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Rain damages wheat produce
Hamira (Kapurthala), April 27
III-preparedness on the part of the government to deal with rain at the time of arrival of wheat is resulting in damage to the crop in grain markets of the district.
Labourers try to save grain from rainwater at the Bhagtanwal grain market in Amritsar on Wednesday.
Labourers try to save grain from rainwater at the Bhagtanwal grain market in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Hailstorm ruins cotton crop in Malwa
Bathinda, April 27
Hailstorm coupled with heavy showers today ruined Bt cotton crop in the Malwa region. While wheat kept at purchase centres got fully drenched, yet-to-be-harvested crop was also damaged.

Opponents may try to get Lambi seat reserved
Chandigarh, April 27
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, will have to opt for another constituency in the next Assembly elections. Lehragaga, from where she won last time, does not figure in the proposed list prepared by the Delimitation Commission. Instead of Lehragaga, Moonak has been proposed as the new constituency. Mrs Bhattal may shift to that constituency next time.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Permissions for kidney transplants not forthcoming
Chandigarh, April 27
Between 2000 and November, 2002, as many as 1922 kidney transplant operations were performed at Amritsar, most of them at Kakkar Hospital where Dr P.K. Sareen, the prime accused in the infamous kidney transplant scam, was the transplant surgeon.

Robbery: 2 women cops accused of conspiracy
Jalandhar, April 27
How protectors of law sometimes turn criminals was proved by two women constables who were allegedly found involved in a daylight robbery in which three armed youths entered a woman’s house in the guise of electric meter readers in the afternoon on April 12 and robbed her of Rs 1 lakh and gold ornaments.

NRI collects Rs 20 lakh for cancer, AIDS
Jalandhar, April 27
“Walking for over 4,000 km from Amritsar to Kanyakumari is a mind-boggling and near-spiritual experience for me and my team members.”


Lobbying intensifies for post of SAD dist chief
Ropar, April 27
Senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal in the district have intensified lobbying to stake claim over the post of district president. Out of 17 districts in the state, Ropar is among the three where the president of the SAD has not appointed the district president so far.

CPI for change in status of constituencies
Sangrur, April 27
The Punjab unit of the Communist Party of India today said all reserved Assembly constituencies should be placed in the general category at the time or delimitation of the Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies so as to grant reserved status to other constituencies.


SGPC chief angry over CM’s remarks on ‘kar seva’
Amritsar, April 27
Tempers flared over alleged remarks of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf should not accord recognition to the SGPC regarding “kar seva” of Sikh shrines in Pakistan.

Forest Dept wants case against school
Jalandhar April 27
While the Punjab Forest Department has urged the police to register a case against the Jalandhar-based Mayor’s World School and a local advertising agency under the Damage to Public Property Act and the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, for putting up a hoarding on trees belonging to the department, the police is still “examining” the case from the legal point of view.

Despite stigma, they help their kids realise dreams
Bathinda, April 27
Alienated from the society due to stigma associated with their disease, they beg in the narrow by-lanes of the city to educate their children and make them one among the “normal human beings”.

Dalits to protest in Jalandhar
Phagwara, April 27
The All-India National Minorities and Dalit Front will hold a state-level demonstration at Jalandhar on May 1 in protest against discrimination against Sikhs in France and Dubai, repression of Congress government on Akalis and injustice with people of Punjab, especially the poor, the downtrodden and employees.

Anganwari inmates given fungus-infested food
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 27
A glaring case of supplying fungus-infested biscuits, panjeeri and wheat puff chana to children and pregnant women at the anganwari centres of Bassi Pathana and Sirhind subdivisions has come to light. Various sarpanches accompanied by Mr Gurinder Singh Dhillon, Chairman, Block Samiti Bassi Pathana, handed over the material to the Deputy Commissioner.

Physically challenged given mobile PCOs
Patiala, April 27
In the wake of the Punjab Government’s decision to rehabilitate challenged persons, the District Disability and Rehabilitation Centre, Jail Road, provided five mobile STD/PCOs to persons having disabilities, at a function held here today.


Plan on court complexes to be sent to Centre soon
Chandigarh, April 27
Instead of setting up a building here and a structure there for meeting the growing pressure on judicial complexes in Punjab, the state government will soon submit a detailed plan to the Centre regarding the systematic expansion of courts.

61 provided free legal aid
Jalandhar, April 27
As many as 61 poor and needy persons have been provided free legal aid in various courts by the Jalandhar District Legal Services Authority during the past three months.


2 Mandi Board officials suspended
Amritsar, April 27
The Mandi Board suspended two of its employees and recommended cancellation of licences of nine commission agents in surprise raids conducted here today.


Two held on abduction charge
Kapurthala, April 27
The district police today arrested two persons on the charges of abduction and attempt to murder.

Dalit woman molested, beaten up
Malaudh (Ahmedgarh), April 27
A Dalit woman of Sumel Kheri village was molested and beaten up by an octroi contractor of Malaudh when she resisted his attempt to sexually exploit her.

3 held under Passport Act
Amritsar, April 27
The immigration authorities detained three deported Punjabi youths who alighted from the London-Amritsar Uzbekistan Airlines flight at Raja Sansi International Airport here today.


CMC PG seats: govt to hold counselling on May 1
Chandigarh, April 27
The Punjab Government is planning to hold fresh counselling for 50 per cent seats of postgraduate courses of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, on May 1.

ITI students boycott classes
Ropar, April 27
Students of the ITI, Ropar, today boycotted classes and burnt the effigy of the Science and Technology Minister, Mr Rakesh Pandey, in front of the mini secretariat protesting against the move of the government to privatise the ITIs in the state and against the hike in fees.

National Science Day organised
Patiala, April 27
The National Science Day-2005 was organised by the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology and the State Bank of Patiala at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology here today.


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