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CM’s meeting with Sonia fuels speculation
Chandigarh, April 26
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Delhi yesterday has fuelled reports regarding the dropping of certain ministers and induction of new faces in the Council of Ministers.

Healthcare services in bad shape
45 pc posts of doctor vacant in Sangrur dist
Sangrur, April 26
Despite the tall claims of the Punjab Government with regard to providing better healthcare services on priority to the people of the state, the healthcare services in this district seem to be in bad shape as more than 45 per cent posts of doctor (medical officer) in the district, especially in the rural health centres, have been lying vacant for the past one year.

PAU staff divided over vet varsity
Ludhiana, April 26
Even as the newly-created Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University is yet to acquire its physical existence, the decision taken by the state government for setting up this varsity has started creating problems in the smooth functioning of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

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Probe ordered into felling, misuse of forest trees

Jalandhar, April 26
The Punjab Forest Minister, Mr Hans Raj Josan, has ordered a high-level probe into the felling of green eucalyptus trees and misuse of forest trees by commercial and educational institutes for putting up huge hoardings and advertisement boards along the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur GT Road.

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Delimitation panel to meet on May 9
Chandigarh, April 26
The process of delimitation of the Punjab Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies is expected to be completed by September-end. This was disclosed here today by the State Election Commissioner, Mr C.L. Bains, who is a regular member of the National Delimitation Commission, headed by Justice Kuldeep Singh.

NRI dupes sister of lakhs, booked
Mansa, April 26
Born and brought up in Malaysia, Ms Jasvir Kaur, hailing from Karadwala village, is paying the price of trusting her own brother. Today she is fighting a lone battle to regain her share in a prime property jointly owned by the brother-sister duo.

Liquor from HP being smuggled into Punjab
Ludhiana, April 26
Now liquor from Himachal Pradesh has started flooding Punjab.

School ‘forces’ students to buy old magazines
Bathinda, April 26
As if their hefty fee structure is not enough to fleece the students, one of the city’s public schools has forced its students to buy old magazines from the school at Rs 5 each.


PSGPC may not allow kar sewa rights to SGPC
Amritsar, April 26
Even as the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has reiterated that it has the sole right to carry out ‘kar sewa’ of historical Sikh shrines in Pakistan, the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) or Government of Pakistan is unlikely to oblige.

Survey: heavy vehicles involved in 70 pc mishaps
Chandigarh, April 26
A recent study carried out by the Punjab police confirms that heavy vehicles — accounting for just 7 per cent of the total number of vehicles in the state — are involved in 70 per cent of the road mishaps.

Renovation of Press Club building
Jalandhar, April 26
Beautification of the Punjab Press Club, housed in the famous Clock Tower building of the Jalandhar MC, which was finally handed over to journalists of Jalandhar by the Punjab government after a long struggle, is going on at a full steam. The renovated building is likely to open within a month.

FEAR alleges misappropriation of funds
Patiala, April 26
The Forum for Educational Action and Reform (FEAR), at a meeting here today, demanded a probe by the Local Fund Examiner, Punjab Government, into the financial irregularities committed by the Punjabi University authorities despite objections raised by the university’s local audit branch.

Man buys plot on the moon
Patiala, April 26
He has literally bought the moon. Atleast a piece of it. And he claims that the one acre plot of land that he has acquired is located just 200 yards away from where Apollo 17 landed. Getting a plot of land on the moon seems to be the latest fad among people and Praveen Singh, a resident of Patiala, is the latest one to join the bandwagon.

Sena writes to UNO on plight of Hindus in Pak
Amritsar, April 26
Highlighting the plight of the Hindu community and their temples located in Pakistan, the All India Hindu Shiv Sena today wrote to the United Nations to take steps to end disparity towards the community by the neighbouring country.

Rs 33 lakh to be spent on link roads
Ropar, April 26
The district administration today decided to spend Rs 33 lakh for the carpeting and widening of link roads of six villages. It would spend Rs 12.50 crore on 107 link roads in the villages of the district during phase-5 and phase –6 which was due of the year 1996-1998.

Rs 1.24 cr for pensioners
Ropar, April 26
The district administration has received Rs 1.24 crore funds from the Punjab Government to be paid to the pensioners of the district.


Status report

Chandigarh, April 26
A Bench of the High Court headed by Mr Justice N.K. Sud on Tuesday asked the Punjab Government to file a status report in the police investigation into alleged vandalisation of the grave of Father Mark Barnes, a Christian priest, who died recently.

2 SAD (A) leaders released, two sent back to jail
Phagwara, April 26
Four SAD(A) leaders were presented before Subdivisional Magistrate Pritam Singh here today.


Mite, inclement weather hit honey production
Ludhiana, April 26
Inclement weather and attack by Varroa Mite on the honey bee colonies seem to have played havoc with the fate of bee keepers as it has caused more than 60 per cent loss to the total production of honey in Punjab so far in the current season.

Training centre for farmers inaugurated
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 26
The economy of the state depends mainly on the farming sector. If the farmers are prosperous then the economy will be in a healthy condition. It is the need of the hour to strengthen the farming community economically.

Wheat production may fall short, says Henry
Moga, April 26
Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Minister Avtar Henry has stated that there is the possibility of wheat production going down in the state this year and in such a scenario the state government would ask the Centre to compensate the farmers’ losses with bonus.

Arhtiyas withdraw strike
Bathinda, April 26
Arhtiyas of vegetable markets across Punjab today withdrew their strike after a meeting with Punjab Chief Secretary Jai Singh Gill.


Admn gears up to check water-borne diseases
Ferozepore, April 26
In order to prevent any kind of water-borne diseases from spreading, the district administration has started taking precautionary measures.

Posts of panches to be filled
Ropar, April 26
The district administration has decided to fill the vacant post of six sarpanches and 52 panches in various subdivisions of the district by conducting elections as per the directions of the Punjab Election Commissions.


Women taking to crime in Hoshiarpur dist
Hoshiarpur, April 26
The desire for easy earning and of luxurious life have lured many women to adopt criminal activities in Hoshiarpur district.

Unable to repay loan, shopkeeper ends life
Jalandhar, April 26
Perturbed over threats by some money lenders, a shopkeeper allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his flat in the Makhdoompura locality here this afternoon.

Smack seized from undertrial
Amritsar, April 26
The jail authorities today seized smack from Makhan Singh, a resident of Munda village under Goindwal Sahib police station, who was under judicial custody in Amritsar Central Jail in an attempt to murder case.

Two held with fake passports
Amritsar, April 26
The immigration authorities at the Amritsar international airport have nabbed two persons in separate cases for allegedly possessing fake passports.

Two held with fake currency
Moga, April 26
In yet another case of fake currency in Punjab in less than a week, the police seized fake currency of Rs 13,000 from two persons at a naka at Kotisekhan village in the district.

Man kills cousins over land dispute
Mansa, April 26
A man shot his two cousins dead over a land dispute at Jagatgarh Bandra village, near here, today.


Schools without affiliation galore
Bathinda, April 26
Even as a number of schools have come up in the district in the past one year, a majority of them have not sought affiliation with the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) or any other board.

Medico not allowed to pay fee
Amritsar, April 26
Dr Renu Verma, who was selected in the post graduation entrance test held at Faridkot, was not allowed to pay fee at the local Government Medical College here today.


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