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ASI lets four impounded trucks with khairwood go
Hoshiarpur, April 11
The nexus of the officials and forest mafia operating in the area came to light once again here today. An Assistant Sub-Inspector posted at the Sadar police station of Hoshiarpur has let go four trucks loaded with khairwood that were caught by the SDM, Hoshiarpur, last night on the orders of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.K. Tiwari.

Farmers seek arrest of attackers
Abohar, April 11
Hundreds of farmers today staged a dharna in front of the office of the DSP here to express resentment over the failure of the police in arresting certain Congress activists who had allegedly attacked Mr Jagjit Singh, a senior office-bearer of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari), here in January.
BKU activists stage a dharna in front of the office of the DSP in Abohar BKU activists stage a dharna in front of the office of the DSP in Abohar on Tuesday.
— Photo by Raj Sadosh



Electric spark destroys wheat crop
Bathinda, April 11
While the vagaries of the weather have already taken a heavy toll on the wheat farmers’ crop, some of them are also losing their crop to sparking from transformers or electric poles. Wheat crop spread over 12 acres of land belonging to three farmers was today gutted on the city’s outskirts as a fire broke out due to sparking from a transformer.

Farmers show their burnt wheat crop in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
Farmers show their burnt wheat crop in Bathinda

Heritage complex: govt, SGPC take tough stands
Chandigarh, April 11
The Punjab Government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee have taken tough stands on the inauguration of the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib. While the state government has drawn up its own programme to inaugurate the complex, the SGPC has stated that the “religious route” should be followed to perform the inaugural ceremony or else it will boycott the show.

Govt lost Rs 2.10 cr in sale of steel from old bridges: report
Chandigarh, April 11
Probing the alleged loss of used steel from old bridges built across the Bikaner Canal passing through Ferozepore, an enquiry conducted by the Irrigation Department, Punjab, has revealed that the state lost Rs 2.10 crore in the process.

Journalists told to get ID cards made
Abohar, April 11
The civil administration has initiated proceedings to check yellow journalism. The SDM, Mr Jaskiran Singh, said at a meeting with representatives of daily newspapers here yesterday that he had received a complaint from a social activist that an illegally published newspaper carried a report indulging in character assassination.

Punjabi Tribune reporter attacked, injured
Amritsar, April 11
Some armed persons today attacked and seriously injured Davinder Singh Bhangu, reporter of Punjabi Tribune, when he was working in his office at Rayya Dana Mandi this morning. The accused were led by Sarvan Singh of Waraich village who had an old enmity with the journalist. The accused had also threatened Bhangu after forcibly entering his house. Bhangu was admitted to Government Hospital at Baba Bakala.

Punjab to have $100 m mega food park: Subodh Sahay
Chandigarh, April 11
A mega food park will be set up in Punjab, with an investment of 100 million USD. An MoU has already been signed between the Confederation of Italian Food Processors and ASSOCHAM (The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India), for developing this park.


BJP rally shows ‘divide’ within
Ropar, April 11
The tussle between two different factions in the state BJP became evident in a rally organised here last evening when one faction associated with the president of the state BJP and an MP, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, made every effort to prove their strength on the stage by ignoring another senior leader of the BJP and former Cabinet Minister of Food and Supplies Maddan Mohan Mittal.

Badal to join Advani’s yatra in Punjab
Rajpura, April 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will be part of the “suraksha yatra” of the senior BJP leader, Mr L.K. Advani, when it enters Punjab, Mr Harjit Singh Grewal, national secretary of the BJP, said here today.

SAD, BJP workers block traffic
Amritsar, April 11
Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal, BJP and Christian Front today blocked traffic for more than three hours at Kathunangal, about 20 km from here, today in protest against the alleged “repressive policies” of the state and Central governments.

Kang’s charge against SAD
Ropar, April 11
The State Minister of Tourism and Animal Husbandry Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang yesterday blamed the Shiromani Akali Dal for ignoring the interest of residents of Chamkaur Sahib while reviewing the work done there for subdivision to be made on April 14.


’84 riot victims plan dharna at PMO
Chandigarh, April 11
The Punjab Riot Victims Welfare Association said here today that it would soon organise a dharna in front of the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, in Delhi as the state's bureaucracy had failed to give justice to the victims.

Indo-Pak initiatives foster confidence on border
Ferozepore, April 11
Peace overtures initiated by both India and Pakistan have fostered immense confidence amongst residents of the border villages situated along the zero line, who now move in their fields without any fear.

Sikh devotees leave for Panja Sahib
Amritsar, April 11
Four special trains carrying more than 3,000 Sikh pilgrims today left for Panja Sahib and other historic gurdwaras in Pakistan to participate in the Baisakhi celebrations. The pilgrims include a jatha of more than 1,600 devotees sent by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee besides 1,200 sponsored by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and 136 from Khalra Mission Committee and others.

56 bodies seek clemency for Sarabjit
Amritsar, April 11
About 56 sabha societies and bar councils led by the International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society today sent a memorandum to Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf urging him to grant clemency to Sarabjit who was given death sentence by the Pakistan Supreme Court in a mistaken identity.

SDM’s directive on canal water storage
Abohar, April 11
The SDM, Mr Jaskiran Singh, has asked the Public Health Department and Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board to suspend storing of canal water with immediate effect.

Three BKU (Ugrahan) activists released
Barnala , April 11
Sixtythree activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU-Ugrahan) were released from Barnala and Ludhiana jails on April , 9 after they tendered an apology. Mr G.Nageshwara Rao, SSP, Barnala police district , said that as many as 53 activists were released from Barnala jail whereas 10 were released from Ludhiana jail.

Henry lays stone for PUNSUP offices
Gurdaspur/Hoshiarpur April 11
The Minister for Food and Civil Supplies , Mr Avtar Henry, today laid the foundation stone for new offices- cum- shopping complexes of PUNSUP at Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur.

Trident issue: 9 bodies join hands
Moga, April 11
The farmers’ agitation against the acquisition of 376 acres of agricultural land for Trident Group in Barnala got a shot in the arm today with nine farmer bodies joining hands to take the agitation to its logical conclusion.

PSEB employees protest privatisation move
Patiala, April 11
Numerous employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board today took out a massive protest rally in the city against the impending privatisation of the board. Despite the fact that it was a government holiday, thousands of employees, under the banner of the PSEB Employees Joint Forum, gathered outside the PSEB head office in the afternoon, where union leaders addressed them.

Smuggling to dominate BSF-Rangers talks
Amritsar, April 11
The recent spurt in the smuggling of narcotics through the Indo-Pak border is likely to top the agenda during the bi-annual meeting of the Border Security Force and Pak Rangers to be held in Lahore in Pakistan from today.

Mr N.P.S. Aulakh, Additional Director-General of the BSF, shakes hand with Col Tareeq Khan of the Pakistan Rangers at the Wagah border on Tuesday. — PTI photo

Mr N.P.S. Aulakh, Additional Director-General of the BSF, shakes hand with Col Tareeq Khan of the Pakistan Rangers at the Wagah border

NGO adopts Banga, 100 villages for healthcare
Nawanshahr, April 11
Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, a premier NRI-sponsored NGO, which has been striving to provide better and affordable healthcare and educational services in rural areas, has taken the lead in delivery of healthcare facilities.

HIV patients form group
Amritsar, April 11
For the first time in Punjab, AIDS patients got together to protect their rights and spread the message against the dreaded disease. People leaving with HIV and AIDS have formed a strong group in the state to facilitate and improve their access for treatment.

DC unveils statue of Dr Ambedkar
Sangrur, April 11
Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, unveiled an 8-foot-high statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, built at a cost of about Rs 2 lakh, at Ambedkar Bhavan here yesterday. The Ambedkar Social Welfare Naujwan Society honoured Mr Hussan Lal by presenting him a memento.


Convict shoots 17-yr-old girl
Hoshiarpur, April 11
A convict in an abduction case shot dead Priyanka Jain (17), daughter of Parveen Jain, a local cloth merchant, at her house in Gudiya Shivalya Mohalla, 52 km from here, last night. The act is stated to be that of revenge.

DIG told to trace notorious fugitives
Khanna, April 11
Taking a serious note of a number of fugitives still at large and the growing numbers of under-trials escaping from police custody or from courts, the DGP Punjab, Mr S S Virk, today directed Ludhiana Range DIG Parag Jain to personally monitor the development in the cases.

4 kg of heroin seized, 1 arrested
Amritsar, April 11
The Special Narcotics Cell has seized 4 kg of heroin from Gurjeet Singh, alias Ruby, of Tej Nagar, Sultanwind Road, here. This is the third major consignment seized here within a fortnight.

Truck driver found murdered
Kharar, April 11
A truck driver was found murdered in a room in Desumajra village here today while the vehicle was found lying abandoned a few kilometers away from the scene of the crime.


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