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Pope John Paul supported Sikhs on various issues
Amritsar, April 3
A file photograph of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, meeting Pope John Paul II in January, 2002.The meeting of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, and Pope John Paul II in January 2002 would be remembered as a “historic event” when the former and his team was allowed to carry a three-foot long kirpan.
A file photograph of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, meeting Pope John Paul II in January, 2002.

Water purification plant to be installed in Durgiana Temple
Amritsar, April 3
Durgiana Temple The devotees will get clean water from ‘Har ki Pauri’ of the 80-year-old Durgiana Temple here from Baisakhi. The Shree Durgiana Temple Management Committee is also contemplating widening the “Parikarma” of the temple.

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Govt companies, PSUs incur huge losses
Chandigarh, April 3
Government companies, statutory corporations and public sector undertaking in Punjab are in financial mess due to misappropriation of funds, loss of revenue and failure to recover crores from other departments and their consumers.

Illegal mining continues
Pathankot, April 3
Illegal mining in the Khadi rivulet continues despite the Mining Department writing to the Deputy Commissioner and the police to ban it. When The Tribune photographer went to click photographs of the illegal mining in the Khadi rivulet yesterday he was attacked by a group of men. The matter was reported to the SSP, Gurdaspur, Mr Ishwar Singh who assured to take action.

Illegal mining continues in the Khadi rivulet,
Pathankot, despite ban orders. — Tribune photo by Jangi
Illegal mining continues in the Khadi rivulet, Pathankot, despite ban orders.

Punjab seeks Rs 510 cr under Central road project
Gurdaspur, April 3
The Government of Punjab has demanded its due share of Rs 510 crore from the Union Government under the Prime Minister's Gram Sarak Yojna (PMGSY).

Imported varieties to help citrus cultivators
Chandigarh, April 3
The arrival of eight high-yielding varieties of citrus root stock and 4,200 budwood plants belonging to as many as 18 varieties at Tropicana/Pagrexco R and D farm from California at Jallowal village in Jalandhar district is yet another step forward to help citrus cultivators in Punjab touch the international market.

Coming back to roots
Ropar, April 3
It has been almost 58 years after Partition but he never forgot the days he spent in his ancestor village here. He had desired many times to visit the village but the atmosphere was not conducive on both sides of the borders.


MCPI conference ends with anti-globalisation call
Sangrur, April 3
The two-day conference of the Marxist Communist Party of India concluded at Longowal village, about 20 km from here, today with the adoption of a resolution calling upon all patriotic, progressive and democratic forces to rise against imperialistic globalisation.

Ravinder Singh re-elected SAD (A) dist chief
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 3
SGPC member Ravinder Singh Khalsa was unanimously re-elected district president of the Youth wing of the SAD (A) at a meeting held at Kila Harnam Nagar residence of Simranjit Singh Mann, here today.


Taraksheel society gets new body
Barnala, April 3
A two-day-long delegate session of the Punjab Taraksheel Society, which began here at the local Gobind Bansal Charitable Trust Complex on Saturday evening, concluded here on Sunday.

Farmers, commuters suffer due to cattle menace
Ropar, April 3
In the absence of a definite policy to tackle stray cattle menace, farmers of the district continue to suffer crop damages and a number of persons lose their lives in road accidents. The animal population has increased manifold in the past few years but the administration has yet to woke up to listen to the problems being faced by the farmers and commuters.

Poor response to octroi bidding costs MC dear
Muktsar, April 3
The municipal council (MC) is suffering a loss of Rs 20,000 daily in octroi posts, as none of the contractors has come forward for bidding after the state government increased the reserved bid by 15 per cent.

Expedition team begins tour
Sangrur, April 3
A four-member team, comprising Mr Dasvir Singh Dalee, Mr Amrik Singh, both advocates, Mr Gurminder Singh Grewal and Mr Mohinder Singh, a photographer, today left the town to touch the capitals of all states of the country in 17 days as part of their “India Expedition of Adventure” programme.

Arrest Ashutosh, demand Sikh organisations
Tarn Taran, April 3
The Khalra Mission Committee (KMC) and other Sikh organisations have demanded the arrest of Ashutosh, head of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) also known as Noormehlias for misinterpreting the teaching of Sikh Gurus and the Gurbani.

PSEB employees hold protest rally
Fazilka, April 3
Hundreds of Punjab State Electricity Boards employees, labourers and farmers led by the Technical Services Union, Fazilka Division, staged a protest rally outside the office of the Executive Engineer, PSEB here on Friday to demand revocation of the transfer of an assistant engineer and suspension of four other employees of Khui Khera electricity subdivision.


8 NRIs booked for demanding land
Moga, April 3
Eight non-resident Indians have been booked on the charges of demanding 11 acres of land from the parents of a married woman and harassing her. These NIRs are settled in England and Holland.

Spurious cotton seeds worth 40 lakh seized
Muktsar, April 3
The Muktsar police has seized spurious cotton seeds worth Rs 40 lakh. Sources said following a tip-off, the city police set up a naka near a petrol station on the Malout road and stopped a Mahindra jeep (RJ13G-0089), On searching the jeep, the police seized a large quantity of spurious cotton seeds, which the accused were planning to sell off to cotton farmers in the area.

Immolation bid by Hindu Samiti leader
Patiala, April 3
A local politician, last night tried to immolate himself after dousing himself with kerosene in the busy Sheranwala Gate area of the city.

Three arrested for fraud
Phagwara, April 3
The police has arrested Rajesh Kumar Joshi of Ali Mohalla, Jalandhar, Harwinderpal Singh of Gopal Nagar, Jalandhar, and Vikas Sangar of Mohalla Karar Khan, under Sections 420, 465, 467 and 468, IPC, for fraud, forgery and faking valuable security.

60-yr-old woman stabbed to death
Moga, April 3
Unidentified persons stabbed a 60-year-old woman to death here last night. Sources said the deceased, Surekha Malhotra, was alone at her house when the incident took place.

Minor boy sodomised
Tarn Taran, April 3
A four-and-half-year-old boy was allegedly sodomised at Thatha village under Bhikhiwind police station last evening by Harchand Singh (19) a youth of the same village .

Robbers strike at factory
Ludhiana, April 3
More than eight armed robbers struck at a factory in the Industrial Area Extension-A last night locked two employees on night duty and decamped with over Rs 4 lakh worth nickel plates.

6 held for immoral trafficking
Patiala, April 3
Six persons, including four women, were arrested by the police here for allegedly being involved in immoral trafficking.


Colourful start to Spectrum — 2005
Patiala, April 3
The four-day long sports and cultural extravaganza — Spectrum-2005 — organised by the local Government Medical College got of to a vibrant start at the college auditorium here yesterday.

Examinations postponed
Bathinda, April 3
On a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, teachers of private-aided and unaided colleges of this district on Saturday boycotted university examinations.

School organises cross-country race
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 3
Saffron City School Kotla Bajwara here organised Cross-Country Race for class I to X. Classification for the race was done as per age, the junior section run from 1.5 km to 2.5 km, where as senior section ran upto 3 km.

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