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Thousands converge on Damdama Sahib for Baisakhi
Devotees throng Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, a day prior to Baisakhi, at Talwandi Sabo on Wednesday. Bathinda, April 13
Thousands of devotees paid obeisance at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib here a day before Baisakhi today. Speaking to The Tribune, the Takht Manager, Mr Bharpur Singh, told that about 18 stalls of ‘langar’, besides ‘chhabeels’ of drinking water had been put up at the takht.

Devotees throng Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, a day prior to Baisakhi, at Talwandi Sabo on Wednesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

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BOLE SO NIHAL: Nagar kirtan procession taken out from Patiala to Anandpur Sahib on the eve of Baisakhi at Gurdwara Moti Bagh in Patiala on Wednesday. 
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

BOLE SO NIHAL: Nagar kirtan procession taken out from Patiala to Anandpur Sahib on the eve of Baisakhi at Gurdwara Moti Bagh in Patiala on Wednesday.

Devotees miss holy dip as sewage flows into Bein
Pulluted water from a sewage water pit mixes with the Bein rivulet via a channel dug at Bhulath in Kapurthala where residents were to take a holy dip during a two-day Baisakhi mela that began on Wednesday. Bhulath (Kapurthala), April 13
It was a day of disappointment for the residents of Bhulath as many of them, who had come to attend the two-day Baisakhi mela here could not take a dip in the holy Bein due to the discharge of sullage into its waters.

Pulluted water from a sewage water pit mixes with the Bein rivulet via a channel dug at Bhulath in Kapurthala where residents were to take a holy dip during a two-day Baisakhi mela that began on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Widespread theft of coal in transit for thermal plant
Ropar, April 13
Officials of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant have been facing an unusual problem to tackle. There has been continuous theft of coal on the way from coal fields to the thermal plant brought by goods trains. Besides, a few bodies have also been found in the wagons carrying coal.

A newly born child being given drops of holy water during the Baisakhi celebrations at Durgiana Temple on Wednesday.
A newly born child being given drops of holy water during the Baisakhi celebrations at Durgiana Temple on Wednesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

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Engineers: unbundling not statutory requirement
Chandigarh, April 13
The PSEB Engineers Association has contradicted the state government’s claim that the unbundling of the PSEB is a statutory requirement under the Electricity Act, 2003.

Anomalies detected in use of Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan funds
Gurdaspur, April 13
The audit report of the funds spent on the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan in the district is generating heat. Sources here said that the audit report prepared by a team headed by the Deputy Controller (Finance), Gurdaspur, has detected serious anomalies in the funds spent under the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan.

Fast shelling of paddy saves government crores
Chandigarh, April 13
Learning from the mistake of holding onto stocks of rice and wheat, the grain procuring agencies in Punjab this year have speeded up the shelling of paddy. As a result, they set a pace which resultantly saved crores of rupees by way of bank interest and also on cost of storing the rice.


Film on Sikhs in post-9/11 America
Amritsar, April 13
Balbir Singh Gill, aka Bobby, a Sikh grocery owner in the USA, is kidnapped and tortured by four Americans. He is mistaken as a Muslim. Balbir is the central character in film ‘Sweet Amerika’. Gulshan Grover a leading bad guy in Bolloywood films, has teamed up with Canadian director R. Paul Dhillon to bring to audiences the plight of Sikhs in post 9/11 America.

Rs 1,200 cr to be spent on building roads
Ferozepore, April 13
The Punjab Government has initiated work on the construction of 870-km-long roads and 22 railway overbridge in the state during the current financial year, which would be completed at an estimated expenditure of Rs 1200 crores.

Freedom fighters must get their due, says Hooda
Ludhiana, April 13
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today called upon the people to give full respect to the freedom fighters and their families and to follow the path shown by them for strengthening the country.

India Trust to run Dasmesh Academy
Anandpur Sahib, April 13
The Dasmesh Academy will be run by Delhi-based India Trust on a contract basis. The contract will be given to the trust on April 18 on the condition that the academy’s staff will be retained by it.

Jallianwala Bagh martyrs remembered
Amritsar April 13
To commemorate the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on the Baisakhi day in l9l9, a special memorial service was organised today to pay homage to hundreds of freedom fighters who had laid down their lives.

Training for armed forces test
Kapurthala, April 13
The selection of candidates for pre-selection training for recruitment to armed forces will be done by the Training and Employment Centre, Guru Nanak Nagar, Theh Kanjla, Kapurthala, on April 15 at 9 am.

Tele-medicine project launched
Patiala, April 13
The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, in collaboration with the PGIMER, Chandigarh, today launched a tele-medicine project at Government Mata Kaushalya Hospital here.

Sangharsh panel meets today
Chandigarh, April 13
The Punjab Mulajam Sangharsh Committee today said that it would announce its programme tomorrow to counter the state government’s move to hand over the control of certain government schools to private organisations.

Harassment of PVC winner’s widow to be probed
Chandigarh, April 13
Taking cognisance of news reports regarding harassment to Param Vir Chakra awardee Subedar Joginder Singh’s widow Gurdial Kaur, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, yesterday pulled up the civil administration of Faridkot district.

PSEB engineers distribute booklets
Ropar, April 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineering Association today made a unique attempt to spread awareness against the move of the state government to dismantle the PSEB into six companies. Members of the association distributed a six-page booklet to all the Cabinet Ministers, MLAs and several other politicians highlighting the shortfalls of the government decision.

Bindal takes over as PSEB Member (Distribution)
Patiala, April 13
Mr B.K. Bindal joined as the new Member (Distribution), Punjab State Electricity Board, here today.

DC orders probe into relief paid to dead farmers
Gurdaspur, April 13
The Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, Mr Vivek Pratap Singh, today ordered an inquiry into the compensation awarded to dead farmers in the Bamiyal block of the district. While talking to The Tribune, the deputy commissioner said that after the inquiry suitable action would be taken against the officials found guilty.

Durgiana panel office-bearers summoned
Amritsar, April 13
The SDM, Mr Gurwaryam Singh, has asked the Durgiana management committee to clarify on the sale of “gaushala” land by it. He has summoned Mr Gopi Chand Bhatia, Mr Surinder Arjun, officiating president, Mr Rajinder Bhalla, a councillor, and Mr S.S. Sharma, the complainant, on April 15 to explain the details of the sale.

Police ‘shielding’ accused cop
Amritsar, April 13
The Police Department has been allegedly shielding an accused constable whose name figured in the suicide note of Yogesh Sharma. Even the orders from the President’s secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhavan, forwarded to the Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab, for taking appropriate action against the accused have proved futile.

Compulsory registration of hospitals on cards
Chandigarh, April 13
With a view to restructuring the medical education in the country, the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, said the government was working on changing the curriculum of undergraduate and post graduate medical education so that the current advancements could be included.


Electronics company told to pay relief
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 13
The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed Mr Ashok Kumar prop. Vinod Electronics, Narula Market, Sirhind, and MD Videocon International Company to pay Rs 18,000 with interest to Kuldip Chand, a resident of the Officer’s Colony and also imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 for mental agony and harassment and Rs 2,000 as costs.

PSHRC asks police to act in cheating case
Chandigarh, April 12
The Punjab State Human Right Commission (PSHRC) has come to rescue of Mr Gurmeet Singh, a Patiala resident, who was allegedly duped to the tune of about Rs 20 lakh at the hands an immigration firm.

Forum demands probe into Professor’s death
Patiala, April 13
The Forum for Educational Action and Reform (FEAR) at its meeting here yesterday demanded a high-level vigilance probe into the circumstances leading to the “unfortunate and untimely” death of well-know teaching community leader — Dr K.C. Singhal, a senior Professor of the Punjab School of Management Studies of Punjabi University.


5 commission agents lose licences
Ropar, April 13
Taking serious view of the irregularity in purchase of wheat in the various anaj mandis of the district, the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, today cancelled the licence of five commission agents and also removed one inspector of the purchase agency during her surprise raid.


Forged documents cost them admission
Patiala, April 13
Punjabi University has detected certain cases of forged documents during admissions to B.A. (Part 1) in affiliated colleges. Giving this information here today, Dr Baldev Singh, Chief Coordinator, (Exams) said that when 10+2 certificates of some students of B.A. (Part 1) were sent to the Punjab School Education Board for verification, five cases of forged documents were detected.

Civil Surgeon’s driver assaults reporter
Jalandhar, April 13
Mr Shiv Sharma, a correspondent of ‘Ajit’ was allegedly roughed up and abused by the driver of Jalandhar Civil Surgeon Y.C. Markan in front of the office of the Civil Surgeon here today.


BSP: decision on schools anti-people
Chandigarh, April 13
After the SAD and Left parties, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also today opposed the process of privatisation of education, health services, etc, started by the Punjab Government.

Hike in rates of exam-related work
Amritsar, April 13
Guru Nanak Dev University has made 40 to 60 per cent increase in the existing rates of remuneration for paper setters, evaluators and those doing other examination work from this session.

32 students shortlisted for jobs
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 13
Thirtytwo, students of the eighth semester of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering (BBSBE) College, Fatehgarh Sahib have been shortlisted for jobs in Spice Communication, Mohali and the IBM Services, Gurgaon.

Ludhiana to have vet varsity
Ludhiana, April 13
After a decade-long wait, decks have finally been cleared for setting up Punjab's first veterinary university in Ludhiana. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University on April 18.

Keep away from conflicting situations, VC tells students
Patiala, April 13
Punjabi University Vice Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, advised students and public at large to keep away from the potentially conflicting situations, avoid physical assault as far as possible and stressed that self defence techniques should be used only when nothing else worked.

B.Ed entrance test coaching
Patiala, April 13
The IAS and Allied Services Training Centre of Punjabi University will start coaching classes for B.Ed entrance test from April 25 for SC, OBC and minority communities and the general category candidates.

Skill development programme launched in Ropar
Mohali, April 13
The three-week skill upgradation programme launched for improving the skill of 28 woman trainees in stitching ladies suits was inaugurated at the GNVBT Polytechnic in Phase II, Industrial Area, here by Mr Dinesh K. Kapila, Assistant General Manager, Nabard, Ropar and Nawanshahr.


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