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Farmers block traffic
Amritsar, May 12
Activists of various farmers’ organisations blocked traffic at nine different points in the district to express their resentment over the policies of state and central governments here today.
Mr Rattan Singh Randhawa, a farmer leader, stated in a press note that as many as nine different groups participated in the two-hour-long strike today.
Activists of farmers’ organisations raise slogans against government policies at a protest rally near the bus stand in Amritsar Activists of farmers’ organisations raise slogans against government policies at a protest rally near the bus stand in Amritsar on Friday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Protests against land acquisition
Bathinda, May 12
On the call of nine farmer organisations, a large number of farmers today blocked roads at four places in Bathinda district in protest against the forcible acquisition of lands of the farmers in the state, especially acquisition of 376 acres of the farmers of Dhaula, Fatehgarh Chhanna and Sangherra villages, near Barnala, for the Trident Group of Industries by the state government.

Rs 80 cr for improving Amritsar airport
Chandigarh, May 12
The Union Civil Aviation Ministry today informed the Consultative Committee of Parliament on Civil Aviation that tenders would be floated soon to expand and upgrade the facilities at Raja Sansi airport in Amritsar. The Ministry has made a provision of Rs 80 crore for improving the infrastructure at the airport.

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Federation against increase in OBC quota
Bathinda, May 12
The General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab, yesterday asked the Centre not to go ahead with its proposal regarding enhancement in the OBC quota in government-run higher educational institutions as it would create division among various castes.

Riot-hit seek martyr status for lost kin
Patiala, May 12
For Manjeet Singh, a resident of Sanaur town in the district, it is very hard to come to the terms of the tragedy which struck him and his family members when his father Naik Nidhan Singh was allegedly brunt to death by mob at the Barkunda railway station in Bihar during anti-Sikh riots in 1984.

Man weaves new dreams for widowed daughter-in-law
Rajpura, May 12
In an age when brides are being put to fire for dowry, Mr Nirmail Singh, a Zirakpur resident, has set an example worth emulating. For the past one year, Mr Nirmail Singh looked after his widowed daughter-in-law, Simarjit Kaur, alias Rani, as one would care for one’s own daughter.

Rani with her husband Gurjit Singh. — Photo by J.S. Virdi

Rani with her husband Gurjit Singh


Keep discipline, Dullo to Brar
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 12
Taking a serious note of the utterances of Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, senior Congress leader against the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in the media regarding giving land to Reliance at a throwaway prices, Samsher Singh Dullo, president, PPCC, advised Brar to behave like a senior leader as he was the member of the disciplinary committee.

Makkar, Mann lock horns
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 12
During the celebrations of ''Sirhind Fateh Divas" by the SGPC at Diwan Todar Mal Hall here today, Simranjit Singh Mann, president SAD(A), who had also come to attend the function with his supporters and Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar, president, SGPC, had a dig at each other.


Villagers resent move on rural dispensaries
Bathinda, May 12
Handing over of the control of the rural dispensaries to the Zila Parishads is not the final agenda of the state government as it seems from the inclusion of a 25-bed rural hospital of this district in the list of rural dispensaries to be given to the medical service providers (doctors) on service contract.

Signature drive against fraudulent marriages
Nawanshahr, May 12
With a view to curbing the rising menace of using the sacred institution of marriage as an immigration deal to settle in Canada, the Canadian Marriage Fraud Victims Society has launched a signature campaign in major cities and towns in Canada.

Warning to Punjabis on lending business in Philippines
Chandigarh, May 12
The Punjab Government has directed the Deputy Commissioners to discourage people of the state from migrating to Philippines for engaging in money-lending business as this trade was highly risky.

Chill-out time for special kids
Bathinda, May 12
Students of the two local schools for the deaf and dumb children yesterday enjoyed at the local “Chill-O-Thrill Water Park”, at Bahia Resort. The children had been invited by the park management to enable them to enjoy water games and see the lazy river and water slides.

Students chill out at a water park in Bathinda on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Students chill out at a water park in Bathinda

Fire in MES store brought under control
Amritsar, May 12
The devastating fire that broke out in the MES store, Khasa, near here, was brought under control after one-hour fire-fighting with the help of fire tenders here late last evening. It is learnt that 13 barrel fuel was stored in the MES’s furniture store for the daily consumption of vehicles.

Sirhind Fateh Divas celebrated
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 12
The Bairagi Mahamandal, Punjab, today celebrated "Sirhind Fateh Divas" at Sirhind. Samsher Singh Dullo, president, PPCC, was the chief guest, while K.K.Bawa, president, Baragi Maha Mandal, presided over the function.

Drug awareness rallies postponed
Abohar, May 12
Drug Awareness Rallies scheduled to be organised at the subdivision headquarters in this district have been cancelled due to preponing of summer vacations in schools. Giving this information the SSP, Mr Arpit Shukla, said the campaign would be rescheduled after the schools reopened in July.


BDPOs convicted
Barnala, May 11
Two Block Development and Panchayat Officers and one clerk have been awarded five-year imprisonment for embezzling government funds. The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Fatehdeep Singh, has sentenced them.


DGP Virk gets extension
Chandigarh, May 12
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs today issued orders to extend the tenure of Punjab's Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk. The orders, faxed to the Chief Secretary, Punjab, said that the inter-cadre deputation of Mr Virk, a 1970 batch IPS officer, from his parent cadre of Maharashtra to the Punjab cadre had been extended for a period of one year.


Youth duped by travel agent
Moga, May 12
A Delhi-based travel agent has duped a local youth Surinder Singh, resident of Nathuwala of Rs 16 lakh by providing fake travel visa of Canada. The police has registered a case against travel agent Paramjit Singh and his wife on the complaint of Surinder Singh.

Rape, murder accused held
Abohar, May 12
Sonu (21), wanted in a case relating to kidnapping, rape and murder of a minor girl, was arrested today. His brother Mam Raj Mamu (19) has already been arrested. The police said the girl had gone to a shop in the Dharam Nagari locality on the outskirts of the town on April 13 at 9 p.m. to call back her father.

Khadi Board employee caught for graft
Hoshiarpur, May 12
Mithu Singh, an employee of the Punjab Khadi Board, was held on graft charges. DSP (Vigilance) Ram Asra told The Tribune that Rajinder Singh lodged a complaint to them against the accused.

Three die in mishaps
Bathinda, May 12
Three persons today died in Bathinda in three accident. A beggar, here suffering from fever due to heat wave in the region, today died at the Railway station. Mohinder Singh, a retired JE, today drowned in the Bathinda canal when he slipped.

Man succumbs to injuries
Hoshiarpur, May 12
Ashok Kumar (48) succumbed to his injuries at Civil Hospital, Dasuya, on Friday while the condition of his brother, Subhash Chander of Baja Chack was improving. According to police sources, Ashok Kumar and Subhash Chander were buried when the soil caved in when they were clearing stones from their fields on Thursday.

Fashion designer surrenders
Abohar, May 12
Fashion designer Jagat Verma and his uncle Balwant Rai Verma surrendered before the city police here this afternoon. The accused along with others were wanted in a case of assault and murder. The police had obtained non-bailable warrants against them from a trial court.

31 logs of khair wood seized
Hoshiarpur, May 12
Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, Hoshiarpur, said this afternoon that at a naka near Madiwal village, the police intercepted a TATA-207 mini-truck (PB-08D-3573) and seized 31 logs of khair wood from it.


UGC honour for Mohindra college
Patiala, May 12
For the achievements of Government Mohindra College in academics, sports and cultural fields, the UGC has identified it as “college with potential for excellence.” Dr D.I.S. Brar, Principal, said in a press note here today that the UGC had entitled it to get a grant of Rs 60 lakh for developing infrastructure and providing better facilities to students.

British Council’s ‘drop box’ facility
Jalandhar, May 12
Punjab students, intending to take the IELTS test, might not need to go to or courier their applications to the Chandigarh or Delhi office of the British Council in future, as the council has extended its ‘Drop Box’ facility, for the first time, to North India at Jalandhar.


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