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Rs 400 crore released for atta-dal scheme
Khidkianwala (Muktsar), April 2
The Punjab government has released Rs 400 crore for the department concerned for implementing the atta-dal scheme for the poor, a promise made by the ruling SAD-BJP alliance on the eve of the Assembly elections.

Ousted students enter Pbi varsity forcibly
VC alleges non-cooperation by administration
Patiala April 2
The tussle between vice-chancellor of Punjabi University Swaran Singh Boparai and his detractors gathered heat today. About a hundred students ousted from the university by the VC in the past few years today forcibly entered the campus raising slogans.

Members of the Punjabi University Students Confederation hold a protest march in support of their demands on the university campus in Patiala Members of the Punjabi University Students Confederation hold a protest march in support of their demands on the university campus in Patiala on Monday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Jagjit to join Amarinder in appearing
before VB

Chandigarh, April 2
Former local bodies minister Jagjit Singh says he will join his leader Amarinder Singh in appearing before the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) in the Ludhiana City Centre case.

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Probe Amarinder’s marriage, demands Sukhbir
Patiala, April 2
"The Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should come clean about Capt Amarinder Singh's alleged marriage with a Pakistani journalist Arusa Alam.

BJP leader for CBI probe into sale of property by MC
Abohar, April 2
Ram Krishan Mittal, state vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (local bodies wing) in a letter to minister for local bodies Manoranjan Kalia has demanded a vigilance inquiry into the sale of immoveable property by the municipal council here and improvement trust in past five years.

Subdivision status for Lehragaga
Leheragaga, April 2
In response to a demand by a senior SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra, who had unsuccessfully contested the election from the Lehra Assembly constituency recently, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced subdivision status for Lehragaga.

Toll tax sparks protest in Hoshiarpur
Highways blocked for over two hours
Hoshiarpur, April 2
Activists of the Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad along with other affected people, including private bus and truck operators, staged dharnas and blocked vehicular traffic for more than two hours today.

Bank provides finance to honey farmers in Punjab
Chandigarh, April 2
Yes Bank has launched a unique concept for the financial inclusion of small honey farmers in northern India. The bank is not just providing finance for working capital to these farmers, but has also made a buy- back arrangement for the honey they produce.


Badal does not ‘know’ Captain’s address
Ludhiana, April 2
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said since he did not know the address or whereabouts of his predecessor Amarinder Singh, he could not reply to his letters. Otherwise he would have liked to write back to him.


Minister: Vacant posts to be filled soon
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 2
The government will fulfil all promises made with the employees by the SAD in its manifesto. This was stated by minister for cooperation Kanwaljit Singh while addressing the 32nd convention of the Punjab State Karamchari Dal here today.

New DCs for Jalandhar, Tarn Taran
Chandigarh, April 2
The Punjab government ordered postings and transfers today. Jaspal Singh will be special secretary, higher education and languages; Karam Singh goes as deputy commissioner, Tarn Taran; Krishan Kumar will be the chief administrator, greater Mohali development authority; Bhawna Garg goes as deputy commissioner, Nawanshahr; Ajeet Singh Pannu will be now deputy commissioner, Jalandhar.

Home Guards leave for poll duty
Abohar, April 2
More than 250 Home Guard jawans left for Uttar Pradesh to perform election duty. A spokesman of home guards association said that they had to wait under the railway shed at Fazilka for two days before boarding the train.

Speaker urged to get statue installed
Chandigarh, April 2
Pressure is growing on Speaker of the Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee for the installation of a statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in the lobby of Parliament House in Delhi.

Date extended for depositing arrears
Phillaur, April 2
The Punjab government has extended the last date for depositing arrears of water and sewerage bills besides house tax without any interest up to April 15.This was announced by Punjab Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia while talking to this correspondent here today.

On a crusade against female foeticide
Patiala, April 2
“If our countrymen do not kill a cow, which is considered a holy animal, then why do they not hesitate from killing a girl even before she is born? Is animal life more sacred than a girl’s life?” said Swami Swatantra Nand of The Art of Living while addressing a gathering here today.

Workers stage dharna
Abohar, April 2
Workers of the Central Institute for Post Harvest Engineering Technology were joined in staging a dharna today by representatives of the Technical Services Union of the PSEB and PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union.


Arguments in Daler case end
Patiala April 2
Arguments on the summoning of pop star Daler Mehndi for framing of charges concluded today in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge today. The defence counsel in the case has challenged the summoning of the pop star on the plea that the police has already filed discharge application of Daler Mehndi as it could not find any concrete evidence against him.

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NOC revocation by PPCB: Coloniser moves HC
Chandigarh, April 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to the Punjab Pollution Control Board and others on a petition challenging the revocation of the no-objection certificates issued to Raglan Infrastructures Limited, Shimla, for its two housing projects at Dera Bassi.

Call to provide speedy justice to women
Bathinda, April 2
K. C. Puri, District and Session Judge, here today stressed on the need to spread awareness among the public at large regarding redressal of grievances of women and children and providing speedy justice to them.


3 ‘criminals’ arrested
Bathinda, April 2
Three persons identified as Lakhwinder Singh, Rajesh Kumar and Naresh Kumar were arrested by the district police in the past 24 hours for their alleged involvement in different crimes, which took place in the past fortnight.

Three alleged criminals, who were nabbed by the Bathinda police, being produced before the media on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Three alleged criminals, who were nabbed by the Bathinda police, being produced before the media

2 killed in road mishaps
Abohar, April 2
Balkar Singh(40),a resident of Gobindgarh village, near here, was killed and two others were seriously injured when the Maruti Zen car they were using collided with a tractor-trailer loaded with sand and parked on the roadside near Pakki village on the Abohar-Malout road (national highway No.10) this afternoon.


Windfall for GND varsity in re-investment
Amritsar, April 2
For the first time, Guru Nanak Dev University earned Rs 3.5 crore by re-investing different accounts through open bid in the presence of representatives of teaching union and non-teaching employees.

Ayurveda teachers seek pay parity
Patiala, April 2
The Teachers Association of Government Ayurvedic College here has demanded implementation of the 4th Pay Commission recommendation for the ayurveda teachers.

Teachers to be recruited on regular basis
Chandigarh, April 2
Punjab education minister Upinderjit Kaur today said that teachers would be recruited against vacant posts on a regular basis and purely on merit.


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