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SGPC gets flak over ‘conversions’
SAD denies conversions; forms 3-member inquiry panel
Amritsar, April 17
The SGPC today received a flak from rival Akali factions and the Congress following the alleged conversion of sacked employees of the Shiromani Committee into Christianity.

Conversions based on greed, says SGPC
Chandigarh, April 17
The Dharam Parchar Committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which met here today, condemned the reported conversion of 56 of its former employees to Christianity and described their action as an attempted “blackmail”.

Boy’s suicide: Principal claims innocence
Ludhiana, April 17
The alleged affair between a Class XII student and a primary class teacher, which resulted in the former committing suicide, remained in the news even today after the Principal of the school, Mr Sukhpal Singh, revealed that another female teacher had acted as a conduit between the two and helped in exchanging letters.

Negligent landowner leaves farmer’s son brain damaged
Chandigarh, April 17
A life has been nipped in the bud, virtually. Sometime ago, seven-year-old healthy and strong Buta Singh of Bhakta Bhaika village in Bathinda was high on life. Today, he is a like a vegetable.

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With the onset of the summer season, young boys jump into the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal to take a relief from the scorching heat.
With the onset of the summer season, young boys jump into the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal to take a relief from the scorching heat. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Acquired land ‘sold’ four times
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 17
A piece of land that was acquired by the Land Acquisition and Water Drainage Department of the state government, was transferred four times after the acquisition but the authorities who should have taken possession of the land could know about the illegal act performed by the original owner only when the last purchaser filed a civil suit in a court at Malerkotla.

Loss making sugar mills face closure
Chandigarh, April 17
The fate of Punjab’s cooperative sugar mills continues to hang fire with the Punjab Government deciding to sell six of the 15 mills.


Factionalism in SAD comes out in the open
Phagwara April 17
The function in connection with the first halt of the 2029 Up New Delhi-Amritsar Swaran Shatabdi Express at the railway station here yesterday brought into the open factionalism in the Akali Dal.

SAD appoints 5 district unit chiefs
Chandigarh, April 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today appointed presidents of five district units and one more special invitee to the Working Committee of the party.


Puda to seek FDI for township
Mohali, April 17
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (Puda) will, through a global tender, invite applications from foreign and large Indian companies to invest in the urban infrastructure development sector in the state.

Devotees, carrying goats and liquor, wait for their turn on the occasion of Durga Ashtami at Mata Kali Temple in Patiala
Devotees, carrying goats and liquor, wait for their turn on the occasion of Durga Ashtami at Mata Kali Temple in Patiala on Sunday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Peace march to Pak hits roadblock
Amritsar, April 17
The non-issuance of visas to Indian marchers participating in the first 1000 km- long padayatra may spoil the elaborate arrangements made by various associations and people to welcome them. The marchers have not received the visas to cross over to Pakistan to complete the Pakistani leg of the peace march.

Holiday home transfer by next week
Gurdaspur April 17
With all hurdles out of the way the holiday homes of the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) are ready for transfer to UK-based businessman Bob Kalur. Sources told The Tribune the transfer formalities were going to be completed within the next week and all properties of the holiday homes would be transferred in the named of the UK-based businessman.

Allow board to manage Amarnath yatra, says body
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 17
The Shri Amarnath Yatra Welfare Organisation has urged the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir to implement the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and lift all restrictions on pilgrims, thus permitting the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board to manage the affairs of the pilgrimage independently.

Engineers decide to wear black badges
Patiala, April 17
The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association has decided to wear black badges on April 19 and 20 to express solidarity with other employees going on two day strike to protest against the unbundling of the board.

MLA’s promise on sewerage, roads
Moga, April 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA from Moga, Mr Tota Singh, today said that the work here on sewerage, roads to various towns and indoor stadium would be completed by December 31.

Hoardings mushroom in Jalandhar
Jalandhar April 17
Even as buildings and open spaces remain splashed with huge hoardings and banners, the Municipal Corporation has finally decided to pull them down.

Seminar on female foeticide
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 17
The district Health Department in association with Harpreet Medical Complex, Sirhind, organised a seminar on female foeticide here today.

Kanishka bombing case lawyer honoured
Amritsar, April 17
A Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer, Mr Navkiran Singh, who fought the case of Ripudman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri in Canada, was today honoured at a function organised by the Dal Khalsa.

Body dug out of well
Bathinda, April 17
The body of a labourer, identified as Harbans Singh, was dug out of the well at Har Raipur village, about 15 km from here, yesterday.

CM to the rescue of PVC awardee’s widow
Faridkot, April 17
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar, and the SSP, Mr B. Chander Shekhar, on Friday visited the house of Param Vir Chakra awardee Subedar Joginder Singh and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to his widow, Mrs Gurdayal Kaur, at Fidde Khurd village.


Wheat farmers allege delay in payment
Bathinda, April 17
Though the state government has been claiming making payment to wheat growers within 48 hours of purchase, but one look at the farmers’ dues and payment made by the government agencies suggests otherwise.

MLA’s warning to procurement staff
Nabha, April 17
Following reports of inadequate procurement arrangements of wheat in some of the mandis, local MLA Kaka Randip Singh came down heavily on the procurement staff of the agencies at a meeting with traders, farmers and officers of various procuring agencies, held in grain market here.

Wheat procurement almost complete in Patiala dist
Patiala, April 17
Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh today disclosed that wheat procuring agencies in the district had lifted 7. 4 lakh metric tonnes of the grain from the markets.


Neighbour ‘sells’ woman for 1 lakh
Ludhiana, April 17
A married woman was allegedly sold off for Rs 1 lakh by her neighbour in Partap Singh Wala village to another man of Choochak village near Moga, who was allegedly captivating her for past some days.

10-yr-old killed in road mishap
Bathinda, April 17
A 10-year-old boy was killed and two others were injured when a tractor-trailer overturned at Dansinghwala village, near here, today.

Migrant abducts minor, found
Kapurthala, April 17
A Bihari migrant working as mason in the house of a Sikh family of Aujla Jogi village for the past few days abducted a 14-year-old girl this morning.


Girl students of M.Sc (IInd year) at a farewell on the Punjabi University campus in Patiala on Sunday.
Girl students of M.Sc (IInd year) at a farewell on the Punjabi University campus in Patiala on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Seminar on drug awareness
Tarn Taran, April 17
A seminar on drug awareness was organised at Sri Guru Angad Dev College, Khadoor Sahib 22, km from here, today under the patronship of Baba Sewa Singh head of the kar sewa sect, Khadoor Sahib.

Badungar against privatisation of education
Phagwara, April 17
A former SGPC President, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, said here today that by deciding to privatise government schools and health services, the Government of Punjab was running away from its constitutional obligation of providing free education and health services to people. He said by trying to do so the state government had forfeited its moral right to stay in power and should immediately step down.

GND varsity exams as per schedule
Amritsar, April 17
All the examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University would be held as per schedule on April 18. Informing this in a press release here today, Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar, said that only administrative offices and non-teaching departments of the university would remain closed on April 18 on account of Ram Navmi as declared by state government.

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