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Undertrial says he was branded by officials
Ludhiana, April 25
An accused in the Lalla murder case, Mohan Lal, who appeared in a local court today, claimed that he was branded by Jalandhar jail officials yesterday. While the Jail Superintendent denied the allegation, Mohan Lal alleged that the words “neevi jaat” (low caste) was etched on his back with hot iron rods.

Mohan Lal shows his branded back in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Mohan Lal shows his branded back in Ludhiana on Monday

Badal assails CM on Pak Sikh shrines
Chandigarh, April 25
The Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today assailed the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for what he described as “compromising the dignity and honour of the Khalsa Panth” by asking the Pakistan President, Gen Pervez Musharraf, not to accord recognition to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in the management of Sikh shrines in Pakistan.

MBBS students not allowed to attend
classes over fee

Amritsar, April 25
As many as 57 first and second- year, students of MBBS have not been allowed to attend classes at the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)-run Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences and Research due to the non-payment of tuition fees.

Fatehgarh Sahib


A monkey drinks water from a public tap as the mercury soar in Jalandhar on Monday
A monkey drinks water from a public tap as the mercury soar in Jalandhar on Monday. — PTI
GND varsity refuses to accept IGNOU degrees
Amritsar, April 25
Guru Nanak Dev University has refused to give recognition to certain degrees awarded by Indira Gandhi National Open University and other such universities, having glaring disparity in the syllabus and eligibility criteria.

Irregularities worth 25.75 cr detected in excise duty
Chandigarh, April 25
Irregularities worth Rs 25.75 crore have been detected in the state excise duties of the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department.


Clash between rival Akalis averted
Ropar, April 25
Tension prevailed in the town for more than five hours when hundreds of Shiromani Akali Dal supporters reached Nangal Chowk here to prevent workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) from burning effigies of SAD President Parkash Singh Badal and the SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur.

SAD (A) workers burn Badal’s effigy
Phagwara, April 25
Despite heavy police deployment and preventive arrests of four leaders of the SAD (A), activists of the party burned an effigy of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD President, near the Chahal Nagar traffic-light crossing here today in protest against alleged anti-panthic policies of the SAD.

Amarinder govt is anti-Dalit: BSP
Hoshiarpur, April 25
Addressing a rally of BSP workers in front of the Mini Secretariat here today, Mr Narendra Kashyap, national general secretary, Bahujan Samaj Party, alleged that Capt Amarinder Singh’s government was anti-Dalit.


Woman alleges rape in police custody
Bathinda, April 25
A woman, who was arrested with 150 gm opium a few days back, was today brought to the Civil Hospital for medical examination after she alleged that she was raped in the police custody.

Slogans greet minister during MC visit
Amritsar, April 25
Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Minister for Local Bodies, today faced a protest on his first visit to the municipal corporation (MC) after two and a half years to preside over the House proceedings. The Safai Karamchari Union protested against the local government’s lopsided policies of not regularising temporary employees.

47 pc milk samples found adulterated
Chandigarh, April 25
Pure facts about milk adulteration in Punjab: for creating awareness among residents, the state’s Dairy Development Department tested 3,162 samples till March 31. Out of the total, an estimated 47.62 per cent of the samples were found to be adulterated.

Rotarians’ salute to Paul Harris
Patiala, April 25
The local Rotary Club organised a programme — A Centennial Salute to Rotary’s Founder Paul Harris — at Hotel Flyover Classic here today to mark of the birthday of the founder of Rotary International .

Bank staff observe strike
Patiala, April 25
A one-day strike was observed by employees of the Oriental Bank of Commerce today in protest against the government’s decision to bring down their capital in the public sector banks to 51 per cent and at the same time to increase private capital in these banks to 49 per cent.

BSP rally opposes govt schools in pvt hands
Sangrur, April 25
Activists of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mr Ran Singh Mehlan, general secretary of the Punjab unit of the BSP, today held a dharna and rally in the district administrative complex here in protest against the proposed move of the Punjab Government to hand over 2,000 government schools to private parties.

BSF, Pak Rangers to step up vigil
Amritsar, April 25
The BSF and the Pakistan Rangers have decided to increase vigil to stop smuggling of narcotics and other illegal substances on the Indo-Pak border.

ATM replaces water taps
Bathinda, April 25
The railway authorities have removed water taps from the circulating area at railway station here to create space for an ATM.

Cong to launch ‘nari chetna lehar’
Kharar, April 25
The Congress will start a ‘nari chetna lehar’ in the state soon. This was stated by Ms Sarbari Begum, secretary, PPCC, at a meeting held in connection with the employment of women at Khanpur here today.

Major power shutdown today
Patiala, April 25
The Punjab State Electricity Board has announced an eight hour power cut in various areas of the city to the shutdown of the 66 kv grid sub station at the NIS.

Lightning kills two labourers
Amritsar, April 25
Two migrant labourers were killed and two injured in separate lightning incidents at Tong and Butala villages in the Rayya area here today.


28-year-old FIR quashed

Chandigarh, April 25
A Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court headed by Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar has ordered quashing of the FIR registered about 28 years ago against a former Executive Engineer of Punjab under the Prevention of Corruption Act.


Irked over illicit relations, man kills wife
Zira, April 25
In a case of cold-blooded murder, a husband brutally killed his wife and her grandmother and then surrendered before the police. Gurpreet Singh of Ratholrahi village under Zira subdivision killed his wife Chinderpal Kaur and her grandmother Surjit Kaur. Gurpreet, in presence of panchayat members surrendered before the police this morning. He told mediapersons that he was perturbed over the illicit relationship maintained by his wife.

Man killed by wife, paramour
Tarn Taran, April 25
Kuldeep Singh alias Manak (38) was electrocuted by his wife and her paramour last night here at a bunga. The police has registered a case under Sections 302, 34, IPC, against the accused.

Insurance officer held for graft
Pathankot, April 25
The Punjab Vigilance Department today arrested Ashok Kumar Marwah, Manager in the New India Assurance Company, on the charges of corruption.

Girl, brother found murdered
Gurdaspur, April 25
Ramanjit Kaur (20) and her brother Lakhminder Singh (14) have been found murdered at their residence in Jogi China village, near Kanuwan, under mysterious circumstances.

Six booked for fraud
Muktsar, April 25
Six persons, including a woman, have been booked for duping people of lakhs under the pretext of sending them abroad.

2 injured in attack
Kapurthala, April 25
Tension gripped parts of the city following two persons, including a 76-year-old man, were injured when they were attacked by a group of assailants carrying swords and sharp-edged weapons at old Subzi Mandi here today.

Three held for selling adulterated petrol
Amritsar, April 25
The Majitha police has arrested three persons while adulterating petrol at Bhinder Filling Station at Adda Khujala and sealed the petrol station besides a tanker of Mineral Turpentine Oil meant for adulteration.

Three die in accident
Hoshiarpur, April 25
Vishal Shastri, head priest of Raghunath Temple, Jammu, Ashok Kumar, priest, and Kamal Kumar, all belonging to Raghunathpura, Jammu, died on the spot when a truck collided head-on with their car at Ralhan village on Jalandhar-Pathankot Road last evening.

One killed in accident
Kharar, April 25
One person got killed in a collision between a scooter and a jeep near Desumajra here today.


School dogged by controversy reopens

Jalandhar, April 25
Following a Tribune report pertaining to holding of a marriage function at Government Middle School, Qadian and Bhullar, in Noormahal subdivision, the school that had been lying locked for the past few months has been reopened and admissions have begun.

Teething troubles in store for new veterinary university
Ludhiana, April 25
Although the Punjab Government has created the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University with headquarters at Ludhiana, yet teething troubles in the smooth functioning of the new university appear to be in store. It looks as if the state Government has acted in a manner of ‘might is right’.

Teacher complains to DC against Headmaster
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 25
Adding a twist to the ongoing twist between the school Headmaster and the woman teacher, parents and the husband of the teacher today submitted a copy of the complaint to the Deputy Commissioner against the Headmaster alleging that he had caught her hand after the teacher marked her attendance in the register.

Topper loses seat due to change in norms
Amritsar, April 25
For Dr Arvind Bhandari, topper in the postgraduate entrance test in dentistry, denial of admission into a government college has come as a bolt from the blue.

Teachers hold rally against privatisation of education
Ropar, April 25
Hundreds of teachers from government schools today held a rally against the move of the state government to privatise the education system. The teachers gathered at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Park in the city on the call given by the Punjab Subordinate Service Federation.

Painting competition results
Patiala, April 25
The Rotary Club, Patiala (Mid Town) and the Inner Wheel club (Mid Town) organised an inter-school on the spot painting competition in memory of Major B. S. S. Bedi at the Rajindra Gymkhana club here today.


Arhtiyas warn of fast
Bathinda, April 25
Arhtiyas in the local vegetable market today set the alarm bells ringing with their announcement that if the state government didn’t pay heed to their demands they would resort to fast soon.

Vegetable traders go on strike
Malerkotla, April 25
Vegetable traders of Malerkotla today went on strike in protest against the Punjab Government’s decision to introduce the contract system for the collection of market fee on fruit and vegetables.

Punjab reduces rate of interest on cooperative loans
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 25
To ensure the regular supply of power to the agriculture sector as well as the industry and the domestic sector, the government has earmarked Rs 2400 crore to purchase power from outside sources, whereas last year Rs 1600 crore were spent on it.


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