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CPI, CPM to launch stir against privatisation
Chandigarh, April 30
The CPI and the CPM, which have decided to launch a joint struggle against the proposed privatisation of the health services, education and the PSEB and other public sector undertakings, said today that the politicisation of historic Sikh religious occasions and the political exploitation of Sikh religious sentiments by the state government led by Capt Amarinder Singh and the Akali parties should be stopped immediately.

Beas erodes farmers’ land
No funds to check erosion: DC
Dhilwan (Kapurthala), April 30
Scores of farmers tilling their fields on the banks of River Beas in Dhilwan sub-division are up in arms against the administration for not being able to build a revetment to hold back their land which is fast getting eroded, following a change in the course of the river in the last few years.

Residents of Chakoki village show soil erosion of their agricultural land on the banks of the Beas on the Kapurthala side Residents of Chakoki village show soil erosion of their agricultural land on the banks of the Beas on the Kapurthala side on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

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Rise in level of Bhakra Dam
Nangal, April 30
With a 33-ft increase in the water level of the Bhakra Dam in Nangal yesterday compared to that of last year due to melting of snow in the catchment areas, the Bhakra Beas Management Board authorities are hopeful that North India will get regular supply of water and electricity from the dam this year.

DIG unmasks Canadian guard posing as top cop
Jalandhar, April 30
Inderjit Singh Gill, alias Dhanota, was nabbed by the Ludhiana police on April 22 for impersonating as a Canadian Police Commissioner. He entered the high security Police Training Academy at Phillaur. He was given a guard of honour and "addressed" nearly 400 trainees there.

31 awarded Police Medal
Phillaur, April 30
An ADGP of the Punjab police got the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service while four cops received Police Medal for Bravery and 26 other officers were presented the President’s Medal for Meritorious Service at the annual Passing Out Parade at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy here today.

The Police Medal awardees at the passing out parade of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur The Police Medal awardees at the passing out parade of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, on Saturday.
— Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Ripudaman to move higher Danish court
Chandigarh, April 30
Mr Ripudaman Singh, a young Sikh pursuing higher studies in Denmark, has filed a petition to seek the permission of the city court of Copenhagen to file an appeal in the higher court against the judgement which declared him guilty and fined him for carrying a six-inch kirpan in the second week of this month.

From factory worker to a millionaire
Chandigarh, April 30
A decade ago, Mr Lakhmer Singh Klar, was just another NRI employed in a factory and settled at Summerland in British Columbia in Canada. However, within a decade, he became the most popular face not only in that part of Western Canada but also in other provinces.


Minister calls on agitated MLA
Phillaur, April 30
In an apparent bid to appease disgruntled congress leaders, Mr Lal Singh, Minister for Rural Development, Panchayat, Irrigation and Power, today met Mr Gurbinder Singh Atwal, Congress MLA from Noormahal, at his house in Phillaur.


Insurance policies given to BPL families
Khanauri (Sangrur), April 30
Mr Justice Ashok Bhan, a Judge of Supreme Court of India, today distributed 250 universal health insurance polices of Oriental Insurance Company Limited among the members of the below poverty line families of seven villages of the Moonak and Khanauri areas at a function here.

Poor get poor food, CM orders probe
Amritsar, April 30
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has ordered a Vigilance inquiry into alleged supply of substandard food to weaker sections of society under the Central Government’s Supplementary Nutrition Procurement Scheme.

NRIs? Please tune in to Radio Montreal for legal help
Chandigarh, April 30
A local company, Selene Solutions, has launched a free legal helpline for Non-Resident Indians on Montreal's 24-hour Radio Station 'Humsafar'. The helpline was inaugurated here yesterday by former Punjab Advocate-General H.S. Mattewal.

Sikh devotees perform martial art in the procession taken out on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev in Amritsar
Sikh devotees perform martial art in the procession taken out on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev in Amritsar on Saturday.

More roads to be built by multinationals
Gurdaspur, April 30
The Punjab Government plans to open the road sector to multinationals. Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, Minister for Public Works, Culture and Archives, stated this while talking to The Tribune here yesterday.

Nanaksar sect resents move on memorial
Ferozepore, April 30
Saragarhi Memorial Gurdwara, built by the British in memory of 21 Sikh soldiers who died fighting against heavy odds while defending the Sargarhi post of Fort Lockhart in the North West Frontier Province on September 12, 1897, is in the midst of a controversy due to a tug of war between followers of the Nanaksar sect on one side and the state government and the Army authorities on the other.

Memorial arches to be ready soon
Muktsar, April 30
Construction of a memorial park in remembrance of 40 ‘muktas’ would be completed within 15 months at the cost of Rs 1.9 crore, said the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Dalip Kumar, stated this while interacting with mediapersons here today.

No system of registering grievances of ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, April 30
Despite the Punjab Chief Minister’s orders, no formal system of registering grievances of ex-servicemen has been introduced by the Department of Sainik Welfare in the state.

A neglected subdivision
Pathankot, April 30
In the absence of basic amenities residents of Dhar Kalan subdivision near here are feeling neglected. Almost every section of society comprising more than 50 villages is feeling isolated. Not only local residents but employees posted in this subdivision are also harassed due to lack of adequate transport facilities.

Plan to make Rajindra Kothi a heritage hotel
Chandigarh, April 30
The Patiala Urban Planning and Development Authority today authorised the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs to explore the possibilities of developing Rajindra Kothi at Patiala as a heritage hotel with Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage on a lease basis.

Vigilance begins probe into relief scam
Pathankot, April 30
Acting on the report of Mr Ajoy Sharma, former SDM, Dhar Kalan, the Vigilance Department has started a probe into distribution of relief to unauthorised persons on the basis of tempered revenue records by the Ranjit Sagar Dam authorities.


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Notice issued
Chandigarh, April 30
The Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta on Saturday issued notice of motion for May 11 on a PIL seeking direction to the Punjab Government to regulate the functioning of various private nursing training institutes in the state.

50 cases disposed of in lok adalat
Patiala, April 30
Around 122 cases were taken up at a quarterly lok adalat held at all judicial courts at Patiala here today. As many as 50 cases of various categories were disposed of on the basis of compromise between the parties and Rs 35.14 lakh was awarded as compensation.


Husband of acid attack victim dead
Nawanshahr, April 30
The case of acid attack victim Sunita Sharma, who has been accusing her husband Sanjiv Dutt, of being involved in the conspiracy when she wanted to get divorce from him, has taken a new turn as he died at 5.30 am at Saroya village yesterday.


Students protest against the proposed privatisation of government schools
Students protest against the proposed privatisation of government schools at Khemuana village, near Bathinda, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Pooja, who topped in the Punjab School Education Board’s plus two (commerce) examination, being congratulated by her mother
Pooja, who topped in the Punjab School Education Board’s plus two (commerce) examination, being congratulated by her mother in Patiala on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Supervisor attacked, exam cancelled
Sangrur, April 30
An examination supervisor, Prof Rajesh Gupta from Barnala, was assaulted today with sticks by three unidentified boys, when he was entering Akal Degree College, Mastuana Sahib, near here. Professor Gupta reportedly received internal injuries on his back.

Literacy programme launched
Patiala, April 30
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today launched the Integrated Computer Technology, a computer literacy and computer-aided learning programme which aims to bridge the divide between convent and government-run schools, at Government Senior Model School, Civil Lines, here.

DC distributes fans to schools
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 30
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, today visited schools in rural areas to deliver ceiling fans after himself inspecting school rooms, which were without fans.

Bir Devinder threatens dharna
Kharar, April 30
The Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, has threatened to stage a dharna in front of the Punjab Secretariat in case his meeting with senior officials failed to yield the desired results.

Students asked to pay internship fee
Amritsar, April 30
As many as 16 students of SGPC-run Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences fear discontinuation of internship by the management. On April 19, the institute had put up a notice asking students to pay Rs 6,000 as internship fee.

Students protest against sell-off move
Bathinda, April 30
Students of government schools at Jandawala, Jidda, and Khemuana, along with their parents and teachers, today protested against the privatisation move of the Punjab government.

African engineers get training in Batala
Batala, April 30
Twentythree engineers from Ghana, Ethiopia and Kenya have been undergoing training at the Institute for Machine Tools Technology, Batala, since April 25. Their training will last till May 13.

Harsh Mittal 3rd in XII (non-medical) exam
Bathinda, April 30
Harsh Mittal has done this district proud by securing third position in Class XII (non-medical group) exam conducted by the Punjab School Education Board. Harsh, a student of the local SSD Senior Secondary School, secured 393 marks out of 450.


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