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SAD to prepare charge sheet against Captain
Chandigarh, April 8

The Shiromani Akali Dal headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal today decided to prepare a charge sheet against the Punjab Government headed by Capt Amarinder Singh.

Experts’ panel divided on heritage issue
Sends report back to SGPC
Chandigarh, April 8
Sharply divided on the dossier issue, the five-member expert committee, set up by the SGPC to examine the contents of the dossier, which has been submitted to UNESCO to seek world heritage site status for Harmandar Sahib complex, today failed to reach a consensus whether the dossier should be withdrawn or resubmitted after making the necessary corrections.

Alcohol, AIDS claim more lives than tsunami each day: Ujjal Dosanjh
Jalandhar, April 8
Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, Health Minister of British Columbia, today said the number of people who died of alcoholism, drug abuse, AIDS and female foeticide in one day in the world was more than the number of lives claimed by tsunami waves.

British Columbia Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh and his wife, Raminder, pay obeisance at a gurdwara in Guru Nanak Mission Hospital before the inauguration of an AIDS awareness programme in Jalandhar on Friday. British Columbia Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh and his wife, Raminder, pay obeisance at a gurdwara in Guru Nanak Mission Hospital before the inauguration of an AIDS awareness programme in Jalandhar on Friday. — Photo by Pawan Sharma

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NRI lays stress on technical skills
Patiala, April 8
Leading NRI businessman J.S. Sidhu today emphasised the need for providing technical and professional skills to Punjabis to make them competitive at the global level.

Suicide by 5 of family: DGP asked to probe
Chandigarh, April 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Punjab DGP to get the investigation of the case relating to the suicide by five members of a family due to the alleged harassment at the hands of former Amritsar Senior Superintendent of Police Kultar Singh done at his own level.

Punjab Vidhan Sabha adjourned again
Chandigarh, April 8
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha was adjourned today after paying rich tributes to one of its former members, Mr Sant Ram Singla, who died at the PGI here last night. It was the fourth consecutive adjournment of the House after obituary references. No legislative business has been transacted during the last three sittings of the House.

15 Punjab to commemorate 300 years of valour
Chandigarh, April 8
One of the oldest and most highly decorated battalions of the Indian Army, 15 Punjab (Patiala), will be commemorating its tricentenary next week at its field location in the Western Sector. The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will be addressing a special sainik sammelan to mark the occasion.

Tribune Impact
Relief pours in for 16-year-old rape victim
Mohali, April 8
Relief has poured in from various quarters for the pregnant 16-year-old rape victim of Malkipur Taparian village in Ropar district. Following The Tribune report highlighting the state of the victim and her family, the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, today announced that the district administration would take care of the entire medical needs of the victim.


Election of sarpanch set aside
Abohar, April 8
Mr B.C. Thakur, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Presiding Officer of the District Election Tribunal, Ferozepore, while setting aside the election of a person as sarpanch, has recommended disciplinary action against the Returning Officer also.

Raids on Chautala properties a vendetta, says Badal
Chandigarh, April 8
The SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said the CBI raids on the properties owned by the former Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, were a part of the political vendetta started by the Congress against leaders of opposition parties, especially regional parties.


Patiala bids adieu to Singla
Patiala, April 8
Gentleman politician and Punjab Mandi Board Chairman Sant Ram Singla was given a tearful adieu by citizens of this city who gathered in thousands around the flower bedecked mini-truck which took him to his last journey to the Rajpura road cremation ground after doing the round of the traditional city bazars and the Kali Mata temple.
Vijay Inder Singla carries the body of his father, Sant Ram Singla, at the cremation ground in Patiala on Friday.
Vijay Inder Singla carries the body of his father, Sant Ram Singla, at the cremation ground in Patiala on Friday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Public money diverted to Dunes Club
Bathinda, April 8
While the state government has been quite generous in granting funds for the government officers’ Dunes Club, the budding sports talent of Malwa is crying for a gymnasium that has been awaiting the sanction of a mere Rs 3 lakh for its completion.

PUDA to start ‘land pooling’ scheme
Mohali, April 8
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has decided to implement a “land pooling” scheme for farmers whose land has been acquired by the government for development. This was decided during the 30th meeting of the authority held under the chairmanship of the Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, here today.

Sinking tubewells put on backburner
Amritsar, April 8
With the temperatures soaring and the demand for water increasing several tubewells in the city are dry. As many as 14 tubewells in and around the city have been in a state of disrepair for the past many months. It has been alleged the municipal corporation is dragging its feet on the job of sinking new tubewells.

ASI seeks probe into allegations by tenant
Amritsar, April 8
Alleging blackmailing, Ms Sheetal Kaur, an Assistant Sub-Inspector in the Majitha police district and resident of Kucha Nihal Singh, today urged the SP city, Mr P. K. Rai, to hold a high-level inquiry into the allegations made by one Mr Pardeep Singh to some senior police officials and the Punjab State Human Rights Commission.

Protest against setting up of liquor unit
Rajpura, April 8
Residents, including women and children, of over 32 villages protested against the setting up of a Vodka manufacturing unit, Neway Organic Naturals India Limited, at Devi Nagar village, about 2 km from here, today.

Fire damages shopping plaza
Bathinda, April 8
Mehta’s Mega Mart, a local shopping plaza, suffered losses worth lakhs of rupees after a fire broke out on its top floor yesterday, causing damage to different goods, including the AC system.

Action against naib tehsildars flayed
Ferozepore, April 8
Following the arrest of two naib tehsildars in a fraud case, an emergency meeting of all the revenue officers of Ferozepore Division was convened at PWD Rest House here today.

Visa denial to Pak guests for convention flayed
Ludhiana, April 8
Mr Shyam Khosla and Mr Ashok Singhi, President and Secretary, respectively of the Media Centre here and Dr H.S. Lall, President of the Punjab Union of Journalists, have condemned the attitude of the Indian High Commission authorities in Islamabad in making false promises and declining visas to Pakistani guests for an Indo-Pak media convention scheduled for April 11 and 12 here.

108 names deleted from ‘Baisakhi jatha’ to Pak
Amritsar, April 8
As many as 108 names were deleted from the list of pilgrims who had filed for visas on the occasion of Baisakhi celebrations to visit Sikh shrines in Pakistan.

Special drive to check faulty transformers
Patiala, April 8
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Chairman Y. S. Ratra today said that the board had initiated a special maintenance campaign to take care of loose overhanging wires, sagging LT lines and faulty transformers.

Pulse polio campaign
Chandigarh, April 8
The Punjab Health and Family Welfare Department has made elaborate arrangements for administering pulse polio drops to more than 37 lakh children up to the age of five under the National Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI) round scheduled to be held on April 10. This was disclosed by Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr R.C. Dogra.


Lawyers submit demands’ charter to HC Judge
Pathankot, April 8
The local Bar Association has demanded the setting up of the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge in the town. The demand was raised in a charter presented to the inspecting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill, here yesterday.

Woman’s murder: judicial remand for husband
Kharar, April 8
Saudagar Singh, who was accused of stabbing his wife Harpreet Kaur to death in Mohali on Monday, was today remanded 14 days of judicial custody by a court here. While the prosecution demanded an extension of the police Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Poonam Ratti, ordered that he be sent to in judicial remand till April 22.

Two jailed for life for killing nine-year-old girl
Ropar, April 8
Raj Kumar, a resident of Naya Gaon and his relative were today sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his nine-year-old daughter by a Ropar court here.


Meeting on relief to farmers on April 11
Bholath (Kapurthala), April 8
The meeting of the high-powered committee constituted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to assess and compensate losses suffered by farmers in Punjab due to distress sale of paddy in the year 2000 will be held on April 11.

Use of combine harvesters at night banned
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 8
Deputy Commissioner, S.K. Ahluwalia has banned combines for harvesting of wheat at night till July 5 in the district as it increases moisture content in grains.


Villager shot
Bathinda, April 8
Manjit Singh, alias Santy, a resident of Bagher Mohabbat village in this district, allegedly shot dead Avtar Singh, a resident of the same village, yesterday.

One held with spurious Bt cotton seed
Malout, April 8
The police has arrested a person near Bhidiwala village and seized 49 packets of spurious Bt cotton seeds from his possession.

Missing girl recovered, two nabbed
Phagwara, April 8
The Kapurthala police has recovered a 15-year-old girl Jaswinder Kaur of Sultanpur Lodhi, missing for the last two and a half months and arrested two persons in this connection.

Couple killed in accident
Pathankot, April 8
The husband and wife were killed and a three-month-old baby was injured when the scooter on which they were travelling met with an accident with a tractor-trailer coming from opposite direction.

Robbery case solved, 7 held
Chandigarh, April 8
Almost a week after armed robbers barged into a jeweller’s shop in Jalandhar before decamping with ornaments and money, the Punjab Police today claimed that it had solved the case with the recovery of the loot and arrested seven accused late last night.


Privatisation move of govt schools condemned
Mohali, April 8
Various teachers’ organisations today declared that they will not allow privatisation of government schools at any cost.

Forensic workshop held
Patiala, April 8
A five day national workshop on “Forensic Facial Reconstruction” organised by the Department of Forensic Science in Punjabi University concluded here today. Mr Rajinder Singh, Inspector general of Police, Patiala Range, was the chief guest.

UK teachers visit rural schools
Patiala, April 8
A delegation of UK-based primary and middle school teachers visited various schools falling in rural areas in this district yesterday.


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