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Little possibility of steep power tariff hike
Chandigarh, April 12
Despite an average of 17 per cent increase sought in the power tariff for various categories of power consumers by the Punjab State Electricity Board for the current financial year, there seems to be little possibility of such a big tariff hike. In fact, the chances of a hike in the tariff are minimal. "If there will be any increase in the tariff, it will be small," said sources in the state government.

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Cap on power rates fixed
Punjab, Haryana to benefit
Chandigarh, April 12

In a move that will save crores of rupees of Punjab and Haryana, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has imposed a ceiling on the rates for selling power either by power-surplus states or by the corporations dealing in power-trading.

Tension over possession of gurdwara defused
Bathinda, April 12
Tension between two groups over legal possession of Baba Bir Singh Dhir Singh Gurdwara at Talwandi Sabo and holding of akhand path to mark Baisakhi was defused with the intervention of the local administration last evening.



Help for Mumtaz from unexpected quarters
Guarantor deposits Rs 20,000 as personal surety
Amritsar, April 12
Pakistani national Mumtaz today got a reprieve again when Mr Puran Singh, a resident of Guru Ki Wadali, reached the district court after reading newspaper reports with the sole motive of helping a hapless foreigner.

Pakistani national Mumtaz looks relieved after Mr Puran Singh (left) furnished a personal surety for her after reading newspaper reports in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Pakistani national Mumtaz looks relieved after Mr Puran Singh furnished a personal surety for her after reading newspaper reports in Amritsar

On way to Pak, tortured woman lands in jail
Gurdaspur, April 12
Caught between boundaries, Mumtaz (23) is a bewildered lot. Sold by her father in Bangladesh and tortured by her husband, she ended at the Pathankot railway station last evening in the hope of going back home to Karachi, but was caught by the railway police.

Baisakhi being celebrated in Patiala
Baisakhi being celebrated in Patiala on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

AG : complaint against 34 MLAs should go to EC
Legislators not holding offices of profit
Chandigarh, April 12
The Advocate-General, Punjab, Mr Rajinder Singh Cheema, is learnt to have conveyed to the Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), that no action, including removal from the legislature, can be initiated against the 34 Congress MLAs against whom the Shiromani Akali Dal had submitted a complaint.

SAD backs call for boycott of grain markets
Chandigarh, April 12
The call given by various factions of the Bharti Kisan Union for the boycott of grain markets on April 17 and 18 got a further boost today as the Shiromani Akali Dal announced to join the boycott to protest against the “anti-farmer” policies of the Punjab and the Union governments.

Three suffocate to death in foundry
Phillaur/Phagwara, April 12
In an act of bravery Nagar Panchayat, Goraya, vice-president Rajinder Singh sacrificed his life while saving several labourers in a foundry today. Two other labourers also lost lives due to asphyxia, while six other labourers were injured at Kings Foundry at Goraya.


27 pc quota is absurd, says Sidhu
Amritsar, April 12
The BJP MP, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, today described the proposed reservations enunciated by the UPA government as socially divisive and smacked of political opportunism.

Defiant Calcutta eulogises PM
Amritsar, April 12
The “defiant” Shiromani Akali Dal leader, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, a member of the party’s political affairs committee, has written an emotional letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, eulogising him for taking historic steps like flagging off the Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus service, apart from announcing a financial package for the development of Amritsar.


CM assures division status to Ropar
Ropar, April 12
The Zila Bachao Sangarash committee, today, suspended its agitation against giving district status to Mohali after the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, given an assurance that the loss suffered by the residents of Ropar would be compensated.

A legend in his own time
Chandigarh, April 12
The entire Punjabi literary world plunged into grief when the news of the death of the legendary playwright and thespian, Dr Harcharan Singh, in a hospital this morning reached it.

Mantrao rejects probe officer’s accusations
Chandigarh, April 12
Reacting to a news report in The Tribune, " Govt lost Rs 2.10 cr in sale of steel from old bridges: report", the Chief Engineer, Canals, Punjab, Mr V.K. Mantrao, today alleged that the enquiry officer made wild accusations without any substance and without affording an opportunity of giving clarifications to the officers against whom the allegations were levelled.

Pandove may officiate as PPSC chief
Chandigarh, April 12
Mr M.P. Pandove will most likely officiate as the Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission till the regular appointment of the Chairman is made by the Punjab Government.

Four young bonded labourers freed
Amritsar, April 12
On the intervention of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, four bonded child labourers of Saharsa district in Bihar were reportedly freed from the clutches of one Dilbagh Singh, alias Bagi, of Gillwali Gate area late last evening.

13 addicts shun drugs
Bathinda, April 12
The joint campaign of the District Red Cross and a voluntary organisation against the drug menace is yielding results. Thirteen out of a total of 25 drug- addicts admitted to a de-addiction centre from Gillpatti village had shunned drugs.

3 sworn in as PSSSB members
Chandigarh, April 12
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today administered the oath of office to three members of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board here today.

Two killed as car plunges into canal
Hoshiarpur, April 12
Two occupants of a vehicle were drowned when their Maruti car (DL-8CH-2096) plunged into the Shah nehar, near Talwara, about 75 km from here, at about 8.30 last night.


Get CBSE affiliation, NFL asks school
Nangal, April 12
After a long protest by its employees, the management of the NFL, Naya Nangal, has directed the Rose Mary Education Society that is running Capt Amol Kalia Fertiliser Model Senior Secondary School, to get CBSE affiliation.

Yoga graduates face unemployment
Bathinda, April 12
Panjab University has been producing 60 B.Ed (Yoga) students every year for the past many years only to leave them groping in the dark. The state government is launching neither yoga in schools nor are they considered eligible for a job due to their yoga tag.

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