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IG denied leave to visit USA
Patiala, April 3
The IG railway police GS Grewal, who levelled charges of corruption against the president of SAD Sukhbir Badal, has been denied leave for visiting the USA.

Cadre management: No rules observed in Punjab: CAG
Chandigarh, April 3
The Punjab police did not observe the IPS (cadre) rules while creating ex-cadre posts at the levels of director-general, additional director-general, inspector-general, deputy inspector-general and superintendent.

58 police officers reshuffled
Chandigarh, April 3
Faridkot, Barnala, Sangrur and Nawanshahr will have new district police chiefs as the Punjab government ordered fresh posting of 58 officers of the rank of superintendent of police and above.

Political interference in varsity working assailed
Ludhiana, April 3
The resignation of Dr. K. S. Aulakh, vice-chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, has sent shock waves in the academic circles. The academic circles strongly feel that opening of the university gate on Kitchlu Nagar side was a non-issue.



Acid attack accused held
One of the victims blind
Ludhiana, April 3
Doctors of the CMC Hospital said today that one of the victims of the acid attack was rendered totally blind, while another, Sandeep Kaur, had suffered damage in the left eye. A “spurned lover” threw acid on four girls on Sunday.

Accused in the acid attack case Balkar Singh is produced before the media in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Accused in the acid attack case Balkar Singh is produced before the media in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
‘Natural farming’ sweeps state
Faridkot/ Fazilka, April 3

A silent revolution “Natural farming”, which has the potential to rid farmers of the debt cycle and also bring down input costs is sweeping Punjab.

Prithpal Singh of Chaina village in Faridkot district in his field where wheat has been grown without the use of fertilisers or pesticides. — A Tribune photograph

Prithpal Singh of Chaina village in Faridkot district in his field where wheat has been grown without the use of fertilisers or pesticides.
34 per cent staff shortage in college: MCI report
Amritsar, April 3
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has found 34 per cent shortage of teachers, including a professor, 12 associate professors, 42 assistant professors and four tutors, in the medical college.


CM holds first sangat darshan
Chandigarh, April 3
In a bid to bridge the gap between the people and the government, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal started his sangat darshan programme by holding the first one at the Punjab Bhavan here today. A good number of people came in with complaints and grievances.


Govt ready to set up N-plant: Manpreet
Muktsar, April 3
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal today categorically stated that the government was ready to set up a nuclear power plant in the state, if permission for it was granted by the Centre.

Sarpanches allege harassment by SAD leaders
Barnala, April 3
Duly elected, panchayats have been feeling the pinch after the change of guard. They have started opposing vindictive approach of government functionaries.

‘Cop violated human rights of complainant’s daughter’
Abohar, April 3
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has held prima facie ASI Kewal Singh posted at the city police station here committed the violation of human rights to life, liberty and dignity of Namrata daughter of Chiman Lal Grover a resident of new Dharam Nagri here on July 23, 2006.

BSNL to launch mobile phone service along Indo-Pak border
Chandigarh, April 3
The public telecom behemoth BSNL will soon launch its mobile service along the Indo-Pak border, falling in Punjab. The company plans to set up towers within a 500 metres distance from the border, thus providing mobile connectivity to hundreds of subscribers residing in villages along the border.

Atta-daal scheme: Survey from today
Sangrur, April 3
Survey for the atta-daal scheme (wheat flour at the rate of Rs 4 per kg and pulses at Rs 20 per kg) of the Badal Government for the poor families, having annual income from all sources less than Rs 30,000, will begin in Sangrur town from tomorrow.

Reconsider decision on NPA: Doctors
Hoshiarpur, April 3
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has appealed to the state government to reconsider its decision not to treat dearness pay as part of the basic pay while calculating the non-practising allowance (NPA) in case of PCMS doctors.

Bajaj vice-chief of Planning Board
Chandigarh, April 3
The Punjab Government has appointed Prof J.S. Bajaj as vice-chairman of the state Planning Board in the rank of a Cabinet minister with immediate effect, a spokesperson of the Punjab Government said. Professor Bajaj is a Padmashree and Padma Bhushan awardee.

Kundi connections at Moti Bagh residence
Patiala, April 3
Tents of the security personnel at the Moti Bagh palace residence of the former Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh were being lit by kundi connections. The inquiry ordered by the deputy commissioner Patiala DS Grewal has established the fact.

Theatre show dedicated to Dilgir
Patiala, April 3
The 67th monthly garden theatre programme of the local National Theatre Arts Society was held today. It was dedicated to Punjabi dramatist Harcharan Singh on his first death anniversary and to H.S. Dilgir, a prominent person in the field of mass media and drama.

Sant Samaj criticises Punjabi daily
Ludhiana, April 3
The Gurmat Sidhant Pracharak Sant Samaj today strongly assailed a Punjabi daily published from Mohali for carrying out derogatory and defamatory writings against Akal Takht and other Panthic personalities on the issue of Dasam Granth and called upon the Sikhs to take a serious note of these writings.

Kanwaljit felicitated
Rajpura, April 3
Cooperation minister Kanwaljit Singh today reiterated the commitment of the SAD-BJP government to the overall development of Punjab in the general and the Banur-Rajpura belt in particular.


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PIL ‘filed’ on remission to Punjab prisoners
Chandigarh, April 3
The decision of the Punjab government to grant special remission to prisoners as announced by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during the recent Assembly session was today challenged by way of a PIL.


Cop roughed up, uniform torn

Amritsar, April 3
Two youths were arrested on charge of tearing the uniform of GRP Head Constable (Railway Police) and misbehaving with lady staff of Indian Railways at the local station, here today. The accused started dropping the names of 'big guns', including an Akali minister when GRP overpowered the youths. who were allegedly under influence of liquor. Mandhir Singh and Major Singh hail from Dashmesh Nagar and Wadala Siwian.

A Head constable Karmjit Singh, whose uniform was torn by two youths at Amritsar’s railway station on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

A Head constable Karmjit Singh, whose uniform was torn by two youths at Amritsar’s railway station on Tuesday.

Man commits suicide
Rajpura, April 3
Harjit Singh, an auto-rickshaw driver of Amar Dass Colony, allegedly hanged himself to death last night.


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