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Prabirís kidnappers held

Rajpura (Patiala), April 1
After eluding the Special Investigating Team (SIT) for nearly two months, Sukha and Kanta, responsible for the kidnapping of Amritsar boy Prabir on February 7.

Kanta (in T-Shirt) and Sukha (extreme left) being taken for production to a Rajpura court on Friday.
Kanta (in T-Shirt) and Sukha (extreme left) being taken for production to a Rajpura court on Friday. ó Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Hanspal writes to Pranab to expel Jagmeet
Chandigarh, April 1
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, has written a letter to Mr Pranab Mukherjee demanding stern disciplinary action against former MP and member of All-India Congress Committee (AICC), Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar.

PWD contractor resorts to illegal mining
Pathankot, April 1
A contractor of the PWD Department has been resorting to illegal mining in the Khadi rivulet passing through Pathankot. Mining in the rivulet has been banned.

Illegal mining going on in Khadi rivulet near Pathankot.
Illegal mining going on in Khadi rivulet near Pathankot.





Driving licence scam: VB gets tough on DTO
Bathinda, April 1
The Vigilance Bureau has asked the District Transport Office (DTO) to hand over the records relating to the driving licence scam sought by it. It has warned of taking recourse to legal means in case of any failure to furnish the records.

American Sikhs garner support for workplace Act
Amritsar, April 1
American Sikhs and the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), an NGO, are jointly making a case to encourage support for workplace religious freedom Act (WRFA) reintroduced in American Senate recently.

Traders burn effigy of Punjab Govt
Amritsar, April 1
The Shastri Market Cloth Dealers and Manufacturers Association has threatened to start non-cooperative movement against the government if certain clauses of VAT were not removed.


BSP releases list of district presidents
Nawanshahr, April 1
Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, state BSP president, today released the list of district presidents of the party. While addressing media persons, he said that all the castes and communities had been given due representation to strengthen and broaden the party organisation with an eye on the next Assembly elections.

Punjab MLAs get notice in assets case
Chandigarh, April 1
Acting on an application of a Punjab Akali leader, a local court today issued notices to all Punjab MLAs for August 1 in an ongoing case relating to declaration of their assets.


CAG report points to govtís failure to utilise funds
Chandigarh, April 1
Administrative failures, irregularities in spending government funds, non-spending of funds provided by the Central Government and Nabard in Punjab are some of the important highlights in the audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for year 2003-04.

SAD stir against private bus stand
Goniana Mandi (Bathinda), April 1
The SAD (Badal) today came out in support of local residents who had launched a stir against coming up of a private bus stand, while the District Congress president today claimed to have resolved the issue after talking to the action committee.

SAD leaders meet action committee members at Goniana Mandi on Friday. ó Photo by Kulbir Beera 
SAD leaders meet action committee members at Goniana Mandi on Friday.

PSEB being divided into six companies
Chandigarh, April 1
Despite opposition by various political parties and employees, the Punjab Government has started unbundling the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).

SGPC delegation meets Home Minister
Amritsar, April 1
The SGPC yesterday sought to enhance the term of its President to two-and- half years from the existing one year term. A delegation of the SGPC led by its President, Bibi Jagir Kaur today called on the Union Home Minister Mr Shiv Raj Patil in New Delhi and sort his intervention to enact a law to amend the Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925.

Rodrigues mourns ministersí deaths
Chandigarh, April 1
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (Retd) today expressed grief over the demise of two Haryana Ministers, Mr Surender Singh and Mr O.P. Jindal and also the pilot Col T.S. Chauhan in a helicopter crash yesterday.

Baisakhi jatha to leave on April 11
Amritsar, April 1
The government today made a change in the schedule of the Sikh jatha to Pakistan on Baisakhi.


Life term for 2 in kidnap and murder case upheld
Chandigarh, April 1
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Mr Justice Surya Kant has upheld life imprisonment awarded to two persons who were found guilty of having kidnapped and later killed a nine-year-old Ludhiana schoolboy in 1999.

Fast track courts lack presiding officers
Chandigarh, April 1
Some facts about fast track courts in Punjab: though 34 posts of presiding officers were sanctioned, only 18 could be filled. This was not all. Approximately Rs 8 crore were sanctioned for the courts, but Rs 3.5 crore were spent.


Cultivation of Bt cotton recommended
Ludhiana, April 1
Punjab Agricultural University has recommended cultivation of six Bt cotton varieties which have been tried and tested in Punjab and the GEAC has approved the cultivation of the same. Recommendations by the PAU have been made on ad hoc basis and the same would be released on regular basis next year after field trials this year.


Gupta likely to take over as RCF GM
Kapurthala, April 1
Mr Yash Pal Gupta, Assistant General Manager, South-East Railway, Calcutta, is likely to take over as General Manager of Rail Coach Factory here, following the  retirement of Mr Mohammad Sirajuddin yesterday.

Computerised system soon
Barnala, April 1
The long-awaited computerised public reservation system (PRS) at Barnala railway station will become operative within a fortnight.

Posts of Asst & Joint Commissioner, XEN abolished
Patiala, April 1
The local municipal corporation has taken a lead in reducing its salary bill by abolishing three important posts, including that of the Assistant Commissioner, the Joint Commissioner and the Executive Engineer.


MES engineer held on graft charge
Bathinda, April 1
The Vigilance Bureau arrested an Assistant Engineer of the MES while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 here yesterday.

Two women killed, 9 hurt in mishap
Ropar, April 1
Two women were killed while nine others including seven women sustained serious injuries when the tempo they were travelling in collided with a car coming from opposite direction near Chamkaur Sahib. All persons hail from Mundyna and Chandliyna village in Ludhiana district.

4 held for smuggling liquor
Gurdaspur, April 1
The police has arrested two women while illegally fermenting liquor. In a press release here today, the SSP, Mr Ishwar Singh, said that the accused women, Chanchala Devi and Pushpa Devi, were caught red-handed by the Dorangla police while fermenting illicit liquor.

7 absconding criminals held
Gurdaspur, April 1
In a major breakthrough, the police has arrested seven criminals absconding from different parts of the state.

15 students hurt as bus turns turtle
Ropar April 1
Twentyfive persons, including 15 students of a public school at Anandpur Sahib, sustained injuries when the bus in which they were travelling met with an accident at Railau this evening. The condition of four injured persons was said to be serious.

Body of petrol station owner found
Ropar, April 1
The body of the petrol pump owner, Amarjit Singh Malhotra was found in the forest area of the city today. While the relatives of the deceased alleged that Amarjit Singh was murdered following a property dispute but the police is clueless and said that the cause of the murder could be found out after the post-mortem report tomorrow.

Two women die in road accident
Ropar, April 1
Two women were killed while seven others sustained serious injuries when the Tempo in which they were travelling collided with a car coming from the opposite direction near Chamkaur Sahib in this district. All the persons travelling in Tempo hailed from Ludhiana district.


Deaf and dumb students excel
Bathinda, April 1
Overcoming their disability, a section of students of local Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for deaf and dumb and blind students has made a mark in the field of education by securing first division in the class V conducted examination by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT).

Samta school presents a cultural show
Lalru, April 1
The enthusiastic students of Samta Public School, Lalru, performed various cultural items at a cultural programme on Thursday.


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