today against six persons of a family by the Civil Lines police on the complaint of an NRI, Avtar Singh Chahal, for allegedly cheating him and his family and marrying his daughter by giving false particulars. The case has been registered after an enquiry and on the opinion of the District Attorney Legal here.

Arhtiya shot at, looted
Gurdaspur, April 26
A foodgrain commission agent suffered a gunshot wound after he managed to save most of Rs 2 lakh he was carrying in a scuffle with two armed youths near Bhullechak village this afternoon, the police said. Mr Baljit Singh told the police that the scooter-borne youths accosted him near his village when he was returning home after withdrawing the cash from a Canara Bank branch in the city.

2 drug peddlers arrested
Jalandhar, April 26
The police has arrested two drug peddlers and seized 2 kg of opium from their possession. Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, SSP, stated here today that following a tip-off, a police party laid a naka on the Lohian-Malsian road.

Blind murder case solved, two held
Sangrur, April 26
The local police today claims to have solved a blind murder case by arresting two persons, namely Tarsem Singh of Kherri village and Kala Singh of Fatehgarh Chhana village. Given this information here this evening, Mr Narinder Kaushal, DSP, Sangrur, said both accused had been arrested in connection with a blind murder of two persons, including an employee of octroi contractor, with sharp-edged weapons at an octroi post on Tunga-Kularan Sunam road near here on the night of March 4.


GND varsity dept gets Rs 49 lakh
Amritsar, April 26
The Department of Food Science and Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, has been sanctioned a grant of Rs 49 lakh for creating advanced infrastructural facilities by the Central government. Prof Narpinder Singh, Head of the department, said the amount would be utilised for creating facilities for training students for basic and applied research.

Mohindra College to start career-oriented courses
Patiala, April 26
The local Mohindra College has been allowed by the University Grants Commission to start career-oriented courses from the session 2004-05.
The syllabi for these courses will be finalised by Punjabi University. Courses in agro services, plant biotechnology and clinical diagnostic techniques have been okayed. These will be started at the first-degree level and will be in addition to the conventional BSc course.

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