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300 villages plunged into darkness
Bathinda, April 19
The PSEB strike has taken a heavy toll on rural power supply and about 300 villages in southern Punjab have plunged into darkness. About 40 per cent of the urban population has also been affected.

Vegetable prices shoot up as strike continues
Jalandhar April 19
As scores of vegetable markets of Punjab have shunned work and joined hands with vegetable commission agents of Jalandhar, who have been on strike for the past five days to protest against privatisation of collection of market fee by the Punjab Mandi Board, consumers have to pay through their noses. Vegetable prices have gone up by about 25 per cent in a number of strike-affected cities of Punjab.

J&K sends notice to Ranjit Sagar Dam
Seeks recovery of Rs 850 crore
Pathankot, April 19
The Jammu and Kashmir Government has sought the appointment of an arbitrator for assessing the losses accrued due to failure of the Punjab state to constructing the Shahpur Kandi dam project, within the stipulated period.

Counterfeit notes in circulation
Chandigarh, April 19
Look before you accept money. Chances are that the crisp currency notes in your hands are fake. For, gangs involved in printing and circulating counterfeit currency — both Indian and foreign — are active in Punjab.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Hindu jatha from Sindh to visit India
Amritsar April 19
For the first time in eight years Hindus from Sindh province of Pakistan have been permitted to visit India on a pilgrimage.

10-yr-old vows to be friend for life
156 fishermen repatriated to Pakistan
Wagah, April 19
The two-and-a-half-month jail sentence for 10-year-old Amir Ahmad, a resident of Sindh, who was repatriated along with 155 fishermen to Pakistan from the Wagah Joint Checkpost here, earned him his best friend.

Amir and Nadeem wave to express happiness along with other Pakistani fishermen at Wagah Border before being repatriated to their homeland on Tuesday. — ANI photo
Amir and Nadeem wave to express happiness along with other Pakistani fishermen at Wagah Border before being repatriated to their homeland on Tuesday

Profiteering in name of VAT
Gurdaspur, April 19
Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Pathankot runs a fast food joint here. The implementation of the value added tax (VAT) from April 1 has started showing effect on his business. The prices of all raw material for his business, including pulses and oil, have gone up suddenly.

Posts not filled due to ban: Dogra
Chandigarh, April 19
Today was a tough day for the Health Minister, Mr R.C. Dogra, in the Punjab Assembly. He was grilled by the treasury as well as the opposition benches on issues related to health services.

7 Bills passed in two hours
Chandigarh, April 19
Bills relating to the setting up of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, levying of 5 per cent duty on power supply and increase in the stamp duty from 6 to 9 per cent were among seven Bills passed in the concluding after-lunch two-hour session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha here today.


Fissures in SAD unit come to fore
Moga, April 19
The announcement of the Shiromani Akali Dal’s new district president has sparked of dissension in the party.


Engineers oppose PSEB unbundling
Amritsar, April 19
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineers Association had once again opposed the unbundling of the board. Talking to mediapersons, the general secretary of the association, Mr H. S. Bedi, said they were supporting the 48-hour strike by the junior staff and warned the government that engineers would not hesitate to go on strike with other employees if the government decided to go ahead for privatisation.

SGPC, govt fail to make Muktsar holy city
Muktsar, April 19
While the state government and the SGPC are making preparations for the tercentenary of the 40 muktas’ martyrdom in the coming month, they have done little to make it live up to the status of “holy city” conferred on it.

Meat and cigarette shops do good business in Muktsar even as the state government and the SGPC make preparations for the tercentenary of the 40 muktas’ martyrdom next month. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
Meat and cigarette shops do good business in Muktsar even as the state government and the SGPC make preparations for the tercentenary of the 40 muktas’ martyrdom next month.

Land prices up along Wagah road
Chandigarh, April 19
As the peace winds between India and Pakistan have started blowing fast and the opening of the Wagah border for trade is becoming a real possibility, there has been an upswing in the real estate prices of the landed properties in the border belt.

Hoax calls to Civil Surgeon
Sangrur, April 19
A case relating to ‘false’ phone calls being made to the Sangrur Civil Surgeon in the name of higher officers of the Health Department, the Secretary and the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, asking to relieve the transferred pharmacists without any further delay and transfer the lower level employees of the Health Department in the district has come to light.

22 No. flyover to be inaugurated today
Patiala, April 19
After a lot of dilly-dallying, the 22 No. level crossing flyover, a prestigious project undertaken by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB), will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tomorrow.

Book on childcare released
Patiala, April 19
Member of Parliament from Patiala, Mrs Preneet Kaur , released a book on childcare at a simple ceremony at the new Moti Bagh Palace here this morning. The book `Sade Bachche, Sade Chirag' has been written by Dr Harshinder Kaur, Consultant Paediatrician, Rajindera Medical College and Hospital, whose husband, Dr Gurpal Singh, is a senior doctor in the same hospital.
Patiala MP Preneet Kaur releases a book on childcare in Patiala on Tuesday. On right is the author Dr Harshinder Kaur.
Patiala MP Preneet Kaur releases a book on childcare in Patiala on Tuesday. On right is the author Dr Harshinder Kaur. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Balmiki Sabha rues insanitary conditions
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 19
A delegation of the Punjab Pardesh Balmiki Sabha (Regd) under the leadership of Mr Hari Chand, chairman, joint action committee, and Mr Brij Lal district president, called on the Deputy Commissioner and apprised him about the sewerage problem being faced by residents of Balmik colonies in rural areas, particularly in Mulanpur Sadak village.

PSEB staff strike work
Bathinda, April 19
Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employees here responded to the statewide strike call causing inconvenience to hundreds of consumers who queued up outside the board offices to pay their power bills.

Strike by PSEB staff
Ropar, April 19
All unions of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today observed strike and held rallies in all the major town of the district include Anandpur Sahib, Nurpur Bedi, Nangal, Kurali, Ropar city protesting against the dismantling of the PSEB into six companies.

De-addiction helpline
Jalandhar, April 19
To help drug addicts and their families a helpline has been set up by a local drug de-addiction centre, which, has also initiated a four-day alcohol and drug de-toxification camp, during which, free consultation will also be extended to drug addicts.


Follow up
Get brain-damaged child treated: Commission

Chandigarh, April 19
Taking immediate notice of the prayers made by the family of Buta Singh, the seven-year-old brain damaged boy from Bathinda, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has expressed serious concern over deteriorating health of the child.

3 get life term for double murder
Jalandhar, April 19
Three drug addicts and former students of local Apeejay College, who had brutally killed an aged woman relative of one of them and her maidservant during their bid to burgle the Green Park colony house of the woman in 2001, were sentenced to life imprisonment by District and Sessions Judge Jagroop Singh Mahl today.


Markfed purchases 8,486 bales of cotton
Chandigarh, April 19
Markfed today said it had so far purchased 8,486 bales of raw cotton in the major mandis of the districts of Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar and Ferozepore.


Baba held for woman’s murder
Mansa, April 19
The unidentified body found near NM College here in a plastic bag on April 2 has been identified to be that of 70-year-old Gurdev Kaur. An astrologer has been arrested for murdering her.

Narcotics smuggling intensifies
Abohar, April 19
Attempts to smuggle narcotics from Rajasthan to neighbouring areas of Punjab and Haryana have intensified with the harvesting of wheat and mustard picking up in the region, official sources confirmed today.

2 held in murder case
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 19
The district police claimed to have solved the murder case of Sukhwinder Singh, alias Chinda, a resident of Patto village, with the arrest of Arvinder Singh of Khojemajra, a relative of the deceased, and Devinder Singh, alias Lalli, a resident of Khalsa Colony, Jyoti Swarup More, Sirhind.

Woman booked
Jalandhar, April 19
The local police has booked a woman, resident of local Model House area, for inciting her husband to commit suicide.

Gang of robbers busted
Mansa, April 19
The police has busted a gang of robbers who had looted various petrol pumps and brick kilns in the district.

Suicide by migrant labourer
Dera Bassi, April 19
A body of an unidentified youth, aged about 20, was found hanging with a tree in a farmhouse adjacent to railway over bridge in Bhankharpur village near here, this morning.

Suicide by family: 2 more bodies recovered
Ropar, April 19
After 10 days, bodies of two children — a boy and a girl who had allegedly jumped into Bhakra canal along with their parents — were today recovered from the canal near Jalkeri village in Patiala district.

Woman receives burns
Kharar, April 19
Married woman Balwinder Kaur (30) of Sante Majra village here was received severe burns while she was working in the kitchen. According to the police the victim was admitted to the PGI with 100 per cent burns and has deposed before a duty magistrate.


PTU may introduce new courses
Academic council meeting today

Jalandhar, April 19
Punjab Technical University is likely to introduce new courses in bioinformatics, biotechnology and applied engineering from the coming session.

Computer labs opened in 71 govt schools
Ropar, April 19
Seventyone senior secondary schools in the district were provided with computers today under the Information Communication Technology (ICT) project started by the Punjab Government here.

Teachers to teach traffic rules
Gurdaspur, April 19
The Gurdaspur police has started a campaign to spread traffic awareness among students of schools in the district. Under the program two teachers from each school have been chosen. About 400 chosen teachers were imparted training in traffic rules at the police lines today.

Students burn effigy of govt
Bathinda, April 19
Protesting against a major fee hike, various students organisations today burnt the effigy of the state government here.

Strike by ITI students
Ropar, April 19
Over 100 students of the Industrial Technical Education (ITI) today burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in front of the Civil Secretariat. They were protesting against the move of the government to privatise the ITI’s in the state.

Mathematics park opened
Patiala, April 19
The Assistant Commissioner of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Chandigarh Region, Mr D.K.Saini, inaugurated a mathematics park and dedicated it to students, particularly those of primary classes of the school.

ITI students burn CM’s effigy
Rajpura, April 19
Students of the Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Rajpura, today burnt an effigy of the Punjab Chief Minister in protest against the proposed fee hike in various ITIs in the state, here today.


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