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CM steals limelight
Wants Muktsar to be renamed Muktsar Sahib
Muktsar, May 4
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today managed to steal the limelight at the state government’s conference to mark the martyrdom tercentenary of 40 ‘muktas’ here. The conference attracted a mammoth crowd.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and PPCC president H.S. Hanspal at the state government’s conference in Muktsar on Wednesday. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and PPCC president H.S. Hanspal at the state government’s conference in Muktsar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Brar fires another salvo at CM
Muktsar, May 4
Sidelined by the party owing to his “rebellious moves” against the Chief Minister, Congress leader Jagmeet Brar today alleged that the list of MLAs submitted by the CM to the party high command seeking action against him had “forged” signatures of 22 MLAs.

Call to oust Badal from SAD
Ludhiana, May 4
Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and Delhi Akali Dal today gave a call to the Sikhs to oust Mr Parkash Singh Badal from the Akali Dal to save the Sikh religion and the Sikh community.

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SAD president Parkash Singh Badal and senior BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana at the SGPC programme in Muktsar on Wednesday. Govt trying to wipe out SGPC: Badal
Muktsar, May 4
Lashing out at the state government, SAD president Parkash Singh Badal today alleged that it was trying to take over control of Sikh gurdwaras. Mr Badal was addressing a conference held to mark the martyrdom tercentenary of 40 ‘muktas’ at the SGPC pandal on the Malout road here.

SAD president Parkash Singh Badal and senior BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana at the SGPC programme in Muktsar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera 

Badal men may lose DSGMC posts, hints Sarna
Amritsar, May 4
Many senior members of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal may lose plum posts in various educational and other committees following the snapping of alliance between the SAD and the SAD (Delhi).

Legacy of General Aurora lives on
Chandigarh, May 4
The General credited with being the architect of India's finest hour -- the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 -- is no more. But the legacy left behind by late Lieut-Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora as an officer and a gentleman will live on for times to come.

Nation page: Lt-Gen Aurora’s funeral today
World page: Bangladesh pays tributes to Gen Aurora
Editorial: General J. S. Aurora

Pesticides causing cancer: study
Patiala, May 4
Excessive use of pesticides in rural areas is responsible for the increase in cancer cases in the State, according to a study conducted jointly by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and the PGI.

Commission agents duping farmers
Gurdaspur May 4
Commission agents are duping farmers in various mandis of the district allegedly in connivance with officials of procurement agencies. Sources in the Department of Agriculture said many agents had altered their weighing scales causing loss to farmers.

25 labourers hurt in mishap
Patiala, May 4
Twentyfive labourers sustained injuries when a truck carrying them rammed into a van near the truck union traffic lights on the Rajpura road here this afternoon.


Barnala returning to active politics?
Sangrur, May 4
Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor, Tamil Nadu, caused a flutter in Akali circles visiting residences of senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal who had earlier shifted allegiance to certain top SAD leaders, leaving the Barnala camp, during his five-day visit here.


Demand for power declines
Ropar, May 4
Two power generating units out of six units of 210 mw each have been shut down in the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, for the past one week. The sources informed that unit 1 closed for the maintenance purpose while unit-6 had been shut down as the demand for the electricity has been declined in Punjab in comparison to the last year.

Teaching German, learning Punjabi
Chandigarh, May 4
Evelyn Singh is a teacher of the German language at the Max Mueller Bhavan, Delhi, who given half a chance, breaks into an earthy Amritsari Punjabi with just a quaint little foreign touch.

Kidnapped boy found at dhaba
Gurdaspur, May 4
The Pathankot police traced Harpreet Singh, son of Balwinder Singh, who was kidnapped from Bolath in Kapurthala yesterday.

Project to revive Gharial in Punjab
Chandigarh, May 4
Clearing one of the ambitious proposals of the freshly constituted Punjab State Board for Wildlife, the Punjab Government will reintroduce “Gharial” in the state. Once common to North India, Gharial is now nearly extinct and mass scale efforts are being made all over the country to revive the species in whatever manner possible.

Panel to look into contaminated food case
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 4
Unruly scenes were witnessed at the emergency meeting of the Zila Parishad here today. Supporters of Mr Pakhar Singh, Chairman, Zila Parishad, raised slogans against Mr Gurwinder Singh Dhillon, Chairman, Block Samiti, Bassi Pathana, who highlighted the distribution of contaminated food items among anganwari children in the district. Interestingly, all this happened in the presence of Mr Sadhu Singh, Parliamentary Secretary (Home).

Land worth crores ‘rented out for pittance’ to MLA’s son
Patiala, May 4
Mr Balwinder Singh Saifdipur, president of Bhau Bhaichara, a social organisation which provides free ration to hundreds of families in the Ghanaur Assembly segment of the district, has claimed that the Bahadurgarh panchayat has entered into an underhand land deal on the Patiala-Rajpura highway with the son of a sitting MLA.

2 PSEB employees electrocuted
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 4
Two employees of the PSEB working on the power electricity line at Chanarthal village were electrocuted. They died on the spot.

Youth Cong to gherao DC’s office
Bathinda, May 4
The District Youth Congress today announced gherao of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on May 21.

World Dance Day celebrated
Patiala, May 4
The Department of Dance celebrated World Dance Day at Kala Bhavan with Student-artists from the department presented various dance sequences and cultural items to commemorate the occasion.

Two doctors face action
Kharar, May 4
In order to check quackery in the area, the authorities of the local Civil Hospital approached the police for action against two doctors who had opened a clinic at Sahora village without being registered.


Court orders probe into ‘missing’ woman case
Ludhiana, May 4
The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr G.C. Garg, today directed the SSP, Ludhiana, to conduct a probe within five days into the curious case of a woman who alleged before the court today that her husband had filed “mischievous” complaints earlier alleging that she had gone missing from a local court on April 21.

High court
Notification sought on lifespan of roadways buses
Chandigarh, May 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice for July 6 on a PIL seeking directions to the Punjab Government to file a status report regarding the fleet of buses owned by Punjab Roadways.


Science foundation proposed for applied biotechnology research
Gurdaspur, May 4
The Department of Agriculture has mooted the proposal to institute Punjab Science Foundation for the promotion of biotechnological research in the state. The foundation will run an institute dedicated to biotechnological research which is proposed to be headed by the Adviser, Biotechnology, Punjab, who will be the nodal officer.

Bid to develop heat-tolerant wheat varieties
Chandigarh, May 4
Worried over the adverse effects of hot weather conditions on the yield of wheat in various parts of the country, Indian scientists have started work on “thermo-insensitive” varieties.


Octroi posts burnt at Cheema village
Sangrur, May 4
The Sunam police has registered a case against about 45 persons for allegedly burning and damaging two octroi posts at Cheema village near Sunam yesterday. These persons have been booked under Sections 452, 379, 341, 342, 427, 435, 436, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

Mobile phone snatched from journalist
Amritsar, May 4
Three unidentified scooter-borne youths snatched a mobile phone from Neeraj Bagga, a journalist associated with an English newspaper, from near Baba Bhorriwala Gaushala, outside the Durgiana Temple here last evening.


Patar opens refresher course in Punjabi
Amritsar, May 4
Eminent Punjabi poet Surjit Patar inaugurated a three- week refresher course in Punjabi for college and university teachers at Academic Staff College of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) here today.

Paper cancelled
Patiala, May 4
Punjabi University, Patiala, has cancelled MA Part I (annual system), fourth paper Option-II of Punjabi prose held on April, 30 as the paper was out of syllabus.


Exporters welcome duty relief by Pak
Amritsar, May 4
Exporters based here today welcomed the duty relief announced by the Pakistan Government on agriculture and livestock items. A spokesman of the Amritsar Chamber of Exports, Mr Mukesh Sidwani, said this was indeed a very encouraging development.

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