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Mega projects: 6 Cong MLAs for 70 pc job reservation for Punjabis
Chandigarh, April 21
Six MLAs of the ruling Congress today urged the Punjab Government to reserve 70 per cent jobs for people of the state in the mega projects cleared by the government.

Sarbjit’s signatures forged by prosecutor, claims letter
Bhikhiwind, April 21
Pleading innocence, Sarbjit Singh alias Manjit Singh, who has been awaiting implementation of death sentence in Pakistan’s jail, in a letter to his sister, Dalbir Kaur has claimed that his signatures were forged by the public prosecutor and officials of Pakistan agencies to frame
Dalbir Kaur, sister, and Sawandeep, daughter of Sarabjit Singh, read his letter in Bhikhiwind.
Dalbir Kaur, sister, and Sawandeep, daughter of Sarabjit Singh, read his letter in Bhikhiwind. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
him in the series of bomb blasts in 1990.

Unscheduled power cuts are back again
Ropar, April 21
With the rise in mercury, unscheduled power cuts are back in the state due to shortage of power. The rural areas in the state have been facing power cuts for more than six hours daily, while the duration varies between four to eight hours in cities.

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  MC resorts to selective demolition
Structures of Ghuman, Nippy spared
Patiala, April 21
Even as the Punjab Government has been making repeated claims about transpar- ency in its functioning and the implementation of law in a proper manner, the local municipal corporation seems to have been following different yardsticks to deal with different cases connected with raising of unauthorised and illegal structures here.

House demolished for not coming to work
Amritsar, April 21
The house of Ravel Singh, a Dalit Sikh of Baath village in Ajnala tehsil, had been demolished while he was beaten up in front of his relatives allegedly by his employer as he had taken a day off due to the marriage of a close relative.

Visa centre not feasible in Amritsar: Jaiswal
Chheharta (Amritsar), April 21
“It is not feasible to set up visa centre in Amritsar as yet, as the number of passengers going to Pakistan is very small.” This was stated by Union Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal at the 6th National Children’s Festival held under the aegis of the National Youth Project of the Government of India here today.


SC power consumers to get refund
Chandigarh, April 21
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will refund Rs 1.85 crore to the Scheduled Caste consumers who have upto 300 watts of connected load and have been issued bills since September last year.

7000 dam workers face recoveries
Gurdaspur April 21
The recent directive of the Department of Finance, Punjab, has left workers at Shahpur Kandi dam fuming. The department has ordered the recovery of the extra money paid to about 7000 workers in the past 10 years due to wrong fitment of pay scale at the time of confirmation of service.

Shifting of bill-collection centre resented
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 21
Although the Punjab Government organised Suvidha Camps, IT Chaos and was going to the doorsteps of people to redress their grievances yet the officials of the Punjab State Electricity, Sirhind, had withdrawn the 50-year-old facility of electricity bill-collection centre set up in the town and shifted it to the head office.

54 panchayats get Rs 2 lakh each
Gurdaspur, April 21
Much has been said by ruling party leaders regarding development in the state during the past four years. Fatehgarh Churian is one such constituency where development has reached the poor.

2 groups clash, lathicharged
Amritsar, April 21
Two groups gathered outside a C-division police station here today over a land dispute, indulged in a scuffle while the police had to lathi-charge to disperse the warring factions. Several persons including the complainant in the land dispute were injured.

Rs 1.98 crore given to 99 riot-hit families
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 21
The Congress has always expressed sympathy with ’84 riot-affected families and tried to heel their wounds by giving them relief, said Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, while addressing a function organised by the SDM, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Daljeet Singh. As many as 99 riot-affected families were given cheques worth Rs 1.98 crore. He said in Fatehgarh Sahib district Rs 3.02 crore would be distributed as compensation among 151 families.

Bhagat Dhanna Jat remembered
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 21
The birth anniversary of Bhagat Dhanna Jat was celebrated today at Dera Hansali, near here. Thousands of devotees attended the function. On this occasion, Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, laid foundation stones of link roads leading to Hansali.


High Court
Decision to bifurcate PAU upheld
Chandigarh, April 21
In a significant decision, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today upheld the decision of the Punjab Government to bifurcate Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, to set up the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University at Ludhiana.

One-day police remand for Bittu
Barnala, April 21
Shiromani Khalsa Dal president Daljit Singh Bittu was sent to one-day police remand by a local court today. He was arrested from his Ludhiana residence last night on sedition charge for delivering inflammatory speeches at Fatehgarh Channa village on the Trident land acquisition issue.


Addl SE caught accepting bribe
Patiala, April 21
Mr V.K. Jain, Additional Superintendent Engineer, Operations, Punjab State Electricity Board, was caught red-handed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau led by SSP (Vigilance Bureau) Gurpreet Singh Bhuller while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Mr Gurwinder Singh for facilitating the removal of high tension electric wires passing over a vacant plot owned by Gurwinder Singh at Nabha.

Man dies in road mishap
Malerkotla, April 21
A person was killed in a road accident near the SDM’s residence here today. A pall of gloom engulfed his house where his relatives were making preparations for his sister’s marriage.

Driver burnt alive in vehicle accident
Hoshiarpur, April 21
Mr Ganesh Dutt, driver of a Swaraj Mazda (HP-14-6535) was burnt alive in his mini-truck following a road accident with a Tempo Trax jeep (HP-32B-0282) at Bora village on the Garhshankar-Anandpur Sahib road, about 50 km from here, today.


Parhelion 2K6 concludes
Kharar, April 21
A two-day techno cultural fest ‘Parhelion 2K6’ ended at the GGS College of Modern Technology here. The prizes were distributed among winners by Mr Darshan Singh Sandhu PCS, SDM-cum-Administrator, Mr M.C. Kharar, and Mr S.S. Gill Deputy Superintendent of Police, Chamkaur Sahib.

Teachers of 100 schools to get AIDS awareness training
Ropar, April 21
With a view to spread awareness about AIDS among students, teachers of 100 schools in the district will be trained from April 24 to May 9 in Khalsa Senior Secondary school here. This will be second phase of the awareness drive launched by the state government in 2004. Earlier during, teachers of as many as 80 schools had been trained, said the District Education Officer (Secondary), Ropar, Mr Piara Singh.

Revised date sheet of MA exam released
Amritsar, April 21
The Guru Nanak Dev University has released the revised date sheet of M.A. (police administration) part I & II, theory examination, annual system, April 2006, for private candidates. The exams will now commence on April 28 at the examination centre at Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur.


Exporters resent hike in container freight
Amritsar, April 21
Hike in container freight by the Container Corporation of India has exporters up in arms. BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, taking up the cause of exporters from Punjab said he would take up the issue with Railway Minister Lalu Parsad Yadav for reviewing the decision as it would affect foreign trade business from this region.

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