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Sonia quits as Jallianwala Trust chief
Amritsar, April 5
The Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, has resigned from the post of the Chairperson of the 86-year-old Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust. A letter faxed to the trust's office in Jallianwala Bagh here, received by the trust secretary, mentioned that she was resigning from the post with an immediate effect.

7-year RI for Giani Kewal Singh’s son in dowry case
Victim’s brother to move HC
Bathinda, April 5
A fast-track court here today sentenced Baljinder Singh, son of former Damdama Sahib Jathedar Giani Kewal Singh, to seven years of rigorous imprisonment in the dowry death case of his wife Sharanjit Kaur in 1997. The court acquitted ex-jathedar and his kin Joginder Kaur.

Punjab to move HC for more time to shift
pvt schools

Chandigarh, April 5
Facing a major crisis of handling lakhs of schoolchildren, who face an uncertain future if 17,000 unauthorised private schools in Punjab close down on orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Punjab Government has decided to file an application in the High Court seeking more time to shift schools out of residential buildings.

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Minor snaps nuptial ties with ‘drug addict’ groom
Bathinda, April 5
A minor girl snapped nuptial ties soon after the marriage rituals were over here today. She accused the groom of being a drug addict.

Farmers visit Mansa for reapers
Mansa, April 5
People of this town speak Punjabi and that too in a dialect quintessential to the Malwa region of Punjab. But what surprises one is the growing number of shops where boards have been put up in Hindi in the area around the bus stand here. this town had become favourite with farmers of UP, Bihar, Gujarat, MP and Rajasthan

Two farmers from Manikpur village of Rajasthan watch Sukhwinder Singh fit a reaper onto a tractor at Mansa. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Two farmers from Manikpur village of Rajasthan watch Sukhwinder Singh fit a reaper onto a tractor at Mansa.

Audience: Punjabi farmers; language: English!
Bathinda, April 5
Even as the districts of Mansa and Bathinda are grappling to improve their gloomy sex ratio, the state government's 'sincerity' to check female foeticide can be gauged from the fact that the Health Department does not have any literature in Punjabi to sensitise masses on the issue.

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Sodhi removed as LAC, AG tells HC
Chandigarh, April 5
The Advocate-General, Punjab, Mr Rajinder Singh Cheema, today informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that controversial Land Acquisition Collector (LAC), PUDA, Mohali, P.S. Sodhi, has ‘‘been removed from his post’’.

SDM raids school, finds rat droppings in wheat flour
Chandigarh, April 5
With Ropar district administration officials today finding rat dropping in stocks of wheat flour at the Government Elementary School, Nayagaon, the apathy of the state education authorities today surfaced once again.

Rat droppings which were found in a stock of wheat flour supplied to the Government Elementary School Nayagaon under the mid-day meal scheme. — A Tribune photo
Rat droppings which were found in a stock of wheat flour supplied to the Government Elementary School Nayagaon under the mid-day meal scheme.

Pak lawyers to take up Sarabjit case with Musharraf
Chandigarh, April 5
Some leading lawyers of Pakistan, who are associated with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Law, will soon take up the issue of grant of mercy to Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who has been condemned to death by Pakistani courts.


Badal warns Shutrana MLA
Patiala, April 5
The Shiromani Akali Dal today issued a warning to Shutrana MLA Nirmal Singh Shutrana and other SAD activists for having shown black flags to SAD general secretary and former Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh at a rally held at Badshahpur village, near Patran, recently.

Councillors threaten to resign
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 5
Nine out of 13 councillors of the Municipal Council, Bassi Pathana, have threatened to resign from their posts as the council president in connivance with local MLA Dr Harbans Lal had been indulging in undemocratic practices.


Arvind Khanna has been mostly absent from House
Chandigarh, April 5
The Congress MLA from Sangrur, Mr Arvind Khanna, against whom the Enforcement Directorate had recently launched an investigation with regard to funds from abroad, has been mostly staying away from the Punjab Assembly sessions.

Lawyers block traffic
Protest against district status to Mohali
Ropar, April 5
Continuing with their protest, advocates of the district court today again blocked traffic on the Ropar-Nawanshahr road for about one hour protesting against the grant of district status to Mohali by the Punjab Government. The agitation here gained momentum as the Zila Bachao Sangharsh Committee again started its protest in the absence of any favourable response to their demands.

32,436 get work under job guarantee scheme
Hoshiarpur April 5
The Employment Guarantee Scheme launched by the Union Government has provided employment to 32,436 persons in the district. Hoshiarpur is the only district in the state that has been covered under the scheme for the time being.

Docs take out protest rally
Patiala, April 5
Agitating doctors and paramedical staff took out a rally from the Government Rajindera Hospital to the Chief Minister’s new Moti Bagh residence in protest against the state government’s decision to hand over powers to Zila Parishads to employ doctors in the 1,310 rural dispensaries, spread across the state on contract basis.

ASI to set up office at Ferozepore
Ferozepore, April 5
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to open a regional sub-circle office here to preserve the numerous war monuments located here.

Autorickshaw operators block traffic
Pathankot, April 5
Autorickshaw operators of Pathankot today blocked traffic on the Pathankot-Jammu road for about two hours to protest against the alleged victimisation at the hands of mini-bus operators. The auto operators sat on dharna on the highway, paralysing the traffic. The local authorities remained a mute spectator as thousands of commuters suffered after being trapped in the jam.

Scorpio presented to Harmandar Sahib
Amritsar, April 5
Mahindra and Mahindra today presented their first new Scorpio model W SUV to Harmandar Sahib.


Procurement of wheat begins
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 5
As the arrival of wheat in various markets of the district is slow, the administration today started the wheat procurement.


Lok Suvidha camp held
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 5
The district administration today organised a Lok Suvidha camp at Mullepur village in the district to redress the grievances of the people at their door step.

Guidelines issued on transfers
Chandigarh, April 5
The Punjab Government today issued guidelines for the general postings and transfers of officials. A spokesman of the government said transfers would be made by June 30.


7 students injured in clash
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 5
Seven students were injured seriously in a clash at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College last evening. The injured students belonged to the third and the final year. They were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib.


Coordinator clarifies on demand draft issue
Chandigarh, April 5
Prof Rajesh Gill, Coordinator, UGC-NET, has stated that the office of the Coordinator, UGC-NET is receiving a number of applications for UGC-NET examination to be held on 25th June 2006, along with wrong bank drafts.

School drama team to perform in Pak
Amritsar, April 5
With a view to strengthening the bond of friendship between the two neighbouring countries, the Spring Dale Educational Society under the aegis of Punarjot (Centre for Preservation and Promotion of Heritage of Punjab) will stage a play “Border-Border” at Alhamra Hall, Lahore, on April 6.


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