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Singla’s son gets PEDA top jobVijayinder Singla
Patiala, April 10
There was quiet jubilation among supporters of former Mandi Board Chairman Sant Ram Singla following the appointment of his son Mr Vijayinder Singla, as the Chairman of the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) today.

World Turban Day on Baisakhi
Chandigarh, April 10
An overwhelming response to turban clinics held in various parts of North America today has made organisers of the World Sikh Turban Day on April 13,Baisakhi Day, an enthusiastic lot.

Over 10,000 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Ludhiana, April 10
More than 10,000 cases were settled today with the mutual agreement and understanding of both the parties at the national-level Lok Adalat held here in the city and compensation to the tune of Rs 25 crore was awarded.

The Supreme Court Judges, Mr Justice N. Santosh Hegde and Mr Justice Ashok Bhan, the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice D.K. Jain, and Mr Justice H.S. Bedi hear the litigants at the national-level Lok Adalat held in Ludhiana on Sunday. The Supreme Court Judges, Mr Justice N. Santosh Hegde and Mr Justice Ashok Bhan, the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice D.K. Jain, and Mr Justice H.S. Bedi hear the litigants at the national-level Lok Adalat held in Ludhiana on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib



Lok Adalats more effective than courts
Ludhiana, April 10
Lok Adalats in Punjab are undergoing a sea change. Propelled by a desire to reduce litigation and ensure speedier and cheaper justice to the litigants, Lok Adalats in Punjab have even been taking up consumer disputes and farmers-commission agents disputes, something that Lok Adalats in other parts of the country are still to begin with.

Kapurthala SSP to investigate NRI’s charges
Jalandhar, April 10
A senior IPS officer of Jalandhar district seems to be in the dock as the Jalandhar DIG has handed over the investigation into sensational allegations by an NRI, that had led to suspension of SHO Manjit Singh of Noormahl, who had forced him to cough up a bribe of Rs 5 lakh in the name of a senior officer, to Kapurthala SSP Arunpal Singh.

‘Abducted’ girl found
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 10
The Jammu police yesterday recovered a married girl who had been forcibly separated from her husband by her parents.

Historic gurdwara row
Baba Budha Dal ready for talks with SGPC
Kotkapura, April 10
A day after the SGPC failed to take over the historic Patshahi Dasvi Gurdwara here, the chief of Baba Budha Dal, Baba Santa Singh, today said the SGPC should stop dreaming that it can take charge of the gurdwara with the administration’s help. He stated this while addressing a press conference here yesterday.


Pranab’s visit crucial, says Jagmeet
Amritsar, April 10
Rebel Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar, who has taken a stand against the functioning of the Chief Minister, said today that Mr Pranab Mukherjee, in charge, Punjab affairs, would visit Chandigarh on April 14 to take stock of infighting within the party.


Pulse polio drive launched
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 10
Dr Datar Singh Virk, Director, Health Services, today launched the pulse polio campaign in the state by administering polio drops to a children at the Civil Hospital here while Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the campaign in the district by administering polio drops to children at the Civil Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh.

Rai decries ASI statement on Darbar Sahib
Amritsar, April 10
Even as the executive meeting of the SGPC is likely to be convened here next week to discuss the report of the five-member Review Sub-Committee on dossier on Harmander Sahib, Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, General Secretary of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has said the forthcoming meeting has the authority to reject or accept the recommendations made in the report.

Kar seva at Nankana Sahib from Baisakhi
Wagah, April 10
An 11-member jatha of experts and masons today crossed over to Pakistan for the kar seva of the historic gate of Janamasthan Nankana Sahib and various other historic Sikh shrines there. The kar seva would start from Baisakhi.

40 more deletions in jatha list
Amritsar, April 10
As many as 40 more names were deleted on eve of departure of the Sikh jatha for celebrating Baisakhi in Pakistan, in the list of visas issued to pilgrims.

Bid to encroach upon PSEB land
Jalalabad, April 10
Timely intervention by the media and the nearby shopkeepers yesterday foiled an attempt allegedly at the behest of certain ruling party activists to encroach upon a piece of land belonging to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).

Pension to be disbursed in May
Ludhiana, April 10
The Punjab Government has initiated steps to ensure the smooth disbursement of pension among 11.75 lakh beneficiaries belonging to old age, widow, handicapped and destitute from May 1. It has also decided to give Rs 25 crore to the Department of Social Security and Welfare of Women and Child Development for its disbursement.

Anil Singh, leader of the Sindhi Hindu jatha, stands in a queue at the Wagah joint check point on Sunday.Hindu jatha returns to Pak
Wagah, April 10
A large number of Sindhi Hindus were adopting Sikhism due to their devotion and faith in the Sikh tenets and not due to any kind of fear, said Mr Anil Singh, one of the leaders of the Sindhi Hindu Jatha, which returned to Pakistan after participating in the Hola Mohalla celebrations at Anandpur Sahib.

Anil Singh, leader of the Sindhi Hindu jatha, stands in a queue at the Wagah joint check point on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Pakistani pilgrims honoured
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 10
All 189 pilgrims from Pakistan, who came to pay obeisance at annual Urs at Fatehgarh Sahib, were honoured by the Bassi Cricket Association on ITI ground Bassi Pathana today.

Fading memories of 1857 battle
Gurdaspur, April 10
An important battle of the first war of Independence was also fought in Gurdaspur district in 1857.

No clue to missing five of family
Khamano, April 10
No clue has been found about the whereabouts of the five members of the family of sarpanch of nearby Jatana Ucha village even after 48 hours they had gone missing under mysterious circumstances, Their motor cycle was recovered from the bank of Bhakara Canal near Salora village and Pathreri Jattan in Ropar District.

Convention of technical employees ends
Abohar, April 10
The fourth annual convention of the Technical and Mechanical Employees Union concluded here today. The union urged the state government to withdraw all anti-employees proposals, including privatisation of corporations and boards.


Improve cotton quality: experts
Abohar, April 10
Dr K. C. Jain, Additional Director-General, Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), has cautioned that while using the genetically modified seeds like Bt cotton in the areas bordering Pakistan, it needed to be ensured that the same were not sensitive to diseases like leaf curl virus (LCV), which prevailed largely on other side of the border.

Kisan mela


Bodies of 5 of a family untraced
Ropar, April 10
A search for five members of a family who were feared to have drowned in the Bhakra canal near Brahampura village in Morinda yesterday continued today but the bodies were not recovered till 9 pm today.

Gang of burglars active in Barnala
Barnala, April 10
A gang of burglars is very active these days in and around Barnala. As many as half a dozen shutters of shops near the police lines and court complex on the main roads were found broken yesterday.


250 students get degrees
Nawanshahr, April 10
The local R.K. Arya College organised its annual convocation today. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, was the chief guest.

A view of Narain Public School, Sanour Road, Patiala.Hamara School
Bringing forth the hero in every child
Narain Public School stands like a five-star hotel in the outskirts of Patiala, on the Patiala-Sanour road. The school is affiliated to the CBSE. It has two swimming pools, a fibreglass basketball court, cricket nets, table tennis, judo and a lawn tennis courts.

A view of Narain Public School, Sanour Road, Patiala.


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