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Cong rally a damp squib
Amarinder fails to turn up

Bathinda, April 14
The tussle between the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and senior Congress leader, Mr Jagmeet Brar, and a likely change in the PPCC leadership turned the Congress rally at Talwandi Sabo into a flop show.

PPCC president HS Hanspal and other party leaders at the Congress rally in Talwandi Sabo on Thursday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

PPCC president HS Hanspal and other party leaders at the Congress rally in Talwandi Sabo on Thursday.

SAD to issue white paper on Cong govt’s failures

Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda), April 14
The Shiromani Akali Dal would release a white paper on the failures of three-year-old Amarinder Singh government on May 15, besides launching protests against its “anti-people” policies at all the district headquarters from May 20.

SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and party general secretary Kanwaljit Singh at the party’s conference in Talwandi Sabo
SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and party general secretary Kanwaljit Singh at the party’s conference in Talwandi Sabo on Thursday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
Cong caught stealing power for rally

7,500 employees declared surplus at Ranjit Sagar Dam
Gurdaspur, April 14
As many as 7,500 employees working at present at the Ranjit Sagar Dam have been declared surplus by the Department of Finance.


Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib


24 Pak prisoners repatriated
Wagah, April 14
Twentyfour Pakistani prisoners were repatriated at Joint Checkpost here today. Reciprocating the gesture of the Indian Government Mr Syed Akbar, Minister of Jails, Pakistan’s Punjab, who had come to receive the prisoners, announced that his government would soon release 30 Indian Punjabi prisoners. Earlier, the government had announced to release 22 prisoners. However, at the eleventh hour names of two more prisoners were added in the list. They were brought from Tihar Jail today.

A Pakistani national touches his forehead on the ground after crossing over at the Wagah checkpost on Thursday. He was among the Pakistani prisoners released from a jail in Amritsar. — AFP photo
A Pakistani national touches his forehead on the ground after crossing over at the Wagah checkpost on Thursday. He was among the Pakistani prisoners released from a jail in Amritsar.

Govt may terminate contract with NID
Designing of Khalsa Heritage complex interiors
Gurdaspur, April 14
In a crucial development the Punjab government may terminate the agreement with the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, for designing the interiors of the Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex (KHMC).

Action against Brar if need be: Pranab
Chandigarh, April 14
The Defence Minister, who is also in charge of Punjab affairs, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, today refused to be specific about the issues raised before him, but asserted action would be taken against senior Congress leader and All-India Congress Committee member Jagmeet Brar “as and when necessary”.


Mann for new boundary commission
Bathinda, April 14
While the Congress and the SAD hit out at each other in their political conferences, the SAD (Amritsar) and the newly formed five-party front sang different tunes on various issues facing the state.

Kainth announces BSM’s revival
Phillaur, April 14
The much-awaited revival of the Bahujan Samaj Morcha (BSM) was announced by its President Satnam Singh Kainth. He was expelled by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leadership after differences cropped up between him and the state leadership a few months ago.


15 Punjab celebrates 300 years of glory

Abohar, April 14
One of the oldest and most highly decorated battalion of the Indian Army, 15 Punjab (1 Patiala) commemorated 300 years of its existence with several events.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, interacts with troops of 15 Punjab during the battalion’s tercentenary celebrations at Abohar on Wednesday. —  Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, interacts with troops of 15 Punjab during the battalion’s tercentenary celebrations at Abohar

SGPC launches ‘amrit sanchar’ to baptise Sikhs
Anandpur Sahib, April 14
The SGPC, on the occasion of Baisakhi, today launched a special drive “Amrit Sanchar” to baptise Sikhs at Gurdwara Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib . About 7,000 Sikhs from different parts of India were baptised at six venues till evening. The function began at 3 am in the morning and would continue till tomorrow.

Centre shoots down Punjab’s biotechnology project
Chandigarh, April 14
The Union Government has shot down the Punjab Government’s project regarding the setting up of a national institute of biotechnology in the state.

Protest against garlanding of Ambedkar statue
Jalandhar, April 14
While the Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, garlanded Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s statue at Nakodar chowk, a large number of BSP workers, protesting against the garlanding and withdrawal of holiday on Ambedkar Jayanti by the Punjab government, washed statue of Dr Ambedkar with milk.

100 desert taksal over maryada
Amritsar, April 14
More than 100 followers of Damdami Taksal deserted it today following differences over ‘maryada’.

Youth dies of drowning on Baisakhi
Phagwara, April 14
A young devotee Harjinder Singh died of drowning this afternoon in the sarovar of historic gurdwara Sukhchainana Sahib on the occasion of Baisakhi.

PCMSA against privatisation of hospitals
Hoshiarpur, April 14
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) while appreciating the statement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at the PGI, Chandigarh, yesterday against privatisation of health services, today urged the state government not to go ahead with its proposed move of transferring certain government hospitals to private entrepreneurs.

Kang inaugurates eye camp
Kharar, April 14
An eye camp was inaugurated by Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry, at Arya College for Women, here, today.

Lalit Kumar’s death anniversary observed
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 14
The fifth death anniversary of martyr Lalit Kumar was observed at his native village Jalbehra.

Decision to strike off holidays flayed
Patiala, April 14
The decision of the Punjab Government of not declaring holidays on Baisakhi and Dr Ambedkar’s jayanti has sparked off a protest from the Brahmin Sabha (Patiala unit).


Lok adalats catch foreigners' fancy
Chandigarh, April 14
The 'Punjab experience' in Alternate Dispute Redressal (ADR) of labour-related cases may not be a very well-known phenomenon across Indian states right now, but it has certainly caught the fancy of foreigners.

Human rights panel has recommendatory powers only: HC
Chandigarh, April 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has no powers to set aside the findings of a Deputy Commissioner (DC), passed in a statutory capacity.


95 lakh tonnes of wheat may be procured
Barnala, April 14
Mr B.C. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, Punjab, today said the state was expecting to procure more than 95 lakh metric tonne wheat in the current season. He said about 25 per cent of the total quantity of wheat had already come to the grain market.

Fruit processing plants to be set up in state: CM
Abohar, April 14
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that “Tropicana”, a globally renowned company, had agreed to set four fruit processing plants in the state. First plant would be established at Abohar and the second on at Hoshiarpur by the next financial year.


DC suspends 3 employees
Muktsar, April 14
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Dalip Kumar, has suspended three employees posted at his camp office for misappropriation of funds in buying a photostat machine for the office.

Burning of straw banned
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 14
To save environment and the fertility of land, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, District Magistrate through an order under Section 144 today imposed-ban on the burning of straw of the wheat lying in the fields.

Villagers educated on sanitation
Kharar, April 14
The Panchayat Department of the Chandigarh Administration held an awareness camp at Maloya village to educate villagers on sanitation, cleanliness, female foeticide and literacy. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, said about 150 persons attended the camp.


5 proclaimed offenders arrested
Gurdaspur, April 14
The Gurdaspur police has arrested five proclaimed offenders who had been eluding the state police for the past 15 years. In a press release issued here today. the SSP, Mr Ishwar Singh, said that Dalbir Singh, a resident of Bahilolpur, had been eluding the police since April, 1990.

Caller ID leads to killer
Amritsar, April 14
The police today claimed to have solved the blind murder case of Shama Arora (32), a resident of the Green Field locality here with the arrest of Suraj Sharma (26). The deceased was murdered on April 11.

Body found in temple tank
Batala, April 14
The body of an unidentified young man was found in the tank of the Achelshwar Temple, 5 km from here on the Batala-Jalandhar road today.

Suicide case: woman’s body found in canal
Ropar, April 14
The body of Surinder Kaur, who had jumped into Bhakhra Canal near Brahampura Jimidara village in Morinda town along with four other members of her family on April 9, was today recovered from the canal near Chaklna village at about 4 pm.

CBI raids IT Commissioner’s residence
Patiala, April 14
The CBI today conducted a raid at the Income Tax colony residence of Mr B.S. Sandhu who is presently posted as Commissioner, Income Tax, Ahmedabad.

Scooterist killed in accident
Banur, April 14
One person was killed and another injured when their scooter collided head-on with an Army truck on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway at Jansla village near here, this evening.

7 injured in mishaps
Kharar, April 14
Seven persons were injured in two mishaps here today.


College of Nursing holds convocation
Nawanshahr, April 14
Guru Nanak College of Nursing, Dhahan Kaleran, about 20 km from here, held its annual convocation today. Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, presided over and conferred degrees on 38 students who had passed the B.Sc.(nursing) examination.

Computer education starts in Moga schools
Moga, April 14
Computer education in about 27 government schools of this district commenced today. As per a press note issued, Mr Mandeep Singh, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated a computer lab in Government Senior Secondary School. Two units with 10 computers each started working in this school.

Poetic meet at Sacred Dales today
Kharar, April 14
The Simmi Marwaha Memorial Children’s Poetic Meet will be held at Sacred Dales International School, Janta Nagar Extension, here tomorrow.


Patiala resident gets lucky, wins Rs 1.5 cr
Ludhiana, April 14
A resident of Patiala is the winner of the Rs 1.5 crore Punjab State Baisakhi bumper prize. The prize went to ticket number B-443282, sold by a sub-agent of M/s Punjab Trading, Patiala, Martin Lottery Agency.


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