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Farmers suspend stir as govt concedes demands
Patiala, April 28
The Congress government today succeeded in persuading farmers of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) and the Kisan Sangharsh Committee to suspend their ongoing agitation. As part of their agitation, both organisations had been showing black flags for the past few days to Congress leaders engaged in campaigning at various places.

Govt may have to repay Rs 3,772 cr
Amritsar, April 28
Even as diametrically opposite statements made by political leaders about the relief on special-term loans to Punjab have already confused the common man, top economists say the state government will have to re-pay Rs 3,772 crore to the Central Government if it fails to put up a proper case before the 12th Finance Commission.

Small issues shadow major ones
Chandigarh, April 28
Come elections and hairsplitting on any issue comes naturally to politicians, irrespective of their party affiliations. The present parliamentary poll is no different. Take Punjab. The Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal have drifted from contemporary and urgent issues like reforms and development and have raked up emotive issues like Operation Bluestar or anti-Sikh riots or waiver on special term loans.

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Rahul, Priyanka to campaign in Punjab
Ropar, April 28
Besides the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, Mr Rahul Gandhi and Ms Priyanka Gandhi would also campaign in Punjab in the coming days. Ms Anita Verma, AICC Secretary and in charge of Punjab affairs, gave this information while addressing a press conference here today.

Who will sail through the Ghaggar, Preneet or Captain?
Amarinder Singh and Preneet KaurPatiala, April 28
Politicians have been fighting electoral battles on the Ghaggar issue in the local constituency. The current battle for ballot is no different from the earlier ones. The Ghaggar has been bringing misery to lakhs of people through floods almost every rainy season in the region.

Disinvestment core issue in Hoshiarpur constituency
Ropar, April 28
Disinvestment has become the core issue in the Hoshiarpur parliamentary constituency with all contesting candidates vowing to fight against privatisation of the public Sector units.

‘India shining’ a flop, says Bhatia
Amritsar, April 28
Former Minister of State for External Affairs and Lok Sabha candidate from Congress R.L. Bhatia today lashed out at the NDA for its economic policies and said the alarming increase in the unemployment had made its slogan of India shining a big flop.

Bicycle rally in favour of Mann
Sangrur, April 28
Mr Jeet Singh Alloarkh, district president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today flagged off a bicycle rally in Badrukhan village, near here, to campaign in favour of Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the SAD (A) and candidate from Sangrur in the current Lok Sabha elections.

Papers of General Samaj Party  nominee accepted
Patiala, April 28
The returning officer here today accepted the candidature of the General Samaj Party nominee from the Patiala constituency Kartar Singh.

May 10 is closed day
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab Government yesterday declared May 10 as “closed day” for all shops and commercial establishments in the state to enable the voters to exercise their franchise during the Lok Sabha poll.

Pollution board asked to keep check on effluent water
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the Punjab Pollution Control Board to keep a check on discharge of effluent water by industrial units pollutants into the open land.

BSF jawans rescue Rangers from fire
Fazilka, April 28
BSF jawans rescued some Pakistani Rangers who got trapped in a fire that had broken out in the Pakistan territory on the zero line in the Fazilka sector yesterday evening.

Kar seva to desilt sarovar ends

Water treatment plant inaugurated
Amritsar, April 28
The kar seva for desilting the Golden Temple sarovar concluded today with the inauguration of a water treatment plant. The kar seva was launched amid much fanfare on March 25.

A view of the holy sarover of Golden Temple after the completion of Kar Sewa and installation of water treatment plant. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

A view of the holy sarover of Golden Temple after the completion of Kar Sewa and installation of water treatment plant


Narcotics smuggling shoots up in district
Bathinda, April 28
With Sabha elections round the corner, the smuggling of narcotics and illicit distillation of liquor in the district has shot up. The police, which has been keeping a close watch on activities of unscrupulous elements, managed to seize 4.220kg of opium in the past 60 days while only 9.400 kg was seized last year.

2 undertrials held for drug smuggling
Bathinda, April 28
The local Central Jail authorities managed to unearth a unique mode of smuggling of intoxicant tablets into the jail by its inmates and arrested two undertrials, along with a brother of an accused, today.

Jammu-Udhampur rail line gets green light
Phillaur, April 28
Much awaited 53-km long Jammu-Udhampur Railway line has been laid. It will be inaugurated in the middle of May, Chief Railway Safety Commissioner G.P. Garg has completed inspection of this section and gave clearance certificate yesterday.

DC refutes allegations on lowest sex ratio
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 28
Taking strong exception to the allegations levelled by certain organisations that the district had the lowest sex ratio in the country, Mr S. K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, refuted these allegations.

3 firms selling same drug at different rates
Sangrur, April 28
Can any drug manufactured by a company be sold at different rates by different pharmaceutical marketing companies? The answer is “Yes”, as is clear from the facts gathered by Dr Surinder Singla, a member of the Central Working Committee of the Indian Medical Association.

Tubewell borehole drilled without approval
Amritsar, April 28
Work of drilling for a tubewell in grain market Dhab Wasti Ram area without tenders has created a controversy. Tenders for this work and 132 other works worth Rs six crore by the operation and maintenance (O&M) cell of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board were cancelled on February 16, 20 and 23 by Municipal Commissioner K.S. Kang.

PSEB staff protest against privatisation
Barnala, April 28
Activists of the local Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Technical Services Union (urban and rural) staged a protest flag march at Sanghera yesterday to make power board employees and others aware of “adverse effects of the implementation of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) policies.” The march was organised in response to a call given by the Punjab Technical Services Union.


High Court
Notice issued
Chandigarh, April 28
Taking up a petition filed by Kuldip Singh and some other Junior Engineers (JE) of the Irrigation Department, Punjab, seeking directions to the government to give them benefits in lieu of services rendered by them on work-charge basis, the High Court issued notice of motion for July 20.


Breach in sub-canal hits cotton sowing
Abohar, April 28
A breach in the Malookpura sub-canal today affected cotton sowing in 35 villages of the subdivision. Hundreds of acres were flooded due to the 65-ft-wide breach. Fortunately, farmers had already taken harvested wheat crop to the purchasing centres.


Sainik Welfare Board official suspended
Faridkot, April 28
The Punjab Government has suspended Mr Dalit Singh Brar, Deputy Director, Sainik Welfare Board, Mansa, for allegedly committing irregularities during his posting here.

Surprise raid on circus
Moga, April 28
Mr Sandeep Kumar Jain, an executive member of the Animal Welfare Board, Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, today conducted a surprise raid at a show of Raj Kamal Circus here and found various irregularities and violations under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act and the Performing Animal Registration Rules.

Ban imposed on sale of uncovered eatables
Patiala, April 28
The district administration has directed the health authorities to impose a ban on the sale of uncovered eatables to prevent the spread of any epidemic in the district.


Fake currency racket unearthed
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 28
The district police claimed to have unearthed a racket of fake currency with the arrest of one Dr Arjan Singh, the kingpin of the racket, along with his two partners, who used to sell fake currency notes by bringing these from other states. The main accused, who supplied the fake currency in the entire state, is at large. The police has recovered fake currency notes worth Rs 66,000 from them.

Minor Dalit girl raped
Chowk Mehta, April 28
The rape of a minor Dalit girl (14) by two youths yesterday, one of them a close relative of the Shiromani Akali Dal’s circle president, took a political turn when senior leaders of the Congress and representatives of many social organisations today decided to show "black flags" to the SAD-BJP candidate during electioneering.


Ayurvedic college struggles for existence
Patiala, April 28
The local Government Ayurvedic College, affiliated to Baba Farid University, Faridkot, the only state-owned ayurvedic college in Punjab, is struggling for existence. As many as 35 out 61 sanctioned teaching posts have been lying vacant for the past 20 years.

College announces scholarships in Tohra’s name
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 28
Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib organised the bhog of Akhand Path in the memory of late Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra. Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, while paying a tribute to him, lauded the contributions made by the Jathedar in the field of education and more particularly in the development of Mata Gujri College here.

3 job-oriented courses for Mata Gujri College
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 28
Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, has been sanctioned three career-oriented courses by the University Grants Commission from the academic session 2004-05 under the scheme of vocationalisation of education.

District scouts honoured
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 28
Seven scouts of the local Mata Sundri Public School have brought laurels not only to the district but also to the country by giving an excellent performance during the 13th International Scouts Jamboree being held at Islamabad from April 16 to 23 organised by the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association.


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