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Blast in brewery, excise inspector killed

Chani Beli, April 17
Excise inspector of the Himachal Government Shakti Chand Rana was killed and peon Pyar Chand was injured seriously when an explosion took place in a fermentation chamber at a liquor factory they were checking.

The charred body of an excise inspector of the Himachal Government lies near the fermentation chamber in which the blast took place near Pathankot on Monday. — Photo by Jangi

Sofats told to refund money, pay compensation
Sangrur, April 17
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Sangrur, has directed Dr Sumeet Sofat and Dr (Ms) Sumita Sofat of the Sofat Infertility and Women Care Centre, Ludhiana, to refund Rs 2.25 lakh charged by them from a couple for undergoing treatment for infertility along with nine per cent interest from August 20, 2003, till the date of the payment.

Mega projects will not benefit poor, says Dullo
Chandigarh, April 17
The much-hyped mega projects cleared by the Punjab Government came under a veiled attack today from Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.



  Maharaja’s samadh in Pakistan vandalised
Amritsar, April 17
The samadhs of Maharaja Sher Singh, his wife Maharani Randhawi, Dharam Kaur and Rani Partab Kaur, located in Lahore have been vandalised by local people there, oblivious of its great heritage value.

The samadh of former Punjab ruler Maharaja Sher Singh that has been vandalised by local people in Lahore, Pakistan. — A Tribune photograph

The samadh of former Punjab ruler Maharaja Sher Singh that has been vandalised by local people in Lahore, Pakistan.

Amarinder to meet PM on farmers’ issues
Chandigarh, April 17
Rattled by the agitations launched by various farmers' organisations, including the various factions of the Bharti Kisan Union( BKU), the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has decided to meet the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to redress grievances of farmers.

Farmers boycott grain markets
Bathinda, April 17
Farmer bodies today boycotted grain markets by setting up nakas to register their protest against the import of wheat and the silence of the Union Government on their demand to increase the minimum support price of wheat.


Move on airport near Ludhiana against AAI guidelines, says MP
Rajasansi (Amritsar), April 17
The international airport proposed to be built at Ludhiana announced by the state government was in violation of the guidelines of the Airports Authority of India.

No hike in power tariff rates
Chandigarh, April 17
There will be no increase in the power tariff rates in Punjab. This is clear from the stance taken by the state government at a meeting held with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

43 power substations to be set up
Chandigarh, April 17
The Punjab Government today announced its programme to commission 43 new grid substations till January, 2007 in a phased manner to facilitate better quality of power supply.

Children’s festival from today
Amritsar, April 17
About 1,000 children (10 to 15 years) from all over India and also from South Asian countries were expected to participate in the six-day Sixth National Children’s Festival from April 18 at Government Senior Secondary School, Chheharta.

Denial of increments to clerks decried
Hoshiarpur, April 17
A meeting held here today under the presidentship of Mr Om Parkash, circle president, Ministerial Staff Services Union of the PSEB, strongly condemned the board’s management for withholding the annual increments of lower division clerks for not fulfilling the clause of type test.

Multi-speciality camp held
Patiala, April 17
A multi-speciality camp was organised at Brain Hospital here today. A team of doctors from Satguru Pratap Singh Apollo Hospital , Ludhiana, comprising Dr K.C.Mukerjee (heart surgeon ), Dr Chetan Sharma (cardiologist), Dr S.K.Somani (gastroenterologist), Dr Harpreet Singh Gill (orthopaedics ), Dr Rahul Kohli (nephrology ), Dr Gurpreet Singh (endocrinology), Dr Dinesh Goyal ( pulmanology), gave consultation to patients free of cost.

PCMS docs meet Health Minister
Patiala, April 17
A delegation of PCMS doctors led by its District President Dr Harish Malhotra and Dr D.S Bhullar, who is also the Chairman, service wing of IMA, met the Health Minister Mr R.C Dogra and the Health Secretary, Mr D.S Guru, during their visit here yesterday.

Inderpreet tops list of successful doctors
Patiala, April 17
Inderpreet Kaur Dardi has topped the list of successful doctors in the district. They had been contracted by the Punjab Government for three years through zila parishads to be employed in rural dispensaries across the state.

Homoeopaths take oath
Patiala, April 17
The 251st birth anniversary celebrations of the founder of homoeopathy, Dr Samuel Hehnemann, were organised at the Rose Garden here by members of the homoeopathic Education and Research Foundation.


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Provisional selection of ETT teachers allowed

Chandigarh, April 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed the Punjab Government to make provisional selections for filling posts of primary or elementary trained school teacher, also known as ETT teachers.


Farmers advised to adopt Eri-culture to raise income
Gurdaspur, April 17
Small farmers of hilly areas of the state now can have alternative source of income. The Department of Horticulture has introduced Eri-Culture in the district.


Minor gangraped, killed
Abohar, April 17
A minor girl was gangraped and killed brutally here late last night.

Robber held
Batala, April 17
Four armed robbers entered the house of the Balwinder Kaur, in Kaluwal village and after tying the inmates, decamped with Rs 5,000 and gold ornaments yesterday.

Four held for assaulting coloniser
Abohar, April 17
The police has arrested four persons in connection with an assault on coloniser Ravi Sethi and former Bar Association chief Satish Narang. Sethi’s driver Jagdish had succumbed to his injuries after the assault early this month. Mr Sethi and Mr Narang were under treatment in New Delhi and Amritsar hospitals.

Nervous vehicle thief claims two lives
Bathinda, April 17
A vehicle thief fleeing with a jeep found himself in soup when he hit a motorcycle near Jeeda village that led to the death of a brother-sister duo today.

Three cops, woman arrested
Amritsar, April 17
Three policemen, Kulbir Singh and Surinderpal Singh (both head constables) and Ashok Kumar, a constable, along with a woman were arrested by the Civil Lines police last evening.

Computer parts stolen from school
Rajpura, April 17
Expensive computer parts, including processors, CD-ROMs and hard discs, were stolen from the local Patel Public School by an unidentified person here last evening.


College students flee with answersheets
Amritsar, April 17
As many as 32 students of BA (final) of Khalsa College, including national players, allegedly fled with answersheets and question papers when they were not allowed “mass copying.”

‘Filmi’ notebooks
Amritsar, April 17
Students in border areas are being supplied notebooks carrying scenes from films and titles of popular songs on the cover.

Benefits of BE-MBA programme discussed
Patiala, April 17
The School of Business Management organised a workshop on ‘‘BE-MBA —Advantage’’ here today in the main auditorium of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET).


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