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Australia for greater presence in Punjab
Chandigarh, April 20
Australia is keen on emulating the Canadian model, specifically its official presence and investment, in Punjab.

SDM Moga booked in land scam case
Pathankot, April 20
The police here has booked SDM of Moga Iqbal Singh Sandhu and senior sub editor of a vernacular daily Ashok Plato, a resident of Jalandhar, with seven others in a land scam case registered under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC on the directions of outgoing Gurdaspur SSP Pramod Ban.

Peon held for theft in bank
Rs 38 lakh recovered, probe ordered
Amritsar, April 20
Arrest of Jatinder Singh, a temporary peon with the Union Bank Of India, near the Golden Temple and recovery of Rs 38 lakh has exposed chinks in the bank’s security.

School board plays with future of students
Bathinda, April 20
Fate of 33 students of plus two of Government Senior Secondary School, Bhagta Bhai, hangs in the balance, as the Punjab School Education Board reportedly failed to dispatch their roll numbers for re-examination after English paper was cancelled due to large-scale copying.

Students of plus two of Bhagta Bhai wait for their roll numbers prior to their re-examination at a centre in Bathinda on Thursday. Students of plus two of Bhagta Bhai wait for their roll numbers prior to their re-examination at a centre in Bathinda on Thursday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Train passengers looted; robbers held
Bathinda, April 20
Two of the three robbers, who looted some train passengers at gunpoint near Mansa last evening, have been arrested.

SGPC, DSGMC to hold separate functions
4th centennial of Guru Arjan Dev’s martyrdom
Patiala, April 20
Unmindful of sentiments of Sikh masses, both SGPC and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) seem to be adamant to commemorate the fourth centennial of the martyrdom of fifth Guru Arjan Dev at Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Lahore, on June 16 separately.

College girls brave the sun under an umbrella in Patiala on Thursday.
College girls brave the sun under an umbrella in Patiala on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

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Aviation Minister not keeping promises, says M.S.Gill
Chandigarh, April 20
The Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Praful Patel, has not kept the promises he made for upgrading Amritsar international airport as well as introducing more passenger flights from there for the convenience of Punjabis, rues Mr Manohar Singh Gill, MP.


Cops whisk away Daljit Singh Bittu
Ludhiana, April 20
The Shiromani Khalsa Dal chief and former Khalistan idealogue, Daljit Singh Bittu, was taken away by a Barnala police team from his house in Gurdev Nagar here today evening.

Reconsider decision on dossier: SGJC
Amritsar, April 20
In a significant development, the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC) today declared that the decision to reject and withdrawal of dossier on the Golden Temple for seeking the world heritage status to Harmander Sahib from Unesco was taken in ''haste'' and hence needed to be re-considered in the larger interest of the Panth.

Sikh jatha returns from Pak
Attari, April 20
A jatha of 4,000 Sikhs today returned from Pakistan with mixed memories at Attari International Railway Station here, as a devotee died of heart attack while a few of them fell ill.

Govt violates reservation policy: federation
Patiala, April 20
The Dalit Welfare Federation, Punjab, said yesterday that the Punjab Government had violated its reservation policy by not promoting even a single Scheduled Caste officer to the posts of manager, deputy manager and assistant manager in Punjab State Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank.

Land acquisition: farmers to block traffic
Sangrur, April 20
Eight farmers organisations, including the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), BKU (Ekta-Sidhupur), Punjab Kisan Union, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, All-India Kirti Kisan Sabha, Punjab Kisan Sabha and Kisan Sangharsh Committee, today held an important meeting and announced their agitation programme to compel the state government to scrap the notification, issued regarding acquisition of 376 acres for the Trident Group of Industries in Fatehgarh Chhanna, Sangherra and Dhaula villages near Barnala.

NGO for probe into encroachments
Chandigarh, April 20
The Kheti Virasat Mission, an NGO, today reacted sharply to a report in The Tribune on how dried -up beds of choes (seasonal rivulets) in Punjab were being taken over by the rich to built farmhouses.

Brig Grewal dead
Chandigarh, April 20
Brig Gurdip Singh Grewal(retd) died here today after a brief illness. He was suffering from stomach cancer.

Tibetan activists’ cycle rally
Rajpura, April 20
A cycle rally by activists of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress reached here to a warm welcome.


High Court
Poll petition: three examined
Chandigarh, April 20
Three witnesses, who had been summoned to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the request of the petitioner challenging the election of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh from the Patiala Assembly constituency in the February 2002 elections, were examined at length by counsel for the petitioner.

Court summons Boparai in defamation case
Patiala, April 20
Ms Jatinder Kaur, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Patiala, has issued summons to Mr S.S. Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, and others in connection with a defamation case filed by Mr Rajesh Kumar, a dismissed university employee, against them.


Wheat procurement yet to gather pace
Ropar, April 20
The process of procurement of wheat in the Anaj Mandi here is going on at a slow pace because of less number of labourers. Along with this the farmers too are reportedly not selling their yield in the hope of increase in prices in the coming months.


ZP releases list of doctors
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 20
Mr D.P.S Walia, ADC (D)- cum-Chief Executive, Zila Parishad, yesterday released the selection list of service provider doctors in the district. He said 21 doctors had been selected purely on the basis of merit in a transparent manner after interviewing 147 doctors, who had applied.


ASI booked on graft charge
Malerkotla , April 20
The Malerkotla police yesterday booked ASI Inder Jit Singh , former chowki in charge of Sandaour village, on corruption charges.

Accused of two murders held
Amritsar, April 20
The local police claimed to have solved two blind murder cases following arrest of an accused.

Proclaimed offender held
Sangrur, April 20
The Lehragaga police arrested a proclaimed offender (PO), Sukhwinder Singh, alias Bhola, a resident of Gaga village, last night.


Campus placements at Mata Gujri college
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 20
More than 13 reputed companies interviewed the final year students of MBA, M.Com. and P.G. diploma courses in insurance business of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

PTU V-C honours students
Amritsar, April 20
Mr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, PTU, gave away prizes to students of the Shiv Shankar Institute of Engineering and Technology being run by the Shahid Bhagat Singh Educational Society, Patti, in its annual prize function today.

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