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It’s govt vs SAD on 40 ‘muktas’ tercentenary
Muktsar, May 2
The Congress government has pressed the government machinery into service to make its May 4 political conference on the martyrdom tercentenary of 40 ‘muktas’ a grand success and the SAD conference in this connection a damp squib.

Govt, SGPC kick off parallel programmes
Cong trying to divide Sikhs, alleges Sukhbir
Khalsa chetna march begins

A view of the fair being held at the state government’s venue A view of the
fair being held
at the state government’s venue. The Civil Hospital can be seen in the background.
— Photo by
Kulbir Beera

Punjab Govt to consider pension scheme for journalists
Chandigarh, May 2
The Punjab Government has promised to examine a pension scheme for journalists within 15 days with a contribution of 50 per cent from the State.

Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, releasing an insurance policy certificate for scribes Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, releasing an insurance policy certificate for scribes and handing it over to Mr Vinod Kohli, President of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib



Challenge Rajasthan’s claim on river waters, says Kumedan
Chandigarh, May 2
“It is the right time to challenge the claim of Rajasthan on the river waters passing through Punjab”, said Mr Pritam Singh Kumedan, a river water expert from the state.

Govt not to stand guarantee for traders
Chandigarh, May 2
Fearing that unscrupulous elements indulging in ‘kabootarbaazi’ (illegal human trafficking) under the garb of a trade show in Canada can cause embarrassment, the Punjab Government is not going to stand guarantee for any of the industrialists or traders in getting a Canadian visa.

Punjab may abolish special police dists
Chandigarh, May 2
Punjab Government is likely to abolish at least four special police districts created in the mid-eighties for effectively tackling terrorism in the state. In all, there are six such districts in Punjab.

Woman gagged to death by in-laws
Batala, May 2
A young woman was allegedly gagged to death by her in-laws for bringing inadequate dowry. The police report has confirmed that the in-laws had earlier tried to hang her to death.

‘Tantriks’ befooling people, says Samrat Shankar
Jalandhar May 2
“There is no ‘tantar’ in the world. Self-styled ‘tantriks’ loot innocent people with the help of some common tricks. Magic is nothing but a judicious combination of hypnotism, tricks and concentration and anyone can learn it if he or she is dedicated enough.”

Magician Samrat Shankar performs in Jalandhar. — A Tribune photograph

Magician Samrat Shankar performs in Jalandhar

The sun sets in Patiala on Monday The sun sets in Patiala on Monday. — Photo by
Rajesh Sachar


Puri, Sanjay elected to MC posts
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 2
Election for the posts of senior vice-president and vice-president of the Municipal Council Sirhind and Fatehgarh Sahib was held today. Mr Ram Lubhaya Puri and Mr Sanjay were elected unanimously to the two posts. Members, including Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, attended the meeting.

Youth Congress office-bearers resign
Bathinda, May 2
Protesting against the “indifferent attitude” of the district officials towards them, all the office-bearers of the Youth Congress have resigned following a meeting on the matter.


Panel to discuss Rajasansi airport work
Amritsar, May 2
Member of the civil aviation parliamentary panel M.S. Gill said a special meeting of the parliamentary committee has been convened on May 11 to discuss the issue of the stalled work of the terminal building of the Rajasansi airport.

Ayurvedic pharmacy awaits funds for raw drugs
Patiala, May 2
For years the state’s only government Ayurvedic Pharmacy here functioned from a dilapidated building without any funds or modern machinery to manufacture medicines. The year before last was a red letter one for the pharmacy, which purchased machinery worth Rs 40 lakh, besides renovating the old buildings in its campus.

Fungus-infested meals: 2 CDPOs suspended
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 2
Taking a serious note of the news item published in Chandigarh Tribune regarding the distribution of fungus and insect infested biscuits, panjeeri and wheat puff and channa “to the children, between the age group of 0 to 6 years, in the Anganwari centres of the district, Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development, today passed an order to suspend the CDPO Sirhind and the CDPO Bassi Pathana and also charge sheeted the Programme Officer in Patiala.

Youths brave sun at recruitment rally
Ropar, May 2
Under scorching heat, as many as 3,500 youths, mostly from rural areas of Ludhiana and Ropar district, came to Nehru Stadium to give their best to get selected in the Army recruitment rally which began here today.

Residents without water for five days
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 2
Residents of Sirhind town are without drinking water for the past five days as the motor at the remain tubewell has gone out of order. The municipal council has not made any alternative arrangement to provide drinking water to residents.

Road repair at snail’s pace
BHOLATH (Kapurthala): Travel on the dusty, uneven 12 km stretch of the Kartarpur-Bholath road has been proving to be gruelling for commuters between the two townships for nearly five months.

‘Contaminated’ food leaves 6 unconscious
Ludhiana, May 2
The birthday celebrations of a family turned sour in Manakwal village tonight when three family members and an equal number of guests fell unconscious after eating some ‘contaminated’ food items under mysterious circumstances.

Acid attack victim’s husband cremated
Nawanshahr, May 2
Sanjiv Dutta, husband of the acid attack victim, Sunita Sharma was cremated today at his native village Saroya, about 12 km from here. A large number of persons, including Mr Harjit Inder Singh Rewal, Deputy Commissioner, Mr M.F.Farooqui, SSP, Mr Amarjit Singh Shahi, SDM, Balachaur, Mr Amarjit Singh, SP(D), Mr Nand Lal, MLA, Balachaur, Mr Ram Ishan Kataria, Mr Shingara Ram Sahungra, former MLAs, Mr Mahan Singh Rouri, senior CPM leader, among others, attended the funeral.

Kanjhla seeks probe into appointments in Revenue Dept
Sangrur, May 2
With regard to the alleged unnecessary delay in the clearance of the file relating to the appointment of his son Gagandeep Singh on compassionate grounds, Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, MLA from Sherpur and national president of the Rashtriya Ghat Gintian (minorities) and Dalit Dal, rued here today, “The Chief Minister is helpless in front of the bureaucracy so the clean chit given to two Punjab bureaucrats.”

Kandi area sarpanches meet Chief Engineer
Ropar, May 2
The sarpanches of the Kandi areas with Chairman of the Institute of Engineering and Technology-Bhaddal, Ms Kulwinder Kaur, today met Chief Engineer, T.C. Bali, Patiala to apprise him the problems being faced by the villagers and students due to the non-completion of the maintenance of road from Rangeelpur to Bardar.


high court
Petition against censor certificate filed
Chandigarh, May 2
A petition has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking quashing of the censor certificate issued to the forthcoming Hindi movie Jo Bole So Nihal. The petitioner, Mr Amarjit Singh of Ludhiana, has stated that a song picturised on the hero of the film Sunny Deol has the words ‘Bole So Nihal’ in it.

Lok adalat settles 54 cases
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 2
As many as 54 out of 106 cases were settled and Rs 50.74 lakh was awarded compensation today, at a Lok Adalat held at district Court Complex under the chairm anship of Miss Sabina District and Sessions Judge cum Chairperson District Legal Services authority Fatehgarh Sahib.


Kapurthala fish seed farm to have eco-hatchery
Chandigarh, May 2
The Punjab Government has launched a major operation to preserve endangered species of fish in the state. For the purpose, the Department of Fisheries is setting up an eco-hatchery, along with 22 nursery tanks, on the government fish seed farm in Kapurthala, besides initiating other measures like conserving wetlands in the state.


4 of family die in road accident
Kapurthala, May 2
In a tragic incident, four members of a Batala-based family died in a road accident in Dhilwan sub division on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road here this afternoon. The family was on its way to their home in Batala after attending a function at Jalandhar when their car hit a private bus in a head-on collision.

Murder case solved, 2 arrested
Hoshiarpur, May 2
The police has solved a blind murder case of Vijay Kumari of Ajnoha village and arrested her killers after seven months. Mr Lok Nath Angra, SSP, Hoshiarpur, said here today that the body of Vijay Kumari an employee of anganwari school of Ajnoha village was recovered from a bedbox in Kewal Singh’s house who is living with his family in the UK.

8 arrested for ‘supari’ killing
Jalandhar, May 2
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of its seven members and a woman allegedly responsible for recent murder at Sarinh village.

Encounter leads to arrest of 2 robbers
Jalandhar, May 2
An encounter between a police party and two criminals near Nakodar has led to the arrest of two alleged criminals wanted for a broad daylight robbery committed in a posh locality here recently.

Rs 30 lakh found “missing” from coop bank
Sangrur, May 2
About Rs 30 lakh was found missing from the safe of a cooperative bank by its manager at Gehlan village, near Bhawanigarh, yesterday. When contacted this evening, Mr Narender Kaushal, DSP (Rural), Sangrur, said the manager of the bank visited the bank branch the previous day (Sunday) and found about Rs 30 lakh missing from the safe of the bank.

Jail warden arrested with poppy husk
Patiala, May 2
A warden of the maximum security jail in Nabha was arrested yesterday while entering the jail complex with 800 gm of poppy husk. According to police sources, warden Amarjit Singh was stopped for a check while he was entering the jail complex during a change of guard yesterday along with other wardens.

Booked for cheating court
Pathankot, May 2
A case of fraud with court has come to light today here in which certain persons managed to get an undertrial released by furnishing fake bail bonds. According to informed sources, Kumodh Kumar was arrested by the railway police on the charges of receiving stolen property.

Woman succumbs to burns
Hoshiarpur, May 2
Beant Kaur (27), who was struggling for life in the Civil Hospital, Tanda, since April 29, succumbed to her burn injuries last evening. Beant Kaur, in her statement before the Duty Magistrate, Dasuya, in the Civil Hospital, Tanda, had stated that her mother-in-law, Nirmal Kaur, and sister-in-law, Paramjit Kaur, sprinkled kerosene on her while she was preparing tea on a gas stove in the kitchen of her house at 6 am on April 29 morning.

Murder case solved after 12 years
Barnala, May 2
The Barnala police has solved a murder case committed some 12 years back with the arrest of two cousins. The crime was committed to take revenge on the victim for the murder of the arrested persons’ uncle way back in 1971.

One killed, 6 hurt in road mishap
Batala, May 2
An autorickshaw driver was killed and as many as six persons were injured when an Indica car (PB-02X-6040) rammed into the autorickshaw at the old truck union crossing on the GT Road here today.

Eleven remanded in police custody
Jagraon, May 2
Amarjit Singh, alias Baba Dehrka, Jasbir Singh of Akhara, Swaran Singh, alias Jaila of Burj Hari Singh, Jagdip Singh of Raikot, Dakha Road, Sukhwinder Singh of Boparai Kalan, Sukhwinder Singh of Halwara, Gobind Singh of Mullanpur, Swaranjit Singh of Lakha, Hardip Singh of Gondwal, Sanjiv Kumar of Baddowal and Balraj Singh of Boparai Kalan were produced before Ms Jitender Walia, SDJM, Jagraon, today.


CM gives Rs 1 cr for needy students
Patiala, May 2
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has come to the aid of starving students of Yadavindra College of Engineering who were skipping meals to continue studies. He announced aid of Rs One crore from his discretionary fund for this purpose.

GND varsity reschedules exam dates
Amritsar, May 2
Guru Nanak Dev University has rescheduled the examinations of BA/BSc part I and III from May 7 to May 15. However, the timings and venue of the examination centres would remain the same.

GND varsity to conduct refresher course
Amritsar, May 2
The Punjab School of Economics of Guru Nanak Dev University would conduct a three-week refresher course in economics for university and college teachers from May 5 to 25 under the aegis of Academic Staff College of the university here.

Need for new work culture: experts
Nawanshahr, May 2
The need to upgrade managerial skills and evolve a new work culture and delivery mechanism to accelerate development and welfare schemes in the era of e-governance was stressed at the last day of a three day of “Personnel management workshop”.

Protest against move to privatise schools
Bathinda, May 2
Residents of Dumwali village today blocked Bathinda-Dabwali road for about an hour under their village panchayat to protest against the privatisation move of the government schools.


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