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SGPC says no to dossier on Golden Temple
Amritsar, April 21
The SGPC today rejected the dossier on the Golden Temple which had divided the Sikh community world over. The SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, said since the very concept of getting world heritage status for Harmandar Sahib stood rejected, the dossier could not be used even as reference anymore.

Charges in canal scam diluted
Gurdaspur, April 21
Inquiry into the multi-crore UBDC scam was blowing hot and cold indicating the non-seriousness of the Punjab Government in pursuing the case. The charges on the officials involved in the scam have been watered down from 30 to five on the directions of the government.

CM flayed for clubbing cases of
detainees, cops

Amritsar, April 21
Taking strong exception to the reported statement of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh that the state was reviewing cases of Sikh detainees during the period of militancy in Punjab along with that of police officials who had been put behind bars for human rights violations, the Dal Khalsa, the Khalra Mission Committee and the Punjab Human Rights Organisation have objected to the clubbing of two separate issues by the government.

‘Punjab minister shielding stabbing case accused’
Chandigarh, April 21
The accused in the stabbing case are allegedly being shielded by a minister in Punjab who is exerting pressure on the Chandigarh Police. Daman and Lakhwinder Singh, two other accused of stabbing Purandeep Singh, a DAV college student, are still eluding the UT Police on the sixth day also.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Dalit dies in police custody
Kapurthala, April 21
Tension gripped the city today following the death of a 37-year-old Dalit man in police custody under mysterious circumstances here. As soon as news spread about the death of Balbir Singh, a daily wager and a driver of a tractor-trailer, hailing from Nawan Pind Bhathe village, hundreds of villagers and relatives of the victim gathered outside the Civil Hospital.
Relatives of Balbir Singh wail over his death outside the Civil Hospital, Kapurthala, after he died in police custody
Relatives of Balbir Singh wail over his death outside the Civil Hospital, Kapurthala, after he died in police custody on Thursday morning. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Jagmeet seeks appointment with PM
To discuss Hussainiwala link revival
Abohar, April 21
Former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar has sought an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week. He will be accompanied by a deputation of eminent persons from various fields from Ferozepore district.


Khanna to remain Punjab BJP chief
Chandigarh, April 21
Refusing to buckle under pressure built up by the anti-Avinash Khanna lobby of certain senior leaders, the BJP high command today made it clear that Mr Khanna would continue as the president of the Punjab unit till the completion of his three-year term.

Govt, SGPC to organise separate tercentenary functions
Muktsar, April 21
The forthcoming tercentenary of 40 ‘muktas’ martyrdom here is slowly turning into a “show of strength” between the state government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Both of them have announced parallel programmes to attract maximum devotees to their respective venues.

Hike in MSP of paddy a joke: Badal
Chandigarh, April 21
The President of the Shiormani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said the insignificant increase of Rs 10 per quintal in the minimum support price of paddy was a joke played on the farmers by the Union Government.

Make Nanavati panel report public: Badal
Chandigarh, April 21
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that action should immediately be taken against those accused of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots on the basis of the findings of the G.T. Nanavati Commission.


One boat meets needs of 25 villages
Ropar, April 21
Development is still a distant dream for more than 25 villages of the district, as the only form of transportation here is still a single boat, in the absence of any bridge over the Sutlej near Jindapur village here.

A boat carries villagers to other bank of Sutlej due to lack of bridge over the river. — A Tribune photograph

A boat carries villagers to other bank of Sutlej due to lack of bridge over the river

Fire breaks out near NFL campus, tragedy averted
Bathinda, April 21
A major loss of property and human life was averted today when a fire that broke out just next to the National Fertilisers Limited premises was brought under control within three hours of the incident.

Only one fire tender in Phagwara
Phagwara, April 21
The pace at which the town is expanding, the local fire department needs to be upgraded. There is only one fire tender in this station, which is 15-year old. The authorities say whenever there is a fire incident in the subdivision or neighbouring districts of Ludhiana, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr, the fire engine from Phagwara is pressed into service.

Abohar witnesses rise in suicide cases
Sadhuwali/Abohar, April 21
An increase in the incidence of suicide in this border region has once again drawn the attention of psychiatrists. At least five incidents of suicide had been reported during the past 48 hours.

Popularising Punjabi culture abroad
Ludhiana, April 21

The Punjab Promotion Council organised an international show in February, 2005, in Canberra in which folk artists from Poland, Australia and India (Punjab) performed to collect funds for tsunami victims. About $5000 (Australian) collected were sent to UNICEF,” city-based lecturer Davinder Singh Chhina , Director of the council, has said.
Mr Davinder Singh Chhina with Australian folk dancers at a festival in Canberra, Australia
Mr Davinder Singh Chhina with Australian folk dancers at a festival in Canberra, Australia.


Construction of judicial complex starts
Ropar, April 21
In order to solve the problems of advocates practising without chambers, the construction of a new building with a capacity of 32-chamber in the district judicial complex began here yesterday.


Wheat arrivals pick up
Ludhiana, April 21
Wheat arrivals in the mandis of Punjab have picked up though belatedly. The wheat harvesting operations started late this year because of untimely rains and delay in the maturity of the crop.

MoU on pest control in cotton belt
Chandigarh, April 21
Under their initiative of “reviving the Green Revolution”, Tatas have come forward to help the Punjab Government in the cotton belt. An MoU has been signed by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust with the state government to promote “integrated pest management” in the cotton belt.

New stamp duty policy hits farmers hard
Bathinda, April 21
The Punjab Government’s new policy on stamp duty is causing financial burden to the state’s farmers. On top of that the district administration has revised the collector rates, which seem to be in favour of rich and against the farmers.

BKU opposes sugar mills’ privatisation
Gurdaspur, April 21
Farmers have decided to oppose the government move to privatise cooperative sugar mills of the state. The Bharti Kisan Union presented a memorandum to Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa in this regard.

Arhtiyas protest over delay in lifting wheat
Moga, April 21
About 1.5 lakh sacks of wheat are lying in the Grain Market of Kot Ise Khan owing to delay in lifting the same. Arhtiyas of the market today took out a protest rally against the delay.

Pawar cancels Punjab, Haryana visit
Chandigarh, April 21
Farmers who had been pinning their hopes on the visit of the Union Food Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar, to Haryana and Punjab tomorrow for demanding a special bonus because of the increased cost of production and lower yields were disappointed at the last-minute cancellation of his visit.

PSEB extends VDS for farmers
Patiala, April 21
On the persistent demand of farmers and leaders of various kisan unions, the Punjab State Electricity Board has extended the date of the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme for the benefit of agriculture consumers till May 31.


Inside Babudom
Finally, ADGP Aulakh to join BSF
Chandigarh, April 21
The Punjab Government has finally relieved a senior Punjab Police officer for posting on central deputation. It has permitted Additional Director-General of Police N.P.S. Aulakh to join the Border Security Force. The relieving orders were passed on Wednesday.

Punjab guidelines for postings
Chandigarh, April 21
Issuing guidelines for general postings and transfers for the current year, the Punjab Government today ruled that such orders would be passed from April 25 to May 25 in all government departments.


DFO, 2 inspectors booked for fraud
Amritsar, April 21
The Vigilance Bureau today booked the District Forest Officer, Wildlife Division, Mr Basant Rajkumar, and two wildlife inspectors for allegedly defrauding the department to the tune of about Rs 13 lakh.

Youth jumps into gurdwara sarovar, dies
Patiala, April 21
A 22-year-old Nepali youth committed suicide by jumping into the sarovar of Dukhniwaran Sahib Gurdwara in the morning today. Gian Bahadur, a resident of Sabzi mandi, was a patient of psychiatry and undergoing treatment at the Government Rajindera hospital.


ETT course eligibility made tougher
Bathinda, April 21
Confusion reigns supreme at the State Council of Education Research and Training as the authorities concerned have been changing their decisions frequently in connection with admissions to be made for the two-year Elementary Teachers Training course.

7 engg students get jobs
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 21
Seven B.Tech students of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College here got jobs in campus interviews in the past two days. Three got selected in Spice Communication, Mohali, two in Radius Power Limited, Mohali, and two in SLR Infotech, Chandigarh.

Honour for Pbi varsity Botany Dept
Patiala, April 21
The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.S. Boparai, today lauded the efforts of the faculty and students of the Department of Botany in helping the university achieve the rare distinction of being one of the two institutions selected under ASIST programme, the other being the University of Pune.


Punjab pact with Malaysia on roads likely
Malerkotla, April 21
With a view to providing international standard roads in Punjab, the state government is likely to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysian Government this month when the Minister for Public Works of Malaysia visits the state on April 28.

Labour unrest hits production
Ludhiana, April 21
Frequent labour strikes in industrial units here have caused great concern among industrialists. Ludhiana has been witnessing labour trouble for the past two years and the same has hit the industrial production too.

Punjab CM honoured
New Delhi, April 21
The 12th South Asian Travel and Tourism Exchange today honoured Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh with ‘SATTE INTACH Award’ for 2005 for his role in preserving heritage and boosting tourism.

Bank employees to go on strike on April 25
Patiala, April 21
Employees of Oriental Bank of Commerce will go on strike on April 25 to oppose Government’s bringing down capital in Public Sector banks up to 51 per cent and to encourage private capital in these banks up to 49 per cent.

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