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Rain damages standing crop,
procured wheat

Gurdaspur, April 23
Unprecedented rain in the area today damaged standing crop and produce brought in mandis by farmers. Heavy rain for one hour today morning took farmers and mandi officials by surprise.

Wheat in bags made wet by rain at a procurement centre in Qadian near Gurdaspur on Sunday Wheat in bags made wet by rain at a procurement centre in Qadian near Gurdaspur on Sunday.
— Photo by Jangi

Sukhbir sees scam in move to import wheat
Jalandhar, April 23
Dubbing the Rs 50 a quintal wheat bonus as an “insult” to Punjab farmers, senior Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leader Sukhbir Singh Badal has seen a “deep-rooted wheat trader-politician nexus-effected conspiracy” behind the UPA government's move to import 30 lakh tonnes of wheat at a price which is much more than the MSP fixed for Punjab farmers.

Arhtiyas hail bonus on wheat
Patiala, April 23
The Federation of Arhtiya Associations of Punjab has welcomed the bonus of Rs 50 per quintal on purchase of wheat by procurement agencies.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Board-approved books unavailable; students in lurch
Ludhiana, April 23
Academic session of the schools affiliated with the Punjab School Education Board has commenced from the first week of April but teachers and students of schools are exasperated as books are not available in the market. The syllabi of many subjects have been changed , but books are not available.

Congress, SAD charged up ahead of Assembly poll
Ludhiana, April 23
As the elections to the state Vidhan Sabha are approaching, the two major political parties - the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal - have intensified the campaign to woo the people of the state.

Barnala man in Rai Bareli poll fray
Sangrur, April 23
Mr Mitt Singh Sehjra (64), a resident of Sehjra village , 16 km from Barnala, is all set to create another history - this time he is contesting from the Rai Bareli parliamentary constituency against Ms Sonia Gandhi , Congress President, Mr Vinay Katiyar, a BJP candidate, and others as an Independent.

School teachers seek acceptance of their genuine demands
Delegates at an educational conference organised by the Punjab Private Schools Organisation at Rajpura on Sunday Rajpura, April 23
The Punjab Private Schools Organisation, an apex body of the non-government schools in the state, today demanded the "approved status" for over 20,000 schools in the state on the Maharashtra pattern for their "contribution in the field of education".

Delegates at an educational conference organised by the Punjab Private Schools Organisation at Rajpura on Sunday. — Photo by JS Virdi


Ex-servicemen wing of SAD decries govt
Amritsar, April 23
Brig (retd) K.S. Kahlon, President, ex-servicemen wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (ESWSAD) (Badal) said Punjab had only 16 Polyclinics against 18 districts of the state whereas Haryana had 19 clinics.

SAD’s focus will be on youth
Chandigarh, April 23
The Shiromani Akali Dal’s main focus will be on youth power in the coming Assembly elections. A clear hint in this connection was given yesterday by Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary of the party.

‘Anti-Sikh’ policies would cost Congress dear: Badal
Tarn Taran, April 23
Warning the Congress party of dire consequences for its “anti-Sikh” policies, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), said the party was interfering in religious affairs of the community to serve its political ends.


Rail traffic suspended for two hours
Hoshiarpur, April 23
Rail traffic on the Jalandhar-Pathankot section remained suspended for more than two hours when the Jammu Tawi-Jamnagar Express, bound for Jamnagar, collided with a truck (PB-07-9445) loaded with wheat while it was passing the level crossing between Darapur-Moonak Kalan near Tanda, about 36 km from here, this afternoon.

SGPC chief lashes out at Sarnas
Amritsar, April 23
The SGPC will welcome the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee for organising “nagar kirtans” to Pakistan if it is organised under the aegis of the SGPC to celebrate the centenary celebrations.

Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh, and daughter Swapandeep with the activists of the BJP light candles at the Wagah on Saturday evening Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh, and daughter Swapandeep with the activists of the BJP light candles at the Wagah on Saturday evening. — PTI

Badal promises Rs 50 lakh for Tarn Taran
Tarn Taran, April 23
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, SAD, has assured that he would get Rs 50 lakh grant released by Rajya Sabha MPs of the party for the development of the town on the occasion of fourth centenary anniversary of Guru Arjun Dev’s martyrdom.

Amarinder honours Pran, Dev Anand
Chandigarh, April 23
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, honoured eminent film personalities at the valedictory function of the Media Entertainment Summit in Mumbai last evening.

Drinking water for pilgrims soon
Hoshiarpur April 23
Pilgrims going to the Chintpurni temple from Hoshiarpur can get fresh water enroute as the government has decided to provide 54 stand posts each comprising 10 taps along the 27-km road in the hilly areas of kandi.

376 driving licenses issued at camp
Nawanshahr, April 23
A Lok Suvidha Camp was organised at BAV Senior Secondary School, Balachaur, 20 km from here, yesterday to provide hassle-free delivery of services relating to various departments to the people belonging to as many as 31 villages falling under the Balachaur Kanungo circle.


Killing of goldsmith: police clueless
Amritsar, April 23
Even after 24 hours there is no breakthrough in the killing and looting of goldsmith, in the city. Mr Sunil Kumar Bhatia and his brother, Mr Satish Kumar Bhatia of Bhatia Jewellers in Guru Bazaar in the walled city was shot at by six unidentified persons and looted diamonds and cash worth lakhs.

Man shoots father
Fazilka, April 23
Mohinder Singh Jhuggianwala (60), an agriculturist of Jhuge Kehar Singh village, 10 km from here on the Malout road, was allegedly shot dead by one of his sons Yadvinder Singh, alias Roman, last night.

Two members of contract killers’ gang arrested
Phagwara, April 23
In a major success, the police arrested two members of an inter-state gang of contract killers from near village Bhakharriana under the Sadar police station here late last night.


A school with a difference
Amritsar, April 23
A unique school is running inside the high security Central Jail here, where Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other foreign nationals are lodged. Lifers and undertrials, including women and children, are receiving “formal education” from primary to postgraduate level.

Punjab starts collecting data on Muslim students
Chandigarh, April 23
Acting on the advice of the Union Government, the Punjab Government has started a census of Muslim students in the state.

NGO helps needy students
Patiala, April 23
The Helping Hands Society held its annual distribution function at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology here today .

Dental students present cultural show
Barwala, April 23
In a cultural programme was presented by students of different constituent colleges of Swami Devi Dyal, Hospital and Dental College, Golpura village, to mark the valedictory function of CHINMAY-2006, on the college premises, near here today.


Remove VAT, demand rice millers
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 23
Mr Tarsem Saini, national president of the Rice Millers’ Association, was honoured by the Rice Millers’ Association, Bassi Pathana, at an impressive function yesterday.


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