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Dullo attacks Amarinder
Chandigarh, April 11
Infighting in the Punjab unit of the Congress became more pronounced today when the chief of the unit, Shamsher Singh Dullo, launched an attack on former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh blaming him for almost all ills in the party but refrained from taking his name.

No direct purchase of wheat: Badal
Ludhiana, April 11
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the government would not allow private companies to purchase wheat directly from farmers in their villages.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal launches the procurement of wheat by holding auction at the Khanna grain market. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal launches the procurement of wheat by holding auction at the Khanna grain market on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

City Centre Scam
VB ‘may not’ arrest Hanspal
Ludhiana, April 11
In the City Centre scam case, Vigilance Bureau officials are said to be adopting soft approach towards former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president H.S. Hanspal, and may not arrest him, revealed well-placed sources.



Duleep Singh’s bust: SGPC to take part in auction
Amritsar, April 11
In a significant development, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has decided to send a four-member team to participate in the open auction of the rare sculpture of Maharaja Duleep Singh, scheduled to be held on April 19 at Bonhams, London.

Medical Colleges
Emergency steps to tackle shortage of teachers
Chandigarh, April 11
Emergency measures have been planned by the Punjab government to deal with the crisis created in government medical colleges because of the shortage of teaching staff.

IAS officers “violating languages Act”
Patiala, April 11
“Despite the fact that usage of Punjabi language was made mandatory for official work in Punjab in 1967, IAS officers of the state were using English for making noting on files. This is a clear violation of the Punjab Official Languages Act, 1967.




Tension in Lehragaga
VHP, Bajrang Dal men burn religious material
Sangrur, April 11
Tension prevailed in Lehragaga town today following the burning of printed material of the Christian religion and starting of “Akhand path” of a religious granth allegedly by activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal in the Christian Parchar Kendra (Church) in Kathpul Mohalla of the Lehragaga town, 40 km from here.

Children enjoy at a fun park in Patiala.
BEAT THE HEAT: Children enjoy at a fun park in Patiala. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Rs 1,730 cr credit plan released
Amritsar, April 11
K.S. Pannu, deputy commissioner-cum-chairman, District Consultative Committee, released annual credit plan of the district envisaging total disbursement of Rs 1730.41 crore for 2007-08 here today so that banks, government departments and agencies could implement the plan.

Rs 71 cr released as relief for farmers
Chandigarh, April 11
The Punjab government has released Rs 71.39 crore as compensation to farmers for their crops which were damaged due to the recent untimely rain and hailstorms.

Baisakhi: Devotees start coming to Takht Damdama Sahib
Talwandi Sabo, April 11
Thousands of devotees from Punjab and other states of the country have started coming here to pay obeisance at Takht Damdama Sahib on Baisakhi, the occasion connected with the creation of Khalsa by 10th Sikh Master Guru Gobind Singh at Anandpur Sahib in 1699 and start of the harvesting of wheat.

Takht Damdama Sahib outside holy city limits
Talwandi Sabo, April 11
Takht Damdama Sahib, the fifth Sikh Takht here due to which the town got the status of ‘holy city’, has been denied the status as it was not included into the area limits of holy city stipulated by the authorities concerned.

Sixth round of SGPC drive ends
Amritsar, April 11
The sixth round of the “Virsa Sambhal Lehar” of the SGPC concluded here today.

Axing heritage trees violation of Constitution: SAD (A)
Amritsar, April 11
Terming the axing of 47 heritage trees at Saragarhi Memorial School as clear violation of Section 49 of the Constitution, the Shiromani Akali Dal, (Amritsar) has decided to file a writ petition in the high court.

‘Scrap disturbed area notification’
Sangrur, April 11
As Punjab is no longer a terrorism-affected state, the union government should immediately scrap the notification under which the state was declared a disturbed area more than two decades ago.

2 undertrials escape, 5 cops suspended
Ludhiana, April 11
Five cops of the Khanna police district were booked and suspended for the dereliction of duty when two undertrial prisoners escaped from their custody near Neelon this evening.

Power tariff hike unlikely
Patiala, April 11
With corporation elections in sight, the Punjab government might not allow the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to affect a power tariff hike.

Rally by PSEB staff
Abohar, April 11
Employees of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) held a rally at the subdivision No. 1 here today to express resentment over proposed distribution of electricity bills through the Department of Posts.

Memo to SDM on ‘excesses’
Abohar, April 11
Congress workers, led by Sunil Jakhar, MLA, today participated in a protest march from the new grain market to the subdivisional office complex here today.

Pharmacy council to tackle drug menace
Chandigarh, April 11
Expressing concern over the growing drug menace in Punjab, medical education and research minister Tikshan Sud today said the state pharmacy council would take drastic measures to counter the menace.

ITI student dies in scuffle
Nabha, April 11
A student died in a scuffle in the ITI here. According to police sources, Davinder Singh (20), of Hira Mahal area of the town, was attacked by two local youths on the institute premises when he had gone there today morning to ask for leave with his brother Balihar Singh.

Suicide by girl, boy
Abohar, April 11
Sita Ram, a resident of Dangarkhera village, 7 km from here, was today found unconscious with multiple injuries in his house.

Shifting of transformer raises hackles
Patiala, April 11
Residents of New Garden Colony here have protested against the shifting of a transformer in their colony. The residents have alleged that the 200 KVA transformer, installed behind the residence of an influential person, has been shifted to the middle of the street. Besides, its capacity has been reduced to 100 KVA.

Protest against drug peddlers
Abohar, April 11
Residents of Arya Nagar, a locality known for the highest number of daily wage earners, today held a demonstration to draw the attention of the administration towards the alleged inflow of drug peddlers and other anti-social elements in a historic dera there.



IAS, PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, April 11
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfers and postings of IAS and PCS officers D.S.Guru, principal secretary to Chief Minister has been given additional charge of civil aviation and R.L.Mehta has been asked to look after the work of the post of secretary, Punjab state election commission.

Madan Mohan is officiating secy
Chandigarh, April 11
Madan Mohan has been given officiating charge of secretary of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.


Minor abducted, raped by 2 neighbours
Amritsar, April 11
A minor girl was allegedly abducted and raped last night by two youths, her next-door neighbours, at Bal Sikandar village, under the Rajasansi police station.

Cop booked on rape charge
Abohar, April 11
The police has booked a Punjab police constable on for outraging the modesty of a woman, SHO Sanjiv Setia confirmed this morning.


Plan to recruit 600 lecturers
Hoshiarpur, April 11
To make technical education job oriented, new courses, including information technology, would be introduced in polytechnic colleges.

For them, charity begins at classroom
Patiala, April 11
Social work starts right in the classrooms for the students of the department of social work, Punjabi University, here. These students are taught not only how to deal with social issues but are also trained to solve problems of the underprivileged.

Students showcase talent
Patiala, April 11
The University College of Engineering, Punjabi University, here organised its annual fest “Runbhoomi”, which concluded yesterday.


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