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Agitating RCF staff block road, rail traffic
Kapurthala, April 1
Tension mounted at Hussainpur when Rail Coach Factory employees and their family members while going towards the cremation ground for the last rites of Budh Singh stopped on the way and squatted on the railway track on the RCF halt detaining the Ahmedabad-Jammu Tawi Mail for more than two hours today.
Employees of RCF detain the Jammu-Tawi Express near the factory premises on Saturday in protest against the alleged suicide by an RCF worker in Kapurthala.
Employees of RCF detain the Jammu-Tawi Express near the factory premises on Saturday in protest against the alleged suicide by an RCF worker in Kapurthala. —Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Law officers get year's extension in service
Chandigarh, April 1
The Punjab Government has given extension in service to all its 77 law officers for one year. The order in this regard was issued by the Department of Home and Justice yesterday.

Villagers prevent officials from demarcating land
Acquisition of 375 acres for Trident Group
Bathinda, April 1
With the death of a farmer in police custody, the spat between farmers and the state government over the acquisition of 375 acres for Trident Group of Industries in three villages near Barnala has intensified.

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  Dolma kicks off ‘Everest’ in Science City theatre
Kapurthala, April 1
Bundles of pleasant surprises greeted visitors at Pushpa Gujral Science City, near here, as they not only had a rare chance to have a face to face with Dicky Dolma, the youngest woman in the world to climb the Mount Everest at the age of 19 years in 1993, but also had a glimpse of the peak in “Everest”, the world’s best rated large format (IMAX) film.
Illegal felling continues in Hoshiarpur forests 
Hoshiarpur, April 1
Illegal felling of trees was continuing in the forests of Hoshiarpur division.A large number of khair trees have been felled illegally in Kukanate village falling in the Dholbaha range.

A khair tree felled illegally in Kukanate village in the Dholbaha range. — A Tribune photo

A khair tree felled illegally in Kukanate village in the Dholbaha range.

Winnability to be basis for ticket: Badal
Patiala, April 1
Putting the party into an election mode, the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, while stating that only loyal workers who had the capacity to win would be given ticket for the coming Assembly elections, urged the rank and file to shun "politics of differences."

Protesting Lok Janshakti leader arrested
Nangal, April 1
The Nangal police today arrested two persons, including the district president of the Lok Janshakti Party, Magar Singh, and rounded up nine others who had protested against the NFL management’s decision to lease Capt Amol Kalia (CAK) Fertilizer Model Senior Secondary School to the Education Society and later locked the gates of the school.

Badal: link MSP to price index
Chandigarh, April 1
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today demanded that the minimum support prices (MSP) of wheat and other agricultural produce should be linked to the overall price index to bring these on a par with the prevailing market prices.


Houses develop cracks due to seeping sewerage water
Pathankot, April 1
Houses in the Sarain locality of Pathankot have started developing cracks. The residents allege that the cracks have developed due to sewerage water seeping under their houses.

Col Dhillon’s ashes immersed in Sutlej
Ropar, April 1
The ashes remains of Col G.S. Dhillon eminent freedom fighter and close associate of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, were today immersed in the Sutlej passing through near Gurdwara Patalpuri Sahib in Kiratpur today.

27 ailing BKU workers freed
Barnala, April 1
Twentyseven aged and ailing workers of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), who had been lodged in the jails of Ludhiana, Patiala, Sangrur and Barnala, have been released on humanitarian grounds.

Goraya residents stage dharna
Phillaur, April 1
Hundreds of residents, led by councillor of Goraya Bal Krishan and chief of Shiv Sena unit of Goraya Gurmit Singh, staged a dharna and started a chain fast in protest against poor shape of Goraya-Barrapind road today.

TB awareness through magic shows
Sangrur, April 1
With a view to creating awareness about TB through entertainment, the Sangrur District TB Control Society will organise four magic shows from April 4 to April 8.

Good response to recruitment drive
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 1
The government has received an overwhelming response to the process initiated for the recruitment of teachers, doctors, engineers and others.


Dhir re-elected Bar Assn chief
Hoshiarpur, April 1
Mr R.P Dhir was re-elected president of the District Bar Association, Hoshiarpur, last evening.


Tarn Taran may be made revenue dist
Tarn Taran, April 1
Tarn Taran is likely to be made a revenue district to mark the 400th death anniversary of the fifth Sikh Guru.

Rs 25 cr for Nawanshahr
Nawanshahr, April 1
A sum of Rs 25 crore is being spent on the various development projects in this Assembly segment. This was stated by Mr Parkash Singh, local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, while addressing a gathering of local Congress leaders and workers at his residence in nearby Sloh village today.


Truck driver kills wife, 2 children
Amritsar, April 1
Dilbagh Singh, a truck driver and resident of Ajnala, reportedly killed his wife and two minor children over a minor dispute late last night. The accused after committing the crime pasted a confession note on the doors of his house on the basis of which the police have booked the accused under Section 302, IPC.


Review decision on private schools: NGO
Amritsar, April 1
The decision of the government to close down more than 17,000 private schools, which are running on residential premises, today came under criticism.

School tells staff not to trim hair
Patiala, April 1
The order of the management of a prestigious school here asking its teachers and other staff not to trim their hair has led to discontent among them.

GND varsity campus convocation tomorrow
Amritsar, April 1
The campus convocation of the faculties of arts and social sciences, languages, humanities, religious studies, visual and performing arts and physical education of Guru Nanak Dev University would be held on April 3.

Grant for pvt colleges
Barnala, April 1
The Punjab Government has released Rs 18.68 crore as part of the grant to non-government aided colleges. Stating this here today, Prof R.S. Brar and Dr Jagwant Singh, state president and general secretary, respectively, of the PCCTU welcomed the release of the grant as it would offer relief to private college teachers.


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