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Cost of farm inputs rises because of VAT
Chandigarh, April 9
Punjab farmers as well as small scale units engaged in the production of fertilisers, insecticides, pesticides and agricultural implements are reeling under a new dosage of taxes as a sequel to the implementation of Value Added Tax regime in the State from April 1.

Foot-and-mouth disease spreads in
PAU farm

Ludhiana, April 9
Even as dairy farmers of Punjab have been turning to Punjab Agricultural University for treatment of different diseases concerning their livestock, the university authorities have been at a loss as to whom they should approach when the inmates of its own dairy farm are suffering from foot-and-mouth disease for the past one week.

Dosanjh praises NRIs’ efforts in state
Hoshiarpur, April 9
While praising Punjabis for their hardworking and cordial nature, Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, Health Minister of British Columbia, said it was a matter of great pride for him that a lot of work was being done towards developments in the rural areas of Punjab.

Punjab should have gone for crop diversification: expert
Chandigarh, April 9
Terrorism cannot be blamed for Punjab's gaping-for-breath economy. No, not anymore. The state's political class is largely responsible for the syndrome. It failed to take a simple decision like crop diversification when the moment was right — at least this is what Planing Commission member Abhijit Sen has to say.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Sahibzada’s statue used for decoration
Bathinda, April 9
A statue of Sahibzada Ajit Singh, installed at one of the city squares, is being used for decoration, prior to the Baisakhi celebrations here. The Sahibzada’s statue is surrounded with buntings from all sides. Religious bodies of the city have taken a strong notice of this act.

Sahibzada Ajit Singh’s statue being used for decoration, prior to the Baisakhi celebrations in Bathinda. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Sahibzada Ajit Singh’s statue being used for decoration, prior to the Baisakhi celebrations

Paramvir Chakra awardee’s family attacked
Faridkot, April 9
About 12 unidentified armed men barged into house of Gurdayal Kaur, the widow of Paramvir Chakra awardee, Subedar Joginder Singh, at Fidde Khurd village, near here, yesterday and harvested wheat crop spreading over 5 acres of disputed land.


Cong will make use of Singla’s son: CM
Patiala, April 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said the services of Mr Vijayinder Singla, son of Mandi Board Chairman Sant Ram Singla, who died two days back, would be used for the benefit of the party.


Ropar admn fights fire with hired engines
Ropar, April 9
Lack of fire stations in six major towns of the district is proving costly for the administration. The Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant has asked the district administration to pay Rs 50.99 lakh for hiring fire engines from the thermal plant fire station over the past 21 years.

Hope shines on Moorish Mosque
Kapurthala, April 9
With the district administration gearing up to arrange funds for the revamp of Moorish Mosque, there seems to be some ray of hope for the 75-year-old monument that has been in a state of neglect for the last several years.

A view of the 75-year-old Moorish Mosque of Kapurthala, designed by a French architect, that is likely to be revamped. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

A view of the 75-year-old Moorish Mosque of Kapurthala, designed by a French architect, that is likely to be revamped

IAF jets face bird-hit threat due to dump
Pathankot, April 9
Fighter jets of the Indian Air Force taking off and landing at the local base area are under threat. The huge waste dump created near the air strip of the IAF is attracting a large number of birds that can prove deadly for any fighter plane.

The drain carrying waste into the IAF station at Pathankot. — Photo by Jangi

The drain carrying waste into the IAF station at Pathankot

Birmi gets hangar’s possession
Patiala, April 9
The Punjab Civil Aviation Department has handed over hangar number 2 housing the engine overhauling workshop as well as the Northern India Flying Club to the Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Malkit Singh Birmi, despite opposition from flying club staff. The staff had locked the hangar to prevent its takeover by Mr Birmi.

Malta tragedy victims’ kin to get death certificates
Hoshiarpur, April 9
Mr M.C. Nathan, Joint Secretary of the Union Ministry of External Affairs, has written to the Chief Secretary of the Punjab Government to pass instructions on to the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to provide death certificates to the families of the victims of the Malta Boat tragedy.

IG refutes charge in land-grab case
Patiala, April 9
Patiala Zone Inspector-General of Police Rajinder Singh claimed today that he was accused of involvement in a land-grab case when he had just acted within the ambit of law to redress the grievance of an NRI who had complained against some land-grabbers.

Sabha condemns ‘black laws’
Sangrur, April 9
A Zabar Virodhi (anti-repression) convention was held here last evening by the district union of the Zamhoori Adhikar Sabha Punjab. It was dedicated to the historical day related to the throwing of a bomb by Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his associates in the National Assembly Hall against the tabling of the Public Safety Bill and the Trade Disputes Bill by the British on April 8, 1929.

No move to shift Bathinda refinery: Singla
Chandigarh, April 9
The Punjab Finance and Planning Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, has denied that the HPCL was planning to shift the Bathinda refinery to any other place.

Docs extol virtues of homoeopathy
Patiala, April 9
The Homoeopathic Medical Association of India, Punjab branch, today organised a free medical camp on the premises of Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School at SST Nagar to commemorate the 250th birth anniversary of the founder of homoeopathy, Dr Samuel Hahnemann.

Forum flays move on war memorial
Amritsar, April 9
As the stage is set for the hand-over of Gobindgarh Fort to the civil administration on April 14, Mr Brij Bedi, president of the Citizen Forum, has criticised experts of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage for its move to turn the fort into a war memorial or museum.

Annual Urs concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 9
The 392 Annual Urs in the memory of Seikh Ahmed Farooqui Sirhindi concluded at Rauza Sharif here today with religious ceremonies. Thousands of Naqsbandi Muslims from various parts of the country and abroad, including a 189-member contingent from Pakistan, paid their obeisance.

Five of family feared drowned
Ropar, April 9
Five members of a family, including three children, were feared drowned into the Bhakra canal, near Brahampura village in Morinda subdivision. The incident came to light late this evening when a motor cycle was found abandoned near the canal by a police party.


Ignorance costs cotton farmers dear
Chandigarh, April 9
Bt cotton seed is a genetically modified seed. It is claimed to be resistent to american bollworm. Bt cotton seed has been named so because it carries Bacillus-thurigiensis bacterium that parasites on caterpillars of Amercian bollworm and butterflies etc.


3 booked for cheating NRI
Kapurthala, April 9
The police has booked three persons, including an 80-year-old woman, for allegedly usurping the house of a UK-based NRI. Vijay Kumar, a resident of Gopal Park, has been arrested while his 80-year- old mother Shakuntla Devi has been let off under the provisions of Section 436 of the CrPC.

3 held for dera head’s murder
Moga, April 9
The police has arrested three persons for abducting and killing Mahant Prem Muni of a dera at Rauke Kalan village. Sources said Prem Muni had about 35 acres of land in his name and some of his disciples were eyeing his property.

Two held for triple murder at Gajeana village
Moga, April 9
The police has arrested two persons in connection with a triple murder that took place at Gajeana village a couple of months back. Those arrested have been identified as Bakhtaur Singh and Harpreet Kaur, both residents of Rode village.

3 held for hooliganism
Jalandhar April 9
Hooliganism by students sparked off following an incident of eve-teasing during the concluding part of the star nite organised by the local DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology on its campus.

Child succumbs to injuries
Kharar, April 9
A five-year-old child, who was injured in an accident yesterday, succumbed to his injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, today. According to the police, the deceased, Mandeep Singh, got seriously injured when an accident took place near Mundi Kharar.


Gurdaspur to have B.Ed college
Amritsar, April 9
Guru Nanak Dev University would develop its Regional Campus, Gurdaspur, into a "Mini-University" by setting up modern infrastructure there. This was stated by Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the university, while laying the foundation stone of a three-storeyed building of the Information Technology block on the campus.

PTA fund not to be discontinued
Bathinda, April 9
The Punjab Government has reportedly changed its mind regarding the discontinuation of PTA fund in government schools. A written order of Education Department to discontinue fund had created a furore in academic circles. Government teachers’ bodies had also opposed the decision.

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