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Police mum over Rana Sodhi case
Chandigarh, April 24
A strange and eerie silence is being maintained by the Punjab police over the Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi case. Though the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had asked the Additional Director-General of Police, Mr Anil Kaushik, to look into the complaint of Mr Gurdev Singh Sidhu of Pathankot that he had allegedly paid Rs 25 lakh to Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, for securing lease of a piece of land belonging to the Jammu and Kashmir Government, the police is keeping its report under wraps.

Kidnapped boy killed; cousin, accomplice held
Amritsar, April 24

The body of 12-year-old Gurbhajan Singh, a resident of Patti, was recovered from some fields at Chohla Sahib.

Anti-graft drive a farce: Khanna
Pathankot, April 24
“The much publicised anti-corruption campaign of the Chief Minister, Cap Amarinder Singh, has turned a damp squib.

The BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Mr Vinod Khanna, with party workers in Pathankot The BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Mr Vinod Khanna, with party workers in Pathankot on Sunday.
— Photo by Jangi

Fatehgarh Sahib


Forest cover under threat
Chuharwali/Madaran (Jalandhar), April 24
The felling of about 12 full-grown eucalyptus trees at Chuharwali village and installation of a huge hoarding by a Jalandhar-based private school is an example how the depleting green cover along the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road is under threat.

A hoarding of a private school atop trees on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

A hoarding of a private school atop trees on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road

Teachers not paid salaries since Dec
Batala, April 24
Resentment has prevailed among employees of govt-aided schools of Gurdaspur district due to non-payment of salaries since December, 2004. Mr Sukhdev Singh Bal and Mr Jatinder Singh Bajwa, Mr Yash Pal and Mr Davinder Singh, leaders of the Gurdaspur Govt-aided Private Managed Schools Teachers Union, said here today that it was difficult for staff to live and look after dependents.

Sikh in Denmark penalised for carrying ‘kirpan’
Jalandhar, April 24
A Danish Court has imposed a fine of 3000 kroners on Ripudaman Singh, a student, of the Aahrus University, Denmark for wearing a ‘kirpan’. Ripudaman Singh hails from Jalandhar. Before his entry into the US Embassy in Copenhagen for the purpose of seeking a visa, Ripudaman Singh handed over his “kirpan” and mobile phone to the security staff of the embassy on May 24, 2004.


Use of Dalits as vote bank flayed
Phagwara, April 24
The Phagwara unit of the Taraksheel Society today organised a seminar on “Jaati-paati Vivastha atey Taraksheelta” (Caste System and Rationalism). Prof Attarjeet, Punjabi story writer and former president, Lok Sabhyacharak Manch, Punjab, read out keynote paper.

SAD (A) workers burn Badal’s effigy
Sangrur, April 24
Leaders and activists of the SAD (Amritsar) today burnt an effigy of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD President, for his alleged “anti-Panthic” policies at the traffic lights chowk, near the main bus stand, here.


Steps needed to protect rights of HIV patients
Chandigarh, April 24
Patiala-based Mohit Sharma was a surgeon on internship in 2002. During his training period, he happened to operate upon a HIV positive patient. In the process he caught infection. Not to talk of deserved sympathy or help, he was sacked from the job. No single thought was given to his career or future.

Help check AIDS, voluntary bodies urged
Abohar, April 24
Dr G.R. Garg, SMO, Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital, has claimed that the patient who was declared HIV positive had been under treatment at the hospital for chest infection only for three days and not for 20 days as reported in a section of the media.

Vegetable markets closed from today
Bathinda, April 24
Vegetable markets in Punjab will be closed indefinitely from tomorrow in protest against the government move to hand over market fee recovery to private contractors. Mahender Kumar of the Kacha Arhtiya Association disclosed this here today.

Punjab to promote prawn cultivation
Chandigarh, April 24
To diversify pisiculture and provide handsome return to fish farmers, the Punjab Government is focusing on propagating culture of fresh water prawn in the state.

Action against CDPO recommended
Bathinda, April 24
The Child Development and Project Officer of Talwandi Sabo has been found guilty of showing favouritism in the appointment of anganwadi workers in two villages.

PSEB staff stop laying of cables
Tarn Taran, April 24
Protesting against the government’s reported move to unbundle the PSEB, board employees here today thwarted the move by a private construction company of Gurgaon to lay a new line between Varpal and Patti.

Report ready in bribery case: SSP
Phagwara, April 24
Mr Arun Pal Singh, SSP, Kapurthala, and inquiry officer in the Noormahal police bribery case involving SHO Manjit Singh said yesterday that he had sufficient evidence and had prepared a report in the case, which would be submitted before a judicial court soon.

Expedition team returns
Sangrur, April 24
The four-member team, comprising Mr Dasvir Singh Dalee, Mr Amrik Singh Dulat, both advocates, Mr Gurminder Singh Grewal and Mr Mohinder Singh, a photographer, today returned to this town after touching the capitals of all states of the country as part of its “India Expedition of Adventure” programme.

FCI workers stage dharna
Phagwara, April 24
The Jaina group of the FCI Workers Union today staged a dharna in front of the Satnampura police station, demanding action against a private contactor and his hirelings who were not allowing workers to do work at FCI godowns on the local Khera road.

Trade union leader ends fast
Pathankot, April 24
Trade union leader Chaman Lal ended his fast after he was assured by the local SDM, Mr Amarjit Pal, here yesterday, that the construction work of the local bus stand would be taken up within a fortnight.

Free medical camp for children
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 24
The Lions Club, Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, today organised free medical check-up camp for children at Aulakh Children Hospital here. Mr Amarjeet Singh Cheema, former president of the District bar Association and state president of the Gandhi Vichar Manch inaugurated the camp.


SAD (A) activists in judicial custody
Phagwara, April 24
Jathedar Rajinder Singh Fauji, central working committee member of the SAD (A), and Mr Gurdial Singh Mananwali, party’s district press secretary, were today remanded in judicial custody till April 26.


Upward trend in cotton prices
Ludhiana, April 24
The cotton prices in the Punjab region comprising Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan have started witnessing an upward trend and those cotton growers who had held back their produce have benefitted from the same. Narma (American cotton) has risen by Rs 200 per quintal and was being sold for Rs 1800 to Rs 1875 per quintal.


Man booked for blackmailing woman
Hoshiarpur, April 24
On the complaint of a mother of two children of Khanoor village under Sadar police station yesterday registered a case under Sections 376, 506 and 385, IPC, against Amit Kumar, her family friend, of the same village for her sexual exploitation and blackmailing.

Cop nabbed while accepting bribe
Moga, April 24
The Vigilance Bureau has caught a police constable red-handed while accepting bribe from a Charik resident. According to sources, the complainant, Paramjit Singh, had alleged that Head Constable Mangal Singh posted at Badhanikalan along with Constable Kewal Singh stopped his father, Buta Singh, at Chakkar village where he had gone to a relative’s place.

4 booked in murder case
Hoshiarpur, April 24
On the complaint of Mr Avtar Singh, sarpanch of Dhade Kalan, the Mahilpur police registered a case under Sections 302, 201 and 34, IPC, yesterday against Rachhpal Singh of Khurdpur and four others for murdering Manjit Kaur of Nakodar. The body of Manjit Kaur was found in the village on August 5, 2004.

Fake currency seized, two held
Moga, April 24
The Kot Ise Khan police has arrested two persons and recovered 26 fake currency notes of Rs 500 denomination from them. Sources said following a tip-off, the police had set up a check post on Talwandi-Naubahar link road.


Industrialists oppose method of implementing VAT
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 24
Industrialists and traders of the Punjab are the worst affected in the country with the implementation of VAT, as VAT encourages local purchase in every state, whereas Punjab being basically a processing and export State with no local raw material, fuel and having only 25 per cent capacity of consumption of its manufacturing capacity and thus bound to export the remaining 75 per cent production of its hosiery, textile, steel, machinery and other products.

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