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44 Pak prisoners unlikely to be repatriated soon
Amritsar, April 27
All 44 Pakistani prisoners detained in high security Central jail here are unlikely to be repatriated to their country in near future, since Pakistan is unlikely to establish their identity immediately. Meanwhile, Mumtaz, a Pakistani national, who already was released on bail hopes, to meet her three children, still in the central jail.

Editorial: Free at last

Three children of Mumtaz, a Pakistani national, in central jail, Amritsar Three children of Mumtaz, a Pakistani national, in central jail, Amritsar, on Thursday.
— Photo by
Rajiv Sharma

Indo-Pak talks: tourism also to be on agenda
Wagah, April 27

Group tourism will figure at the forthcoming third round of talks between India and Pakistan to be held on June 1. Ms Ambika Soni Union Tourism Minister stated this to reporters here today on her return from Pakistan at Wagah joint check post.




Shortage of water: traffic blocked for four hours
Residents block traffic on the Pathankot-Dalhousie road in protest against inadequate drinking water supply on Thursday Pathankot, April 27
Residents of Bungal-Badhani village today blocked traffic on the Pathankot-Dalhousie road for four hours to protest against shortage of water. The residents did not get water for three days.

Residents block traffic on the Pathankot-Dalhousie road in protest against inadequate drinking water supply on Thursday.
— Photo by Jangi

Major power cuts in state
Chandigarh, April 27
Punjab today faced major power cuts all over, while the Punjab State Electricity Board continued to buy power from outside to meet the ever-rising shortfall of power.

Power reform programme gets Rs 11.5 crore
Abohar, April 27
The Centre has sanctioned Rs 11.50 crore under the Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme for improving power supply in this area. The board plans to change outdated transmission wires, defective transformers, besides improving supply conditions in the slum areas.

Pardon to two cops: can’t produce records, govt to HC
Chandigarh, April 27
The Punjab Government today expressed its inability to produce the records pertaining to the grant of pardon by it to two police officials convicted for abducting and murdering two persons.

Badal objects to minority panel’s proposal
Management of Sikh shrines in Haryana
Chandigarh, April 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has urged the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to intervene and put an end to the controversy of the constitution of a separate committee to manage Sikh shrines in Haryana.

Mr Julio Francis Ribeiro makes a point during a visit to Chandigarh on Thursday Ribeiro fighting corrupt administration
Chandigarh, April 27
He may no longer be fighting militants, as during his tenure as Director-General of Police, Punjab, during the hey days of militancy in the 80s. But Mr Julio Francis Ribeiro's "fight", albeit of a different kind, rages on.

Mr Julio Francis Ribeiro makes a point during a visit to Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


Differences among Akali leaders come to the fore
Ropar, April 27
Difference among two senior SAD leaders surfaced today when they gathered at Batha Sahib Gurdwara to honour Sant Baba Ajit Singh, who was appointed patron of the party yesterday, to discuss their state-level rally to be held at Barnala
on May 3.

Another setback for rival Akali faction
Amritsar, April 27
The move to form a confederation by the rival Akali leaders today received yet another setback when Mr Rajdev Singh Khalsa, former MP and former acting chief of the Parliamentary Board of the SAD, today supported the decision of Sant Ajit Singh Parivar Vichhora, former chairman of the Parliamentary Board of the SAD, to join the SAD, led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Chandumajra opposes sale of sugarmills
Chandigarh, April 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal( Longowal) today said that it would not allow the Punjab Government to sell cooperative sugarmills.

Traders hoarding wheat: BSP
Jalandhar, April 27
The Bahujan Samaj Party has alleged that big farmers and traders were indulging in large-scale hoarding of wheat in Punjab with the connivance of leaders of the ruling party.


MC cancels auction as no buyers turn up
Abohar, April 27
The local Municipal Council, which enjoys “A” grading on the basis of its annual budget, suffered a major jolt on Wednesday when the much-publicised open auction of 19 commercial plots had to be cancelled, as there was no buyer.

Jathedars piqued over posers in USA
Amritsar, April 27
The Jathedar of Akal Takht and two other Sikh high priests from Takht Patna Sahib and Takht Kesgarh Sahib faced an unsavoury situation in a Sikh shrine in the USA when a youth posed ‘‘difficult’’ questions in the presence of Sikh Sangat.

SGPC chief seeks PM’s intervention over parallel panel
Amritsar, April 27
Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee, in a missive to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has drawn his attention towards the resentment and anger in the Sikh community over the increasing government interference in the religious affairs of the community.

Special cell to curb crime against women
Abohar, April 27
Keeping in view numerous cases of dowry-related disputes, the city will soon have a women cell of the Punjab Police, said Mr Harjinder Singh, SP (H), here, today.

Punjab asked to enact laws against music piracy
Chandigarh, April 27
Indian Music Industry and Phonographic Performance Limited is now considering to take action against those buying pirated audio- video CDs.


Order to maintain status quo on heritage site
Chandigarh, April 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that status quo should be maintained at a heritage site at Aasron village in Nawanshahar district.

Court order on publishing notice against Capt, MLAs
Chandigarh, April 27
The Civil Judge, Mr R.K. Mehta, today passed instructions to publish a public notice in an English daily directing Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and all other Congress MLAs to appear in person or through their counsel in the court.

Police remand for two arrested with smack
Bathinda, April 27
A local court has sent two persons, including a village sarpanch, arrested with 500 gm of smack to police remand till Friday. Both of them were arrested yesterday.


Rs 6 crore distributed among 35 farmers
Batala, April 27
Cheques for Rs 6 crore were distributed among 35 farmers of Batala subdivision here today by Dr Nirmal Singh, District Food Supply Officer, Batala.


Jagtar Hawara’s associate held
Jagraon, April 27
Gurinder Singh alias Vicky of Roorkee Hira, under Chamkaur Sahib, police station an associate of Jagtar Singh Hawara of the Babbar Khalsa international was arrested here today.

Arhtiya kidnapped
Sangrur, April 27
Mr Balraj (40), an arhtiya from Khanauri village in this district, was kidnapped from Andana village, near Khanauri, by some persons last night. However, whereabouts of the kidnapped arhtiya were still not known.

Engineer caught taking bribe
Chandigarh, April 27
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today claimed to have nabbed an Executive Engineer of the Public Health Department, a college lecturer and a patwari while they were allegedly accepting bribes in separate cases.

Recovery agents shot at
Amritsar, April 27
A five-member team of recovery agents of a Swaraj Mazda tractor agency was allegedly shot at by a farmer’s family at Suparipur village in Majitha police district here today. Two persons were seriously injured in the incident. They were admitted to the Civil Hospital here.

Satta racket busted,16 arrested
Barnala, April 27
As part of its ongoing drive against anti-social elements, the local police has nabbed 16 persons involved in satta and acts of duping and cheating. As many as 10 separate cases have been registered against the accused.

2 arrested with intoxicants
Amritsar, April 27
Acting on secret information, the Majitha police arrested two persons, Vinod Kumar and Vikramjit, both residents of Chawinda Devi, for allegedly possessing a huge quantity of intoxicants. Both run a merchandise shop in the village.

Steno in DC’s office booked for fraud
Barnala, April 27
A steno in the Sangrur Deputy Commissioner’s office and a woman have been booked in a case of cheating and fraud.


School awaits construction
Sangrur, April 27
Even after the laying of the foundation stone by the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in May last year the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has “failed” to construct the building of Government Girls Senior Secondary School here , reasons best known to the authorities concerned.

GND varsity Dean to scrutinise decisions
Amritsar, April 27
Dr Gurnam Singh, Dean, Academic Affairs, GND varsity, who was seriously injured by about 12 unidentified youths equipped with hockey and baseball sticks, today said that he would recollect the decisions he had taken during his stint as Dean.


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