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City Centre Scam
VB restrained from arresting firms’ officials 

New Delhi, April 4
The Delhi High Court has restrained the Punjab Vigilance Bureau and Delhi police from arresting five top functionaries of Delhi-based company Today Home Infrastructure Ltd and its subsidiary named as co-accused in the Ludhiana City Centre scam.

I won’t give directions on Amarinder’s arrest : Badal
Chandigarh, April 4
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said yesterday he would soon appoint chief parliamentary secretaries from among the SAD-BJP MLAs.

CM urged to scrap notification
Ludhiana, April 4
Senior Vice President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Daljit Singh has asked Panjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to take immediate steps to scrap the notification of previous government under which the fertile land of farmers was forcibly acquired and given to big industrial houses.

IPS officer who quizzed Akalis fears arrest 
Amritsar, April 4
In a surprise move, T.P.S.Sandhu, an IPS officer, posted as AIG (CID), who had interrogated many former Akali ministers during his stint as S.P. (Vigilance Bureau), in connection with corruption cases during the Capt Amarinder Singh’s regime, has applied for bail, fearing arrest due to political vendetta.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran




SAD MLA joins anti-VC protest
Patiala April 4
After the unceremonious exit of the PAU vice-chancellor, the VC of Punjabi University, Swaran Singh Boparai, could be next in the firing line of the present government. The SAD today came out in the open against Swaran Singh Boparai. Sitting MLA of the party Virsa Singh Valtoha today joined the protesters blocking traffic on all gates of the university to demand the ouster of the vice-chancellor. It is for the first time that a sitting MLA of the ruling SAD has openly joined the protest against the vice-chancellor.

SAD MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha
SAD MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha

‘Marjivde’ force to protect Cong men: Bhattal 
Amritsar, April 4
The Congress will create its own 'marjivde' (sacrificial) force to protect the lives and property of partymen in the Gandhian mode in case the state government continued to commit excesses on them, said Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, leader of the opposition, here today.
Leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal consoles family members of Ranjit Singh, who was allegedly killed by SAD workers, at Jijeani village in the Majitha constituency of Amritsar district on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma 
Leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal consoles family members of Ranjit Singh, who was allegedly killed by SAD workers, at Jijeani village in the Majitha constituency of Amritsar district

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.

Ruckus at Bhattal’s conference
Amritsar, April 4
Congress workers created a ruckus at the first-ever meeting organised to welcome Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, leader of the opposition, in their bid to show the strength of their respective leaders here today.

Chandumajra SAD gen secy
Chandigarh, April 4
Working president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Sukhbir Singh Badal has appointed Prem Singh Chandumajra as general secretary of the party.


State Round-Up
All employees to be covered under gratuity law

Chandigarh, April 4
Employees and workmen of the Punjab government, who were not hitherto covered under the existing Payment of Gratuity Act, will be now be covered under that law.
Devotees, led by Giani Jaswant Singh, offer kar sewa for repair work at the Golden Temple in Amritsar
Devotees, led by Giani Jaswant Singh, offer kar sewa for repair work at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

CLU Cancellations
Officers kept  CM in dark
Chandigarh, April 4
Were the approvals with regard to the change of land use (CLU) given to the promoters of certain mega housing projects cancelled by the officers concerned at their own level without informing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who holds the portfolio of housing and urban development?

Hospitals to have cancer OPDs
Muktsar, April 4
In a significant move, the Punjab government has initiated steps to set up cancer OPDs in different hospitals so that the deadly disease could be detected at an early stage.

Committed to ending graft in police dept
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 4
To make the police people friendly, the department has started police-public meetings and launched a campaign against the criminals, drug-peddlers and eve-teasers in the district. This was stated by SSP Nilabh Kishore while addressing a public meeting at Tarkhan Majra in the district today.

Yoga camp from April 30
Patiala, April 4
"Yoga acquires a prominent place in our traditions. The yogis and saints adopted yoga for communication with God and to attain salvation. In India, the spiritual way has been dominant and the materialistic trend has been discouraged but the body has always been acknowledged as a medium for spiritual faith. Sublime soul and sound mind only rest in a sound body", observed Mahant Atmaram at a press conference here today.

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.

A clarification
Chandigarh , April 4
Reacting to a news-item, “Sex test threatens girl child in North”, carried in these columns on February 20, the counsel for Dr J.S. Rommana of Rommana Ultrasound Centre, The Mall, Bathinda, has asserted that his client has not issued any statement on the wide prevalence of sex determination tests in Punjab.


high court
PIL on cases against public figures dismissed

Chandigarh, April 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed a PIL seeking directions to the Punjab government to refer all cases against public figures, including former chief ministers, former ministers and former MLAs, to the Lok Pal in the first instance and to allow the Vigilance Bureau (VB) to proceed against them only if they were indicted.


Boy beaten to death
Tarn Taran, April 4
A 12-year-old-boy identified as Maninder Singh, son of Kulwant Singh, of Jalalabad village under Verowal police station, was beaten to death late last night by a group of 11 drunkards of the same village over a minor issue. Kulwant Singh and his two relatives were injured when they intervened.

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


Pbi varsity gets Rs 10-cr grant 
Patiala, April 4
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has sanctioned a grant of Rs 10 crore for Punjabi University, Patiala. The university has received this amount from the Planning Commission of India through the Government of India.

2 DAV students awarded gold medals
Abohar, April 4
Ankush Chhabra and Sarvgunjit Singh of the LRS DAV Senior Secondary School, here have been awarded gold medals by the DAV Managing Committee, New Delhi, for getting more than 90 per cent marks in the CBSE examination. Principal Kusum Khungar said yesterday that the medals were given by the minister for Human Resources Arjun Singh, committee president G.P. Chopra and Swami Sumedha Nand at a function at the headquarters of the managing committee.


VAT collections rise to Rs 5150 crore
Patiala, April 4,
The value added tax (VAT) collection has increased by 11 per cent in the state in the current financial year. As per the initial estimates, the VAT collections this year are Rs 5150 crore against the Rs 4638 crore in the previous financial year.


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