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World Punjabi Conference postponed
Pakistan refuses visas to Indian delegates

Chandigarh, April 15
In the wake of the refusal of visas by the Pakistan High Commission to the Indian delegates today, the ensuing 12th World Punjabi Conference at Lahore has been postponed for an indefinite period.

Nankana Sahib kar seva begins
Amritsar, April 15
The kar seva of holy sarovar at Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev, began today.

50,000 teachers await salaries
Bathinda, April 15
About 50,000 schoolteachers in Punjab are yet to receive their salaries in the first month of new financial year.

Parents burdened with 60 pc hike in school fee
Bathinda, April 15
Mr Davinder Singh (name changed), a local resident, has decided to shift his son to another school from the local Police Public School (PPS) after its management made an unprecedented hike in its fee structure.

First video conferencing on primary education held
Sangrur, April 15
In the first video conferencing, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, and Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, today talked from Chandigarh to the district officers, including Mr Husan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, and sarpanches of some villages of the district, who were sitting in the video conferencing hall in the District Administrative Complex here.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Girl alleges sexual harassment by teacher
Hoshiarpur, April 15
A case of sexual harassment and blackmailing by a teacher of a private tuition centre has been reported in Tanda police station of this district.

Malta boat tragedy
CBI team takes Joga Singh to Delhi
Jalandhar, April 15
A two-member CBI team today arrested Joga Singh, an NRI hailing from Mandi village near Phillaur, who had created sensation by claiming that suspended Noormahal SHO Manjit Singh had forced him to cough up a bribe of Rs 5 lakh, a part of which had gone to an IPS officer.

Punjab wheat production may fall by 10 pc
Chandigarh, April 15
The wheat production is expected to go down this year in Punjab. Reports received from villages and a talk with a cross-section of the farmers indicate a fall of up to 10 per cent per acre in the yield of wheat in almost all parts of the state. Punjab’s target this year is to produce 150 lakh tonnes of wheat.

Cotton yield jumps but not the price
Ludhiana, April 15
Though the raw cotton production witnessed a significant increase in the state as compared to the last year, it failed to bring cheers to growers and the state government due to its low prices.

World Heritage Day today
‘Capital of Gaddri Babas’ in deplorable condition
Sur Singh (Amritsar), April 15
The oldest residential structure in the state, belonging to Bhai Bidhi Chand, a great follower of, the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Singh, who occupies significant place in the Sikh history, is crumbling and no effort is being made to preserve this invaluable heritage.

A view of ancestral house of Bhai Bidhi Chand, follower of Guru Hargobind Sahib, at Sur Singh village lying in a dilapidated condition. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
A view of ancestral house of Bhai Bidhi Chand, follower of Guru Hargobind Sahib, at Sur Singh village lying in a dilapidated condition.


Decision on coal import may hit power consumers
Chandigarh, April 15
As the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to import coal, it will jack up the generation cost at the Lehra Mohabbat and Ropar thermal plants.

Envoy to project India as secular state
Dr Daljit Singh PannunAMRITSAR: The Amritsar-born, newly appointed Indian Ambassador to Madagascar, Dr Daljit Singh Pannun, who once made last-ditch efforts to avert infamous “Operation Bluestar” by mediating between Sant Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale and the Union-Government, has said that he will project the ‘true secular character’ of the Indian Constitution after taking over in the last week of April.

Bridge construction over Bein stalled
Bhulath (Kapurthala), April 15
Legal wrangling pertaining to disbursal of compensation of the acquired land has stalled a 1.76 crore project for constructing a bridge over the Bein rivulet.

Girl moves rights panel against mother, paramour
Chandigarh, April 15
An 18-year-old Batala girl today alleged that her mother and her paramour were trying to marry her off for Rs 3 lakh.

Jallianwala Bagh awaits Sonia’s attention
Amritsar, April 15
All concerned about the poor upkeep of Jallianwala Bagh have pinned hopes on chairperson of Memorial Trust Sonia Gandhi. Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, president, All India Anti-Terrorist Front, has said a grant of Rs 2.5 crore was sanctioned by former Prime Minister the late P.V. Narasimiha Rao in 1998 for the trust.

Visitors look at bullet marks at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Visitors look at bullet marks at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar.

New jails at Nabha, Kapurthala
Hoshiarpur, April 15
Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary having the portfolio of Jails and Defence Services Welfare, Punjab, has said that construction of two new jails at Nabha and Kapurthala for housing 5,000 prisoners each has been finalised by the state government. The estimated cost of land for the existing sites of Patiala and Jalandhar jails was more than Rs 500 crore and after selling the land of these existing jails, the money would be utilised for the construction of the new jails.

‘Dead’ woman found alive
Barnala, April 15
A woman who is dead in the police record has been found alive. The story of her disappearance and complaint of her murder, led the police to register a case of murder against her husband’s family.

Bhattal presides over District Grievances Committee meeting
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 15
A meeting of the District Grievances Committee held here today under the chairmanship of Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal remained off-colour as no MLA belonging to the district or any complainant turned up for it. The meeting was over in around half an hour.

SGPC flays govt for no Baisakhi holiday
Bathinda, April 15
The SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, has criticised the Punjab Government for not declaring a holiday on Baisakhi and said it had exposed the “real face” of the government. She stated this while talking to The Tribune over the phone.

Minister trying to shut down my shops, says Saifdipur
Patiala, April 15
Prominent social activist Balwinder Singh Saifdipur, who is running a chain of ration shops (modikhanas) across the state, has alleged that Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Minister, is using his influence to close down these shops.

Seminar on multi-service card held
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 15
The district administration today organised a seminar for creating awareness among district officers about the upcoming, prestigious pilot project of multi-service card (MSC), which is going to be implemented in Fatehgarh Sahib on trial basis.


Road mishap victim awaits justice
Chandigarh, April 15
Four years have lapsed since a road mishap in Moga killed his brother and left him injured — physically and emotionally. But the transport company involved in the accident has not paid Swaran Singh alias Rocky even a single penny, despite court orders.


MC chief quits before no-trust vote
Muktsar, April 15
The Municipal Council president, Mr Krishan Shami Teria, today put in his papers even before facing the no-confidence vote, attributing his resignation to “family problems”. Sources said out of the total 24 councillors, 16 were against Mr Teria, besides the local MLA, Mr Sukhdarshan Singh Marar.


Nine booked for duping NRI
Moga, April 15
Nine persons, including a DC office employee, a patwari, a tehsildar, and an ex-sarpanch, have been booked for duping a non-resident Indian here.

Two cops arrested in separate cases
Muktsar, April 15
Two persons, including a police constable, have been arrested for extorting money from people under Lambi police station. Sources said ASI Darshan Singh received a tip-off that two motor cycle-borne men wearing police uniform were threatening and extorting money from commuters on the Badal-Mithari road.

2 killed, 25 hurt in road mishap
Hoshiarpur, April 15
Two pilgrims, including a child, were killed and 25 others, including 10 women, were injured when a truck (HP-24A-4699) rammed into the Tata 407 truck (PB-04B-9898), in which they were travelling, at the Chandigarh-Phagwara bypass today.

Man booked for selling NRI’s land
Kharar, April 15
A resident of Chandigarh has been booked by the police on charges of cheating and criminal breach of trust here last night.

Illicit liquor seized
Sangrur, April 15
The Bhawanigarh police and the CIA staff, Bahadur Singh Wala, at a naka laid at the drain of Thaman Singh Wala village on Wednesday seized 378 cases (4,536 bottles) of illicit liquor and 178 cases of beer from a truck and arrested the driver and the cleaner of the truck.


Atwal flays Punjab decision to privatise govt schools
Phagwara, April 15
Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal today flayed the decision of the state government to privatise government schools.

Club agriculture with IT, says IARI chief
Ludhiana, April 15
Dr S. Nagarajan, Director, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi, said today that clubbing of agriculture with information technology and commerce had become must to enable the farmers to meet global challenges.

Dr S. Nagarajan, Director, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi, delivers the convocation address at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Dr S. Nagarajan, Director, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi, delivers the convocation address at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, on Friday.


Privatise mandi fee collection: chief
Amritsar, April15
The newly appointed chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board, Mr Sukhbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria, today pleaded to privatise the mandi fee collection in the major mandis of Punjab.


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